We sing Christmas carols to celebrate the birth of Jesus. At Easter we sing songs about his resurrection. Some time in the future Jesus will return to Earth as ruler and usher in a thousand years of peace and prosperity. Isn’t that worth singing about too? But it seems that there are very few songs about this subject.
Actually there is a very famous song that celebrates Christ’s return. It is called Joy to the World. But isn’t Joy to the World a Christmas carol? It is usually sung during the Christmas season. Perhaps we should examine it a little more closely. Read the rest of this entry
Jesus said, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” That was certainly true of Jesus. His mother Mary honored him because the angel Gabriel had foretold his birth and he had been born while she was still a virgin. Joseph honored him because after he discovered that Mary was pregnant an angel appeared to him in a dream to tell him that Jesus had been conceived by the Holy Spirit and that he would save his people from their sins. But after he was born Joseph and Mary had other children. There were four boys named James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas, and an unspecified number of girls. These children had not received the divine revelations their parents had and they thought that Jesus was just an ordinary person like them. Read the rest of this entry
Moses was a descendant of Abraham. He gave the world the Torah, which he said was based on revelations given to him by God. Judaism is based on the teachings contained in this book.
Muhammad was a descendant of Abraham. He gave the world the Koran, which he said was based on revelations given to him by God. Islam is based on the teachings contained in this book.
The similarities between these two aren’t just a coincidence.