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Was the Resurrection of Jesus a Repackaged Pagan Myth?

Was the Resurrection of Jesus a Repackaged Pagan Myth? Mythicism and the Resurrection of Jesus The purpose of this brief essay is to confront the idea that the New Testament concept of the death and resurrection of Jesus was somehow borrowed or influenced by pagan religious traditions. The attempt to account for the origins of Christian beliefs in this way is often calle...

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2018 Lent Day 38

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Betrayal is one of the most wicked forms of sin. It shatters the trust of someone who had placed their hope in you, hope in your kindness, friendship, and loyalty. Look how Judas betrays Jesus, with a kiss! He hides the murder in his heart behind a show of love. There is a callousness to betrayal, and uncaringness about the suffering of the one who is betrayed. It is one o...

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2018 Lent Day 39

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Luke’s portrayal of Jesus’ crucifixion is profoundly heartbreaking. Jesus laments over the daughters of Jerusalem; He pleads forgiveness for those crucifying him, who offered him only ridicule and sour wine; and as He is hanging between two criminals at the place called The Skull, He opens paradise to the repentant thief hanging next to Him. The Gospel writer now tells...

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