A Few Additional Points on: "Bob Dylan and Christian Zionism," by Jeff Taylor, CounterPunch

First of all and on balance, the linked article is more helpful than not but needs help to be clearer regarding Christianity, not what Bob Dylan necessarily thinks about Christianity, though the article may be inadequately expressing Bob's understanding of semantics and word connotations. I suspect so.

So, read the article first.

11261501Bob Dylan has made a reappearance in the public eye this past year with the release of his album Shadows in the Night and the issuing of a set of outtakes from his classic mid-1960s LPs. The state …

Source: Bob Dylan and Christian Zionism

The following are key points concerning the real nature of Christianity:

Supersession is definitely in the message of Jesus. The "Jewish People" convert in the end. That's the remnant. They are among the meek.

"Gaebelein exemplified a type of premillennial eschatology that had apolitical or anarchistic implications." Wrong. Christianity is not apolitical or anarchistic at all. Politics and government in Christianity are Christian. The politics of a Christian is Christianity. The government of a Christian is the Kingdom of Heaven (of Jesus Christ, of the Father, and of the Holy Spirit) come to Earth. To state otherwise for the Christian is to allow the language, the terms, to be co-opted by, and for, anti-Christ purposes. The politics and government of, by, and for the Christian are completely non-secular.

Even when the ancient Hebrew governments were officially linked to Judaism, unthinking support for political leaders was folly, with the prophets being a continual reminder of this fact. After the united kingdom of Saul, David, and Solomon split into southern and northern kingdoms, the majority of the subsequent rulers were bad, according to Scripture. In Judah, 10 of the 18 kings “did what was evil in the sight of the LORD.” The track record in Israel was even worse: 19 of the 19 kings were evil.[3] It is unclear why Jews or Christians should assume that Begin or Netanyahu are any better than these ancient rulers.

Exactly! However, the rulers said to be "good" according to the quotation also fell short of Jesus's standard. Since Jesus, it has no longer been sufficient to be only as "good" as what was taken for good in most of the Old Testament, though there were Old Testament prophets who did apparently realize and acknowledge that a much higher standard was coming. It arrived in the form of Jesus Christ.

I don't want to make this a huge essay. There's a great deal more that could be said. For instance, there is life and then there is life, and life is not limited to just two spots on the spectrum of existence.

I leave you with this to ponder in that regard.

(Matthew 6:25) Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

(Matthew 7:14) Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

(Matthew 10:39) He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

(Matthew 16:25) For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

(Matthew 18:8) Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.

(Matthew 18:9) And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

(Matthew 19:17) And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

(Matthew 19:29) And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

(Matthew 20:28) Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

(Matthew 25:46) And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

(Mark 3:4) And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.

(Mark 8:35) For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.

(Mark 9:43) And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

(Mark 9:45) And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

(Mark 10:30) But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

(Mark 10:45) For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

(Luke 6:9) Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?

(Luke 8:14) And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

(Luke 9:24) For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

(Luke 12:15) And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

(Luke 12:22) And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.

(Luke 12:23) The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.

(Luke 14:26) If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

(Luke 17:33) Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

(Luke 18:30) Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.

(Luke 21:34) And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.

(John 1:4) In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

(John 3:15) That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

(John 3:16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

(John 3:36) He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

(John 4:14) But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

(John 4:36) And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.

(John 5:24) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

(John 5:26) For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

(John 5:29) And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

(John 5:39) Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

(John 5:40) And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

(John 6:27) Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

(John 6:33) For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

(John 6:35) And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

(John 6:40) And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

(John 6:47) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

(John 6:48) I am that bread of life.

(John 6:51) I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

(John 6:53) Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

(John 6:54) Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

(John 6:63) It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

(John 8:12) Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

(John 10:10) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

(John 10:11) I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

(John 10:15) As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

(John 10:17) Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

(John 10:28) And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

(John 11:25) Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

(John 12:25) He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

(John 12:50) And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

(John 13:38) Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.

(John 14:6) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

(John 15:13) Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

(John 17:2) As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

(John 17:3) And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

By the way, the more I learn about Bob Dylan after his conversion to Christianity, the more I like him. Of course, I already loved him in the Christian sense. Love in that sense is no less deep than is life, as discussed above.

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