The Mission of Jesus – Part I

          Perhaps the most mostly-disregard important passage in the gospel record is found in the Gospel According to Matthew. After haranguing a group of “Pharisees and teachers of the law” in Galilee in regards to ritual purity, Jesus decides, for some mysterious reason, to travel to the Gentile regions of Tyre and Sidon. I say mysterious because earlier Jesus had commanded his disciples, “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the…
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The Problem of Matthew 12:40 – Revisited

One of the most problematic passages in the New Testament—as far as bible prophecy is concerned—is Matthew 12:40. It is an especially important passage because the prophecy it contains is said to have been uttered by none other than Jesus himself. As we shall soon see, that prophecy failed to be fulfilled as stated. It perhaps was in the Galilean town of Capernaum that certain ‘scribes and Pharisees’ approached Jesus and asked him to perform…
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About Those “Fulfilled” Prophecies Regarding Judas

Christian apologists have always tended to see Jesus fulfilling Scripture at practically every turn. The story of Jesus’ betrayal by Judas proves to be yet another example of it. In Matthew 27 we read the following:             When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. “I  have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent…
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On The Death of Judas

Christians certainly have no sympathy for Judas Iscariot. Considered among the vilest humans in all of human history, Judas betrayed his Lord and master after nearly three years of missionary work, after witnessing virtually every “miracle,” Jesus is said to have performed, and even after being taught “secret knowledge” not even found in the gospels. So what caused Judas to betray Jesus? Money? Resentment? Or was it something else? Something Scripture fails to make clear?…
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Jephthah’s Daughter: A Bible Story of God and Human Sacrifice – The Conclusion

The Slaying of Jephthah’s Daughter We saw in Part I that Christian apologists insist that Jephthah did not  ritually slaughter his own daughter and offer her up as a burnt-offering to the God of Israel. Instead, apologists maintain, Jephthah’s “sacrifice” was that his daughter was fated to consecrate the rest of her life as an unmarried virgin in full devotion to God. And, consequently, Jephthah to lose the opportunity to carry on the family’s lineage.…
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Jephthah’s Daughter: A Bible Story of God and Human Sacrifice – Part I

The Old Testament Book of Judges relates a story that almost defies belief. It’s the story of a mighty Israelite warrior named Jephthah who ends up offering up his only daughter  as both human sacrifice and “burnt offering” up to the God of Israel. How this came about is related in Judges 11:29 – 39. The events appear to have occurred sometime between the years 1118 -1094 B.C.E. A Semite tribe known as the Ammonites…
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A Fool Has Said in His Heart . . .

  “The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt; they have committed  abominable deeds; There is not one who does good.” What atheist hasn’t had the words of Psalm 14:1 (paralleled in 53:1) hurled in their direction at some point in a debate with proselytizing Christians? And were they not, on occasion, dispatched with a haughtiness bordering on contempt? But all is not what it seems. There is a side to Psalm 14:1 that atheist-disparaging…
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Did Jesus Really “Die” on the Cross?

  Combine John 1:1 with John 1:14’s “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son,[d] full of grace and truth,” and the result is Christianity’s Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus, Christian apologists, tell us, was born a hybrid, unlike anything humanity, has ever witnessed; being simultaneously both 100% “fully human” AND 100% full deity inextricably bound to form a Man-God. In…
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The God Jesus on the Date of His Second Coming. (Part 1)

After “prophesying” the destruction of the Jewish Temple, the God Jesus and His immediate disciples move on to the Mount of Olives. It is there that the disciples ask Jesus when His Second Coming is to occur? “God” replies with an astounding declaration, a declaration that has confounded Christian apologists for ages: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. But about that day or hour no one knows, not…
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An Atheist’s Take On What Really  Happened In the Garden of Eden.

     The following is a tongue-in-cheek atheist’s take as to what events may  have actually occurred  in regards to the fictitious Garden of Eden story in Genesis. Be forewarned, it will undoubtedly offend some viewers. Yet, it is  in line with what we can glean from the Bible. 1.   The Prelude: The God  Jesus creates everything in existence (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16; and Revelation 4:11), including very evil itself. He then creates a booby-trapped “Tree…
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The God Jesus on the Date of His Second Coming – The Conclusion

     In Part I, we addressed the claim that Jesus didn’t know the date of His own Second Coming because He voluntarily “emptied himself “of that knowledge through a theological  process known as “kenosis.”      In Part II, we will address a variant of the Kenosis Argument which Christian apologists have termed the Hypostatic Union, or “two natures” of Christ Jesus.      We’ve already established the Christian belief that Jesus was born a one-of-a-kind hybrid…
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