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NEW- The women come to the tomb- and Jesus is not there- Mark 16:1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. Mark 16:2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. An angel tells them he has risen. He also tells them to go and tell the others- Mark 16:5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. Mark 16:6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. Mark 16:7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. Yet because of fear- they keep it to themselves- Mark 16:8 And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid. Then Jesus himself appears to Mary- and she goes and tells the others- yet they still refuse to believe the testimony of others who have seen Jesus- Mark 16:9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. Mark 16:10 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. Mark 16:11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.
Then Jesus appears to 2 more- and yes- they go and tell the others that Jesus has risen- and still- they don’t believe- Mark 16:12 After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. Mark 16:13 And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. Then finally- Jesus appears to the disciples- and yes- they believe.- Mark 16:14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. In John’s gospel we read how Thomas was absent at this first meeting- and when the other 10 tell Thomas Jesus is risen- that he makes the famous doubting Thomas declaration- John 20:24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. John 20:25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. Yet- they were all doubters at one time. Jesus rebukes them for their refusal to simply believe- because of the testimony of others. This will be the mandate that he gives to them- to go and tell the whole world- that he is risen- Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. And though there were more than 500 witnesses that did indeed see Jesus after he was risen- yet the Christian movement will spread like wildfire- because others too will believe. They will believe the testimony of those who have gone before- John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. Others will embrace the reality of the death- burial- and Resurrection of Jesus from the grave. Others will find peace thru the reality of Jesus dying and redeeming them back to God- Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: There will be signs that God will give- to confirm the word of the gospel- Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; Mark 16:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Empires will fall- and this movement of Jesus will stand. Thinkers will challenge the faith- yet other thinkers will challenge them. Yes- the faith itself- is not something that has no historical proof.
It is not faith in something that is not real. It’s faith in what actually happened 2 thousand years ago. It’s the history of man- told down thru the ages-
The prophets speaking about Jesus- The story of the fall of man going all the way back to the beginning. The price for this fall- sin- was death-
Romans 6:23 [Full Chapter] For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The history of the law being given to Moses- yet the inability of this law to redeem man-
21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. Gal-3
The need for a sinless man to be born- not from the seed of man- but conceived by the Holy Spirit- the Son of God- who was without sin-
Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Yes- the history of man- the need for a redeemer- and then the 1st century appearing of a man who claimed to be this Messiah. He worked miracles- opened blind eyes- raised the dead- Even the religious leaders of his day began to question if he indeed was the one foretold by their own Jewish prophets- John 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: John 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Then the day came- where they crucified him- in a disgraceful way- on a cross. His followers felt let down- they huddled in fear after his death- thinking surely they will be next. Then the witnesses.
The women see an empty grave- and then see Jesus himself. They tell the others- yet they refuse to believe the testimony. Jesus appears to 2 more- they tell the rest- and yes- they have a hard time simply believing the testimony.
Until Jesus himself appears to them all- Then they believe. We proclaim this gospel today- because it is true- it is an historical event- Christ died- was buried- and rose again the 3rd day- Just as the scriptures tell us- 1Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 1Corinthians 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 1Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 1Corinthians 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 1Corinthians 15:5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 1Corinthians 15:6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. 1Corinthians 15:7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 1Corinthians 15:8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. But it is not simply something the bible records- no- the bible records it- because it happened- for real. Many have believed the message since these early days- but others have fought against it- have tried to stop it- have made fun of it.
But for some reason the message of Jesus can not be stopped. For some reason people continue to believe in the message- and tell it to others- As a matter of fact- This message has gone through out the whole world.
How can this be? I mean a radical rabbi from 1st century Palestine predicted his death- and Resurrection. He told his few followers- Go- tell this to the whole world- Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
What are the odds of this message actually reaching the whole world? The odds of the billions [about 2 .5 billion today] who have believed this message from it’s early days. How could all of this have happened?
