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Much To Talk About- 107

15 Mar

I feel like writing today and since I may be gone for a couple of days this week it is best to stay caught up.

#1. The Stone Of Jesus’ Tombhttp://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/jerusalem/how-was-jesus-tomb-sealed/?mqsc=E3791348&utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=BHD+Week%20in%20Review%20Newsletter&utm_campaign=E5W314

What kind of stone sealed the tomb of Jesus? Was it a round (disk-shaped) stone or a square (cork-shaped) stone? While both kinds of blocking stones are attested in Jerusalem tombs from the time of Jesus, square (cork-shaped) stones are much, much more common than round (disk-shaped) ones.

This is the problem with modern scholarship. They question every little biblical detail and seek to refute the Bible via weak and closed-minded means. Just because the more common stone used to seal off ancient tombs does not mean the Bible was in error. All it means is that the round stones either were expensive, or simply not preferred due to the duties of the family members who had to attend to the remains.

Remember, after 1 year, someone had to go into the tomb to gather the bones and put them into an ossuary for the rest of time.

In fact, of the more than 900 Second Temple-period burial caves around Jerusalem examined by archaeologist Amos Kloner, only four have been discovered with disk-shaped blocking stones. These four elegant Jerusalem tombs belonged to the wealthiest—even royal—families,

Again, this means nothing and since we do not know which tomb Jesus’ body was placed, this is not even close to being evidence against the biblical record.

Archaeology therefore suggests that the tomb of Jesus would have had a cork-shaped blocking stone.

Archaeology suggests no such thing. This ‘suggestion’ is merely the sole product of the researcher and nothing else.

The Gospel of John presents a slightly different picture than the other Gospel accounts—with a different Greek verb used to describe the stone sealing Jesus’ tomb. John 20:1 reads, “Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.”

The Greek word for “removed” or “taken away” is hairo, which Von Wahlde defines as “take away.” There is no mention of “rolling” the stone in the Gospel of John

This is just being nit picky and splitting hairs. It suggest that biblical wording must be 100% exact as the modern scholar or archaeologist demands and that is not going to happen.  You can read the rest of the article at your leisure and see the scholarly gymnastics scholars perform to get to their conclusions.

#2.Sometimes I Wonder…http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2015/march-web-only/cinderella.html?share=OfzVuBH%2fnqE9Wk%2fyP19LQ%2bcuNTp8G0gD

I am not a big fan of remakes. I’m a purist with both feet firmly planted in Camp “The Original Was Better.” So I’ve been on the fence about Disney’s latest project to make live-action versions of their classic animated films. These movies are long-lived and long-loved; should Disney mess with success?

…if believers actually take their faith seriously or not? I do a lot of reading of different materials and the impression I get is that many Christians take Christianity as a game and do not really care about what God wants or teaches?

I have seen Christianity Today change over the decades and it is not a good direction that they went in. But they are not alone as many Christian media outlets have devolved into an outlet for compromised spiritual output. I have even had someone tell me that God played games yet  I have never read in the Bible that our faith was to be taken as a sport or a game and I never seen God act in a manner that it was.

His judgments are very serious and his actions against those who disobey are quite severe at times. But I have never got the impression that we are to take this faith lightly or treat it in such a disrespectful manner. How could you trust a God that you never knew was serious or upfront? How could you trust a God that played with people’s lives foolishly or for just the fun of it?

No Christianity is not a game and we should be treating how we present our faith in a much more serious manner. Eternal destinations are not a crap shoot or a lottery outcome. We do need to be more serious.

#3. Really?http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/13/televangelist-jet_n_6864732.html?cps=gravity_2677_-2447282949925999553

Televangelist Creflo Dollar has asked 200,000 followers to donate $300 apiece so he can buy a luxury jet to preach worldwide.

The appeal, originally posted on Creflo Dollar Ministries’ website but apparently since taken down, is called the Project G650 Campaign. It’s named for the Gulfstream G650 aircraft that Dollar’s Georgia-based World Changers Church says it needs after an older plane was grounded.

“We believe it is time to replace this aircraft so that our Pastors and staff can continue to safely and swiftly share the Good News of the Gospel worldwide,” the copy read.

“… Therefore, we are asking members, partners, and supporters of this ministry to assist us in acquiring a Gulfstream G650 airplane so that Pastors Creflo and Taffi and World Changers Church International can continue to blanket the globe with the Gospel of grace.”

