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Vatican blames Israel for all Christian problems in Mideast
A document released by the Vatican this week blamed Israel not only for the exodus of Christians from Palestinian-controlled territories, but for the plight of Christians across the entire Middle East.
The document will serve as the basis for an October gathering of bishops to discuss the difficulties of minority Christian communities in the Muslim world.
It was largely authored by Arab bishops from the Middle East, most of whom said that the Israeli "occupation" of Arab-claimed lands is the root cause of nearly all oppression of Christians in the region. They suggested that in the absence of the "occupation," radical Islamic forces across the region would lose support and be unable to cause trouble for Christians.
The document also appeared to justify the use of terrorist violence by Muslims in both Israel and Iraq:
"Violence is in the hands of the strong and weak alike, the latter resorting to whatever violence is within reach in order to be free."
A Vatican official told reporters on Tuesday that the Catholic Church is not trying to take sides or make policy recommendations, but insisted that the Middle East-based bishops who authored the document "know the situation well."
Originally posted by kenton1234
reply to post by Jordan River
"What i don't understand is why would Islamist be upset at christians due to Jews taking their land."
Because of all the support the christian churches in America have for the jews and the jewish nation. If the truth be told the muslims hold Jesus in higher regards than the jews do. The Muslims believe Jesus was a great prophet and most of the Jewish people consider Jesus to be just some rowdy trouble maker who lived at the time.
Originally posted by searching4truth
Were people under the impression that all arabs are muslim or that there is not a Christian population in Israel? The Israeli government targets anyone that is not Jewish and both Christians and Muslims are oppressed within Israel. That is what infuriates me when American Evangelicals spew their great love for Israel or how it is their job to protect it, they are blissfully unaware that their fellow Christians are targets.
So much for inter-religious dialogue.
Isreal and the Vatican.
Originally posted by Jordan River
What i don't understand is why would Islamist be upset at christians due to Jews taking their land.
The Acts of the Apostles, highlighting the communion and witness of Christians as followers of Jesus Christ, speaks in two passages of the sharing of goods. The first states: "and they devoted themselves to the Apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers" (Acts 2: 42). Their way of life resulted from an intense unity: "and all who believed were together and had all things in common" (Acts 2: 44). The topic for the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops, to take place from 10 to 24 October 2010, is taken from the second passage: "Now the company of those who believed were of one heart and soul" (Acts 4:32). St. Luke gives two examples to illustrate this statement. The first is positive: Joseph called Barnabas, who sold a field he possessed "and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet" (Acts 4:37). The other, a negative one, is an account of a couple, Ananias and his wife Sapphira, who agree to give only a portion of the proceeds of the sale of land and keep the rest for themselves. Their deceit was discovered and the dramatic punishment caused "great fear" in the ecclesial community (cf. Acts 5:1-11). These instances call upon Christians to live the ideal of communion and witness in a concrete manner, urging them to fulfill their task not half-heartedly but completely, to the point of being truly "one heart and soul" (Acts 4:32).
Link to Document
Originally posted by FortAnthem
Is this the end of friendly relations between the Vatican and Isreal?
A term of opprobrium used by anti-Zionist Christians to designate and stereotype a variety of Christian Zionism that is today generally identified with evangelical and dispensationalist Christians. That group believes in rapture and may believe in rapture. It also believes in "Greater Israel" ideology. The vast majority of Christians who support Zionism and Israel are not fundamentalists. Moreover, not all evangelical Christian supporters of Israel believe in the characteristic doctrines of what has been called "Christian Zionism" - such as rapture and conversion of the Jews. "Christian Zionists" in the sense of Christians who support Israel, include Catholics as well as members of Protestant denominations. However, the term is generally reserved for members of Protestant denominations.
This is what Christ is to do?
Yes - "To break the cross and kill the swine" followed by an "eruption of fire in Eden".
The United States has an absolute, uncompromising commitment to Israel's security and an absolute conviction that Israel alone must decide the steps necessary to ensure that security. That is Israel's prerogative. We accept that. We endorse that. Whatever Israel decides cannot, will not, will never, not ever, alter our fundamental commitment to her security."
Let there be no doubt -- the United States of America stands with the State of Israel also because it is in our national interests to stand with the State of Israel."
"The Promised Land extends from the River of Egypt to the Euphrates. It includes parts of Syria and Lebanon."
"Israel has also become the main subcontractor of American arms. Just last year, Israel signed a contract to train and equip the Chinese army. It signed another multi-billion dollar contract to train and equip the Indian army. What is it equipping them with? It is equipping them with American weapons."