I recently did an interview with John Shuck on the radio show/podcast progressive spirit, also on youtube about my book “All Things in Common: The Economic Practices of the Early Christians.” I hope you enjoy it.
In Part one of this series of posts on Michael Heiser’s treatment of Acts 2:42-47, I went over Michael’s assumption of Capitalism as the default system ignoring Capitalism’s actual history, and his ignoring of the theological background of the text. In this post, we continue with his understanding of Acts 2:42-47. To get the full context I would suggest you listen to Michael Heiser’s podcast episode and then read Part 1 of this series. Michael Heiser says:
The activity described in acts of having all things in common, that phrase is actually only mentioned in acts 2 and 4 in the New testament, the phrase never occurs of any other new testament church founded by Paul or any other apostle. Now that suggests that there was something unique about the situation in the original Jerusalem church that presumably wasn’t transmitted or handed down by the apostles as some kind of binding custom or inspired idea to other new testament churches. That omission would be really strange if what we’re reading in acts chapter 2 was binding revelation, or a binding example, that this what the kingdom of God is. If that was true the omission here is strange, since it’s not passed down to all the other churches that we read about in the new testament, much less some sort of political state.
So according to Michael Heiser this communal situation was unique. This goes completely against the evidence as we see in Tertullian who wrote in his Apologia (Ch 39):
Nabeel Qureshi does it again, making terrible arguments in defense of the doctrine that Jesus is Jehovah God himself. In a previous debate with Shabir ally Nabeel Qureshi made many bad arguments, including this one and this one. In this discussion on the Unbelievable? Podcast, Nabeel tries to establish the fundamentals of Christian belief, these are what Nabeel believes are the definitional aspects of Christianity that made it distinct from paganism and Judaism:
Christians were divided from Jews based on their belief in the messiah of, Jesus being the messiah and in fact being God himself. And then how did they divide themselves from the Pagans? Well they believed in the God of the Hebrew Bible.