Those who do not repent of what their conscience informs them is wrong must repent or they are bound by their unrepentance and will continue to deny their own conscience and force themselves to go on in their sin. This is true of the Zionist occupiers of Palestine. They must repent or otherwise they will continue to deny their own conscience and continue to go on in their horrible evil ways.
Martin Buber - New World Encyclopedia
Already in the early 1920s, Martin Buber started advocating a Binational solution to the Jewish-Arab problem, stating that the Jewish people should proclaim "its desire to live in peace and brotherhood with the Arab people and to develop the common homeland into a republic in which both peoples will have the possibility of free development." Buber rejected the idea of Zionism as just another national movement and wanted instead to see the creation of an exemplary society; a society which would not be characterized by Jewish domination of the Arabs. It was necessary for the Zionist movement to reach a consensus with the Arabs even at the cost of the Jews remaining a minority in the country. In 1925, he was involved in the creation of the organization Brit Shalom (Covenant of Peace), which advocated the creation of a bi-national state, and throughout the rest of his life he hoped and believed that Jews and Arabs one day would live in peace in a joint nation.
Martin Buber: BiographyIn both these excerpts we can easily see that Buber in attempting to approach the unapproachable (God is approachable by faith or if the eye of faith is blind He is unapproachable) by human reason alone as he did in his writing on "I -Thou" falls short of understanding Jesus Christ and of a viable solution based on faith for the Holy Land. However, he emphatically refrains from the hatred of Christ and Christians and Muslims. That is a starting place, if and only if conscience is followed to the full and leads to the inevitable conclusion that denying hatred for those who follow the prophets of the Old Testament is not enough, but repenting of the rejection of the Christ, Who is Jesus, those prophets foretold must be embraced.
Martin Buber the Critic
It was inevitable that Buber had to face Christianity when freeing the Bible from a patina laid on it mostly by two thousand years of Christian theology. But its results are different from what one could expect: he does not stoop to polemics, he does not attack openly, and his voice is low and matter-of-fact, like among good friends. He does not deride what he cannot believe in. And the fact that Christian view the Messiah in Jesus was always a "fact of highest seriousness" to him, even though Jesus could be "no more" than an outstanding and unparalleled person in Jewish tradition and a "brother". And last but not least, he viewed him, Jesus of Nazareth, as a Jew who radically tried to make real with God's address-ability.
But at the same time, his criticism is unmerciful: he uncompromisingly points out that Hellenism perverted Paul's understanding of faith. The relation of faith in Christianity is no longer viewed a relation of trust as in Judaism, but as a holding-true of facts, facts of faith. This is what leads to disputes on dogmatism and heretics:
There are two, and after all only two, types of faith facing one another. There are a large variety of contents of faith, but faith itself is only known in two primary forms. Both of them can be illustrated by plain facts of our lives: that I have trust toward somebody without being able to give reasons for it, the other evolves from the fact that I, also unable to give sufficient reasons, acknowledge facts as true.
The person of Paul already is the point of time where Christianity branches off from the Jewish type of faith and becomes an inferior type of faith, whereas the message of Jesus still is deep-rooted in Judaism.
Of course, Jesus asked as whom he is seen, but he does not require somebody to see him as anyone. For Paul it is the gate to salvation that one acknowledges Jesus with the whole power of faith as the one he teaches.
But it is not only the notion of faith that Christianity has given up, but also the prohibition of images. By deifying Jesus, people make an image of the unseizable God, He is brought down to earth, his presence is forced in form of an image - and thus the real access to that God who "will be there as the one he will be there" is shut:
Imageless and full of images is the Christian God at the same time, more imageless, however, in the religious idea, full of images in the lived presence. The image covers the imageless.
This translation of the German original "Vertrauen und Dialog" is still a draft. Any corrections or suggestions for clarification will be appreciated.
Failing to do that will only obscure any real repentance and turning from the evil they do and as I say below "It is because they can not do otherwise until they repent. Otherwise, they deny their own conscience." That is they continue to deny their own conscience and continue to do the evil they do.
Synteresis (conscience) is the divine spark that is the base of the human soul. It is put there by God at the moment of conception when the human being is conceived and their soul is created in them in the womb. Is what not only separates men from animals but is also the impulse to do good and when the conscience is seared and burnt and made to be silent, the individual binds themselves to do evil. Any other understanding is a denial of the existence of conscience and its force in the life of people. When it is followed we do good. When it is denied, the individual by the very witness within themselves, binds themselves to the evil they have chosen for themselves. This does not excuse them, they will be held to account by God and should be held to account by men as well.
Assalaamu alaykum, Ms.Salam,
Why are the Zionist occupiers of Palestine so absolutely unbending in their iron grip of tyranny.? It is because they can not do otherwise until they repent. Otherwise, they deny their own conscience. Conscience is, in biblical and classical Greek, synteresis [or synderesis] – in Arabic: Al-Damīr (an example of a discussion of this is here: Al-Damīr, human conscience and Christian-Muslim relations = Al-Damir, la conscience humaine et les relations chrétiens-musulmans). We should emphatically note that conscience is universal and is recognized by Christians and Muslims, along with all the Old Testament prophets, as such.
Viva Palestina, free Palestine!
Baarakul laahu fiik,
Steve in Vista