Ms. Barker – Christian Bible??

Dear Ms. Barker,


May I educate you about the history of the bible and correct some misnomers that MRFF has made regarding it. MRFF has consistently called the Bible the “Christian Bible.” There is nothing Christian about the Bible. From the first book of the bible in the Old Testament to the last book in the New Testament, all the writers were Jewish and the scriptures were written in Israel not here in the United States. So that is a false assumption that the bible is Christian. Do Christians use it, of course, just as the Jewish people use the Old Testament. In fact, after Christ rose from the dead, Christianity was considered as a sect of Judaism. Christianity has always had its roots in Judaism, except the church has forgotten where their roots lie.


Also that comment you made about the pictures of the Marine command near the POW/MIA table can be seen as an approval of them of one religion, well that is as silly as if the pictures of the command were put in the kitchen above the head cook approving of him as the only cook over all the others.


So ends this lesson in Jewish history!



(name withheld)

Response from Joan Slish, MRFF Supporter


May I educate (name withheld)?


Early Christianity ceased to be a Jewish sect when it ceased to observe Jewish practices. It abolished circumcision and became a religious movement overwhelmingly gentile. It abolished dietary laws. Christians did not worship in the Temple but in private homes and churches set up by Paul. They did not have to follow Jewish laws. They placed Jesus as the High Priest above the Jewish High Priests. Christians believed that Jesus, born of a mortal mother, had become the Logos incarnate; no Jewish group is known to have advocated such a theology.


Christianity did start with Jewish followers but was soon overtaken by the gentiles once Peter and James accepted Paul.


You can’t be Jewish without following their tenets.


“Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” Acts 11:25-26


They were called Christians not Jews; the writers of the New Testament were Christians.

 Joan Slish






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  1. Connie

    So I goggled the word bible. It means book or scroll or papyrus depending on the moment in history one references.

    Bible is NOT exclusively Christian although certain flavors have commandeered the word. In my opinion MRFF is simply being accurate when they include the religion when stating Christian bible.

    It is obvious to me the letter writer is repeating what they’ve been spoon fed. It is to bad they have no curiosity or they would have done some fact checking before sending an email.

  2. Tom O

    Can anyone suggest anything other than a cross which is more widely used than the Bible as a symbol of Christianity?

  3. Mark Sebree

    Tom O,

    One of the earliest Christian symbols was the fish, not the cross. That is why it is still used as a symbol of Christianity.

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