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Ghid

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  1. Ghid

    The nature of slavery

    Yes, I might have felt that way when Mr C, my seventh grade history teacher, asked the class to define slave. However, I have found that I own other people's labor just like Frederick Douglass' master owned his labor in Up From Slavery. My father invests for me. One of the companies is Citi Bank. If a person has a balance on a Discover or Sears credit card, that person's interest payments pay my dividends, so in that circumstance, I own his or her labor, and that person (or a prorated portion thereof) is my slave.
  2. Ghid

    The nature of slavery

    Someone should say that slavery is not illegal. It is a common financial arrangement between creditors and debtors, which has existed at least since the Code of Hammurabi. We can regulate slavery, but we can't eliminate it. A slave is another person's personal property. Anyone with a credit card can become another person's personal property.
  3. Ghid

    Begats to Ascension

    Next the narrative switches to Matthew 2:1-17 in which the magician's visit Herod and Jesus. Herod wants to kill Jesus, so Joseph takes him to Egypt. After Herod dies, they return to Nazareth. Now, the narrative switches to Luke 2:22-52. Joseph takes Jesus to Jerusalem for purification rites, and they meet Simeon, “a righteous and devout” man, who was waiting for the Messiah, and they meet Anna, and woman who prayed near the temple. I don’t what I should make of Simeon and Anna, but I can speculate that they were the first to recognize that Jesus would arrange “God's final climactic act by which He would renew all things and vindicate Israel,” or in modern terms they were the first to recognize Jesus as God. Luke also tells a story about how when Jesus was twelve, they celebrated the Passover in Jerusalem. When they began the return trip, Jesus stayed in Jerusalem, and they found him three days later.
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    Begats to Ascension

    According to Luke 2:1-21 Jesus’ parents went from the “town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem” to be counted in a census. Wikipedia says that census happened in AD 6. In Luke1, Luke suggested that Jesus and John were born when Herod was king. Herod died in 4 BC. So maybe Luke’s investigation was not as “carefully investigated” as he thought it was, or one or the other date is a typo. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Census_of_Quirinius
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    Begats to Ascension

    Moving chronologically: While Elizabeth, Mary, and Zachariah deal with the birth of John and Jesus in Luke 1:5-80, Mary’s husband, Joseph, deals with his wife’s pregnancy “from the Holy Spirit,” in Matthew 1:18-24. That must have been a cowabunda moment. Maybe even a what’s-a-cubit moment. It is also a great place for an aria, Zachariah and Joseph at stage right and left and with the women in the middle. With King Herod as the tragic protagonist, the magi could be a gold smith, a myrrh merchant, and frankincense merchant. Relative time 0002
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    Begats to Ascension

    Yes that seems reasonable to me. When Jesus said in Mark 1:15, “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news,” his audience might have thought that "It would be God's final climactic act by which He would renew all things and vindicate Israel."
  7. Ghid

    I'd love an opinion

    Acts 6:8-15 Episodes 29-30 So antiquity had Babylonian, Grecian, and Judean Jews. I asked one of my Chinese cousins if he knew of Chinese Jews. We went to a Chinese restaurant, and we asked the waiter. The waiter went to get the cook. The cook came from the kitchen and he said something in Chinese. My cousin translated, "We have orange juice, tomato juice, but no Chinese juice."
  8. Ghid

    Begats to Ascension

    The first chronological event in the Gospels’ story (Luke 1:5-80) begins when the angel, Gabriel, who was likely on his way to recite Quran to Muhammad, stops in Jerusalem to tell Zechariah, a temple priest, that his wife will have a son and that he should name him John. Six hundred years later, Gabriel recited the Quran to Muhammad, the Prophet. That is not relevant to the story, but it shows that Gabriel gets around. The text does not say that the son, John, will become John the Baptist. It even asks the question, “What then is this child going to be?” It does imply the child’s VIP status in that “... he will be filled with the Holy Spirit …. He will bring back many of the people ... to the Lord their God. … he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the .. disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous …,” The most important part must be that he will “ … make ready a people prepared for the Lord,” which in the modern view implies that he will make people ready for Jesus. At the end of the first century BC, it might have meant that people should prepare for the end of the world. Relative time 0001
  9. The author of the Gospel of John must have believed that Jesus was God. I don't understand how anyone could argue otherwise. A scrap of papyrus in a museum in the UK has some text about Jesus and Pilate. As near as I can tell, it has not been well dated, but it could be second century. https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Rylands_Library_Papyrus_P52
  10. Ghid

    I'd love an opinion

    Acts 1:12-26 (Episodes 5 and 6 ) I have returned from the Stone Age. When school ended, my family went to visit my oldest brother. Sometimes his living conditions lack plumbing and electricity, so I call it the Stone Age. Anyway, Acts 1:12 says that The Mount of Olives is a Sabbath Day’s walk from Jerusalem. I should wonder if that has become a tourist thing. Do people go to Jerusalem, so they can walk from Jerusalem to The Mount of Olives? The first Christians must have organized themselves like a democracy. For example, they elected Matthias to replace Judas. The text is not clear about who voted. Maybe only the apostles voted, and first Christians organized themselves as an oligarchy.
  11. Ghid

