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 resemble him to them. And indeed, those who differ over it are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge of it except the following of assumption. And they did not kill him, for certain. Rather, Allah raised him to Himself. And ever is Allah Exalted in Might and Wise
Either Allah made it appear that Jesus died or substituted somebody else who was killed. Which version is correct: The Quran or the Bible?
Today, almost all Christian and non-Christian scholars agree with the following five points:
Jesus was executed.
The disciples believed they had encounter the resurrected Jesus.
Saul of Tarsus was converted into a Christian and became Paul the Apostle
James the skeptic and half-brother of Jesus was converted into a Christian
The tomb of Jesus was empty.
In addition, the Bible is supported by writings that go back to the First Century (mere years after the event, not centuries after the fact). On the other hand the Quran was written 600 years after the Crucifixion based on an supposed encounter that Mohammed had with an angel in a cave.
Weigh the Biblical account with the Quran account. Which has more evidence?
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, trillion, trillion, trillion.
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:
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.
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.
Here are the benefits to a flat tax:
Improved growth – A flat tax with its low tax rate and absence of double taxation will provide an incentive for companies to hire and invest. This should contribute to economic growth.
Improved competitiveness – A flat tax will remake America as an attractive place to live and start a business because of the low tax rates.
Reduced corruption – Tax preferences (exemptions, deductions, etc.) are some of the main sources of political corruption in Washington. A flat tax eliminates most of these except for exemptions for low income households.
Simplicity – A flat tax would require a postage card-sized form and be very easy to prepare. This would eliminate errors and the need for a large IRS to check submitted forms.
Increased privacy – A flat tax, by eliminating double taxation and taxation on savings and investments at the business level, will also eliminate the need for people to tell the government what assets they own and how much they’re worth.
Protected civil liberties – A simple and fair tax system eliminates almost all sources of conflict between taxpayers and the IRS.
There is no reason for us to keep our incredibly complex and uncompetitive tax code. Let’s adopt the flat tax!
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 pages long. However, that is only for the 1040 tax form. There are 500 other forms.
Not only is the tax code complex, it is constantly changing. In the last 10 years alone there have been 4,428 changes. Paperwork costs to comply with the federal tax code are estimated to be more than $160 billion a year. This is money that individuals and businesses must spend that does not create value, creates uncertainty, and limits business investment.
Why the complexity? Politicians that fall into two camps. There are the “Class Warriors” politicians who try to social engineer society and spread the wealth. there are also the “Subsidy Warriors,” who try to micromanage the economy by favoring certain industries and families.
What is the result? 1) A big time-wasting mess. For example, money spent complying a complex law and filling out forms could go towards business investment and economic growth. 2) Unequal justice under the law. For example, why should homeowner and renter with similar incomes pay different taxes?