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.

 

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mid-week apologetics booster (6-20-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

Every other person who is at the heart of any religion has had his or her beginning either in fancy or in fact. But nevertheless, there is a beginning. Jesus birth in Bethlehem was a moment preceded by eternity. His being neither originated in time nor came about by the will of humanity. The Author of time, who lived in the eternal, was made incarnate in time that we might live with the eternal in view. In that sense, the message of Christ was not the introduction of a religion, but an introduction to truth about reality as God alone knows it. To deny Jesus message while pursuing spirituality is to conjure an imaginary religion in an attempt to see heaven while sight is confined to the earth. That is precisely what Jesus challenged when he said, I have come that [you] may have life (John 10:10). His life spells living. Your life or my life, apart from Him, spells death. – Ravi Zacharias

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Christianity Shaken To Its Core As Atheist Refers To God As ‘Magic Invisible Friend’ | The Babylon Bee (very hilarious satire): https://babylonbee.com/news/christianity-shaken-core-atheist-refers-god-magic-invisible-friend
  2. Renewing Your Mind | Four Possibilities – R.C. Sproul walks through a famous apologetic method first established by Augustine.: https://renewingyourmind.org/2019/06/15/four-possibilities?utm_content=buffer51f2d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=buffer
  3. When Church Is Optional, You Set up Your Kids to Fail: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/chorusinthechaos/programming-your-children-to-fail-sunday-church/
  4. Indian Christians on Edge. Two weeks ago, Narendra Modi was sworn in for a second term as Indias Prime Minister. His party, the BJP, won a resounding victory in parliamentary elections. As Indian pundits a word that is, by the way, of Indian origin will tell you, if Modi and the BJP were the obvious winners, their political rivals, the Congress Party, were the big losers. But theres another potential loser in these elections, one that should especially concern American Christians, and thats Indian Christians. – Break Point: http://www.breakpoint.org/2019/06/breakpoint-indian-christians-on-edge/
  5. Ten Ways grown-up Christians can set a better example for Gen z on social media: https://www.impact360institute.org/articles/ten-ways-grown-up-christians-can-set-a-better-example-for-gen-z-on-social-media/
  6. Hillsong Church Affirms Full Pro-LGBTQ Position As They Hold Their One World Religion Alpha Conference Featuring A Roman Catholic Mass Now The End Begins: https://www.nowtheendbegins.com/hillsong-church-affirms-full-pro-lgbtq-position-hold-one-world-religion-conference-featuring-a-roman-catholic-mass/
  7. Origin Of Life-Evolution Achilles Heels – Media Center – creation.com: https://creation.com/media-center/youtube/origin-of-life-evolution-achilles-heels
  8. Mark Zuckerberg says hes no longer an atheist, believes religion is very important – The Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/12/30/mark-zuckerberg-says-hes-no-longer-an-atheist-believes-religion-is-very-important/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.4c23a52215bb
  9. Do Christians, Muslims, and Jews Follow the Same God? | Grounds4Faith: https://grounds4faith.com/2019/05/15/do-christians-muslims-and-jews-follow-the-same-god/
  10. How Evidence Helps Doubters Become Devotees | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-evidence-help-doubters-become-devotees/
  11. Distinguishing Marks of a Quarrelsome Person: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevin-deyoung/distinguishing-marks-quarrelsome-person/?amp&__twitter_impression=true
  12. Unmarried 35-year-old woman reflects on her adventurous life of fun, travel and serial cohabitation | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/06/16/unmarried-35-year-old-woman-reflects-on-her-adventurous-life-of-fun-travel-and-serial-cohabitation-2/
  13. JP Moreland: No further scientific discoveries could make the statement true – The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network: https://www.thepoachedegg.net/2018/10/jp-moreland-no-further-scientific-discoveries-could-make-the-statement-true.html
  14. New Science Uprising Episode: Programming Without a Programmer? | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/06/new-science-uprising-episode-programming-without-a-programmer/
  15. Pastor dialoguing with women regarding abortion: https://youtu.be/aiyHYjFcX50
  16. Are Top Scientists Overwhelmingly Atheists? – Randal Rauser: https://randalrauser.com/2013/06/are-top-scientists-overwhelmingly-atheists/
  17. Quick Shot: The Bible condones slavery – how to answer quickly and concisely: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/quick-shot-the-bible-condones-slavery/
  18. Pre-Pauline Creeds and Hymns Cyber Penance: https://cyberpenance.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/pre-pauline-creeds-and-hymns/
  19. How we know the gospels were written prior to 70 AD,: https://youtu.be/1HKHdBrPdJc
  20. Stephen Meyer: DNA and information: https://youtu.be/7c9PaZzsqEg
  21. Privileged Species featuring Dr. Michael Denton: https://youtu.be/VoI2ms5UHWg
  22. From Atheist to Christian at Yale. Dr. Paul Lim: https://youtu.be/zJ9TfkdgeFc
  23. Is it irrational to believe in God? An interview with John Lennox: https://youtu.be/B6bgoiVPXy0
  24. Job: Rebuked in Suffering | Desiring God – We could simply say, “Yes, I believe God rules over the world and controls what happens. I also believe that he is just and wise. And I believe that, though things look capricious and arbitrary in this life, all wrongs will be righted in the age to come…” That is not a bad way to live. But the writer of the book of Job is not satisfied to live that way. And he wants his readers to know that God has not concealed all of his ways. There is more to see of God’s purpose in suffering than we may think.: https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/job-rebuked-in-suffering
  25. Conversation with a teacher on a plane 1 Peter 4:12-16: https://1peter41216.wordpress.com/2019/06/16/conversation-with-a-teacher-on-a-plane/
  26. Secular researchers agree: worldviews control science! – creation.com: https://creation.com/secular-paper-worldviews-control-science

Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him. Proverbs 22:15

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 (8-16-2018)

Good morning friends,

This summer I have 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!

Here is one random quote (of over 500) from this new program:

Give me grace to know more of my need of grace; Show me my sinfulness that I may willingly confess it; Reveal to me my weakness that I may know my strength in thee. I thank thee for any sign of penitence; give me more of it.

– Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

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. Has the Bible been corrupted, altered, edited, revised, or tampered with?: https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-corrupted.html
  2. Faith Does Not Save You | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/faith-does-not-save-you
  3. Biblical Faith VS. Blind Faith: http://cerebralfaith.blogspot.com/2012/12/biblical-faith-vs-blind-faith.html
  4. Blind Faith – A common misconception among atheists, humanists, and evolutionists is that those who reject evolution in order to hold to a fundamental, literal understanding of the biblical documents are guided by blind faith: http://www.apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=92&article=444
  5. Naturalism: A World View – the naturalistic world view is the overall belief that nature itself is all that there is. God did not design it. Intelligence was a result not a cause of the developing world. Nature formed itself by strictly natural processes. This claim has several implications…: https://www.namb.net/apologetics-blog/naturalism-a-world-view/
  6. Is Today’s Bible the Real Bible? | Institute For Religious Research: http://irr.org/todays-bible-real-bible
  7. Has the Bible Been Accurately Copied Down Through the Centuries? – SES: https://ses.edu/has-the-bible-been-accurately-copied-down-through-the-centuries/
  8. J. Warner Wallace: I am not a Christian because it works for me | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2018/04/13/j-warner-wallace-i-am-not-a-christian-because-it-works-for-me-6/
  9. Churches Should Welcome Sinners, Not Affirm Their Sins: http://thefederalist.com/2016/11/21/churches-welcome-sinners-not-affirm-sins/
  10. True Repentance, Real Change – Repentance is a biblical word… The Bible commands it, our wickedness demands it, justice requires it, Christ preached it and God expects it. The divine, unalterable edict is still valid: God commands all men everywhere to repent.: https://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/january-2007/true-repentance-real-change/
  11. 3 Things Christians Do That Non-Christians Despise – CareyNieuwhof.com: https://careynieuwhof.com/3-things-christians-do-that-non-christians-despise/
  12. Why the Gospels Were Written Much Earlier than We Thought – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/85175-2/
  13. Four Reasons the New Testament Gospels Are Reliable (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/four-reasons-the-new-testament-gospels-are-reliable/
  14. Examining Islam: is it a reasonable faith to trust?: https://thinkdivinely.com/examining-islam-is-it-a-reasonable-faith-to-trust/
  15. Respectfully Engaging with Hindus: http://apologeticsguy.com/2018/08/engaging-with-hindus/
  16. DNA Points to Design Cyber Penance: https://cyberpenance.wordpress.com/2018/08/13/the-odds-of-dna-points-to-design/
  17. What Is Presuppositional Apologetics?: https://zondervanacademic.com/blog/presuppositional-apologetics/
  18. Updated – Are Young People Really Leaving Christianity? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2018/are-young-people-really-leaving-christianity/
  19. Why Does It Matter if God Is a Trinity? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/why-does-it-matter-if-god-trinity#.W3R7vDNlA0N
  20. The standard genetic code is optimized to reduce costly errors: https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/the-standard-genetic-code-is-optimized-to-reduce-costly-errors/
  21. How to Make the Case Like a Case Maker | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2018/how-to-make-the-case-like-a-case-maker/
  22. Resurrection: Real? Or Real Dumb? Coffeehouse Questions: https://coffeehousequestions.com/2018/08/14/resurrection-real-or-real-dumb/
  23. Bible Contradiction? Did Jesus baptize anyone? The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/bible-contradiction-did-jesus-baptize-anyone/
  24. Ten Reasons Tent-Makers Make Great Christian Case Makers: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2018/ten-reasons-tent-makers-make-great-christian-case-makers/
  25. Should Missing Apostolic Letters Cause Us Concern? | LogosTalk: https://blog.logos.com/2018/08/missing-apostolic-letters-cause-us-concern/
  26. IS OUR FAITH IN JESUS A BLIND FAITH?: https://mannsword.blogspot.com/2018/08/is-our-faith-in-jesus-blind-faith.html
  27. Apologetics Press – Cutting the Roots, But Still Expecting Fruit: http://apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=7&article=5598

The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. Proverbs 13:4

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-7-2018)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Christ-Centered Hindu Community – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/eastern-religions/christ-centred-hindu-community
  2. The Limits of Apologetics: the Difference Between Faith That and Faith In Rob Lundberg Apologetics.Com: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2018/06/05/the-limits-of-apologetics-the-difference-between-faith-that-and-faith-in/
  3. Don’t Believe Everything You Hear about the Bible Theology in Motion: https://theologyinmotion.com/2016/02/18/dont-believe-everything-you-hear-about-the-bible/
  4. Remember That First-Century Mark Fragment? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/remember-first-century-mark-fragment#.WxMjLGhlA0M
  5. The breath of life – God’s gift to all creatures: https://creation.com/the-breath-of-life
  6. Does the Roman Catholic Church have the authority of Christ? | CARM.org: https://carm.org/does-the-catholic-church-have-the-authority-of-christ
  7. VICTORY: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Our National Motto, Dismissing Atheist Challenge to : https://aclj.org/american-heritage/federal-appeals-court-upholds-our-national-motto
  8. Former Johns Hopkins head psychiatrist: transgender surgery isn’t the solution | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/former-johns-hopkins-head-psychiatrist-transgender-surgery-isnt-the-solutio
  9. Is There Life Out There? (Interview with Jeff Zweerink) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/is-there-life-out-there-interview-with-jeff-zweerink/
  10. Is Apologetics Needed Because of a Lack of Faith? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/01/13/is-apologetics-needed-because-of-a-lack-of-faith/
  11. Ex-gay man: Homosexuality is just another human brokenness | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/ex-gay-homosexuality-is-just-another-human-brokenness
  12. Responding to Pride Month with Genuine Love | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/article/responding-pride-month-genuine-love#.WxWSp2hlA0M
  13. This New, Must-See Pro-Life Video Brilliantly Mocks the “Magic Of The Birth Canal”: https://www.redstate.com/kimberly_ross/2018/06/05/new-pro-life-video-mocks-birth-canal/
  14. Supreme Court sides with Christian baker against secular left fascists and ACLU | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2018/06/05/supreme-court-sides-with-christian-baker-against-secular-left-fascists-and-aclu/
  15. Business Sues Church for $2.3 Million Because It Won’t Host LGBT Event | Kingsjester’s Blog: https://kingsjester.wordpress.com/2018/06/03/the-war-against-christianity-business-sues-church-for-2-3-million-because-it-wont-allow-lgbt-event/
  16. Let’s Stop Pretending Sex Is Merely A Private Act – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/lets-stop-pretending-sex-is-merely-a-private-act

When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?” Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” Matthew 8:28-31