(634)JOHN 20 (radio # 603) THE GREAT VICTORY OF THE SON OF GOD. In this chapter we finalize the witness of Jesus from his father. All along he claimed to be the Messiah, here it is truly proven! The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave is an historical fact! If you were to try and disprove this fact [many have] you would find more historical evidence backing up the reality of the Son of God than any other person. If you believe in Lincoln, Clinton, Washington or any other historical figure, than for sure you must believe in the Christ! He has so much more proof than all the others. John will say at the end of this chapter ‘Jesus did more signs than these, but these are recorded that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you might have life thru his name’. John tells us that the miracles [signs] that Jesus did were proof of his Messiahship. I hate to have to bring this up again, but being we are reading this during the controversy [12-07] let me say it. In John Hagee’s book ‘in defense of Israel’ John teaches that Jesus was not the Messiah to Israel because God didn’t give him the power to do signs like Moses did. That Jesus told them ‘no sign will be given to you but the sign of the prophet Jonah’. Then in an unbelievable fashion John will teach that because of this, Jesus was not the Messiah. It is almost unbelievable to hear him teach this. Many Messianic groups have come out and openly rebuked Hagee for this. These are the same Jewish groups that you would think would be on his side. They also see the danger of preaching a doctrine that says ‘Jesus was not the Messiah because he refused to do signs’. Peter in Acts will actually preach sermons that say ‘God approved of his Son by giving him the Holy Spirit to do miraculous signs in front of you’. The ‘sign of the prophet Jonah’ was not Jesus telling Israel ‘you will get no signs from me’, like Hagee teaches. He said ‘the sign of Jonah’ was that Jonah went to the gentiles [Nineveh] to preach and not to Israel. Therefore the sign was Jesus telling Israel ‘I am not your Messiah, I am going to the gentiles.’ This is not what the ‘sign of Jonah’ means. The sign of Jonah was ‘as Jonah was in the belly of the whale 3 days and 3 nights, so shall the Son of man be in the heart of the earth [buried] for 3 days and nights’. The sign of Jonah was the death and resurrection of Jesus! Jesus was saying to Israel ‘I have been doing many signs already [raising the dead, opening blind eyes. All the signs that they were rejecting!] And in the ‘sign of Jonah’ statement Jesus was saying ‘this will be the ultimate sign, until you believe in this sign [the resurrection] your eyes will be blinded to all the other signs’. Hagee actually says ‘if God wanted Jesus to be the Messiah to Israel, why didn’t God give Jesus the ability to do signs like Moses’. He did! Moses even says ‘the Lord your God will raise up a prophet LIKE UNTO ME, whoever doesn’t hear him will be destroyed’. Peter says God did signs among you [Israel] to testify that he was the Messiah. The writer of this gospel [John] says ‘these signs have been recorded SO YOU WOULD BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE MESSIAH [CHRIST]’. John [the Apostle] will later write in his letter ‘who is anti Christ? He that denies that Jesus is the Messiah [Christ] is anti Christ’. So here we see that Jesus was proven to be the messiah by the miracles he did. The greatest one being his resurrection from the dead! Note- Do me a favor, those who read/like the posts- re-post them on other sites as well as the site you read ATHEISM- APOLOGETICS [links added- long version]
[parts] SAMUEL- REVELATION- KINGDOMS Micah 6:9 The LORD’s voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it. https://youtu.be/rODWjOdfrRc Samuel- Revelation- Kingdoms https://ccoutreach87.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/12-24-16-2nd-samuel-1-2-revelation-kingdoms.zip ON VIDEO- .White robes .1st resurrection .Syria- Libya .World Issues .World history .Obama was right .American- French revolution .Lady Liberty? .Reason rules! .Ultra- Montanism .Renaissance .Reformation- rise of the nation states .Notre Dame .Enlightenment .Freud .Peasants Revolt [16th century] .Some founding fathers were deists .We were English colonies .Did the Amalekite kill Saul too? .Abner and Joab .Pray for all in authority NEW- [past links- verses below] 1- Samuel- Revelation 2- Diogenes [parts] In the next week or so I’m going to try and wrap up a few more posts on Philosophy.
We started around 6 months ago- with the pre Socratic Philosophers [7-800 years B.C.] and made it all the way up to the Existentialists of the 19th century.
I hate to stop there- because we were right at the time of the rise of the Atheistic existentialists- the Nihilists- who saw no hope in existence.
These guys ‘stole’ existentialism from its founder- a Christian- Soren Kierkegaard- and developed a purposeless philosophy- a ‘man without hope’ future world.
Guys like John Paul Sartre and Camus [20th century] were writing/saying things like ‘the only question now left is the viability of suicide’.
Books with the simple title ‘Nausea’ or ‘no exit’ [a play]- describing the fate of man.
As I watch/read the current trends- it is tempting to see our future in this way.
I mean society is struggling for meaning- Arab nations are going thru tremendous times of questioning- and some observers are grasping at the solutions that the 19th century Atheists already espoused- and failed.
Men like Sam Harris [the End of Faith] blame all society’s ills on religion itself- pointing to Islamic terrorism- and making statements like ‘almost all wars are religion based’.
I mean his argument sounds good- he’s just wrong.
Out of all recorded major wars- around 1700- under 10 % are considered religious in nature.
