Reza Aslan, author of the new book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” has been interviewed on a host of media outlets in the last week. Riding a publicity wave, the book has surged to #2 on Amazon’s list.
His book is not a historian’s report on Jesus. It is an educated Muslim’s opinion about Jesus — yet the book is being peddled as objective history on national TV and radio.
Aslan is not a trained historian. Like tens of thousands of us he has been formally educated in theology and New Testament Greek.
He is a bright man with every right to hold his own opinion about Jesus—and to proselytize his opinion.
As a sincere man, Aslan’s Muslim beliefs affect his entire life, including his conclusions about Jesus. But this is not being disclosed. “Zealot” is being presented as objective and scholarly history, not as it actually is—an educated Muslim’s opinions about Jesus and the ancient Near East.
“Zealot” is a fast-paced demolition of the core beliefs that Christianity has taught about Jesus for 2,000 years. Its conclusions are long-held Islamic claims—namely, that Jesus was a zealous prophet type who didn’t claim to be God, that Christians have misunderstood him, and that the Christian Gospels are not the actual words or life of Jesus but “myth.”
These claims are not new or unique. They are hundreds of years old among Muslims. Sadly, readers who have listened to interviews on NPR, “The Daily Show,” Huffington Post or MSNBC may pick up the book expecting an unbiased and historic report on Jesus and first century Jewish culture. (I will let my Jewish friends address Aslan’s statement on MSNBC that, “there were certainly a lot of Jewish terrorists in first century Palestine.”)
As a journalist and author who is Christian I cannot imagine penning a so-called objective biography of Muhammad and then concealing my conflict of interest in national media interviews.
In world history there are no religions more violently and anciently opposed than the crusading, fighting, at times blood-shedding rivals of historic Islam and historic Christianity. Even non-violent Muslims and Christians, like Aslan and myself, understand that we hold aggressively oppositional views—particularly about Jesus. National news coverage of “Zealot” has ignored this conflict of interest.
“Zealot” is written with the self-assumed authority of groundbreaking revelation from a historian. In reality, it is a religious person’s opinion about Jesus—from an adherent to the religion that has been in violent opposition to Christ for 1,400 years.
Aslan informs us that we cannot trust the Gospel of Mark–because it was written 40 years after Jesus’ death. He then chides us to trust his new book, written almost 2,000 years later.
I believe in Aslan’s right to hold and propagate any opinion. It’s a right that, ironically, Christians do not have in many Muslim countries.
My concern is that national media coverage be smart and forthright about this conflict of interest, just as it would be if I—a Christian author and pastor—wrote a book about Muhammad.
Pouring praise onto “Zealot” as new information about Jesus, without explaining its author’s devotion to a combatting religion, is blatant bias. This same bias would be unthinkable if the Christian and Muslim roles were reversed.
With its riveting demolition of Jesus, “Zealot” will continue to attract interviews—some from reporters who want to see Jesus deconstructed. Many more interviews will come from reporters who simply don’t understand that Reza Aslan has a horse in this race. He is not an objective observer, but, to use his own word, a zealot, with religious motivation to destroy what Western culture has believed about its central figure for hundreds of years. In many ways, this conflict is larger than Christianity and Islam. It is a conflict of Western and Middle Eastern foundations. These are great and important debates that we should welcome, but let’s be honest about our motivations, positions and conflicts of interest as we dialogue.
Let’s hope reporters in future interviews will, being informed, mention the glaring conflict of interest in this Islamic opinion of Jesus. It is no more objective than my educated views about Muhammad, as a Christian.
“Zealot” is not new work from a historian. It is a sophisticated presentation of views that Muslims have held about Jesus for more than 1,000 years. source – Fox News
Beware The New Age Paganism Taught In ‘The Shack’ Movie Opening Tonight Across The Country
The Shack movie is beautifully filmed with premium graphics and a gorgeous soundtrack that will tug at your heartstrings and it feeds you heresy.
Avoid the New Age Universalism heresy of ‘The Shack’
“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:8,9 (KJV)
Let’s not beat around the bush here, let’s get right to the point. Tonight, a movie based on the bestseller ‘The Shack‘ opens in theaters across the country. The movie, like the book, presents ‘another Jesus’ not found within the pages of Scripture, and presents the Trinity as being both male and female.
Burning Down The Shack:
I do not know anything about this man’s ministry, and as such cannot recommend him for anything outside of his uncovering of The Shack. He seems pretty good, but please use your discernment if you listen to anything else he teaches.
God the Father appears as a black woman named “Papa”, (whaa…??) perfectly fitting right in with the current gender confusion being promoted by the LGBTQP and the Far Left Liberals. The Shack reduces Almighty God to a kind of Mormon “god-man” who isn’t really much different or better than his creation. This is NOT the God of the Bible.
