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2 days ago.
by jaxspp
rshill7
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Letters To Ed :-)

"We've been duped by the Republicans. Kentucky Sen. and minority leader Mitch McConnell in a news conference one day after the election, stated that the single and sole goal of the GOP over the next two years is: to make Barack Obama a single term president. What an arrogant and obnoxious goal and statement. There agenda before the election was to get votes by promising that there first goals were jobs, the economy and health care reform. It seems their goal is to grab power, not to do things for the people that are in need of jobs and or unemployment pay, health care for those that don't have it, and the people losing their homes. This is the same party that wanted the auto plants and their suppliers to go out of business. We are just coming back from what they did to this country, and now we have them back to do the same things to our country again. What a mess the next two years is going to bring to this country. Talk about partisanship." Carl D. Leow Rogers Cit

 
 

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rshill7

After analysing the arguments against the historicity of the infant massacre Maier concludes they all "have very serious flaws". Maier follows Jerry Knoblet in arguing for historicity based on the "identical personality profiles that emerge of Herod" in both Matthew and Josephus.

In other words, Bethlehem was a very small place...still is.

"The Bible also calls it Beth-Lehem Judah, and the "City of David". It is first mentioned in the Tanakh and the Bible as the place where the matriarch Rachel died and was buried "by the wayside" (Gen. 48:7). Rachel's Tomb, the traditional grave site, stands at the entrance to Bethlehem.

HH's "Scholars"?

" For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear." (2Timothy 4:3 NIV)

Posted 183 days ago.

rshill7

"Massascre Of The Innocence"

"Of those scholars willing to grant the massacre's historicity, R. T. France argues for plausibility on the grounds, inter alia, that “the murder of a few infants in a small village [is] not on a scale to match the more spectacular assassinations recorded by Josephus”. Rudolf Schnackenburg follows this line also, and Gordon Franz points to Josephus' failure to mention other pivotal events in the first century AD, such as "the episode of the golden Roman shields in Jerusalem which was the cause of the bad blood between Herod Antipas and Pontus (sic) Pilate". In similar vein Barclay follows Carr in finding Josephus' silence not relevant, drawing a parallel with the diarist John Evelyn's failure to mention the massacre at Glencoe. Maier argues that sceptics have tended to "regard opinion as fact, and have largely avoided a careful historical search into the parameters of the problem".

Posted 183 days ago.

rshill7

Joseph and Mary had to travel to Bethlehem not only in order to swear allegiance to the Emperor but also to Herod. ~Josephus~ records this same incident where over 6000 Pharisees refused to sign the enrollment and were fined."

Posted 183 days ago.

rshill7

in which citizens were specifically commanded to return to their original homes for the census. Another census document from 119 A.D. has been found in which an Egyptian man identifies himself by giving (1) his name and the names of his father, mother, and grandfather; (2) his original village; (3) his age and profession; (4) a scar above his left eyebrow; (5) his wife's name and age, his wife's father's name; (6) his son's name and age; (6) the names of other relatives living with him. The document is signed by the village registrar and three official witnesses. (7) This latter document is of special interest, because it gives us an idea of the kind of information that Joseph and Mary would have had to provide for the census."

"In the case of Jews whose genealogy went back to David, Herod made a special requirement. He kept a close watch upon anyone who may have a claim upon his throne, even when no claim was expected to be pursued.

Posted 183 days ago.

rshill7

He was so proud of the censuses that he ranked them eighth on the list. The Acts of Augustus were placed on two bronze plaques outside of Augustus's mausoleum after he died. That mausoleum still exists today, though partially ruined. You can still visit it.

1 Samuel 17:12 - "Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehem Judah, whose name was Jesse."

Luke 2:4 "And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; because he was of the house and lineage of David."

"Some scholars" (those which HH prefer to believe) "have scoffed at the notion that people in faraway Palestine (such as Joseph and Mary) would have had to travel to their ancestral birth place for a census. But we have evidence to show that such traveling was indeed done with a Roman census, in Egypt at least. A Roman census document, dated 104 A.D., has been discovered in Egypt,

Posted 183 days ago.

rshill7

The Census of Augustus Documented by Romans:

"He (Augustus Caesar -his real name was Gaius Octavius and he lived from 63 B.C. to 14 A.D) revived the office of the Censor which had long been disused and whose duty it had formerly been to take an account of the number of people...He took a census of the people three times...He took a census of the Roman people street by street". (Seutonius Roman Historian)

Luke 2:1 - "And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be registered."

