mid-week apologetics booster (10-27-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

Love is a choice, not a feeling. It is an initiated action, not an impulsive reaction. Choose today to be committed to love. – The Love Dare

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Is the RNA world hypothesis a good naturalistic explanation for the origin of life? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/10/24/is-the-rna-world-hypothesis-a-good-naturalistic-explanation-for-the-origin-of-life/
  2. 6 Reasons Why It Takes Faith To Deny Jesus | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/6-reasons-takes-faith-to-deny-jesus/
  3. Four Truths About the Universe You Can Share with Your Kids to Demonstrate the Existence of God | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/four-truths-about-the-universe-you-can-share-with-your-kids-to-demonstrate-the-existence-of-god/
  4. No, God Did Not Prescribe the Use of Cannabis in the Bible – The Stream: https://stream.org/no-god-not-prescribe-use-cannabis-bible/
  5. Ten Easy Ways to Start Meaningful Dialogue – The key to entering a meaningful conversation is to look for opportunities, then start the conversation by building a bridge with a friendly opener. The following list gives helpful tips for striking up conversations with non-believers.: https://www.str.org/w/ten-easy-ways-to-start-meaningful-dialogue
  6. 3 Evidences That Confirm the Bible Is Not Made Up | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/is-the-bible-true/3-evidences-confirm-bible-not-made-up/
  7. Interview with Brett Kunkle on his book A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Todays World: https://www.equip.org/articles/cri-interview-brett-kunkle/
  8. If Christ Has Not Been Raised: Reasoning Through the Resurrection – Reasons to Believe – From a historic Christian perspective, both the nature and truth of Christianity rest upon Jesus Christs bodily resurrection from the dead. Jesus being raised to new life three days after His execution pumps the heart of the Christian gospel (doctrine), and is Christianity’s central supporting fact (apologetics). The truth of Christianity uniquely stands or falls on Christs resurrection. The apostle Paul explains: If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith (1 Cor. 15:14). If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, you are still in your sins (1 Cor. 15:17). Since the truth-claims of Christianity hinge on the Resurrection, the New Testament accounts of Christs resurrection warrant careful analysis and reflection. The writers of these accounts not only report the Resurrection as a factual event but also provide a theological context and explanation of its overall significance to Gods historical redemptive plan.: https://reasons.org/explore/publications/articles/if-christ-has-not-been-raised-reasoning-through-the-resurrection
  9. 3 Logical Fallacies to Avoid (and How to Tell When Someone Else is Committing Them) Apologetics for the Church: https://apolotheo.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/3-logical-fallacies-to-avoid-and-how-to-tell-when-someone-else-is-committing-them/
  10. Ricochet Evangelism hen we are sharing the Gospel or defending the reason for our hope, we may not be sharing it with the person we are sharing it with. I mean, of course, we are but that’s not all. It may be bouncing off them and hitting someone else.: https://mrpatvincent.com/2018/09/25/ricochet-evangelism/
  11. Jesus Specifically Said, I am God | Cold Case Christianity – As a skeptic, I was willing to accept a nice guy version of Jesus. You know, the wise sage from the past who was misunderstood and mythicized into something divine by leaders of a movement who were either mistaken or deceptive. Jesus might have been a nice guy and a great teacher, but did he ever really claim to be God? I had atheist friends who knew more about the Gospels than I did, and they said that Jesus never claimed to be God in any of the New Testament accounts. Once I began to examine the Gospels for myself, I discovered my friends were wrong; Jesus did say specifically that He was God. Now don’t get me wrong, Jesus didn’t use those exact words. But His listeners sure understood what He meant.: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/jesus-specifically-said-i-am-god/
  12. THE CROSS NEWSLETTER Concerned Christians: https://concernedchristians.com/the-cross-newsletter-4/
  13. Do faith in God and science contradict? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/science-God.html
  14. Are Your Christian Students Ready for College? | Cold Case Christianity – Christian college students need to decide if they are serious about following Jesus or if they are going to drift into playing Christian. If they are serious about following Jesus, then they can set the destination they are pursuing early on, which will make all the difference. As Christians we are called to more than just surviving that’s the heart behind Welcome to College.: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/are-your-christian-students-ready-for-college/
  15. A Stone in His Shoe: https://www.str.org/w/a-stone-in-his-shoe
  16. Canadian landscape a testimony to the Flood – A remarkable planation surface in Canada: https://creation.com/cypress-hills-planation-surface
  17. What I Wish I Knew Sixteen Years Ago About Sharing The Good News With Mormons Straight Talk with Claudia K: https://straighttalkwithclaudiak.com/2018/07/26/what-i-wish-i-knew-sixteen-years-ago-about-sharing-the-good-news-with-mormons/
  18. The Challenge of Moral Relativism: Three Problems with Relativism: http://www.mandm.org.nz/2018/06/the-challenge-of-moral-relativism-three-problems-with-relativism.html
  19. How Bacteria Help Our Bodies Survive | The Institute for Creation Research – Our relationship with our microbiome has been quite intimate from creation because the microbiota accomplishes vital tasks for us.: https://www.icr.org/article/10785/
  20. One of the Most Common Objections to Gods Existence on a College Campus THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/09/22/the-most-common-objection-to-gods-existence-on-a-college-campus-3/
  21. 10 Biblical Reasons God Allows Suffering | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/10-biblical-reasons-god-allows-suffering
  22. 3 Reasons Why Christians Should Be Evidential Investigators Instead of Experience Junkies – Two men. Both grew up in Christian homes in suburban America. Both have famous Evangelical fathers. Both made personal decisions for Christ and became actively involved and well-known in ministry. One walked away from his faith and became a secular humanist. The other has become one of the top apologists and defenders of the Christian faith. Who are these two men? The first is Bart Campolo, son of evangelist and author Tony Campolo, and the other is Sean McDowell, son of evangelist and author Josh McDowell. Why did their fairly similar paths lead them to such radically different destinations?: https://www.alisachildersblog.com/blog/3-reasons-why-christians-should-be-evidential-investigators-instead-of-experience-junkies
  23. Advice for Christians who discuss their faith with atheists from an atheist | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2013/05/01/advice-for-christians-who-discuss-their-faith-with-atheists-from-an-atheist-2/
  24. Studying the Works of Our Creator | The Institute for Creation Research – As believers, we enjoy the privilege of studying the works of the Lord. Creation reveals our Creators character. His work is honorable and glorious, and His righteousness endures forever. He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and full of compassion (Psalm 111:3-4). One of His greatest works was sending redemption to His people because He cares for us (Psalm 111:9). His wonderful works remind us that He is indeed full of grace and compassion. Have you taken the time to study His works? All of creation reveals mysteries of the God who was here before the foundations of the world, allowing us to know Him more intimately. Have you pondered His works, displayed in the reliability of the seasons and demonstrated in the uniqueness of each created kind of animal? Have you wondered how the stars found their place in the heavens? Have you ever been in awe that the very breath of God is housed in humans made of dust?: https://www.icr.org/article/10434/
  25. The Nature of Apologetics – The following summary will help people understand the nature of apologetics and why it is not merely for the edification of the saved, nor is it merely for evangelism and missions. In summary, (1) The Great Commission, as lived out by the earliest Christians, does not afford us the option of using apologetics with Christians alone. (2) Not all apologetics are the same; there are various methodsClassical, Evidential, and Presuppositional. Some are more effective with believers, and others are more effective with non-believers. (3) His claim is refuted by the verifiable testimony of believers such as Lee Strobel and Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the Human Genome Project, who became a believer in Christ after reading C. S. Lewis Mere Christianity. (4) While there are methods that favor those within the fold versus those outside the flock, the Classical method is a means to serve the believer and unbeliever by providing evidence for the faith that can convince the skeptic and assure the disciple. : https://ses.edu/the-nature-of-apologetics/
  26. Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, but Prosperity Preaching Isn’t for Me | Christianity Today: https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2017/october/benny-hinn-costi-uncle-prosperity-preaching-testimony.html
  27. What do Christians mean when they say ‘God spoke to me?’ | Fox News: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/what-do-christians-mean-when-they-say-god-spoke-to-me
  28. The Scientific Evidence for Intelligent Design on Vimeo (Casey Luskin, 1 hr 17 min video) – The Scientific Evidence for Intelligent Design : https://vimeo.com/77175512
  29. Young Earth Creation Science Argument Index – The purpose of this index is to list all the claims of young earth creationists, and provide rebuttals to those claims.: http://www.oldearth.org/young_earth_creationist_argument_index.htm
  30. Sun Paradox Challenges Old Earth Theory | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/sun-paradox-challenges-old-earth-theory
  31. Are Young People Really Leaving Christianity? | Cold Case Christianity – Much has been written about both the Biblical illiteracy of teenage believers and the flight of young people from the Church. Many have observed this trend, and I too have witnessed it anecdotally as a youth pastor (and shamefully, I contributed to the trend for some time before I changed course). Some writers and Christian observers deny the flight of young people altogether, but the growing statistics should alarm us enough as Church leaders to do something about the dilemma. My hope in this post is to simply consolidate some of the research (many of the summaries are directly quoted) so you can decide for yourself.: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/are-young-people-really-leaving-christianity/
  32. What Is Hinduism and Hare Krishna? This is a great chapter from the book World Religions and Cults Volume 2: https://answersingenesis.org/world-religions/what-is-hinduism-and-hare-krishna/
  33. Hinduism and other religions – Hinduism has Brahma, who is impersonal and pantheistic. The world is thought to be an illusion. Hinduism has no salvation, rather, the goal is to be dissolved into this ultimate reality which then leads to the absence of suffering. But I would say that the Hindu philosophy fails at the most basic level, because we can’t really live as if the world was an illusion. For instance, if I saw your message, and said, Oh well, guess I can delete it without responding, because N. J. is an illusion and I can’t answer it anyway, because I am one as well, that would be consistent with Hindu thinking, but inconsistent with how we actually live. No human actually wants to be dissolved into a ceaseless Nothingness where individuality is lost. What we want, what we long for, is to live forever, to see our dead loved ones again, to have a world free of the struggle and strife of this life. Christianity succeeds on this most basic level because it acknowledges that something is really wrong with this universe, and it presents the promise of a future restoration back to how each of us knows everything should be.: https://creation.com/hinduism-and-other-religions
  34. 3 Reasons Your Evangelism Efforts Have Stalled – Lifeway Voices: https://voices.lifeway.com/uncategorized/3-reasons-your-evangelism-efforts-have-stalled/
  35. Clarification on fossilized soft tissue reports – Soft tissue in fossils vs fossilized soft tissue. When a scientific report or an article commentary refers to soft tissue being preserved in a fossil, this could refer to one of two largely separate things: https://creation.com/soft-tissue-clarification
  36. The Reliability of the Bible | Biblical Christianity – No book has had more said about it, good or bad, than the Bible. We now live in a time when many people passionately believe the Bible to be the word of God while many others strongly criticize the Bible as textually corrupt, scientifically nave, historically incredible, and morally backward. Many people who grew up accepting the Bible as true come to question, doubt, and even reject it. Yet there has never been more evidence in support of the reliability of the Bible than there is today. Recent advances in science and scholarship have answered many of the common criticisms of the Bible. It is unrealistic to try to prove every detail of the Bible or to vindicate all of its statements. However, we have very good reasons indeed to be confident in the Bible and to accept its message: that the God who created us has acted to reconcile estranged humanity to himself through the revelations given to Israel and especially through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.: https://bib.irr.org/reliability-of-bible
  37. How to Use Questions & Tactics In Your Next Apologetics Encounter The Think Institute: https://thethink.institute/articles/how-to-use-questions-amp-tactics-in-your-next-apologetics-encounter

