Monday, August 6, 2012

Member of Israeli Parliament Destroys Bible

Israeli politicians were sent copies of the Holy Bible in Hebrew by The Bible Society in Israel. Most chose to ignore it, but Michael Ben Ari took a stronger position. He is wrong that the book incites hatred of Jews. That is simply ignorant. Evil men use their distorted interpretations of sacred scriptures to justify their evil deeds and this is not unique to so-called "Christians." Consider how Mohammad Atta used a distortion of the Qur'an to justify the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

That said,  Michael Ben Ari rightly recognizes that the New Testament understanding of Jesus as the fulfillment of Messianic expectation is dangerous to Judaism. It is dangerous because it exposes the division within the Sanhedrin over Jesus and Paul's writings demonstrate that Christianity is the natural heir to the Faith of Abraham.

MK Michael Ben Ari, a member of Israeli Parliament, destroys the New Testament
Photo: Itamar Ben-Gvir
“This abominable book (the New Testament) galvanized the murder of millions of Jews during the Inquisition and during auto da fe instances,” Ben Ari said adding that “Sending the book to MK’s is a provocation. There is no doubt that this book and all it represents belongs in the garbage can of history.”

The Jerusalem Post also reported that Knesset member Masud Gnaim (a Muslim) commented on the issue:

“I got a copy of the New Testament in the mail, too, but I never thought to rip it up or burn it. As a Muslim, I respect all religions’ holy books.”

The Knesset’s only Christian MK, Hanna Sweid (Hadash), called for legal action against Ben Ari.

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