Islam's attack against the Bible
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Bible related
We have an aggressive war going on in the Middle-East. The Arab nations have been unanimous in their hatred toward the Jews. The day after Jewish independence was declared by David Ben-Gurion (May 14,1948), the newly formed nation was attacked by the forces of Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. Outnumbering the Jews in soldiers forty to one, in population 100 to one, in equipment 1000 to one and in area, 5000 to one, they did not succeed in annihilating the Jews. But what did the Jews do wrong to justify the attack?
As Prof William Albright said: “No other phenomenon in history is quite so extraordinary as the unique event represented by the Restoration of Israel....At no other time in world history, so far as it is known, has a people been destroyed, and then come back after a lapse of time and reestablished itself. It is utterly out of the question to seek a parallel for the recurrence of Israel’s restoration after 2500 years of former history..” (W F Albright, Israel: its role in Civilization, p 31)
Is there any other reason, apart from a theological one, why the Arab nations again in 1956, 1967 and 1973 attacked the Israelis? Comparing the size of Israel, roughly 8000 square miles, and the Arab nations, 5,000,000 square miles, and the latter fabulously rich (oil), the struggle is not about money or land.
We will find the solution to the animosity in the Bible which is basically a book about the Jews: their history and their role in human history. According to the Bible, God promised the land Israel to Abraham, his son Isaac and his descendants for all eternity. The Arabs are the descendants of Ishmael, another son of Abraham, whom God promised to bless, but not to give the land Israel (Gen 17:8,19-21: “ The whole land of Canaan, where you (Abraham) are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you: and I will be their God.” “ And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers and I will make him into a great nation. But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.”) The Arabs, insisting that the Koran is the final revelation of Allah, opposes the teaching of the Bible. (It is important to remember that the God of the Bible is not the same as Allah. God has a Son. Islam denies that Allah has a Son. They also reject the Trinity.) Islam’s theology insists that it triumphs over all else, and their only goal is the complete destruction of the Jews (John Hagee, the Battle for Jerusalem, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2001, p 48).
What we witness in the land Israel, is a battle about the Bible, namely, ‘Is the Bible the truth or not? Is it the product of God or man? If the land Israel stays in Jewish hands the Bible is true. If they can be driven out the Bible does not have the authority that it was written under the guidance of the Almighty God.’ Is it possible that mere men could have written a book which causes such enmity thousands of years later? Will the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob be victorious as He was when He brought the Jews back to their country in 1948 as He promised? (” This is what the Lord, the God of Israel says: ‘Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you. The days are coming, declares the Lord, ’when I will bring my people Israel and Judah back from captivity and restore them to the land I gave to their forefathers to possess,’ says the Lord.” Jer 30:2,3. This was written about 580 BC. This prophecy was fulfilled twice. The first time by the command of Darius, the king of Persia in 538 BC and then in 1948.) God’s Word never fails and there is not the slightest doubt about the outcome.
Our conclusion: The Bible is the inspired Word of God and it has to do with reality, not myth. No human being can write about the birth of a nation, the promise of a land of their own, and 3500 years later bitter battles are fought about precisely that.
Additional information: Derek Prince, Promised Land, D P Ministries, 1982.
Related articles: History and the Bible, The 2000 year War, Lies that reveal the Truth