Speaking of Iraq…
Some of you may have received
an e-mail regarding Iraq in the Bible. Some of the alleged Biblical
and/or historical facts are actually true, but others are false. Whoever
came up with the original list was apparently trying to make modern Iraq
appear to be some sort of prophet, which it certainly is not.
“The Garden of Eden was in Iraq.” Well, perhaps. It all depends on
whether the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers are in the same place as
they were before the great flood. Geologists have not made a
which is now Iraq, was the cradle of civilization.” Possibly,
depending on one’s definition of civilization. It is where Babel was
built, the first major city after the great flood...but it didn’t
last long (Genesis 11:9).
built his ark in Iraq.” The truth is, however, no one has ever found
any trace of the Ark, although people have searched for centuries.
Tower of Babel was in Iraq.” This is true.
“Abraham was from Ur, which is in Southern Iraq.” This is also true.
“Isaac's wife Rebekah was from Nahor, which is in Iraq.” This is not
true. The “City of Nahor,” also called Haran, is located in modern
Turkey, near the city of Sanlurfa.
“Jacob met Rachel in Iraq.” Not in Iraq, but in Haran. See above.
preached in Nineveh, which is in Iraq.” True. The ancient site of
Nineveh is part of Mosul, the second largest city of modern Irag.
“Assyria, which is in Iraq, conquered the ten tribes of Israel.”
This is true, somewhat. Assyrian borders partially included the
northern part of modern Iraq.
about “Amos cried out in Iraq!”? Not true. Amos was from a small
town named Tekoa near Bethlehem. He prophesied against Israel and
several other countries, but scholars say he never went to Babylon
“Babylon, which is in Iraq, destroyed Jerusalem.” This is true. The
site of Babylon was located in modern-day Iraq.
“Daniel was in the lion's den in Iraq.” False. This event happened
in the Persian Empire, not the Babylonian Empire (Daniel 6:18-19).
three Hebrew children were in the fire in Iraq (Jesus had been in
Iraq also as the fourth person in the Fiery Furnace!).” This is
true. It happened in Babylon.
the King of Babylon saw the ‘writing on the wall’ in Iraq.” True.
“Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, carried the Jews captive into
It is true that “Ezekiel preached in Iraq.” He was in Tel Abib near
the Kebar River according to Ezekiel 3:15, which is located in what
is now Southern Iraq.
wise men were from Iraq.”
Possibly, but a different story can be found in Isaiah 60:6. “Herds
of camels will cover your land, young camels of Midian and Ephah.
And all from Sheba will come, bearing gold and incense and
proclaiming the praise of the Lord.” Midian and Ephah were in modern
Saudi Arabia, and Sheba was in in modern Ethiopia.
preached in Iraq.”
This is false. When Peter said “Babylon” he was metaphorically
referring to Rome. Peter lived over 500 years after the destruction
described in Revelation, is called Babylon, which was a city in
This is true. “Babylon” was used to represent an oppressive
government like the real Babylon once was.
is the nation most often mentioned in the Bible. But do you know
which nation is second? It is Iraq.”
is false. Iraq was not a country at the time the Bible was written,
and is never mentioned.
Since America is
by an eagle,
Saddam should have read up on his Muslim
following verse is from the Koran (the Islamic Bible).
it is written that a son of Arabia would awaken
Eagle. The wrath of the Eagle would be felt throughout
of Allah and lo, while some of the people trembled in despair still
rejoiced; for the wrath of the Eagle cleansed the lands of Allah;
the verse number!)
Hmmmmmm?!” This statement is false. This passage is not in the
Koran. Mohammed never claimed to foretell the future or do any
We should be extremely
careful of what we pass on via e-mail, especially that having to do with
religion. If we have doubts about the overall truth of a statement or
article we should hit delete, or at least make it known that there is
some doubt about its veracity.
As we all know, there is a
tremendous amount of garbage being passed on via the Internet, and one
should not forget that there are more lawyers in this country than there
is legitimate legal work for them to do. Lawsuits claiming libel are
becoming more common where there is real, or imagined, personal damage.
statements listed above were received recently by your editor in a
chain e-mail. The major portion of the rebuttals were found on the
Internet and were not copyrighted.