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Being Christian in the Modern World: Liberalism, 5/21/2017, Rev. Walt Marcum

Watch here: http://www.hpumc.org/sermon/liberalism/

Following the Author/Blogger More Frequently

The author/blogger makes more posts at the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GreatestBibleStudyInHistoricalAccuracy/?fref=ts than here.

Christianity MUST Reconcile Leviticus 17: 10 with Jesus’ Direction to Do Something Which Turns God’s Face Away and Excommunicates One from God’s People

It’s not that I’m not interested in your book Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, I’m interested in the scholarly treatment of the most weighty issues. In Misquoting Jesus (your trade book equivalent to the scholarly work), an amazon reviewer quotes you from page 207-208 of that book:

Was Jesus an angry man?
[of interest to me, even if in Orthodox Corruption of Scripture (OCS)]

Was he completely distraught in the face of death?
[of interest to me, even if in OCS]

What should get me a publishing contract are these issues:

1) Was he distraught about the impending destruction of the Temple if you address that somewhere.

2) I, as an essayist and public speaker, have a problem with Jesus not sweating blood over Jerusalem surrounded by armies and the Temple being destroyed. He probably was distraught over that [emphasis being added] and then came up with the cannibalistic remembrance and the consumption of blood which turned God’s face from him, his Son of Man movement, and the followers which stayed with him after he instituted that affront to Lev. 17: 10. According to John’s gospel he did that way before the Last Supper which puts a whole different spin on why Orthodox Temple Authorities needed to get rid of him for just cause. And the Babylonian Talmud would be absolutely correct in finding fault in Jesus for leading people astray: leading people away from the face of God.

Textual Criticism is woefully incomplete until we reconcile Lev. 17: 10 and the Jesus of the Gospel of Matthew and wherever else Jesus is linked to scriptures in the Hebrew Bible. Jesus’ affront to Leviticus 17: 10 causes one to lose the Sunshine of God’s Face and to get excommunicated from God’s people. (This needs to be in edited scholarly and trade/mass market books, in Wikipedia, discussed at the Society of Biblical Literature, and much more.) Writing to be famous? This is the issue that can come forward. My time spent with Jewish scholarship shows there is a need for the issue to be discussed in that circle as well. This is a major (big, big, big as Oprah would say) theological issue.

What Is Spiritual but Not Religious?

Spiritual

Some people are re-incarnated spirits on a human journey.

Many people with some association to Christianity are familiar with:

“…to gain the whole world, but lose your soul.”

So, there is consideration for the post-incarnate existence–the spiritual existence after the bodily existence.

Some people are spiritual in their bodies and after the body is no longer a functioning vehicle for the spirit.

With spirit being somewhat the opposite of material body, the spirit digs quantum physics’ non-locality principle. Yes, the body may be decomposing in the grave or already cremated but, the vibrations of consciousness can still make its presence felt or manipulate nature to give a sign to loved ones left in the material world.

So there are those who are spiritual whether or not there is a spiritual institution worthy of repeat visits.

Not Religious

I used to religiously go to church but I have discovered corruption in the basic texts of Christianity.

So, I’m not as religious as I used to be.

My thought for the day:

Christian communion is based on what happened when the food supply in the city of Jerusalem ran out during the Jewish Revolt. A woman named Mary sacrificed her son, eating half of him, and later, eating the other half of him. This child was a lamb of god. The historian who recorded the event writes:

(paraphrasing)I do not want to write this down. If I write it down it would be a sign foreshadow an icon of cannibalism for future generations…

“I had indeed willing omitted this calamity of ours, that I might not seem to deliver what is so portentous to posterity…”

but in my own generation, there were many witnesses.

“but that I have innumerable witnesses to it in my own age…”

Well, some may say, we’ve given Jesus’ last supper a different meaning. We can ignore its origins.

My response: wolf in sheep’s clothing theology–a reason not to be religious, or at least not religious about the sacrament of Holy Communion.

The lamb of god was sacrificed for the sins of the world.

The world at that time, in context, was the Roman empire.

Jesus died for the sins of the Roman Empire and those who supported it during the Jewish Revolt.

The little boy was sacrificed by his parent-mother for the sins of those who set fire to the food supply and for the sins of the Romans who sat back and said, we don’t have to do anything if they are destroying their own food supply; and, we definitely are not providing humanitarian relief.

