Saturday, March 4, 2017

Alternative Facts

   “They exchanged the truth about God for a lie” (Romans 1:25)

   This year a new term, a very cunning white washed word for lies has been invented.   A newly famous woman who has contributed nothing to uplift human existence called lies “alternative facts”.   The world accepted the term.   However, the belief in alternative fact is not new.  Here are two that have survived centuries.

   The Virgin Mary remained a virgin all her life. People believed this because the thought that Jesus' mother would have sex with her husband Joseph is unacceptable. The Bible says in Matthew 12:47 "Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you” referring to Mary with Jesus' earthly brothers.

   Then in Matthew 13:55 it says “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas?"  Clearly the passage is not referring to spiritual brothers because the speaker was simply trying to identify Jesus in a crowd of strangers.  The brothers mentioned included a Joseph.  Compared to the list of the 12 apostles, there was no apostle named Joseph.  Joseph could not possibly be referring to Mary's husband because the speaker says in the same breath “the carpenter’s son” which means he knew Joseph, the carpenter, as Jesus’s father not one of his brothers. 

   Clearly, Mary had 4 more son's after Jesus which should not be unthinkable because she was a lawfully wedded wife and commits no transgression in having Joseph’s children.  The Bible can’t lie so obviously someone made up an alternative fact.

   “The development of Chinese characters pre-dates the writing of the Book of Genesis …the Chinese characters seem to provide an ‘independent’ record of the events in Genesis.” (http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Hanzi_of_Genesis)  This refers to Moses writing the Book of Genesis 7:13 “On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark,” a total of eight people on a large boat.  

   In Genesis 11:1-9, the Bible narrates how the different languages were given to mankind. It follows that, that was when different alphabets and characters were created.  The Chinese character for large ship is a combination of people, eight and boat. 
   The Shang dynasty ruled in China during 1600-1046 BCE.  After having an "independent record" of Noah's ark the religion of the Shang was based on veneration of the ancestors, which is farthest from Bible truth.

   “It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.” - Mark Twain

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