How Did They Decide?

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How Did They Decide?

Christianity stands on the words of a few men. If the disciples of Jesus would have ignored him as did most of the Jews of his day, no one would have ever heard of him. It is only because these men believed he was the Messiah that the world knows of the existence of Jesus of Nazareth.

How did these people come to their conclusion? How did these followers of Jesus decide that he was the Messiah prophesied by the Jewish Bible? What was the motivation behind their decision? Was it a deep loyalty to the words of the prophets or was it some other factor that induced them to come to this conclusion?

It is not easy to determine if someone arrived at their conclusion on the basis of intellectual searching or if the conclusions were generated by some external factor and it is not…

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Is christanity Idolatry

Is christanity Idolatry

by Gutman Locks


Why does Judaism regard your professed beliefs as hostile to the God of Israel? There is no greater sin than idolatry. Your worship of a man as God violates the very first of the Ten Commandments:

Maimonides, Responsa

Is Christianity Avodah Zara?




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Global Pentecostalism: Children and Revival

“From a market perspective, Pentecostalism is outperforming the competition.”

Evangelical Christians around the globe are increasingly holding large children’s revivals where they practice a disturbing ritual called “anointing by the holy spirit,” “being slain by the holy spirit,” “catching the holy ghost,” or “falling out.”

“Never permit spiritual expressions to become your barometer for truth. Your foundation must be the Jewish Scriptures alone.”

How Global Pentecostalism is Changing the World

By Heather Wax—Special Contributor

Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative
Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative

A few years ago, social scientists started noticing a trend that religious observers had seen for some time: Membership in Pentecostal churches was growing rapidly, especially in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Russia. Hoping to find out why this was happening—and how this growth was transforming these regions culturally and socially—the Center for Religion & Civic Culture at the University of Southern California launched the Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative, headed by religion professor Donald Miller and funded by a $7 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation. In 2010, the initiative awarded grants to 21 two-year social science projects. This past May, it invited all of the principal investigators to meet in Quito, Ecuador, to discuss their preliminary findings.

Thus far, the projects have revealed that overall, the growth of Pentecostalism, especially in the Global South, remains phenomenal—and for reasons that have as much to do with sociology as theology.

“From a market perspective, Pentecostalism is outperforming the competition, with contemporary music that attracts young people, an emphasis on supernatural healing, loving and caring cell groups in large congregations, and for migrants from rural areas who are living in urban settings, Pentecostal churches are re-creating intimate social relations that resemble the extended family setting that they left,” says Miller. “Also, Pentecostal churches generate hope in the teaching of the pastors and their vibrant worship, which is a precious commodity in today’s world, but especially in many developing countries.”

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As the number of Pentecostals and charismatic Christians rises, so does their potential political and social impact. A recent Templeton-funded survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life showed that Pentecostals (considered for survey purposes as a subset of Evangelicals) are as likely as other Christians to support religious involvement in public life. Miller points out that in “areas like Central America, in Guatemala, El Salvador, maybe a third to a half of the population is either Pentecostal or charismatic, so the idea of Pentecostalism being a small sectarian group, that just isn’t true anymore.”

“Pentecostalism, in its origin, was very much a sectarian religion,” he continues, “oftentimes otherworldly rather than connected with issues within their own society, and within our research projects we’ve seen many, many examples of Pentecostals engaging the world in terms of social ministries.”

Discussions at the meeting focused, in large part, on themes that cut across the various research projects, such as religious freedom and discrimination.

“There are Pentecostal and charismatic Christians living under all kinds of political regimes and, although the climate may be favorable at the moment, there are those who have scars on them from discrimination inflicted by totalitarian regimes,” explains William Kay, a Glyndŵr University theologian who is studying Asian Pentecostal-style church growth.

“We did try to talk about the conditions of religious freedom and the way in which Christians might contribute to political dialogue as a way of ensuring that freedom is constantly maintained. Historically, it is very difficult to see how freedom can be guaranteed in the future because political conditions can and do change, especially in societies that are open to influence from outside.”

