began with identifying with the enormous suffering of the Palestinian Christians. I noted that we Jewish people also had experienced enormous suffering. (I felt almost that doing theology was too much at this point, and that we needed to just pray; but I was charged to give a presentation.) I then said that we must not do theology from our pain, or it will be skewed. There is no doubt that the pain of the Palestinians orients them toward a theology that refuses to acknowledge the special election of their “oppressors.” Unless we recognize the reality of this pain as issuing from genuine trauma, we cannot gain a hearing for our theology. I referred to Jewish atheism as a response to the pain of the Holocaust as well; but again asserted that we can only do theology rightly on the basis of the Bible and that every text must be given its full weight of meaning according to its original context—regardless of our present circumstances. Next, I wanted to shatter the myth that belief in the election of Israel is just a recent aberration of dispensational theology. I read from the Roman Catholic Catechism (674) and its amazing compilation of Scripture that was put together to repudiate replacement theology and to affirm the election of the Jewish people. Only after did I note from where this came. People were amazed. Many had never heard that this largest of institutional Christian bodies had repudiated replacement theology and that this is now official Catholic doctrine. I then went on to teach Romans 9
, the first verses and Romans 11
. Then I made the case that the gifts and call in Romans 11:29
had to include destiny in this Land. However, I was clear that this did not give Israel a right to treat the Palestinians poorly if they were willing to live in peace with the Jewish people. Also, I read Ezekiel 36
on God calling us back to the Land before we are to be born again (v. 24-32)
. When I was finished I called for prayer and spiritual warfare to deal with the fact that the real oppression here is because two religions, Judaism and Islam, both declare that God has no divine Son.
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