As we have seen recently in the news, groups like Boko Haram and Isis, who are all adherents to Islam, are very violent. They want to rule and impose Sharia law on as many people as possible.
The war between Hamas and the Israeli army also made headlines. Hamas represents the Arab idea that Israel should be annihilated. That is the only outcome that will satisfy them. Why?
In our minds it has to do with the Koran and the Bible. Muslims regard the Koran as superior to the Bible. It is supposed to be the last revelation of Allah. If they can annihilate Israel it will show that the God of the Jews is powerless and inferior to Allah. It will also show that the Bible is not inspired by the Holy Spirit. So if Israel and all the Jews are destroyed, then God’s promise to Abraham will be null and void, ‘The whole land Canaan [Israel], where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.’ 1 So if Israel is not the inheritance of the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Bible lied and the Koran wins. The logic is the same as that of most atheists: if you can prove that the Bible is wrong, you don’t need to believe in God.
What do we as Christians learn from this?
# 1. There is no chance that Israel will be annihilated. Why? The Bible and Israel cannot be separated. For thousands of years people have tried to change, destroy, or make the Bible unimportant. No one has ever succeeded and no one will. Paul, the Jew, wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that all Israel will eventually be saved.2 That means they will not be annihilated. The hatred and war against Israel is supernaturally inspired by God’s enemy, just as he hates Christians and Scripture. We need to persevere, like Israel, to protect ourselves.
# 2. Comparative religious studies need not threaten us. Why? Other religious books like the Koran, the Book of Mormon, the Vedas, et cetera cannot compare with the Bible. None of them has a background of thousands of years of history. The Bible is a supernatural revelation of God. It is a book of truth that encourages us to persevere in difficult times. Relief will come.
# 3. Religion is not an evolutionary development and atheism is not true. Evolutionists or atheists can never explain the origin of a book like the Bible, a country like Israel, and Jesus. Just as Hamas is the enemy of Israel, intent to destroy it, evolutionism and atheism is the enemy of the Bible and God, intent to destroy them. Perseverance is necessary.
# 4. The Bible irritates the enemy, as Israel irritates Allah. The message of the Bible is very simple: God is building His Kingdom and it will be completed in the eternal paradise on the new heavens and earth. The devil hates it and wants to deprive us of it, as Allah wants to deprive the Jews of their country. Like Israel, Christians have to see that they never let go of their hope in Jesus.
‘Israel, the country promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob reminds us of our promised eternal country.
- Genesis 17:8
- Romans 11:26