mid-week apologetics booster (2-13-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

The bottom line is this: Since there was an absolute beginning to space, time and matter, it’s reasonable to conclude that the cause of the universe must be spaceless, timeless and immaterial. This cause must also be personal in order to choose to create, intelligent to create such a fine-tuned universe, and powerful to create out of nothing. A spaceless, timeless, immaterial, personal, intelligent, powerful Being is exactly what theists call God. – Frank Turek

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Dr. Tony Evans being interviewed about is opposition to same sex marriage: https://youtu.be/d1gUnFPWwJM
  2. If Christianity is True, Why Do So Many Kids Have Doubts Today?: https://crossexamined.org/if-christianity-is-true-why-do-so-many-kids-have-doubts-today/
  3. How Do You Witness to Those in Cults and Other Religions? | Living Waters: https://www.livingwaters.com/how-do-you-witness-to-those-in-cults-and-other-religions/
  4. Is Bart Ehrman Right When He Says Half of Paul’s Letters are Forgeries? – Is Jesus Alive?: https://isjesusalive.com/is-bart-ehrman-right-when-he-says-half-of-pauls-letters-are-forgeries/
  5. Ben Shapiro on the impossibility of the incarnation of the Messiah within Jewish thought THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/02/10/ben-shapiro-on-the-impossibility-of-the-incarnation-of-the-messiah-within-jewish-thought/
  6. Follower Of Joseph Smith Urges Nation To Reject Morally Flawed Leaders | The Babylon Bee: https://babylonbee.com/news/follower-of-joseph-smith-urges-nation-to-reject-morally-flawed-leaders
  7. Calling All Christians-When it comes to knowing Gods will, the best place to start is to pick up the manual: https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/calling-all-christians/
  8. Objections to the Harvester vs. Gardener Approach (Greg Koukl STR Podcast with Tim Barnett): https://subspla.sh/vkq5sxb
  9. Jesus: The Greater Moses – He is the prophet Moses wrote about in Deuteronomy 18: https://jesusisnotfakenews.com/jesus-the-greater-moses/
  10. Brainwashed For Your Own Good – the processes described in this article are excellent evidence of design!: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/12/brainwashed-for-your-own-good/
  11. Quick Shot: Atheists believe in just one less God than Christians: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/quick-shot-atheists-believe-in-just-one-less-god-than-christians/
  12. A Case for Christianity: The importance of understanding objective truth, versus preference, when practicing Christian apologetics Truth, Faith and Reason: https://truthfaithandreason.com/a-case-for-christianity-the-importance-of-understanding-objective-truth-versus-preference-when-practicing-christian-apologetics/
  13. The Hiddenness of God: An Objection to God’s Existence – A Clay Jar: https://aclayjar.net/2019/12/hiddenness-of-god/

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire –may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:6-7

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-26-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1300) from Nuggets:

To expect to learn anything about important theological problems from Richard Dawkins or Daniel Dennett is like expecting to learn about medieval history from someone who had only read Robin Hood. – Rodney Stark

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Resolving Controversies Surrounding Joseph of Arimathea and the Women who Discovered Jesus Empty Tomb: https://christian-apologist.com/2017/05/20/resolving-controversies-surrounding-joseph-of-arimathea-and-the-women-who-discovered-jesus-empty-tomb/
  2. Dallas Megachurch Puts On Mass Wedding for Dozens… Pastors challenge asks members to honor God in their relationship that means marry or move out. | Christianity Today: https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/september-web-only/megachurch-mass-wedding-cohabitation-pastor-bryan-carter.html
  3. Students challenge God’s existence: https://youtu.be/uKCux1Dur_M
  4. The 34 Wives of Joseph Smith (and their 11 husbands): https://youtu.be/AfqNenhKdls
  5. Polystrate Fossils — evidence against millions of years – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqUtY23L4iQ
  6. What Do I Say When I Only Have a Minute to Talk About God? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtuHazFfn2Y
  7. Is the Bible True? The Cumulative Case for the Reliability of the Gospels | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-the-bible-true-the-cumulative-case-for-the-reliability-of-the-gospels-free-bible-insert/
  8. Every Mormons Need for Rest. What goes through your mind when a Mormon knocks at your door? Oh no, I can’t remember all those technical answers I studied years ago! A former Mormon shares how every Christian already knows the answer to Mormons greatest need. | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/world-religions/every-mormons-need-for-rest/
  9. How can Christians champion the pro-life movement?: https://youtu.be/nrMLgbibXDY
  10. Apologetics As Conversation | Your Apologetics Guy: http://apologeticsguy.com/2019/09/apologetics-as-conversation/
  11. Reasonableness in an Age of Outrage: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevin-wax/reasonableness-age-outrage/

Youths oppress my people, women rule over them. O my people, your guides lead you astray; they turn you from the path. Isaiah 3:12

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-22-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1300) from Nuggets:

What we need is not a religion that is right where we are right, but one that is right where we are wrong. – Ravi Zacharias

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. PBS Eons Teaches Nonsense about Evolution | In the summer of 2018, PBS Eons published Episode 46 of Season 1, When Fish First Breathed Air: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/08/pbs-eons-teaches-nonsense-about-evolution/
  2. The American Minute: The FIRST PRAYER in Congress! | For God’s Glory Alone Ministries: https://www.fggam.org/2014/09/american-minute-first-prayer-congress/
  3. Was Abraham Lincoln a Christian? – Dr. D. James Kennedy – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLFd-4098RA
  4. Have you lost your mind? The Christian mind. The difference between the mind and the Brain – RC Sproul: https://youtu.be/qmHU3p8L-VI
  5. Explaining The No True Scotsman Fallacy Lucas’ Theological Novelties and Apologetics: https://lucsnovelties.com/2019/08/13/explaining-the-no-true-scotsman-fallacy/
  6. Five Bad Reasons to Reject Christianity – The Daily Apologist: https://thedailyapologist.com/five-bad-reasons-to-reject-christianity/
  7. Pro-Life Converts: Dr. Bernard Nathanson: https://www.frcblog.com/2019/08/pro-life-converts-dr-bernard-nathanson/
  8. Apologetics Resources for Alabama Baptist – Tactical Faith: https://www.tacticalfaith.com/apologetics-resources-for-alabama-baptist/
  9. Kids Walking Away from the Faith? Why Public School isn’t the Problem – Salt and Grace: https://saltngrace.com/lack-of-apologetics-is/
  10. New Testament Bible Reliability by Dan Wallace PhD: https://youtu.be/6lEmch2OAhs
  11. Should Christians Be Against Christian Nationalism? Free Thinking Ministries: https://freethinkingministries.com/should-christians-be-against-christian-nationalism/
  12. If Mormonism Is Not True | Mormons in Transition: http://mit.irr.org/if-mormonism-not-true
  13. The Good of Politics | Matthew D. Wright: https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2019/08/the-good-of-politics
  14. How to Overcome and Prevent Sexual Sins – Seeing God’s Breath: https://godsbreath.net/2008/04/03/prevent-and-overcome-sexual-sins/
  15. Physicist: Multiverse Is Religion, Not Science | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/07/physicist-multiverse-is-religion-not-science/
  16. Three Things Materialists Can’t Do Without | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/07/three-things-materialists-cant-do-without/
  17. Defeating Selfishness in Your Marriage | Family Life: https://www.familylife.com/articles/topics/marriage/staying-married/resolving-conflict/defeating-selfishness-in-your-marriage/
  18. Vestigial Organs: Leftovers Again? | Living Waters: https://www.livingwaters.com/vestigial-organs-leftovers-again/
  19. Did Darwin Promote Racism? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/charles-darwin/racism/did-darwin-promote-racism/
  20. One Birthday, Two Legacies (Abraham Lincoln vs. Charles Darwin) | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/one-birthday-two-legacies
  21. What Your Biology Teacher Didn’t Tell You About Charles Darwin: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/what-your-biology-teacher-didnt-tell-you-about-charles-darwin/
  22. Who Are The Jehovah’s Witnesses? –: http://tentmakingchristianity.com/who-are-the-jehovahs-witnesses/
  23. Was Jesus a god? Answering Jehovah’s Witnesses: John 1:1 | god from the machine: https://godfromthemachine.blog/2019/07/31/was-jesus-a-god-answering-jehovahs-witnesses-john-11/
  24. Do Muslims call Allah Father? How can we come to God as Father? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/God-our-Father.html
  25. Archaeological Evidence For Melchizedek’s House of God Lady Apologist: https://ladyapologist.com/2018/12/09/archaeological-evidence-for-melchizedeks-house-of-god/
  26. Lizard discovery confirms biblical creation – creation.com: https://creation.com/lizard-discovery-confirms-biblical-creation

See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.  But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. Hebrews 3:12-14

Blessings to you all

This Week’s Conversations

Wednesday July 24th

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

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

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

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

Conversation with a Hindu friend

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

mid-week apologetics booster (4-18-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

Government exists to protect its citizens from evil from both inside and outside of the country. Government does not exist to give handouts.

