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April 18th, 2011
11:28 AM ET

Palm Sunday in Jerusalem

CNN's Phil Black explores the beginning of Holy Week with Palm Sunday festivities in Jerusalem.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • Israel

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  5. Zhang

    There are few places on this Earth where there is such a large concentration of religious insanity than Jerusalem.
    Held by religious racists and grudgingly shared with other religious whack-jobs, Jerusalem is a place that deserves to be wiped from the map and replaced with a theme-park guarded by mental asylum nurses.
    Tranquilizer guns would be de rigeur and free clothing would be forcibly given to deserving religious nuts. Clothing with really long sleeves.
    It could become the de-programming centre for the whole world. Many large-capacity mental health centers would add credibility to the region for the first time in human history.
    Maybe someday.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
    • Howard Kentington

      Zhang, if you want a hilarious example of how whacked out religion gets in Jerusalem, here is a story from a few years back.

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7718587.stm

      Gotta love it when religion shows its real character and looks like a barroom brawl in an old western movie.

      April 18, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
  6. Steve Martin

    Thanks be to God for the Christians that still celebrate Palm Sunday.

    There probably aren't many Christians left in the Holy Land to celebrate it (thanks to the religion of "peace).

    April 18, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
  7. Lycidas

    It is pretty awesome to go down the Via Dolorosa and enter into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

    April 18, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
    • Dolores

      Was it good for you too? (blows cigarette smoke at the ceiling)

      April 19, 2011 at 1:19 am |
  8. Tol Trunks

    If you truly respect this day, and week, please take more care of yourselves on the Sabbath. Believe that the Holy Bible is true, and we are living in the end times. 2-3-2012.

    April 18, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • Dexter Skagway

      And if you don't respect this day, then kick back and relax. Giggle at the noncompoops who waste their lives in service to a non-existent invisible friend.

      The end of times is billions of years away, when the universe goes dark or the Big Crunch happens, or perhaps existentially when each of us dies. The rest is scare tactics and hokum-pokum intended to make you obey.

      April 18, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
    • Varangian

      We are not living in the end times. If you really believed in the Holy Bible, you would know that none of us can pinpoint the hour anything of that sort may occur. Stop deluding yourself. God will do end it at the world's appointed time; no need to force His hand before it's necessary.

      April 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
    • Reality

      Our small, small world will end but think infinity and recycling with the Big Bang expansion followed by the shrinking reversal called the Gib Gnab and recycling back to the Big Bang repeating the process on and on forever. Human life and Earth are simply a minute part of this cha-otic, sto-cha-stic, expanding, shrinking process disappearing in five billion years with the burn out of the Sun and maybe returning in another three to five billion years with different life forms but still subject to the va-ga-ries of its local star.

      April 18, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
    • Robert Gansden

      Hi Tol! I looked up 2-3-2012 on Google, and the first thing that came up was the Monster Jam Monster Truck Competi-tion at the Mississippi Coast Arena. I am not sure what the religious implications of monster trucks are, but I do know that as little as I like them and Mississippi, I would far rather go to that Mississippi monster truck show than go to church.

      April 19, 2011 at 12:35 am |
  9. Artist

    Soon it will be praise the bunny day. I wonder if I should nail a bunny to a cross and put it in my front yard?

    April 18, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • bp

      This would cause a huge controversy in your community guranteed. You definelty should do it though. It would be too funny.

      April 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • Zhang

      Sounds like Art, Artist! Go! Fly! Express yourself, hey hey!
      And don't forget to post pics online. It could be a very cool picture.

      April 18, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
  10. dirk digler

    Maybe the religious might enjoy those boring festivities about things that probably didn't happen and celebrate deities that probably don't exist. I'll stick to mardi gras and spring break, t!tties.

    April 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  11. Muneef

    [3:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

    [3:1] A.L.M.*

    [3:2] GOD: there is no god except He; the Living, the Eternal.

    [3:3] He sent down to you this scripture, truthfully, confirming all previous scriptures, and He sent down the Torah and the Gospel

    [3:4] before that, to guide the people, and He sent down the statute book. Those who disbelieve in GOD's revelations incur severe retribution. GOD is Almighty, Avenger.