In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Luke 15:10

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-6-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

When someone asks if you’re going to heaven, saying “I hope so” isn’t humble, it’s arrogantly believing that your salvation is resting on your works. But if you respond, “Yes, I’m certain,” isn’t arrogance, it’s humble assurance because you’re resting on the works of Christ. – Burk Parsons

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What does it mean to be transformed by the renewing of the mind? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/renewing-the-mind.html
  2. An Open Letter (from John MacArthur) to Governor Gavin Newsom | Grace Community Church: https://www.gracechurch.org/news/posts/3592
  3. Was Queen Elizabeth II a true Christian? | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2022/10/01/was-queen-elizabeth-ii-a-true-christian/
  4. Why did Dan Barker leave Christianity for atheism? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/06/23/why-did-dan-barker-leave-christianity-for-atheism-2/
  5. Chinas religion problem: Why the Chinese Communist Party views religious belief as a threat Asia Dialogue: https://theasiadialogue.com/2019/10/17/chinas-religion-problem-why-the-chinese-communist-party-views-religious-belief-as-a-threat/
  6. The Fossil Record on Vimeo – Do fossils really show that creatures gradually evolved from simple to complex? The late fossil expert and evolution-defender Stephen Gould recognized they didn’t. He said the fossil record shows two clear features 1) Sudden appearance, and 2) Stasis.: https://vimeo.com/290548930
  7. Is Hell Real? | Crossway Articles – Ortlund – Scripture teaches us these five truths and more about hell: https://www.crossway.org/articles/is-hell-real/
  8. 7 Things We Know about Jesus and His Followers from Non-Biblical Sources | Cloud of Witnesses: https://greatcloud.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/7-things-we-know-about-jesus-and-his-followers-from-non-biblical-sources/
  9. Ancient Dinosaur Depictions | Genesis Park – The purpose of Genesis Park is to showcase the evidence that dinosaurs and man were created together and have co-existed throughout history (there is a lot of archeological evidence listed on this page): https://www.genesispark.com/exhibits/evidence/historical/ancient/dinosaur/
  10. The shocking Beliefs of John Calvin: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/frankviola/shockingbeliefsofjohncalvin/
  11. There’s No Good Reason to Deny the Early Dating of the Gospels | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/theres-no-good-reason-to-deny-the-early-dating-of-the-gospels/
  12. Why believe in Christianity over all other religions? | carm.org: https://carm.org/atheism/why-believe-in-christianity-over-all-other-religions/
  13. William Murray, Son of the Founder of American Atheists, Converts to Christianity | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/william-murray-son-of-the-founder-of-american-atheists-converts-to-christianity/
  14. Evidence For Resurrection Turns Josh McDowell From Skeptic To Christian Apologist | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/evidence-for-resurrection-turns-josh-mcdowell-from-skeptic-to-christian-apologist/
  15. Dr. Gary R. Habermas (free on-line book) – The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ Among the Major World Religions – Jesus claimed to be Deity, but does this make him unique? Dig into this easy-to-read examination of this serious topic with Dr. Gary Habermas to see just how unusual this claim really is. Then realize that there’s even more to consider than this! Jesus said that he was the path to salvation. Very early sources tell us that he performed supernatural miracles. Jesus and his followers said that his death served the purpose of saving others, dying in their place. Jesus’ death affirms and explains the reality of suffering and death in the world. And finally, and perhaps most importantly, Jesus is unique in rising from the dead bodily. When these ideas are all combined, especially the powerful combination of the Resurrection and the Gospel, Jesus stands dramatically apart as unique in a way that surpasses all others!: http://www.garyhabermas.com/Evidence2/
  16. If we can’t see God, how can we know he exists? | Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/bible_answers/if-we-cant-see-god-how-can-we-know-he-exists-/
  17. Why Are There So Many Atheists on College Campuses? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/why-are-there-so-many-atheists-on-college-campuses-3/
  18. A Christians Rebuttal to Why I Am Not A Christian By Bertrand Russell Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2017/04/13/a-christians-rebuttal-to-why-i-am-not-a-christian-by-bertrand-russell/
  19. When Someone You Love Says, I’m Gay – As homosexuality becomes more broadly accepted within the culture, it’s no surprise that more Christian families are hearing a loved one say, I’m gay; I’ve accepted it; I intend to live it out. Aside from the obvious emotions raised, a number of questions come up as well: Can I say anything to change his mind? How do I handle it if she gets into a relationship with another woman? What about my gay teen? What if he marries another man? These concerns spring from a real-life crisis many Christian homes are facing today. Two primary questions arise as well: What about us? and What about God? Both questions are relevant to the discussion families will have when addressing the issue, and believers need to frame them wisely. When responding to a family member coming out, a Christian should first clarify his own feelings in response, then stress the importance of the relationship and clarify mutual expectations as well. A broader discussion about worldview, the claims of Christ, and what created intent there may be for the human sexual experience should follow. While we cannot override someone else’s free will, we can and should seek to engage them, thereby being part of the work God is seeking to do in their lives.: https://www.equip.org/articles/someone-love-says-im-gay/
  20. 5 Ways Christian Parents Fail to Prepare Their Kids to Engage with Questions of Faith and Science: https://natashacrain.com/5-ways-christian-parents-fail-to-prepare-their-kids-to-engage-with-questions-of-faith-and-science/
  21. The Book of Mormon problems with reliability and consistency | carm.org: https://carm.org/mormonism/problems-with-the-book-of-mormon/
  22. 7 Tips For Apologetics Judo Intelligent Christian Faith – Apologetics can be modeled after any number of other helpful analogies, for example (1) Cultivating an Intellectual Garden, (2) Worldview Surgery, (3) Theological Housecleaning, or (4) Ideological Homebuilding, etc. etc.: https://intelligentchristianfaith.com/2015/06/14/philosophical-judo-apologetics-as-a-martial-art/
  23. How Geographic Separation Affirms the Reliability of the New Testament | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-geographic-separation-affirms-the-reliability-of-the-new-testament/
  24. Should We Expose Students to Arguments Against | Sean McDowell – Sheltering students from beliefs contrary to Christianity is a big mistake. Let me say it again, to be sure it sinks in: Sheltering students from arguments for other religions, or against Christianity, is a bad strategy for developing them as disciples in the faith.: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/should-students-be-exposed-to-evidence-against-christianity
  25. The Ambassador Model – Here’s the model we use at Stand to Reason to help us fulfill Paul’s admonition to be ambassadors for Christ: https://www.str.org/w/the-ambassador-model
  26. 5 Things Christian Parents Must Do to Raise Godly Children in a Secular World: https://crossexamined.org/5-things-christian-parents-must-do-to-raise-godly-children-in-a-secular-world/
  27. The Relationship Between Arguments and Persuasion THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/05/12/the-relationship-between-arguments-and-persuasion/
  28. Why Would Scholars Leave Mormonism? Interview with | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/why-would-scholars-leave-mormonism-interview-with-author-corey-miller
  29. The Story of Reality – YouTube – Every religion, every worldview is telling a story. They’re trying to take the things we know about the world and fit them together into a big picture. : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxU0UNlnnOA
  30. Is The Bible Relevant Today? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-the-bible-relevant-today/
  31. If God knew that Satan would rebel, why did He create him? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/if-God-knew.html
  32. Should we trust the Bible? – creation.com – How should we answer those who claim that it’s been re-written so many times that we no longer have the original? And even if we do, was it written long after the events it claimed to report? Also, does archaeology disprove the Bible? Finally, even if it is true, what’s the point? https://creation.com/trust-the-bible
  33. 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
  34. Where are the Kantian Agnostics? | Tough Questions Answered: https://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/2011/11/07/where-are-the-kantian-agnostics/
  35. Who was J. C. Ryle? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/J-C-Ryle.html
  36. Eve and the definition of a woman – creation.com: https://creation.com/eve-defining-woman

Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. Acts 18:4

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-22-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

What kinds of conclusions would people draw about our Lord after watching us closely for a week, a month, a year? – Marshall Segal

