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Abrahamic-Faith: Jesus Christ Was Born During Feast Of Tabernacles

Posted by Job on January 18, 2008

Many state – and some emphatically – that the date of the birth of Jesus Christ is of no theological or doctrinal consequence, for if it were the Bible would have given it and told us to commemorate it. Well, Abrahamic-Faith.com does a good job of not only making the case for the time of Jesus Christ’s birth, but its meaning to Christians. The meaning to Christians is probably best expressed in Hebrews 11, with the key verses being 14-16, which reads “For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”  Think, for a second how injurious that passage is to some of the doctrines of Christian Zionist dispensational pre – tribulationists like John Hagee, and consider how Jesus Christ being born during the feast of tabernacles shows how Christians should not be conformed to or otherwise try to hold onto this world but rather live our lives in preparation for and expectation of the next. The late Dr. Vernon McGee used to say of this world “You don’t polish brass on a sinking ship.” That statement puts the agendas of both the dominionist religious right (which dispensational Christian Zionism is a strange manifestation of) and the social gospel religious left into proper perspective, does it not?

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Islamic Jesus Movie: From Iran With Love! How Long Before TBN Airs It?

Posted by Job on January 14, 2008

Note: please see Trinity Broadcasting Network Tries To Merge Islam And Christianity! for the justification of my TBN comment in the title.

‘Islamic Jesus’ hits Iranian movie screens

16 hours ago TEHRAN (AFP) — A director who shares the ideas of Iran’s hardline president has produced what he says is the first film giving an Islamic view of Jesus Christ, in a bid to show the “common ground” between Muslims and Christians.

Nader Talebzadeh sees his movie, “Jesus, the Spirit of God,” as an Islamic answer to Western productions like Mel Gibson’s 2004 blockbuster “The Passion of the Christ,” which he praised as admirable but quite simply “wrong”.

“Gibson’s film is a very good film. I mean that it is a well-crafted movie but the story
is wrong — it was not like that
,” he said, referring to two key differences: Islam sees Jesus as a prophet, not the son of God, and does not believe he was crucified. Talebzadeh said he even went to Gibson’s mansion in Malibu, California, to show him his film. “But it was Sunday and the security at the gate received the film and the brochure and promised to deliver it,” though the Iranian never heard back. (Wonder why two guys that reject the Bible for tradition and both hate Jews cannot get along.)

Even in Iran, “Jesus, The Spirit of God” had a low-key reception, playing to moderate audiences in five Tehran cinemas during the holy month of Ramadan, in October. The film, funded by state broadcasting, faded off the billboards but is far from dead, about to be recycled in a major 20 episode spin-off to be broadcast over state-run national television this year.

Talebzadeh insists it aims to bridge differences between Christianity and Islam (this means that he wants to use it to convert Christians into Islam, not a difficult task since lots of white new age emergent and black nationalist Christians are just about there already) despite the stark divergence from Christian doctrine about Christ’s final hours on earth. (Please note that Rick Warren is hindered by these details, see this link about how Warren and many emergent church leaders are working to “unite” Muslims and Christians just like TBN by practicing capitulation rather than evangelism.)

“It is fascinating for Christians to know that Islam gives such devotion to and has so much knowledge about Jesus,” Talebzadehtold AFP. (TBN liar Jeremiah Cummings, who claims that Muslims can go to heaven by following what the Koran says about Him and do not need to bother with the Bible because they will be killed for possessing it in Muslim countries, has told us this already. Good thing that the early church did not listen to people like Cummings.)

“By making this film I wanted to make a bridge between Christianity and Islam, to open the door for dialogue since there is much common ground between Islam and Christianity,” he said. The director is also keen to emphasise the links between Jesus and one of the most important figures in Shiite Islam, the Imam Mahdi, said to have disappeared 12 centuries ago but whose “return” to earth has been a key tenet of the Ahmadinejad presidency.

Talebzadeh made his name making documentaries about Iran’s 1980-1988 war against Iraq, an important genre in the country’s post-revolutionary cinema. But
such weighty themes, and his latest film on Jesus, compete with domestic gangster thrillers and sugary boy-meets-girl love stories, the movies that continue to draw the biggest audiences in the Islamic Republic.

The bulk of “Jesus, the Spirit of God”, which won an award at the 2007 Religion Today Film Festival in Italy, faithfully follows the traditional tale of Jesus as recounted in the New Testament Gospels (which actually makes it more biblical than “The Passion of the Christ, which was 80% Roman Catholic tradition and the false visions of Roman Catholic mystic nun Katherine Emmerich that, typical of Roman Catholicism, opposes the Bible), a narrative reproduced in the Koran and accepted by Muslims.

