One Reason I Believe in Jesus and Not Islam: Jesus’ Tomb Is Empty; Mohammad’s Grave is Full of Bones
There are many reason I believe in Christ and not Islam, but there is one very good reason I will focus on here: Jesus’ tomb is empty and Mohammad’s grave is full of bones.
Many people do not believe in Christ. They don’t believe He God resurrected His crucified body three days after His death on the cross. But even the Romans saw the empty tomb after the two Mary’s had reported that the stone covering the entrance was rolled away and the tomb was empty.
The Romans insisted Jesus’ body had been secretly removed. There a many problems with that notion: The tomb was guarded by Roman soldiers and tomb’s stone covering tomb entrances weighed one to two tons, meaning that if Christ’s body had been stolen from the grave, it would have taken many men to push that stone away from the tomb’s entrance–with great struggle.
Moving a one to two ton stone would definitely have awakened sleeping soldiers guarding the tomb. The grave robbers would have been caught and arrested.
There’s another glitch in the grave robbing theory: Tomb stones were sealed. A tomb stone had to be fitted inside the groove of the tomb entrance and sealed tightly so the stone could not be opened. Anyone seeking to unroll the stone would first have to chip away at the seal and then pull the stone from the opening of the tomb in order to roll the stone from tomb’s entrance.
That extremely weighty stone would have taken more than 2o strong men to accomplish that task and all of this would have been caught by Roman soldiers guarding tomb. We would then read of the arresting of men trying to steal Jesus’ body from his tomb.
Then there are the soldiers guarding the tomb that did not see, or hear, the one to two ton stone roll away from the tomb’s entrance, nor see the wrapped in many layers of mummy-like cloth body of Jesus leave the tomb. Were they asleep? I can buy that a few soldiers may have nodded off and dozed during the night, but are you going to tell me every, single soldier guarding the most famous tomb of that time, slept and did not see or hear anything? Not one woke at the sound of people chipping away at the seal or the very loud sound of many men trying to roll away a stone weighed over one ton?
Next: The body of Jesus was wrapped in heavy layers of cloth. Jesus was not laid to rest in a coffin, wearing his cloths and Rabbi’s shawl, Jesus was embalmed in layers of cloth and 100 pounds of spices (John 19:39-41).
So let’s say Jesus was not God incarnate, just a mere man. If he got out of those wrappings, he was not dead. Then he would have had to push the stone away from the tomb’s entrance. Are you going to tell me that the soldiers guarding the tomb would not have seen this and beaten the snot out of Jesus and pushed him back inside the tomb, walled the tomb back up and sealed Jesus inside? We would have read about that, let me tell you!
The Romans feared Jesus. His teachings were causing an insurrection in an already uprising and angry empire where Jews and gentiles were mistreated and their liberties and freedoms stolen by the elites. Jesus offered redemption for life on earth, as well as eternal. He healed the sick! Jesus raised the dead!
Romans and the Pharisees wanted Jesus dead for fear He would make the people turn against Rome and grab their freedom by following Him instead of Caesar or the Pharisees.
You don’t read about governments fearing Mohammad because he freed people. Governments feared Mohammad because he was a murderer.
Keeping Jesus’ tomb sealed was the reason the Roman government placed soldiers in front of it after sealing it: Prevent stealing the body of the man who had one-upped Rome and the religious leaders.
Everyone who looked inside the empty tomb found “the unwrapped linen cloths lying there (John 20:6), [but] “his handkerchief that had been around His head, [was] not lying with the linen cloths John 20:7).” How does a dead man unwrap himself from his clothing? Even if Jesus had been alive in those wrappings, He would have suffocated due to the layers.
Not long after this occurred, Christ was seen by His followers, and then over the next weeks to come, by hundreds in that area. That would mean Roman soldiers, including the Roman soldier who helped crucify Christ, and after Christ breathed His last breath, was heard saying “Truly this man was the Son of God (Matthew 27: 54).” That soldier lived in that town; he had to have seen Jesus, as well as many who witnessed the trial before Pilot and the crucifixion. Those people would go on for decades telling of Jesus’ life and the miracles He performed, His death, His resurrection, the empty tomb, and seeing Him afterward until His ascension.
We don’t read anything like this about Mohammad. We don’t even know when he died, and he was not seen resurrected after his death.
There’s enough in the Gospels (that do not contradict each other) to make me a believer in Jesus. The same cannot be said of Mohammad, the man who went on rampaging warpath to conquer human life by-way-of the sword.
Mohammad existed during the seventh century AD. His existence was bloody and violent
Muhammad claims he received his Koran messages from Allah through the angel Gabriel.Jesus said “I Am.” Jesus said, “Before Moses was, I Am.” Jesus was telling the world He is God. Mohammad never made any claim, because he couldn’t.
Also, history has no record of Muhammad’s death in 632. His death does not appear in writing for more than a century after that date. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection were recounted and written within a few decades after the ascension by those who witnessed His life– his close friends and disciples.
If Mohammad had raised himself from the dead and his tomb was empty, you can be sure that would have caused quite a stir around the world, especially to those he persecuted and conquered through savagery.
Also: Dr. Robert Spencer, the foremost historian on Islam and Middle Eastern history points out:
The early accounts written by the people the Arabs conquered never mention Islam, Muhammad, or the Qur’an. They call the conquerors “Ishmaelites,” “Saracens,” “Muhajirun,” and “Hagarians,” but never “Muslims. The Arab conquerors, in their coins and inscriptions, don’t mention Islam or the Qur’an for the first six decades of their conquests. Mentions of “Muhammad” are non-specific and on at least two occasions are accompanied by a cross. The word can be used not only as a proper name, but also as an honorific. The Qur’an, even by the canonical Muslim account, was not distributed in its present form until the 650s. Casting into serious doubt that standard account is the fact that neither the Arabians nor the Christians and Jews in the region mention its existence until the early eighth century. We don’t begin to hear about Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, and about Islam itself until the 690s, during the reign of the caliph Abd al-Malik. Coins and inscriptions reflecting Islamic beliefs begin to appear at this time also.
Jesus, on the other hand, is the most talked about person in history—from His ministry that caused fear in the Romans and Pharisees who saw their power slipping to the liberty Christ offered, as well as over the last 2000 years without any contradiction in the writings. (Yes, there are ancient secular writings of Jesus found in 1947 along with the Biblical scrolls in the caves in the village of Qumran, a city the Roman legions destroyed during the Jewish war against Rome).
Jesus’ life and death were recorded by many and have been told and discussed for 2000.
We talk about Mohammad, but there’s nothing to much to discuss in the way of an empty tomb.
Mohammad never raised anyone from the dead, not even himself; he preferred murdering all who did not follow him. His goal was to conquer the world and force all to follow Islam by subjugation.
Mohammad did not conquer death, he waged it. Mohammad did not forgive anyone who made mistakes, he murdered them for it. Mohammad did not defend women who had committed adultery as Jesus did, Mohammad believed in raping and murdering women. Mohammad didn’t heal the sick, nor did he feed the hungry and take care of the poor. Mohammad pillaged and plundered.
When Mohammad died, he was just that: Dead and he stayed dead in a grave, somewhere, full of bones.
When Jesus died, He rose to life and left his well-known tomb empty.
Equal pay does not allow anyone to rise up to higher pay; equal pay means one must never be paid more than another because that is unfair to those not being paid more.
Ladies, if any of you are incompetent, you do not deserve to be paid more or to keep your job. You deserve to be fired.
If women lack skills necessary to rise up to higher pay, those women do not deserve to be paid the same as someone with better skills and talent, receiving higher pay. If you want to receive higher pay, you must get on-the-job skills, or other training, and work your way up to that higher pay, if not, shut up and accept your low wages.
No one receiving low wages receives low wages because they have exceptional skills, they receive low wages either because they are working at a minimum wage job that is meant only to be a stepping stone to better jobs with better pay, or, they are receiving low wages because they are at the entry-level where one must work up to a higher position with high pay.
That’s not only life, that is the free market and it is why the free market has worked so well for centuries: It allows for competition between employees who can take what they have naturally and hone their skills and work their way up to more money and a better life. Free markets competition also allows business owners to compete against each other by perfecting services and products. This in turn serves the people with goods they need, as well as want, and the more goods created and sold, the more money for businesses, and that leads to hiring more employees.
