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Last month Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire, syndicated columnist, and host of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” was interviewed by Joe Rogan. 

Shapiro is a trusted and respected voice in many conservative and Christian circles. He has become a prominent pro-life, pro-Israel voice in many Christian communities. Christians and preachers worldwide embrace him as a bright, articulate, and thoughtful political pundit.

Most Christians know that Shapiro is an Orthodox Jew; however, they would be quite shocked to know what he unabashedly believes about Jesus Christ.

(The exchange lasts about :40 seconds and runs from the 1:33:00-1:33:40 mark)

Transcribed below is a brief exchange from Rogan’s interview with Shapiro:

Shapiro: “From a Jewish point of view we don’t believe in the divinity of Christ. There you can make an argument that the gospels which were written…”

Rogan: “He was just a prophet .. right?”

Shapiro: “No, no, no, we don’t even believe that he was a prophet.”

Rogan: “What do you think he was? What do you guys think he was?”

Shapiro: “I don… I mean… I… What do I think he was, historically? I think he was a Jew who tried to lead a revolt against the Romans and got killed for his trouble. Just like a lot of other Jews at that time who were crucified for trying to lead a revolt against Rome and got killed for their trouble.

Rogan: “So he became legend in story and became a bigger and bigger deal as time went on…”

Shapiro: “Yea, and he got a group of followers and then that gradually grew and then there was a…”

Rogan: “Do you think he was resurrected?

Shapiro: “No. No, that’s not a Jewish belief.”

Even though Shapiro dismisses Jesus as nothing more than a zealous idealist who died for fomenting revolution against Rome, some professed Christians don’t think his views are insulting.

“As a modern Orthodox Jew, Ben is a practitioner of Judaism, and so, he does not believe that Jesus is the Messiah of Israel, let alone God. But he doesn’t go around mocking Jesus and he doesn’t insult Christians who worship Him as Lord.” Dr. Michael Brown, author and host of Line of Fire radio program.

But other Christians were not so willing to look the other way. They condemned Shapiro’s comments about the Lord Jesus Christ as demeaning and blasphemous

“Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ?” 1 John 2:22 KJV

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“The Monstrance of Our Lady of the Sign, Ark of Mercy” (photo below) is an icon receptacle that holds the Eucharist (the large white round wafer at the center of the monstrance) for Roman Catholics to worship.

 

The Monstrance of Our Lady of the Sign, Ark of Mercy

The 9 foot tall, 900 pound, gilt-wood monstrance is billed as the largest in the world. Stefan Niedorezo was commissioned to sculpt it according to the ‘Woman arrayed with the Sun’ from the Book of Revelation.

Niedorezo’s design has the Virgin Mary surrounded by rays and a crown of thorns, flanked by angels, and sitting on the Ark of the Covenant.

The monstrance belongs to St. Stanislaus Kostka Church/the Sanctuary of The Divine Mercy in Chicago, Illinois.

Consider for a moment what the Roman Catholic Church has done here.

For starters the monstrance suggests that the Roman Catholic Church has replaced Judaism’s sacred symbols and Israel in God’s plan.

Then as Revelation’s “Woman arrayed with the Sun,” Rome’s Mary has usurped and displaced Israel’s twelve tribes.

Her crown of thorns has usurped and displaced the Lord Jesus, and her sitting on the Mercy Seat atop the Ark of the  Covenant between the Cherubim has usurped and displaced God.

“These two women ‘Mary and the Church’ carry on the hope that is Christ, they give us Christ, they bring forth Christ in us. Without Mary, there would be no Jesus Christ; without the Church, we cannot go forward.” Pope Francis, speaking to mark the occasion of the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows in Casa Santa Marta

Mary is not the Queen of Heaven. She has no divine power. She neither hears nor answers prayers, and sends no grace. She does nothing.

The Monstrance of Our Lady of the Sign, Ark of Mercy steals glory from God the Father, from God the Son, and from God the Holy Spirit.

“I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” Isaiah 42:8 KJV

 

 

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