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I have had some extra time this weekend so I was able to post but I am not sure when I will get back to this as we will lose our internet connection for a few days or so.

#1. I Could Find Any Cave And Say The Same Thinghttp://theweek.com/speedreads/574500/archaeologists-discover-neanderthal-cave-heated-water-bedroom

Researchers at an archaeological site in Catalonia, Spain, discovered an inner part of a cave that may have been used for sleeping, the first such area linked to a Neanderthal site

Saying ‘may have ‘ is neither truthful or evidence.  In other words it is wishful thinking by desperate people who really want their theory to be true.  Anyone could have used that cave over the generations and there is no way anyone can tie it to a Neanderthal society. First, neanderthals never existed and second, too many years have passed and subsequent use would obliterate supposed Neanderthal remains/evidence.

#2. Biblical Archaeology Exists-http://store.bib-arch.org/ELUSIVE-BIBLICAL-ARCHAEOLOGY/productinfo/9H575/

For decades the debate about whether or not Biblical archaeology even exists has raged. Many have made their peace with the term, but what does it mean? And how did we get it? These issues and more are explored by first-rate scholars in this lecture set. You will be taken on a journey that explores how Biblical archaeology began, through the controversies that it has encountered, and finally look at what is to come.

If you look at the list of speakers you will find not one believer among them so you know you are getting a blind, deceived and far from the truth point of view. Biblical archaeology simply deals with sites and events related to the Bible. To put it in any other category means that scholars and archaeologists are trying to avoid the truth and distort the past.

I have long given up the idea that secular scholars and archaeologists actually know what they are talking about. Case in point, #1 above.  Relying on non-definitive words instead of actual evidence tells me that they are more interested in promoting their pet theory instead of seeking the truth. Jesus is about the truth.

#3. This Is NOT Kosherhttps://zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com/2015/08/29/methodists-we-have-some-questions-for-you/

A Texas man recently proposed to his so-called boyfriend during the Sunday morning service at their “church” despite the United Methodist Church’s ban on same-sex “marriage.”  Trevor Harper, 36, recently posted a video of the event on YouTube to show that his congregation is accepting and approving of homosexuals.  Harper has been in a relationship with Davis Covin, 30, since 2006, and both have been attending the First United Methodist Church of Austin for the past two years.

Talk about tempting God. God calls this type of relationship an abomination so why is the congregation allowing for a same-sex proposal in the church?  This is just wrong and should not be supported.

The idea of supporting homosexuality did not come from God. it comes from the secular world who do not know him. The church does not and is not to seek acceptance or approval from the secular world thus they cannot condone or allow such activities in their congregations. They are to seek God’s approval and acceptance thus they need to tell homosexuals that this type of activity is not allowed and is sin.

It is sad to see congregations defy God like this.

#4. Looking For Excuses http://www.patheos.com/blogs/unsystematictheology/2015/08/did-jesus-believe-that-scripture-is-inerrant/

Did Jesus believe in the inerrancy of Scripture?
Jesus didn’t have ‘to believe’; he already knew that they were inerrant. People like the author of the linked article are merely looking for excuses to ignore large portions of the Bible.
I think Jesus had a basically functional and instrumental view of Scripture’s authority. He assumed the Bible to be inspired of God and therefore bearing a distinct stamp of authority, but it was for a purpose which exceeded the question of its being grounded in or by complete truthfulness with respect to history, cosmology, biology, and so on.
This kind of thinking only means that there is no salvation and that Jesus was not the final sacrifice for our sins. When people think like that they are only hurting the hope we have not finding any truth or God’s ways.
Today I’m speaking on the Faith and Equality Issues Panel at the Equality Institute, hosted by Equality Illinois in partnership with several other justice-oriented organizations in the state. The mission of Equality Illinois is to “build a better Illinois by advancing equal treatment and social justice through education, advocacy and protection of the rights of the LGBT community.”
They want everything to be right so that they can feel good about themselves and their bad choices.  Equality does not mean equal access to everything nor does it mean that sin gets a pass.  Nor does it mean that the protection of rights is unequal. So far the only rights being protected are those of the homosexual side of society while the heterosexuals have seen their rights demolished on a consistent basis.
One other thing, equality does not mean justice is one-sided. In most news stories we have seen how judicial decisions have fallen mostly on the side of the homosexual community even though those opposed to that preference have done nothing wrong but exercise the rights granted to them by the constitution of most countries. Equality means justice is for everyone, not a select favored few who happen to be the political flavor of the month..

