The Difference Between Reading the Bible and Meditating on God’s Word

The Difference Between Reading the Bible and Meditating on God’s Word

There always has to be a good reason to read the Bible. Even

“simply wanting to know what all the hoopla was about and why people were so hyped up on it”

could already be a good reason to start reading the Bible. From that point of view, it could give some good idea of what others are saying, what would or would not be in Scripture.

Best is to read the Bible to study it and to gain more knowledge of what is written inside it. Then it will give also a good idea of what others, like clergy, are insinuating what would be standing there in those 66 books of the Book of books, the Bible, and coming to see what is really written in it.

When

“in no way shape or form, did reading the Bible had anything to do with God.”

then it would be a very difficult start, already closing some gates to receiving knowledge or to coming into conversation with God. Reading the Bible is namely like being present by someone, listening to what He has to say. Reading the Bible also gives an opportunity to come into conversation with the Divine Creator of heaven and earth, the God of gods. When starting to read what He has to say, there has to be a willingness to listen to Him.

For sure, several people coming to read the Bible,

“some of their reasons aren’t particularly holy.”

Several people want to find reasons and words to attack those lovers of God, who find those words in the Bible sacred.

Sometimes, as the article writer mentions, coming to read the Bible is

“done out of curiosity”

as her friends in school did for religious studies

“and other times it’s for understanding the religion better.”

And that is a very good reason, more people should consider why reading that book is as important as reading other basic scriptures of certain religious groups.

All people should learn about the different religions and have to go through their basic scriptures. When the reason to read the Bible is to debunk the Bible, like some atheists and other (religious) people do they would often be surprised where they end up. More than once, an atheist or even a Christian or other religious person came to see the truth and came to look for a church that is living according to those Words of God.
That

“they use part of the bible to show why other Christian religions are wrong”

is not such a bad idea, when they do it with the right intention and lovingly, to bring people closer to the One and Only Real God, the God of Israel, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah, Who is One and not two or three.

Too often, people who call themselves Christian, do not dare to open their ears fully to those words of God, but prefer to be chained to the doctrinal teachings of their church, be it a Catholic or Trinitarian Protestant Church, instead of trying to read and understand the words like they are written black on white.

When there is a willingness to listen carefully to God’s Word as presented in the Bible, the reader shall be surprised how a whole new world might open up before him or her. But then it becomes most important also to accept those Words from God and to act to the received new insight. And that last bit is one of the very difficult parts when one has lived for several years in a certain Christian denomination. Often it is easier for an atheist to become a true Christian than for a Christian to become a real follower and believer in the son of God, Jeshua or Jesus Christ. Most people coming from a certain denomination have difficulties changing their lives and changing church, after they discovered that there are differences in the teachings of their familiar church and the contents of the Bible.

The difficulty for reading the Bible is that it has to be done with an open mind geared toward spiritual growth and with a willingness to change.
The writer of this article still has to go a long way, because she writes

“After all, the time He walked the earth stone was the paper of choice”

giving an indication that she still considers Jesus to be God instead of him being the son of God. God never walked this earth. God is an eternal Spirit Being (meaning having no beginning or birth and no end = no death) no man can see. Clearly, the writer of this article is still confusing and mixing two different Biblical characters. This comes perhaps because she is so clinched or stuck by her Catholic upbringing, where they worship a Trinity and other gods and saints.

We can only hope that those who read the Bible also one moment come to listen more carefully to the Words of God and start meditating on them as well, giving a two-way communication platform to the Author of the Book of books, so that more insight and wisdom will come to them.

The writer of this article (Marita) ends very nicely but also hits the nail when she writes

“Basically, meditating on God’s word is supposed to bring about change. Change in you and the world around you.”

And changing direction and adapting their belief unto what is really written in the Scriptures is one of the most difficult tasks for people who grew up in a Christian church tradition and who have come to read the Bible more thoroughly.
And the Bible deserves a thorough reading and study to be moulded by God and filled with biblical clarity rather than church indoctrination.

 

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People Seeking for God 1 Looking for answers

People Seeking for God 2 Human interpretations

God of gods

The Almighty Lord God of gods King above all gods

Is reading the Bible necessary?

