mid-week apologetics booster (12-30-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here are 2 random quotes (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

Argument from Incredulity is the logical fallacy of doubting or rejecting a claim or argument out of hand simply because it seems incredible, insane or crazy, or because it goes against one’s own personal beliefs, prior experience, or ideology – Unknown

The worst of all states of soul is to be without feeling or concern about eternity—to be without “thirst.”  – J.C. Ryle

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What are the pseudepigrapha? The pseudepigrapha are the books that attempt to imitate Scripture but that were written under false names. The term pseudepigrapha comes from the Greek pseudo, meaning “false,” and epigraphein, meaning “to inscribe,” thus, “to write falsely.” The pseudepigraphical books were written anywhere from 200 BC to AD 300. They are spurious works written by unknown authors who attempted to gain a readership by tacking on the name of a famous biblical character. | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/pseudepigrapha.html
  2. The Case for Heaven – Lee Strobel talk (starts at 35 min 45 seconds into the video).  Join Pastor Greg Laurie’s friend and best-selling author Lee Strobel for a message titled “The Case for Heaven” it’s sure to be a time of encouragement and hope, so tell a friend or family member and let’s talk about that! https://youtu.be/f-5UcPGGU1M?t=2145
  3. What Happens After We Die? (Larry King Live with John MacArthur and the following panelists: Roman Catholic Priest, Jewish, Muslim, New Age and an Atheist). Very interesting discussion.  There’s not much in the way of apologetics here, but you could watch this video, then after the other religious views are expressed, you could see how you would answer them. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFrgpeWh6tQ
  4. The BIG difference between the disciples and other martyrs | @Mike Licona – YouTube – Obviously, no one alive today witnessed the resurrected Christ, so how can we trust that Christ was resurrected? The disciples saw this, they knew Christ, they lived beside Him. It makes no sense that the disciples would suffer and die to perpetuate a lie of a resurrected Christ. Of course, we can believe wrongly in something and die for it, but who is going to die for what they know to be a lie? Check out the discussion Dr. Mike Licona and Frank had regarding the differences between Jesus disciples and other religious martyrs. : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zNbnn798tk
  5. All In The Family | Christmas Day With The Bunkers’ | Season 2 Episode 13 – YouTube – In this super exclusive Christmas special, Archie (Carroll O’Connor) has to tell the rest of the family (Jean Stapleton, Sally Struthers and Rob Reiner) that he won’t be getting a holiday bonus. From Season 2, Episode 13 ‘Christmas Day With The Bunkers”: Archie is depressed at Christmas because his boss canceled his holiday bonus (purportedly for screwing up a work order) and he doesn’t know how to break the news to his family. Interestingly, there is some interesting conversation between “Meat Head” and Archie about Christianity, Jesus, etc. at around 17 minutes into the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6orcb8aQIPc
  6. Greg Koukl: The Intolerance of Tolerance – YouTube – This presentation is from: “To Everyone an Answer: 10th Annual EPS Apologetics Conference”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG_R9e60Wp4
  7. Apologetics Canada Advent Stories: Episode 6, Episode 6 in the AC “Advent Stories” series. Andy Bannister speaking on the topic of “JOY”.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1PAq5TLKSQ
  8. What’s Wrong with Atheism? Stephen C. Meyer – Science and God (PragerU animated 5 min video) – YouTube – Is there any meaning to life? Or is life nothing more than a cosmic accident? Scientific atheists claim the latter, but ironically, its science itself that suggests the former: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4H3yw0ryT4

Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?Luke 12:24-26

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (12-23-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

Believe me, the day is fast coming when the soul will be the one thing men will think of, and the only question of importance will be this: Is my soul lost or saved? – J.C. Ryle

