(Washington, D.C.) — Amidst the terrible geopolitical crises in Syria and Egypt — and the nuclear threat growing from Iran — the Middle East faces a far greater crisis: the absolute disconnect between the people and the Word of God.
Israel and the Middle East is the land where the Bible was written. Yet most of the people in the epicenter have never read the Word of God.
Only 16% of Israeli Jews say they ever read the Hebrew Bible known as the Tanakh (the five books of Moses, the prophets and the writings), according to a sweeping survey of Israeli attitudes towards faith conducted by the Guttmann Institute and the Israel Democracy Institute in 2009.
The vast majority of Arab Muslims have never even seen a Bible, much less read one.
Is there really any wonder then that if the half billion people in this region don’t know God’s Word, that they are not experiencing His peace, much less peace between nations and ethnic groups?
We recently gathered in Jerusalem, at a time of war, uprisings and revolution, for the 2013 Epicenter Conference. Our theme this year was, “The Power of the Word.” Some people have asked, “Why wasn’t the Epicenter Conference this year focused on analyzing the geopolitical threats facing Israel and her neighbors?”
I answer that question directly in my introductory message at the conference — you can watch it by clicking here.
Please also watch On Demand video messages of all the other speakers — including interviews with Jewish and Arab leaders — at the Epicenter Conference website.
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