mid-week apologetics booster (5-26-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

1. But the works of our Saviour were always present, for they were genuine: those that were healed, and those that were raised from the dead, who were seen not only when they were healed and when they were raised, but were also always present; and not merely while the Saviour was on earth, but also after his death, they were alive for quite a while, so that some of them lived even to our day. – Quadatrus of Athens in 125 AD (early extrabiblical apologetics writing)

2. Heart murmurs are abnormal flow patterns due to faulty heart valves. Heart valves act as doors to prevent the backward flow of blood into the heart. Spiritual heart murmurs occur when believers engage in complaining, gossip, disputes, and contention. Believers are instructed many times to avoid grumbling, murmuring, and complaining (Exodus 16:3; John 6:43; Philippians 2:14). By engaging in these activities, believers shift their focus away from the plans, purposes, and past blessings of God to the things of the world. God sees this as a lack of faith, and without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Instead, Christians are instructed to strive for contentment in all things, trusting in God to provide what is needed in His good time (Hebrews 13:5).  – Got Questions (from the article “What does it mean to guard your heart?”)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Eternally Miserable in Heaven — really? Think Divinely: https://thinkdivinely.com/eternally-miserable-in-heaven-really/
  2. Take Every Thought Captive – What 1 Corinthians 10:5 Means & How to Do It: https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/prayer/take-your-thoughts-captive-509888.html
  3. The Argument from Reason to God | Paul Gould Paul Gould: http://www.paul-gould.com/2015/04/08/the-argument-from-reason-to-god/
  4. Evidence for design in living systems is changing the way scientists work | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/05/21/evidence-for-design-in-living-systems-is-changing-the-way-scientists-work/
  5. Fine-Tuning Parameters | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/i/fine-tuning-parameters/
  6. (Eph. 2:8) Is faith the gift of God or is grace the gift of God? | Evidence Unseen: https://www.evidenceunseen.com/bible-difficulties-2/nt-difficulties/1-2-thessalonians/eph-28-is-faith-the-gift-of-god-or-is-grace-the-gift-of-god/
  7. We Can Guess What Denomination You Are By How You Pray | The Babylon Bee: https://babylonbee.com/news/how-you-say-grace-and-what-that-says-about-your-theology
  8. Distant starlight and the biblical timeframe | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2022/05/23/distant-starlight-and-the-biblical-timeframe/
  9. Patriarchs teeth – creation.com: https://creation.com/patriarchs-teeth
  10. Genesis Apologetics – Did Dinosaurs Walk With Man? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/tdC4Jub9oNM
  11. This Is About God! (Tucker Carlson) | WRETCHED RADIO – YouTube: https://youtu.be/StC8azGBa_c

The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin. Proverbs 10:8

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (3-3-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

