mid-week apologetics booster (12-12-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1400) from Nuggets:

I came to Him because I did not know which way to turn. I remained with Him because there is no other way I wish to turn. I came to Him longing for something I did not have. I remain with Him because I have something I will not trade. I came to Him as a stranger. I remain with Him in the most intimate of friendships. I came to Him unsure about the future. I remain with Him certain about my destiny. I came amid the thunderous cries of a culture that has 330 million deities. I remain with Him knowing that truth cannot be all-inclusive. – Ravi Zacharias

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Bart Ehrman’s Blunders in His Debate with Mike Licona Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2019/10/26/bart-ehrmans-blunders-in-his-debate-with-mike-licona/
  2. Imposter Syndrome, Evangelism, and Apologetics | Thinking Christian: https://www.thinkingchristian.net/posts/2019/10/imposter-syndrome-evangelism-and-apologetics/
  3. Many, Many Misconceptions -I recently came across a post on Facebook entitled 28 Christian Errors that Don’t Appear Anywhere in the Holy Bible. | Biblical Science Institute: https://biblicalscienceinstitute.com/theology/many-many-misconceptions/
  4. But Jesus never said, I am God. THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/12/10/but-jesus-never-said-i-am-god-4/
  5. A Reasonable Faith in Science?: http://www.jaymedenwaldt.com/2019/09/a-reasonable-faith-in-science.html
  6. What Does Hell Say About God? The Truth Many Cannot Bear to Hear | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/what-does-hell-say-about-god
  7. Are the Synoptics in Conflict with John on Jesus Crucifixion Timing? No! Sorry Bart Ehrman Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2019/10/27/are-the-synoptics-in-conflict-with-john-on-jesus-crucifixion-timing-no-sorry-bart-ehrman/

Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them. When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. Luke 4:38-40

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 (6-27-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1100) from Nuggets:

The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference.

– Elie Weisel, Jewish Holocaust survivor

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Ex-Atheist Dr. Sarah Salviander Destroys Atheism with One Tweet | Faith: https://pjmedia.com/faith/ex-atheist-dr-sarah-salviander-destroys-atheism-with-one-tweet/
  2. Erwin Lutzer lays out 5 false gospels within evangelical churches – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/news/erwin-lutzer-lays-out-5-false-gospels-within-evangelical-churches.html
  3. Good Question for the Next Darwinist You Meet | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/04/good-question-for-the-next-darwinist-you-meet/
  4. The Other Side of the Good News: Hell: https://thinkdivinely.com/hell/
  5. Does it matter that Buddha came long before Jesus? | CARM.org: https://carm.org/does-it-matter-that-buddha-came-long-before-jesus
  6. Why The Gospels Don’t Call Jesus God – Lucas’ Theological Novelties and Apologetics: https://lucsnovelties.com/2019/05/20/why-the-gospels-dont-call-jesus-god/
  7. Want Gospel Opportunities? Embrace Opposition.: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/gospel-opportunities-opposition/
  8. The dumbing down of America – Dr. D. James Kennedy: https://youtu.be/V96cpOj3xk8
  9. Crazy Bible: https://youtu.be/z0-Q3Jl7vng
  10. The Atheist Delusion: https://youtu.be/ChWiZ3iXWwM
  11. A world-famous chemist tells the truth: there’s no scientist alive today who understands macroevolution | Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/a-world-famous-chemist-tells-the-truth-theres-no-scientist-alive-today-who-understands-macroevolution/
  12. Six Enemies of Apologetic Engagement – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/six-enemies-of-apologetic-engagement
  13. What were the Inquisitions?: https://www.gotquestions.org/inquisitions.html
  14. Poolside Apologetics – Straight Talk with Claudia K: http://straighttalkwithclaudiak.com/poolside-apologetics/
  15. 5 Examples Why Agnostic Bart Ehrman Is Not a Gospel Expert – Lady Apologist: https://ladyapologist.com/2018/10/17/5-examples-why-agnostic-bart-ehrman-is-not-a-gospel-expert/
  16. Trend-line of Scientific Discovery Points To A Creator: http://natureandscripture.blogspot.com/2019/06/trend-line-of-scientific-discovery.html?m=1

Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. Revelation 10:1

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-30-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1000) from Nuggets:

O great Creator, mighty Protector, gracious Preserver, thou dost load me with loving kindnesses, and hast made me thy purchased possession, and redeemed me from all guilt. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Target stores donate $100K to LGBT nonprofit that promotes inclusive K-12 schools | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/target-stores-donate-100k-to-lgbt-nonprofit-that-promotes-inclusive-k-12-schools
  2. Yale University computer science professor takes a look at protein formation probabilities | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/05/23/yale-university-computer-science-professor-takes-a-look-at-protein-formation-probabilities/
  3. Is It Wrong To Evangelize? : https://subspla.sh/9w8qjvn
  4. Preaching God’s Love in Acts? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/articles/preaching-god-s-love-in-acts#.XOgEdZCp40M
  5. Creation isn’t science? – creation.com: https://creation.com/not-science
  6. Answering an Objection to Apologetics: Doesn’t Faith Come from Hearing the Word of God? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/05/25/answering-an-objection-to-apologetics-doesnt-faith-come-from-hearing-the-word-of-god-3/
  7. Lasting Lessons from Mount St. Helen’s – The eruption of Mount St. Helen’s 35 years ago provided an amazing opportunity for scientists to study the effects of catastrophe. The incredible lessons are as valuable as ever!: https://answersingenesis.org/geology/mount-st-helens/lasting-lessons-mount-st-helens/
  8. Why Did God Create People if He Knew So Many Would Go to Hell? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/why-did-god-create-people-if-he-knew-so-many-would-go-hell
  9. What’s It Like to Abort Your Own Child? Dr. Bernard Nathanson, co-founder of NARAL, once thought fetuses weren’t babies, too. Then the ultrasound was introduced to the US, and he spent the rest of his life trying to undo the laws he helped put in place.: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/whats-it-like-to-abort-your-own-child/
  10. Abortion Advocates Fail Biology. The science of embryology has firmly established that human life begins at conception. This is a scientific fact. Therefore, abortion at any stage of development kills a human being.: https://www.str.org/blog/abortion-advocates-fail-biology
  11. What Does the Bible Say About Purgatory? Catholics believe in purgatory, a place or condition of temporal punishment for those who, departing this life in God’s grace, are, not entirely free from venial faults, or have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions. The notion of purgatory assumes many of us die with unforgiven sins that need to be purged from our account; some of us are not good enough to go to heaven, but not bad enough to go to hell. Purgatory, therefore, is a temporary, intermediate place (or state of being) where good deeds and works can be performed in order to purge our impurity prior to our final destiny with God.: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/what-does-the-bible-say-about-purgatory
  12. A Reasonable Faith – W. Robert Godfrey from Ligonier Ministries : http://www.ligonier.org/learn/conferences/stand-firm-2017-regional-conference/reasonable-faith/
  13. Christianity’s Extraordinary Solution to Believing in God in a World of Evil and Pain | The Stream: https://stream.org/christianitys-extraordinary-solution-to-believing-in-god-in-a-world-of-evil-and-pain/

A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool. Proverbs 17:10

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (4-11-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 900) from Nuggets:

What is the most heinous thing a person can do in this life? JP Moreland responds: the worst thing a person can do is to mock and dishonor and refuse to love the person that we owe absolutely everything to, which is our Creator, God himself. You have to understand that God is infinitely greater in his goodness, holiness, kindness and justice than anyone else. To think that a person could go through their whole life constantly ignoring him, constantly mocking him by the way they choose to live without him, saying, I couldn’t care less about what you put me here to do. I couldn’t care less about your values or your son’s death for me. I’m going to ignore all of that -that’s the ultimate sin. And only the punishment worthy of that is the ultimate punishment, which is everlasting separation from God. – Lee Strobel

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Why is Hell Eternal?: https://www.christianity.com/wiki/heaven-and-hell/why-is-hell-eternal.html
  2. Is Easter Pagan? Cyber Penance: https://cyberpenance.wordpress.com/2019/04/08/is-easter-pagan/
  3. Evidence of the Resurrection Accepted Even by Atheist New Testament Scholars Cyber Penance: https://cyberpenance.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/__trashed-3/
  4. 3 Pro-Choice Contradictions Revealed in the Film | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/3-pro-choice-contradictions-revealed-in-the-film-unplanned
  5. Why are Christians allowed to eat shellfish but not allowed to have sex before marriage? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/04/09/why-are-christians-allowed-to-eat-shellfish-but-not-allowed-to-have-sex-before-marriage-5/
  6. How to Communicate the Evidence for Christianity | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-to-communicate-the-evidence-for-christianity/
  7. California Lawmaker Drops Anti-Biblical Bill Charisma News: https://www.charismanews.com/politics/72957-california-lawmaker-drops-anti-biblical-bill
  8. Is the Bible trustworthy or has it been changed? | Christian News on Christian Today: https://www.christiantoday.com/article/is-the-bible-trustworthy-or-has-it-been-changed/93782.htm
  9. 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
  10. Is the New Testament Text Reliable? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/articles/is-the-new-testament-text-reliable
  11. The Bankruptcy of Atheism | Living Waters: https://www.livingwaters.com/bankruptcy-of-atheism/

The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and get twelve staffs from them, one from the leader of each of their ancestral tribes. Write the name of each man on his staff. On the staff of Levi write Aaron’s name, for there must be one staff for the head of each ancestral tribe. Place them in the Tent of Meeting in front of the Testimony, where I meet with you. The staff belonging to the man I choose will sprout, and I will rid myself of this constant grumbling against you by the Israelites.” So Moses spoke to the Israelites, and their leaders gave him twelve staffs, one for the leader of each of their ancestral tribes, and Aaron’s staff was among them. Moses placed the staffs before the LORD in the Tent of the Testimony. The next day Moses entered the Tent of the Testimony and saw that Aaron’s staff, which represented the house of Levi, had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds. Numbers 17:1-8

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-29-2018)

Good morning friends,

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

God doesn’t need spectators to watch the conflict from the sidelines; He needs warriors. – Grysen Cameron (from the book “Reasoning for the Truth of Christianity”)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What a Biblical Worldview Looks Like: https://probe.org/what-a-biblical-worldview-looks-like/
  2. Arizona Supreme Court to hear Christian artists’ lawsuit against law forcing them to work gay weddings: https://www.christianpost.com/news/arizona-supreme-court-review-christian-artists-lawsuit-against-law-forcing-them-work-gay-wedding.html
  3. Christians fear dystopian social scoring experiment in China Global Christian News: https://globalchristiannews.org/article/christians-fear-dystopian-social-scoring-experiment-in-china/
  4. Every person was spawned from single pair of adults living up to 200,000 years ago, scientists claim | Daily Mail Online: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6424407/Every-person-spawned-single-pair-adults-living-200-000-years-ago-scientists-claim.html
  5. Jay Richards answers the objection Who Designed the Designer? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2018/11/25/jay-richards-answers-the-objection-who-designed-the-designer/
  6. Reality Check: Has Science Explained the Origin of Life?| Kirk Durston | Reasoned Cases for Christ: https://bcooper.wordpress.com/2018/11/25/reality-check-has-science-explained-the-origin-of-life-kirk-durston-2/
  7. You Have to Come Out As A Christian Before You Can Step Out As An Apologist | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/you-have-to-come-out-as-a-christian-before-you-can-step-out-as-an-apologist/
  8. How Our Culture Justifies Its Sexual Freedom (the 10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity #9) Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/how-our-culture-justifies-its-sexual-freedom-the-10-commandments-of-progressive-christianity-9/
  9. Homosexuality and Christianity – creation.com: https://creation.com/homosexuality-and-christianity
  10. The Most Important Thing to tell Your Child When They Doubt Their Faith: http://www.travisdickinson.com/the-most-important-thing-to-tell-your-child-when-they-doubt-their-faith/
  11. In Intellectual Neutral | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/popular-writings/apologetics/in-intellectual-neutral/
  12. 5 reasons you can’t be a good Christian on your own – Focus Press: https://www.focuspress.org/2018/11/08/5-reasons-you-cant-be-a-good-christian-on-your-own/
  13. Start teaching kids apologetics as early as possible, Young Defenders author says: https://www.christianpost.com/news/start-teaching-kids-apologetics-as-early-as-possible-young-defenders-author-says.html
  14. Is Hell a Real Place? Grounds4Faith: https://grounds4faith.com/2018/11/27/is-hell-a-real-place/
  15. How Apologetics Can Address the Six Reasons Why Young People Leave the Church | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/how-apologetics-can-address-six-reasons-why-young-people-leave-church
  16. When Atheists Say “There’s No Evidence for God’s Existence”: http://capturingchristianity.com/theres-no-evidence-gods-existence/

He went on to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed. He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out. “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’ “But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. ‘This is the heir,’ they said. ‘Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. “What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When the people heard this, they said, “May this never be!” Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written: ” ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone ‘ ? Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed.” Luke 20:9-18

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-25-2018)

Good morning friends,

Random quote from Nuggets:

When people are right with God, they are apt to be hard on themselves and easy on other people. But when they are not right with God, they are easy on themselves and hard on others. ~ John Newton

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Cactus Clash – this is a homeschool speech and debate tournament where you can volunteer to be a judge. They have an apologetics speech tournament which I judge each year. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed, in fact you will be greatly encouraged by these articulate and thoughtful young people make convincing impromptu speeches trying to convince you that Christianity is true!: https://cactusclash2018.homeschooldebate.net/community-judges
  2. What Do Americans Believe About God, Salvation, and the Bible? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJcy4dO9ngg
  3. Scientist Confirms: An Unborn Baby is a Human Being From the Moment of Conception | LifeNews.com: https://www.lifenews.com/2017/02/09/scientist-confirms-an-unborn-baby-is-a-human-being-from-the-moment-of-conception/
  4. Dennis Prager on Evolution: Stephen Meyer Turned Me Around | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2018/10/dennis-prager-on-evolution-stephen-meyer-turned-me-around/
  5. Tim Keller: Our Culture Was Built to Escape Christianity – evangelizing in western culture: https://corechristianity.com/resource-library/articles/tim-keller-our-culture-was-built-to-escape-christianity
  6. The Story Of David And Goliath Gets Archaeological Evidence Backing It Up | Daily Wire: https://www.dailywire.com/news/37279/story-david-and-goliath-gets-archaeological-hank-berrien
  7. Eight Ways Satan Tempts You To Question Your Salvation – Tim Challies: https://www.challies.com/vlog/eight-ways-satan-tempts-you-to-question-your-salvation/
  8. Gosnell Being Dropped From Movie Theaters Despite Solid Performance | Daily Wire: https://www.dailywire.com/news/37380/exclusive-gosnell-being-dropped-movie-theaters-paul-bois
  9. Human destinies: Hell | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2018/10/20/human-destinies-hell/
  10. 5 Signs Your Church Might be Heading Toward Progressive Christianity – Alisa Childers: https://www.alisachilders.com/blog/5-signs-your-church-might-be-heading-toward-progressive-christianity
  11. Jesus Was A Case Maker | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/jesus-was-a-case-maker/
  12. What to say to Jehovah’s Witnesses by Mike Licona – Part 1 – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/jehovahs-witnesses/what-to-say-to-jehovahs-witnesses
  13. What to say to Jehovah’s Witnesses by Mike Licona – 1. About the Jehovah’s Witnesses – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/jehovahs-witnesses/what-to-say-to-jehovahs-witnesses/2-about-jws
  14. What to say to Jehovah’s Witnesses by Mike Licona – 2. Biblical texts used by JWs against the Deity of Christ – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/jehovahs-witnesses/what-to-say-to-jehovahs-witnesses/3-biblical-texts-against
  15. What to say to Jehovah’s Witnesses by Mike Licona – 3. Biblical Texts for the Deity of Christ – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/jehovahs-witnesses/what-to-say-to-jehovahs-witnesses/4-biblical-texts-for
  16. What to say to Jehovah’s Witnesses by Mike Licona – 4. Conclusion & Application – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/jehovahs-witnesses/what-to-say-to-jehovahs-witnesses/5-conclusion
  17. What to say to Jehovah’s Witnesses by Mike Licona – Appendix 1. More on John 1:1 – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/jehovahs-witnesses/what-to-say-to-jehovahs-witnesses/6-appendix
  18. What to say to Jehovah’s Witnesses by Mike Licona – Appendix 2. Should You Let Them In? – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/jehovahs-witnesses/what-to-say-to-jehovahs-witnesses/7-let-them-in
  19. Skeptics say we don’t know who wrote the gospels, but it wasn’t Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. They’re using a double standard: http://isjesusalive.com/who-wrote-the-gospels/
  20. What Do Other Worldviews Believe? Rob Lundberg Apologetics: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2018/10/22/what-do-other-worldviews-believe/
  21. Answering Two Common Objections To The Author Of Life Argument: https://cerebralfaith.blogspot.com/2018/10/answering-two-common-objections-to.html
  22. Witches Outnumber Presbyterians in the US; Wicca, Paganism Growing ‘Astronomically’: https://www.christianpost.com/news/witches-outnumber-presbyterians-in-the-us-wicca-paganism-growing-astronomically-227857/
  23. A Journey from a Homosexual Lifestyle to Christ | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/family/homosexuality/journey-from-homosexual-lifestyle-to-christ/
  24. Evolutionists Sense Life’s Design and Deify Nature | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/evolutionists-sense-design-deify-nature
  25. The Talking Ape Who Couldn’t Really Talk | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/the-talking-ape-who-couldnt-really-talk/
  26. Testimony of a Former Skeptic | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/testimony-former-skeptic/

Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 4:1-2

Blessings to you all

Lunch conversation with Hindu Colleague

I recently met with a colleague who visiting our office on a business trip from another country in Europe.  It was lunch time and he was sitting at his desk.  I was on my way out to lunch, when I felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit that I ought to see if he had plans and ask him to lunch.  So, I turned around and went back to our area and asked him if he had plans.  He had no plans for lunch that day, so I invited him to go to lunch with me.

I have had a history of working with him and it was very nice to get together for a meal.  We went to a Mexican restaurant, which he enjoyed, as he was able to get a vegetarian meal.  He is originally from India and we were talking about all the places he’s lived in India.  Then I asked about Punjab, commenting that I’d heard they have their own religion there.  So, we started talking about religion in general.  My colleague said that many different religions are practiced in India (Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Jainism, etc.) and that India is very open about religion.  I asked him what he meant by “open”. He said that members of each religion will visit and talk with and be friends with people of other religions and even visit their respective places of worship and spend time together during festivals.  He even said he’s visited Christian churches in India before.  However he said that is not the case for Islam – as Hindus, they don’t go into mosques.

He went on to tell me more about Hinduism, his beliefs and some of the stories in their scriptures.  During our conversation, he described how the best schools in India were Christian schools – he specifically mentioned Catholic and Protestant.  I commented on his mentioning Catholic and Protestant and asked about his understanding of the difference between the 2?  He said that he understood that Catholic was the one true church until the protestant church split away.  I asked him if he’d heard of the Protestant Reformation.  He said no.  I asked if he’d heard of Martin Luther.  He said, “Yes, Martin Luther King, right?”  I said no, that Martin Luther King was the civil rights leader in America in the 1960’s.  I’m talking about Martin Luther.  He said, “Wasn’t he a philosopher?”  So, I went on to explain what happened during the Protestant Reformation.  He asked when all this happened, and I told him about the day (October 30th 1517) when Martin Luther posted his 95 theses (or complaints) against the Catholic Church on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.  I explained that Martin Luther was actually a Catholic Monk and he didn’t want to create a new church, rather he wanted to reform the church because he saw that they were straying away from the Bible – I also explained the situation that was occurring with selling indulgences.  I explained that the Protestant Reformation spread throughout Europe and the UK during that time period.  This was the time when the recent invention of printing press allowed the “common man” to have his own copy of the Bible for a cheaper cost, which helped the spread of this reformation.  We even talked about how the countries of Europe to this day are considered either Catholic (e.g. France, Poland, Italy and Spain) or Protestant (Germany, Netherlands, England, etc.).

During this part of the conversation, he even mentioned the level of Atheism in the UK, where he said that atheists represent about 20% of the population. I told him in the US it is somewhere between 5 and 10%.  We talked about how it is hard to believe that someone could believe that the Universe and everything in it came into existence from nothing with no cause, and that life in all of its complexity, including the DNA molecule, could come into existence without an intelligent designer. He agreed then he started to tell me about how in Hinduism there are three different gods Creator, Sustainer, and Destroyer. I think they were Brahman, Vishnu and Shiva. Then he started to tell me in general about Hinduism and some of the scriptures. After I was asking him many questions he told me about avatars and how Krishna was an avatar. As we went on talking, I asked him about the concepts of Karma and Reincarnation.  He said that everyone must be reborn so that whatever body you’re living in now you will die and eventually be reborn into a different body. I was asking him a lot of questions during this whole time we were talking about Hinduism and learning quite a bit. For example he said the final state of a person according to Hinduism is Moksha. But the new thing that I learned was that Moksha according to him is a state of non-existence that’s the final state of a person (I had previously thought that Moksha was kind of like Nirvana).  He also revealed that there is a heaven and hell in Hinduism. There is one god that keeps track of all the things you do in this life. And there’s another god which, by his description of it, almost sounded like the grim reaper who will take a person to either heaven or hell.  According to him, after you have served your sentence then you’ll get reborn into another body.

Then I asked him if he knew what the concept of “grace” means in Christianity. He said he had definitely heard of that phrase – the grace of God, but what he described sounded more like the blessings of God. So I talked to him about the meaning of grace. I told him that grace is defined as “unmerited favor from God”, meaning, you didn’t do anything to earn it.  With grace, you are getting good things that you don’t deserve. Kind of a parallel concept, I told him about is mercy. Mercy is where you don’t get the bad things (i.e. punishment) that you do deserve. Those two concepts, I explained, are related like two sides of the coin.  He seemed to understand.  I explained that all people have sinned and are accountable to God for those sins and the punishment due for them.  I asked him if he had any idea how to obtain or access the grace and mercy of God?  He thought for a while – I let there be an awkward silence.  Finally, he said no.  I explained to him, this is where Jesus comes in.  God came to earth in the person of Jesus and lived a perfect (sinless) life.  He followed the 10 commandments to a tee.  I asked if he knew what the 10 commandments were.  He had heard of them, but couldn’t name any.  I explained that these are laws and rules for living that God gave to the Israelites long ago, and gave him a few examples.  So, Jesus lived a perfect life and did not deserve to die, but you know that he was killed by crucifixion on a cross, right?  He said yes.  I explained that Jesus was paying for punishment we deserved for our sins.  So, if we believe that we have sinned and deserved the punishment that Jesus experienced and that He died in our place, then we can go to heaven forever to be with God.  This is the Good News – this is the Gospel.  But if we don’t believe in Him and His sacrificial death for us, then we have to go to hell to pay for our sins ourselves.  In Christianity, this life is the time we have to choose Jesus.  After we die, there are no second chances – this is it!  The purpose of life is to know Christ and once you know Him, to make Him known to others.  He indicated he understood.

We covered a lot of ground in this conversation and I pray that God would take my imperfect witness and help my Indian colleague understand it and consider his relationship with God and his destination in eternity!

mid-week apologetics booster (9-9-2018)

Good morning friends,

I have recently been working on a new and updated version of my Bible nuggets program. You can try it here. The newly modified version contains the following features:

  1. Read and search the full Bible in 8 different translations
  2. Browse selected “Nuggets” from the Bible
  3. Links to biblestudytools.com Interlinear Bible for any chapter or passage you’re reading (this will allow you to explore the Greek and Hebrew text)
  4. Setup and practice Bible memory verses
  5. Browse the Bible by Topic
  6. Browse, search and memorize non-Bible quotes and facts
  7. Works great on mobile devices
  8. Content can be copied to clipboard for pasting into social media postings, emails or text messages
  9. There are many more features in this program that I’m continually updating, contact me if you have any questions about the features or how to use it

 

Note: if you would like to request a new feature or notify me about a bug, you can add a new issue on my GitHub page for this project!

Remember, if you login (no password required), you can create and store your own database of quotes, facts and Bible memory verses. Be sure to take advantage of this extremely helpful resource, which will help you grow in your Christian walk!

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The Endosymbiont Hypothesis: Things Arent What They Seem to Be: http://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/the-cells-design/read/the-cells-design/2018/08/29/the-endosymbiont-hypothesis-things-aren-t-what-they-seem-to-be
  2. A world-famous chemist tells the truth: there’s no scientist alive today who understands macroevolution | Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/a-world-famous-chemist-tells-the-truth-theres-no-scientist-alive-today-who-understands-macroevolution/
  3. Isnt the God of the Old Testament Harsh, Brutal, Downright Evil?: https://answersingenesis.org/who-is-god/isnt-the-god-of-the-old-testament-harsh-brutal-and-downright-evil/
  4. Australias New Prime Minister Is an Evangelical Christian – Michael Foust: https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/michael-foust/australia-s-new-prime-minister-is-an-evangelical-christian.html?utm_source=ChristianHeadlines%20Daily
  5. Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions: Volume 1 (online book) | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/answers/books/demolishing-supposed-bible-contradictions-1/introduction/
  6. 50 Alleged Bible Contradictions Refuted | The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/50-alleged-bible-contradiction-refuted/
  7. The Biblical Literacy of Teenage Believers | Theological Matters: https://theologicalmatters.com/2012/09/05/the-biblical-literacy-of-teenage-believers/
  8. Why would a loving God send people to Hell?: https://creation.com/hell
  9. What does the Bible say about the pope / papacy?: https://www.gotquestions.org/pope-papacy.html
  10. Six short Pro-life responses to Six popular Pro-choice slogans – Part 1: http://apologeticsuk.blogspot.com/2013/07/six-short-pro-life-responses-to-six.html
  11. Rosaria Butterfield Interview – At about 24 minutes into the interview, shes recounting a conversation she (as a lesbian) was having with a transgendered individual about how she was reading the Bible and the effect it was having on her. She says: Im reading the Bible and Im reading it a lot and what if its true? We are in big trouble! She said it was Romans 1 that really convicted her She went on to write a book The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ_YI6INTQU&feature=youtu.be
  12. Study: the early Earths atmosphere contained oxygen | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2014/04/28/study-the-early-earths-atmosphere-contained-oxygen/
  13. What is misotheism? What is a misotheist?: https://www.gotquestions.org/misotheism-misotheist.html

he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. James 1:8

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-2-2018)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Do faith in God and science contradict?: https://www.gotquestions.org/science-God.html
  2. Giving the Bad News First – and Accurately | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/giving-the-bad-news-first—and-accurately#.W1sPNDOp40N
  3. What I Wish I Knew Sixteen Years Ago About Sharing The Good News With Mormons – Straight Talk with Claudia K: http://straighttalkwithclaudiak.com/what-i-wish-i-knew-sixteen-years-ago-about-sharing-the-good-news-with-mormons/
  4. Are Your Christian Students Ready for College? | | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/are-your-christian-students-ready-for-college/
  5. Apologetics and the Object of Our Faith Help Me Believe: https://helpmebelieveblog.com/2018/07/23/apologetics-and-the-object-of-our-faith/
  6. The Nature of Apologetics: http://ses.edu/the-nature-of-apologetics
  7. 5 Reasons Why the Church Should Care About Apologetics – ChristianWeek: http://www.christianweek.org/5-reasons-church-care-apologetics/
  8. 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/
  9. Why the Debate over Christian Origins Matter THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/11107/
  10. Canadian landscape a testimony to the Flood – creation.com: https://creation.com/cypress-hills-planation-surface
  11. Put a Stone in His Shoe | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/put-a-stone-in-his-shoe
  12. 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
  13. Transgender’s Faith – Walt Heyer (J1706) | Daystar On Demand – Christian Videos: http://www.daystar.com/ondemand/video/?video=5535343586001
  14. Sexual Identity #6 – Kegan Wesley (J1527) | Daystar On Demand – Christian Videos: http://www.daystar.com/ondemand/video/?video=4654213440001
  15. Everything is theological – Adam4d.com: http://adam4d.com/theologic/
  16. What Do You Say To Someone Who Listens To A False Teacher?: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-do-you-say-to-someone-who-listens-to-a-false-teacher/
  17. What Drives a Cult Leader like David Koresh? | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2018/03/what-drives-cult-leader-like-david.html
  18. How Bacteria Help Our Bodies Survive: http://www.icr.org/article/10785/
  19. God’s Specific Plan For Your Life (A Parable) | Christian Post: http://ipost.christianpost.com/post/gods-specific-plan-for-your-life-a-parable
  20. Guidance and God’s Plan | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/question-answer/P10/guidance-and-gods-plan
  21. Twelve Reasons Why Atheism Cannot Explain Reality Seeing God’s Breath: https://godsbreath.net/2016/05/12/reasons-why-atheism-is-irrational/
  22. The Most Common Objection to Gods Existence on a College Campus THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/07/26/the-most-common-objection-to-gods-existence-on-a-college-campus-3/
  23. Apologists are Fighting the Wrong Battle – Capturing Christianity: http://capturingchristianity.com/apologists-are-fighting-the-wrong-battle/

The LORD is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness. He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure. Isaiah 33:5-6