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Transubstantiation: What Catholicism Teaches About the Supper | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/transubstantiation
  2. Is it wrong for a Christian girl/woman to be a tomboy? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-girl-tomboy.html
  3. How the presence and quality of fathers affects belief in God | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/09/18/how-the-presence-and-quality-of-fathers-affects-belief-in-god-7/
  4. Do More Than Keep Your Cool in Todays Heated Topics (Dr. Sean McDowell): https://think-well.org/2022/09/19/do-more-than-keep-your-cool-in-todays-heated-topics-dr-sean-mcdowell/
  5. June 2020 The Cross Newsletter Concerned Christians: https://concernedchristians.com/june-2020-the-cross-newsletter/
  6. A Look at Jesus View of Scripture THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/07/26/a-look-at-jesus-view-of-scripture/
  7. New study: rising oxygen levels rejected as explanation of Cambrian explosion | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/07/28/new-study-rising-oxygen-levels-rejected-as-explanation-of-cambrian-explosion-2/
  8. Why I Know the Story of Jesus Wasn’t Changed Over Time | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-i-know-the-story-of-jesus-wasnt-changed-over-time/
  9. Is the Bible Reliable? Many see the Bible as irrelevant. They may commend it as literature or denounce it as folklore, but it’s merely one old text among many. This detail-rich series presents the powerful authority of Scripture. John MacArthur delves into the Bibles composition it’s inspiration and inerrancy and how science, history, and archaeology back its claim to be the Word of God. Gain confident answers to the question Is the Bible Reliable? and see why you can put complete trust in it.: https://www.gty.org/library/topical-series-library/65/is-the-bible-reliable
  10. Is the Bible Reliable? | Explore God Article – Christians believe the Bible speaks truth about God. But is the Bible reliable?: https://www.exploregod.com/articles/is-the-bible-reliable
  11. Christianity: Its Either Objectively True or Objectively False – Lately, I’ve begun to realize just how much relativism is ingrained in our culture, particularly when it comes to religion. In conversations with people about Christianity, I’ve found that sometimes I am literally unable to communicate the idea that I’m claiming Christianity is an objectively true description of reality. Unfortunately, I’ve even had a conversation or two like this with Christians.: https://www.str.org/w/christianity-it-s-either-objectively-true-or-objectively-false#.WXz68Xqp7qC
  12. Refuting Evolution 2 chapter 11: Argument: Evolution of sex – creation.com – Evolutionists say, One of the so-called problems of evolution sexuality can easily be explained: https://creation.com/refuting-evolution-2-chapter-11-argument-evolution-of-sex
  13. Supposed Bible Contradictions: Scripture Index | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/contradictions-in-the-bible/scripture-index/
  14. Hell on Trial by John Blanchard (Ligonier) – The idea that untold billions of human beings, including many who would have seemed decent, law-abiding citizens, will spend eternity exposed to God’s unrelenting anger, is simply unacceptable to many people.: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/hell-trial
  15. FACE the Facts about Evolution | Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/articles/face-the-facts-about-evolution/
  16. Please Don’t Tell Your Kids to Believe in God Just in Case He Exists: https://crossexamined.org/please-dont-tell-your-kids-to-believe-in-god-just-in-case-he-exists/
  17. Did Jesus Rise From The Dead? – Stand to Reason – This talk was given at Praise Church (praisechurch.tv) in Beaumont, TX. Tim Barnett looks at some of the reasons why he believes Jesus resurrection is the best explanation of the historical evidence.: https://subsplash.com/standtoreason/media/mi/+mzeycxu
  18. World Famous Atheist Illusionist, Andre Kole, Tried to Debunk Jesus & Converted Instead | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/world-famous-atheist-illusionist-andre-kole-tried-to-debunk-jesus-converted-instead/
  19. Zeitgeist Debunked: Jesus Is Not A Copy Of Pagan Gods | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/zeitgeist-debunked-jesus-is-not-a-copy-of-pagan-gods/
  20. Dilbert Comic Strip on 1993-05-30 – on free will and the brain: https://dilbert.com/strip/1993-05-30
  21. So Many Religions–What Do We Do? – Tim Barnett – YouTube – In this short TED-style talk, Tim Barnett tackles the question, “So Many Religions What Do We Do?” This talk took place at the youth event, Big Deal Questions. : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSb2ae_mPaE
  22. The Attitude of Apologetics – Ligonier.org – When people first hear the word apologetics, they typically think of our modern use of the word apology. They often conclude that the task of apologetics is apologizing for the Christian faith as if to say we are sorry for our faith. However, the word apologetics derives from the Greek word apologia, which means to give an answer or to make a defense. Apologetics is not an apology, it’s an answer – a defense of what we believe.: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/attitude-apologetics
  23. Is the probability of getting a universe that supports complex life 100%? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2015/06/16/is-the-probability-of-getting-a-universe-that-supports-complex-life-100/
  24. Why are Atheists Generally Smarter Than Religious People? – The Stream: https://stream.org/atheists-generally-smarter-religious-people/
  25. Two More Ways Learning to Defend Your Faith Benefits You | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: https://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/09/two-more-ways-learning-to-defend-your.html
  26. When Youth Pastors Ought to Feel Responsible | Cold Case Christianity – As youth pastors, we aren’t responsible for some of the poor choices our students will make. But we are responsible for teaching them the complete and robust truth about the Christian worldview.: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/when-youth-pastors-ought-to-feel-responsible/
  27. Communicating Biblical Worldview to Millennials and iGens: Taste and See Apologetics – drcone.com: https://drcone.com/2017/04/20/communicating-biblical-worldview-millennials-igens-taste-see-apologetics/
  28. Should we expect to know what God’s reason is for allowing evil and suffering? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2016/12/11/should-we-expect-to-know-what-gods-reason-is-for-allowing-evil-and-suffering/
  29. 4 Ways to become a better listener and a better Apologist: https://crossexamined.org/4-ways-become-better-listener-better-apologist/
  30. How To Better Apply Apologetics When Talking to Non-Believers – YouTube – How can we efficiently use apologetics to reach the end goal? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iArt_fe-EmM
  31. Scientists associated with the Institute for Creation Research have finished an eight-year research project known as RATE, or Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth. For over a hundred years, evolutionists have insisted that the earth is billions of years old, and have arrogantly dismissed any views contrary to this belief. However, the team of seven creation scientists have discovered incredible physical evidence that supports what the Bible says about the young age of the earth. Learn about their discoveries and explore the scientific evidence that supports biblical truth here!: https://www.icr.org/rate
  32. Stunning Protein Fossils Confirm the Flood | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/9940
  33. 8 False Assumptions about Christianity | Cccdiscover: https://cccdiscover.com/8-false-assumptions-about-christianity/
  34. Case-Making 101: Why Do Christians Need To Understand and Practice Apologetics? Truth, Faith and Reason: http://truthfaithandreason.com/case-making-101-why-do-christians-need-to-understand-and-practice-apologetics/
  35. Notecard Answers for Why I Believe the Bible: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/erik-raymond/notecard-answers-to-why-i-believe-the-bible/
  36. Four Ways the Earth Is Fine-Tuned for Life | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/four-ways-the-earth-is-fine-tuned-for-life/
  37. How does God relate to time? – creation.com – God exists without beginning or end; that much the Bible is clear on. But what does that mean about the nature of time and how God relates to it? Is He essentially timeless? Must He be in time? Or can God choose between being timeless and in time?: https://creation.com/god-and-time
  38. 5 apologetics arguments Christians should avoid | Premier Christianity: https://www.premierchristianity.com/home/5-apologetics-arguments-christians-should-avoid/2615.article
  39. Christianity is rejected because of dislike rather than rational reasons | Real Life Apologetics: https://reallifeapologetics.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/is-the-rejection-of-christianity-an-emotional-or-a-rational-decision/
  40. Stop Using the Term Fetus | Cold Case Christianity – Language is important. When we allow the debate to embrace terms that objectify and dehumanize the unborn, we give ground unnecessarily to those who would deny the humanity of fetal humans. That’s why I’m doing my best to stop using the term fetus.: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/stop-using-the-term-fetus/
  41. What does it mean to not be ashamed of the Gospel (Romans 1:16)? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/not-ashamed-Gospel.html
  42. Ten quick responses to atheist claims – You don’t have to read hundreds of books before you can discuss your faith with an atheist. Sometimes claims and questions that are just short soundbites can be answered just as quickly. At the London Evangelists’ Conference, Professor John Lennox offered some quick responses to some common claims from atheists.: https://www.christiantoday.com/article/ten.quick.responses.to.atheist.claims/41439.htm
  43. Don’t All Religions Basically Say the Same Thing? – YouTube – Alisa Childers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO_tmWPNf3w
  44. Let’s Make Jesus Less … Offensive! (Satire) – The Stream: https://stream.org/make-jesus-less-offensive/
  45. The Absence Of A Papacy In Early Responses To Christianity – Men like Aristides and Tertullian wrote apologies in which they responded to objections to Christianity and anticipated potential objections. They address the deity of Jesus, his virgin birth, his resurrection, the second coming, the inspiration of scripture, how to interpret various passages of scripture, Christian moral standards, the apostles, Christian teachers, the nature of the church, and many other topics. But they say nothing of a papacy, to explain it, defend it, anticipate objections to it, or anything else.: http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-absence-of-papacy-in-early.html
  46. Does James 1:5 teach about praying for a testimony? Mormonism Research Ministry: https://www.mrm.org/james-15-testimony
  47. Cartoon Explaining Jehovah’s Witnesses – YouTube – This video is for the education of the saints. 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
  48. Code Of Ethics for SQLite database.  As a software developer, I use this database technology (SQLite) quite frequently.  According to the about page, “SQLite is the most widely deployed database in the world”.  I know this doesn’t seem like apologetics, but I like to take note when I see some distinctly Christian content in a secular context (look at #3 “The Rule“) – this is a set of rules, distinctly Christian that the SQLite founder strongly believes that one should live by: https://www.sqlite.org/codeofethics.html

“Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ “In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse –the whole nation of you–because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit, ” says the LORD Almighty. Malachi 3:8-11

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-8-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

Sorrow and sickness, and poverty, and persecution, can never touch them (servants of Christ in every age), unless God sees fit. They may boldly say to every cross—”You could have no power against me, except it were given you from above.”  – J.C. Ryle


To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Satanists’ Prayer Stunt Is To Shush Christians, Not Speak Freely: https://thefederalist.com/2022/09/01/satanists-prayer-stunt-isnt-about-free-speech-its-about-silencing-christians/
  2. Islam Advances by the Sword (Hank Unplugged Short) | Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/hank-unplugged-shorts/islam-advances-by-the-sword-hank-unplugged-short/
  3. Do moral dilemmas undermine objective moral absolutes? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/09/01/do-moral-dilemmas-undermine-objective-moral-absolutes-4/
  4. Mormon Jesus vs Bible Jesus – Jeff Durbin – YouTube: https://youtu.be/39EO83sbWWk
  5. Who created God? | John Lennox at UCLA – YouTube: https://youtu.be/UIknACeeS0g
  6. Tips for Memorizing a Book of the Bible: https://www.str.org/w/tips-for-memorizing-a-book-of-the-bible
  7. 5 Apologetics Questions Every Christian Should Learn How to Answer – Blog – Eternal Perspective Ministries: https://www.epm.org/blog/2021/Aug/9/five-apologetics-questions
  8. In This Day and Age, Evangelism Is Spelled: A-P-O-L-O-G-E-T-I-C-S | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/in-this-day-and-age-evangelism-is-spelled-a-p-o-l-o-g-e-t-i-c-s/
  9. Exclusivity Claims of Major World Religions – Christian Apologetics Alliance: http://christianapologeticsalliance.com/2017/08/02/exclusivity-claims-major-world-religions/
  10. Jesus Calling: Channeling A False Christ | Reasons for Jesus – Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, and other similar books by her, have multiplied themselves into a publishing empire with offerings of Jesus Calling books for teens and for children, calendars, special editions, accompanying journals, a Jesus Calling Bible Storybook, and even a Jesus Calling Devotional Bible. This is not a conventional review of the book or her story, nor is the purpose to analyze the whole content. Although several troubling areas are addressed, this paper is a response primarily to two issues: 1) The claims made by Young regarding what she wrote and the alleged words spoken to her by Jesus; and 2) Young’s admission that a primary influence on her was the book, God Calling, by Two Listeners. Due to Young’s admiration for and admitted inspiration from this latter book, it will also be examined.: https://reasonsforjesus.com/jesus-calling-channeling-a-false-christ/
  11. Why Apologetics Has a Bad Name | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/why-apologetics-has-a-bad-name
  12. The Shack Movie Review Heresy, Universalism, & False Gospel | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/the-shack-movie-review-heresy-universalism-false-gospel/
  13. Free Apologetics E-Book Library: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2009/07/free-apologetics-e-book-library.html
  14. What to say to Mormons – 2. The Bible is Reliable – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/mormons/what-to-say-to-mormons/3-the-bible-is-reliable
  15. The Potters Hands A very handy thing to have – creation.com: https://creation.com/potters-hands
  16. 50 Alleged Bible Contradictions Refuted | The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/50-alleged-bible-contradiction-refuted/
  17. Why Did Jesus Have To Die? Couldn’t God Just Forgive Sins?: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/why-did-jesus-have-to-die-couldnt-god-just-forgive-sins/
  18. How Does the Old Testament Law Apply to Christians Today?: https://www.str.org/w/how-does-the-old-testament-law-apply-to-christians-today-#.WkD-aN-nGUk
  19. Lobster eye design – New design innovations from biomimetics – creation.com – The exquisite designs of the organisms on Earth have served as inspiration to countless engineers and scientists. Important inventions, such as Velcro or the airplane, owe their inceptions to those who first observed these qualities in Gods handiwork and then sought to mimic these abilities.: https://creation.com/lobster-eye-design
  20. The Kalaam Cosmological Argument: Short, Sweet, and Stout Pastor Brian Chilton: https://pastorbrianchilton.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/the-kalaam-cosmological-argument-short-sweet-and-stout/
  21. American Atheists Hide Behind the Fairy Tale of Evolution – The American Vision: https://americanvision.org/11504/american-atheists-hide-behind-fairy-tale-evolution/
  22. The Right and Wrong Reasons to Pursue Apologetics THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/the-right-and-wrong-reasons-to-pursue-apologetics/
  23. The Three Ds of Tolerance | Cold Case Christianity – Of the many self-refuting statements offered on college campuses across America, perhaps the most dangerous for Christians is the new definition of tolerance.: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-three-ds-of-tolerance/
  24. What does it mean to say Christianity is true? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/03/05/what-does-it-mean-to-say-christianity-is-true-3/
  25. Who Decided What Books to Include in the Bible? 5 Principles – The Stream: https://stream.org/decided-books-include-bible-5-principles/
  26. 10 Reasons to Accept the Resurrection of Jesus as an Historical Fact: https://crossexamined.org/10-reasons-accept-resurrection-jesus-historical-fact/
  27. 3 Startling Truths about the Early Church from the Pre-New Testament Texts: https://crossexamined.org/3-startling-truths-early-church-pre-new-testament-texts/
  28. Responding to the objection by Christians who say I don’t need any evidence for my faith! THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/04/02/responding-to-the-objection-by-christians-who-say-i-dont-need-any-evidence-for-my-faith-4/
  29. Dr. Walter Bradley lectures on scientific evidence the creation and design of the universe | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2018/04/27/dr-walter-bradley-lectures-on-scientific-evidence-the-creation-and-design-of-the-universe/
  30. Undesigned Coincidences and the Reliability of Scripture: https://thedailyapologist.com/blog/undesigned-coincidences-and-the-reliability-of-scripture
  31. Five Steps to Help Your Child Remain a Christian Into Adulthood | Beyond Teachable Moments: https://beyondtm.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/five-steps-to-help-your-child-remain-a-christian-into-adulthood/
  32. Does the church do a good job of equipping Christians to talk to non-Christians? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2014/10/19/does-the-church-do-a-good-job-of-equipping-christians-to-talk-to-non-christians-2/
  33. Do faith in God and science contradict? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/science-God.html
  34. Minimal Facts Argument for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ | Worldview of Jesus: https://worldviewofjesus.com/2013/02/03/minimal-facts-argument-for-the-resurrection-of-jesus-christ/
  35. A Stone in His Shoe – In some circles there’s pressure for Christian ambassadors to close the sale as soon as possible. When pressed for time, get right to the meat of the message. Get to the Gospel. If the person doesn’t respond, you’ve still done your part. Shake the dust off your feet and move on. A wise ambassador, though, seasons his words. He weighs his opportunities and adopts an appropriate strategy for each occasion. Sometimes, the simple truth of the cross is all that’s needed. The fruit is ripe for harvesting. Bump it and it falls into your basket. Usually, though, the fruit is not ripe; the nonbeliever is simply not ready. He may not even have begun to think about Christianity in the right way.: https://www.str.org/w/a-stone-in-his-shoe
  36. Apologists are Fighting the Wrong Battle – Capturing Christianity: https://capturingchristianity.com/apologists-are-fighting-the-wrong-battle/
  37. 5 Terrible Reasons Your Kids May Think They Can Outgrow Christianity: https://natashacrain.com/5-terrible-reasons-your-kids-may-think-they-can-outgrow-christianity/
  38. Why Aren’t More Women Interested in Apologetics?: https://www.str.org/w/why-aren-t-more-women-interested-in-apologetics-
  39. Should Christians Ever Offend Anyone? | Answers in Genesis – Clearing Up Misconceptions – Do Christians need to avoid offending anyone? What does Paul mean when he says to give no offense in anything? Jeremy Ham, AiGUS, explains.: https://answersingenesis.org/bible-questions/christians-should-never-offend-anyone/
  40. 4 Reasons It is Critical to Believe the Bible Is God’s Word | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/4-reasons-it-is-critical-to-believe-the-bible-is-gods-word
  41. 3 Logical Fallacies to Avoid (and How to Tell When Someone Else is Committing Them) Apologetics for the Church: https://apolotheo.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/3-logical-fallacies-to-avoid-and-how-to-tell-when-someone-else-is-committing-them/
  42. Ricochet Evangelism When we are sharing the Gospel or defending the reason for our hope, we may not be sharing it with the person we are sharing it with.: https://mrpatvincent.com/2018/09/25/ricochet-evangelism/
  43. Jesus Specifically Said, I am God | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/jesus-specifically-said-i-am-god/