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-24-2018)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Unacceptable Answers for Your Thinking Teens: http://www.lifeinprogressministries.org/unacceptable-answers-for-your-thinking-teens/
  2. Five Steps to Help Your Child Remain a Christian Into Adulthood | Beyond Teachable Moments: https://beyondtm.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/five-steps-to-help-your-child-remain-a-christian-into-adulthood/
  3. Teaching Apologetics at Home: Yes, You Can! Thinking Christian: http://www.thinkingchristian.net/friday-parent-focus/2013/06/teaching-apologetics-at-home/
  4. 5 Reasons Why You Should Teach Apologetics To Your Children – The Musings of Mum: http://www.themusingsofmum.com/why-teach-apologetics/
  5. The Necessity of Apologetics: A Plan to Implement | Crossings Ministries: https://gocrossings.org/resources/necessity-apologetics-plan-implement/
  6. How Were People Saved Before Christ? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2018/how-were-old-testament-saints-saved/
  7. The Rosetta Stone, SETI, and the Existence of God | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/10/the-rosetta-stone-seti-and-existence-of.html
  8. How Does the Old Testament Law Apply to Christians Today? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/articles/how-does-the-old-testament-law-apply-to-christians-today
  9. Does the church do a good job of equipping Christians to talk to non-Christians? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2014/10/19/does-the-church-do-a-good-job-of-equipping-christians-to-talk-to-non-christians-2/
  10. How Do Palestinian Names Lend Credence to the Gospels? | Tough Questions Answered: https://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/2014/10/20/how-do-palestinian-names-lend-credence-to-the-gospels/
  11. A Clean Conscience and a Well-Oiled Shield | Blog & Mablog: https://dougwils.com/books-and-culture/s7-engaging-the-culture/a-clean-conscience-and-a-well-oiled-shield.html
  12. Weather Channel Founder Blasts Climate Change: http://www.icr.org/article/8382/
  13. A Case Study of a Christian Turned Atheist: http://christianmomthoughts.com/a-case-study-of-a-christian-turned-atheist/
  14. Possible Worlds: Is Christianity a Psychological Crutch?: https://www.randyeverist.com/2013/10/is-christianity-psychological-crutch.html
  15. How to Share Your Faith at Work: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/how-to-share-your-faith-at-work/
  16. Academic, activist or apatheist: What kind of unbeliever are you? – Religion News Service: https://religionnews.com/2014/06/09/academic-activist-apatheist-kind-unbeliever/
  17. Hinduism overview: http://www.worldviewu.org/hinduism/?rq=Hinduism
  18. A Look at Common Questions About Doing Apologetics on College Campuses THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/05/18/a-look-at-common-questions-about-doing-apologetics-on-college-campuses/
  19. C.S. Lewis and the Art of Disagreement | Intercollegiate Studies Institute: Educating for Liberty: https://home.isi.org/cs-lewis-and-art-disagreement
  20. Answering an Objection to Apologetics: Doesn’t Faith Come from Hearing the Word of God? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2016/11/26/answering-an-objection-to-apologetics-doesnt-faith-come-from-hearing-the-word-of-god/
  21. Three Things The Gospel Authors Would Have Never Invented About Jesus THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/05/20/three-things-the-gospel-authors-would-have-never-invented-about-jesus-5/
  22. Every Book of the Bible in One Word: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/every-book-of-the-bible-in-one-word/
  23. Christianity Through Roman Eyes: What Does a Pagan Roman Letter from 111 A.D. Tell Us About Early Christians? god from the machine: https://godfromthemachine.blog/2018/05/16/christianity-through-roman-eyes-what-does-a-pagan-roman-letter-from-111-a-d-tell-us-about-early-christians
  24. Why Jesus Is No Longer the Only Way for Many American Christians: https://www.christianpost.com/news/why-jesus-is-no-longer-only-way-for-many-american-christians-223601/
  25. Welcome to the Top Ten Scientific Problems with Biological and Chemical Evolution:
    1. Problem 1: https://evolutionnews.org/2015/01/the_top_ten_sci/
    2. Problem 2: Unguided Chemical Processes Cannot Explain the Origin of the Genetic Code | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2015/01/problem_2_ungui/
    3. Problem 4: Natural Selection Struggles to Fix Advantageous Traits in Populations | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2015/01/problem_4_natur/
    4. Problem 5: Abrupt Appearance of Species in the Fossil Record Does Not Support Darwinian Evolution | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2015/01/problem_5_abrup/
    5. Problem 6: Molecular Biology Has Failed to Yield a Grand : https://evolutionnews.org/2015/02/problem_6_molec/
    6. Problem 7: Convergent Evolution Challenges Darwinism and Destroys the Logic Behind Common Ancestry | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2015/02/problem_7_conve/
    7. Problem 8: Differences Between Vertebrate Embryos Contradict the Predictions of Common Ancestry | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2015/02/problem_8_diffe/
    8. Problem 9: Neo-Darwinism Struggles to Explain the Biogeographical Distribution of Many Species | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2015/02/problem_9_neo-d/
    9. Problem 10: Neo-Darwinism’s Long History of Inaccurate Predictions about Junk Organs and Junk DNA | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2015/02/problem_10_neo-/
  26. American Atheists Hide Behind the Fairy Tale of Evolution The American Vision: https://americanvision.org/11504/american-atheists-hide-behind-fairy-tale-evolution/
  27. Cross Encounters: Mall Evangelism: : http://www.crossencounters.us/2014/12/mall-evangelism-i-want-to-talk-about-god.html
  28. Fearfully and Wonderfully Made – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9LKweRWpLk
  29. Dinosaur Questions and Answers – creation.com: https://creation.com/dinosaur-questions-and-answers
  30. Apologetics in Your Teaching: Four Ways You Can Aim Your People Higher Thinking Christian: https://www.thinkingchristian.net/posts/2018/05/apologetics-teaching-aim-them-higher/
  31. Three ways to share the gospel in the midst of hostility: http://servantsofgrace.org/three-ways-to-share-the-gospel-in-the-midst-of-hostility/
  32. Is Your Modern Translation Corrupt? – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/articles/is-your-modern-translation-corrupt/

“Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; John 16:5-9

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-25-2018)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Atheist Computer Scientist Becomes Theologian Because Of Evidence | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/atheist-computer-scientist-becomes-theologian-because-of-evidence/
  2. Ravi Zachariah sharing gospel with Hindus – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6yqfMFSLME
  3. How to Defend the Christian Faith: Four Principles to Get Started Park Community Church: https://parkcommunity.church/blog/2018/1/16/how-to-defend-the-christian-faith-four-principles-to-get-started
  4. Confusion over moon origins – creation.com: https://creation.com/confusion-over-moon-origins
  5. How to Become a Better Apologetics Communicator – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/how-to-become-a-better-apologetics-communicator
  6. Why Belief in God is a Rational Position Straight Talk with Claudia K: http://straighttalkwithclaudiak.com/why-belief-in-god-is-a-rational-position/
  7. The Real Murderers: Atheism or Christianity? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/articles/the-real-murderers-atheism-or-christianity#.WmSJ4KinGUk
  8. Core Christianity | 7 Simple Ways to Share Your Faith with Others: https://corechristianity.com/resource-library/articles/7-simple-ways-to-share-your-faith-with-others
  9. Brody File: Trump Gets A+ on ‘Evangelical Report Card’ for His First Year | CBN News.  Normally I don’t send “political” posts, but this seems to have relevance to us as evangelicals, whether you support or oppose Trump: http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2018/january/brody-file-trump-gets-a-on-evangelical-report-card-in-his-first-year
  10. Core Christianity | Our Faith is Historically Verifiable Or It’s Nothing: https://corechristianity.com/resource-library/articles/our-faith-is-historically-verifiable-or-its-nothing
  11. Melinda Is Showing Signs of Progress | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/melinda-showing-signs-progress#.WmcjEKinGUk
  12. God is a Genocidal, Immoral, Murderer Exe-Jesus: http://exejesus.com/god-is-a-genocidal-immoral-murderer/
  13. What is the fine-tuning argument for Gods existence, and does the multiverse counter it? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2018/01/17/what-is-the-fine-tuning-argument-for-gods-existence-and-does-the-multiverse-counter-it/
  14. Lobster eye design – creation.com: https://creation.com/lobster-eye-design
  15. Does God Exist? Big Bang Evidence for God – Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek : http://crossexamined.org/does-god-exist/#toggle-id-4
  16. The Kalaam Cosmological Argument: Short, Sweet, and Stout PastorBrianChilton.wordpress.com: https://pastorbrianchilton.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/the-kalaam-cosmological-argument-short-sweet-and-stout/
  17. The [Mormon] missionary surge is officially a bust… | Recovery from Mormonism: http://exmormon.org/d6/drupal/Mormon-missionary-surge-is-a-bust
  18. Why is Christianity true over and above all other religions? 1 Peter 4:12-16: https://1peter41216.wordpress.com/2017/03/31/why-is-christianity-true-over-and-above-all-other-religions/
  19. 5 Regrets You Don’t Want to Have If Your Kids Walk Away from Faith: http://christianmomthoughts.com/5-regrets-you-dont-want-to-have-if-your-kids-walk-away-from-faith/

Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city. Proverbs 16:32

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-18-2018)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. What Is Hinduism and Hare Krishna? This is a great chapter from the book World Religions and Cults Volume 2: https://answersingenesis.org/world-religions/what-is-hinduism-and-hare-krishna/
  2. Exclusivity Claims of Major World Religions – Christian Apologetics Alliance: http://christianapologeticsalliance.com/2017/08/02/exclusivity-claims-major-world-religions/
  3. Hinduism and other religions – creation.com: https://creation.com/hinduism-and-other-religions
  4. What Is Hinduism?: https://www.exploregod.com/what-is-hinduism
  5. Atheists embarrassed: study proves atheism uses less brain function – The American Vision: https://americanvision.org/12630/atheists-embarrassed-study-proves-atheism-uses-less-brain-function/
  6. Can A Christian Be a Communist? Sermon Delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr. at Ebenezer Baptist Church September 30, 1962: https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/can-christian-be-communist-sermon-delivered-ebenezer-baptist-church
  7. I Was Denied Service Because of the Company’s Values, and I’m OK With That: http://dailysignal.com/2018/01/10/denied-service-companys-values-im-ok
  8. U.S. Religious Knowledge Quiz | Pew Research Center: http://www.pewforum.org/quiz/u-s-religious-knowledge/
  9. Why It’s Hard for Muslims to Convert | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/why-its-hard-muslims-convert#.WlvwKainGUk
  10. Please stop saying Faith is belief without evidence: http://www.travisdickinson.com/please-stop-saying-faith-belief-without-evidence/
  11. Core Christianity | 6 Things We Need to Know about the Formation of the Bible: https://corechristianity.com/resource-library/articles/6-things-we-need-to-know-about-the-formation-of-the-bible
  12. The Galileo ‘twist’ – creation.com: https://creation.com/the-galileo-twist
  13. Doctrine of Christ Part 39: The Work of Christ (32) – Facts of the Resurrection – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDAxa1xQyd4
  14. 3 Failed Naturalistic Attempts at Explaining Consciousness – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/3-failed-naturalistic-attempts-at-explaining-consciousness
  15. Why Does God Allow Natural Evil? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdJQLDzWjZU

But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world. So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for each other. 1 Corinthians 11:31-33

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-11-2018)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Nine Early Church Fathers Who Taught Jesus Is God | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/nine-early-church-fathers-who-taught-jesus-god#.Wk4XYt-nGUk
  2. Biblical Archaeology’s Top 10 Discoveries of 2017 | Christianity Today: http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2017/december/biblical-archaeology-top-10-discoveries-2017-israel.html
  3. Progressive Christianity Is As Much Of A Threat To Your Kids’ Faith As Atheism: http://prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=1909
  4. Top-10 Challenges Facing American Christianity in 2018 | Bellator Christi: https://bellatorchristi.com/2018/01/03/top-10-challenges-facing-american-christianity-in-2018/
  5. Caste violence erupts in India over 200-year-old fault line – not really an apologetics article, but related to Hinduism and the Caste system and interesting: https://www.ksat.com/news/international/caste-violence-erupts-in-india-over-200yearold-faultline
  6. Does Science Rule Out a First Human Pair? Geneticist Richard Buggs Says No: http://www.biologicinstitute.org/post/169254791759/does-science-rule-out-a-first-human-pair?utm_content=buffera90ba&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
  7. Yes, Women Need Apologetics, But More Importantly, Apologetics Needs Women: http://crossexamined.org/yes-women-need-apologetics-importantly-apologetics-needs-women/
  8. How Do We Communicate with Winsome Persuasion in our Hostile Culture? – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/how-do-you-communicate-with-winsome-persuasion-in-our-hostile-culture
  9. Atheist Actor Andrew Garfield Falls in Love With Jesus During the Making of Silence: https://faithit.com/andrew-garfield-finds-jesus-in-acting/
  10. Why I Wish Christians Would Argue MORE (No, Seriously): https://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/301281-wish-christians-argue-no-seriously-trevin-wax.html
  11. A Little Bit of Religion is a Good Thing But Don’t Take it Too Seriously?: http://www.cltruth.com/2018/a-little-bit-of-religion-is-a-good-thing-but-dont-take-it-too-seriously/
  12. Jesus Is A Myth, Just Like President Kennedy | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/jesus-is-a-myth-just-like-president-kennedy/
  13. The Triunity of God: http://pleaseconvinceme.com/2013/the-triunity-of-god-2/
  14. The Difference Between Belief That and Belief In – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCoaYAovZAE
  15. Deepak Chopra vs Christian Apologist – The most prominent teacher of mysticism and New Age philosophy in the West Deepak Chopra goes toe to toe with Christian apologist Greg Koukl on Lee Strobel’s show “Faith under Fire”. This episode called “The Future of Faith” aired in 2005: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meYHmFz33NE
  16. Top 10 Reasons our Kids Leave Church | Marc5Solas: https://marc5solas.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/top-10-reasons-our-kids-leave-church/
  17. Testimonials showing the part William Lane Craig’s apologetics teaching had in people’s conversion to Christ | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/testimonials
  18. 2015-An Open Letter on Climate Change to the People, their Local Representatives, the State Legislatures and Governors, the Congress, and the President of the United States of America: http://cornwallalliance.org/climateletter2015/
  19. Correcting a cultist with truth and grace – creation.com: https://creation.com/correcting-cultist
  20. Worldview Flows from Heart and Mind Apologetics for the Church: https://apolotheo.wordpress.com/2016/10/28/worldview-flows-from-heart-and-mind/
  21. 5 Reasons You Should Get Apologetics Training in 2018 – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/5-reasons-you-should-get-apologetics-training
  22. Answering Questions about Gene Editing Technologies: http://reasons.org/explore/blogs/theorems-theory/read/theorems-theory/2018/01/04/answering-questions-about-gene-editing-technologies
  23. Confessions of a Former Atheist | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/world-religions/atheism/confessions-of-a-former-atheist/

