mid-week apologetics booster (11-30-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. The Truth about Thanksgiving: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2017/11/video-truth-about-thanksgiving.html
  2. Atheist Group Accuses Museum of the Bible of ‘Indoctrination,’ Vows to Give ‘Same Treatment’ as Ark Encounter: http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/71641/20171122/atheist-group-accuses-museum-bible-indoctrination-vows-give-same-treatment.htm
  3. Developing An Apologetic That Works | Faith & Self Defense: https://faithandselfdefense.com/2017/11/21/developing-an-apologetic-that-works/
  4. Touchstone Archives: The Gospel Truth of Jesus: http://www.touchstonemag.com/archives/article.php?id=27-03-035-f
  5. Skin Color Surprises – creation.com: https://creation.com/skin-colour-surprises
  6. Faith: wishful thinking | CrossExamined.org: http://crossexamined.org/faith-wishful-thinking/
  7. THE WORLD’S MOST TESTABLE RELIGION – Great little video (1 min 18 sec), shows the difference between how Christianity started and how other religions started. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UndVaMDhiY
  8. Is Jesus the only way to Heaven | GotQuestions.org – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABGfp4jB_ak
  9. Pluralism: Is Jesus the Only Way to God? | Norman Geisler, PhD – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHg1g6ETTRA
  10. 3 Reasons To Integrate Apologetics Into Youth Ministry – Awana YM: https://awanaym.org/blog/3-reasons-to-integrate-apologetics-into-youth-ministry
  11. The Bias of Skeptics Apologetics for the Church: https://apolotheo.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/the-bias-of-skeptics/
  12. Eleven Common Self-Refuting Statements to Avoid: http://strawn-04.blogspot.com/2017/06/ten-common-self-refuting-statements-to.html
  13. Five Apologetic Topics Every Christian Should Learn About THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/06/09/five-apologetic-topics-every-christian-should-learn-about/
  14. How to NOT shelter your kids from ideas:
    1. Teaching our kids to think well: http://www.travisdickinson.com/not-shelter-kids-ideas-strategy-1/
    2. Teach alternative worldviews fairly: http://www.travisdickinson.com/not-shelter-kids-ideas-teach-alternative-worldviews-fairly/
    3. Make a case for Christianity’s truth, goodness, and beauty: http://www.travisdickinson.com/not-shelter-kids-ideas-make-case-christianitys-truth-goodness-beauty/
  15. The Essence of Apologetics – Persuading the Hard-Hearted – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/the-essence-of-apologetics/4-persuading-the-hard-hearted
  16. A Proof of God from Reason: http://mannsword.blogspot.com/2017/11/a-proof-of-god-from-reason.html
  17. Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal | The Guardian – not a Christian apologetics article, but consistent with the Christian worldview: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/dec/02/men-women-brains-wired-differently
  18. Massive Genetic Study Purporting Human Evolution Debunked | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/10243/
  19. Defending the Faith: https://www.intouch.org/read/magazine/daily-devotions/defending-the-faith
  20. What Really Happened At The Council Of Nicaea | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/what-really-happened-at-the-council-of-nicea/

A greedy man stirs up dissension, but he who trusts in the LORD will prosper. Proverbs 28:25

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 11/26/2017

Here is the video we watched in class today (part 2 from 1:01-1:45:40) – What Better Explains Reality: Atheism or Theism:

Here is the note-taking form I passed out:

What Better Explains Reality: Atheism or Theism (Part 2) 1:01-1:45:40

Frank’s Rebuttal

  1. Not God of the Gaps – we’re not arguing from what we don’t know, but what we do know.
  2. Difference between the G_____ C______ and Mount Rushmore. Wind, rain and erosion did not create the faces on Mount Rushmore. These faces required i________ cause, not natural cause.
  3. “Take out the garbage mom”, is positive, verifiable e____________ for an Intelligent Cause. You don’t just lack a natural explanation.
  4. “…Astronomical evidence leads to a Biblical view of the origin of the world… the essential element in the astronomical and biblical accounts of Genesis is the same.” Robert Jastro (from the book “God and the Astronomers”, page 14), NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space studies.
  5. “Astronomers now find they have painted themselves into a corner because they have proven, by their own methods, that the world began abruptly in an act of c____________ to which you can trace the seeds of every star, every planet, every living thing in this cosmos and on the earth. And they have found that all this happened as a product of forces they cannot hope to discover… That there are, what I or anyone would call, supernatural forces at work is now, I think, a scientifically proven fact.”  Robert Jastro.
  6. Why couldn’t nature have created the universe? Because there was no nature! Nature is the e______________, so it can’t be the c____________. The cause must transcend the effect.
  7. That would be like saying, “if you just give me more time, I’ll find out that I gave birth to my own mother.” I wouldn’t be able to do that, because I’m the effect, not the cause!
  8. “The beginning seems to present insuperable difficulties unless we agree to look on it as frankly s________n__________.” -Arthur Eddington.
  9. Can’t know whether something designed poorly or well, unless you know i________ of Designer.
  10. Bad design is not no design. Car not designed perfectly – doesn’t mean that it wasn’t designed.
  11. We live in a fallen world, so everything’s broken! Nothing’s going to work perfectly!
  12. Atheistic materialism is s____-d_________. If we are all just molecules in motion, we don’t really reason, we just react. Why should we believe any of our thoughts, including “atheism is true”?
  13. David said that societies decide morality. Which society? Mother Teresa’s, or Hitler’s?
  14. The question isn’t “how do we know morality?”, the question is “how do we know a moral law exists?” There must be a Moral Law G______________ e_____________ to ourselves.
  15. Is there a Being beyond world, Who created & sustains the world. Don’t need Bible to know it.
  16. If you claim that you need the Bible to know morality, then God was completely unjust for judging the entire generation of N__________. They didn’t have a Bible!
  17. To be an atheist, you have to give up c______________ s_______________.

