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-Was Jesus a Real Person? Historical Evidence Beyond the Bible

by Dr. D ~ May 22nd, 2015


          (Tacitus via Wikipedia)

I recently read one of the best summaries ever of all of the historical evidence for the real existence of the man called Jesus of Nazareth in a recent edition of the Biblical Archaeology Review (Jan/Feb 2015):

Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible” by Dr. Lawrence Mykytiuk of Purdue University

It has become popular in secular and atheist circles to claim that Jesus never really existed as a real person in history. I have noted all of the conclusive historical evidence for his existence before on this site. However, Dr. Mykytiuk does a far better than I have ever been able to do in my past efforts. …

Anyone who has any question about the historical existence of the man Jesus should read this article. One might continue to disagree with the traditional Christian teaching about who Jesus was and is but the historical evidence clearly supports his existence as an historical figure none-the-less.

Read the rest of what I have to say about the article on on my Apologetica page.            *Top

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-Turkish President Calls On Muslims To Invade Jerusalem and Pushes for a New Caliphate

by Dr. D ~ May 22nd, 2015

President Erdogan of Turkey recently gave a speech calling on all Turks and Muslims around the world to refocus on re-conquering Jerusalem rather than fighting among themselves. He also continues to push for the establishment of a new Caliphate with himself as the new Sultan. His comments on these issues have not been covered by the Western press.

Turkey for over 80 years was a secular nation endeavoring to be accepted into the European community until Erdogan’s party came to power with a more radical Muslim agenda. On numerous occasions he has talked about re-establishing the Muslim Caliphate that was dissolved by the Western powers following WWI. This is another one of those occasions. Several years ago Erdogan even signed a treaty with leaders from Iran and Syria hoping to kick-start the beginnings of a new Caliphate.

Since then ISIS has come along and stolen some of his thunder proclaiming themselves to be an actual Muslim Caliphate already, with a large territory including half of Iraq and Syria along with several strong affiliates in Africa in Libya and the Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria. Then a couple of months ago, a key Iranian official was talking about establishing a new Shia caliphate with Bagdad as the capitol.

Make no mistake. even though this is substantially being ignored by the Western press and by the Obama administration, Muslims in this generation are aggressively seeking to establish a new powerful Islamic caliphate and along with it bring on the destruction of the Jewish state of Israel. The only thing standing in the way right now is the rise of a new charismatic leader that all the competing Muslim leaders will get behind.

For students of the Bible, the key players (Turkey, Iran, Libya, Syria) named in this article are reminiscent of the list of key nations that are prophesied to be included in the Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38-39) attack on Jerusalem. Add to this the fact that Russia has formed an alliance with Iran and recently sold them their best anti-aircraft missile system one has to wonder if the Ezekiel prophecy is actually lining up. As a chilling side- can you imagine how President Obama would respond to an attack on Israel?            *Top

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-Would Americans Rather Have a ‘Gay’ Over an ‘Evangelical’ for President?

by Dr. D ~ May 21st, 2015


New research seems to indicate that most Americans would rather have a gay person than an evangelical Christian for president. Here’s the story from OneNewsNow:

A religion and culture expert says a new survey showing that more Americans would accept a homosexual president than an evangelical commander-in chief, is indicative of a growing belief that moral boundaries are becoming increasingly unacceptable to Americans.

According to the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 52 percent of Americans would be comfortable or enthusiastic with an evangelical Christian president — up from 41 percent in 2006.  However, the percentage of Americans that would be enthusiastic or comfortable with a homosexual president shot up 18 points, from 43 percent in 2006 to 61 percent now.

<Read the whole article>

Response: Does this mean that a gay person could be electable in a presidential election? Maybe. But more likely this poling shows how far evangelical Christians have fallen in comparison in the last 8 years or so. George W. Bush was the last evangelical to be president. Could another ever be elected again? It would depend upon the person but 52% shows that an evangelical designation would not be very helpful even if it is up from 41% in 2006. Meanwhile 61% say they are now open to the possibility of supporting a gay person for the highest office in the land. A major change from the past.

