Menorah

There is more than one kind of Jew

In the first century, Judea’s days were numbered and after the first Jewish-Roman war ended in 73 AD the Romans were fast running out of patience. The Bar-Kokhba revolt of 132-136 AD sealed its fate. The Judean people were scattered over the face of ...

Truth

Two Gods and Two Countries

The religiously motivated massacre in Orlando, Florida, is a sad reminder of the dangers of trying to find absolute truth in the written word. All books, without exception, are only shadows of the minds of the people who write them. Whatever motivati ...

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Is the Bible Fact or Fiction?

The problem many people have is that the Jesus in the New Testament makes very little sense. The image of an anti-Semitic Jew on a donkey driving two hundred thousand people out of a temple with a knotted piece of string was obviously never meant to ...

Cuneiform Tablet

Are there two Gods in the Bible?

There is a question that has been waiting for an answer for two thousand years. “How many Gods are in the Bible?” It is one of the most common questions in Bible or Torah class. Any one with even a rudimentary grip of language comprehension would be ...

Straw Target

Was Jesus Called Rabbi?

In Spanish we call roses, ‘rosas’. In Welsh they are called rhosyn. Strangely enough, by whatever name you choose to call them, roses smell the same. By the same token, the idea of ‘Teacher’ in English is named ‘Professor’ in Spanish. Morah would be ...

Red Apple

The Genesis of Human Suffering

When I was young, in the 1960s, the establishment told us that divorce was a good thing and that children were resilient. That has not proved to be the case, in fact the opposite has proved true. In the early 1900s, my family, on my father’s side, ...

Cigarettes

Consensus science is the Wizard of Oz

When I was young, scientists were queuing up to convince us of the health benefits of smoking cigarettes. Most good restaurants used to have a bowl of cigarettes on the table. Smoking in-between courses was normal. Scientists knew that it would kill ...

Ballet Shoes

What is Evil?

For those people who are blind to the colour red, for them it just doesn’t exist. Such people live in a ‘redless’ world! It is almost impossible to explain to such people what the colour ‘red’ means to the rest of us. Discussions about ‘Good and Evil ...

Rose

Read Yourselves into a Story

By way of a reply to the Kabbalah Centre and to Billy Phillips, I would like to tell you a story: Beelzebub is another word for Satan. The name Beelzebub has nine letters. Rav Berg who started the Kabbalah Centre came from Brooklyn in New York. Th ...

Handgrenade

Gnosticism as a weapon

The Greek word ‘Gnosis’, like ‘racist’ or ‘fascist,’ is a word that can be used in any debate like a grenade. These words, although used somewhat indiscriminately, have never really lost their power. ‘Gnostic’ is a ‘catch-all’ dismissal used to descr ...

Angel Cloud

If not Christ why even bother with Jesus?

Now that we’ve finally separated the Jesus of History from the Christ story it would be logical for many people to ask, “If not Christ why even bother with Jesus?” An even more important question might be, “After two thousand years, why now?” Trut ...

Helicopter Engine Failure

WARNING: Prayer can make you miserable

Helicopters are not fun! They are noisy, cramped and very uncomfortable. They are even worse when they have engine problems. A loud bang woke us and we all stiffened as the helicopter lost altitude. Looking up I could see smoke filling the cabin ...

Aliens

Early Jewish Christian

Before the fall of the Second Temple, the Jewish people were trying to decide the nature of God. With the destruction of the Kingdom of Judah, the Romans prevented a reformation of Judaism and have left Jewish religious vision frozen in time like a f ...

Gospel of John

The Gospel of John

Many Biblical Scholars believe that the earliest followers of the Historical Jesus (33-55 CE) had written down a collection of his 'Sayings' and used them as the basis of their daily Jewish practice. Apparently, they were not interested in (or knew n ...

Oprah Winfrey

Guided Meditation – Does it work?

What do you expect to get out of meditation? A lot of people sit down to try 'meditation' but soon give up because they either fell asleep or 'nothing happened'. Nobody seems to know what 'meditation' is for! 'Guided Meditation' seems to be the only ...