    Begats to Ascension

    I think that John’s Gospel has the best hook, “In the beginning was the word …” in its first verse, but I think that it was not the original introduction. I think that John 20:30-31 might have been the original first paragraph. During a rewrite someone with some poetic talent removed the original introduction and put it at the end of the manuscript. John’s original introduction sounds a lot like Luke’s in Luke 1:1-4 with its I-know-the-truth-and-I’m-going-to-tell-you statement.
  12. Ghid

    Begats to Ascension

    Any discussion of Jesus should begin or end with the Begats, so I tried to compare the two genealogies in Matthew and Luke, and I had a cowabunga moment. Matthew 1:1-17 lists 41 names from Abraham to Jesus. Luke 3:23-38 lists 56 names, and Luke does not mention King Solomon. I had expected closer agreement, and I don't know what I should make of it. I know of one other example where Luke appears to have been dyscalculic, and I might talk about that later. Possible explanation might be that different Jewish sects had different lists, or maybe different translations use different manuscripts. I used the NIV version. Relative Time 0000
  13. Ghid

    Begats to Ascension

    So NT Wright must be Tom Wright the former Bishop of Durham in Northumberland, UK He writes a lot, a sort of James Patterson of Jesus The relevant book might be The Original Jesus? http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-original-jesus-life-and-vision-tom-wright/1114708671?ean=9780802842831
  14. Ghid

    the World and stuff

    I tend to think that rules for me seem easy. I don’t think that people, who are not Christians, have more fun. For example, I have friends, whose families came from China, India, Iran or Vietnam, so I know by simple observation that other cultures have tighter control of their children’s behavior. I don’t need to be told twice that things have a right and a wrong way to do things, but most rules have exceptions, and I think I can be flexible about the rules. For example, I have a driver’s license, but I am not allowed to have passengers unless I have an adult driver in the car. However, if someone needed a doctor immediately and I were the only driver, I would drive them to a hospital if necessary because that would be a reasonable exception. Sometimes I get in trouble because of the rules have a contradictory nature. Dad gave me a credit card, and he told me that if I used it, I should tell him, so he could budget the money. Even more important, I should only use the card in emergencies. I have only used the card once. I went to a movie with friends. That was a rule. I was never allowed to go anywhere by myself. Like I said, I went to the movies with friends. We went on a city bus. After the movie a homeless man approached us. My friends and I decided to buy him food. That is sort of true. More truthfully stated, I decided to use my credit card to buy the man’s food. I compounded the problem because I forgot to tell my Dad that I had spent the money. So some weeks later, I was in my room doing homework, and I heard my dad’s voice. “Ghid!” The tone of the voice suggested that I was in trouble. I love my dad, but I’m really kind of afraid of him. I know he won’t hurt me, but I hurt a lot when I disappoint him. So I began with, “Yes, daddy,” as I sprinted to his office. He asked, or more like he demanded as he waved the credit-card bill, “What is this ten dollar charge on your credit card.” I said, “OMG; I’m so sorry. I forgot to tell you. I bought food for a homeless man.” I thought that was a reasonable explanation, but it only escalated Dad’s anger. “You what? You fed a homeless man? Do you know how dangerous … I felt like I had to defend myself, so I interrupted him, which is another rule I broke, and I said, “OMG, but I only did what I have seen you do ….” I must have looked terrified because he looked at me like he had never seen me before and he asked, “Oh, are you going to cry?” I know that sounds bizarre, but I almost never cry. When someone hurts me, I get angry. I plot my revenge. My shrink says that it has something to do with my lack of parental affection before I was adopted. In my laundry list of problems that my parents inherited with they adopted me, not crying even in the most extreme situations, was one of them. So dad asked, “Are you going to cry?” With all the defiance I could muster as I felt a tear from my cheek, and I said, “Yes!” He smiled and said, “Well, Doctor Doogie,” That is the nickname for my shrink, “will be proud.” Manipulative little me tried to switch from defiance to submission, but I heard my defiance. “OMG, I just fed the homeless man just like you do.” Lots of adults in my family feed homeless people just the way I did. My dad stopped waving the credit card bill. “Look sweetie, this is really my fault. I taught you to do this, but I want to you stop. Don’t feed homeless people unless you are with an adult. Me being contrite, ”Yes sir.” “And next time, remember to tell me that you spent my money.” “Me being very contrite, “Yes sir, I’m really sorry, sir.” Dad opened his arms, “Now give me a hug!” Me feeling like I dodged a bullet, “Yes sir.” I love hugs.
  15. Ghid

    Begats to Ascension

    I'm not sure that I understand the word, "apocalyptic," but I think it refers to anything to do with the end of the world. For things about the end of the world or end times, Schweitzer uses "eschatological." It that the same thing?
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