But who really has time for facts like this?
So- over the next few weeks- as I watch the scene- maybe catch the Ferrell flick- I will keep in mind another famous line of Ferrell’s.
He was talking to Christina Applegate- in his classic film ‘Anchorman- the Legend of Ron Burgundy’.
And there sitting at some lookout- viewing the city of L.A.
And Ferrell waxes eloquent about the city- he says ‘L.A. – the city named after..’
Well- it’s kinda crass- he basically says it was named after the female part of a whale.
Christina looks at him- puzzled- and says ‘I think its name means City of Angels’.
Ferrell disagrees- he tells her ‘well- we will just have to agree to disagree’.
She says ‘no- I’m pretty sure I’m right’.
I’m glad the country is having a debate about what’s right and wrong- the Trayvon Martin case- the ethical responsibility that society has to the poor [Health care arguments].
Our role as a lead nation ‘among nations’- how to side with the protestors- in a responsible way that doesn’t leave the nations in a mess when where done.
All of these debates are ethical in nature- the questions we are asking is ‘is this right or wrong’.
And contrary to some modern thinkers- there is a right and a wrong on these issues- yes- sometimes we compromise- sometimes we ‘agree to disagree’ and sometimes it takes one side to tell the other ‘no- I think you are wrong on this’.
Do it in love- do it with boldness- ‘speaking truth to power’ but when you see the need- then do it.
[parts] I mention on the video Nietzsche’s book ‘Twilight of the idols’. It is considered a classic of Western Literature- though he espouses anti-Christian themes- to say the least. I don’t think I’ve written on Nietzsche before- so I’ll do a quick teaching. He was a German philosopher/thinker that challenged traditional ideas of morality and truth. He believed classical philosophy [Socrates] made a mistake in teaching that man was to strive be moral- Nietzsche believed that truth did not really exist- that ‘truth’ was simply words that the powerfully use to impose ‘standards’ on people. He was initially a philologist- one who studied language- Greek and Roman textual criticism. He later turned to Philosophy. Nietzsche believed in ‘the death of God’- and rejected right or wrong. To him these were simply ‘artistic expressions’ that the powerful foisted upon man. Now- in the field of philosophy- those who reject ultimate truth- are called relativists. And relativists- who reject objective truth- and God [not all do] are usually categorized as Nihilists. Meaning if there is no real purpose to our existence- than in the end- we are without- well- ‘purpose’. Some believe Nietzsche tried to create a purpose in his denying of God and ultimate truth- His idea of ‘Affirmation’ and Becoming- taught that man should strive- without moral constraint [meaning if you have to- step on your fellow man- after all- to ‘love they neighbor’ is simply some false ‘truth’ that Christianity- and God [which to him are not true] have tricked man into a false value system]. So in Nietzsche’s world- the true purpose of man is to become the powerful one [the superman] who now has the right- thru language- to determine what ‘truth ‘ is. I still think- in the end- this worldview is Nihilistic [no hope] and foolish. But- being his works have had a great influence on western Thought- that’s why I covered him on the video. The book I mentioned [Twilight of the idols] had the sub-heading ‘How to philosophize with a hammer’. He went all out- in a sort of fury- to challenge the Christian world view- and God himself. The ‘idols’ he was smashing were God- and the upper class. Like Marx- some of the thinkers who challenged Christianity- at times saw the church as a great hindrance to man. Nietzsche was one of these men. In the book mentioned above he said ‘morality is anti-nature’. In actuality- that’s what Christianity teaches. That man has a sinful nature- and he can only be free from this bondage- thru the redemption in Jesus Christ. Nietzsche went insane later in life- he had contracted Syphilis- world views do indeed have consequences.
In the book he saw art as an expression of ‘the human will to power’. He said all language is an expression of art. So- relationships of language to reality are established by acts of violence and power. If you have the upper hand- and the power to impose your reality on others- then the words/morals you choose to impose- become the standards- And there is really no other ‘outside’ truth or reality. His ideas were insightful—but simply not true. Since Nietzsche many thinkers have advocated a view that language has no real meaning- that truth does not exist. Yet- all of them live their lives by some ‘objective reality’. And they use language- all the time- to defend their views [if language is simply a form of art- that the hearer can put his own interpretation to- then it would be impossible to teach anything- even Nietzsche’s own views].