 

David’s Rebuttal

  1. I’m a product of my parents. If my sister’s friend hadn’t called her that night, if my younger sister hadn’t gone with her that night … I wouldn’t be here.
  2. The universe looks ordered and designed because we’re here.
  3. Frank insists that the first cause argument is not an argument from i__________________.
  4. Evolution not about exploding in falling into place, it happens over a long, long period of time.
  5. It’s not a “defeat” to say that we’re all m____________ and e_______________.
  6. David refers to the Bible being i______________, because in Psalm ____ it says “…he who seizes your infant’s and dashes them against the rocks.”
  7. If morality is fluid, actually makes everything work, because it puts all the responsibility on us.
  8. David confirms that, in his view, the H______________ is just a matter of opinion. The Germans and the Nazis were simply doing what they thought was right.
  9. The idea of objective morality is extremely d________________.
  10. If you get two theologians in a room, and they disagree, they don’t try to work out their differences, instead they go off and create two different s__________s.
  11. Objective morality causes people to not take responsibility for their actions.
  12. The reality is, we’re all going to die. The reality is, morality is all r________________.
  13. David cites, “leaving a baby in an orphanage, rather than letting it be adopted by a g________ c________________”, as an example of something religious people do that is immoral.
  14. Religion makes you do immoral things because religion preaches objective morality, and takes the d________________ away from you.

Crossfire

  1. David: The hard answer is, they (the Nazi’s) thought they were doing objective good – they did!
  2. Frank: They may’ve thought they were doing good, but they weren’t according to a standard
  3. David: According to w___________ standard?
  4. Frank: The unchanging, objective, moral standard that is G______’s n_____________.
  5. David: They did it under the name of God!
  6. Frank: You don’t judge a philosophy or religion by it’s a___________. Jesus never said that we ought to kill the Jews, quite obviously – He was a J____ Himself – you should know that!  Because people have abused a religion doesn’t mean that the religion is f_________.
  7. David: That people have abused religion shows that morality is relative, if objective couldn’t.
  8. Frank: You’re confusing Sociology and Morality – Sociology is how people b__________, Morality is how they o_________ t___ We all ought to behave a certain way, but we fail to – by the way, that’s why we need a S___________.
  9. David: I’m saying there’s no objective evil!
  10. Frank: then what are you complaining about?
  11. David: Why does God need babies to have c_________________?
  12. Frank: God doesn’t need it, God might allow it! (showed 1 min 46 sec video)
  13. David: God’s the one who sends everyone to h________; Frank: No, you send yourself there.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why couldn’t “nature” have created the universe? Why must it be God?
  2. What is “Atheistic Materialism”? Why is it “self-defeating”?
  3. Can an atheist be a “good person” (relative to other humans)? Can an atheist justify morality?
  4. What is David’s point about leaving a baby in an orphanage vs. adoption by gay couple?
  5. Because of David’s relative view of morality, what does he conclude regarding the Holocaust?
  6. Do we need the Bible to know morality?
  7. David quotes Ps. 137 – does he have a good point, or is he misinterpreting the passage?
  8. David says “objective morality is extremely dangerous”, how would you respond?
  9. David lumps all religions together by citing the 9/11 terrorists believing what they were doing was objectively moral. Is that a fair point?

