“Anti-Semitism” often carries two different meanings, and unfortunately people often equivocate between the two. “Anti-Semitism” can refer to being against the race of the Jews. The genetic inheritance of the Jews is blamed for somehow causing the alleged moral failings of Jews. However, “anti-Semitism” is also used against those who reject the Jewish religion, a belief system. But this is no more racist than Aristotle’s rejection of Platonism was racist. That is, it’s not racist. Luther’s opposition to the Jews was because of their beliefs, not their race. He had hoped that, with the burden of Roman Catholic theology and history having been thrown off, Jews would embrace the Protestant beliefs in large numbers. Luther wrote:
I would request and advise that one deal gently with the Jews. . . . If we really want to help them, we must be guided in our dealings with them, not by Papal Law, but by the Law of Christian love. We must receive them cordially, and permit them to trade and work with us, hear our Christian teaching and witness our Christian life. If some of them should prove stiff-necked, what of it? After all, we ourselves are not all good Christians either.1
Fifteen years later, after his hopes of wide-spread conversions among the Jews were not realized, Luther wrote On the Jews and their Lies in which he makes vitriolic demands for the State to persecute Jews as he thinks idolaters were in the Old Testament – by burning down Jewish synagogues and homes, forbidding rabbinic teaching, and forcing them into manual labor. It should be noted that these demands had nothing to do with race and nationality but with belief systems. He was reacting to Rabbinic writings that called Jesus Christ “the bastard Son” of “that whore, Mary” and worse. Luther was as equally vitriolic toward the Roman Catholic Church, which had nothing to do with race.2Continue reading →
Part 1: Nazi Religion – Nature Worship, with Superficial Appeals to Christianity
Atheists often claim that the Nazis were a Christian movement because Hitler denounced Marxist materialism and made some public comments appealing to God and promising to promote “positive Christianity.”i You can trust a politician’s promises, can’t you? Nearly all politicians in the West give perfunctory honor to God. For some atheists, pointing to an instance where Hitler “named the name of Christ” is sufficient to prove that he was a Christian. But the logical fallacy of this argument is simple: Equivocation – using the same words as Christians but giving them a different meaning. That Hitler always spoke positively about Jesus Christ does not prove that he believed in Christianity or the Christian God because Hitler’s views of Jesus and God bear little resemblance to the traditional Christian views. Hitler spoke positively of Jesus Christ, but he often denounced Christianity in his private conversations. Hitler rejected the Christian view of God, rejected the Old Testament because it was Jewish (even though Christ endorsed it – Matt. 5:17, Luke 16:17, John 10:35), rejected the scriptures from the Apostle Paul because his message was internationalist rather than racist and nationalist, rejected the resurrection of Christ, rejected the deity of Christ, and rejected Christ’s Jewish lineage. Hitler’s “Christ” was a product of his own imagination: a completely mortal, anti-capitalist, anti-Semite Aryan. Hitler’s occasional pro-Christian rhetoric masked a secret plan by the Nazis to destroy the Christian Church. He wanted to return German religion to pre-Christian nature worship. The main source of Hitler’s ideology was Friedrich Nietzsche, who declared that “God is dead,” and Darwinian evolution in terms of races struggling against each other so that societal progress is achieved by the survival of the fittest race. Continue reading →
John Frame has reissued his popular book Apologetics to the Glory of God (AGG) under a new name, Apologetics: A Justification of Christian Belief. He has expanded some of the chapters and added essays in the appendix. Continue reading →
All evangelical Christians except five-point Calvinists believe in universal atonement, that Christ died on the cross to pay for the sins of every person in history. So if they explicitly deny limited atonement, how can they be logically committed to it? Because they believe in God’s omniscience. Because God knows all things from eternity past, then before Christ came to earth, He knew exactly who would be saved and who would not. So does it make sense to say that Christ came to earth with the intent to save those whom He knew would never be saved? Of course not. Continue reading →
“I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing” (Hosea 8:12).
By Mike Warren email@example.com
The Evangelical Immigration Table has issued an “’I Was A Stranger’ Challenge” to read a list of forty Bible verses that they provide that relate to immigration. They appear to be using “table” in the sense of “forum,” but their website makes it clear that the discussion has already ended, and those invited to the Table have already decided that the implication of those Bible verses is that there should be federal legislation that gives illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship, which is what they call for on the website. Curiously, their promotional video does not mention anything about citizenship. The video consists of a number of religious leaders who are participants in the Table reading portions of the parable of the sheep and the goats in Matthew 25, in which Jesus identifies His followers in terms of those who provide charity to the stranger and others in time of need. Jesus says to provide food, water, and clothing to the destitute, and visit those who are sick or in jail. But He says nothing about citizenship in this parable.Continue reading →
“Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”
Jesus Christ (John 7:24)
We often hear from both atheists and Christians that the Bible says that we are never supposed to judge others. To put it as nicely as possible, that’s baloney. We all know deep down that it’s not true. If we catch someone stealing a television, we’ll yell at the thief, “Put that back! Stealing is wrong!” It wouldn’t cross our minds that we’re doing something wrong by saying that.
But we all know the atheist’s three favorite verses in the Bible: “Judge not lest you be judged” (Matthew 7:1), “He who is without sin cast the first stone” (John 8:7), and “God is love” (1 John 4:8). Why are these his favorites? Because they allow the atheist to escape accountability to God. He is guilty before God and doesn’t like to hear about it – just like the thief would like people to stop judging him and saying that stealing is wrong, especially the cops, judges, and lawmakers (until the thief becomes the victim of theft). But there’s bad news for the atheist. These verses don’t say what they think they say. The Bible commands us to judge, and these verses are fully consistent with the rest of the Bible. Let’s take a look at them one at a time. Continue reading →
“Religion and politics don’t mix” is a mantra taught throughout the United States as indisputable, absolute truth (along with the mantra that “all truth is relative”), but Christians owe their first allegiance to God, and any view of the relationship between church and state must conform to “Thus saith the Lord.” Continue reading →