Interesting (2) part article by Craig Nielsen
From part (1)-
Anyone reading the articles posted on this blog will be able to see for themselves the reasons why I am not a believer in the very popular heresy known as Christian Zionism, but for the sake of those who don’t have the time to look through all the articles on this site, I thought I would briefly lay out my basic complaints with this so called Biblical doctrine.
My first issue is with the Christian Zionist claim that (according to the Bible) God has unconditionally given the land of Israel-Palestine (call it IP in the rest of this post) to the Jewish people such that they own the land and therefore have the right to take it and do anything they wish with it. Christian Zionists claim that God has given the Jewish people “the title deed” to the land and hence since they own the land, they have the right to dispossess any non-Jews from the land regardless of how long or how many of them have lived there in the past or present. This claim is so patently wrong that it amazes me that any serious reader of the Bible could hold to it.
For the last two thousand years, no Orthodox Jew has ever believed that Jews have an unconditional right to IP. The Orthodox Jewish understanding of their relationship to IP is grounded in their concept of exile and redemption. According to this view, based on what Christians call the Old Testament of the Bible, Jewish entrance and habitation of the land is absolutely conditional upon their adherence to the teachings of the Torah. Teachings that (apart from many other requirements) demand that non-Jews living in IP must be treated as equals with Jews living with them. Orthodox Jews all over the world still believe that the Jewish exile is not over. Orthodox prayers seeking the end of exile are still regularly prayed by Orthodox Jews all over the world. Exile is a spiritual problem and can only be solved by spiritual means. Military or political power are impotent to end Israel’s exile.
From part (2)
Just adding a few thoughts on from my last post.
One other reason that I can not support the doctrines of Christian Zionism relates to the outrageous bias and racism that seems to be associated with this theology, if one could call it that. Let me explain…
As a supporter of the Palestinian people in their search for justice and peace in their homeland, I am equally concerned with the rights of Israelis and Jewish people in general no matter where they live. I would not want to see the homes of Israelis bulldozed in the manner that Palestinian homes are at the present. I don’t wish to see checkpoints run by Palestinians pop up all over Israel causing the same humiliations and frustrations that the Palestinian people now endure on a daily basis. I do not lobby for the creation of a Palestinian state that would be owned by Arabs in a manner that non-Arab residents never could, as is the case in Zionist Israel today where Jews own the Israeli state in a manner that Arabs do not and never can. Discrimination and racism are equally abhorrent no matter who it is directed at or by whom it comes from. I believe in the rights of Israelis to live their lives in peace and security throughout the Middle East and the rest of the world. No Palestinian has the arbitrary right to dispossess them no matter what the alleged justification is, be it religious or otherwise. In other words, I believe in the rights of both parties and consider this to part of a God given mandate to every person on Earth. Yet I would clearly have to abandon this God given mandate if I were to become an advocate of Christian Zionism.
Christian Zionists show no concern for the rights of Palestinians. They could not care less if millions of Palestinian Arabs are dispossessed and forced to live in refugee camps. They consider that Jews have every right to expell Arabs from their homes in Israel or the Occupied territories and care nothing for the plight of these people once they have been dispossessed. In the minds of Christian Zionists, the Palestinians deserve this fate as they are illegal occupiers of the Jewish homeland and since they come under God’s wrath, then they should come under our wrath as well.