The John Templeton Foundation supports social science research on the growth and impact of Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity because it advances Sir John Templeton’s interest in assessing the significance of concepts like worship, spiritual capital, and religious entrepreneurship in contemporary life. What’s more, says Kimon Sargeant, Templeton’s vice president for human sciences, “we know that the Foundation needs to follow Sir John’s example of being a global investor, so this project presented us with a great opportunity to focus on global trends.”

Gathering the investigators in Quito underscored the fact that the project is designed to encourage research partnerships between anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists, and economists around the world.

“It’s rare that any discipline has all the answers to questions about the nature of prayer or worship or religious change or entrepreneurship,” says Sargeant. “Our experience is that, at their best, interdisciplinary projects increase the likelihood of innovative research and the possibility of genuine breakthrough discoveries.”

What’s the Harm In It?
By Thomas G. Shafer, M.D.

I grew up a Gentile. Thirty five years ago I was “saved” at a Baptist youth rally run by the Billy Graham organization. Within a few months, I began to have doubts about my new found faith, based mainly on the Christian Fundamentalist teachings disregarding modern scientific principles such as Creationism and Biblical literacy in general. (I was quite the budding young scientist in those days.)

Time for the big save. I expressed my doubts and was soon “pounced” by a youth minister sent to keep me in the fold. And what was his most powerful argument?

“What’s the harm in it?”, he asked. He went on to argue that, even if every statement in the New Testament were untrue, how could being a Christian do me anything but good? I’d lead a moral life, associate with nice folk, etc., etc. We’re talking your basic no brainer here. Since the results of believing his doctrine couldn’t possibly do me any harm, why not give it a try and hang in there a little longer to see what good would come my way. And, if he was right, I’d be savng myself a tr[p to Hell.

So, he was a pretty good salesman. I hung in there for almost thirty more years. But now I have converted to Judaism and I finally have an answer to his question… There is a lot of harm in it.

The most harmful thing that accepting this man’s doctrine did was that it totally destroyed any chance I had of developing self esteem. Think about it. Basic Christian doctrine teaches we are all miserable sinners who deserve the death penalty for our crimes against God and humanity. We are so rotten that God had to prepare a flaming Hell in which to roast us forever. Nothing short of this punishment would do.

Great place to start, eh? As if your average adolescent doesn’t have enough problems.

And look at the remedy for this condition. Since the Baptist God was totally inflexible, He couldn’t just forgive me for being such a misbegotten and miserable specimen. No. The death sentence had been passed long before my birth and somebody had to pay the price. So I had to make a public statement claiming the death by torture by someone who purported to be God’s son to escape my own eternal torture.

And where did this leave me? Where does this leave anybody? Totally cut off from God.

Consider for a moment what sort of God we are presenting here. What would people say if an earthly Judge pronounced a death sentence and then decided to pardon the criminal? What would they say if this Judge refused to grant a pardon but, instead, sent his own son to the gallows instead of the criminal because death sentences always have to be carried out and the law is the law? (I don’t think I would vote for said Judge next election.)

So this leaves us trying top relate to a God who is the ultimate sadist. And how do we relate to such a Being? Through fear and lots of it.

I’ve been a Psychiatrist for nearly 20 years, many of them in the Southern Bible Belt. And I’ve seen the results of this fear many times and in many ways. I’ve seen many suicidally depressed people who cannot reach out to the God they desperately need because the basis of their religious beliefs gives them no conception of true Divine love and forgiveness. And I’ve seen many people terrified by obsessions that they have somehow lost their salvation or committed some sort of unforgivable sin. They know “the fear of the Lord” all too well.

And, sadly, these poor people can’t even die in peace. I’ve talked to several people who have been dying or seriously ill who all had the same dream. They dreamt they had left their bodies and were flying through space. But no happy ending this time. Instead, they ended up hovering between Heaven and Hell terrified because they didn’t know where they were going to go.

And there are other consequences. Consider the other response when a person is repetitively told they are worthless and can do nothing to save themselves or even better themselves. That’s right, we are talking anger here, even rage. If I am so worthless even God can’t love me and can never do anything right, why don’t I just lash out at anyone who gets in my way? I am hopeless mess of a sinner anyway, so what’s one more sin on the list? And this other person (especially if they are of a different religion or color) is a worthless piece of human garbage anyway so what does it matter what I do to them?

