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Stay, Listen, and Understand; Or Leave and Be Left Wondering

Stay, Listen, and Understand; Or Leave and Be Left Wondering

In my last post I explored data revealing Jesus’ surprising penchant for leaving people wondering. I’ll continue today with another revealing chart from the same study of the Gospels: The abbreviations in the legend stand for the Pre- and Post-Transfiguration periods in Jesus’ ministry. These are followed by the Passion Week (including the Crucifixion), and the Post-Resurrection period. Jesus tended to explain things more clearly as he went along; or rather, he explained more clearly to those who stuck with him to…

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Because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will leave you wondering

Because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will leave you wondering

Because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will leave you wondering. Those are not the words our Lord spoke in Revelation 3:16, but it’s what he practiced in his ministry. That’s the surprising finding of the analysis I just completed on Jesus’ method of teaching. I had noticed a stark contrast between Jesus’ methods and most Bible teaching today. Jesus didn’t always explain himself clearly. Unlike most teachers today, he didn’t always resolve the questions he raised. He didn’t…

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Sources for “Where the Gospels Came From”

Sources for “Where the Gospels Came From”

Someone on Facebook asked for a footnoted version of my satire, “Where the Gospels Came From. Here it is. The links I’ve placed in here are representative of many, for these beliefs are widespread. I doubt you could find one single atheist source that makes all these claims about the source of the gospels, but they’re all floating freely “out there” on the atheist Internet. RS is shorthand for representative source material. Back in the Bronze Age the world was…

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Where the Gospels Came From

Where the Gospels Came From

Have you ever wondered where the gospels came from? Here’s your answer, compiled from Bart Ehrman (for the telephone game) and too many atheist Internet sources to list. (Yes, this is satire.) Back in the Bronze Age the world was naive. People knew nothing of the sciences of reproduction, decay, entropy, metabolism, genetics–and therefore they didn’t know that babies are never born to virgins, and men who die never rise from the dead. One of those naive tribes was the…

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Why “Jesus Saves” Is More Real Than “Jesus Affirms You”

Why “Jesus Saves” Is More Real Than “Jesus Affirms You”

Jesus saves vs. Jesus affirms: which is the better answer for the moral questions of our day? A whole lot of people are telling us Jesus Christ approves of homosexual practice and gay marriage. That’s one way of solving a moral issue: find a way to hear Jesus saying it’s okay after all. I don’t think much of that, and the reason I’m going to give probably isn’t what you think it’s going to be. I’ve written often enough here…

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Why “Jesus Saves” Is So Much Better Than “Jesus Approves”

Why “Jesus Saves” Is So Much Better Than “Jesus Approves”

Yesterday I wrote, with examples, There was a time when people knew what it meant that “Jesus saves.” The punsters’ follow-up, “at First National Bank” degraded the concept when the concept was still known widely enough for the pun to work. In most of Western culture now, though, neither the biblical phrase nor the pun is heard anymore. The concept now (if not the wording) is Jesus approves. “Jesus saves” means almost nothing to most people outside the Church today. Saves what? is…

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From “Jesus Saves” to “Jesus Approves”

From “Jesus Saves” to “Jesus Approves”

There was a time when people knew what it meant that “Jesus saves.” The punsters’ follow-up, “at First National Bank” degraded the concept when the concept was still known widely enough for the pun to work. In most of Western culture now, though, neither the biblical phrase nor the pun is heard anymore. The concept now (if not the wording) is Jesus approves. As one who still honors the idea that Jesus saves, I know the idea needs explanation in our day, but I…

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Jesus Christ and Mr. Spock

Jesus Christ and Mr. Spock

I’m geeky enough to have been a fan of Star Trek most of my life, and I’m seriously saddened by Leonard Nimoy’s death last week. So was the famous Jesus mythicist Robert Price, who wrote a eulogy, The Second Death of Mr. Spock. “Anyone remotely familiar with the Star Trek episodes and movies,” he says, “knows that Mr. Spock was a Christ figure.” The tenor of his piece is reflected by a comment left there by “BiologicalBert”, which reads in…

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Was Jesus Wrong About the Time of His Return?

Was Jesus Wrong About the Time of His Return?

This is just a short snippet out of a larger discussion, but I thought it might be worth including here anyway. In Luke 21:20-28, Jesus speaks of the end times. As I was reading it just now, it almost seemed in the first four of those verses as if Jesus was speaking of the fall of Jerusalem as the end of all things, “to fulfill all that is written.” If that was what Jesus meant, he was centuries (at least!)…

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