Joseph Farah makes his usual terrible arguments, this time claiming that the existence of Israel “proves God is real.” Why? Because the Bible said the Jewish people would eventually come back to the land God allegedly gave them and that Israel would exist again after going away for centuries.
I believe one of the best evidences that God is real – and who He says He is in the Bible – is the mere existence of the modern state of Israel…
But, it seems to me, the very best intellectual and tangible proof of the existence and sovereignty and almighty power of Yehovah, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, is the reality of the rebirth of Israel just as it was predicted millennia ago – and facing the exact “controversies” and adversities that were foretold.
It’s undeniable – except for those who choose to deny it or refuse to examine the overwhelming evidence…
However, this was nothing compared to what God Himself suggested, through the prophet Jeremiah, was coming in the future. (Jeremiah 16:14-15)
“Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that it shall no more be said, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.”…Yet, it is the non-believer today who is without excuse, for we have witnessed an even greater miracle. No other nation in the history of the world has been revived after nearly 1,900 years – and surely not one prophesied to do that.
There is so much wrong with this. First of all, that return from being scattered already happened long before now even if you accept the validity of the Biblical history. The book of Jeremiah deals with events taking place just before and during the Babylonian exile around 600 BC. Israel had already been recreated after that exile, of course, and there is absolutely nothing in the book to suggest that it was referring to events that would happen 2500 years later.
But more importantly, even if you accept Farah’s premise it would not prove that God is real, only that belief in God is real. Israel was reestablished in 1949 largely because the leadership in the West believed the Bible to be true and therefore set out to “fulfill” that “prophecy.” But Farah refuses to even consider any other explanation than the one he favors.