    [3:5] Nothing is hidden from GOD, on earth, or in the heaven.
    -----
    Miracles Bring Greater Responsibility*
    [2:211] Ask the Children of Israel how many profound miracles have we shown them! For those who disregard the blessings bestowed upon them by GOD, GOD is most strict in retribution.

    Shortsightedness
    [2:212] This worldly life is adorned in the eyes of the disbelievers, and they ridicule those who believe. However, the righteous will be far above them on the Day of Resurrection. GOD blesses whomever He wills, without limits.

    Disastrous Jealousy
    [2:213] The people used to be one community when GOD sent the prophets as bearers of good news, as well as warners. He sent down with them the scripture, bearing the truth, to judge among the people in their disputes. Ironically, those who received the scripture were the ones who rejected any new scripture, despite clear proofs given to them. This is due to jealousy on their part. GOD guides those who believe to the truth that is disputed by all others, in accordance with His will. GOD guides whoever wills in a straight path.*

    [2:214] Do you expect to enter Paradise without being tested like those before you? They were tested with hardship and adversity, and were shaken up, until the messenger and those who believed with him said, "Where is GOD's victory?" GOD's victory is near.
    ------–
    [4:56] Surely, those who disbelieve in our revelations, we will condemn them to the hellfire. Whenever their skins are burnt, we will give them new skins. Thus, they will suffer continuously. GOD is Almighty, Most Wise.
    -------
    [78:39] Such is the inevitable day. Whoever wills let him take refuge in his Lord.

    [78:40] We have sufficiently warned you about an imminent retribution. That is the day when everyone will examine what his hands have sent forth, and the disbeliever will say, "Oh, I wish I were dust."
    --------
    [5:98] Know that GOD is strict in enforcing retribution, and that GOD is Forgiving, Most Merciful.

    [5:99] The sole duty of the messenger is to deliver the message, and GOD knows everything you declare and everything you conceal.

    [5:100] Proclaim: "The bad and the good are not the same, even if the abundance of the bad may impress you. You shall reverence GOD, (even if you are in the minority) O you who possess intelligence, that you may succeed."
    -------- 

    April 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • Reality

      Saving 1.5 billion lost Muslims:
      There never was and never will be any angels i.e. no Gabriel, no Islam and therefore no more koranic-driven acts of horror and terror

      Saving 2 billion lost Christians:
      There was and never will be any bodily resurrections i.e. No Easter, no Christianity

      Saving 15.5 million Orthodox followers of Judaism:
      Abraham and Moses never existed.

      Added details upon request.

      April 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • Varangian

      @Reality
      What are you saving us from? You're not at all. Your just damning us to short life of disappointment and failure culminating in our death. Godless, you make life oh so much more precious but also far more desperate. The knife that could our throats is much closer when you're not immortal. Living in the moment means dying sooner.

      April 18, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
    • Howard Kentington

      @Varangian, as I cannot make the slightest sense out of anything you are saying, I have come up with two theories.

      The first is that you are a spy putting out your half of the sign-countersign. When you say something incomprehensible like "The knife that could our throats is much closer when you're not immortal," you are actually waiting for the other spy to identify himself with "It's a very cold and mossy day for badger-fondling."

      The other theory is that you are crazy.

      April 19, 2011 at 12:54 am |
    • AsTheCrowFlies

      "badger-fondling" lmao!

      April 19, 2011 at 12:58 am |
  12. Muneef

    The Commandments
    [2:83] We made a covenant with the Children of Israel: "You shall not worship except GOD. You shall honor your parents and regard the relatives, the orphans, and the poor. You shall treat the people amicably. You shall observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat)." But you turned away, except a few of you, and you became averse.

    [2:84] We made a covenant with you, that you shall not shed your blood, nor shall you evict each other from your homes. You agreed and bore witness.

    [2:85] Yet, here you are killing each other, and evicting some of you from their homes, banding against them sinfully and maliciously. Even when they surrendered, you demanded ransom from them. Evicting them was prohibited for you in the first place. Do you believe in part of the scripture and disbelieve in part? What should be the retribution for those among you who do this, except humiliation in this life, and a far worse retribution on the Day of Resurrection? GOD is never unaware of anything you do.