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#1. People Will Complain About Othershttps://zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/the-problem-with-america-is-its-uncommitted-christian-population/

Need proof?  The only struggle American Christians have is trying to decide how many worship services they can skip and how long they can ignore Scripture and still call themselves disciples.

Few and far between are those who wrestle with serious moral or ethical issues and fewer are those whose lives are actually, truly, and authentically informed by their faith.

American Christians, by and large, simply are not committed to their faith- and they live like it.

Instead of looking at their own actions and words. West should not talk as he lacks so much understanding, compassion and many other biblical characteristics.  Peter tells us to make our OWN calling and election sure; he did not say to do that for others. Then Jesus said, ye who are without sin cast the first stone.  Those words were not meant for the Pharisees and Sadducees only.

#2. People Who Are Not Perfecthttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/thegodarticle/2015/08/a-call-for-christians-to-act-like-they-are-christians/

I grow weary of Christians who pray on Sunday, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us,” and spend the rest of the week holding grudges and seeking revenge.

Always seem to be demanding perfection from others. Like the author of that article, they forget or do not understand that believers are at different levels of spirituality and will still make mistakes or get something wrong.  They also forget that evil tempts those who believe in Jesus and not everyone is successful at resisting those advances.

The Christian life does not need finger pointers like that author, they need other believers to be understanding and willing to pick those who have fallen up and help them get strong in the faith.

#3. Then Do Not Buy A Gunhttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/dont-fear-the-homosexual-agenda-its-the-ammosexual-agenda-thats-concerning/

the Ammosexual agenda is to ensure people can own any type of weapon they want, take their weapons wherever they want, and to oppose any regulations or gun restrictions designed to reduce violence. It is an agenda that wants nothing less than unrestricted gun rights, consequences be dammed. 

Seriously, if you do not want to own a weapon then do not buy one BUT stop forcing your views upon others. Gun ownership is not the source of murders, shootings etc. The source for those actions come from the sin nature each person has and from listening to evil over God’s words. There is no biblical instruction telling believers to demand that no one own a gun.

Gun ownership is regulated by all of scriptures which tell us show to act like God wants even when we own guns or other weapons. For example, doing good to those who do evil does not mean we get to pull out our weapon and shoot someone who has wronged us. Turning the other cheek does not mean we get to twist before pulling our hand gun and firing.

People like the owner of that website need to understand scripture and that their freedom to not own guns is not extended to those people who have the freedom to own a weapon.

#4. I Really Do Not Like Politics http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2015/08/trumpbible.html

In case you missed it, the hashtag #TrumpBible has been trending on Twitter. Several questions about the Bible have been addressed to Donald Trump lately, and several answers he has given suggest that he is – how shall we put it – not very familiar with the contents of that famous collection of books.

Politics has become a race among those humans who think they are greater than God and who think they know better than he how to run a country. It certainly isn’t about governing wisely, compassionately, honestly nor does it look after the innocent or the poor.  If you want to get me interested in politics, then get candidates who are humble, honest men who seek to govern as God would want.

#5. When People Complainhttps://rjosephhoffmann.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/defining-fundamentalism/

The second point is massively important, because it permits the fundamentalist to ignore science, cultural change, and prevents the possibility of seeing the book as being, in any sense, out of date, irrelevant, or out of touch with current political or ethical contexts.

They leave out facts and the specifics. They ignore certain points like sin or evil and just whale away at the group of people they do not agree with as if that group is the source for all troubles. The devil must be having a great laugh at the expense of these complainers because he has tricked them into blaming the wrong source. When you complain make sure you include all the facts and pertinent details so you are not just generalizing and distorting the issue or attacking innocent people.