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Numbers 23:19 (KJV)
Jesus is presented as a kick-back Middle Easterner with rolled up sleeves who is your buddy, and the Holy Spirit is presented as an Asian woman. So instead of showing us the Trinity as the Bible teaches it, we are presented with rainbow-flavored unholy mess. God at no point represents any aspect of Himself as being female, does not identify with being female at any time.
“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” 1 John 5:7 (KJV)
In order to push all your buttons and get you emotionally addicted, The Shack tells the story of a sweet young girl who is kidnapped, brutalized and then killed. A horrific story line to say the least, just ask any parent. And it is while you are in this emotionally-driven state that you are then presented with a false gospel about a mythical god who judges no one and only offers “love, peace and hope”. But it’s a false hope from the start.
A Universal God Offering Universal Salvation
Here is a quote from the book, and you tell me if it lines up with the Bible or not:
“Those who love me come from every system that exists. They were Buddhists or Mormons, Baptists or Muslims…. I have no desire to make them Christian, but I do want to join them in their transformation into sons and daughters of my Papa, into my brothers and sisters.” – The Shack’s “Jesus.” [William Young, The Shack (Windblown Media, 2007) ,p.182]
The Bible teaches that in order to get into Heaven, you must become born again as Jesus Himself commands us to do.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 (KJV)
And the Bible goes on to say that the born again followers of Jesus are in fact called Christians
“And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” Acts 11:26 (KJV)
NTEB recommends that you stay far away from this very deceptive movie based on a very deceptive book
So when The Shack has their Jesus character say that unconverted followers of religions of Mormonism, the JW’s, Buddhists, Muslims, etc can come as they are and stay as they are, that’s not just a different interpretation, that’s absolute heresy.
If you are a Bible believer, you won’t fall for this New Age slop for a second. I am not concerned about you guys. But for all you “Sunday Christians” who walk around spouting “don’t judge!” this movie views you as its target. The Shack presents a phony “jesus” with a false gospel, designed to deny Biblical truth and deceive the masses.
The Shack movie is beautifully filmed with premium cinematography and a gorgeous soundtrack that will tug at your heartstrings as it feeds you heresy.
Stay away. Far, far away.
“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” 2 Thessalonians 2:11 (KJV)
New Book Claims Proof That Vatican Helped Hitler Escape To South America
A startling new book claims Adolf Hitler actually escaped his hideout and actually died incognito in 1984 in a small town near Brazil’s border with Bolivia – and it can be proved by a picture.
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The most interesting part of this story to me is not that Hitler escaped alive to South America, but that 69 years later nearly everyone agrees that the Vatican was Hitler’s protector. I wonder when Pope Francis will come clean about that?
Daily Mail UK: He is believed to have died after shooting himself in a Berlin bunker in 1945 when he realized Germany had lost World War II.
But a startling new book claims Adolf Hitler actually escaped his hideout and actually died incognito in 1984 in a small town near Brazil’s border with Bolivia – and it can be proved by a picture.
Not only that, but the author believes the Fuhrer fled to Argentina and then Paraguay before settling in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso to hunt for buried treasure – with a map given to him by Vatican allies, according to its author.
As part of his elaborate ruse to escape detection, he also had a relationship with a black woman called Cutinga, which was meant to prove that he could not be the dictator who hated anyone who did not fit his Aryan ideal, the book claims.
Post-graduate student Simoni Renee Guerreiro Dias has outlined her bizarre theory, claiming the fascist actually died aged 95.
She claims he may have lived as Adolf Leipzig in the small town of Nossa Senhora do Livramento, 30 miles from the state capital Cuiaba. Simoni, a Brazilian who comes from Cuiaba, says Leipzig was known locally as the ‘Old German.’
Simoni is now planning to use DNA tests using a relative of Hitler living in Israel, after been given permission to exhume Adolf Leipzig’s remains from his alleged final resting place in Nossa Senhora do Livramento.
The journalism student has linked the Fuhrer’s alleged arrival in the area to a Vatican offer of ownership rights over buried Jesuit treasure in a cave near his adopted home.
She says her suspicions about Adolf Leipzig increased after she Photoshopped a mustache onto the grainy picture she obtained of him and compared it to photos of the Nazi leader.
According to Simoni, an unidentified Polish nun recognized an elderly man due to have an op at a hospital in Cuiaba in the early eighties as Hitler and demanded he leave – but was reprimanded by a superior who claimed he was there on Vatican orders.
Ten of thousands of Nazis escaped after the war, including the notorious Adolf Eichmann and Josef Mengele.
Investigators probing Hitler’s demise were hampered by the lack of any physical evidence for his death.
Fantasists were given added ammunition he didn’t die in his Berlin bunker when 2009 DNA tests on skull fragments found near the bunker and believed to be his, turned out to belong to a woman.