The American culture is changing so fast it is hard to keep up with it all. just a few years ago California voted for traditional marriage but everything has changed since then. First of all the courts over turned the vote of the people. Now in the last 5 years or so the American culture has been changed so much by an onslaught of the media that traditional Biblical morality which used to be the foundation of American culture is now seen in a bad light and judged by some as being discriminatory. Evangelical Christians who still uphold the Bible are increasingly being cast in a negative light particularly on the two more liberal American coasts. 

I believe that it could only get worse if SCOTUS legalizes same-sex marriage this year. That could bring with it numerous legal conflicts and entanglements for evangelical business owners, evangelical organizations and churches in the future. Public opinion could turn against evangelicals in the process making it harder for an evangelical to be elected to the nation’s highest office in the future.           *Top

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-Pope Francis: Palestinian Leader Abbas an “Angel of Peace”?

by Dr. D ~ May 20th, 2015


Pope Francis recently called Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas an “Angel of Peace.” Here’s the story from Brietbart News:

Pope Francis praised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as an “angel of peace” during a meeting Saturday at the Vatican that underscored the Holy See’s warm relations with the Palestinians.

Francis made the compliment during the traditional exchange of gifts at the end of an official audience in the Apostolic Palace. He presented Abbas with a medallion and explained that it represented the “angel of peace destroying the bad spirit of war.”

<Read the whole story>

Response: To be fair the gracious Pope also referred to both Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres as ‘men of peace’ during his recent visit to Israel. However, the Vatican recently recognized the State of Palestine so the Pope does seem to be slanted towards supporting the Palestinians in their dispute with Israel.

But is Abbas really an ‘Angel of peace’? Actually I don’t think he is even really a ‘man of peace’ for that manner. The Palestinian leader has had numerous opportunities to make things better for his people by formalizing a peace with Israel and by making his territory into an actual state but has refused to recognize the State of Israel as all of the previous Palestinian leaders in the past have done. Meanwhile their people remain among the poorest in the world as the Palestinian leaders continue to spend most of the contributions to their people for their own personal use and on weapons of aggression.

Abbas An Adamant Holocaust Denier or Minimalist?

While Abbas is considered to be a ‘moderate’ leader as compared to Hamas and other more radical Palestinian leaders and groups, in reality he has done very little but put up roadblocks to peace with the Israel’s. He actually supported Iraq during Desert Storm but worst of all he is an adamant Holocaust denier or at the very least a minimalist.

In fact he wrote a doctoral dissertation and a book on the issue: “The Other Side: the Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism in which he claims that ‘Zionist’ Jews were complicit with the Nazis and called the Holocaust a "myth" and a "fantastic lie."  He claims that he is not really a ‘Holocaust denier’ but continues to claim that the Jews themselves helped cause it and that only a few hundred thousand were actually killed by the Germans. ‘Angel of Peace’ indeed? I don’t think so.            *Top

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-Demands For General to be Court-Martialed Because of ‘National Day of Prayer’ Speech?

by Dr. D ~ May 18th, 2015


( Major Gen. Craig Olson: US Air Force photo)

An activist military group is demanding that a general, who spoke about God at a National Day of Prayer event on May 7, be court-martialed claiming that his testimony was against the law and unconstitutional. Here’s the story from the Air Force Times:

…Maj. Gen. Craig Olson speaking at a National Day of Prayer Task Force event May 7. In the speech, Olson refers to himself as a "redeemed believer in Christ," who credits God for his accomplishments in the Air Force.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation has called for Olson to be "aggressively and very visibly brought to justice for his unforgivable crimes and transgressions" by a court-martial, adding that any other service members who helped him should be investigated and punished "to the full extent of military law."

