Daily Archives: 23 Apr 2011

Silly Simcha’s ‘Jesus Nails’ Gets Crucified in South Africa

But the South African press blows it bigtime when it calls Simcha a ‘biblical scholar’-

The nails used to crucify Jesus Christ have been found, a biblical scholar claims in a television documentary broadcast in Israel and the Americas ahead of Easter.

As I comment there-

Yours is a fine article but you make a massive mistake in calling Jacobovici a ‘biblical scholar’ in the lead paragraph.  He is neither biblical scholar nor archaeologist.  He is nothing more than a journalist and (very bad) film maker who has found a niche in delivering ignorant theories about biblical subjects to ill-informed tv viewers.   If you’re interested in consulting actual biblical scholars I can get you in touch with all the leaders in the fields of biblical studies and archaeology.  Simcha will appear on no such list anywhere in the academic world.

But at least the SA press bothered to ask actual scholars about the subject. Which is more than can be said about most European and North American news outlets.

The Totally Depraved Teen Who Killed a 4 Year Old, and Killed Jesus Too

A California teenager accused of molesting and drowning a 4-year-old neighbor boy and hiding his body in a clothes dryer was convicted of first-degree murder Friday.  A judge also found 15-year-old Raul Castro guilty of lewd and lascivious conduct, and sodomy. The judge found Castro not guilty of two counts of kidnapping.  Castro was tried as an adult in the October 2009 killing of Alex Mercado. Castro was 14 when he drowned the preschooler in a bathtub after the child said he would tell his mother about the sexual assault.  The Mendota teen confessed in taped interviews with detectives to luring the 4-year-old into his house, sexually assaulting him, laying on top of him in the bathtub to drown him and then stuffing the boy’s body into the clothes dryer.

Raul lured a 4 year old into his house.  He sodomized him.  He drowned him. And he hid the body in a clothes dryer.  And he killed Jesus too, because his sins sent Christ to the Cross.  Raul’s a double murderer, a sodomite, and a vicious sociopath.

Of course Raul had help sending Jesus to the Cross, but he was completely on his own in his sodomite violation of a pre-schooler.  Such are the ways of those unfamiliar with the grace of God, the only remedy for the sins which so easily take hold and control.

Insights From the Heidelberg Catechism

Question 42. Since then Christ died for us, why must we also die?

Answer: Our death is not a satisfaction for our sins, (a) but only an abolishing of sin, and a passage into eternal life. (b)

(a) Mark 8:37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Ps.49:7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: (b) John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Philip.1:23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Rom.7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Christ’s death is substantively different than ours.  Death is for us the end of sinning.  But not the end of sins power.  Christ’s death marks an end to sins power and simultaneously God’s victory over human frailty.

A ‘Church’ In Irving Has Taken ‘Bribe them in’ to a New Low

One word- sickening.

Such churches simply have lost the plot altogether.  They aren’t churches, they are social clubs attempting to bribe and manipulate people into joining.

An Irving church is giving away prizes in hopes of drawing more people on Easter weekend. Calvary Church in Irving will give away 10 cars, 1,000 bags of groceries and 50,000 Easter eggs filled with candy. The church is also offering bigger prizes such as Texas Rangers tickets and vacation packages.  “I hope that people do come and experience a place where they belong and a place where people love them and want to reach out to them,” Ben Dailey, lead pastor. “As Christians, we celebrate Jesus, his death, his burial, his resurrection [at] this time of year, and it’s God loving loud. So we thought, what’s a way that we could love our community in a loud way?”

Sick.  ‘God’s loving loud’.  Sick.  It’s pandering and a cheapening of grace to pretend that persons can be bought into the kingdom.

The President of Yemen Has Decided to Step Down(?)

Or so says the Wall Street Journal.

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has accepted a political deal brokered by neighboring Arab countries that would have him step down from power after 30 days in exchange for immunity for himself and his close relatives, according to a presidential aide.

I suppose this will drive oil prices up.  Everything that happens in the Mid East does.  Why shouldn’t this?

Quote of the Day

Laugh all u want, but four Rice football players arrested in one week, means only one thing. This program is about to take off.  — Colin Cowherd

Muslims Aren’t The Only Ones Attacking Christians Simply Because They’re Christians

Hindus do it too.

Hindu extremists beat a pastor and evangelist unconscious in front of his sons earlier this month in Madhya Pradesh state.  Ramesh Devda, 30, from Dhadhniya, Meghnagar district, said he was attacked on April 4 at about 11 a.m. after leading a prayer meeting in Chikklia village. He said he was on his way to Bhajidongra, at the border of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat states, by motorcycle with his two sons, 10-year-old Elias, and 8-year-old Shimon, to lead another prayer meeting.   When he reached Raseda village, he said, suddenly three people on two motorcycles blocked his way and forced him to stop.  “Suddenly out of nowhere these three men appeared in two motorcycles – they blocked me and tilted my motorcycle,” Pastor Devda told Compass. “We fell down. They were carrying big bamboo sticks and clubs. They started beating me, and then they called and three more men came and started to attack me.”

Such barbarism.

More Injustice in America: The Rich Celebrity Trollop Edition

The day unfolded all too familiarly for Lindsay Lohan: a court hearing, a jail sentence, a quick release.  The starlet appeared before a judge Friday for the fourth time in nearly a year and was sentenced to 120 days for violating her probation by taking a designer necklace.

Well, 120 days in jail.  Surely a light sentence given her status as a repeat repeat offender.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner said she thought the actress had intentionally taken the $2,500 necklace from an upscale Venice store and shown poor judgment in not trying to return it until police became involved.

Oh the hammer’s about to drop!  Finally, Lohan will get what normal people get!

The judge reduced the actress’ charge from felony grand theft to a misdemeanor and imposed the 120-day sentence.  Lohan’s attorney Shawn Holley filed a notice of appeal right before court closed, clearing the way for the actress’ release on bail.  She was freed at 9:21 p.m. after posting $75,000 bail, according to the sheriff department’s website.

Well shoot- I forgot for a moment that in America the rich and celebrity get special treatment under the ‘law’.  If I had only remembered that I wouldn’t be so ‘surprised’ that Lohan got away with it again…

If Sacrificing Rams Could Ban Evil Spirits…

Then there’d be a slew of folk sacrificing them and Washington DC would be empty of Lobbyists and Politicians and Wall Street would be emptied of speculators and greedy traders.

Members of Kyrgyzstan’s divided parliament slaughtered seven rams before their morning session on Thursday, in a sacrifice they hope will banish “evil spirits” disrupting their work.

As Antonio laconically remarks…

Buffoni superstiziosi.

Right.

Skeptical About Syria

I can’t help it but I’m growing quite skeptical of claims of massive fatalities in Syria.  There may well be people dying in protests but who knows anymore.  Having seen the power of YouTube and Facebook in other countries, isn’t it just possible that segments of Syrian society interested in regime change for their own purposes are creating scenarios which the rest of the world picks up and takes as truth?  Hollywood has taught the world how to fabricate scenes of violence.

Maybe it’s just my skeptical nature- but I’ve noticed over the years that if one person (or state) achieves their particular ends by using certain methods, they’re sure to be imitated.

Anyway, who really knows what’s going on in Syria.  We believed the liars in Iraq before the invasion and we trusted their bad ‘intelligence’, swallowing it hook, line and sinker because our feckless government was looking for any reason at all to attack.  Who knows if someone in Syria isn’t acting the same way now, passing off bad intel just to have their way?