Month: July 2017

The Problem with Christian Holidays

The Problem with Christian Holidays

25 years before my deeper study of the scriptures prompted me to leave the church, I had already developed strong convictions against Christian holidays. There is virtually no-one, not even among conservative Christian scholars and apologists, who denies the pagan origins of Christian holidays. The question is: what, if anything, is wrong with co-opting pagan practices?

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Are we Free from the Law?

Are we Free from the Law?

Torah, as a body of instructions, was given to the nation of Israel through Moses at Mt. Sinai (see Exodus 19). The famous 10 commandments are but a small subset of Torah. Jews view the 10 commandments more as top level categories for the larger body of Torah, which consists of an enumerated 613 separate instructions, at least according to Rabbinic Judaism, by which Torah observant Jews (and gentiles) order and live their lives.

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Paul the False Apostle

Paul the False Apostle

The title of this article, it could be argued, is inflammatory. Kudos to you if it hasn’t yet turned you away. I think sometimes the truth just needs to be said directly, without any sugar coating. Sort of like pulling a bandaid from your young child’s booboo, or duct tape from the mouth of your abductee, (don’t be alarmed, I’ve only seen it in the movies), it’s better to just get it done than to prolong the pain.

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The New Covenant Problem

The New Covenant Problem

First, a disclaimer: We do not accept as divine any writings outside of the Torah (the five books of Moses.) We do not accept that future prophecy recorded outside of the Torah, particularly prophecy that promises peace and prosperity, is destined to come true, much like Jeremiah himself (Jeremiah 28:8-9). That said, this article discusses Jeremiah’s future prophecy of a new covenant in order to show the Christian concept of a current new covenant to be untenable. This does not indicate a belief on our part that this particular prophecy must come true. Time will tell.)

A foundational principle of Christianity is the claim that a new covenant was instituted by Jesus’ death and resurrection, replacing the covenant made between YHVH and Israel at Mount Sinai. No longer are we required to observe YHVH’s instructions, for we are saved by simple faith in Jesus and nothing else.

What if it could be easily shown from the New Testament that the new covenant is still in the future? What would that mean for Christianity? Could it be that the Mount Sinai covenant stills stands, leaving Christianity without excuse for abandoning YHVH’s instructions, even teaching people to break them?

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It’s our one year anniversary!

It’s our one year anniversary!

Our Nashville area community has been meeting for a year now! We started with Parsha Devarim last year, and we’ve come full circle to Devarim again this coming Shabbat.¬†We’ll have a cake to celebrate.

It’s about time we have a community website as well, so that’s what’s going on here. Stay tuned as we will be beginning an article library with apologetics and more soon.