My co-author of Yahweh The Two-Faced God, Dr. Scott D. de Hart and I pointed out in that book the possibility that the apocalyptic expectations, at least of evangelical Christians, was cleverly manipulated during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to support a geopolitical agenda of the projection of Western power into the Middle East in the guise ofa Zionist state. We further observed that the agenda seen from the perspective of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries appears to be setting up Samuel Huntington's "clash of civilizations" in the form of a clash of what we called "the Three Great Yahwisms" in that book, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Well, in that light there's this news from Y Net:
One may take note of the opening paragraphs:
"In a special interview with Die Tagespost last week, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal, named by Pope Benedict to represent the Vatican in the Jewish State, declared that “Israel’s existence as such has nothing to do with the Bible.” He then compared Christians’ condition in today’s Jerusalem with Jesus’ Passion: 'We Christians never forget that even our Lord himself suffered and was mocked in Jerusalem.'
Twal's position on Israel and the Bible has been embraced at the highest levels in the Catholic Church. The Vatican synod in 2010 declared that Israel cannot use the Biblical concept of a promised land or a chosen people. 'We Christians cannot speak about the Promised Land for the Jewish people', the synod’s document said. 'There is no longer a chosen people. The concept of the promised land cannot be used as a base for the justification of the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of Palestinians.'"
While Patriarch Twal's statements and the Vatican's synod essentially reflect classic Christian doctrine, as we also pointed out in Yahweh the Two-Faced God, the rise of the Rapture-pre-millenial dispensational "theology" changed all that, at least for that segment of Christianity.
Note then what we have: an insurmountable and growing tension between the three Yahwisms, with the historical segments of Christianity, in the name of their doctrine, siding politically with Muslims in Palestine, while the evangelical wing, predominant primarily in the USA, continue more or less blindly to support the Zionist state, in contravention of that doctrine and in support of their new doctrine. In other words, the tensions are growing not only as a result of geopolitical considerations but also as a result of religious tensions.
We suggested in that book that this was an inherent and systemic problem endemic to each of the three Yahwisms, and the statements of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem only tend to magnify that point.
See you on the flip side.....