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Introduction to Christian Zionism

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"Christian Zionism can be defined as Christian support for the Zionist cause the return of the Jewish people to its biblical homeland in Israel." - Jewish Virtual Library

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What is a Christian Zionist?

Christian Zionism is a Christians belief that the return of the Jews to the Holy Land, and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, is in accordance with Biblical prophecy.

Millions Christians in the USA and else where have a committed belief in the importance of standing with Israel and blessing the Jewish people. The verse most often referred to is Genesis 12:3 in which God tells Abraham I will bless those who bless you and I will curse those who curse you and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.

As Zionism is the belief in the Jewish peoples right to return to their homeland, a Christian Zionist is by definition a Christian who supports the Jewish peoples right to return to their homeland. Under this broad definition, many Christians qualify though their reasons for this support differ. Just as Jews of all persuasions formed the Zionist movement then Christians of all persuasion can also fall within this broad definition of a Christian Zionist.

Read more at: Christian Zionism Defined

Christian Zionism combats Christian antisemitism

A significant amount of Christian antisemitism revolves around the theory of replacement theology. According to this theory Christians replaced the Jews as the chosen people, and Jews have no further role to play in gods designs. Replacement theology, described by Zionism Israel.com as "a bigoted doctrine of the medieval church" is connection with anti-Semitism and specifically the promotion of the charge of Deicide, that is the Jews are blamed for the crucifixion. This charge from the medieval church lead to numerous genocides against the Jewish people in various countries. The church has since appologied and rejected this theology. Christian Zionists are at the forefront of exposing places where this evil lingers.

Christian Zionism Organisations

As there are tens of thousands of churches who support Israel, there are plenty of websites to choose from. The following however is a list of sites which either explain Christian Zionism as their primary purpose, or are sites of Christian Zionist groups or churches with substantial informational content on Christian Zionism.

As a starting poitn and gateway to Christian Zionism we recommend Christian Zionism.org, which contains further information about the other sites listed here.

Christian Zionism and Palestine

Christian Zionism largely grew out of Protestants in Britain and later those in the USA. In 1621, the British MP Sir Henry Finch wrote "The World's Great Restoration", a book in which he encouraged Jews to reassert their claim to the Holy Land. Camped outside Acre in 1799, Napoleon issued a proclamation promising to restore Palestine to the Jews. After this the concept of Christian support shifted back to Britain. Supporters included Lord Lindsay, Lord Shaftesbury Lord Palmerston, Lord Manchester, George Eliot, Holman Hunt, Sir Charles Warren, Hall Caine and others including Disraeli (who was born Jewish but was baptised in the Anglican Church at an early age).

It was Shaftesebury said "There is unbroken identity of Jewish race and Jewish mind down to our times; but the great revival can take place only in the Holy Land." He is also credited with the phrase "A country without a nation for a nation without a country," this later become a Zionist slogan "A land without a people for a people without a land." While recognising the right of todays Palestinians to a country along side Israel, it must be recognised that historically, the Palestinians were no different from other Arab people's within the Otterman empire. Later under the British Mandate of Palestine, some of the people of the Mandate would be come Jordanians, and others would become Palestinians... at the time there was no difference.

A follower of Lord Shaftesbury, F. Laurence Oliphant (1829-1888), an MP and an Evangelical Christian, published a book entitled "The Land of Gilead" (1880), which urged the British Parliament to assist Jews from Russia and Eastern Europe go to Palestine (a plan Israel later persued), and advocating that Palestinian Arabs be removed to reservations like those of the North American Indians (a plan never on the books in Israel, a country that from independence promised freedom for all and today has an Arab minority of 20%).

Sources:

International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, "What is Christian Zionism", 10/1/2006

David Krusch, Christian Zionism, Jewish Virtual Library, 2006

Ami Isseroff, British Support for Jewish Restoration, MidEastWeb.

Selected Articles

Christian Zionism and Land for Peace

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, 30/8/2007

Christian Zionism Defined

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, 10/1/2006

The Christian Zionist: Hated of the World, Blessed of God

by Mikael Knighton, Christians Standing with Israel, 2007

Jewish Statement on Christians & Christianity

The Institute on Christian and Jewish Studies, 7/29/2002

Christians and Jews in Common Cause

Inez Weisman, Christian Zionism.org, 10/1/2006

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