So, if you are floating around that Fundamental Christian camp, come on back. If you are being besieged by missionaries and thinking of caving in, don’t leave. There’s a loving God waiting, One who is careful to love and forgive and not make any demands on us unless He is sure we can keep them. Forget all those half baked truths and arguments and listen to a moment to the words of our Prophet Moses from the 30th chapter of Deuteronomy:

“Surely this Instruction which I enjoin upon you this day is not too baffling for you, nor is it beyond reach… No, the thing is very close to you, in your mouth and in your heart, to observe it.”

So God really loves us and He has given us a simple and attainable set of instructions to live our life by. And where is the harm in believing that?




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Sylvester Night is not a Holiday

Israelis, who blithely call the eve of January 1st “Sylvester”, and Jews who celebrate “New Year’s Eve” as the civil year is ushered in, may not be aware of its tragic significance in Jewish history.

By Rochel Sylvetsky

Israelis call the night that ushers in the civil new year “Sylvester”. This is the name commonly used  in German speaking countries as well as in Poland instead of “New Year’s Eve”, so that it is probably safe to assume that the Catholic name took hold due to early waves of European immigration to Israel.

Growing up in my parents’ home in the immigrant neighborhhood of the lower East Side of New York, “Sylvester Nacht” was something akin to the night Niagara Falls froze over and the resultant eerie silence awakened people for miles around.  Our house was silent on that night and not because of the carol by that name.

My father’s alarm clock woke us at 4 a.m. every day. He rose at that unearthly hour to sit in the kitchen with a faint light glowing and a cup of hot, strong black coffee in front of him studying Talmud to the traditional singsong chant before he went to synagogue prayers and then work (we snuggled happily under the covers, knowing that he would bring fresh, crusty rolls home after prayers). My father, who came home from work every evening, went to synagogue prayers, had his dinner, and then sat until almost midnight doing the same—did not study Torah on “Sylvester” night

He did not allow us to study Torah either. He explained that this was a silent night, made so by the Eastern European Jews who lived in fear of the yearly pogroms that accompanied the ushering in of the what is the civil new year today.  This evening was, once the calendar settled on December 25th as Christmas, calculated to be the night preceding the circumcision of the child born in the “little town of Bethlehem”, therefore a call for the local peasants to engage in drinking, making merry and killing Jews.

Darkness along with the silence before a storm reigned in Jewish shteitls (small villages) that night in an attempt to make it harder to find defenseless victims, barricaded behind the flimsy doors of their huts. Torah study, which was done by the light of candles, was thus impossible. As opposed to random pogroms and other manifestations of Jew hatred, this was a predictable yearly date.

Torah study that night eventually became forbidden, in memory of the horrors perpetrated on that evening, the same way Torah study is prohibited in a house of mourning and on the Ninth of Av when the Holy Temple was destroyed. Certain Hassidic sects, among them Satmar, refrain from Torah study on the eve of January 6 for the same reason to this day, a vestige of the fluctuations in the Gregorian Calendar.

A “Yerushalmi”, i.e. someone who lived in the Old City of Jerusalem before the State of Israel was declared, once told me that in this part of the world they would barricade their doors on Easter Sunday, knowing that the traditional Christian procession would often end in rioting against the local Jews. Communal Jewish history is made up of commandments, holidays and customs, but also of this type of memory.

It is jarring to hear the term “Sylvester” used casually by the media in Israel and to see the advertisments in Hebrew newspapers and on internet sites for parties and gala celebrations that usher in the civil new year on “Sylvester Nacht”.

Sylvester was Pope from January 31, 314 C.E. to December 31, 335 C.E. His Saint’s Day is the day he was buried, and it falls on December 31 of every year, that is since the civil solar calendar was straightened out (the Jewish calendar is a lunar one).

Not much is really known about him, but he presided over the Catholic Church during an important period in its history. He is thought to have been instrumental in the process that led to the Emperor Constantine’s conversion to Christianity, certainly nothing to celebrate for Jews.

