Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Parable of the Good Atheist

Theologian Randal Rauser offers the audio version of the Introduction to his book,  Is the Atheist My Neighbor?which is even better in the print version.

Or now there's the  youtube version.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Conversion of a Psychopath

I should probably warn that there may be some triggers in this video.

Why I am a Christian (David Wood).

Friday, May 1, 2015

Curing a Snakebitten World

There's a very strange story in one of the books of the Hebrew Bible:

From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the people became impatient on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. And the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and every one who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent, and set it on a pole; and if a serpent bit any man, he would look at the bronze serpent and live. (Numbers 21)

There is no explanation why looking at the bronze serpent on the pole would heal someone of their snake bite.  Does looking at the bronze serpent somehow suck the venom out of the victims before it can kill them?   I'm not sure, but it sounds like a possible explanation. 

Now what is interesting is that Jesus refers to this story when explaining his own significance:

  “14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.”
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. (John 3)

So what connection did Jesus see between the story of the bronze serpent in the Hebrew Bible and himself?   Well, most of us are familiar with the story of the serpent in the Garden of Eden, and how it tempted humans to eat of the forbidden fruit, which resulted in their eventual deaths.  We could say that they had been snakebitten, and that the serpent's venom - sin - has been coursing through our veins ever since.  Could it be that is what Jesus had in mind?

If so, it would explain what John the Baptist says about Jesus earlier in the same gospel,

"Behold the lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!"  (John 1:29)

In the sacrificial system of ancient Israel, on the day of Atonement, the high priest would confess the sins of the people over a goat, which would then be driven out into the wilderness.  (See Leviticus 16) Once the goat was gone, the people were considered to be cleansed of their sins.  Their sins had been taken away.

What is interesting is that the goat isn't just driven out into the wilderness.  It is driven into the wilderness to Azazel.  Azazel was probably the name of a demon.  Could it be that the goat is returning the sins - the venom - back to the serpent from whom it originally came?

Likewise, when Jesus was raised up on the cross, he absorbed into himself the sins of the world - the venom from the serpent - and perhaps returned it to its original source.  That seems to be the cure that God has offered to our snakebitten world.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Simple Way to Know the Truth about Jesus

I agree with Michael Brown's very simple way to know the truth about Jesus.  Just skip to the 21 minute mark of the following video.

Michael Brown:from drug addict to a disciple of Yeshua.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

FBI’s AMERITHRAX Case just unravelled. Ex-FBI agent who directed investigation suing FBI, turns whistleblower.

From here:

" Plaintiff [FBI Whistleblower] continued to advocate that while Bruce Ivins may have been the anthrax mailer, there is a wealth of exculpatory evidence to the contrary which the FBI continues to conceal from Congress and the American people."

HT:   911blogger.com

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Surveillance State Repeal Act

Just in case any of you think our government spies on us much too much, here's a chance to do something about it.  Tell your senators and representatives to support the The Surveillance State Repeal Act.

Who am I kidding? Few or no one reading this will contact their representatives. That takes too much time. Besides, if we don't let the government spy on us, how do we stop the terrorists? What am I thinking? Sorry. Go back to doing whatever you were doing before I said anything.

HT: 911blogger.com