Question: How can the Berean Call stand behind Israel and the Jews who occupy it?…They don’t believe the Bible, Old or New Testaments....They hate Jesus (God). The Talmud teaches that He’s burning in hell….If they hate Jesus, they hate the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob! They teach their people to spit at Christian cemeteries when they walk by! They do not believe Jesus is the Messiah (1 John:2:22-23)! If the Jews don’t believe in Jesus, they don’t believe in God, plain and simple! Christians are supposed to back them no matter what? You’re out of your mind!
Response: Although examples can be found of those following the error of Talmudic teaching, clearly all Jews do not practice these things. To answer some of your questions, however, who has said “Christian’s are supposed to back [Jews] no matter what”? Support for the right to exist of the state of Israel or any other nation or people does not mean that we condone or approve the wrong they may do.
Much of what you have said is another reminder that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom:3:23). It’s one thing to recognize what the Lord has said in regard to Israel and something else to understand that many in Israel (as everywhere) are sinful and lost. Many Jews consider themselves agnostics or atheists. Consider what the Lord himself has stated regarding mankind in general: “There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way…become unprofitable...none that doeth good....Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Rom:3:10-18).
What you have said about Israel is applicable to all of humanity. Yet the Lord speaks of the purpose that He yet has for them—that He will bring Israel back into the land before their prophesied end-time national repentance (Jer:5:10, 18, 30:11; 46:28; Ezk 11:13, 16-17, etc.). He will return to save them before that time as well (Zec 14). They must return to the land, and many are there now, though still in disobedience and rebellion to their Creator.
Nevertheless, the Lord distinctly said, “Though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished” (Jer:30:11—emphasis added). And that’s not the end of the promises of God. Scripture declares, “And I will sow her [Israel] unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God” (Hos:2:23).
We cannot too often be reminded that the prophet Joel recorded that the Lord said, “I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel [emphasis added], whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land” (Joel:3:2; see also Zec 7,8, etc.). Finally, the Apostle Paul also noted that God was far from finished with the nation of Israel. “I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot [Know] ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? How he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets and digged down thine altars…But what saith answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal” (See Rom:11:1-25). Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul writes in Romans:11:5, “Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.” The authenticity of the entire Bible rests upon the continuation of the nation of Israel according to God’s plan.