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Jesus’ Roots!

I remember watching the TV miniseries “Roots” ~ a dramatization of author Alex Haley’s family line beginning with Kunta Kinte’s enslavement to his descendants’ liberation. My family watched each of the eight programs with great interest. I think one’s family history is not only interesting to one’s self, but to many others as well. One’s genealogy seems to personalize history, makes it more real, I think. I believe one or two of the episodes of “Roots” held ratings records for the most watched program for a few years afterward. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2010 in Christianity, Christmas, Religion

 

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Immanuel—God with Us!

It has been claimed by some that Matthew’s reference to Isaiah 7:14 in Matthew 1:23 is out of context, that Isaiah’s sign to appear centuries later would mean nothing to King Ahaz during his then present trouble. The kings of Syria and Samaria were allied and had plotted to destroy the Judean monarchy and set up a puppet government friendly to their own interests (2Kings 16:5). But, is this conclusion correct, namely, if a virgin didn’t conceive in the days of Ahaz, how can Matthew’s reference to Isaiah be correct for Jesus? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2010 in Christianity, Christmas, Religion

 

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Fleshing Out the Invisible God!

We are told in John 1:14 that God (John 1:1) became a human being. To say that God became a man implies that he was not a man prior to his becoming one. It also implies a prior existence in some other form, before his becoming man. Basically, this is what Paul tells us in chapter two of his epistle to the Philippians. Jesus was equal with God (the Father), but did not retain equality with him and thus emptied himself (i.e. his divine form) in order to take a human form (Philippians 2:6-7). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2010 in Christianity, Christmas, Religion

 

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The Shepherds’ Rumor Ends in Tragedy

As the shepherds watched their flocks during the night of Jesus’ birth, an angelic host appeared to them, telling them that the Messiah was born in Bethlehem. These shepherds were rugged men and not held in high esteem socially. Yet, they were chosen by God and invited to witness Jesus’ birth while kings and the privileged of society slept. Indeed, not even the scribes or Pharisees, or any of Jewish religious leaders were consulted or told of what had transpired, unless they heard the rumor that was begun by these chosen shepherds. Yes, this is how they had to have found out, for the shepherds repeated what the angel had told them to all who would listen and all who heard were astonished (Luke 2:17-18). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2010 in Christianity, Christmas, Religion

 

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The ‘Virgin Births’ of Other Faiths

People on the discussion boards today keep wanting to inform me that the Virgin Birth of Jesus as expressed in the New Testament is nothing more than a copy of an earlier Greek myth or even myths out of the Hindu, Zoroastrian or Buddhist faiths. What about this? Is what these people say actually so? Well, if anyone wishes to know the truth about these things, it is available to anyone who has an open mind and wishes to know. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2010 in Christianity, Christmas, Religion

 

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The Price of Obedience

Have you ever had to explain yourself to someone who didn’t believe you? Though you were innocent of all accusations leveled at you, no one would believe your explanation. It is not difficult to understand the predicament Mary was in, once she consented to Gabriel’s announcement that she would bring Christ to the world. Can you visualize what Mary’s friends thought when she returned from her three-month stay with Elizabeth? What was her family’s reaction, and what about Joseph? The fact is Mary put everything on the line—her hopes for the future, her reputation—in fact all her relationships were affected by her choice to receive the life of Jesus within her. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2010 in Christianity, Christmas, Religion

 

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Did the Jews Expect the Virgin Birth?

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What do you think? Did the Jews believe when the Messiah would come that he would be Virgin-Born? If not, is the virgin birth a correct interpretation of the Scriptures? Many think that if the Jews couldn’t imagine something to be true, how could they have understood the thing to be true once it occurred? In other words, if they weren’t expecting a Messiah like Jesus, how could they be judged for not receiving him? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2010 in Christianity, Christmas, Religion

 

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Jesus ~ Born of a Virgin or a Young Girl?

