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Dawkins has made no bones about what he thinks should be done about Christianity – exterminate! But his approach is just to write books that propose how ridiculous Christianity is scientifically speaking. What he really should do is organize an effort to remove the use of BC/AD BCE/ACE when referring to dates as these explicitly and implicitly refer to the birth and life of Jesus Christ which places him at the very center of history.
If Dawkins was smart he would begin a movement to remake our current system of time accounting based on some naturalistic scientific principal – of which I have no idea what that might look like – perhaps some Stardate similar to that used on Star Trek.
Personally I believe it would be impossible to change our dating system based just on the insurmountable logistical task it would entail in changing all our computer systems, historical records, etc. And spiritually I believe it would also be impossible to take Jesus Christ out of the equation.
Isn’t it interesting that many non-believers do not think that Jesus was even a historical personage. How is it possible that a mythological person could be made the very pivot of our historical records? Every time Dawkins uses BCE he still witnesses to the life of Jesus Christ. He is such a hypocrite.
“As I know not whence I come, so I know not whither I go. I know only that, in leaving this world, I fall for ever either into annihilation or into the hands of an angry God, without knowing to which of these two states I shall be for ever assigned. Such is my state, full of weakness and uncertainty. And from all this I conclude that I ought to spend all the days of my life without caring to inquire into what must happen to me. Perhaps I might find some solution to my doubts, but I will not take the trouble, nor take a step to seek it; and after treating with scorn those who are concerned with care, I will go without foresight and without fear to try the great event, and let myself be led carelessly to death, uncertain of the eternity of my future state.” quoted from Pascal’s Pensees.
Such is the uncertain and unexamined life of atheists.
My painting of Sagan as a priest of science.
In Revelation there are some prophecies that speak about what seems to be celestial events and could be swarms of asteroids or comets on a collision course with Earth.
7The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.
8The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, 9a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
10The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water— 11the name of the star is Wormwood.a A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.
12The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night.
The thing about prophecies is that they are impossible to figure out until after they have happened except in their general sense. Comets are indeed like hail or large conglomerates of ice and asteroids could be aptly described as large mountains. It is interesting that there is so much much effort being paid by scientists toward asteroid collision detection these days and an emphasis on learning how to deflect their paths away from Earth. Perhaps we should be paying more attention to the stars as this seems to be a prophetic event culminating in Jesus Christ’s grand finale.
The last mention of the presence of the ark is in King Josiah’s days around 622bc (2 Chronicles 35:3). From then on it is not obviously in anyone’s presence. And the prophet Jeremiah said in 3:16:
In those days, when your numbers have increased greatly in the land,” declares the Lord, “people will no longer say, ‘The ark of the covenant of the Lord.’ It will never enter their minds or be remembered; it will not be missed, nor will another one be made.
So it was probably concealed during Josiah’s reign.
It does get a final mention in a most interesting place:
Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm. Revelation 11:19
I wonder how Jesus dressed and did he look like the rabbis of the day. I believe he probably dressed like any other Jewish man because the Samaritan woman knew immediately that he was Jewish but didn’t pin him as a rabbi or holy man until after he prophesied about her. And when he was arrested in the garden, the soldiers couldn’t tell him apart from his disciples. He wore sandals, an inner garment, and an outer garment. And I am pretty sure he would not have worn the phylacteries as that seems against his spirit of piety and sincerity rather than showy sensationalism.
Did he have short or long hair? Pretty sure it would have been short as other scriptures speak against long locks for men. Probably a beard – at least when he came out of the desert after his 40 day ordeal. I just can’t see him carrying a razor around with him, shaving in the Jordan River.
Does it matter what he looked like? I think it does to the extent that he probably didn’t look like the cinematic version of a long haired effeminate movie star. He led a tough life, worked hard as a carpenter, fasted a lot, walked a lot, spent a lot of time in the sun as he worked and traveled from town to town.
He was/is a real man and worthy of hero status and worship.