I thank thee for personal mercies, a measure of health, preservation of body, comforts of house and home, sufficiency of food and clothing, continuance of mental powers, my family, their mutual help and support, the delights of domestic harmony and peace, the seats now filled that might have been vacant, my country, church, Bible, faith. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Creation Answers Book Chapter 1 – Is there objective evidence that God exists? What are the consequences of atheism? Where did God come from? Can we know God personally?: https://creation.com/god-existence-cab-1
  2. What is Moralistic Therapeutic Deism (MTD)? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Moralistic-Therapeutic-Deism.html
  3. Questions about Heaven, Hell, and Eternity (All) | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/questions_eternity.html
  4. Indifference to God, Jesus and the Bible Drives Millennials Faith – Arizona Christian University: https://www.arizonachristian.edu/2021/12/07/indifference-to-god-jesus-and-the-bible-drives-millennials-faith/
  5. Tribute to renowned creation scientist Dr. Kevin Anderson – creation.com – I never actually encountered anything resembling the acid of Darwinism which theistic evolutionist and physicist Karl Giberson claims he encountered in his college years, that ate away his fundamentalist understanding of Adam, Eden, and creation. I have always wondered what classes he took, because as a microbiology major, I never encountered such strong acid. It might have had a big impact on my creation views if I had, but of course I never came across anything nearly as persuasive and challenging as claimed by Giberson.: https://creation.com/kevin-anderson-creation-scientist
  6. Review: ‘The Demon in the Machine’ – creation.com – Chemistry alone, however complex, can never produce the genetic code or contextual instructions. Asking chemistry to explain coded information is like expecting computer hardware to write its own software: https://creation.com/review-the-demon-in-the-machine-paul-davies
  7. Problems with the Neo-Darwinian Theory of Evolution Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2020/06/06/problems-with-the-neo-darwinian-theory-of-evolution/
  8. Ancient Evidence for Jesus from Non-Christian Sources – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/jesus/ancient-evidence-for-jesus-from-non-christian-sources
  9. Why is the cleansing of the temple by Jesus at the beginning of his ministry in John but at the end in the synoptic gospels? Evidence for Christianity: https://evidenceforchristianity.org/why-is-the-cleansing-of-the-temply-by-jesus-at-the-beginning-of-his-ministry-in-john-but-at-the-end-in-the-synoptic-gospels/
  10. What Does Vladimir Putin Believe About God? The Religious Backstory in the Shadows of the Ukraine-Russia Battle: https://www.faithwire.com/2022/03/02/what-does-vladimir-putin-believe-about-god-the-religious-backstory-in-the-shadows-of-the-ukraine-russian-battle/

“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’ “But they paid no attention and went off–one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless. “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ “For many are invited, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:2-14

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-24-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

If the unborn is not a human being, no justification for abortion is necessary. However, if the unborn is a human being, no justification for abortion is adequate. – Gregory Koukl Founder, Stand To Reason

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Canaanite Golden Calf Discovered Creation Moments – However Jehu did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Israel sin, that is, from the golden calves that were at Bethel and Dan. 2 Kings 10:29: https://creationmoments.com/sermons/canaanite-golden-calf-discovered-2/
  2. How am I expected to make a 100% commitment to Christianity when I don’t have 100% certainty? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2022/02/19/how-am-i-expected-to-make-a-100-commitment-to-christianity-when-i-dont-have-100-certainty/
  3. What are the pseudepigrapha? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/pseudepigrapha.html
  4. What is the Gospel of Thomas? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/gospel-of-Thomas.html
  5. What is the House of Yahweh? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/House-of-Yahweh.html
  6. How big is heaven? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/how-big-is-heaven.html
  7. Why The Bible Ought To Be More Important To Police Officers Than Politics: http://www.thethinbluelife.com/articles/engaging-culture/why-making-a-case-for-the-bible-is-more-important-than-arguing-about-politics/
  8. Responding To: “I’m A Christian, But I Don’t Want To Force My Religion On Others”: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/responding-to-im-a-christian-but-i-dont-want-to-force-my-religion-on-others/
  9. The Problem With Answering The Problem Of Evil: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-problem-with-answering-the-problem-of-evil/
  10. Everyone Needs to Change, Including LGBT People: https://www.str.org/w/everyone-needs-to-change-including-lgbt-people
  11. Defending without Becoming Defensive: https://www.str.org/w/defending-without-becoming-defensive

Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools. Proverbs 16:22

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

Luke 21 Bible Teaching

I plan to deliver this teaching Tuesday November 2nd to a group of about 15-20 men over lunch:

Luke 21:1-38

1 And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. 2 And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. 3 And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; 4 for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”

5 And while some were talking about the temple, that it was adorned with beautiful stones and votive gifts, He said, 6 “As for these things which you are looking at, the days will come in which there will not be left one stone upon another which will not be torn down.” 7 They questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, when therefore will these things happen? And what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?”

8 And He said, “See to it that you are not misled; for many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not go after them. 9 When you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately.” 10 Then He continued by saying to them, “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, 11 and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake. 13 It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony. 14 So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves; 15 for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.

16 But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, 17 and you will be hated by all because of My name. 18 Yet not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will gain your lives.

20 But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near. 21 Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of the city must leave, and those who are in the country must not enter the city; 22 because these are days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled.

23 Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to this people; 24 and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

25 There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory. 28 But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

29 Then He told them a parable: “Behold the fig tree and all the trees; 30 as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31 So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

34 Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; 35 for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. 36 But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

37 Now during the day He was teaching in the temple, but at evening He would go out and spend the night on the mount that is called Olivet. 38 And all the people would get up early in the morning to come to Him in the temple to listen to Him. NASB

Now let’s go through this section by section:

1 And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. 2 And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. 3 And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; 4 for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”

Jesus notices what we contribute to the work of God in the world, whether it be time, talent or treasure, He notices.

5 And while some were talking about the temple, that it was adorned with beautiful stones and votive gifts, He said, 6 “As for these things which you are looking at, the days will come in which there will not be left one stone upon another which will not be torn down.” 7 They questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, when therefore will these things happen? And what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?”

Regarding v6, R.C. Sproul says:

Jesus had just uttered THE most astonishing prophecy recorded of all time!  He says, “Do you realize how radical that prediction was? “ This temple (Herod’s temple) was majestic!  The most glorious building on the face of the earth (at that time):

  1. Its “vastness” – 1,000 feet square.  Herod chose single stones quarried that were 67 feet long, 7 feet high, 9 feet wide, made of pure white marble!
  2. He adorned the building with jewels and gold.  The outer portion of the temple was covered with layers/sheets of gold.  It was so brilliant that when the sun came up, people couldn’t look directly at the walls of the temple, otherwise they would be blinded – they had to look away.

This building was one of the wonders of the ancient world.  Jerusalem the city and its temple were considered to be “impregnable”.  In the eyes of the Jewish people, these were completely and totally indestructible, but Jesus said they were going away, ending in desolation and destruction when God responds to the unbelief of His people and visits His people in what Luke calls “the days of vengeance” (v22).  When Jesus said that, no one could believe it.  Yet, if there’s anything that proves the truth of the Bible and the truth of Jesus’s claims, it would be this singular prophecy that was fulfilled in 70AD when the Romans came and annihilated Jerusalem and the temple.

8 And He said, “See to it that you are not misled; for many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not go after them. 9 When you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately.” 10 Then He continued by saying to them, “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, 11 and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

Of course there have been many failed predictions given about the end of the world or the return of Christ by false prophets.  For example:

In 2001, Harold Camping claimed that the Rapture and Judgment Day would occur on May 21, 2011, and predicted the end of the world would arrive in five months later, on October 21, 2011.

12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake.

This happened when Paul appeared before Felix, Agrippa and Festus in the book of Acts:

Acts 23:24 – Provide mounts for Paul so that he may be taken safely to Governor Felix.

Acts 24:24-27 – Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess. He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus. As Paul discoursed on righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, “That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.” At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe, so he sent for him frequently and talked with him. When two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, but because Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews, he left Paul in prison.

Acts 26:1-3 – Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You have permission to speak for yourself.” So Paul motioned with his hand and began his defense: “King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate to stand before you today as I make my defense against all the accusations of the Jews, and especially so because you are well acquainted with all the Jewish customs and controversies. Therefore, I beg you to listen to me patiently.”

Acts 26:24-25 – At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.” “I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable.”

13 It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony.

R.C. Sproul once said, “Your personal testimony, however meaningful it is, is not the Gospel.

14 So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves; 15 for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.

Let’s be clear that v14 isn’t saying we’re to avoid preparation to defend our faith (apologetics).  Peter makes it clear in his 1st epistle that we are to “always” be prepared to make a defense for what we believe:

1 Peter 3:15 – but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect

Peter’s instruction here is given to all believers.  The phrase “being prepared” (Hetoimos) indicates study, preparation and readiness ahead of time for any possible encounter the Lord may bring our way.  The word “reason” in this verse is the Greek word “Logos”. With respect to speech or discourse, Logos can mean an “aphorism, a weighty saying, reason, the faculty of thinking, skill and practice in speaking”.

