"Let all those who hate Zion be put to shame" (Psalm 129:5)
"We laugh with embarrassment at those who still believe that the god of the flora, fauna and galaxies has chosen one particular people as his favorite, and given them amusing stone tablets"
"The qualification for lasting peace must be that Israel cease to exist as a Jewish State" - Declaration of the Norwegian Labor Party youth movement AUT in 1971.
According to God's Word, the nations will be judged increasingly, as we move towards the end times and culmination of God's plans with this present world, for how they have treated His own people. Because of the liberal socialist spirit that has engulfed most western nations, there already exists a very real anger at God and His moral standards - which more and more people see as archaic, belonging to the Middle Ages, and unacceptable for modern society. As God is far away, in fact non-existent to those humanitarian socialists, it is easier for them to hit out at the people He has called His own: It is against the Jewish people, and especially against the people of Israel, that they are expressing their animosity towards God. Hark the words of internationally renowned Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder, as described by Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld in his enlightening and well-researched book 'Behind the Humanitarian Mask':
"Israel is history. We do not recognize the state of Israel. There is no way back. The state of Israel has raped the recognition of the world and does not get peace before it lays down its weapons. The state of Israel in its present form is history."
"We laugh at this people's whims, and cry over its misdeeds. To act as God's chosen people is not only foolish and arrogant; it is a crime against humanity. We call it racism ... There are limits to our patience and there are limits to our tolerance. We do not believe in divine promises as a rationale for occupation and apartheid. We have left the Middle Ages behind. We laugh with embarrassment at those who still believe that the god of the flora, fauna and galaxies has chosen one particular people as his favorite, and given them amusing stone tablets, burning bushes and license to kill."
Mona Levin, a cultural journalist, was one of the most high-profile critics of Gaarder's article: "This is the worst piece I have read since Mein Kampf ... He proceeds from talking about Israel in one paragraph to attacking the Jewish people in the next paragraph."
In his chapters on Norway's present attitudes towards Israel, Gerstenfeld writes:
According to the current Israeli ambassador to Norway, Miryam Shomrat, Norway is well known to be the most difficult country in Europe for Israel because of its media's extreme and unfair criticism of Israel and its politicized academic Middle East experts.
Norway has probably taken the most accommodating position in Western Europe toward Hamas, which in its charter calls for the killing of all Jews.
Although the Norwegian government will claim that it acts out of humanitarian considerations, its mindset on the Arab-Israeli conflict is often in fact closer to that of the Arab dictatorships and terrorist movements than to democratic Israel. The previous, center-right government also sometimes applied double standards to Israel in its statements.
It is amazing to witness the disbelief and reactions to the terrorism just perpetrated by the deranged Norwegian Anders Beivik on his own socialist people, while recalling the ease and forbearance with which, in the recent past, these same Norwegians have treated the expressions of similar massacres and murderous killings of Jews by Palestinian Muslims! These attacks were even "explained," and the blame for them laid at Israel's door!
And it is totally inconceivable that a terrorist leader from the Norwegian right would ever be negotiated with, let alone thereafter receive the Nobel Prize for Peace - as Arafat did!
Where, yes WHERE is the outcry in Norway, or generally speaking in Europe, against jihad and terrorism being acceptable - even religiously - by most Muslims for the pursuit of Islam's purposes? Even recent Palestinian Muslim opinion polls show that the majority of those Arabs do not want to see a democratic Jewish state alongside them, and that they only support the much touted 'two state solution' because they know it to be but a phase on the road to seeing all of Israel dissolved. Where is the outcry from Norway in support of the - so far - only democratic state in the Middle East? There is none.
So why, yes WHY, is that most peaceful and tranquil of nations so accommodating and excusing of the very antidote of peace - terror - as long as it is only directed against Israelis and Jews? How can Norwegians in good faith, and in the eyes of world opinion, state that they truly are for peace, while accommodating and even rewarding terror when directed against the much-maligned Jewish people? As every honest man and woman can, God has seen this injustice and hypocrisy, and it will be judged by Him - He says so Himself.
Prime Minister Stoltenberg, history has demonstrated that democracy and socialism are not terror proof. It was National Socialism under Adolf Hitler, democratically voted into power, that caused 50 million Europeans to die, including Six Million Jews in the Holocaust. To be on the right side - Norway needs to stand against terror from wherever it comes, even if it comes from democratically-elected leaders, as we soon shall see happening in the Middle East. Here, Hitler's Mein Kampf is still favored reading material; and here, as happened in Germany, the rising new democratically chosen leadership will seek to finish Hitler's dream and try exterminate the Jews in Israel, while the world again lets it happen.
So yes, in your wild and unfounded anti-God and anti-Semitic attitudes, try use this lone, deranged Norwegian fanatic to vilify all true Christian Conservatives who still dare believe in God and His promise to His people. In your, all too clear hatred against God and His people, paint them all now with the same brush you paint Anders Beivik, making them all as inherently dangerous as he is,. It will not help. People of good and honest faith the world over will see through your utter hypocrisy.
