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[*] Post 472857 posted on 17-5-2013 at 20:51 Reply With Quote
Divine right to israel?

Jews hurt by Kirk

A controversial Church of Scotland report which questioned the divine right of Jews to the land of Israel has been rewritten.

The 10-page discussion paper is due to be debated and voted on at the Kirk's general assembly next week.

Last week Israel's ambassador to the UK described it as "truly hurtful".

The Kirk said its revised version of The Inheritance of Abraham? paid attention to the concern over some of the language in the earlier report.

The Church of Scotland made the changes following a meeting with representatives of the Jewish community in Britain facilitated by the Council of Christians and Jews.

Should they capitulate in what was afterall a "discussion paper" and not a matter of policy?
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[*] Post 472860 posted on 17-5-2013 at 21:24 Reply With Quote

The paper should stand or fall on its own merits.

The report stated there had been a widespread assumption by many Christians, as well as many Jewish people, that the Bible "supports an essentially Jewish state of Israel".

In the First Testament, Israel is eventually established as a kingdom ruled by the royal line of David, which would finally be restored in a Ruler who would reign forever, the Messiah. The modern state which has named itself after the earlier Israel is not that same nation, and has no claim to the promises Yahweh made through Moses and the other prophets. Indeed, the promise of the land to Israel was conditional upon faithfulness, and Yahweh arranged to have the people deported when, as a whole, they did not keep their part of the Covenant.
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[*] Post 472865 posted on 17-5-2013 at 23:00 Reply With Quote

Unfortunately many "discussion" papers, once voted upon, become policy. If it were, truly, a discussion paper, then the comments should have been allowed to stand, and be discussed, but, as it is, the decision may well be correct. Really the only point that need be discussed is the last phrase in in article "Would the Jewish people today have a fairer claim to the land if they dealt justly with the Palestinians?"
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