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (7-26-2018)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. How To Raise A Child In A Christian Home: 10 Important Tips: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-raise-a-child-in-a-christian-home-10-important-tips/
  2. Introducing The College Student’s Back to School Guide to Intelligent Design | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2009/09/introducing_the_college_studen/
  3. Three Spiritual Journeys of Millennials – Barna Group: https://www.barna.com/research/three-spiritual-journeys-of-millennials/
  4. Is bias a bad thing? – creation.com: https://creation.com/bias-bad-thing
  5. The Hardest Question to Answer | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/hardest-question-answer#.W1Es-NJKiUm
  6. All Episcopal Churches Must Now Bless Same-Sex Marriage: https://churchleaders.com/news/329117-all-episcopal-churches-must-now-bless-same-sex-marriage.html
  7. No Blind Faith Here Here’s the thing: https://heresthething.blog/2018/02/16/no-blind-faith-here/
  8. The Unexpected Apologist-Think Divinely: https://thinkdivinely.com/the-unexpected-apologist/
  9. A Christian Defense against Atheism Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2017/04/13/a-christian-defense-against-atheism/
  10. The testimony of a Secular Atheist finding Christ | Six Day Science: https://sixdayscience.com/2015/05/11/my-testimony/
  11. Why Unforgiving People Are So Unforgiving | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2018/why-unforgiving-people-are-so-unforgiving/
  12. The Manx comet and naturalistic assumptions – creation.com: https://creation.com/manx-comet
  13. SETI reacts to the new study that says not to wait up for extraterrestrials | Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/seti-reacts-to-the-new-study-that-says-not-to-wait-up-for-extraterrestrials/
  14. Why We’re Probably Alone in the Universe, Despite the Latest Planet Discovery: https://www.christianpost.com/voice/why-were-probably-alone-in-the-universe-despite-the-latest-planet-discovery.html
  15. It’s Time to Take the Bible Seriously – Capturing Christianity: http://capturingchristianity.com/time-take-the-bible-seriously/
  16. How Christianity Led to the Rise of Modern Science – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/christianity-led-rise-modern-science/
  17. Why A Classical Historian Changed His Mind About Christianity | Think Theology: https://thinktheology.co.uk/blog/article/why_a_classical_historian_changed_his_mind_about_christianity
  18. My Wife Has Tattoos: Marriage and New Birth: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/my-wife-has-tattoos-marriage-and-new-birth/
  19. CEASE & DESIST: Town Orders Family to Stop Hosting Bible Studies on Farm | Todd Starnes: https://www.toddstarnes.com/faith/cease-desist-town-orders-family-to-stop-hosting-bible-studies-on-farm/
  20. Interview: How Should Christians Think about Social Justice? – Josh.org: https://www.josh.org/christian-social-justice/
  21. 4 bad arguments for defending creationism (and what we should use instead) – Focus Press: https://www.focuspress.org/2017/09/19/4-bad-arguments-defending-creationism-use-instead/
  22. Micro-Refutations – Scripture calls Christians to refute (i.e., prove false) false views (e.g., 2 Corinthians 10:4-5) | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/world-religions/micro-refutations/
  23. The Telephone Game Myth: Has the New Testament Been Changed Over Time? | god from the machine: https://godfromthemachine.blog/2017/02/09/the-telephone-game-myth-has-the-new-testament-been-changed-over-time/
  24. Flying Foxes – Bats are amazing animals that display the unlimited creativity of our God. – Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/mammals/flying-foxes/
  25. Sam Allberry’s Advice for Conversations about Sexual Identity | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/sam-allberrys-advice-conversations-about-sexual-identity#.W1TpxTOp40M
  26. 11 False Assumptions about Christianity: https://corechristianity.com/resource-library/articles/11-false-assumptions-about-christianity
  27. Hugh Ross’s five best arguments from nature for the existence of God | Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/hugh-rosss-five-best-arguments-from-nature-for-the-existence-of-god/
  28. Adam and Eve: Real People or Representative Hominins? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2018/07/22/adam-and-eve-real-people-or-representative-hominins/
  29. Never Read a Bible Verse | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/never-read-a-bible-verse-2#.W1crzDOp40N
  30. The Neo-Darwinian Synthesis: A Fable Told by Ernst Mayr | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2018/07/the-neo-darwinian-synthesis-a-fable-told-by-ernst-mayr/
  31. Good Reasons to Believe Peter Is the Source of Mark’s Gospel | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/good-reasons-to-believe-peter-is-the-source-of-marks-gospel/
  32. Listening to Young Atheists: Lessons for a Stronger Christianity – The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/06/listening-to-young-atheists-lessons-for-a-stronger-christianity/276584/
  33. What Do Non-Christians Really Think of Us? – ThomRainer.com: https://thomrainer.com/2013/06/what-do-non-christians-really-think-of-us/
  34. What Are the Top Ten Problems with Darwinian Evolution? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/what-are-the-top-ten-problems-with-darwinian-evolution/
  35. Does the Gospel of Mark Claim that Jesus is God?: http://www.reasonsforgod.org/2013/06/does-the-gospel-of-mark-claim-that-jesus-is-god/
  36. Doug Axe on making odds on getting to a protein by chance in Amino Acid sequence space | Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/irreducible-complexity/video-doug-axe-on-making-odds-on-getting-to-a-protein-by-chance-in-amino-acid-sequence-space/
  37. How do we decide which books belong in the Bible since the Bible does not say which books belong in the Bible?: https://www.gotquestions.org/canonicity-scriptural.html
  38. What Memories Are Made Of | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/human-body/brain/what-memories-are-made-of/
  39. C14, DNA, collagen in dinosaurs indicates geological timescales are false | Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/news/cocktail-c14-dna-collagen-in-dinosaurs-indicates-geological-timescales-are-false/
  40. Homeland Security for the Church – The Need to Defend the Faith: http://christianapologeticsalliance.com/2013/07/08/homeland-security-for-the-church-the-need-to-defend-the-faith/
  41. Am I Going to Hell? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/articles/am-i-going-to-hell
  42. Six Eternal Truths to Remember Each Day – Eternal Perspective Ministries: https://www.epm.org/blog/2013/Jul/14/eternal-truths
  43. How Should I Respond to Religious Pluralism? | Penny of a Thought: https://pennyofathought.wordpress.com/2013/05/09/how-should-i-respond-to-religious-pluralism/
  44. Three short Pro-life responses to Three popular Pro-choice slogans: http://apologeticsuk.blogspot.com/2013/07/six-short-pro-life-responses-to-six.html?utm_content=bufferce045&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer
  45. Ten Basic Facts About the NT Canon that Every Christian Should Memorize – Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/the-complete-series-ten-basic-facts-about-the-nt-canon-that-every-christian-should-memorize/
  46. PCUSA Rejects Hymn In Christ Alone | Caffeinated Thoughts: http://caffeinatedthoughts.com/2013/07/pcusa-rejects-hymn-in-christ-alone/
  47. If God knew that Satan would rebel, why did He create him?: https://www.gotquestions.org/if-God-knew.html
  48. Jesus: the Antidote | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/articles/jesus-the-antidote

I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands. Psalms 119:60

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-31-2018)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Dr. Michael Brown shares Jesus with Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem and is Detained for Hours by the Police as Men Spit on the Name of Jesus. My Day in Jerusalem | The Stream: https://stream.org/detained-hours-police-men-spit-name-jesus-day-jerusalem/
  2. Illinois High School Prohibits Valedictorian From Mentioning Jesus in Graduation Speech | Christian News Network: https://christiannews.net/2018/05/22/illinois-high-school-prohibits-valedictorian-from-mentioning-jesus-in-graduation-speech/
  3. Six Apologetic Topics Every Christian Should Learn About THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/05/24/six-apologetic-topics-every-christian-should-learn-about/
  4. Is There a First-Century Fragment of Marks Gospel? Apparently Not Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/is-there-a-first-century-fragment-of-marks-gospel-apparently-not/
  5. Clearing the Fog: Christianity Doesn’t Need Evidence Because Faith is Blind. | Living Waters: https://www.livingwaters.com/clearing-the-fog/
  6. Do we have the right Bible? George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2018/05/23/do-we-have-the-right-bible/
  7. Why Did God Sacrifice God? An Explanation of Jesus Atonement Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2018/05/21/why-did-god-sacrifice-god-an-explanation-of-jesus-atonement/
  8. An Unexpected Benefit of Apologetics Bellator Christi: https://bellatorchristi.com/2017/02/07/an-unexpected-benefit-of-apologetics/
  9. Did John Calvin teach double predestination? Yes, he absolutely did.: https://runningawayfrommychurch.com/calvinist-double-predestination-reformed-churches/
  10. How Skeptics Use a Partial Truth to Tell a Complete Lie | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2018/how-skeptics-use-a-partial-truth-to-tell-a-complete-lie/
  11. New study: switching male and female marriage roles makes both sexes unhappy | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2018/05/25/new-study-switching-male-and-female-marriage-roles-makes-both-sexes-unhappy-2/
  12. In six days? | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2018/05/25/in-six-days-2/
  13. If God Made the Universe Then Who Made God? Rob Lundberg Apologetics.Com: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2018/05/23/if-god-made-the-universe-then-who-made-god-2/
  14. Former False Prophet Andy Poland Talks about Mormonism and Feelings – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBda3vWOBsU&feature=youtu.be&t=1s
  15. America’s Godly Heritage 1 – David Barton – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pme3o0WimkU&list=PL9A8002C80FA935C5&index=1
  16. Is There Any Evidence for Jesus Outside the Bible? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/is-there-any-evidence-for-jesus-outside-the-bible/
  17. Witnessing Tips: Apologetics, Truth, and Humility – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/articles/witnessing-tips-apologetics-truth-and-humility/
  18. Why Christianity is the Worldview that Best Supports Science | Don Johnson Evangelistic Ministries: http://donjohnsonministries.org/why-christianity-is-the-worldview-that-best-supports-science/
  19. Good News For LDS – 12 part video giving evidence that Mormonism is false: http://www.goodnewsforlds.com/video.html
  20. Does the Doctrine of Hell Make God Unjust? | The Cripplegate: http://thecripplegate.com/does-the-doctrine-of-hell-make-god-unjust/
  21. The Seeing Eye: The Eye Is a Living Camera, | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/human-body/eyes/the-seeing-eye/
  22. European Christians no longer align with Christian faith: http://mobile.wnd.com/2018/05/european-christians-no-longer-align-with-christian-faith/

Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land. Proverbs 25:25

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 5/27/2018

Tactics Book – Chapters 5-6

Today in my Apologetics Class, we covered chapters 5 and 6 from the excellent book Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions.  Again this week, we both listened to the Tactics audio book (from Audible) and I displayed the Kindle book on the screen using read.amazon.com.  Below is the note-taking form I handed out to the class so they could follow along and fill in the blanks:

Tactics Book Part 2: Chapters 5-6 (5/27/2018)

Chapter 5 (1:59:55 – 2:32) Using Columbo to Lead the Way

  1. We ask leading questions, which take the other person in the direction we want to go
  2. With each leading question, you accomplish 2 things. Every time you ask a question and get a favorable response, the person is telling you:
    1. He u________________ the point you’re making
    2. He a___________ with the point you’re making, at least provisionally
  3. We want to win someone to our point of view – not force our opinions, but rather p__________
  4. Your leading questions will be used to:
    1. I___________ – to indirectly explain your own ideas
    2. P___________ – to indirectly advance your own ideas
    3. S_____ up the t___________ – Set up the “terms of the conversation” to put you in a more beneficial position for your next move.
    4. R____________ – Defeat what you think is a bad argument or a flawed point of view
  5. “The Q_____________” – you will eventually be asked this question (in some form): “You’re saying that people who don’t believe just like you are going to Hell?
  6. You have to know w______ Jesus is the only way before it is helpful to tell people that he is the only way.
  7. The Jewish attorney who didn’t understand why he needed Jesus. Greg asked 2 questions:
    1. Do you think people who commit m________ c__________ ought to be punished?
    2. Have you ever committed any moral crimes?
    3. That puts us in a tight spot, doesn’t it? Do you know what I call that? Bad news!
    4. This is where Jesus come in. We both know we’re guilty, that’s the problem.  So God offers a solution: a p___________, free of charge.  But c______________ is on His terms, not ours.  Jesus is God’s means of pardon.  He personally paid the penalty in our place.  He took the rap for our crimes.  No one else did that.  Only Jesus.  Now we have a choice to make.  Either we take the pardon and go f__________, or we turn it down and p__________ for our crimes ourselves.
  8. “Tell them something they know” – these are the most powerful and persuasive questions.
  9. Shannon, an American college student living in Europe, although she’d been raised in a Christian home and had a strong relationship with the Lord, was perplexed by the idea that others were l___________ apart from trust in C_____________. Greg used questions to remind her of what she already knew and to “connect the dots” for her.
  10. If religion, or sincerity, or ‘doing our best’ cannot save you and me, then how can any of those things save someone else? Either Jesus rescues us by taking the p______________ for our sin on Himself, or we are not saved and we have to pay for our own crimes.  It’s no more complicated than that.
  11. The “P__________-A______________ T_____________ Trick” – when someone asks for your personal views about a controversial issue, preface your remarks with a question that sets the stage – in your favor – for your response. Say, “You know, this is actually a very personal question you’re asking.  I don’t mind answering, but before I do, I want to know if it’s safe to offer my views.  So let me ask you a question: Do you consider yourself a tolerant person or an intolerant person on issues like this?  Is it safe to give my opinion, or are you going to judge me for my point of view?  Do you respect diverse points of view, or do you condemn others for convictions that differ from your own?”  Now when you give your point of view, it’s going to be very difficult for anyone to call you intolerant or judgmental without looking guilty too.
  12. Everyone thinks his own beliefs are c_____________. If people didn’t think their beliefs were true, they wouldn’t believe them.  They’d believe something else and think that was true.
  13. If you’re labeled intolerant…”Why is it when I think I’m right, I’m intolerant, but when you think you’re right, you’re just right? What am I missing?”
  14. Example of a student / professor conversation in “Icons of Evolution”:
    1. Teacher: Okay, let’s start today’s lesson with a quick review. Yesterday I talked about homology [how different organisms show remarkable similarity in the structure of some of their body parts]. H__________________ features, such as the vertebrate limbs shown in your textbook, provide us with some of our best evidence that living things have evolved from common ancestors.
    2. Student (raising hand): I know you went over this yesterday, but I’m still confused. How do we know whether features are homologous?
    3. Teacher: Well, if you look at vertebrate limbs, you can see that even though they’re adapted to perform different functions, their bone patterns are structurally similar.
    4. Student: But you told us yesterday that even though an o_______________ eye is structurally similar to a human eye, the two are not homologous.
    5. Teacher: That’s correct. Octopus and human eyes are not homologous because their common ancestor did not have such an eye.
    6. Student: So regardless of similarity, features are not homologous unless they are inherited from a common a_________________?
    7. Teacher: Yes, now you’re catching on.
    8. Student (looking puzzled): Well, actually, I’m still confused. You say homologous features provide some of our best evidence for common ancestry. But before we can tell whether features are homologous, we have to know whether they came from a common ancestor.
    9. Teacher: That’s right.
    10. Student (scratching head): I must be missing something. It sounds as though you’re saying that we know features are derived from a common ancestor because they’re derived from a common ancestor. Isn’t that c______________ r_______________?
  15. When professor says “science has proven that miracles don’t happen”, you could ask “Professor, would you please explain to me exactly how the methods of science have disproved the possibility of s_______________ e_______________?”
  16. Pay close attention to the answer to the question, “How did you come to that conclusion?” then, ask yourself if the person’s conclusion is j_______________ by the evidence he gives.
  17. You can use the leading questions to:
    1. C_____________ a point
    2. C_____________ new information
    3. Expose a w________________
  18. Remember, as an ambassador for Christ, you don’t have to hit a h________ r_______ in every conversation. You don’t even have to get on base…sometimes just getting up to bat will do.
  19. Point out weaknesses in a view, but don’t be pushy, condescending, or smug (offensive).
  20. Soften or cushion your approach by using “H_________ you c_________________” to preface your question.

