What Makes Israel the “Holy Land”?

May 23, 2011

I’ve often wondered: what makes the racist State of Israel the “Holy Land”? Is it the record of Christ’s visit over 2000 years ago or is it the establishment of the Zionist State of Israel in 1948?

Christian Zionists such as Rev. John Hagee and Pat Robertson (who worship the State of Israel) believe it is “holy” because political Zionists lied and schemed to establish the racist State of Israel in 1948.

But political Zionists hate anything to do with Christ or Christianity. So paranoid are Zionists that they reportedly even removed the mathematical sign “+” from mathematics textbooks because it resembles the Christian cross.

But this is not what I wanted to say. I wanted to say that Zionists hate Christianity so much that they create modern-day martyrs. For example, in 1979, Zionists tortured and killed 66-year old Orthodox priest Father Philoumenos of Jacob’s Well. Orthodoxwiki records it thus:

The Saint experienced a martyric death at the hands of extremist Jewish Zionists who massacred him with an ax in the evening, while he was performing Vespers at the Well of Jacob where he lived as a loyal guardian of the Holy Places and centuries old way of life.

The week before his martyrdom, a group of fanatical Zionists had come to the monastery at Jacob’s Well, claiming it as a Jewish holy place and demanding that all crosses and icons be removed. Of course, the Saint pointed out that the floor upon which they were standing had been built by Emperor Constantine before 331 A.D. and had served as an Orthodox Christian holy place for sixteen centuries before the Israeli State was created, and had been in Samaritan hands eight centuries before that. The group left with threats, insults and obscenities of the kind which local Christians suffer regularly.

After a few days, on November 16/29, 1979, during a torrential downpour, a group broke into the monastery. The saint had already put on his epitrachelion for Vespers.

“They burst into the monastery and with a hatchet butchered Archimandrite Philoumenos in the form of a cross. With one vertical stroke they clove his face, with another horizontal stroke they cut his cheeks as far as his ears. His eyes were plucked out. The fingers of his right hand were cut into pieces and its thumb was hacked off. These were the fingers with which he made the sign of the Cross. The murderers were not content with the butchering of the innocent monk, but proceeded to desecrate the church as well. A crucifix was destroyed, the sacred vessels were scattered and defiled, and the church was in general subjected to sacrilege of the most appalling type.”

The piecemeal chopping of the three fingers with which he made the Sign of the Cross showed that he was tortured in an attempt to make him renounce his Orthodox Christian Faith.

Nothing here makes me want to call Zionist Israel the Holy Land.

Harold Camping: Rich Christian Zionist Predicts End of Planet Earth

May 22, 2011

Judeo-Christians were Zionists Before Israel was a State

By Charles E. Carlson May 2, 2011

Harold Camping is the latest in a long line of Pastors who have made themselves prosperous and famous by predicting the end of the world.  He says, based on his own numerology studies, that God will commence the physical destruction of Earth on May 21, 2011, at about 6:00 PM, brought on, as I understand it, by world wide earthquakes.  He has a well-funded national campaign to sell this idea.

Camping is not an ignorant nor insignificant person, being founder and de facto owner of The Family Radio Network. According to research done by the UK Independent, the 89-year old Camping has built a tax-free “religious broadcasting organization funded entirely by donations from listeners, and with assets totaling $120 million, owning 65 radio stations.”  This is at least the third time he has predicted the end of planet earth.

While many Americans, who are self-professing Judeo-Christians, might not be ready to quit their jobs and stop paying their mortgage while waiting for the apocalypse of May 21, 2011,  most of some 70 million share various end time shades of beliefs not so different from Camping’s.  Together they make up the most powerful and coveted voting bloc in America, recently referred to as “Christian Zionists.  This author’s repeatedly theme is supported by ongoing research by the Pew Foundation and its many polls on religious life.

The question that demands an answer is: why do millions, many of them otherwise logical, thinking Americans continue to follow men like Camping, who are not only illogical but who refute and alter the traditional Christian interpretation of the New Testament of Jesus Christ?  Why do they adhere to a neo-religion that was unheard of 200 years ago and that has been proven to be wrong by failed prophets including Pat Robertson, Hal Lindsay, “Left Behind” Tim LaHaye, and the late Jerry Falwell and may more?

Because it is very profitable for Judeo-Christians leaders, who enjoys enormous Jewish and Israeli Zionist support because Christian Zionism is the glue that keeps present day state of Israel alive on the US taxpayer’s dole.

To understand this we must define 21st Century Christian Zionists as those who believe the modern political state of Israel is the fulfillment of Biblical Prophesies.  This definition was originated by a friend who noticed years ago that there was no adequate definition to explain this misguided neo-religion to his professing Judeo-Christian friends.  All Judeo-Christians have one belief in common, their neo-religion is tied to the state of Israel.  Traditional Christianity is not.

Men like Harold Camping, an 89 year old civil engineer, claim to know more than Jesus said any man could know.  He has learned, it seems, that it is easy to lead people if he will only guarantee “eternal life.”  This is in reality what Camping is doing and how he has amassed an empire.  Followers of end times prophets are taught that each one of them can be part of Jesus’ heavenly gathering if they believe that Jesus will return to earth, bringing war and mass destruction with Him, on a certain date.

