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Christian living

Loving those who don’t love you

loveI confess that I love to read revenge books. I especially like the author Lee Child.  Child’s novels are all about an ex-military police major, Jack Reacher.   Reacher, as he is known, is a no-nonsense guy, a man’s man who goes about getting justice his own way.  You don’t want Reacher to be chasing after you because Jack Reacher definitely does not love his enemies, nor does he do good to those who hate him.  The Reacher series includes the books: Bad luck and Trouble; Make Me; Personal; Killing Floor; and Die Trying. I’m sure you get the picture.

In the world’s eyes, Reacher is a hero and a winner.  But not so much in God’s eyes.  

In Luke 6:27-36, Jesus tells us to be the exact opposite of Jack Reacher: to love our enemies and to do good to those who hate us.   This passage is of the most challenging of the teachings of Jesus.

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Zionism

Who are the people of God: the church or Israel?

downloadBridges for Peace is a Christian organisation that is very pro the modern state of Israel and state on their website:

“Through programs both in Israel and worldwide, we are giving Christians the opportunity to actively express their biblical responsibility before God to be faithful to Israel and the Jewish community.  Israel is central to God’s plan for mankind. Pick up your Bible and leaf through the pages. It won’t be long before you see Israel. God chose to reveal Himself to the world through the Jewish people in the Land of Israel. We were blessed through them to receive the Word of God; our Messiah, Yeshua; and salvation. While some Christians have the idea that God is finished with Israel and is now only embracing the Church, that is not God’s idea.”

Bridges for Peace view themselves as Christian Zionists and teach that the modern state of Israel is the fulfilment of Old Testament prophecy and vital to the unfolding of the plan of God for the world.  They would say that God has one plan for the church and another plan for Israel.