Skip to comments.How do I respond to my friend who sent me the following???? PLease help.
Posted on 08/10/2006 3:47:36 PM PDT by ruthles
THE WATER OF CANA IS TURNED INTO BLOOD By His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP Primate, Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America July 31, 2006
Cana (modern spelling is �Qana�) is a little village in South Lebanon which was blessed by the presence of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, his Holy Mother and his disciples. Cana is the Village where Christ performed his first miracle by changing the water into wine at the marriage feast. (John 2: 1-11). Thus, Cana is deeply rooted in our Christian history.
Unfortunately, in modern times and due to the conflict between Israel and Arab nations, including Lebanon, Cana has been the victim of Israeli aggression twice: once in April 1996, when an Israeli rocket killed 105 Lebanese men, women and children. And second, on Sunday morning, July 30, 2006, when an Israeli rocket killed 60 people, including 37 children. This indiscriminate killing is against the Geneva Convention, the United Nations Charter and all laws of civilized nations.
This savage war is between Israel and Hezbollah. Lebanon has no air force, no navy and no large military force. As a matter of fact, the Lebanese army is not involved in this war at all. This war, then, is between Israel and Hezbollah. Why is Israel bombing Lebanese cities, villages, bridges, roads and killing innocent men, women and children � in the south and north, east and west of Lebanon? According to UN statistics, more than 800 civilians have been killed, many of them children, and more then 800,000 Lebanese have been made refugees in their own country. Israel knows very well where Hezbollah is. Why doesn�t Israel fight Hezbollah on its own turf? Why is Israel bombing civilian cars, motorcycles and pickup trucks carrying food for hungry people and medical supplies for the wounded? Lebanon is a poor country; the devastated infrastructure will cost billions of dollars to rebuild.
We deplore the killing and destruction on both sides. We know that Hezbollah has some weapons which are causing some unfortunate killing and destruction in Israel. But Hezbollah does not have American weapons such as F-16s, F-15s, Apaches and smart bombs, etc��
When I saw the Lebanese Red Cross retrieving the tender dead bodies of little children from underneath the rubble and I looked at their innocent faces and iconic eyes, I wept. I was indeed ashamed to see the extent of the cruelty and barbarism of our world. This morning, when the Lebanese Broadcasting Company showed pictures of the city of B�int-Jbeil which was completely leveled by the Israeli air force, I was reminded of the destruction of Stalingrad and Berlin during the Second World War. We and the whole world, with the exception of the United States, Great Britain, and Israel, are calling for an immediate cease fire. If we allow the law of the jungle to prevail, and if we allow our moral principles to be trodden on by barbarian feet, what will be left of our civilization?
The behavior of Mr. Ehud Olmert in this war reminds me of the behavior of his ancestor of old, Joshua, recorded in the Book of Joshua 6:21. �And they (Joshua�s army) destroyed all that was in the city (Jericho) both man and woman, both young and old, and ox, and sheep and ass with the edge of the sword.� Thanks to Mr. Olmert, nothing is left in B�int-Jbeil except some starving dogs feeding on corpses.
But I'm afraid I don't have anything useful to contribute.
Others more knowledgeable will bring you up to speed, but your friend has swallowed the media portrayal of this incident whole.
There is a lot of opinion that this is not Cana, of the first miracle. See Wikipedia entry for Cana.
It sounds as though you're doing pretty well, actually. Are you Catholic?
By the way, most scholars locate Cana of New Testament near Nazareth, in Israel, not with the Cana in Lebanon.
This body count has been refuted by even anti-Israeli sources (Human Rights Watch).
The reality of the situation is that Hezzbollah chooses to wage war from civilian areas in order to push up the civilian casualties and force an early end to fighting.
If the Israeli military refused to target Hezzbollah for this reason then the terrorists would be able to fire from these "havens" with impunity.
Israel's right to self defense cannot be argued and Israel must try to stop the rocket attacks on their people.
First I would establish whether you are discussing how wars are or should be fought, or are you only being forced to defend the fact that Jews are presently engaged in war.
Is this guy just using this to attack the Jewish action or is he truly interested in the barbarity of war.
People will use a lot of different paths to keep making their true bottom line attack.
BTW i have greek cousins, cute but stupid.
So because Cana is mentioned in the Bible that somehow absolves the modern residence of their crimes of harboring and aiding terrorists?
18 In that day
the mountains will drip with sweet wine,
and the hills will flow with milk.
All the streams of Judah will flow with water,
and a spring will issue from the Lord's house,
watering the Valley of Acacias. 19 Egypt will become desolate,
and Edom a desert wasteland,
because of the violence [done] to the people of Judah
in whose land they shed innocent blood. 20 But Judah will be inhabited forever,
and Jerusalem from generation to generation. 21 I will pardon their bloodguilt,
[which] I have not pardoned,
for the Lord dwells in Zion.
Why did you welcome Hezbollah to your roads, your bridges, your cities and villages. Your friendship has cost you all of those things! I ask you.....why do you blame Israel for what you have done to your cities, villages, bridges, roads, innocent men, women and children in the south and north, east and west.
Tell her not to bother you for help when the muzzies are about to slit her throat. If she is really Christian, she should know you don't make deals with the Devil, and expect to survive.
Cowardice is no excuse!
>>I told her...<<
Right there is your problem. It's a she.
I dont argue politics and religion with women. The rules are never in your favor.
