Bible Teaching – John 18 (8-30-2022)

The following teaching was delivered yesterday over lunch at Mimi’s Cafe at Chandler Blvd. & 101 in Chandler, Arizona to a group of approximately 15 men, preceded by prayer and fellowship and accompanied by discussion prompted by questions. The teaching lasted approximately 45 minutes.

John 18:25-40

25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You are not also one of His disciples, are you?” He denied it, and said, “I am not.” 26 One of the slaves of the high priest, being a relative of the one whose ear Peter cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the garden with Him?” 27 Peter then denied it again, and immediately a rooster crowed.

28 Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas into the Praetorium, and it was early; and they themselves did not enter into the Praetorium so that they would not be defiled, but might eat the Passover. 29 Therefore Pilate went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this Man?”

30 They answered and said to him, “If this Man were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him to you.” 31 So Pilate said to them, “Take Him yourselves, and judge Him according to your law.” The Jews said to him, “We are not permitted to put anyone to death,” 32 to fulfill the word of Jesus which He spoke, signifying by what kind of death He was about to die.

33 Therefore Pilate entered again into the Praetorium, and summoned Jesus and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Are you saying this on your own initiative, or did others tell you about Me?” 35 Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests delivered You to me; what have You done?”

36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” 37 Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

38 Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews and said to them, “I find no guilt in Him. 39 But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover; do you wish then that I release for you the King of the Jews?” 40 So they cried out again, saying, “Not this Man, but Barabbas.” Now Barabbas was a robber.  NASB

Outline

This narrative passage can be divided into 3 sections or topics:

  1. Peter’s denial of Christ
  2. Pilate’s investigation with the Jewish leaders
  3. Pilate’s interrogation of Christ

25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You are not also one of His disciples, are you?” He denied it, and said, “I am not.” 26 One of the slaves of the high priest, being a relative of the one whose ear Peter cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the garden with Him?” 27 Peter then denied it again, and immediately a rooster crowed.

This passage (v25-27) records the last 2 of Peter’s denials – his first denial is recorded in John 18:17.  This was a fulfillment of Jesus’s prophecy given at the last supper (John 13:38; Matt 26:34):

John 13:36-38 – Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?” Jesus answered, “Where I go, you cannot follow Me now; but you will follow later.” Peter said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You right now? I will lay down my life for You.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for Me? Truly, truly, I say to you, a rooster will not crow until you deny Me three times.”

Peter was so over-confident in himself, saying that he would lay down his life for Jesus.  But here he fell greatly, actually denying Jesus, just as Jesus had predicted.  J.C. Ryle comments on this:


If Peter’s fall has made Christians see more clearly their own great weakness and Christ’s great compassion, then Peter’s fall has not been recorded in vain.


Christ’s 6 Trials

Christ’s Trials

28 Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas into the Praetorium, and it was early; and they themselves did not enter into the Praetorium so that they would not be defiled, but might eat the Passover.

Map of the Events of Christ’s Passion Week

Praetorium in this passage is the headquarters/residence of the Roman military governor (i.e. Pilate).  Pilate’s normal headquarters were in Caesarea, in the palace that Herod the Great had built for himself.  However, Pilate and his predecessors made it a point to be in Jerusalem during the feasts in order to quell any riots.

early” is ambiguous.  Most likely, it refers to around 6:00 AM, since many Roman officials began their day very early and finished by 10:00 or 11:00 AM.

be defiled” – Jewish oral law gives evidence that a Jew who entered the dwelling places of Gentiles became ceremonially unclean.

Here the Jews were, committing grievous sin by handing Jesus over to the Romans for execution, yet they were worried about “defiling themselves” by walking into the Praetorium. Jesus was the true Jewish Messiah and an innocent man.  They “strain out a gnat, but swallow a camel” (Matthew 23:24).  As Jesus had said to the Pharisees in Matthew 23:23, they neglected the more important matters of the law (Justice, Mercy, Faithfulness), they should’ve practiced the latter without neglecting the former!  So, Pilate asks them what their accusation against Jesus is.

29 Therefore Pilate went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this Man?”

With the religious phase of the proceedings having concluded in v24, Pilate’s question opened the civil phase of the proceedings against Jesus.

30 They answered and said to him, “If this Man were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him to you.” 31 So Pilate said to them, “Take Him yourselves, and judge Him according to your law.” The Jews said to him, “We are not permitted to put anyone to death,” 32 to fulfill the word of Jesus which He spoke, signifying by what kind of death He was about to die.

