So evidenced by un-Biblical and "Christian anti-semitic" statements made during a synod gathering of 185 Catholic clergy in St.Peters Basilica.
Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Daniel Ayalon described this Vatican synod as a forum for Arab propaganda.
I agree 100%.
The church is not the "new" Israel.
Ryan Jones of the Israel Today magazine adequately sums it up:
"Mordechai Levi, Israel’s ambassador to the Vatican, decried Bustros’ comments and the damage they had done to strengthening ties between Israel and the Church.
The Catholic Church has for years been trying to repair its image as an institution steeped in anti-Semitism. But Bustros’ remarks make fairly clear that the Vatican remains as dedicated as ever to replacement theology - that teaching that says God has tossed aside the Jews, despite is irrevocable promises to them, and that “the Church” has instead inherited those promises."-Ryan Jones
This heretical false doctrine, whether it is refered to as "relacement theology", "successionism", or "supercessionism", weaseled it's way into the church sometime after non-Jewish gentiles became the majority of believers and followers of the Jewish messiah Yeshua [Jesus].
A brief note on the english word "church":
The word rendered as church in modern english Bibles dates back to the Middle Ages. That is, the modern recognized spelling of the word.
1st Tim 3:15 plainly states that the church is the "house of God".
Throughout the Bible the House of God is also refered to as the temple of God.
In Matt Yeshua [Jesus] stated that the one who hears his words and does what he says is like a person who builds their "house" on a rock. And when the storms come, that house will not 'fall' because it is built on a rock.
In John 2:19 Yeshua [Jesus] said,-
"Destroy this temple [ House of God] and in three days I will raise it up again."
Zechariah 6:12-"...behold the man whose name is the Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord"
This is a reference to the Messiah.
In Scripture the God of Israel is frequently refered to as the "Rock".
David said "You oh Lord are the "Rock" of my salvation.
"The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me..."-2nd Samuel 23:3
God is the Rock
Matt 6:18-"...upon this Rock I will build my [ house, temple] and the gates of hell will not prevail against it."
This is so important because there is a counterfeit Christian cult religion that teaches that the "temple" not made with hands raised up and is being built by Yeshua, "fell" and dissappeared from the earth until a man named Joesph Smith brought about it's restoration in the mid-1800's in America.
The above Scriptures serve to blow that false teaching out of the water.
Back to the word church.
William Tyndale who is responsible for the very first New Testament printed in the english language never use the word church a single time in his translation. Instead he used the word "congregation".
Flash forward to the publication of the 1611 King James Bible. There were strict rules put in place for it's translation. One of those rules was that the "old ecclesiastical words" be retained. Especially the word "church".-
Metzger, Bruce, "The Bible in Translation",p. 71, 2001
One thing that comes to mind concerning this is the possible lingering anger and animosity towards William Tyndale held by Papal authorities.
After all, Tyndale along with Luther, Wycliffe, and other reformers were very steadfast in their insistance that there is no Biblical basis for the office of a "Pope".
Indeed, in Scripture we find a list of designated postions such as teachers, evangelists, pastors, prophets, emissaries [apostles]. But no "Pope".-Ephesians 4:11
And these were for the work of the ministry and the edifying the "body" of believers. The "body" which are the "living stones" :
"...you yourselves , as living stones , are being built into a spiritual "house" to be priests set apart for God to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to him through Yeshua the Messiah."- 1st Peter 2:5
We who by God's unmerited, undeserved favor, have come to embrace and follow the Christ [ Messiah] , experiencing the forgiveness of all our sins, we have not replaced Israel, nor succeeded Israel, nor become a new Israel,--
rather as Paul says "...we have been grafted in". We have been made partakers of the salvation that Yeshua [Jesus] plainly says in John 4:22 is "...of the Jews."
The Bible, both the Hebrew Tanakh and New Testament [mainly written by Jewish believers] are the divinely inspired Word of God.
But sometimes, while they do their best, translators can make mistakes.
A drawback to the use of the word "church" is that while possibly unintentionally, it has the effect of causing one to focus on a "building", or on a "religious organization",-
- and not on the Lord Himself or the "temple not made with hands" he said he would raise up in John 2:19.
Try it out and see. What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you hear the word "church"?
The God of Israel and the Rock Messiah Yeshua [Jesus]?,
the "body of believers", or "living stones" that comprise the temple not made with hands that trancends both denominational and non-denominational organizations?,
- your own, or some other particular religious organization, or perhaps a building where your particular denomination or religious organization meets?
Symbol of the Messianic fellowship [ assembly, congregation] in Jerusalem:
As can readily be seen from this symbol, the first Messianics [Christians] did not consider themselves as no longer Jewish because of their embrace of Yeshua as the Jewish Messiah.
Or that they were part of a new religion. But rather, a new chapter in their relationship with the God of Israel.
They were experincing what the King James Bible refers to as the New Covenant prophesied in Jeremiah 31:31.
Israeli Pastor Wayne Hilsden says this is better understood as a "Renewed Covenant"-audio and video link here.
Readers can also visit the Jerusalem Connection site for a whole list of articles dealing with the error of replacement theology.