The Author of the book is J. Stephen Lang
I think this is a fantastic book for DISCOVERING some very interesting information that most might be interested in.
Chapter 1 of the book covers: Titled———– SO MANY LEGENDS (only legends or hearsay)
#1 Colored Eggs at Easter
No, the Bible has nothing to say about Easter eggs. There is a n old legend connected to Simon of Cyrene, the man who was forced to carry the Cross of Jesus to Calvary (Mark 15:21) Legend has it that Simon was an egg merchant so when he returned from seeing the Crucifixion , he found that all the eggs in his produce basket had miraculously turned a variety of bright colors. In an alternate version of the story, his eggs did not take on their beautiful coloring until the day of Christ’s resurrection–Easter that is.
#4 The Lion’s Cubs
Many animals such as cats are born blind (or more accurately with their eyes closed). An old legend has it that lion cubs are actually born dead, but come to life on the third day when the father lion breathes life into them. Tradition makes this a symbol of Christ, who came to life after the third day in the grave.
#5 The Donkey’s Cross
The donkey is a much mentioned Bible creature, notable in the life of Jesus for being the beast that carried Him into Jerusalem. Some people discern a sort of cross-shaped mark on the donkey’s shoulders, which is why they say, a symbol of having carried Christ.
#12 Lazarus’s Second Life
What became of Lazarus after Jesus raised him from the dead? (John 11) The Bible does not say, but the people of the island of Cyprus have an idea: Lazarus became an evangelist and later became the island’s bishop. He is buried, tradition says, in the white limestone Church of St. Lazarus— his second grave. Over his tomb is the inscription ” Lazarus, a friend of Christ”.
Chapter 2 The Bible Versus the Modern World
#37 Chapter and Verse
Author Mike Bryan, a professed agnostic, did a curious thing: he enrolled in Criswell College, an extremely conservative Southern Baptist college in Dallas, to find out if Bible-believing Christians were as horrible as he thought. To his surprise, he liked them, and they treated him with warmth and kindness. His 1991 book, Chapter and Verse, has the subtitle A Skeptic Revisits Christianity. After his stay at Criswell, Bryan is still a skeptic, but one with a fresh respect for Christians who take the Bible seriously. The title, of course comes from conservative Christians’ habit of backing up their beliefs with specific quotes from the Bible—-“chapter and verse”. http://www.nytimes.com/1991/08/18/books/a-stranger-within-their-gates.html
# 44 The RSV (Revised Standard Version) Fracas
Few Bible versions have been greeted with as much animosity as the Revised Standard Version, published in 1952. A few preachers actually burned the new Bible to show their feelings for it, and there were numerous pamphlets with titles such as – The bible of antichrist, The new blasphemous bible, Whose unclean fingers have tampered with God’s Holy Bible? the new bible: why Christians should not accept it, and so on. History was repeating itself: most great versions of the past, such as Luther’s Tyndale’s even (centuries ago) the Latin Vulgate, faced opposition for the obvious reason that people are bothered by change. Of course , the fact the RSV was sponsored by the National Council of Churches(with a well-deserved reputation for being liberal) bothered many conservatives. Another reason to remember: no translation is perfect, and there were some valid criticism of the RSV, as there will be of any translation. But some criticisms were downright silly-changing “thou” to “you” example, a change that most people would now approve. http://ncccusa.org/newbtu/aboutrsv.html https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/1953/02/the-revised-standard-version
#45 The Ecumenical Movement
There is no shortage of Christian denominations and independent churches. Most Christians accept this situation, but others claim that many divisions are a scandal. Many Christians have taken seriously Jesus’ word to His disciples regarding the “one fold, and one shepherd” (John 10:16 KJV) and His prayer that His followers “all may be one” (John 17:21 KJV). The ecumenical movement is the basic attempt to unite Christians – spiritually, if not organizationally. This resulted in Interdenominational coöperation and sometimes the merging of denominations. But the attempt to unite the churches has resulted in some very liberal bureaucracies, notably the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches. http://www.propheticrevelation.com/misc/ecumove.htm
Living In A Secular World (still in chap.2) #46 Back To Middletown
One of the most famous sociological studies ever done in America was undertaken by Robert and Helen Lynd, who did a close-up study of the city of Muncie, Indiana and published the famous book : Middletown- A Study in Contemporary American Culture (1992) http://www.pbs.org/fmc/segments/progseg4.htm The Lynds considered “Middletown” to be a typical American town, so when they studied it n the 1920’s they discovered that most of its residents believed in the sacredness of the Bible, the reality of heaven and hell, and the divinity of Jesus. But something changed RADICALLY in the 1930″s for when the Lynds studied Muncie during that decade, they found that people no longer held to their beliefs, and with not the same certainty. Their book in 1937 The Middletown in Transition showed that science and secularism had taken their toll on the American belief systems. https://www.southern.edu/history/Documents/McArthur/American%20History%20II/Middletown.pdf
#50 ACLU VS. TEN COMMANDMENTS
In May 2000, the American Civil Liberties Union found another reason to complain(and sue): it seemed the country seal of Richmond County, Georgia contains an image of two stone tablets with Roman Numerals I through X. The stone tablets represents the Ten Commandments. The ACLU, no friend of the Bible, cited the usual argument about “separation of church and state”, and thus the country seal could not have an image from the Bible , and so on …. https://www.aclu.org/news/aclu-ga-sues-local-officials-over-ten-commandments-image-county-seal https://www.questia.com/newspaper/1G1-63956349/aclu-sues-county-over-seal-with-2-stone-tablets-ten http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/aclu-to-appeal-ruling-allowing-commandments-on-court-seal
#52 Ohio, The Bible, and the Modern World
The state motto of Ohio is a quote from the Bible: “With God all things are possible”. (Matt.19:26). Inevitably the forces of secularism had to protest this, citing the usual issue of “separation of church and state”. In May 2000 a Federal Appeals Court ruled that the Motto was indeed unconstitutional. http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/symbol-official-item/ohio/state-motto-state-quarter/god-all-things-are-possible http://ohiohistorycentral.org/w/Ohio’s_State_Motto?rec=1885
Chapter 5 CUSTOME OF CHRISTIANS
#198. “In Remembrance of Me”
These words are carved on many churches’ Communion tables. They are from I Corinthians 11:23-26, which quotes Jesus’ words to His disciples at the Last Supper: “This do… in remembrance of me” (KJV). Many Christians believe the Lord’s Supper is just that – a remembrance of the original Last Supper, a kind of memorial meal. For centuries Christiana fought over this issue, some believing it is just a memorial ( called consubstantiation), others believing that in the ritual the bread and wine literally become the body and the blood of Christ( called transubstantiation). http://biblehub.com/luke/22-19.htm http://www.bible.ca/interactive/worship-14-communion.htm http://www.learnthebible.org/partaking-of-the-lords-supper.html
Thanks for reading, u are much-loved, and be blessed in Christ Jesus, everyday! 🙂