Rochus Misch, a former bodyguard of Adolf Hitler who has been named as the last man to see the Fuhrer alive during his final hours in Germany, died last September aged 96.
Misch, who lived with Hitler and his mistress in their underground refuge as the allies closed in, told before his death he saw Hitler slumped with his head on the table after hearing a gunshot behind his closed door. source – Daily Mail UK
‘Covert Messiah’ Project Says They Have Proof That Jesus Christ Never Existed
Atwill asserts that Christianity did not really begin as a religion, but a sophisticated government project, a kind of propaganda exercise used to pacify the subjects of the Roman Empire.
“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16
For 2,000 years, Jesus of Nazareth and the pages of holy scripture have taken on all comers, put the lie to every conspiracy theory, and stand untouched and unblemished by the accusations and ravings of a lost and dying unsaved world. This latest, and might I say, pathetic effort to discredit Jesus Christ and the bible will wind up in the trash bin with all the others.
And Mr. Atwill, if you are reading this, why don’t you get down on your knees and ask the Messiah you mock to save your wicked soul? My bible tells me He will…because if you don’t, you are going to wind up here.
From Covert Messiah: American Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill will be appearing before the British public for the first time in London on the 19th of October to present a controversial new discovery: ancient confessions recently uncovered now prove, according to Atwill, that the New Testament was written by first-century Roman aristocrats and that they fabricated the entire story of Jesus Christ. His presentation will be part of a one-day symposium entitled “Covert Messiah” at Conway Hall in Holborn
Although to many scholars his theory seems outlandish, and is sure to upset some believers, Atwill regards his evidence as conclusive and is confident its acceptance is only a matter of time. “I present my work with some ambivalence, as I do not want to directly cause Christians any harm,” he acknowledges, “but this is important for our culture. Alert citizens need to know the truth about our past so we can understand how and why governments create false histories and false gods. They often do it to obtain a social order that is against the best interests of the common people.”
Atwill asserts that Christianity did not really begin as a religion, but a sophisticated government project, a kind of propaganda exercise used to pacify the subjects of the Roman Empire. “Jewish sects in Palestine at the time, who were waiting for a prophesied warrior Messiah, were a constant source of violent insurrection during the first century,” he explains. “When the Romans had exhausted conventional means of quashing rebellion, they switched to psychological warfare. They surmised that the way to stop the spread of zealous Jewish missionary activity was to create a competing belief system. That’s when the ‘peaceful’ Messiah story was invented. Instead of inspiring warfare, this Messiah urged turn-the-other-cheek pacifism and encouraged Jews to ‘give onto Caesar’ and pay their taxes to Rome.”
Was Jesus based on a real person from history? “The short answer is no,” Atwill insists, “in fact he may be the only fictional character in literature whose entire life story can be traced to other sources. Once those sources are all laid bare, there’s simply nothing left.”
Atwill’s most intriguing discovery came to him while he was studying “Wars of the Jews” by Josephus [the only surviving first-person historical account of first-century Judea] alongside the New Testament. “I started to notice a sequence of parallels between the two texts,” he recounts. “Although it’s been recognised by Christian scholars for centuries that the prophesies of Jesus appear to be fulfilled by what Josephus wrote about in the First Jewish-Roman war, I was seeing dozens more. What seems to have eluded many scholars is that the sequence of events and locations of Jesus ministry are more or less the same as the sequence of events and locations of the military campaign of [Emperor] Titus Flavius as described by Josephus. This is clear evidence of a deliberately constructed pattern. The biography of Jesus is actually constructed, tip to stern, on prior stories, but especially on the biography of a Roman Caesar.”
How could this go unnoticed in the most scrutinized books of all time? “Many of the parallels are conceptual or poetic, so they aren’t all immediately obvious. After all, the authors did not want the average believer to see what they were doing, but they did want the alert reader to see it. An educated Roman in the ruling class would probably have recognized the literary game being played.” Atwill maintains he can demonstrate that “the Roman Caesars left us a kind of puzzle literature that was meant to be solved by future generations, and the solution to that puzzle is ‘We invented Jesus Christ, and we’re proud of it.'”
Is this the beginning of the end of Christianity? “Probably not,” grants Atwill, “but what my work has done is give permission to many of those ready to leave the religion to make a clean break. We’ve got the evidence now to show exactly where the story of Jesus came from. Although Christianity can be a comfort to some, it can also be very damaging and repressive, an insidious form of mind control that has led to blind acceptance of serfdom, poverty, and war throughout history. To this day, especially in the United States, it is used to create support for war in the Middle East.”
Atwill encourages skeptics to challenge him at Conway Hall, where after the presentations there is likely to be a lively Q&A session. Joining Mr.Atwill will be fellow scholar Kenneth Humphreys, author of the book “Jesus Never Existed.” source – Covert Messiah
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