Subsequent Jewish history did not turn this day into one that should be celebrated by Jews. An historical overview of New Year’s Day from a back issue of News and World Report makes me almost wonder if the writer spoke to my late father before writing his article. It reads:

“On New Years Day 1577 Pope Gregory XIII decreed that all Roman Jews, under pain of death, must listen attentively to the compulsory Catholic conversion sermon given in Roman synagogues after Friday night services.  On New Years Day 1578 Gregory signed into law a tax forcing Jews to pay for the support of a “House of Conversion” to convert Jews to Christianity.  On New Years 1581 Gregory ordered his troops to confiscate all sacred literature from the Roman Jewish community.  Thousands of Jews were murdered in the campaign.

Throughout the medieval and post-medieval periods, January 1 – supposedly the day on which Jesus’ circumcision initiated the reign of Christianity and the death of Judaism – was reserved for anti-Jewish activities: synagogue and book burnings, public tortures, and simple murder.

The Israeli term for New Year’s night celebrations, “Sylvester,” was the name of the “Saint” and Roman Pope who reigned during the Council of Nicaea (325 C.E.).  The year before the Council of Nicaea convened, Sylvester is said to have convinced Constantine to prohibit Jews from living in Jerusalem.  At the Council of Nicaea, Sylvester arranged for the passage of a host of viciously anti-Semitic legislation.  All Catholic “Saints” are awarded a day on which Christians celebrate and pay tribute to that Saint’s memory.  December 31 is Saint Sylvester Day – hence celebrations on the night of December 31 are dedicated to Sylvester’s memory”.

Unwittingly, Israelis who party and Jews who stood in Times Square and other places in the world watching the civil year come in, are doing the same. I preferred the silence in my childhood home.



Ironically, this “Saint” Sylvester is not really a “Saint” at all. What we know about Sylvester is that he was the Roman Pope who reigned during the Council of Nicaea in about 325 CE. Not only did Sylvester prohibit Jewish people from living in Jerusalem during his reign, but also, he allegedly passed a host of antisemitic legislation during his rule. Thus, to Israelis, Sylvester should not really be someone to celebrate because of obvious reasons.

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No one could ever do everything the law requires

Over the years I’ve collected a lot of bibles. I have a Thompsons Chain Reference KJV that’s been with me for years. It’s been highlighted, underlined and filled with margin notes with my own chain references, back pages loaded with various proof texts from my Christian days.

The sect of Christianity I came from was very focused on bible studies and “truth” or so they said, when I look back I’ve wondered how could I have been so deceived, totally missing the writing in plain sight.

Looking through an old bible I noticed something I’d never questioned before, “the Headings” in select sections throughout the Christian bible chapters.

Christian mindset regarding ‘The Law’ (Torah) 

6075aa9b-15c2-4016-9e3b-78110ab0d050The Christian view of “the Law” is also conveyed in “headings” found at the beginning of sections throughout Christian Bibles. These captions are placed there by the editors to help direct the reader as to what the next group of verses is concerned with.

For instance, at the beginning of the following sections in the “New Testament,” of a popular New King James version of the Bible, we find the following phrases:

  1. Those under the Law of Moses were “under bondage,” which ended with Jesus
  2. “No one could ever do everything the law requires”
  3. The law was “a curse” that Jesus came to do away with. (1)

These three ideas may not be expressed in exactly the same words in every denomination, but the concepts are clear and present in the teachings of Protestant denominations and Catholicism.

On my drive to work in the mornings I’d listen to ‘Thru the Bible’ with J. Vernon McGee, “Thru the Bible program takes the listener through the entire Bible in just five years, threading back and forth between the Old and New Testaments.” Little did I know, my thinking was being shaped and directed in a theology that’s been crafted by the church for century’s. Here’s what Minister McGee wrote about the apostle Paul and the Jewish religion in his Bible commentary:

Paul now calls the religion in which he was brought up the ‘Jews’ religion.’ Paul was saved, not in Judaism, but from Judaism.” (Emphasized words are McGee’s) (2)

The same commentary regarding the book of Galatians states:

“Galatians has been called the Christian declaration of independence. It is Paul’s answer to those who challenged his authority as an apostle and who urged Christians in Galatia to live according to the Law of Moses. Adoption of the Jewish Law by Gentile Christians would have made Christianity merely a sect within Judaism. Paul taught that bondage to the Law ended when Christ made all men free.” (3) 

In a commentary appendix to one version of the King James Bible, regarding the book of Hebrews, it says:

“With carefully reasoned arguments the author showed that Christianity is superior to Judaism,” … “Christianity is the perfect religion.” (end-of-quote)

Christian Bible Headings

Christian Bible headings, footnotes, commentary books, radio broadcasts and sermons from the pulpits have expressed this thought for centuries, maintaining that Christianity is G-d’s true religion.