The second, more obscure but totally logical, reason for the end times craze since 1948 is that Christian Zionism is so important to political Israel that it is promoted by Jewish Zionists more fervently than most sell Judaism.  Several of Israel’s prime ministers, including the late Arial Sharon, Ehud Olmert, and the current Benjamin Netanyahu are secular Jews, who faun over Christian Zionist leaders, including John Hagee.  Sharon used the term, Christian Zionist positively to describe his best American friends.  Sharon defined it and popularized the phrase.

It is this author’s observation that Judeo-Christianity, not Judaism, is the practical religion of Israel, especially of its leaders, including the last four prime ministers.  If they were forced to save one religion and trash the rest, Judeo-Christianity would likely be their choice.

The most un-Christlike result of Christian Zionism is that it relieves followers from the responsibility that Jesus told us a each must accept if we are to follow Him.  But Judeo-Christians do not have to give more than lip service to caring for their fellow man. They need not make peace where there is war, nor take responsibility for making the world a better place for a later generation because the world is ending anyway. To be “raptured” with pastor Camping, one must only convince himself that he believe in the arrival of an illogical, warring Jesus, hardly like loving sacrificial Christ of the New Testament.  For many, undying loyalty and support for the political state of Israel is a must.  Sadly, it is implicit that Judeo-Christians need not worry much about following the real Christ’s sacrificial example.

Harold Camping: Wins Lotto and the World Ends

May 21, 2011

What if Pastor Harold Camping wins the lotto tonight and the world ends tomorrow May 21, 2011? A real bummer.

That problem aside, why is the world media suddenly alive with the Christian sounds of failed date forecaster Harold Camping?

I think there are two good reasons (and Camping’s May 21 Judgement Day call is not one of them):

  1. Worldwide coverage is the “reward” of Camping belonging to the cult of Christian Zionism. Christian Zionists believe the current apartheid political State of Israel is ordained of God. “Camping’s prophecy comes from numerological calculations based on his reading of the Bible, and he says global events like the 1948 founding of Israel confirm his math.”
  2. Camping’s moment of fame is similar to that of religious nutball “Burn a Koran Day” Rev. Terry Jones of Florida. We know that the mainstream media is owned by Zionists, so wouldn’t wide Zionist coverage of a “useful idiot” Christian help to discredit Christianity in general?

Harold Camping’s “rapture” is part of “the rapture is a racket” scheme and is best described by Dr. Barbara Rossing, professor at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. “In place of healing, the Rapture proclaims escape. In place of Jesus’s blessing of peacemaking, the Rapture voyeuristically glorifies violence and war…”

So what if Pastor Harold Camping doesn’t win the lotto and doesn’t disappear in the rapture? “Then God is a liar,” says Tom Evans, spokesperson for May 21 Judgment Day.

Stay tuned, because I don’t think the good pastor will be “Camping In Canaan’s Land” tomorrow.

Update May 25, 2011:

Harold may be one heck of a preacher, but he should consider remedial math.

Why Evangelicals Want to be Jews and Not Christians

May 4, 2011


By Harmony Daws
28 Apr 10

This month Ynet News reported that 1,000 Christian Americans have signed a document asking if they can convert to Judaism and form a settlement in Samaria. They want to join the Israeli Defense Force and live kibbutz-style beyond the green line of armistice. Pastors at 70 American churches had the conscience to denounce the plan. This group’s agenda is extreme but reflects a rapidly growing trend in the Christian American church to go beyond philo-Semitism and actively incorporate Judaism into its own identity. American Christians, already besotted with Israel, increasingly seek to observe Jewish holidays, know Jewish “history” and even bring Jewish traditions into their wedding ceremonies.

This can be seen as a natural outcome of at least three factors: the social and political power of Judaism in America (which silences any criticism from reaching the mainstream); the ardent Zionism of mainstream evangelical leaders; and the utter inability of Christians to respect Judaism as a fully distinct, unrelated religion with its own values, culture and agenda.

Since it was just Easter, the Wall Street Journal comments on the increasing number of Christian celebrations of the Passover seder, the ritual meal eaten in memory of the Hebrews fleeing Egypt, in an article titled “Is Passover the New Christmas?” Increasingly enchanted by all things Jewish, the evangelical church is not only donating tens of millions yearly to Israel but also trying to import Israel into the American church itself.

Married journalists Steve and Cokie Roberts (Jewish and Catholic, respectively) have been on the media circuit helping them do just that—promoting their new book Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families. Allegedly Catholic, Cokie Roberts spearheaded the integration of Jewish tradition into her family and now proudly reports her seder is “not Christianized in any way. … This is very much a Jewish ceremony that we celebrate.” This is important to note: As Christians appropriate Judaism, it is Christianity which must bend. Predictably, the Roberts got press on FOX, ABC, NPR, venerable newspapers, and plenty of other big news outlets. This year Glenn Beck publicly observed the seder and compared the Jewish flight from Egypt to Christian pilgrims leaving England.