I just smile and nod. I may say something like, that is a very interesting position.
Oh yes. This war between Israel and Hezbollah is on Lebanese territory with the tacit approval Lebanon.This is not accidental, so no dialog is possible.
Extricate yourself as gingerly as possible and go on with your life.
It is obvious, clear and indisputable that Hezbollah has been preparing, building, training and stockpiling arms on Lebanese territory for at least 6 years.
For anyone to claim that the legitimate government of Lebanon was helpless to prevent it strains credulity.
Lebanon could either prevent her citizens from settling around the Hezbollah terrorist camps or refused to allow Hezbolla to build permanent war command and control centers on Lebanese territory.
To whine that the war has come to innocent civilians, of whatever religion they are, is simply stupid. Aid and support terrorists, and share their fate.
Hezbollah has taken control of Lebanese land, and is using it for their own purposes. Lebanon has until now been unable to do anything about it. Israel is liberating them.
Tell your friend to thank God for Israel, that the hour of her liberation is at hand.
"Why doesn't Israel fight Hezbollah on its own turf? "
Maybe the Lebanese should kick Hezbollah off of Lebanese turf ?
No, I go to a non-denominational Christian church.
You can also tell your friends that Jesus doesn't live there anymore ~ he relocated some time back.
I'd suggest she take and un-escorted vist to the West Bank to get a real view of the other side but I don't think she'd get out alive.
Israel (Isaac) has been hated by the Arabs (Ishmael) ever since Isaac was born, the true child of Promise. Ishmael has been throwing rocks for whatever time window you choose to believe .. personally, I'll say about 4,000 years.
The rocks have gotten more severe and the warfare more devestating.
Tell your friend to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and look for His second coming.
Uh, not quite. Hezb. has missiles that are reaching the furthest regions of Israel. They have modern anti-tank weapons and a tremendous underground bunker system.
When I saw the Lebanese Red Cross retrieving the tender dead bodies of little children from underneath the rubble and I looked at their innocent faces and iconic eyes, I wept. I was indeed ashamed to see the extent of the cruelty and barbarism of our world
What he saw was probably Al Reuters' doctored pictures. He is hardly "ashamed" when Jewish babies are destroyed. He didn't seemed too purturbed when buses, cafe's, and shops full of innocents are blown to bits either.
The Greeks have always had it in for the Jews in Israel, they have long sided with the Arabs. Not much new here.
OTT, I agree with ansell2, "...are you discussing how wars are or should be fought, or are you only being forced to defend the fact that Jews are presently engaged in war"?
The socialist Greeks are not friends to the U.S. But when the Turks start causing problems over Cypress or some other island, who do the Greeks come whinning to?
ask your friend what he/she thinks of the Hizbollah criminals launching rockets at the very people of GOD from Qana???
That's king of gross.
Would you drink dirty wine or milk? Not me.
Get a new friend...
She loves to say, "as if God needs our help to save Israel" or something to that effect.
When Hezbollah hides behind women and children, keeps weapons caches in mosques, hospitals, apartment buildings, that is not the fault of the Israelis. Golda Meier once said that "There will be no peace in the Middle East until the Arabs love their children more than they hate the Jews." and this one she said to Anwar Sadat "We can forgive you for killing our sons. But we will never forgive you for making us kill yours."
That is the difference between muslim and anyone who is not muslim.
Great recap and advice!
Hezbollah violates the Geneva Convention without compunction as it launches rockets into Israeli civilian areas, hides among women and children, and uses "human shields" as well as using the services of a "rent-a-corpse" guy in green helmet.
If the Israelis were even a fraction as barbaric and bloodthirsty as they are described, there would be tens of thousands of dead, not hundreds.
Want to know why few Israelis have been killed, despite the rain of rockets? Because Israel built bomb shelters. How many bombshelters has Hezbollah built for the Lebanonese?
Do you know how many Israeli's are refugees? Last I heard, it was a million & a half. Over a hundred missiles were launched out of Qana. How many of those does your friend think Israel should absorb & do nothing to try to make them stop? Does she think Israel should lay down its arms, invite Hezbollah into Israel... The agressor (Hezbollah) chose where this war was going to be fought. Why didn't they try to over run Israeli defenses to spare the good people in Lebanon?
UN Resolution 1559 was passed about a year ago. Where were the European troups to help Lebanon enforce it? What has Lebanon done on its own to enforce it... a chunk of Lebanon's government are Hezbollah.
Hezbollah controls reporting coming out of South Lebanon. They have the passports of all jornalists there & one jornalist was threatened. Does she really think she's getting the full story or is she allowing herself to buy into the story being put out by professional propaganda artists?
Would more dead Jews make everything feel more fair to her? Does she feel a need for greater destruction in Israel? Would that make her feel better?
I hope you realize that the Antiochian Orthodox Church is not "Greek" Orthodox?
As a person who was raised orthodox myself I would answer this way. How long can we stand for murderers who kill just because other people are of another race religion or color. God did not mean this to be so! Sooner or later murderers have to come to justice and face the world for their crimes. Yes Cana is a mess , but Jesus would say to you himself that bricks are bricks. put no faith in bricks , put your faith in Jesus. The people who spurn the upper room of the last supper with their symbols of Isalm , have no respect for the miracles of our Lord. the Church of the Nativity was ruined and came back so to will Cana. But one thing I do know , the Jesus we all know and love would never want to see Islamo facists destroy his homeland either.Stand strong!