First off, they didn’t really answer Pilate’s question.  He asked what their accusation was, but they only answered that “He is an evildoer”.  However Pilate, is trying to find out what evidence they have that Jesus is an “evildoer”.  They haven’t given any reasons but have only made an unsubstantiated ad-hominem attack.

Also, it is true that the Jews couldn’t put anyone to death on their own (v31).  The Romans captured Jerusalem in 63 B.C and began direct rule of Judea through a prefect in 6 A.D. At that time the “right to execute” was taken away from the Jews and given to the Roman governor.

By asking the Romans to execute Jesus, that meant crucifixion (instead of stoning), which was exactly the type of death Jesus said He would die (John 3:14; 8:28; 12:32,33) and that was prophesied:


Psalms 22:16 – For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet.

Isaiah 53:5 – But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.

Zechariah 12:10 – I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.


33 Therefore Pilate entered again into the Praetorium, and summoned Jesus and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Are you saying this on your own initiative, or did others tell you about Me?” 35 Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests delivered You to me; what have You done?”

Pilate starts his interrogation of Jesus.  He asks Jesus directly if He is the king of the Jews.  Jesus initially side-steps the question and wants to know where Pilate got this information from.  Pilate’s question to Jesus shows that he must’ve known what the accusation was.  The fact that Roman troops were used at the arrest proves that the Jewish authorities communicated something about this case to Pilate in advance.

36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” 37 Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

Note – This passage is contained in the earliest (undisputed) fragment of the New Testament (John Ryland’s fragment – P52)

It’s called the John Rylands fragment (because it’s housed in the John Rylands Library in Manchester, England). “Scholars date it between A.D. 117–138, but some say it is even earlier. It was found in Egypt – across the Mediterranean from its probable place of composition in Asia Minor – demonstrating that John’s Gospel was copied and had spread quite some distance by the early second century.”  1 side contains part of verses 31-33, on the other part of verses 37-38.

Jesus assures Pilate that He’s not trying to politically displace the Roman emperor, so this is not a legitimate sedition case.  Rather, His kingdom is “not of this world”. 

Q: What lesson can we learn from Jesus’s statement that His kingdom is not of this world?

Since Jesus referred to His “kingdom”, Pilate tries to get a further explanation by asking Him “so you are a king?”  Jesus acknowledges His kingship and goes on to explain one of many reasons He came into the world: “To testify of the truth”.  In 2014, I had collected in a blog 30 reasons found in Scripture why Jesus came. Here they are:

  1. To testify to the truth (John 18:37)
  2. To save people from their sins (Mat 1:21)
  3. To fulfill the law (Mat 5:17-18)
  4. To preach (Mark 1:38; Luke 4:18;43)
  5. To serve (Mat 20:28; Mark 10:45)
  6. To give His life as a ransom for many (Mat 20:28; Mark 10:45)
  7. Free prisoners (Luke 4:18)
  8. Heal the blind (Luke 4:18; John 9:39)
  9. Release the oppressed (Luke 4:18)
  10. Fulfill prophecy (Luke 4:21)
  11. To call sinners to repentance (Luke 5:32)
  12. To seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10)
  13. To make the Father known (John 1:18)
  14. To take away the sin of the world (John 1:29)
  15. Not to condemn but to save the world (John 3:17)
  16. To speak the words of God (John 3:34)
  17. To do the will of the Father (John 6:39)
  18. That we would have life more abundantly (John 10:10)
  19. To suffer and die on the cross (John 12:27)
  20. To bless us by turning us from our wicked ways (Acts 3:26)
  21. To be a sacrifice of atonement (Rom 3:25; 1 John 4:10)
  22. To be the “last Adam”, a life-giving spirit (1 Cor 15:45)
  23. To become poor so that we might become rich (2 Cor 8:9)
  24. To rescue us from this present evil age (Gal 1:4)
  25. To redeem those under law (Gal 4:5)
  26. To save sinners (1 Tim 1:15)
  27. To take away our sins (1 John 3:5)
  28. To destroy the devil’s work (1 John 3:8)
  29. That we might live through him (1 John 4:9)
  30. To give us understanding (1 John 5:20)

38 Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews and said to them, “I find no guilt in Him.” 39 But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover; do you wish then that I release for you the King of the Jews?” 40 So they cried out again, saying, “Not this Man, but Barabbas.” Now Barabbas was a robber.

