Category: Dilettante

Oh No Not Again…. Still Another End Time Date Setter

Why, Lord, why?  It’s another ‘End of the World‘ predictor.  This time it’s Oct 7 2105.  What it is about October that these nutters love so much?  I only know of this because they’re following me on the twitter (till they see this anyway).

Without further ado- end of the worlders- here’s your dilly-

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Liars and the Lies they Tell: The Christian Zionist Deception

The Jerusalem Post has an essay which demonstrates the lies which Christian Zionists are willing to believe, and perpetrate:

“Cooperation between the Jewish and Christian worlds is crucial to save Israel from all its threats,” Liberman said. “We are on the front lines of a clash of civilizations. Israel is the only place in the Middle East where Christians are an integral part of society.”

That’s false.  Christians are scattered about the near East and in particular there are MANY in the Palestinian territories.  It’s convenient for Lieberman to act as if they don’t exist, though, because it allows them to be ignored and he take part in their marginalization and elimination.

Kulanu MK Michael Oren, a former ambassador to the US, said that former American presidents John Adams and Abraham Lincoln thought it was their duty as good Americans and good Christians to help Jews return to the land of Israel. He recalled how a Christian Congressmen from West Texas opened a Bible and asked him how much funding Israel required for the Iron Dome missile defense system.

Adams and Lincoln did nothing to help Jews return to Palestine.  Attempting to link them to a modern political movement is the worst sort of historical misrepresentation.

“US-Israel relations go back to spiritual ties,” Oren said. “God speaks only one language and it’s the language in which we are yelling at each other in the next hall. Jesus, Mary, and John the Baptist would today be considered Jewish settlers in Bethlehem. We are on a holy mission to ensure the Jewish state remains strong and beloved.”

God speaks only one language?  Well that’s downright stupid.  Any Christian, zionist or not, who believes that is as theologically ignorant as Mr Oren.

But here’s the worst part- the lie which purports to suggest that Jesus would be a ‘settler’.  Oren is doing nothing but playing games and fleecing the Christian flock with this little tidbit of dilettantism and – if not that – evil and cynical deception.  If anything, Jesus would take the side of the oppressed and denounce the religious leaders who are using people for their own purposes.  Like Mr Oren and the others propagating his Zionist line.

So, because Mr Oren is both deceptive and a dilettante, here’s your dilly, Mr Oren

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I Think Maybe The Only Person Who Has Never Read Hosea is Rachel Held Evans

Because, if she had, she would know that Hosea uses mother-image of God to make his point about God’s concern for Israel.  I think maybe she should really stop talking about the Bible.

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I think maybe Rachel is so unfamiliar with Scripture that she actually thinks she’s come up with something new and shocking.

I think maybe she should do stories for the Chattanooga newspaper about puppies and bunnies and anything but theology and Scripture because her quest for public notice by means of pithy Scripture blatherings is only getting her the attention of the child in the corner of the classroom who keeps saying ridiculous things.

I think maybe she should accept her award gracefully.  And bow out.

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Another Pre-Easter ‘Jesus’ Special… on CNN

I’ll not be watching, since I am taking the year off from the absurd genre of religion/bible tv docu-mockeries.  I only mention it because CNN has this little gem of ick in its ‘money’ section… which, whether they know it or not, is exactly the central concern of all these idiotic specials with their idiotic claims and poor scholarship.

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Note too the little sentences at the bottom.  I’ll go ahead and answer them for you – who cares, and nothing.

TV specials around Easter and Christmas are always the most sensationalistic and ridiculous.  This is, no doubt, just the first of many this year.

NB- No, I haven’t seen it.  Yes, I am within my rights to criticize it because I’ve seen enough of these things to know what’s going to happen.  There will be an outlandish claim followed by a talking head from the fringe of scholarship or of the anti-theistic sort followed by a fundamentalist’s opinion followed by another ridiculous claim… etc.  At the end of the day balanced scholarship will be absent.  It’s always absent.  So, yes, I am within my rights to mock not only the individual special but the entire genre.