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Why do some churches use the Star of David (Magen David) for decoration?



Why do some churches use the Star of David (Magen David) for decoration?

Dear Reader,

In other words, the question is why a Christian religious institute endorses willingly a symbol of another religion especially the Jewish.

Some argue that the Star of David is a universal symbol, used by many religions and cultures in the past, and that’s true. This can explain the use of the Star for the last centuries when the Star of David was still not associated strongly with the Jewish people. But what about later.

Some argue that the use is out of some good relationships of local archbishops with the Jewish community or persona or even Jewish funding.

But even if that is true, the church as a religious driven institute is not going to endorse willingly a symbol of another religion (especially not the Jewish) only because good relations with the Jews without having some theological justification to do so.

What could be this theology?

Christianity, in general, is meant to replace Judaism (Supersessionism) and that’s the logic linguistic and theological meaning of the “Old Testament” vs. “New Testament”.

On the other hand the Star of David is almost exclusively and strongly associated with Judaism for the last centuries, even if it’s not rooted in the Halacha (Jewish religious Law). The Nazis knew it (the Yellow Star or Patch) and also the founders of the State of Israel chose the Magen David as the flag emblem.

In the light of the above two statements the question still remains – what could be the reason that a Christian church, university (like this in Czernowitz), and other Christian Institutions, are willing to use a so Jewish associated symbol.

The theological reason for the replacement according to the prevailing Christian dogma is that Israel had her chance (Old Testament), but was unfaithful, sinned and failed God and therefore God has changed His mind and the promises given to Israel are now for the Church (New Testament).

So, the conclusion is simple: real Israel is the Church, and if so, the symbol of Israel belongs to the real Israel – namely the Church that can proudly use the Magen David symbol by right.

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