Saturday, December 25, 2010

Maji, and was Jesus Palestinian?

First, the "three Wise men," "Three Kings of Orient Are," and the Maji.

BTW, there were NOT three of them! Matthew 2: 1-2 says, "After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Maji from the East came to Jerusalem and asked, "where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the East and have come to worship him." It does not say "three" Maji. Who knows? There could have been three hundred of them.

That "three Wise Men" bit is just another Bible myth along with Veronica and others I have mentioned in the past couple of years. Perhaps the reason there were "three" of them is because they bought three gifts (gold, incense, myrrh), one for each Maji!

Now, Maji means "Wise man," not "King." So, they weren't "kings," either. But then why would the Maji care about worshiping the "king of the Jews"? They were not Jews; however, they were supposedly from Babylon and clearly they were interested in astronomy because they saw this "star" at roughly a thousand miles from where the "star" would eventually rest...above where Jesus was in Bethlehem. Yet, though they were not Jews, they had knowledge of the Jewish community (some of which had stayed after Ahasuerus had them released as per the Book of Esther. When the Babylonian Talmud was compiled, these Jewish stay-behinds may have had something to do with it.) and it seems as though even though they were Gentiles they may have had more knowledge of the Word of God than many if not most Jews did!

Ever notice that though Christ originally came for the "lost sheep of the House of Israel," and even though Israel was "God's Chosen People" in Old Testament times, there are plenty of Gentiles in the Old and New Testament that had been given something special by God in order that His Will be carried out. Any Talmud believer or anyone else that still holds to the notion that only Jews are God's chosen completely miss the impact certain Gentiles had on Prophecy coming about.

On of them, in fact, is in the lineage of Christ. Not only is she a Gentile, but (assuming Jerry Falwell knows what he is talking about when, years ago--on WorldNetDaily in his column there--he called the Palestinians descendants of Edom and Moab), being from Moab (see The Book of Ruth), and marrying Boaz, the father of Jesse, the father of King David, a key person in the lineage of Christ (we know this because Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, had to report of Jerusalem, the city of David, in the Roman-enforced census under Emperor Tiberias), Ruth just might be part of the ancestry of today's Palestinians!

If this is true--Ruth and Moab, along with Philistines, Edomites, Ammonites, and other groups that hung around the Palestine-Jordan areas--then Christ, even though he was definitely a Jew (as were all from Judah/Judea) and followed the Jewish customs, might have Palestinian blood in Him as any case, He definitely has Gentile blood!

Why (apart from the obvious) is this important? It is just another sign that while Christ came for the "lost sheep of the House of Israel" (a claim He makes in several places in the Gospels), He also came for the rest of mankind!


Thursday, December 16, 2010

So, what is a Christian Outreach?

There is this big controversy in the small church I go to.

The pastor there explained that an organization called "Smile Train," which is NOT a "Christian" organization because its leadership is NOT composed of a ministry (in other words, its leadership is in the secular realm) or its leadership is NOT sponsored by a church, while it might help children in Third World countries get their cleft pallets repaired for the nominal sum of $250 per surgery and where NOT ONE DIME of this money goes for "administrative" costs--all of it goes to pay for one surgery--it is NOT a Christian Outreach!

Therefore, our small church DOES NOT HAVE A CHRISTIAN OUTREACH! Shame on us!

Therefore, we have to find an organization run by a Christian Church Ministry out of some kind of Christian Church for us to have a Christian Outreach.

In other words, the pastor at our church says that an organization doing God's Work by repairing cleft pallets in children in poverty stricken areas, for children that heretofore were shunned by their parents and shunned in their communities and mocked and harassed and would maybe otherwise be left to starve on their own...children that had their pallets not been repaired might never have an opportunity to learn about the saving power of Jesus Christ, IS NOT A CHRISTIAN MINISTRY even though sponsorship of "Smile Train" was begun in our church by our Children's Church which had at one time been attended by my son and also my daughter and other young children led by a very wonderful woman neighbor of ours.

This pastor said that unless our church had a "Christian Ministry" our church would "fall apart."

And who knows? Because he has, by his words of shame on us, driven off more members than he had already driven off (be saying, among other things, that Catholics aren't Christians) with his "shame on us" talk, he might be right.

Video: "Christian Zionism" from We Hold These Truths/Strait Gate Ministries

I don't think I can say it any better than this group, that has exposed "Christian" Zionism even better than I can and has done so for years. I hope the readers learns a few things.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4