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Seven Tips for Good Christian Case-Making Conversations – Break Point: http://www.breakpoint.org/2019/04/41144/
  2. Are Jews Who Believe in Jesus Still Jews? | The Stream: https://stream.org/jews-believe-jesus-still-jews/
  3. Bart Ehrman says that God has a problem. If we have free will in Heaven, what’s to stop us from sinning in the afterlife? And if God takes away free will in Heaven, then why doesn’t he take it away so we stop doing evil now? – Is Jesus Alive?: https://isjesusalive.com/is-there-free-will-in-heaven/
  4. Google under fire for dubbing ‘Unplanned’ film ‘propaganda’: https://www.foxnews.com/tech/google-slammed-labeling-pro-life-film-unplanned-propaganda
  5. Scientism tries to Turn Man into a Monkey: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/08/scientism-tries-to-turn-man-into-monkey.html
  6. Transgender – Bringing Clarity to a Confused World. The transgender movement has shattered the cultures understanding of Gods design. How can Christians respond with biblical love and integrity?: https://answersingenesis.org/family/gender/bringing-clarity-confused-world/
  7. What is True Tolerance? – Jonathan Morrow: http://www.jonathanmorrow.org/14-what-is-true-tolerance/
  8. Cohabitating with Jesus | Jason L Sneed: https://jasonlsneed.com/2012/07/24/cohabitating-with-jesus/
  9. New Harvard Research Says U.S. Christianity Is Growing Stronger: https://thefederalist.com/2018/01/22/new-harvard-research-says-u-s-christianity-not-shrinking-growing-stronger/
  10. What Faithfully Sharing the Gospel Looks Like Outrageous Mercy: https://williampfarley.com/2019/03/28/what-faithfully-sharing-the-gospel-looks-like/
  11. Progressive Christianity defined – Alisa Childers: https://youtu.be/NtoXb2D7y1E
  12. Seeing the Glory of God in Scallop Eyes | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/aquatic-animals/seeing-glory-god-scallop-eyes/
  13. Was Paul Unaware of the Empty Tomb? | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/was-paul-unaware-of-the-empty-tomb
  14. Who Made God? | Origins :: Cornerstone Network: http://origins.ctvn.org/2019/04/08/the-ufo-phenomenon-2/
  15. J. Warner Wallace in the History of Joseph Smith: https://youtu.be/ZfUOFQkv69k
  16. The Importance of the Bible Dr. David Jeremiah: https://youtu.be/BBJnk28-T1w
  17. Ravi Zacharias at Princeton university – Why I am not an Atheist: https://youtu.be/d6aDoOzYN-U
  18. When a Homosexual Episcopalian Calls Trump’s Christianity Hypocritical | The Stream: https://stream.org/homosexual-episcopalian-calls-trumps-christianity-hypocritical/
  19. False teachers exposed, word of Faith movement and prosperity gospel: https://youtu.be/ptN2KQ7-euQ

Therefore tell the people: This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the LORD Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 1:3

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-31-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next. – Abraham Lincoln

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The Name of God: Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Name of God – Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/perspectives/the-name-of-god-jehovahs-witnesses-and-the-name-of-god/
  2. Start teaching kids apologetics as early as possible, Young Defenders author says: https://www.christianpost.com/news/start-teaching-kids-apologetics-as-early-as-possible-young-defenders-author-says.html
  3. Three Ways to Teach Your Kids Apologetics (Without Them Realizing It) – Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/article/three-ways-to-teach-your-kids-apologetics-without-them-realizing-it/
  4. What To Teach Kids About Unanswered Prayer: https://crossexamined.org/what-to-teach-kids-about-unanswered-prayer/
  5. 5 Answers To The Question, Why Doesn’t God Heal Amputees?: https://thereforegodexists.com/5-answers-question-doesnt-god-heal-amputees/
  6. How an Atheist Found God – Why the Change – What Facts Led to Believing in God: https://www.everystudent.com/wires/atheist.html
  7. Is There No God? – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/does-god-exist/is-there-no-god
  8. Are There Moral Implications to Cremation vs. Burial? (Video) | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/are-there-moral-implications-cremation-vs-burial-video#.XExF-B5lA0M
  9. Stunned by NY’s Late-Term Abortion Law? Well, Prepare to Be Stunned Again | CBN News: http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2019/january/stunned-by-nys-late-term-abortion-law-well-prepare-to-be-stunned-again
  10. Peering Through a Glass Darkly the Problem of Evil | Apologetics: http://arcapologetics.org/objections/peering-through-a-glass-darkly/
  11. Why Evidence Will Not Convince Some Atheists | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/why-evidence-will-not-convince-some-atheists#.XExwkR5lA0M
  12. Religion Isn’t Just a Social Club, stand to reason podcast: https://subspla.sh/cmrw4d2
  13. The Holy Bible, Inspired of God: A Look at the Evidence : Christian Courier: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1578-the-holy-bible-inspired-of-god-a-look-at-the-evidence
  14. Is Jesus the only way to get to God? – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/is-christianity-the-only-way/q-is-jesus-the-only-way-to-get-to-god
  15. Is Christian Intolerance a Good Reason to Reject the Faith? – Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/is-christian-intolerance-a-good-reason-to-reject-the-faith
  16. Karen Pence’s Christian-School Job Is Attacked by Intolerant Critics | National Review: https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/01/karen-pence-are-you-now-or-have-you-ever-been-part-of-a-christian-ministry/
  17. Does the Bible Tell Christians to Judge Not? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/bible-questions/does-the-bible-tell-christians-to-judge-not/
  18. Moral Relativism is One of the Defining Characteristics of Gen Z – Impact 360 Institute: https://www.impact360institute.org/articles/moral-relativism-one-defining-characteristics-gen-z/
  19. The Fallacy of the Beard in our Theology: http://www.dyerthoughts.com/home/the-fallacy-of-the-beard-in-our-theology
  20. Loving God with all your mind: logic and creation – creation.com: https://creation.com/loving-god-with-all-your-mind-logic-and-creation
  21. Alan Dershowitz, Jesus Christ, and Logic : Christian Courier: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/49-alan-dershowitz-jesus-christ-and-logic
  22. Simple Tools to Test Truth Claims PastorBrianChilton.wordpress.com: https://pastorbrianchilton.wordpress.com/2018/02/12/simple-tools-to-test-truth-claims/
  23. The Battle of Tours – Precisely 100 years after the death of the Prophet Mohammed in 632, his Arab followers, after having fought across thousands of miles and conquered lands from Arabia to Spain, found themselves in Gaul, the territory that would become modern-day France, facing a hitherto little-known people, the Christian Franks. There, on October 10, in the year 732, one of history’s most decisive battles took place, demarcating the extent of Islam’s western conquests and ensuring the survival of the West. | National Review: https://www.nationalreview.com/2013/10/battle-tours-raymond-ibrahim/
  24. Oprah’s New Age ‘Christianity’ Exposed: Dangerous Heresy – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A26SY-ElJFo
  25. Is getting drunk a sin?: https://www.gotquestions.org/is-getting-drunk-a-sin.html
  26. Isn’t the Bible Sexist? | Reboot Youth Apologetics | RZIM: https://www.rzim.org/watch/isnt-the-bible-sexist-reboot-youth-apologetics-amy-orr-ewing
  27. Teaching Apologetics to the Next Generation – Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/article/teaching-apologetics-next-generation/
  28. Lynn Wilder Former BYU Professor Testimony of Finding Jesus – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIj-bN_rMK0&feature=youtu.be
  29. Responding to the Bart Ehrman/BauerThesis THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/01/30/responding-to-the-bart-ehrman-bauer-thesis/
  30. 15 Arguments for the Existence of God Hellenistic Christendom: https://philosophicaugustine.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/15-arguments-for-the-existence-of-god/

“Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. “Yes,” they replied. He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.” When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. Matthew 13:51-53

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-10-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

True tolerance is where we extend to each other the right to be wrong. False tolerance, on the other hand, navely asserts that all ideas are created equal and this must be rejected. Not only is this obviously false, its unlivable. – Jonathan Morrow (Questioning the Bible)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. I’ve been listening to this excellent apologetics book on Christian Audio– “Talking with Your Kids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have” by Natasha Crain, Sean McDowell.  I think it is a very good book, either for Christian parents or for people involved in children’s ministry.  Each topic explains how to “Start the Conversation” and how to “Advance the Conversation”, it is really good.  I particularly like listening to the audio version in my car.  You can read on Kindle ~8.50 to purchase, or, you can search purchase it on Christian Audio or on AudibleHere is the link to the Amazon Kindle book to start reading it for free (you don’t need to have a Kindle, if you have a smart phone, there is a free Kindle App): http://a.co/cmYihjY
  2. I created a site that stores over 300 links (adding all the time) to various Christian and/or conservative web sites.  At the top of the page there is a button that says “Random Link”.  If you click on that button it will launch one of those sites (randomly) in a new browser tab.  I would encourage you to use this site when you want to browse the internet: http://ps11911.com/links/random_christian_link.php
  3. I also created a custom Google search engine that only searches (close to 400) sites that I approve of.  You may want to take advantage of that rather than using regular Google:  https://cse.google.com/cse/publicurl?cx=010463686461312142595:zj9fpq632pg
  4. The conversion of Paul is one of the greatest Christian evidences we have Is Jesus Alive?: http://isjesusalive.com/an-awesome-quote-about-how-the-conversion-of-paul-is-one-of-the-greatest-christian-evidences-we-have/
  5. Steve Meyer on the information enigma in evolution | Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/evolution/steve-meyer-on-the-information-enigma-in-evolution/
  6. 3 Responses to the Deadly Atheist Meme Even Christians Get Wrong Rational Faith: http://rationalfaith.com/2019/01/3-responses-to-the-deadly-atheist-meme/
  7. If Christianity is True, Everything Else is False. | Ryder’s Word: https://rydersword.wordpress.com/2019/01/04/if-christianity-is-true-everything-else-is-false/
  8. Does religion really matter in America? Frank Turek podcast interviewing J. Warner Wallace: https://subspla.sh/hx2v9pw
  9. A look at an alleged contradiction in the Gospels: Was Jairus’ daughter alive when Jesus was approached or was she already dead? http://isjesusalive.com/a-look-at-an-alleged-contradiction-in-the-gospels-was-jairus-daughter-alive-when-jesus-was-approached-or-was-she-already-dead/
  10. Do Diamonds Take Millions of Years to Form? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/geology/rocks-and-minerals/do-diamonds-take-millions-of-years-to-form/
  11. I’m At Home With Evidentialism Because the Evidence Brought Me Home: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/im-at-home-with-evidentialism-because-the-evidence-brought-me-home/
  12. Study: the early Earth’s atmosphere contained oxygen – this is significant because it undermines naturalistic scenarios for the origin of life: https://winteryknight.com/2014/04/28/study-the-early-earths-atmosphere-contained-oxygen/
  13. How Do I Share What I Believe? The Relationship Between Low Expectations and Lackluster Evangelism: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-do-i-share-what-i-believe-the-relationship-between-low-expectations-and-lackluster-evangelism/
  14. Bill McKeever and the Gold Plates apologetic-this is good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIrMlAH_o9k&feature=youtu.be
  15. Did Humans Really Evolve from Apelike Creatures? https://answersingenesis.org/human-evolution/ape-man/did-humans-really-evolve-from-apelike-creatures/
  16. Here is a collection of Cliffe Knechtle videos, who is a defender of the Christian faith, interacting with students in an open grass mall at Ohio State University.  He gives some pretty good answers to their questions:  https://www.youtube.com/user/askcliffe/search?query=Ohio+State

I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing praise. I will be careful to lead a blameless life — when will you come to me? I will walk in my house with blameless heart. I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me. Psalms 101:1-3

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-3-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

The best data we have are exactly what I would have predicted had I nothing to go on but the first five books of Moses, the Psalms and the Bible as a whole. – Arno Penzias

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. A Parent’s Guide to the 5 Skeptics Who Want to Shame Your Kids for Being Christian | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/parents-guide-5-skeptics-who-want-shame-your-kids-being-christian
  2. The Number One Sign Your Kids Are Just Borrowing Your Faith: http://christianmomthoughts.com/the-number-one-sign-your-kids-are-just-borrowing-your-faith-and-not-developing-their-own/
  3. 65 Apologetics Questions Every Christian Parent Needs to Learn to Answer: http://christianmomthoughts.com/65-apologetics-questions-every-christian-parent-needs-to-learn-to-answer/
  4. Dr. William Lane Craig answers questions about Jesus in the New York Times | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2018/12/25/dr-william-lane-craig-answers-questions-about-jesus-in-the-new-york-times/
  5. Professor, Was Jesus Really Born to a Virgin? (This is an interview of Dr. William Lane Craig in the New York Times!) – The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/21/opinion/sunday/christmas-christian-craig.html
  6. Can We Agree to Disagree? Question of the Week | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/can-we-agree-to-disagree
  7. Why Apologetics? Tim Barnett | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/why-apologetics
  8. Salvation – Are You Sure? This is a PowerPoint about salvation that can be given to someone | Biblical Christianity: http://bib.irr.org/file/salvation-are-you-sure
  9. Popular Atheist Blogger, Leah Libresco, Converts to Christianity (specifically Catholicism). | James Bishop’s Theological Rationalism: https://jamesbishopblog.com/2016/12/28/popular-atheist-blogger-leah-libresco-converts-to-christianity/
  10. The Real Reason Why Fewer Americans Think Religion Matters: https://townhall.com/columnists/jwarnerwallace/2018/12/30/the-real-reason-why-fewer-americans-think-religion-matters-n2538228
  11. Why do Christians Love the Cross? – God Loves Mormons: https://godlovesmormons.com/christians-love-cross/
  12. Responding to a Claim that your Argument is God of the Gaps | Adherent Apologetics: https://adherentapologetics.home.blog/2018/12/28/responding-to-a-claim-that-your-argument-is-god-of-the-gaps/
  13. What Do You Do When Family Members Persist in Sin? | Radically Christian: https://radicallychristian.com/what-do-you-do-when-family-members-persist-in-sin
  14. Does Jesus Believe in Immigration Restrictions? Absolutely: https://www.afa.net/the-stand/faith/2017/02/does-jesus-believe-in-immigration-restrictions-absolutely/
  15. Lessons for Immigration and Welfare Reform from the Book of Ruth: https://www.afa.net/the-stand/culture/2015/01/lessons-for-immigration-and-welfare-reform-from-the-book-of-ruth/
  16. Do We Have A Duty To Give A Reason For Our Faith? (Video) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/2019/do-we-have-a-duty-to-give-a-reason-for-our-faith-video/
  17. Colossians 2:8 Does Not Condemn Philosophy: https://crossexamined.org/colossians-28-does-not-condemn-philosophy/
  18. Resources on The Historicity of Acts THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/12/31/resources-on-the-historicity-of-acts-2/
  19. Does Archaeopteryx Show Bird Evolution? | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/does-archaeopteryx-show-bird-evolution/
  20. Urbana 2018: 3 habits for building relationships, sharing the Gospel in a divisive world: https://www.christianpost.com/news/urbana-2018-3-habits-for-building-relationships-sharing-the-gospel-in-a-divisive-world.html
  21. Christians Should Care About Suppression of Free Speech | Oklahoma Apologetics Alliance: https://oklahomaapologetics.com/general/christians-should-care-about-suppression-of-free-speech/
  22. 25 Reasons I Believe the Bible | Dad in the Middle: http://waynestocks.com/2009/07/29/25-reasons-i-believe-the-bible/
  23. The Argument for God from Reason – if there’s no God, we don’t reason: https://www.cltruth.com/2018/the-argument-for-god-from-reason/
  24. Debate-William Lane Craig and Christopher Hitches – Does God Exist?: https://youtu.be/4KBx4vvlbZ8

