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The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most provable fact in all of history! There is more evidence that Christ rose from the grave than any other fact in history. Today followers of the Islamic faith can visit the tomb of their leader Mohammed. Today followers of the Buddhist religion can go to the grave of their founder, Buddha. You can visit the graves of past presidents and historical figures, you can visit the graves of past loved ones, but you cannot visit the burial place of the greatest man that ever lived, Jesus Christ, because he rose from the dead and lives even today.
Church Member Giving continues to decline according to the Empty Tomb research group. Protestants gave 3.1% of their income in ’68 compared to 2.5% in ’98, a lower rate than in ’33 during the Great Depression. Members gave an average of $525 in ’98. (PWB 1/26/01)
Christian Giving Down: The Empty Tomb reports that church donations have dipped to a 35 year low. As a portion of after-tax income, giving has fallen from 0.66% per capita in ’68 to 0.38% in ’02. However, The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that giving to the 400 largest charities rose 2.3% in ’03. The journal credits their turnaround to an improving economy and a new emphasis on big donors. The EFCA states 40% of its members are still not raising as much as they did prior to 9/11. (CT 12/04)
“Memorial Day is an official holiday in most states of the United States. It was observed on May 30 until 1971, when for federal employees,, the date was changed to the last Monday in May. With the exception of Louisiana, all states observing Memorial Day adopted the change. It is also known as Decoration Day.
The custom of placing flowers on the graves of the war began on May 5, 1866, in Waterloo, NY, and Waterloo has been recognized by Congress as the official birthplace of Memorial Day. In 1868, Gen. John A. Logan, then president of the Grand Army of the Republic, declared that May 30 would be a day to decorate with “flowers the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion.”
After World War I the day was set aside to honor the of all American wars, and the custom was extended to pay homage to deceased relatives and friends, both military and civilian. The most solemn ceremony conducted on Memorial Day is the placing of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns located in Arlington national Cemetery.
Empty Tomb reports evangelical and mainline churchgoers averaged giving just 4% of their earnings to their churches last year. (Foster Letter 4/25/03)
Giving Potential If Americans who identify with the historically Christian church increased their giving to an average of 10% of income; there could be an additional $78 billion dollars available for overseas missions. (Empty Tomb 5/03)
J. Allen Lucas
If you read the Quran [Koran] you will discover that the nation of Islam teaches that Jesus did not die on the cross. [Rashad Khalifa, PH. D., Quran: The Final Testament, Authorized English Version, 61]
This argument is not new, but not true either.
Jesus did die on the cross and He died for our sins. The tomb is empty today because He is risen.
Wealth Growth It is estimated that the United States has 276 billionaires, over 2,500 households with a net worth exceeding $100 million, 350,000 individuals with a net worth of $10 million, and 5 million millionaires. An estimated $41 trillion to $136 trillion is expected to ...
Contributions to U.S. churches in '05 (most recent data available) were 2.58% of members' income vs. 2.56% in '04 according to empty tomb. Giving to "church, other religious organizations" accounted for 72% of funds directed to charity. The under-25 age group gave 87% of their donations to churches, which may indicate that religious teachings form philanthropic values in the U.S. For each dollar donated to a congregation, denominations spent 2.2˘ on international missions in '05, down from 7˘ in the '20s. The study's authors, John and Sylvia Ronsvalle, say evangelical Christians could complete the task of global evangelization for 7˘ per member per day. (Baptist Press 10/12/07)
We know that Jesus rose from the dead. The resurrection is a historical event, not a myth or story. We know this from the empty tomb and the people who saw Christ physically alive. First, the women, and then the apostles, and then over five hundred people saw Christ alive after he rose from the dead. Jesus is the only man in history to rise from the dead. No other great religious teachers ever rose from the dead. In nineteen hundred B.C. the Jews father Abraham died. In four hundred and eighty three B.C. the Buddhists say Buddha died. In six hundred and thirty two A.D. Mohammed died. In thirty three A.D. Jesus died but came back to life appearing to over five hundred people in forty days. So whom can we trust? Only Jesus!