The Young Messiah Movie; and Is It a Christian’s Duty to Vote?

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Dr. Brown speaks with Movie Guide’s Ted Baehr about the new Young Messiah movie, gets Dr. Richard Land’s perspective on whether it is the duty of an American Christian to vote, and then gets a spiritual and national update from James Robison. Listen live here 2-4 pm EST, and call into the show at (866) 348 7884 with your questions and comments.

 

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  1. Voted for Mr. Cruz today. But I am afraid he will not be there to vote for in the general election.

  2. From what I have read, The Young Messiah strongly suggests that Christ did not understand who he was but learned gradually, a someone humanistic theme which would encourage heterodoxy.

    Also, the resurrection gives us a “more abundant life” in the sense that we are oriented to our heavenly home as believers in its fruits, but the “abundance” of our life on earth is not our primary concern.

  3. I have not seen the film “The Young Messiah”, but from doing some digging around, I would caution people about this movie.

    From what the gentleman Ted Baehr said during the interview, one thing in particular has lead me to find striking similarities to the Infancy Gospel of Thomas, a gnostic gospel, which seems to be what this movie may be based on, or leaning on.

    Ted Baehr said, and im paraphrasing, “The writers had a scene where a boy bumps into the young Jesus and Jesus kills him, we had them remove that since Jesus would not have done that.” This morning I watched the trailer on youtube and saw a scene where Jesus seems to form a bird in his hand and give life to it and release it and the kids around him are amazed. This scene first made me think of the Q’uran since there they have Jesus forming a sparrow out of clay, which then lead me to the Infancy Gospel of Thomas since that document has Jesus next to a ford of rushing water and he fashions a bird (birds) out of clay and gives life to it (them).

    The next thing that happens in the Infancy Gospel of Thomas is what Ted Baehr says they asked the writers to remove, a boy upsets Jesus and Jesus kills him.

    Like I mentioned though, I have not seen this movie, only the trailer and Dr. Browns show the other day. I just wanted to mention this since some elements may be based off of forged documents.

    Below I will post a relevant section from the Infancy Gospel spoken of.

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    The stories of Thomas the Israelite, the Philosopher, concerning the works of the Childhood of the Lord.

    I. I, Thomas the Israelite, tell unto you, even all the brethren that are of the Gentiles, to make known unto you the works of the childhood of our Lord Jesus Christ and his mighty deeds, even all that he did when he was born in our land: whereof the beginning is thus:

    II. 1 This little child Jesus when he was five years old was playing at the ford of a brook: and he gathered together the waters that flowed there into pools, and made them straightway clean, and commanded them by his word alone. 2 And having made soft clay, he fashioned thereof twelve sparrows. And it was the Sabbath when he did these things (or made them). And there were also many other little children playing with him.

    3 And a certain Jew when he saw what Jesus did, playing upon the Sabbath day, departed straightway and told his father Joseph: Lo, thy child is at the brook, and he hath taken clay and fashioned twelve little birds, and hath polluted the Sabbath day. 4 And Joseph came to the place and saw: and cried out to him, saying: Wherefore doest thou these things on the Sabbath, which it is not lawful to do? But Jesus clapped his hands together and cried out to the sparrows and said to them: Go! and the sparrows took their flight and went away chirping. 5 And when the Jews saw it they were amazed, and departed and told their chief men that which they had seen Jesus do.

    III. 1 But the son of Annas the scribe was standing there with Joseph; and he took a branch of a willow and dispersed the waters which Jesus had gathered together. 2 And when Jesus saw what was done, he was wroth and said unto him: O evil, ungodly, and foolish one, what hurt did the pools and the waters do thee? behold, now also thou shalt be withered like a tree, and shalt not bear leaves, neither root, nor fruit. 3 And straightway that lad withered up wholly, but Jesus departed and went unto Joseph’s house. But the parents of him that was withered took him up, bewailing his youth, and brought him to Joseph, and accused him ‘for that thou hast such a child which doeth such deeds.’

    IV. 1 After that again he went through the village, and a child ran and dashed against his shoulder. And Jesus was provoked and said unto him: Thou shalt not finish thy course (lit. go all thy way). And immediately he fell down and died. But certain when they saw what was done said: Whence was this young child born, for that every word of his is an accomplished work? And the parents of him that was dead came unto Joseph, and blamed him, saying: Thou that hast such a child canst not dwell with us in the village: or do thou teach him to bless and not to curse: for he slayeth our children.

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    The trailer only shows Jesus open his hand and a bird flys out of it and away, and children amazed. The trailer doesnt show him form it out of clay, but that in conjuction with Ted mentioning that they had the writers remove a scene where a child bumps into Jesus and Jesus kills him, strikes me as being taken from the Infancy Gospel of Thomas.

    If anyone has seen it, let us know.

  4. It’s funny, so many of the people who like to style themselves “Evangelical Christians” have no problem provoking wars in the Middle East for the benefit of a foreign government as the US continues to fall apart, enjoy calling themselves patriots, say that God is mandating the US to democratize/convert the world, etc. Why don’t they just come out and tell us who they really are already. I mean, since when is it Christian and patriotic to support the destabilization of the whole world just so that a foreign government can realize a contrived messianic socialist utopia?

    Trump may be a lot of things, but he wants to put America first. The neocons do not. They are not loyal to the US, but, then again, many “Evangelical Christians” are loyal to a different country, as well.

  5. Jug, what do you fear more: that the US will not be #1 anymore, or the judgments of God on us for our sins? Surely His righteous judgments have been coming against us and will come all the more for having turned away from Him and casting him behind our backs (1 Kings 14:9). No politician will take away the stain of our many sins which are, beyond all else, carrying us down to judgment and removing us from our place among the nations.

    I pray that all who look to Jesus in this country, including me, would “[look] forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God” (NIV).

    Jug, I don’t see how any candidate, be he Kasich, Cruz, Trump, Sanders, Hillary, or whoever the Constitution Party candidate is, will save us from our Creator exercising His righteous judgment on our great pride. We all must repent and look to Him.

  6. I don’t disagree with that, Jack. The question, of course, is which candidate, regardless of how much he professes (boasts) to know the Lord, wants to do right by our country. Moreover, we have to ask if God wills us to be a belligerent nation, provoking pointless wars and conflicts all over the world.

  7. Jug, thank you very much for your gracious reply. I’ve had to judge my own heart for how I react to those who support different candidates than I, especially Trump.

    We’re going to have different views of what each candidate really believes, but I’d just recommend you look more closely at Cruz’s foreign policy positions. Half way down the following page, this article about Cruz’s foreign policy adviser shows he does not not seem to buy the neoconservative line on foreign wars:
    http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/The-art-history-professor-behind-Cruz-s-foreign-6749741.php

    Also, just go to http://www.tedcruz.com. Sometimes it can be revealing to look at the enemies people have. That people who supported amnesty-type immigration reform would go to such lengths to oppose him shows not just how he stands on this issue, but how firmly he has stood for his principles.

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