But in Talebzadeh’s movie, God saves Jesus, depicted as a fair-complexioned
man
(the Mormon’s Quetzalcoatl Jesus as opposed to the actual Jewish Jesus … see Mormons and Muslims United Oh My What A Surprise) with long hair and a beard, from crucifixion and takes him straight to heaven. “It is frankly said in the Koran that the person who was crucified was not Jesus” but Judas, one of the 12 Apostles and the one the Bible holds betrayed Jesus to the Romans, he said. (Yes, and we Christians are supposed to just toss aside our Bible for the Koran. Then again, he probably knows that Christians do have a long proud history of discarding the Bible and is wondering why Christians are being so hypocritically selective in this matter.) In his film, it is Judas who is crucified.

Islam sees Jesus as one of five great prophets — others being Noah, Moses and Abraham — sent to earth to announce the coming of Mohammed, the final prophet who spread the
religion of Islam. It respects Jesus’ followers as “people of the book”. Iran has tens of thousands of its own Christians who are guaranteed religious freedoms under the constitution — mainly Armenians, though their numbers have fallen sharply since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. (Oh gee, I wonder why.)

Every Christmas, Ahmadinejad and other officials lose no time in sending greetings to Christian leaders including the pope on what they describe as the “auspicious birthday of Jesus Christ, Peace Be Upon Him (PBUH).” (First of all, please note that Islam has no problem celebrating Christmas. Neither do a great many Jews, for that matter. It is THE RESURRECTION that gives them problems: see Acts 4. It is THE RESURRECTION that proved Jesus Christ’s deity. Please note that the original ending of “The Passion Of The Christ” did not mention the resurrection; it was added later after Mel Gibson consulted with PROTESTANTS. According to Mormon doctrine, Islam should be accepted as another Christian denomination incidentally.) In this year’s message, Ahmadinejad said that “peace, friendship and justice will be attained wherever the guidelines of Jesus Christ (PBUH) are realised in the world.” (Jesus Christ said that He came not to bring peace but a sword. But hey, now we see why Christian liberals would rather have dinner with the Taliban than with Will Metzger.)

Shiite Muslims, the majority in Iran, believe Jesus will accompany the Imam Mahdi when he reappears in a future apocalypse to save the world. And Talebzadeh said the TV
version of his film will further explore the links between Jesus and the Mahdi — whose return Ahmadinejad has said his government, which came to power in 2005, is working to hasten. (Their version is no less Biblical than Mary the eternal virgin or than Christian liberal process theology.)

Shiites believe the Mahdi’s reappearance will usher in a new era of peace and harmony. (In no small part because all non – Muslims will be dead. In fairness, Christians believe the same. It is also fair to point out that certain dispensational apocalyptic evangelicals like Pat Robertson, John Hagee, and “gates of hell” insane MIKE HUCKABEE are no different from the Iranian president in that they are trying to pave the way for the return of their Jesus by causing all sorts of violence and strife in the world.)

“We Muslims pray for the ‘Return’ (of Imam Mahdi) and Jesus is part of the return and the end of time,” Talebzadeh said. “Should we, as artists, stand idle until that time? Don’t we have to make an effort?” (The same rationale for Council On Foreign Relations Sun Myung Moon dirty money flowing through his pockets Tim LaHaye’s writing “Left Behind”, which like “The Passion Of The Christ” probably conforms even less to what is actually in the Bible than this Muslim Jesus movie.)

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Joseph And Mary Were Not Illegal Immigrants Lying Liberal Christian Left!

Posted by Job on December 24, 2007

A lot of people ask why I give the religious right a lot of grief while generally ignoring the religious left. The reason is that where the religious left explicitly rejects the inerrancy and authority of the Bible (though to be honest they do their best to hide that fact when they are trying to use Bible arguments to influence those that actually do take the Bible seriously) the religious right pretending to adhere to Biblical inerrancy and authority while honestly not caring any more for the Bible than the religious left does is deceiving the saints. Of course, the religious left deceives their charges too, but that deception is primarily of a theological nature.

But more attention should be paid to the attempts of the religious left to influence Bible – believing Christians, so here we go: an attempt by Christian leftist oped writer Cynthia Tucker to use the experiences of Joseph and Mary to support doing nothing about illegal immigration (see link).

