Thursday, April 23, 2009

What does Jesus have to do with America?

A friend of mine wrote the following superb illustration of the origins of Biblical scripture among other ancient texts. In it we get a capsule of information that begs some to ask: "What does Jesus REALLY have to do with America?"

Before you get all riled up, I found the following rather enlightening and revealing the ego of America's "ownership" of Christianity and all things Jesus.

Here it is:

"Iraq and The Bible
[The] land mass that we now know as Iraq was the location of much history that was recorded in the Old Testament, however it was divided into many small civilizations; the Ammonites, the Jebusites, the Hittites, the Canaanites, the Philistines, the Babylonians,the Medes, the Persians, the Seleucids, the Hebrews and many others. (I'm not sure about the spelling of all those right now, but take my word; there was lots of turnover in those desert lands during the approximately 2,000 year period that the scriptures record. The Egyptians, whose records are more ancient and more thorough, list a lot of additional cultures that came and went.

The past tense reference in the Koran about the eagle triumphing, written about 600 years after Christ, is not prophesy of the future, but very likely a reference to the Roman Empire's destruction of Jerusalem in 70 C.E. (A.D.), the Palestinian Peninsula being a part of that same highly populated land mass. The eagle was a popular symbol of many ancient civilizations, including Rome, so it could refer to other conquerors as well. None of this stuff in the Koran, New Testament, Old Testament, or any other ancient writing refers to the future United States. Their world was limited to the borders we have already mentioned, and their writings were full of symbols that represented clearly the nations known to them. They had no practical interest in predicting the future of any country outside their realm.

Maybe someday the people of the United States who see themselves in all these ancient texts will realize that history is just not all about them."

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