Sunday, September 11, 2011

John Hagee: A United Belief in God

John Hagee helped to kick off Glenn Beck’s Restoring Courage rally nearly a month ago, but we are only beginning to hear what Hagee was up to during his visit to the Holy Land. Pastor Hagee, the founder and chairman of the Christian Zionist organization Christians United for Israel, participated in several high-level meetings during the week.

(YouTube link) (Start at 01:34)

Hagee welcomed Sheikh Abu-Khader Ja'abari of Hebron to his suite in Jerusalem for a meeting facilitated by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin. Hagee says he spoke with the Shiekh and Rabbi Riskin for nearly two hours about the need to reject violence and develop greater tolerance between religious communities.

"This conversation was illuminating and in many ways inspired my hopes for peace," Hagee says. "I pray that is only the first of many such meetings."

As Riskin sees it, it is critical that the clergy of the three major religions of the world - Judaism, Christianity and Islam—declare together their united belief in a God of love, morality and compassion. He is determined  not to allow the forces of fanaticism and Jihadism to speak for God and to take over the religious message.

"Sheikh Ja’abari is an important and refreshing voice in a religion for peace," Riskin says. "I am proud that my Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation has partnered with the Interfaith Encounter Association, led by Yehuda Stolov, in bringing together Pastor Hagee and Shiekh Ja’abari.”[1]

There are three important points that we should look at concerning this meeting:
  1. Sheikh Abu-Khader Ja'abari is in agreement with Hagee that “Declaring a Palestinian state would be dangerous for the Palestinian people.”[2] [3
  2. The Interfaith Encounter Association is the same organization that wants to convert the Temple Mount into an international place of prayer. [4]
  3. The message carried to the Shiekh is the same message that Glenn Beck was trying to convey during the Restoring Courage rally: unity among Abrahamic faiths.
The Missing Link
The Bahá'í Faith is a relatively new religious movement that split off Islam in 1844. It also considers itself the natural descendant of a chain of revelations that supersede not only Abrahamic religions, but all other world religions as well, reinterpreting all these and its respective founders as manifestations of the will of God. In other words, they believe that each world religion is just a piece of a bigger puzzle, and that we all equally hold Truth. The Bahá'í faith is in agreement with U.N. goals and plays a part in the future world government, has an obelisk on their Israel-based property, and is the prototype for world religion in the future. What is happening today is only leading up to their darker goals. For more information on the Bahá'í faith, read this series of posts. Part 1 Part 2

"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." Colossians 2:8