Copper Pot

What is Meditation, Really?

"Nothing's happening! I must be doing it wrong?" It's your first day in a meditation class. You carefully open one eye to see if anyone has started levitating without you. Everyone is firmly rooted to the gym floor but there's something 'otherworldl ...

Synoptic Gospels

The Sayings of the Jesus of History

This is a re-post from an old website of a blog we produced back in 2015 about the sayings of the Jesus of History. We hope you enjoy. Before I go any further, I just want to make this clear; I am not saying anyone is wrong. Everyone says that the ...

Steven Anderson

Why are Christians so Nasty?

Christians constantly tell us that they are ‘saved’. They tell us that Yoga is demonic and music is ‘of the devil’. They want to kill gays. They use verses they don’t understand like weapons. They seem to have their own language, which marks them out ...

Turkey Dinner

My God is better than Yours!

Can you explain why you believe the things you do? Many of our beliefs come with our culture or our age group as a job lot. It takes a lot of courage to analyse your own beliefs. It can be frightening. It is much easier to buy our beliefs off the she ...

Peshitta

The Great Hebrew Matthew Deception

One of the strangest things about studying the Jesus of History is the fact that every week, Christians go out of their way to tell me that the Gospels were originally written in Aramaic. As if that 'fact' alone itself validated Christianity. At f ...

Ian Fleming

Did Jesus Really Exist?

Can you prove to me that your grandfather actually existed? We have been using photography for over a hundred and fifty years but despite this technological advantage many of us would struggle to prove that our grandparents really existed. What pr ...

Trigger Warning

Jesus of History – Trigger Warning!

If you hear the word ‘Jesus’ and find you have uncomfortable feelings and urges, you may have been traumatised in your past and you may be suffering from mental health issues of which you are not aware. Many people from a religious background have su ...

Nubian Goat

Did Jesus believe in Sacrifice?

Two weeks ago it was Easter and greeting cards and emails were flying around the world, rejoicing in the death and the story of a resurrection of the Galilean Jew. These stories are based on the ideas of human sacrifice, universal sin, and vicarious ...

Ishihara

Are You Spiritually Colour Blind?

There are over 33,000 denominations of Christian in the world and each one believes and asserts that they alone have the truth. One would assume that 32,999 must be wrong! Muslims are instructed to convert or kill the world and it is a sentiment many ...

Bob Marley

Did Jesus come from Nazareth?

When people called Jesus ‘The Nazarene’ what did that mean? If you are reading something from long ago or words that have been translated, it is always dangerous to assume you understand what the writer meant without asking and checking. No Woman, N ...

Sin

What did Jesus teach about Sin?

It’s not often that transcendental truth can be found in the eye of a Twitter storm but Joan Bakewell the famous face of the British progressive left, recently and unwittingly spoke for Jesus when she had the courage (or stupidity) to suggest that an ...

Road Map

Map or Instruction Manual

Both the advocates for religion, people like the late Ravi Zacharias, and those against it, people like Richard Dawkins, tend to focus exclusively on the scriptures. This has always struck me as somewhat strange, as though the written words themselve ...

What is the Bible

Dr Steven DiMattei asks “What is the Bible?”

Dr Steven DiMattei writes: What do we mean when we ask ‘What is the Bible?’ Think about it for a moment. Think about the question, about what the question might already assume or take for granted. Think about the ways in which we might respond to ...

Harvey Weinstein

What is Good and What is Evil?

It is Written Every religion since time began has tried to come up with an answer to the question of human suffering. Religions try to deal with our suffering by telling us what is good and what is evil. The implication of all religions is tha ...

Ravi Zacharias

Life without consequences

In May 2020, the famous Christian apologist, Ravi Zacharias, sadly passed away after losing his battle with cancer. Almost immediately, and somewhat inevitably, a host of women came forward to accuse the allegedly energetic septuagenarian Ravi of sex ...