Being in tune with God

How Social Media is Shrinking the Bible

Ways to Approach Difficult Bible Passages

Followers, protestors and reformers

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Seeking Redemption

To those now deep into biblical scripture you are probably aware of the difference between reading the bible and meditating on the world. Naturally, like many young Christians, I had assumed that once you read the bible, and you knew God’s words and it was enough. But I kept hearing about ‘meditating on the word’ and never understood what it meant. Until over a decade later when I began meditating on God’s word.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and, training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work,” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Reading the Bible

I’ve read the bible twice, decades ago and still could quote a single lick of scripture. I read it just like I did with any storybook. Enough to know all the main characters and get a clear…

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A Word on Bible Versions

A Word on Bible Versions

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By David Ettinger

A Fruitful Discussion
I recently had a nice discussion with a blogging friend regarding the Bible version I use.

This fruitful dialogue led to this post, which won’t analyze the many English versions of the Bible, but serve merely as my commentary on the issue. This is one of those topics many Christians can wrap their brains around, so, by all means, let your voice be heard in the comments section!

Bible Fascination
After I gave my life to Christ in 1986, I went shopping for a Bible. Not having much money, I was limited. I knew nothing about the many Bible versions, so I purchased the least expensive. It turned out to be an original New International Version (NIV), and am I ever glad it was!

I tore through my new Bible in just 4 months, and then started all over again. At the time, I…

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A puzzling text from a prescientific age

A puzzling text from a prescientific age

 

“The Bible is indeed the greatest book ever written.
It has shaped the cultures of the world in countless ways, and it contains the words of everlasting life.
But for so many today, it is largely opaque, indecipherable – at best
a puzzling text from a prescientific age.”

Bishop Robert Barron, The Word on Fire Bible

Ways to Approach Difficult Bible Passages

Ways to Approach Difficult Bible Passages

A book for Christianity

To come to know God or come to know how to live best and how to find a good church, one is best to consult the Bestseller of all time, the Bible. When looking for a church it is not so important to search for Christianity or Christendom. Best is that one starts by reading the books which are the foundation or the cement of what has become the Church.

In Christianity it is all about having a relationship with God by the intermediary Jesus Christ. One first has to get to know the Divine Creator before one can go looking for His houses.

Bible texts, languages and translations

Bible texts are not always easy to follow or understand. Though it is one of the best guides for life, it requires attention from the reader and persistence and will to follow and understand.

When we want to read the Bible we have first of all to choose a translation and should remember that it is only one of the many translations that there exist. Do not worry too much about what translation you would like to buy. Go to a bookshop and read some paragraphs in different bible translations. When you find one which is in a language that suits you best, try that first. Later on, you always can come to read the literal translated and more accurate Bible translations, in case you had not chosen directly for a literal translation. Youngsters and beginners are often better off with a paraphrased Bible, though we would not recommend that. There are Bible Students all over the world who offer very good contemporary literal Bible translations in many easy to read languages. Do not go for those big Bible translations where there is more space given to the notes than to the Bible Words of God. A Bible with just cross-references is the best solution.

One Author is telling as it is

Taking up the Book of books, we should remember that though it is a compilation of several books written by different people, the author or principal to write down everything is only One Person, namely the Divine Creator of Heaven and Earth, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah.

Keeping that in mind, we should also remember that That Task Giver is a man of truth Who is not telling lies, and as such all what He says should be taken as one opinion which does not contradict.

“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should repent. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfil it?” (Nu 23:19 RSV)

“Once for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie to David.” (Ps 89:35 RSV)

“in hope of eternal life which God, who never lies, promised ages ago” (Tit 1:2 RSV)

Intended message

When reading the Bible we should always remember the basics of interpretation: looking for the Author’s intended message, reading it in context and with the whole of Scripture in view, even considering how believers throughout history have interpreted it. Hereby not forgetting that many human beings gave their idea about the text, but that those interpretations should be taken as such being ideas of fallible men and not always telling the truth or giving the right interpretation to a certain part of a text.

Construction for all to see and understand

We also should not believe those priests and pastors or other clergies that say it is not up to non-clergy to read and understand the Bible. The Bible is a God-given present for all people, not for a few exceptions or studied people. We always should give the Bible time to give us the necessary spiritual food, when we are ripe for it. We should consider the Bible as the tool of a Masterworker, the Architect, giving Him time to mould us and prepare us for building His righteous creature.  Look at the Bible like a huge building, where you can not see all the rooms at once. You need your time to investigate all the places. The instruction the word of God gives is like a building construction Engineer telling the other people involved in raising a building what should be done at every stage of the building, so the building can be done exactly as it was planned as the Architect wanted it.

