By Dave Gresham
For almost 70 years, the Palestinians and Jews have been fighting with each other. It’s the latest installment of arguments that began 4,000 years ago.
Did God give the land of Palestine to certain people, or not?
If God did not, then who put lies in God’s mouth in order to steal?
And if God did, then what was promised?
These questions have never been answered to the satisfaction of everyone involved, and the dialogue between the parties always turns into violence.
With that in mind, the key to solving the problem in Palestine is to consider the illnesses of most of the people involved (since they claim to understand God better than others and think they are God’s favorite). By illnesses, I mean the religions that most of the people involved are following, which are Judaism and Islam, and also Christianity, which has generally supported the Jews recently.
Because all three groups have elevated written words to be the voice of God, instead of trusting the innate authority of love and the golden rule, it may be possible to use information from those ancient texts to fix the problem.
Therefore, the following remedy for the situation in Palestine will be based on scripture and common sense. This is regardless of what may be the actual historical truth, long since lost in time, if it was ever known by them in the first place. In the interest of comprehension for the layman, this account will be as simple and abbreviated as possible.
We begin with Abraham. He is a physical and/or spiritual patriarch to the people of all three mental illnesses previously mentioned. Abraham had two sons, Ishmael and Isaac. The Palestinians trace their lineage from Ishmael, son of Abraham. The Jews trace their lineage from Judah, son of Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham.
God made promises to Abraham that he would bless him by making nations of his offspring, and also that all nations of the world would be blessed thru him. Many years later, God made similar promises to Abraham’s grandson, Jacob, who he renamed Israel. These promises were both physical and spiritual in nature. Read more »