The politics of the Grand Old Party’s ultra-conservative religionists produce the oddest cognitive dissonance. This campaign season has illuminated the jarring contrast between the public piety of conservative Christians — a significant faction in the Republican Party — and their intense anger toward illegal immigrants. (As if Tucker’s own intense anger towards conservatives is any more Christian.)

That hostility is all the more jarring at Christmastime, when Christians around the world commemorate the birth of Christ. You’d think that the season would bring forth an outpouring of compassion, mercy and generosity. After all, the Bible, which conservative Christians hold out as the inerrant word of God, includes several admonitions to practice kindness toward “strangers.” (She starts almost right off the bat. First off, Tucker is employing the common religious right tactic of pretending that America is Old Testament Israel and that we should govern ourselves by its laws. Except that Tucker, hypocritically, is the first to make the invalid claim that since Christians do not keep the Old Testament dietary laws then we should ignore that the New Testament calls homosexuality a sin. Further, the “strangers” in Israel were not people that entered the nation illegally and refused to leave when told to. Indeed, such people would have been dealt with according to the punishments given to the unpenitent lawless by Old Testament law: death.)

But kindness doesn’t seem to be much in the minds of Bible-thumping conservatives. Sadie Fields, head of the Georgia Christian Alliance, has long criticized public benefits such as health care for the children of illegal immigrants. “We’re against illegal immigrants because we must uphold the rule of law,” she has said. “We are a nation of law. Our biblical worldview mandates that we be a people of law.” (Cynthia Tucker cannot deny that Sadie Fields’ position conforms to scripture; if she could she would. So she resorts to calling her names.)

According to polls, immigration is a much more important issue among Republican voters than among Democrats. That’s especially true in early voting states such as Iowa and South Carolina, where sizable pockets of illegal immigrants have settled only in the last decade or so.

The intensity of the resentment has come as a surprise to Mike Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister. As an abortion-detesting, evolution-denying homophobe, Huckabee is fast winning the devotion of his party’s Christianists, who seem to confuse the office of president with that of preacher or priest. But Huckabee has one glaring flaw in an otherwise perfect doctrinal suite: He has shown compassion toward illegal immigrants. (More name – calling. Now in what universe should a person that rejects what the Bible says about creation, homosexuality, and murder care about what it says about kindness, mercy, love, peace, or anything else? That is not a question for atheists who reject the Bible for human reason but the Christian left in continually invoking a book that they regard as having no more validity than Aesop’s fables.)

As governor of Arkansas, Huckabee supported legislation that would have made undocumented college students eligible for college scholarships and in-state tuition prices. Besides the imminent practicality of the proposition — Arkansas, like its Southern neighbors, needs more college graduates — Huckabee says he wouldn’t “hold children responsible for something their parents did” — crossing the border illegally. (No, it was to draw illegal immigrants into Arkansas to work at Tyson Foods and similar industries for less money and benefits than Tyson Foods wanted to pay legal labor despite being well able to afford it. And the money saved by breaking our laws and forcing Americans in desperately poor Arkansas out of work went into the pockets of Tyson’s CEOs and shareholders.)

For that modest bit of pragmatism, Huckabee is being hammered by Mitt Romney, who wants his Iowa lead back. Though he was relatively moderate on immigration as governor of Massachusetts, he now presents himself in an ad as the leader who bravely “stood up and vetoed in-state tuition for illegal aliens, opposed driver’s licenses for illegals.” (If only the religious right leaders were as honest about Romney’s flip – flops as this Christian leftist liar. This demonstrates how both sides are liars and that Christians should follow neither.)

Polls notwithstanding, Huckabee’s position seems more biblically correct. (First of all, what do you care, and second of all you are lying. Nowhere in the Bible does it advocate rewarding lawbreakers or giving their children benefits in order to induce even more illegal behavior. Also, if we are going on the example of Old Testament Israel, the Bible made it clear that Israel was to look out for Israel first, second, third, fourth, tenth, etc., not take jobs and benefits from Israelis and give them to lawbreaking foreigners.) “We welcome the stranger because the Savior himself was not welcomed in mainstream society,” said Robert Parham, executive director of the Baptist Center for Ethics. “The whole teaching of ‘no room at the inn’ was about someone poor and marginalized and pushed off to a stable.” (Now the Baptist Center for Ethics is a Christian left outfit. Here is an article on that that rejects the deity of Jesus Christ. While Mary and Joseph were certainly poor, that was not why they were pushed off to a stable. The reason was that all of the rooms were occupied. Accommodating Joseph and Mary would have meant someone else being kicked out of their room and having to go to a stable. As Jesus Christ made Himself of no reputation and came to serve, such a thing being done on His account would have been contrary to His earthly mission.)

