Monday, September 30, 2013

A Markedly Different Form of Christianity

Further to that JewishIsrael 'shmad' attack:-

Yaakov Ariel, a professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina provides a very interesting and informative history of the relationship between dispensationalist premillennialist Christians and Jews. [which] has become widespread and deeply influential amongst evangelical Christians.  It can be traced back to Calvinists and Pietists and has variations, but the basic belief is that Jesus will return to earth to reign for a thousand years before the kingdom of God is definitively established, and that the Jews have an important role to play in this drama.  In fact, according to this theology of history, human history has entered a new dispensation, an age that is one of proximate preparation for the millennial rule of Jesus on earth. Some Jews will convert and evangelize the world and some will return to the Land of Israel and reconstitute a Hebrew commonwealth there, eventually rebuilding the Temple.

Dr. Ariel stresses that this form of Christianity is markedly different from prior forms  in holding that  the Christian church has not replaced the Jews as God’s chosen people.   Its followers are biblical literalists and oppose a ‘spiritualized” interpretation of scripture.  Thus they see the Hebrew nation as still chosen with  an important role to play in salvation history and are (or will be again) God’s first nation...some evangelical thinkers  today believe the Temple will serve a positive function in the millennial kingdom.

Dr. Ariel also points to the increasingly friendly attitude  evangelical Christians manifest towards Jews, in part as a result of encountering them and working with or for them.  These encounters can be ambiguous.  Evangelicals are strongly missionary oriented and dispensationalist  premillenarians have often targeted Jews in particular.  At the same time, they have often opposed the mistreatment of Jews  and anti-Semitic attitudes. Most notably, many have come to be strong supporters of Zionism and the State of Israel.

This paradoxical—or at least complicated—attitude towards the Jews is shown most strongly in the juxtaposition of the final two chapters.  One is about evangelical support for those Hebrews seeking to rebuild the Temple and reestablish its sacrificial rites.   The  other deals with the rise of so-called Messianic Judaism, evangelical Jews who strongly assert their Jewish identity, and the acceptance of this movement by many gentile evangelicals.   All this was unimaginable not all that long ago and both have arisen, according to Dr. Ariel, because of the doctrine of the  end times that has become widespread amongst evangelicals and the role it is believed the Hebrew nation will play in these future events...

Just to be clear.  We are not being targeted here in Yesha.  And it wouldn't be successful, either.



Anonymous said...

The self-proclaimed "Torah Jews" will have as little success in suppressing the double millenia old Notzri presence in Judea & Samaria.... as they did in suppressing the Karaites.

The "Torah Jews" are massively silent about the battle they fought and lost with the Karaites. Of course... they do NOT want anyone to start to wonder if the "TJ" 's lock on the storyline is as temporary as was the Emirate of Cordova.....

YMedad said...

i just love the really weird comments i get.