Monday 21 October 2002

Christendom Goes Zionist

"Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword." - Matthew 26:52

The above quote is from Jesus of Nazareth, the founder of the Christian faith. He preached a message of peace, love and nonviolence and his early disciples followed this model. However, somewhere along the way, things changed. The Crusades and the Holocaust are two extreme examples of where war was carried out in the name of Christ.

Currently we find ourselves faced with another religious war that pits Christians against Muslims. President Bush has stated that the so-called War on Terrorism is a "crusade" of good versus evil. By implication, Christians and Jews are good and Muslims are evil. This is not to minimize Islam's role in making war; however, Jerry Falwell called the Islamic faith violent without examining the militant tendencies in his own religion.

Forgiving for a moment the fact that Christian fundamentalists and militant Zionists have declared war on Islam, does this represent a newfound cooperation between Christians and Jews? Hardly. The Evangelical Christians who are lobbying for Israel believe that the state of Israel is fulfillment of prophecy, as do the Zionists; however, the Evangelicals believe that God's army will kill two-thirds of the Jews and the remaining will be converted. Gershem Gorenberg told "60 Minutes" recently, "If you listen to the drama they're describing, essentially it's a five act play in which the Jews disappear in the fourth act." He also stated, "As a Jew, I can't feel very comfortable with the affections of somebody who looks forward to that scenario."

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