IMR wrote:I agree that the historical and geographical setting around Israel in old testament times were important in shaping the story of Judaism. For example, the difficulty finding water in the desert wouldn't have happened if they had been in Scotland instead. However perhaps they would have had a problem finding shelter from the cold instead.
The question is whether we see the effects of these historical and geographical events as entirely due to chance and human psychology or whether we see God's hand in using them for his purposes, and the resulting story of the relationship between God and a particular group of people from which we can learn many useful things.
It is a metter of faith, surely? And faith is what Christianity is all about. It is not about Ancient Israel, but about a man who appeared amongst the Jews of Palestine 2000 years ago. Do we believe He is the Son of God or not? If not then it would appear that we are not Christians.
Asking questions and gaining an understanding of the history behind the coming of the Christ is fine, but it is the man himself that has given His status as Messiah to be the name of the religion we belong to, Christianity.[/Justify]
Jayne( in aroha, hope and Faith ) nz
* . (\ *** /) * .* Be beautiful inside, in your hearts,
* . * ( \(_)/ ) * * with the lasting charm of a gentle
* * (_ /||\_) . * And quiet spirit, that is
* *. /____\ * . so precious to God
(1 Peter 3:4 TLB)