Since we know from the clear passage in 1st Peter that we are supposed to be prepared to defend our faith, it is clear that Jesus was not telling us not to prepare to defend our faith.  He was telling the disciples (and believers after them), who would be facing persecution, not to prepare beforehand to defend themselves, but rather to let the Lord supply them with the words they will say at the time.

16 But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, 17 and you will be hated by all because of My name.

Jesus warns the disciples (and believers after them) they were going to face severe persecution and even death – most did…  Here is a graphic summarizing the fate of the disciples:

18 Yet not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will gain your lives.

Q: Considering the fate of the disciples depicted above, how can vv18-19 be accurate? (See Resource #10 at end)

20 But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near. 21 Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of the city must leave, and those who are in the country must not enter the city; 22 because these are days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled. 23 Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to this people; 24 and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

From R.C. Sproul: That critical word there – until – means, “up to this point”, then it stops.  Jesus is saying this – the city will be destroyed, the temple will be destroyed, the Jewish people will be sent into dispersion throughout all the world until a point in time where that vengeance will end.

25 There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory. 28 But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

From J.C. Ryle: If the hardy Roman soldiers “became as dead men,” when an angel rolled the stone away and Christ rose again — then how much greater will the terror be when Christ shall return to judge the world. No wonder that Paul said, “Knowing the terrors of the Lord, we persuade men.”  The thoughtless and impenitent man may well tremble, when he hears of this second coming of Christ. What will he do when worldly business is suddenly stopped, and the precious things of the world are made worthless? What will he do when the graves on every side are opening, and the trumpet is summoning men to judgment? What will he do when that same Jesus whose Gospel he has so shamefully neglected — shall appear in the clouds of Heaven, and put down every enemy under His feet? Surely he will call on the rocks to fall on him, and on the hills to cover him. (Hosea 10:8.) But he will call in vain for help, if he has never called on Christ before. Happy will they be in that day — who have fled beforehand from the wrath to come, and been washed in the blood of the Lamb!

29 Then He told them a parable: “Behold the fig tree and all the trees; 30 as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31 So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

From R.C. Sproul: He points out how emphatic verse 32 is, saying this statement is “problematic”.  Bertrand Russell quoted this passage in his little book, “Why I’m Not a Christian”, in which he said that among those things that Jesus predicted in this passage were:

  1. The destruction of Jerusalem, which certainly had taken place
  2. The destruction of the temple, which certainly had taken place
  3. The dispersion of the Jews, which certainly had taken place
  4. Jesus’ prediction of His own return (Jesus said that He would return within that generation)

Bertrand Russell says this proves that Jesus was wrong – though He did some good guessing, & some extraordinary predictions, but His prophecy failed, the Bible failed, & therefore, cannot be trusted.

R.C. Sproul vs. John MacArthur on v32 and Eschatology

R.C. Sproul is identified by commentators (and R.C. himself) as a limited/partial/moderate “preterist”:

R.C. says that the word “generation” (v32) can mean more than one thing, such as a type of person – Jesus uses the phrase “a wicked and perverse generation”.  Many commentators conclude that there will be unbelieving, wicked and perverse “generation” of people until the time of Christ’s return.

Also, the “generation” that was contemporary with Jesus was described as wicked, because they rejected Him.  As Scripture says, “He came to His own and His own received Him not” (John 1:11).

However, the word generation in Scripture does not typically refer to a type of person, but rather to an age group – typically about 40 years.  According to this definition, Jesus is saying that all the events described in vv20-27 will be fulfilled while the current generation (in 1st century Palestine) is still alive.

In the Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24, Jesus speaks about the coming of the Son of Man:

Matthew 24:36-39 – But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.

Some try to get Jesus “off the hook” by saying He really didn’t predict a timeframe for His return.

