I am honored to have translated Dr. Steven Paas, ‘Katanacho and the Protestant Struggle Against Israelism,’ delivered on 20 September 2019, at the symposium of Kairos-Sabeel in The Netherlands.
Dr. Paas: “The conquest of Canaan was not the result of the ethnic elevation or the military and political power of Israel. It was God who drove out the inhabitants and gave the land to the people of Israel. Israel was called to live there, in God’s land, and thus to bring forth for the world the Messiah, the Savior of the world, in whom Old Testament Israel has been theologically fulfilled and has received its true and final meaning.”
Thus, King David states, “everything is Yours [belongs to God] (II Chronicles 29: 16).”
The Torah clearly stipulates: “There shall be one civil law (mishpat ehad) for both the sojourner (ka-ger) and the native-born (ka-ezrah), for I am the Lord your God (Leviticus 24: 23).” (*Page 25; Kindle location 320)
In ‘Christian Zionism … Enraptured Around a Golden Calf,’ I quoted theologian Rabbi David Novak, author of ‘Zionism and Judaism A New Theory,’
“We are sojourners (gerim) before you, transient tenants (ve-toshavim) like all our ancestors (II Chronicles 29: 15)” … “without future prospects in this world … That is, unlike God, no humans can truly own anything or any place in this world, because we are all mortal creatures; here today and gone tomorrow (Psalm 49: 7-13).”
To paraphrase God, “Co-existence among people demands equal rights.” But let’s talk brass tacks. How will Modern Israel treat the indigenous Palestinians? (*Page 25; Kindle Locations 324-330)
As strongly asserted by Dr. Paas: “The idea that the current Jews would still be called by God to subdue or expel another people in that country is diametrically opposed to the meaning of God’s purpose in Christ. That view is nationalistic or even racist. It is not derived from Scripture, but from the dark side of Western ‘Christian’ culture.”
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