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I have heard a great deal of talk denying the virgin birth of Jesus. One of the most interesting points made says the New Testament draws the validity of its doctrine from an Old Testament text that does not support the idea that a virgin would both conceive and give birth. If the foundation for the doctrine of the Virgin Birth isn’t there, then how could its substance be true? Wouldn’t it be mere opinion, if it were not fulfilling an actual Scripture in the older Testament? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2010 in Christianity, Christmas, Religion

 

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And God Became Man!

If the Word is God (John 1:1), then John 1:14 declares that God became man. Could this possibly be true? Could John, a Jew, be telling us that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob actually became a man and lived for awhile with us? This is where some part company with traditional Christianity. People have told me on the discussion boards that we get this from paganism. The pagans speak of god-men, heroes who are the offspring of a desirable woman and the lust of one of the gods. That is myth! The real God does not become human! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2010 in Christianity, Godhead, Religion

 

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Jesus and Dionysus

Several of the critics of Christianity would have us believe that the New Testament plagiarized the myth of the Dionysus cult. Nevertheless, the only similarities between Dionysus and Jesus are in the imagination of the purveyor of this myth. Why would they do such a thing, if it weren’t so? Well, I couldn’t claim that all simply wish to make their fortunes on the name of Jesus without submitting to him as their Lord, but when I consider some of the outright lies I’ve investigated in this series concerning supposed pagan similarities, it is difficult to imagine the almighty dollar isn’t behind most of it. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2010 in Jesus, Religion, Syncretism

 

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Jesus and Gautama—the Buddha

Did you ever wonder why Christianity is scrutinized so much? I mean we have people claiming Jesus is not an historical figure; we have the textual critics that seek to show not only syncretism, but that the apostles were not the true authors. Some would place the writing of the New Testament late in the 1st century CE to the middle of the 2nd. Then you have the critics looking for contradictions and which of the variants represent the true manuscripts. With the possible exception of the Hebrew Scriptures, where do we find such scrutiny in handling the rest of the world religions? Now, I am not complaining, on the contrary, I invite the controversy given my faith. The fact is according to the Scriptures, Jesus (the Lamb) was supposed to be keenly observed, scrutinized etc. to see if there was any fault or sin in him (cp. Exodus 12 and the unblemished lamb). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2010 in Christianity, God, Religion

 

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Jesus and Zoroastrianism

I had been under the impression that Zoroaster was a Persian god, but I was wrong. After a little investigation I have found that he is actually a Persian prophet. Some would like to date him about 1700 BCE, but most scholars date him to about the sixth century BCE, but even this is not set in stone. At any rate the Zoroastrian religion predates the time of Jesus. Actually, Zoroaster is his Greek name. The Persians called him Zarathustra. Nevertheless, his early dating before the life of Christ is not to say that everything written about Zarathustra dates back to the time before Jesus. It doesn’t, and this is easily proved but it is not always believed by those who bent on showing the New Testament accounts of Jesus are taken from or at least based upon the Zoroastrian religion. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2010 in Jesus, Religion, Syncretism

 

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Jesus and Horus

In this blogpost I’ll be referring to the fourth god that the writers of the New Testament are supposed to have copied in order to sell Jesus to the gentile world. One has to wonder how many similarities can be found by modern scholars (so-called) who seek to sell this sort of trash to the unsuspecting world, especially those of us in America. Perhaps the answer is according to how many gods were worshiped at the time of the New Testament’s writing. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2010 in Jesus, Religion, Syncretism

 

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Jesus and Krishna

Some people believe that there are so many similarities between Jesus and Krishna that it seems obvious that they refer to the same individual. This is partially true, but not in the manner most purveyors of this similarity would like us to believe. Some of the supposed similarities are:

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2010 in Jesus, Religion, Syncretism

 

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The New Testament and Syncretism

There is absolutely no question that the world out of which the New Testament was born was syncretistic. I believe all modern scholarship would agree that there was extensive borrowing going on between all of what we term pagan religions of the 1st century CE. The real question is: did the Apostles or the writers of the New Testament borrow from the religions around them in order to sell Jesus to the gentile world? Personally, I don’t see a shred of real evidence to support the theory that they did. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2010 in Christianity, Religion, Syncretism

 

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