A Youtube Playlist Featuring 8 Excellent Videos Explaining Easter
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Easter is so much more than bunnies, colored eggs, and jelly beans. Indeed, there is a much better name for this wonderful holiday—Resurrection Day. That's because the main focus of it is new life and victory over death accomplished by one particular figure of history who is famous for this. But of course there had to be a death before there could be a victory over it. The editors of Tao and Tawheed have produced this series of talks on the subject to capture the important events and details of this historical narrative from the four gospels of the New Testament. Its presenters include Ben Edwards, Ismail Nemr, Wissam Yousif and Eddie Yousif (together), Steve Schlichter, Jon and Jayne Frazier (together), Jeff Davis, Scott Cherry, and UMD student Christian Ledford.
11 Reasons Why It's Logical to Believe the Real Jesus Rose from the Dead.
by Scott Cherry—
In the 1st century the Christian faith mushroomed throughout the Roman Empire despite waves of persecution against Christians. Unlike Islam, it spread without military force or any sort of violence perpetrated by Christians for three whole centuries. It was literally unstoppable, but why?! Because it was credible, and thousands of average people believed it even though they had nothing to gain and everything to lose during those three centuries. There is no other logical way to explain the growth of Christianity but that Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to the disciples and "more than 500 brethren at one time". (1 Cor. 15)
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.