mid-week apologetics booster (11-23-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Praying for Unsaved Loved Ones | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/podcast/clear_thinking/praying-for-unsaved-loved-ones#
  2. Can There Be One Right Religion? – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/can-there-be-one-right-religion
  3. Four Differences Between New Testament Servitude and New World Slavery | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/four-differences-between-new-testament-servitude-and-new-world-slavery/
  4. 4 tremors that have made Darwin irrelevant: http://mobile.wnd.com/2017/11/4-tremors-that-have-made-darwin-irrelevant/
  5. How Do I Glorify God in My Job? | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/how-do-i-glorify-god-in-my-job
  6. Forgo Kids for ‘Mother’ Earth: http://www.frc.org/updatearticle/20171116/lib-kids
  7. Isn’t the Bible Full of Errors? – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/is-the-bible-reliable/isnt-the-bible-full-of-errors
  8. Evidence For Resurrection Leads Atheist Lecturer & Writer To Christ | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/evidence-for-resurrection-leads-atheist-lecturer-writer-to-christ/
  9. Celebrating Thanksgiving In America – WallBuilders: https://wallbuilders.com/celebrating-thanksgiving-america/
  10. Biblical Faith VS. Blind Faith | Crossexamined.org: http://crossexamined.org/biblical-faith-vs-blind-faith/
  11. How I Got 100 Average Church Goers to Attend An Apologetics Conference: https://www.apolothink.com/home/how-i-got-100-average-church-goers-to-attend-an-apologetics-conference
  12. How Your Faith Can Withstand Intellectual Assault Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/how-your-faith-can-withstand-intellectual-assault/
  13. Why the Claim Its Primitive or Infantile to Believe in God is False – Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/why-the-claim-its-primitive-or-infantile-to-believe-in-god-is-false/
  14. What Is a Worldview?: http://www.ligonier.org/blog/what-worldview/
  15. 7 Common Myths about Old-Earth Creationism Reflections: https://reflectionsbyken.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/7-common-myths-about-old-earth-creationism/
  16. Why the Mike Pence Rule is as Christian as it is Wise | The Stream: https://stream.org/mike-pence-rule-christian-wise/
  17. How does church appear to someone raised in a non-Christian home? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/11/21/how-does-church-appear-to-someone-raised-in-a-non-christian-home/
  18. Here’s Why We Should Still Celebrate the Pilgrims at Thanksgiving: http://dailysignal.com/2017/11/20/heres-still-celebrate-pilgrims-thanksgiving/
  19. False Beliefs Lead to Sexual Sin | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/false-beliefs-lead-sexual-sin#.WhXGeMqp7qA
  20. The Most Reluctant Convert in all of England: Why Former Atheist C.S. Lewis Became a Christian: http://reasonsforjesus.com/the-most-reluctant-convert-in-all-of-england-why-former-atheist-c-s-lewis-became-a-christian/
  21. Matthew 7:1-6 Why the Confusion About Judging? | Dr. Mike Spaulding: http://www.drmikespaulding.com/?p=1993
  22. Is Religion Part of Culture? Should Culture Decide Your Religion?: http://www.cltruth.com/2017/religion-part-culture-culture-decide-religion/
  23. The Death of Jesus & the Defeat of Islam – Risen Jesus: https://www.risenjesus.com/the-death-of-jesus-the-defeat-of-islam
  24. Why doesn’t God intervene to end suffering? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSm53M-54Q0&feature=youtu.be
  25. What You Can Learn From the Pilgrims – great 48 minute audio podcast from Frank Turek where he interviews Bill Federer about the history of the pilgrims (it would be great to listen to with the family at Thanksgiving): http://subspla.sh/7277698

“Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. Exodus 22:22-23

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 11/19/2017

Here is the video we watched in class today – Frank Turek vs. David Silverman Debate Part 1 – What better explains reality, theism or atheism?

Here is the note-taking form I handed out:

What better explains reality, theism or atheism?

Frank Turek Opening Statement (C.R.I.M.E.S.)

  1. Cosmos
    1. The Big Bang represents the cr_______ e______, the creation not only of all the matter and energy in the universe, but also of space-time itself.” – Paul Davies, physicist – ASU.
    2. With the proof now in place, cosmologists can no longer hide behind the possibility of a past eternal universe. There is now no escape, they have to face the problem of a cosmic beginning.” – Alexander Vilenkin, Tufts University.
    3. Astronomy leads us to a unique event, a universe which was created out of n_________, one with the very delicate balance needed to provide exactly the right conditions required to permit life, and one which has an underlying, one might say s________________, plan.” – Arno Penzias, Nobel Laureate.
    4. If the Universe had a begin______, then it must have had a Begin____.
    5. If this Being created s___, t___ & m_____, He must be spaceless, timeless & immaterial.
  2. Reason.
    1. With me, the horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of man’s mind, which has been developed from the mind of the lower animals, are of any v_________ or at all trustworthy. Would anyone trust in the convictions of a m_________’s mind, if there are any convictions in such a mind?” – Charles Darwin.
  3. Information.
    1. Observation: Amoeba doesn’t say m_______ by God or made by natural forces on it!
    2. Science doesn’t say anything, sc______________ do.
    3. Messages only come from m______. Then, where does the message in DNA come from?
    4. In an amoeba, you have about a thousand volumes of an encyclopedia of i___________.
    5. Like believing L__________ of C___________ resulted from explosion in a printing shop.
  4. Morality.
    1. If no standard beyond us, only o_________ – no moral rights, & no objective moral laws.
    2. If God does not exist: The Nazis were not w______. Love is no better than rape. Blowing up innocent people watching a marathon is morally no different than feeding the poor. Religious Crusades are not wrong. Tolerance is no better than i_________. There are no human rights. We’re just overgrown g______, we’re no different from any other animal.
  5. Evil.
    1. Evil is actually an argument for God, objective evilàobjective goodà God.
    2. As an atheist my argument against God was that the Universe was seemed so c_______ and u__________. But how would I got this idea of a just and unjust? A man doesn’t call a line c___________ unless he has some idea of a s___________ line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?”  – C.S. Lewis.
    3. In order to have shadows you have to have sunshine & you can’t have evil without good.
  6. Science.
    1. The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all c______________.” -Albert Einstein.
    2. We’re reasoning from e______ to c_________ to learn that God is immaterial, timeless, spaceless, rational, extremely intelligent, has purpose, morally perfect & personal.