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Is Christmas Pagan? Greg sets the record straight on some old rumors about the origin of Christmas and separates the concepts of the meaning of Christmas from the spirit of Christmas.: https://www.str.org/w/is-christmas-pagan-
  2. Celebrate Christmas with your kids they already believe in God – J. Warner Wallace: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/celebrate-christmas-kids-believe-god-j-warner-wallace
  3. Are Christmas Traditions Really Christian? | Cross Examined Podcast: https://crossexamined.org/are-christmas-traditions-really-christian/
  4. Christmas Evangelism Q&A: Did Jesus even exist? Is believing in Jesus just as naive as believing in Santa? Rebecca McLaughlin makes the case that Jesus did in fact walk the earth 2,000 years ago and explains how it’s actually naive not believe that he was a real person. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX-PHYp9pxI
  5. Eighty-Five Reports of Biological Remnants in Fossils | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/eighty-five-reports-biological-remnants-fossils/
  6. What’s the best explanation for the origin of life for atheists? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/12/18/whats-the-best-naturalistic-explanation-for-the-origin-of-life-proposed-by-atheists-2/
  7. The Question that Stops Christians in Their Tracks. Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason explains how to rephrase the question that stops Christians in their tracks. – Greg Koukl (short video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOoUDpqtq-k
  8. How to Interpret Your Bible Course – YouTube – If Christianity is true, then the Bible provides true answers to those critically important questions. God gives us much of life’s instructions in the Bible. But unless you attend Seminary, you probably aren’t going to be taught how to properly interpret your Bible. In fact, even some seminaries do not teach proper Biblical interpretation!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l0QY9yGPpY
  9. Ethical treatment of animals. Applying biblical principles. God does not place moral obligations on animals or plants and Jesus did not die for them, even though they are affected by the curse of Adams sin. Jesus told the disciples to provide a donkey for him to ride upon (Matthew 21:27). To claim that using animal services is unethical is to claim that Jesus sinned. – creation.com: https://creation.com/ethical-treatment-of-animals
  10. Four Things We Won’t Need in Heaven (But Ought to Pursue Here on Earth) – As a Christian, I have a reasonable expectation of Heaven, based on the clear teaching of Scripture and the logical consequence of Gods nature. I also anticipate a particular experience in Heaven based on the teaching of the Old and New Testament. I’m looking forward to what each of us will become when we are united with God. At the same time, I recognize there are some earthly pursuits I will abandon in the next life. While many of our cravings and desires will be satisfied once we are reunited with the One who has created us in His Image, some needs will simply vanish once we leave this world.| Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/four-things-we-wont-need-in-heaven-but-ought-to-pursue-here-on-earth/

But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. Philippians 3:7

Blessings to you all

People’s opinions about the afterlife

In the past week, since my father passed away, obviously I have talked to many people who knew him. Everyone seems to have their own opinions about the afterlife. Of course, all of them believe that he is in heaven. As I said in a prior post, I also believe that it is likely that he’s in heaven. And I do praise God for his grace.

However, I would like to address the topic of people’s opinions about the afterlife. Outside of my close circle of friends, my Bible study group and whatever people from my local church I’ve interacted with, everyone else seems to have opinions about the afterlife that are not formed based on the Bible. For example, yesterday, one of the neighbors of my dad, who is a Roman Catholic, said that priest told her that when people die, their souls don’t leave immediately but stay around. She also believes that she can talk to her deceased husband in heaven and that he will hear her, and that he is watching over her. Regarding the souls not departed immediately, the one thing I told her is that the Bible says that when a believer is absent from the body, they are present with the Lord. So, according to the Bible, which we share in common, it is not true that departed souls hang around on earth after the body dies. I didn’t talk to her about the issue of talking to people in heaven. However I don’t believe that people in heaven can hear us. The only passage that I’m aware of that would indicate anything similar to this, is Hebrews 12:1 which talks about the great cloud of witnesses. I recently heard a sermon that talked about scholars who do believe that that may be a reference to saints that are now in heaven, and that they may be able to observe some of the events on earth, and even cheer us on. That’s a controversial view. It may possibly be true, but these saints are not omniscient and certainly are not able to hear everybody at once if they were able to hear anything at all going on on earth.

