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-Palestinian Authority Rewriting the Bible?

by Dr. D ~ June 12th, 2013

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The Palestinian Authority has long been known for their propaganda. Through their official news service the Palestinian leaders recently attempted to rewrite the New Testament and cast Jesus as an ‘Canaanite Palestinian’ and tried to coopt the Christian Easter celebration as a Palestinian National holiday. From Jerusalem Dateline:

In the May 6 edition of the P.A.’s official daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, columnist Adel Abd al-Rahman presented his version of the biblical narrative

“Easter … is not a holiday for Christian Palestinians only but a holiday for Palestinian nationalism because Jesus, may he rest in peace, is a Canaanite Palestinian.  His resurrection, three days after being crucified and killed by the Jews — as reported in the New Testament — reflects the Palestinian narrative, which struggles against the descendants of modern Zionist Judaism, in its new colonialist form, that conspires with the Western capitalists who claim to belong to Christianity.

Jesus, may he rest in peace, the virtuous patriotic Palestinian forefather, who renewed the Old Testament, split away from its followers, brought forth his New Testament and spread it among mankind — which led the Jews to persecute him until they caught him, crucified him and murdered him.  Afterwards, he rose from the dead like the phoenix and set out to spread his teachings that still exist and will exist as long as mankind exists.

Jesus’ story is his [Palestinian] people’s story; the Zionist movement — tool of the capitalist West — wanted to falsify historical facts, to exile and crucify the Palestinian Arab nation and then murder it by means of ethnic cleansing… But the Palestinians, Jesus’ descendants, rose from the ashes, like the phoenix, from the ruins of the Nakba [i.e., "the catastrophe," the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel] and the Naksa [i.e., "the setback," Palestinian term for Israel’s victory in the Six Day War.] They dressed their wounds and raised the flag of nationality again by founding parties and factions…

Easter is a distinct [Palestinian] national holiday which doesn’t concern only Christians but rather all Palestinians believing in the different religions- – Islam, Christianity and Judaism."

Response: The Palestinian leadership is mostly Muslim though there are thousands of Palestinians who are Christians. Note that they try to make Jesus one of their own while the New Testament clearly defines Jesus as a descendent of David and a Jew.

The story of Jesus is one of salvation for the whole world including gentiles, Jews, and Palestinians. Note also that Jesus is not ‘resting in Peace’ but standing in the throne room next to his Father in heaven. God did not send His son Jesus into the world to condemn Jews or Zionism or anyone but that all might be saved.

The Palestinians are not the only folks trying to use the Bible for their own purposes and in the process redefining and reinterpreting Biblical teaching far beyond what was originally intended. Lately some of the liberal Christian Churches have said that it was ok to ordain practicing homosexuals and quoted the teaching of Jesus to love everyone as the defining text while ignoring others which clear teach against homosexual relationships. Also we wrote last week about how three ‘Bible’ scholars distorted the Bible teaching on marriage.

What is really interesting to me is the fact that none of these folks really believe in the authority and truth of the Bible but want to use it anyway to support their own ideas and to convince those of us who do believe. It is really important these days for Christians to not only believe in the Bible but know what it really teaches in order to not be fooled by anyone’s propaganda.              *Top

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