When looking at construction plans, they are not always easy to read at first glance. The same with the Plan of God or with the bible. We should give it enough attention to see all the details and to understand why certain things are like they are designed.

We should also not avoid difficult ‘drawings’ or texts when we encounter such in our reading sessions.

When we come across a problematic passage, we might prefer to focus on the verses that are more accessible or understandable. But avoiding these texts doesn’t make them disappear. Eventually you or someone you love will want an explanation.

writes 6 Wrong Ways to Approach Difficult Bible Passages.

Requesting the Planner for more  information

We should remember also that when a passage is not clear to us, the best Person to ask about it is God Himself. Therefore, do not forget to pray about it and ask God for more insight.

Some Christians assume that Scripture’s perspicuity implies that its interpretation should be straightforward. But that is not always so. God has given us a brain, a mind, and we should use our brain to come to understand.

the Bible isn’t a pocket dictionary for faith and practice.

In his Word, God has spoken through complex narrative and poetic philosophy. He’s recorded commands complete with rationale, motivation, and explanation. He’s provided principles, then called us to thoughtful application and situational wisdom. That’s why he’s given us minds for thinking, pastors for teaching, a community for learning, and his Spirit for illuminating. These good gifts would be gratuitous if God’s words to us were always clear—which, by its own admission, simply isn’t the case (2 Pet. 3:16). { 6 Wrong Ways to Approach Difficult Bible Passages.}

When encountering a difficult passage, we, next to our prayer, could also speak about it with others around us and ask some church leaders for more information on that part of scripture.

Comparing

It is up to us to compare the explanation of those people with the sayings in other parts of the Bible. All texts in the Holy Scriptures must be in agreement and do not contradict each other. If there is any contradiction, it is due to a wrong assumption. In that case, one will have to become better informed and read the text according to its correct interpretation.

We should be wary of scientific diagnosis or endless speculation, especially if it’s absent of a warmed heart and any bedside manner that demonstrates genuine love for others — and ultimately for God.

“The aim of our charge,” Paul says, “is love” (1 Tim. 1:5). { 6 Wrong Ways to Approach Difficult Bible Passages.}

Judging

Some people want to look at the Bible for being able to judge God or to ‘attack’ believers. they want to undermine the faith of lovers of God, by twisting the words of the Bible, or to show others how the clergy is just doing the opposite of what is written in the Bible. They do forget that perhaps those clergy or not the right people for God and do not belong to a church that really is in line with God. We may not forget that the majority of churches in this world do have another God than the God of Jesus Christ and lots of them even use graven images of their god and other gods or saints.

E. Clark warns

We can easily study the Bible in such a way that we preside in judgment over it — as if we’re the ultimate arbiter of what is true and right and good.

Instead, we must allow God to sit in judgment over us through sacred Scripture. His Word is what discerns the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts (Heb. 4:12), exposing our sin alongside his provision of salvation. When we confront difficult texts, therefore, we must be careful not to cross-examine the witness of God. We are ultimately the ones in need of scrutiny, not the other way around. { 6 Wrong Ways to Approach Difficult Bible Passages.}

It is not for us or anyone else to judge the ways of God. Instead of looking at Him with judgment, we should try to understand why God works in any way.

Reaching for quality

It does not matter how fast you go through reading the whole Bible. The best is to give it some time each day. Each day reading a chapter for example. Either by going from the first until the last book, chapter after chapter, or by choosing some book of interest and going from there, not reading the whole Bible in the order of the books.

When reading a book, do not forget to take time to think about what you have read. Ask yourself what it was about, what the message is, and what you can learn from it.

In case you come up against difficult verses, do not worry to read them over and over again. Chew on them. do not mind reading them again the next day. Try it again the next day, reading the whole paragraph now, and wonder about the verse in context. In case there are cross-references, go and have a look at those verses, and see what is written there.

Tuning in

When taking the time for yourself and the Bible, make sure there is nothing to distract you. ‘Tune in’ to that one channel of God, listening in yourself to what you are reading in that Book of books. Do not let social media messages interrupt your reading. Put your phone aside for some time … the reading time … for listening to the Speaker God. It is with Him that you are in conversation when you are reading the Bible. It is Him that you should then give your time … Listening to Him.