Take the three ideas above and hold them up in light of Torah, ask only, ‘What does G-ds Word say?’ (The Tanakh) Bear in mind, nowhere does the Christian New Testament claim to be the Word of G-d.

  1. Those under the Law of Moses were “under bondage,” which ended with Jesus

“G-d changed his mind about people having to follow his perfect (Psa 19:7) and eternal (Psa 119:152,160) laws and replaced them with a new system of faith in a human sacrifice.”

  1. “No one could ever do everything the law requires”

The Written Torah (Mosaic Law) contains 613 precepts [תֹוו ְצ ִמ (mitsVOT)], and no person can possibly comply with the entire set. This is because various commands pertain to different groups of people. For example, some precepts apply only to males (e.g., circumcision), others only to females (e.g., feminine hygiene); some apply only to Aaronic Priests (e.g., permitted marriages), others to those who own land in Israel (e.g., rotating the crops), etc. Therefore, anyone who claims to have fulfilled the Mosaic Law in its entirety is either ignorant or a liar. (4)

If they sin against You, for there is no man who does not sin, (I Kings 8:46)

  1. The law was “a curse” that Jesus came to do away with.

I will give thanks unto Thee with uprightness of heart, when I learn Thy righteous ordinances. (Psa 19:7)

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; But the word of our G-d shall stand for ever.’ (Isaiah 40:8)

As for G-d, His way is perfect (Psa 18:32)

The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. (Psa 19:8)

Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. (Deuteronomy 4:2)

Every word of God is tried; He is a shield unto them that take refuge in Him.

Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. (Proverbs Chapter 30:5-6)

All this word which I command you, that shall ye observe to do; thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. (Deutronomy 13.1-4)

2 If there arise in the midst of thee a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams–and he give thee a sign or a wonder, 3 and the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spoke unto thee–saying: ‘Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them’; 4 thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or unto that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God putteth you to proof, to know whether ye do love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

My suggestion is find yourself a good Hebrew/English translation of the Tanakh.

There can be no resource more important than a text of the Bible itself. Although it is best to read it in the original Hebrew, or at least refer to the original Hebrew to appreciate its nuances. These English translations, unlike most of the translations you will find, are prepared by Jews using the Jewish understanding of the meaning of the scriptures, without the Christian slant you will find in many non-Jewish translations. Note: “Tanakh” (also spelled “Tanach”) is a Hebrew acronym that refers to the complete Jewish Bible, what non-Jews call the “Old Testament.”

Online English translation of the Tanakh (Jewish Bible) with Rashi’s commentary.


  • Romans 7:1-6: “Freed from the Law”? 
  •   Romans 14:1-13: “The Law of Liberty”?
  • Galatians 3:10-14: “The Law Brings a Curse”?
  • Galatians 5:7 -15: “Love Fulfills the Law”?
  • In other words, Christian propaganda/brainwashing






  1. Kenneth Copeland Ministries’ New King James Version
  2. Thru the Bible Commentary Series, Galatians, Vernon McGee, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, 1991, p. 23.
  3. Thru the Bible Commentary Series, Galatians, Vernon McGee, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, 1991,
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Vatican: Jews don’t need Christ to be saved, only carbon credits (tCO2e)

Pope Francis prayed Sunday for the success of the global climate summit in Paris, where another week of negotiations are underway to reach an agreement that would limit the warming of the planet.

As an afterthought shared with Cardinals, Bishops and Catholic theologians, “Jews can secure eternal salvation without converting to Christianity” But, the carbon credit (tCO2e) rate for absolution will be tripled until the second coming.” they say.

