The occasional, often ill-considered thoughts of a Roman Catholic permanent deacon who is ever grateful to God for his existence. Despite the strangeness we encounter in this life, all the suffering we witness and endure, being is good, so good I am sometimes unable to contain my joy. Deo gratias!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Biblical Israelites Just a Metaphor?

It seems they've done it again. Continuing to show their displeasure with the Holy Spirit and His obviously misguided inspiration, the World Council of (empty) Churches continues to issue revisionist declarations of theological truth. 

Oh, wait a minute -- there are two things wrong with that statement. First, the WCC couldn't possibly believe in the inspiration of the Holy Spirit; indeed, I suspect its leadership doesn't even believe in the Holy Spirit, except perhaps as a warm and fuzzy, kumbaya spirit. And second, being complete relativists, they don't believe in truth, unless it's one of the the "truths" uttered by the WCC. I know, it's all very confusing.

The WCC has informed us in the past that Jesus is simply a symbol, and the Bible...well, they're not real sure what the Bible is, but it's certainly not Holy Scripture, and by no means can we consider it the Truth. A century or more of historical-critical interpretation have made that clear enough. Adding to the WCC's enlightened theological outlook is the Bern Perspective, a 2008 meeting that essentially declared that Biblical references to Israel and the Israelites are only metaphorical. In other words, don't take all the Holy Land and Chosen People and Jerusalem stuff literally. Doing so only perpetuates and encourages the aggression of those displaced Jews who illegally occupy the land that properly belongs to the Palestinian people.

If I were a Jew living in Israel, I'd be very concerned about this organization that seems to give unqualified and unquestioned support to those whose primary goal is the destruction of Israel and its Jewish citizens. Its documents are filled with condemnations of Israel for defending itself. Noticeably absent are any strong criticisms of Hamas and Hezbollah, the terrorist organizations that have brought about so much suffering among the Jews and among the Palestinians, whether Christian or Muslim. 

It's a mystery to me why Israel is the only nation in the world that is apparently not permitted to defend itself against determined attacks on its people and territory. When Hamas sends its suicide bombers to kill Israeli civilians and when it launches continued mortar and rocket attacks against Israeli villages, Israel must not defend itself or retaliate. It's all very strange...but it becomes a little more understandable when you read translations of Arabic newspapers that condemn the Jews in terms similar to those printed in Germany in the late 1930s. And when that hatred is brought to reality through the encouragement of children suicide bombers, it begins to make a kind of twisted sense.

These are Palestinian children dressed up as mock suicide bombers.
Years ago, in 1957 to be exact, Golda Meir, speaking to the National Press Club in Washington, DC made her famous statement: “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.” I'm afraid the former prime minister was correct.
To read an Israeli Jewish perspective on the WCC and their anti-Israeli policies, click here: Jerusalem Post

And if you're really ambitious and feel called to read all the documents that came out of the WCC's 2008 Bern Perspective, click here: Bern Perspective. I read several last evening and that was enough for me.
For the peace of Jerusalem pray: "May those who love you prosper!
May peace be within your ramparts, prosperity within your towers."
For family and friends I say, "May peace be yours."
For the house of the LORD, our God, I pray, "May blessings be yours."
[Ps 122:6-9]

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