When there is enough willingness to listen to the Words of God, they shall come over properly and not like a badly tuned radio, with crackling and distorted sounds.

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Is reading the Bible necessary?

How Social Media is Shrinking the Bible

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  8. Appointed to be read (Our World) = Appointed to be read (Some View on the World)
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Times of overcorrections

This century may go into the history books by its aim to overcorrect.

Today we are not any more allowed to use lots of words which were quiet normal and not offensive in the previous century.

Today one has to be very careful how one wants to express oneself. Today several youngsters consider it transphobic if someone acknowledges biological sex.

A medical student revealed that she and her fellow trainee medics had access to an online forum where students can correct their professors for using gender-specific terms such as “male”, “female”, or “breastfeed” instead of gender-neutral terms like “chestfeed.”

The online forum allows students to “lodge their complaints in real time during lectures.”

The student recalled how one time a professor started crying because she “upset by students calling her out for using ‘male’ and ‘female’.”

“Wrongspeak” seems the word of the new wave where people find that everything should be considered as normal and possible. So when you are a man you may become pregnant as well and it would be considered sexist when one says only a woman can have a baby.
According to petitions in several countries included use of the pronouns “she” and “her” or the terms “father” and “son” are not acceptable and are “Wrongspeak”.

In several countries we also see people pulling down statues of very well known political and historical figures. But because they did something wrong it is considered not appropriate anymore that they would have a statute to honour them.

One is also not to speak about an Eskimo, Indian, hut, etc.. But the strangest might be the sex which may not be mentioned any more.

Katie Herzog, believes that our publishing houses, our universities, our schools, our non-profits, our tech companies — have embraced a Manichean ideology that divides people by identity and punishes anyone that doesn’t adhere to every aspect of that orthodoxy. In some of the top medical schools and hospitals in her country Katie Herzog found that there was a sort of revolution taking place. She thinks an ideological ‘purge’ is underway in American medicine.

“Wokeness,”

as one doctor put it,

“feels like an existential threat.”

Katie’s latest reporting illustrates some of the most urgent elements of that threat. It focuses on how biological sex is being denied by professors fearful of being smeared by their students as transphobic. And it shows how the true victims of that denial are not sensitive medical students but patients, perhaps most importantly, transgender ones.

Teachers now have to be very careful not to offend some one with saying “he” or “she”

During a recent endocrinology course at a top medical school in the University of California system, a professor stopped mid-lecture to apologize for something he’d said at the beginning of class.

His offense: using the term

“pregnant women.”

“I said ‘when a woman is pregnant,’

which implies that only women can get pregnant and I most sincerely apologize to all of you.”

In the context of their medical school

“acknowledging biological sex can be considered transphobic.”

 

Please do find more about it by reading:

  1. Med Schools Are Now Denying Biological Sex
  2. Common Sense Has Left the Building

We are living in a time of “universal deceit”

From Bible in the news

Honest Reporting recently rounded off an examination of instances of YouTube banning content by saying:

“To paraphrase a quote wrongly attributed to Orwell but which resonates strongly today as we seemingly edge towards the dystopian society that he predicted: ‘In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.’”

We are living in a time of “universal deceit”, this is exactly what the Lord Jesus said it would be in Revelation 16. Jesus specifically warned his servants who would be living just before his coming, that it would be a time of deceit and falsehood.

Media Bias and against Israel

The staged protest at NablusThe protest staged for the media near Nablus.

 

An image of the staged protest available on Getty Images.

During the recent war when Israel was attacked by Hamas in Gaza, there were many examples of deceit in the media. The mainstream media as usual, emphasized Israel’s operations in Gaza against the terrorist organization Hamas, over the 4300 + rockets fired by Hamas at Israeli civilian centres. Here are some examples of deceptive media reports during the conflict.

A CNN analysis was entitled

“Hell has been unleashed in Gaza”

and is typical of the type of the reporting on Israel in the mainstream media. Reading the analysis any logical person would think that Israel had unleashed hell on Gaza. However, Hamas had started the war and by the time of the “analysis” had fired well over 1000 missiles targeting Israeli civilian centres. In order to find this out, you have to read to about halfway through. Seeing that on average only 16% of people read a webpage word for word and seeing that readers will on average only read 20% of the text on a page, most CNN readers will never know this. The analysis does state near the beginning that,

“Since Monday evening, Israel’s aerial operation has left more than 60 Gazans dead, militants among them, but more civilians, according to figures from the Gaza-based Palestinian health ministry. More than a dozen of them were children.”

