Was a recent letter to Israel’s president, Shimon Peres, received from the new Egyptian president, Mohammed Morsi, genuine? That’s the question that has stirred up a new Middle East brouhaha.
The Islamist movement back in Egypt denied Morsi sent it. Israel insisted that the letter they received was the real thing. It came on the stationary of the Egyptian Embassy in Tel Aviv, and the top of the correspondence had a time stamp with Tuesday’s date, the phone number from which the fax was sent, and the label “EGY EMB TEL AVIV.”
The nature of the correspondence was in the form of a response to an original letter from Peres conveying Israel’s good wishes for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Morsi, in turn, appeared to write in English: “I am looking forward to exerting our best efforts to get the Middle East Peace process back to its right track in order to achieve security and stability for all peoples in the region.”
Soon, however, Yassir Ali, a spokesperson for Morsi, said in Cairo that Morsi never wrote such a letter to the Israeli president. He called this a “fabrication” and put the blame for the story on two Israeli newspapers.
The office of Peres made it clear that it had asked if the letter could be published and received that permission from the Egyptian Ambassador. It was only then that Peres’ office revealed to reporters what was in the faxed letter.
Probably the bottom line is that the incident reflects the confusion that presently marks the governing situation in Egypt where there remains a conflict between the new president and the military counsel that took over after longtime president Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power.
One of the different questions many of us have a hard time trying to figure out relates to this overall matter of authenticity. For example, is the Koran the Word of God? What about the Bible? There is good reason to believe this is so in regard to Scripture, including the claims numerous verses make. For example, II Timothy 3: 16-17 reads:
“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
But there are also arguments even some clergy make that would seem to indicate that the Bible is just another human book.. In the end, everyone has to come to his or her own conclusion regarding the matter.
For someone to embrace the Bible as the authentic Word of God has a profound effect on what is then believed, including convictions regarding God’s special relationship to the Jewish people.
To come to the conclusion that the Bible is just another book leaves one with the overwhelming task of having to then figure out will be one’s source of authentic truth.
What would you say if someone asked for your opinion regarding the Bible’s authenticity? Is it legit?