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Here’s a great question: Even if Jesus was resurrected from the dead three days after He was crucified and buried, how does that relate to the Bible’s claim He is the King of Kings before whom every knee will bow and every tongue will confess as Lord of Lords?
That’s the question from the Think Institute’s Joel Settcase to former NBC “Dateline” cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace, who points out that Jesus’ resurrection was no “near-death experience, this was a death.”
There are regularly reports of people claiming to have had near-death experiences in which they typically see a bright light, then find themselves back here among the living. That’s not what happened with Jesus and that makes all the difference in the world between Him and every other person who ever lived:
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.These things I command you, so that you will love one another.” — John 15:16-17 (ESV)
And C.S. Lewis said:
“A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell.
“You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse.” – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity.
The new Chief of Staff for Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-WI) is former Americans for Prosperity Federal Affairs Director Jason Bauknecht. Jason is originally from Two Rivers, Wisconsin.
Ashley Sills takes on her first position on Capitol Hill as Scheduler for Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.). Her BS in history was awarded this year by the University of Montevallo. Judging by the accompanying screenshot from Ashley’s Facebook page, it appears she is rather excited about the new job. Welcome to the Hill, Ashley.
How many times have we all heard, in jest or just as often in all seriousness, that you only live once (YOLO), so, in the words of the old beer commercial, we have to grab for all the gusto we can get.
Actually, the YOLO philosophy is but one of several ways human beings across the ages have viewed the questions surrounding God and time. A second one is the idea that time is endlessly cyclical, a wheel that turns and turns. Others think time and history are pointless, utterly empty of meaning. Then there is the idea history has purpose, as the unfolding of God’s will.
The following video is longer than the norm for HillFaith, but this conversation between philosophy Professor Sean McDowell of Biola University and Christian philosopher and author Os Guiness about the latter’s book, “Carpe Diem Redeemed,” is well worth its 58-minute length because it is certain to prompt you to think in fresh ways about this very old issue of God and time:
Turek argues that the more basic issue is how do you know what is “moral” on the basis of a subjective understanding of good and evil? If morality is simply whatever any individual thinks it is, then it is nothing more than opinion.
And when morality is whatever any particular individual thinks is right “for them,” there is no way anybody can logically claim to be correct except by imposing force. That’s what political philosophers describe as “anarchy:”
It gets virtually no media attention but something is stirring in the Jewish community in America. This video from One for Israel is indicative of something amazing that should be of interest to everybody, including especially congressional staff of all faiths or no faith:
If a friend tells you they really do love you and, to prove it, they tell you they deposited $1 million in your bank account, how would you know if you should believe them? You check your bank balance, of course!
If the million bucks aren’t there, you know your “friend” is not to be believed. If you verify that you are now a millionaire, however, well then, you probably should accept that person as a genuine friend.
There is one essential claim upon which all of Christianity stands or falls. Paul the Apostle even says if this claim is false, then he and every other disciple of Jesus is a liar. One way to verify the claim is understanding the credibility of the four Gospels. NBC “Dateline” cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace explains in this video: