I am taking a break from my usual incredibly intelligent insights into life to write a few
Random things I learned in Israel:
-The reason there are churches on all the holy sites of Israel is that Constantine’s mother, Helena had rabbis show her where all the holy sites were and she built a church over it. There may have been some torture involved so even if they didn’t know where something happened, they still said where it was. While the churches aren’t in the exact spot, they are all in the general areas of where things happened.
-Five religions are fighting over the Tomb of the Sepulchre. They were fighting so much that the keys to the building were finally given to a Muslim family who are paid to unlock the doors in the morning and lock them at night. There is a ladder on the second story of the building that has been there for ten years but all five religions want the honor of taking it down and so there it stays. An Ethiopian religion worships on the roof because that is the only space left. There is a lot of pigeon poop in the rafters but because everyone wants the privilege of cleaning it, it just stays there.
-Spencer W. Kimball speculated that when Christ told Peter that he would deny him three times, it was more in the imperative form. Christ was telling Peter to deny him three times to avoid arrest, so Peter could continue preaching. For Peter to go from maiming someone during Christ’s arrest to denying him three times seems to be a big jump. I thought this made a lot of sense.
– The reason some Muslims are so strict with women is that they only give women the rights outlined in the Koran. The Koran doesn’t talk much about women so it gives them few rights. Other sects only restrict women how the Koran tells them so they have all the rights. I didn’t realize this. I thought it was just the decision of the governments randomly.
I learned a lot more, but these are just the things that stood out today. Israel is an interesting country. A lot of conflict has happened here since the beginning of time. It is such a small area but also so important in so many ways. I will be interested to see how things change here.