#6. It May Be Real, BUT...– http://ntweblog.blogspot.kr/2015/08/the-gospel-of-jesus-wife-patchwork.html

Building on the work of Francis Watson and a number of other scholars, I argued in an article in the July 2015 issue of New Testament Studies that the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife is essentially a “patchwork” of words and short phrases culled from the lone extant Coptic manuscript of the Gospel of Thomas (Nag Hammadi Codex II), prepared by a forger using Michael W. Grondin’s PDF edition of this manuscript that was posted online on November 22, 2002. I suggested that someone had basically “cut and pasted” Coptic text from Grondin’s edition, switched third-person masculine singular pronouns (“he,” “him”) to their feminine equivalents (“she,” “her”), and placed two key Coptic words (meaning “Mary” and “my wife”) into the “patchwork” text to give it “sensational” content.

A lot has been said about this discovery and to point out the main fact that everyone seems to be missing is that the parchment may be ancient and authentic yet those facts do not make it divine, inspired, infallible or even insightful.  All it is an ancient piece of writing from one’s man’s perspective, saying nothing about the Jesus or the Bible.  This fragment could be part of historical fiction; fiction; or some other literary genre but it has nothing to do with Jesus and how he lived on this planet. Nor does it provide any clues to his words.

We have the same writings today. They are called cultic writings and those offerings say nothing about Jesus, his disciples or the Bible. They only talk about their personal views or religious beliefs. For some reason, scholars and others, when they see these discoveries, think they are reading new information about Jesus when in fact they are reading alterations, lies and misinformation. They seem to ignore that these different genres existed in ancient times and were employed by many ancient authors who had their own purpose for writing the way they did.

Plus, a fragment does not contain enough information to make any judgements about the past or the work itself. If it is a copy and paste, then it is completely worthless and not worth talking about except to say that deceivers abound.

 

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#1. IT IS LAUNCHED!!http://feedingflock.com/Purchase-Options.php

The new magazine is online and ready to read. Just click the link above, scroll down to the banner, click on that and enjoy.  Remember the first issue is free. Please pass the word and thank you for taking the time to check it out and for telling others about our work.

#2.It Isn’t Breaking News...– http://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/breaking-josh-duggar-checks-into-long-term-treatment-facility/

Continuing the long saga of Josh Duggar, it appears he has now checked into a long-term treatment facility following the most recent revelations that he had an Ashley Madison account.

It is more like a sad story where a weak and mistake prone believer needs support and wise counsel instead of constant judgment, condemnation and media attention.  I do not condone what Mr. Duggar has done but we believers need to get to the truth, be fair, understand why he did what he did so we can see God’s answer to his problems and lead him to repentance and restoration. He deserves it as does his family. I say that because all we need to do is ask ourselves this simple question:  where would we be if God did not give us multiple chances to get firmly on the straight and narrow?

#3. This Would Fall Under The Category: All Things In Moderationhttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/flamethrowers-the-new-totally-crazy-addition-to-the-2nd-amendment-debate/

They’re banned from use under international law, but not banned in the United States– unless you happen to live in Maryland. With just 10 pounds of combustion, this new consumer grade weapon spews out fire that’s hot enough to completely melt a human being.

Ah, the beauty and destructive power of a flamethrower.

There is nothing wrong with owning weapons but that activity is governed by moderation, self-control as Paul wrote in 1 Cor. 7:5

Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

One can lose self-control when it comes to gun ownership so be wise and be careful. No one needs a flame thrower and owning one just because you can is not a biblical action.

#4. He Will Even Tell You Who You Can Have As A Friend http://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/the-type-of-christian-youll-want-to-surround-yourself-with-and-the-type-to-avoid/

For those of us on a Christian journey that flows in and out of certain categories and labels, there can be a tendency to surround ourselves simply with other Christians who fit a certain label or definition. This could be a good thing, and could be a bad thing, depending on circumstances at the time. There have been times in my journey where finding a particular clique was helpful, but also times where a new clique became a drain on my own spiritual life. While it certainly is comfortable, simply surrounding oneself with those who share similar theology or worldview isn’t the best criteria for deciding which type of Christian to surround yourself with. Scripture, I believe, points us to criteria that is far wiser.

The audacity of those who reject the truth and sign up for alternatives.  They forget that Jesus was a friend to sinners so we can be friends to bad Christians as long as they do not influence us to do sin and wrong.  Instead, we need to influence them to do what is right and help end the bad behavior of those who do not follow Christ correctly.

Our friendship should be true and without ulterior motives and it should be based properly upon Jesus and his teachings.

#5. His Confession-http://www.peteenns.com/a-blog-post-in-which-i-ask-myself-4-questions-about-christianity-and-evolution/

But what about the Bible? Doesn’t Genesis have something to say about all this?