Response: Seriously this was a ‘National Day of Prayer’ event.  The claim of “unforgivable crimes and transgressions" is way over the top considering the actual circumstances. President Obama and many other government officials and politicians participated in a number of different prayer events on that day.

Is it really illegal and unconstitutional for a service member to bare his testimony about God? Is this where the US military is heading. If so then it will be very difficult for serious Christians to serve in the military in the future. There have been reports in the last year that show a disturbing trend towards censoring believers in the military who share their faith personally with others. Religious liberty in the US military seems to already be under fire even before this case and now free speech also? This situation must be clearly dealt with and resolved as quickly as possible.

Actually President Obama (Commander–in-Chief) has made a number of comments about his commitment to Christ during Prayer Breakfast events like this in the past without anyone calling for his resignation. If these kind of restrictions were applied to historical figures in the past, nearly every general and admiral during WWII would have faced a court-martial not to mention George Washington who conducted prayer services often with his troops during the Revolutionary War.

How can this be unconstitutional in any way? The fact that this is being perpetrated by an organization that includes the words- ‘Religious Freedom’ is a joke that can not be laughed at. One agreement we do have is that every service member should have the right to follow whatever religion they wish or none at all without any interference from those in command. Gen. Olsen was merely telling his own story and not compelling others to become Christians. In fact it is totally against Christian theology and teaching to compel or even reward someone to commit themselves to Christ. A conversion like that would be meaningless anyway.

If one can no longer share one’s faith while serving in the military than the Constitution has been over turned and stood on its ear when it comes to real ‘religious freedom.’             *Top

HT: Fox News


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-Judge Has Dementia Patient Euthanized Despite Medical Staff Protest

by Dr. D ~ May 18th, 2015

Pro-life symbol

A judge in the Netherlands ordered a dementia patient to be killed over the objections of the medical staff caring for the woman. Here’s the story from Charisma News:

A judge in the Netherlands has allowed an 80-year-old woman to be euthanized, …the woman was living in a dementia care home…

Medical staff treating her fought against the decision, but a judge rejected the appeal…Last month she was removed from the care home and killed by the Life End Clinic, which was started by activists to make euthanasia more accessible for people in the Netherlands.

<Read the whole article>

Response: This is a direction we could be headed in America as states seek to accommodate euthanasia for seriously ill patients. The problem is, where do you draw the line?

In the Netherlands, most doctors now believe that patients suffering from dementia are possible candidates for euthanasia. In the beginning it was supposed to be only a last course of action for ‘terminal’ patients. Now it has been expanded to include ‘quality of life’ patients like those suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Patients who cannot stand up for themselves.

What will be included later? Already there are reports in the Netherlands that numerous folks have received assisted suicide who were only suffering from being ‘aged, lonely or bereaved.’ In this case a patient was killed over the objections of the medical staff.  A judge became the go to arbiter of life and death instead of the doctors as originally intended by the law.

What is now happening in the Netherlands is somewhat reminiscent of the fears expressed by some concerning the possible remedies that Obamacare (Death Panels) might ultimately force upon the elderly in America.               *Top

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-Actually It’s ‘Cultural Christians’ That Are Really In Decline

by Dr. D ~ May 16th, 2015

      (Photo: courtesy of TripAdvisor)

For years nearly every American (90%+) identified themselves as ‘Christian’ mostly because everyone they knew claimed it and besides as kids their parents took them to church at least at Christmas and Easter. In the mid 20th century after WWII everyone was considered to be a Christian unless they were Jewish. Now there are more ‘culturally acceptable’ options in America including ‘none of the above.’

Now only 70% of Americans according to the latest Pew Research are Christian so it appears that Christianity in America is in decline? I posted on this research a couple of days ago. In reality it is my contention that it is the ‘Cultural Christians’ who are actually in decline not those with real religious convictions and acted upon faith.

<Read the rest on my Apologetica page>                 *Top

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