Paul Meets Muhammad | A Christian-Muslim Debate on the Resurrection

Imagine if the Apostle Paul were alive to defend the truth of Jesus’s resurrection-only to be countered by none other than the prophet Muhammad himself. In an interview from February 2006, Mike visits with Michael R. Licona, author of the book Paul Meets Muhammad: A Christian-Muslim Debate on the Resurrection as he describes an invention that can make historical figures appear alive and present. Imagining an audience of both Christians and Muslims, Licona crafts a lively debate between Paul and Muhammad, each speaking on and analyzing the validity of the Qur’an, the gospel accounts, and both Christian and Muslim doctrine.

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The Origin of Easter

I will be labeled a prude for daring to post something about another holiday, but the error of Easter has long been a worry to me, especially as I read and hear of churches having Easter services or even Easter egg hunts for church children. This article is from Christian Answers.net and of course I agree with it completely. I also plan to soon post a portion of a teaching by Zola Levitt on the subject. My question is…with the obvious truth about the origins of Easter…why in the world would we continue to be a part of it?

The name “Easter” has its roots in ancient polytheistic religions (paganism). On this, all scholars agree. This name is never used in the original Scriptures, nor is it ever associated biblically with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For these reasons, we prefer to use the term “Resurrection Sunday” rather than “Easter” when referring to the annual Christian remembrance of Christ’s resurrection…..

The seductive symbols of ancient ungodly religions inspired by Satan have been incorporated into people’s everyday lives, even to this day – continuing to obscure the truth of God .

One might wonder if there is a better way for Christians to celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection, the most important of all Christian holy days. In retrospect, it seems obvious that it would have been a better witness to the world if Christians had not attempted to “Christianize” pagan celebrations – adopting the name “Easter” (Ishtar/Semiramis) in remembrance of Christ. Jesus has been obscured by painted eggs and bunnies. Attention has been shifted away from spiritual truth and toward materialism (clothing, products and candies with the wrong symbolism). Stores merchandise the name of Easter (not “Resurrection Sunday”) and sell goods that have nothing to do with Christ’s death and resurrection. Christians naively use symbols and practices that unknowingly perpetuate ancient anti-Christ traditions – symbolic customs followed by the same religious cults that inspired the destruction of great numbers of Christians and Jews. Is the Devil laughing at us?

Many church bodies recognize the problem and make every effort to keep the focus of Resurrection Sunday totally on Jesus Christ and the Good News that He brought.

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