David Silverman Opening Statement

  1. #1 reason that he gets is the “G______ of the G________”
  2. Central Idea: “I don’t know” = Proof of a god
  3. Not proof at all, rather an attempt to r__________.  Ignorance of fact is not evidence for fiction.
  4. Religion was started by the Neanderthals
  5. The space for God gets smaller and smaller as time goes on
  6. “God of gaps” exists (needed to explain) before the b_____________ of the universe
  7. “The tide goes in, the tide goes out.  You can’t e_____________ that.” – Bill O’Reilly
  8. First Cause – How did the u_____________ come to be?  I don’t know, therefore a god did it.
  9. Design Argument: Why does the universe l________ like this? I don’t know, so god did it!  The universe has about a trillion trillion stars, many with planets – 95% of the universe is either dark matter or dark energy (100% dead). The Earth is 15% h_________ by humans. It’s 75% water but only 3% of the water is d_______.  If you had the power to design a planet, you could do better.
  10. Moral Argument – Who invented objective immorality? Must be a god!
  11. Preference – Wouldn’t you prefer it if my god were r_______?  I_____________.
  12. But Then There’s Real (Atheistic) Learning
  13. First Cause – Don’t know, good ideas, based on discovery/research. “I don’t know” v___ a_____.
  14. Design: Physics yields everything-no e_________ of supernatural/intelligent design of Universe.
  15. Morality – There is no o_______________ morality. All morality is fluid which is why there is genocide, slavery, and incest portrayed positively in the Bible. Why is there no commandment against r__________, but there are four about obeying religion?
  16. God made man in his own image – proven wrong; evolution is a scientific f__________.
  17. God made the earth before l______, less than 10K years ago – proven wrong, over & over again.
  18. Theism NEVER admits it is wrong, even when proven beyond doubt. Atheism 100% track record.
  19. Theism’s art of lying: Evolution is “just a th_______”. Bible is “t_________ because it says so”.
  20. About 7% of the scientists in this country believe in a god, but not for scientific reasons.
  21. There are more d______________ in Christianity than there are sentences in the Bible

Discussion Questions

  1. What is a “God of the Gaps” argument? How would you reply to the charge that we Christians use “God of the Gaps” arguments to make our case?
  2. What is the difference between “proof” and “evidence”? Do we have proof of God’s existence?  Do we have evidence of God’s existence?
  3. Have you ever used “preference argument” in talking to non-believers? How did they respond?
  4. Explain the following arguments for the existence of God:
    1. Cosmological argument (First Cause)
    2. Teleological argument (Design)
    3. Moral argument
  5. How is it that Frank says that existence of evil is actually an argument for the existence of God?
  6. Did Bill O’Reilly give a good argument for the existence of God?
  7. How would you respond to David’s charge of no evidence of intelligent design in the universe?
  8. Has evolution been proven as a scientific fact? How would you respond?
  9. Do the universe, the solar system and earth look like they are designed for humans?
  10. Are genocide, slavery, and incest portrayed positively in the Bible? What about rape?

mid-week apologetics booster (11-16-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Purpose and Meaning of Ego Eimi in the Gospel of John In Reference to the Deity of Christ – James R. White: http://vintage.aomin.org/EGO.html
  2. Muhammad Was NOT Mentioned In The Bible | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/muhammad-was-not-mentioned-in-the-bible/
  3. Podcast by Al Fadi – ex-Sunni Muslim – there are 154 episodes in this podcast: https://soundcloud.com/let-us-reason
  4. What Really Happened at Nicea? – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/what-really-happened-at-nicea/
  5. The Muratorian fragment, dated 170 A.D., affirms 22 out of 27 New Testament books | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2015/07/20/the-muratorian-fragment-dated-170-a-d-affirms-22-out-of-27-new-testament-books/
  6. What is the Gospel of Barnabas?: http://apologeticsuk.blogspot.com/2012/08/what-is-gospel-of-barnabas.html
  7. A Muslim Student Challenges Ravi Zacharias (@RaviZacharias) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWBISvwRWlA
  8. Five Atheist miracles – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/five-atheist-miracles
  9. Many Changes to the Laws of Physics Would be Life-Prohibiting: http://crossexamined.org/many-changes-laws-physics-life-prohibiting/
  10. Has the dark matter mystery been solved – creation.com: https://creation.com/has-the-dark-matter-mystery-been-solved
  11. Did Jesus Think He Was God? The Answer is Obvious theidolbabbler.com: https://theidolbabbler.com/2017/11/13/did-jesus-think-he-was-god-the-answer-is-obvious/
  12. To All Pastors Afraid Of Condemning Abortion: Find A New Job. You Aren’t Qualified. | Daily Wire: http://www.dailywire.com/news/23318/if-your-pastor-afraid-condemn-abortion-find-new-matt-walsh
  13. PILGRIMS REJECTING COMMUNISM GAVE US THANKSGIVINGhttp://www.wnd.com/2012/11/pilgrims-rejecting-communism-gave-us-thanksgiving/

See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.” Isaiah 42:9

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 11/12/2017

Today in the Apologetics class, we continued our series on Islam by watching Nabeel Qureshi /David Wood – Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus series parts 3 & 4.

Part 3 was Different Approaches of Ministering to Muslims:

Part 4 was Answering Common Muslim Objections: The Bible Has Been Corrupted:

Here is the note-taking form I passed out during the class:

Nabeel Qureshi & David Wood – Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus Series

Different Approaches of Ministering to Muslims (21 minutes 19 seconds)

