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  1. Good lord, this guy does go on and skews thing just so he can rant. To say black lives matter is not to say that all lives don't matter, it is simply to put a focus on black live that are endangered or ended too often and too easily. And not all who go to (3 year is it?) public university are what this guy describes. Plus, didn't Churchil stand up against the foreign and existential threat of Nazism? This guy seems to suggest he stood up against some civil unrest or protests. And I haven't heard calls for toppling the Roman coliseum or the Egyptian pyramids - especially in the
  2. I see you haven't responded to the conspiracy theories on that site. If you don't take Revelation literally then you must agree it has nothing to do with prophecy or the end time - for such a position would be taking it literally. Don't be afraid, just admit it.
  3. Good find Paul, I like Pagels and have not read this one. Thanks!
  4. I don't take Revelation literally and Jesus didn't speak it - so neither speaks for God and neither is close to him.
  5. Your website mixed the two: one conspiracy theory on top of the end-time conspiracy theory that has oft been predicted but has never arrived.............and there is no devil, there is only God.
  6. Well, some of us were having a more nuanced discussion. Plus your comment can still be summed up by the two great commandments or simply the one commandment of Love - which is, btw, the faith response of Jesus.
  7. I have never been that 'into' (or even aware of) bookies' odds on elections. It does seem to be a rather 'interesting' pastime. From what I have been seeing there is some tightening but then other reports indicate things are basically the same as before the conversions. However it still baffles many people that others (supporters) buy the trumpster's lies, continually (even at the expense of the country) give him a pass on them and/or they buy into his view of the country, the constitution, the law and its people. I actually have no problem considering or voting for a true Republican
  8. Good try Pip but the first line about Covid-19 shows that the site and its founders simply buy into conspiracy nonsense - and the end-time bit is more of the same.
  9. It seems the trumpster is a fan of the late 60s soap opera, Dark Shadows. What a disastrous interview with a Fox fan trying to make sure he didn't 'step in it' - which of course he did........... repeatedly. How can anybody not wince when this narcissist spews his prejudice and hatred?? That the president of the US is a conspiracy buffoon is sad and tragic for the country.
  10. There are, in truth, only the two great commandments and in them all the others are fulfilled. Actually there is only one commandment for to love God is to love your neighbor and vice versa. The one is in the other. It is the keeping of this one that creates the New World which is God's.
  11. If you are focused on others and thus God/Love...........that is grace.
  12. Following is something I found on Ehrman's blog, which is also in one of his books. It is entitled: How Jesus' Apocalyptic Teachings Were Changed (even in the NT). https://ehrmanblog.org/how-jesus-apocalyptic-teachings-were-changed-even-in-the-nt/
  13. However the question is do we take Luke, writing 50+ years after the death of Jesus, literally. I have read studies that indicated how very few read in 1st C Palestine. I lean to the probability that Jesus and his disciples could not write and the high likelihood that they couldn't read. Who knows??
  14. Well I thought we ended the conversation but........... For me, unless we're differentiating the God who is love from self-centeredness, there is no first or second concerning putting God or people first. The 2 great commandments are one: to love God or to put God first is to love others and to loves others is to love God or simply to put Love first. It is all one act. Desim, the watchmaker idea of God, wherein he creates and leaves us 'ticking' on our own, conceives of a very different God than theism (or better panentheism). Panentheism conceives of God immanent and active in crea
  15. And let's not forget trumpster Jr's girlfriend - why was she yelling?
  16. And yet another black person is shot by police - how many cops, how many shots? And then there is the RNC - I wonder if any mention will be made.
  17. I've read Spong and don't always agree with him. I was simply interested in what you found that is worthy of the term bile. I believe Jesus was wrong on his apocalyptic view of the timing and kind of Kingdom as seems obvious given that time and history have moved on. I do not believe he was only an apocalyptic prophet. And, I also do not believe he was wrong in his knowing and living God - which is the more important matter. I do agree with a different understanding that the Kingdom is both present or begun and 'yet to be.' I don't agree with apocalyptic thinking (our worldview and relig
  18. The spirit of Christ was not in the Jews that the disciples preached to who eventually accepted Jesus as the Christ. Nor was that spirit in the many Gentiles. If it was then they would have accepted Jesus without one word form the disciples. But they didn't.- as did the Jews with Jesus in his lifetime, they first had to hear and then they responded to the word and thus accepted Jesus n his lifetime or, later, the Christ of Faith preached by the disciples. The disciples went out to them and announced the good news of Jesus the Christ. Many, not all, accepted the witness of the disciples a
  19. We were talking about the specific words, "Jesus is the Christ" and I said those words alone were not sufficient. However, what other words are you now talking about? Which words are and are not 'all the same word' and on what do you base what the real same word is? I conclude by quoting Allison from his previously mentioned book: "As for eschatology in particular, my contention is that either a decent number of the entries in my catalogue (which I eluded to earlier in a post) fairly characterize what Jesus was about, or the tradition is so full of mnemonic holes and fictional a
  20. The 'people' that we're talking about are some of the gospel writers. And they are presenting Jesus as an apocalyptic prophet as 'evidenced' in his sayings, parables, teachings. As Allison said, if we cannot trust them on this (again given the overwhelming number of texts previously mentioned) then we have to toss the whole gospel enterprise (my words since I don't have his exact words in front of me). Simply the gospels cannot be relied upon and that is all we have of Jesus except a few letters, some of which we know are not authentic. I have talked about scholars who believe and show t
  21. You presented an author and I am asking a question. That question was, "...is he saying that there are radically different views specifically of the expected Messiah and the Kingdom to be established by God on earth?" And that pertains to your assertion or belief. If you are saying that about Jesus, on what do you base it? As to Jews and Gentiles of the early 1st C - to whom are you referring, specifically? If it is just speculation on your part, fine. However if you have some basis for your statements, I am interested.
  22. The books I have been talking about are the gospels (the NT) and you have been quoting them in your posts.Unless one is a literalist, we know they are a mix of 'truth' and fiction but you'll have to give examples of the bile and explain why you think some are bile and mean??? Thus the need for scholars to help with the mind bender parts. Paul and I had a discussion a good while back about the Temple incident and I did a good bit of research on it which cast it in a very different light. If we are talking about the original writing of the gospels and the entirety of the NT, I assu
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