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More ‘Second Coming’ Prediction Madness

These people should just stop.  But they seem incapable of it, driven by some sort of demonically induced madness.

An Israeli Rabbi has claimed that the biblical prophecy of Balaam, which says that the appearance of a new star will precede the coming of the Messiah, matches an astronomical event that scientists predict will occur in 2022. Although the Jewish faith does not believe that Jesus is the Messiah, some Christians have interpreted the Rabbi’s prediction as proof that Jesus’ second coming will occur in 2022.

Rabbi Yosef Berger of King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion claimed that biblical prophecy of Balaam and “Jewish esoteric sources” show that the astronomical event predicted for 2022, the collision of two stars to form a brand new star in the night sky, will herald the arrival of the Messiah. The astronomical event fulfills an ancient prophetic sign of the coming of the Messiah, the Rabbi claimed, according to Breaking Israel News.

Rabbi Berger claimed that Balaam’s prophecy and other Jewish mystical sources say that the coming of the Messiah will be preceded by heavenly signs involving multiple stars. The ancient prophecy of the arrival of the Messiah matches recent predictions by astronomers that a dazzling display from a red nova explosion will appear in the sky in 2022, following the collision of two faint stars in the constellation of Cygnus, according to the Rabbi.

Lunacy.  When 2022 comes and goes I hope this guy has the courage to admit he is a liar.

 

Mary Beard is Right- You Don’t Get to ‘Sound Off’ Just Because You Feel Like It

She writes

Sorry folks, experts do know a lot… and, at the same time, they should be vulnerable and open to challenge, unseating, overturn and maybe ridicule. But to do that means more than just sounding off!

She’s responding, of course, to the rather dim soul who had the temerity to pretend knowledge at her on the twitter. Read the account here.  And, again, she’s right.  You don’t get to sound off just because you want to, you have to do the work first.  Or, quite frankly, I’d add, just shut up.

 
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Posted by on 07/12/2016 in Dilettante, Modern Culture

 

So, Betsy DeVos….

Is as qualified for her job as 99.99999% of the people who talk about the Bible are to talk about the Bible…

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I.e, she’s a dilettante. Anathema sint.

 
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Posted by on 24/11/2016 in Dilettante, Total Depravity

 

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The Crime of the Half Millennium: The Kidnapped Bible

noteRemember when kidnappers used to snatch a victim and then they would cut and paste words and phrases from the newspapers and magazines and send them to the family of the victim, demanding ransom?

Well about 500 years ago the Bible was kidnapped and it has been tormented by its kidnappers ever since.

Who are these criminals?  The countless dilettantes who revel in cutting and pasting words and phrases from bits and pieces of the Bible so that it can be made to say whatever they want it to say.  Without hermeneutical sense or the guidance of the Spirit, they have cut the text to shreds and reassembled it in their own image.

Of all the crimes committed in the last half millennium, this is the most widespread.  It happens every day, every hour, in every corner of the world.  And it is a crime because its practitioners are deceivers and deceived.

Say no to the kidnappers.  Say no to the ridiculous notion that everyone’s opinion of the Bible matters.  Say no to spiritual murderers!  Rescue the Bible from its distorters and stop accepting their misprisions.  For your own sake.

 
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Posted by on 04/11/2016 in Dilettante

 

The Myth of the ‘Ignorant Fishermen’

From time to time (oh alright, just about every day) someone (who doesn’t know what they’re talking about) will insist that theology doesn’t matter because the disciples were just simple fishermen and villagers who followed Jesus around and they just loved him so much that they didn’t need any theology to be faithful.

Rubbish.

What the ‘ignorant fishermen’ mythicists don’s understand, because in their deep ignorance they don’t know it, is that the disciples were precisely that.  Disciples.  And what is a disciple?  A learner.  A student.

Jesus was a rabbi.  He’s described as such and as such he had studied with rabbis and been himself a rabbinic student.  And what is a rabbinic student? A theologian.

Jesus was a theologian who gathered around himself theological students (rabbis) to whom he taught – what was it – oh yes, theology.

Accordingly, Jesus didn’t have ignorant illiterate hicks following him around he had serious students who were expected to do their homework, learn their lessons, and apply those lessons.

So at the end of the day the people who think theology doesn’t matter and who love to say that they are just ‘simple followers of Jesus’ have absolutely no idea how Jesus worked.  Nor how the disciples worked.  Nor how the early church worked.  They really, to be fair to them, just have some weird notions they cooked up in their own heads to justify their own theological ignorance.  They delude themselves and in their delusions wish to deceive others.

They are dilettantes.  If they want to be dilettantes, super. They just shouldn’t pretend that their views of Jesus matter to anyone.

 
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Posted by on 26/10/2016 in Dilettante

 

The Most Important Piece of Equipment Any Academic Can Possess: Dilettante-dar©

If you don’t have Dilettante-dar© then you need to, to borrow a phrase of Jesus, go and sell what you have to acquire it.  It’s the most important piece of equipment any academic can possess because only by means of it can absurdity (such as that spewed by Eric Metaxas about Dietrich Bonhoeffer) be spotted, confronted, and defeated.

D-Dar©.  Get you some!

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Posted by on 20/10/2016 in Dilettante

 

A Lawyer Worthy of A Dilly, and a Journalist Too

This one will strike you as doubly dilettantish.  Because… a lawyer is claiming a polygamous Mormon is missing and may have been a victim of the ‘rapture’… and a journalist labels belief in the ‘rapture’ a ‘Christian belief’ without any qualification of any sort-

The FBI thinks that Lyle Jeffs, the polygamist religious leader accused in a multimillion-dollar food stamp scheme, disappeared from house arrest this summer by coating his ankle monitor in olive oil and sliding it off.  That explanation may fly with nonbelievers, but in court documents filed last week, Jeffs’ attorney has put forth a divine reason for his disappearance — the miracle of rapture:

As this Court is well aware, Mr. Jeffs is currently not available to inform his counsel whether or not he agrees to the Continuance. Whether his absence is based on absconding, as oft alleged by the Government in their filings, or whether he was taken and secreted against his will, or whether he experienced the miracle of rapture is unknown to counsel.

Rapture, for the uninitiated, is the Christian belief that during the second coming of Christ, the holy will be whisked away to heaven.

Yeah, no it’s not.  The notion of a ‘rapture’ is a 19th century fantasy invented by dispensationalists who twisted the Biblical text more than a woman getting her hair permed has it twisted.  So not only does the lawyer get a dilly, so does the journalist.  Congrats to the both of you.

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Posted by on 30/08/2016 in Dilettante, Dilly the Dilettante Award, Modern Culture