Monday, July 24, 2017

Latest BHC Newsletter: The Forgotten Father: The Man that Raised Jesus

The July issue of the Biblical Heritage Center newsletter -- Creating Safer Better Lives By Discovering Ourselves & Our Biblical Heritages – is now online. It contains the following articles and July Memorials.

Once upon a time a minister, professor and rabbi took a journey. . .

The title sounds like the beginning of a good joke, but it isn’t. It is proof that people with different biblical heritages can work together to tackle religious issues that most people try to avoid. I am the minister, Ike Tennison is the professor and Jeffrey Leynor is the rabbi. I have been on this journey for over thirty-five years now. Ike joined it about thirty years ago when I enrolled in a course in Classical Greek he was teaching at the University of Texas at Arlington. Jeffrey became part of our journey a little over twenty-five years ago when I enrolled in a course he was teaching about the Prophets at the Jewish Community Center in Dallas.

The Forgotten Father: The Man that Raised Jesus

For most of his life, he was most likely known as “Jesus son of Joseph.” However, as a result of Gentile theologies that developed in the fourth and fifth centuries CE, in our opinion, the role of Joseph in the life of Jesus has faded into the distant past. It always helps to put subjects into a chronological context, especially when they are discussions about someone’s life. Scholars are divided about how long Jesus personally led the Jesus Movement; some say three years while others say one year. In either case, they pretty much agree that he began it when he about thirty years old. So, it was at least thirty years before anyone called him “The Son of God” or “The Anointed One” (Christ) -- until then people would have known him as Jesus son of Joseph.

The Importance of Creating Sacred Spaces in Life

Holy places” and “sacred spaces” are important in the Bible. It could be “physical place” or “space of time.” In the Hebrew Bible “holy” does not mean “religious,” it means “set apart for a specific purpose.” The Hebrew word translated “holy” is QADASH and its first appearance in the Bible is Genesis 2:3.

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God’s Love Isn’t About Warm Fuzzy Feelings

The opening chapters of Genesis reveal that the highest value and top priority of the Creator of the Heavens and Earth is human life. They teach that all people are created with the spirit of the Creator, meaning with the Spirit of the Creator. Humans reveal the Creator’s Spirit to members of their generation by doing thing that measure up to the Creator’s TOV Standardacts that protect life, preserve life, make life for functional and increase the quality of life. Religious institutions disconnected from real life or salvation doctrines that require people to believe someone’s “right theologies” were not part of the Creator’s plan.

The importance of the Creator’s Life 1st Values and TOV Standard is repeated throughout the Jewish Scriptures. There are many examples in the Bible of people, especially leaders, who elevated other things above the value of human life. Some of those people’s decisions had very bad consequences for the nation – or even for all mankind. But other’s placed life 1st and had very different outcomes. Consider Noah and his family. God saved them because Noah was righteous, which means he did TOV. The “righteous” are the heroes of the Jewish Bible. They are the ones that did acts that measured up to the Creator’s Standard and revealed His image to their generation.

The Creator’s Life 1st Values and TOV Standard are the foundation of the teachings of Yeshua and the cornerstone of his salvation message. He taught that righteous will enter eternal life. Who are the righteous in Matthew 25? They are the people from all nations that did acts of TOV in their lives – feed the hungry, gave drink to the thirsty, visited the sick – in other words – the righteous are the people who protected lives, preserved lives, made lives more functional and increased the quality of lives – they placed human life as their highest value and top priority.

Yeshua also taught that the only way to love God is by loving your neighbor as yourselfand he said this is the most important commandment. Doing acts of TOV is what he meant by loving them and yourself – that’s right doing acts of TOV for yourself! This requires an awareness of what’s actually going on in your life and in other people’s lives too. It means experiencing self-discovery and getting to know them also. It is a commitment to use the Creator’s TOV Standard in your life and their lives. Love, for the Creator, isn’t about having warm fuzzy feelings and “being special.” It doesn’t require constant reinforcement to keep that feelings up.

The Creator’s type of love only comes by the experience of protecting lives, preserving lives, making lives more functional and increasing the quality of lives.
It requires the experience.

Knowing this allows you to recognize presence of the Spirit of the Creator in the world today. People can’t earn this kind of love. They can’t make others love them. We can only receive this kind of love and share it with others. It isn’t a one-time ritual required to get a ticket to heaven. It is a lifestyle of love. When Yeshua instructed his followers to go into the all the world and make disciples – this is what he wanted them to demonstrate and teach to others. Today is a good day to love someone!

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Unintended Consequences of Protestantism: Western Civilization as We Know It!

Historically, Protestant Christianity was decisive in forming western civilization as we know it, especially in the United States. You can’t imagine modern individualism, democracy, or freedoms without it – and it has given us some other legacies which we might not like so much. But it’s not just a subject of historic interest. There are a billion Protestants in the world today, and in Africa, China, Latin America and other places the numbers are rising fast. Protestantism is going to be one of the key forces shaping the world this century, and we’d better understand it.

The first Protestants didn’t set out to create the world we live in now, but some key features of that world come directly from them. The ideal of free enquiry and free speech; the assumption that we’ve got a right to challenge our rulers, and that in spiritual terms we’re all equal; and the notion of limited government, that there are freedoms of conscience over which no political authority has any jurisdiction. If you want, you can push that to say that Protestants created modern democratic capitalism, though they didn’t do it alone. More to the point, if you look at all the really decisive ideological conflicts of the modern age – for and against religious toleration, slavery, colonialism, nationalism, fascism, Communism, women’s rights, civil rights – in all of those you’ll find Protestants at the heart of the argument: and on both sides. Protestants love to argue. The world we live in is the world their arguments made.


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