Front Page Mag: “Among critics of Israel today, there emerges a handful whose opposition to the existence of the Jewish State is so pernicious that their criticism can accurately be described as Jew-hatred. Max Blumenthal, a marginal character who is desperately trying to make inroads into the mainstream, stands at the lead of this fringe group of miscreants. Even those on the far left, who are often critical of Israel, find Blumenthal to be a repugnant malcontent. So outrageous is his conduct that his mischief earned him a lifetime ban from the German parliament.
Blumenthal, the author of “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel,” a book widely viewed as an anti-Semitic screed that one prominent leftist critic noted could easily make it to the top of the “Hamas book of the month club.”
In December, America magazine, a national weekly magazine with Roman Catholic affiliation and published by the Jesuits of the United States, featured an extremely positive review of Blumenthal’s version of Mein Kampf that lacked any form of critical analysis. The reviewer swallows Blumenthal’s racist calumny lock, stock and barrel and accepts its vitriolic premise without reservation or equivocation.”
Opinion: This post is not meant to bash Catholics, it is meant to shed Biblical light.
My wife and I grew up Catholic. We both attended Catholic schools through high school. Each year we were required to take Religion (Catechism) as part of our education and all those years I cannot remember even one reference to the Bible. I graduated high school not knowing that Genesis was the first book of the Bible.
Catholicism teaches that it is the one true church and that salvation is a matter of being a member and dying in a state of grace (forgiven by a priest of mortal sin). As I grew older I could not imagine how anyone could die in a ‘state of grace’, and thanks to my wife’s persistence in Bible study, which I was against, God began to show us that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone Ephesians 2:8-9.
You see, the idea that only Catholics can gain heaven is not only dangerous from a salvific standpoint but can easily lead to anti-Semitism as well.
Augustine, in his work, City of God (354-430 AD) theorized that the church had replaced Israel in God’s plan, and that the prophecy of the 1000 year reign of Christ on earth and the redemption of the Jews as the chosen people was “inferior” and “carnal.” Augustine adopted the position that the reign of Christ should be much more “spiritual” and it would occur during this present Church Age.
Having come to this conclusion, therefore, Augustine wrote that the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in AD 70 was brought about divinely, that God had ordained the end of unbelieving Jewish Israel and that the prophecies of condemnation and judgment still remain for national Israel and the Jewish people.
Many mainline Protestant denominations, having sprung from Catholicism, adhere to replacement theology today.
While thousands of Bible verses can easily prove Augustine wrong, an astounding number of people who call themselves Christian view Israel and the Jew in an evil light.
The challenge to those Christians is that God’s word is not a collection of stories meant to teach people how to behave, the Bible is the literal word of God as spoken in Paul’s second letter to Timothy 3:16-17:
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Equally powerful are the words of Peter, the disciple that Catholics theorize as the first Pope!
2 Peter 1:29-20 “And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
God made a covenant with Abraham and his descendants after him (Genesis 17:7-8) that the Jews would be given a land with specific boundaries as an everlasting and forever gift and that through the line of Abraham (Genesis 12:3; 22:18) and in that land (Micah 5:2) Messiah Jesus would come.
Nowhere in Scripture was the covenant rescinded – it was reinforced Romans 9:3-5.