‘I Believe’ License Plate Contested…Duh

Group files suit over ‘I Believe’ plates in SC
Group files lawsuit to prevent South Carolina from creating ‘I Believe’ license plates

This is the headline from Newsweek magazine For June 19th. 2008 Here

A group that advocates separation of church and state has filed a lawsuit to stop the state of South Carolina from issuing a Christian ‘I Believe’ license plate, complete with a Christian Cross and stained glass window insignia.

The group asserts (rightly) that the government is endorsing a particular religion, and that is prohibited by the US constitutions first amendment. Well, we have already lost, or completely run over, some other amendments, (4-5-6- 8) courtesy of GW Bush, what’s one more?

The groups executive director, the Rev. Barry Lynn said: “I do believe these ’I Believe’ plates will not see the light of day because the courts, I’m confident, will see through this”

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a Washington, DC based group filed the suit on behalf of the Hindu American Foundation, a South Carolina rabbi, a Humanist pastor, and two Christian ministers.

Gee, who could have seen this lawsuit coming?

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Was Jesus a Christian?

Was Jesus a Christian in his lifetime?

Very interesting book review in Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper yesterday. Link Here

A new book: How Jesus Became Christian, by Canadian author Barry Wilson, 2008, Random House Canada, says: “Jesus was preaching as a Jew, a rabbi, and championed the Torah, prayed in synagogue and urged his followers to adhere strictly to Jewish law.”

Wilson says that Jesus did not want to abolish Jewish religion and life; he wanted to improve it. His followers began to think of him as a Messiah, and after his death his brother James and followers waited for him to return to create the “Kingdom of God”

After the death of James the Jesus Movement was in decline until Paul of Tarsus hijacked the cause. Paul did not know Jesus, but linked his writings, in an oblique way, to the long dead Messiah. Paul says that he received the Gospel not from man, but by “the revelation of Jesus Christ” on the road to Damascus, thru a “beam of light.” I think I saw one of Paul’s relatives on Hollywood Blvd. one day in the 1960’s.

Wilson terms “Paulinity” – “a Hellenized religion about a Gentile Christ, a cosmic redeemer” – rather than the Jewish-inspired religion of Jesus, which was embraced by the Gentiles of the Roman world in the period from the second to the fourth centuries.”

Paul is second most prolific writer in the New Testament. Authorship of 13 or 14 letters, or Pauline Epistles have been credited to him, some of which he actually wrote himself. His influence on Christianity and the New Testament has been highly underrated. Some think he invented Christianity, as we know it today.

Paul himself is very unwilling to talk about the character of his conversion, though in Galatians he uses it as authority for his independence from the apostles: Here

Paul removes his theology from Jesus’ apostles; he writes his own.

In the academic field (other than evangelicals, who insist that the bible was always the same, inerrant in all ways), there is not much doubt that the Christian writings have been changed significantly since the earliest days.

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