- “The Holy Scriptures cannot be used to justify the return of the Jews to Israel and the displacement of the Palestinians, to justify the occupation by Israel of Palestinian lands." Monsignor Cyril Salim Bustros, Greek Melkite archbishop of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Boston, Massachusetts, and president of the “Commission for the Message,” said at Saturday’s Vatican press conference…..
“We Christians cannot speak of the ‘promised land’ as an exclusive right for a privileged Jewish people. This promise was nullified by Christ. There is no longer a chosen people – all men and women of all countries have become the chosen people.Evidently, the Roman Catholic Church still doesn’t get it. Considering the Roman Catholic Church practices Replacement Theology, however, this is not surprising. The above outrageous statements were published in the Jerusalem Post October 23, 2010, and posted here.
In clarifying his unbiblical statements, the archbishop now says very much of the same thing using different words, making more unbiblical statements. From Asis News.it
- In a press conference with Jihad Watch, Archbishop Bustros said:
- During the press conference which was held at the end of the Synod, I presented this message in my role as president of the commission that drafted the message.
- I stated that, Israel cannot use the Biblical concept of a promised land to justify its occupation of Palestinian territory and the expulsion of Palestinians who have been living there for centuries". He added: "We Christians cannot now speak about the Promised Land for the Jewish people. With Christ the Promised Land became the Kingdom of God."
- Bustros concluded: "In my answer I was thinking in particular of Jewish settlers who claim their right to build on Palestinian territory by saying it forms part of biblical Israel, the land promised by God to the Jews according to the Old Testament... The creation of Israel in 1948 is a political issue, not religious."
- Bustros realls that we are dealing with two extremes: that of the settlers, claiming the land by referring to the Bible, and those of Muslim fundamentalists, who claim it as part of Islam. "The message of the Synod takes a moderate position and clearly suggests, as regards the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians, the two-state solution."
There has never been a palestinian territory or a palestinian people. These people are muslim arabs from Jordan, Syria, Iraq and wherever else they came from who thought they would destroy the Jews when the arabs attacked the Jews in 1948. Muslims have no rights to the land that God gave to Israel thousands of years ago, scattered Israel for their disobedience and unbelief, and has now returned them to the land of their forefathers as promised and written in the Holy Scriptures.
I wonder what Bible the Vatican and the archbishop read? And what God they believe in? From what I have been witnessing from the Roman Catholic Church, the heirachy is playing a dangerous game with Jesus Christ by picking and choosing which scriptures to accept and throw away those that don't fit in with their political agenda. There is only one true God, Jesus Christ, the God of Israel who is the God in the Old Testament prophesied to come, as well as the New Testament, fullfilling Old Testament prophecies, which is still on-going.
It appears obvious to me that the Vatican and the archbishop do not believe the Hebrew prophets of the Old Testament, or the writings of the Apostle Paul in Romans Chapter 11 in the New Testament concerning God’s promises to the Jewish people at a future time, which has been taking place since 1948 when Israel was reborn as a nation and ongoing.
- From Romans Chapter 11:
26And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, then shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
27For this is my covenant unto them, when I take away their sins.
28As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father's sakes.
29For the gifts and the calling of God are without repentance.
30For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
31Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
32For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
And Amos 9:11-15 specifically tells us that God will return the Jewish people to their own land of Israel, never again to be pulled out of it.11In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:
12That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this.
13Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
14And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
15And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.
That's relatively easy to understand I would think.
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