When Muslim madmen kill, murder, rape and lynch people all over the world, none of you dare upbraid all of ISLAM, even though in their heart of hearts many more Muslims agree with these jihadists than Christians do with Mr. Beivik! Massacres perpetrated in the name of ISLAM against Americans in the towers of New York, against men, women and children in Southern Sudan, in myriads of buses and restaurants in Israel, against Britons and Spaniards in their London and Madrid metros; churches burnt and desecrated in Lebanon, Nigeria and in many other places.
Most now know that by far the majority of acts of destruction and massacre like those just committed in Norway have already for a long time been committed by people whom you support with your money and your continual political support. Don't cry, now that you have so willingly supported abroad is coming to your shore. You reap what you have sown, as a known Christian leader wrote to me in relation to what just happened in Norway:
"It is terrible what has happened in Norway, what this crazy terrorist has done. The whole nation is in sorrow over this terror. But as I see it, if we look at it from a spiritual point of view, what nobody is talking about today is that they are now reaping what they have sown. The socialists have sown millions of millions of dollars to the Palestinian terrorists. They have supported Taliban Madrassa schools in Pakistan. They have taken Jesus out of the schools and the society in Norway. They have pushed for new homo law and abortion law, which has made possible the killing of hundreds of thousands of children in their mothers' wombs. They have pushed for giving the peace prize to Yassir Arafat. And the list is long of all the evil they have sown. But it is always innocent people that are victims of terrorist attacks. So also with these Norwegians who have suffered death because of this crazy man. But we are quiet in this day, so long the sorrow is going on. And this devil can make big problem and persecution for us pro-Israel Bible believers. We pray that this happening shall turn the Norwegians to repent to the Lord. What we miss in this situation is that the leader says: we need to repent and pray to God for mercy. If not, I believe this is only the beginning of more evil that will come over Norway. We are all guilty, because of our national sin. But praise the Lord, we believe in the God of Israel, and we know that every one that blesses Israel will be blessed. That's why we stay with Israel."
In conclusion for those - and there are many - who eagerly, with spite, use the example of Breivik to give vent to their own fiercely held opinions and dislikes against anything that has to do with Christian and Jewish beliefs in God and Israel as being the main dangers of modern society, I quote from Gary DeMar's article 'Have we become desensitized to Evil?'
The first reports that came out about Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian mass murderer, described him as a "right-wing, Christian fundamentalist." Here's how CNN reported the story on July 23, 2011:
"A picture is emerging, gleaned from official sources and social media, of a right-wing Christian fundamentalist who may have had an issue with Norway's multi-cultural society."
CNN never told us what these "official sources" were. Social media? The social media sites were probably repeating what they read from CNN. In reality, Breivik's worldview is varied and muddled.
Soon after Jared Loughner's shooting rampage in Arizona in January of this year, conservative talk radio, Sarah Palin, and the Tea Party were blamed. He has been identified as an atheist and a nihilist. Here's how one report described him:
"Over time, Loughner became increasingly introspective - what one of the friends described as a "nihilistic rut." An ardent atheist, he began to characterize people as sheep whose free will was being sapped by the government and the monotony of modern life."
If you remember, Timothy McVeigh was also said to be a Christian. He was not. In the 2001 book American Terrorist, McVeigh stated, "Science is my religion." Eric Rudolf, the Olympic Park Bomber (1996), because he was anti-abortion, was also described as a Christian fundamentalist. Writing in 2004, Michael Shermer and Dennis McFarland claimed that Rudolph's actions were an example of "religious extremism in America." But consider the following:
"Many good people continue to send me money and books," Rudolph writes in an undated letter. "Most of them have, of course, an agenda; mostly born-again Christians looking to save my soul. I suppose the assumption is made that because I'm in here I must be a 'sinner' in need of salvation, and they would be glad to sell me a ticket to heaven, hawking this salvation like peanuts at a ballgame. I do appreciate their charity, but I could really do without the condescension. They have been so nice I would hate to break it to them that I really prefer Nietzsche to the Bible."
Nietzsche is best known for the line "God is dead," hardly a Christian thought.
Now there's Anders Behring Breivik. Here's how World Net Daily reports the story having gone through his 1500-page "manifesto":
"Yet, while McVeigh rejected God altogether, Breivik writes in his manifesto that he is not religious, has doubts about God's existence, does not pray, but does assert the primacy of Europe's "Christian culture" as well as his own pagan Nordic culture.
"Breivik instead hails Charles Darwin, whose evolutionary theories stand in contrast to the claims of the Bible, and affirms: "As for the Church and science, it is essential that science takes an undisputed precedence over biblical teachings. Europe has always been the cradle of science, and it must always continue to be that way. Regarding my personal relationship with God, I guess I'm not an excessively religious man. I am first and foremost a man of logic. However, I am a supporter of a monocultural Christian Europe."
Despite all this information, those who want to reject God and His chosen people will continue to use what happened in Norway and elsewhere as a proof of all their own abhorrence and dislike of this God and His peculiar choice. Hopefully, though, there will be those who choose to bless Him and His people so that they in these terrible days will themselves be blessed.
Thus I hope and pray.
Jan Willem van der Hoeven, Director
International Christian Zionist Center