So, I think in the future, with those I know more closely when they bring up all of these topics about heaven, the afterlife, hell, etc, I will probably inform them that the Christianity that I believe and practice is based 100% on the Bible. Any views on the afterlife, spiritual matters, salvation, and other such spiritual topics, I will take with a grain of salt and less the person espousing those views can point me to book, chapter, verse in the Bible to support their views. I don’t want to be rude to those bringing up this information, but I would like to find a nice way to let them know where I stand. The Bible is the only source that can speak authoritatively, as the word of God, on these matters. Everything else is human opinion, and I see no reason to believe that over what is revealed in the word of God.

mid-week apologetics booster (12-16-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2100) from Nuggets:

When a person embraces Jesus Christ in repentant faith, Christ Himself establishes eternal peace between that person and God the Father. – John MacArthur  

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Who Wrote Hebrews? Exploring a New Testament Mystery | Desiring God – For the first 1,500 years of church history, most Christians believed Paul wrote the letter of Hebrews. The resurgence in Greek scholarship at the time of the Reformation, however, revealed serious concerns with Pauline authorship, not least of which is the large stylistic discrepancy between Hebrews and Paul’s other letters. In the time since, though many have tried to tie authorship of Hebrews to others in the apostolic band from Barnabas and Silas to Apollos and Luke doubts still render the matter uncertain. Nevertheless, even in the absence of a known author, the authority of Hebrews rests secure. Christians for two thousand years have heard the voice of Christ in the letter of Hebrews, and possessing this God-breathed epistle is far more valuable than knowing its author.: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/who-wrote-hebrews
  2. The Christmas Star | Biblical Science Institute: https://biblicalscienceinstitute.com/theology/the-christmas-star/
  3. A T. rex Swimming with Sharks? | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/a-trex-swimming-with-sharks
  4. List of Apologetic resources – Below is a list of various apologetics books, videos, and curriculums. All of the material below I am very familiar the author and/or their content and while I may have a few disagreements here and there, I heartily recommend what’s listed below. : https://www.engageapologetics.com/post/list-of-apologetic-resource-and-curriculum
  5. A Survey of Church History, Parts 1-6 by W. Robert Godfrey | Ligonier Ministries: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/survey-of-church-history-parts-1-6
  6. Why did Anthony Flew the famous British atheist philosopher abandon atheism? Advanced Apologetics Research: https://samzlogic.wordpress.com/2021/10/27/why-did-anthony-flew-the-famous-british-atheist-philosopher-abandon-atheism/
  7. How can you tell if Islam’s holy book the Quran is historically reliable? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/12/14/how-can-you-tell-if-islams-holy-book-the-quran-is-historically-reliable-2/
  8. Defining Life: Fertilization | Answers in Genesis – How we know human life begins at conception, as the Bible affirms, and the cultural consequences of ignoring the facts: https://answersingenesis.org/sanctity-of-life/defining-life-fertilization/
  9. Robert Gagnon debates gay activist Jayne Ozanne on Bible vs homosexuality | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/12/08/robert-gagnon-debates-gay-activist-jayne-ozanne-on-bible-vs-homosexuality-8/
  10. Canada Has Just Declared War on Freedom of Religion and Conscience: https://townhall.com/columnists/michaelbrown/2021/12/08/canada-has-just-declared-war-on-freedom-of-religion-and-conscience-n2600298?109

Of what value is an idol, since a man has carved it? Or an image that teaches lies? For he who makes it trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak. Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Come to life!’ Or to lifeless stone, ‘Wake up!’ Can it give guidance? It is covered with gold and silver; there is no breath in it. Habakkuk 2:18-19