The audacity of it all. Talk about disrespecting your membership and treating them like they do not matter. This is not Christianity but you already knew that. But the real issue is that this guy and his selfish request just make it a lot more difficult for those of us who work hard to win souls for Christ and teach them the right way to go.

There really is no justification for this greed and opulence.

#4. Does Anyone Ever Listen To God?http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/13/rabbi-denise-eger-president-ccar_n_6848156.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

The 126-year-old Central Conference of American Rabbis will welcome its first openly gay president on Monday.

Rabbi Denise L. Eger, CCAR’s third woman leader, will be inaugurated in an event celebrating the organization’s 25 years of commitment to ordination for gay clergy.

“I was so blown away and so honored to represent my colleagues in this way — and very humbled,” the Reform rabbi told The Huffington Post.

Eger joins a small group of openly gay leaders who have served as presidents of rabbinical associations, including Rabbi Toba Spitzer, who was president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association from 2007 to 2009, and Rabbi Jason Klein, the current RRA president.

It is in their own Bible that God says this is an abomination and not acceptable to him yet they appoint these people anyways. Why would any unbeliever want to repent of their sins and go to God when they observe believers willfully disobeying him and calling that disobedience good? How can Christians call for unbelievers to repent when we do not repent of our own sins and disobedience? I know this article is about a branch of the Jewish faith but we have as many violators of God’s word in the Christian life that these words are appropriate.

The result of four years of discussion and debate on the topic, the resolution states that “the committee urges that all rabbis, regardless of sexual orientation, be accorded the opportunity to fulfill the sacred vocation that they have chosen.” This commitment to equality is something Eger sees as central to her religious tradition

Why does this even need to be discussed? God is very clear and we humans do not have the right or authority to counteract God’s instructions. Equality does not grant humans that right or authority either. That word (equality) has become a watchword to bring false teaching into God’s kingdom. Its definition is misused and abused in order to lead people away from the truth of God.

#5. I Have No Problemhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/13/germany-headscarf-ban_n_6863336.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Germany’s highest court on Friday struck down a state law banning teachers from wearing headscarves as unconstitutional, saying it violates the right to religious freedom.

The Federal Constitutional Court’s ruling came in the case of two female Muslim teachers from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, but will also apply to the several other German states that have headscarf bans. It came after more than 12 years of legal battles, and the issue already made it to the high court in Karlsruhe in 2003, when judges ruled that headscarves were allowed unless banned by specific laws.

That prompted several states to pass those laws.

With people who wear headscarves or other religious clothing as long as they teach their subject and leave their personal views out of the classroom. Also, I have no problem if those clothing articles are modest in their attire. Sometimes people just want to make mountains out of molehills. We do not win souls by forcing them to our way of life or views.

The Inquisition should have taught us that by now. We are also not inquisitors but stewards of the message of God to a dark world so we need to prayerfully look for God’s way to deal with these issues. We need to learn to put our own understanding aside and listen for God’s true direction just like Jesus gave to the disciples when he met them after they fished all night. He told them to cast their net over on the other side of the boat and when they did, their catch was so large that they needed help to reel it all in.

It just makes sense that we follow the instructions of the God we work for instead of relying upon our own frail ideas.

#6. I Do NOT Think Even The Mormon Scriptures Condones Homosexualityhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/12/utah-anti-discrimination-bill_n_6854624.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

A Mormon-church-backed anti-discrimination bill that protects LGBT Utah residents and religious rights is set to be signed by the state’s Republican governor on Thursday evening.

Gov. Gary Herbert, who pledged last week to sign the bill, will do so at the state Capitol during a special ceremony at 6 p.m., according to the governor’s spokesman Marty Carpenter.

The state’s Republican-controlled Legislature gave final approval to the proposal late Wednesday night, with the House of Representatives voting 65-10 to pass the bill.

“I’m not asking you tonight to condone the lifestyle that you don’t believe in. I’m not asking you to give rights to them to preserve their lifestyle. In the narrowest form, I ‘m asking you to guarantee their rights, the same rights you and I have today,” said Rep. Brad Dee, a Republican from Ogden who is one of the sponsors of the bill.

My question is– Does anybody stand up for their faith anymore (other than fanatical Muslims)? Or do they just capitulate their beliefs to appease popular demand and governmental pressure? Of course, the Mormons are not new to this compromising behavior. They jettisoned a key aspect of their faith just to obtain statehood so this move is a no-brainer for them.

The real question is– Who is going to bring the message of repentance and salvation to a world speeding towards destruction?

 

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