And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”  –Isaiah 6:3

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (7-21-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

The Church has been more obsessed with the youthful spirit than the Holy Spirit. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Why do we need to rethink the dating of the New Testament texts? | Psephizohttps://www.psephizo.com/reviews/why-do-we-need-to-rethink-the-dating-of-the-new-testament-texts/
  2. Was religion invented to control people? | carm.orghttps://carm.org/questions/was-religion-invented-to-control-people/
  3. How Science Stopped Backing Atheists and Started Pointing Back to God | Discovery Institutehttps://www.discovery.org/a/how-science-stopped-backing-atheists-and-started-pointing-back-to-god/
  4. Who Created the Universe? – What is the Big Bang theory? Does it align with a biblical worldview? How do design and fine-tuning offer better answers? In this episode of The Creation Podcast, join host Ivana Semidey and ICR physicist Dr. Jake Hebert as they talk about the Big Bang theory. They’ll also cover red shift, an expanding universe, the origin of stars, and other topics.https://www.icr.org/article/creation-podcast-episode-27/
  5. Three Reasons Why The Dangers of Illegal Abortions Argument Is Misleading, Deceptive, And Sexist | Life Training Institutehttps://prolifetraining.com/three-reasons-why-the-dangers-of-illegal-abortions-argument-is-misleading-deceptive-and-sexist/
  6. Evolutions Failed Predictions and Unfalsifiability | Penses – The history of modern biological studies is filled with surprising and unexpected findings that were not at all predicted by evolutionary theory, in fact, in some cases, quite the opposite was predicted. And yet, unlike other theories that face counter-intuitive evidence, this theory continues to remain fundamentally unquestioned as a matter of scientific orthodoxy. Curiously, these findings only seem to increase the faith in the mysterious power of evolution to solve problems, even if we cannot work out how it has done so.https://pspruett.wordpress.com/2022/07/05/evolutions-failed-predictions-and-unfalsifiability/
  7. With So Many Religions Out There, How Do You Know ONLY Christianity Is True? The Think Institutehttps://thethink.institute/articles/with-so-many-religions-out-there-how-do-you-know-only-christianity-is-true
  8. Why Even Evolutionists Are Questioning Evolution – Breakpointhttps://breakpoint.org/why-even-evolutionists-are-questioning-evolution/
  9. Is Christianity True? Is Christianity True? Click on images or texts below to explore a four step process of discovering if Christianity is true. The four main features of Christianity include 1) the existence of God 2) the reliability of the Bible 3) the divine claims of Jesus and 4) the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. Each section contains articles, videos, and podcasts to assist in the exploration of the truth of Christianity.https://ischristianitytrue.wordpress.com/is-christianity-true/

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.” Luke 12:22

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (4-7-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

Pastors will need to play a role in shoring up those they are called to shepherd. But there is another group that can help take some of the weight off our already overly burdened ministers: lay apologists. Lay apologists are Christians not already in full-time or paid ministry, but have the interest and equipping to carry out the task of apologetics. As a former lay apologist myself, I know how capable they are of carrying out this task. Unfortunately, too many of them are wasting their talents in endless debates with internet-based atheists. If you’re a lay apologist, I hope you’ll heed this call: This church needs your skills and training. – Joe Carter (from, New Age Beliefs Are Common in America and in Our Churches)