Joseph was of the line of King David, as was Mary. King David was the son of Jesse, from Bethlehem. As Joseph was from the line, or root of Jesse, and therefore, David, he went to Bethlehem to be "taxed", which was part of the Roman census, decreed (ordered) by Augustus Caesar.

The three censuses are listed in the Acts of Augustus, a list of what Augustus thought were the 35 greatest achievements of his reign.

Posted 183 days ago.

"The two other couples interviewed by Stern both claimed that the new policies offered by Obamacare would cost them considerably more than their previous insurance rates. After doing his own search on the Obamacare exchange website based on the couples' circumstances, Stern found that this was just not true.

"I don’t doubt that these six individuals believe that Obamacare is a disaster; but none of them had even visited the insurance exchange," Stern wrote. "Hannity is not entitled to point to Paul’s behavior as an “Obamacare train wreck story” and maintain any credibility that he might have as a journalist."

Posted 183 days ago.

"Paul Cox and his wife Michelle, for example, appeared on the show claiming that their construction business has been hit hard because of Obamacare, giving them no choice but to significantly cut employee hours. Stern noted that Obamacare has no effect on any business with less than 50 employees.

"In our brief conversation on the phone, Paul revealed that he has only four employees. Why the cutback on his workforce? “Well,” he said, “I haven’t been forced to do so, it’s just that I’ve chosen to do so. I have to deal with increased costs.” What costs? And how, I asked him, is any of it due to Obamacare? There was a long pause, after which he said he’d call me back. He never did."

Posted 183 days ago.

"Sean Hannity has been fact-checked, and the results aren't pretty.

In an article posted on Salon on Friday, Eric Stern "re-reported" a recent episode of Fox News' "Hannity" during which host Sean Hannity invited six guests to tell their Obamacare "horror stories."

According to Stern, there was a lot more to each of the guests' stories than Hannity let on. Stern decided to conduct his own investigation by separately interviewing each guest, and what he said he found was not that the guests were cheated by Obamacare, but rather that they had tried very little, if at all, to participate in the ACA.

Stern accused the Fox News host of using "fake evidence" to "exploit people’s ignorance and falsely point to imaginary boogeymen," deeming it all a part of the "Fox News lie machine."

Posted 183 days ago.

HuronHippie

You're way too old to have been one of my history teachers.

Posted 183 days ago.

HuronHippie

I really don't care what you or anyone believes. It's hypocisy that really gets into my skivvies. Unlike you, I don't claim to be right above all others, never have.

Posted 183 days ago.

rshill7

"I'm glad you weren't one of my history teachers in High School." (HH)

So am I.

Posted 183 days ago.

HuronHippie

What came first? The parting of the Red Sea, or the emancipation proclamation?

Posted 183 days ago.

HuronHippie

Not even you.

Posted 183 days ago.

HuronHippie

I spit on no man.

Posted 183 days ago.

HuronHippie

"The Old Testament is very much a book of History." I'm glad you weren't one of my history teachers in High School.

Posted 183 days ago.

HuronHippie

I worship no man.

Posted 183 days ago.

HuronHippie

There was no way Jesus was born in Bethlehem in a manger with animals. The gospel writers made that up many years after his death to coincide with the Jewish prophecy that the Messiah would hail from the town of David (Bethlehem). There is no historical evidence that King Herod sent soldiers to Bethlehem to kill all the young males who could be Messiah. This was also made up by gospel writers. Jesus was born in Nazareth and his father was Joseph(probably), not God. He was a good courageous man, a devout J E W, one of many "Messiahs" and supposed miracle workers roaming the Galilee at the time.

Posted 183 days ago.

rshill7

Feel free to worship him or spit on him.

Posted 183 days ago.

rshill7

He was the ultimate servant/slave to all of mankind. He washed the feet of his own disciples. He was beaten beyond recognition. He gave his very life, through intense suffering, once and for all, as that one sacrifice which could suffice and reconcile us to the Father.

He was simultaneously the lowest of the low and the highest of the high.

He conquered death itself, illustrating for us what we might also achieve, and that is, eternal life, blameless and righteous before a Holy God. He paid our price. It is therefore not our righteousness, but His. It is a gift one can accept or deny, through our own freewill.

Posted 183 days ago.
 
 
 
 

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