This last Sunday I went and had a visit with my parents. My dad is losing his memory, and so conversation with him is almost non-existent.
There is a little more interaction with my mother, but I have to be careful what I say, so I don’t upset her. I find I can say more about what I believe to the people at work, than I can with my parents, and that is rather sad.
For many years, as a print-shop owner, I worked alone, and spent a lot of time listening to CBC radio (the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). It got to the point that I realized that CBC is just a leftist/socialist/communist mouthpiece, and I gave up listening to them. You are better off bashing your head against a wall than listening to CBC.
My dad worked for CBC, both radio and TV, for a time, as did an uncle, so there is a family connection.
That may explain why my parents often have it on.
Last Sunday the CBC radio program was playing an interview with Reza Aslan, about his book “Zealot: The Life And Times Of Jesus Of Nazareth”. It turns out that this was an interview that raised a lot of controversy on Fox. http://www.cbc.ca/tapestry/episode/2013/10/25/reza-aslan-on-jesus-the-revolutionary/
I only heard a few minutes, but what I heard thoroughly disgusted me. Evidently this is what passes for journalism on CBC these days.
What I heard was complete Christ bashing, and misrepresentation. CBC will interview anyone who hates Christianity, and when they have a conservative Christian on, which is extremely rare, they attempt to make them look like a fool, or a bigot.
One thing I found interesting was his assertion that Jesus Christ did not fulfill all of the messianic prophecies, and therefore He couldn’t be the Jewish Messiah.
Reza Aslan is a Muslim, and yet he is reciting one of the major Jewish reasons for rejecting their Messiah.
Let me make it plain; Reza Aslan and the Jews are absolutely correct that Jesus Christ did not fulfill all of the Old Testament Messianic prophecies.
He did not, and there is a perfectly valid reason why He did not; It was not intended that the Messiah would fulfill all of the Messianic prophecies at His first coming.
This is what I find inexcusable in this pretext of journalism. He simply recited the Jewish objections to Jesus the Messiah, without examining what Christians say, and indeed what the Jewish Scriptures say.
The Lord, speaking through the pen of the Jewish prophet Hosea, has the following explanation for the current absence of the Jewish Messiah from the earth;
5:15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.
6:1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. 2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. 3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
The prophet Moses has this to say about a day with God;
For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Psalm 90:4
So, if a thousand years are as a day with God, then the Lord Jesus Christ, according to Hosea, will be gone for a minimum of two thousand years, and will not return until after those two thousand years are over. The Jewish sages missed these verses, and so has Reza Aslan.
Journalism should examine both sides of any argument it examines, yet I did not hear Aslan, or the interviewer, mention these verses. To be fair, I was so disgusted with the tone of the interview, that I did not bother listening more than a couple of minutes past these statements.
The truth is that even Jesus’ disciples initially were expecting Him to set up His kingdom immediately. Notice the question they asked Him after his resurrection;
6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. Acts 1:6-7
Notice that Jesus did not deny that there will be a future earthly kingdom, only that it was not their business at that time. He had a Church to build.
Most Jews, and even most Christians, are unaware that Hosea 5:15-6:3 is about the length of time that the Messiah would leave the earth, between His two comings. Now, as we are nearing the end of the second day, His return is becoming imminent!
The Word of God defines the term “antichrist” as the following;
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. I John 2:22
Any person, or religion, who denies that Jesus is the Son of God is an Antichrist, and does not deserve your attention. Your eternal destiny is at stake. I therefore recommend, that while I have posted a link to the offending interview, above, it would be wise of you to ignore it. Reza Aslan is an Antichrist.
It would be better to write to CBC, or to Fox, and ask them to interview someone who knows what they are talking about.