"We categorically reject Christian Zionist doctrines as false teaching that corrupts the biblical message of love, justice and reconciliation. We further reject the contemporary alliance of Christian Zionist leaders and organizations with elements in the governments of Israel and the United States that are presently imposing their unilateral preemptive borders and domination over Palestine. This inevitably leads to unending cycles of violence that undermine the security of all peoples of the Middle East and the rest of the world. We reject the teachings of Christian Zionism that facilitate and support these policies as they advance racial exclusivity and perpetual war rather than the gospel of universal love, redemption and reconciliation taught by Jesus Christ. The establishment of the illegal settlements and the construction of the Separation Wall on confiscated Palestinian land undermine the viability of a Palestinian state as well as peace and security in the entire region. We call upon all Churches that remain silent, to break their silence and speak for reconciliation with justice in the Holy Land. Therefore, we commit ourselves to the following principles as an alternative way:  We call upon all people to reject the narrow world view of Christian Zionism and other ideologies that privilege one people at the expense of others. With urgency we warn that Christian Zionism and its alliances are justifying colonization, apartheid and empire-building.

---Rev. Fr. Michael Beuaumont:    “The major ambiguity on the covenant or testament, that is, the affirmation that modern Judaism, the Judaism after Christ, is "Judaism" pure and simple is a gross error, of which a single consequence suffices to show its falsity. The Judaism of the Old Testament was the true divine religion, the true supernatural revelation preparatory to the coming of the Messiah.When, in the fullness of time, the Messiah sent by God came, He replaced (by assuming it) the first, provisional testament by the new and eternal testament.  Henceforth He would address Himself not just to a particular race of men, but to all men of good will. The children of the Chosen People, the Israelites, evidently had their place, and an eminent place, in the new and universal People of God, in the Catholic Church.  The Jews of the old Judaism-Abraham, Moses, David, Esdras, Judas Maccabeus, John the Baptist, etc.-had a covenant with God. This is an absolutely true proposition integral to the Catholic Faith.

The Jews of modern Judaism, the Judaism of the refusal of the Messiah, have a covenant with God. This is an absolutely false proposition which is contrary to the Catholic Faith.  "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved: he that believeth not shall be condemned" (Mk. 16:16). It will be objected: "The gifts of God are without repentance" (Rom. 11:29). Now, since God concluded a covenant with the Jewish people, this covenant continues despite the infidelity of this rebellious people. This objection is indeed true. Yes, God's covenant with the Jewish people continues. But (and this is the fundamental distinction) it continues in its current state, which is to say, under the form of the new and eternal testament in Jesus Christ which God established as continuation and replacement of the first, provisional testament.”

: “And first of all, by the death of our Redeemer, the New Testament took the place of the Old Law which had been abolished; then the Law of Christ together with its mysteries, enactments, institutions, and sacred rites was ratified for the whole world in the blood of Jesus Christ. For, while our Divine Savior was preaching in a restricted area - He was not sent but to the sheep that were lost of the House of Israel  - the Law and the Gospel were together in force;  but on the gibbet of His death Jesus made void the Law with its decrees fastened the handwriting of the Old Testament to the Cross, establishing the New Testament in His blood shed for the whole human race.  On the Cross then the Old Law died, soon to be buried and to be a bearer of death, in order to give way to the New Testament of which Christ had chosen the Apostles as qualified ministers; and although He had been constituted the Head of the whole human family in the womb of the Blessed Virgin, it is by the power of the Cross that our Savior exercises fully the office itself of Head of His Church.”

The New Covenant established by Christ is the New and Only Covenant today.

---- Holy Bible: “Christ annuls the First Covenant to establish the Second....For, if that First Covenant had been faultless, then there would be no place for the Second. They did not persevere in My Covenant, said the Lord, and I disregarded them (Heb. 10:9; 8:7-9).”


153. Why is the Church the ‘people of God’?

The Church is the ‘people of God’ because it pleased God to sanctify and save men not in isolation but by making them into one people gathered together by the unity of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

154. What are the characteristics of the people of God?

One becomes a member of this people through faith in Christ and Baptism. This people has for its origin God the Father; for its head Jesus Christ; for its hallmark the dignity and freedom of the sons of God; for its law the new commandment of love; for its mission to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world; and for its destiny the Kingdom of God, already begun on earth.