R.C. Sproul doesn’t think Jesus was talking about His ultimate 2nd coming.  Rather, He was talking about the “days of vengeance” (v22), His coming in judgment on the nation of Israel.  That was fulfilled “on steroids” in 70AD.  This was when the “age of the Gentiles” began, where the church was now established, not simply as a Jewish community, but was expanded to the whole world.  He says there were astronomical signs in 70AD.  According to Josephus, people looked into the sky and saw chariots in the air and heard voices out of the heavens saying “We are departing, hence”:

“Indeed, what I am about to relate would, I imagine, have been deemed a fable, were it not for the narratives of eyewitnesses and for the subsequent calamities which deserved to be so signalized. For before sunset, throughout all parts of the country, chariots were seen in the air and armed battalions hurtling through the clouds and encompassing the cities. Moreover, at the feast which is called Pentecost, the priests on entering the inner court of the temple by night, as their custom was in the discharge of their ministrations, reported that they were conscious, first of a commotion and a din, and after that of a voice as of a host, ‘We are departing hence’.”

John MacArthur lists several (incorrect) views on what “this generation” means in verse 32:

  1. The events describe what happened in 70AD and the people of “this generation” are either His disciples OR all the people alive in Jerusalem at that time
  2. The Jewish race – the view says that the Jewish race will survive until the end and the return of the Messiah.
  3. The generation that sees Israel re-established as a nation, which occurred in 1948 (Hal Lindsey – the Late Great Planet Earth)

He says those are wrong.  He says the answer is very simple.  “This generation” means the generation that sees all those things talked about in the passage.  The antecedent of “this” is the “you” in verse 31, which refers to the people alive at the time when all the signs described in vv20-27 are happening.  They who see the signs will be alive when the Son of Man returns at the end of the great tribulation.  To be clear, according to MacArthur, since the church will be raptured before the great tribulation, “this generation” referred to in v32 will be those that are converted during the great evangelistic effort after the church is gone.  If they survive the persecution, they will see the King come and establish His kingdom. MacArthur then goes on to describe his reasons for holding to the view of a pre-trib rapture:

  1. The Church in Revelation:
    1. Rev. 1, 2, 3 are heavy on the church, but after chapter 3, no reference to the church
    1. In Revelation 4-5, the 24 elders (Rev 4:4) are best understood as the glorified church in heaven (one reason given is that they have crowns, which are promised to the church)
    1. Tribulation breaks out on earth in Revelation 6
    1. Revelation 19, Christ comes back w/ saints “…clothed in white and fine linen”
  2. No warnings/instruction given to church how to endure the great tribulation
  3. The Rapture defined in 3 places – church taken to heaven, Christ doesn’t come to earth:
    1. 1 Corinthians 15:51-53
    1. 1 Thessalonians 4:15-5:11
    1. John 14:1-3
  4. Revelation 3:10 contains a promise to the church:
    Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

According to John MacArthur:

Only those who know Him will be taken to heaven (in the Rapture). It could happen at any moment. It is a signless, imminent event. It is the next thing; no signs necessary.

Jesus goes on to instruct His followers how to live, in light of all the weighty prophecies He’d just delivered to them:

34 Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; 35 for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. 36 But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.

37 Now during the day He was teaching in the temple, but at evening He would go out and spend the night on the mount that is called Olivet. 38 And all the people would get up early in the morning to come to Him in the temple to listen to Him.