Pilate gets a little snarky with Jesus by asking “What is truth?”  This is reminiscent of our modern times, where people will confidently proclaim that “there is no truth” (and then expect us to believe that as absolute truth).

At this point, Pilate concludes his interrogation of Jesus and goes back out to the Jews and gives his verdict: “I find no guilt in Him”.  He attempts to make (what he thought was) a kind gesture to the Jews, he offers to release someone at Passover.  Interestingly, when he offers to release Jesus, he does not say “do you wish then that I release for you Jesus of Nazareth”, but instead “do you wish then that I release for you the King of the Jews”, which I think he knew would infuriate them.  So, predictably, they shout for Barabbas the robber to be released, and (spoiler alert) that’s what happens.

Here is a rather famous painting of this scene (though it may be depicting John 19:5 instead):

(Antonio Ciseri’s depiction of Pontius Pilate presenting a scourged Christ to the people Ecce homo! (Behold the man!). painted in the 19th century)

Q: What do you think the response of the crowd would’ve been if Pilate said “do you wish then that I release for you Jesus of Nazareth”?

As we consider the immensity of Christ’s sufferings in the trials, the garden, the scourging and flogging and the crucifixion, this quote from J.C. Ryle is very fitting:


The love of Christ to sinners is “a love that passes knowledge.” To suffer for those whom we love, and who are in some sense worthy of our affections, is suffering that we can understand. To submit to ill-treatment quietly, when we have no power to resist, is submission that is both graceful and wise. But to suffer voluntarily, when we a have the power to prevent it, and to suffer for a world of unbelieving and ungodly sinners, unasked and unthanked–this is a line of conduct which passes man’s understanding. Never let us forget that this is the peculiar beauty of Christ’s sufferings, when we read the wondrous story of His cross and passion.  He was led away captive, and dragged before the High Priest’s bar, not because He could not help Himself, but because He had set His whole heart on saving sinners, by bearing their sins, by being treated as a sinner, and by being punished in their stead. He was a willing prisoner, that we might be set free. He was willingly arraigned and condemned, that we might be absolved and declared innocent.


Resources Used in Preparing this Teaching

  1. MacArthur Study Bible (NASB)
  2. J.C. Ryle’s expository thoughts on the gospel of John.
  3. 30 Reasons Jesus Came to Earth: https://1peter41216.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/30-reasons-jesus-came-to-earth/
  4. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist (Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek, 2004)

mid-week apologetics booster (8-25-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

I believe that a man of God—under trial and difficulty and affliction, bearing up, and patiently submitting with holy acquiescence and still rejoicing in God—is a real preacher of the Gospel, preaching with an eloquence which is mightier than words can ever be, and which will find its secret and silent way into the hearts of those who might have resisted other arguments! – Charles Spurgeon  


