When a whole People Group adopts a fantasy narrative as part of their religion, many Americans and others say: “That’s their business; let them believe what they want.”
Palestinian leaders contend that Israel’s stories are all wrong! During the Oslo Peace meetings in 1998, Yasser Arafat, in his conversations with President Clinton, insisted that the biblical stories of Solomon’s Temple and the Second Temple are fiction. Therefore, he insisted that access to the Temple Mount should be controlled by the Palestinians.
Clinton was aghast and infuriated; but his surprise revealed a lack of preparedness. Much of Muslim theology is built upon a fabrication of ancient history.
Middle East Muslims say that Jerusalem is one of their holy places from ancient times. Yet it is never mentioned in the Koran which was written in the 7th century A. D. while Jerusalem is mentioned 660 times in the Tenakh (Old Testament) which was written about one millennium before the birth of Islam.
Islam contends that Jewish stories of ancient Israel are fiction-- changed to suit their people, whereas Muhammed, the Koran and its narratives convey the truth of those ancient stories.
Is "untruth" an accepted term? I want to use it here.
The Muslims claim that what the Jews have taught is fabricated.
But the following are examples of Muslim untruth:
--They claim that their ancestors—Muslims!—Adam and Eve!--invited their children to follow the Islamic way of life! (Thanks to Melanie Phillips for this in her book, The World Turned Upside Down.”) Untruth is one of the practices that turns the world upside down.
--“Adam and Eve, their children and their later generations followed the teachings of Islam as propounded by Prophet Adam (peace be upon him)” for quite a long period. Phillips says that this “absurdity is embedded in the foundational religious texts of Islam.”
--The Qur’an says that Islam came before Judaism and Christianity, and that it was the faith practiced by Abraham.
--This Islamic counter-history says it was Ishmael, not Isaac, who was the son of promise to Abraham whom God instructed to sacrifice on Mount Moriah.
Now To Modern Events
Modern events are changed by Muslim historians to center on Islam, thus replacing Hebrew-Jewish history with their own:
For one thing, they deny the Holocaust.
Two, they charge Israel with carrying out a Holocaust in Gaza.
Three, to cancel out the news of the growing anti-Semitic activity in Europe, they put the Muslims in the place of the persecuted Jews by claiming that European Islamophobia is the real problem, not anti-Semitism.
They then insist on their “right of return”-- not to Palestine but to Israel.
Phillips quotes Osama bin Laden in his Letter to the American people:
Bin Laden: “It is the Muslims who are the inheritors of Moses (peace be upon him) and the inheritors of the real Torah that has not been changed. Muslims believe in all of the Prophets, including Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammed, peace and blessings of Allah be upon them all. (Melanie Phillips: The World Turned Upside Down. New York: Encounter Books, P. 168)
This is what Israel has to deal with—the peoples of the Middle East who believe in this corruption of the Biblical narratives.
Samuel M. Zwemer, noted early 20th century missionary to the Muslim peoples said that the Muslims believe that Allah sent down one hundred and four sacred books. Adam received ten, Seth fifty, Enoch thirty and on and on.
They say that the Qu'ran is uncreated and eternal, and to deny this is rank heresy.
Zwemer continues with more Islamic legends: “Jesus…spoke while still a babe in the cradle….he foretold another prophet, whose name should be Ahmed (Mohammed)….They believe that Jesus was, by deception and substitution, saved from crucifixion and taken to heaven, and that now he is in one of the inferior stages of eternal bliss.” (Samuel Zwemer: The Moslim World, 1907.
QUESTION: When the very foundations of a religion are built upon such obvious mendacity—untruth—fiction—legends, how does one deal with its adherents when one is attempting to forge lasting agreements and contracts and make peace, especially but not only, when one is dealing with land apportionments and security measures?
This is what Israel has to deal with—peoples and their representatives who believe in this corruption of the Biblical narratives—people who have had legends presented to them as truth.
The Muslim Arabs who suffered defeat at the hands of little Israel in three major wars have their explanations which are supposed to save face….and other explanations of how the Israelis advance so quickly in the field of technology.
- Israel’s military successes are due to American assistance, according to the Arabs.
- Their industrial enterprises cannot be regarded as Israeli, for they are really American industries.
- Everything in Tel Aviv is a primitive imitation of everything in America.
The fabrications are mind-boggling.
But remember this: belief in Muslim tenets is enforced. A declaration of non-belief can, in the case of the Middle East Muslims, and probably will mean, your execution. When a fictitious religion such as this is taught to the masses, it has to be enforced with punishment. That is how Islam is perpetuated.
This is religious tyranny.
Lord, where is your steadfast love from of old,
Which by your faithfulness You swore to David?
Remember, O Lord, how your servant is taunted--
How I bear in my bosom the insults of the peoples,
With which your enemies taunt, O Lord…
Blessed be the Lord forever.
Amen and Amen.
-- Psalms 89:49-52 (NRSV)