Chapter 6: Perfecting Columbo (2:32:01-3:02:02)

  1. In any encounter, there are 2 different times when the pressure is off (and these are perfect times to focus on improving your technique):
    1. Before the conversation begins
    2. After it’s over
  2. There are 3 specific things you can do to ready yourself to respond:
    1. You can a_____________ beforehand what might come up
    2. You can r_____________ afterward what took place
    3. You can p____________ the r_______________ you think of during these reflective moments so you will be prepared for the next opportunity.
  3. After each encounter you have, immediately reflect on how you could’ve done better.
  4. 3 Skills of an Ambassador:
    1. K__________________ – an accurately informed mind
    2. W_________________ – an artful method
    3. C__________________ – an attractive manner
  5. When you’re alone in the car, you can listen to talk radio (or a debate) and then pause it or turn down the volume and try to respond to the challenger yourself. This places you in an actual dialogue in a way that is completely safe.
  6. Even people who don’t usually like taking tests don’t mind them at all when they know the answers to the questions.
  7. There are 2 things that will help generate the c_________________ you’ll need to face a challenging situation:
    1. P_______________ – being prepared will give you confidence
    2. A______________ – eventually, you must actually engage. Interacting with others face-to-face is the most effective way to improve your abilities as an ambassador.
  8. Objection: “I just don’t believe any unwanted children should be allowed to come into the world”. Answer: Not wanting to bring unwanted children into the world may be a legitimate reason for birth control, but it has nothing to do with abortion. When a woman is pregnant, the child is a__________ “in the w___________”, so to speak.  The human being already exists; he or she is just hidden from view inside the mother’s womb. This woman’s response assumed that before making the journey down the birth canal, the baby simply does not exist.
  9. Objection: “People t________ the B__________ all the time to make it say whatever they want”. Answer: People do twist Bible verses all the time.  It is one of my own chief complaints.  The student’s point wasn’t really that some people twist the Bible.  His complaint was that I was twisting the Bible.  Yet he hadn’t demonstrated this.
  10. Once you see how unprepared people are to answer for their own views, you’ll be tempted to use your tactics like a c___________. Don’t give in to that urge.  As a general rule, go out of your way to establish common ground.  Whenever possible, affirm points of agreement.
  11. When someone uses the Columbo Tactic against you:
    1. You have no obligation to cooperate with anyone trying to set you up with leading questions. Simply refuse to answer them, but do so in a cordial way.
    2. “My sense is that you want to explain your point by using questions … I’d rather you just state your view directly”
  12. When a question is not a question: What gives you the right to say someone else’s religion is wrong? This is not really a question – there’s no curiosity at all.  It is a statement disguised as a question.  Response: your question is confusing… Do you really want to talk about rights?  Do you really want to know what my credentials are or what authority I have to speak on these things?
  13. The most important thing to remember about these questions is that behind them lurk strong opinions that are open to challenge if they can be flushed into the open.
  14. 2 Approaches of Columbo:
    1. B__________________ approach (like Lieutenant Columbo) – meant to p_____________, win the person.
    2. C__________________, aggressive (like a lawyer) – meant to r__________________, target is the audience.
  15. Sheepish in Seattle:
    1. Statement: Some religion beliefs seem foolish. Objection: That’s oppressive, not letting people believe what they want to believe!
    2. Response: Do you think I’m wrong then? … If you don’t think I’m wrong, then why are you correcting me?  And if you do think I’m wrong, then why were you oppressing me?
    3. Objection: All religions are basically the same. Response: Really?  In what way? Then, consider this: Either Jesus is Messiah or He isn’t, right? If He isn’t Messiah, then the Christians are wrong and the Jews are right.  If He is Messiah, then the Jews are wrong and the Christians are right. …  Under no circumstances can they both be basically the same, can they?
    4. Objection: No one can ever know the truth about religion. Response: Why would you believe a thing like that?
    5. Objection: The Bible has been changed and translated so many times over the centuries you can’t trust it. Response: Even if the Bible vanished from the face of the Earth, knowledge of God could still be possible, at least in principle…How do you know the Bible’s been changed?  Have you actually studied the transmission of the ancient docs?

Discussion Questions

  1. There are 2 “modes” of Columbo, (1) to persuade and (2) to refute. What is the benefit of each approach?  What situations might you use each one?
  2. What is the “Passive-Aggressive Tolerance Trick”? How does this help us in this modern, tolerant and politically correct environment?
  3. What are 3 uses of asking leading questions?
  4. How can you defend yourself when Columbo is used against you?

 

mid-week apologetics booster (5-17-2018)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Can death be abolished? – creation.com: https://creation.com/can-death-be-abolished
  2. Everyday Virtues of an Ambassador for Christ: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2014/09/everyday-virtues-of-ambassador-for.html
  3. The Juvenilization of American Christianity – What does juvenilized Christianity look like? The National Study of Youth and Religion calls it moralistic, therapeutic deism. In sharp contrast to other subjects they care about, American teenagers are amazingly inarticulate about their faith, probably because there is little content there. In short, juvenilized Christianity is self-centered, emotionally driven, and intellectually shallow.: http://www.equip.org/article/juvenilization-american-christianity/
  4. The Most Dangerous Belief a Christian Mom Can Have (Happy Mother’s Day!): http://christianmomthoughts.com/the-most-dangerous-belief-a-christian-mom-can-have-happy-mothers-day/
  5. About Those Crusades – Stand to Reason Blog: http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2015/02/about-those-crusades.html
  6. The Five Most Common Fallacies about the Life of Jesus: http://historicaljesusresearch.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-five-most-common-fallacies-about.html
  7. Christianity without hell – examining 4 false ideas about hell: http://mbcpathway.com/2015/01/21/what-christianity-without-hell-looks-like/
  8. Six Signs That You May Be Ashamed of the Gospel THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/six-signs-you-may-be-ashamed-of-the-gospel/
  9. Rules to Evaluate Alleged Bible Contradictions and Difficulties (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/rules-to-evaluate-alleged-bible-contradictions-and-difficulties-free-bible-insert/
  10. How Not to Argue Like an Idiot: The 15 Most Common Logical Fallacies | Home: https://www.scribblepreach.com/single-post/2017/12/02/How-Not-to-Argue-Like-an-Idiot-The-15-Most-Common-Logical-Fallacies
  11. Mistakes Christians make when talking to Atheists | ifaithdefender: https://chanhearron.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/mistakes-christians-make-when-talking-to-atheists/
  12. One of the Clearest (and Earliest) Summaries of Early Christian Beliefs Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/one-of-the-clearest-and-earliest-summaries-of-early-christian-beliefs/
  13. Unacceptable Answers for Your Thinking Teens: http://www.lifeinprogressministries.org/unacceptable-answers-for-your-thinking-teens/
  14. A Brief Sample of Archaeology Corroborating the Claims of the New Testament | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2013/a-brief-sample-of-archaeology-corroborating-the-claims-of-the-new-testament/
  15. Answering Doubts conference videos – Nabeel Qureshi, Cameron McAllister, Alycia Wood: https://rzim.org/answering-doubts/
  16. 65 Apologetics Questions Every Christian Parent Needs to Learn to Answer: http://christianmomthoughts.com/65-apologetics-questions-every-christian-parent-needs-to-learn-to-answer/
  17. FREE! Online BIBLE COMMENTARIES: http://2besure.blogspot.com/2014/11/new-testament-commentaries-available.html
  18. Why did God command Abraham to sacrifice Isaac?: https://www.gotquestions.org/Abraham-Isaac.html
  19. Handling an Objection: We Can’t Trust Eyewitness Testimony! THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/05/13/handling-an-objection-we-cant-trust-eyewitness-testimony-4/
  20. Noah: Fact or fiction? | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2018/05/10/noah-fact-or-fiction/
  21. Is Christianity sexist? https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Episodes/Unbelievable-Is-Christianity-sexist-Paula-Gooder-Francesca-Stavrakopoulou
  22. Andy Stanley’s Modern Marcionism: https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2018/05/andy-stanleys-modern-marcionism
  23. Going, Going . . . Gone – Why Are Young People Walking Away From Our Churches? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/christianity/church/going-going-gone/
  24. The Intellectual Persecution of the Church: http://credohouse.org/blog/the-intellectual-persecution-of-the-church
  25. A Case for the Bible 101: Manuscript Evidence Part 11 Are there errors in the manuscripts? Truth, Faith and Reason: https://truthfaithandreason.com/a-case-for-the-bible-101-manuscript-evidence-part-11-are-there-errors-in-the-manuscripts/
  26. Can Christians claim to have the One, True God? Coffeehouse Questions: https://coffeehousequestions.com/2016/08/02/can-christians-claim-to-have-the-one-true-god/
  27. How to Share the Gospel Without Being a Jerk: https://corechristianity.com/resource-library/articles/nobody-likes-a-jerk
  28. No, Pastor Stanley, We Should Not Unhitch Ourselves from the Old Testament: https://stream.org/pastor-stanley-unhitch-old-testament/
  29. What Really Happened At The Council Of Nicaea | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/what-really-happened-at-the-council-of-nicea/

We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God–through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. Romans 7:14-25

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 5/13/2018

What’s Down with Hell – James MacDonald

On Sunday in our Apologetics class, I plan to depart a bit from the Apologetics theme and show a sermon on the topic of Hell.  I believe that this is an important topic and that we don’t talk enough about this in the church.  This is one of my favorite preachers of the Word of God, James MacDonald

 

Here is the note-taking form (with discussion questions) that goes with the video:

What’s Down with Hell (James MacDonald) – 5/13/2018

  1. The story of the R________ M_______ and L_____________ – Luke 16:19-31
  2. What is Hell? That question cannot be answered as normal questions can be answered – there’s no reference point (except the word of God).
  3. Charles Hodge – Princeton Theological Seminary – said regarding hell, “It is a doctrine which revolts the heart. It is a doctrine which the heart struggles against and to which the heart submits only under the stress of authority.  The church believes the doctrine of hell because it must believe it or renounce faith in the Bible and give up all the hopes founded upon its promises”.
  4. Definition: Hell is a place of e________ t___________ for the impenitent (unrepentant people).
  5. This is not a church full of righteous people, this is a church full of forgiven people, who have the righteousness of Christ, and by His grace are being changed.
  6. Have you repented?
  7. It is not a word we should use flippantly – hell is not a laughing matter…
  8. Hell is so awful, that if you conceived even a fraction of it, you would not wish it on your worst enemy.
  9. Purpose: Hell is a place for G______ w____________ to be poured out on the impenitent.
  10. Wrath is God’s righteous response to sin.
  11. God has made Himself known in the universe in 3 ways (Titus 2:11):
    1. In C___________ (Ps. 19:1-3; Rom. 1:18-20)
    2. In C___________ (Rom. 2:14-15)
    3. In the G____________ of Jesus Christ
  12. Not “want to know and don’t hear”, but “don’t w__________ to know”.
  13. Terms describing the place:
    1. Sheol – describing the state of d______________
    2. Gehena – used 12 times in the New Testament. It is like a dump – put their garbage there and burned it (diseased animals, etc).
    3. Hades – Luke 16:23 – used 10 times in the New Testament. It is the t_______________ abode of the u______________ (impenitent) d__________, until the final judgement.  No one is technically in “hell” yet.
    4. Hell – Matthew 5:22, 29-30. Used 14 times in the New Testament. Summary term describing the final place of eternal torment for the impenitent.
    5. Second Death – a spiritual death (Rev. 20:14; 21:8). If you’re born o__________, you die t______, if you’re born t_____, you die o________.  What dies at the second death?
      1. O____________ dies (Hebrews 9:27)
      2. G____________ dies – God’s not reaching out to people in hell and trying to reform them.
      3. V____________ dies (Matt. 11:28-30; John 7:17)
    6. The Lake of Fire – Revelation 20:10,14-15. Hell will be fire from “shore to shore”.  “The safest road to hell is the gradual one…” – C.S. Lewis.  There is life after death, and if I don’t know where I’m going it is not s________ to d______.
  14. Jesus talked more about h________, by far, than He talked about h_____________.
  15. Terms describing the punishment:
    1. F___________ – 27 times in the scripture. Is the fire in hell a literal fire?  “I see no reason to regard the fire as more literal than the worm” – Charles Hodge.  So many times flames are referenced – it’s the most common picture of hell.
    2. W__________ and g____________ of teeth (Matthew 8:11 and following) – describes the wicked and their vitriolic, violent hatred toward the righteous. If we picture people in hell as being repentant or regretful, that’s what the Scripture teaches.  The people in hell are not wishing they were in heaven, they’re shaking their fists at it.
    3. O_________ D___________ – intended to convey horror beyond imagination. Hell was originally prepared for the Devil and his angels (Matt 25:41).  No one is together in hell – everyone is completely isolated and alone in hell.  Daniel 12:2 describes it as “the shame of everlasting contempt”.
    4. D____________ – 18 times. (e.g. Matt. 7:13-14, 2 Thess. 1:9)  Every person born into this world has the Imago Dei (the image of God) – Genesis 1:26-27.  This separates us from the animals (mind, emotion and will).  In hell, the soul is abandoned by God to its own destruction.  Some wrongly teach “Anni______________sm” (the belief that hell is a place where you’re punished for a period of time, then you cease to exist).  Destruction does not mean “cease to exist” – a better word is “ruined”.  Example of fruit thrown off building.
  16. Modern objections to hell. Man has an amazing capacity to distort Scripture in the things that he wishes were not true:
    1. E_____________ – too long, therefore God is not just. How can a finite life of sin deserve infinite punishment?  Answer: The misnomer there is that people stop sinning in hell, which is not true.  Sin actually accelerates in hell.  People are not just punished in hell for the sins they’ve committed.  They’re also punished for the sinful nature that was not eradicated by the Gospel.  Example of a rabid dog – Pitbull.  This dog needs to be “put down”, hasn’t done anything wrong, but it will – its nature is corrupted.
    2. T_____________ – it’s too severe, therefore God is not merciful. Answer: God’s statement about the severity of sin is that 2,000 years ago, He sent His own Son and poured out His wrath upon Christ.  On Him, almighty judgment fell that would’ve sunk the world to Hell.
  17. Implications of hell:
    1. I must be s_________ of my salvation. If you were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?  Admit that you’re a sinner, deserving of hell and expressing faith in the payment of Christ for your sin and for your forgiveness.
    2. I must be t____________ for my salvation.
    3. I must be at peace with i__________________.
    4. I must be b_________ in my w______________. This is not a day for subtlety, or silence.  We need to be loving, we need to be sensitive, but we need to be clear.  I need to have “the conversation”.  On this subject, I cannot be silent, but not obnoxious.

