To the Gazans and other Palestinians: Christian Zionists have lost it

I have always been completely opposed to the right-wing, militant (violent), self-styled, so-called Christian Zionists.

Their favorite verse from the Bible is not from the New Testament but the Old Testament: "And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee...." They typically leave off the end. "And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." (Genesis 12:3)

The "thee" there is Abraham as a nation, a people. Biblically, the Palestinian Arabs in Gaza are descendants of Abraham just as much as are any ethnic Jews. The argument between Judaism and Islam concerns the line of succession or inheritance resulting from the traditional blessing fathers bestowed during that era upon the father's chosen son, that son's seed, tribe, nation. The Jewish Bible says Abraham chose Isaac. The Qur'an says it was Ishmael, Isaac's older half-brother. It's a blood feud.

Isaac's son Jacob was given the Biblical name "Israel." Jacob's second son, Judah, is the namesake of Judaism.

That's just a tiny bit of the background.

To the point, we want to understand Genesis 12:3 via proper Christian interpretation. The term "bless" there is similar to the human blessing I mentioned concerning the feud between Judaism and Islam. It's more than a worldly blessing though in Genesis 12:3 if read from a Christian perspective, a perspective that sheds new light upon the meaning of the terms not understood during Old Testament times. The New Testament is a revelation upon the Old. Reading the Old without the New is being incomplete. The New says there is more to come. More has come and will continue to.

The said Christian Zionists read Genesis 12:3 with the Old Testament limited understanding. That's what's wrong with them.

It's actually a very simple matter to show that those Christian Zionists are wrong in their most basic understanding. It's fundamental, but they don't seem readily able to hear or see it. Some are moving away from the limited understanding, however. Thank God for that!

"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." (Matthew 5:44) That's Jesus. You can't properly interpret Genesis in a Christian light without Jesus. It's impossible. That verse isn't quoted to suggest that all Palestinians or all Gazans (who are a subset of the Palestinian Arabs) are cursing all the Jews or even any of them in the fake that's called "The Jewish State of Israel." The point of the quote is to give you a clear sense of the Christian calling to return good and to do good no matter whether one is being good or bad and to preach that requirement for righteous behavior and salvation to all. Simply claiming to believe is not enough. Believing and doing is what's required: forever fail to do, never get there, never arrive at salvation/Heaven.

Jesus is God. He said, "Bless them that curse you." Genesis says, "I will ... curse him." That's supposed to be God too. Can you reconcile the two? Why would God teach us to bless those who curse while God curses those who curse? That's why it's called a revelation. That's why Jesus is the greatest prophet. It doesn't feel satisfying if just left there. It raises questions. The answer lies in the requirement placed upon those chosen if they were to be kept from suffering the negative consequences of evil choices. The Chosen People didn't follow everything they were instructed to follow. The fact that they would not follow the requirements was predicted/prophesied. Prophecy is more than mere prediction, however.

If you're still not making the simple connection, the Christian Zionists don't lead the Jews in Israel to be Christlike toward the Palestinians. The Christian Zionists themselves, aren't Christlike toward the Palestinians. They aren't even Christians in fellowship with Palestinian Christians, quite the contrary. The Christian Zionists curse those Palestinians. They promote war and violence and such be made upon those Palestinians for daring to tell the truth that, violently and through acts of terror, the Zionists stole the land of those Palestinians.

It's important to know that Jesus bestowed the blessing upon his followers, including his Palestinian followers those self-styled Christian Zionists persecute through the political and religious Jewish Zionist Project, which obviously has no Christianity in it at all.

Palestinian Christians inherit Heaven, including when it comes to Earth. So-called Christian Zionists have no Christian basis whatsoever for their statements and actions. They are hugely anti-Christs. They're damning themselves. I'm glad some are waking up. More will.

Do you understand? It's extremely clear. Only idiots and ignoramuses can't get it. Those who get it and pretend I'm wrong are liars: harsh but true.

Tom Usher

About Tom Usher

Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.