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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

A Contradiction in Terms

Ed Milliband, the British Labour Party leader, has described himself as a "Jewish Atheist'. On a recent visit to Jerusalem he professed that he does not believe in God, but that he does still have ‘faith’. He said: "I have a particular faith. I describe myself as a Jewish atheist. I’m Jewish by birth origin and it’s a part of who I am. I don’t believe in God, but I think faith is a really, really important thing to a lot of people. It provides nourishment for lots of people".

According to him this faith is perfectly compatible with being an atheist and gives him hope that he can ‘change the world’. He would be the first Jewish prime minister if he were to win the next election.

To describe himself as a "Jewish atheist" is a contradiction in terms. An anecdote is related by Dr Robert Steele, in his Exposition of the Shorter Catechism, of an ancient Prince who once asked his Chaplain to give him some clear evidence of the truth of Christianity in a few words. The Chaplain replied in four words, "The Jews, your Majesty!"

The Jewish people and nation exist today because God exists. There would be no Jewish nation if there was no God. There would be no land of Israel if it were not for the existence of God and His placement of Israel in that land, in ancient time, and His ongoing promise to them of inheriting that land.

This promised land, lying on the shores of the sea, which bears the name 'Mediterranean', meaning 'middle of the earth' is theirs by divine gift. God put them there physically as a people/nation in the very centre of the earth. It is not by accident or by chance that the cross on Calvary's hill, upon which His eternal Son, who was incarnated of a Jewish woman and died almost two millennia ago, stood close to the centre of the world.

The Jewish people are the descendants of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob. God chose Abraham and his descendants out of all the peoples of the earth:
Genesis 12:1-3: Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed; 
Deuteronomy 4:37: And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt; 
Deuteronomy 10:15: Only the LORD had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all people, as it is this day.

This made the descendants of Abraham a very privileged people:
Deuteronomy 4:7,8: For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for? And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? 
2 Samuel 7:23: And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods?

The Jews are one of many testimonies to the existence of God. Ed Milliband of all people cannot logically say there is no God!


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