What is your opinion? Part -2
As followers of the Messiah we are to stand for God’s Word and for the truth of God’s Word. Before we move forward into what the Word of God says about the people of Israel and the Land of Israel we have to agree on the very basic things with regard to God and His Word. All of us need to be on the same page in order for us to further continue exploring the question of Israel and a Palestinian State.
The first thing that we have to agree upon is the fact that God created the world: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Gen 1:1. God is the creator of the universe; the world belongs to Him and therefore He can do with it as He desires. If we can’t agree on that, we have no grounds on which to continue.
The second thing that we have to agree upon is the fact that the Bible is the Word of God. “Your word is a lamp for my foot and light on my path.” Psalm 119:105
God’s Word has to be the map of our lives. In it, one will find all the wisdom and secrets of life. It should instruct us in our day-to-day life, in personal issues and as a “road map” for how to form our opinions and what stances we take on various other issues.
As followers of the Messiah, we have to pay very close attention to what the Word of God tells us. We should see the Word of God as a whole and complete entity, reading it from the first verse in Genesis to the last of Revelation; we should accept it as it is written. Rev 22:18-19 states, “I warn everyone hearing the words of the prophecy in this book that if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues written in this book. And if anyone takes anything away from the words in the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the Tree of Life and the holy city, as described in this book.” I don’t think I need to add anything to the seriousness of these words. One needs to be very careful in how he/she treats the Word of God and what he/she does with it. Our interpretation of Scripture must not add to nor take away from the actual meaning of such verses. It is often for our own convenience, or in an effort to make personal application, that we unknowingly add to or take away from what is written in the Word.
So, before I proceed in voicing my opinion regarding the land and people of Israel, it is vital that you and I agree upon these two principles, which I outlined in this entry. Only then can we have a well-informed discussion and arrive at a reasonable conclusion.
Have a blessed weekend.
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