Pastor Claims ‘Blood Moons’ a Sign of Things to Come

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John Hagee is an Evangelical pastor at the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, and the author of several books. His latest book claims that four blood moons will appear over America as a sign from God that a world-shaking event will soon take place. These blood moons are part of a set of consecutive lunar eclipses beginning on April 15 (tomorrow!) and continuing in six month intervals until October 2015.

This phenomenon is also known as a tetrad, when the moon is covered by the earth’s shadow for four eclipses in a row. They are called “blood moons” because the moon appears red in the sky from refracted light.

What is the significance of these blood moons?

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Scientists claim ‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ likely isn’t a modern forgery

An article published today in the Harvard Theological review claims a fragment of papyrus suggesting Jesus of Nazareth had a wife is most likely ancient and not a modern forgery.

This fragment (pictured above) is known as ‘The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” because it includes the phrases “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…’,” and “she will be able to be my disciple.”

Of course, the advocates for the ordination of women to the priesthood were all over this.

According to an article published this morning by The Verge:

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Did the Apostle Paul Worship a Space Ghost?

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Some mythicists claim that Christianity began as an astrotheological religion. According to this theory, the first Christians worshipped Jesus in a way similar to the Egyptians and other ancient cultures who worshipped the sun and stars, knowing full well that he was never a man. Later, they placed him in time, interacting with historical figures, to boost the credibility of their movement and to set themselves apart from competing pagan religions.

To support this claim, some mythicists point to the apostle Paul, who they say knew nothing of a historical Jesus.

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Did Christianity Give Us Gay Marriage?

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Columnist Damon Linker recently wrote a piece for The Week titled, “How Christianity Gave Us Gay Marriage.” Its thesis is partially borrowed from Alexis de Tocqueville’s 1835 book, Democracy in America, in which the French political thinker and author documented the dying aristocratic order and an emerging democracy.

According to Linker, “The ultimate source of the democratic revolution—the motor behind its inexorable unfolding—is the figure of Jesus Christ, who taught the equal dignity of all persons, and declared in the Sermon on the Mount that the last shall be first and the first shall be last, and that the meek shall inherit the earth.”

No serious student of Christianity suggests that Jesus endorsed anything other than marriage between a man and a woman (Linker admits this), but as he suggests, it is this underlying philosophy of equality that has brought us to the supposedly inevitable redefinition of an institution.

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Rediscovering Sunday

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I have encountered many “non-denominational” Christians who believe that going to church on Sunday is a good thing, but not absolutely necessary. What’s really important according to them is that you develop a “personal relationship” with Jesus.

In my experience, most people who say this are generally well-meaning, but they inadvertently discourage other Christians from going to church by taking this position.

Often they are surprised when they hear for the first time that Catholics are obligated to go to mass every Sunday. From our perspective, public worship is as intimate a relationship as one can have with Jesus while here on earth.

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