WHICH SIDE DOES GOD SUPPORT ?
There is a story told that on the eve of the Battle of Alamein, General Montgomery ended the briefing of his senior officers by saying, "Remember, gentlemen, God is on our side!"
One of those officers was then heard to mutter, "In support, sir? or under command?"
We have all heard a great deal about the savage war that has been fought in the Middle East between the Israelis and the Arabs for literally generations and many of us, though we know little about the conflict, have very strong opinions on it. We even talk about which side God is fighting on. That, strange as it may seem, is the wrong question...
Joshua 5:13. One day, Joshua was near Jericho when he saw a man standing some distance in front of him. The man was holding a sword, so Joshua walked up to him and asked, "Are you on our side or on our enemies' side?"
"Neither," he answered. "I am here because I am the commander of the LORD's army."
In other words, the man told Joshua, “Hey! Hold it right there! You’re asking me the wrong question. I- not you- am in command of the Lord’s army. Are you on my side?”
Joshua fell to his knees and bowed down to the ground. "I am your servant," he said. "Tell me what to do."
In order to keep our balance, we need to understand very clearly that it is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who gives the orders- not us. At the end of the day, it is not us; it is not the Arabs; it is not Europe; it is not the Americans or the Russians; it is not the Israeli Jews who call the shots or decide how this is all going to end. It is God who does the deciding. The question all of us should be asking should not be, "Which side is God on?" but am I on God's side?"
God is the God of truth and, because of that, we have to do our level best to filter out the truth from the lies, the deceit, the mistakes and the unintentional misinformation that one will find in any conflict. Somebody once said that a lie will travel all the way round the world before the truth has even tied up his bootlaces. It is also said that, in any war, the first casualty is always the Truth.
What happens is this: each side, of course, believes 100% that they- and they alone- are the “good guys” while the other side are obviously the “bad guys” and there are those on each side, who are desperately putting across their own point of view. Everything that “our” side- the “good guys”- says is completely true and accurate while the other side- “the bad guys”- are all murdering, liars and anything that they say is completely false and inaccurate. This means that we have a natural tendency to totally reject anything said by the “bad guys”and- this is the point- we have a tendency to accept any statement from “our side” as the gospel truth and to pass it along without checking it.
Before we pass along any information, we need to do our level best to check that information to find out whether it is true and accurate. We probably aren’t going to get it right all the time but we are certainly going to have a very good try.
“A DESPICABLE TRUCE” is dIvided up into sections and each section is divided up into chapters. Some of these chapters are important. The more important chapter headings are written in BOLD CAPITALS. Other chapters just give background and additional information. These chapter headings are in lower case type. In this way you will be able to skim the website and zero in on what you are looking for.
We hope that after you have read through it you will have a more objective view of what the Middle East conflict is all about and how it effects you.
The title of the website, by the way, comes from a statement that Yasser Arafat made in a mosque in Johannesburg when he was asked why he was making peace with Israel.
“In the name of Allah…believe me, there is a lot to be done. The Jihad will continue…Our main battle is Jerusalem. Jerusalem…And here we are, I can’t and I have to speak frankly- I can’t do it alone…No, you have to come and fight and to start the Jihad to liberate Jerusalem…No, it’s not their (Jews) capital.. It is our capital. It is your capital…
"This agreement, (The Oslo Agreement) I am not considering it more than the agreement which had been signed between our prophet Muhammad and Koreish, and you remember that the Caliph Omar had refused this agreement and considered it a despicable truce ...But the same way Mohammed had accepted it, we are now accepting this peace effort."
…From my heart, and I am telling you frankly from brother to brother, we are in need of you. We are in need of you as Moslems, as warriors of Jihad. Again I have to say…onward to victory, onward to Jerusalem! They will enter the mosque as they entered it before.’”
(Yasser Arafat, Johannesburg mosque, May the 10th 1994)
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