State of Judas
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Following the publication of the Goldstone Report, I asked myself once again why does the Christian world allow the crimes of the State of Israel? I think there are two reasons.
The first is a misunderstanding of the name by many Christians. The State of Israel does not have the right to use the name. The Kingdom of Israel was destroyed in 721 AC and its people were scattered; they disappeared from human history as an organized people or society. Whatever was left of the Jewish people was part of the Kingdom of Judea.
Can you imagine the political consequences of the name "State of Judea?" Everybody would link them to Judas Iscariot the Traitor. Thus "Israel" was chosen and created a false image within the Christian World. It is like if the United States would change its name tomorrow to the "Roman Empire." They do not have the right, because they lack historical continuity. The same is true for the State of Israel.
The second reason is a wide misunderstanding among Christian congregations of the true identity of the People of Israel.
When we use Biblical terms, we must take into account the relevant meaning in the historical context; simply, the Book was written along a vast period of time and some terms did change during the process. For example, let's look at two different definitions of "slavery:"
Exodus 1:13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour:
Galatians 4:8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.
In the Old Testament it refers to "forced labor" while in the New Testament to "idolatry."
Something similar happens with the term "People of Israel," it changes from an almost completely ethnic definition in the Old Testament into a spiritual one in the New Testament.
We can see that from the beginning - from Abraham - until the end - until the present – the redemption was by Faith. All along the Old Testament we find this type of Personal Covenants, which are not related to the ethnic group but to Faith.
Thus, not all the ethnic People of Israel belong to the spiritual People of Israel. Moreover, people not belonging to the ethnic People of Israel where justified by God and recognized as part of the chosen, the redeemed. Even a person like Rehab the Prostitute entered this category.
Apostle Peter said the same as follows:
Acts 3:22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.
Strong and clear.
Apostle Paul gives the same message in a variety of ways:
3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free,
there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
The true descendants are by spirit, not by flesh, he says to us. The chosen People of Israel are those who are descendant by spirit, by faith, and not by flesh. From the ethnic People of Israel, only a few would accept Jesus and become part of the Spiritual People of Israel.
It seems to me the automatic support of Israel by the Christian world is in great part due to a misunderstanding of the name. Many heretical teachings can be heard these days in many congregations that misinterpret these names.
Can the international community impose a new name on a state? The idea may sound strange at first, but see what happened to the still unfinished issue of the “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.” Or is it the Republic of Macedonia?
The State of Israel could be renamed the State of Judea if it was a decent society, but time and again it had shown disrespect to human life and the principles of law.
It should be renamed “State of Judas”
“State of Judas” because it is a society that betrays its heritage.
“State of Judas” because it is a society that betrays its citizens.
“State of Judas” because it is a society that betrays its neighbours.
“State of Judas” because it is a society that betrays humanity.
“State of Judas” because it is a society that betrayed God.