---Catholic Catechism:
762 The remote preparation for this gathering together of the People of God begins when he calls Abraham and promises that he will become the father of a great people. Its immediate preparation begins with Israel's election as the People of God. By this election, Israel is to be the sign of the future gathering of All nations. But the prophets accuse Israel of breaking the covenant and behaving like a prostitute. They announce a new and eternal covenant. "Christ instituted this New Covenant." (LG 9; cf. Hos 1; Isa 1:2-4; Jer 2; 31:31-34; Isa 55:3.)

 --CATHOLIC CATHECISM: 804 One enters into the People of God by faith and Baptism. "All men are called to belong to the new People of God" (LG 13), so that, in Christ, "men may form one family and  ONE People of God" (AG 1).

---CATHOLIC CATHECISM: 783 Jesus Christ is the one whom the Father anointed with the Holy Spirit and established as priest, prophet, and king. The whole People of God participates in these three offices of Christ and bears the responsibilities for mission and service that flow from them.

Catechism: 782 
  - One becomes a member of this people not by a physical birth, but by being "born anew," a birth "of water and the Spirit,"203 that is, by faith in Christ, and Baptism.

(Second Vatican Council): "Behold the days shall come said the Lord, and I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel, and with the house of Judah . . . I will give my law in their bowels, and I will write it in their heart, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. For all of them shall know Me, from the least of them even to the greatest, said the Lord. Christ instituted this new covenant, the new testament, that is to say, in His Blood, calling together a people made up of Jew and gentile, making them one, not according to the flesh but in the Spirit. This was to be the new People of God.  For those who believe in Christ, who are reborn not from a perishable but from an imperishable seed through the word of the living God, not from the flesh but from water and the Holy Spirit, are finally established as "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people . . . who in times past were not a people, but are now the people of God"…. For the nurturing and constant growth of the People of God, Christ the Lord instituted in His Church a variety of ministries, which work for the good of the whole body.

But however this may have been, His intention in employing the term, hitherto used of the Hebrew people viewed as a church, to denote the society He Himself was establishing cannot be mistaken. It implied the claim that this society now constituted the true people of God, that the Old Covenant was passing away, and that He, the promised Messiah, was inaugurating a New Covenant with a New Israel.  Who n times past were not a people: but are now the people of God. Who had not obtained mercy: but now have obtained mercy.---   Revelation 18:4; 21:3).  By their admission to the Church, the Gentiles have been grafted in and form part of God's fruitful olive-tree, while apostate Israel has been broken off (Romans 11:24). St. Paul, writing to his Gentile converts at Corinth, terms the ancient Hebrew Church "our fathers" (1 Corinthians 10:1).

---Fr. Majdi al-Siryani, LL.D
.:  “God’s election of Israel was not an end in itself but rather as a means for a universal goal. This idea is intrinsic to the theology of the Old Testament. Furthermore, for the extra-majority of the believers in the Bible, the restoration of Israel came true in a greater spiritual reality, that is the coming of the Messiah and the election of the Church. In this understanding, the realities of the Old Testament are not abolished or replaced but raised to a greater reality. For any Christian to accept the Israeli claims is to deny a basic dogma in Christian theology.”

---HOLY BIBLE:  Matthew 21:33-43

   When JESUS was in the Temple, he said to the chief priests and elders:

33 Listen to another parable. A man was a house owner who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug in it a wine press, and built a tower, and rented it to tenant farmers, and went abroad.

34 When, however, the season of the fruit arrived, he sent his servants to the farmers to take his fruit. 35 And, the farmers took hold of his servants, one indeed they beat, one, however, they killed, one they stoned.

36 Again, he sent servants, more than the first, and they treated them in the same way. 37 Later on, however, he sent his son, saying 'They will respect my son.'

38 But the farmers, seeing the son, said to themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and we might gain his inheritance.' 39 And, taking hold of him, they threw (him) outside of the vineyard and they killed (him).

40 So, when the master of the vineyard arrives, what will he do to those farmers?"

41 They said to HIM, "The evil men, he will utterly destroy them and the vineyard he will rent to other farmers who will give to him the fruit of their seasons."

42 JESUS said to them, "But did you not ever read in the writings (of the Bible): The stone which the builders rejected, this became the cornerstone. From the Lord this happened, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?

43 Because of this I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom.”

The Parable is an allegory -- a story in which each of the elements has a hidden or symbolic meaning:

 − The landowner/Lord is God

− The vineyard is the nation of Israel

− The tenants are the people of Israel  

− The servants are the prophets

− The son is Jesus

− The other tenants are the Christians or New People of God”