Are the Israeli Jews Friendly To The Christian Faith ?

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  1. pinoybaptist

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    Is any Christian allowed to stand in street corners passing out tracts, or to street preach, just as they do in other countries ?
    Are they unbridledly free to go "witnessing" door to door in Israel ?
    Is the government of Israel tolerant of the Christian faith, and allow proselytizing of devout and/or nominal Jews ?
    Please.
    Factual answers. On your integrity and honor.
    I honestly want to know.
    I haven't been there, and have heard some who have been there say, when I was still in the Arminian camp, that, as a matter of fact, the Jewish government, religion, and people are as intolerant of the Christian faith as any intolerant country in the world.
    I have not swallowed that hook, line, and sinker, but, there is that nagging question which I would like answers to.
    I know that the Gaithers have done shows there, and that "Christians" make their pilgrimages there, and have their church buildings there, but, I am asking about the day to day relationships.
     
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    I have been told by someone from Israel that it is illegal to proselytise in Israel. How strictly this is enforced, I know not. I do know that the Israeli Jews I know here in Arkansas are very open to discussing all religions with anyone. I have sat in the kitchen of one of their homes, at their invitation, and shared the Gospel to them.

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    Thanks, Joseph.
    But I would like to know about Jews in Israel.
    Even the fundamentalist Muslim will probably allow the "witnessing Christian' to seat in his kitchen and share the gospel with them.
    That is easy to do in a free environment.
    But what about in a strict environment like a Judaist country, or a strict Muslim country.
     
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    I vote for sending you to sit down with a fundamentalist muslim and share Jesus with him . . .

    My friend's father (average muslim) went to the police and filled out the paper work to have his son killed . . .

    I pray that your convert is better than average.

    God bless


     
  5. Soulman

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    Although they enjoy the support of Christians, from what I understand they are not very tolerant of their own being christians. I have heard that if they know you are a christian and are trying to return to Israel they will try to block you. This is heresay. It is just what I heard. I personally love the nation and people of Israel and understand their blindness has been to my benefit.
     
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    Well, as a matter of fact, I have had the experience of sharing the gospel to two or three very fundamental (but I don't know if they're jihadists) Muslim co-workers in the past three years in different work places, and this was post 9/11.

    Of course, it was the gospel from my point of view as a Primitive Baptist.

    One of them had actually gone to church with me and my wife twice.

    I don't know about his conversion, though.

    As for your friend's father, did that incident happen here, or somewhere else.

    If it happened somewhere else, then please note that I spoke in my post about the environment in which the gospel is shared.

    From the account, I figure it must have happened in Pakistan.
     
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    Yeah, that's exactly what I heard, too, and I count it as hearsay too because those who said it heard it from another.

    That's why I'm asking for clarification.

    There has to be somebody in this most visited, most populated Board that have first hand information.

    This question keeps popping up in my mind whenever I hear the likes of John Hagee preaching about the need and necessity to always be supportive of Israel and all that stuff.

    I think to myself, "why" ? I mean, sure I support Israel over Muslims anytime but that is for political reasons only, nothing else.

    As for loving that nation and people, on what basis.

    Simply the basis that Jesus Christ came from them ? But Jesus could have come from the Filipino people, or the Spanish people, or the Commanches, if He wanted to, so I don't think that's a good enough reason.
     
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    i dont know really.

    but i do know that ray comfort and others have done alot of open air preaching over there.

    if you care to watch some of it - i dont know if you can find it on google video or not. but it is on their open air preaching dvd.

    God bless.
     
  9. Andy T.

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    I think Romans 11:28 gives the balance we need:

    "Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers."

    Paul is talking about the Jews. Some Christians take it too far even to the point that they think Jews are already saved and do not need to trust in Christ. They also think Israel can do no wrong. But other Christians go the opposite extreme (usually non-dispensationalists) and shrug their shoulders at Israel and treat her with contempt. There needs to be a balance. They are enemies of the Church in the sense they reject Christ now. But at some point, they will turn to Christ and be saved. When will that happen? Not until the end (right before the millennium). Until then, we pray for them, hoping for that day to be soon.
     

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