On Modern Israel

Here in America the Israel questions seem to only have two answers. You either support Israel or you support terrorists. This of course is completely absurd. The main argument that the neoconservative ‘right’ seems to latch on to is that we should support Israel because it is the only democracy in the region and they are fighting the same people we are. Furthermore many of Israel’s supporters tend to be Protestants and their support comes from their erroneous view of the end times, also known as dispensationalism. In reality the support for Israel began with the Evangelical ‘right’ because of particular religious beliefs. This in turn led to the entirety of the American conservative sphere to support Israel. Before I begin to discuss dispensationalism lets go over the other two “reasons” people support Israel.

Claim: “We ought to support Israel because it is the only democracy in the area.”

Response: The idea the Israel ought to be supported because it is a democracy is nothing new. This idea that democracy and republican forms of government are an absolute good is nothing short of civil religion. This isn’t anything surprising. We live in a liberal democracy, therefore it will teach us through its propaganda that this is the best form of government. However their is no proof for it being the best form. On the contrary their is plenty of proof showing the failure of liberal democracy. This is a discussion for another time and to do it justice requires its own post dedicated to it.

Claim: “They are fighting the same enemy we are.”

Response: There really isn’t any other response but “so what?” The Soviets fought the Nazis. The Iranians oppose Isis. Hell, the Mujahideen fought Soviet Russia and we all know how that turned out for us. The claim that we should support someone just because they have a common enemy doesn’t really mean anything and lacks any intellectual backing whatsoever.

Furthermore, one must also realize that Israel sways much of our foreign policy through lobbying and it has turned out to be a disaster. Much of the U.S. involvement in the Middle East is due to Israeli interests, not U.S. interests. We have spent billions upon billions of dollars all because of some heretical end-time worldview that modern Israel is the Israel from biblical times.

Now let us move on to the real issue, Dispensationalism. First let us go into what this means and what it entails. Dispensationalism leads to the view that Zionist Israel is somehow the sacred cow. For some of the more fundamentalist Christians it even goes so far as an attempt to rebuild the Third Temple and reengage animal sacrifice which is a smack in the face to Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. It is the belief that God has a separate plan for the Jews and for the Christians. This is absolute heresy. Let me explain what it entails….

It basically assumes since the Jews rejected Jesus that the plan for a earthly Kingdom of Israel for the Jews is just postponed. Instead the Church develops (Christianity) and this is an unforeseen consequence of the Messiah’s coming which leads to the “Parenthesis Period” (a pause in Gods real plan for the ethnic Jews). Eventually Christ returns and raptures up all Christians (or the “church”). This is followed by the great Tribulations and the coming of the Antichrist. Following this 144,000 Jews begin to preach the Gospel and things reach a point where the Battle of Armageddon occurs. Christ then comes a third time and there is an instant conversion of all Israel. God sets up his millennial Kingdom and binds Satan. The ethnic Jews get a kingdom on earth complete with Temple sacrifices and the Church gets to go to heavenly Jerusalem floating above the earthly one. Apparently Satan is then loosed for a season and a revolt follows. Christ then comes a fourth time for the final judgement and the new heaven and earth are created.

yeah… some silly shit, right?

If you are still supporting Israel after this it is either because you subscribe to dispensationalism or you think that supporting democracy is an absolute.

Let me clear it all up for you right now. You don’t have to support Israel or Palestine. There is a third option, support neither. I personally support the Christians, many whom are Palestinian. I am a Catholic and the Church is the new Israel (those who honor Jesus Christ through the new covenant). I oppose Zionism, Post Temple Judaism (which is NOT what our forefathers practiced) and Islam. My loyalty is with Christ and his Church.

La foi Catholique d’abord!

 

Quote of the Day 

“Find in any country the ablest man that exists there; raise him to the supreme place, and loyally reverence him; you have a perfect government for that country; no ballot box, parliamentary eloquence, voting, constitution-building, or other machinery whatsoever can improve it a whit.”

– Thomas Carlyle

Let Us Holdfast To Hope

It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end … because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing … this shadow. Even darkness must pass. 

-Samwise Gamgee 

For those us who hold dear the values and traditions of our ancestors, for those of us who long for the return of the throne and alter to Christendom, for those of us who detest the modern world, we must not despair. As we look at the world decay under the progression of liberal ideas and watch our homelands be ravaged by invasive cultures, we must remain hopeful. I know it is hard, we see the last remnants of the West passing away. The world is failing. But I say to thee, do not despair, but have hope and trust in the Lord that he may deliver us from the darkness. Stand firm in the principles and convictions you hold dear. Continue to fight the good fight and do not bow to the devil and his works. We, sons and daughters of a bad revolution, are the last stronghold against darkness. If we holdfast to hope and stand firm in our resolve and trust in the Lord, we will be victorious. But I must stress that without the Lord we can not overcome the darkness, we must confide in him and ask that he grant us strength. Remember that in the sign of the Lord, you will conquer.

Psalm 26 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

26 The psalm of David before he was anointed. The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the protector of my life: of whom shall I be afraid?
2 Whilst the wicked draw near against me, to eat my flesh. My enemies that trouble me, have themselves been weakened, and have fallen.
3 If armies in camp should stand together against me, my heart shall not fear. If a battle should rise up against me, in this will I be confident.
4 One thing I have asked of the Lord, this will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. That I may see the delight of the Lord, and may visit his temple.
5 For he hath hidden me in his tabernacle; in the day of evils, he hath protected me in the secret place of his tabernacle.
6 He hath exalted me upon a rock: and now he hath lifted up my head above my enemies. I have gone round, and have offered up in his tabernacle a sacrifice of jubilation: I will sing, and recite a psalm to the Lord.
7 Hear, O Lord, my voice, with which I have cried to thee: have mercy on me and hear me.
8 My heart hath said to thee: My face hath sought thee: thy face, O Lord, will I still seek.
9 Turn not away thy face from me; decline not in thy wrath from thy servant. Be thou my helper, forsake me not; do not thou despise me, O God my Saviour.
10 For my father and my mother have left me: but the Lord hath taken me up.
11 Set me, O Lord, a law in thy way, and guide me in the right path, because of my enemies.
12 Deliver me not over to the will of them that trouble me; for unjust witnesses have risen up against me; and iniquity hath lied to itself.
13 I believe to see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
14 Expect the Lord, do manfully, and let thy heart take courage, and wait thou for the Lord.

Quote of the Day

“Equality doesn’t exist in nature and therefore can be established only by force. He who wants geographic equality has to dynamite mountains and fill up the valleys. To get a hedge of even height one has to apply pruning shears. To achieve equal scholastic levels in a school one would have to pressure certain students into extra hard work while holding back others.”
― Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

Quote of the Day

“In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair, the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die” – Dorthy L. Sayers