I’m not surprised that many don’t believe in religion, god. I don’t believe in them either . “I believe in the God I see revealed in Jesus of Nazareth.” What most people mean by “god” simply is not the mainstream Christian meaning. Nor can we look to the Jewish scholars for help since they, by and large, have not been interested in this topic.
The central feature of Jewish expectation, and kingdom expectation even in Jesus’ time was the hope that God would return in person to Zion. The question of “Jesus and God” is a huge and difficult Jewish matter. Judaism has at its heart what we can and must call several incarnational symbols, not least the Torah, but particularly the Jerusalem empire, temple. Jesus in terms of past Torah and Temple defined his mission and hint at his own self understanding. The fact that God chose the Jewish people to form a kingdom of priests and gave promised them the land of Israel, has now been switched to the Christians, the replacement theology. Something the Jews and Dispensationalists still falsely deny. The true inheritors of Israel are not the Jews but the Christians. . Zionism is is an aggressive Jewish colonial false hope..
A key central Christological passages of the NT is essential to all.. A serious and disciplined theological thought on the part of even the very earliest Christians. Refusing to contemplate any god other than the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, they found themselves drawn by the Spirit to Jesus. The NT writers, are expressing a Trinitarian theology without needing to use any of the technical terms.. Also early Christians all regarded Jesus as the Messiah of Israel, the one in whom Israel’s destiny had been summed up. A theological DE legitimization of Israel. one “new man” made of both Jew and Christian did not warrant a Jewish state, the literal truth of New Testament scripture.
Classic Jews believe that there is one God, who created heaven and earth and who remained in close and dynamic relation with his creation; and that this God had called Israel to be his special people. The chosen people were also the rescued people, liberated from slavery in Egypt, marked out by the gift of Torah, established in their land, exiled because of disobedience, but promised a glorious return and final settlement. Jews believe falsely in the covenant of Exodus and Return, and this God is also utterly different from the Christian God, Jesus.
“To suggest therefore that the Jewish people continue to have a special relationship with God, apart from faith in Jesus or have exclusive rights to land, a city, and temple is, in the words of John Stott [a leading British evangelical], ‘biblically anathema.’”
Today’s State of Israel wishes only to be the superior nation in the family of nations. Jesus opposed first century Judaism, broke out of its constraining shackles, and was at liberty to think and say what he liked, and the same went for his followers. in this eagerness we forget what the NT writers and above all Jesus himself about Judaism. God chose Abraham and said “in your seed all the families of the earth will he blessed.” Galatians 3:29, where Paul says, “If you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring.” It is precisely because Jesus of Nazareth is the fulfillment of this promise that he is relevant in all times and places. Jesus the light and salvation of the whole world, Jews included. This belief does not imply anti-Semitism .
When you try to build a bridge from biblical Israel to modern Israel, there is an enormous gap in New Testament history and theology. A continuing Jewish setting and meaning was rightfully forgotten within the early Church. Those Christians and Jews citing the Bible to support their Zionistic policy positions are thinking politically and not Biblically. The question today is whether the modern state of Israel is that nation that was imagined back in the Bible. Leo Tolstoy, pondered the survival of the Jews, but also sensed that their existence had to do with a unique purpose, Salvation by Jesus. Jews once chosen to be a “light unto nations.
It was, is possible for all Jews to conceive of a first century Jew, and all Jews credibly coming to believe that Jesus,a Christian was called to die for the sins of Israel, even of the world. Jesus is love poured out and love received. God’s Spirit brooded over the waters, and God’s Word Jesus goes forth to produce new life, God’s Law guides his people, God’s Presence or Glory, Jesus dwells with them, in the fiery cloud, in the tabernacle and in the temple. Paul, like other NT writers, uses the phrase “son of God” to denote Jesus.
“For us there is one God—the Father, from whom are all things and we to him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and we through him.” “At the name of Jesus”, he declares, “every knee shall bow.” It became another way of speaking about the one God present, personal, active, saving, and rescuing, while still being able to speak of the one God sovereign, creating, sustaining, sending, and remaining beyond. Jesus’ conviction that it was his task and role, his vocation, not only to speak of this kingdom but also to enact and embody The positive reason for studying Jesus within his historical context and using all the tools at our disposal to do so has to do with that still-neglected factor, the true meaning of Jesus within Israel, the purpose of God.
The creation of an exclusively Jewish state of Israel , Jewish supremionism, goes directly against God’s plan for the Jewish people and the World. Jewish statelessness was a necessary precursor to the salvation of humanity. Jesus brings the story of Israel to its climax by the destruction of the Jewish temple in 70 AD, and the furthering of the “kingdom of God” Jesus believed himself called to do and be what in the scriptures only Israel’s God did and was. What happened in 1948 and 1967 was not moral, and don’t believe it had any divine significance. here doesn’t necessarily need to be a “state” of Israel for the Messaiaship, a new Israel to be fulfilled .
The Church has inherited the promises of Israel. The message of Christianity is a universal one that is not interested in ethnicity or territory. The Church is actually the new Israel.” We don’t think of ourselves as anti-Israel, because to be “anti-” is not very loving. We are instead pro-Palestinian, pro-peace, and pro-love.The Church has inherited the promises of Israel. The message of Christianity is a universal one that is not interested in ethnicity or territory. The Church is actually the new Israel.” We don’t think of ourselves as anti-Israel, because to be “anti-” is not very loving. We are instead pro-Palestinian, pro-peace, and pro-love. WE don’t recognize that the Christian faith comes from Judaism,’ but instead of the children of Abraham, the Church, Christianity has superseded Judaism. Jesus had not promoted a type of Jewish supremacy.Those Jews and evangelical Christians who say an undivided Jerusalem should be the eternal capital of Israel are in great error. If you go back to the times of the Romans, even legally, Jerusalem was never belonging solely to the Jewish people.
Jesus’ resurrection led the early Church to speak of the way pointed to Israel’s Messiah, messiahship, messiahship to the task performed on the cross, and that task to the God who had promised to accomplish it himself and had done so. Israel could unilaterally bring an end to the Arab–Israeli conflict but chooses not to because of flaws in its national character. The onus for ending the Arab–Israeli conflict is on Israel. The Jews are still special to God… But so are all people.