Equal pay destroys competition and jobs and that destroys the economy and lessons financial growth overall.
But isn’t that the entire idea behind equal pay? Make everyone the same, don’t allow anyone to rise above another or have more than others. It’s not fair if some get rich while others are do not. It’s not fair if a man earns more than a woman, even if she works part-time at excellent pay because she is raising children. Notice part-time work at excellent pay for mothers is not unequal pay, it’s simply women working fewer hours because they a family to take care of.
If a woman works full-time and receives less than the men at her job, perhaps she should work at gaining more skills to rise up to a hirer paid position. If she has, but still finds she is not getting paid what she wants, then apply to a another company offering better pay—while obtaining more skills to gain more money.
Believe it or not ladies, it’s not a man’s world, because men and women live in this world and both genders were created equal in liberty by God.
Sorry if this fact hurts ladies, but God did create man first, which I don’t see as a problem since God said man needed us women, because “it was not good for man to be alone.”
Wake up women, God did not create us unequal to men, God did not make us subservient slaves to men—evil tyrants men history decided women are inferior, not God. Again: God created all mankind equal in liberty. Yes, men were created physically stronger and are be the protectors of women (even feminists run to men when they need help against rapists and other violent criminals), but notice in Genesis that God said men need us women to help them, to take care of them!
Notice the word “needed.” Men need us. Instead of whining, why not use that to our advantages and work harder at being needed in the workforce, by the company we’re in or want to be in. Then use that helping know-how God gave us women as a bargaining tool to show we are fabulous helpers.
Hey, men do it all the time with their skills, and they do it without running to the federal government, crying like sissies for help.
Furthermore, women have an advantage over men and it’s the reason men say “I don’t understand women:” We women are the missing link of all men. We were created out of the man’s rib, and men, poor darlings, they never got it back! Men are missing what God gave us women! We understand men, but they can’t understand us, because we have their rib!
Get the Memo whining feminists who claim you’re being treated oh so unfair in the so-called man’s world you insist on working in while demanding equal pay to men: Stop whining like little girls and learn how to compete without demanding the federal government get involved in all of our private lives and hindering us by passing laws that force men to comply with men-hating women or face criminal charges that involve everything and anything to do with sex.
Grow up and start seeing yourselves as the great helpers in the workforce instead of behaving like trampled little weaklings, and maybe, just maybe, those horrid, brutish men you poor, weakened feminists claim are picking on you will respect you and invite you to compete.
Work hard and your hard work and gained skills will pay off. Either that or put up and shut up so the rest of us can get on with our work!
Contemporary Christian Music Is Not About Praise and Worship, It’s About Secularizing God with Entertainment
I’m going to offend many readers, especially Christians, with my criticism of contemporary Christian music in America’s churches, and I don’t care.
When it comes to God, I care more about worshiping God than being entertained, but secularizing God in order to cater to younger generations and basket-fillers, who might, heaven forbid, become bored by God, is far more preferable. And profitable.
If I want to be entertained by rock music, which I love and listen to, I’ll go to rock concerts or listen to my stereo. Church and worship is just for that: Glorifying God, not entertaining a church “audience.”
But the majority of Contemporary Christian Music is about entertainment, not God.
Seriously people, “Christian Rap,” “Christian Hip-Hop,” and Christian Rock?” That’s the biggest oxymoron since the phrase “soft porn” was invented to legitimize the porn and sex trafficking industry.
I am not saying, and never would, that Christians and churches do not have First Amendment rights, they do, we all do. I’m giving my opinion, and in my opinion Christian rock bands screaming at the top of their lungs to heavy metal Judas Priest-style music and rap music is not praising God, it’s all about entertaining this modern-day generation that finds God too harsh–He killed off humanity with a flood because the entire world was comprised of murderous, child-sacrificing thugs who were having homosexual and incestuous sex with each other and children and animals? How homophobic can God get!
Then there’s that Christian music that is just too stodgy and old-fashioned for hip young ears who shouldn’t be bored–or offended: Traditional hymns and Negro spirituals that glorify and praise God, while lifting people’s hearts from depression and hurt and healing the soul.
Why would we want broken hearts and minds mended when warming benches with attractive and kool people who fill baskets is far more important than soul saving?
