My Name is Wanda…but not Sykes

A photo of The Thinker by Rodin located at the Musée Rodin in Paris
There is a meme going around, where you say your name, but then you deny being a famous person with the same first name as yours.
Example: I am Michael… but not Jackson.
While the game may seem silly to some, it makes an important theological point.
Society today recognizes many different beings named Jesus. But they are not all the same Jesus.  Just as if you got the opportunity to spend even an hour with Wanda Sykes, it would be clear that she is not the Wanda that wrote this blog.   While it is true that we have some things in common, she is funny, many think that I am too. She is a breast cancer survivor, I am too. We soon run out of similarities.  For example, I am married to a man, she is married to a woman, She is a liberal, I am a conservative.  This is true for many of the ones called Jesus as well. Some say that Jesus is the spirit brother of Lucifer, some say that he is superior to Lucifer. Some claim that Jesus is gay, others say that he is straight, one Jesus supposedly married a woman, others say that he was celibate his entire life. They can’t all be talking about the same Jesus!

Just as I could not give you permission to enter Wanda Sykes home, these Jesuses that are not in the Bible can’t welcome you into the real Jesus home in Heaven. The best way to make sure that you have the right Jesus is to study his biography, the Bible.  Not just a snippet here, and a snippet there or you will be in danger of making the same mistake that you would be at risk of if you knew that both Wanda Sykes and I are breast cancer survivors.

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Truthbomb Apologetics: 84 Confirmed Facts in the Last 16 Chapters of the Book of Acts


Scholar and historian Colin Hemer has identified 84 facts in the last 16 chapters of the Book of Acts that have been confirmed by historical and/or archaeological research.They are as follows :
1. the natural crossing between correctly named ports [Acts 13:4-5]
2. the proper port [Perga] along the direct destination of a ship crossing from Cyprus [13:13]
3. the proper location of Lycaonia [14:6]
4. the unusual but correct declension of the name Lystra [14:6]
5. the correct language spoken in Lystra-Lycaonian [14:11]

Read more at: Truthbomb Apologetics: 84 Confirmed Facts in the Last 16 Chapters of the Book of Acts

You’re Going to Have to Educate Yourself | Intellectual Takeout

Let’s face it: we all have holes in our education.In part, this is because we can only fit so much into the years of our formal education.But the holes in our education are also due to the fact that we no longer have a standard canon of sources that we are expected to study in school.In the past, this canon served a unifying function among those in the Western world: it gave us a common lens through which to view the world, common terms for discourse, and a means to understand a common past.

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Skeptics commercialize the “myth” of Jesus « The Chimes | Biola University

Many who believe Jesus was a myth have no qualms about profiting off him, as retailer Mulberry’s replaced the baby Jesus in the manger with a $1,500 purse this Christmas shopping season. The use of “Jesus Mythology” in advertisements and Christmas sales treats the real person of Jesus Christ with irreverence, and it is something Christians need to correct.HOW HISTORY IS DETERMINEDIt is now common during Christmastime to doubt the claims of Christianity by perpetuating stories that Jesus was a mythical figure brought on by legend. The problem today is that many do not know how history is determined. What makes history real? The primary way historians determine if past events really occurred is through examination of ancient documentation.

Read more at: Skeptics commercialize the “myth” of Jesus « The Chimes | Biola University

Why the “Mythical Jesus” Claim Has No Traction with Scholars

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The overwhelming body of scholars, in New Testament, Christian Origins, Ancient History, Ancient Judaism, Roman-era Religion, Archaeology/History of Roman Judea, and a good many related fields as well, hold that there was a first-century Jewish man known as Jesus of Nazareth, that he engaged in an itinerant preaching/prophetic activity in Galilee, that he drew to himself a band of close followers, and that he was executed by the Roman governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate.

These same scholars typically recognize also that very quickly after Jesus’ execution there arose among Jesus’ followers the strong conviction that God (the Jewish deity) had raised Jesus from death (based on claims that some of them had seen the risen Jesus).  These followers also claimed that God had exalted Jesus to heavenly glory as the validated Messiah, the unique “Son of God,” and “Lord” to whom all creation was now to give obeisance.[i]  Whatever…

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Three Atheists Explain Why the Bible Should Be Taught in Schools | Intellectual Takeout

You Are Here Three Atheists Explain Why the Bible Should Be Taught in Schools Annie Holmquist | October 5, 2017

Ask most Americans if the Bible should be read in schools and a majority will likely say no. After all, the Supreme Court ruled in 1963 that states and school boards may not require the Bible to be read in schools… so doesn’t that mean that its presence should be completely abolished?Even though the Supreme Court insisted that this was not the case, many schools have taken this stance, not only in the U.S., but in European nations as well. But according to British broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, such a move is very detrimental to society. As a liberal atheist, Bragg’s opinion does not appear to be the result of religious proselytizing; instead, Bragg argues that failure to have children read the Bible will result in a dearth of cultural literacy:“'[The Bible] should be read so that people have depth to language and depth of reference, which they are without.‘I think it is a great deprivation. What have we thrown away? One of the greatest pieces of art, work, whatever way you want to put it. It’s awful.”Bragg specifically advocates for the King James Version of the Bible, comparing it to works of Shakespeare in beauty and relevance.

Read more at: Three Atheists Explain Why the Bible Should Be Taught in Schools | Intellectual Takeout

 

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Book Review: Leaving Mormonism – Why Four Scholars Changed their Minds | Faith & Self Defense

 It is quickly evident upon reading Leaving Mormonism that the authors share a deep insight into the challenges of “being Mormon” and excellent reasons for leaving it. The first chapter, by Dr. Corey Miller, looks at “Contemplating Mormonism Lovingly, Credibly, and Truthfully.” He follows that with great insight into the “Search of the Good Life.” Dr. Latayne Scott wrote personally and powerfully about her life as a Mormon in “I Was There. I Believed.” Dr. Lynn Wilder wrote about the “Social Consequences of Mormon Teachings: Finding Post-Mormon Mental Health.” Dr. Vincent Eccles wrote about his experiences as a Mormon and scientist in “Wrestling with Nature and God.” Drs. Miller and Wilder finish the book with an insightful look into the fact that many former Mormons become atheists in “Why Believe in God? Objections to Faith by the  New Atheism.”
Source: Book Review: Leaving Mormonism – Why Four Scholars Changed their Minds | Faith & Self Defense