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Replacement Theology


The following paragraph comes from the Wikipedia free encyclopedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supersessionism

Supersessionism and replacement theology or fulfillment theology are Christian interpretations of New Testament claims, viewing God's relationship with Christians as being either the "replacement" or "fulfillment" or "completion" of the promise made to the Jews (or Israelites) and Jewish Proselytes. Biblical expressions of God's relationships with people are known as covenants, so the contentious element of supersessionism is the idea that the New Covenant with the Christians and the Christian Church replaces, fulfills or completes the Mosaic Covenant (or Torah) with the Israelites.

Replacement theology is almost opposite dispensationlism. It is important that a Bible student understand this theological concept even if they do not accept it, just as the same was true of dispensationalism. The following paragraphs are taken from the article "What is Replacement Theology?" located at the following link:

http://www.israelcatholic.com/content/view/102/25/lang,en/

Replacement theology (or supersessionism) is the idea that the Christian Church has "replaced" Israel (or the Jewish people) in God's plan of salvation as His chosen people. In its simplest expression, replacement theology could be expressed as follows: The Jews have rejected Christ; therefore God has rejected the Jews and the Church is now the 'New Israel.'

In the words of Origen of Alexandria (185-254 A.D.): "We may thus assert in utter confidence that the Jews will not return to their earlier situation, for they have committed the most abominable of crimes, in forming this conspiracy against the Savior of the human race...hence the city where Jesus suffered was necessarily destroyed, the Jewish nation was driven from its country, and another people was called by God to the blessed election." Or, as someone once wrote to us: "We Catholics (universal church/Christian community) ARE the new Israel. Christ's Church fulfills all the prophecies and makes the continuation of the old Israel historically out of date. The Church IS the Kingdom of God. Jews are the most tragic people in the world in that "they missed the time of their visitation."

Thus the main tenets of replacement theology are:

1) The Jews were formerly God's chosen people at the time of the Old Testament until the coming of Christ, but because they did not accept Jesus as Messiah of Israel, God then rejected them and formed a new people instead of them - the Church.

2) Jews, therefore, are no longer the chosen people, and God has no future plan or calling for the nation of Israel. The only role left for the Jewish people is to convert to Christianity and be incorporated into the Church.

3) The promises, covenants and blessings ascribed to Israel in the Bible have been taken away from the Jews and given to the Church, which has superseded them. However, the Jews are still subject to the curses found in the Bible, as a result of their rejection of Christ. Consequently, the prophecies in Scripture concerning the blessing and restoration of Israel to the Promised Land are "spiritualized" or "allegorized" into promises of God's blessing for the Church.

The above links/comments are intended for the purpose of gaining your attention to the large variation of thoughts /concepts on Bible interpretation. It is important that you understand these different theological concepts because everything you read (man's opinion) " about the "Word of God" has been "filtered/influenced" by one theological school of thought or another. You need to be able to discern what is "Truth", and what is "man's opinion of the Truth".