For Republicans less comfortable with mixing the Bible and ballots, there are worldly reasons to be wary of the deep-seated resentment of illegal immigrants among a significant GOP constituency. As President Bush has warned, Republicans risk permanent minority status if they alienate Latinos, the fastest-growing and largest ethnic group, accounting for about 15 percent of the population. (As the segregationists warned, the Democrats would alienate white voters for decades by supporting civil rights. Is Cynthia Tucker saying that the Democrats were wrong? By the way, as detestable as Jim Crow was, it was perfectly legal just as the far bigger evil of abortion is legal right now. Illegal immigration is not. Cynthia Tucker is claiming that people who oppose breaking the law and those who do it are wrong somehow. Would Tucker feel the same way about someone that broke a civil rights law or even so much as prevented their minor child from getting an abortion? Nope.)

Indeed, a recent poll by the Pew Hispanic Center shows the last several months of shrill nativism have already proved costly. About 57 percent of Hispanic registered voters now lean toward the Democratic Party, while only 23 percent lean toward the GOP — a gap of 34 percentage points, the poll showed. Just a year ago, the gap was just 21 percentage points. (Democrats in 1964 equals Republicans now. If doing the right thing didn’t have a cost then in most cases it wouldn’t actually be the right thing at all. The Bible says so, by the way, about how doing the right thing almost always comes at a cost, not that Tucker will say that. Unless it is about the cost of making a stand that she supports, like supporting homosexual marriage.)

Still, the steady drumbeat of anti-immigrant demagoguery continues on the Republican campaign trail, even as the candidates try to hype their Biblical bona fides. It’s a strange spectacle in a season ostensibly dedicated to peace on Earth and goodwill toward all humankind. (No mention that the illegal immigrants themselves are obligated to show their dedication to peace and goodwill by obeying the law.)

Joseph and Mary were not illegal immigrants, people. They were Jews and legal residents of Rome. They had every right to be in Bethlehem or any other place in the Roman empire that Jews were allowed to settle. This was also true when they went to Egypt fleeing Herod’s armies. Egypt was a part of the Roman Empire. At no point in the nativity narrative did Joseph or Mary break any law. If illegal immigrants were to desiring to emulate the example of Joseph and Mary, they would obey the law by leaving the country. If America’s citizens want illegal immigrants to emulate the example of Joseph and Mary, we would do everything in our power to demand that they stop breaking the law by remaining here legally. If we want their Hispanic citizen brethren to follow the Joseph and Mary example, then we should demand of them that they not advocate for or defend lawbreaking.

If your example is Jesus Christ instead of Joseph and Mary (as it should be) well Jesus Christ never sinned. Not that the Christian left believes this. Jesus Christ never broke any laws. The Christian left – as well as people like John Hagee – teaches precisely the opposite; that Jesus Christ was executed by the Roman government for being a political subversive. They hold that Jesus Christ’s sentence was unjust only because they believe that people who break the law by being subversives should not be punished. Just as they believe that illegal immigrants should not be. The left demanding that their criminals be freed from jail on the grounds that they are “political prisoners”? Precisely the same as their view towards illegal immigrants.

Let us be clear: Cynthia Tucker does not want the border to be enforced because the illegal immigrants are nonwhite. Tucker and the rest of the left believes that reducing the number of whites in this nation will make the nation less conservative. The left does not truly want an open immigration policy, because they know that America being flooded would completely wreck the country. The left merely wants to TRANSFORM the country. But if it was right wing conservatives coming into this country illegally, not only would the left have made sure that we built a border fence long ago, but they would have snipers posted to pick anyone that happened to make it across off. And yes, they would claim that the Bible says to do it just as a great many of them have no problem using the Bible to justify homosexuality and abortion.

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Article: Christmas Was Opposed By Protestants Until It Became Capitalist And Secular

Posted by Job on December 18, 2007

When it was a religious holiday, Christians rejected it as paganism. But when it became a secular “family values” holiday associated with status and wealth, it was embraced. How odd. How American.

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Yule New York Yule Holiday Display Vandalized! Police Declare It A Hate Crime! Part Of War On Christmas???