    [2:86] It is they who bought this lowly life at the expense of the Hereafter. Consequently, the retribution is never commuted for them, nor can they be helped.
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    Major Commandments
    [4:36] You shall worship GOD alone – do not associate anything with Him. You shall regard the parents, the relatives, the orphans, the poor, the related neighbor, the unrelated neighbor, the close associate, the traveling alien, and your servants. GOD does not like the arrogant show-offs.

    [4:37] The ones who are stingy, exhort the people to be stingy, and conceal what GOD has bestowed upon them from His bounties. We have prepared for the disbelievers a shameful retribution.

    [4:38] They give money to charity only to show off, while disbelieving in GOD and the Last Day. If one's companion is the devil, that is the worst companion.

    [4:39] Why do they not believe in GOD and the Last Day, and give from GOD's provisions to them? GOD is fully aware of them.
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    [16:90] GOD advocates justice, charity, and regarding the relatives. And He forbids evil, vice, and transgression. He enlightens you, that you may take heed.
    ----------–

    April 18, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
  13. Reality

    Is Palm Sunday based on an historic event? As per many contemporary NT scholars, it is not but is simply more embellishment/OT plagiarism by Mark et al.

    See for example: http://wiki.faithfutures.org/index.php?t-itle=257_Entry_into_Jerusalem and from Professor Gerd Ludemann in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p 75:

    "The tradition is strongly legendary. Nor can Jesus' entry into Jerusalem have been as spectacular as the text describes it. Otherwise the Romans would immediately have made short shrift of him................."

    "Zechariah 9.9

    9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!
    Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!
    Lo, your king comes to you;
    triumphant and victorious is he,
    humble and riding on a donkey,
    on a colt, the foal of a donkey."

    "Traditionally, Christians have said, 'See how Christ's passion was foretold by the prophets." Actually, it was the other way around. The Hebrew prophets did not predict the events of Jesus' last week; rather, many of those Christian stories were created to fit the ancient prophecies in order to show that Jesus, despite his execution, was still and always held in the hands of God." – JD Crossan

    April 18, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
    • Varangian

      What did you prove? You proved nothing. I could write a book right now and claim anything, irrelevant of whether it was true or not, and in the future, as long as there was a shadow of a doubt, there would be a scholar claiming it was a lie.
      JD Crossan is merely a man whose opinions people like yourself, seeking to prove their own point, latch on to because you desperate. You have nothing and you justify your faithlessness by listening to men who could be liars all along, people that could be not unlike this Mark.
      In the same manner that the Bible could be full of lies, could not the rest of history be too? You might say that "no, there is too much evidence and trustworthy texts on it for it to be false" but what if all known and 'true' history was written around the evidence just like the fulfillment of the prophecy was written around the works of previous prophets? You never know.

      April 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
    • WWoftheNW

      @Varangian – You said it. Reality is either Crossan himself or his biggest fan. I've never been able to figure out which.
      Empirical evidence is hard to beat. There is no evidence of any god existing that I've ever heard of.
      Arguing which crazy god-story interpretation is correct is to join the zombies in their cage.
      Every interpretation is held to be valid and you are free to express whatever psychosis your interpretation gives shape to.
      Freedom of religious expression is like opening the doors of the nearest asylum and saying, "Look! You are all free to kill, maim, and torture!"
      "You are free to do dark evil deeds! Your privacy to abuse and torture other people is sacrosanct in American 1st Amendment protections!"
      "Be a suicide-bomber! It is freedom of expression!"
      "Enslave everyone! Make them follow your religious views no matter what they may be!"
      "Go into politics and force everyone to follow religious laws you make! Amaze your friends! Turn your neighbors against you! Then you can claim they are persecuting you! Works like a charm! God's Will!"
      "Indoctrinate your children! Make them believe everything you believe even though you have no proof! Make them wonder aloud at the lack of logic and truthfulness in everything you do!"
      "Kill, maim, and torture anyone who disagrees with you or your religion! And if anyone escapes, hunt them down and murder them like good believers of strong faith! No one escapes until the whole world is under our thumbs!"
      "Fly my pretties! Fly!"