Discussion Questions

  1. Have you struggled with hell?
  2. Do you have any unanswered questions about hell?
  3. I would recommend a small book that has been very helpful to me: “23 Questions About Hell

mid-week apologetics booster (5-10-2018)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. 4 Things That Must Happen Before More Christian Parents Will Care About Questions of Faith and Science: http://christianmomthoughts.com/4-things-that-must-happen-before-more-christian-parents-will-care-about-questions-of-faith-and-science/
  2. Don’t Blow It at the Finish Line | Living Waters: https://www.livingwaters.com/dont-blow-it-at-the-finish-line/
  3. Can We Trade Sexual Morality for Church Growth?: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/can-we-trade-sexual-morality-for-church-growth1/
  4. If Satan was a Professor – Frank highlights the morally vacuous courses at major universities. A new wave of identity politics is infecting higher education, playing directly into the hands of leftist administrators, professors, and students seeking to reach a new low in their victim olympics. The result is a disregard for personal responsibility or individual freedom. Don’t miss this podcast YOU NEED to know this.: https://subsplash.com/crossexamined/lb/mi/+zjct6kw
  5. Risky Business College Shuts Down Professor over Speech on Science, Free Expression | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2018/05/risky-business-college-shuts-down-professor-over-speech-on-science-free-expression/
  6. What is Hate Speech and How Should We Respond? – Hope’s Reason: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/2018/05/03/what-is-hate-speech-and-how-should-we-respond/
  7. Anti-intellectualism In The Church – Cross Examined Podcast: https://subsplash.com/crossexamined/lb/mi/+bbd6dea
  8. I’m At Home With Evidentialism Because the Evidence Brought Me Home | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/im-at-home-with-evidentialism-because-the-evidence-brought-me-home/
  9. Jesus Is A Myth, Just Like President Kennedy | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/jesus-is-a-myth-just-like-president-kennedy/
  10. Why Jesus? Part 1 | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/SolidGroundMay2018WhyJesus1
  11. No Real Jesus Without the Trinity: http://christianapologeticsalliance.com/2018/04/17/no-real-jesus-without-the-trinity/
  12. Hell and the Gospel | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/articles/hell-and-the-gospel#.WuxlOIgvyUl
  13. Why Doesn’t God Reform People Rather Than Punish Them in Hell? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/why-doesnt-god-reform-people-rather-than-punish-them-in-hell/
  14. The F-E-A-T that Demonstrates the FACT of Resurrection – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/articles/the-f-e-a-t-that-demonstrates-the-fact-of-resurrection/
  15. Is God Good? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rfd_1UAjeIA
  16. How Can You Trust Christianity Is True If You Haven’t Examined All the Alternatives? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/how-can-you-trust-christianity-is-true-if-you-havent-examined-all-the-alternatives/
  17. With Mark Levin and David Berlinski Talk Evolution, Science, Progressivism | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2018/04/with-mark-levin-on-fox-news-david-berlinski-talks-evolution-science-progressivism/
  18. The Work of Textual Criticism – Josh.org: https://www.josh.org/work-of-textual-criticism/
  19. A New Defense of the Historical Reliability of the Bible: https://www.christianpost.com/voice/defense-historical-reliability-of-the-bible.html
  20. An Investigation: What Makes the Bible Unique? – Josh.org: https://www.josh.org/investigation-bible-unique/
  21. Does Mark, the Earliest Gospel, Have a Divine Jesus? (Responding to Mustafa Akyol’s The Islamic Jesus) | god from the machine: https://godfromthemachine.blog/2018/05/03/does-mark-the-earliest-gospel-have-a-divine-jesus-responding-to-mustafa-akyols-the-islamic-jesus/
  22. Dr. Gary Habermas Confirms: Recent Tests on a Gospel of Mark Fragment Possibly Provides The Oldest New Testament Manuscript Evidence Available: http://www.assistnews.net/index.php/component/k2/item/3744-dr-gary-habermas-confirms-recent-tests-on-a-gospel-of-mark-fragment-possibly-provides-the-oldest-new-testament-manuscript-evidence-available
  23. Iowa Governor Signs Bill to Ban All Abortions After an Unborn Baby’s Heartbeat Begins | LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2018/05/04/iowa-governor-signs-bill-to-ban-all-abortions-after-an-unborn-babys-heartbeat-begins/
  24. What is the biggest challenge in talking to skeptics and people from other faiths about the Bible? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/05/03/what-is-the-biggest-challenge-in-talking-to-skeptics-and-people-from-other-faiths-about-the-bible/amp/
  25. Do You Love Wisdom? 5 Sources For Proper Thinking, Philosophy And Logic iApologia: http://iapologia.com/do-you-love-wisdom-5-sources-for-proper-thinking-philosophy-and-logic/
  26. C.S. Lewis and the Language of Apologetics – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/c-s-lewis-and-the-language-of-apologetics
  27. Ten Reasons We Fail to Share Our Faith (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/ten-reasons-we-fail-to-share-our-faith-free-bible-insert/
  28. The Good News for Christians From An Otherwise Bleak Pew Study – J. Warner Wallace: https://townhall.com/columnists/jwarnerwallace/2018/04/29/the-good-news-for-christians-from-an-otherwise-bleak-pew-study-n2475639
  29. WALSH: How To Kill A Church In Just A Few Easy Steps | Daily Wire: https://www.dailywire.com/news/30251/walsh-how-kill-church-just-few-easy-steps-matt-walsh
  30. Plate Tectonics After Fifty Years: http://www.icr.org/article/plate-tectonics-after-fifty-years/
  31. Fantastic Voyage: How Could Noah Care for the Animals? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/noahs-ark/fantastic-voyage-how-could-noah-care-animals/
  32. Startling evidence for Noah’s Flood – creation.com: https://creation.com/startling-evidence-for-noahs-flood
  33. Is Christianity Just Wishful Thinking?: http://depthsofpentecost.com/2/post/2018/05/is-christianity-just-wishful-thinking.html
  34. David Attenborough: Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life: https://creation.com/attenborough-darwin-tree
  35. Existence of God: 31 Reasons To Believe In The God of the Bible: http://theolocast.org/blog/existence-of-god-31-reasons-to-believe-in-the-god-of-the-bible/

“It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer; then off he goes and boasts about his purchase. Proverbs 20:14

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (3-1-2018)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Nabeel Qureshi // Why I stopped believing Islam is a religion of peace – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2htOWOF4gqs
  2. Do You Love Your Reputation More than Christ? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/do-you-love-your-reputation-more-christ#.Wo7JnOCp40M
  3. 50 Alleged Bible Contradictions Refuted | The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/50-alleged-bible-contradiction-refuted/
  4. Thoughts on urgency and apologetics Thinking Matters: http://thinkingmatters.org.nz/2017/11/thoughts-on-urgency-and-apologetics/
  5. William Tyndale: Reformer, Translator, Martyr | ReasonableTheology.org: https://reasonabletheology.org/william-tyndale-reformer-translator-martyr/
  6. Undesigned Scriptural Coincidences: The Ring Of Truth: https://crossexamined.org/undesigned-scriptural-coincidences-the-ring-of-truth/
  7. Is God Selfish and Vindictive? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/who-is-god/god-is-good/is-god-selfish-and-vindictive/
  8. Developing An Apologetic That Works | Faith & Self Defense: https://faithandselfdefense.com/2017/11/21/developing-an-apologetic-that-works/
  9. 10 Reasons to Accept the Resurrection of Jesus as an Historical Fact: https://crossexamined.org/10-reasons-accept-resurrection-jesus-historical-fact/
  10. Just the Facts: The Minimalist Approach for Talking about the Resurrection Relevant Belief: https://relevantbelief.com/2017/04/13/just-the-facts-the-minimalist-approach-for-talking-about-the-resurrection/
  11. Saved by Faith or Works? by Living Waters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwR7zT9NtZM
  12. Which side of the abortion rights debate is backed by scientific evidence? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2018/02/27/which-side-of-the-abortion-rights-debate-is-backed-by-scientific-evidence/
  13. Sharing Your Faith: Embarrassing, Inappropriate and Unprofessional – Amy Orr-Ewing – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJQllrDz1qU
  14. Is There Absolute Truth? by Living Waters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lvSGCaicEg
  15. Is There Meaning to Life? – Dr. Craig Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKGnXgH_CzE
  16. Apologetics: Getting to the Gospel as Soon as Possible Here’s the thing: https://heresthething.blog/2018/02/09/apologetics-getting-to-the-gospel-as-soon-as-possible/
  17. Greg Koukl – What is faith? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRuxYaiTg4g
  18. Did Humans Evolve From Apes; Examining the Anatomy – DyerThoughts: http://www.dyerthoughts.com/home/did-humans-evolve-from-apes-examining-the-anatomy
  19. Why did God Create People He Foreknew Would Go to hell? – GiveAnAnswer.org: https://www.giveananswer.org/why-did-god-create-people-he-foreknew-would-go-to-hell/
  20. What Is Christianity?: https://thereforegodexists.com/what-is-christianity/
  21. Contentment is its Own Apologetic – Southern by His Grace: http://southernbyhisgrace.com/contentment-is-its-own-apologetic/
  22. A Life-Changing Trip for Students: https://mailchi.mp/8cc65cf8733b/a-life-changing-trip-for-students
  23. 10 Ways to Get Your Kids More Interested in Their Faith: http://christianmomthoughts.com/10-ways-to-get-your-kids-more-interested-in-their-faith/
  24. 4 Myths About Teaching Apologetics in Youth Ministry: https://churchleaders.com/youth/youth-leaders-articles/160290-benjer_mcveigh_4_myths_about_teaching_apologetics_in_youth_ministry.html

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever– the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. John 14:13-17

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-15-2018)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Where Are All the Women in Apologetics? | Confident Christianity: http://confidentchristianity.com/?p=1754
  2. Sex carnivals, drag queens are welcome, Ken Ham and other creationists are not, university says | Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/02/07/sex-carnivals-drag-queens-are-welcome-ken-ham-and-other-creationists-are-not-university-says.amp.html
  3. Are Young People Really Leaving Christianity? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2018/are-young-people-really-leaving-christianity/
  4. Why People Believe in Evolution : Christian Courier: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/567-why-people-believe-in-evolution
  5. The problem with naturalism, the problem with empiricism (PDF): https://creation.com/images/pdfs/tj/j22_2/j22_2_28-31.pdf
  6. How should a Christian view rationalism vs. empiricism?: https://www.gotquestions.org/rationalism-vs-empiricism.html
  7. 10 Reasons Why Friends and Family Struggle to Believe the Gospel: http://thomrainer.com/2014/10/10-reasons-friends-family-struggle-believe-gospel/
  8. Objection: Christianity is completely irrational and not testable: https://www.bethinking.org/is-christianity-true/christianity-is-completely-irrational-and-not-testable
  9. Why Would God Send Good People to Hell? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/why-would-god-send-good-people-to-hell/
  10. U.S. judge rules it would be tyranny to force Christian to bake cake for lesbian marriage | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/the-stuff-of-tyranny-christian-baker-scores-major-victory
  11. Origin: Probability of a Single Protein Forming by Chance Reasoned Cases for Christ: https://bcooper.wordpress.com/2018/02/10/origin-probability-of-a-single-protein-forming-by-chance/amp/
  12. Answering Two Kinds of Relativism about Religion: Modernity vs Postmodernity – Christian Apologetics Training: http://christianapologeticstraining.com/answering-two-kinds-of-relativism-about-religion-modernity-vs-postmodernity
  13. DO THE HEBREW SCRIPTURES PREACH THE SAME SALVATION AS THE NT?: http://mannsword.blogspot.com/2018/02/do-hebrew-scriptures-preach-same.html
  14. How Your Teen Can Defend the Faith | Insight for Today’s Culture: https://www.shepherdshillacademy.org/blogs/traceembry/defend-the-faith/
  15. Salty seas: Evidence for a young earth – creation.com: https://creation.com/salty-seas-evidence-for-a-young-earth
  16. Happy Darwin Day! Our 2018 Censor of the Year Is Wikipedia | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2018/02/happy-darwin-day-our-2018-censor-of-the-year-is-wikipedia/
  17. The 8 Beliefs You Should Know about Mormons When They Knock at the Door: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justin-taylor/the-8-beliefs-you-should-know-about-mormons-when-they-knock-at-the-door/

Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure. Proverbs 20:28

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-8-2018)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Evolutionary Theorist Concedes: Evolution Largely Avoids Biggest Questions of Biological Origins | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2017/08/evolutionary-theorist-concedes-evolution-largely-avoids-biggest-questions-of-biological-origins/
  2. “People Do Not Come to Faith by Arguments!” 4 Objections to Apologetics | Bellator Christi: https://bellatorchristi.com/2016/08/30/people-do-not-come-to-faith-from-arguments-4-objections-to-apologetics/
  3. Playground Apologetics Tactics Question 2: How did you arrive at that conclusion? – Mama Bear Apologetics: http://mamabearapologetics.com/pa2-how-arrive-conclusion/
  4. Does Religion Cause War? | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2013/03/does-religion-cause-war.html
  5. 3 Lies Students Believe About Freedom That Will Ruin Their Lives – Jonathan Morrow: http://www.jonathanmorrow.org/3-lies-students-believe-about-freedom-that-will-ruin-their-lives/
  6. Defending Your Faith 101 Now what? Truth, Faith and Reason: https://truthfaithandreason.com/defending-your-faith-101-now-what/
  7. Can the Bible Be Reliable if It Had Human Authors? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/can-bible-be-reliable-if-it-had-human-authors
  8. Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: Becoming an Effective Apologist by Forgetting All You Know: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2010/08/becoming-effective-apologist-by.html
  9. Does the Bible Conflict with Itself in the Matter of Incest: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/950-does-the-bible-conflict-with-itself-in-the-matter-of-incest
  10. The Importance of Hell: https://corechristianity.com/resource-library/articles/the-importance-of-hell
  11. Responding To Newsweek’s Take on the Bible, Part 1 On the Base Biblical Text- Do We Really Know What We Have? | Bible.org Blogs: http://blogs.bible.org/bock/darrell_l._bock/responding_to_newsweeks_take_on_the_bible_part_1_on_the_base_biblical_text-_do_we_really_know_what_we_have
  12. The Power of De-Conversion Stories: How Jen Hatmaker is Trying to Change Minds About the Bible Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/the-power-of-de-conversion-stories-how-jen-hatmaker-is-trying-to-change-minds-about-the-bible/
  13. Think Kids Can’t Handle An Apologetics Conference? We Just Did it… And Here’s How it Went! – Mama Bear Apologetics: http://mamabearapologetics.com/kids-apologetics-conference/
  14. What Does the Bible Say about Defending the Faith? – Christian Apologetics Training: http://christianapologeticstraining.com/what-does-the-bible-say-about-defending-the-faith
  15. Questions in Study Guide to Basic Training for Defending the Faith: https://d1s6yijfrvmtp9.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/08182147/Answer-Key.pdf
  16. America’s Founding Fathers Influenced by a Christian Worldview – New York Apologetics: http://www.newyorkapologetics.com/americas-founding-fathers-influenced-by-a-christian-worldview/
  17. How Can I Believe Incredible Stories in the Bible? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/how-can-i-believe-incredible-stories-bible#.Wnm1k-Cp40M
  18. Reasons To Believe : Five-Point Logic Checklist: http://old.reasons.org/blogs/reflections/five-point-logic-checklist
  19. 15 Ex-Gays, Lesbians ‘Come Out of Homosexuality’ in Documentary Film by Christian Ministry: https://www.christianpost.com/news/15-ex-gays-lesbians-come-out-of-homosexuality-in-documentary-film-by-christian-ministry-216574/

He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: Psalms 103:7

 

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 2/4/2018

Tomorrow in the Apologetics class, I plan to show the following videos:

 

Then this Living Waters video of the Way of the Master TV episode on Atheism (please note – you can purchase this video online here):

 

 

 

Here is the note-taking form with discussion questions that I plan to hand out:

Apologetics @ Ohio State & Atheism (WotM) 2/4/2017

Give Me an Answer – Cliffe Knechtle at Ohio State (~17 minutes)

  1. God’s forgiveness and penalty for sin
    1. God only forgives us when we a________ for forgiveness.
    2. According to Christ, it’s God who we’ve sinned against. According to God, when I sin, what I owe him is my life-the wages of sin is death.
  2. God is selfish/jealous. Doesn’t God owe me something?
    1. God doesn’t owe us anything. God gave us g_______ of l_______, we messed it up.  God gave His only Son, Christ to bleed and die on a cross, so God has given Himself for us.  Question is, how are we going to r_______ to God’s g_______, love and generosity?
    2. If children are drugs, & I’m not jealous, something wrong with my love! If wife is committing adultery, and I experience no jealousy, then I don’t understand what love is.
  3. He’s so committed to us that he gives c_____________ to good people.
    1. God doesn’t give cancer to good people. You and I live in a cursed, messed up world, in Genesis 3, we read about a big fall (not stubbing toe).  Adam and Eve commit cosmic t_____________ against God. Book of Job…  Did Job sin?  Is that why he suffered?  No!  Job suffered because he was born into a cursed, unfair world.
  4. Job s______________ because God had a bet with Satan!
    1. Satan challenged integrity of Job’s faith. Satan’s point was, The only reason Job has faith in God is because he gets good things from Him and once He take those away, he’ll curse God to His face. Is Job’s faith based on based on having the good things in life?  Or is Job’s faith based on the character of God being good, in spite of the circumstances of life?  When the circumstances of life turn unfair and cruel, Job’s faith is so magnificent, because his faith not based on circumstances of life, it’s based on the character of God.
  5. When you say that every other religion is wrong, who are you to say that?
    1. Jesus Christ contradicts Buddha, Muhammad and the Avatars of Hinduism. The law of non-contradiction applies.  ‘A’ and ‘non-A’ cannot be both equally right in the same way at the same time.  Now, the question is, does the evidence support Jesus Christ as being reliable?  Or Siddhartha Gautama Buddha? Or Muhammad?  Or Shirley MacLaine? Or whoever you’re seriously considering?  Jesus lived a sinless life, He taught amazing ethical teachings (Robert Cole, Psychology Professor at Harvard University, points out ‘All the writings on ethics over the past 2,000 years are simply footnotes to the Sermon on the Mount). The evidence is, you can t________ C_________, because He’s credible.
  6. Your evidence is eyewitness accounts from a couple thousand years ago. Christians have a series of anecdotes, not hard evidence (e.g. videos) …how can you disclaim other evidence?
    1. New Testament documents more than anecdotal. NT has so much more m_________ e____________ than any other documents from antiquity. Over 5,000 vs. 20 for others.
    2. Belief with no evidence is blind gullibility. Faith had better be based on evidence.
    3. Used example of not giving wallet to street person, but give to friend. That’s faith/trust.
  7. A robot or machine can’t love. Love, in order to be real, has to be f___________.
  8. Why does God allow terrible things to happen?
    1. Genesis 3 – when we human beings r_______________ against God, He took a step back from planet earth and chaos filled the gap. We’re born into cursed world, not because God created it that way, but because we told God to “get lost”.
  9. The only way there can be a moral a_____________ is if there’s a God that created it.
  10. Do you think that the Nazi’s did wrong in gassing J_____? Student: “By my view of justice, of course”. Is there justice above cultural law?  Cliffe cites the Nuremberg Trials (1945-1949).

