“Behold, I will bring of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie. Behold, I will make them to come and adore before thy feet. And they shall know that I have loved thee.”
Once in a while you hear about Jews vilifying Christians, generally liberal Jews and rarely in the form of death threats. Recently a group of Orthodox Jewish extremists spray painted the Dormition Abbey with the Hebrew text saying things like “Death to the heathen Christians, the enemies of Israel”, “Let his (Jesus’) name and memory be obliterated” and “Christians to Hell”. This sounds like something Muslims would do, but sure enough it was Jews.
It’s ironic how Christians are the biggest donors for Israel and its biggest supporters, but somehow Christians are still “the enemies of Israel”. Ironic how some Jews play the race card to justify their own hatred of Christians and of God Himself. While many Jews do respect Christianity and do seem to practice the Law in love of God (hence God’s way of drawing them to Him closer to the New Covenant), there are others who practice the Law out of routine. Our Lord Jesus Christ, who Himself obeyed the Law, but warned out those who observed the Law in lip service: “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me” (Matthew 15:8).
Many in the Church are now preaching duel covenant theology which means God sets two standards: the New Covenant was made for the Gentiles and the Old Covenant was made for the Israelites (hence the Jews) and that they can each be saved by their proper Covenant. We know that the Old Covenant simply was meant to foreshadow the New Covenant and the New to fulfill the Old. That does not mean God does not keep His promises: He is no swindler.
Obedience to rituals does not save, but the grace of God does. Simply observing the rituals of the Law does not mean one loves the God who founded the Law. Jesus Christ said that “the whole law and the prophets depend on” loving God and our neighbor (as ourselves) [cf. Matthew 22:40]. The rituals of the Law were simply shadows of the things to come (rf. Colossians 2:17), namely the Sacraments and grace in faith and works.
If they do not have love, then they do not have God. One who does not love does not truly have God. So those Jews who observe the Old Covenant but hate Christ and His followers do not truly have God, but pay Him lip service, as if they truly followed Him and observed His Law, then their devotion would leave them to a deeper love of Christ and His Church, not vice versa.
Of course this would anger some Jews who feel their biological relationship to Abraham makes them superior to the Gentiles as God’s Chosen People. Yet they forget that the prophets of Israel prophesied of a Messiah who would gather the Gentiles to worship the Lord in Jerusalem. Look today: Gentiles from all over the world believing Jesus to be the Messiah come in the thousands every year to pray at the sacred sites of the Holy Land. Many Jews like Benjamin Netanyahu can appreciate this, but others like those belonging to the Kahanist movement do not seem to get this into their heads and hearts. That is why they burn down churches, monasteries, spray paint on their walls, and as here suggests, vandalize cemeteries.
For more information: http://en.lpj.org/2016/01/09/desecration-in-a-cemetery-at-beit-jimal/
No, these aren’t Muslims.