To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Jesus Is the Only Cure – People will go to hell not because they merely had a theological point wrong, but because they had a real disease (sin) and never got the only effective cure.: https://www.str.org/w/jesus-is-the-only-cure
  2. Jesus: The Antidote – Jesus is an antidote to a deadly disease. Some people have the symptoms of the disease more obviously or in a greater manner than others. But everybody is sick.: https://www.str.org/w/jesus-the-antidote
  3. Are You Telling Me I’m Going to Hell Because I Don’t Believe in Jesus? | Thinking to Believe: https://thinkingtobelieve.com/2006/04/12/are-you-telling-me-im-going-to-hell-because-i-dont-believe-in-jesus/
  4. A Ten Minute Witness – bethinking.org – I had a conversation today that I wish you could have eavesdropped on. It was that precious. I was preparing for the show about an hour ago at my home and I heard a knock at the door.: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/a-ten-minute-witness
  5. Persuasion the Centre Piece of Effective Evangelism – bethinking.org – Persuasion is a pivotal word in understanding evangelism, but it has for a long time been overlooked. I have been to countless training sessions and read numerous books on evangelism, where neither the word nor even the idea have been mentioned at all. Even a Dictionary of Apologetics and an Encyclopedia of Apologetics on my shelves do not have entries under the P word. Yet, if you take persuasion out of evangelism, you are left with unpersuasive evangelism.: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/persuasion-the-centre-piece-of-effective-evangelism
  6. New video series on intelligent design starts off discussing the Cambrian explosion | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/03/31/new-video-series-on-intelligent-design-starts-off-discussing-the-cambrian-explosion/
  7. What if your science class contradicts the Bible? – YouTube – What if something you learn in science class seems to totally contradict something you read in the Bible? Does that mean either your professor or pastor can’t be trusted? Or is it better to separate the scientific data from our Biblical beliefs? So many questions! In this video, Frank breaks it all down and explains how we can believe both science and the Bible to be true.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjcQeBYmbhY
  8. How Free Grace Theology Diminishes the Gospel – We can’t preach the full gospel without preaching repentance.: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/reviews/free-grace-theology/
  9. What is the difference between a Christian and a disciple? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-disciple.html
  10. Disney Executives Admit: Of Course We’re Grooming Your Children: https://thefederalist.com/2022/03/30/disney-executives-admit-of-course-were-grooming-your-children/
  11. What should parents think about Disney’s position on grooming children for sex? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/04/03/what-should-parents-think-about-disneys-position-on-grooming-children-for-sex/
  12. What does it mean to take up your cross daily? Luke 9:23 commentary: https://activechristianity.org/what-does-it-mean-to-take-up-your-cross-daily
  13. When Debating Biblical Inspiration, Let God Do the Heavy Lifting. A woman I once spoke with expressed frustration with a friend who had dismissed the Bible as only written by men. Her insistence that the words were inspired by God was no help. Instead, it led to a fruitless cycle: The Bible is God’s Word.  But it was just written by men. But God inspired those men. But men make mistakes. Round and round they went, going nowhere. Maybe you’ve encountered this problem, too. Here’s one way you might respond: Give specific reasons why it’s reasonable to believe the Bible is a supernatural book of divine authorship and not merely the musings of men.: https://www.str.org/w/when-debating-biblical-inspiration-let-god-do-the-heavy-lifting
  14. Can We Trust the Bible? Brett Kunkle – Classically, Christians have defended their view of God not with mere appeals to subjective experience but from what they take to be Gods voice recorded in the Bible. Do Christians have good reason to think God has spoken through the Bible? Yes. Not only do we have overwhelming evidence the Bible has been reliably passed down for almost 2,000 years, but there is good reason to think it is covered with divine fingerprints.: https://www.str.org/w/can-we-trust-the-bible-
  15. Can a Person Be Saved through General Revelation? Greg and Amy consider examples of salvation from the Old Testament next to what Paul writes about general revelation and salvation in Romans. (clip from the #STRAsk podcast – 12 min): https://www.str.org/w/can-a-person-be-saved-through-general-revelation-1
  16. Has God Spoken? Evidence For The Bible pt1 – (Bible Thinker) – How could you prove that God has communicated to us? What would be a reasonable way to show that God has spoken? This video answers that question and deals with false prophecies in preparation for the next video in this series, where we will begin to look at fulfilled prophecy in the Bible as proof that God has spoken.: https://biblethinker.org/has-god-spoken-evidence-for-the-bible-pt1/
  17. Building A Solid Christian Worldview – Focus on the Family – Greg Koukl helps listeners discover, develop, and nurture a Christian worldview by examining the story of the Bible. Based on his book The Story of Reality , Greg Koukl offers believers a glimpse of the bigger picture, along with their role in the overarching Christian Story.: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/episodes/broadcast/building-a-solid-christian-worldview/
  18. Sing a Little Louder – Pro-life Version on Vimeo – This well-done, 10-minute video makes a powerful pro-life point.: https://vimeo.com/144427221?embedded=true&source=vimeo_logo&owner=45362802&fbclid=IwAR3H83oV8Dgfb0LNairYM-m6iVx989oo1Aw6tbfzuvkFLwtus7OOZgDaOzA
  19. Kirk Cameron is joined by Greg Koukl and Allie Beth Stuckey to discuss the importance of discerning truth.: https://watch.tbn.org/videos/hd-kct0017?fbclid=IwAR10A5UVDgdThbMYp-UkCsO295nEIj9xKYxLxdUtlrZNulXSZIK1PeV2Xu4
  20. How to Have a Conversation: Engaging Controversial Topics – YouTube – You’re in a conversation with a coworker and they’re pretty vocal about a controversial topic. You want to say something, but you’re having a hard time gathering the confidence to respond. What would you say? Questions are a risk-free way to engage in a conversation, giving you latitude, liberty and effectiveness, without assuming too much responsibility. They can be used to engage a close friend or a complete stranger. The next time you’re in a conversation and don’t know how to proceed. Here are three things to remember: First, don’t immediately try to answer the challenge or run from it. Second, gather Intel about the challenge. Third, always ask for clarification with some form of this question: What do you mean by that?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJSG6BOWiEI
  21. How to Have a Conversation: Difficult Circumstances – YouTube – You’re in a conversation and someone keeps interrupting you or you’re in a conversation and someone complains it’s bigoted to think that Jesus is the only way to God or you’re in a conversation, and someone says, You’re a Christian because you live in America. If you lived in Iran, you’d be a Muslim. What would you say? Here’s some other tips to help you handle difficult circumstances you may run into as a follower of Christ. Number one: When someone keeps interrupting you, stop them gently and ask for equal time. Number two: When someone raises an issue that Jesus himself has spoken about, enlist him as your ally. Number three: When someone challenges Christianity based on something about you, ask So what? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64dZhJGmBgg
  22. Does Science Argue for or against God? – YouTube – Why are we here? Literally. The latest science says we shouldn’t be. It says that the chance life exists at all is less than zero. So, is science the greatest threat to the idea of Intelligent Design or is science its greatest advocate? Best-selling author and lecturer, Eric Metaxas, poses this intriguing question and comes up with a very unexpected and challenging answer.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjGPHF5A6Po
  23. Does God Exist? 4 New Arguments – YouTube – Science tells us that the universe came into being via The Big Bang. But how do you get from energy and matter to a self-aware human being? That takes three additional Big Bangs that science can’t explain. Noted theologian, Frank Pastore, unravels this compelling mystery and, in the process, poses the ultimate question that every thinking person must face.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIorXcloIac
  24. God and Suffering – YouTube – Isn’t human suffering proof that a just, all-powerful God must not exist? On the contrary, says Boston College Professor of Philosophy Peter Kreeft. How can “suffering” exist without an objective standard against which to judge it? Absent a standard, there is no justice. If there is no justice, there is no injustice. And if there is no injustice, there is no suffering. On the other hand, if justice exists, God exists. In five minutes, learn more.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNtz5wgnopQ
  25. Suffering and Evil: The Logical Problem – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k64YJYBUFLM
  26. Why does God let people suffer? Why is there so much evil in the world? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/04/05/why-does-god-let-people-suffer-why-is-there-so-much-evil-in-the-world-7/
  27. How To Raise Kids When Leaving Public Schools Is Not An Easy Option: https://thefederalist.com/2022/04/06/how-to-raise-sane-kids-when-leaving-public-schools-is-not-an-easy-option/
  28. Cambrian Explosion: More Woes and Dodges | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2022/03/cambrian-explosion-more-woes-and-dodges/
  29. Monthly Report April 2022 – William Lane Craig: https://pages.e2ma.net/pages/1787618/34807?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=READ%20MORE&utm_campaign=April%20MR%20-%202022

For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men. 2 Corinthians 8:21

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-10-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

What Hitler did not believe and what Stalin did not believe and what Mao did not believe and what the SS [Hitler’s zealous inner circle of soldiers] did not believe was that God was watching. – David Berlinski, a secular Jew

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Cosmologist Luke Barnes answers 11 objections to the fine-tuning argument | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/02/03/cosmologist-luke-barnes-answers-11-objections-to-the-fine-tuning-argument-11/
  2. WHY CAN’T WE PREACH THE GOSPEL WITHOUT WORDS? – Bernard J Mauser: http://www.bernardjmauser.com/philosopher/why-cant-we-preach-the-gospel-without-words/
  3. Finland Puts the Bible on Trial – Yesterday, Europe’s biggest religious freedom case went to trial. A Finnish member of parliament, Pivi Rsnen, has been charged by the Finnish prosecutor general with three counts of “ethnic agitation,” a hate speech provision in Finland’s criminal code. Each count relates to Rsnen’s respectful expression of widely held Christian beliefs.: https://www.frc.org/updatearticle/20220125/finland-trial
  4. 9 Things That Science Will Never Explain – YouTube: https://youtu.be/LWNzC3jx9ls
  5. Mind Control: Entering Into the Mind of the Jehovah’s Witness – YouTube: https://youtu.be/kXKzxLoSneA
  6. Is believing in Jesus Christ the ONLY way to get to God? (You may need to know the answer to this or you are wondering yourself). The stats are in. 56% of all professing Christians believe there is another way to get to heaven other than Jesus.  I mean you have Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, JW’s Mormons to name a few. So how can Jesus and Christianity be the ONLY way? Today I want to share with you 4 things that totally set him apart from every other religious leader that has ever lived: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMlSqNzB_Ts
  7. What did Jesus mean when He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6)? Is Jesus the only way of salvation? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTS1tMC38AQ

Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.  – Philippians 1:12-14

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 (12-2-2021)

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

mid-week apologetics booster (11-11-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

He (Jesus) was a willing Sufferer in order to procure redemption for a lost and ruined soul. He had undertaken to give His own life as a ransom, that we might live forever, and He laid it down on the cross with all the desire of His heart. He did not bleed and suffer and die because He was vanquished by superior force, and could not help Himself, but because He loved us, and rejoiced to give Himself for us as our Substitute. – J.C. Ryle

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. But I only believe in things I can see: Why Everyone Uses Inferential Reasoning THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/11/03/but-i-only-believe-in-things-i-can-see-why-everyone-uses-inferential-reasoning/
  2. What are the Top Books to Give a Non-Christian? | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/what-are-the-top-books-to-give-a-non-christian
  3. J. Warner Wallace: Conversations with High School Students – YouTube – In September 2020, The King’s Academy had the privilege of hosting former LAPD cold crime detective and atheist-turned-apologist J. Warner Wallace, founder of Cold-Case Christianity, at its RUSH spiritual empahsis week. Det. Wallace spoke to King’s students and, in this video, also was interviewed by some of the school’s high school students.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n97x00V5aws
  4. Lessons for Sharing Your Faith and Engaging Culture (Acts 17) – YouTube – What are some practical steps for engaging people in spiritual conversation? What lessons can we learn from Paul in his presentation of the gospel in Athens? In this video, which is a sermon at my home church, I discuss Acts 17 and what practical lessons we can learn for engaging others thoughtfully.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWrop6Y509k
  5. Preparing to Give an Answer – bethinking.org – No doubt youve faced tough questions from your friends too. In fact, in our increasingly non-Christian society, this will happen more and more. If were not careful, well find ourselves frustrated, discouraged and doubting. This is why the Bible says, Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15).: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/preparing-to-answer
  6. WHAT KIND OF EVANGELISM IS GEN Z LOOKING FOR? | LeaderTreks Youth Ministry Blog: https://www.leadertreks.org/evangelism-is-gen-z-looking-for/
  7. How can the four gospels be independent sources? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/11/07/how-can-the-four-gospels-be-independent-sources-2/
  8. How Can There Be Just One True Religion? Kingdom Grace Media: https://kingdomgracemedia.com/how-can-there-be-just-one-true-religion/
  9. The Three Most Important Trajectory Decisions Every University Student Must Make | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-three-most-important-trajectory-decisions-every-university-student-must-make/
  10. Rapid Crystal Growth Supports Flood Model | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/rapid-crystal-growth-supports-flood-model/
  11. Is the New Testament Reliable? – YouTube – Is today’s new testament the same as the original that was written two-thousand years ago, or has the original been hopelessly lost? After all, not one of the original manuscripts still exists. If we can’t trust the New Testament, then we can’t trust what we think we know about Jesus of Nazareth.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCeOjLQ61vo
  12. Is The Bible Trustworthy? – YouTube – How do we know that the Bible is reliable and that the words contained in todays Bibles convey the same message as the original documents?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20yiTTJVaqg
  13. The Bible Explored: Can I trust the Bible? – YouTube – No other book in the world is as widely available, as frequently read, or translated into as many languages as the Bible. Nevertheless, for many people it remains a book that is misunderstood or even unknown. Many opinions about the Bible are not accurate: it is said to be no different than other historical books, difficult to read or understand, to teach harmful things, or to be so heavily altered by history that we can no longer trust it.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPaeo19sQXw

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings. James 1:1

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-14-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

It is a mistake to ask, “what caused God?” Because, by definition, God is uncaused. God could not be “caused”, and still be God. Asking what caused God is essentially a nonsense question, namely “what caused the uncaused Creator of the universe?” – Evidence That Demands a Verdict