  1. Nabeel: evidence for Christianity was much s__________ than for Islam, or any other worldview.
  2. Nabeel was tired of Christians who didn’t have a_____________ or didn’t have a backbone.
  3. Nabeel said, “If you think that I need to believe the gospel to be s___________, which I thought was ridiculous, then you’d better come with reasons, because I have reasons why Islam is true.”
  4. David’s aggression wasn’t an angry or negative aggression, but more of an a________________.
  5. There are different approaches – you need to think about what kind of person you are…
    1. Aggressive? Like to argue? Use it – find Muslims who shared that kind of approach.
    2. If you are incredibly l_____________, then use that approach
    3. If you’re good at just walking up and talking to people, use that approach
    4. If you’re good at making v________, use that approach (or public debates with Muslims)
    5. Being active on s__________ m___________ (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
    6. Public speaking
    7. Writing and/or b________________
  6. What are your goals?
    1. Jihad or Sharia? Treatment of Christians or Jews under Islam… (refuting Islam as an ideology to improve these social issues)
    2. One of the biggest people groups (__.___ billion) who are unreached or under-reached
  7. Who has God made you to be?  Do that.  You have a unique p________________.  There is no c______________ approach, although relationships are important and preferred.
  8. H______________ and P______________ are important.
  9. Willingness to l____________ is important.
  10. You don’t have to be a scholar on Islam – the most important thing is that you know why you are a Christian and they need to be g__________ reasons and not b________ reasons.
  11. Know why you can t_______ Scripture – know the reason for the hope within you (1 Peter 3:15)
  12. If you say you believe in the Trinity, be able to explain what the Trinity is, otherwise you don’t actually believe it – you’re just parroting what you’re s____________ to b____________.
  13. You should come ready with an understanding of w______ you believe and w___ you believe it.

 

Common Muslim objection: The Bible has been corrupted (23 minutes 33 seconds)

  1. Muslims have had this drilled into their head at the Mosque, the Qur’an is been perfectly pr_____________, but the Bible has been c______________.
  2. Muslims must believe that all scripture is divinely inspired-including all scripture that has come b____________ the Qur’an. However, they don’t have to reconcile what the Bible says with the Qur’an, because they claim that it’s been corrupted, that it doesn’t say what it originally said.
  3. David: if you’re claiming it has been corrupted, w_____ was it corrupted and w___ corrupted it?
  4. David responds differently to same objection depending on worldview of person.
  5. Muslims who say the Bible has been corrupted have a p______________ on their hands, because their text says that our scriptures haven’t been corrupted.
  6. The Qur’an affirms the inspiration of the Torah & Gospels. It doesn’t just affirm the i__________ of the Torah and the Gospel, it also affirms the p______________ of the Torah and the Gospel.
  7. Qur’an 3:3-4 says Allah revealed the Torah and the Gospel as a gu____________ to mankind.
  8. Qur’an 7:157 – Jews & Christians in Muhammad’s day still reading the Torah and the Gospel.
  9. There are passages in the Quran that talk about no one being able to c_________ Allah’s words.
  10. Qur’an 5:43 says “Why are the Jews coming to you for judgment when they have the Torah?”
  11. In chapter 5:47 of the Qur’an, Allah says “Let the people of the Gospel judge by what Allah has revealed there in. If anyone fails to judge by what Allah has revealed they are no better than those that rebel.” This (people of the Gospel) is referring to C______________.
  12. If the Jews and Christians have corrupt scripture, then these passages make no sense.
  13. When Muhammad was having doubts about his revelations, Allah tells him that the Gospel and the Torah are au____________________ over him.
  14. David to Muslims: “If you’re saying my scripture is corrupted, why does your God say something very d___________________ in the book you claim to believe?”
  15. Nabeel: The Qur’an never actually says that the Bible has been corrupted. Once you’ve made an airtight case for a doctrine from the Bible, the only thing that remains for them to say is that the Bible has been corrupted.
  16. Within early Islamic history, it is recorded that all the Qur’ans were b___________ because they had differences in them. This is from Sahih Bukhari & is within 20 years of Muhammad’s death.
  17. When given e________________, a Muslim may deny it right at the moment, but later at home might be thinking about it.
  18. David’s approach:
    1. Here’s what Quran says about Bible. If my scriptures are corrupt, you’ve got a problem.
    2. Here’s history of Bible-no place in there to have the kind of corruption you’re describing.
    3. What’s the criteria of what counts as a corruption? If t_________ v___________s count as corruption, then guess what? There are textual variants in the text of the Qur’an!
  19. Muhammad’s own companions didn’t agree about ch______________ to be in the Qur’an.

Discussion Questions

  1. What was the Nabeel “tired of” as he talked to Christians?
  2. What are some of the approaches that you can use to reach out to Muslims?
  3. What are some important character traits you must develop to be successful at this endeavor?
  4. What are some of the most important things you must know to reach out to a Muslim?
  5. Muslims have had what “drilled into their heads” at the Mosque?
  6. What does the Qur’an say about the inspiration and preservation of the Bible?
  7. If the Bible is corrupted, what problem do Muslims have on their hands?
  8. Does the Qur’an say that the Bible is corrupted?
  9. What incident in the history of Islam shows that the Qur’an has been corrupted? Was this type of incident even possible with the Bible?