Posted by Job on December 12, 2007

Then again, according to this link and the text pasted (along with my commentary in italics) below, it was a PAGAN display. Then again, Christmas IS Yuletime or Yuletide you know. Which makes this display … oh never mind 🙂 http://www.wivb.com/global/story.asp?s=747915

Police in Olean are investigating the vandalism of a holiday display. Police say someone opposed to a Wiccan pentacle decided to express his or her opinion by running it down Monday night and then sped off into the night. Olean Mayor David Carucci says the vandalism happened around 10:15 last night. (Sooo … do mayors get involved in minor incidents of vandalism of private property often? Or only when witches are involved?)

“Someone has backed up over the curb and run over the pentacle,” Carucci told News 4. Carucci is quick to criticize the action, and is hopeful police will soon find the person responsible. (No problem there. Since we are not in Old Testament Israel, we have no right to take down the groves and high places. In other words, vandalism is a crime and a sin.) Police, meanwhile, are treating it as a hate crime. (NOW we have a problem!)

“We’re going to be treating this as a hate crime,” said Olean Police Chief Terry Schnell. “This has gone far too long, this is getting ridiculous.” (You mean the fact that of all these church shootings by people who stated animosity towards Christianity and Christians where people have actually been killed such as the one that happened a few days ago, not one of them have been declared hate crimes is ridiculous? No, wait, that wasn’t what you were talking about. You were speaking of the horrific violence inflicted upon a pagan display. Sorry. Good to know that you have your priorities in order and care about what is really important.)

The pentacle stood only a few feet away from a nativity scene that sparked a public debate about the separation of church and state. (Too easy. No comment.)

The owner of the pentacle, April Garlow, says as long as the nativity scene remains on public ground in front of Olean city hall, so too shall the symbol of her Wiccan faith. (And you know what? I agree 100%! I also agree with WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT CHRISTIANS HAVING NO RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS OR GRAVEN IMAGES! IF CHRISTIANS WERE TO OBEY THE THIRD COMMANDMENT, DEUTERONOMY 5:8, WE WOULD NOT BE HAVING ANY OF THESE PROBLEMS! And modern Jews … no better. Remember the nonsense at the Seattle airport awhile back where a rabbi activist demanded that a menorah be placed beside the Christmas tree, claiming that “a symbol of their faith be represented”? The airport officials CORRECTLY DECIDED that if they were going to put Christian and Jewish symbols up then they would have to accommodate all of the DOZENS of faiths in the Seattle area, SO THEY HAD TO FORCE US TO OBEY OUR OWN BIBLE BY REMOVING OUR IMAGES! Now I understand that objects were given by God in the Old Testament to USE in worship of HIM. They were NEVER INTENDED to represent God OR our faith in Him. So I say that if Christians are going to hold onto the symbols of our false public cultural religion, let the witches have theirs.)

She’s disappointed, though, that an attempt to acknowledge different religious beliefs has apparently divided her community even further. “This is supposed to be the season of peace and goodwill towards men and I don’t see any of that,” said Garlow. (Probably because the “peace on earth goodwill towards men” was said by the angel to the shepherds when Jesus Christ was born, and that day was NOT in late December to begin with, but rather late September to early October. Late December is when you have always had your pagan solstices, Saturnalias, yuletides, etc. I have no problem with you celebrating your long existing observance during the time that it has always been held. I am just curious as to why we Christians cannot be content with the REAL HOLIDAYS that God gave us. And I say “real holiday” for a reason, for the word “holiday” means “holy day” and since God alone is holy, only God has the right and ability to choose, consecrate, and sanctify a day as “holy.” The observances given to us by God in the Bible are the only true holidays, all else are pretenders. Maybe it will take this pagan witch shoehorning in on the Santa Claus flying reindeer elves yule log mistletoe drunken lascivious office party racket to get Christians to see that. Or then again, maybe not. I will suggest this though: if God wanted us to observe the birth of His Son, He would have told us what day it was on in the Bible. Meanwhile, we do know exactly what days His death, resurrection, and ascension were on, as well as the day of Pentecost don’t we? Hmmm … )

Olean police say the person responsible for crashing into the pentacle drove away in a black Ford pickup, and they’re asking anyone with information to call them. The number for the Olean Police Department is 716-376-5678. (Personally I hope they catch him and he is fully prosecuted. Vandalism is a crime. But realize that this happened only because we have the very type of public symbolic religious displays that the Bible tells us not to have in the first place.)

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