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Wintery Knight interviewed for the Apologetics 315 podcast | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/10/07/wintery-knight-interviewed-for-the-apologetics-315-podcast-2/
  2. For I Know the Plans I Have For You – Meaning of Jeremiah 29:11 and Context: https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/bible-study/the-beautiful-context-of-jeremiah-29-11-for-i-know-the-plans-i-have-for-you.html
  3. How Should We Respond to People Who Resist the Gospel? – YouTube – What can we do when we encounter people who seem immovably resistant to the message of the Gospel? What approach can we take with people who initially resist our efforts to share the truth? J. Warner Wallace answers these questions in a Q and A with Craig Etheredge at First Colleyville Church in Colleyville, Texas.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_j2dXPk0IQ
  4. Why Every Spiritual Seeker Should Start with Jesus – YouTube – Is there something unique about Jesus when compared to other alleged gods? Why do so many other world religions acknowledge Jesus in some way? Should people who are interested in the existence of God start with an investigation of Jesus? J. Warner answers these questions in this episode of the NRBtv Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbcOaM5huv8
  5. Why Rely on Religion in an Age of Science and Knowledge? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-rely-on-religion-in-an-age-of-science-and-knowledge/
  6. Reaching Gen Z – Brett Kunkle, Founder & President of MAVEN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH1vuWgzDb4
  7. The Historical Adam Part 1: an Introduction – Analyzing William Lane Craig on Genesis | Biblical Science Institute: https://biblicalscienceinstitute.com/apologetics/the-historical-adam-part-1-an-introduction/
  8. The Historical Adam by William Lane Craig | First Things: https://www.firstthings.com/article/2021/10/the-historical-adam
  9. What Can Parents Do to Ensure Their Children Continue in the Faith? (#STR Ask Podcast – Greg Koukl and Amy Hall): https://subspla.sh/3g4bgn2
  10. Atheism: Why I converted to Christianity – YouTube – Robert Melnichuk interviews J. Warner Wallace. A former homicide detective and author of Cold Case Christianity.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtVP7N8mAQw
  11. If The Bible Is The Source Of Morality Why So Many Different Views Are held By Christians? – YouTube – at a Q&A, a person asks a great question about the moral doctrines found in the Bible.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S255oUyqXSE
  12. Memory and the Gospels – The Worldview Bulletin Newsletter – Critical scholars usually date Mark roughly forty years after Jesus’s public ministry. But some of the more skeptical scholars write as if very little would be remembered about Jesus after forty years.: https://worldviewbulletin.substack.com/p/memory-and-the-gospels
  13. How radiometric dating works – Media Center – creation.com – A layman’s explanation on how radiometric dating works, and where potential inaccuracies originate. Watch the full episode at: https://creation.com/cml7-15: https://creation.com/media-center/youtube/how-radiometric-dating-works
  14. New Smart Doorbell Will Argue With Jehovah’s Witnesses, LDS Missionaries For You | The Babylon Bee: https://babylonbee.com/news/new-smart-doorbell-will-argue-with-jehovahs-witnesses-for-you

Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief !” Mark 9:24

Blessings to you all

Conversation with Muslim on a local Facebook group comments thread

Someone posed the following question on a local Facebook group for our community:

If you could ask God any one question and you knew He’d give you an answer right now, what would you ask?

What follows is one of many conversations that occurred in the comments for this post:

Her:  Where and how, did racial supremacy and arrogance start?

Me:  It’s called sin. God allows this now, but will be dealt with at Judgment Day…

Her:  my question though, is not whether God allows it or not. He certainly DOES NOT APPROVE OF IT. There is NOTHING godly about it at all! When you make that statement, it sounds a bit irresponsible. Also my question, is what are the origins of it?

Me:  the origins of it are evil and sin in the human heart. The Bible says, the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure, who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9. All have sinned in fall short of the glory of God. Each one has different types of sins that they commit, for some it’s lying, for some its selfishness, for some it’s racism, arrogance, etc. However God will judge all sin, no matter what type.

Her:  I can get you plenty of Holy Quran verses, which say that it started when Iblis or who the Christians call Lucifer, refused to bow in greeting to Adam. The reason being that this entity, was one of the jinn, made of fire, according to Muslims and according to the Christians he is a fallen angel made of light. Either way, he thought he was superior to Adam, who was made of clay or earth. But now I would like the specific human instance where racial supremacy first started.

Me:   Well, I don’t know if it’s the first instance, but the Pharaoh of Egypt enslaved millions of Hebrews (under Moses – Read the first part of the book of Exodus) and treated them very harshly. He only finally let them go after God brought the series of plagues and other disasters upon him and his people. But it is said that Pharaoh “hardened his heart”. I believe that what was going on there was a form of racism or ethnic persecution. I will say this, the Bible does speak about all races and classes of people being equal. Galatians 3:28 says “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”. So, the ground is level at the foot of the cross. Additionally, yes, I do agree that Satan was the instigator of the initial sin that came into the world, when he caused Eve to question God’s Word and His goodness. It is said of Satan in Isaiah chapter 14 that his sin was pride and that he wanted to be higher than God, which is why God cast him down and he took with him a third of all the angels, which you called “Jin”. I had many conversations over a period of about a year with a Muslim friend of mine who is a Sunni Muslim. It was a really good time and we sparred back and forth about the various aspects of the Quran, and the Bible, and Jesus, etc. He gave me a copy of the Quran, which I already had in Kindle on my phone, and I gave him a study Bible. Neither one of us convinced the other one, but it was always an enjoyable, respectful and invigorating conversation. I continue to pray that he would see the biblical Jesus and receive Him as Lord and Savior of his life. I truly believe that all religions can have productive dialogue without hatred violence or discord.

Her:  I really like your comment here, but if I have to be completely honest, this idea of Eve being the one to be blamed for the original sin is simply NOT in Islam. My personal belief is that it is erroneous, because it is not written in the Holy Quran like this AT ALL. It is both who sinned. This belief has caused A LOT of misogyny in the world and even in Western nations, I see this cruel misogyny that rivals or even tops the most uneducated nations. It has caused a lot of sadness and heartache. I simply do not believe it, which is why ,I simply cannot accept Christianity….and why only Christianity , I also can’t accept Judaism . But of course to each their own 

Me:   to be clear, in Christianity, Eve is not the one blamed for original sin. Romans 5:12 says that sin entered the world through one man, and that man was Adam. It doesn’t say that sin entered the world through Eve. Eve was the first one to eat the fruit which God commanded not to eat, but Adam participated with her. It was a joint error. Therefore, it is not a valid reason to reject Christianity. Christianity stands or falls on three things: The deity, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. If those three things are true, Christianity is true if any of them can be proved false, then Christianity falls apart.

Her:  I would need to read the Bible. But I have many reasons for not accepting the Judeo -Christian tradition. That is certainly my choice. I am not obligated to accept this tradition at all. I have friends from both faiths though.  Whatever you are telling me here, about who ate the apple first, sounds …not quite right to me. Anyway, if you believe it, then this is your choice.

Me:   sure, it would be good for you to read the Bible, Sura 5:47 even says “let the People of the Gospel judge by what Allaah has revealed therein”. Yes, it is certainly your choice what to believe. Christians attempt to persuade others Christianity is true, but we don’t force people. And thankfully, our country was founded with freedom of religion. Good to hear you have friends of both faiths

Her:  great, have a good day!

Me:  thanks! You too! Nice talking to you.

Another person chiming in: thank you both for having an open and respectful dialogue. Either which way… you guys both rock!!

Her: awww, thank you You are so sweet. (my name) seems like a gentleman, I think I am too blunt, I apologize if I have hurt anyone. Also, I would like to let (my name) know that the place my parents came from, India, also has almost every religion, it was founded on freedom of religion, so even though it is majority Hindu, there are plenty of Muslims and also Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Zoroastrians, Buddhists and even Jews …also many Muslim nations too, like Palestine, Syria, Egypt and Iran do have freedom of religion! There are plenty of happy Christians living in those places as well as other faiths and Iran has THE highest Jewish population in the Middle East, aside from Israel and they are VERY happy living there! But the media often paints another very sad picture. Iraq too, used to be like this, but then first Saddam Hussain, then our invasion of the place and then the formation of ISIS/ISIL (due to a variety of sinister factors) really messed things up and that terror spread into Syria as well. It is very sad and if I talk about it too much it could get controversial, as this is a local group. Anyway, love and prayer for you both

Me:   don’t worry, I don’t get hurt over things like this. Nothing you said was offensive or hurtful – I promise you. I’m told in the Bible to contend earnestly for the faith (Jude 1:3), but yet leave the results to God (1 Corinthians 3:6). Most of my adult life in college and work, I have spent with people from India, Iran, China, Japan, Ecuador, Mexico, Taiwan, Germany, Spain, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and many other places and many other faiths, so in a sense, at my place of employment, I’ve been a minority for many years – the only native born American and only Christian in my department. I appreciate hearing about the cultures and ways of life from all these different locations, and I continue to share my faith with them all. Again, I would like to thank you for the respectful conversation and would also like to mention that you’re free to come join us at Bridgeway Community Church (24th Street & Liberty Lane), I’m sure you will find all the people there friendly. By the way, thank you for the kind words. Additionally, (to the other person), thanks for chiming in to give your 2 cents! Have a great father’s day with any fathers in your lives!

mid-week apologetics booster (6-24-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

This is no time to think of safety. I must take care that the gospel is not brought into contempt by our fear of confessing it, or our fear of sealing it with our blood. – Martin Luther, resolving to go to the Diet of Worms


To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Michael Behe and Keith Fox debate theistic evolution vs intelligent design | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/06/16/michael-behe-and-keith-fox-debate-theistic-evolution-vs-intelligent-design-10/
  2. Is Jesus the Only Way?: A Look at Religious Pluralism/Exclusivism and Inclusivism THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/06/17/is-jesus-the-only-way-a-look-at-religious-pluralism-exclusivism-and-inclusivism/
  3. 7th Grader Argues The Case for Christianity – Blows the Doors Off Jesus Skeptics: https://faithit.com/7th-grader-makes-case-christianity/
  4. Disney+ Hosting LGBTQ Pride Concert Aimed at Children, Starring Drag Queen Nina West: https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2021/06/17/disney-hosting-lgbtq-pride-concert-aimed-at-children-starring-drag-queen-nina-west/
  5. Why Making a Case for the Bible Is More Important Than Arguing About Politics | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-making-a-case-for-the-bible-is-more-important-than-arguing-about-politics/
  6. Why do men have nipples? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/why-do-men-have-nipples.html
  7. Peter Borger interview – creation.com: https://creation.com/peter-borger-interview
  8. Intelligent Design and Evolution – Frank Turek lecture – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpRPTYVi5nY
  9. Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Oxford Once Christian? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/christianity/harvard-yale-princeton-oxford-once-christian/
  10. Dr. Nabeel Qureshi- Did Jesus really rise from the dead? | Take Up Our Cross: https://takeupourcross.wordpress.com/2015/06/02/dr-nabeel-qureshi-did-jesus-really-rise-from-the-dead/
  11. Gods Hiddenness Is Intended to Provoke Us | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/gods-hiddenness-is-intended-to-provoke-us/
  12. Peter J. Williams debates Bart Ehrman on his book Misquoting Jesus | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/06/21/peter-j-williams-debates-bart-ehrman-on-his-book-misquoting-jesus-3/
  13. Rapid Response: The Gospels Are Unreliable | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/rapid-response-the-gospels-are-unreliable/
  14. Can We Investigate the Universe Like A Crime Scene? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/can-we-investigate-the-universe-like-a-crime-scene/

Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy. Proverbs 14:10

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-10-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

We sing about God because we believe in Him. We are not trying to offend anybody, but the evidence that we have seen of Him in our small little lives trumps your opinion about whether or not He exists. – Jeff Foxworthy


To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What is the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/blasphemy-Holy-Spirit.html
  2. The Destruction of Jerusalem: The Last Days According to Jesus (coverage of Josesphus included) with R.C. Sproul – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUKtA0HLPrI
  3. God On Trial Conference – Q&A: John Lennox, Mark Mittelberg, Paul Copan, & Bobby Conway – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYkxZg4bflg
  4. A Challenge to the Modern Church: Invest in Christian Education! – American Thinker: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/06/a_challenge_to_the_modern_church_invest_in_christian_education.html
  5. Quick Shot: It’s narrow-minded to think Jesus is the only way to God | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/quick-shot-its-narrow-minded-to-think-jesus-is-the-only-way-to-god/
  6. Why Doesn’t God Reveal Himself to Everyone? Think Divinely: https://thinkdivinely.com/why-doesnt-god-reveal-himself-to-everyone/
  7. Does Oddball Platypus Genome Reveal Its Origins? | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/does-oddball-platypus-genome-reveal-its-origins/
  8. What is Moralistic Therapeutic Deism (MTD)? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Moralistic-Therapeutic-Deism.html
  9. The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050 | Pew Research Center: https://www.pewforum.org/2015/04/02/religious-projections-2010-2050/

