The title is from the Christian Bible (1 Thessalonians 5:21), attributed to Paul the Apostle, possibly (one of) the first of St. Paul’s letters, from 2000 years ago. I know it because that’s what missionaries in the Netherlands quoted to Jews to try to persuade them to look at their strange fire.
Israel won’t have any of it, so it (temporarily) removed a missionary broadcaster. As a democratic State, Israel cannot forbid even this kind of Jew-hatred, as the unhindered existence of a self-proclaimed anti-Zionist press (Haaretz) shows. But it is forbidden in the Jewish State to try to evangelize Jewish minors without their parents’ permission.
I was wondering. I know so many Christians. Christianity also seems to preach good over evil, truth over falsehood, humbleness over arrogance, etc. How come all of the Christian Churches, 75 years after Auschwitz, leave it to Jews to block these Jew-haters? How come, no authentic Christian seems offended that in the name of their Religion, sacred mental genocide is attempted again on G^d’s Own People? They must know that this is a defilement of their beliefs. They must understand that this is no good advertisement for Christianity. They must see this is based on and rooted in lies, arrogance, and evil. How come no one resists or protests?
These are not rhetorical questions. I really have no idea, stunned as I am.
One could ask for a moment what’s wrong with testing all things and holding fast what is good. Well, so many examples come to mind.
Would you try heroin only once? I wouldn’t?
Would these fundamentalists suddenly applaud evolution theory and sex education into their children’s classrooms for one day? Why not?
Would you try a day to give up on Jesus and try Noahidism? You wouldn’t?
This on top of my puzzle of how you can love people but then try changing them. It’s like saying to a date: I love you already and want to marry you; and I made a list of how I want you to change. That’s not love!
God told me that I cannot serve both God and Jesus (I Kings 18:21-37).
The Torah repeatedly says that those who bless the Jews will be blessed and those who curse them will be cursed. I always thought that that’s such an easy, straightforward recommendation.