Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Hebrew Yeshua vs. The Greek Jesus

An astonishing realization has recently gripped the Christian world: "Jesus Christ" was not a blond-haired, blue-eyed Gentile. Yeshua of Nazareth was raised in an observant Jewish family in a culture where the Torah (five books of Moses) was the National Constitution. Yeshua's teachings, which supposedly form the basis for Western Christianity, are now filtered through 2000 years of traditions born in ignorance of the land, language, and culture of the Bible. The issues over which Yeshua wrestled with the Pharisees are simply not understood by modern Christians; nor are his most important instructions followed by those who claim to be his disciples. Former Pharisee, Nehemia Gordon, a Dead Sea Scrolls scholar and Semitic language expert, explores the ancient Hebrew text of the Gospel of Matthew from manuscripts long hidden away in the archives of Jewish scribes. Gordon's research reveals that the more "modern" Greek text of Matthew, from which the Western world's versions were translated, depicts "another Jesus" from the Yeshua portrayed in the ancient Hebrew version of Matthew. Gordon explains the life-and-death conflict Yeshua had with the Pharisees as they schemed to grab the reins of Judaism in the first century, and brings that conflict into perspective for both Jew and Christian alike.

... well worth the two hours, folks! Looks good in full screen. BTW, the above by-line is from Nehemia Gordon.
The Observer

Monday, May 14, 2012

Jesus Doesn't Change His Mind

The following is a direct transcript of Joseph Farah's article on WorldNetDaily.  His accompanying video of the same can be found in the article link.  As I have stated before, this issue is not really political - it is spiritual, but the President of the United States has just made it political, he has made it something to be used as a fundraiser.

(... begin Farah's article)

Jesus Doesn't Change His Mind
Exclusive: Joseph Farah sets Obama straight on biblical stance on homosexuality

How do I put this politely?

Barack Obama has added blasphemy to his many egregious offenses by suggesting he has changed his mind for the third time in his life on the completely sinful concept of same-sex marriage after studying the teachings of Jesus.

Last week he decided he was for it after being against it since 2004 when he ran for president. But in 1996 he was for it. Yet, he had to be against it sometime before that because the concept of same-sex marriage wasn’t even on the radar screens of radicals like Obama much before the mid-’90s.

That makes four different positions on same-sex marriage in a span of 17 years.

That’s some serious flip-flopping – all of which coincided with political races he was running.

But we’re to believe he’s come to this fourth position after studying the teachings of Jesus.

This is a difficult concept because Jesus taught the opposite – that marriage was intended as a lifelong institution for one man and one woman. And, unlike Obama, Jesus never changed His mind.

In Matthew 19: 4-6, Jesus said, ” … Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

Not only has man put asunder individual marriages, but Obama now seeks openly – in the name of Jesus – to put asunder the entire concept of marriage.

(... the following is a quote from President Obama)

“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

You mean our military personnel are fighting on his behalf – not the nation’s? This is the kind of arrogance we’ve all become familiar with during the Obama era. It’s all about him.

Now let’s examine Obama’s biblical rational for his flip-flopping:

“This is something that, you know, we’ve talked [He and Michelle] about over the years and she, you know, she feels the same way, she feels the same way that I do. And that is that, in the end the values that I care most deeply about and she cares most deeply about is how we treat other people and, you know, I, you know, we are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others but, you know, when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated. And I think that’s what we try to impart to our kids and that’s what motivates me as president and I figure the most consistent I can be in being true to those precepts, the better I’ll be as a as a dad and a husband and hopefully the better I’ll be as president.”

Christ sacrificed Himself on the cross for humanity’s sins – which include homosexuality, according unambiguously to both the Old Testament and the New Testament. So what exactly does the atonement have to do with Obama’s shifting views on what the Bible deems an “abomination”?

Mind you, just the practice of homosexuality is an abomination, according to Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 23:13. Romans 1:26-27 show this view did not change after Jesus’ death and resurrection. But what Obama is advocating is something more than just the practice of an “abomination” and a “vile practice.” He’s also promoting the profaning of marriage, an institution Jesus said was created by God in the Garden of Eden.

As for the Golden Rule, Jesus never suggested or hinted that we should condone sin in others because we would want them to condone it in us. That’s what I would characterize as a complete distortion of the Golden Rule. The Golden Rule was meant to bring people closer to God, not make them feel comfortable in their sin. The most loving thing any believer can do for a homosexual or other sinner is to confront them on their sin – to make them feel uncomfortable.

But what do you expect from biblical exegesis from Barack Obama? He sat at the feet of one Jeremiah Wright for more than 20 years – a raving psychopath in clerical garb.

Jesus doesn’t change his mind, but Obama surely does – over and over and over again.

(end of Farah's article)

Folks!  Are you on the side of man or the side of God?  It's a simple question.  All of us have sin in our lives but are we supposed to parade it around and glorify it or are we supposed to deny it and try our best to not sin again?  Which side are you on?

The Observer

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Who Was the First "Leftist"?

Do you rebel against God? Do you deny God? Do you deny God's right to establish Law, define Sin, and enact Judgment? Do you deny God's Torah (Word)?

If you do these things you have friends. They are presented in this video, Who Was the First Leftist.

The Observer