Way of the Master – Atheism Episode (~28 minutes)

  1. Atheism: the belief that there’s no God. Takes more f____ to be an atheist than believe in God.
  2. The Atheist’s nightmare – the b____________. Designed for our consumption:
    1. 3 ridges on the far side, 2 ridges on the close side, matches hand
    2. No slip surface with outward indicators of inward contents (green, yellow, brown)
    3. Tab at top like soda can, when you pull tab contents don’t squirt in your face
    4. Wrapper (skin) bio degradable and has perforations
    5. Banana is curved toward the face to make eating it easier.
  3. A building is absolute proof that there was a builder. Creation proof of C___________.
  4. Like a car, that was obviously d____________, our bodies were designed by a Creator.
  5. “There is no God” an absolute statement. I would have to have absolute k___________.
  6. “There is no gold in China” – I would have to know everything about China.
  7. “There is gold in China” – don’t need all knowledge about China, just a little.
  8. A_______ (absolutely sure there is no God) vs. A_________ (based on limited knowledge only)
  9. During discussion with atheist: 1) Changes m____, 2) Deliberate s______, 3) J_________ himself
  10. Ray asks atheist, “Do you know what God has done for you so you don’t have to go to Hell?”
  11. Atheist asks, “How good do you have to be…?” Ray answers, “You have to be p__________”.
  12. Principal: Swing (the conversation) from the i__________ to the c______________.
  13. An atheist may not want to believe in God, demanding absolute proof of His existence.
  14. The atheist is not your enemy, so don’t argue with him. Help him see he’s really agnostic
  15. Apologetics is like b____, God’s law is like the h_____. If no hook, fish swim away fat and happy.

Discussion Questions

  1. 1st video answered & didn’t avoid intellectual questions. 2nd video taught you shouldn’t dwell in the intellectual, but swing to the conscience.  Which is the better approach, more biblical? Why?
  2. Were any of the students in the 1st video humbly seeking the truth or really open to it?
  3. Do you think there were unbeliever’s questions avoided during the 3 conversations presented?
  4. How would you answer the woman near the end who said, “I believe everything on this earth was either accidental or created by man”?
  5. How would you answer the young man who asked, why you should believe in a book written by people thousands of years ago, who were superstitious?

Upcoming

  1. https://camelbackclassic2018.homeschooldebate.net/ (March 22-24) Apologetics Judges needed

Annihilationism

I found a YouTube video on a critique of William Lane Craig’s (WLC) response to a question about hell.  The speaker is Glenn Peoples.  Here is the video:

 

I am not an annihilationist and I do have interest in WLC, so I watched the video and took some notes on the views presented therein.

The speaker misquotes a verse reference early on:

I think he meant to put 2 Thessalonians 1:9.  Even so, I can’t find any translation with exactly that wording shown.  As the speaker correctly mentions in the video, all of them that I can find mention destruction, not exclusion.  But the destruction is “away from the presence of the Lord”, so I would ask how someone could be annihilated (put out of existence), but still be located “away” from anything.  The speaker says

what they’re actually recalling is simply their own understanding of the doctrine of hell – and not a passage of Scripture at all.

I would definitely take issue with that. The 2 Thessalonians 1:9 talks about “punishment” and of course Jesus talks about conscious punishment (Matt. 25:46).

Since the guy made a point about the 2 Thessalonians 1 passage, I looked up the Greek on it.  Here is the interlinear page for 2 Thessalonians 1:9 in the most literal English translation (NASB):

https://www.biblestudytools.com/interlinear-bible/passage/?q=2+thessalonians+1:9&t=nas

Notice that the word ‘away’ is in the Greek (he seemed to suggest that it is not in the original language). Here is the information about this word in the Greek:

The definition of away (Apo) seems to allow for physical separation of one thing from another.  Additionally, I don’t think that the language of destruction in this verse must be understood as annihilation as he was suggesting.  Again, if you look at the Greek word for destruction (Olethros), it can also mean ruin.  Like some kids who have the annoying habit of “destroying” pumpkins on Halloween by smashing them on the streets – unfortunately they don’t cease to exist, but rather litter our streets and are no longer fulfilling the purpose they were made for.

The speaker says (4:49) “The reality, is that Scripture nowhere speaks about hell or Divine judgment as something that locks them up somewhere to be miserable with their bad self”.  Here is the graphic he presents:

It is interesting that he doesn’t mention Revelation at all in here.  For example Revelation 14:9-13 (NASB).  The first part of this passage talks about the people who worship the beast, his image and receive the mark of his name.  These will be tormented and have no rest day and night…  The second part talks about the believers:

Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger ; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.  “And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever ; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘ Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!’ ” “Yes ,” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.”

Now, we can try to understand if this passage covers all people (all believers and all unbelievers), or whether those who worship the beast are in some special class of unbelievers, but it seems clear from the above that there is in fact a place of eternal torment for someone…

He also conveniently skips Matt. 25:46, where hell is referred to as eternal punishment and heaven as eternal life – both using the same Greek word for ‘eternal’ (Aionios) in the same verse.

I think he made a decent point about WLC’s argument, where, if we understand hell as a person being left with their “bad selves”, then it doesn’t follow that Jesus “stood in our place” for that specific definition of hell.  However, he neglects to mention that if we understand hell in the sense of Matt. 25:46 or Revelation 14:9-11, then Jesus was punished in our place and took the wrath of God upon Himself, which would’ve been ours to endure.

I will admit that some passages he cites seem to suggest “annihilation” (e.g. Heb. 10:27), however, Jesus warned people about going to hell (e.g. Luke 12:4-5, Matt. 18:8-9, Matt. 25:46).  And if we’re going to warn people about going to hell, like Jesus did, we shouldn’t warn them about the “lesser” version of hell (annihilation), but rather of the more severe/scary version of hell (eternal conscious punishment).  I would hate for a person I’ve witnessed to to walk away thinking that if I don’t go to heaven, I’ll just be annihilated out of existence.  That doesn’t sound too bad… Then after death, they find out that they’re being cast into hell where the worm doesn’t die and the fire is not quenched (Mark 9:47-48). And they wonder, why didn’t he tell me that this was my fate if I didn’t accept the free pardon of Jesus?  I would’ve made a different decision!

If you’re a believer in the doctrine of annihilationism, I’m probably not going to convince you of my view, though hopefully you’ll acknowledge the validity of some points.  Likewise, you’ll probably not convince me of your view, having read many writings about annihilationism and viewed this video, but again, I acknowledge that when the Bible talks about hell, it is not unanimously clear that it will involve eternal conscious punishment (ECP).  As I stated above, if I’m going to communicate with a non-believer on this topic, I would like to communicate the worst case scenario to them (ECP), rather than softening the blow to annihilationism.  If I’m wrong and they get annihilated out of existence after death, they won’t even exist to be able to reflect on the fact that misled them by overstating the consequences for rejecting Christ.  However, if I’m right that hell is ECP, then they’ll be conscious and will know that I warned them in a truthful way.

Hopefully, I’ve handled this in a fair manner, not overstating my case and communicating that my claims are provisional in nature.

Apologetics Class 1/21/2018

In the Apologetics Class this week, we watched a short video containing snippets of the “Best Atheist Arguments”:

Then, after watching this, I played the video and stopped after each speaker’s snippet was complete and I asked the students to take 5 minutes on their own and fill out the form:

Best Atheist Arguments – Let’s Practice Our Responses!

  1. George Carlin Comedian
    1. Boil down the objections: ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    2. How would you answer? ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  2. Christopher Hitchens writer/critic:
    1. Boil down the objections: ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    2. How would you answer? ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  3. Sam Harris Philosopher, neuroscientist:
    1. Boil down the objections: ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    2. How would you answer? ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  4. Rickard Dawkins Evolutionary Biologist:
    1. Boil down the objections: ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    2. How would you answer? ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  5. Ricky Gervais actor/writer:
    1. Boil down the objections: ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    2. How would you answer? ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  6. Neil D Tyson Astrophysicist, cosmologist:
    1. Boil down the objections: ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    2. How would you answer? ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  7. Peter Atkins Chemist:
    1. Boil down the objections: ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    2. How would you answer? ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  8. Steven Weinberg Theoretical Physicist:
    1. Boil down the objections: ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    2. How would you answer? ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  9. Laurence Krauss Theoretical Physicist, cosmologist:
    1. Boil down the objections: ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    2. How would you answer? ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  10. Sean Carrol cosmologist, Physics professor:
    1. Boil down the objections: ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    2. How would you answer? ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  11. Matt Dillahunty Public speaker:
    1. Boil down the objections: ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    2. How would you answer? ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  12. Michael Shermer Science writer, historian of science:
    1. Boil down the objections: ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    2. How would you answer? ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

It was a good and interactive class.  I prefaced this class in my introductory remarks by saying that I normally deliver content that builds up your faith and increases your confidence that Christianity is true.  This class was to be different in that you’ll need to put the skills and knowledge we’ve been learning all year into practice.  If we have the truth, we should be afraid to consider the “best arguments” from the other side.

Prior to the class, I wrote out my responses, some which involved showing videos:

Best Atheist Arguments – Let’s Practice Our Responses!

  • George Carlin Comedian
    1. Boil down the objections: thinks it’s not reasonable to believe in an invisible man in the sky. Religious people believe based on blind faith. Contradiction, God loves you and God sends you to hell for breaking his list.
    2. How would you answer? First off, God Is Not an Invisible Man in the Sky. He is not a man, nor is he in the sky. The Bible describes three levels of Heaven, the Earth’s atmosphere is the first level, the universe where the stars are is the second level, and Heaven itself is the third level. God resides in heaven, although he is omnipresent. Since he is spirit, he is not physically located anywhere in space, which means he is not in the sky. Religion has not convinced us that God exists. We are convinced by several lines of evidence:
  • The argument from the beginning of the universe
  • The argument from design
  • The argument from morality
  • The resurrection of Jesus

…to name a few. The Bible says that we are to believe that there’s a Creator based on the creation, see Romans 1:20.

Regarding the Ten Commandments, God has established these laws for our good. If we choose to sin, we choose to suffer. He created us, and knows what is best for us and how we ought to live.

It is true that God is watching us, he is omniscient, and that the wages of sin is death (eternally in hell), Romans 6:23, but God offers us a free pardon, the free gift of eternal life through faith in his son. God does not send you to Hell, in a sense you send yourself there, by refusing to receive the forgiveness that he freely offers us in His Son. CS Lewis famously said, there are only two kinds of people in the end, those who say to God, thy will be done, and those to whom God says, in the end, thy will be done. All that are in Hell choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no hell. Hell is so horrific because God’s goodness is not present there, only his wrath. Most people do not understand that all good comes from God (James 1:17).

I then showed the following 2 videos to help respond to objections against hell:

 

  • Christopher Hitchens writer/critic:
    1. Boil down the objections: Miracles are not possible. If you think you’ve witnessed a miracle or if someone else has reported a miracle to you (2nd hand report), you or the other person, are most likely mistaken.
    2. How would you answer? What do you mean by “a miracle”?  Why do you think that miracles are not possible?  Have you investigated evidence for reports of miracles?  What about the resurrection of Jesus?
  • Sam Harris Philosopher, neuroscientist:
    1. Boil down the objections: God has much more to tend to (the entire universe) than one species of primate and what we do when they’re naked.
    2. How would you answer? What do you mean by God?  Have you studied the Christian view of God?
  • Rickard Dawkins Evolutionary Biologist:
    1. Boil down the objections: Faith means, belief in something without evidence, but that justifies anything.
    2. How would you answer? On what basis have you concluded that biblical faith is identified as belief without evidence?  If that were true, wouldn’t Jesus’ disciple’s faith been destroyed, since Jesus “showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive” (Acts 1:3)?  They didn’t have belief without evidence, and neither do we.  We have belief with the evidence of eyewitness testimony.  The biblical meaning of faith is not belief without evidence, but trust in Christ, based on what you know about Him.
  • Ricky Gervais actor/writer:
    1. Boil down the objections: The reason I don’t believe in God is the same reason you don’t believe in all the other gods.  It is child abuse to tell child, if they grow up gay, they’ll burn in hell.
    2. How would you answer? Have you investigated the evidence for all the other gods compared to the Christian God?  Could you name the best arguments for belief in the Christian God?  Is it your belief that most Christians tell their 5 yr old children that if they grow up gay, they’ll burn in hell?  I think that is a straw man argument.  However, why would it be “child abuse” to warn a child about hell?  If Christians believe in Jesus, when teaching children about what Jesus taught, why would we avoid His teaching on hell?  You say you have no problem with a person believing in God, if it makes them a better person or if they do good things because of it.  What about believing it because we have good evidence for the Christian God?
  • Neil DeGrasse Tyson Astrophysicist, cosmologist:
    1. Boil down the objections: The Bible’s description of the universe does not match with what we know from science (6 day creation, stars are points of light, stars can fall out of the sky, etc.)
    2. How would you answer? The Bible describes planets, stars, the sun, moon, a spherical earth that hangs on nothing in space.  It describes that the “life is in the blood”.  It describes the hydrological cycle.  The Bible gives a lot of accurate descriptions about our physical universe.  But that being said, the Bible is not a science text book.  When it speaks on matters related to science it is accurate, but we cannot expect to find exhaustive scientific information in it.Another point is that you need to understand the original language, since the Greek word for star would include anything that is a bright, luminous object in the night sky.  It would include planets, conjunction of planets, comets, supernovas or even a small moon.  So, especially with a comet, it would be reasonable to believe it could “fall from the sky”.  Also, this could represent things like nuclear bombs falling.  This is phenomenological language and language of symbolism particularly in Revelation.
  • Peter Atkins Chemist:
    1. Boil down the objections: Religions harms societies, by disfavoring evidence in favor of faith.  Religion is superstition and causes mass hysteria.
    2. How would you answer? Since I am a Christian, my answer will not address all religions, but only Christianity.  I reject your assertion that Christians disfavor evidence in favor of faith in all circumstances.  Even Jesus said to the Jews, “If I am not doing the works of My Father, then do not believe Me. But if I am doing them, even though you do not believe Me, believe the works themselves, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.” (John 10:37-38) What do you mean by harm?  In what specific ways is religion harming society?  (show video “What Good is Christianity?”)
  • Steven Weinberg Theoretical Physicist:
    1. Boil down the objections: People do awful things based on religious belief, therefore religion is a bad thing.  An early example, God telling Abraham to sacrifice Isaac.
    2. How would you answer? Many people do bad things based on atheistic belief as well.  By your standard, atheism is bad too.  “It is estimated that in the past 100 years, governments under the banner of atheistic communism have caused the death of somewhere between 40,472,000 and 259,432,000 human lives.” In the case of Abraham, did he actually do anything bad in the end?  Actually, you could make a case that, based on his faith in God, he knew he wasn’t going to actually kill Isaac.  The account tells us that when Isaac asked his father where the lamb was for the sacrifice, Abraham responded that God would provide it Himself.  He also told the men that both he and Isaac would return, showing great faith. Abraham knew that God had promised that the world would be blessed through Isaac.  Hebrews tells us that Abraham figured that God could raise Abraham from the dead.  We can therefore make 3 points about this incident:
  1. First, Isaac was never actually sacrificed.
  2. Second, God’s purpose in this event was to test Abraham’s faith (Genesis 22:1)
  3. Last, Abraham passed the test with flying colors

