As a human being, as a Christian, and as a Hungarian I consider the Jewish Revelation to be the greatest blessing in my life. I am very grateful to the Almighty that I could come to know it, that I can represent and serve it; this is the meaning and purpose of my life. Before I found it – or to be more precise, before this rich legacy found me – I had been interested in different religions and philosophies. However, from the beginning of the 70s and especially after my encounter with God I came to realise that the Judeo-Christian Revelation still carries its inexhaustible values and truth, which is worth living and even dying for. I had had no problems with the Jews or with Israel even before I turned to God, what is more, I was ashamed at how the so-called Christian world had treated the Jews for more than 1500 years. More precisely, what happened to the Hungarian Jews before and after creating laws against them is a grave shame; the end result of this cruel and inhumane treatment especially filled me with horror, namely sending six million innocent Jews – six hundred thousand from Hungary – to death.
As I came to know the Holy Scriptures I was forced to realize that, just like the rest of humanity, I am also indebted to the Jews for the truths, spiritual treasures, covenants and biblical personalities of the kingdom of God, the things God's people have blessed the world with. Except for the gospel-writer Luke, the scriptures of the New Testament were also written by Jews who maintained their national identity even after preaching Jesus as the Messiah and claiming that the sons of the nations can join the blessings of Abraham through Him, the One from Nazareth. It was the Jews who gave the Bible to the church and the world. In my view, due to this very fact of history, Christians and the nations should express their honour and love for the Jews by specific actions. As a result, freedom, security and peace would be guaranteed to the Jews of the diaspora as well as to the State of Israel against radical Muslims, who deny the existence of ancient Israel and her Temple, and holocaust-denying Neo-Nazi, Neo-Arrow-Cross and Anti-Semitic threats.
According to the Apostle Paul, Christianity embedded in different national backgrounds is a branch grafted into the cultivated olive tree, which is supported by the root. This is where it gets its anointing, life and strength from. The New Testament warns those believing in it that the story of this revelation should not be turned upside down. Believers should not boast against the Jews. They should acknowledge that it was by grace that they could be made partakers in Israel's blessings, and now can have a share in them together with the Jews if they walk in faith and humility, and have an attitude of love towards Israel. Israel is not rejected by God, because “the Deliverer will come out of Zion, and he will turn away ungodliness from Jacob.” (The Epistle to the Romans 11:26) A Judeo-Christian alliance, despite the existence of theological differences, is being formed today at an international level and is also based on early Judeo-Christian principles. This alliance recognizes the historic rights of the Jews to the Eretz, the historical priority of Judaism and the origins of Christianity in it, and realize a co-existence of the two based on love. Jesus also claimed that “the Scriptures cannot be broken”; in this emphasizing the eternal validity of the prophecies found in the Torah and the Prophets. I also honestly admit: I would not have thought that anti-Semitism among so-called “Christian” groups would be so prevalent in today’s world. Nevertheless we are going to keep fighting even more decidedly against the Neo-Nazi, Neo-Arrow-Cross agenda, which denies the basic values of democracy and intends to corrupt the fate of not only the Jewish people, but in my opinion Hungary and Christianity as well.
My intentions in strengthening our relations with Hungarian Jews are not that I want to convert them. I am aware that the God given path of the Jewish people is separate from, but at same time parallel with, the path of Christianity and that at the peak of that course God's glory, the Shekinah, is going to return to the chosen place, Zion in an empirical way. I am convinced that the resurrection of Israel, the friendship of nations and the peace of the world depends on it. It is what the nations will gain peace from and it is what fills the life of mankind with such spiritual values that will lift it up above the boundaries of biological existence and which will mean the end of an era characterized by wars, injustice, sin and punishment.
The Jewish people and Israel will have heroic duties. I and my many fellow believers consider it a privilege that besides doing our ecclesiastic and national tasks we can support our Jewish friends, brothers, sisters and also Israel, so that all the objectives that according to our mutual faith are going to fulfil the spiritual essence of history would be achieved with the least possible sacrifice. At the same time, we also acknowledge and respect those Jews who ignore this spiritual mission and look for their earthly welfare, belonging to a community or even their salvation in a different way or elsewhere.
Beyond our personal fancy, the command of the prophet Jeremiah also makes us stand-up for Israel. He urged even the gentiles to correlate the gathering of the sons of Israel at the end of this era and the existence of the Israeli state with the Lord of history:
“Hear the word of the LORD, you nations; proclaim it in distant coastlands: ‘He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.’ For the LORD will deliver Jacob and redeem them from the hand of those stronger than they. They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; they will rejoice in the bounty of the LORD—the grain, the new wine and the olive oil, the young of the flocks and herds. They will be like a well-watered garden, and they will sorrow no more. Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow. (Jeremiah 31:10-13)
For the world, the Aliyah and the state of Israel are the manifestations and results of a political, natural and historical process, but to us they testify about God's faithfulness and the credibility of the Holy Scriptures. We also consider it our duty to represent the faith of the Jewish people that, despite all hopelessness, has been trustingly retained for nearly 4000 years, since Abraham. This faith has always been aware that visible things might disprove what could not be seen. Still this faith has been confident that God will do what He has promised despite fanatic terrorism, the preponderance of the enemy or the insensitivity of the world to Jewish fate. Behind the painful and often seemingly hopeless everyday struggles there is the hand of the God of Israel, by which the visions of prophets are fulfilled. This will provide full consolation to the Jews for their historic sufferings, pains and losses.
May God bless Hungarian Jews, the state of Israel, Faith Church and Hungary as well.