The Saturday Resurrection of Jesus

  A Theological/Bible Related Commentary         In John 20:1, we learn that Mary Magdalene, traveling alone, made her way to Jesus tomb, “while it was still dark” on the first day of the week (i.e., “Sunday”), only to find it empty. But we also learn from Matthhew 28:1 that Mary Magdalene, in the company of the “other Mary,” returned to the tomb, at daybreak; making it Magdalene’s second visit there. (And a third  “just after…
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The Mission of Jesus – Part IV

PAUL’S “GREAT COMMISSION” In part three of this series, we found that the so-called “Great Commission” of Matthew 28:16-20 was never actually proclaimed by Jesus. The evidence against Him doing so is just too overwhelming. In Part IV, we will address Saul of Tarsus’ assertion that he also had been charged to preach “Jesus’ message” to the Jews. But more significantly, that Jesus ordained him to minister to the Gentiles as well.[1] Something Jesus strictly…
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The Mission of Jesus – Part III

JESUS AND THE “GREAT COMMISSION” OF MATTHEW 28:16-20 “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and…
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The Mission of Jesus – Part I

Perhaps the most disregarded important passage in the gospel record is found in the Gospel According to Matthew. After haranguing a group of “Pharisees and teachers of the law” in Galilee in regards to ritual purity, Jesus decides, for some mysterious reason, to travel to the Gentile regions of Tyre and Sidon. I say “mysterious” because earlier Jesus had commanded his disciples, “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans.[1]…
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The Problem of Matthew 12:40 – Revisited

One of the most problematic passages in the New Testament—as far as bible prophecy is concerned—is Matthew 12:40. It is an especially important passage because the prophecy it contains is said to have been uttered by none other than Jesus himself. As we shall soon see, that prophecy failed to be fulfilled as stated. It perhaps was in the Galilean town of Capernaum that certain ‘scribes and Pharisees’ approached Jesus and asked him to perform…
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The God Jesus on the Date of His Second Coming – The Conclusion

     In Part I, we addressed the claim that Jesus didn’t know the date of His own Second Coming because He voluntarily “emptied himself “of that knowledge through a theological  process known as “kenosis.”      In Part II, we will address a variant of the Kenosis Argument which Christian apologists have termed the Hypostatic Union, or “two natures” of Christ Jesus.      We’ve already established the Christian belief that Jesus was born a one-of-a-kind hybrid…
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On What Day Was Jesus to Arise From the Dead? Part III

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary Part III – The Rebuttal Begins         In Part I of this article, we addressed the fact that the website Apologetic Press rigorously defends the bizarre idea that “On the third day,” and “After three days” both denote one and the same day. (And is not the only apologetic source to do so either.**) The Apologetic Press’ Eric Lyons writes: “…as awkward as it may sound to an American living in…
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Epicurus on God: An Unflinching Critique – Part III

A Philosophical/Theological Commentary The Fundamentalist Viewpoint In the preceding subsection of this series we pointed out that if “God” truly exists and created every single thing in existence—both seen and unseen—then it necessarily follows that He created evil too. We also pointed out previously that Christians need only turn to Isaiah. 45:7; John 1:3; and Colossians 1:16 in their bible to see who Scripture ascribes the creation of evil to, prima facie. Yet so many…
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The Atheist and the Good Christian

A Social Commentary In recent decades atheists have seen a remarkable increase in the number of Americans joining their ranks—right along with an increase in antipathy towards the Christians that make up the religious right. And why not? Far too many far-right Christians have made transforming the United States into as close to a theocracy as possible their life’s mission. “Reclaiming America for Christ!” is what some of their leaders have labeled this pipe-dream; insisting…
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