A few crucial pieces of information are missing from this sentence. First the “Gaza-based Palestinian health ministry” is operated by the terrorist group Hamas — their numbers simply cannot be trusted. Secondly at least half of the quoted number of casualties of children were killed by a rocket fired by Hamas that didn’t reach its target. The Al Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza documented a Hamas rocket that fell short of its target and killed 8 civilians including 6 children.

Another one of the images from the staged protest on Getty, notice the ambulance in the background taking away the “wounded”.

Seeing that the terror organizations fire their rockets from civilian areas away from the periphery of the region, the rockets have to travel over civilian areas in Gaza before reaching Israel. During the war in Gaza, Hamas and Islamic Jihad fired, as already stated, 4,300+ rockets, targeting Israeli civilian centres. 680 of these misfired and exploded inside Gaza, killing and injuring the civilian population of Gaza.

The analysis also misrepresents the blockade of Gaza, stating,

“Cut off from the rest of the world by an Israeli blockade of Gaza’s land, air and sea dating back to 2007, many of Gaza’s inhabitants are dependent on foreign aid to survive.”

It is true that Israel blockades Gaza to stop them acquiring arms, and the tools and materials to manufacture rockets. However, Gaza borders not only Israel but also Egypt. Egypt imposes the same blockade on Gaza. Israel lets a constant stream of aid material into the strip.

The New York Times is an influential newspaper with a circulation of about 375,000. On May 28 the cover of the New York Times featured pictures of children that were killed in the Gaza conflict. The headline was “They Were Just Children”. The introductory text reads,

“At least 67 people under age 18 in Gaza and two in Israel were killed during this months conflict according to initial reports. They had wanted to be doctors, artists and leaders. Read their stories.”

How much information the New York Times had unearthed to report on their stories is doubtful. The third picture on the top row featured a picture of a little 6 year old girl. However, doing a search by image on Google of her returned results back in 2018 when she had apparently been killed also. The anonymous girl has been used countless times to falsely accuse Israel of killing children. Again one of the main sources for the article was the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry. One of the “children” was a 17 year old fighter in the Hamas terror organization. Not readily apparent, but once again, a number of the victims were killed by Hamas terror rockets that did not make it. There is only one answer for such shoddy biased reporting and that is that it is not shoddy, but carefully crafted in a way to make Israel into the aggressor.

During the recent Gaza conflict there were demonstrations elsewhere in Israel in support of Gaza. Two Christians who do a podcast called the Joshua and Caleb report came across and documented a staged demonstration near the large Palestinian city of Nablus. There were a couple of Israeli soldiers quite far away casually watching, but otherwise there was no Israeli presence. Only a number of the press and many protesters throwing rocks at no one except an empty road. Yet there were constant “protesters” being taken away in Ambulances. The pictures from this staged protest are now available for sale on Getty Images, one of the largest suppliers of news images in the world. The Getty caption says,

“Palestinian protesters confront Israeli troops at the Hawara checkpoint south of Nablus city in the occupied West Bank on May 18, 2021, during a demonstration in support of those under bombardment in Gaza.”

This is a total fraud. There were no Israeli troops being confronted. There were no Israel defence forces or riot police to hurt protesters, yet the “wounded” were being taken away in ambulances. The press knew this was the case, but reported a complete fraud.

At the root of this bias is a believe that the Palestinian Arabs have a moral right to the land of Israel. That justice is on their side. It is believed that the Jewish state is a result of “colonialism” and that the Jewish people have no right to the land. Any historical connection of the Jewish Hebrew people to the land is denied. This is in effect calling the God of Israel unjust, unjust for bringing the Jewish people back to their ancient land. This is the spirit will bring the nations to Armageddon.

The trending hashtag on social media during the conflict was #freepalestine. What this means as seen on placards at demonstrations all over the world, is to “free Palestine from the river to the sea”. This is a call for the total destruction of the state of Israel. It is in effect a call for another Holocaust of the Jewish people. It is the hashtag of Armageddon.