 

  • Laurence Krauss Theoretical Physicist, cosmologist:
    1. Boil down the objections: Christians are atheists regarding all those other gods (Thor, Zeus, etc.), we atheists just believe in one less god than you.
    2. How would you answer? Show response from Andy Bannister – What’s the problem with the ‘One God Less’ argument? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rryz-eQB0tE )
  • Sean Carrol cosmologist, Physics professor:
    1. Boil down the objections: Religion thinks science has gotten everything wrong.  There is no spirit world (materialism).  People who experience miracles are mistaken.
    2. How would you answer?
  • Matt Dillahunty Public speaker:
    1. Boil down the objections: Science can provide all the answers.  Religious people don’t have real knowledge, rather they pretend to know.
    2. How would you answer?
  • Michael Shermer Science writer, historian of science:
    1. Boil down the objections: Christians are atheists regarding all those other gods (Thor, Zeus, etc.), we atheists just believe in one less god than you.
    2. How would you answer? Show response from Andy Bannister – What’s the problem with the ‘One God Less’ argument? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rryz-eQB0tE )

mid-week apologetics booster (12-14-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. How I Can Believe in a God Who Sends People to Hell: https://corechristianity.com/resource-library/articles/how-i-can-believe-in-a-god-who-sends-people-to-hell
  2. Taking Jesus to Work – Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/article/taking-jesus-work/
  3. How Apologetics Builds a Tougher Faith | A Well-Designed Faith: http://welldesignedfaith.net/2017/12/05/how-apologetics-builds-a-tougher-faith/
  4. Atheist billboards say Church is ‘Fake News,’ cause outrage – This was interesting unfortunately, the audio is pretty bad. Frank Turek was apparently invited on Fox News for a very short debate with an Atheist. The atheist was in studio, while Frank was over skype, so his audio cuts out several times | Fox News Video: http://video.foxnews.com/v/5672661343001/
  5. Why Doesn’t God Answer My Prayers? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOUNKYUR-t8
  6. Were Jesus Disciples Gullible?: http://www.reasonsforgod.org/2012/09/were-jesus-disciples-gullible/
  7. 10 Answers Every Creationist Should Know | adamlickey.com: https://adamlickey.com/2012/10/02/10-answers-every-creationist-should-know/
  8. Why would a loving God send people to Hell?: https://creation.com/hell
  9. If God Exists, Why Does He Allow Evil? – Watermark: http://www.watermark.org/message/2231
  10. 10 best evidences for creation – 9. Very Little Salt in the Sea | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/evidence-for-creation/9-very-little-salt-in-the-sea/
  11. Mormonism Disproved – Plagiarism: http://www.mormonismdisproved.org/plagiarism.html
  12. Fishless Fishermen’s Fellowship – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVBXrknp9x8
  13. Does Faith, Not By Sight Contradict Apologetics? The Sojourner: https://thesojourner.org/2017/12/08/does-faith-not-by-sight-contradict-apologetics/
  14. Has the Family Tomb of Jesus Been Found? – Risen Jesus, Inc.: https://www.risenjesus.com/has-the-family-tomb-of-jesus-been-found
  15. Is Apologetics a “Sad Replacement” for Bible Study? | Confident Christianity: http://confidentchristianity.com/?p=1436
  16. Marvels of the Monarch | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/creepy-crawlies/insects/marvels-of-the-monarch/
  17. Is Morality Determined by Its Popularity? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/morality/is-morality-determined-by-its-popularity/
  18. Who Were The First Apologists? A Look At The Apostles THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/who-were-the-first-apologists-a-look-at-the-apostles/
  19. Mike Licona vs Shabir Ally – Is Jesus God? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grDPJmb3gAs
  20. Blue Stars Confirm Recent Creation | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/6943/
  21. The Biblical Literacy of Teenage Believers | Theological Matters: https://theologicalmatters.com/index.php/2012/09/05/the-biblical-literacy-of-teenage-believers/
  22. Hell and the Gospel | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/articles/hell-and-the-gospel#.Wi0xUt-nGUk
  23. Pascal on God’s Hiddenness – Apologetics 315: http://www.apologetics315.com/2012/09/pascal-on-gods-hiddenness.html
  24. Friendship Evangelism Is Neither Friendship Nor Evangelism | Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry: https://carm.org/friendship-evangelism
  25. Seven Common Comments Non-Christians Make about Christians – ThomRainer.com: http://thomrainer.com/2012/09/seven_common_comments_non-christians_make_about_christians/
  26. As God Is Man May Be? | Mormonism Research Ministry: http://www.mrm.org/lorenzo-snow-couplet
  27. Crop Circles as an Intelligent Design Test | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2013/01/crop_circles_as/
  28. The Case for the Pre-Existence of Christ: The Birthday that was Not the Beginning: http://crossexamined.org/case-pre-existence-christ-birthday-not-beginning/
  29. ANOTHER FATAL FLAW OF NATURALISM AND EVOLUTION: http://mannsword.blogspot.com/2017/12/another-fatal-flaw-of-naturalism-and.html
  30. Army atheist yells, God save me, as shells explode – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/atheists-prayer-answered
  31. Jesus Is Evidence That God Exists | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/jesus-is-evidence-that-god-exists/
  32. No, Christmas Is Not Based on a Pagan Holiday | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/12/no-christmas-is-not-based-on-pagan.html
  33. Are Young People Really Leaving Christianity? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/are-young-people-really-leaving-christianity/
  34. The First Question to Ask of an Ancient Holy Book: Is It Ancient? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/the-first-question-to-ask-of-an-ancient-holy-book-is-it-ancient/

Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them. Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. Luke 2:41-52

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-19-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Why Apologetics Has a Bad Name – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/why-apologetics-has-a-bad-name
  2. 11 False Assumptions about Christianity Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/11-false-assumptions-about-christianity/
  3. Popular Anti-Christian Myths Worth Rejecting – 1st Century Faith Today: https://1stcenturyfaithtoday.com/2017/10/10/popular-anti-christian-myths-worth-rejecting/
  4. Three Atheists Explain Why the Bible Should Be Taught in Schools | Intellectual Takeout: http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/three-atheists-explain-why-bible-should-be-taught-schools
  5. Apologetics Crash Course: The Cosmological Argument – 1st Century Faith Today: https://1stcenturyfaithtoday.com/2017/10/11/apologetics-crash-course-the-cosmological-argument/
  6. The Story of Iran’s Church in Two Sentences: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/the-story-of-the-irans-church-in-two-sentences?mc_cid=f902270254&mc_eid=589e101a5b
  7. Jesus Created The Universe: The Deity Of Christ | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/jesus-created-the-universe-the-deity-of-christ/
  8. ‘The Shack’ Movie Review Heresy, Universalism, & False Gospel | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/the-shack-movie-review-heresy-universalism-false-gospel/
  9. Don’t Be Harvey Weinstein. Or Tim Murphy. Or Karl Barth | The Stream: https://stream.org/dont-harvey-weinstein/
  10. BreakPoint: Who Do You Say that I Am?: http://www.breakpoint.org/2017/10/breakpoint-who-do-you-say-that-i-am/
  11. Truthbomb Apologetics: Free Apologetics E-Book Library: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2009/07/free-apologetics-e-book-library.html
  12. Zacharias – from the English Translation of the Greek Septuagint Bible, in the third century before Christ – read Zacharias Chapter 3 and see the real name Jesus in the Old Testament!: http://www.ecmarsh.com/lxx/Zacharias/index.htm
  13. The 5 Worst Beliefs a Christian Parent Can Have in an Imploding Society: http://christianmomthoughts.com/the-5-worst-beliefs-a-christian-parent-can-have-in-an-imploding-society/
  14. Did Jesus Actually Claim to be God? Sean McDowell – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUdcFQspHus
  15. A 165 million year surprise – creation.com: https://creation.com/a-165-million-year-surprise
  16. The Potters Hands. The amazing dexterity and sensitivity of the human hand so exemplified by a skilled potter is the envy of robotics engineers. Dubbing it one of nature’s marvels, the human hand remains a stupendous challenge to engineers who would replicate it, despite years of trying. That’s understandable, given the hand has over 30 muscles, along with 29 flexible joints and thousands of specialized nerve endings providing a sensory system that can instantly detect whether an object is hot or cold, its surface smooth or rough, and even how firmly or gently it should be grasped. – creation.com: https://creation.com/potters-hands
  17. 50 Alleged Bible Contradictions Refuted | The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/50-alleged-bible-contradiction-refuted/
  18. How do you discuss hell with a Christian who does not believe in its existence? | Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry: https://carm.org/discuss-hell
  19. New discovery: ancient Old Testament fragment is identical to copy 2,000 years later | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2016/09/22/new-discovery-ancient-old-testament-fragment-is-identical-to-copy-2000-years-later/
  20. Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: Starting God-Conversations: Take the “Class-Photo” Approach: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2016/11/starting-god-conversations-take-class.html

When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. Luke 24:50-53

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-12-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Radical Christian – creation.com: https://creation.com/radical-christian
  2. Roman Catholicism, comparing Mary to God | Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry: https://carm.org/roman-catholicism-mary-compare-god
  3. Can We Construct The Entire New Testament From the Writings of the Church Fathers? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/can-we-construct-the-entire-new-testament-from-the-writings-of-the-church-fathers/
  4. Why I Am Not Roman Catholic Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/why-i-am-not-roman-catholic/
  5. Why We Must Teach Kids Apologetics or Risk Losing Them ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY: http://www.relevantchildrensministry.com/2016/10/why-we-must-teach-kids-apologetics-or.html
  6. Giraffes: Towering Testimonies to Gods Design | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/mammals/giraffes-towering-testimonies-to-gods-design/
  7. 3 Wise Rules For Social Media From Martin Luther: http://thefederalist.com/2017/10/06/3-wise-rules-social-media-martin-luther/
  8. The Essential Truths Of Jesus In The Nicene Creed | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/the-essential-truths-of-jesus-in-the-nicene-creed/
  9. William Lane Craig: The Church is lagging dangerously behind: http://www.thepoachedegg.net/the-poached-egg/2017/06/william-lane-craig-the-church-is-lagging-dangerously-behind.html
  10. Echidna Outback Oddity – Evolution is hard-pressed to explain this prickly little digger. That’s because the Creator made it like no other single animal | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/mammals/echidna-outback-oddity/
  11. So Will I (100 Billion X) – Beautify video about the creation created by our Creator – Lyric Video on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/232562877
  12. What’s Wrong with The God of the Gaps Argument THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/07/05/whats-wrong-with-the-god-of-the-gaps-argument-2/
  13. Ben Shapiro interviews ex-atheist Dr. Edward Feser on his book 5 proofs of the existence of God (17 minute video): https://www.facebook.com/203805062990264/videos/1557821460921944/
  14. Is it Contradictory to Believe Jesus is God and Man? – Biblical Worldview Academy: http://biblicalworldviewacademy.org/is-it-contradictory-to-believe-jesus-is-god-and-man/
  15. Defending Your Faith 101: The importance of understanding modern times as a Christian Truth, Faith and Reason: http://truthfaithandreason.com/defending-your-faith-101-the-importance-of-understanding-modern-times-as-a-christian/
  16. Why Aren’t People Convinced by Facts? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/worldview/why-arent-people-convinced-by-facts/
  17. The Real Reason We Don’t Read Our Bibles: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/real-reason-we-dont-read-our-bibles
  18. Interview With A Former Skeptic: 3 Important Lessons: http://crossexamined.org/interview-with-a-former-skeptic-3-important-lessons/
  19. No More Excuses: 7 Reasons Your Entire Church Needs Apologetics – Awana YM: https://awanaym.org/blog/no-more-excuses-7-reasons-your-entire-church-needs-apologetics
  20. Is Mormonism Christian? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijUc7NI2O28&feature=youtu.be
  21. Hidden truths behind Mormonism and the Church of the Latter Day Saints (James R White) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1BLR4rufYA&feature=youtu.be
  22. A Simple Reason Why The Quran Cannot Be The Word of God – Cross Examined: http://crossexamined.org/simple-reason-quran-word-god/
  23. Will God Send Me to Hell Just Because I Don’t Believe In Jesus: https://castbox.fm/episode/Will-God-Send-Me-to-Hell-Just-Because-I-Don’t-Believe-In-Jesus-id51673-id4940685?country=us
  24. What happens to those who have never heard about Jesus?: https://www.gotquestions.org/never-heard.html
  25. What Makes for an Authentic Christian? – Discipleship: http://www.jesus.org/following-jesus/discipleship/what-makes-for-an-authentic-christian.html
  26. The Mormon Veneer: http://probe.org/the-mormon-veneer/
  27. Overachieving September Arctic Ice | Science Matters: https://rclutz.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/overachieving-september-arctic-ice/
  28. A Fifteen Point Christian Response to Richard Carrier Christian Apologist: https://christianapologistweb.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/a-fifteen-point-christian-response-to-richard-carrier/amp/
  29. What Do the Fossils Say? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/fossils/fossil-record/what-do-fossils-say/
  30. Nabeel Qureshi, Muhammad, and Aisha – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26GsSRsz8Q8
  31. Wikipedia Erases Paleontologist Gnter Bechly | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2017/10/wikipedia-erases-paleontologist-gunter-bechly/
  32. If God created Satan, does evil and sin come from God? Coffeehouse Questions: https://coffeehousequestions.com/2017/10/10/if-god-created-satan-does-evil-and-sin-come-from-god/amp/

Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. John 15:20

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-7-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. The Dating of the New Testament – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/bible/the-dating-of-the-new-testament
  2. 7 Misunderstandings Muslims Have of Christianity – Therefore, God Exists: http://thereforegodexists.com/7-misunderstandings-muslims-christianity/
  3. Gospel Dates and Reliability – creation.com: https://creation.com/gospel-dates-and-reliability
  4. 4 Reasons We Should Accept the Gospels As Eyewitness Accounts – Frank Turek: http://crossexamined.org/4-reasons-we-should-accept-the-gospels-as-eyewitness-accounts/
  5. Is the New Testament Text Reliable? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/articles/is-the-new-testament-text-reliable#.WagFBsiGOUk
  6. No Original Documents: A Skeleton in God’s Closet? – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/no-original-documents-a-skeleton-in-gods-closet/
  7. Why Shouldn’t Christians Accept Millions of Years? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/theory-of-evolution/millions-of-years/why-shouldnt-christians-accept-millions-of-years/
  8. What are the attributes of God?: https://www.gotquestions.org/attributes-God.html?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork
  9. Why Parents Need to Become Good Christian Case Makers – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qxFlTY-2Pc
  10. Responding to Same-Sex Marriage – There are many principled objections as to why same-sex marriage is neither necessary nor beneficial to our society.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vvq87M03qk
  11. Kennedy Classics: The Spiritual Pulse of America – Dr. D. James Kennedy – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7ZxnjoHOXk
  12. Lutheran Satire – St. Patrick’s Bad Analogies for the Trinity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dADpSJan3Qc
  13. What is the Purpose of Your Life? Frank Turek asks the question from a biblical, philosophical, and historical perspective. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80V1EqhRip0
  14. The Quran, the Bible, and the Islamic Dilemma – The Quran affirms the inspiration, preservation, and authority of the Christian scriptures (including the Torah and the Gospel). Yet the Quran contradicts the Christian scriptures on fundamental doctrines (e.g., Jesus’ death, resurrection, and deity). By affirming scriptures that contradict Islam, the Quran self-destructs.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNAS0aaViM4
  15. [J Warner Wallace] Getting to the Original Message through Multiple Copies with Errors – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNfp6M8kMDc
  16. Greg Koukl – What about those who’ve never heard? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIXs5wOSVk4
  17. Christian Historian Bill Federer (Part 1) Faith of Founding Fathers – 8-18-14 – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1hOyDdM7yU&feature=youtu.be
  18. Wait a second. Richard Dawkins admits that we don’t know who started the process of life, but that it was possible that we would one day find out that Aliens were responsible for creation. Frank Turek explains why Richards Dawkins would resort to such an unusual explanation.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDvaPzg32W8
  19. What Does It Mean To Have Faith? | Frank Turek, PhD – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgiLyCWYdfw
  20. Good Works Don’t Save. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7G2-FW-1C0
  21. Are Miracles Even Possible? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hQAi0u5Rs0
  22. How do you know that Christianity is the one true worldview? Exclusivity is one of the most popular charges leveled against the Christian faith. Here, author and apologist Ravi Zacharias and RZIM speaker John Njoroge challenge the assumption that Christianity is alone in making exclusive claims.- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWY-6xBA0Pk
  23. Does The Punishment Fit The Crime When It Comes To Hell? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-zvdKF1kFU&feature=youtu.be
  24. Basic Differences Between Islam and Christianity. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6dkexljCiU
  25. God and the Transgender Debate: Book Review – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/god-and-the-transgender-debate-book-review
  26. Suffering and Evil: The Logical Problem – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k64YJYBUFLM
  27. Hell Interrupted – Part 1 | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/SolidGroundSept2017HellInterrupted
  28. Lee Strobel: Different people react in different ways: http://www.thepoachedegg.net/the-poached-egg/2012/11/lee-strobel-different-people-react-in-different-ways.html
  29. Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse blood transfusions?: https://www.gotquestions.org/blood-transfusions.html
  30. When Making a Case for Christianity is Futile | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/when-making-a-case-for-christianity-is-futile/
  31. Why did the people in Genesis live such long lives?: https://www.gotquestions.org/Genesis-long-lives.html
  32. Some Thoughts and Advice for Our Students and All Students | James Madison Program: https://jmp.princeton.edu/announcements/some-thoughts-and-advice-our-students-and-all-students
  33. Profits of Hate: The Southern Poverty Law Center Special – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRkquYIdNwA
  34. The Reformation: Then and Now – D. James Kennedy, PhD – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wNw0L4MXcM
  35. D James Kennedy Sermons Jesus Christ Myth or Messiah – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_z-taVoIlw&feature=youtu.be
  36. Reasonable Faith | The Debate on Apologetic Methodology Part 1: http://subsplash.com/reasonablefaith/v/fsrszlo
  37. Reasons why the Apocrypha does not belong in the Bible | Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry: https://carm.org/reasons-why-apocrypha-does-not-belong-bible
  38. Kindergarten transgender lessons have parents changing schools – Washington Times: http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/sep/3/kindergarten-transgender-lessons-have-parents-chan/
  39. Encouragement to Men to Study the Bible and Theology, and Find Great Happiness by Randy Alcorn – SermonCentral.com: https://www.sermoncentral.com/pastors-preaching-articles/randy-alcorn-encouragement-to-men-to-study-the-bible-and-theology-and-find-great-happiness-2986
  40. Why the Ancient Christian Record About Jesus Is the Most Reliable | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/why-the-ancient-christian-record-about-jesus-is-the-most-reliable/
  41. Case-Making 101: Christianity and Islam? | Reasoned Cases for Christ: https://bcooper.wordpress.com/2017/09/02/case-making-101-christianity-and-islam/
  42. We know beyond any doubt: Jesus Existed – 8 quick points | Saints and Sceptics: http://www.saintsandsceptics.org/how-we-know-beyond-all-doubt-that-jesus-existed-8-quick-points/
  43. Awana Is Poised to Equip the Next Generation | | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/awana-is-poised-to-equip-the-next-generation/
  44. Quick History of the King James Bible! – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6akZ5J1VLdg
  45. 7th Grader Argues The Case for Christianity Blows the Doors Off Jesus Skeptics: http://faithit.com/7th-grader-makes-case-christianity/
  46. Think Divinely Evolutions Fatal Flaw Lack of Fossil Evidence: http://thinkdivinely.com/evolutions-fatal-flaw-lack-of-fossil-evidence/
  47. Racism Is Incompatible With Christianity | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/racism-is-incompatible-with-christianity/
  48. Testing Buddhism | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2017/08/29/testing-buddhism/
  49. Can Christians claim to have the One, True God?: http://crossexamined.org/can-christians-claim-to-have-the-one-true-god-2/

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ ” ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. “Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’ Matthew 25:1-12

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-17-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Dear College Freshman: 5 Ways to Stay Strong in the Lord: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/dear-college-freshman-5-ways-to-stay-strong-in-the-lord
  2. You are gods. What did Jesus mean?: http://reasonsforjesus.com/you-are-gods-what-did-jesus-mean/
  3. Former transgender: I bought into the lies of Satan | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/she-tried-to-change-her-gender-but-spiritial-awakening-brought-her-back-to
  4. Is Google right to say that sex differences don’t exist? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/08/12/is-google-right-to-say-that-sex-differences-dont-exist/
  5. William Lane Craig: We must distinguish between a childlike faith and a childish faith: http://www.thepoachedegg.net/the-poached-egg/2017/08/william-lane-craig-we-must-distinguish-between-a-childlike-faith-and-a-childish-faith.html
  6. Comparison Grid of Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Christianity | CARM: https://carm.org/comparison-grid
  7. Epic Failure: My Biggest Evangelism Mistake: http://crossexamined.org/epic-failure-my-biggest-evangelism-mistake/
  8. Time to Think: 14 Christian Apologetics Quotes: http://www.thepoachedegg.net/the-poached-egg/2015/03/time-to-think-14-christian-apologetics-quotes.html
  9. Why Would a Good God Send People To Hell?: http://www.cltruth.com/2017/why-would-a-good-god-send-people-to-hell/
  10. Apologetics ABCs: First Understand, Then Answer | Bowman on Target: Rob Bowman’s Blog: https://robertbowman.net/2017/08/12/apologetics-abcs-first-understand-then-answer/
  11. Were New Testament Books Forged? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/is-the-bible-true/were-new-testament-books-forged/
  12. Does God Whisper? Part 2 | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/publications/does-god-whisper-part-2#.WZGf4VGGOUk
  13. Was Jesus God?: http://www.godandscience.org/doctrine/was_jesus_god.html
  14. DNA Evidence and Molecular Genetics Disprove the Book of Mormon: http://www.godandscience.org/cults/dna.html
  15. Denying Sola Scriptura: The Attempt to Neutralize the Bible – The American Vision: https://americanvision.org/1239/denying-sola-scriptura-attempt-neutralize-bible/
  16. What Does Mormonism Teach? | CARM: https://carm.org/teachings-of-mormonism
  17. Basic Hinduism | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2017/08/14/basic-hinduism/
  18. Are Christians Less Intelligent Than Atheists?: http://crossexamined.org/are-christians-less-intelligent-than-atheists-heres-what-all-those-studies-really-say/
  19. It Is What It Is! and It’s Not What Its Not! Answer to headline stating Discovery of 13 Million-Year-Old Ape Skull Shows What Human Ancestors May Have Looked Like.| Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2017/08/15/it-what-it-and-its-not-what-its-not/
  20. Interview With A Former Skeptic: 3 Important Lessons: http://crossexamined.org/interview-with-a-former-skeptic-3-important-lessons/
  21. Jesus: The Begotten of the Father: http://www.equip.org/article/jesus-the-begotten-of-the-father/
  22. What does it mean that Jesus is God’s only begotten son?: https://www.gotquestions.org/only-begotten-son.html
  23. Superior to Angels | Reformed Bible Studies & Devotionals at Ligonier.org: http://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/superior-angels/

This made the Jews ask, “Will he kill himself ? Is that why he says, ‘Where I go, you cannot come’ ?” John 8:22

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 8/13/2017

Today in the Apologetics Class, we watched Hell’s Best Kept Secret – Ray Comfort / Kirk Cameron:

Here is the note-taking form:

Hell’s Best Kept Secret (Ray Comfort & Kirk Cameron)

  1. The “fall-away rate” – 80-90% of “decisions” fall away from their faith. In other words, there are 80-90 “backsliders” for every 100 decisions for Christ.
  2. The Church has strayed away from the b_______________ way of presenting the Gospel.
  3. Mark 10:17-22 – Jesus’ approach with the rich young ruler. He was using a principle that prepares the heart for g______________.  It shows people why they need the Savior.
  4. Psalm 19:7 – “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul…”
  5. Civil law example – someone paid $25,000 fine on your behalf… (doesn’t make sense)
  6. Telling a person precisely what they’ve done w_______ first, makes the good news make sense.
  7. Romans 3:19 – One function of God’s law: “…that every mouth may be st____________…”
  8. More about the law – Romans 3:20, 1 John 3:4, Romans 7:7, Galatians 3:24
  9. The law doesn’t help us, it just leaves us h_______________. The law doesn’t justify us, it just leaves us g______________ before a just and holy God.
  10. We are not saved by the law, we are saved by God’s grace, through faith.
  11. Modern evangelism tries to attract people to Jesus with the promise of “life e______________”.
  12. Modern Parable about 2 passengers on an airplane that are told to put on a parachute for different reasons – one to improve his flight, the other to prepare for a 25,000 foot jump.
  13. Modern Gospel says, put on the Lord Jesus Christ and He will give you “Love, Joy, Peace, Fulfillment and Lasting Happiness” (i.e. Jesus will “improve your flight”)
  14. The sinner responds and puts on the Savior in an ex___________ fashion and gets just what Jesus promised – trials, tribulation, persecution (other passengers mock him). He’s offended, disillusioned and bitter – he was promised Love, Joy, Peace, Fulfillment and Lasting Happiness
  15. Instead of telling sinners that Jesus “improves the flight”, we should be warning them that they’re going to have to j_____________ out of the plane. (Hebrews 9:27)
  16. When a sinner understands the horrific consequences of breaking God’s law, he will flee to the Savior solely to escape the w______________ to come.
  17. It’s not an issue of happiness, but of righteousness. It doesn’t matter how happy a person is or isn’t in their current lifestyle, without the righteousness of Christ, they’ll p____________ on the Day of Judgment. (Proverbs 11:4)
  18. If a person comes to God looking for peace and joy in their life, but they’re not broken in their heart, repentant over the fact that they’ve s______ against Almighty God, they won’t find peace with God! They won’t know the joy of the Lord – they’ll remain e________ of God in their mind.
  19. If we continue to give people a wrong reason to come to Christ, they’ll respond with the wrong motive – lacking r_________________.
  20. If you and I have put on the Lord Jesus Christ for the biblical motive to flee from the wrath that’s to come, when tribulation strikes (“flight” gets bumpy) we won’t get a_____________ with God or lose our joy or peace – why should we? We didn’t come to Jesus for a happy life-style, we came because we’d sinned against God and needed a Savior to save us from the wrath to come.
  21. If anything, tribulation drives a true Christian c______________ to the Savior.
  22. One of the functions of God’s law: it c_______________.
  23. Wooden table analogy, looks dust-free until the sunlight shines on it. Did the light create the dust?  No, the light merely ex_______________ the dust.  In the same way, when the light of God’s law shines upon a sinner’s heart, all that happens is that he sees himself in t___________.
  24. People can hardly name any of 10 c______________, but can name a lot of b________ brands.
  25. If someone does not know God’s law, they will not see their sin as being exceedingly sinful.
  26. Modern evangelism takes the good seed of the Gospel and casts it on the hard, unregenerate h_____________ of humanity.
  27. Biblical evangelism, without exception, is always “Law to the p______, Grace to the h________”
  28. With the law, He (Jesus) breaks the hard heart and with the Gospel, He heals the broken heart.
  29. God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble (James 4:6b).
  30. What doctor would give a c_____ to a patient when the patient is not 1st convinced of his disease
  31. The disease is s__________, and the cure is the G________________.
  32. John 4 – the women at the well (they call it “the W____ of the M___________”). Jesus does this:
    1. Starts out with the n________________ conversation
    2. Then swings the conversation to the s_______________ realm
    3. Then, brings c_____________ of sin using the commandments
    4. Finally, reveals Himself as M_________________.
  33. Show a person they’re not a “g__________ p____________” by looking at the commandments (lying, stealing, adultery, etc.) and showing them they’ve not kept them perfectly.
  34. God is forgiving – try that in a court of law. Someone charged of murder says to judge, “because you’re a good man, and therefore, you’ll let me go…”  That wouldn’t be a good j_____________.
  35. If God is good, then by nature, He will make sure that j______________ is served and that people are punished for what they’ve done. If God gave you justice, you wouldn’t be headed for heaven but for h_________.
  36. We broke the law and Jesus paid our f____________ – it’s as simple as that.

Discussion Questions

  1. According to this video, what is a “biblical motive” for salvation?
  2. Modern evangelism attracts people by promising what unbiblical motive?
  3. What does the phrase “Law to the Proud, Grace to the Humble” mean? How would this work in an evangelistic encounter?
  4. Explain the parable told in this video about the 2 passengers on the plane and the parachute. What does it mean?
  5. Explain the analogy about a dusty table and the morning light. What truth is that trying to communicate?
  6. According to this video, what is the “Way of the Master” and what Scripture is it based on?
  7. What opportunities do you have for evangelism at your work, school, neighborhood, family or circle of friends and acquaintances?
  8. According to this video, what is “Hell’s Best Kept Secret”?