If Jesus was replaced, then WHO rose from the dead?
by Scott Cherry—
In this article I will talk about a famous event of history without naming the person to whom it is attributed. At least for a while. The event is a resurrection, or THE Resurrection. In theory, a resurrection is when a dead person comes back to life. THE Resurrection is when a particular dead person was purported to have come back to life. But who? Was it the Buddha? Was it Muhammad? How about Achilles? Could it be Osiris? Abraham Lincoln? Or maybe Superman?
Why We Can Have Justified Confidence in Knowledge We Gain From Experience
What is Reality?
It sometimes strikes me how much disparity there is among philosophers, even within the same stream. And this has always been true. It reaches all the way back to the dawn of Greek philosophy with the Milesians. But it is captured especially well by the relationship of the two most significant Greek philosophers who were not only contemporaries but master and pupil no less—Plato and Aristotle. Since then, rather than reaching eventual consensus among themselves, the disparities have continued through history to more recent eras with their prominent thinkers such as Descartes, Leibniz, Kant, Berkeley, Spinoza, and Hume to name just a few. Today’s students of philosophy might be hard-pressed to choose which if any one system is true as a whole. The neophyte may be plunged into utter confusion until he/she can sort through the plethora of arguments for and against every conceivable belief they once held, not to mention the ideas they have never even considered. (As I see it, the university seems to relish in this.) On the other hand, as seen from another perspective and through different lenses it is very impressive to note how much commonality there actually is. It really depends on what one is looking at. Philosophical disparities are every bit as pronounced today as ever they were, but I will focus much more on the commonalities.
The Most Extreme Faster Teaches us the Principles of Fasting that God Accepts.
Today there was a fastathon at UM Dearborn sponsored by the Muslim Student Association. But it isn't Ramadan, it's Lent. "Why do only the Muslims host fastathons?" I wondered. Anyway, last week my young friend Emad was signing other students and staff up for the event and we had this conversation. When Jesus was about 30 Jesus went into the desert to fast for 40 day. At the end Satan presented Jesus with three strong temptations to get him to compromise his mission and his faithfulness to God. Apparently Satan had only one premise which he used all three times. It's recorded in the narratives as follows: "If you are the Son of God..." (Gospels according to Apostle Matthew 4:3, 6 and the historian Luke 4:3, 9, New Testament, Injeel). Unfortunately, these narratives are not contained in the Qur'an. My inquiry here is, Why did Satan use this particular premise to tempt Jesus? Where would he have gotten that notion?
The first temptation the devil presented to Jesus is revealed to us here: https://www.esv.org/Matthew+4/ (vv. 3-4)
Just a stone, with a suggestion to make it bread. But what's so bad about that? Was it merely that to eat bread would break the Messiah's fast (and his record)? No, it was bad because of who offered it and with what pretense. It was offered by Evil personified as a test of Jesus's resolve--to use his innate power for his own gratification or not. But the Lord did not succumb. Rather, he thwarted the devil by quoting holy scripture from the Tawrat (Old Testament, Holy Bible).
Why did Jesus himself and even demons refer to him by this title? (part 2 of 2)
by Brian Hayward
*Continued from previous post
"He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” Bible, Gospel of Luke 1:32-33, New Testament
This announcement by the angel Gabriel to Mary is actually a prophecy about Jesus who would be born to a virgin woman. Who actually called him the Son of the Most High? Answer: demons, disciples, and even Jesus himself.
Merry Christmas! Yes, this is what Christians believe. (part 1 of 2)
by Brian Hayward
How can it be that a man can be the Son of God?! Yet this is what Christians celebrate at Christmas, not simply the birth of a special baby, but the birth of a divine child. Among Muslims and secular-minded people, this is unbelievable. Let’s look into this claim further by going back to the Hebrew scriptures of the Old Testament (Tawrat) which will give us a context for what the angel says to Mary the mother of Jesus. Here’s the key prophecy that God reveals to David (pbuh):