“As the world forges a climate agreement in Paris, African countries — which bear the least historic responsibility for climate change — are showing leadership with ambitious pledges to restore land,” said Andrew Steer, president and CEO of theWorld Resources Institute.

Breaking: “Clearly, the planet is getting colder,” said Casey, president of the Space and Science Research Corp. 

While the direction of climate change cannot be determined based on a single event, the collection of record-breaking winters shows that the planet is getting colder, climate expert John Casey tells Newsmax TV.

“Just about every American can now see that we’ve had a series of brutal, record-setting winters that are starting earlier, staying longer and breaking records that are 100 and 150 years old,” Casey told J.D. Hayworth, who was joined by Republican strategist Ford O’Connell, on “America’s Forum” Wednesday.

“The warming community has utterly failed in its climate models and predictions about the climate,” he said. “We are facing some stark realities right now that say without doubt that we are heading into a new cold era.”

Casey, who worked as a consultant for NASA and was a White House space program adviser, is the author of “Dark Winter: How the Sun is Causing a 30-Year Cold Spell,” in which he argues that the planet is currently undergoing a cooling trend.

“If we look at the facts based on the five major global temperature data sets that our company tracks and evaluates on a regular basis, we see that the story of 2014 being the warmest year on record was in fact just a story,” he said.

“According to our analysis, using the best science and technical data available, 2014 was a warm year, an important year, but merely another warm year in a strain of years that have been essentially stable for the last 18 years — where there has been no effective growth in global warming,” he said.

“That’s a stark change from what we’ve been told.”

(Now if someone would tell the Pope)

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Source: Vatican: Jews don’t need Christ to be saved

Pope Francis prays for climate summit in Paris to succeed

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A JEWISH CRITIQUE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT – Why Judaism Doesn’t Accept Christian Scriptures
Rabbi Michael Skobac

Christian missionaries insist that the New Testament is the inerrant word of G-d and the fulfillment of the Jewish Bible, the Tenach, which Christians mis-name the “Old Testament”.

In this special 2-hour lecture, Rabbi Michael Skobac offers a critical examination of the New Testament scriptures from a traditional Jewish perspective.




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Bigoted New York Daily News

Bigoted New York Daily News… D’oh!

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The following is a very bigoted article by an obvious hater of any kind of religious belief whatsover and does not reflect the view of the author of this blog.

San Bernardino bloodbath born of bigots


Nicholas Thalasinos and his wife, Jennifer, in a wedding photo. Thalasinos was killed in the shootings at a social services center in San Bernardino, Calif., on Wednesday.


Nicholas Thalasinos and his wife, Jennifer, in a wedding photo. Thalasinos was killed in the shootings at a social services center in San Bernardino, Calif., on Wednesday.

They were two hate-filled, bigoted municipal employees interacting in one department. Now 13 innocent people are dead in unspeakable carnage.

One man spent his free time writing frightening, NRA-loving, hate-filled screeds on Facebook about the other’s religion.

The other man quietly stewed and brewed his bigotry, collecting the kind of arsenal that the Facebook poster would have envied.

What they didn’t realize is that except for their different religions they were in many ways similar men…

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C. S. Lewis on Jesus’ False Prophecies

Originally posted on Daily Minyan


cslewisC. S. Lewis is one of Christianity’s most celebrated and loved authors. His work Mere Christianity is a classic of Christian apologetics and is easily one of the most influential books among modern evangelists besides the New Testament itself. This is because C.S. Lewis was not only a novelist but also a prolific lay theologian. However, not all of his opinions about the Christian faith have been celebrated by Christians and some have proved quite embarrassing. Those happen to be the views of his that Christians rarely if ever quote. So embarrassing are some of those opinions to the cause of Christianity, indeed to Jesus himself, that some Christians have opined of C. S. Lewis that he was a better writer than a theologian.

In his work The World’s Last Night C. S. Lewis expressed a frank if shocking to most Christians view that Jesus was very wrong. The “God-Man” (as Lewis called him) was clearly wrong when he prophesied about his own return. He was ignorant and has spoken presumptuously. Indeed, Jesus was the cause of the deception among his own disciples and knew no more than they did. Yet Jesus did prophecy, as the New Testament recorded for all to read, repeating the same failed prophecies across all of the four gospels.