Resources Used in Preparing this Teaching

  1. MacArthur Study Bible
  2. John MacArthur sermon “The Final Generation of the Future Judgment” (Luke 21:29-33): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbdRgl-JH0o
  3. Other MacArthur sermons on Luke 21:
    1. The Terrors of the Great Tribulation, Part 1 (Luke 21:20-24) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItrOporfMG8 
    1. The Terrors of the Great Tribulation, Part 2 (Luke 21:20-24) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjUG5aArz1g
    1. Celestial Signs of the Coming Savior (Luke 21:25-26) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5721kFg2xQ
  4. R.C. Sproul sermons on Luke 21 from ligonier.org: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/sermons/generation-will-not-pass-away https://www.ligonier.org/learn/sermons/destruction-jerusalem
  5. J.C. Ryle’s Commentary on Luke 21: https://gracegems.org/Ryle/l21.htm
  6. Top End Time Predictions And Return Of Jesus That Failed: https://www.booboone.com/end-time-predictions-and-return-of-jesus/
  7. What Happened to the Apostles and Where are Their Remains Today? https://catholic-link.org/images/infographic-what-happened-to-the-apostles-and/
  8. Has Bible Prophecy Already Been Fulfilled? Thomas D. Icehttps://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1095&context=pretrib_arch
  9. The 7 Signs of Josephus Reveal End Time Destruction: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/keithgiles/2018/02/7-signs-josephus-reveal-end-times-destruction/
  10. https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/28869/how-does-one-reconcile-luke-2116-18
  11. Bible Hub commentary on Luke 21:18: https://biblehub.com/commentaries/luke/21-18.htm

mid-week apologetics booster (10-28-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

I’m not a Christian today because I was raised that way or because it satisfies some need or accomplishes some goal. I’m simply a Christian because its evidentially true. – J. Warner Wallace


To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The Moral Evidence for God – J. Warner Wallace – This is an excellent lecture with a great perspective on the “problem of evil” – Detective J. Warner Wallace shows that the evidence for an objective moral law leads us to infer that there’s a moral lawgiver responsible for the undeniable fact of moral obligations.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQI7QST6xk0
  2. The Fast But Quiet Creeping of Everyday Cancel Culture | Natasha Crain – People are losing jobs for publicly sharing views that differ from what’s been deemed acceptable by secular culture.: https://natashacrain.com/the-fast-but-quiet-creeping-of-everyday-cancel-culture-3-things-christians-need-to-know/
  3. Pets in Heaven?: A Eulogy | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/pets-in-heaven-a-eulogy
  4. Why do so many atheist historians think that 1 Corinthians 15 is reliable history? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/10/22/why-do-so-many-atheist-historians-think-that-1-corinthians-15-is-reliable-history-4/
  5. Four Things I’ve Learned from My Conversations with Atheists – YouTube – In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner provides four observations from his youth ministry trips to UC Berkeley. These simple observations may help you improve the quality of your discussions with non-believers and help you better understand the underlying issues in some of these conversations. J. Warner also answers viewer email related to the disagreements between Christian denominations and the need for personal research.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGWt43xCsZk
  6. J. Warner Wallace: Tampering with Evidence – 2018 Xenos Summer Institute – YouTube – The universe in which we live appears to be incredibly fine-tuned for the existence of life like ours. What could explain this fine-tuning? Is it an accident? Do the laws of physics demand such fine-tuning? J. Warner Wallace describes the incredible fine-tuning of the universe and demonstrate that the best explanation is the creative work of God.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ecxc2uU2sBI
  7. A New Movie on the Conversion of C. S. Lewis: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justin-taylor/a-new-movie-on-the-conversion-of-c-s-lewis/
  8. Geological and Historical Evidence for Jesus Crucifixion Account Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2019/01/05/geological-and-historical-evidence-for-jesus-crucifixion-account/
  9. Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Non-Canonical Gospel of Nicodemus or The Acts of Pilate? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-shouldnt-we-trust-the-non-canonical-gospel-of-nicodemus-or-the-acts-of-pilate/
  10. Gaia and Selectionism’s Nature Worship | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/gaia-and-selectionisms-nature-worship/
  11. What is the cost of discipleship? | Outline Notes on the Cost of Discipleship: https://carm.org/christianity/what-is-the-cost-of-discipleship/
  12. Draw the Lines – We keep things around that are weaknesses for us, and then were shocked when they come back to bring us down in a moment of vulnerability. That’s why we need to get rid of the things were tempted to return to.: https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/draw-the-lines/
  13. Preparing to Give an Answer: God’s Defense Recipe in 1 Peter 3:15 – Apologetics Press: https://apologeticspress.org/preparing-to-give-an-answer-gods-defense-recipe-in-1-peter-315-5963/