To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Knight and Rose Show Episode 19: The Historical Reliability of the Gospels | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/08/20/knight-and-rose-show-episode-19-the-historical-reliability-of-the-gospels/
  2. Book Review: 40 Questions About Heaven and Hell (40 Questions Series) by Alan Gomes THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2022/08/20/40-questions-about-heaven-and-hell-40-questions-series-by-alan-gomes/
  3. The seven fatal flaws of moral relativism | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/08/22/the-seven-fatal-flaws-of-moral-relativism-8/
  4. Texas Fire Dept. Chaplain Axed for Biblical View of Gender: https://washingtonstand.com/news/texas-fire-chaplain-axed-for-biblical-view-of-gender
  5. First life arrival – creation.com – In this BBC-Discovery TV program Sir David Attenborough tells us his purpose is to look at the origin of life and for the very first living creature that appeared on Earth. As he presents the evolutionist worldview, we shall examine what he says and compare it with the biblical worldview.: https://creation.com/first-life-arrival
  6. The Reliability of the Bible: 4 Quick Thoughts | ReasonableTheology.org: https://reasonabletheology.org/reliability-bible-4-quick-thoughts/
  7. Designed by the Watchmaker – creation.com – William Paley (17431805) was an English archdeacon and theologian known mainly for a book he wrote. The book is Natural Theology: or Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity Collected from the Appearance of Nature (he is less well known for his fervent opposition to slave trade and denunciation of slavery in an earlier book). It was very influential in the first half of the nineteenth century. In this book, Paley draws proof for the existence of a Creator from the design apparent in natural phenomena, and particularly in the human body.: https://creation.com/designed-by-the-watchmaker
  8. Should Christians Use Evidence and Logic to Proclaim the Gospel?: http://askingthegodquestions.blogspot.com/2013/08/should-christians-use-evidence-and.html
  9. The Perilous Pitfalls Facing Tent-Making Christian Case Makers | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-perilous-pitfalls-facing-tent-making-christian-case-makers/
  10. Should We Go to Our Gay Neighbors’ Wedding?: https://probe.org/should-we-go-to-our-gay-neighbors-wedding/
  11. How the presence and quality of fathers affects belief in God | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2015/10/04/how-the-presence-and-quality-of-fathers-affects-belief-in-god-3/
  12. How Do You Best Handle Challenges to Your Faith? | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/how-do-you-best-handle-challenges-to-your-faith
  13. 5 Reasons Why the Church Should Care About Apologetics – Christian Week: https://www.christianweek.org/5-reasons-church-care-apologetics/
  14. Tactics: the worst mistake a Christian can make when doing apologetics | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2016/01/29/tactics-the-worst-mistake-a-christian-can-make-when-doing-apologetics-2/
  15. How Is Apologetics Bringing Christians Together? | Tough Questions Answered: https://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/2014/02/10/how-is-apologetics-bringing-christians-together/
  16. 4 Key Points Christian Kids Need to Understand About Evolution: https://crossexamined.org/4-key-points-christian-kids-need-to-understand-about-evolution/
  17. How other religions began vs. how Christianity began (1 minute video) – There is a huge difference between Christianity and other religions. Watch the video to find out how.: https://www.facebook.com/27769441696/videos/10153373385331697/
  18. Answering the Skeptic: Is the Bible a Myth? – Come Reason Ministries: http://www.comereason.org/skeptic-bible.asp
  19. Skateboarding and Darwinism | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/9292
  20. 4 Pieces of Wisdom from a Street Level Apologist: https://crossexamined.org/4-pieces-of-wisdom-from-a-street-level-apologist/
  21. So, You Just Became a Christian? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/idDoRftSuRU
  22. What Made Paul Washer’s “Shocking Message” So Very Shocking? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/PH0mnIO9K7I
  23. Are You Really A Christian? | Paul Washer – YouTube: https://youtu.be/6N7f8hvUMxg
  24. The J.C. Ryle Archive – Since J.C. Ryle died in 1900, his writing are public domain and not copyrighted. So, you are able to use any of the materials on this site with no expressed permission. May the writings of J.C. Ryle help you become a more committed follower of Jesus Christ and compel you to good works. : https://www.jcryle.info/

since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Romans 1:19-20

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-18-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