mid-week apologetics booster (11-9-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Understanding The Trinity – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/god/understanding-the-trinity
  2. Think Divinely Examining Islam: is it a reasonable faith to trust?: http://thinkdivinely.com/examining-islam-is-it-a-reasonable-faith-to-trust/
  3. From “Hardcore Atheist” To Christian Apologist, Dr. Robert Muncaster: http://reasonsforjesus.com/from-hardcore-atheist-to-christian-apologist/
  4. How to Debunk the Myth of Overpopulation in Three Easy Steps | LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2013/10/02/how-to-debunk-the-myth-of-overpopulation-in-three-easy-steps/
  5. Belly Flopping | Reasonable Faith – Someone wrote in to Dr. William Lane Craig and said, “I had a discussion over God’s existence tonight and totally botched it!! I feel I did a dis-service to the reasonableness of the Christian worldview”: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/belly-flopping
  6. I am a mass murderer, former abortionist tells Congress | Lifesitenews: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/i-am-a-mass-murderer-former-abortionist-tells-congress
  7. Sharing the Gospel in Our Secular Age | Oklahoma Apologetics Alliance: https://oklahomaapologetics.com/general/sharing-the-gospel-in-our-secular-age/
  8. How Can Jesus Be God If He Was Born? | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/how-can-jesus-be-god-if-he-was-born/
  9. Is It Time for a New Jesus Movement Among Jewish Millennials? | The Stream: https://stream.org/jesus-movement-jewish-millennials/
  10. Does the Unbeliever Have to Approach the Bible as Divinely Inspired? (William Lane Craig) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsNKvszIvnI&feature=youtu.be
  11. New Archeological Evidence Fills the Gap in the Biblical Case for Human Origins: http://reasons.org/explore/blogs/todays-new-reason-to-believe/read/tnrtb/2013/02/04/new-archeological-evidence-fills-the-gap-in-the-biblical-case-for-human-origins
  12. What Caitlyn Jenner Reveals About American Religion – Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/what-caitlyn-jenner-reveals-about-american-religion/
  13. 6 Misconceptions About the New Testament – Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/6-misconceptions-about-the-new-testament/
  14. 10 Lies Muslims Tell You About Islam | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/10-lies-muslims-tell-you-about-islam/
  15. The Problem of Evil – Never Judge God by Isolated Events | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/article/never-judge-god-isolated-events#.WgPO0sqp7qB

Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.” John 3:5

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 11/5/2017

Today in the Apologetics Class, we continued our mini-series on the reformation by watching Martin Luther the Man (part 4-5):

 

Here is the note-taking form I passed out at the beginning of the class:

Martin Luther (Part 2)

Excommunicated and on trial (19 minutes 44 seconds)

  1. Luther was a university professor and he was posting basically a proposal for a d__________.
  2. For several years after the posting of the 95 Theses, Luther was, publicly, very r___________________ toward the P________.
  3. When Luther started challenging Tetzel, Tetzel didn’t take it lying down. He accused Luther of heresy.
  4. Tetzel accused Luther of being a “Hus-ite” it was Jan Hus who challenged the Pope and was b_____________ at the s_____________ at the Council of Constance in 1450.
  5. The 95 theses reached the Pope in Rome he said, Luther is just a drunken German. He’ll think differently when he gets sober.
  6. In Heidelberg, in 1518 Luther was put on the biggest stage for the order of the Augustinian monks by his superior (Staupitz).
  7. In the Heidelberg disputation, Luther is espousing a theology of the c_________ that rejects w_______________ righteousness.
  8. The Heidelberg disputation of 1518 was in many ways even more significant than the 95 Theses of 1517.
  9. Pope Leo X appointed Prieres a Dominican monk to respond to Luther. The Dominicans in the Augustinians had a bit of a rivalry
  10. Pope Leo X demanded that Frederick the Wise, responsible for the University of Wittenberg, to deliver up Luther, that “child of the devil”.
  11. Luther wrote that he’d be happy to recant if they just tell me where I’m w______________.
  12. Luther had a debate, which in those days were very long, in this example, 18 days!
  13. Luther was coaxed into admitting that some of the doctrines of Hus, a heretic who had been burned at the stake by the Catholic Church 100 years earlier, should not have been condemned. Then the crowd started to shout, “Death to Luther, the S__________ H________!”
  14. After the debate, Johann Eck traveled to Rome to get a P___________ B________ declaring Luther a heretic. He was the first to start calling Lutherans Lutherans as a term of d____________-that they were following Luther, and not following the authority of the Pope.
  15. The Leipzig debate opened up the issue of authority.
  16. Luther sees the need for reform in the church, but he sees that this is not going to come from the hierarchy of the church.  Luther calls on the Christian nobility, asking the princes to intervene for the sake of the church-“if the Pope won’t do it, you princes do it.”
  17. In the year 1520, Luther wrote several treatises.
  18. A Papal Bull was called a bull because the Pope’s seal was attached to the document. In Latin, the seal was called Bulla.
  19. Luther was given a 60-day notice that he would be e____________________ from the church if he did not return to papal o_______________________.
  20. Luther publicly b_____________ the papal bull, along with the canon law of the Catholic Church.
  21. Luther believed that he too was going to be burned at the stake just like Jan Hus.
  22. The Diet, or assembly, of Worms was convened in 1521.
  23. Prior to the Diet of Worms, the Pope had Luther excommunicated for burning the papal bull.
  24. When Luther was summoned to appear before the Diet of Worms, Frederick the Wise, his elector was concerned about Luther’s safety traveling to and from the Diet of Worms, so he secured s__________ t____________ for Luther to and from the Diet of Worms.
  25. Luther was greeted as a h___________ by the Germans when he arrived at the Diet of Worms.
  26. Johann Eck, the prosecutor, pointed to a table of books and asked Luther are these yours? When Luther answered yes, the prosecutor asked him, “Will you know r__________ all that you have written?”  Luther asked to be able to think about it overnight.  The next day Luther said, “Unless I am convinced by the testimony of S____________, or by clear reason, for I do not trust in the Pope or councils alone for it is known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves, I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my c____________ is captive to the w________ of G_______. I cannot and will not recant anything, since it is neither s_______ nor r_________ to go against conscience. Here I s____________, I can do no other. May God help me!”