Blessings to you all

Sad and shocking news

To all the followers and readers of this blog, I have some very sad news to report. I normally don’t report much in the way of personal information on this blog, but this past Saturday my dad passed away. He died of his own deliberate choice, suicide. It has been a major shock, from the moment that the police detective showed up at my door Saturday. He had been struggling with grief from the death of my mother earlier in the year. Although I know that suicide is a grave sin, in fact it is murder – murder of the self. Yet, at the same time, I also know that suicide is not the unforgivable sin. My dad was a Christian. When he was justified, all of his sins, past, present, and future were forgiven through the blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross. I believe that he’s in heaven right now. Yet, I am here, and remain in a grieving state. God is good, nonetheless, and this event did not surprise him. God knew that my dad was going to take this action long before he ever took it. My Christian faith remains unshaken even in these dark times. I would be in complete despair if Jesus Christ were not the Lord and Savior of my life. I don’t know how it would be possible to live life in such a hopeless state as one who did not have the relationship with Christ that I have. Life is like a fleeting shadow, an individual can be here one day breathing, walking, driving, eating, etc and the next day into another world. This really causes you to contemplate life and the deep things of our existence. I pray that you may all have a blessed Christmas celebrating the first advent of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen!

mid-week apologetics booster (12-9-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2100) from Nuggets:

All ideals divine, transcendent, human, or invented are capable of being abused. That’s just the way human nature is. And that happens to religion as well. Belief in God can be abused, and we need to be very clear, in the first place, that abuse happens, and in the second, that we need to confront and oppose this. But abuse of an ideal does not negate its validity. – Alister McGrath

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Trotting Out the Toddler-Many pro-choice arguments would be unthinkable if applied to a toddler. It’s a good tactic to trot out the toddler. Show the absurdity of the argument by showing what it would mean if applied to a toddler. It refocuses the argument on the one question that matters: What is the unborn?: https://www.str.org/w/trotting-out-the-toddler
  2.  (PDF) Undesigned Scriptural Coincidences – AN UNDESIGNED COINCIDENCE is an occasion where several independent narratives (in Scripture) contain insignificant details which can be compared with one another. The coincidence exists if the details fit together to provide an additional picture which is not part of the main narrative. The existence of such coincidences is good evidence of the accuracy of the accounts in which it is embedded. The presence of undesigned coincidences would be difficult for a writer of fiction to incorporate in the narrative. It would be even more difficult if several different authors were to attempt to produce one between them. The only satisfactory explanation for an undesigned coincidence is that the accounts report a real event in some detail.: http://www.biblethink.org.uk/pdfdocs/OnePage/UDC.pdf
  3. Greg Koukl on the Problem of Evil – White Horse Inn: https://whitehorseinn.org/resource-library/shows/greg-koukl-on-the-problem-of-evil/
  4. Santa Claus: Harmless Fun or Tragic Distraction? // Ask Pastor John (Piper) on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/195347347
  5. Is the Sabbath Still Required for Christians?: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justin-taylor/schreiner-qa-is-the-sabbath-still-required-for-christians/?amp
  6. Saint Nicholas and the Origins of Santa Claus – It might surprise many today to find out that Saint Nicholas (spoiler alert) is a real person after all. Is he the white-bearded man with a red suit, a cap, and a sleigh?: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/saint-nicholas-origins-santa-claus

If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life Exodus 21:22-23

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (12-2-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2100) from Nuggets:

Purgatory is a pernicious illusion of Satan which brings God’s mercy into awful disrepute, abolishes Christ’s cross, and scatters and undermines our faith.  – John Calvin