This has been David Billington with you for this week’s Bible in the News. Come back again next week God willing to www.bibleinthenews.com

 

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Het vroegere Judea beschouwend

Aanvullend op de twee voorgaande berichten wensen wij graag u te verwijzen naar een artikel van “Baars”, die zich (zoals vele anderen) dingen afvraagt.

In “Het vroegere Judea” haalt hij aan hoe de Romeinen er in sloegen de Joden uit Palestina te verdrijven. In het jaar 135 doopte keizer Hadrianus Judea (IoudaíaYəhuda) om tot de Romeinse provincie Palestina. Die naam kwam van het Griekse Παλαιστίνη, wat vanuit die taal vertaald werd in het Latijn: Palaestina. De Arabische naam daarentegen geeft meer wear waar men de oorsprong van dat gebied moet gaan zoeken. فلسطين, kan getranslitereerd worden als Filasṭīn, Falasṭīn of Filisṭīn. Palestina slaat namelijk terug op de Filistijnen, een volk dat zich waarschijnlijk rond de 13e eeuw v.G.T. in het toenmalige Kanaän vestigde.

Toen de Israëlieten in Kanaän terechtkwamen waren de Filistijnen een van de volken die zij daar aantroffen en met wie ze regelmatig strijd leverden. De Filistijnen bewoonden het zuidwesten van Kanaän tot het begin van de 6e eeuw v.G.T., toen de Babyloniërs het gebied veroverden en een groot deel van de bevolking in ballingschap werd weggevoerd,.

Opmerkelijk is dat de Hebreeën hun geloof in één God ook andere volken aansprak. Zo kwamen in die streek “Palestijnen” het Joodse geloof aanhangen. Terwijl de Joden zich verder over de wereld verspreiden bleven het gros van de Palestijnen in Palestina wonen.

Onderdeel van het Joods geloof is het vertrouwen in God dat Hij Zijn beloften zal waar maken. Over de gehele wereld bleven dan ook heel wat Joden uitkijken naar het ogenblik dat zij bewoners zouden kunnen worden van het Beloofde Land.

Nadat de Nazi’s aan de macht kwamen in Duitsland, kon de gedachte om de eigen geboortegrond te verlaten om naar dat Beloofde land te trekken meer Joden bekoren.

Het boven aangehaalde artikel schrijft:

Toen Hitler in Duitsland  aan de macht kwam en zijn anti Joodse uitlatingen ventileerde, emigreerden steeds meer Joden naar dát Palestijnse gebied.
De Palestijnen kwamen in opstand tegen deze kolonisatie én de Britse overheersing.
Er kwamen aanslagen op Joodse Nederzettingen en Britse doelen zoals spoorlijnen.
Pas na 3 jaar konden de Britten deze OPSTAND  bedwingen.

Eigenlijk wilden de Britten wel van dit “moeilijke” gebied af.
In 1947  begon de  overdracht  aan de Verenigde Naties  en op 15.5.1948 trokken de Britten zich officieel terug.

De Verenigde Naties maakten een plan om het gebied te verdelen: Waar, op dat moment de meeste Joden woonden werd Joods gebied, waar de meeste Palestijnen woonden werd Palestijns gebied.

Het leek een eerlijk plan, maar…… met oog op de toekomstige aanwas van meer Joden in het gebied, kregen de Joden een groter gebied toebedeeld dan de Palestijnen.
Het onvermijdelijke gebeurde: de Joden gingen akkoord, de Palestijnen niet.

Zodra de Britten waren vertrokken, riepen  de Joden de staat Isräel (= strijder met God)* uit.

 

De vlag van Palestina wordt officieel als Nationaal symbool van de Palestijnen sinds 1988 gebruikt, maar werd sinds 1964 ( oprichting PLO)  al onofficieel gebruikt

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Maison de Transition

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Les maisons de transition sont le fruit d’une collaboration entre différentes parties.

La Maison de Transition s’articule autour de trois piliers : la force, la réparation et le lien. La Maison de Transition travaille selon une vision axée sur la force et la réparation.

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Theologie versus godsdienstleer of godsdienst geschiedenis

In de Europese universiteiten vindt me de theologie als wetenschapsgebied in directe verbinding met concrete godsdienstige praktijken. Niet alleen in die zin dat die praktijken voorwerp van onderzoek kunnen zijn, maar zo dat de afgestudeerde theoloog bekwaam en geschikt zou zijn om in die praktijken een professionele leidinggevende rol te vervullen.

