Judaism vs Zionism…and Donald Trump

Donald Trump has recently announced that America will now recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel.  Also, he has initiated a process where the embassy will be moved to Jerusalem.  This obviously has huge ramifications for the Arab Israeli conflict.  I won’t comment on that here, but I do want to talk about the history of Zionism.

Responding to Dr. Michael Brown

On November 9, Dr. Michael Brown responded to a post of mine on his podcast.  Here is the link:

His response starts at 16:30 and lasts a little under 10 minutes.

Dr. Michael Brown is a very intelligent man.  His Biblical scholarship is first rate.  I also admire him for exposing Rabbi Tovia Singer as a liar and a charlatan.  I’ve probably read a dozen of Dr. Brown’s books.  I’ve learned so much from reading what he has written on the Bible.  Church history on the other hand is not an area that he excels in.  He responded to my October 31 post where I said that the Catholic Church and Martin Luther bear zero responsibility for the holocaust.  Keep in mind, I’m only defending the Catholic Church and one Protestant.  No one else.  Dr. Brown didn’t seem to get that as he was quoting 20th Century Protestant scholars who said Jesus was an Aryan and Nazi Biblical scholars.  Obviously I don’t endorse that kind of stupidity, nor do I say they didn’t have a hand in the holocaust.

In Defence of Luther and a Challenge to the Rabbis

Luther and the true reformers

Today Protestants and some self-hating Catholics across the globe are celebrating the career of the renegade and apostate monk named Martin Luther.  Being Catholic, I oppose his theology and his career as a “reformer”.  Regardless, many articles have been popping up on the anti-Semitism of Martin Luther.  They say that he paved the way for the holocaust.  Of course when people say this, they often take a shot at the Catholic Church as well saying they were no better.

Yom Kippur: The Day of Atonement

Rabbi Tovia Singer who will be doing a Yom Kippur Service tonight and tomorrow

Starting at sundown today and ending at sundown tomorrow millions of Jews around the worlds will go to the Synagogue for Yom Kippur, known in English as the Day of Atonement.  The prescription for this is in the book of Leviticus, specifically in Chapter 16.  After describing the procedure in the chapter, verse 34 sums everything up beautifully:

A Serious Question about the Taurat and the Injeel

A Challenge to Islamic Apologists

The Christian and Islamic Scriptures

The Quran claims to be the next and final revelation in the Abrahamic tradition.  That is, the religion of Abraham, Moses, Elijah, John the Baptist and Jesus Christ.  Unlike the New and Old Testament that we have today, the Quran was revealed to only one person over a 23 year period.  Over those years, according to Islamic tradition Muhammad told his followers these revelations who then wrote them down or committed them to memory.  Shortly after Muhammad’s death, the Muslim community got together and constructed a single Quran and this is the Quran read today.  That’s at least how the official story relates it.

Tovia Singer Speaks Some Truth

Anyone who reads this blog knows that I’ve critiqued Rabbi Tovia Singer in the past.  A search on this blog will bring up some posts about him.  On Rabbi Singer’s website, he has an article called Why do Christians Become Enraged When Fellow Parishioners Choose to be Chosen?  He brings up something interesting in this article.  He writes:

Exposing the Noahide Fraud

Who are the Noahides?  Over the last 30 years, there has been this movement among Jewish apologists.  They claim that God does not want everyone to be Jewish, however God apparently wants Gentiles to follow seven laws that were given to Noah.  A plain reading of the Bible shows that these laws weren’t given to Noah, however these laws exist throughout the Old Testament.

Faith in Bullet Points

You don't always have hours on end to discuss your position.

Justin Martyr who dialogued with Trypho the Jew

We all remember times where we’ve had long faith discussions.  It’s usually hours on end over a meal, coffee, or a glass of wine.  I remember discussing religion over dinner with a Muslim friend of mine from Gaza.  For the first time in his life, he probably doubted his faith that night.  Regardless, we had hours to talk.  We don’t always have that.