Lead me to the cross and show me his wounds, the hateful nature of evil, the power of Satan; May I there see my sins as the nails that transfixed him, the cords that bound him, the thorns that tore him, the sword that pierced him. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Can science answer all of life’s questions? – Sharon Dirckx – OCCA: https://www.theocca.org/resources/can-science-answer-all-of-lifes-questions/
  2. Why Do Humans Differ from Animals in Courtship and Sexual Dimorphism? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/animal-behavior/humans-animals-courtship-sexual-dimorphism/
  3. The Secret Origin of One of Bugs Bunny’s Best Insults. Because of Bugs’s popularity, the bunny’s use of nimrod became, over time, the predominant version of the word so much so that, today, few people even know it is actually a Biblical reference. The Dot and Line: https://dotandline.net/when-bugs-bunny-beat-the-bible/
  4. Why Can’t Something Come from Nothing? – YouTube – Alex J. O’Connor, aka. (The) Cosmic Skeptic, questions Dr. Craig on the first premise of the kalam cosmological argument for God’s existence.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUhKnzA_0dM
  5. Many scientists believe scientific theories religiously | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2022/08/16/many-scientists-believe-scientific-theories-religiously/
  6. Defending the Faith in Your Community – Every Day – Ask a Christian to defend the faith and you get a variety of reactions. Why does the faith need defending? God can take care of Himself. How do I do that? I don’t want to do that! Are you serious? I wouldn’t know how. Isn’t that for professionals? Me? I’m not one of those apologists. I’m just a Christian. Whatever your reaction, the fact is that every Christian can and should defend the faith in their community every day.: http://christianapologeticsalliance.com/2013/01/15/defending-the-faith-in-your-community-every-day/
  7. Is Natural Selection the Same Thing as Evolution? | Answers in Genesis – Natural selection is an observable process that is often purported to be the underlying mechanism of unobservable molecules-to-man evolution.: https://answersingenesis.org/natural-selection/is-natural-selection-the-same-thing-as-evolution/
  8. Who are the “other sheep” in John 10:16? And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd John 10:16 Christians have traditionally viewed the above passage as a reference to the Gentiles who would soon be presented the Good News of salvation and engrafted into the Christian fold. Mormons, however, have used John 10:16 as a proof-text to support the existence of one of the people groups in the Book of Mormon. : https://www.mrm.org/john-10-16
  9. A must-read series of posts on cosmic fine-tuning by Allen Hainline | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2014/07/18/a-must-read-series-of-posts-on-cosmic-fine-tuning-by-allen-hainline/
  10. Does the Doctrine of Hell Make God Unjust? | The Cripplegate: https://thecripplegate.com/does-the-doctrine-of-hell-make-god-unjust/
  11. Apologetics, Evidence, and Relevance | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/8205/
  12. 4 Reasons Christian Parents Need to Care More About Atheism: https://natashacrain.com/4-reasons-christian-parents-need-to-care-more-about-atheism/
  13. Advice to Young Aspiring Apologists – 13 lessons – Jonathan McLatchie: https://jonathanmclatchie.com/advice-to-young-aspiring-apologists/
  14. Truthbomb Apologetics: The Art of Listening – In conversations I am continually learning that what I don’t say is sometimes just as important as what I do say.: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-art-of-listening.html
  15. Why Christians Must Continue to Guard the Truth of the Gospel | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-christians-must-continue-to-guard-the-truth-of-the-gospel/
  16. Are Christians Narrow-Minded and Intolerant? – Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/are-christians-narrow-minded-and-intolerant/
  17. How to Talk About Evolution | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2012/10/how_to_talk_abo/
  18. Historical Evidence of Jesus Christs Resurrection – There are many skeptics of Jesus Christ and of His resurrection. Can it be proven as an actual historical event? Are we to believe only on faith? What empirical, concrete evidence do we have today that Jesus Christ indeed was resurrected from the dead? Can His resurrection be proven? : https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/historical-evidence-of-jesus-christs-resurrection/
  19. Dialogue with Muslims about evidence why Islam is true: https://carm.org/dialogues/dialogue-with-muslims-about-evidence-why-islam-is-true/
  20. 7 Tips to Engage Skeptics Like the Apostle Paul Did in the Bible – Part 1: http://apologeticsguy.com/2013/05/acts-17-bible-study-apostle-paul-athens-1/
  21. Was There a Great Apostasy? | Douglas Beaumont – Some kind of apostasy narrative is required to explain why a group that did not exist for nearly 2,000 years can consider itself the true expression of Christianity. Obviously, if the Church founded by Jesus did not go into apostasy, there would be no excuse to create a new group or restore what was lost. Unlike most Christian sects that attempt to locate themselves (in some form) throughout Christian history, the Mormons accept and explain their non-existence by claiming the Church founded by Jesus Christ disappeared from the Earth shortly after its creation.: https://douglasbeaumont.com/2014/10/04/was-there-a-great-apostasy/
  22. Refuting Evolution chapter 1: Evolution & creation, science & religion, facts & bias – creation.com: https://creation.com/refuting-evolution-chapter-1-evolution-creation-science-religion-facts-bias
  23. Christianity is a Thinking-Man’s Faith | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: https://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/11/christianity-is-thinking-mans-faith.html
  24. Is the Watchmaker Argument Still Valid? | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/media/reasonable-faith-podcast/is-the-watchmaker-argument-still-valid
  25. A Recent Origin for Stonehenge? | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/8488
  26. Galapagos evolution – creation.com – Whether or not evolution has occurred on Galpagos (or anywhere else on Earth for that matter) depends very much on what is meant by the term evolution. The theory that creationists oppose is the idea (and consequent atheistic worldview) that all living things on Earth have arisen from a single source (which itself came from non-life). The key issue is the type of change required. For example, to change microbes into marine iguanas would require massive successive increases in the genetic information of the genome.: https://creation.com/galapagos-evolution
  27. This Twitter thread about Roman Catholicism “blew up”. Interesting (and sad) to read the comments from Catholics and also the debate back and forth: https://twitter.com/JoRo_______/status/1559542221896032257?t=cLaCM2ic5Kl-ivqgqJppFQ&s=19

When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida, but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing. Luke 9:10-11

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-11-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

Unlike national Israel, God’s people, the new and true Israel, are an “inter-ethnic” church with a heavenly citizenship. – Paul Copan