Als die praktijken uit beeld raken en er geen predikanten meer worden opgeleid, zal de theologie als wetenschapsgebied verdwijnen.

stelde prof. dr. Gerrit Immink in 2014. Toen waren de meeste afdelingen Theologie aan de universiteiten meer instellingen waar de geschriften van theologen werden bestudeerd, meer dan het eigenlijke “Godswezen”.

Theologie betekent letterlijk de studie van God (verwijzend naar Theos = Grieks voor God en logos is Grieks voor `woord`, `leer`, `kennis` of `verhandeling). Dat maakt dat het eigenlijk in theologie moet gaan over de leer of kennis van God. Hierbij zou men kunnen zeggen dat er bij dat onderzoek naar de Godheid ook moet na gaan welke godheden er zo wat aanbeden worden. Inherent daaraan komt dan de studie van verscheidene goden, godsdiensten, godsdienstige groepen en onderwerpen. De term theologie is afkomstig uit de Christelijke traditie, maar kan ook gebruikt worden voor de studie of de geloofsinhoud van andere religies.

Gedurende Krimp zijn rectoraatsperiode werd er gezocht naar samenwerking, verplaatsing.

Op de achtergrond speelde steeds de vraag: Waar gaat het eigenlijk over in de theologie? Welk vakkenpakket is nodig om een predikant op te leiden?

zei hij in 2014.

Tegenwoordig lijkt het wel dat vele faculteiten weg gevaren zijn van de vroegere oorspronkelijke instelling voor dat vak. Ook brengt elke universiteit haar geestelijke instelling naar voor en laat deze geen openheid voor anders denkenden. Zo moet men in een Katholieke universiteit het Katholisch denkpatroon volgen en kan men zeker niet tegen de Drie-eenheid zijn bijvoorbeeld.

We beseffen wel dat al in de 19e eeuw er voortdurend bewegingen in de theologie waren die het accent verlegden van God naar de mens. Bovendien groeide de kritiek op het klassieke godsbegrip en kwam zelfs de gedachte op dat God een projectie is, maar als puntje bij paaltje kwam, liet men toch geen openheid tot andere leerstellingen dan die van de ondersteunende godsdienstgroep.

In 2014 haalde Krimp terecht aan:

Als de theologie de gedachte van de godgeleerdheid – hoe lastig en ingewikkeld die ook is – loslaat, komt het bestaansrecht van de theologie als zelfstandig wetenschapsgebied snel ter discussie te staan.

Het verschijnsel religie, religieuze ervaringen en rituelen – dat alles kan toch ook prima bestudeerd worden door antropologen, psychologen en sociologen? Wolfhart Pannenberg heeft terecht opgemerkt dat de theologie van het toneel zal verdwijnen, zodra we het Godsbegrip louter opvatten als een projectie vanuit de antropologie.

In veel instelling gaat men het geschiedkundig verloop na van één of meerdere godsdiensten. Men moet dan echter beseffen dat men daar dan meer een godsdienst historicus kweekt. Met de studie van al de vroegere theologische werken komt men dan eerder op het vlak van de taalkundige of sociaal wetenschapper zonder dat men de rol van theoloog hoeft op te nemen. Volgens Krimp is daar binnen een theologische universiteit of faculteit zeker ook plaats voor.

Maar als onze vakgebieden samen het geheel van de theologie vormen, moet elk vakgebied ook beoefend kunnen worden als theologie.

Volgens hem is het daarvoor

nodig dat er binnen het vakgebied systematische vragen gesteld worden met betrekking tot hedendaagse godsdienstige praktijken en met betrekking tot het spreken over God. Dat is niet eenvoudig, want dan moeten we zowel het vak goed beheersen als in staat zijn om op systematische wijze theologische thema’s in te brengen. En het wordt pas echt spannend als we dan ook nog het gesprek aandurven over de waarheidsclaims die in teksten of in praktijken tot uitdrukking komen.

Prof. dr. Gerrit Immink vertelt verder

In mijn bestuurlijke functie als rector heb ik steeds geprobeerd het academische karakter van de theologie hoog te houden, in het besef dat de afgestudeerde theoloog bekwaam en geschikt dient te zijn om als predikant in de kerk aan de slag te gaan. De gerichtheid op concrete praktijken en de wetenschappelijke doordenking van het spreken over God zijn voor mij twee zijden van dezelfde medaille.