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Genesis: How much historical and how much allegorical?

Genesis: How much historical and how much allegorical?

I thought this thread at the Messiah Truth discussion forum, where I am known as “Proteus,” might interest some readers here. Keep in mind that most of the participants there are Orthodox Jews. Some of the views expressed as of 05/28/14 have surprised me already.

(Originally posted 05/29/14.)

Moltmann: A thumbnail portrait

In coming posts, I must refer to “revealed God” vs. “hidden God” religion. To lay some background now, I reproduce a 2007 post from Messiah Truth, where I am known as Proteus.  The context was a moderator’s insistence that Naziism was a Christian expression.  I refer to the premiere Christian theological response to Naziism, Jürgen Moltmann’s The Crucified God. Continue reading Moltmann: A thumbnail portrait

How can Jesus possibly be wrong?

In a recent post, I said, if Jesus did teach thus-and-so, he was wrong.

That’s an extreme position for someone who calls himself a Christian.

And some may be alarmed at the total rejection of Biblical “inspiration” it implies.

There are quite a few wrong things in the Christian Bible.

For the moment, I’ll pass over those I find in the “Old Testament.”

Particularly from a series of threads done by Sophiee at Messiah Truth about “365 Prophecies of Jesus,” it has become clear to me that nearly all of the “Old Testament” quotations in the book of Hebrews are misapplied.

Yes, it can shake one’s confidence in what one thought one believed.

Why Christians believe

A new thread at Messiah Truth.

This is most emphatically not Jewish teaching.  I expect it correctly to be condemned as not-Jewish.  I also expect it to be condemned, correctly or not, as just plain wrong.

The point is to facilitate understanding of what motivates belief in the Christian myth.

Sunday was Palm Sunday.  The appointed “Gospel” text this year was Luke 22:14-23:56, which covers from the beginning of the Last Supper up to Jesus’ burial.

The pastor normally reads the “Gospel” lesson.  Pastor’s voice quavered throughout this reading, which I found hard to figure since his beliefs are similar enough to mine.  We waded through all the problems in the text, e.g. the impossible trial at the High Priest’s house on Pesach.  But I also got re-acquainted with why Christians believe so fervently in this text.

Continue reading Why Christians believe

Transference, BLM and anti-Semitism

When I hang out at Dunkin’ Donuts in the morning, I have a prescribed spot, in a corner, by the door.

This morning this woman came in scowling.  She was deeply resentful about something.  Once she got her order and began to head out, it became clear that the something had changed.  Whatever she’d been resentful about before was no matter; what she resented now was my skin color.

Transference is the removal of emotions, normally negative, from connection with one idea or situation, and attaching the same to a different idea or situation.  This incident this morning was an epiphany for me of how easily it happens, and how evil it can be.

Continue reading Transference, BLM and anti-Semitism

Is This Stone the Clue to Why Jesus Was Killed?

Is This Stone the Clue to Why Jesus Was Killed?

Here is the latest in a flurry of rather silly articles extolling the supposed archaeological significance of the First Century synagogue at Magdala; which just happens to be located wholly within the confines of a privately-owned Christian tourist resort (hint, hint).

Conspiracies occur.  In my past work as a legal secretary, I had direct contact with secret campaigns to promote certain large corporations and political movements.  These included “news” articles and ghostwritten op-ed pieces planted in various major news outlets.

Some years ago, there was a tremendous scare over avian flu, which was portrayed as threatening a real plague over North America.  I came to conclude that the whole thing was a PR ploy to ennoble public impressions of the pharmaceuticals industry.

The present article sets forth a fanciful notion of what the Sanhedrin may have been thinking during Jesus’ trial.

As to many New Testament stories, my position in the past has been, “This specific thing may not have happened, but something like it probably did.”  There are so many problems with and discrepancies among the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ trial, however, that as a Christian I now doubt he was ever tried by the Sanhedrin at all.

By the time of his arrest, Jesus had become such an irritant to the Jewish leaders that the New Testament easily  portrays them as having wanted him dead.  A conspiracy of the chief priests and Pharisees (John 11:57) to that end would have been singular, as these two parties were otherwise bitter enemies.  The Sanhedrin, however, was without power at the time to condemn anyone to death, for blasphemy or any other reason; so the New Testament portrays “the Jews” as having taken Jesus to Pilate to portray him as an insurrectionist, on which basis Pilate might well put him to death.

My own current belief is that Judas may never have betrayed Jesus into the hands of “the Jews” at all; he may instead have betrayed him directly to Pilate, who I believe had his own, wholly personal, reasons to want Jesus dead.

Related:  The Son of the Blessed

 

 

 

Bible contradictions #08: Is God love and light?

1 John 1:5:

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.

1 John 4:8:

Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.

The author of John appears not to have been aware of Isaiah 45:5-7:
Continue reading Bible contradictions #08: Is God love and light?