I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth. Psalms 57:9-11

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-20-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

Keep us from intermittent attention to eternal things; Save us from the delusion of those who fail to go far in religion, who are concerned but not converted. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Is the definition of atheism a lack of belief in God? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/05/12/is-the-definition-of-atheism-a-lack-of-belief-in-god-13/
  2. Is the Bibles definition of faith opposed to logic and evidence? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/05/13/is-the-bibles-definition-of-faith-opposed-to-logic-and-evidence-17/
  3. The Challenge of Complex Adaptation for Evolution – Molecular biologist Douglas Axe explains the challenging problem of complex adaptation for evolution. According to Axe, complex adaptation is a problem because “you have to get lots of things together, none of which on its own would be beneficial, in order to get some new thing.” – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_OTy4fYSwY
  4. In this interview, astrophysicist Bijan Nemati engages in a wide-ranging discussion of the rarity of the Earth, the search for extra-terrestrial life, fine-tuning, the Big Bang, and lots more. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn3YpOWCrc4
  5. Can Jesus Story Still Surprise You?: https://crossexamined.org/can-jesus-story-still-surprise-you/
  6. Do pets / animals go to Heaven? Do pets / animals have souls / spirits? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/pets-heaven.html
  7. I’m Not A Christian Because It Works for Me | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/im-not-a-christian-because-it-works-for-me/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
  8. How Evolutionary Naturalism Undermines Environmentalism Thinking Matters: https://thinkingmatters.org.nz/2021/04/how-evolution-undermines-environmentalism/
  9. Why would Jesus be the only way to God?: http://askingthegodquestions.blogspot.com/2020/09/why-would-jesus-be-only-way-to-god.html
  10. Islam: 3 Reasons Why You Need to Know About it Think Divinely: https://thinkdivinely.com/islam-3-reasons-why-you-need-to-know-about-it/
  11. Exclusive: ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ at the Museum of the Bible are all forgeries: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/museum-of-the-bible-dead-sea-scrolls-forgeries
  12. Were called to help our brothers and sisters (Matt 25:35-36), but what’s the difference between helping someone and enabling them to depend on you?: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/whats-the-difference-between-helping-someone-and-enabling-someone/
  13. Why were Michael and Satan disputing over the body of Moses (Jude 9)? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Michael-Satan-Moses.html

A man finds joy in giving an apt reply — and how good is a timely word! Proverbs 15:23

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (4-9-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1600) from Nuggets:

Allegedly, the atomic scientist Enrico Fermi was once discussing the topic of extraterrestrial life when he asked the profound question: “Where is everybody?” Since there are multiple billions of planets in our galaxy, and since in the secular view these are all accidents, it is almost inevitable that some of these had the right conditions for life to evolve, and if some of these worlds are billions of years older than ours, then at least some of them would have evolved intelligent life eons ago. The universe should therefore have countless numbers of technologically superior civilizations, any one of which could have colonized our galaxy ages ago. Yet we find no evidence of these civilizations: “Where is everybody?” This problem has become known as the “Fermi paradox.”  This paradox for evolution is a feature of creation.  The earth is designed for life. With its oceans of liquid water, a protective atmosphere containing abundant free oxygen, and a distance from the sun that is just right for life, earth was certainly designed by God to be inhabited. The other planets of the universe were not. From the sulfuric acid clouds of Venus to the frozen wasteland of Pluto, the other worlds of the solar system are beautiful and diverse, but they are not designed for life.  – Dr. Jason Lisle

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Record low number of Americans (only 6%) hold biblical worldview, recent Barna survey says: https://www.christianpost.com/news/record-low-number-of-americans-hold-biblical-worldview-survey-says.html
  2. Be Prepared to Share: 1 Peter 3:15 – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pJoehrRa8Q&feature=emb_logo
  3. If God, Why the Coronavirus?: https://youtu.be/KQfmcdrnH6g
  4. Coronavirus – Tom Hanks points people toward faith in God: https://youtu.be/Jyl3wOazMqo
  5. Dr. Frank Turek interviews MD about coronavirus (03/21/20): https://subspla.sh/vsr3sbq
  6. Here’s How to Use Precious Family Time, Wisely | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/04/heres-how-to-use-precious-family-time-wisely/
  7. Puppies and Pandemics | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/puppies-and-pandemics/
  8. Racial mixing is perfectly biblical! – creation.com: https://creation.com/racial-mixing
  9. RNA Virus Genome Decay Confirms Creation | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/rna-virus-genome-decay-confirms-creation/
  10. Teaching Kids About Creation During Quarantine | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/teaching-kids-about-creation-during-quarantine/
  11. Three Positives from COVID-19 | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/three-positives-from-covid-19/
  12. RNA Virus Origins Fit Genesis Creation | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/rna-virus-origins-fit-genesis-creation/
  13. Is Jesus Christ God? Who do you say Jesus is? Take care in your answer, it’s the most important one you’ll ever give. In this message, Dr. Stanley teaches from the Gospel of John, illuminating exactly who Jesus is God Himself. What you believe about this carpenter from Nazareth not only determines your life here and now, but also in eternity. Discover how Jesus is the perfect image of God the Father.: https://www.intouch.org/watch/is-jesus-christ-god
  14. Quarantine Questionnaire: Does Christian Hypocrisy Falsify Christianity? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/quarantine-questionnaire-does-christian-hypocrisy-falsify-christianity/

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing… Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7:18-19,24-25a

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (3-5-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1500) from Nuggets:

Instead of ‘Walking in the Spirit’, many Christians are sleepwalking. It’s time to wake up! Jesus is coming! – Greg Laurie

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Is the Bible True? The Cumulative Case for the Reliability of the Gospels (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-the-bible-true-the-cumulative-case-for-the-reliability-of-the-gospels-free-bible-insert/
  2. Top three reasons people reject Christianity – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/voices/top-three-reasons-people-reject-christianity.html
  3. The Problem of the Unevangelized Once More | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/the-problem-of-the-unevangelized-once-more/
  4. Testing the Gospels From John to Hippolytus – “The Chain of Custody” | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/testing-the-gospels-from-john-to-hippolytus/
  5. 10 FREE Bible Study Tools Bible.org Blogs: https://blogs.bible.org/10-free-bible-study-tools/
  6. Leading Youth to Spiritual Maturity and a Strong Biblical Faith: https://stevenkozak.com/2020/03/02/leading-youth-to-spiritual-maturity-and-a-strong-biblical-faith/
  7. Secular Scientists Admit Dinosaurs Appeared Abruptly | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/dinosaurs-appeared-abruptly
  8. Praying Mantis has 3-D sight (vision) – this confounds evolution | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/10511
  9. Stephen C. Meyer and Marcus Ross lecture on the Cambrian explosion | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/03/01/stephen-c-meyer-and-marcus-ross-lecture-on-the-cambrian-explosion-5/
  10. Greg Koukl Stand To Reason podcast – there are a number of topics talked about, but I want to direct your attention to a caller that starts 44 minutes into the podcast and asks a question about the mind/soul vs. the brain. I think Greg gives a good answer to the caller: https://subspla.sh/wpdn8xd
  11. An Acronym for Apologetics The Real Issue Apologetics Ministry: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2020/03/02/an-acronym-for-apologetics/
  12. A Brief Defense of the Pro-Life Position: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2020/03/a-brief-defense-of-pro-life-position.html?m=1
  13. What Does Christianity Say About the Nature of Humans? Five Honest Realities | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/what-does-christianity-say-about-the-nature-of-humans/
  14. Debating Skeptics (1 of 5): https://pleaseconvinceme.blogspot.com/2016/12/debating-skeptics-1-of-5.html
  15. Pro-Lifers’ Social Media Bans Are Too Numerous To Not Be Censorship: https://thefederalist.com/2020/03/02/pro-lifers-social-media-bans-are-too-numerous-to-not-be-censorship/
  16. Cincinnati church wipes out $46.5 million in medical debt for 45,000 families | Fox News: https://www.foxnews.com/us/cincinnati-church-wipes-out-46-5-million-in-medical-debt-largest-amount-for-nonprofit
  17. Evolutionist Admits Darwin’s Connection to Racism | CEH: https://crev.info/2020/02/evolutionist-admits-darwins-connection-to-racism/
  18. ‘Sometimes I Just Want to Scream So that Other Parents Understand’ – She was 12 when a school counselor told Rob’s daughter she was transgender. They picked out a new name and started treating her like a boy at school — without ever calling home.: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA20B42&f=WU20B06
  19. New Jersey Public Schools To Teach LGBT Ideology In Every Subject: https://thefederalist.com/2020/02/27/new-jersey-public-schools-to-teach-lgbt-ideology-in-every-subject/
  20. Pence Doesn’t Believe in Science?: https://townhall.com/columnists/jerrynewcombe/2020/03/04/pence-doesnt-believe-in-science-n2563207

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Philippians 1:21-24

Blessings to you all

This Week’s Conversations

Wednesday July 24th

A Christian friend and I had lunch with our Hindu / Skeptic friend.  During the course of our conversation, here are some of the objections he brought up:

  1. He believes that all paths/religions are valid – there is not 1 true religion
  2. Evolution – thinks that all true scientists believe in evolution. If there are any anti-evolution writings, their origin can always be traced back to a spiritual source, and therefore can’t be trusted (biased).
  3. Many of his objections were of the category, “God doesn’t do what I expect (or how I would do it), and therefore He doesn’t exist.
  4. Inequity – bad people do well, good people suffer.
  5. All religion is man-made.
  6. Leaders rise up and have millions of followers and people end up deifying them. This has happened numerous times in history and Jesus is just another example of that
  7. There is no physical evidence of God or Christianity
  8. He is absolutely certain that there is no heaven or hell. This earth is where heaven or hell are.
  9. God can’t control his people – he can’t make them believe. Also, the ones who do believe, split into “denominations”.  He named Protestants, Catholics and Mormons.
  10. He challenged, “So what happens if everyone believes in Jesus?” Do all the problems go away?
  11. He wanted to know about believing in Jesus, “what difference does it make?” I told him about the wrath of God that each person has due to him for his sin and how believing that Jesus died to pay the penalty for your sins reconciles you to God, making peace between you and God, since Jesus took your punishment, but if you reject Jesus and what He did, you have to pay the penalty for your own sins.
  12. He doesn’t trust the Bible – anytime we would bring up what it says, he would dismiss it. Anytime we would bring up what Jesus said, he would say that no one knows what Jesus actually said – that’s just what His followers said that He said.
  13. He believes that the followers of Jesus (who saw Him risen from the dead) were hallucinating. He believes they talked themselves into believing.
  14. His standard of belief is very high – he won’t believe unless God personally talks to him. Even then, he might think he is hallucinating.
  15. He wants “proof” for God.
  16. He wonders why Jesus showed up in this little insignificant place like Israel 2000 years ago. Why didn’t He show up in a big place, like New York City where many millions of people would’ve seen Him?
  17. He wanted to know “what is God?” I said, “Creator”.  My friend said, “God is Spirit”.  He said, “So, you can’t see God, right?”  He went on saying that he can’t believe in anything he can’t see or detect in anyway.