Nietzsche said ‘Christian morality is a command- it possesses truth only if God is truth’. Actually- I agree with him on this. [parts] GALATIANS 2- Galatians 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. https://youtu.be/Ld07s54F3M4 Galatians 2 https://ccoutreach87.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/12-27-16-galatians-2.zip ON VIDEO- .What Jerusalem visit was it? .Did Peter quote Paul in Acts 15? .Hearing and believing justifies .Paul rebukes Peter .God chose us .The faith itself is a gift .Justin Martyr .Legalism .Law versus grace .God rested the 7th day .The ‘Way’ .Catholics and Protestants .Great Schism- 1054 ad .Reformation- 16th century .We all have ‘traditions’
[parts] I mention Justin Martyr on today’s video- I taught about him in previous posts- here’s one- HERACLITUS- Ok- lets pick up on my philosophy stuff. Heraclitus lived in the 6th/5th century BC. – He was from Ephesus and his key thought was Ever Present Change.
That is he saw everything as being in a state of continual flux- one of his famous sayings was ‘No man ever steps into the same river twice’.
He is called the Weeping Philosopher- sort of like the prophet Jeremiah in the bible- also called the Weeping Prophet.
Heraclitus is known for his concept of the Logos- the Word- or thought/reason.
Now- this aspect of his thought plays a role in the development of the Christian understanding of Christ himself- in our New Testaments [written in Greek] Jesus is indeed referred to as the Logos- or Word of God.
The Greek philosophers understanding of the Logos was not the same as the Christian view- mainly expressed thru the writings of John [The gospel- the 3 epistles- and Revelation]. But- some see the Greek view as a precursor to Christ.
In the work of one of the early church fathers- Hippolytus ‘The Refutation of all Heresies’ he attacks Heraclitus view of the Logos as an early form of heresy.
The apologist Justin Martyr is more gracious- he [Like Ulrich Zwingli- the great Swiss reformer of the 16th century] viewed the early Geek thinkers as ‘pre- Christian’ or ‘Christians before Christ’.
Though many reject this view- yet there is some scripture to back it up. The apostle Paul said in his letter to the Romans that if the Gentiles [non-Jews] do by nature the things contained in the law- then they are justified in God’s sight.
Of course these things are debatable- but I add this to show you that some great Christian thinkers did indeed view the early Greek thinkers- who did live by a moral code- as being right in God’s eyes.
And the bible does teach a theme that we will be judged according to the amount of light [understanding] that we had at the time.
I should note that Plato [one of the 3 titans that arose after Heraclitus- from the city/state of Athens] disagreed with Heraclitus on all things being in a state of constant change.
When [if?] we get to Socrates- Plato and Aristotle- I’ll try and cover the ways they advanced- built upon- the thought of the pre Socratic thinkers.
As a side note- the most famous student of Aristotle- who was the most famous student of Plato- who was the most famous student of Socrates- was Alexander the Great.
This goes to show you how great an influence Greek philosophy had on the ancient world.
A few nuggets from Heraclitus- ‘all things come to pass in accordance with this Logos’ ‘follow the common’ ‘not having their own judgment’.
Recently I covered Acts chapter 2- and we see some of these ideas in the early Christian movement. The first Christians did ‘follow the common’ they sold their goods- and had ‘all things common’ [communal lifestyle].
The apostle Paul teaches the early church to all ‘speak the same thing- that there be no divisions among you’. And the New Testament also says the scripture should not be given to Private Interpretation- meaning- ‘not having your own personal judgment’.
All in all- we do indeed see a sort of pre Christian thought in the pre Socratic thinkers- they did indeed speak of the Divine- God- though there understanding of him was not the same as the Christian church.
In a sense- Heraclitus idea that in life- the only ‘constant’ is the fact that there is no constant- that life itself is made up of an ongoing journey- we live day by day- not ever knowing what ‘the next day will bring forth’- Jesus.
Yeah- the man had some good points- the later Stoics would consider Heraclitus as the father of their movement. And in the study of Philosophy- the Stoics- who had a good run from a few years before the Common Era- were overtaken in the 4th century [as the main influential philosophy of the time] by some new and lasting philosophy- started by a man named Jesus Christ- who his followers claimed rose from the dead. Yeah- this New Way was called Christianity- and this philosophy has endured now for over 2 thousand years.
VERSES- These are the verses I either quoted or taught on today’s post- Mark 16 John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations
James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations Genesis 12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: Genesis 12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations John 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Mark 16:1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. Mark 16:2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. Mark 16:3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? Mark 16:4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. Mark 16:5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. Mark 16:6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. Mark 16:7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. Mark 16:8 And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid. Mark 16:9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. Mark 16:10 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. Mark 16:11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. Mark 16:12 After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. Mark 16:13 And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. Mark 16:14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; Mark 16:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Mark 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. Mark 16:20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.