When the Jewish Encyclopedia discusses origins of the Passover ritual, it refers to the Mishnah (the first record of the oral tradition of the Pharisees), not the Old Testament. The Encyclopedia credits Gamaliel II with codifying the tradition. The Encyclopedia says observant Jews practice the custom of reciting relevant passages from the Talmud. Extant written “manuscripts do not go back beyond the thirteenth century [AD], the time, probably, when the service for Passover eve was first written separately, since no mention of the fact occurs in earlier writings.”

Is there a Biblical mandate for a purely Christian observance of Passover? The Christian gospels say relatively little about the “Passover meal” of Jesus the night before the crucifixion (Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22). What they do say is decidedly not Jewish. Christ makes the meal about His own coming death and His betrayal by Judas. He does not remind the disciples about the Hebrews leaving Egypt. He does not narrate the story of Exodus. He does not quote the Talmud. He does not command His followers to recreate the Passover feast in the future.

Instead He institutes a new tradition with these words when He broke the bread, “ This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19) For centuries Christians interpreted this command through the ritual of communion; yet it can be most fully understood as a command to daily “eat His flesh and drink His blood” (John 6:53) by constantly participating in our own crucifixion of self-will. As often as we eat or drinkanything, we are supposed to remember Christ’s sacrifice for us and live in the context of complete surrender to Him.

Unfortunately, Christ’s spiritual revolution is increasingly passed over. American evangelicals prefer Jewish ritual to the “sterile” sacrifice of actually practicing death to self. Twenty years ago, my own birth family celebrated the Jewish Passover. (I was about eight, so I accept no responsibility for this mistake.) I can still remember the distinct ambiance of the event, the unleavened bread, herbs and the succulent lamb weighing down our walnut dining room table as we remembered not Christ but the triumphant Jews routing Egypt.

Today, Christian kids are more likely than ever to experience this “gateway” ritual into Jewish practice . Then, as young adults, they may want to bring Jewish ritual to their wedding. In February the New York Times wrote about Christian young adults signing a Jewish wedding contract before (perhaps significantly) they take the Christian communion.

The contract, called a ketubah, was codified by Talmudic Pharisees in Babylon, during a time when the Pharisees were overturning God’s laws and leading the exiled Hebrews into occultry. This doesn’t seem to matter to evangelicals. A couple profiled by the Times was said to be “affirming the Jewish roots of their faith.” After their wedding they hung their ketubah document above their marriage bed. They are part of “ a growing phenomenon of non-Jews incorporating the ketubah…” The bride actually learned this Jewish tradition “from her older sister, also an evangelical Christian, who had been married five years earlier with not only a ketubah but the Judaic wedding canopy, the huppah.” The article adds, “an increasing number of gentiles have taken up Judaic practices: holding a Passover Seder, eating kosher food and studying kabbalah, the Jewish mystical movement.”

Most Christians do not recognize modern Judaism as a truly distinct religion with its own god, its own mandates, and its own very strong position about Jesus Christ. Instead, Judaism is viewed as a benevolent parent religion to Christianity, a venerated grandfather who didn’t quite get the news about Jesus and at whose feet Christian “descendants” should learn.

If Judaism were indeed a largely extinct religion without its own intense and exclusive demands about truth, maybe all this would be okay. But it’s not. Judaism is a powerful world religion with ambitions and characteristics every bit as real as those of Islam. Seemingly unaware of this fact, Christians are slow to realize the bastardization of their faith that happens when they appropriate living Jewish traditions like the seder. Jews, on the other hand, are very willing to defend their religion from being diluted.

The Journal quotes Rabbi Neil Gillman, professor emeritus at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He says, “‘It’s deceptive to introduce Christian themes into the Jewish seder. When you start talking about Jesus, that is no longer a seder. That is a different creation altogether,’” a vehicle for preaching or proselytizing.” And Christian preaching is loathsome to Jews—if it is successful, they believe, it will lead to the “spiritual genocide” of the Jewish race.

As we have said many times, the modern Jewish religion is extremely aware of the inherent hostility between itself and Christianity. The two faiths could hardly be more opposed in their basic tenets. Judaism absolutely rejects the deity of Christ, which is (or should be) the central foundation on which all other Christian beliefs are built. Modern Judaism exalts the Jewish people as the correct representations of God in this world while Christians call for a spiritual revolution that extends to all people of all races. Jewish leaders and sacred texts know that these two faiths are diametrically opposed; unfortunately, Christians seem completely ignorant.

It is richly ironic that Christians today eat unleavened bread on Passover in exaltation of the Jewish religion. The yeast was originally left out of the bread to symbolize Hebrew separation from the world. But Jesus told Christians that in their age, the yeast meant a new enemy, who were “wicked and adulterous.” He gave us this command: “Be careful, be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Jews do not forget Christ’s vitriol against their scholars. But Americans in the church—the ones for whom this warning was ultimately intended—seem all too willing to disregard Christ’s words and obey Talmudic authorities.

Harmony Daws is a writer for National Prayer Network. To greater understand the illogic behind hate laws, read her article “Top Eleven Reasons You Should Fight Hate Laws.”

Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative watchdog organization.

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