Monday, October 10, 2005

Two men have made arguments against Zionism that we need to understand and to promite if we are to survive this decade. One of these men is Charles Carlson. He is a devout Christian who converts evangelicals from Zionism to a sound and sane Christianity that opposes imperialism. His website - We Hold These Truths- has an article on CI Scofield and the conversion of Christianity to Zionism through the efforts of the Rothschild dynasty.This is a religous argument best made by one evangelical to another though I do recommendeveryone read it. It is here:http://www.whtt.org/index_temp.php?news=2&id=495

The second man is Israel Finkelstein, the archaeologist,whose book, The Bible Unearthed -ISBN 0684869128-makes argunents we all need to know and understand in order to intellectually defeat Zionism. I have written a few of his insights and conclusions below.

The historical sagas of Abraham, Lot, Moses, Joshuaand the Exodus were not miraculous revelations but the product of human imagination. The story of Exodus never happened at the time and the manner described in the Bible.

It is unlikely that the walls of Jericho came tumbling down due to a trumpet blast. The cities of Canaan were not walled and were not well populated at the time of the alleged events.

There is no convincing evidence of a unified invasion of Canaan by Joshua. The Israelites were originally Canaanites. Therefore, the Israelites have no special claim to be descendants of Abraham and heirs to the lands of the Mideast.

There were no mentions of either David or Solomon in any writings of the Egyptians or the Mesopotamians. There is no evidence that there was either a Temple of Solomon or a even a palace. There is not even any proof of the wealth the Bible claims for Solomon.

There is no proof that there was a unified Kingdom of Israel and Judah. David and Solomon were no more than hillside chieftains. Monumental inscriptions and royal seals were not seen in Judah until 200 years after Solomon.

The cities of the north of Israel were built by the Omri dynasty. Ahab and Jezebel were their most famous king and queen. The Omri had 2 capitols. One was at Samaria for their Israeli citizens. Their Cananninte capitol was at Jezreel.

King Josiah "found" the Book of the Law in 622 B.C. The "Book of the Law" interestingly did not appear until after literacy became widespread in Judah. The Old Testament was re-written to make Judah to appearto be the faithful followers of Jehovah. King Josiah died from war wounds. And Judah was taken into exile some years later.

The Passover was not celebrated as a national holiday untilafter the book of Deuteronomy was revised by the later priests of Judah in the seventh century B.C.

Elsewhere, I learned that the oldest Psalms were written by the Canaanites. Additional Psalms were written by Philistines who had been hired by the court and the priests. The Assyrian captivity stirred Jeremiah to make a prediction that in 70 years Israel would be retored as a nation. Years later the prophet Daniel read the prophecy of Jeremiah 25 and reinterpreted it to mean that the restoration would occur in 70 weeks of years after the rebuilding of the wall at Jerusalem. That moved the supposed restoration of Israeli sovereignty to 45 A.D. from 516 BC. In Daniel chapter 9 we read that the last seven years of the 490 was to be a week of trials and tribulations which are prominently featured in the Book of Revelation and in Christian Sunday Schools. The problem is that these prophecies were made for the periodof 38 to 45 A.D. They were not made for modern times. And the prohecies were never fulfilled in ancient times, neither in Jeremiah's predicted 516 B.C. or in Daniel's 38 to 45 A.D. I would not use the above arguments to convert people to atheism. I would say to the disillusioned Christians that the religion of the New Testament is experiential and mystical rather than historical and militaristic. it is time that Christianity and Judaism reject imperialism which claims the right to kill and to exploit anyone who is not like us.

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Blogger Louise said...

Speaking of Scofield, a recent article listed on Google entitled PRETRIB RAPTURE DIEHARDS has shocking, long-covered-up facts about him (see the "1880s") which could have the title "Scofield's Scandals." He was a jailed forger AFTER his conversion in 1873, he deserted his first wife and she divorced him in 1883, he deviously gave himself a D.D. (standing for Dishonest Dispy?) in the early 1890s, and as late as 1899 he still owed thousands of dollars that he had stolen 20 years earlier! Maybe his initials C. I. really stood for Corrupted Interpreter! Lou

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Blogger James Fletcher Baxter said...

Consider:
The missing element in every human 'solution' is
an accurate definition of the creature.

The way we define 'human' determines our view
of self, others, relationships, institutions, life, and
future. Important? Only the Creator who made us
in His own image is qualified to define us accurately.
Choose wisely...there are results.

Many problems in human experience are the result of
false and inaccurate definitions of humankind premised
in man-made religions and humanistic philosophies.

Each individual human being possesses a unique, highly
developed, and sensitive perception of diversity. Thus
aware, man is endowed with a natural capability for enact-
ing internal mental and external physical selectivity.
Quantitative and qualitative choice-making thus lends
itself as the superior basis of an active intelligence.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. His title describes
his definitive and typifying characteristic. Recall
that his other features are but vehicles of experi-
ence intent on the development of perceptive
awareness and the following acts of decision and
choice. Note that the products of man cannot define
him for they are the fruit of the discerning choice-
making process and include the cognition of self,
the utility of experience, the development of value-
measuring systems and language, and the accultur-
ation of civilization.

The arts and the sciences of man, as with his habits,
customs, and traditions, are the creative harvest of
his perceptive and selective powers. Creativity, the
creative process, is a choice-making process. His
articles, constructs, and commodities, however
marvelous to behold, deserve neither awe nor idol-
atry, for man, not his contrivance, is earth's own
highest expression of the creative process.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. The sublime and
significant act of choosing is, itself, the Archimedean
fulcrum upon which man levers and redirects the
forces of cause and effect to an elected level of qual-
ity and diversity. Further, it orients him toward a
natural environmental opportunity, freedom, and
bestows earth's title, The Choicemaker, on his
singular and plural brow.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. Psalm 25:12 He is by
nature and nature's God a creature of Choice - and of
Criteria. Psalm 119:30,173 His unique and definitive
characteristic is, and of Right ought to be, the natural
foundation of his environments, institutions, and re-
spectful relations to his fellow-man. Thus, he is orien-
ted to a Freedom whose roots are in the Order of the
universe.

Let us proclaim it. Behold!
{{{{{The Season of Generation-Choicemaker Joel 3:14 KJV]]]]]

- from The HUMAN PARADIGM

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