Amazon Pays No Taxes

The Washington Post reported on Sunday, February 17, 2019 that Amazon, the e-commerce giant helmed by the world’s richest man, paid no federal taxes on profit of $11 billion last year. In fact, Amazon actually received a federal tax rebate of $129 million, giving it an effective tax rate of -1%. This was the second year in a row that Amazon has enjoyed a negative federal tax rate on multibillion-dollar profits.

This was legal due to a variety of tax credits and tax breaks. In comparison, the poorest 20% of American households had a larger effective federal tax rate of about 1.5%.

In summary, Amazon is a $1 trillion company in the market cap of its stock; it grossed some $232 billion; its gross profit was $93 billion; its net profit was $11 billion; and, it paid no taxes, but instead received a $129 million tax rebate in 2018. What’s wrong with this picture?

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Infanticide and Abortion are Equally Wrong

Peter Singer, an atheist professor of bioethics at Princeton University, says that it’s morally okay to kill disabled newborns if their parents don’t want them.

Kathy Tran, a Democratic State Delegate of the Virginia legislature, has a bill that would legalize murdering the baby at any point, through the third trimester, up to 40 weeks–up to the moment of birth, as they were being born, and after.

Virginia governor Ralph Northam said, “The infant would be delivered (and set on a table, like a piece of furniture). The infant would be kept ‘comfortable.’ The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired. And then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.” And then the baby would be killed by letting it starve or completely dehydrate, or by administering lethal chemicals. A Gallup poll has found that only 13 percent of Americans favor making third-trimester abortions ‘generally’ legal. I wonder what the percentage is of those who would legalize infanticide, especially after viewing a video of this.

Life starts at conception, and killing the child at any point is murder. I don’t care at what point of pregnancy the unborn human is fully formed with arms, hands, feet, fingers, fingernails, or teeth, or if the mother is dilating or even in distress; except that it may be repulsive enough to some people to make them see that abortion is wrong.

The baby is undeserving of violent death on either side of the mother’s cervix; and, there’s nothing “comfortable” about it.

It seems that the only common ground I have with pro-abortionists is, “If abortion is OK, then infanticide is too.” They are both murder.

To see why abortion is wrong, please read Abortion and Is Abortion Wrong. To see why infanticide is wrong, read Exodus 20:13: “You shall not murder.”

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Does the Bible Imply That the Earth is Flat? 

Ezekiel 7:2 and Revelation 7:1 reference “the four corners of the earth.” Similarly, Isaiah 11:12 references “the four quarters of the earth.” The Oxford English Dictionary defines “corner” to mean “An extremity or end of the earth; a region, quarter; a direction or quarter from which the wind blows.” The word “corner” comes from a Latin root “cornu,” meaning “horn,” as seen in words such as “cornet,” “corn,” and “cornucopia.” So, the four corners of the earth can be interpreted as referring to the four cardinal directions–north, south, east and west. In addition, the “four corners of the earth” can also be interpreted as four “horns” of the earth. One obvious example of such a “horn” is Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of South America. So, the usage of the phrase “four corners of the earth” does not necessarily signify a flat, rectangular earth.

Also, in general, one must be aware of the poetic language and symbolism often used in the Bible, especially in the poetic books like Psalm, and the prophetic books like Revelation. Incidentally, to me, one of the stronger verses arguing for a flat earth is Job 38:13, which says, “that it might take the earth by the edges.” My only explanation here is the use of poetic language; i.e., a circular view of the earth from heaven cannot be argued here, since a circle has no edges.

On the other hand, there are many verses in the Bible that do indeed agree with what we know about science, so far. In fact, these even make the words of the Bible more powerful, when we realize that the Biblical writers stated scientific truths thousands of years before astronomy, geology, or archaeology confirmed them. Please consider the following:

– The Bible does, in fact, teach the concept of a round or spherical earth. Isaiah 40:22 says, “He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.” The fact that this verse speaks of the “circle of the earth” can mean one of three things: 1) The earth is not a flat square but a flat circle. If that is true then what of the four corners of the earth? A flat circle has no corners. 2) The earth is shaped in a way that is spherical but has a square cross-section somewhere, at the equator, for example. 3) The earth is spherical in shape. This last option is further strengthened by observing the reference to the inhabitants as grasshoppers, implying a perspective from on high, particularly, the outermost heaven. This verse serves only to strengthen my faith, as it reveals God’s omniscience, in His knowledge that the earth was round, a fact that was not discovered by man for thousands of years.

– Proverbs 8:27 says, “When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth…” The word “compass” can mean a circular enclosure or a spherical envelope. Since the verse speaks of an extended area, the spherical enclosure for “compass” is a better interpretation than a circular enclosure.

– Luke 17:31-36 says, “In that day, he which shall be upon the house top, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not turn back …. I tell you, in that night, there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left…. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” In regard to the shape of the earth, these verses speak of day (verse 31) and night (verse 34) as occurring simultaneously. The activities are listed in the context of that global event, the rapture, which Paul describes as occurring in the “twinkling of an eye” (I Corinthians 15:52). The simplest explanation for this simultaneous daylight and night is that the earth is spherical in shape.

– Acts 1:8 says, “Jesus gives His commission to His disciples to be witnesses “unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Note here that the word “part” is singular. A flat earth with four corners would be indicated by the plural “uttermost parts.” However, a spherical earth would have only one uttermost part, its opposite side. So, the Bible does not necessarily teach that the earth is flat.

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What Does Paradise Mean in the Bible?

What does the biblical term “Paradise” mean?