Simply put, no—at least not in the sense that Genesis is a competing “data set” to scientific models of cosmic and human origins.

The stories in Genesis were written somewhere between 2500 and 3000 years ago, and clearly reflect cultural categories older still. I don’t expect Genesis or any other Bronze or Iron Age text to answer the kinds of questions we can answer today through calculus, optical and radio telescopes, genomics, biological and cultural anthropology.

Simply put, he does not believe God anymore and he should not be allowed into any Christian pulpit or classroom. When you take secular science over God and his word then you are no longer a believer in God but a believer in secular science. That is all I can say on this. if you read his answers, you will see how huge his unbelief is and that he is nowhere near being a Christian. He is completely a false teacher .

#6. Why I Am Not Politically Correcthttps://zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/after-school-programs-an-observation/

When we were kids we didn’t need after school programs to keep us out of trouble. We had parents. They had belts.

The PC ideology has done more damage to society than any terrorist or totalitarian, communist regime could inflict. The belt drawer was a great deterrent when I was growing up, sadly, due to very liberal and PC ideology those deterrents have been removed and society has gotten worse, not better. Sorry but PC ideology is just bullying in another set of clothes.

#7. It Is A Little Distortedhttps://zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/and-there-are-a-lot-of-monsters-being-raised-in-america/

But at least we’ve managed to rid our schools of the horror of prayer and our courthouses from the terror of the Ten Commandments and our Churches from the nastiness of the Gospel…  All hail secularism.

If you look under the image at that link, you will see the words ‘…850 mass shootings…’ It is the word ‘mass’ that bothers me for that word means to me more than 20 people were shot at one time by one or more people at the same location.  Under 20 it is not a mass of people. Over the years I have come to the conclusion that people will abuse and misuse English descriptive words to embellish their point in hopes of forcing their views upon others.

There is no attempt to be accurate, truthful or even honest about what has taken place in emotional issues like shooting others. Such distortion is as sinful as the shootings themselves for it is called lying and lying is a sin. God told us ‘thou shalt not bear false witness’ and Paul reminds us to ‘not lie one to another’ so we need to be accurate in our speech because we represent a God who does not lie, embellish, exaggerate, distort and so on.

 

A Few Comments- 11

#1. I have moved and now am trying to get settled so the entries here will not be regular but when I have time.

#2. Some People Have Too Much Time On Their Handshttp://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/bible-interpretation/the-adam-and-eve-story-eve-came-from-where/?mqsc=E3807828&utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=BHD+Week%20in%20Review%20Newsletter+Week%20in%20Review%20Newsletter&utm_campaign=E5W822

The Hebrew word that is traditionally translated as “rib” is tsela‘. Ziony Zevit, Distinguished Professor of Biblical Literature and Northwest Semitic Languages at American Jewish University in Bel-Air, California, believes that this translation is wrong, as do many scholars. It was first translated as “rib” in the Septuagint, a Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible from the mid-third century B.C.E. However, a more careful reading of the Hebrew word for “rib” in the Adam and Eve story suggests that Eve was created from another, very different, part of Adam’s anatomy—his os baculum

In reading the use of the Hebrew word ‘tsela’ I will agree that the word ‘rib’ may be a little off from the original meaning of the ancient Hebrew but so far as to relocate what God did to another part of the body.  We tend to think of the ribs as being ‘on the side’ of the human body  so using the word ‘rib’ was inline and kept the original context of the Hebrew meaning for tsela.

The word rib provides us with a better understanding of the position of women than do the words os baculum.  Read the comments below the article to see the readers put the author in his place on this issue.

#3. People Love To Find Excuseshttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2015/08/the-effect-of-biblical-inerrancy.html

…but rather the only effect of biblical inerrancy is to make its adherents more dogmatic

By the words excuses, I mean they are looking for any justification they can to ignore God’s word and rewrite Christianity according to their rules instead of humbling accepting God’s rules for his faith.

#4. Why Would You Want To Talk Back To God?http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2015/08/talking-back-to-the-bible.html

For the inerrantist, it is all supposedly about getting “back to the Bible,” and there have been numerous fundamentalistpamphlets, books, and sermons with that title.