David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth.” But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you.” Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. He looked David over and saw that he was only a boy, ruddy and handsome, and he despised him. He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field! ” David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the scabbard. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gath and to the gates of Ekron. Their dead were strewn along the Shaaraim road to Gath and Ekron. When the Israelites returned from chasing the Philistines, they plundered their camp. David took the Philistine’s head and brought it to Jerusalem, and he put the Philistine’s weapons in his own tent. 1 Samuel 17:32-54

Blessings to you all

Conversation at Work with a Hindu Lady on Way Out to Parking Lot

On October 26th at work I had a conversation about religion with a woman who sits next to me at work I’ve known her for over 15 years. She knows that I’m a devout Christian. But we’ve never had a substantial conversation about faith. It started because, over lunch that day, I was reading an article about Karma and reincarnation. So I asked her if she goes to Temple on a regular basis for her Hindu faith? She said she only goes on special occasions like festivals. I asked her why she didn’t go regularly? She said that the parking at her Temple is horrible. She mainly went to the Temple when her kids were young just to teach them about the faith and about all the stories and all the festivals.

I asked her also does she read her scriptures? She said no not really. She said that her parents do. I asked her why she doesn’t read them? She said it’s mainly because of time she doesn’t have enough time.

I then asked her about reincarnation and Karma. I mentioned to her that I had read an article about it today and I wanted to hear from a real Hindu whether these things I read in the article or true. I asked her if she believes in Karma, and she said yes, and that the concept of Karma is very important for Hindus. She said that’s the way she was raised. I asked her do you believe that you will be reincarnated? Again she said that’s the way I was raised. She said she doesn’t really think about it that much. I asked her why. She said she doesn’t like to think about death.

We were talking a little bit about some of the similarities between Christianity and Hinduism. I asked her about the nature of God that this article said that God was really impersonal and that he talked about something called Brahman. She said that there are three main Gods the Creator, the Destroyer and the Comforter. I think it was Vishnu, Shiva and some other name I don’t know if it was Krishna. One of them was like sir Swati or something like that. So that was different from what the article had said.

Then she said she talked about the goal of Hinduism which is to reach… she couldn’t think of the name and I finished her thought: Moksha. She was impressed that I knew the name of that. She asked doesn’t Christianity believe in reincarnation? I said, “No Christianity teaches that you die once and after that you face judgment for sin.” She said, “Oh, so it’s either heaven or hell, right?” I said yes. It depends on whether you believe that Jesus died to pay the penalty for your sins. If you accept that you will go to heaven. If you don’t accept that you will go to hell to pay for your own sins for eternity. We acknowledge that the topic of karma is a little bit similar to sins. In Christianity we have a concept called Grace. I explained what that means to her.  Whereas with Karma you’re actually paying for your own sins, in Christianity Christ pays for your sins if you accept his sacrifice on your behalf.

It was a good conversation it was on the way out the door at the end of the day and it probably lasted 15 minutes or so. It was a very cordial conversation and she actually thanked me, because she said you don’t really think about these things trying to explain to your religion to someone unless you have to actually explain it to them. I hope that I’m able to talk to her again in the future.

mid-week apologetics booster (10-26-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. 2018 Women in Apologetics Conference | Women in Apologetics: https://www.womeninapologetics.com/2018-women-in-apologetics-conference/
  2. 5 Powerful Reasons Why The Gospels Are Reliable Sources | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/5-powerful-reasons-why-the-gospels-are-reliable-sources/
  3. Is The Bible Full Of Contradictions? 6 Quick Responses | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/is-the-bible-full-of-contradictions-6-quick-responses/
  4. This Pro-Abortion Fanatic Presented A Thought Experiment ‘DESTROYING’ Pro-Lifers. Here Are 4 Reasons He Fails Dramatically. | Daily Wire: http://www.dailywire.com/news/22360/pro-abortion-fanatic-presented-thought-experiment-ben-shapiro
  5. Does the Fertility Clinic Illustration Disprove the Value of Human Embryos? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/does-fertility-clinic-illustration-disprove-value-human-embryos
  6. Apologetics: How to make a universe: http://mbcpathway.com/2017/10/17/apologetics-how-to-make-a-universe/
  7. Do I Have to Go to Church to Be a Christian? Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/do-i-have-to-go-to-church-to-be-a-christian/
  8. Taking Jesus to Work – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/taking-jesus-work/
  9. Atheism and Objective Morality | Cloud of Witnesses: https://greatcloud.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/atheism-and-objective-morality/
  10. Got Karma? Misses and Misuses – Christian Apologetics Alliance: http://christianapologeticsalliance.com/2017/10/19/got-karma-misses-misuses/
  11. The U.S. Is Retreating from Religion – Scientific American Blog Network: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/the-u-s-is-retreating-from-religion/
  12. Paul’s Martyrdom: Killed For Believing Jesus Appeared To Him | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/paul-killed-believing-jesus-appeared/
  13. Church, You Have Got To Take a Stand on Sexuality | The Stream: https://stream.org/church-take-a-stand/
  14. 10 Self-Refuting Statements You Must Know – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/self-refuting-statements-you-must-know
  15. What Are Some Of The Problems With Philosophy-Free Theology?: http://crossexamined.org/what-are-some-of-the-problems-with-philosophy-free-theology/
  16. Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: Identifying an Argument: Looking for Trigger Words: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/02/identifying-argument-looking-for.html
  17. Case Closed: A Christians Case For Christian Case Making iApologia: http://iapologia.com/case-closed-a-christians-case-for-christian-case-making/
  18. 15. Famous Thinkers Physician Is a Creationist | Bible-Science Guy: https://biblescienceguy.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/15-famous-thinkers-physician-is-a-creationist/
  19. Are Faith and Reason Compatible? – Stand to Reason Blog: http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2011/12/are-faith.html
  20. The Danger Of Prosperity Preaching: A Review Of Joel Osteen | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/the-danger-of-prosperity-preaching-a-review-of-joel-osteen/
  21. Georgetown may defund student group for defending Church teaching on marriage | News | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/georgetown-student-group-may-be-defunded-sanctioned-for-defending-church-te
  22. What Are the Solas of the Reformation? Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/what-are-the-solas-of-the-reformation/
  23. A Curious Clue About the Origins of the New Testament Canon – Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/a-curious-clue-about-the-origins-of-the-new-testament-canon/
  24. Modern Science refutes the Evolutionary theory: 60,000 generations of bacteria – But evolution has not been observed: http://sciencerefutesevolution.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/60000-generations-of-bacteria-but.html
  25. Are the Gospels reliable accounts of Jesus’s life and ministry?: https://medium.com/@wykespaul/are-the-gospels-reliable-accounts-of-jesuss-life-and-ministry-9cd63436318b
  26. Why It’s Important For Every Christian to Select a Good “Jury” – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaudT1xinUk
  27. Do we have free will in heaven if we can’t sin? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqNItDURF2g
  28. The Bible and Homosexuality – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YV2QTi3L0A
  29. Aren’t Christians Commanded Not to Judge? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axHvF5G186o
  30. Historian Vs Mythicist: Is Jesus A Copy Of Pagan Gods? | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/historian-vs-mythicist-is-jesus-a-copy-of-pagan-gods/
  31. Martin Luther and the Gates of Paradise | Creation Today: http://creationtoday.org/martin-luther-and-the-gates-of-paradise/
  32. Are Roman Catholicism and Christianity the same thing? | Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry: https://carm.org/is-catholicism-christian

So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things. 2 Peter 1:12-15

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-24-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. How Do We Help Kids Who Have Left the Faith?: http://crossexamined.org/how-do-we-help-kids-who-have-left-the-faith/
  2. Ancient Man – How Could Noah Have Built a Massive Ark? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/noahs-ark/thinking-outside-the-box/ancient-man/
  3. 5 Common Answers to Kids’ Questions about God That Can Do More Harm than Good: http://christianmomthoughts.com/5-common-answers-to-kids-questions-about-god-that-can-do-more-harm-than-good/
  4. 6 Big Reasons Why Islam Is False | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/6-big-reasons-why-islam-is-false/
  5. Evidence For Resurrection Leads Distinguished Philosopher & Atheist John Montgomery To Faith | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/evidence-for-resurrection-leads-distinguished-philosopher-atheist-john-montgomery-to-faith/
  6. How to Recite the Gospel in 60 Seconds – New York Apologetics: http://www.newyorkapologetics.com/how-to-recite-the-gospel-in-60-seconds/
  7. Debating Atheists: Introduction (part 1/5) | CrossExamined.org: http://crossexamined.org/debating-atheists-introduction-part-15/
  8. Can Jesus Really Be God If the Father Is Greater Than the Son? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gjb19qq5heg
  9. The Witnesses of the Resurrection Compared to the Witnesses of the Golden Plates | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2013/the-witnesses-of-the-resurrection-compared-to-the-witnesses-of-the-golden-plates/
  10. William Lane Craig on Universal, Divine, Causal Determinism: http://evangelicalarminians.org/william-lane-craig-on-universal-divine-causal-determinism/
  11. Are the Galapagos finch beaks evidence of Darwinian evolution? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/08/19/are-the-galapagos-finch-beaks-evidence-of-darwinian-evolution-2/
  12. Ravi Zacharias – Jesus Among Other Gods (scroll down to see video – it is about 1/2 hour) – Sermon Videos: http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=0B109CNU
  13. What are the doctrines of Islam? | carm: https://carm.org/what-are-doctrines-islam
  14. Jesus vs. Osiris: Debunking The Alleged Parallels | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/jesus-vs-osiris-debunking-the-alleged-parallels/
  15. Testing Hinduism | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2017/08/19/testing-hinduism/
  16. Do All Religions Offer a Piece of the Truth? – YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=AXSMr_CYAZk
  17. A list of false teachings in the Roman Catholic Church | carm: https://carm.org/list-of-roman-catholic-false-teachings
  18. Did Jesus Commend Faith That Is Blind? | CrossExamined.org: http://crossexamined.org/jesus-commend-faith-blind/
  19. The Best Question to Ask When Starting a Conversation About God | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/the-best-question-to-ask-when-starting-a-conversation-about-god/
  20. The earliest complete Koran manuscript in existence in museums today are hundreds of years after Muhammad died: http://www.bible.ca/islam/islam-myths-koran-manuscripts.htm
  21. Did Humans Domesticate Ourselves? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2017/08/22/did-humans-domesticate-ourselves/
  22. Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? What Does the Science Say? – Alisa Childers: http://www.alisachilders.com/blog/did-adam-and-eve-really-exist-what-does-the-science-say
  23. To Be Sure….God Loves Us: APOLOGETICS CONVERSION STORIES: Resources: http://2besure.blogspot.com/2016/01/conversion-stories-people-who-came-to.html
  24. Why Make the Case for Christianity, If God Is in Control? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/why-make-the-case-for-christianity-if-god-is-in-control/
  25. Unbelievable? Four Simple Principles to Determine Ancient Historical Reliability | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/unbelievable-four-simple-principles-to-determine-ancient-historical-reliability/
  26. Don’t Impose Your Beliefs on Others?: http://www.cltruth.com/2017/dont-impose-beliefs-others/

Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. Psalms 112:4

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

mid-week apologetics booster (7-13-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Witnessing to Hindus – what is the key?: https://www.gotquestions.org/witnessing-Hindus.html
  2. Why ‘No One is Argued Into The Kingdom of God by Apologetics’ is Incorrect: https://www.giveananswer.org/why-no-one-is-argued-into-the-kingdom-of-god-by-apologetics-is-incorrect/#
  3. I Came to Faith Through Apologetics | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/i-came-to-faith-through-apologetics/
  4. Dr. Michael G Strauss: The Six Days of Creation: http://www.michaelgstrauss.com/2017/06/the-six-days-of-creation.html
  5. Zeitgeist Debunked: Jesus Is Not A Copy Of Pagan Gods | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/zeitgeist-debunked-jesus-is-not-a-copy-of-pagan-gods/
  6. Scientific Evidence for God – Dr. Strauss – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V48tBF6teSM
  7. Sample clip from Origin and Design of the Universe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LCXX8SmceU
  8. On the Origin of the Cosmos – An Interview with Dr. Michael Strauss – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-5uyGaLYJM
  9. Can a scientist believe in the resurrection? Three hypotheses. – The Veritas Forum – The Veritas Forum: http://www.veritas.org/can-scientist-believe-resurrection-three-hypotheses/
  10. CrossExamined.org | 5/13/17 – Q&A Show | Topic: Morality: http://player.subsplash.com/t5adeaj
  11. A Very Brief Review of Arguments for the Existence of the Soul (Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2013/a-very-brief-review-of-arguments-for-the-existence-of-the-soul-bible-insert/
  12. Dilbert Comic Strip on 1993-05-30 – on free will and the brain: http://dilbert.com/strip/1993-05-30
  13. Stand To Reason | Greg Koukl talking to an atheist caller on air (he calls himself the Street Epistemologist). he conversation starts at about 26:30 into the show They are talking about the difference between mind and brain and whether there is a non-physical realm: http://subsplash.com/standtoreason/v/0376859
  14. I Don’t Have Faith to be an Atheist – John Lennox, PhD – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFLIyX-J_-E&feature=youtu.be
  15. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist (Session 1) – Norman Geisler, PhD – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOvmsYDC1RA&feature=youtu.be

Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. James 5:1-5

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (3-30-2017)

Good morning friends,

Once again, I had the awesome privilege of serving in AWANA (3rd – 6th grade) last night.  Our Pastor had come to AWANA last week to talk about what a pastor is.  He described that pastor means shepherd and that Jesus is described in Scripture as being the Good Shepherd.  Later in the evening, one of the clubbers asked a really good question.  The question was, ‘If God is a Shepherd, then why does he allow bad people who hurt and kill others?’  It’s hard to give a quick answer to a question like that in a minute during AWANA handbook time, so we decided to show this excellent little ~2 minute video to the clubbers at the start of Counsel Time last night:

This really hit home with the clubbers!  They were able to summarize the message of the video and make additional comments on the topic.  In fact it was so popular, many of them wanted to watch it again!  But when we told them it would take away from their game time, they opted not to 🙂  It was such a blessing to see these precious young clubbers excited and interacting with this topic, thinking deeply about their faith!  We also had a great sword drill during Counsel Time, focusing on God’s faithfulness (e.g. 2 Thess. 3:3).  I pray this prayer for them:

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace. ”  Numbers 6:24-26

Here are your weekly links:

  1. 5 apologetics arguments Christians should avoid: https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/5-apologetics-arguments-Christians-should-avoid
  2. Watch “Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?” on YouTube – this is really good – 4 ½ minutes – cartoon video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyZ1l7faKSw
  3. Spiritual Inventory Questionnaire – I ran into this while searching for some spiritual inventory questions.  It is REALLY extensive (10 pages long), but seems to be really good – note: it is a PDF file: http://www.bethanychurch.com/home/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/1_Personal-Spiritual-Inventory.pdf
  4. Sanctuary Cities in the Bible: https://historyforthechristianfaith.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/sanctuary-cities-in-the-bible/
  5. CE 5: You’re Only Christian Because You Were Born in the West – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/ce-5-youre-only-christian-because-you-were-born-in-the-west-2/
  6. Watch “Tim Keller on evangelism in the 21st century” on YouTube (first step is let ‘em know you go to church): https://youtu.be/DHQBoLo31Ns
  7. The Jihadi Who Turned to Jesus: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/03/24/world/middleeast/the-jihadi-who-turned-to-jesus.html
  8. Is Christianity Jewish?  Dr. Michael Brown:
    1. Watch “Is Christianity Jewish? w/ Dr. Michael Brown 1/2” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/kjkm6XS149s
    2. Watch “Is Christianity Jewish? w/ Dr. Michael Brown 2/2” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/cwDWnXdyV9U
  9. Was Jesus’ Death & Resurrection Copied From Krishna? | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/was-jesus-death-resurrection-copied-from-krishna/
  10. Top 10 Lies Christians Believe: http://www.unsealed.org/2016/05/top-10-lies-christians-believe.html
  11. Christianity is rejected because of dislike rather than rational reasons | Real Life Apologetics: https://reallifeapologetics.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/is-the-rejection-of-christianity-an-emotional-or-a-rational-decision/
  12. The World’s Most Persecuted Minority: Christians | PragerU: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytdMUddGe-U
  13. Tell Someone | Harvest Online Courses – free course with video teaching on evangelism sent to your inbox: https://tellsomeone.harvest.org/register/tell-someone/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=paid&utm_content=harvestamerica&utm_campaign=tellsomeonecourse&hs_fb_account_id=22405970&hs_fb_campaign_id=6052164846641&hs_fb_adset_id=6053392481041&hs_fb_ad_id=6070678863441&hs_parent_creative_id=6070679192041&source
  14. C. Boycott Over Bathroom Bill Fails Magnificently: https://pjmedia.com/trending/2017/03/22/this-just-in-boycott-of-n-c-over-bathroom-bill-dies-with-a-whimper/
  15. How Christianity Led to the Rise of Modern Science: http://www.equip.org/article/christianity-led-rise-modern-science/
  16. Stop Using the Term “Fetus”: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/stop-using-the-term-fetus/

I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.  Galatians 1:11-12

Blessing to you all!

AWANA Teaching on Titus 3:5

I’ve prepared my monthly teaching for the 5th and 6th grade AWANA clubbers.  This month the verse is Titus 3:5.  Below are the slides and notes I will be using to present this material this coming Wednesday evening.  My timing of this took 17 minutes.  First is the notes for talking about the slide, then the slide image:

Today, we’re going to be talking about one of your memory verses – Titus 3:5.  This is from the Ultimate T&T Challenge Book 1 (Challenge 3:6 – pg. 65)

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Here is that verse – who would like to read it?  “he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit

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Now, I’m going to read the verse in context.  “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” This passage was written by the Apostle Paul to Titus, who he calls “my true son in our common faith” (1:4).

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Titus was someone that Paul left in charge of the church he’d established on the island of Crete.  You can see this on the map here.  As you can see, this is in the Mediterranean Sea, just southeast of Greece and southwest of Turkey.

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I want you to notice several things about this passage.  (click) The first part of the passage describes how Paul and Titus used to be before their conversion to Christianity.  Consider verse 3 …

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At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.” They weren’t acting very nice – they were disobedient and enslaved by passions and pleasures.   They “lived in malice and envy”.  (click) Do you know what malice is?

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The New Testament dictionary describes Malice like this: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness that is not ashamed to break laws, depravity, evil, trouble.

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But then, God intervened in the situation.  It says, “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us”.  So, while we were still sinning and rebelling against God, He stepped into history in the person of Jesus Christ and saved us.  The Bible (click) says “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).  Notice that Titus 3:5 says that God saved us “not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy”.  This is very important – we did not and cannot do anything to merit salvation.

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Instead, we are receiving God’s mercy.  That’s the word used in Titus 3:5, and it means that we are not getting something bad that we deserve (punishment).  Mercy is kind of the opposite of grace, which is where we are getting something we don’t deserve (God’s favor).

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The meaning of the word “grace” is unmerited favor from God.  Later in this passage (v.7) it says that we are “justified by His grace”.  There are many places in the Bible that talk about this concept of Grace – the word appears 156 places in the New Testament to be exact.  You need to understand that (click) this is a uniquely Christian concept.  Some people wonder what sets Christianity apart from other world religions.  Outside of Jesus, this is probably the main thing.  No other world religion has a concept of Grace or unmerited favor from God – you always have to do something to please the god of other religions.  Let’s talk about a few of them.

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First, Judaism.  This is the Jewish people – they believe in what we would call the “Old Testament”.  They call it the Tanakh.  Remember, we believe much of what the Jewish people believe, because we also believe what is written in the Old Testament.  However, the Jewish people largely rejected Jesus as their Messiah.  The New Testament talks a lot about the Jews and their beliefs.  They believe that being a Jewish person (a descendant of Abraham) and adherence to the Law is what will get them into heaven.  However, the Bible says “Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin” (Romans 3:20)
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Next, Islam.  These are Muslims.  They believe that God will weigh up your good deeds and bad deeds and if your good deeds outweigh your bad deeds, you will go to heaven, otherwise hell.
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What about Mormonism?  That’s also referred to as “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints” or sometimes abbreviated LDS.  They believe that good works factor into their salvation.  The book of Mormon is what they call their scriptures (which they say is “the most correct of any book on earth”). It says “it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.”  By the way, who can say that they have done everything they can do?  No one!  Contrast this with the Bible which says “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith –and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

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Then there’s Hinduism. Hinduism is a very diverse religion that began in India.   They have the concept of Karma and Re-incarnation, which are connected. Karma, is a system they believe in where your behavior, whether good or bad, will affect what happens to you in the future – both in this life and the life to come.  They believe that Karma affects what you are re-incarnated as.  If you’ve led a good life, you will be re-incarnated as a higher life form (click) (maybe a King), but if you’ve lived a bad life, you will be re-incarnated as a lower life form (click) (maybe a bug).  But the Bible says “Man is destined to die once and after that to face judgment” (Heb. 9:27)

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For example, Fakirs are holy men in India.  Here is a fakir sitting on a bed of nails to demonstrate his religious devotion to the gods. They believe that eventually, if you keep living a better and better life each time, you work your way up through the “caste system” to be able to escape the cycle of birth and re-birth and achieve Nirvana. Nirvana, they say, is a place of perfect peace and happiness – it is the highest state that someone can attain, a state of enlightenment, meaning a person’s individual desires and suffering go away.

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Here is a Hindu devotee lying on a bed of nails, being carried by fellow devotees during a religious festival in India. Hundreds of faithful devotees offer sacrifices and perform acts of devotion during the festival in the hopes of winning the favor of Hindu god Shiva and ensuring the fulfillment of their wishes.

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Finally, Buddhism – Buddhism is based primarily on the teachings of Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama – a spiritual teacher from India who lived from approximately 563BC to 483BC). Buddhism incorporates a variety of religious traditions, beliefs and practices. They believe in what is called (click) the “Eightfold Path”.  These are the “works” they have to do to achieve nirvana or the state of enlightenment.  Like Hinduism, they believe in the cycle of re-incarnation leading to nirvana, but they reject the “caste system”.

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So, in summary, all of the other religions we’ve talked about, require man to work (often hard) for their salvation – to please God, but in Christianity salvation is a free gift.

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Think about a gift – like a Christmas gift or a birthday gift.  Do you work for that? No.

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When someone hands you a gift, do you take out your wallet and pay them for it?  Of course not.  That would be an insult!

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So, religion doesn’t save you – Jesus saves you.  Religion is man reaching up to God

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Christianity is God reaching down to men.

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Now, I want to make sure you know that although we’re not saved by good works, that does not mean we’re not to do good works.  Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” and the book of James tells us that faith without works (good deeds) is dead. (James 2:26)

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Now, back to our verse. The passage goes on to talk about the results of our salvation.  It says “so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life”.  What does justified mean? Simply put, to justify is to declare righteous, to make one right with God.

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Justification is God’s declaring those who receive Christ to be righteous. As this graphic shows, justification is where Jesus Christ’s righteousness is credited to us, and our guilt is credited to Jesus as he was on the cross.

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The verse talks about “heirs”…  What does “heirs” mean? The literal meaning of heir is “someone who has been appointed to receive an inheritance.”

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An heir is a person who receives something of value from a father. The Bible sometimes uses the word heir to describe us as recipients of a gift from God

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Let’s wrap this up – our verse Titus 3:5 teaches us:

  1. (click) We can do nothing to merit eternal life (salvation) from God.
  2. (click) We are saved by God’s mercy, which is not getting the punishment we deserve for our sins.
  3. (click) We are justified (made right with God) by His grace (unmerited favor), which is a uniquely Christian teaching – all the other religions we talked about require the person to do good works to be accepted by God
  4. (click) All we can do is choose to receive His salvation by faith.
  5. (click) Since we’ve received this free gift, we can and should choose to thank Him by devoting the rest of our lives to loving Him and others.

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Who has questions either about our passage, what grace or mercy means or about the other religions we talked about?

