Daily Archives: May 2, 2013

Bart Ehrman’s Case Against Jesus as God in Did Jesus Exist?

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A month ago I noted Bart Ehrman’s strange claim that somehow the Jews didn’t deny other God’s existence in his book Did Jesus Exists?

Today I want to focus on his claim that the Bible does not teach that Jesus is God, as he sets forth his case in chapter 7 of his book.

Ehrman on Philippians 2

From pages 233-238 Ehrman discusses Philippians 2.  The relevant portion, Philippians 2:5-10 states

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 

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22 Facts That Prove That The Bottom 90 Percent Of America Is Systematically Getting Poorer

The mainstream media is not telling you this, but the truth is that most Americans are steadily getting poorer. The middle class is being absolutely eviscerated, and poverty is soaring to unprecedented heights. The fact that 90 percent of the population is constantly sliding downhill is not good for our society. The United States is supposed to be a land of opportunity with a vibrant free market system that enables average people to make better lives for themselves. Unfortunately, free enterprise is being strangled to death in the United States today. Entrepreneurs and small business are being pounded into oblivion by rules, regulations, red tape and oppressive levels of taxation. At the same time, millions of jobs have been shipped out of the United States by corporate giants and sent to countries where it is legal to pay slave labor wages. All of this has happened under both Democrats and Republicans. Meanwhile, wealth and power continue to become even more heavily concentrated in the hands of big government and big corporations. Our founding fathers warned that we should not allow such large concentrations of wealth and power, because they tend to funnel the rewards of society into the hands of a select few. We need to change the rules of the game so that entrepreneurs, small businesses and average workers can thrive in this country once again. If big government and big corporations continue to gobble up even more wealth and power, the wealth inequality that we see right now will only get even worse. (Read More….)

Young desire wealth ‘but don’t want to earn it’

Young people have a “fantasy gap” between their desire for wealth and their willingness to work hard to achieve it, psychologists have found. Researchers in the United States compared the materialism and work ethic of three generations of high school seniors.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/10032665/Young-desire-wealth-but-dont-want-to-earn-it.html

Economic Misery: The New Normal

How the Administration Distorts the Numbers

Still more manipulation is being pursued by the feds. They are going to revise how GDP growth is calculated. Research and development spending, as well as the capital value of all “intellectual property,” such as books, movies, records, television programs and plays–produced since 1929–will be added to the total.

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The countries where 40% of people support suicide bombing

As many as four in ten Muslims living in Afghanistan and Palestine support the use of suicide bombing, an extensive new international survey has found.

The high support for the desperate tactic in those war-torn regions was nearly matched in Egypt and Bangladesh, where 29 per cent and 26 per cent of respondents agreed with its use respectively.

However, the worldwide poll of Muslims by the Washington-based Pew Forum found that in most countries three-quarters or more rejected suicide bombing and other forms of violence.

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Five keys to Discernment

These days deception is getting harder to spot. It’s been repackaged to look cute, friendly and humble. Knowing who God is through His Word is vital for discerning between Truth and “almost-truth,” which is really no truth at all. Yet many people who read the Bible can still be deceived. So we must test everything we hear, read, watch and “feel” against the truth God gave us once and for all. What does it mean to “test the spirits,” and how do we do this? Here are some thoughts from Andrew Strom:

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Pentagon May Court Martial Soldiers Who Share Christian Faith

The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: “Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense…Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis…”.

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Benny Hinn Wants You to Sow a Seed So He Can Get Out of Debt

Some stories just write themselves:

Televangelist Benny Hinn has asked supporters of his ministry for $2.5 million in donations, which he says an anonymous donor will match dollar by dollar to help him get out of debt. “God wants your ministry to be completely out of debt, and I want to plant an anointed seed that will help you take a giant step toward becoming totally debt-free!” says the anonymous man, whom Hinn calls a “long-time and beloved” friend. “God has laid it on my heart to plant a seed of $2.5 million into your ministry, but God only wants me to make this gift if the ministry partners match the amount within 90 days! I feel so strongly that He wants them to be part of the supernatural wealth transfer that is coming to every believer who will obey God’s Word,” the man reportedly adds. (Source)

The above was reported by The Christian Post and refers to this announcement on Benny Hinn’s website, “Breaking the Bondage of Debt During the Next 90 Days” wherein Hinn writes:

You see, even as God has given us a new beginning, we have faced incredible challenges as a ministry as a result of things that happened in the past few years. At the same time our broken home was attracting attention from worldwide news services, the economies of so many of the countries where our partners live have been hit mercilessly. As a result, some of our partners decided to suspend giving or to simply walk away. And while we have seen God beginning to restore so much, one of the last pieces of the puzzle has been our finances. So you can only imagine how it nearly took my breath away when he told me how much…

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The “how much” is $2.5 million, but this “very precious man of God,” as Hinn calls his donor, will only make this generous donation if Hinn’s followers will band together and donate an equal amount. Don’t worry, though, those who contribute will not be left empty handed. No, they will be “sowing a seed” so that they can receive a “debt cancellation” miracle.

Just to recap: Benny Hinn, who constantly tells his followers to “sow a seed” into his ministry so that they will be blessed financially, is gravely in debt and, instead of sowing his own financial seed someplace, he still wants his deceived and bamboozled supporters to chip in and bail him out. Got it? Good.

One wonders why the masterful Hinn does not just follow his own advice. Could he not sow his own financial seed into another so-called ministry and then sit back and wait for it to multiply so that he can pay off his debt? Perhaps this idea has not yet crossed his mind. Here at Do Not Be Surprised, we would love to promise Mr. Hinn a hundred-fold return on any financial seed he may sow, but let’s face it, if we did that we’d be pitiful, pathetic liars. To promise such a thing would make us charlatans, cheats, swindlers, frauds, quacks. . .

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