Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Bible is full of wall building

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, an old Argentinian left-wing intellectual currently employed as a visiting scholar in Rome (under the artistic name "Pope Francis") decided to influence the U.S. presidential elections – and make a fool out of himself, too. Google News.

He commented on Donald Trump's immigration policies (Trump is a Presbyterian so I guess he doesn't care about Bergoglio too much):
Holy daddy: A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the gospel.
LOL, very funny.

One rule that they should have taught him is "never say that something isn't in the Bible" because pretty much everything may be found somewhere in the Bible. But the building of the wall isn't just a tangential comment in the Holy Scripture. It's a core event of several books. Bergoglio could have asked someone who knows the Bible at least superficially before he decided to make far-reaching statements. Needless to say, the wall that is featured prominently in the Old Testament is the Wall of Jerusalem.

There's one whole book in the Hebrew Bible, the the Book of Nehemiah, that is mostly about the construction of the wall. He as a Jew who has made it to the Persian courts and became governor of Persian Judea in the Second Temple Period.

The book is a first-person memoir written by Nehemiah. Nehemiah 2 says:
8And may I have a letter to Asaph, keeper of the royal park, so he will give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple and for the city wall and for the residence I will occupy?” And because the gracious hand of my God was on me, the king granted my requests.

Nehemiah Inspects Jerusalem’s Walls

13By night I went out through the Valley Gate toward the Jackala Well and the Dung Gate, examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire.

17Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.”
Trump is saying pretty much the same thing as Nehemiah. Now, in Nehemiah 6, an opposition builds against the rebuilding of the wall. However, in those good old times, the opposition came just from the Arabs and the Samaritans, not from the Pope! ;-)
1When word came to Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall and not a gap was left in it—though up to that time I had not set the doors in the gates. unsealed letter [from Sanballat, a Samaritan official] 6 in which was written:

“It is reported among the nations—and Geshemb says it is true—that you and the Jews are plotting to revolt, and therefore you are building the wall. Moreover, according to these reports you are about to become their king 7and have even appointed prophets to make this proclamation about you in Jerusalem: ‘There is a king in Judah!’ Now this report will get back to the king; so come, let us meet together.”
You see, the situation is equivalent to Trump's who is also planning to build the wall and become the "king". However, these days, the Pope behaves like the enemies of God behaved in the Bible. Like Sanballat, he tries to intimidate the servant of God. At any rate, the intimidation didn't succeed in the Bible:
14Remember Tobiah and Sanballat, my God, because of what they have done; remember also the prophet Noadiah and how she and the rest of the prophets have been trying to intimidate me. 15So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days.
One particular powerful entity is given credit for the construction of the wall:
Opposition to the Completed Wall

16When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.
Get used to it, Jorge. The wall has been constructed with the help of our God. A few more verses describe the opposition by the deluded folks.

And it isn't just the Book of Nehemiah. Haggai 1:4 asks whether they should live in their "paneled houses" (the old believers must have known the socialist concrete blocks) while this house remains a ruin.

OK, you might protest. Nehemiah and Haggai were just fallible humans. Did God actually think that it was a good idea to build the walls? Isaiah 28 offers an answer:
16So this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;
the one who relies on it
will never be stricken with panic. ..."
You have heard the words of the Sovereign Lord Himself. A tested stone, a precious cornerstone gives one a solid foundation that we may rely upon and that saves us from panic.

Weren't the walls just a protection against natural factors? 1 Samuel 7 answers this question:
10While Samuel was sacrificing the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to engage Israel in battle. But that day the Lord thundered with loud thunder against the Philistines and threw them into such a panic that they were routed before the Israelites. 11The men of Israel rushed out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, slaughtering them along the way to a point below Beth Kar.

12Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer,b saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”

13So the Philistines were subdued and they stopped invading Israel’s territory. Throughout Samuel’s lifetime, the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines. 14The towns from Ekron to Gath that the Philistines had captured from Israel were restored to Israel, and Israel delivered the neighboring territory from the hands of the Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.
They built a wall to protect Israel against the Palestinians and God directly participated in this project that turned out to be completely successful! And peace resulted from the construction of the wall. The humans who participated in the success were awarded. And we may go on and on. 2 Samuel 5:
David Conquers Jerusalem

9David then took up residence in the fortress and called it the City of David. He built up the area around it, from the terracesb inward. 10And he became more and more powerful, because the Lord God Almighty was with him.
Again, the very famous David did pretty much the same thing as Trump:
Trump conquers Washington D.C.

Trump then took residence in one of his skyscrapers and called it the Trump World Tower. He built up an irea around it, from the terraces inward. And he became more and more powerful, because the Lord God Almighty was with him.

Now, 1.2 billion Catholic humans may be bowing in front of Mr Jorge Mario Bergoglio because of his uniform. But for the thinking ones among us, you're a clown, Francis. The idea that the Bible provides us with no backing of the building of the walls is absolutely preposterous – or a deliberately spread untruth. In the Biblical times, there have been many more walls and they played an even more important role than the walls play today. Do you really believe that there were no walls in Jerusalem or that the Bible was silent about them?

Donald Trump responded by an e-mail comment that he is the only one who will actually defend the Vatican against ISIS and Francis will be dreaming about a Trump in the White House. It sounds childish but it makes more sense than the Pope's musings. The Trump campaign has also pointed out the irony given the fact that the Pope's workplace, the Vatican, is 100% surrounded by walls.

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