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mid-week apologetics booster (1-19-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are some links to equip you:

  1. 5 Ways Christian Parents Fail to Prepare Their Kids to Engage with Questions of Faith and Science: http://christianmomthoughts.com/5-ways-christian-parents-fail-to-prepare-their-kids-to-engage-with-questions-of-faith-and-science/
  2. The Spiny Postage Stamp: http://www.creationmoments.com/radio/transcripts/spiny-postage-stamp-0
  3. What the Case Looks Like When Young People Are Your Jury | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/what-the-case-looks-like-when-young-people-are-your-jury/
  4. 7 Tips For Apologetics Judo – Intelligent Christian Faith: https://intelligentchristianfaith.com/2015/06/14/philosophical-judo-apologetics-as-a-martial-art/
  5. Watch “Ravi Zacharias – Jesus Among Other Gods” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Q0QM-DaOZtM
  6. Should Students Be Exposed to Evidence Against Christianity? – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/should-students-be-exposed-to-evidence-against-christianity
  7. The Great Separation: http://gracegems.org/Ryle/great_separation.htm
  8. How Geographic Separation Affirms the Reliability of the New Testament | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/how-geographic-separation-affirms-the-reliability-of-the-new-testament/
  9. Problems with the Book of Mormon | CARM Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry: https://carm.org/problems-with-the-book-mormon
  10. Breaking the Materialist Spell: http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry/13/30355#.WHkA5t6avQU.twitter
  11. evolution
  12. Minuscule Erosion Points to Hawaii’s Youth | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/9751
  13. Christians Who Accept Millions of Years Undermine God’s Word | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2017/01/16/christians-who-accept-millions-years-undermine-gods-word/
  14. christian-persecution
  15. Climate Change: What Do Scientists Say? | PragerU: https://www.prageru.com/courses/environmental-science/climate-change-what-do-scientists-say
  16. Do 97% of Climate Scientists Really Agree? | PragerU: https://www.prageru.com/courses/environmental-science/do-97-climate-scientists-really-agree
  17. Fossils Reflect Life’s Original Diversity | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/fossil-diversity
  18. Luke Barnes discusses the fine-tuning of the fine structure constant: https://winteryknight.com/2017/01/08/luke-barnes-discusses-the-fine-tuning-of-the-fine-structure-constant-2/
  19. What’s Apatheism? https://jamesbishopblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/whats-apatheism/
  20. Atheism Became Way More Popular During The Obama Era | The Daily Caller: http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/12/atheism-became-way-more-popular-during-the-obama-era/
  21. What is the Geneva Bible? https://www.gotquestions.org/Geneva-Bible.html
  22. Watch “[official] Q&A with Tim Keller – Reason for God? Belief in an Age of Skepticism” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/L9jHlrMRJAo

For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder. I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged. 2 Corinthians 12:20-21

Blessings

mid-week apologetics booster (12-15-2016)

Good morning friends,

I hope this week finds you appreciating the fact that the Son of God became a man so that men may become sons of God.  Here are some links to help you defend what you believe:

  1. Christians Who Fear Christmas, Because It Has Pagan Origins, Is That Good Thinking? http://iapologia.com/christians-who-fear-christmas-because-it-has-pagan-origins-is-that-good-thinking/
  2. Watch “Methods for Sharing the Gospel on College Campuses | 2016 Meyer Lecture Series” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/SOVcNpPq4Aw
  3. Do Varves, Tree-Rings, and Radiocarbon Measurements Prove an Old Earth? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/age-of-the-earth/do-varves-tree-rings-radiocarbon-measurements-prove-old-earth/
  4. How to Answer a False Accusation of Racism: http://townhall.com/columnists/mikeadams/2016/12/09/how-to-answer-a-false-accusation-of-racism-n2257095
  5. Do 97% of Climate Scientists Really Agree? | PragerU: https://www.prageru.com/courses/environmental-science/do-97-climate-scientists-really-agree
  6. How Christian Case Making Impacts the Convinced, the Opposed, and the Undecided | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/how-christian-case-making-impacts-the-convinced-the-opposed-and-the-undecided/
  7. Reasons To Believe : Does Dissipation-Driven Theory Explain Life’s Origin? http://www.reasons.org/blogs/todays-new-reason-to-believe/does-dissipation-driven-theory-explain-life%E2%80%99s-origin
  8. “Dinosaur” in Amber: Evolutionists Spin Another Tail | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/dinosaurs/feathers/dinosaur-in-amber-evolutionists-spin-another-tail/
  9. The ghost at the atheist feast: was Nietzsche right about religion? http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2014/03/ghost-atheist-feast-was-nietzsche-right-about-religion
  10. Should You Talk to a Friend Who’s Gay? | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/blog/how-should-you-talk-friend-whos-gay#.WExwlctlDqA
  11. Reasons To Believe : Science News Flash: An Old-Earth Perspective on Dinosaur Feathers Preserved in Amber: http://www.reasons.org/blogs/the-cells-design/science-news-flash–an-old-earth-perspective-on-dinosaur-feathers-preserved-in-amber#.WEst5tHKVzE.twitter
  12. Washington Post, Your Attacks on Evangelicals are Getting Dangerous | The Stream: https://stream.org/washington-post-attacks-evangelicals-getting-dangerous
  13. The Folly of Answering Distracting Atheistic Arguments – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/folly-answering-distracting-atheistic-arguments/#christian-books-3
  14. Feathers on a Bird or Dinosaur Tail? The Media Are Certain; the Scientific Evidence Less So: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2016/12/feathers_on_a_b103354.html
  15. It is a common misconception that Christians are indoctrinated at birth. Many people hear of Christianity at birth especially if they are born in Christian homes, however, remaining a Christian is always based on that persons’ personal encounter with God.  Now, in EVERY school you are FORCED to learn Evolution. You are FORCED to believe it or fail your Science / Psychology course. You are ridiculed if you question it … considered “smart” if you believe it and “stupid” if you require actual proof of it.  What is indoctrination?… when you believe something wholeheartedly without proof simply because you are “forced” to. Want to know the lies of evolution?… Dr. Kent Hovind explains: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKQ-OmeNfFw
  16. How We Got the Bible, Part 3 – Reflections: https://reflectionsbyken.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/how-we-got-the-bible-part-3/
  17. Christianity is a crutch…you may need it someday – The Veritas Forum: http://www.veritas.org/christianity-crutch/
  18. FORMER ATHEIST WILLIAM MURRAY, SON OF THE FOUNDER OF AMERICAN ATHEISTS, CONVERTS TO CHRISTIANITY: https://jamesbishopblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/former-atheist-william-murray-son-of-the-founder-of-american-atheists-converts-to-christianity/
  19. Is it Stupid to Believe in Miracles? http://crossexamined.org/stupid-believe-miracles/
  20. Dark matter caused the demise of the dinosaurs? – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/did-dark-matter-kill-off-the-dinosaurs
  21. Hanukkah – Messianic Perspectives with Dr. Gary Hedrick – Hanukkah – Festival of Lights, Part 5 http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/messianic-perspectives/listen/hanukkah-festival-of-lights-part-5-567171.html
  22. Was Jesus’ Death and Resurrection Copied from Krishna? http://www.apologeticsguy.com/2016/11/jesus-christ-krishna/
  23. JUSTIN MARTYR — THE FIRST APOLOGY OF JUSTIN (150-160 AD): http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/text/justinmartyr-firstapology.html
  24. Is Reality One or Many? http://www.reasonablefaith.org/is-reality-one-or-many
  25. The Milky Way: https://biblescienceguy.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/the-milky-way/
  26. Was the Story of Jesus Borrowed From Pagan Myth? | The Stream: https://stream.org/story-jesus-borrowed-pagan/
  27. Should we expect to know what God’s reason is for allowing evil and suffering? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2016/12/11/should-we-expect-to-know-what-gods-reason-is-for-allowing-evil-and-suffering/
  28. Why Kids Need a Biblical Worldview and Where to Start – Jonathan Morrow: http://www.jonathanmorrow.org/why-kids-need-a-biblical-worldview-and-where-to-start/
  29. 5 Reasons You Should Get Apologetics Training – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/5-reasons-you-should-get-apologetics-training
  30. Watch “I left Islam for Christianity” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/z-jjJwOtNEw
  31. “Moana” Disney Star Nicole Scherzinger Was Almost Aborted: Thankfully My Grandparents Were Pro-Life | LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/12/14/actress-nicole-scherzinger-was-almost-aborted-thankfully-my-grandparents-were-pro-life/
  32. Scientists Confirm: Darwinism Is Broken: http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/david-klinghoffer/scientists-confirm-darwinism-broken
  33. Culture Watch: The Cohabitation Trap: http://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/2931-culture-watch-the-cohabitation-trap
  34. Testing Islam: https://georgesjournal.net/2016/12/14/testing-islam/

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  Colossians 1:13-14

Blessings

mid-week apologetics booster (11-3-2016)

Good morning friends,

Another week has passed and God’s mercies are still new every morning.  Great is His faithfulness!  Here are some links for you to consider:

  1. How to think (not what to think): http://creation.com/how-to-think
  2. 4 Myths About Teaching Apologetics in Youth Ministry: http://www.churchleaders.com/youth/youth-leaders-articles/160290-benjer_mcveigh_4_myths_about_teaching_apologetics_in_youth_ministry.html
  3. Love Your Neighbor Enough to Speak Truth: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/love-your-neighbor-enough-to-speak-truth
  4. State of Georgia demands pastor turn over sermons | Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/10/26/state-georgia-demands-pastor-turn-over-sermons.html
  5. Did humans and dinosaurs co-exist? Are dinosaurs in the Bible? See what lab tests show about the actual age of dinosaur bones: https://www.facebook.com/icrscience/videos/10154672274024451/
  6. What is the Diwali festival in Hinduism? https://gotquestions.org/Diwali-festival-Hinduism.html
  7. 5 Tips for Young Apologists: http://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/5-tips-for-young-apologists
  8. What Kind of God Would Condemn People to Eternal Torment? https://answersingenesis.org/who-is-god/god-is-good/what-kind-of-god-would-condemn-people-to-eternal-torment/
  9. Why a Quantum-Mechanical Universe Still Requires a Cause: http://christiancadre.blogspot.com/2016/11/why-quantum-mechanical-universe-still.html
  10. Who Wrote the Gospel According to Luke? http://www.logicandlight.org/who-wrote-the-gospel-according-to-luke/

One other item I would like to pass along.  This month (Nov. 18th and 19th in Tempe) there will be a speech and debate tournament called the Cactus Clash.  If you are interested in being a community judge (no experience necessary), you can sign up here.  I did it last year and will be there on Saturday the 19th this year, and I promise, you will be blessed when you see these young people defending what they believe (there is an apologetics focus in the debates as well).

When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another.  Matthew 10:23a

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-6-2016)

Good morning,

First, a house-keeping item – I will not be sending out this booster next week.  Rather than encouraging you with apologetics concerning God and His creation, Lord willing, I will be experiencing His creation in a place called Kauai!  So, you’ll hear from me again in 2 weeks.

Now, on to the good stuff…

  1. David Silverman Denies That The Holocaust Was Objectively Wrong in a debate with Frank Turek: https://youtu.be/ybiFlsLZU-A?t=2m01s
  2. New Bill Would Repeal Johnson Amendment, Protect Pastors’ Rights to Endorse Candidates | LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/09/29/new-bill-would-repeal-johnson-amendment-protect-pastors-rights-to-endorse-candidates/
  3. How Christianity Created the Free Society | Public Discourse: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2016/09/17405/
  4. A Call to Repentance & Renewal – An Open Letter to Christian pastors, leaders and believers who assist the anti-Christian Progressive political movement in America: http://americanevangelicals.com/
  5. Did Man Get Here By Evolution Or By Creation? Chapter 3 Does Life Come from Nonliving Matter? http://www.strictlygenteel.co.uk/evolution67/evolution3.html
  6. Five Questions About Evolution that Charles Darwin Can’t Answer: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1579-five-questions-about-evolution-that-charles-darwin-cant-answer
  7. Holy Rebel: http://dangreenup.com/holy-rebel/
  8. Evolutionary dilemma – The more we know about DNA, the tougher things get for modern Darwinism: http://creation.com/evolutionary-dilemma
  9. Help! My Pastor Became An Atheist! https://clearlens.org/2016/09/28/help-my-pastor-became-an-atheist/
  10. Isn’t It Possible That The Jesus Story Was A Conspiracy (unfortunately, this is poor audio)? “Anything is possible, but not everything is reasonable.” A student alludes to the DaVinci Code, saying that it was put forth in the book/movie that Jesus’ follow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XV7ajMLYO4
  11. The Imminent Death of Darwinism and the Rise of Intelligent Design: http://www.icr.org/article/imminent-death-darwinism-rise-intelligent-design/
  12. The Danger of Treating the Word “Disciple” as a Noun Instead of a Verb: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/the-danger-of-treating-the-word-disciple-as-a-noun-instead-of-a-verb/
  13. How Christ’s Incarnation Differs from the Hindu Idea of Avatar: https://reflectionsbyken.wordpress.com/2015/12/22/how-christs-incarnation-differs-from-the-hindu-idea-of-avatar/
  14. The Free Thinking Argument: http://www.reasonablefaithbelfast.com/blog/-the-free-thinking-argument
  15. Canyon creation – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/a/237
  16. Biblical Contradictions are as Scarce as Hen’s Teeth – Southern by His Grace: http://southernbyhisgrace.com/biblical-contradictions-are-as-scarce-as-hens-teeth/
  17. Evidence for Design Grows Like a New Patch of Kudzu – Southern by His Grace: http://southernbyhisgrace.com/evidence-for-design-grows-like-a-new-patch-of-kudzu/
  18. “I Just Don’t Have Your Faith” | Saints and Sceptics: http://www.saintsandsceptics.org/i-just-dont-have-your-faith/
  19. Cold-Case Christianity for Kids: Investigate Jesus with a Real Detective (new book for kids by J. Warner Wallace): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/cold-case-christianity-for-kids-j-warner-wallace/1123269143/2675127321420?st=PLA&sid=BNB_DRS_Marketplace+Shopping+Books_00000000&2sid=Google_&sourceId=PLGoP3038&k_clickid=3×3038
  20. What Is the Essential Truth About the Holy Spirit? (J. Warner Wallace podcast): http://pleaseconvinceme.libsyn.com/what-is-the-essential-truth-about-the-holy-spirit?tdest_id=90058
  21. The Problem with “Friendship Evangelism”: http://www.missioalliance.org/problem-friendship-evangelism/
  22. Creationist receives six-figure legal settlement from public university: http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/29337/
  23. Evidence of the Resurrection Accepted Even by Atheist New Testament Scholars: https://cyberpenance.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/__trashed-3/