To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. 17 Year-Old British Podcast Host Interviews Dr. William Lane Craig (I didn’t notice until about ½ way through that the interviewer was not a Christian, but he’s very respectful and it was a good interview) – YouTube: https://youtu.be/Swk2eTmGHCE
  2. How Mainstream Media Gaslights Christians (and Everyone Else Who Disagrees with Them): https://natashacrain.com/how-mainstream-media-gaslights-christians-and-everyone-else-who-disagrees-with-them/
  3. Were penguins designed for freezing cold environments? – creation.com: https://creation.com/hot-and-cold-penguins
  4. Climate totalitarianism | George’s Journal – your worldview greatly affects your view of the fate of the earth’s climate. Belief in a Creator and Sustainer changes your view of these things. As it says in the Bible, Genesis 8:22 “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”: https://georgesjournal.net/2022/08/09/climate-totalitarianism/
  5. 10 Answers Every Creationist Should Know adamlickey.com: https://adamlickey.com/2012/10/02/10-answers-every-creationist-should-know/
  6. Programming of Life – YouTube – An exploration of microbiology, information science, and the origin of life.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00vBqYDBW5s
  7. Prof. John Lennox on His New Book Seven Days That Divide the World – On this episode of ID The Future, Jay Richards talks with Professor and author John Lennox about one of his latest books, Seven Days that Divide the World: The Beginning According to Genesis and Science. In his book, Lennox delves into controversial issues surrounding science and faith, answering common questions regarding apparent tensions between scripture and scientific evidence. Tune in as Professor Lennox demonstrates that science and faith are indeed compatible.: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/intelligentdesign/episodes/2013-02-25T16_29_26-08_00
  8. Soul Searching : The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers … – Christian Smith Dr. William R Kenan Jr Professor of Sociology University of Notre Dame, Candidate University of North Carolina Melina Lundquist Denton Ph.D, Chapel Hill USA – Google Books (see snippet from pg. 89): https://books.google.com/books?id=AN85V20yRmQC&printsec=frontcover&dq=soul+searching+lundquist&hl=en&sa=X&ei=HE5wUffRLK264APGnYGIAw#v=onepage&q=intellectual&f=false
  9. Christian Apologetics UK: Six short Pro-life responses to Six popular Pro-choice slogans – Part 1: https://apologeticsuk.blogspot.com/2013/07/six-short-pro-life-responses-to-six.html
  10. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist – Google Books (short book snippet regarding the quote “Please consider this question to see if you are open to acceptance [of Christianity]: If someone could provide reasonable answers to the most significant questions and objections you have about Christianity reasonable to the point that Christianity seems true beyond a reasonable doubt would you then become a Christian? Think about that for a moment. If your honest answer is no, then your resistance to Christianity is emotional or volitional, not merely intellectual. No amount of evidence will convince you because evidence is not what’s in your way you are. In the end, only you know if you are truly open to the evidence for Christianity.”): https://books.google.com/books?id=FPmV30uX1_4C&lpg=PA30&ots=d8nw3cVf5J&dq=Please+consider+this+question+to+see+if+you+are+open+to+acceptance+%5Bof+Christianity%5D:+If+someone+could+provide+reasonable+answers+to+the+most+significant+questions+and+objections+you+have+about+Christianity+%E2%80%93+reasonable+to+the+point+that+Christianity+seems+true+beyond+a+reasonable+doubt+%E2%80%93+would+you+then+become+a+Christian%3F++Think+about+that+for+a+moment.++If+your+honest+answer+is+no,+then+your+resistance+to+Christianity+is+emotional+or+volitional,+not+merely+intellectual.++No+amount+of+evidence+will+convince+you+because+evidence+is+not+what%E2%80%99s+in+your+way+%E2%80%93+you+are.++In+the+end,+only+you+know+if+you+are+truly+open+to+the+evidence+for+Christianity.&pg=PA30&hl=en#v=onepage&q&f=false
  11. Twenty good arguments for Christianity: http://pjsaunders.blogspot.com/2013/01/twenty-good-arguments-for-christianity.html
  12. America’s Godly Heritage 1 – David Barton.flv – YouTube – Historian, Founder and President David Barton Wallbuilders, talks about Americas Godly Heritage – bulletproof George Washington and so so many inspiring lost American facts. This is just an introduction to the unbelievable forgotten information about our country. He restores your faith and hope in this great land.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pme3o0WimkU&list=PL9A8002C80FA935C5&index=1
  13. I’m At Home With Evidentialism Because the Evidence Brought Me Home | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/im-at-home-with-evidentialism-because-the-evidence-brought-me-home/
