23rd August 2013

“Trying to live your life in the 21st century under the rules of society that applied two thousand years ago is the height of foolishness. Those were barbaric times. Life and society were both cruel.”

Anon.

3 Responses to “23rd August 2013”

  1. The Heretic Says:

    Our life expectancies are higher. Our standards of living are much improved. But, it seems that barbarism is right around the corner sometimes. And about a third (half?) of the world’s population wants to embrace it.

  2. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    It is all funny when people live as though they were ancient Druids or Mayans, but when people try to live like first century Semitic family groups then we are talking about something completely different?

    Seems odd to me.

  3. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Paul knew almost nothing about the life of Jesus (The four Gospels were not written, and Paul does not mention any events in the life of Jesus, except the Lord’s supper and resurrection. He only met Peter and James, a brother of Jesus. He made no attempt to meet any other apostles during his 15-day visit to Jerusalem in AD 39.

    Among the 7 epistles that most scholars believe were written by Paul, Paul fails to mention any events:

    Miracles
    Parables
    Birth, Mary and Joseph
    The Lord’s Prayer
    The Transfiguration
    The Sermon on the Mount
    See of Galilee
    Temple visit, Nazareth
    Pontius Pilate
    Judas Iscariot’s betrayal
    Gethsemane
    Son of Man

    Graham Stanton (Professor of New Testament Studies in the University of London), in his book ‘Gospel Truth’, says that Paul’s failure to refer more frequently to the actions and teaching of Jesus is ‘baffling.’

    Why did Paul not mention these events in the Gospels?

    Paul did not hear many stories from Peter or James. He spent only 2 weeks with them. Moreover, James hardly was trained by his brother Jesus. He never followed Jesus, except possibly on one occasion. Jesus neglected his family. Most of the time, James was not a firsthand eyewitness to any major events in Jesus’ life. Thus, any story about Jesus that Paul knows is from Peter (Cephas).