The modern-day American church has gone the way of left-wing politics in its “let’s not offend anyone” preaching and part of that is the modern church music that is is no different than modern-day, watered-down progressive preaching in America’s churches.
No matter how music companies try to package and sell rap and hip-hop as worship music, it’s not about glorifying God with song as God’s Word tells us in the Psalms. The Contemporary Christian music industry is a mega music industry. Music companies don’t give a flip about God, they’re selling this style of music in Christian genre as a way to further destroy God in America.
If you don’t think so, listen to most of the contemporary Christian music: It is loaded with loud banging drums and blaring guitars that override praise words to God that are shouted at you no different than secular music. Why? So Your mind is not focused on God and praising Him; your mind is only focused on the sound of rock instruments that get your body moving instead of your spirit.
Nothing’s worse than so-called church praise and worship leaders and bands who go off into voodoo-like frenzies, shaking and convulsing crazily to drum beating you hear on Caribbean islands and in Voodoo churches, or rap music stations, not to mention those wanna’ be rock stars who use the pulpit to shake their rear-ends like Mick Jagger.
Nothing’s worse than standing in church and watching praise bands perform for you. Excuse me if I so foolishly assumed Sunday church music time was meant to worship God, not be entertained by “American Idol: The Pulpit.”
If I want to watch Voodoo shaking (I’m not talking about spirit-filled, joyful dancing to Godly music) I’ll turn on the Discovery Channel and watch documentaries on Voodoo churches.
Sadly that is becoming intermingled in the modern-day church because of the contemporary music industry that mixes everything to appeal to everyone—except God.
Sorry all ye offended, but its modern-day Baal worship wrapped nicely in the phrase “Contemporary Christian Music.”
Entertainment has been used for years to pull people away from God, and over the last 20 years, the contemporary Christian music industry has been using rock, rap and hip hop to invade kid’s minds with a message that is not God.
Churches that cater to their young flock with this music are not interested in kids knowing God any more than record companies: Again, they are only interested in filling benches and baskets.
Yes, there are modern-day Christian songs out there that truly glorify God with contemporary and old-style hymns and spirituals. Think Phil Wickham’s “You’re Beautiful,” opera tenor Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up,” Gaither Vocal Band’s Guy Penrod’s “The Baptism of Jesse Taylor,” and Mark Lowry’s “Mary Did You Know,” to name just a few.
Are these four men selling and making millions on their albums? Of course, and they should. God did not give them their talents to use in order that they would starve in the streets, but if people want to be in God’s ministry, ministering to people through music or books, etc, don’t secularize it to sell it or it’s not Christian ministry, it’s just Hollywood.
Sadly many pastors today do not care that their churches have become entertainment theaters. If they are questioned about the praise and worship not being just that, these pastors reply, “if you don’t like the music, just leave, go somewhere else.” These are the same pastors who allow “the money-changers” in their churches, selling books, CD’s, etc. Never mind Jesus violently overturned the money changer’s tables, condemning anyone who does that, because the House of Worship is not about being a shopping center, it’s a place only for worship.
Oh I know, readers who listen to my radio show Rock N Roll Politics are saying, “Hey Lisa, you’re a hypocrite and a phony! You open your political shows with music by rock groups like “The Sex Pistols” and you call yourself Christian?” Yes, I’m a proud, out-spoken Born Again follower of Jesus Christ. And yes, I listen to rock, punk, country and opera, however, my radio show, blog site, as well as I, are not Christian ministries. I’m a political commentator and writer and my radio show uses music as the backdrop, because much of music is political.
Despite what some readers are no doubt thinking, I’m far from legalistic. Legalism is not Jesus, legalism is man using God to control man. But I know there is a time and place for all things, and church is neither the time nor place to be entertained. You go to church to worship God, not be entertained by wanna’ be rock stars.
Progressives have been slowly pulling Americans away from God and they have found a weapon to destroy God in America through secular-style music that has invaded the church.
Make church entertaining with hip music and the younger generation will become more and more secular, opening up to accepting homosexuality and gay marriage, teen sex and drugs, and rejecting God’s Word and laws Jesus “did not come to abolish,” and that we “are to meditate on day and night.”
Contemporary Christian music is not about praising God; it’s about making sure this generation will never know God or His Word and society will go the way of the Canaanites.