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-The Essential Difference Between Christianity and Islam?

by Dr. D ~ June 30th, 2017

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Here’s an excellent article by Dr. Michael Brown defining what he considers to be: “The Essential Difference Between Christianity and Islam

From the article:

The essential difference between Christianity and Islam is the difference between Jesus and Muhammad. Jesus was a spiritual leader who laid down His life to save the world. Muhammad was a spiritual leader, who became a political leader, then a violent military leader. Jesus accomplished His mission by dying on the cross. Muhammad accomplished his mission (at least in large part) by ruling by the sword.

Response: Dr. Brown identifies the essential difference between the two world religions as being reflected in the lives of the two founders. Jesus as a man of peace and Muhammad as a conqueror. The practical result is undeniable. Which is actually the ‘religion of peace’ in our world today?

I have written a number of articles on this same subject, mostly identifying the theological differences which revolve around our different understandings of the character of God and the identity and divinity of Jesus Christ:

Comparing Islam and Christianity #6 -The Divinity of Jesus

“-Islam and Christianity: Some Major Differences

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-Five Rational Arguments for the Existence of God

by Dr. D ~ May 22nd, 2017

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Here’s a very interesting article by Robert H. Nelson: “Five Rational Arguments Why God (Very Probably) Exists

This comes from an academic and includes 5 excellent scientific, philosophical, and historical arguments on why God probably does exist. Not the typical explanations that you might get from your pastor. Well worth the read.                *Top

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-Celebrating The Resurrection of Jesus and Easter 2017

by Dr. D ~ April 11th, 2017

Here are links to some of the past articles we have featured on this site on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the celebration of Easter:

-Resurrection of Christ: Wright On! Listen to this! New Testament scholar N.T. Wright is right on in this short video on the Resurrection (2:23)

 

-Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? Yes! If not, as Paul says (I Cor. 15:14) the entire Christian faith is in vain. Here’s a link to a great article on all of the facts concerning the resurrection of Jesus–a timely pursuit for the Easter season:

Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?

by William Lane Craig, professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. This is the best and most concise article that I have found on the Resurrection of Jesus. 

-Was Easter Really Borrowed From a Pagan Holiday? Here’s a good article by Anthony McRoy that contradicts the popular notion that the Christian celebration of Easter was borrowed from pagan sources:

“Was Easter Borrowed from a Pagan Holiday?”

McRoy provides historical evidence that the name ‘Easter’ was actually derived from the Old High German ‘eostarum’ which meant "dawn" and not from the name of a supposed pagan goddess.

Finally, here’s a link to our most popular article of all time during Easter week and one we traditionally post on Good Friday:

-“It’s Friday But Sunday’s Coming”

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-The Satanic Temple: Atheists in Goat’s Clothing

by Dr. D ~ February 28th, 2017

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The Satanic Temple is a growing organization with charter groups in a number of major cities across America. It styles itself as a ‘religious movement’ but is nothing of the sort unless you consider atheism a religion and it should not be confused with other groups which actually worship Satan.

In reality this is nothing more than an atheist activist group which does not even believe in the reality of the Devil but uses the symbols of Satan and the trappings of religion to oppose Christians, Christian beliefs, Christian organizations, and the American church in any way possible.

We recently wrote an article about ‘After School Satan Groups’ being established in public schools around the country. This is the atheist organization behind that movement. Now I find an article claiming that this organization will probably see exponential growth as an organization that opposes the Trump administration which includes a number of Christians. Here’s the story from the LA Weekly:

…these Satanists identify as justice-oriented atheists, using the symbol of Satan not just as parody but also to challenge religious groups that use the mantle of God to justify their actions. At a time when religious advocates hold tremendous power in the White House, the Satanic Temple’s mission may become more important than ever — if its would-be supporters can get past all the demonic imagery.

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Response: If you read the Wikipedia article about The Satanic Temple, what this group is all about becomes much clearer. This is an activist atheist group that opposes any public displays of religion by demanding equal time for their ‘Satanic’ prayers, symbols, teaching, and school clubs.

In addition, they are on the opposite side on nearly every major issue from conservative Christians. They support abortion, Planned Parenthood, evolution and climate change, all LGBTQ issues including transgender bathrooms, and believe that the separation of church and state limits freedom of religion in public. Also, when it comes to same-sex marriage, they have made it an actual ‘sacrament’ of their temple.               *Top

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-President Trump: Relying on God Now More Than Ever?

by Dr. D ~ January 31st, 2017

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President Donald Trump has been in office for just over a week now and I have never seen the media react with such fervor and resolute unhinged opposition. Also I have never seen one in that office actually do as much in their first week.

Maybe others have, but the constant drumbeat of the media and the continual protests by leftist celebrities, it seems like it was the busiest first week ever for a president. One of the funniest pictures I have ever seen on Facebook characterizes that experience. It shows President Trump with the caption:

“Good Morning Snowflakes! What are we offended about today?”

Meanwhile in a recent interview, President Trump says that he is praying and relying on God more than ever since taking office. From Charisma:

"I would say that the office is so powerful that you need God even more," Trump told The Brody File. "There’s almost not a decision that you make when you’re sitting in this position that isn’t a really life-altering position. So God comes in even more so."

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Response: This is really good to hear. Since the election some who are closest to him say that Trump has been humbled by the whole thing and has really sought out God’s help. You can see that intent in his choice to actually have more prayers given at his inaugural than any other president before him.

Regardless of  whether you politically support our new President or not, all of us should be praying him that he will be guided and inspired to make the best possible decisions for our nation and world.                    *Top

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