At midnight plus 1 minute!
Thursday at 5.30 pm at Cox Auditorium
David L. Dungan Memorial Lecture
• Professor Dale Martin, Yale University
“Sexual(Im)morality in Early Christianity”
The following will never be something you overhear at Walmart for reasons that are obvious to everyone:
- 10 year old girl1: Mommy, I have cheerleader2 practice tonight at 6.
- Mom: You can’t make it tonight honey, we have something else to do.
- 10 year old: What’s more important than cheer???
- Mom: Midweek Prayer service at Church.
- 10 year old: Oh mom, that’s right. I forgot. I can’t wait to be with my Church friends. We have a lot more fun than we do at cheer practice.
- Mom: Your daddy and I love our Bible Study group. Comeon honey, we need to get home and get ready.
- 10 year old: Let’s get dinner from Taco Bell!
- Mom: Let’s!
1 Substitute any age child you wish and either sex
2 Substitute any sport or activity
Don’t you hate it when modern American journalists take an attitude of superiority towards ancient cultures and peoples and accuse them of ‘strangeness’ only because they neither live in ancient times nor understand ancient cultures but instead want to superimpose modern views onto ancient peoples?
There wouldn’t have been anyone in ancient Israel that would have seen their attitudes towards sexual matters as ‘strange’. They would, though, see as strange the flood of pornography, beastiality, pedophilia, homosexuality, and various other sexual behaviors and deviancies presently lapping at our culture’s shores.
Here’s an idea: hows about not impugning the long dead with anachronistic evaluations. How about we try that for a while, journalists.
Want to know what I’m incredibly tired of? Christians speaking out against felony home invasion. I’ll never understand why self-described “followers of Christ” feel so comfortable rallying around a topic that Jesus never even mentioned.
Can you name one single time Jesus specifically addressed this issue? No, you can’t.
If you disagree with me, then by all means, point in your Bible to the verse where Jesus explicitly says, “Do not engage in either first, second, or third degree home invasion.”
Please, show me the verse where Jesus says, “Do not forcefully enter the house of another with the intent to commit a felony, larceny, or assault once inside.”
Or just save yourself the time, because those verses are nowhere to be found.
Jesus said a lot of things, but He obviously saw felony home invasion as a non-issue. But that certainly doesn’t stop millions and millions of hypocritical Christians from cutting-and-pasting other things He said in order to form a haphazard theology, based on their own personal prejudices and fears, that discriminates against career home invaders and seeks to deprive them of rights essential to their being.
Shame on you!
You call yourselves followers of Jesus, but you speak out against home invaders? Jesus never said ANYTHING about felony home invasion!
But guess what? Here are a few things Jesus really DID say:
- “Bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” –Luke 6:28
- “From one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either.” –Luke 6:29
- “From one who takes away your goods do not demand them back.” –Luke 6:30
Extremely inconvenient verses for anti-home-invaders, wouldn’t you say? These words imply that, if anything, Jesus was in favor of felony home invasion.
For those Christians who are still stuck on this issue, here’s another thing Jesus said: “Judge not.”
If you claim to be a Christian yet you judge home invaders, you need to take a long, hard look in your Bible—and then a long, hard look in the mirror.
Karl Barth has been charged with teaching Universalism. When he denies this he is not altogether wrong. He knows too much about the not particularly illustrious theologians who have taught this doctrine of Apokatastasis in Christian history to be willing to allow himself to be numbered among them. “The Church ought not to preach Apokatastasis” (p. 529). Thus Barth’s doctrine is not that of Origen and his followers. Rather, Barth goes much further. For none of them ever dared to maintain that through Jesus Christ, all, believers and unbelievers, are saved from the wrath of God and participate in redemption through Jesus Christ. But that is what Karl Barth teaches. — Emil Brunner