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Some More Essentials and Non-essentials

"For Moses truly said to the fathers, "The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. And it shall come to pass that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people." (Acts 3: 22 , 23) "Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven…

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Attempts To Explain the Empty Tomb (3)

Some scholars declare that the disciples went to the wrong tomb. Thus, Jesus' tomb was never empty and Jesus did not really raise from the dead. When the disciples went to the wrong tomb and found it empty, they assumed a resurrection but were mistaken. I would hope that this theory quickly goes against the reader's logical reasoning process. Two problems ought to be readily apparent to us. First, do we really want to accept a theory which states that…

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Attempts to Explain the Empty Tomb (2)

Stolen Body Theory Since the swoon theory is not possible, some have suggested that the disciples stole the body. This theory supposes that the disciples formed a conspiracy to steal the body and fabricate a story that Jesus rose from the dead. Is this theory viable? As the disciples would come to the tomb to pull off this conspiracy, they would have encountered the Roman soldiers guarding the tomb. Some how, some way, these fairly uneducated and untrained fishermen would…

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Attempts to Explain the Empty Tomb (1)

Christianity makes it claim upon the resurrection of Jesus. Paul argues the centrality of the resurrection of Jesus to our faith. If Jesus did not raise from the dead, then our faith is useless and vain. But if Jesus did raise from the dead, then the other claims of Jesus are true. Jesus is the Son of God and we must worship Him if the resurrection is true. Historically we know that the tomb of Jesus was empty. The tomb…

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Some Essentials and Non-essentials

"For Moses truly said to the fathers, "The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. And it shall come to pass that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people." (Acts 3: 22 , 23) Just after Peter delivered the second recorded sermon at Solomon's Porch following the healing of the lame…

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When The Easter Bunny Comes Early

Perhaps some of the readers noticed that Easter came fairly early this year. Many of us have been used to Easter falling either at the end of March or at the beginning or middle of April. But what you may not have noticed this year is that the Passover is four full week AFTER the celebration of Easter. Does anyone find this surprising? Does anyone find this troubling? The last time I read my Bible it declared that Jesus was…

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Read and Reason

We're past Christmas now with a new year well upon us and with Easter looming just off in the distance; and the Christian faith is united as never before, as all the faithful have been gathered together in honor of our Lord and King. Well, not really. If there were extraterrestrials (which of course there are not) and they landed here (which they really wouldn't want to do anyway), they might conclude that Christianity is made up of a very…

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Born to Run

The following is from an article printed in The Los Angeles Times dated 11.19.04. "Humanity was born to run. More than by brain size or tool making ability, the human species was set apart from its ancestors by the ability to jog mile after lung stabbing mile with greater endurance than any other primate, according to research published in the journal Nature. Indeed, human beings evolved as the cross country stars of a primordial runners world 2 million years before…

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To You, Our Readers and Guests – From the Editors

The editors want you to know what to expect out of our new work called the Christian Monthly Standard. In keeping with our title, it is our intention to producing a monthly journal with mentally stimulating articles addressing a variety of issues affecting our society. We plan to have a number of new articles posted for your consideration at the first of each month. In our infancy we will only have a handful of articles, but as we progress we…

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