      April 18, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
    • Reality

      1. Historical Jesus Theories, earlychristianwritings.com/theories.htm – the names of many of the contemporary historical Jesus scholars and the ti-tles of their over 100 books on the subject.

      2. Early Christian Writings, earlychristianwritings.com/
      – a list of early Christian doc-uments to include the year of publication–

      30-60 CE Passion Narrative
      40-80 Lost Sayings Gospel Q
      50-60 1 Thessalonians
      50-60 Philippians
      50-60 Galatians
      50-60 1 Corinthians
      50-60 2 Corinthians
      50-60 Romans
      50-60 Philemon
      50-80 Colossians
      50-90 Signs Gospel
      50-95 Book of Hebrews
      50-120 Didache
      50-140 Gospel of Thomas
      50-140 Oxyrhynchus 1224 Gospel
      50-200 Sophia of Jesus Christ
      65-80 Gospel of Mark
      70-100 Epistle of James
      70-120 Egerton Gospel
      70-160 Gospel of Peter
      70-160 Secret Mark
      70-200 Fayyum Fragment
      70-200 Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
      73-200 Mara Bar Serapion
      80-100 2 Thessalonians
      80-100 Ephesians
      80-100 Gospel of Matthew
      80-110 1 Peter
      80-120 Epistle of Barnabas
      80-130 Gospel of Luke
      80-130 Acts of the Apostles
      80-140 1 Clement
      80-150 Gospel of the Egyptians
      80-150 Gospel of the Hebrews
      80-250 Christian Sibyllines
      90-95 Apocalypse of John
      90-120 Gospel of John
      90-120 1 John
      90-120 2 John
      90-120 3 John
      90-120 Epistle of Jude
      93 Flavius Josephus
      100-150 1 Timothy
      100-150 2 Timothy
      100-150 T-itus
      100-150 Apocalypse of Peter
      100-150 Secret Book of James
      100-150 Preaching of Peter
      100-160 Gospel of the Ebionites
      100-160 Gospel of the Nazoreans
      100-160 Shepherd of Hermas
      100-160 2 Peter

