In part 1 of this series, we noted that Ernst Haeckel's inaccurate sketches of embryos in various stages of development from 1847 were still being used in public school textbooks as late as the early 2000's. In a similar fashion, certain ideas within Christianity that have been debunked by archaeologists, historians, and modern Biblical scholars also continue to be presented as truth to an unsuspecting audience.
The first error we addressed was an inaccurate view of first-century Judaism's teaching on salvation that was presented in a small booklet mentioned previously. A second error also had me shaking my head in disbelief.
In 1847, Ernst Haeckel created sketches of embryos in various states of development and used them in his biology textbook entitled Anthropogenie. Modern science has proven these images to be inaccurate at best and outright fraud at worst.
Although the images were debunked in the early 1900s, they were still being used in school textbooks as late as 2004 .
Christians who believe in the Biblical account of Creation point to continued use of Haeckel's images as proof that lies are being presented as evidence of evolution to unsuspecting public school students. They are demanding that it stop and their common chant is "Truth above all!"
Unfortunately, certain ideas within Christianity that have been debunked by archaeologists, historians, and modern Biblical scholars also continue to be presented as truth to an unsuspecting audience. We should follow the exhortation of Paul from 1 Thessalonians 5:21, "Put everything to the test. Hold on to what is good."
Otherwise entitled, "Why Do We Seem to Exchange One Idol for Another?"
Update:The weekend of Jan 10-13, Tim Hegg visited our group in San Antonio. While he was here, he addressed some of the concerns we initially aired in this article. We revised the article and reposted after some clarifications were made.
In the Fall 2012 issue of Messiah Journal from First Fruits of Zion (FFOZ), Boaz Michael makes an impassioned plea to his readers that they reconsider and reject One-Law and Two-House teachings as particularly insidious forms of anti-Semitic replacement theology.
He is right.
Some "One-Law" groups disregard the fact that the Torah itself makes distinctions between different groups. This is a form of idolatry in which Torah observance becomes the object of desire regardless of what the Torah and the apostles actually say.
"Two-House" theology ignores the fact that that the apostles rejoice at Gentiles (rather than "lost tribe members") coming to salvation. This is a form of idolatry in which biological heritage in Israel becomes the object of desire regardless of what the Apostolic Writings actually say.
My friend Cindy Sepulveda recently shared this with us and it is a power reminder of the evil some would perpetuate even today.
While I have never particularly been fond of sports (always being the skinny, poorly coordinated kid in school) I found this interesting perspective described regarding sports in arenas:
The venerated 11th century Torah commentator Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki – better known as Rashi – warned Jews away from sports arenas almost 1,000 years ago. According to the rabbi considered to be the father of all Torah commentators, the Torah admonition against "perform[ing] the practice of the land of Egypt in which you dwelled" (Leviticus 18:3) includes attendance at sports stadiums.
Other opponents refer to the construction of the world's most famous sports arena – the Colosseum in Rome – as the impetus behind their rejection of professional sports.
In 2001, Cinzia Conti, the Director of Surface Restoration at the Colosseum in Rome confirmed that inscriptions deciphered at the site say the Colosseum was built using the spoils of war. The war was with the Hebrews, and the plunder used to pay for the building was taken from the Holy Temple, which was sacked 2 years prior to the beginning of work on the Roman arena.
Wow. I had not ever seen this before and was utterly flabbergasted by this quote from Rabbi Batzri, head of the Shalom Yeshiva in Jerusalem:
“No one can study Torah unless he or she is converting to Judaism."
"Honor your father and mother" is only for Jews?
"Love your neighbor as yourself" is only for Jews?
I am utterly without words on this. What are your thoughts?
"Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!" Deuteronomy 6:4
The Lord is one. One what?
The Hebrew word for "one" in this verse is ekhad. It is Strong's #259 and means "one". This word is used 712 times in the Tanakh. Sometimes it is translated as "one" and other times it is translated (in the NASB) as "first". The first time it is used is in Genesis 1:5-
God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
Yom echad: one day. Here we see what is being counted: days.
The Merriam-Webster Word of the Day for June 25th was desolate.
1 : devoid of inhabitants and visitors : deserted 2 : joyless, disconsolate, and sorrowful through or as if through separation from a loved one 3 a : showing the effects of abandonment and neglect : dilapidated *b : barren, lifeless c : devoid of warmth, comfort, or hope : gloomy
The Merriam-Webster Word of the Day for June 24th was cavalcade.
1 (a) : a procession of riders or carriages (b) : a procession of vehicles or ships 2 : a dramatic sequence or procession : series
Modern American presidents often travel in a cavalcade of Chevy Suburbans.
Messiah was in a cavalcade... twice. No presidents or Suburbans were present, of course. :)