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What Does This Rock Refer to in Matthew 16:18?: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/what-does-this-rock-refer-to-matthew-1618/
  2. Cultural Apologetics, by Paul M. Gould – Session 1: Paul at Mars Hill – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSPuQ3gnIUw
  3. Are All Religions True? What if I tell you that the “SIX BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT” parable actually shows the opposite of “Religious Pluralism.” – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmG8A-SaO_w
  4. Answering the Atheists: Stephen Hawking (Part 1) – YouTube – Frank Turek responds to Stephen Hawking’s latest book: The Grand Design Part 1 of 2.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tVO0-zYAvE
  5. How To Present The Gospel To A Muslim? – YouTube – Ravi Zacharias gives some advice on how to present the gospel to a Muslim.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZc9XZv1LvM
  6. Is it OK for a Christian to practice mindfulness? – YouTube – Of course, we want to be mindful of our behaviors, actions, and how we treat others. Melissa Dougherty is not addressing that type of mindfulness here. Mindfulness, often associated with Buddhism, is becoming popular in the mental health community. Mental health is important, and most of us need help during challenging seasons of life, but we need to be aware that mindfulness does not lead to mindlessness. See what Melissa has to say about mindfulness here.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi20ocQeoC8
  7. Evaluating William Lane Craig’s views on Genesis, Adam and Eve | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/11/28/evaluating-william-lane-craigs-views-on-genesis-adam-and-eve/
  8. Men of Faith Are Men Who Fight | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/men-of-faith-are-men-who-fight
  9. Spiders Have Built-In Algorithm to Construct Webs | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/hackled-orb-weaver-webs/
  10. In Finland, Christians face criminal charges for quoting the Bible | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/11/30/in-finland-christians-face-criminal-charges-for-quoting-the-bible/
  11. Man From Opium-Smoking Village Imprisoned Not For Drugs But For His Conversion To Christianity : World : Christianity Daily: https://www.christianitydaily.com/articles/14090/20211129/man-from-opium-smoking-village-imprisoned-not-for-drugs-but-for-his-conversion-to-christianity.htm
  12. Bible vs. Qur’an One Reason the Bible Is More Trustworthy Than the Qur’an – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8qfkZe6NW4
  13. How Do We Show Someone The Bible Is Trustworthy? – YouTube – Bobby Conway asks Brett Kunkle to explain the trustworthiness of the Bible.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYDxyiCBGI4
  14. How can you trust the New Testament when the original manuscripts are different? – YouTube – There isn’t one, single, original, preserved copy of the New Testament. So how can you trust the text of the New Testament when all the earliest copies disagree with each other? Daniel B. Wallace, Executive Director of The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, explains why you can still trust the text of the New Testament despite it having so many textual variants.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NikVdhp0YFs
  15. What Makes Christianity Different from Other Religions? | Illuminate Ep 3 – YouTube – Is Christianity the same as other religions? Not quite. Find out what makes Christianity unique in this insightful video.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbeFQtaybB8
  16. Cartoon Explaining Jehovah’s Witnesses – YouTube – This video is for the education of the saints. Jehovah’s Witnesses are not saved because they do not believe that Jesus rules in Heaven and still exists as the Son of God and not as a created archangel. Jesus Christ always existed and was not created because He and the Father are one and God is eternal (has no beginning and no end).: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVDPQq9EGtk
  17. Cartoon Explaining Mormonism – YouTube – This is a cartoon from the first film of “The Godmakers” that can be found on YouTube. None of this information is based on anything that can be backed up historically or archaeologically. Their doctrine also changes and is not as constant and powerful as God’s true word: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pgw-C_DTVo8
  18. Extra-biblical Evidence for the Veracity of the Gospel History – Jonathan McLatchie | Writer, Speaker, Scholar: https://jonathanmclatchie.com/extrabiblical-evidence-for-the-veracity-of-the-gospel-history/
  19. What about those who never hear about Jesus? – YouTube – Frank talks about the subject of the salvation of those who never hear the Gospel.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc7nec1JOkE
  20. Elaborate [Extra Biblical] Testimony (Undesigned Coincidences): Part 3 – YouTube – Our Last Interlocking Puzzle Piece comes from the Old Testament, you don’t want to miss this. Make sure to watch the entire video!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOuEis9L8os

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?  Esther 4:14

Blessings to you all