I’ve recently had some good discussions through email with my friend, John Schumacher, on the origins of Rabbinical Judaism. He has done a lot of research on this topic and has some great insight, so I asked his permission to include some of his thoughts on our blog.
I’ve recently had the privilege of being able to edit Robert Courtney’s article on the day when Christ died. This is a huge topic in apologetics. Mark and Luke record Jesus’ tomb being empty on Sunday, the first day of the week, the day after the Sabbath (Mark 16:1–2; Luke 24:1) and Matthew records Jesus saying:
While researching for my dissertation on the kingdom proffered and postponed, I came across a video of kingdom now proponent, Rick Warren, at a World Economic Forum panel. Talking about his book, The Purpose Driven Life, Warren said:
It became the bestselling book in English in world history, it’s, next to the Bible, it’s the bestselling book and it’s the most translated, [audience giggles] it’s the most translated book next to the Bible in over one hundred languages.
So, I did a little looking… and I do mean a little because all it took was a quick Google and Wikipedia search to find this information… and lo and behold, I found 42 books in English that sold more than The Purpose Driven Life and another 35 (other than the Bible) which have been translated into more languages.
In Luke 14:26, Jesus says, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.” At first glance, that seems to be a contradiction to the Bible’s overwhelming message of love. In fact, that would be such a strong contradiction that even if someone rejects the inerrancy of the Bible, that quote alone should drive him to think that there is more to the context. So, let’s consider some context.
The Bible tells us relatively little information about the Lake of Fire. The world, however, has lots to say. If we describe the Lake of Fire as that place in Gary Lawson’s comic strip, The Far Side, Dante’s Inferno, or really any number of teachings of the medieval ages, then, yea, I’ll agree that unbelievers don’t go there.