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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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A Psalm For Mr. Trump

trumpMany years ago when I was having difficulty with someone a lady referred me to Psalm 35. I had never read it before, and was amazed that someone in the Bible would be so passionate in his  denunciation of his enemies, to the point of asking God to destroy them. I found out the Bible is not all sweetness and light. But it is all truth.

The person in the Bible pleading with God for the annihilation of his enemies was King David. We don’t know exactly what experience prompted David to write this Psalm, but we do know that a number of years passed between the time Samuel the priest anointed David to be king until he actually took the throne. During those years Saul was king over Israel. Initially Saul accepted David. Saul even gave David his daughter to be his wife.

Eventually Saul developed a deep hatred of David, and tried to kill him many times. David was on the run for his life for a season. He had the opportunity more than once to kill Saul, but he wouldn’t do it. You can read about it in the Old Testament. Start in the book of First Samuel.

I suspect that it was during this time in his life that David wrote Psalm 35. I was reading it yesterday and couldn’t help thinking of Mr. Trump and his enemies. Here it is:

Psalm 35

1 Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.

2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.

3 Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.

4 Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.

5 Let them be as chaff  before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them.

6 Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them.

7 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul.

8 Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.

9 And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.

10 All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee,  which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor  and the needy from him that spoileth him?

11 False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.

12 They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.

13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.

14 I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.

15 But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not:

16 With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth.

17 Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.

18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.

19 Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.

20 For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.

21 Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it.

22 This thou hast seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me.

23 Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord.

24 Judge me, O LORD my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me.

25 Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him up.

26 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me.

27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.

28 And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.

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