Archive for August 2012

Was Jesus Really Crucified

Michael Licona provides three key points during a debate.

Here are the main points that Michael Licona makes:

Almost all scholars (both Christian and non-Christian) agree that three facts support Jesus’ death by crucifixion:

Multiple non-Christian sources attest that crucifixion and scourging was used during the time period. Josephus reports about a scourging that killed a man. Another ancient document, the Martyrdom of Polycarp mentions how Roman scourging would expose veins and arteries. Jewish law prohibited scourging by more than 39 lashes. But the Romans had no such law. [...]

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Who’s Right Muslims or Christians About Jesus’ Death

Muslims do not believe that Jesus died on the cross. Why? Who’s right, the Quran or Bible? Dr John Ankerberg interviews Lee Strobel in this short video.

Here are the main points that Lee Strobel makes:

Muslims do not believe that Jesus died on the cross. In the Quran (Surah 4:157-158), it states:

And [for] their saying, “Indeed, we have killed the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, the messenger of Allah .” And they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but [another] was made to [...]

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Three Proofs of Jesus Death

This week’s lesson discusses the proofs that Jesus died on the cross (not merely fainted). To start out, go to the Three Reasons section, where I provide three short videos on the following topics:

Medical confirmation. Non-Christian source confirmation. Existing authorities’ confirmation.

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Dumb Luck

In this video the Institute for Creation Research explains why random chance cannot credibly explain how life began. Watch the following short video to learn more…

Here is the main point that is made:

Scientists say that the building blocks of life are extraordinarily complex. Basic life needs a minimum of 200 proteins. Each protein can have from twenty to many thousands of amino acids that must be in the correct order. The odds of those proteins and amino acids coming together randomly is 1 in a trillion, trillion, [...]

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Evolution Refuted

AnswersinGenesis.org has provided a short video that refutes evolution. Watch and see.

Here are the main points discussed. Evolution doesn’t really make scientific sense because of just two reasons:

Life has never been observed to come from non-life. There is no known observable process by which new genetic information can be added to the genetic code of an organism.

What does explain the origination of life is contained in the Bible, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

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Three Proofs of Creation Not Evolution

This week’s lesson is about why creation is a better explanation for the origination of the universe and life than evolution. To start out, go to the Three Reasons section, where I provide three short videos on the following topics:

Transitional fossils do not exist. Life forms exhibit irreducible complexity. DNA resembles a written language.

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The Global Flat Tax Revolution

In this video, Dr. Daniel Mitchell, Senior Fellow Cato Institute, reveals that many countries around the world have adopted the flat tax.

Here are some of the points that Dr. Mitchell makes:

There are approximately 24 countries (when the video was filmed) who have adopted the flat tax. Examples include Hong Kong, Estonia, and Iceland. In addition, many former Soviet-bloc nations have adopted it as well, an ironic development since Marx’s Communist Manifesto called for a progressive, not a flat tax.

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A Primer on the Flat Tax

Dr. Daniel Mitchell, Senior Fellow Cato Institute, provides a good overview about the need for and benefits of a flat tax1.

Here are some of the points that Mitchell makes:

The present tax code is an unmanageable mess. It is extremely complex. It requires an inordinate about of time and expense to prepare the required forms. It does not treat everybody the same, but rather grants various deductions, exemptions, shelters, preference, exclusions, and credits to favored special interests. It’s time we junk it in favor of a flat tax.

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The Tax Code Is a Mess

Chris Edwards, editor of DownsizingGovernment.org,1, explains why the tax code is an impossible mess and why we need a flat tax.

Here are some of the points that Edwards makes:

In the first year of the income tax (1913), the federal tax code was 400 pages long. Today, the federal tax code is 73,608 pages long and requires nine feet of shelf space. The code has tripled since 1970.

In 1913, the instructions to the 1040 tax form were one page long. Today, the 1040 instruction book is 189 [...]

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Three Reasons Why We Need a Flat Tax

This week’s lesson explains why we need a flat tax. To start out, go to the Three Reasons section, where I provide three short videos on the following topics:

The flat tax saves money because it is simple. A flat tax is more transparent. A flat tax closes loopholes and reduces special interest lobbying.

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