To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Philippians 4:20

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (12-20-2018)

Good morning friends,

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

Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up. – G.K. Chesterton

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. God, Unicorns, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster – God Evidence Does God Exist?: http://godevidence.com/2018/12/god-and-modern-science/
  2. Top 10 Apologetics Books | ReasonableTheology.org: https://reasonabletheology.org/top-10-apologetics-books/
  3. Was the Virgin Conception Borrowed from Prior Mythologies? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2018/was-the-virgin-conception-borrowed-from-prior-mythologies/
  4. Reaching the Lost & Scattered with Jonathan Bernis | Daystar Television: http://www.daystar.com/news-updates/reaching-the-lost-scattered-with-jonathan-bernis/
  5. But Jesus never said, I am God. THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/12/14/but-jesus-never-said-i-am-god-3/
  6. Dr. Craig explains why the oral tradition is not comparable to the Telephone Game. #Apologetics: https://facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10156262536113229&id=31578213228
  7. What Happened to Derek Webb? (note, I am not a 5-point Calvinist, but I do believe in perseverance of the saints. So I don’t agree with everything in this article, but I do think he makes a good point about faith, specifically Ephesians 2:8-9. I also think that there’s an interesting dynamic at play here based on how people think about their faith and what it might result in when they experience times of doubt): http://thatswhatstevesaid.blogspot.com/2018/10/what-happened-to-derek-webb.html
  8. How can we successfully defend Christianity in a soundbite world? The task of defending the truth of Christianity today is becoming increasingly difficult, especially since now technology allows us to “extract” a phrase or two and interpret it any way we want. Whether is in social media, radio or video, it’s never been easier to take things out of context. How can we successfully defend Christianity in a soundbite world? Stay tuned for the answer! : https://subsplash.com/crossexamined/lb/mi/+ky4j5nq
  9. Suffering and Evil: The Logical Problem – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k64YJYBUFLM&feature=youtu.be
  10. Suffering and Evil: The Probability Version – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxj8ag8Ntd4&feature=youtu.be
  11. Muslim Becomes Christian – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4vT1mQ5UL4&feature=youtu.be
  12. J Warner Wallace: Developing a Forensic Faith – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_lyyw-x2Kk&feature=youtu.be
  13. Sean McDowell: Can We Trust the New Testament? – 2018 Xenos Summer Institute – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdmCsQ5xeJk&feature=youtu.be
  14. The Case for the Historicity and Deity of Jesus (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/the-case-for-the-historicity-and-deity-of-jesus/
  15. Koran and the Bible: How the Koran Validates the Bible, Invalidates Itself: http://www.cltruth.com/2018/koran-validates-bible/
  16. Was the name Jehovah removed from the New Testament? Does it matter? | CARM.org: https://carm.org/was-jehovahs-name-removed-from-the-new-testament-does-it-matter
  17. The Authenticity Of The Virgin Birth | Daily Wire: https://www.dailywire.com/news/39388/erickson-authenticity-virgin-birth-erick-erickson
  18. The Top 3 Apologetics Books Christian Philosophers Say You Should Read – Capturing Christianity: http://capturingchristianity.com/top-3-apologetics-books-christian-philosophers-say-read/
  19. Does Ecclesiastes 12:7 prove that we pre-existed in heaven? | CARM.org: https://carm.org/does-ecclesiastes-12-7-prove-we-pre-existed-in-heaven
  20. A Christian Apologetics Manifesto (19 Ways to Ignite Apologetic Passion) Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.: https://douglasgroothuis.com/2018/05/31/a-christian-apologetics-manifesto-19-ways-to-ignite-apologetic-passion/
  21. Does purgatory deny the sufficiency of Christ’s sacrifice? | CARM.org: https://carm.org/does-purgatory-deny-sufficiency-christs-sacrifice
  22. Science Professor & Nanotechnologist, James Tour, Converts to Christianity After Encounter with Jesus Christ. | James Bishop’s Theological Rationalism: https://jamesbishopblog.com/2018/12/17/science-professor-nanotechnologist-james-tour-converts-to-christianity-after-encounter-with-jesus-christ/
  23. Preaching to the Choir: Why the Church Needs Apologetics – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/preaching-to-the-choir-why-the-church-needs-apologetics/
  24. True and False Conversion | Living Waters: https://www.livingwaters.com/true-and-false-conversion/

A stingy man is eager to get rich and is unaware that poverty awaits him. Proverbs 28:22

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-18-2018)

Good morning friends,

Recently, 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 700) from this new program:

We may define a republic to be a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period, or during good behavior. – James Madison, Federalist 39, 1788

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. Nazi child euthanasia and Hans Asperger – creation.com: https://creation.com/asperger
  2. Video: What is the difference between Mormonism and Christianity? – Summit Ministries: https://www.summit.org/resources/difference-mormonism-christianity/
  3. Is the Problem of Evil Really a Problem for Christianity? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2018/is-the-problem-of-evil-really-a-problem-for-christianity/
  4. Christian Apologetics: Who Needs It? | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/popular-writings/apologetics/christian-apologetics-who-needs-it/
  5. John Frames 9-Point Checklist for Evaluating Theological Writings: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justin-taylor/john-frames-9-point-checklist-evaluating-theological-writings/
  6. THE NEW TESTAMENT CANON AND JESUS: https://mannsword.blogspot.com/2018/09/the-new-testament-canon-and-jesus_26.html
  7. Christian Youths Leaving the Church: What Are We to Do?: http://www.cltruth.com/2017/christian-youths-leaving-church/
  8. Why does God allow natural disasters, i.e. earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis?: https://www.gotquestions.org/natural-disasters.html
  9. John Lennox and Paul Davies discuss aliens and the origin of life | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2018/10/10/john-lennox-and-paul-davies-discuss-aliens-and-the-origin-of-life-2/
  10. Historic Heresies Related to the Nature of God the Father: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2018/historic-heresies-related-to-the-nature-of-god-the-father-free-bible-insert/
  11. How to Be Smarter than Google: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/04/how-to-be-smarter-than-google.html
  12. Defending the Bible with Internal Evidence – Aaron Shamp Medium: https://medium.com/@aaronmshamp/defending-the-bible-with-internal-evidence-5f3453890298
  13. J. Warner Wallace, Cold-Case Detective: Evidence Led Him to Faith | The Stream: https://stream.org/j-warner-wallace-cold-case-detective-evidence-led-faith/
  14. Harvard Study Reveals Religious Upbringing Better for Kids Health, Well-Being | The Stream: https://stream.org/new-study-reveals-religious-upbringing-better-kids-health-well/
  15. The Christian Apologetics Mandate: https://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/reflections/read/reflections/2018/10/02/the-christian-apologetics-mandate
  16. How Are Fossils Formed? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/fossils/how-are-fossils-formed/
  17. The Difference Between Believing the Gospels and Trusting the Gospel | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2018/the-difference-between-believing-the-gospels-and-trusting-the-gospel/
  18. Four Big Bangs That Kill Atheism – iApologia: http://iapologia.com/the-four-big-bangs-that-kills-atheism/