Here is C. S. Lewis in his own words:

“It is clear from the New Testament that they all expected the Second Coming in their own lifetime. And, worse still, they had a reason, and one which you will find very embarrassing. Their Master had told them so. He shared, and indeed created, their delusion. He said in so many words, ‘this generation shall not pass till all these things be done.’ And he was wrong. He clearly knew no more about the end of the world than anyone else.

“It is certainly the most embarrassing verse in the Bible. Yet how teasing, also, that within fourteen words of it should come the statement “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” The one exhibition of error and the one confession of ignorance grow side by side. … The evangelists have the first great characteristic of honest witnesses: they mention facts which are, at first sight, damaging to their main contention.

“… The answer of the theologians is that the God-Man was omniscient as God, and ignorant as Man. This, no doubt, is true, though it cannot be imagined. Nor indeed can the unconsciousness of Christ in sleep be imagined, not the twilight of reason in his infancy; still less his merely organic life in his mother’s womb.” – C. S. Lewis, in The World’s Last Night, pages 98-99

That C. S. Lewis went to his grave as a devout Christian and worshiper of the “God-Man”, while effectively acknowledging that Jesus prophesied falsely and deceived not only his few immediate listeners but billions of others, is a dramatic testimony of just how far from the Jewish moorings Christianity has drifted. It testifies not only of the blind(ed) devotion to Jesus even in the face of bare and even self-acknowledged facts, but spotlights and exposes how little a value Christians have historically placed on what they call “the Law”. Had they really valued the Word of G-d (of which New Testament is not) they would have recognized that in the Torah that G-d gifted to Israel G-d has warned the Jewish people in no uncertain terms about false prophets that were to arise in their midst and taught them how to recognize them, how test them and how deal with their treachery:

But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death.” You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the L-RD?” If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the L-RD does not take place or come true, that is a message the L-RD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him. (Deuteronomy 18:20-22)


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Exiting pastor saddles church with odd worship leader, again

1917779_1198617245950_2109375_nFRESNO — After repeated conflicts with his church board about the direction of Family Life Center, pastor Jim Morgan decided to leave the church. But on his way out he used a little-known clause in the bylaws to singlehandedly hire a new worship leader: Bill MacNerny who specializes in “alien folk music” and “tunes for chickens and other intelligent beings.” MacNerny was last employed as a street performer in Key West, Fla., and has made several albums of himself playing the ukelele and making barnyard sounds.

“We’re in a true bind,” says board member Jeff Garrety. “We couldn’t believe when this bozo showed up to lead worship.”

The quirk in the bylaws gave Morgan sole authority to hire and fire the worship leader and to define contract terms. The contract includes a severability clause of $150,000 if MacNerny is fired before two years. It also specifies that he must lead worship on Sunday mornings and any other time the church meets. Lawyers informed the board that the contract is legitimate and must be respected.

On a recent Sunday morning, MacNerny opened the service with a rendition of “Amazing Grace” in which he encouraged audience members to make “Martian noises.” Few people joined in. He then segued into “This Old Man, he played one, he played knick-knack on my thumb” and seemed unfazed by people’s non-participation.

Exiting-pastorThe church has tried to work around MacNerny by cranking the volume of everyone else on stage and having other musicians wear brightly colored clothing. Still, it’s hard to look past his signature look which he describes on his web page as “Where exactly am I?”

“It saps part of your soul to show up Sunday morning and see Bill in his undersized cowboy hat, strumming the ukelele,” says one man. “A lot of people are trying out other churches.”

Some want the church to pay $150,000 just to get rid of MacNerny. Others want to make the best of it for two years and say it could bolster small group participation.

After making a series of weird noises he describes as “me entering the room,” MacNerny says in a phone interview that he is happy to be at Family Life Center because it offers a built-in audience and less reliance on tips. Street performing taught him to hold people’s attention, a skill he hopes to employ at the church, along with “making sure people get their proper amounts of of gamma rays, and also consider poultry ownership,” he says.

Morgan, in between ministry assignments and living in Georgia, says he thinks MacNerny makes a good fit for the church, and for the board members.

Parody from Larknews

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