  14. Why 66? | Answers in Genesis – How can we be sure that we have the correct 66 books in our Bible? The Bible is a unique volume. It is composed of 66 books by 40 different writers over 1,500 years. But what makes it unique is that it has one consistent storyline running all the way through, and it has just one ultimate author – God. The story is about Gods plan to rescue men and women from the devastating results of the Fall, a plan that was conceived in eternity, revealed through the prophets, and carried out by the Son of God, Jesus Christ.: https://answersingenesis.org/the-word-of-god/why-66-books/
  15. You want me to keep my what to myself? – Adam4d.com: https://adam4d.com/you-want-me-to-keep-my-what-to-myself/
  16. Is the Church A Cruise Ship Or A Rescue Boat? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-the-church-a-cruise-ship-or-a-rescue-boat/
  17. If God Exists, Why Does He Allow Evil? | Watermark Community Church: https://www.watermark.org/message/2231-if-god-exists-why-does-he-allow-evil?autoplay=video
  18. Top 10 Reasons the Church Is Losing Our Youth: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justin-taylor/top-10-reasons-the-church-is-losing-our-youth/
  19. Answering the Skeptic: Is the Bible a Myth? – Come Reason Ministries: http://www.comereason.org/skeptic-bible.asp
  20. The Rosetta Stone, SETI, and the Existence of God | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: https://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/10/the-rosetta-stone-seti-and-existence-of.html
  21. Do We Really Need to Teach Our Kids Apologetics When God is in Control Anyway?: https://natashacrain.com/do-we-really-need-to-teach-our-kids-apologetics-when-god-is-in-control-anyway/
  22. Biblical Insights into Todays Violent Mob Mentality | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/biblical-insights-todays-vmmentality/
  23. One Question I Ask My Atheist Friends – Melissa Cain Travis: https://melissacaintravis.com/2013/12/11/the-one-question-i-ask-my-atheist-friends/
  24. How Do I Share What I Believe? The Relationship Between Respect and Reach | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-do-i-share-what-i-believe-the-relationship-between-respect-and-reach/
  25. How Certain Can We Be That Jesus Actually Died and Rose Again From the Dead? | Beyond Teachable Moments: https://beyondtm.wordpress.com/2014/03/19/how-certain-can-we-be-that-jesus-actually-died-and-rose-again-from-the-dead/
  26. Ultimate Proof for Creation/God’s Existence | Presuppositional Apologetics | Dr. Jason Lisle – YouTube – In this teaching video, Dr. Jason Lisle talks about the ULTIMATE PROOF for God’s Existence, Creation and Creationism- Presuppositional Apologetics. The facts are that without the God of the Bible, we couldn’t:-Know Anything-Say Anything is Right or Wrong-Couldn’t Trust Our 5 Senses-Couldn’t Engage in Scientific Experimentation-Couldn’t Engage in Logical Discourse – In this teaching video, Dr. Jason Lisle talks about the ULTIMATE PROOF for God’s Existence, Creation and Creationism- Presuppositional Apologetics. The facts are that without the God of the Bible, we couldn’t: -Know Anything -Say Anything is Right or Wrong -Couldn’t Trust Our 5 Senses -Couldn’t Engage in Scientific Experimentation -Couldn’t Engage in Logical Discourse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j9-cyRbFcs
  27. To Witness Like Jesus, Use Logic and Reason | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: https://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/12/to-witness-like-jesus-use-logic-and.html
  28. 10 Reasons Kids Leave the Church | Jim Daly: https://jimdaly.focusonthefamily.com/ten-reasons-kids-leave-the-church/
  29. Why You Can Be Confident We Have the Original Bible Texts | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: https://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/01/why-you-can-be-confident-we-have.html
  30. Galapagos adaptation – creation.com – Surtsey: https://creation.com/galapagos-adaptation
  31. Bone building: perfect protein (Osteocalcin) – creation.com: https://creation.com/bone-building-perfect-protein-osteocalcin
  32. New study: women who have fewer premarital sex partners have lower risk of divorce | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/08/09/new-study-women-who-have-fewer-premarital-sex-partners-have-lower-risk-of-divorce-4/
  33. The Legend of the Social Justice Jesus: https://www.str.org/w/the-legend-of-the-social-justice-jesus
  34. How Could Adam Have Named All the Animals in a Single Day? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/adam-and-eve/how-could-adam-have-named-all-the-animals-in-a-single-day/
  35. The difference between proof and persuasion | with Jon Steingard – YouTube: https://youtu.be/AHiwu8DKC-4
  36. Absolute Truth, Greg Laurie, from his worldview series – YouTube: https://youtu.be/5nYz6rNMdCw
  37. Evolution’s fatal problem of non-standard genetic codes: https://creation.com/non-standard-genetic-codes