For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-4-2018)

Good morning friends,

Recently, 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 700) from this new program:

Love is hard to offend and quick to forgive. – The Love Dare

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. What Was the Sin of Sodom and Gomorrah? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/articles/what-was-the-sin-of-sodom-and-gomorrah#.W6zRPmhKiUk
  2. The history of science has very bad news for the theory of evolution.: http://godevidence.com/2017/09/theory-of-evolution/
  3. Dr. Michael G Strauss: An Introduction to the Anthropic Principle and Fine Tuning: http://www.michaelgstrauss.com/2017/04/an-introduction-to-anthropic-principle.html
  4. Masturbation and the Christian – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/pmr-podcast/episode-091-masturbation-and-the-christian/
  5. Apologetics Will Not Make Anyone a Christian – Hope’s Reason: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/2017/09/28/apologetics-will-not-make-anyone-christian/
  6. Unhinging the Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence Mantra | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2017/04/unhinging-extraordinary-claims-require.html
  7. 3 More Logical Fallacies to Avoid (and How to Tell When Someone Else is Committing Them) Apologetics for the Church: https://apolotheo.wordpress.com/2018/09/24/3-more-logical-fallacies-to-avoid/
  8. Are all sins equally bad? Or are there degrees of severity for different sins? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2018/09/30/are-all-sins-equally-bad-or-are-there-degrees-of-severity-for-different-sins-3/
  9. 4 Things Your Biology Teacher Doesn’t Want You to Say (pt. 1) Grounds4Faith: https://grounds4faith.com/2018/09/26/4-things-your-biology-teacher-doesnt-want-you-to-say-pt-1/
  10. Humans: Purposely Designed | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/what-is-the-meaning-of-life/humans-purposely-designed/
  11. In Arizona, Science Education Goes to a Vote | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2018/09/in-arizona-science-education-goes-to-a-vote/
  12. Suppressing Science at Brown University | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2018/09/suppressing-science-at-brown-university/
  13. Internal Telomere-like Sequences Are Abundant and Functional | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/internal-telomere-like-sequences-are
  14. The perils of scientific illiteracy – creation.com: https://creation.com/perils-of-scientific-illiteracy
  15. Letters to a Mormon Elder (full book online): http://www.novus2.com/alphamin/LETTERS/MAINPAGE.htm
  16. Is God an Exalted Man? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/is-god-an-exalted-man#.W7Nmu2hKiUn
  17. We have to stop divorcing apologetics from evangelism – The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network: https://www.thepoachedegg.net/2018/10/we-have-to-stop-divorcing-apologetics-from-evangelism.html
  18. Seven Compelling Evidences Confirm the Bible Is True | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/is-the-bible-true/seven-compelling-evidences-confirm-bible-is-true/
  19. Can God Be in the Presence of Sin? #3 Post of 2010 | Tough Questions Answered: https://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/2010/12/29/can-god-be-in-the-presence-of-sin/
  20. 4 Reasons Why Christianity is True – Discover the Compelling Evidence: https://notashamedofthegospel.com/apologetics/4-reasons-christianity-true/

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-30-2018)

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:

Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.

 – C.S. Lewis

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. 5 Terrible Reasons Your Kids May Think They Can Outgrow Christianity: http://christianmomthoughts.com/5-terrible-reasons-your-kids-may-think-they-can-outgrow-christianity/
  2. Why Aren’t More Women Interested in Apologetics? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/why-arent-more-women-interested-apologetics#.W4brpDNlA0N
  3. Why you should be able to defend your faith: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2018/08/26/why-you-should-be-able-to-defend-your-faith/
  4. Apologetics is Unassuming: http://www.travisdickinson.com/apologetics-is-unassuming/
  5. The Multiplexed Design of Neurons: http://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/the-cells-design/read/the-cells-design/2018/08/22/the-multiplexed-design-of-neurons
  6. Can We Examine the Universe Like A Crime Scene? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHGjmO3PEXA&feature=youtu.be
  7. Faith: Fearless parenting: http://www.pineandlakes.com/lifestyle/faith/4489589-faith-fearless-parenting
  8. Something the scientific method can’t test: http://www.thepoachedegg.net/the-poached-egg/2018/04/something-the-scientific-method-cant-test.html
  9. Should Christians Ever Offend Anyone? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/bible-questions/christians-should-never-offend-anyone/
  10. 4 Reasons It is Critical to Believe the Bible Is God’s Word – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/4-reasons-it-is-critical-to-believe-the-bible-is-gods-word
  11. Learning from Academics Who Left Mormonism: https://crossexamined.org/learning-academics-left-mormonism/
  12. Video: The Case Against Theistic Evolution by Stephen Meyer: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2018/08/video-theistic-evolution-by-stephen.html
  13. From Genesis to the Gospel – the real focus of the Genesis account is Jesus Christ | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/jesus-christ/from-genesis-to-the-gospel/

These are the things which you should do: speak the truth to one another; judge with truth and judgment for peace in your gates. Zechariah 8:16

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Do faith in God and science contradict?: https://www.gotquestions.org/science-God.html
  2. Giving the Bad News First – and Accurately | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/giving-the-bad-news-first—and-accurately#.W1sPNDOp40N
  3. What I Wish I Knew Sixteen Years Ago About Sharing The Good News With Mormons – Straight Talk with Claudia K: http://straighttalkwithclaudiak.com/what-i-wish-i-knew-sixteen-years-ago-about-sharing-the-good-news-with-mormons/
  4. Are Your Christian Students Ready for College? | | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/are-your-christian-students-ready-for-college/
  5. Apologetics and the Object of Our Faith Help Me Believe: https://helpmebelieveblog.com/2018/07/23/apologetics-and-the-object-of-our-faith/
  6. The Nature of Apologetics: http://ses.edu/the-nature-of-apologetics
  7. 5 Reasons Why the Church Should Care About Apologetics – ChristianWeek: http://www.christianweek.org/5-reasons-church-care-apologetics/
  8. Minimal Facts Argument for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ | Worldview of Jesus: https://worldviewofjesus.com/2013/02/03/minimal-facts-argument-for-the-resurrection-of-jesus-christ/
  9. Why the Debate over Christian Origins Matter THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/11107/
  10. Canadian landscape a testimony to the Flood – creation.com: https://creation.com/cypress-hills-planation-surface
  11. Put a Stone in His Shoe | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/put-a-stone-in-his-shoe
  12. The Challenge of Moral Relativism: Three Problems with Relativism: http://www.mandm.org.nz/2018/06/the-challenge-of-moral-relativism-three-problems-with-relativism.html
  13. Transgender’s Faith – Walt Heyer (J1706) | Daystar On Demand – Christian Videos: http://www.daystar.com/ondemand/video/?video=5535343586001
  14. Sexual Identity #6 – Kegan Wesley (J1527) | Daystar On Demand – Christian Videos: http://www.daystar.com/ondemand/video/?video=4654213440001
  15. Everything is theological – Adam4d.com: http://adam4d.com/theologic/
  16. What Do You Say To Someone Who Listens To A False Teacher?: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-do-you-say-to-someone-who-listens-to-a-false-teacher/
  17. What Drives a Cult Leader like David Koresh? | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2018/03/what-drives-cult-leader-like-david.html
  18. How Bacteria Help Our Bodies Survive: http://www.icr.org/article/10785/
  19. God’s Specific Plan For Your Life (A Parable) | Christian Post: http://ipost.christianpost.com/post/gods-specific-plan-for-your-life-a-parable
  20. Guidance and God’s Plan | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/question-answer/P10/guidance-and-gods-plan
  21. Twelve Reasons Why Atheism Cannot Explain Reality Seeing God’s Breath: https://godsbreath.net/2016/05/12/reasons-why-atheism-is-irrational/
  22. The Most Common Objection to Gods Existence on a College Campus THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/07/26/the-most-common-objection-to-gods-existence-on-a-college-campus-3/
  23. Apologists are Fighting the Wrong Battle – Capturing Christianity: http://capturingchristianity.com/apologists-are-fighting-the-wrong-battle/