      3. Historical Jesus Studies, faithfutures.org/HJstudies.html,
      – "an extensive and constantly expanding literature on historical research into the person and cultural context of Jesus of Nazareth"
      4. Jesus Database, faithfutures.org/JDB/intro.html–"The JESUS DATABASE is an online annotated inventory of the traditions concerning the life and teachings of Jesus that have survived from the first three centuries of the Common Era. It includes both canonical and extra-canonical materials, and is not limited to the traditions found within the Christian New Testament."
      5. Josephus on Jesus mtio.com/articles/bissar24.htm
      6. The Jesus Seminar, mystae.com/restricted/reflections/messiah/seminar.html#Criteria
      7. Writing the New Testament- mystae.com/restricted/reflections/messiah/testament.html
      8. Health and Healing in the Land of Israel By Joe Zias
      joezias.com/HealthHealingLandIsrael.htm
      9. Economics in First Century Palestine, K.C. Hanson and D. E. Oakman, Palestine in the Time of Jesus, Fortress Press, 1998.
      10. 7. The Gnostic Jesus
      (Part One in a Two-Part Series on Ancient and Modern Gnosticism)
      by Douglas Groothuis: equip.org/free/DG040-1.htm
      11. The interpretation of the Bible in the Church, Pontifical Biblical Commission
      Presented on March 18, 1994
      ewtn.com/library/CURIA/PBCINTER.HTM#2
      12. The Jesus Database- newer site:
      wiki.faithfutures.org/index.php?t-itle=Jesus_Database
      13. Jesus Database with the example of Supper and Eucharist:
      faithfutures.org/JDB/jdb016.html
      14. Josephus on Jesus by Paul Maier:
      mtio.com/articles/bissar24.htm
      15. The Journal of Higher Criticism with links to articles on the Historical Jesus:
      mtio.com/articles/bissar24.htm
      16. The Greek New Testament: laparola.net/greco/
      17. Diseases in the Bible:
      etd.unisa.ac.za/ETD-db/theses/available/etd-08022006-125807/unrestricted/02dissertation.pdf
      18. Religion on Line (6000 articles on the history of religion, churches, theologies,
      theologians, ethics, etc.
      religion-online.org/
      19. The Jesus Seminarians and their search for NT authenticity:
      mystae.com/restricted/reflections/messiah/seminar.html#Criteria
      20. The New Testament Gateway – Internet NT ntgateway.com/
      21. Writing the New Testament- existing copies, oral tradition etc.
      ntgateway.com/
      22. The Search for the Historic Jesus by the Jesus Seminarians:
      members.aol.com/DrSwiney/seminar.html
      23. Jesus Decoded by Msgr. Francis J. Maniscalco (Da Vinci Code review)jesusdecoded.com/introduction.php
      24. JD Crossan's scriptural references for his book the Historical Jesus separated into time periods: faithfutures.org/Jesus/Crossan1.rtf
      25. JD Crossan's conclusions about the authencity of most of the NT based on the above plus the conclusions of other NT exegetes in the last 200 years:
      faithfutures.org/Jesus/Crossan2.rtf
      26. Common Sayings from Thomas's Gospel and the Q Gospel: faithfutures.org/Jesus/Crossan3.rtf
      27. Early Jewish Writings- Josephus and his books by t-itle with the complete translated work in English :earlyjewishwritings.com/josephus.html
      28. Luke and Josephus- was there a connection?
      infidels.org/library/modern/richard_carrier/lukeandjosephus.html
      29. NT and beyond time line:
      pbs.org/empires/peterandpaul/history/timeline/
      30. St. Paul's Time line with discussion of important events:
      harvardhouse.com/prophetictech/new/pauls_life.htm
      31. See http://www.amazon.com for a list of JD Crossan's books and those of the other Jesus Seminarians: Reviews of said books are included and selected pages can now be viewed on Amazon. Some books can be found on-line at Google Books.
      32. Father Edward Schillebeeckx's words of wisdom as found in his books.
      33. The books of the following : Professors Marcus Borg, Paula Fredriksen, Elaine Pagels, Karen Armstrong and Bishop NT Wright.
      34. Father Raymond Brown's An Introduction to the New Testament, Doubleday, NY, 1977, 878 pages, with Nihil obstat and Imprimatur.
      35. Luke Timothy Johnson's book The Real Jesus
      or those interested, some example references used by contemporary NT scholars in judging the history of Jesus:

      April 18, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
    • Zhang

      @Reality
      When monkeys fly out of your butt, talk to us. We'll be here for you. 😛

      April 18, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
    • Unreality

      Having monkeys fly out of one's butt does not involve cut-and-pasting, so Reality will never be able to do that. He isn't invited to dinner parties either, for obvious reasons.

      April 19, 2011 at 12:38 am |
    • Reality

      For those who are reading challenged and therefore cannot do proper background reviews:

      Recognizing the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity by the "bowers", kneelers" and "pew peasants" will converge these religions into some simple rules of life. No koran, bible, clerics, nuns, monks, imams, evangelicals, ayatollahs, rabbis, professors of religion or priests needed or desired.

      Ditto for houses of "worthless worship" aka mosques, churches, basilicas, cathedrals, temples and synagogues.

      April 19, 2011 at 8:13 am |
    • San Onofre Surfer

      @ Reality,
      Thank you. Your committed, passionate attention to detail on these boards may be annoying to some, but our little group here in San Diegoi really appreciates your posts and wide ranging knowledge of these topics. Keep up the great work !
      For example, your quote from John Dominic Crossan, a highly respected scholar, was precisely, exactly on point, and exactly what was needed at this point.

      @ Varangian
      Other than your "train wreck" grammar, which I am still trying to slog through, you need to actually read something about or by John Crossan. He is a highly respected authority who had the guts to quit his secure position in his original church position, to follow an intellectually honest life, which is basically "not allowed" in his original organization.
      "God will do end it ....." WHAT ? Are you drunk ?

      April 19, 2011 at 9:25 am |
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