You don’t necessarily have to believe the message of the Bible to accept it as a viable historical document. So much of the details contained in Scripture has been validated by third party historical documents and archaeological finds.
But leave it to the United Nations to completely ignore the Bible, even as a historical document, as it rewrites history to fit modern political agendas.
On Sunday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted to recognize Jericho, one of the oldest known cities on earth, as a World Heritage Site…in Palestine.
Yes, Palestine. And when they say “Palestine,” they don’t mean a geographical region as the Romans and later the British did. They mean the “State of Palestine,” a political entity that does not and never has existed.
But in our era of relativism, identity is a fluid thing that can be changed and altered on a whim.
And so ancient Jericho is now considered by the international community to be “Palestinian,” just as the Great Wall is Chinese and Machu Picchu is Incan.
What’s so egregious in this case is that reimagining Jericho as a “Palestinian” heritage site is essentially an assault on the Bible. Israelis see it, and they hope Christians will, too.
“Jericho is first and foremost a city of biblical significance,” wrote Member of Knesset Dan Illouz (Likud) in a strongly-worded letter to UNESCO earlier this month. “Blurring this fact,” he continued, “is an insult to millions of Jews and Christians all over the world. It is our duty to stop the PA’s subversion and insist on our right to our land.”
Illouz noted, as so many others have, that the Palestinian Authority, with the aid of the United Nations, is trying to “erase all ties of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel.”
The Jewish people’s history in this land is known from multiple sources. But chief among them is the Bible, including the New Testament, which is replete with references of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel and Jerusalem.
To promote a narrative that says the Jewish people have no history in this land is to call into question everything else the Bible has to say, as well.
And that should be of great concern to the Christian world.
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