 

In hiding, and the emergence of the Lutheran Church (20 minutes 28 seconds)

  1. The Edict of Worms by Emperor Charles V says “for this reason we forbid anyone from this time forward to dare, either by words or by deeds, to receive, defend, sustain, or favor the said Martin Luther. On the contrary, we want him to be apprehended and punished as a notorious heretic.”
  2. The edict meant that Luther could be killed by a___________, anytime, anywhere, without any fear of r________________. But Luther had been kidnapped by people working for his prince, in order to protect him. They took Luther to the castle of Frederick the Wise – the Wartburg. Even Frederick the Wise didn’t know where he was.
  3. In 11 or 12 weeks, while in the castle, Luther translated the entire N_______ T_______________ from Greek into German.  In Luther’s day the only official Bible was the Latin Vulgate. To possess a Bible in any other language than Latin, Greek or Hebrew was punishable by d_____________.
  4. In 1517, 7 parents were burned at the stake for teaching their children The L__________’s P_____________ in English.
  5. Luther had found a way to escape his own fear and terror of God, in the word of God, and he wanted people to know that p______________ that he had found.
  6. Luther introduced the concept that people should be able to understand God’s word in their own l_____________ and not depend on hearing it i___________________ by the church.
  7. This work of translation was one of Luther’s greatest accomplishments. We would have heard of him even if he had done nothing in terms of the Reformation.
  8. Luther’s Reformation was always a conservative Reformation, k__________ as much as possible from the medieval Church. Only that which contradicts scripture should be surrendered.
  9. Luther didn’t I want a religious reform movement turned into a political or social revolution. Luther was trying to steer a middle course between all the contrasting extremes that were upsetting the whole program.
  10. In 1526 Luther was rebuilding the church.
  11. In late medieval worship service the congregation were regarded as s__________. They listened to the Liturgy of the mass, probably sung by a choir. But Luther wanted them to be a_________.
  12. In Luther’s liturgy, lay people would be receiving both of the elements in communion (b____________ and w____________) which was not the custom in the medieval Church.
  13. Luther was the author of the hymn, the great battle hymn of the Reformation, “A Mighty F________________ Is Our God”.
  14. Luther wrote the large and the small catechism. The large catechism was for pastors. The small catechism was written so that the head of the household could t___________ the truths of the scriptures to his c___________________.
  15. In 1529, the Roman Emperor Charles V, sent a letter to all the Lutheran princes Asking them to come back to the mother church “or else”.
  16. The Lutheran princes responded from Speyer in 1529, “we protest…” This is where the word P________________ comes from.
  17. There was a meeting of key Protestant leaders, Luther, Zwingli, and others at Marburg in 1529. In that meeting they agreed on everything except the L____ S_____. Zwingli trying to spiritualize it, Luther was immovable on point that the Lord’s Body and blood were present in communion.
  18. Charles V called for a diet at Augsburg in 1530 for the Lutheran prince’s to gather and defend their religious convictions.
  19. Luther was still under the Bull of the Pope and the ban of Charles V, and he had to stay 150 miles away from Augsburg. Luther did not attend but Melanchthon did on his behalf. Out of this came the Augsburg C_________________.
  20. To this day, the Augsburg Confession is the confession of the Lutheran church.
  21. Cornerstones of Lutheran Churches to this day, often have the letters U.A.C. engraved on them. This indicates that they adhere to the U_________________ Augsburg Confession.
  22. The Smalcaldic Confession became one of the key documents of the Lutheran theology.
  23. The Book of Concord is the final document which includes the Smalcaldic confession and forms the basis of Lutheranism.
  24. There was a Roman Catholic pharmacist present at Luther’s death who testified what happened there.  Luther had a massive heart attack in Eisleben (the town where he had been born) & his friend Justus Jonas asks him, while in the throes of agony, “Are you willing to stand on the confession of Christ which you have made?” He replied yes & kept quoting John 3:16 to himself.
  25. Martin Luther is important because he rediscovered the g_____________, the good news that God in Christ his reconciling the world to Himself. That rediscovery had tremendous consequences for both church and culture.

Discussion Questions

  1. What were some of the negative aspects of Luther’s views (not discussed in the video)?
  2. What was Luther’s purpose in posting the 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church?
  3. Who was Jan Hus what happened to him?
  4. Why did Leo X excommunicate Luther from the Roman Catholic Church?
  5. What great hymn did Martin Luther write?
  6. When and where did Martin Luther translate the New Testament from Greek to German?
  7. Did Martin Luther want to start a new church?
  8. Who first called Lutherans Lutherans?
  9. Where did the word “Protestant” come from?
  10. How did Luther respond at the Diet of Worms when Johann Eck asked him to recant?
  11. What was the punishment during Luther’s day for possessing a Bible in any other language than Latin?
  12. Were there other reformers besides Luther?  Who are some?

