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The Dome of the Rock/Wikipedia

Tradition. When you start poking at someone’s traditions you are asking for a fight now aren’t you.  Lots of folks have an open mind, until you question something they have always been told. And then they begin to raise their voices as the lava starts boiling. Tradition is way stronger than truth. If they have heard it all their life or if it is something they want to believe, then it is a fact and there’s no argument that will make a dent in their perception. This is too bad. Truth is something you can build on and add to. It is a foundation that’s not going to crumble or give way. Conversely, an untruth is flawed in its essence and can not stand. It might last, a while, sometimes a long while. But in the end, the facts are going to show themselves. The Bible says there is nothing hidden that shall not be revealed. See Luke 8:17.

The Rock Under the Dome

Today a conflict rages in Israel over the acreage that comprises the Temple Mount. Muslims hold that their prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven from that site; Christians claim not only is it the place God tested Abraham’s obedience to him by asking him to sacrifice his son, but that it is also the location of Solomon’s temple. Actual proof of any of this is non-existent. It is all based on tradition. Now, some tradition is true; some is not. Most truth can be supported by evidence. Where is the evidence to verify either of these claims?

I had a Christian tell me the evidence was in the Bible. She said King David bought the threshing floor on Mt. Moriah and his son Solomon built the temple there. Well, I am one of those die hard Christians that believe every word of the Bible. At one time I didn’t, but by now I have seen the evidence. I am convinced it is all true, every word.

But, I am not convinced the Temple Mount is the location of the threshing floor King David bought from the Jesusite King Araunuah. I have examined some evidence that speaks contrary to this tradition. The facts do not support the popular beliefs that hold the Temple Mount sacred.

As far as the name “Moriah” is concerned, let me say that in my own lifetime and experience I have more than once seen a prominent place name moved from one site to another. People do it every day.  See my article entitled Whatever Happened To Whetstone Gap? The Whetstone Ridge and its attendant gap was so called for the numerous small, smooth, rectangular stones scattered upon its surface and dug up from its soils. But never mind that. A land developer liked the picturesque sound of the name and so he lifted it from its rightful location and moved it some miles up the road where he was building houses. And there it is to this day. You see it emblazoned on a long green sign: Whetstone Gap Road. It’s on the map, the GPS. Now the little whetstones on the Whetstone Ridge have no recognition, having been relegated to obscurity. Their identity lost, they lie scattered and unappreciated on a mountain called Quebec, in a community also called Quebec, which mountain and community by the way, have nothing to do with the original Quebec, which is more than a thousand miles away, in Canada. Do you get my drift?

Rembrandt Painting: Abraham and Isaac

This is precisely what has happened at Moriah. God said to Abraham: Take now thy son, thine only son, whom thou lovest, even Isaac, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. (Genesis 22:2) The mountain was in the land of Moriah. In the same way Quebec Mountain is one of several mountains in the community of Quebec. The Bible does not give a name of a particular mountain. It is simply a mountain in the land of Moriah. Today the Temple Mount is named Moriah. But it has not always been so. Nor is there a shred of evidence that Abraham ever set foot upon it.  We don’t even know for sure the land of Moriah is the land at Jerusalem. The Samaritans believed Mt. Gerizim at Shechem was the the mountain of Abraham’s testing.

And where are the ruins of the temple? They have never been found. And rightly so. Think about it. Did not Jesus say of the temple and its attendant buildings that there would not be one stone left upon another? Most of the massive wall that surrounds the Temple Mount was built by Herod, who also rebuilt the Jewish temple. Only small sections of this wall were damaged during the siege of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. The wall is intact, including that portion known today as the Wailing Wall, which is held to be the only extant remains of the temple. I can understand how Jews can believe the Wailing Wall to be a true remnant of their temple, for most Jews doubt the divinity of Jesus and would give no credence to his prophecies. But how many Christian preachers, not to mention lay people, have made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the privilege of praying at the Wailing Wall, never mind the explicit words of our Lord as recorded in the first three books of the New Testament? Here it is from Matthew: As Jesus left the temple and was walking away, His disciples came up to him to point out its buildings. “Do you see all these things,” He replied.  “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be toppled.”…(Matthew 24:1-2) Did Jesus miss it? Or what?

When we get to heaven and we still want to know, we can find out for sure. Meanwhile, we need to let the evidence speak, and silence the voice of tradition, or at least take it with a grain of salt until we can be sure.

This time we have been discussing what is not. Next time we will look at some exciting and fascinating facts: things that are, that almost shout for recognition.

 

 

 

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