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (4-26-2018)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Three Creepy Christian Principles We Can Learn from Chick-fil-A: https://townhall.com/columnists/jwarnerwallace/2018/04/18/three-creepy-christian-principles-we-can-learn-from-chickfila-n2471767
  2. What is the Greatest Need of this Generation? – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/what-is-the-greatest-need-of-this-generation
  3. Is It Wrong to Try to Persuade Others to Change Their Beliefs?: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/is-it-wrong-to-try-to-persuade-others-to-change-their-beliefs/
  4. Greg Koukl – What about those who’ve never heard? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIXs5wOSVk4
  5. Does History Reliably Prove the Bible’s Gospels? – Josh.org: https://www.josh.org/history-prove-gospels/
  6. Will California Go from Banning Religious Books to Burning Them? | The Stream: https://stream.org/will-california-go-banning-religious-books-burning/
  7. A Curious Clue About the Origins of the New Testament Canon: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/a-curious-clue-about-the-origins-of-the-new-testament-canon/
  8. California school district says parents can’t pull kids from new LGBT sex ed | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/california-school-district-says-parents-cant-pull-kids-from-new-lgbt-sex-ed
  9. Five Tools to Help Discern Truth from Deception iApologia: http://iapologia.com/five-tools-of-to-help-discern-truth-from-deception/
  10. Dear Young Apologist (some good advice from an experienced apologist) Exe-Jesus: http://exejesus.com/dear-young-apologist/
  11. Mormonism Disproved – Book of Abraham: http://mormonismdisproved.org/book_abraham.html
  12. Believing in the Resurrection – 3 points: https://heresthething.blog/2018/03/30/believing-in-the-resurrection/
  13. Fragments of Truth Film Review | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/reviews/movies/fragments-of-truth/
  14. SMART FAITH CONFERENCE – April 28th 2018: http://www.smartfaith.org/
  15. Is Jesus Superior to All Other Religious Leaders? | NAMB: https://www.namb.net/apologetics/is-jesus-superior-to-all-other-religious-leaders
  16. Feedback: Where Did All the Floodwater Go? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/the-flood/feedback-where-did-all-floodwater-go/
  17. Why we all need to be trained in Christian Apologetics Take the test Truth, Faith and Reason: http://truthfaithandreason.com/defending-your-faith-101-why-we-all-need-to-be-trained-in-christian-apologetics-take-the-test/
  18. Worldview Training in Action | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/worldview-training-action#.Wtv9iOplA0M
  19. Carbon 14 in Coal? It shouldn’t be there! – creation.com: https://creation.com/m/carbon-14-in-coal-it-shouldnt-be-there
  20. 10 Arguments for the Existence of God – PlainSimpleFaith.com: http://www.plainsimplefaith.com/2013/05/10-arguments-for-the-existence-of-god/
  21. Evidence of Design in the Biological Realm 1 Peter 4:12-16: https://1peter41216.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/evidence-of-design-in-the-biological-realm/
  22. Earth age opinions of prominent Christians – pre-1800 – Conservapedia: http://www.conservapedia.com/Earth_age_opinions_of_prominent_Christians_-_pre-1800
  23. Jesus Calling was inspired by a channeled New Age book: https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/newsletters/2014/newsletter20141110.htm
  24. Ainsley Chalmers interview – Blinded by evolutionary brainwashing: https://creation.com/ainsley-chalmers-interview
  25. Why Our Moral Debt Could Be Transferred to Jesus – Stand to Reason Blog: http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2014/11/why-our-moral-debt-could-be-transferred-to-jesus.html
  26. The Fine-Tuning Argument | Worldview of Jesus: https://worldviewofjesus.com/2012/06/07/the-fine-tuning-argument/
  27. Is Intelligent Design Just God-of-the-Gaps? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/articles/is-intelligent-design-just-god-of-the-gaps#.WtyJocgvyUk
  28. Worldviews & Earth Day | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/articles/worldviews-earth-day
  29. Arches of Utah | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/geology/natural-features/arches-utah/
  30. Why Isn’t the Church More Eagerly Embracing Apologetics? Here’s an Idea! – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/why-isnt-the-church-more-eagerly-embracing-apologetics-heres-an-idea
  31. 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/
  32. Is the Bible Reliable?: https://justmy2-cents.blogspot.com/2017/02/is-bible-reliable.html
  33. Planned Parenthood – false 3% claim: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c1TytJVtXs
  34. Who Is Jesus / What books should be in the Bible / Is the Bible Really Trustworthy?: https://1peter41216.wordpress.com/2018/04/21/apologetics-class-4-22-2018/
  35. Bibles pulled from online stores as China increases control of religion – CNN: https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/05/asia/china-bible-online-christianity-intl/index.html
  36. Why the KJV Only Movement is Wrong | RunningAwayFromMyChurch.com: https://runningawayfrommychurch.com/kjv-only-king-james-bible-controversy/
  37. Regenerating ribs: Adam and that missing rib – creation.com: https://creation.com/regenerating-ribs-adam-and-that-missing-rib

Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong. Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. As a dream comes when there are many cares, so the speech of a fool when there are many words. When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it. Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. And do not protest to the [temple] messenger, “My vow was a mistake.” Why should God be angry at what you say and destroy the work of your hands? Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore stand in awe of God. Ecclesiastes 5:1-7

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (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 (12-21-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. How God Saved Me From Suicide: Former Atheist Rock Star Lacey Sturm Of Flyleaf Finds Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/how-god-saved-me-from-suicide-former-atheist-rock-star-lacey-sturm-finds-jesus/
  2. (Podcast 12.15.17) Did Jesus Celebrate Hanukkah?: https://bellatorchristi.com/2017/12/15/podcast-12-15-17-did-jesus-celebrate-hanukkah/
  3. Humility and the Apologist – Tactical Faith: https://www.tacticalfaith.com/humility-and-the-apologist/
  4. Who Chose the Books of the Bible? (VIDEO) – Jonathan Morrow: http://www.jonathanmorrow.org/who-chose-the-books-of-the-bible-video/
  5. The Bibliographical Test Updated – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/the-bibliographical-test-updated/
  6. Is the Bible Reliable? | Rob Lundberg Apologetics Ministries: https://roblundbergapologetics.wordpress.com/2017/12/16/is-the-bible-reliable/#comment-72
  7. Historian Josephus Mentions Jesus: How This Is A Genuine Source | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/historian-josephus-mentions-jesus-how-this-is-a-genuine-source/
  8. How to Memorize More Scripture and Why You Should – 1st Century Faith Today: https://1stcenturyfaithtoday.com/2017/12/12/how-to-memorize-more-scripture-and-why-you-should/
  9. Jesus’ Birth: How undesigned coincidences give evidence for the truth of the Gospel accounts: http://crossexamined.org/jesus-birth-undesigned-coincidences-give-evidence-truth-gospel-accounts/
  10. A Letter to an Apostle | Thirty-Six Interrogatories on Joseph Smith and the Mormon Narrative. This is a complete online book that challenges the Mormon faith, from an ex-Mormon: https://lettertoanapostle.org/
  11. The Most Common Objection to Gods Existence on a College Campus THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2016/09/23/the-most-common-objection-to-gods-existence-on-a-college-campus/
  12. Is The Doctrine Of The Incarnation Coherent?: http://cerebralfaith.blogspot.com/2017/12/is-doctrine-of-incarnation-coherent.html
  13. An Update on Melinda’s Condition | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/update-melindas-condition#
  14. The Gospel truth about Jesus Christ – Books – WORLD: https://world.wng.org/content/the_gospel_truth_about_jesus_christ
  15. The Materialist Narrative and the Power of Bias | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2017/12/the-materialist-narrative-and-the-power-of-bias/
  16. How Do I Motivate Students Who Don’t Seem to Care? – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/how-do-i-motivate-students-who-dont-seem-to-care
  17. Ozzy Osbourne visits the Ark Encounter, staff say they ‘paid some very nice compliments’ | Christian News on Christian Today: https://www.christiantoday.com/article/ozzy-osbourne-visits-the-ark-encounter-staff-say-they-paid-some-very-nice-compliments/121483.htm
  18. 8 Differences Between The Buddha and Jesus. | James Bishop’s Theological Rationalism: https://jamesbishopblog.com/2015/05/23/8-quick-differences-between-the-buddha-and-jesus/
  19. If Evolution is True, Atheism is False: http://crossexamined.org/evolution-true-atheism-false/
  20. Rapid Response: : http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/rapid-response-i-cant-believe-in-god-because-i-have-too-many-unanswered-questions/
  21. JESUS: SANTA FOR ADULTS? (TIM STRATTON) Christianity in Memes – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kx55UCBxtJ8
  22. Dr. Jason Lisle explains the truth behind the STAR OF BETHLEHEM! – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zijbTQ0SERg
  23. Faithful Thinkers- Defending God’s Existence and Compatibility of Science with God and the Bible: Gentleness and Respect in Debate and Discussion: http://lukenixblog.blogspot.com/2016/10/gentleness-and-respect-in-debate-and.html
  24. Jesus of Nazareth Hypocrisy of the Scribes and Pharisees Matthew 23 – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjAwLTCEL9s&feature=youtu.be