Love Your Enemy

Love Your Enemy

Consider the following sayings attributed to Christ, three of which may well be from the common source. In order to confirm our suspicion let’s examine the text for philosophical coherence. “I am telling you, love your enemies, bless those who curse ...

Tomb

The Jesus Family Tomb

For some of you, this might come as a bit of a shock but the actual physical tomb of the Jesus of History was found in 1980. If that’s news to you, I can tell you why! Nearly everyone involved in Biblical archaeology has a ‘dog in the fight’ and none ...

Jesus' Wife

The Jesus of History had a Wife

Professor Karen Leigh King presented a papyrus, in 2012, to the International Congress of Coptic Studies called ‘The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’. Prior to publication she had obtained confirmation of its authenticity. Nevertheless, a small group of pseudo ...

Elvis

The Jesus of History

If we exhume the Jesus of History from the grave of the Christ myth, the evidence for an historical person on whom Christianity was based is overwhelming. Josephus The famous Jewish/Roman historian, Josephus, (writing around 90 CE) mentions ‘the de ...

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Automatic Reactions

Most people go through their lives like robots. Something happens, which they perceive to be good for them, in the short-term, and they have pleasant feelings. Is that happiness? Conversely, something happens to them that they perceive to be bad, ...

Mooji

The Myth of Spiritual Enlightenment

In India it is quite normal to see people defecate in the street. In fact, fifty percent of the people in India defecate in the open. Despite having a space program, in India you can wait for a train and watch people pooping on the tracks (http://www ...

Holy Frauds

Holy Frauds

Written Word Christianity has been a major part of Western culture for the last two thousand years and as a textual based religion it has programmed people to think of the written word as their spiritual datum. For two thousand years, people have be ...

Quantum Mechanics For Your Soul

The ‘Self of Now’

What is the Self? If I asked you to point to the part of your body where your ‘self ’ lives, which part would you point to? So is your ‘self ’ in your brain? It has been shown that a human being can lose 95% of his brain and still have an IQ of 1 ...

Do Atheist Really Exist

Do Atheists Really Exist?

The question is, 'Do Atheists Really Exist?' It's true that many people say that they don’t believe in God but that's not the same thing. Over 20% of the population call themselves atheists, but are they? There are a lot of people in the world ...

Fallen Angel

Does Satan Exist?

Christianity would be nothing without the idea of Satan or Lucifer as a rival to God. I’m sure you will have noticed by now the amazing similarity between the dualistic philosophy of the Gnostics and Christian dogma. Satan versus Jesus — the ide ...

KARAPOT PRAYER

Animal Sacrifice is Evil

After the 7/7 London bombings in 2005, a recording of the Islamic Terrorist, Mohammad Sidique Khan, was played on the world’s media in which Mr Khan explains why he felt compelled to murder fifty-six innocent people. He very eloquently and thoroug ...

Jesus Family Tomb

The Jesus Family Tomb Reopened – Part 1

On 27 March 1980 the underground tomb of the Jesus family was found. In 2007, James Cameron, the writer and director of films like Avatar and Titanic made a documentary with Simcha Jacobovici on the Lost Tomb of Jesus - most people have never he ...

Yahweh Image

The Evolution of God in the Hebrew Bible

The God in the Bible is a monster is such a common criticism, it's almost a cliche? The Bible consists of sixty-six books written between the 5th century BCE and 2nd century CE. All of the books were written by different authors for different audienc ...

Why does everyone hate Jesus

Why does everyone hate the Jesus of History

Does everyone hate the Jesus of History? The Christian Church is entirely responsible for the fact that everyone, in the modern world, hates the Jesus of History. Popular ‘artists’ exhibit statues of him crucified in urine! Other ‘artists’ portray ...

Humpty Dumpty

Was the Jesus of History a God?

Was Jesus a God? In fact, more importantly, did the Jesus of History believe he was God? If you don't understand Greek and Hebrew culture and history it is very hard to make sense of the Gospels. Terms like 'The Son of Man' and 'Son of God' are t ...