Equal time: Example of Muslim peacemaking:
by drpruner - 5/18/08 7:49 PM
In Reply to: Excellent point! by Coryphaeus
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, supposedly built where Jesus was put to death and buried, is controlled by six "Christian" groups that divide the building and grounds among them. In 2006, Time magazine told of an earlier situation when monks there "brawled for hours, ... clubbing each other with giant cnadlestick holders." So great is their distrust of one another that the key to the church is entrusted to a Muslim. Also, a documentary recently on the same topic (the Church) showed that the argumentum ad baculum has been going on for about 400 years.
The nominal reason for the "zeal" is that some of these groups expect Jesus to return at the spot, and they want to be the first to greet him. (I am not making this up!) Another reason, better known to the Christmastime pilgrims especially, is that each group gets its own fees from visitors.
This information, BTW, is from the very Watchtower we studied today worldwide; the article topic was "Who is wise and understanding among you?" (Jas 3:13) The study covered 3:13-18 verse by verse, and we found much good counsel there that helps us avoid [imperfectly] these problems.
But, of course, our bible is said to be poorly translated; maybe these Jerusalem groups have a better version.
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