Jerusalem, A Treasured City

Jerusalem is mentioned often in the Bible. Wikipedia gives a good overview: “Jerusalem is a city in the Middle East…It is one of the oldest cities in the world, and is considered holy to three major Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.” The Abrahamic religions are the religions that claim descent from the Judaism of the ancient Israelites, and the worship of the same one God of that of Abraham. Each of these religions is a monotheistic religion, which means that the people worship one god.

For centuries people have been fighting over Jerusalem, even to the point of its destruction- twice. God accepts good people from each one of these religions into his Heavenly home. Unfortunately, these religious groups have been at war often; they have been at war despite each of them worshipping the one God. I have a very simplistic way of looking at the fighting between the three groups. Christianity was seen as a threat to Judaism. Some Jewish people killed some of the early Christians. Some Jewish people have killed some Muslim people. Some Christians killed some Jews and some Muslims. Some Muslims have killed some Jewish people and some Christian people. God wants this to stop!

Quite a bit of the fighting has involved the sacred city of Jerusalem and surrounding countries. Yet, it is a sacred place. “Jerusalem has been the holiest city in Judaism and the ancestral and spiritual homeland of the Jewish people since the 10th century BCE.” A very sacred Jewish temple was destroyed in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a pilgrimage location during Passover, Shavuot, and Sukhot. (myjewishlearning.com)

Jerusalem is also considered to be a holy city in Christianity. Jesus was brought to Jerusalem when he was a child to attend religious events and festivals. According to the gospels, “Jesus preached and healed in Jerusalem….” (Wikipedia). The Last Supper, Jesus’ trial, the crucifixion, and resurrection took place in Jerusalem.

“Jerusalem is considered a sacred site in Islamic tradition, along with Mecca and Medina. Islamic tradition holds that the previous prophets were associated with the city….” One Muslim pilgrimage site is the Ali-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Wikipedia (Note, prophets previous to Muhammad)

Interfaith site: uri.org “Islam: Basic Beliefs“

whyislam? “What is Islam?”

Prayer – It would be nice is people could work out some of their differences during our battle with the Corona Virus. A prayer for resolving differences and looking beyond those difference would be good.

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