What Is Religious Conversion in Israel?

What is religious conversion? It depends on who you ask. It is different between the three monotheistic faiths--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In Islam, you become a Muslim merely declaring yourself a member of the Islamic faith. In Christianity, there is no agreement on the subject.In Roman Catholicism, conversion involves first being water baptized, then receiving religious instruction called Catechism, and finally be confirmed by a priest in a ceremony called Confirmation to be a … [Read more...]

Was Jesus Original in Telling Nicodemus To Be “Born Again”?

During the time of Jesus, the Sanhedrin ruled the religious lifeĀ in Israel. It was a council of seventy members. They consisted of Sadducees, Pharisees, chief priests, and elders. One of the chief priests was the high priest who presided.One of the members of the Sanhedrin was Nicodemus. For the Fourth Evangelist tells us, "Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews" (John 3.1 ESV). The last phrase likely indicates that Nicodemus was also a member of the … [Read more...]