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Reading Qur'an

Scientific Miracles in the Qur’an?

A very popular way that Muslims argue for the divine origin of the Qur’an is by pointing to numerous ‘scientific miracles’ scattered throughout its pages. According to believers, Allah revealed information in the Qur’an that was only stumbled upon by scientists in the last few centuries, serving as a sign of the truth of Islam’s sacred text. There are too many websites and YouTube videos devoted to these alleged miracles to be counted here, but a few examples will be considered from one site, MissionIslam.com, as we examine the evidence and consistency of science in the Qur’an.

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Evidence for the Resurrection

The resurrection of Christ is arguably the central doctrine of Christianity. The premise at the heart of most strains of Christianity is that Jesus Christ died on the cross to save humanity from its sins, and he rose again three days later, victorious over death and having established a new means for salvation. In the bible, the apostle Paul says to his fellow believers that “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile” (1 Corinthians 15:17)...

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Psalm 22 – Now With Less Jesus!

Alongside Isaiah 53, Psalm 22 is one of the favorite and best known Old Testament passages for Christian apologists. According to Josh McDowell, Lee Strobel, and many others, Psalm 22 prophesied the crucifixion of Jesus Christ before crucifixion as a torture method had even been invented...
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He is Risen? Resurrection Discrepancies

Tomorrow morning millions of faithful men and women will pile into churches around the globe to hear the familiar Easter story of Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Crucified under Pontius Pilate, buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, only to be discovered missing on the third day, with the stone rolled away from the entrance. The women and apostles express their shock and perhaps mourn what they perceive to be a cruel joke. Then Jesus began appearing before his followers, telling them that his body had not been stolen, but resurrected by god...
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Isaiah 53

Why Isaiah 53 is Not About Jesus

Isaiah 53 is one of the all-time favorite passages of pastors, evangelists, and missionaries striving to convert non-believers. Over the centuries, it has been the subject of countless books, sermons, essays, and evangelism tracts, especially in outreach to Jews. The website isaiah53.com boldly proclaims that, “Hundreds of Years Before Jesus… The great Jewish prophet Isaiah wrote a detailed prediction of his death and resurrection”...

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Misquoting Jesus

Fundamentalism is by no means a dead strand of Christianity. Still today there are many who believe that the Bible is the inerrant and unchanging word of god, the only book in history to be amazingly preserved in static and unaltered form for nearly 2,000 years. According to a 2006 Gallup poll, 28% of Americans think the Bible is the actual word of god, to be taken literally and word-for-word, while 49% believe it to be inspired, though not always literal, and a mere 19% recognize it as a combination of fables, historical tales, and moral precepts.1 Undoubtedly, a dissenting opinion will stir...

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The Bible Unearthed

Every few years, new stories and rumors circulate about ground-breaking discoveries of the Ark of the Covenant, Noah’s Ark, the Garden of Eden, and other biblical legends. However, all these iconic finds seem to have been stumbled upon by amateur explorers in remote locations now conveniently forgotten or off-limits to public access. Still many of the faithful do hold such suspicious tales to be more than simple hoaxes. It is not difficult to see that there is a strong desire, especially in America, to confirm the bible as historical fact...

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Christianity and Slavery

Today many Christians go above and beyond justifying the value of their faith by also attempting to re-write history in order to implicate Christianity as the source of all Western achievements of the last 200-300 years. One of these gross lies is the idea that the abolishment of slavery was due to a proper teaching of the scriptures, a view taught by Dinesh D’Souza in his article How Christians Ended Slavery.1 In the article, D’Souza implies that the rise of Christianity in the Middle Ages ended slavery, by attempting to whitewash serfdom as a great improvement...

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