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Nervous emotions are generated around the topic of Israel as a nation. My cousin lived in Israel for four years. He enjoyed the religious diversity however it created tense and too often, panicky, sensitivities.

When Israel is in the news, my prayers sort of go into instant motion, praying for peace. Praying for the wisdom to overcome religious divisiveness fuming from “It’s my right, not yours, to live in Israel.”

I always thought it was weird to argue over dirt. The dirt didn’t come first.

Israel is the name Jacob took on, after he wrestled within his own consciousness. It all came about when Jacob was going to see his estranged brother, Esau, who got pretty pissed at Jacob when they were younger. Jacob was afraid Esau would take revenge. The night before the meeting, Jacob had a bad dream you could say, but his conflicting thoughts battled it out until love and forgiveness and a trust in goodness won out. Or in other words, God won. Jacob’s fear faded and he went on to meet Esau, who did indeed outgrow the old vow for revenge.

So, the word Israel was the name of a person first. Then came talk about “the people of Israel.” Jacob/Israel’s children and friends who identified with him.

Because we can’t own a person, or at least we shouldn’t since it leads to no good, it’s easier for me to not argue on any side of who should declare the state/dirt of Israel their own. It helps keep my prayers cleaner, I think. I can better see God loves us all, equally, no matter where we live. God didn’t give us dirt to own, but spiritual qualities.

From 21st Century Science and Health

“Repression, torture, dictatorship, intolerance, and bloodshed, wherever found, arise from the belief that the infinite is formed after the paradigm of human personalities, passions, and urges. Nations owe their untrustworthy governments to their prevalent misconceptions of God.

“The legacy of the tribe of Judah shows that beliefs engendering a national theology or political religion are the antithesis of true Christianity. Narrow systems and theories concerning God, human beings, health, and a religious society, are restrictive. The argument that accused Jesus of “making himself equal with God,”[1] is the same argument that resists a Christianity built on the foundation of Spirit. Jesus taught as he was inspired by the Maker and would recognize no life, intelligence, or substance outside God.

“As the true knowledge of God becomes evident, the dated concept of God as a mighty hero, lord, or king, will continue to vanish.

“The true Logos is demonstrably divine Science, the natural law of harmony which overcomes the pseudo-law of disorder. Science is not supernatural or superhuman, nor is it an infraction of divine law, but is the unchangeable law of God, good, overcoming disorder.”

 

 

[1] John 5:18

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