Needless to say, we answered his questions the best we could – I thought we gave very reasonable answers, but he wasn’t convinced by them.  Interestingly enough, on the way out to the parking lot, we were talking about who’s right and who’s wrong and I made the comment, “Maybe I’m wrong (although I don’t think I am), please convince me!”  He said, “I can’t convince you, I’m lost!”  I thought that was a remarkable admission and told him so and hugged him goodbye.  I don’t think he knows the profoundness of his admission there – he is truly “lost” – in the biblical sense.  Jesus came to seek and to save the lost, and I pray that Jesus seeks and finds him, and similarly, I hope our friend seeks Jesus with a sincere heart!

Yesterday (Friday July 27th), shortly before it was time to leave work for the day, I saw a Muslim colleague of mine who will be quitting work next week and moving back to his country of origin.  I wanted to talk to him and tell him I was really going to miss him and our conversations.  He had another friend with him who I hadn’t met before.  It turns out that guy works at our company on a different floor than me and in fact he is a Christian too!  Anyway, my Muslim friend asked me something about whether the Bible spoke about his country of origin, so I showed him my Nuggets web site and searched the full Bible and found out that what he was asking me appeared in the Bible twice (Gen. 2:14, Dan. 10:4).  I will let you (the reader) determine what he asked me to search for 🙂  Anyway, that opened a spiritual conversation that lasted about 45 minutes (caused me to get home late from work :()!  It was a great conversation in which we compared and contrasted Christianity and Islam, and talked about our respective worldviews.  I was able to share the Gospel with him as I explained the core message of Christianity, when he asked what the absolute necessary thing was to be a Christian (we had been talking about baptism, because another colleague of his is Mormon and had discussed baptism previously).  During that part of our conversation, I shared Romans 10:9 – “if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”  I emphasized that you have to believe in the Deity, Death and Resurrection of Jesus and trust in Him as your Lord and Savior in order to be a Christian.  Of course he said that Muslims don’t believe that Jesus was crucified, but that Judas was crucified in His place.  I searched my copy of the Qur’an on my Kindle for Sura 4:157 and showed him that.  During the conversation, he was sharing various verses out of the Qur’an showing that all paths lead to God.  He is a very moderate Muslim and made extreme effort to communicate that he respects all religions and that it is good people who go to heaven (from all religions).  Wow…  A lot could’ve been said there (and some was said in response at the time), but we would need many hours to fully unpack this topic and make sure he understands the biblical view and how it is different from Islam.  Anyway, it was a great conversation and I will miss him and do pray that he would be reconciled to the one true God, Yahweh!  I also hope and pray that I can continue to meet with and fellowship with the other new Christian friend I met during that conversation.

Conversation with a Hindu friend

I had a conversation while I was at a Hindu friend’s house for a birthday party last night.  This friend of mine is not a real religious Hindu, but more of a cultural Hindu, who respects it as his family (and wife’s) religion and tradition.  We had quite a long conversation (over an hour) about the existence of God, the Christian faith, etc.  Here are some of the objections he was raising:

  1. Religion was created by men to control people – it is all made up. You’ll burn in hell if you don’t behave according to what this book says.  Jesus is always watching you.  Interestingly, he mentioned that Hinduism does have a concept of hell, and hellfire as well. He said that this is only experienced by humans (not other life forms) who do something terribly wrong, let’s say murder, then you go to eternal hellfire. I told him but that was the first time I’ve ever heard that. His wife, who was sitting there, but not involved in the conversation, confirmed it.
  2. He complained that some of these “people in religion” (the leaders) are smooth talkers and they manipulate people for their own benefit (private planes, big houses, etc.)
  3. I asked him to forget about “religion” for a second and focus on whether God exists. He said that he sees no evidence that God exists.  However, I was finally able to convince him that it was reasonable to believe that a Creator of the universe and life exists (via the cosmological and design arguments), but then he said, “OK, so if God did create the universe, so what?”  I said if there is a Creator, then we ought to try to know Him and determine if He’s revealed Himself to mankind.
  4. He questioned why there is only life here in the universe, since the universe is so big. Why do you need this big universe if you’re only going to have life here?  It was not clear whether he truly believed that there was no other life in the universe, but I think it may’ve been more of a critique of the Christian view of God creating this gigantic universe to only have life in one galaxy and one planet out of billions.
  5. We had a discussion about science and Christianity. I mentioned that many of the scientists of history were Christians, I named Newton, Copernicus, Galileo and that there were many others. The reason they studied science passionately was because they believed that God created the universe and it was meant to be understood by us because it operated in an orderly, law-like fashion, according to the laws of nature, physics, chemistry, etc. Since nature operates according to such predictable laws (e.g. we can land a rover on Mars because we can so accurately predict the path of the planets around the sun), it is reasonable to believe that these laws of nature had to be given by a “Law Giver”.
  6. He asserted that all religions are the same. He questioned the story of Jesus coming to Israel.  Why did he come at that time and only one place?  He said, if he was a god, he would’ve came to every continent (basically, I think he was saying he would’ve made his existence irrefutable).  He asked, was Jesus a messenger? Why did He come to earth?  I replied that He came to seek and to save lost humanity.  Yes, He was a messenger also, in the sense that He taught and healed people, but he didn’t just come as a messenger.
  7. In response to me telling him something that Jesus said, he also said, “No one can know what Jesus said”.
  8. He said, “How do you know what is the true religion? Many people wrote down books from other religions.  How do we know Bible is true over those?”  When he said that other religions have their books too, I contrasted the Bible, which was written by 40 authors over a period of 1500 years – these authors were different types of people such as fisherman, shepherds, military generals and kings writing at different times in history and locations in different geographical locations.  However, they were all writing a single, consistent message throughout the Bible. He asked “Why should I believe them more than the writers of other religions? For example, Islam…”  I answered, “Yes, Islam, where Muhammad is the only person that supposedly received that message over a period of 23 years in a cave from an angel – and we just have to believe him?”  I continued, “The same thing regarding Joseph Smith the founder of Mormonism, who claims to have had a vision of Jesus and God the Father and claims to have been given ancient golden plates containing a divinely inspired message?  Believing 40 different eyewitnesses to historical events is much more reasonable than believing religions that are based on the private vision of one individual with no other corroboration.” At this point he took exception because, he said, “Mormonism is Christian”. I said no, it is not.  They separated themselves from other Christians initially, and said that all existing Christian denominations were heresy. He challenged me, “Mormons believe in Jesus Christ right?” I said yes but, they don’t believe in the same Jesus that is described in the Bible – that Jesus is the one true God. In addition to that, they have a separate scriptures called “The Book of Mormon”, which does not agree with the Bible.
  9. He thought that Christianity started when Jesus came, two thousand years ago. But I corrected him that the Bible starts at the beginning of creation. The first sentence of the Bible is “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth”. He was confused and said who wrote that part? I mentioned that Moses wrote the first five books the Bible that include the account of creation. He asked, “So, Moses wrote about Jesus?” I told him yes that he and other Old Testament writers predicted the coming Messiah. The Bible contains over 300 prophecies of the coming Messiah, most of which are fulfilled in Jesus.
  10. He complained about injustices in the world. He gave the example of a faithful Christian couple who has a child with birth defects and then lives “a life of hell”.  Why isn’t their God taking care of them?  And people talk about how God has a plan, God loves you, but meanwhile, people go on suffering greatly (I’m paraphrasing – I can’t remember exactly).

During our conversation, he was a bit of a steamroller – but a friendly steamroller.  But he hardly allowed me to get any words in – he just kept bringing up objection after another – and if I got a chance to answer an objection, he would just move on to another objection.

He has agreed to have lunch to discuss this more.  I told him that he should come to lunch with me another Christian friend of mine (who he also knows from a company we worked at together) and he sounded interested.

At the end of our conversation, I asked if he would be willing to read a book.  He said yes.  I gave him a copy of a book I just happened to have in my car: Is God Just a Human Invention and Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists.  I asked him to just devote an hour or less and read chapter 1 to start.  He said he’s “lazy to read”, but said he would do it (I don’t have confidence that he will).

Please pray for my friend that this conversation would get him to think and consider whether he is wrong in his worldview and for another chance to continue the conversation.

 

mid-week apologetics booster (2-21-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 750) from Nuggets:

In prayer I am lifted above the frowns and flatteries of life, and taste heavenly joys; entering into the eternal world I can give myself to thee with all my heart, to be thine for ever. In prayer I can place all my concerns in thy hands, to be entirely at thy disposal, having no will or interest of my own. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Camelback Classic (March 21-23, 2019) – this is a Christian Homeschool speech and debate tournament hosted by Mars Hill Speech & Debate. You can be a community judge and I promise you that you will be blessed to see the next generation clearly articulating and defending the Christian faith!: https://camelbackclassic2019.homeschooldebate.net/
  2. 3 Practical Steps to Help Build Your Kids’ Immunity to Anti-Christian Ideas – Alisa Childers: https://www.alisachilders.com/blog/3-practical-steps-to-help-build-your-kids-immunity-to-anti-christian-ideas
  3. Millennials and Evangelism – Break Point: http://www.breakpoint.org/2019/02/breakpoint-millennials-and-evangelism/
  4. Why is Christianity Right? Ravi Zacharias: https://youtu.be/o5qJPZySo7A
  5. Why should one religion have the right to declare what is right and what is wrong?: https://youtu.be/V7d2iETJ1AE
  6. The Dire Need for Christian Apologetics | Reasoned Cases for Christ: https://bcooper.wordpress.com/2019/01/19/the-dire-need-for-christian-apologetics/
  7. The Truth Behind New York’s New Abortion Law Straight Talk with Claudia K: https://straighttalkwithclaudiak.com/the-truth-behind-new-yorks-new-abortion-law/
  8. 3 Ways to Misunderstand the Trinity: https://lifewayvoices.com/bible-theology/3-ways-to-misunderstand-the-trinity/
  9. John Lennox: Seven Days that Divide the World: https://youtu.be/0FmO2XKMe6g
  10. Is the Bible True? The Cumulative Case for the Reliability of the Gospels (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-the-bible-true-the-cumulative-case-for-the-reliability-of-the-gospels-free-bible-insert/
  11. 10 Questions You’ve Always Had About New Age – Mama Bear Apologetics: https://mamabearapologetics.com/new-age-q-and-a/
  12. Reasonable Answers for honest skeptical: I Don’t Believe in the Bible: https://youtu.be/JEjO_rmZN00
  13. Atheist Michael Ruse tells John Lennox, you can’t prove Christianity is true!: https://youtu.be/cjJhwrF0pB4
  14. Randy Alcorn’s session on Heaven at The Gospel Coalition Conference : https://www.epm.org/resources/2015/Apr/14/alcorntgc/
  15. How to Recognize and Dismantle Self Defeating Statements Rob Lundberg’s Online Ministry Website: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2019/02/18/how-to-recognize-and-dismantle-self-defeating-statements/
  16. Countering emotional attacks on creation – creation.com: https://creation.com/countering-emotional-attacks
  17. 150 Pastors Arrested at Year-End Gathering in China: https://bitterwinter.org/150-pastors-arrested-at-year-end-gathering/
  18. Latest Insights into Obesity Fatten the Case for Human Design: https://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/the-cells-design/read/the-cells-design/2017/03/22/latest-insights-into-obesity-fatten-the-case-for-human-design

He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, Ephesians 2:17-19

Blessings to you all