All this took place because the Israelites had sinned against the LORD their God, who had brought them up out of Egypt from under the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. They worshiped other gods 2 Kings 17:7

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-5-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Harvard-Educated Biologist Re-opens Shut Case in Provocative New Book Replacing Darwin | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/about/press/2017/09/26/harvard-educated-biologist-provocative-new-book-replacing-darwin/
  2. John Stott on the New Generation of Christian Thinkers: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2017/09/quote-john-stott-on-new-generation-of.html
  3. Why Do Mitochondria Have DNA?: http://www.reasons.org/articles/why-do-mitochondria-have-dna
  4. Why Is God So Hidden? – Cross Examined: http://crossexamined.org/why-is-god-so-hidden/
  5. Tips for Memorizing a Book of the Bible | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/tips-memorizing-book-bible
  6. Could Behemoth Have Been a Dinosaur? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/dinosaurs/could-behemoth-have-been-a-dinosaur/
  7. Bart Campolo says progressive Christians turn into atheists. Maybe he’s right: https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Bart-Campolo-says-progressive-Christians-turn-into-atheists.-Maybe-he-s-right
  8. 10 Things to Say When Your Child Says They Don’t Believe in God Anymore: http://christianmomthoughts.com/10-things-to-say-when-your-child-says-they-dont-believe-in-god-anymore/
  9. How Hugh Hefner Hijacked Men’s Brains: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/how-hugh-hefner-hijacked-mens-brains
  10. 5 MORE Apologetics Questions Every Christian Should Learn How to Answer – Alisa Childers: http://www.alisachilders.com/blog/5-more-apologetics-questions-every-christian-should-learn-how-to-answer
  11. How Evidence For The Resurrection Led Dr. Qureshi From Islam Apologist To Christian Apologist | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/how-evidence-for-the-resurrection-led-dr-qureshi-from-islam-apologist-to-christian-apologist/
  12. 5 Reasons Why It’s Unreasonable to Ask Who Created God: http://www.cltruth.com/2017/who-created-god-reasons-why-its-unreasonable/
  13. In This Day and Age, Evangelism Is Spelled: A-P-O-L-O-G-E-T-I-C-S | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/in-this-day-and-age-evangelism-is-spelled-a-p-o-l-o-g-e-t-i-c-s/
  14. Awesome Advice for Aspiring Apologists – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/awesome-advice-for-aspiring-apologists
  15. Bats: Equipped for the Hunt | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/mammals/bats-equipped-for-the-hunt/
  16. 10 Reasons to Accept the Resurrection of Jesus as an Historical Fact | Bellator Christi: https://bellatorchristi.com/2017/04/11/10-reasons-to-accept-the-resurrection-of-jesus-as-an-historical-fact/
  17. After Jesus, What’s Next: 10 Guide Posts for Christian Living: http://www.lifestyleofpeace.com/2017/08/after-jesus-whats-next-10-guide-posts.html
  18. 10 Biblical Reasons Jesus Is God | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/jesus-christ/jesus-is-god/10-biblical-reasons-jesus-is-god/
  19. Tackling The Problem Of Evil – Part 1: The Logical Version: http://cerebralfaith.blogspot.com/2017/09/tackling-problem-of-evil-part-1-logical.html
  20. Stephen C. Meyer lectures on intelligent design and the origin of life | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/09/30/stephen-c-meyer-lectures-on-intelligent-design-and-the-origin-of-life-5/
  21. Book of Mormon Graphic Leaves out Important Detail | Mormonism Research Ministry: http://www.mrm.org/book-of-mormon-graphic
  22. The First Vision: Key to Truth? A Review of Seventy Richard J. Maynes June 2017 Ensign article | Mormonism Research Ministry: http://www.mrm.org/first-vision-maynes
  23. 2 Nephi 25:23 A Distinctive Mormon Passage on Salvation | Mormonism Research Ministry: http://www.mrm.org/2-nephi-25-23
  24. What is Tolerance?: http://www.cltruth.com/2017/what-is-tolerance/
  25. Jesus Calling: Channeling A False Christ | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/jesus-calling-channeling-a-false-christ/
  26. A Brief Overview of Buddhism | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/a-brief-overview-of-buddhism/
  27. The Real Issue Apologetics Ministry: Moralistic Therapeutic Deism: What is It and How Can We Respond to this Phenomenon?: http://roblundberg.blogspot.com/2017/09/moralistic-therapeutic-deism-what-is-it.html
  28. Did the Fall Have Consequences on Creation? Romans 8:1822 | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/sin/original-sin/did-fall-have-consequences-creation/
  29. I Only Believe in What I Can See! | Whattaya Do? – New York Apologetics: http://www.newyorkapologetics.com/i-only-believe-in-what-i-can-see-whattaya-do/
  30. Why Did God Write A Book?: http://cerebralfaith.blogspot.com/2017/10/why-did-god-write-book.html
  31. Exclusivity Claims of Major World Religions – Christian Apologetics Alliance: http://christianapologeticsalliance.com/2017/08/02/exclusivity-claims-major-world-religions/
  32. Prayer for Healing3: Gods Our Father | Clay Jones: http://www.clayjones.net/2017/09/prayer-for-healing-iii-gods-our-father/
  33. What Are Bible Contradictions And Are There Any In The Bible?: http://www.cltruth.com/2017/bible-contradictions-bible/
  34. What is the Most Powerful Evidence for the Christian Faith? – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/what-is-the-most-powerful-evidence-for-the-christian-faith
  35. Ken Hams Ongoing Quest to Take Back the Rainbow | CBN News: https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2017/october/ken-ham-rsquo-s-ongoing-quest-to-lsquo-take-back-the-rainbow-rsquo
  36. Five Reasons To Investigate Christianity | Ted Flint | Reasoned Cases for Christ: https://bcooper.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/five-reasons-to-investigate-christianity-ted-flint/
  37. Speaking Ill of Hugh Hefner – NYTimes.com: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/09/30/opinion/hugh-hefner.html
  38. Was Jesus Crucified? A Look at the Death of Jesus THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/was-jesus-crucified-a-look-at-the-death-of-jesus/
  39. Always Ask What They Mean by God | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/always-ask-what-they-mean-god

Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags. Proverbs 23:20-21

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 10/1/2017

Today I wrapped up our Mormonism class by reviewing the information we covered in the last 6 weeks.  We watched a short video by Bill McKeever on the golden plates:

Here are the slides I used for our recap:

  1. Slide 1 – Mormonism Recap, What did we learn during the last 7 weeks?
    1. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this class series on Mormonism… Here’s where we’ve been for the last 7 weeks