Once we escape the grip of inerrantism, we can instead talk back to the Bible.

Who are we to think that we know better than he, or that we would know what God wants better than he? Only those who want to disobey what God has set forth would entertain such an idea. They also want to demote the Bible to a human authored book so that they can argue with it and hope to change its words in order to get their own ways inserted in place of God’s ways.

We go to the Bible to find out what God wants of us, not what other humans want.

#5. I Probably Agree With Piperhttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/john-piper-women-not-suited-for-most-jobs-in-the-world/

In the end, Piper tries to take the out of “I’d never make that list” but let’s be clear about the implications of what he’s said: “biblical womanhood” would essentially disqualify women from the vast majority of jobs today.

People take equality too far and by doing so they bring in confusion and distort gender duties to fit their idea instead of looking at the purpose behind why God made women different from men. yes there are some jobs out of reach of women but then there are jobs out of reach of men as well. God did not make one sex but two different genders to meet the rigors of life. If everyone did the same job, too many tasks would go unfulfilled and life would be more complicated than it should be.

For the most part, it is those who do not want God’s way that they distort gender roles, duties and purpose. They just think they know better than he.

#6. Do People NOT Read Genesis 3?http://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/if-god-only-made-male-female-what-about-intersex/

I think I’ve heard the phrase “in the beginning God made them male and female” a hundred times in response to the sex/gender discussions of our time. The phrase works like a trump card to win a theological discussion on anything from LGBTQ issues to how Target should organize their toys. However, each time I hear someone say “God made male and female” as if that’s all he made, the question that comes to my mind each time is: “What about those whose bodies are intersex?”

Or maybe I should say Paul when he spoke on Adam’s sin? Do these people not get it?  The corruption that entered the world at Adam’s sin, ruined God’s design thus those born intersex are a victim of Adam’s sin not a newly created gender. It is not rocket science.

 

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#1. It Is Almost Ready http://www.feedingflock.com/

Actually the magazine is ready to go but we are not launching it just yet. Stayed tune and keep your eye open as it will come soon. Please pass the word to churches, pastors, bible schools and so on.

#2, Expertism Does Not Equal Infallibility https://zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com/2015/08/14/christopher-rollstons-response-to-a-newspaper-article-on-the-death-of-expertise/

And it’s the same with someone with formal training in Bible, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, archaeology, (etc.). Many of us in these fields have more than a dozen years of training at the post-secondary level, work in eight, ten, twelve ancient and modern languages, have spent substantial periods of time in countries such as Syria, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, have excavated, have carefully collated scores of ancient inscriptions in museums and departments of antiquity.

That doesn’t mean that everything that we say is always correct, or that everyone will agree with us, but more often than not, if you’re talking with a well-trained, rational, practicing scholar, you’re going to get solid, reliable data. And that’s what an expert can provide.

The problem with Rollston’s point is that the Bible is not like plumbing and any old person can be an expert after some study and writing a few exams. The Bible is a divine book requiring divine help and that help is not available to those who do not believe. Being an expert on the Bible does not mean you know what God is saying. Nor does it mean you are actually an expert on the Bible.

#3. There Were No Human Processes Involved http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2015/08/the-root-of-conservative-christianity.html

If you read the meme at that link you will see what I am referring to.  If there were human processes involved then it would not be God’s word and we would not have promises from God that he would preserve it and then we would be left with nothing to hold onto throughout our lives. people like McGrath say those things because they do not want to believe God or obey his instructions.

#4. That Is Not What Is Wrong With Christianityhttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/godisnotarepublican/2015/08/everything-wrong-with-modern-christianity-in-one-facebook-post/

This photo came across my Facebook page, and it reminded me of everything wrong with modern Christianity. At the most basic level, there are only two types of Christians: those who see this picture and are heartbroken because of the sorrow and pain suffered by thousands and those who see this photo and celebrate because they feel that God was on their side and not their enemy’s.

That person is mistaken. What is wrong with modern Christianity is that most people claiming to be Christian toss out scripture and import their own ideas then blame God for the mess.

#5. I WILL BE OFFLINE FOR AWHILE

I will be moving to a new country this week so I am not sure when I will be able to post again. I am busy working on issue #2 as well. There is still lots to do in the few days ahead. LOOK for the free issue about Sept 1st if we do not launch early.