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.
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):
That the Birth of Christ (the incarnation) was God's Love Humanized