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day 36 | john 15-16

Jesus is talking to the disciples about the persecution they will suffer because they follow him. The consequences are marginalization and death. They will be kicked out of their communities because they follow him. They will be killed because they seek to emulate him in mind, body, and spirit. Even though the disciples and their persecutors believe in and worship the same God, they will be at odds. Jesus is saying that because these people will kick them out and kill them, they do not know God.

I think this says something of the character of God, revealed through the life of Jesus.

God includes all people and values the lives of all people.

As we've seen throughout the gospels, Jesus only teaches those who wish to be taught, but serves all people. Healing does not require discipleship. A meal does not require obedience. Jesus was moved with compassion for everyone, and his heart was hard only toward those who would withhold life and blessing - shalom - from everyone.

Biblical Antisemitism

On The Future Shaykh

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

This will serve as a rebuttal against Conservative Evangelical Christians that believe supporting Israel and the Jewish people is a religious obligation. The references used in this note are only a scratch on the surface of the antisemitism in the Bible and I encourage everyone to do their own research on this issue. I am in no way promoting violence towards any particular person, group of people, nationality, religion, etc. I am merely "preaching" what the Bible has to say on this issue, so, uh, religious freedom and freedom of speech ;)

Origins of the Jews

The Jews were originally known as Bani Israel in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). They were chosen by YHVH* to be his nation of people; a sort of blatant religious racism that only the Jews could have come up with. It all started with the promise made by YHVH to Abraham, "And I will establish my covenant between me and thee, and between thy seed after thee in their generations, by a perpetual covenant: to be a God to thee, and to thy seed after thee." [Genesis 17:7] This promise was repeated to Bani Israel with the words "Because thou art a holy people to YHVH thy God: and he chose thee to be his peculiar people of all nations that are upon the earth." [Deuteronomy 14:2] Unfortunately for Bani Israel, this promise was not unconditional; it came with some conditions, the biggest one being the requirement that they hear the voice of YHVH and keep his commandments. In the eloquent words of the Bible, "If therefore you will hear my voice, and keep my covenant, you shall be my peculiar possession above all people: for all the earth is mine." [Exodus 19:5] One of the ways that this would manifest itself is when Bani Israel would be a holy and priestly nation. "And you shall be to me a priestly kingdom, and an holy nation. Those are the words thou shalt speak to the children of Israel." [Exodus 19:6] Unfortunately for Bani Israel, there was the threat that if they did not keep the covenant, their status as chosen people would pass from them.

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