In Old Testament times (including the times referenced in the Gospels), when people died, their bodies went into a grave, but there was a temporary holding place for their souls. The Bible uses a term called hell, such as in Matthew 5:22, but the terminology is slightly different than what we normally use. Hell is actually the lake of fire where all unbelievers will spend eternity (Revelation 20:14-15). However, the temporary holding place (sometimes called Sheol, or Purgatory) had separate compartments for believers and unbelievers (paradise and Hades).  Unbelievers spent this period in the chamber called Hades (Luke 16:23), while believers spent this time in the chamber called paradise (Luke 23:43, 1 Corinthians 12:3-4, Revelation 2:3-7), or Abraham’s bosom (Luke 16:19-31).

Then, upon the event of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, the Old Testament saints were resurrected (Matthew 27:52-53), and transferred from paradise to Heaven. Today, now that Christ’s resurrection has already occurred, when Christians die, we are taken directly to heaven. The strongest argument I find for this is 2 Corinthians 5:3-8, which says, “We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” This says that for we believers of this age, being in this current body is mutually exclusive from being in the presence of God in heaven. So, at the point of death, we’re no longer in the body, but with the Lord.

In the story of the rich man and Lazarus, Luke 16:19-31 refers to Hades, or torments, which is where the rich man was. This is the opposite of the place of Abraham’s bosom where Lazarus was.  Bible scholars have associated Abrahams’s bosom with the word “paradise.” This confirms that, in Old Testament times, those who died were taken to one of these temporary chambers, awaiting their transfer either from paradise to heaven or from Hades to Hell.

Incidentally, this probably also explains the origination of the Catholic doctrine of purgatory, which would equate to Hades in this case.

Also, the passage in Matthew 7:52-53 is a very difficult passage.  You may also be interested in my article on Matthew 27:52-53 at

I hope this helps.



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What Happens to a Christian When He Dies?

What happens immediately after death for a believer? 

Thank you for your question.  Death means separation, and for a person, physical death means separation of the soul from the body.  For a Christian, since he also has a living spirit, it means separation of the soul and spirit from the body.  At the point of physical death for a Christian, his soul and spirit are immediately transferred to heaven to be with Christ (2 Corinthians 5:3-8).  His body, of course, is left on earth to be buried, cremated, decay, etc.  This is all temporary.  At the point of the rapture, our (decayed) bodies will be restored for the us, and we will live in eternity with our resurrected (glorified) bodies (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).  We will return to the earth with Christ at His Second Coming to help with the administration of the 1000-year millennium (Revelation 19-21).  Then, Satan will be cast into the lake of fire, and God will create a new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21:1), and our permanent home for eternity will be that new earth.

For more information, please see my FAQ article at

I hope this helps.



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Federal Employees Cost $1 Million per Minute

According to a new report, the federal government collectively paid 1.97 million federal employees $136.3 billion, That works out to $1 million per minute, $66 million per hour, and $524 million per day. Read the full article. 

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Highlights of Prophecy

Christian Data Resources presents:

Highlights of Prophecy


The World of Prophecy

The Jewish People

Jerusalem, City of Destiny

The Northern Confederacy

The Western Confederacy

The Southern Confederacy

The Eastern Confederacy

The Antichrist

The World Super Church

The False Prophet


The Rapture

Life in the Tribulation

The Judgment Seat of Christ

The Marriage of the Lamb

Life in the Millennium

 Basic Bible Doctrine      The Techniques of the Christian Life      Marriage     Christian Service and Human Government

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Paradise vs. Heaven

According to the bible what is the difference between paradise and heaven? The reason that I ask this is because Jesus told the thief on the cross that today they would be together in paradise. Why did he not say heaven? A Mormon friend of mine tells me it is a place in heaven that is nice but it is not with God. Thus, there are different levels in heaven, and only the very righteous get to be close to God? I always assumed that Jesus was talking about heaven but it does say paradise, so is that another place beside heaven? Did Jesus not go right to heaven but to this paradise until he was resurrected? I’m having more and more questions? 

Thank you for your question. Yes, the use of the word “paradise” in the Bible can be confusing. I believe that our definitive passage on this is the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31.

When the rich man died, he went to a place called “Hades” (verse 23), which was a place of torments. When Lazarus died, he went to a place called “Abraham’s bosom,” which Bible scholars have associated with paradise.

Apparently, when people died in Old Testament times (including the times referenced in the Gospels), their bodies went into a grave, but apparently there was a temporary holding place for their souls. The Bible uses a term called hell, such as in Matthew 5:22, but the terminology is slightly different than what we normally use. Hell is the lake of fire where all unbelievers will spend eternity (Revelation 20:14-15). Apparently, however, the temporary holding place (sometimes called Sheol, or Purgatory) had a compartment for separate compartments for believers and unbelievers. (This is where the Catholics (mistakenly) built their doctrine of purgatory.) Unbelievers spent this period in the part called torments (Luke 16:23), while believers spent this time in a place called paradise (Luke 23:43).

However, with the resurrection of Jesus (the first resurrection), these Old Testament believers were transferred from paradise to Heaven. This is apparently what was going on in Matthew 7:53, which is a very difficult passage.

Now, for us, it’s completely different. Since the resurrection of Christ has already occurred, and He has ascended to Heaven, when believers die today, our bodies go to a grave, and our spirits go straight to Heaven (2 Corinthians 5:1-8) to be with Christ.

I hope this helps.



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Public Employees Cost Us Nearly $1 Trillion just published an article saying that the 19 million public employees in the U.S. now cost us $1 trillion per year in salaries. Click here to read the full article.

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What is God’s name? 

Exodus 6:3 tells us that God’s name is “the LORD” (NIV), or “Jehovah” (KJV), and in the Hebrew this is “El-Shaddai.”



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