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Can Christians Love the Jews??

Reader comment on item: Walid Shoebat: "Palestinian turns from radical Muslim to true Zionist"
in response to reader comment: Shoebat's response to Moshe Katz

Submitted by Joy (United States), Jul 3, 2007 at 19:01

One of the biggest arguments against Walid Shoebat in this list is that he is a Christian - and that it's impossible for Christians to love the Jews.

So apparently the harder bit to swallow is NOT that he is a Palestinian who loves the Jews - but that he is a CHRISTIAN who loves the Jews. In a way that makes sense because people have been killing Jews in the name of Christ way longer than Palestinian terrorists have been killing Jews - right?

It's true that many people who call themselves Christians hate the Jews - but they are not Christians. Hitler claimed to be a Christian and yet why did so many Christians die alongside the Jews in the concentration camps? Of course it was no where near the number of Jews that died but they died all the same. And what about all the Christians who helped smuggle and hide the Jews during WW2? That is a historical fact as well.

Christ was just a convenient excuse for Hitler and countless others. I can understand why that's confusing to many Jews though because you're rarely going to find someone who claims to be a Jew and really isn't one right? I mean, I just can't ever see that happening. But unfortunately it happens a lot with Christ. Even the antichrist prophesied in the New Testament will claim to be a Christian at first - anybody can claim to be a follower of Christ - it's easy. What is less easy is actually following the definition of a Christian according to the Word of God! It means nothing for someone to claim to be a Christian if they don't follow the teachings of Christ. That's the mark of a true Christian.

And all you have to do is read the New Testament to know that the fundamentals of Christianity are completely against anti-Semitism. A true Christian believes the Bible - right? And all the major players in the Bible INCLUDING Jesus and the people who wrote the Bible were all Jewish and speak at great length (especially in Romans) about how important Israel is in God's eyes. And remember that the major difference between Christians and Jews is that Christians believe Jesus is the JEWISH Messiah. We just got lucky to be included in the promise that's all. We believe in the same God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! The Muslims believe in Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael - that's a huge difference right there.

And the Christian Bible also includes the Jewish Bible which states in strong language in Isaiah especially "As long as the sun and moon shall shine, there will always be a remnant of Israel before me." All it takes is for someone to actually read what the Bible has to say and believe it in order to love the Jews.

All of this proves that it is more than possible and in fact essential to the Christian faith and for all Christians to love and serve the Jewish people.

I am a Christian and I love the Jewish people with all my heart - I don't care if they accept Jesus as their Messiah or not - well ok I care, but that has nothing to do with my love for them and my commitment to serve them. Jewish people could never EVER accept Christ and that would have nothing to do with my commitment to them. Christians need the Jewish people - without the Jews, God is a liar. After all, He said that He would remain faithful to Israel FOREVER!! But if He fails the Jews, us Gentiles are screwed because we were only included in the promise by the grace of God!! Without the Jews we are incomplete. Israel is the hope of the world. Without the Jews we wouldn't have the Bible - including the New Testament (after all Jews wrote it). The Torah has been copied faithfully for thousands of years and has less that 1% margin of error during all that time!! That is astounding and unprecedented! Without Israel, we wouldn't even know of God - He made Himself known to the world THROUGH the Jewish people. We are nothing without them. All our hopes are in them - how stupid would we be if we didn't do everything in our power to serve them!?

But I will say this: I want to apologize to Jewish people everywhere for what those calling themselves Christians have done to you over the centuries. I do not believe they were truly Christians because the Bible says you will know a true Christian by their love. But in any case I apologize to you and I promise you that I will fight for you in whatever way I can. My actions will speak for me.

As for the other claims about Walid coming from Lebanon - there are huge numbers of Palestinian refuges in Lebanon so that alone couldn't make his claim untrue. And refuges won't have a lot of paperwork or IDs about their origins right? That's just logical. And in any case - it is unprecedented that an Arab would say the things he is saying. Any Arab, not just a Palestinian. In case you didn't know, pretty much the entire Arab world hates the Jews - hasn't 4 wars between Israel and basically the entire Arab world (I'm including 1956) proven that point adequately? And perhaps he is making a lot of money, but do you think he is making enough money to risk his life the way he is? Because I'm pretty sure that regardless of his motives, he's making himself a REALLY big target with all his passionate support of Israel. Whatever his motives, people want him dead. Whatever his motives, he is getting the word out about supporting Israel. I just don't see how that can be a bad thing.

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