That’s the historical meaning of a sacrifice for the sins of the world.

As with Abraham ready to sacrifice Isaac because god asked him, as with the mother who sacrificed her son due to starvation and hopelessness, Jesus’s Heavenly Father sacrificed his son. Christians have communion in remembrance of Mary and her sacrificed and eaten son.

Life did not end with the atrocities of the Jewish Revolt, so some of us can continue to be spiritual without being religious about the sacrificed son which may have been Mary’s Last Supper.

Visions of Jesus by Those Who Had Come to Love Him / Testimony of Josephus (Testimonium Flavianum) Is Authentic

Question:
Specifically, what evidence do we have, apart from the Gospels, that any of Jesus’ disciples actually had visions of Jesus after his death?

Dr. Bart D. Ehrman:
The short answer is that apart from the Gospels the only other good evidence we have are the book of Acts and the letters of Paul

Steefen (personal essayist), author of Insights on the Exodus, King David, and Jesus / The Greatest Bible Study in Historical Accuracy, 2nd Ed.:

He was the Messiah. And when, upon the accusation of the principal men among us, Pilate had condemned him to a cross, * * those who had first come to love him did not cease. He appeared to them * * spending a third day restored to life,  – First century historian, Joseph ben Matthias (Josephus) contemporary to James, brother of Jesus.

Note: The Testimonium Flavianum is authentic. Scholars who said it was not gave reasons. One reason was that it was out of context, unrelated to the passage following it. That simply is not true. The Testimonium Flavianum is followed by a passage of a god appearing to a woman and spending time with her – god made man and walking among us, a claim of Christianity. Furthermore, this god appeared to her on the third day. As we know, Josephus changed camps from Jewish rebel leader against Rome to supporting the Romans against the Jewish rebels. IN CHARACTER, Josephus tells us the God who appeared to the lovingly devout woman and spent time with her revealed that he was not god.

This is Josephus’ stance of atheism against his former religion which was warranted because after the Babylonian exile, after the Seleucids, after Rome wipes away the success of the Macabbees, after Rome takes away a Jewish king in Jerusalem, after the garments of the high priests have to be given to Romans, and after the handwriting on the wall that Rome was going to win the Jewish-Roman war, after Joseph ben Matthias (Josephus) gave his speech with tears in his eyes and speaking (while crying) to the rebels, explaining if they did not stop, we would lose the Temple to destruction, after all this and more, zealotry for the Jewish God was not amounting to anything but demise.

The TF is not just Antiquities of the Jews, Book 18, Chapter 3, Section 3 but Sections 3 and 4! (This will appear in the 2nd ed of my book and will be on my website in a few weeks: http://www.waterbearingfish.com/SaulJosephus_ben_Matthias.html

The second reason the TF is authentic is because while Vespasian enriched Josephus for his support of the Romans, Vespasian also enriched another rabbi, Rabbi Johanan ben Zakkai who headed the university of Yavne after the Jewish Revolt was put down. Rabbi Joseph ben Matthias and Rabbi Johanan proclaimed the Christian story. We know of the TF. As for Rabbi Johanan, he proclaims the impregnation of Mary by God, the Lion of Judah, and that God tried to save his people through her son.

Letter to a Christian Nation and to the Christian World

Someone said: All it takes is your belief that he died on the cross for our sins.

Response: Don’t put too much stock in that.

The historical Jesus didn’t die for that reason. Jesus died because he staged a Palm Sunday event which he thought God would enhance into kicking off the Kingdom of God ruled by the Son of Man. There are indications in the New Testament that Jesus would be that Son of Man.

Caiaphas and other members of the Temple establishment saw this as a threat and idolatry.  In the Talmud (Babylonian Talmud) Jesus is charged with leading the country into idolatry. Jesus was a healer and people were being healed in his name. This is part of the idolatry. Why wasn’t it sufficient that healing be done by mentioning, uttering, saying “The Lord God is my healer” instead of saying in the name of Jesus.

When there is grumbling in the New Testament against Jesus, that opposition is significant.

Furthermore, Jesus complained about the Temple and his actions foreshadowed a Post-Temple Judaism. The Temple establishment won a short term victory by having Jesus eliminated but the Age of Pisces did not need a temple where people had to buy birds and lambs (Age of Aries) as sacrifices for sins.