When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Matthew 16:13-14

Blessings to you all!

mid-week apologetics booster (3-18-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1900) from Nuggets:

We possess this unfortunate tendency to downplay our own negative attributes, while putting others’ under a magnifying glass. – The Love Dare

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Is the Bible Reliable? Ratio Christi Event Saturday March 27th at Life in Christ Lutheran Church near Peoria, AZ: https://fb.me/e/1fJSUtqf5
  2. Jesus: Mankind’s Only Savior: https://alwaysbeready.com/jesus-mankinds-only-savior/
  3. Do the Unpersuaded Have Enough Proof? | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/do-the-unpersuaded-have-enough-proof/
  4. 8 Ways You’re Doing Apologetics Wrong | Grounds4Faith: https://grounds4faith.wordpress.com/2019/02/20/8-ways-youre-doing-apologetics-wrong/
  5. Our Most Destructive Assumption About Heaven | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/our-most-destructive-assumption-about-heaven
  6. Why the Claims About Jesus Are Not the Same as the Claims About Peter Pan | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-the-claims-about-jesus-are-not-the-same-as-the-claims-about-peter-pan/
  7. Destruction of Plants Fits Flood Narrative | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/destruction-of-plants-fits-flood-narrative/
  8. What Does the Church Most Need Today?: https://www.ligonier.org/blog/what-does-church-most-need-today/
  9. Atheist atrocities fallacy? – creation.com: https://creation.com/atheist-atrocities-fallacy
  10. Is There Any Evidence for Jesus Outside the Bible? | Cold Case Christianity – Is There Any Evidence For Jesus Outside The Bible?: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-there-any-evidence-for-jesus-outside-the-bible/
  11. The Fallacy of Begging the Question – This fallacy is committed when a person merely assumes what he is attempting to prove, or when the premise of an argument actually depends upon its conclusion.: https://answersingenesis.org/logic/the-fallacy-of-begging-the-question/
  12. Book Excerpt: I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist by Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek: https://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2009/05/book-excerpt-i-dont-have-enough-faith.html
  13. The Beehive and Irreducible Complexity: http://mannsword.blogspot.com/2020/11/the-beehive-and-irreducible-complexity.html
  14. In the Evolution Debate, How Truth Can Prevail | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/11/in-the-evolution-debate-how-truth-can-prevail/
  15. Misotheists Dehumanizing Christians and Creationists: https://www.piltdownsuperman.com/2020/11/misotheists-dehumanizing-christians-and-creationists.html
  16. Is God Real? Evidence from the Laws of Logic | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-god-real-evidence-from-the-laws-of-logic/
  17. Progressive Ideology and the Hijacking of the Christian Faith: https://crossexamined.org/progressive-ideology-and-the-hijacking-of-the-christian-faith/
  18. Limited Genetic Code Proof God Not Required? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/genetics/dna-structure/limited-genetic-code-proof-god-not-required/
  19. Here’s Why Christians Should Avoid the Teachings of Richard Rohr – Alisa Childers I Blog: https://www.alisachilders.com/blog/heres-why-christians-should-avoid-the-teachings-of-richard-rohr
  20. If Conversion Therapy is Banned, it is the Bible that will be Silenced TheWeeFlea.com: https://theweeflea.com/2021/03/16/if-conversion-therapy-is-banned-it-is-the-bible-that-will-be-silenced/
  21. CNN news anchor Don Lemon says God doesn’t judge people | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/03/16/cnn-news-anchor-don-lemon-says-god-doesnt-judge-people/
  22. Quick Challenge Answer: Does The Multiverse Explain Fine Tuning?  https://tentmakingchristianity.com/does-the-multiverse-explain-fine-tuning-2/
  23. Israel finds new Dead Sea Scrolls, first such discovery in 60 years – Archaeology – Haaretz.com: https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-israel-finds-new-dead-sea-scroll-first-such-discovery-in-60-years-1.9621317
  24. Population Growth Matches Bible and DNA Clock | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/population-growth-matches-bible-dna/

Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp. Psalms 149:2-3

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-25-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1700) from Nuggets:

Wherever the people do not believe in something beyond the world, they will worship the world. – G.K. Chesterton

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi Describes Encounter with First Christian Who Could Answer His Objections – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BMS8Nufy1k
  2. Why is Religion So Divisive? | Andy Bannister: http://www.andybannister.net/why-is-religion-so-divisive/
  3. 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/
  4. Original animal protein fossils – Those biochemicals should have completely decayed over any claimed period of millions of years into tiny molecules like carbon dioxide, water, or ammonia. But paleontologists keep finding original biochemistry like finding mummified remains encased in rock. – creation.com: https://creation.com/original-animal-protein-fossils
  5. Did God create over billions of years? – creation.com: https://creation.com/Did-god-create-over-billions-of-years
  6. Was Saint Peter the first pope? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Peter-first-pope.html
  7. What does the Bible mean by binding and loosing? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/binding-loosing.html
  8. Are There Different Degrees of Reward in Heaven? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/are-there-different-degrees-of-reward-in-heaven/
  9. Did the Apostles Really Die as Martyrs for their Faith? Biola Magazine: http://magazine.biola.edu/article/13-fall/did-the-apostles-really-die-as-martyrs-for-their-f/
  10. Responding to Pride Month with Genuine Love: https://www.str.org/w/responding-to-pride-month-with-genuine-love?inheritRedirect=true
  11. 5 Casualties of the Courts LGBTQ Sex Ruling: https://crossexamined.org/5-casualties-of-the-courts-lgbtq-sex-ruling/
  12. What is the definition of marriage according to Jesus? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/04/18/what-is-the-definition-of-marriage-according-to-jesus/
  13. Post-Pandemic Pastors and the Sin of Silence – Shane Idleman: https://shaneidleman.com/2020/06/20/post-pandemic-pastors-and-the-sin-of-silence/
  14. Gorsuch Takes the Road Less Gaveled – As Christians, we’re not called to win in the earthly realm. We’re called to stand. And in these dark days, when lawlessness isn’t just found in Antifa’s black hoods on our streets but in the black robes on our courts, we can’t look around and hope someone else will step in. When men try to rewrite God’s truth, it’s up to us to make it a ferocious battle. “We’ve got to stand up,” Senator Hawley demanded, “and say we’re not going to take this anymore.”: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA20F39&f=WU20F11
  15. How to apologize effectively: responsibility, restitution, repentance | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/06/19/how-to-apologize-effectively-responsibility-restitution-repentance-8/
  16. 3 Reasons Why Christians Should Not Support Black Lives Matter: https://www.centerforbiblicalunity.com/post/3-reasons-why-christians-should-not-support-black-lives-matter
  17. Mid-June 2020 Presuppositional Apologetics Links | The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2020/06/15/mid-june-2020-presuppositional-apologetics-links/

Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the LORD; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him. Isaiah 1:4

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.

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

Joke about Free Will vs. Calvinism

A man died and went to heaven and he saw 2 lines.  One line said “Predestined” and the other line said “Free Choice”.  So, being a good 5-point Calvinist, he got in the predestined line.  And he worked his way up to the front and the angel in charge said “Why are you in this line?”  He said, “Well, I chose to be here.”  The angel said, “Well, this is the wrong line.  The free choice line is over there.”  So he moved over to the other line and he worked his way to the front of the line and the angel at the desk said, “What are you doing in this line?”  He said, “Somebody made me come here.”

Taken from “Why I Am Not A 5 Point Calvinist’ – By Dr. Norman Geisler”