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

Blessings

mid-week apologetics booster (9-8-2016)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. The New Face of Atheism (And It’s Not Dawkins!) – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/the-new-face-of-atheism-and-its-not-dawkins
  2. God’s Foreknowledge Does Not Force – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/2015/07/24/gods-knowledge-does-not-force/
  3. Elementary School with Co-ed Restrooms: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Elementary-School-with-Co-ed-Restrooms.html?soid=1100422530046&aid=yGl2YXsMESA
  4. Atheists Who Convert: A Case Study: http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Atheists-Who-Convert-A-Case-Study
  5. LDS Church and Same-Sex Marriage: The DOCTRINE Behind the Policy — dear Ephesus: http://www.dearephesus.org/blog/2015/11/6/lds-church-and-same-sex-marriage-the-theology-behind-the-policy
  6. Pornography and Purity: Pursuing a Biblical Vision of Manhood and Womanhood to the Glory of God – Servants of Grace: http://servantsofgrace.org/pornography-purity-pursuing-biblical-vision-manhood-womanhood-glory-god/
  7. Why isn’t God’s Existence more Obvious? | Saints and Sceptics: http://www.saintsandsceptics.org/why-isnt-gods-existence-more-obvious/
  8. You Don’t Always Have to Make a Defense – Apologetics 105: https://apologetics105.com/2016/08/31/you-dont-always-have-to-make-a-defense/
  9. How To Answer, “Can You Be Good Without God?” – DyerThoughts: http://www.dyerthoughts.com/home/how-to-answer-can-you-be-good-without-god
  10. Mark Spence videos:
    1. Watch “I Deserve Hell – Mark Spence’s Story” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/xci422OZGWE
    2. Watch “Can We Trust the Bible?” by Living Waters on YouTube: https://youtu.be/XyNseXdd260
    3. Watch “Is It Wrong to Judge?” by Living Waters on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ef3P97nz0lU
    4. Watch “Mark Spence ‘The Good News is Great News’” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/LdU3y7EIa8Y
  11. Harvard PhD tosses questions at fossil claim: http://mobile.wnd.com/2016/09/harvard-phd-tosses-questions-at-fossil-claim/
  12. Bad Arguments Against Christianity: Bible Contradictions – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/2015/08/11/answering-the-bible-contradictions-objection/
  13. Video Shows Mother Teresa Saying “Every Abortion is a Rejection of Jesus” | LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2013/12/27/video-shows-mother-teresa-saying-every-abortion-is-a-rejection-of-jesus/
  14. The Problem of Evil Is Often A Problem of Understanding – Cross Examined: http://crossexamined.org/the-problem-of-evil-is-often-a-problem-of-understanding/
  15. ISIS Is Killing Us Because We Are Not Muslim – by Nabeel Qureshi: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nabeel-qureshi/isis-is-killing-us-because-we-are-not-muslim_b_11793770.html
  16. Lessons for America from the fall of Rome: http://mobile.wnd.com/2016/09/lessons-for-america-from-the-fall-of-rome/#67C09EVzvgw1FYx4.99
  17. The Case for Christianity According to a 7th Grader | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/10965/
  18. Our shrinking brains – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/our-shrinking-brains
  19. 4 Ways to become a better listener and a better Apologist: http://crossexamined.org/4-ways-become-better-listener-better-apologist/
  20. Why Would an Engineer-Turned-Mom Care So Deeply about Apologetics? http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/why-would-an-engineer-turned-mom-care-so-deeply-about-apologetics
  21. The Church of Chronic Denial and Dementia | Today, the Church disavows the theories advanced in the past…… https://robertbridgstock.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/the-church-of-chronic-denial-and-dementia/
  22. Four Self-Refuting Statements Heard on College Campuses Across America: http://crossexamined.org/four-self-refuting-statements-heard-on-college-campuses-across-america/
  23. What Christian Parents Need to Know About New Age and Occult Beliefs: http://crossexamined.org/christian-parents-need-know-new-age-occult-beliefs/
  24. Greg Bahnsen: The Bible is the Word of God: http://evidence4god.blogspot.com/2016/08/greg-bahnsen-standing-on-scripture.html
  25. William Lane Craig Q&A: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/knowledge-of-god-and-his-will
  26. ‘Increasingly Aggressive’ Atheists Target Children in New Evolution-Promoting Book: http://christiannews.net/2016/09/05/increasingly-aggressive-atheists-target-children-in-new-evolution-promoting-book/

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his ; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.  Psalms 100:1-5

mid-week apologetics booster (8-18-2016)

Hi Brothers and Sisters,

An appropriate verse for this morning: “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:8

Here are some items for you to take a look at and learn from:

  1. How Jesus Responded to Doubt: http://www.coldcasechristianity.com/2016/how-jesus-responded-to-doubt/
  2. ‘A delivery boy’ for God: Greg Laurie and his Harvest Crusade are back for a 27th year: http://www.latimes.com/socal/weekend/news/tn-wknd-et-socal-harvest-20160806-story.html
  3. Why Polytheism is false and Christianity True? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XmJ_W6Qwrw
  4. Aren’t all religions basically the same? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFaT_qBzzkQ
  5. Jesus among other religions – Ravi Zacharias: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjpAC9S0C50
  6. Refuting Noah’s ark critics: http://creation.com/refuting-noahs-ark-critics
  7. Should Christians Fear Profanities? http://www.equip.org/article/christians-fear-profanities/
  8. From the Critical Thinker’s Toolbox: Have You Considered the Other Side’s Best Argument? https://reflectionsbyken.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/from-the-critical-thinkers-toolbox-have-you-considered-the-other-sides-best-argument/
  9. Why Young People Lose their Faith–and How to Prevent It: http://www.thrivingfamily.com/Family/Stages/Teen%20Phases/2016/logical-faith.aspx/
  10. Is the Evidence for Intelligent Design “Undeniable”? One Scientist Makes the Case. – Cross Examined: http://crossexamined.org/evidence-intelligent-design-undeniable-one-scientist-makes-case/
  11. Billy Graham Accepts Atheist’s Challenge to Change His Mind — Charisma News: http://www.charismanews.com/culture/59225-billy-graham-accepts-atheists-challenge-to-change-his-mind
  12. To Be Sure….God Loves Us: CULTS & WORLD RELIGIONS: Resources for Study: http://2besure.blogspot.com/2016/02/cults-world-religions-resources.html
  13. Abbreviated Christianity and Christian Case Making: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/abbreviated-christianity-and-christian-case-making/
  14. No Original Documents: A Skeleton in God’s Closet? – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/2016/06/22/no-original-documents-a-skeleton-in-gods-closet/
  15. Teaching Your Children To Be Apologists – Chapter 3 Ministries: http://chapter3min.org/2016/03/17/teaching-your-children-to-be-apologists/
  16. Worldviews and Reality | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/articles/worldviews-and-reality#.V7UsZstlDqB

“If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’  if I have rejoiced over my great wealth, the fortune my hands had gained, if I have regarded the sun in its radiance or the moon moving in splendor, so that my heart was secretly enticed and my hand offered them a kiss of homage,  then these also would be sins to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.”  Job 31:24-28

Blessings

Talking with an Indian family about Christianity

Sometime in mid-May 2016, I spent time with my wife and an Indian family eating dinner.  Then, after dinner, unbeknownst to me, they invited me back to their house to “debate religion” (according to their 4th grade child).  So, we went, and what ensued was a (friendly) 4 hour talk about Christianity and some about Hinduism.  All I can say is wow…  I didn’t convince them to become Christians, but I was able to clearly share the gospel with them and left the door open for future discussions.  The husband/father of the family said that he actually believes in Jesus, which of course I had to clarify what he meant by that (he doesn’t believe in the Biblical Jesus from what I could gather).  The objections I encountered centered around several themes:

  1. The reliability of the Bible
  2. The exclusivity of Christianity
  3. That all religions are similar

I addressed all of these issues, but without really changing their opinions.  This is a family we continue to be involved with and I continue to pray for opportunities to discuss my faith with them.

mid-week apologetics booster (5-12-2016)

Hi All,

Coming at you evening time this week 🙂  Here are some interesting things I’ve run into this week:

  1. The Trinity is Not A Problem, It’s A Solution: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/the-trinity-is-not-a-problem-its-a-solution/
  2. Is It OK to Question the Bible: http://impact360institute.org/videos/is-it-okay-to-question-the-bible
  3. J.P. Moreland Answers Three Important Questions: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/j-p-moreland-answers-three-important-questions
  4. Is God Real? The Argument for God’s Existence from the Appearance of Design in Biology: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/is-god-real-the-argument-for-gods-existence-from-the-appearance-of-design-in-biology/
  5. The Most Powerful Apologetic Tool in the World: http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-most-powerful-apologetic-tool-in-the-world
  6. 4 Reasons Christians Shouldn’t Worry About Election Results: http://www.churchleaders.com/daily-buzz/278786-christians-worry-election-results-mark-allen-williams-voting.html
  7. 5 Myths about Teaching Apologetics to Students: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/5-myths-about-teaching-apologetics-to-students
  8. What happened at the Council of Nicea? http://www.thepoachedegg.net/the-poached-egg/2014/04/what-happened-at-the-council-of-nicea.html
  9. WHY DOES OPPOSITION TO APOLOGETICS COME FROM MOSTLY WITHIN THE CHURCH? https://chab123.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/why-does-opposition-to-apologetics-come-from-mostly-within-the-church/
  10. Debunking Freud – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/debunking-freud
  11. An Open Letter to Megyn Kelly | The Stream: https://stream.org/open-letter-megyn-kelly/
  12. FOUR WAYS THE EARTH IS FINE-TUNED FOR LIFE, AND ONE MORE: https://winteryknight.com/2016/05/07/four-ways-the-earth-is-fine-tuned-for-life-and-one-more-2/
  13. Why Would God Create a Massive Universe? – Stand to Reason Blog: http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2016/05/why-would-god-create-a-massive-universe.html
  14. Thought Snack: We Think God’s Unfair Because We Don’t Hate Sin – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/2015/09/21/thought-snack-we-think-gods-unfair-because-we-dont-hate-sin/
  15. “IS JESUS THE ONLY WAY?” A LOOK AT RELIGIOUS PLURALISM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2016/05/06/is-jesus-the-only-way-a-look-at-religious-pluralism-2/
  16. First-Ever Muslim Miss USA Rima Fakih Converts to Christianity, Report Claims: http://m.christianpost.com/news/muslim-miss-usa-rima-fakih-converts-christianity-report-claims-163444/?m=1
  17. Is God Sexist? http://www.josh.org/is-god-sexist/
  18. Jesus: God’s Tangible Sign: http://rzim.org/just-thinking/jesus-gods-tangible-sign
  19. Point of Exclusion: http://rzim.org/a-slice-of-infinity/point-of-exclusion
  20. What is pantheism? http://www.gotquestions.org/pantheism.html
  21. The 7 Concepts of God pt.3 – What is “Pantheism”? — Intelligent Faith 315: http://intelligentfaith315.com/latestposts/2013/7/20/the-7-concepts-of-god-pt3-what-is-pantheism
  22. Pantheism and the New Age View on God – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/perspectives/pantheism-and-the-new-age-view-on-god/
  23. Worse than a “Vale of Tears” – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/worse-than-a-vale-of-tears/
  24. Bearing witness to the Creator – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/a/11378
  25. Dennis Prager talked about his book, The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code, and responded to viewer comments and questions: http://www.c-span.org/video/?407593-9/open-phones-dennis-prager
  26. What are the Best Apologetics Resources for Students? http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/what-are-the-best-apologetics-resources-for-students
  27. Is our mind the same as the brain? https://coffeehousequestions.com/2016/04/25/is-our-mind-the-same-as-the-brain/
  28. The faith of Christopher Hitchens (A friend recently recommended I read this book and I’m currently about ½ through the audio book – it is really interesting and insightful): http://blog.drwile.com/?p=14703
  29. Making evangelism a habit – as did Jesus, Paul: http://mbcpathway.com/2016/05/10/making-evangelism-a-habit-as-did-jesus-paul/
  30. Do we need the originals of Scripture? http://mbcpathway.com/2016/05/09/do-we-need-the-originals-of-scripture/
  31. What If the Bible Is True? | Bible-Science Guy: https://biblescienceguy.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/what-if-the-bible-is-true/

You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.  I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? Have you suffered so much for nothing–if it really was for nothing? Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard? Consider Abraham: “He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham. (Galatians 3:1-7)

 

mid-week apologetics booster (2-11-2016)

Hi All,

Here are some weekly links for you to look at:

  1. You Can’t Preach the Gospel without Freedom: http://crossexamined.org/you-cant-preach-the-gospel-without-freedom-2/
  2. Your Most Important Relationship | John Ankerberg Article Archive: https://www.jashow.org/articles/christian-living/relationship-with-god/your-most-important-relationship/?inf_contact_key=ff99c2a49fe2e82715f2e88a9f28ae98d2fe37b67df351117ee39cee14679988
  3. Why Your Kids Can Spend 600-Plus Hours in Church and Not Get Much Out of It: http://christianmomthoughts.com/why-your-kids-can-spend-600-plus-hours-in-church-and-not-get-much-out-of-it/
  4. Youth Questions Answered Tough Questions Answered: http://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/youth-questions-answered/
  5. Three arguments you’ll face on why faith and science are incompatible | Beyond Teachable Moments: https://beyondtm.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/three-arguments-youll-face-on-why-faith-and-science-are-incompatible/
  6. KISS’ Gene Simmons Defends Tim Tebow: He ‘Believes in God and People Pick on Him,’ If Muslim, ‘People Would Never Dare’: http://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/kiss-gene-simmons-defends-tebow-he-believes-god-and-people-pick-him-if-jew-or
  7. Does the “God gene” disprove God? http://www.gotquestions.org/God-gene.html
  8. If the evidence for God is so strong, why are so many smart people unconvinced? – God Evidence • Does God Exist? http://godevidence.com/2010/10/if-the-evidence-for-god-is-so-strong-why-are-so-many-smart-people-unconvinced/
  9. Reasons To Believe : Is Faith in God Merely Wishful Thinking? http://www.reasons.org/articles/is-faith-in-god-merely-wishful-thinking
  10. The Pros And Cons of Being A Christian Introvert – Therefore, God Exists: http://thereforegodexists.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-being-a-christian-introvert/
  11. What’s Wrong with Valentine’s Day? https://realtruth.org/articles/110207-001-holidays.html
  12. When talking with a non-Christian, make truth – not behavior – the main issue: http://winteryknight.com/2016/02/05/when-talking-with-a-non-christian-make-truth-not-behavior-the-main-issue/
  13. Amazing ancient Chinese treasure ships – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/a/10586
  14. The Hard Questions: http://www.premierchildrenswork.com/Past-Issues/2014/February-March-2014/The-Hard-Questions
  15. A Quick Response To The “Who Are You To Judge?” Objection | Think Christianly: http://www.thinkchristianly.org/a-quick-response-to-the-who-are-you-to-judge-objection/
  16. Involving Students in the Battlefield of Ideas | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/involving-students-in-the-battlefield-of-ideas/
  17. 5 Reasons You Should (Probably) Leave Your Attractional Church | TGC: http://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/gospeldrivenchurch/2016/02/02/5-reasons-you-should-probably-leave-your-attractional-church/
  18. Critiquing Culture for Christ — and Our Neighbor: http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/breakpoint-commentaries-archive/entry/13/28770
  19. Apologetics: The Most Important Vaccine: http://www.blogos.org/theologyapologetics/important-vaccine.php
  20. Over 1,000 Christians in India Protest Arrest of Two Christians Accused of Black Magic « Persecution News: http://www.persecution.org/?p=74544
  21. Does the Bible condemn homosexuality? – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/a/10593
  22. 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/
  23. What does it mean that God is a consuming fire? http://www.gotquestions.org/consuming-fire.html
  24. Darwin vs. Beauty: Explaining Away the Butterfly – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/darwin-vs-beauty-explaining-away-butterfly

If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:11)

mid-week apologetics booster (1-14-2016)

Good morning all,

Here’s a bunch of stuff that may help you “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3):

  1. Short video where Dr. @Frank_Turek shares evidence that the New Testament was written early: https://t.co/8TmRF4xLUY
  2. Reasons To Believe : Can Science Identify the Intelligent Designer? http://www.reasons.org/articles/can-science-identify-the-intelligent-designer
  3. Short Answers to Big Questions: http://www.rzim.ca/events/sabq/
  4. Is the Gospel of Thomas as Reliable as Matthew, Mark, Luke and John? http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2016/01/is-gospel-of-thomas-as-reliable-as.html
  5. The case of the ex-Christian Jihadi bride shows that apologetics matters: http://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/The-case-of-the-ex-Christian-Jihadi-bride-shows-that-apologetics-matters
  6. With Gentleness and Respect: http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/gentleness-and-respect/
  7. Take atheism for a test drive! The misperception that atheism is based upon logic, and that Christianity is based upon blind faith, is the result of a deceptive definition of faith. Specifically, atheists frequently portray Christian faith as blind faith: http://godevidence.com/2016/01/test-drive/
  8. The Church Is an Embassy, Not a Social Club: http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/the-church-is-an-embassy-not-a-social-club
  9. What is Sikhism? http://www.gotquestions.org/Sikhism.html
  10. Earth’s Magnetic Field | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/earths-magnetic-field/
  11. Does Your Dog Understand You Because You Share an Ancestral Bond? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/animal-behavior/intelligence/does-your-dog-understand-you-because-you-share-an-ancestral-bond/
  12. Is Your Church Raising an Army of Skeptics? http://www.becauseitstrue.com/blogarticles/is-your-church-raising-an-army-of-skeptics
  13. The Strange Case of Julian “The Apostate”: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/876-strange-case-of-julian-the-apostate-the
  14. The Holy Scriptures-Indestructible: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/31-holy-scriptures-indestructible-the
  15. Unity of the Bible: https://answersingenesis.org/the-word-of-god/3-unity-of-the-bible/
  16. Fulfilled Prophecy | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/is-the-bible-true/4-fulfilled-prophecy/
  17. Is the Bible Really the Word of God? http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/bibletru.html
  18. Chapter III–Inspiration of the Scriptures, Systematic Theology, Augustus Hopkins Strong, Christian Classics books at BibleStudyTools.com: http://www.biblestudytools.com/classics/strong-systematic-theology/part-iii-the-scriptures-a-revelation-from-god/chapter-iii-inspiration-of-the-scriptures.html
  19. Former Atheist Academic Who Rejected God and Believed ‘Smart People Don’t Become Christians’ Reveals What Changed Her Mind Entirely | TheBlaze.com: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/10/16/former-atheist-academic-who-rejected-god-and-believed-smart-people-dont-become-christians-reveals-what-changed-her-mind-entirely/
  20. Tough Topic Tuesday: The Problem of Evil, Pt. 8: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2016/01/tough-topic-tuesday-problem-of-evil-pt-8.html
  21. Reflections On Doing Apologetics On A Major College Campus: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/reflections-on-doing-apologetics-on-a-major-college-campus/
  22. Apologetics: Two Reasons Not to Use: http://www.timothypauljones.com/2015/01/05/apologetics-two-rotten-reasons-believe-jesus/
  23. More Sweat, Less Blood: http://clearlens.org/2014/09/27/funsized-tactics-chapter-fourteen/
  24. Do the Deaths of the Apostles Prove Anything? – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/do-the-deaths-of-the-apostles-prove-anything
  25. Who Created God? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yY9a2SwNx4
  26. Information Enigma – Information drives the development of life. But what is the source of that information? Could it have been produced by an unguided Darwinian process? Or did it require intelligent design?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA-FcnLsF1g

In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.  Hebrews 2:10

Blessings to you all

Diwali

I’m really struggling this week. I work with a bunch of people who are all from India. They don’t all practice the Hindu religion per se, but because of their cultural background in India, they all celebrate the Hindu religious holiday of Diwali. Apparently, Diwali, is kind of like their Christmas. It is a very special celebration for them. Apparently it is actually a 2-week long celebration. But, today is the culmination of the holiday. Looking into it on Wikipedia, it seems like it has various meanings in various areas, but seems related to the celebration of the triumph of good over evil and of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth.

Since I work with all Indian people, I think they wanted to be nice, and invited me to an Indian restaurant for a Diwali lunch today. Also, tomorrow our department is actually having an official Diwali lunch. So two days in a row I will be going to lunch to celebrate Diwali with them. Not only do I not like Indian food, in fact I intensely dislike it (even the smell of it), I now feel like by attending, I’m attending a celebration of an idolatrous Indian Hindu religious festival.

The Lord is clear, that idolatry is a grave sin. It is listed in the Ten Commandments. You shall not make for yourself a graven image. You shall have no other gods before me. (Ex. 20:2-3) It is also listed in several lists of sins in the Bible. For example, Galatians 5:20 clearly says that idolatry is a sin. In fact Paul says in the same passage:

“I warn you as I did before, those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Gal. 5:21b)

That means these friends of mine who worship elephant heads and the goddess Lakshmi will be separated from God for eternity in hell. It emphasizes, those who live like this. I believe that a practicing Hindu is the epitome of living in idolatry. Likewise Revelation 21:8 says:

“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

Again, this verse is telling me that idolaters (along with a number of other categories of habitual sinners) will go to hell.  It is very ironic that this very festival, which is intended to celebrate the triumph of good over evil, in the very process of celebrating it, is perpetrating more evil (idolatry) against the one true God.

So when I attend this lunch today, I will be attending there with a very large group of people who are going to hell, unless they change before they die. I’m really struggling with the idea of going there and celebrating this event with them. I almost feel like, just by me showing up, I am endorsing this event and what it stands for. But then, another side of me says, they’re not believers in Christianity, so why would I expect them to act like believers? Paul says in first Corinthians 5:12-13,

“What business is it of mine to judge those outside of the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside! Expel the wicked man from among you!”

So, it is certainly not my job to judge them.

Some of these people, I have shared my faith with. They’ve heard the gospel. If I haven’t directly shared my faith with them, they know I’m a Christian. They’ve heard the message that Christianity says there is one God. They’ve heard the truth, yet they want to just continue to go their own way. Proverbs 16: 25 says:

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”

That is what I see happening here. Hinduism and idolatry seems right to them, but it will lead to death. I’ve tried to warn them, particularly this one person, who I had an hour conversation with about the gospel. I challenged him by asking, “What if you’re wrong? What if Christianity is right? If you were wrong, and Christianity is true then you will be in hell for eternity.”

So, at the end of the day, I’m going to attend to be polite. I hope that there will be an open door for me to talk about my faith and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As Paul said,

“To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.” (1 Cor. 9:22).

One of my big dilemmas is whether I should say “Happy Diwali”. Please pray for me Christian brothers and sisters!

mid-week apologetics booster (10-29-2015)

Hi All,

Another week in the record books and we’re pitching our tent one day closer to that glorious finish line!  Here are some links for you to look at:

  1. Seventh Grader Reports Teacher Instructed Class God Is a Myth: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/10/27/seventh-grader-reports-teacher-instructed-class-god-myth/
  2. Can Multiverse Theories Explain the Appearance of Fine Tuning in the Universe? http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/can-multiverse-theories-explain-the-appearance-of-fine-tuning-in-the-universe/
  3. How Do You Best Handle Challenges to Your Faith? http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/how-do-you-best-handle-challenges-to-your-faith
  4. Parents: Don’t Train Your Kids On Your Own: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/parents-dont-train-your-kids-on-your-own/
  5. God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: Atheistic Evolution is Not Possible: http://goddoesexistallknowit.blogspot.com/2015/06/atheistic-evolution-is-not-possible.html
  6. Innovative Apologetics: New Atheism: All Bark and No Proof: http://goddoesexistuknowit.blogspot.com/2015/06/new-atheism-all-bark-and-no-proof.html
  7. If Atheism Is the Belief That There’s No Evidence For God… : https://www.thinkingchristian.net/posts/2013/08/if-atheism-is-the-belief-that-theres-no-evidence-for-god/
  8. Abortion arguments – The S.L.E.D. Test: http://www.str.org/articles/the-s.l.e.d.-test#.Vit2JytHSMJ
  9. Why Abortion Is Unjust Discrimination: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tL_R0y1Utnw
  10. How can I evangelize my friends and family without pushing them away? http://www.gotquestions.org/evangelize-friends-family.html
  11. Witnessing videos:
    1. “Is It Wrong to Judge?” by Living Waters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ef3P97nz0lU
    2. “Is There Absolute Truth?” by Living Waters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lvSGCaicEg
    3. “I believe all religions are the same.”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbf0ZK3Wjjk
    4. God is for People Who Believe, But I’m Not a Religious Person: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H46Fr_n2m6U
    5. You Know What’s Funny About The Whole Jesus Thing? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ywumx3BcKN0
    6. “How you were raised determines your faith”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpgnYX2Xp-4
    7. Todd Friel explains the gospel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY6CXOAIsTc
  12. Charles Darwin: In His Own Words: Abortion and the Racist and Sexist Charles Darwin: http://americanrtl.org/Charles-Darwin-and-abortion
  13. Why Learn Apologetics? https://humblesmith.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/why-learn-apologetics/
  14. What is Fideism? http://www.gotquestions.org/fideism.html
  15. Weighing Worldviews: Naturalism: https://apologers.wordpress.com/2015/10/05/weighing-worldviews-naturalism/
  16. Karma Christianity: http://josiahdavidmusic.com/2014/08/05/karma-christianity/
  17. Already Gone Chapter 4 – The Short Road to Irrelevance: https://answersingenesis.org/christianity/church/the-short-road-to-irrelevance/
  18. Radical Hindus Push Christian ‘Purification,’ Converting Churches to Temples: http://www.charismanews.com/7-news/46434-radical-hindus-push-christian-purification-converting-churches-to-temples
  19. Thoughts about atheist tweets, atheist memes and atheist YouTube rants: http://winteryknight.com/2015/10/26/thoughts-about-atheist-tweets-atheist-memes-and-atheist-youtube-rants/
  20. Parliament of the World’s Religions 2015: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2015/10/parliament-of-worlds-religions-2015.html
  21. The Inconsistencies of Climate-Change Alarmists: https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2015/10/25/inconsistencies-of-climate-change-alarmists/
  22. Occultic and Masonic Influence in Early Mormonism: http://mit.irr.org/occultic-and-masonic-influence-in-early-mormonism
  23. America: A Christian or a Secularist Nation? http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=174441
  24. Singer Pharrell Williams Says People Who Don’t Believe in God Are ‘Incredibly Arrogant, Pompous’. This is sad – Pharrell’s views on Christianity…: http://www.christianpost.com/news/singer-pharrell-williams-says-people-who-dont-believe-in-god-are-incredibly-arrogant-pompous-126624/
  25. Carson: ‘Stop Listening to These People Who Tell Us That We Cannot Talk About God’: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/carson-stop-listening-these-people-who-tell-us-we-cannot-talk-about
  26. If you want to know what’s ahead for America, look north to Canada: http://winteryknight.com/2015/10/25/if-you-want-to-know-whats-ahead-for-america-look-north-to-canada/
  27. Hillary Clinton on Marriage in 2004: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I1-r1YgK9I

Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:23-26)

mid-week apologetics booster (10-1-2015)

Good morning everyone,

Here are your weekly links to peruse at your leisure:

  1. The camel—a drought-defying marvel of design: http://creation.mobi/cleverly-designed-camel
  2. Sunday School Syndrome: https://answersingenesis.org/christianity/church/sunday-school-syndrome/
  3. Jumping Over the Evangelism Wall: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2013/jumping-over-the-evangelism-wall/
  4. Does Science Disprove God and the Bible? http://faithandselfdefense.com/2015/09/26/does-science-disprove-god-and-the-bible/
  5. Think the Church’s Precarious Cultural Situation is Unique? Think Again: http://michaeljkruger.com/think-the-churchs-precarious-cultural-situation-is-unique-think-again/
  6. Why are So Many Former Atheists Coming to Christ? http://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/christian-trends/why-are-so-many-former-atheists-coming-to-christ.html
  7. Discovery: Spine Signals Ears to Maintain Balance: http://www.icr.org/article/8976/
  8. Why did God create Satan? http://creation.mobi/a/10378
  9. Apologetics and Your Kids (4) – Inculcating the Right Worldview: https://drreluctant.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/apologetics-and-your-kids-4-inculcating-the-right-worldview/
  10. Seven Basic Elements of the Christian Worldview: https://matgilbert.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/seven-basic-elements-of-the-christian-worldview/
  11. An Honest Assessment of Why Darwinism Is Popular – Evolution News & Views: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2015/09/an_honest_asses099551.html
  12. Following Kitzmiller v. Dover, an Excellent Decade for Intelligent Design: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2015/09/following_dover099671.html
  13. Zeitgeist Response: http://groundedinthegospel.com/blog/zeitgeist
  14. Christian Man Fired from Job of 13 Years after Sharing Faith, Ray Comfort Film ‘Audacity’ With Lesbian Co-Workers: http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/58064/20150923/christian-man-fired-from-job-of-13-years-after-sharing-faith-ray-comfort-film-audacity-with-lesbian-co-workers.htm
  15. 9 Ways to Know the Gospel of Christ Is True | Desiring God: http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/9-ways-to-know-the-gospel-of-christ-is-true
  16. Muslim woman reads Qur’an, leaves Islam | JEWSNEWS: http://www.jewsnews.co.il/2015/09/27/muslim-woman-reads-quran-leaves-islam/
  17. Many atheists refuse to admit they believe the entire universe came into being from nothing, because it is a scientific impossibility and they recognize how silly it sounds: https://dailyevidence.wordpress.com/2015/09/28/many-atheists-refuse-to-admit/
  18. Hinduism and other religions: http://creation.mobi/hinduism-and-other-religions
  19. Bahá’í (Mis-)Behaviour: http://creation.mobi/a/10303
  20. Is Faith Unreasonable? Higher Things: http://higherthings.org/myht/articles/catechesis/isfaithunreasonable
  21. Former supermodel converts to Christianity and becomes a pastor: ‘It was out of my power and God changed me’: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/former.supermodel.converts.to.christianity.and.becomes.a.pastor.it.was.out.of.my.power.and.god.changed.me/65786.htm?print=1
  22. Humility: Taking on the Mind of Christ | Biola University Center for Christian Thought: http://cct.biola.edu/blog/2015/sep/21/humility-taking-mind-christ/
  23. A Response to Bill Nye’s Video on Abortion: http://thefailedatheist.com/2015/09/27/a-response-to-bill-nyes-video-on-abortion/
  24. What do skeptical ancient historians think of the earliest Christian creed? | WINTERY KNIGHT: http://winteryknight.com/2015/09/29/what-do-skeptical-ancient-historians-think-of-the-earliest-christian-creed-2/
  25. Stand to Reason | Does God Whisper? Part 1: http://www.str.org/publications/does-god-whisper-part-1#.Vgtd7r3n_qB
  26. 10th Video Catches Planned Parenthood: We Sell “Fresh” Aborted Baby Eyes, Hearts and “Gonads” | LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2015/09/15/10th-video-catches-planned-parenthood-we-sell-fresh-aborted-baby-eyes-hearts-and-gonads/
  27. Audacity full movie: https://youtu.be/tbPu2rtmDbY
  28. What If Christians Were “Unsilenced”? http://coldcasechristianity.com/2013/what-if-christians-were-unsilenced/
  29. Is Christianity a Copycat Religion? http://coffeehousequestions.com/2015/09/26/is-christianity-a-copycat-religion/
  30. Christian Apologetics: Why Do Believers Need It? https://rydersword.wordpress.com/2015/09/25/christian-apologetics-why-do-believers-need-it/
  31. Tactics for Defending Your Christian Faith: http://reasonabletheology.org/tactics-for-defending-your-christian-faith/
  32. Case-Making 101: Do Worldviews Matter? http://truthfaithandreason.com/case-making-101-do-worldviews-matter/
  33. Michael Strauss lectures on scientific evidence for a Creator at UT Dallas: http://winteryknight.com/2015/09/26/michael-strauss-lectures-on-scientific-evidence-for-a-creator-at-ut-dallas-4/
  34. Strengthening the Immune System for the Christian Faith: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/09/strengthening-immune-system-for.html
  35. The Proof and Evidence for God is Overwhelming pt 1 – When Real Proof is Ignored by the Blind: http://goddoesexistuknowit.blogspot.com/2015/09/the-proof-and-evidence-for-god-is.html
  36. Dinosaur Thighbone Found in Marine Rock: http://www.icr.org/article/dinosaur-thighbone-found-marine-rock/
  37. Dinosaur DNA dilemma: http://creation.mobi/creation-tv?fileID=WCAJoEvOcpk
  38. How do we know that evolution is really happening? http://creation.mobi/a/10429

Have a blessed rest of your week!

Interesting conversation with a cultural (but non-believing) Hindu

The following is a summary, not necessarily in sequential order, of a conversation I had with an associate at work.

  1. Conversation all got started when we were watching a news show about the church shooting in Charleston, S.C. As an aside, during the conversation, we were talking about how the shooter had sat in a Bible study for an hour and then shot the people. The person I was talking to actually phrased it as “he was sitting there listening to and reading the Word of God and yet he still did that”. I didn’t comment on his characterization of the Bible as “the Word of God, but I certainly was happy to hear him refer to it that way! Unfortunately, later in the conversation, he would contradict this characterization by saying that he didn’t think that Jesus really said some of the things that are in the Bible (particularly regarding hell). And unfortunately, I didn’t do 3 things I wished I’d done:
    – Ask him how he’d come to that conclusion (that Jesus didn’t say some of the things in the Bible)…
    – From that point on in the conversation I should’ve referred to the Bible as the Word of God
    – When He later said that he doubted that Jesus had actually said what the Bible says He said about hell, I should’ve reminded him that he called the Bible the Word of God

    Anyway, he said he knew someone who’d lived there. This person was in a mixed marriage (Hindu and a Christian – Indian man, white woman). They liked a lot of their experience in living in that area, but ultimately moved away because they got a lot of questions from ‘Bible thumping’ people about why she as a Christian would be marrying someone of a different religion (Hindu). It wasn’t a racist thing, but more about the mixing of different religions.

    1. I wanted to tell him that I was a ‘Bible thumper’ too, but I didn’t – I just didn’t think it would be beneficial to the conversation and, also, that fact would come out anyway later.
    2. I told him that I can see why Christians would be asking another Christian why she is marrying someone of a different religion. That is specifically prohibited in the Bible. I told him that it is called ‘being unequally yoked’.
    3. I also told him that no matter what 2 religions were involved, I don’t think it is a good idea for 2 people who are deeply committed to 2 different religions to get married. I think they’re just asking for trouble at some point down the line.
  2. Any god who would send people to hell for not believing in him cannot be good. So, I don’t think he actually said that (about people going to hell because they don’t believe in Jesus)
    1. Thinks that the ‘original guy’ (Jesus, Chrisna, Allah, etc) didn’t say that. Thinks that his followers embellished it.
    2. I asked him what his concept of heaven is? He didn’t know. I clarified: what do you think is going to happen when you die? Again, he didn’t know…
  3. Thinks the core of all religions are the same (love your neighbor etc – how you live). Thinks that men added all this other stuff (churches, crosses, etc) – the original guy didn’t want that to be a part of it.
  4. Stopped me when I said “yeah but” when talking about Islam – don’t think that religions should criticize each other. Whenever he talks to someone about religion, they always criticize the other religions.
  5. He wanted to know why can’t they all (religions) be true – why does only yours have to be true?
  6. Says religious people sound like they’re on their moral high horse – telling him that he’s not living as good as he should etc.
  7. I told him that I’m not trying to tell him about this to get him to join a church or donate his money, or out of a sense of arrogance thinking I’m better than him – rather I’m concerned about his eternal salvation. He then said that everyone (from other religions) always tells me they’re telling me out of concern for me.
  8. He believes that churches and men use the concept of hell to draw more people to be a part of their community. It’s a power play.
  9. Asked him about whether he’s sure (about his assessment of Christianity) – has he considered that he could be wrong?
  10. He said he likes to take what he likes from a religion – doesn’t necessarily feel the need to believe everything they tell you you have to believe. For example, he wouldn’t believe in Jesus walking on the water. I told him you must believe the resurrection to be saved – that’s critical – but you don’t necessarily need to believe Jesus walked on water to be saved.
  11. Why is Jesus called Savior? He said lot of gods have been called savior… Then I clarified my question – “since He is called Savior (and called Himself Savior), what do you think He is saving us from?” He didn’t actually verbalize an answer, he just shook his head in agreement as if he knew the answer. I went on to explain that He is saving us from the consequences of our sins, which deserve hell. When He died on the cross, He was paying the penalty that was due us for our sins.
  12. I told him, I’m not better than him – all people are in the same boat – we are all sinners headed for hell apart from a saving relationship with Christ. I’m just a forgiven sinner, that’s the only difference between us. He acknowledged that is the core of Christianity. Yes, I told him it is more about a relationship with a person. Told him I’m just one beggar telling another beggar where to find food. He said, but what about if the beggar is already got a source of food?
  13. He talked about ‘faking it’ in Hinduism
  14. Talked about historical evidence – 40 different people over 1500 years wrote the Bible, 9 people writing 27 documents – new testament – all within the lifetimes of the eyewitnesses – martyred for their faith, when they could’ve recanted and then the Romans wouldn’t have killed them.
  15. He definitely believes that Jesus exists – that he was a historical figure – just doesn’t believe some of that stuff written in the Bible
  16. Doesn’t believe a lot of miraculous stories of his own religion either.
  17. Talked about what happens when you die – he doesn’t know. I asked if he’d ever really investigated it? I mean you plan for vacations, you plan for retirement, why don’t you plan for what’s going to happen when you die?
  18. That led into a talk about reincarnation because he said the Hindu people who visit him periodically, are also concerned about him and his destination, just like other ‘religious people’. So, I asked him, with reincarnation, doesn’t that mean you always have another chance? Like if you do ‘bad’ in this life you might come back as a cockroach, but if you then do well as a cockroach, in the next life, you can come back as a higher life form and keep improving from there – essentially, you have an unlimited number of “do overs”. He acknowledged that was correct, but he said that Hindus don’t really focus on that part much. They focus more on how you live this life. So I communicated to him that there are no “do overs” in Christianity. You have one chance to make peace with God in this life – if you haven’t done that by the time you die, you won’t go to heaven, which means you’ll end up separated from God forever in hell.
  19. He was talking about the Hindu people who come to talk to him and how they don’t think he’s going to temple enough and not doing enough of the practices of their religion. So, I talked to him about how, in Christianity, you can’t work your way into heaven – that’s one of the distinguishing characteristics of Christianity compared to other religions.
  20. Talked about dilemma –Liar, Lunatic, Legend or Lord – it has to be one of those 4. Explained each one. He seemed to agree and understand. From what he was saying, it seemed like even though he didn’t think Jesus Himself was a Legend, it sounded like he thought that a lot of what was said about Jesus was embellished by His followers.
  21. He ended up saying “that’s fine if it works for you – I’m happy for you”. Of course I told him that I’m not a Christian because it “works for me” in the sense that it allows me to be moral, or have more peace or better luck or anything like that. I’m a Christian because I have good reasons for believing it is actually true.