But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” Jude 1:9

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-4-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

Let me never forget that the heinousness of sin lies not so much in the nature of the sin committed, as in the greatness of the Person sinned against. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Ambassador’s Creed: https://www.str.org/ambassadors-creed
  2. Truthbomb Apologetics: Jesus Argued Reductio Ad Absurdum: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2013/12/jesus-argued-reductio-ad-absurdum.html
  3. Jehovah’s Witness Role Play – YouTube – Mike Felker role plays as a Jehovah’s Witness to a college apologetics group. Most of the students had no idea that I was actually a Christian until I revealed my identity at about 40 minutes into it. Thanks to Brett Kunkle for inspiring me to do this. It was my first time and I’d love to do more of this.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNNqBRpv2Bk
  4. Jesus and Logical Fallacies: The False Dilemma | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: https://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/01/jesus-and-logical-fallacies-false.html
  5. You Have to Come Out As A Christian Before You Can Step Out As An Apologist | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/you-have-to-come-out-as-a-christian-before-you-can-step-out-as-an-apologist/
  6. Above All the Earth | The Institute for Creation Research – Few can say they’ve left planet Earth. Jeff Williams has done it three times. After a lengthy military career, Colonel Jeffrey N. Williams was chosen from among a handful of candidates to become an astronaut for NASA and work on the International Space Station (ISS). He has been a longtime supporter of ICR and recently visited our headquarters for the first time, graciously allowing us an interview.: https://www.icr.org/article/8635
  7. String theory has come to be seen as faith, not reason? Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/string-theory-has-come-to-be-seen-as-faith-not-reason/
  8. Apologetics for Kids: Free Resources for Parents | Beyond Teachable Moments: https://beyondtm.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/apologetics-for-kids-free-resources-for-parents/
  9. How the Body Works: Intelligent Design in Action | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2015/02/how_the_body_wo/
  10. New Testament Bible Reliability by Daniel Wallace, PhD – YouTube – If you encounter someone who questions or doubts the accuracy and reliability of our New Testament, such as a Mormon, the information Dr. Daniel Wallace provides in this presentation at Heights Baptist Church in 2013 will address those issues directly. Mormon apologists must admit that the staggering majority of the textual variants are merely minor in nature. Dr. R. L. Anderson, a Mormon scholar and authority in the LDS Church on Biblical manuscripts, recognizes that the variations in the New Testament manuscripts are essentially insignificant. Dr. Anderson notes the overwhelming agreement between the thousands of manuscripts; he explains that : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lEmch2OAhs
  11. Lecture – Dr. Peter Williams – Things Which Ought To Be Better Known About The Resurrection Of Jesus – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbBVBUeHXZ4
  12. The Argument from Consciousness in Eight Quick Points | Saints and Sceptics: http://www.saintsandsceptics.org/the-argument-from-consciousness-in-seven-quick-points/
  13. Inspired or Not? What Does Paul Mean by What He Says in 1 Corinthians 7:6, 7:12, and 7:25? Did Paul fill his letters with opinion?: https://answersingenesis.org/contradictions-in-the-bible/contradictions-in-the-bible/inspired-or-not-1-corinthians-7/
  14. Can Evolution Explain the Appearance of Design in Biology? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/can-evolution-explain-the-appearance-of-design-in-biology/
  15. Why the Appearance of Design in Biology Is a Problem for Atheistic Naturalism | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-the-appearance-of-design-in-biology-is-a-problem-for-atheistic-naturalism/theistic-naturalism/
  16. Life in the Big Tent: Traditional Creationism and the Intelligent Design Community | Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/articles/life-in-the-big-tent/
  17. Evangelical Elites Can’t Let Go Of Beefs Against Conservatives: https://thefederalist.com/2022/08/02/russell-moore-and-evangelical-elites-cant-let-go-of-their-jeremiad-against-conservative-evangelicals/
  18. Scientists Are Undermining Our Trust in Science | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2022/07/scientists-are-undermining-our-trust-in-science/

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, Philippians 3:20

Blessings to you all