How about an authentic forgery?

The latest news about the letter that says Jesus was married (in it he supposedly says “my wife”) has left some people wondering if it’s authentic or a forgery. I would simply settle the matter by saying it’s an authentic forgery!

Even if the letter is authentic, by genuinely dating back to 1,200 years ago, as the “tests” have reportedly shown, I believe it would be wise to keep in mind that the neighborhood of 1,200 years ago is more than a few zip-codes away from the neighborhood of 1,900 years ago. So the letter may in fact be genuine – but genuinely wrong nonetheless.

Through the centuries following the establishment of Jesus’ church (the actual biblical bride of Christ – Ephesians 5:22-33), and up to this very day, many people have circulated false ideas (a.k.a. false doctrine) about Jesus’ person and doctrine; whether this was done in spoken word or in circulated letter it matters not, the errors are still the same. People could have very well taught around 1,200 A.D. that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, but that makes the belief no more accurate than that of the idea that Mary, Jesus’ mother, physically ascended into heaven after her death (that’s if she died to begin with) several centuries before 1,200 A.D. (but keep in mind that this idea didn’t receive the Catholic Church’s unfailable “stamp of approval” until 1950). Both ideas are as foreign to scripture as any notion that Judas was politically misunderstood.

Can ideas be authentic and a forgery at the same time? Sure they can. It all depends upon from whom the ideas originate.

For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” (Matthew 24:24)

#biblical-forgeries, #false-doctrine, #jesus-wife

So Jesus had a wife, did he?

People get all bent out of shape about supposed discoveries like the manuscript that claimed Jesus had a wife. Or they get excited about the latest discovery of Noah’s ark. (Poor Noah must have built a dozen of them.) I didn’t even bother to read beyond the Twitter headline about the wife claim. You can pretty well be sure that if a major media outlet touts it, it’s wrong. Scripture is complete in itself, and our faith ought not to be shaken by such news. Nor should our faith rest in said archaeological confirmations. Or in the Shroud. If the words of Scripture do not convince, no material evidence will either.

• The FPress website was down for over 24 hours. This morning it appears to be back up. These things happen, seems like, just as you’re working on something or depending on it to be online.

• For those who like to keep up with us, our latest ministry report is now online in PDF format. This time, I did a little Zingers feature, one-liners on things happening around here and in the work.

• Brad Cobb sent out the following email. which I’ve slightly edited for length.

Michael Shank is not preaching full-time, and is looking for secular work so that he doesn’t have to move his family. Ordering some of his book, Muscle and a Shovel, now would be a good time, for his benefit. The congregation here ordered another hundred a few weeks ago, and they’re already gone. We’re considering placing an order for another 200 this week (and we’re a congregation of 75 people).

Last week, a Christian in the next town over confided in one of the members that he was struggling with his attitude and anger and in doubting his faith. This member gave him a copy of Muscle and a Shovel. Yesterday, the man called our member, thanking her for the book, said his faith has been incredibly strengthened because of it, and that because of reading just the first half of the book (he’s not done yet), he conducted the first Bible study he’s ever conducted with three other people.

If you can help out Mike (and trust me, it will help you also), please order his book from www.MichaelShankMinistries.com.

I’ve not read the book, but I hear good things about it.

• After the first presidential debate on Wednesday, several saints on Facebook made comments that called attention to Jesus’ discussions with the religious leaders of his day, an attempt to redirect attention from politics to spiritual matters. I liked that. It seemed effective for me, so I hope it was for others as well.

• I like devotional thoughts (and write them, too) and follow not a few brethren’s writings. On occasion I read outside the brotherhood, too, like this one, on BibleGateway.com, about the integrity of the gospels, taken from the Case for Christ Study Bible by Lee Strobel. Seems to me to be quite a challenge to talk about apologetics in a devotional format, but maybe it works for those who already believe. Reinforcement. Continue reading

#books, #corollaries, #devotionals, #divine-faithfulness, #jesus-wife