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What is Truth?

In the years that I was growing up there used to be what was known as ‘lunatic asylums’. You don’t hear of such places now. They were establishments where people that had been declared insane were put and kept. There was a great stigma attached to anyone that was mentally ill even, let alone insane; something like the lepers in the Bible I suppose. The insane were separated from the rest of society and out of harm’s way.

I don’t know if people are declared insane these days. Times have changed so much since I was a boy and are changing ever more rapidly. People today have their ‘own truth’. What might be truth for one person may not be for another person, but it is still truth. Do we have our own ‘realities’ now as well? Where what is real to a person means it exists, even if only in their minds and no-one else’s. Does the term ‘insanity’ no longer apply?

My curiosity on this subject has been aroused since my interest in the Middle East developed. Watching and listening to the various Middle Eastern leaders over the years made me think that in my youth, some of these men would have been declared insane. They just do not make any sense. All the demands Arafat made for peace with Israel was handed to him on a plate by the Israeli leader of that time. What happened? Instead of making an agreement Arafat stormed out of the meeting! Leaders in the Palestinian Authority fantasise about the Palestinians being an ancient people and that they were in the land of Canaan before the Jews re-entered the land at the hand of Joshua. They claim the Jews were never on what is now called the Temple Mount while at the same time are busy destroying the evidence that the Jews were there millennia ago.

In his editorial, Aviel Schneider (Israel Today, April 2014, No.177) comments:

 There has been an increase in the flow of teaching, both good and bad, on the signs of the coming again of Jesus, and interest in the Second Coming has grown in recent times, particularly since the erroneous exposition of Joel 2 and the ‘Blood Red Moons’.

by Tony Pearce ( Light for Last Days).

'The Christian view of Isaiah 53 is that it is about Jesus suffering for the sins of the world. The Jewish view is that it is about Israel suffering on behalf of the nations.'

The Bible talks about sparrows— Jesus said, “…not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.” (Matthew 10:29) One winter in 1958 an ‘estimated’ 194, 432 sparrows were killed in one day, in one area alone.

Sholem Asch was probably the world's greatest Yiddish-language novelist ("The Nazarene", "The Apostle", "Mary"). His "One Destiny; an Epistle to the Christians", was written in 1945, at the end of the war.

“Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: In those days [it shall come to pass], that ten men shall take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, they shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.” (Zech

The following "Letter to an Anti-Zionist Friend" is held by some to be an actual letter from Dr. King to an acquaintance, others say it is a compilation of his statements. ". . . You declare, my friend, that you do not hate the Jews, you are merely 'anti-Zionist.' And I say, let the truth ring forth from the high mountain tops, let it echo through the valleys of God's green earth: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews--this is God's own truth. "Anti-semitism, the hatred of the Jewish people, has been and remains a blot on the soul of mankind. In this we are in full agreement. So know also this: anti-Zionist is inherently antisemitic, and ever will be so. "Why is this? You know that Zionism is nothing less than the dream and ideal of the Jewish people returning to live in their own land.

You are what you eat. Well, that’s what some people say. Is there any truth in this statement?

The Psalmist could have written this verse for Meir Abelson personally. Meir lay in the cock-pit of his crashed plane. It was during World War II when Meir was a British Air Force pilot. His plane had come down and his crew lay dead around him.

“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? ” (Jeremiah 17:9)

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