Archive for July, 2010

Good News According To Confucious (King Kong)

July 20, 2010

83 direct generations of life, that is good news!

Confucious,  literally translated as “Master Kong”  has the world’s largest family tree with supporting documentation. The family tree showing the descendants of K’ung-tzu, known in the Western world as Confucius. The direct father-to-son descent from Confucius to the modern day is now in the 83rd generation. According to the Confucius Genealogy Compilation Committee there are 2 million known and registered descendants and an estimated 3 million in total.

(Possible flaw – However, in 2009, the family authorities decided not to agree to DNA testing.[40] Bryan Sykes, professor of genetics at Oxford University, understands this decision: “The Confucius family tree has an enormous cultural significance,” he said. “It’s not just a scientific question.”)

Wikipedia reports that… In the Analects (論語), Confucius presents himself as a “transmitter who invented nothing”.[7] He puts the greatest emphasis on the importance of study,[10][11] and it is the Chinese character for study (or learning) that opens the text. In this respect, he is seen by Chinese people as the Greatest Master.[12] Far from trying to build a systematic theory of life and society or establish a formalism of rites, he wanted his disciples to think deeply for themselves and relentlessly study the outside world

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Good News According To The Son of A Nazi, Werner Oder

July 13, 2010

Pastor Werner was born in Austria to a family of ranking Nazi Officials. In his testimony he tells the story of his conversion from anti-Semitism to faith in God and love for the Jews and support for Israel.

His real life account, which has been televised and broadcast on radio, tells of the horrors of his father’s involvement in Hitler’s death squad – the SS, and his family’s personal acquaintance with the world’s most wanted war criminals. In his astonishing true story, he relives the horrors of a childhood dominated by evil and his struggle for survival amidst the devastation of post world war Austria.

During his call by God to minister in England, Werner met his wife Avril. They have one son and three daughters and pastor together Tuckton Christian Centre, Bournemouth, a vibrant church that testifies to the power of God.

Audio

http://www.tucktonchristiancentre.co.uk/testimony_audio.html

‘My father the Nazi’ – (published in the Jerusalem Post)
Son of Austrian SS officer discovers love for Jews-by Herta Leithgöb and Lisa Rüdiger
Given some of his earliest memories, it’s hard to believe Werner Oder is a Christian
pastor today, much less one who loves the Jews and Israel….
“Whenever I share my testimony, God does amazing things.

Good News According To Martin Buber and Shlomo Riskin

July 12, 2010

Martin Buber, Judaism and Christianity were variations on the same theme of messianism. Buber made this theme the basis of a famous definition of the tension between Judaism and Christianity:

Pre-messianically, our destinies are divided. Now to the Christian, the Jew is the incomprehensibly obdurate man who declines to see what has happened; and to the Jew, the Christian is the incomprehensibly daring man who affirms in an unredeemed world that its redemption has been accomplished. This is a gulf which no human power can bridge.[6]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Split_of_early_Christianity_and_Judaism

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s article and phrase “living a salvific expression of the covenant” raises the question – what’s the difference between Mosaic/Jewish and Messianic/Christian salvation?

In my opinion perhaps its how personal and world peace is fulfilled, which the Scriptures say a Messiah will bring.
Also, perhaps considering how Christianity became a different religion provides a key…
Jewish Christians continued to worship in synagogues for centuries. During the Jewish-Roman wars, in 136 AD, Jewish Christians hailed Jesus as the Messiah and did not support Bar Kokhba (who some Jews claimed as a Messiah), yet the Jewish-Christians were barred from Jerusalem along with the rest of the Jews. The war and its aftermath helped differentiate Christianity as a religion distinct from Judaism.
Also, this article has a good summary of the various views of salvation.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_and_Judaism

JC Ryle – “If the Jew thought too exclusively of a Christ reigning, has not the Gentile thought to exclusively of Christ suffering?” or “If the Jew ignored the cross, has not the Gentile ignored the crown?”. Well said Spryle (quoted in the book Future Israel).