 

mid-week apologetics booster (11-2-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. 31 Actions to Advance Apologetics – Apologetics 315: http://www.apologetics315.com/2012/05/31-actions-to-advance-apologetics.html
  2. If God knew that Satan would rebel, why did He create him?: https://www.gotquestions.org/if-God-knew.html
  3. Lecture – Dr. Peter Williams – Things Which Ought To Be Better Known About The Resurrection Of Jesus – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbBVBUeHXZ4
  4. Is Christianity Rational? R.C. Sproul: http://www.ligonier.org/blog/christianity-rational/
  5. Engaging Tim Keller, CS Lewis and the Fires of Hell | Saints and Sceptics: http://www.saintsandsceptics.org/engaging-tim-keller-cs-lewis-and-explaining-the-fires-of-hell/
  6. Logical and Biblical Defeaters of Reincarnation and Karma – Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/article/logical-biblical-defeaters-reincarnation-karma/
  7. “I BELIEVE IN SCIENCE!” – SOMETHING NO ONE SHOULD SAY: http://www.cltruth.com/2017/i-believe-in-science/
  8. What Do Christians Mean When They Say Jesus is The Son of God? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/10/27/what-do-christians-mean-when-they-say-jesus-is-the-son-of-god-4/
  9. The Deity of Christ in the Gospel of Mark | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/deity-christ-gospel-mark#.WfM4hsqp7qC
  10. Using Public Funds to Establish Atheist Beliefs | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2016/08/using-public-funds-to-establish-atheist.html
  11. Absolute Truth vs. Relativism Truth, Faith and Reason: http://truthfaithandreason.com/defending-your-faith-101-absolute-truth-vs-relativism/
  12. The Average Person You Know Probably Isn’t Hostile towards Christianity | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/average-person-you-know-probably-isnt-hostile-towards-christianity#
  13. 21 Things That Apologists Need to Know – Hope’s Reason: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/2016/10/04/21-things-apologists-need-know/#.WfPJfsqp7qA
  14. The Death of ‘New Atheism’ | The Stream: https://stream.org/the-death-of-new-atheism/
  15. Jesus Christ: Our Prophet, Priest, and King: http://www.ligonier.org/blog/jesus-christ-our-prophet-priest-and-king/
  16. Creation 101: Radiometric Dating and the Age of the Earth | Biblical Science Institute: https://biblicalscienceinstitute.com/origins/creation-101-radiometric-dating-and-the-age-of-the-earth/
  17. Are You Ready To Do Apologetics The Jesus Way? (It Takes Guts) iApologia: http://iapologia.com/are-you-ready-to-do-apologetics-the-jesus-way-it-takes-guts/
  18. New discovery: ancient Old Testament fragment is identical to copy 2,000 years later | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/10/28/new-discovery-ancient-old-testament-fragment-is-identical-to-copy-2000-years-later-2/
  19. Why Should We Practice Apologetics? | A Narrow-Minded Woman: http://narrowmindedwoman.com/why-should-we-practice-apologetics/
  20. The Gospels Are Reliable and the Gospel Jesus is a Historical Person – Hope’s Reason: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/2016/02/26/the-gospels-are-reliable-and-the-gospel-jesus-is-a-historical-person/#.WfXSoGhSyUk
  21. 18 Reasons Christian Leaders Should Be Apologists | Saints and Sceptics: http://www.saintsandsceptics.org/18-reasons-why-evangelists-need-apologetics/
  22. Whatever Happened in Corinth? – Did Paul believe that he had failed in his encounter with the philosophers in Athens (Acts 17:16-34), leading to a change of approach in Corinth (Acts 18:1-18)? The start of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 2:1-5) is sometimes seen as supporting this change and undermining the value of apologetics today. Peter May considers the matter.: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/whatever-happened-in-corinth
  23. Does 1 Corinthians 2:4 mean Christians are wrong to use apologetics in their evangelism?: http://apologeticsuk.blogspot.com/2014/06/does-1-corinthians-24-mean-christians.html
  24. To Give a Good Answer, Sometimes You Have to Change the Question | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/give-good-answer-sometimes-you-have-change-question#.WfXbC2hSyUk
  25. Surprising lizards in amber – creation.com: https://creation.com/surprising-lizards-in-amber
  26. Reformation then and now – creation.com: https://creation.com/reformation-then-and-now
  27. Hell Interrupted – Part 1 | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/SolidGroundSept2017HellInterrupted#.Wfm6kYiQyUl
  28. Hell Interrupted – Part 2 | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/solidgroundnovember2017hellinterruptedpart2#.Wfm6hIiQyUl
  29. History of the Bible – Who Wrote the Bible – Why It’s Reliable: https://www.everystudent.com/features/bible.html
  30. How Jesus Emptied Himself – Topical Studies: https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/jesus-selflessness-11651877.html
  31. If Jesus was God, why did He not know when He would return?: https://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-know-return.html
  32. The Biblical Doctrine of the Godhead : Christian Courier: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1488-biblical-doctrine-of-the-godhead-the
  33. The Deity of Jesus Christ – John Ankerberg Show: this is a great summary of the case for the deity of Christ Jesus: https://www.jashow.org/articles/jesus/deity/the-deity-of-jesus-christ/
  34. If Jesus Is God, Why Does He Call the Father : https://www.str.org/articles/if-jesus-is-god-why-does-he-call-the-father-my-god#.WfnEHWhSyUk
  35. Is there proof for the inspiration of the Bible?: https://www.gotquestions.org/proof-inspiration-Bible.html
  36. Should we trust the Bible? – creation.com: https://creation.com/trust-the-bible
  37. What is the New Covenant?: https://www.gotquestions.org/new-covenant.html
  38. A RESPONSE TO BART D. EHRMANS MISQUOTING JESUS – this is a 60 page PDF containing a point by point response to Ehrman’s book: http://www.isca-apologetics.org/sites/default/files/papers/Jared%20Martinez/Howe-AResponseToBartEhrman.pdf

“Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. Acts 2:22-24

Blessings to you all