Am I the only one the perceives a great deal of confusion among Christians about the status of the today's physical Jews, especially in the current day nation of
But what about today? Is the nation of
I detect several responses to the question of the current Jewish status and role. Some conclude that Jesus came with an original plan to establish his kingdom, but resistance from the Jews of His day caused a postponement which led to the church age in which we now live. Jesus will return someday to finally establish His kingdom on earth which will include the reinstitution of old Judaic practices. Many of this persuasion insist that the Jews exist under a different covenant arrangement with God than the Gentiles, even today, meaning that they don't have to comply with Gospel requirements like everyone else. Others say the Jews must accept Jesus but that God has plan to bring about a total conversion of the Jews in the future, apparently through some sort of divine intervention which does not apply to the rest of the world. In both these views the Jews remain a special people who retain God's favor even though they currently reject Christ. People in both these Christian camps are sold on the need to curry God's favor by aiding and abetting the current day nation of
Finally other Christians believe that God ended His special arrangement with the Jews at the cross and that current day
The Jewish question introduces one more way some in the church teach alternative ways to be okay with God. There is the normal way- accept Jesus as Savior. The Jewish way- be born into the right group. The irresponsible way- die very young or be born with a reduced mental capacity.
No one seems to notice or care that these exceptions to the rule mean there is no real rule, just conjecture, assertion, and surmise. If Jews are an exception, kids are an exception, and the mentally challenged are an exception, very likely heaven will be largely populated by exceptions. The exceptions become the rule and those that followed the rules become the exceptions. That's the problem with exceptions to the rules; they just multiply to the point where the rule has no force. It is a rule in theory but not in practice.
The granting of any exceptions by the church is the Achilles heel of Orthodoxy. Either they condemn to hell all who do not obey, without exceptions; or they lose the power of hell all together. If the church can conjure up some exceptions from the weak evidence in support of the continuing preeminence of