The Spanish Promised Land

Many of us have heard the story. Moses led the Hebrew people out of Egypt into a promised land. The land contained milk and honey. It was a land that God had blessed for His people and was made for them entirely self-sufficient. The name of that land is now Israel.

Israel is a place that has many different religions. Man has changed what God had wanted for His people. Many of the people worship a different God than the God of Abraham, Isaac and Moses. The temple that Solomon built has been overtaken by the Islamic religion.

It is this frog's opinion that Israel and Puerto Rico are a lot alike. I will show you why I feel that way.

Let us look at some of the religions that inhabit Israel. The prominent religion is Judaism which believe in God, but the majority do not believe Jesus was the Messiah. Look at this chart:

Religions of Israel

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Religion  
Percent Of Followers  
Main Worship Figure  
Judaism
76
God
Messianic Judaism
1
God/Jesus
Samaritans
<1
God
Sunni Islam
17
Muhammad
Druze
1.6
Muhammad
Baha'i
<1
Bahá’u’lláh
Greek Orthodox
.9
God/Jesus
Roman Catholic
.8
God/Jesus
Protestant
.2
God/Jesus
Maronite
.1
God/Jesus
Syrian Catholic
<.1
God/Jesus
Armenian Catholic
<.1
God/Jesus
Coptic
<.1
God/Jesus
Chaldean
<.1
God/Jesus
Melkite Greek
<.1
God/Jesus
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3.8
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The Hebrew Promised Land

Israel Resources

As I stated earlier, Israel most likely could self-sustain without any help from the outside world. We all know there is oil all over the Middle East including Israel. Natural gas deposits have been located.

When God stated to Abraham it was a land of milk and honey, He was absolutely correct. Fruits and berries grow very well in Israel.

Now over years man has eroded and destroyed much of the land.

The truth is, if man was to turn from their pollution and greed, the land could become promising again.

You know, I feel like I may be speaking of the land I am living in.

Puerto Rico

The majority of the statements I made about Israel could also be made about this beautiful island of Puerto Rico.

I have never been to Israel, but at this time I live in Puerto Rico.

I see so many similarities that I just have to call this the Spanish Promised Land.

Like Arab Muslims overrunning Israel, the American government overran Puerto Rico. In my opinion they created an atmosphere of socialism where many here just sit back and take without working for what they need.

Like Israel, Puerto Rico, I feel, could be self-sufficient. This would take people here turning an about face in the ways they look at matters.

There are many resources that can be grown and exported from here. Lets look at some of the wonderful things that are made here:

  • coffee
  • sugar
  • bananas
  • plantains
  • grapefruit
  • oranges
  • mangoes
  • fabrics
  • bamboo

Many, many items can be made and produced here. The island has an excellent way of shipping in that they have easy ports to come into.

From what i have seen and heard since being here is animosity against the American government, but still wanting and desiring all the funding and free stuff they give.

My opinion is that the people here should prepare to do it on their own. The United States is in major trouble financially and Puerto Rico, with all its resources, could easily make it on their own.

First and foremost, we all need to seek God through Jesus Christ!

Yes, many here believe, but in many cases, I see it being just how they have always done things and I see and feel that very few have that personal relationship with the Savior.

Here is a chart of religions in Puerto Rico:

(click column header to sort results)
Religion  
#  
Main Worship Figure  
Catholic
2,744,000
God/Jesus
Islam
5,091
Muhammad
Jehovas Witnesses
24,600
God
Judaism
3,000
God
Protestant
154,147
God/Jesus
Seventh Day Adventist
35,050
God/Jesus
Santeria
?
?
Mita
?
God/Mita

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I have wrote some hubs about some of the religion here in Puerto Rico.

There is some odd thinking in some cases and that is why I added Santeria and Mita at the end of the chart.

To know more about those two read these hubs:

Santeria, What Is It?

Mita, What Is It?

Conclusion

I feel God at work both on this island and in Israel.

We need to all call on Jesus and pray for these people.

Puerto Rico is a promised land. It has so much going for it and then I look and see people treating the land terrible. I believe this is also happening in Israel.

God gave us these lands. He said to use it, not abuse it. Think about those coming behind you; children, grandchildren and so forth. You want the best for them don't you?

Teach them God's ways; show the Jesus and tell them to take care of what they have been blessed with. The birds and wildlife need to be preserved and pollution needs to be stopped. If we all pray and do; God will bless us.

May God look kindly on us all!

© G.L. Boudonck

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kj force 4 years ago from Florida

Regardless of where we live..it is commendable that you feel so strongly towards your country and its future..This is the kind of passion that I feel for my adopted by choice country..AMERICA..and yes there are many things we can do here to become self-sufficient, however,money and greed will always prevail,as long as we allow it..just a thought


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CrazyGata 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

Of course I'm sold with anything you write about Puerto Rico, especially in its best perspective.

As one Puerto Rican to another (assuming you are, if not you are indeed still appreciated) I have to respectfully digress in the reference to Puerto Rico behaving as a socialist territory. Welfare programs are established by the United States federal government in order to comply with The People constitutional rights of living with dignity.

In any event, to date, Puerto Rico ranks #54, California tops the list in welfare recipients.

http://www.statemaster.com/graph/eco_wel_cas_tot_r...

I am sure you are aware of this, I feel urged to clarify this for others that may not have the time to further check on what is the mindset of Puerto Ricans from a broader perspective.

"The White House reported Puerto Rico has so far created or retained 17,597 jobs, which makes it the third-highest jurisdiction on a per capita basis, according to a Christian Science Monitor analysis. That is 115% higher than the average U.S. job gain / retention figure." Nov 2009 http://prfaa.pr.gov/news/?p=533

Of course, our government cut a great deal of jobs and I do not praise that in any way.

There are also many businesses created in Puerto Rico by Puerto Ricans. I normally do not use Wikipedia as reference but here we go. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_companies_of_...

In regards to the way we treat our land, maybe you mean U.S. corporations in Puerto Rico, specifically pharmaceuticals.

In regards to religion, I would've love you went a bit further to relate that said religion (Santería) is our African heritage. Is the religion our ancestors from the Ivory Coast of Africa were peacefully practicing before they were kidnapped, forced to brutal labor and to have their souls saved in the name of Jesus Christ before being put to work to death.


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Froggy213 4 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Thanks to you both--Gata, no I am American--a gringo living in Puerto Rico. It is a beautiful place, but does need a little help.


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indanila 4 years ago

Nice Hub, great comparison with Israel and Puerto Rico! Having recently visited P.R, I was overwhelmed with it's beauty but saddened at the same time by the economic conditions of most areas. Being of Puerto Rican descent it pulled at my heart strings. Be blessed!!!

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