Equally Open Response

I came across this deal here that is an open letter to Evangelicals. The point of the letter is to express concern over Christians supporting Israel in their oppression of Palestinians. It is written to get signatures by pastors and educators who will agree to teach that Israel has been replaced in God’s program and they will never get an earthly kingdom.

It is signed by about 150 guys, most of them Presbyterians, and most notably by R. C. Sproul. The concept that Israel will not get a literal kingdom on earth is known as Covenant Theology or Replacement Theology or Amillennialism. It has been around for awhile, it ain’t nothing new. It got its major impetus from Augustine and the Roman Catholic Church, who saw itself as God’s Kingdom.

I will not be signing the letter as I believe they are wrong. Israel will get a literal kingdom on earth or else God is one hugely fantastic liar. I fail to see how one can read the OT and not come to this conclusion.

Here is just one example of why I think this Letter is hooey. “No New Testament writer foresees a regathering of ethnic Israel in the land, as did the prophets of the Old Testament after the destruction of the first temple.”

You’ve got to be kidding me! Romans 11:26,27 says it quite well and that’s just one example. It’s a large subject and one that is important to understand. The idea that Israel will get it’s Kingdom is fading fast from Christianity.

I will agree with this Letter in that it gives concern over the hyperness of our desire to kill people to get Israel in their land. If a literal interpretation of Scripture means anything, it says quite clearly this will be God’s doing, not US foreign policy’s doing.

All that being said, be aware of the growing tide of Amillennialism. It’s a false teaching and undermines God’s eternal plan, glory and purpose.

Not So Miraculous Babies

Gilbert Deya, a televangelist, claimed that he could give people miracle babies. If you couldn’t give birth, go see Gilbert and soon enough you’d have yourself a baby.

Well, Gilbert’s wife has just been sentenced to two years in jail for stealing babies. That’s right, the miracle babies arrived via stealing them from others.

Gilbert has a case “pending in a Kenyan court acquired by police investigating an alleged child trafficking and smuggling racket between Kenya and Britain.”

Brilliant.

Biblical Beer

Scholars speculate that when the Bible, which was written in Aramaic and ancient Hebrew, mentions wine and “strong drink,” they were most likely referring to beer. Whiskey, gin, vodka, rum, concoctions we consider strong drink, are of fairly recent origin.

They’re made by distillation, a process first used to produce alcohol by Arab and Persian scientists around 800 years after the birth of Christ, long after the events in the Bible.

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There’s a good chance that biblical beer was made from pomegranates. Mendocino Brewing’s plant in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. is now manufacturing this beer if you’d like to look it up and try some of your own.

Creation Protesters

People have way too much time on their hands. A new creation museum opened in Kentucky and it drew protesters! They were protesting bad science. They even had a plane fly overhead with a banner saying “Thou shalt not lie.”

“It’s really impressive – and it really gives the impression that they’re talking about science at some point,” Krauss said. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being best, “I’d give it a 4 for technology, 5 for propaganda. As for content, I’d give it a negative 5.”

I don’t get that, I really don’t. I didn’t know Americans knew science well enough to know when to protest bad science.

Not Your Father’s ‘Last Supper’

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A visitor looks at a satirical painting of Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper at the Gallery Loran in Sofia May 25, 2007.

The painting, which was finished at the beginning of the 1980’s by an unknown artist, portrays former Bulgarian communist ruler Todor Zhivkov and the members of the Political Bureau of the country’s Communist Party taking the places of Jesus Christ and the Apostles.

According to Lavren Petrov, owner of Gallery Loran, the painting was confiscated from the painter by the former Bulgarian secret service and preserved until the fall of the Communist regime.