Why I Stand with Israel

I stand with Israel flag

My profile photo on Flickr is the flag of Israel with the words I stand with Israel. Someone from Turkey (I think) asked me on Flickr, very politely, to explain why I support Israel. This is my answer to him:

Hi,

I hope you are well, too.

Thank you for your kind question.

The reason I support Israel is that I am a Christian and I believe that the Jews are God’s chosen people and that the land of Israel was given to them as an eternal heritage.

Here’s some bible passages that I base my beliefs and thinking on Israel and the Jews:

ISRAEL AS GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE

For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.

Deuteronomy 7:6

THE LAND OF ISRAEL GIVEN TO JEWS FOR EVERLASTING POSSESSION

7 And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. 8 Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”

Genesis 17:7-8

Maybe you know this but the Bible is a special book among all books in the world because it proves that it was inspired by the All Mighty God. The way it proves this is by prophecy. It tells us beforehand things that will take place. There are hundreds and hundreds of prophecies in the Bible that have happened just as it said in the Bible. One of these prophecies is this, about the return of Israel to its land (there are many many other places in the Bible that talk about this):

“For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the LORD: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it. And these [are] the words that the LORD spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah.” Jeremiah 30: 3,4

The most important prophecies in the Bible are of course the ones that talk about Jesus, who was born as a Jew from his mother’s side but was and is God on his father’s side, meaning that Jesus is God who became man to take and carry all our sins so that we would not have to die. (Because God said the wages of sin is Death.) So, if we repent of our sins and believe that Jesus is God we will be saved based on his death and resurrection. This is the best news in the world!

Jesus loves you, too.

Best wishes,

Markus

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First Step in the Process of White Becoming Black

“Suppose one reads a story of filthy atrocities in the paper. Then suppose that something turns up suggesting that the story might not be quite true, or not quite so bad as it was made out. Is one’s first feeling, `Thank God, even they aren’t quite so bad as that,’ or is it a feeling of disappointment, and even a determination to cling to the first story for the sheer pleasure of thinking your enemies as bad as possible? If it is the second then it is, I am afraid, the first step in a process which, if followed to the end, will make us into devils. You see, one is beginning to wish that black was a little blacker. If we give that wish its head, later on we shall wish to see grey as black, and then to see white itself as black. Finally, we shall insist on seeing everything – God and our friends and ourselves included – as bad, and not be able to stop doing it: we shall be fixed for ever in a universe of pure hatred.” – C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity