Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Lost Tribes of Israel

 

Question: “What are the Lost Tribes of Israel?  And why were they lost?”

Answer:  One of the common myths arising out of biblical studies is that of the Ten Lost Tribes.  The myth goes like this:  When Assyria conquered the northern kingdom of Israel in 721 b.c. they sent most of the Israelites into exile.  These exiles were scattered throughout the Assyrian Empire.  Some were apparently assimilated into the Assyrian culture. Others became wanderers.  In general, the northern Ten Tribes of Israel were lost to history.  No one knows what became of them.  However, there are abundant legends about them.  Some think they traveled north and west, and became the ancestors of the Celtic, Nordic, Germanic and English peoples.  Others think they ended up in the East, in China or India.  There are even people groups in Africa that claim they are the true descendants of ancient Israel. Continue reading

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Kingdom of Me Parables

As longtime readers of this blog know, sometimes I just feel the need to rant a little.  Today is one of those days.  I want to rant about Christians and the church, or more precisely… the commitment of Christians to the church.  This is the gist of my rant.  But this time, my rant will be in the form of parables.  So here are three parables about the Kingdom of Me. Continue reading

Is Karma in the Bible?

Question:  “People have been saying to me that the Bible teaches the idea of karma.  They say that the idea of ‘you reap what you sow’ in the Bible is the same as karma.  Is the idea of ‘sowing and reaping’ the same thing as karma?”  ~ D. in Afton, VA Continue reading

Kabbalah

If you are afraid of being cursed by the evil eye, there is a solution—wear a charmed red string around your wrist.  At least, that’s what certain Hollywood celebrities are practicing.  Such mumbo-jumbo is part of an occult, mystical system known as the Kabbalah.  Continue reading