That Pale, Wishy-Washy- Effete Jesus The Emergents Adore…

Never existed.  Not so far as the writers of the biblical text are concerned.  Take, for example, Luke’s perception of Jesus as described by that fellow named John the Baptizer (in ch 3) :

7 John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 9 Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

10 And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” 11 In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” 12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” 13 He said to them, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.” 14 Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what should we do?” He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.”

15 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16 John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you withe the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

Note in particular John’s no nonsense final statement:

His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.

Jesus comes bringing judgment.  The hippy Jesus never existed.  The real, the ‘Historical’ Jesus came to divide, to disunite, to rend asunder mothers from daughters and fathers from sons and husbands from wives: he came to force a choice.  One either chooses God or one chooses judgment.  There is no middle way, no other alternative.

This, the biblical Jesus, makes the emergents and the seekers exceedingly uncomfortable- to such an extent that they avoid such texts and urge others simply to embrace some facile and unbiblical pseudo-‘love’.  Just ‘love God’ they cry (usually with real tears for emphasis).  As if love for God weren’t something concrete and real and directed specifically TO God.  As if loving a worm were the same thing as loving God.

For such souls the biblical truth that God is Love is contorted, twisted, and distorted to read ‘Love is God’.  ‘Love’- or better their false view of real love- is turned into an idol worshiped and adored.  But love apart from God and outside of God and without God is precisely that- an idol.

Flee the wishy-washy pseudo Jesus proclaimed by the idolaters.  He never existed.

No, They Have Not Found John the Baptist’s Bones

And I can say that without hesitation because there’s NO WAY they could  – short of an inscription in an undisturbed grave-  know who’s bones they are.  It’s just another overblown silly claim appearing in the press because with its 24 hour news cycle they have to ‘report’ something.

A small handful of bones found in an ancient church in Bulgaria may belong to John the Baptist, the biblical figure said to have baptized Jesus.

There’s no way to be sure, of course, as there are no confirmed pieces of John the Baptist to compare to the fragments of bone. But the sarcophagus holding the bones was found near a second box bearing the name of St. John and his feast date (also called a holy day) of June 24. Now, new radiocarbon dating of the collagen in one of the bones pegs its age to the early first century, consistent with the New Testament and Jewish histories of John the Baptist’s life.

“We got some dates that are very interesting indeed,” study researcher Thomas Higham of the University of Oxford told LiveScience. “They suggest that the human bone is all from the same person, it’s from a male, and it has a very high likelihood of an origin in the Near East,” or Middle East where John the Baptist would have lived.

‘No way to be sure of course’…  Well good grief if you recognize that why would you even hint that they ‘may’ be?  After more explanations of the ‘discovery’ of the relic box which contained the bones we get to the real reason the story is coming out now…

None of this proves that the bones belonged to a historical figure named John the Baptist, but researchers haven’t been able to rule out the possibility, Higham said. Their study has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal, but a program detailing the research will be aired on the United Kingdom National Geographic Channel on Sunday. National Geographic funded the research.

Their study hasn’t been published but that won’t stop NatGeo from airing a special on it.   Ah, the glories of relic-pimping for the sake of corporate profit.  If you want to know what drives so much ‘archaeology’ today just look at the money trail.

I Suppose Some Would Call Hosea and John the Baptist Anti-Semites Too

When the LORD first spoke through Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry and have children of harlotry, for the land commits great harlotry by forsaking the LORD.” So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son. And the LORD said to him, “Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will punish the house of Jehu for the blood of Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel. And on that day, I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.” She conceived again and bore a daughter. And the LORD said to him, “Call her name Not pitied, for I will no more have pity on the house of Israel, to forgive them at all. … When she had weaned Not pitied, she conceived and bore a son. And the LORD said, “Call his name Not my people, for you are not my people and I am not your God.” — Hosea the Prophet

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit that befits repentance, and do not presume to say to yourselves, `We have Abraham as our father’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. — John the Baptist

Biblically speaking, it isn’t semen and egg which make one a child of God, a citizen of the kingdom of heaven; it is faith. Hence semen and egg grant no particular privilege, even according to the Prophets of the Old Testament. To say such a truth isn’t antisemitism, it’s sound theology.

So for that reason all claims that Israel, a modern secular state whose inhabitants, by virtue of connection to semen and egg traced back to an ancestor millenia ago, has a special claim on God or a special relationship to God which others do not is both theologically bankrupt and ideologically driven.

Christian Zionism is a heresy because it misrepresents divine revelation. Christian Zionists are heretics not because they are bad people, but because they contort the truth of revelation to their own political (and it is nothing other than a political) agenda.

Their last refuge is the slur of antisemitism. When biblical exegesis and theological understanding abandon them (as they must), their only recourse is a historically villainous slander which, as a straw man, they hope will distract attention away from the truth of their theological ineptitude and incompetent exegesis. But what they don’t even have the good sense to recognize is that the biblical authors lambasted Israel’s unbelievers more soundly than any modern antisemite could imagine.

So, when you stand on the side of equality and fairness for all peoples of the Middle East (and everywhere) and a Christian Zionist assaults you with the slander of antisemitism, calmly open the Bible and point them to Hosea and John the Baptist and see what they say next. It will, I promise you, be amusing, inappropriate, and a complete evasion of the biblical witness.

Bulgarians Still Pimping ‘Baptist’s Bones’

Even after being widely rebuked and denounced by every scholar on the face of the planet, the Bulgarians are still asserting that they have the bones of John the Baptist.  And that their discovery rivals in importance the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls!

The Greek inscription on the tiny sandstone box is a very strong proof that the relics of John the Baptist are genuine, this is key clue to their origin, excavation leader Professor Kazimir Popkonstantinov said in an exclusive interview for Novinite.com.

The renowned archaeologist claim to have unearthed bones belonging to John the Baptist, an itinerant preacher revered by Christians as the last of the Old Testament prophets. The remains, including a skull fragment and a tooth, were uncovered last month during the excavation of a fourth-century monastery on St. Ivan Island, off Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast. They were in a sealed reliquary buried next to a tiny urn inscribed with St. John’s name and his birth date. “Right after the discovery I approached colleagues working at the Vatican and asked them about the last time relics believed to be John the Baptist were found during excavation works. It turns out we are the first to do that for the last five hundred years,” Popkonstantinov said in the interview. According to him the relics of John the Baptist rank among those discoveries that are of great importance not only to the Christian world. “The discovery is in the same league as the Qumran manuscripts and the discoveries made in the field of Egyptology,” claims Kazimir Popkonstantinov. “This is the reason why world media take such a great interest in the relics, including CNN and National Geographic, who plan to make a movie about the discovery that shook the Christian world.” Asked to comment the angry exchanges in the local media and even calls for a government minister’s resignation that the discovery provoked, Popkonstantinov was sparing in his words: “I would not comment statements made by anonymous critics. Scientific discussions should not be held on the pages of newspapers or during TV broadcasts, but on the pages of scientific editions. It is only in this way that the competence of those who question my arguments can be truly judged.”

It’s all just so absurd. The overblown claims, the falsely asserted importance. It all stinks to high heaven and is nothing more than an attempt to garner financial gain. It’s the same thing as the peddling of indulgences in the 16th century. It’s rubbish archaeology and utter nonsense.