posted on Oct, 25 2011 @ 03:01 AM
My responses are below.
1. How do you, as a christian, find it ok to support a religious faction that outright rejects Jesus, the central figure of christianity?
What I support, and what you'll find most Christians support, is the State of Israel, not the religious faction. The Biblical viewpoint (see Romans
9-12) is that the Jewish people are the root of the Christian faith; the root of a plant that we, as Gentile Christians, have been grafted in to. We
therefore owe a debt to the Jewish nation, not only because they preceeded us spiritually, but also because we have been grafted in to the body of
Christ at their expense. Their blindness and rejection, though not total, has allowed us the grace to be included in Christ.
2. On what non-theological basis would you say you support Israel / the jewish people?
On a non-theological basis, I'd support them in that Israel is their ancient homeland, and I acknowledge not only their right to exist, but also
their right to have a state of their own, on their ancestral land. In terms of the modern state, my support is unequivocal in terms of supporting
their rights etc., though that does not suggest that I necessarily support or agree with all the actions of the state. I do not. With that said
though, I think the propaganda machine (on both sides of the divide) needs to be taken into account when discussing Israel; and too often the debate
neglects to account for this on one side, while powering into overdrive when discussing it on the other.
3. Do you feel that the state of Israel and the jews would become useless in the prophetic scheme of things once Jesus returns ?
Not at all. The book of Zechariah states that when Christ returns, "they will look on the one they have pierced, and mourn as one mourns for an only
child". Israel is God's eternal, chosen people. That doesn't change. "God is not a man, that He should change His mind". Christ will return,
and reign for a thousand years, from Jerusalem, surrounded by His people. After this comes the judgement, and a new heaven and new earth.
4. As a supporter of Israel and the jews, how do you feel about them adamantly rejecting Jesus?
Well, that works on two levels. First of all, I'm grateful in a sense, because it allowed for the time of the gentiles; a time where God's grace
and mercy has been expressed not only to His chosen, but to all. Jesus spoke of this in several parables, including one where a man invited a
specific group of people to a wedding feast... but when none came, he grew angry with them, forbid them from entering, and sent his servants out to
grab anyone they could find that was willing to attend. This is a picture of the Jews and Gentiles... and I found Christ purely and simply because
of the Jews' rejection of Christ.
On the other hand... these are the chosen people of God, and I mourn for them, that they have, by and large, not seen the Truth that was before them.
However, God's Word makes it clear that the time is coming when they will... and I look forward to that. It will be an amazing time. Even in the
past 50 years or so, the number of Jewish believers in Christ has exploded, and with that growth has come a whole new level of understanding of the
Scriptures, based not on our own Western ideals, but upon recognising and understanding the original meaning and intent of Scripture in its own
context and heritage. There is some truly amazing stuff in the Bible, much of which can't be wholly understood (note that: WHOLLY - this doesn't
change the truth, merely deepens the understanding of it) without a full understanding of the context the events detailed occurred in.
Hope that helps!