Although Christopher Hitchens spoke greatly for personal responsibility, having no one bear the sins of others, it is possible that the end of the Age of Aries and the marker for the end of Temple Judaism did require the death of Jesus and the martyrdom of Stephen–and the death of James, brother of Jesus.

The Bart Ehrman Blog End of the Year Blog Reflection

Bart D. Ehrman: I do the blog not only because I want to disseminate knowledge about the New Testament, the historical Jesus, the history and literature of early Christianity…

Steefen: It goes without saying, you like the extended comments and Q&A with your lecture and debate audiences, video watchers, and book readers?

Second, I guess I’ll never forget what a teacher said about writing at NYU School of Continuing Ed more than two decades ago: Write to discover.

In an Edith Wharton book, Lilly Bart saw how she was in the laboratory where Seldon’s thoughts were being formed. House of Mirth is the book. At least one of the blog readers, me, is interested in how new concepts of the New Testament, the historical Jesus, the history and literature of early Christianity, and so on are formed. Really, is 90% of the work already done? In some fields, I’d say yes. For example, haven’t 90% of New Testament works been translated and made public? How much more do our thoughts about the Jewish God of Jesus need to change? Jesus left this Earth in 36 C.E. His successful legacy is his healing not heavenly salvation because the Kingdom of Heaven did not manifest greater than the Roman Empire. When Jesus went into the spiritual world, the Kingdom of Heaven did not dress him as the Son of Man for his return from either a Near Death Experience, a Lazarus Syndrome resurrection, or a buried alive incident. The Temple was destroyed. Bar Kokhbah failed as well.

Joseph (Latinized to Titus Flavius Josephus), Yohannan ben Zakkai and Hellenists resurrected Jesus to a Gentile Jesus Christ as opposed to a Hebrew Jesus Messiah harbinger to a spiritual Son of Man.

So, I now have a post-Hebrew-Jesus-Messiah mindset. Will I soon have a completely Post-Christian mindset?

What will fill an informed person’s astrological ninth house of religion?

The Ninth House The ninth house covers long journeys and religion (the longest journey of all). Here is what remains of the purification that takes place in the eighth house — the seed, or essence, of an entire cycle of experience. Religion comes from a Latin word that means to bind back, and thus refers to all things that last or endure, such as the truth. Essential ideas, philosophy, and all that is the very heart of things belong here. (http://www.astrology.com.tr/houses.asp)

What solar system object will fill an informed person’s house of religion or for another house, the 12th house of sacrifice for what is really important?

(Apparently, the Son of Man and Jesus’ concept of the Kingdom of God/Heaven is not really important since IT DID NOT DELIVER and has yet to deliver. How can you go from a crucified Jesus to a destroyed temple to the Inquisitions and have anything left for the historical Jesus and his apocalypse?)

I have read scholarly books and this blog to inform my thoughts about, no longer Noah’s God, no longer Moses’ God, and no longer Jesus’ God, now.

Wheh!

It is, as called in Vedic Astrology, the “planetary deity” of Neptune. The astrological principle of Neptune is Transcendent freedom; unification; freedom from ego-self. What’s beyond the material world(?): Quantum mechanics, the non-locality principle, the paranormal, and heavens yearned for and created.

We know something is beyond our Local God, the Sun Invincible with his planetary deity Cabinet Members because we know of other planets with Moons, we know other stars with planets, we know there are other galaxies, we have theorized mathematically other dimensions of existence (Brian Greene, Theoretical Physicist).

My thoughts about Neptune (God) is life on this Earth will not become heavenly, we can only have moments of escape and bliss. Neptune reports to the Sun. Totalitarian human will power cannot hold a heaven together here on Earth over long timespans and distances–let alone a thousand years (Jesus, I’m talking to you and your believers).

At some point, I’ll read your content plans for the 2014 blog. As you can tell, what will be important to me is what happened at Edessa, what happened at Yavne with Josephus and Johannan ben Zakkai giving testimony to a Christ and Messiah.

Although there now is much Post-Christianity world view, I still honor the principles of St. Michael and St. Jude. The former cares that souls not be ruined and the latter cares that we live through despair as best as possible. .