Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
A Few Crossan Quotes
07/27/2005 - James WhiteJust a few selected quotes from John Dominic Crossan's Who Is Jesus?
"Do I personally believe in an afterlife? No, but to be honest, I do not find it a particularly important question one way or the other."
"Moreover, an atonement theology that says God sacrifices his own son in place of humans who needed to be punished for their sins might make some Christians love Jesus, but it is an obscene picture of God. It is almost heavenly child abuse, and may infect our imagination at more earthly levels as well. I do not want to express my faith through a theology that pictures God demanding blood sacrifices in order to be reconciled to us."
"Traditionally, Christians have said, 'See how Christ's passion ws foretold by the prophets." Actually, it was the other way around. The Hebrew prophets did not predict the events of Jesus' last week; rather, many of those Christian stories were created to fit the ancient prophecies in order to show that Jesus, despite his execution, was still and always held in the hands of God."
"In terms of divine consistency, I do not think that anyone, anywhere, at any time, including Jesus, brings dead people back to life."
A Prayer For Righteous Judges
07/19/2005 - James White
2 Chr. 19:6-7 He said to the judges, "Consider what you are doing, for you do not judge for man but for the LORD who is with you when you render judgment. Now then let the fear of the LORD be upon you; be very careful what you do, for the LORD our God will have no part in unrighteousness or partiality or the taking of a bribe."
On this day when a new Supreme Court justice is going to be nominated in the United States, we consider how important judges are, and how they will answer, someday, for how they judged, for the true and final standard of justice is written on the conscience, embedded in the soul, etched upon creation itself, the inevitable fingerprint of the Creator. A justice that would honor life and the original intention of the Constitution would be a blessing from on high. One that would, like so many over the past decades, set himself or herself above the law, and sit as a king/priest/judge over the land, would be a further evidence of God's judgment upon a wicked people, for wicked judges are what a wicked people deserve. So we pray for grace and mercy undeserved this day.
Emergent Church Apologetics?
07/14/2005 - James WhiteJeff Downs sent over this link to a brief reply to "Emergent Church Apologetics." Post-modernism in all its forms is battery-acid to apologetics, and truly leaves the believer without any foundation to fulfill the commandment of God to give an answer.
Homosexual Super Rights Movement Presses On
07/08/2005 - James WhiteEvery day it is thrown in your face. A small minority group--extremely small, maybe 3% of the popoulation en toto, demanding that you not only allow for their sexual perversion, but, more so, that you abandon any way of thinking--- religious, moral, social---that would say that their perversion is anything but good and moral. Out of the half dozen examples of this in the news and e-mail this morning, I present my experience last night in going home and flipping on the TV while setting up my bike for a run on my trainer this morning. It happened to come on to the local NBC affiliate, and the very popular, long-running show "ER" was on. I've seen a number of episodes (I was a biology major in college, so I find it interesting), and know that one of the main characters is a lesbian. Over the years I have seen them openly promoting the justice of her "cause," but last night they went so far overboard, were so blatant in their bigotry against Christianity and in favor of homosexuality, that you would think they would have to pay for the time as a special interest group! The plot was that this doctor had been adopted, and that she finds her birth mother, who happens to be a conservative Christian (sings in a choir that is performing at a Baptist Church). She quotes the Bible frequently. Of course, by the end of the episode, the doctor informs her that she is a lesbian. Toward the very end the doctor confronts her mother. At one point (and I was not writing this down, of course, so I am approximating the quotes) the doctor says, "Don't you see that your problem is that your faith is not wide enough to accept me" or something along those lines, directly insisting that her mother must change the substance of her faith. Since the terminology was normally "your faith, my faith" (rather than the faith, i.e., God's truth revealed in Scripture), then changing the "faith" is just a matter of choosing to do so.
Then, in the most amazing proclamation of the "in your face" demand for super-rights that marks the anti-Christian character of the homosexual movement, the mother says, "I will always love you." And the homosexual character replies, "If I don't have your acceptance, I don't want your love." There you go! "You must change your faith. I reject Christianity, I reject the Bible, and if I know that anywhere in your thinking you still believe that what I do is sinful, then I want nothing to do with you!" And she was portrayed as the victim, the open-minded, loving hero, as the program ended with her walking away from her mother's hotel room, sad, but unbowed in her homosexuality! It was truly an amazing display of the fact that homosexuality is not interested in equal rights. The movement wants uber-rights, supremacy, the suppression of anyone who would openly identify their behavior as a perversion of God's created norms. And Hollywood is their willing ally in their cause.
A July 4th Thought
07/04/2005 - James White
Blessed is the nation whose God is Jehovah,
The people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. (Psalm 33:12)
Righteousness exalts a nation,
But sin is a disgrace to [any] people. (Pro. 14:34)
The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men. (Psalm 12:8)