Church of Norway: Christian Zionism is ‘theologically unacceptable’

Press conference. President Olav Fykse Tveit, Bishop Atle Sommerfeldt, Bishop Herborg Finnset, Bishop Stein Reinertsen. (photo: Secretariat of the Episcopal Conference)
The Bishops Conference of Norway makes a strong statement against Christian Zionism’s use of the Bible to legitimize oppression or human rights violations.

By Church of Norway Bishops Conference  | Church of Norway | Nov 2, 2020

‘The promises of the Old Testament concerning the Jewish people and the land, cannot be used to legitimize the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes or their rights,’
— The Church of Norway Bishops Conference

In a statement on Christian Zionism released on 30 October, the Church of Norway Bishops Conference said Christian Zionism is “theologically unacceptable and incompatible with human rights.”

A just and sustainable peace in Israel and Palestine must respect international law and safeguard the security and rights of both peoples, the statement notes.

“There is disagreement about how the land promises in the Bible should be interpreted,” reads the statement. “But we find it unacceptable to interpret the Bible without regard to the ethical consequences.”

Read the full article here →  (Note:  statement is in Norwegian first, English follows)

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