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Thread: Rev. Sen. Raphael Warnock on Jesus Christ's resurrection

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    Secular Web Kiosk: The Sin of Silence
    Those graduating in religious studies from every major university in America, as well as every major theological seminary that is independent of Christian financial pressure, know certain facts to be true.

    They know that:
    1. The entire bible is saturated with common mythological themes, from the creation and flood myth to virgin birth and resurrected hero mythology.
    2. The stories of the patriarchs in the Old Testament are known as 'temple legends' to enhance the history of the Hebrew people and are mostly fictional.
    3. The gospels were not written by anyone who knew Jesus personally.
    4. The 'Christ' myths and formulas are direct copies of Zoroastrian myths adopted by the Jesus sect.
    5. These facts, with others, have been known for years, and taught by internationally respected scholars from major universities world wide.

    Religiously educated clergy, through the sin of omission and silence, yet continue to promote superstition.
    Gerald LaRue has also written about this "sin of silence". I must point out that the Zoroastrian theory is doubtful at best, that there are other sources, like cribbing the Old Testament.

    GLR's article: When Clergy Commit the Sin of Silence | Free Inquiry (paywalled)

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    Conservative, mainline and liberal "wings" in Protestantism
    • Conservative: The Bible is the actual Word of God
    • Mainline: The Bible contains the Word of God
    • Liberal: The Bible is a wide-ranging human document
    With splits like that, it's hard to consider Xianity a unified front.

    Did Jesus lead a sinless life while on earth?
    • Pentecostal / Foursquare: 73%
    • Latter-day Saints (Mormons): 70%
    • Assembly of God: 70%
    • Non-denominational, mostly Fundamentalist: 63%
    • Baptist: 55%
    • Church of Christ: 54%
    • Seventh-day Adventist: 45%
    • Presbyterian: 45%
    • Catholics: 33%
    • Lutheran: 33%
    • Methodist: 33%
    • Episcopal: 28%
    AOC credits her Catholic faith for positions on health care, environment | National Catholic Reporter
    ... She explained why her favorite biblical story is that of Jesus throwing out the money changers from the temple in a fit of rage.

    "You see Christ as human," she said, noting how she appreciated that he lived "as a human being who could lose his temper."

    The story has deep political implications, she said. It's about how corruption happens, not because people are necessarily evil, but via a long process of small decisions seen to be convenient.

    The cleansing of the temple, said Ocasio-Cortez, indicates "how a sacred space became co-opted. It happened via incremental decisions by many people." She tied that to an ongoing concern over the impact big money has on how political decisions are made. In the temple of American democracy, she said, the money changers remain at work and they need to be confronted.
    Jesus Christ as having human weaknesses?

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