One hears much about “anti-semitic attacks against Jews. What is less talked about are the many and increasing acts of violence against Christians.
At the Catholic Church in Galilee which marks the spot where Jesus fed five-thousand people, Jewish terrorists recent set it on fire.
The Galilee church where Jesus was believed to have performed miracle of feeding 5,000 followers was set alight in arson attack carried out by extremist Jewish settlers.
Hebrew graffiti was also scrawled across the walls of Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish.
An adviser to the Catholic Church blamed Jewish extremists for the “deplorable” attack after Israeli police said there is a “strong possibility” the fire was started deliberately.
The current structure was built on the remains of a fifth-century Byzantine church at Tabgha on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, where many Christians believe Jesus fed 5,000 followers with just five loaves and two fish.
Police confirmed there was extensive damage to both inside and outside the building after the fire broke out in the middle of the night.
A monk and a church volunteer were hospitalised from smoke inhalation, but the incredibly, the prayer area was unaffected.
“It’s deplorable, absolutely deplorable,” Father Gregory Collins, head of the Order of Saint Benedict in Israel, said. “I consider such an attack to be not just an attack on a religious site, on a sanctuary, but also on one of the most visited places in Israel.”
“It is also an attack on freedom of speech, democracy and the right to live here,” he added. (source)
While it is not correct to attribute this one attack to all Jews, it nevertheless must be pointed out.
There are people who really hate Jews because they are Jews, or Christians for being Christians, or blacks for being black or whites for being white. These kinds of evils all must be exposed because of the fact that such things are evil.
Jews have received a lot of attention for being “persecuted” in society, and practically have had all other groups when talking about them in relationship to persecution and Jews be labeled as the persecutor. The fact is, that Jews have also a long history as persecutors against others. The Old and New Testaments make this clear, that Jews have systematically persecuted people, including their own, for doing what is right or because they were not members of their particular racial group.
The fight between the true Israel of God (the Church) and the synagogue of Satan (those who subscribe to Judaic philosophy post-Christ of the Sadduccean or Pharisaic variety, which while disproportionately constituted of persons having a Jewish ethnicity is not conditional upon being ethnically Jewish) is one over the nature of salvation. Does it mean to be a member of the “chosen people” by grace, or by race, and does one live to serve, love, and be happy with God and enter unity with Him, or instead to take the exact opposite approach and so by giving aggrandizement to the self, attempt to “use” God or the concept of God to promote one’s own self and by this to attempt to commit the sin of Eden and to “become” god?
This is the true fight, and is the reason for the vicious hatred displayed towards Christ by the Jews and lives on through the vicious treatment of Christians whenever Jews are given or believe that they have been given legal right to have power over Christians. One only needs to look at the horrors of the Bolshevik Revolution, the Holodomor, the Gulags, National Socialism, Marxism, predatory capitalism, and the anti-Christian legal permissions opened by the Trump administration in the name of “preventing anti-semitism” as proof of this, for all of these things have been supported, promoted, directed, and defended overwhelmingly by Jews while these same people will cry out, as they strike others, that they are the ones being struck and persecuted and deserving of special treatment.
For this reason, it is incumbent that Christians continue to pray for the conversion of the Jews, something that all of the saints have implored throughout the ages, and which is even more important today given the current situation. One should never forget that St. Paul, a vicious Jewish persecutor of Christians, himself became a Christian by a miracle, which while details are not given, likely happened in part because of the prayers and sacrifices of other Christians, and most likely some of those who he was persecuting.
As such, let us always remember to maintain balance, and that is to criticize when it is necessary, but to do so in such a way as to teach, to assist others in understanding that which is hard to comprehend, and to convict in order that one may have the hope of conversion and salvation, for no man is above criticism or lacking wholly in hope.