Paul wrote Michael Freund in response to “Mr. President, the world’s fate is in your hands”:
Look not to the arm of flesh – Bush, but to the One Who appeared in the burning bush.
Go to our site, Michael. We have heard from Him, and it is all there for you see.
Actually, if you had read my article, you would have seen that I explicitly wrote: “Of course, regardless of what you [President Bush] decide, G-d will save His people Israel. Deliverance comes from Him, and Him alone. But each of us must do our part to help bring it about.” Hence, I look only to G-d for salvation.
But ironically enough, it is you who look to the “arm of flesh” in that you believe in Jesus, who was a mere mortal of flesh and blood.
How sad that before taking the time to explore your own religion, you chose instead to abandon it for something else.
I did read your article. I did not, however, believe what you said about yourself as much as I believed what you did. You wrote an open letter to the President of the United States begging him to save Israel by bombing Iran. So you can tell me that you trust in God all you like, but it is a lie; you are putting your trust in the might of men.
This is not my opinion; it is the Word of God and the testimony of His prophets out of your very own religious guide:
“Woe to the rebellious children, says the LORD, that take counsel, but not of Me; and that cover with a covering, but not of My spirit, that they may add sin to sin: That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at My mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt! Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion” (Isaiah 30:1-3 KJV).
Here is another example of the evil you commit and a rebuke to your appeal to a heathen nation for protection:
“Then Rezin, king of Aram, and Pekah, son of Remaliah, king of Israel, came up to Jerusalem to make war; and they made an attack on Ahaz, shutting him in, but were not able to overcome him. At that time the king of Edom got Elath back for Edom, and sent the Jews out of Elath; and the Edomites came back to Elath where they are living to this day. So Ahaz sent representatives to Tiglath-pileser, king of Assyria, saying, I am your servant and your son; come to my help against the kings of Aram and Israel who have taken up arms against me. And Ahaz took the silver and gold which were in the house of the Lord and in the king’s store-house, and sent them as an offering to the king of Assyria” (2 Kings 16:5-8 BBE).
Ahaz took that which belonged to God and gave it to the Assyrians, to whom it did not belong, for protection. He was not only not looking to God, he was stealing from Him. President Bush would have Israel give up its land, which God has given them, to its enemies, to whom He is not giving it. Are you like Ahaz, who gives up what God has given Israel to get another nation’s help, or do you simply beg at the feet of those who strengthen the hand of your enemies, unaware of what you are doing?
You say I believe in a “mere mortal.” What “mere mortal” do you know that has resurrected Himself from the dead and can communicate with men at will, by His all pervasive Spirit? You say I did not check out my own religion. I did not check out any religion, but God called me to learn of Him in the Way of Life, just as He did with the men whose writings you read every Sabbath, whose words I have presented to you and yet you are silent. How is it your religion is so right when it is condemned by those you claim to follow?
And how is it you are calling on a man who professes to believe in the King of the Jews, comparing him to Gideon, a man of faith in the God of Israel, when you declare that Jesus Christ is a “mere mortal”? That would make Bush an idolater, a Baal worshipper. You are confused, Michael, confounded, as are all those who put their trust in man.
Just what is it you are proposing I have missed when you have no answers for what I have shared with you? [See previous correspondence: Eating Your Cake and Having It Too] If you had something, you would also have a good and godly answer to demonstrate it. But you do not. Here is why:
“Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!” (Isaiah 31:1 KJV)
We correspond with a professional peace advocate who thinks he is the answer to solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Gershon Baskin calls himself “The Negotiator” and claims to be responsible for the secret back channel between Israel and Hamas that traded kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit for over a thousand Muslim criminals and murderers held in Israeli jails. With peace like Baskin’s, who needs war?
One need not discover the campsite of ancient Israel in the wilderness of Sinai to prove the veracity of the Scriptures. All one needs for proof is right here today, in the nation of Israel and the person of the Jew. There is no more vivid or certain evidence for the truth of the Biblical record. No people have foretold, through their own prophets, their own demise and resurrection from the dead. This is not the work of mortal man, which was confirmed by the King of the Jews, Who laid down and raised His own body from the dead.
Are Jews justified in rejecting their Savior because world peace has not come? What about the work of God through Christ in effecting peace within, where world peace begins? Paul shows one Jew that by rejecting his Messiah, he is rejecting the only Way of being reconciled to God and man.