  1. Slide 2 – Where We’ve Been the Last 7 Weeks:
    1. We started off with the overview video “Good News for LDS”
    2. 2009 podcast from J. Warner Wallace, the cold case homicide detective, gave unique, evidential perspective on Joseph Smith and the book of Mormon.
    3. Then watched the hour long film on the Lost book of Abraham
    4. We also watched the Way of the Master episode on Mormonism
    5. We continued with a Mormon role-play with Brett Kunkle of Stand to Reason
    6. And finally, today, we looked at Bill McKeever’s argument concerning the weight of the golden plates

  1. Slide 3 – Topics and Areas We Covered during these weeks:
    1. History of the LDS beginnings
    2. “Translation” process of the Book of Mormon from Golden Plates
    3. The Character traits and motives of Joseph Smith, the founder
    4. The story of the Book of Abraham
    5. Overview of Mormon doctrines, theology and practices
    6. Strategies and approaches in reaching Mormon people
    7. Responding to Mormon claims with grace and truth

  1. Slide 4 – Good News for LDS:
    1. We started this whole series with a 12 chapter video overview of Mormonism
    2. If you want to find out more about the video and the participants, visit http://www.goodnewsforlds.com
    3. It appears to have been made around 2006/2007…

  1. Slide 5 – Good News for LDS Topics:
    1. Who is Jesus?
      1. Mormons say Jesus was the first spirit born to our heavenly Father
      2. According to Mormonism, Jesus is the spirit brother of Lucifer (Satan)
  • Christian view of Jesus – He was God in the flesh, eternal, the uncreated Creator of all things (including angels). (Man à God vs. God à Man)
  1. Who is God?
    1. According to Joseph Smith, the Father has a body of flesh and bones. (D&C 130:22) – read this
    2. According to the Bible, God (the Father) is Spirit. (John 4:24)
  • God is everlasting (Psalms 90:2)
  1. According to the Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, God was once a man.
  2. According to LDS teaching, there are many gods.
  3. According to 1 Corinthians 8:4-6, there is no God but one.
  • Book of Abraham 2:24 has God telling Abraham to lie, which contradicts Ex. 20:16
  1. How Do We Obtain Eternal Life?
    1. Christian view – belief in Christ as Savior and Lord guarantees eternal life (free gift).
    2. Mormon view – 2 Nephi 25:23b read this
  • Mormon view – (D&C 76) 3 Kingdoms: Telestial, Terrestrial, Celestial. You have to keep all the commandments, be baptized, etc…
  1. Christian view – all authority is in Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18)
  2. Mormon view – Joseph Smith holds the keys to heaven.
  3. Christian view – we can know that we have eternal life (1 John 5:13)
  • Mormon view – they can’t be sure if they will make it into the celestial kingdom
  1. Archaeological Evidence:
    1. No book of Mormon location is known with reference to modern topography (Professor Dee Green – BYU)
    2. Biblical archaeology can be studied – we know where biblical places are (e.g. Jerusalem)
  2. Joseph Smith – Prophecies and Revelations
    1. Inhabitants of the Moon – look like Quakers
    2. City of New Jerusalem – to be built in Independence, Missouri
  • David Patten Mission, but he died at the battle of cricket river in the fall of that year (this was a false prophecy)
  1. See Deut. 13:1-3, a warning against false prophets
  2. Biblical requirement for a prophet – 100% accuracy (Deut. 18:21-22)
  3. Joseph prophesied the coming of the Lord, but Jesus said that’s impossible (Matt. 24:36)
  1. The Character of Joseph Smith
    1. He is portrayed by the LDS church as a virtuous family man who is persecuted for his beliefs, but prevails, due to his tremendous faith and his miraculous works.
    2. At the age of 14, Joseph claimed to have a vision of God the Father and Jesus.
  • At age 21, Joseph was arrested in Bainbridge, NY for deception of Josiah Stole (a misdemeanor for his “glass looking”)
  1. Joseph Smith committed multiple adulteries. 27 women were “sealed” to him. He revealed the doctrine of “plural marriage” in 1843 after being caught in an adulterous affair with Fanny Alger.  He married underage girls & women who were already married.
  2. Warren Jeffs is in prison for the same behavior that Joseph practiced.
  3. The Bible condemns multiple wives. (Deut. 17:17, Mark 10:7-9, 1 Tim. 3:2,12; Titus 1:6)
  1. The First Vision
    1. Joseph Smith recorded several different accounts of his first vision. Some of these accounts have Jesus only, some have an angel, some have multiple angels, but the official version of the LDS church has God the Father and Jesus appearing to him.
    2. Since the official vision was before Smith’s official ordination to the priesthood, this would conflict with D&C84:21-22, which says without the authority of the priesthood, no man can see the Father and live.
  • There are 9 varying accounts of the first vision. The first vision is considered the foundation and the cornerstone of the Mormon religion.
  1. Joseph was a 14 year old boy when he supposedly first had this visitation.
  2. He was known around the country as a fabricator of stories. Even his father-in-law thought so.
  3. In 1855 Brigham Young preached a sermon in which he denied that the Lord came to Joseph in the first vision, but was rather visited by an angel.
  1. The Occult
    1. Joseph, his father and brother were actively involved in the occult while living in NY
    2. Joseph found his seer stone while money digging. This seer stone was claimed to have been used by Joseph to translate the Book of Mormon from the golden plates.
  • On March 15th 1842, Joseph Smith joined the Freemasons (believe Jesus is not divine)
  1. Joseph’s Mason membership affected the development of the temple ceremonies
  2. Nauvoo, Illinois temple architecture utilized masonic symbols
  3. The Jupiter Talisman – one of Joseph’s intimate possessions. Guaranteed the possessor the gain of riches, favor, power, love and peace and ability to influence female love.  This talisman was found is Joseph’s pocket the day he died in Carthage.
  1. The Translator
    1. The golden plates were not used during the translation of The Book of Mormon. Rather, it was translated by Joseph looking into a “peep stone” (seer stone) inside a hat.
    2. Oliver Cowdery was primary scribe for Joseph & 1 of “the 3 witnesses” listed in BoM
  • Joseph Smith boasted that the BoM was the most accurate book in existence.
  1. If this book was translated by the power of God, why thousands of corrections?
  2. The witnesses said that they never physically saw or handled the golden plates.
  3. Paul warns of another gospel in Galatians 1:8 (even from an angel [e.g. Moroni]…)
  • Kinderhook Plates – a trap set for Joseph, a hoax to expose him as a false prophet.
  1. Lamanites and DNA
    1. Lamanites are described by Joseph Smith as ancestors of the ancient Israelites
    2. DNA testing of > 5000 Native Americans from 150 different tribes has been completed
  • Not 1 person contained DNA that was of Hebrew descent, but rather of Asian descent.
  1. In order to be a Mormon, one must trust in the “stories” of Joseph Smith
  2. The Book of Abraham has been proven to be completely false. No Egyptologists agree with Joseph’s interpretation of the ancient scroll. Rather, it is a common funeral text.
  1. Conclusion – Jesus Christ vs. Joseph Smith
    1. Joseph claimed that there were many ancient cities in the Americas (38) – not one has ever been found.
    2. DNA evidence disproves his story about Native American origins
  • He was a liar, a false prophet, a womanizer/adulterer, a fraud.
  1. Examine objectively the life of Joseph Smith and the teachings of the Book of Mormon over against the Jesus of the New Testament and the reliability of the Bible
  2. The Mormons are good people and they’re worth the fight. We love them.
  3. There are no excuses at the final judgement
  • All you have to do is believe in Christ.
  • You must choose to follow Joseph or to follow Jesus – you can’t do both. CHOOSE!

  1. Slide 6 – J. Warner Wallace, Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon:
    1. He is a cold case homicide detective and has a very unique perspective in looking at the Mormon issue

  1. Slide 7 – J. Warner Wallace Topics
    1. Evidence Related to Motive:
      1. Sexual Lust
      2. Financial Greed
  • The Pursuit of Power
  1. Evidence Related to the Timing of the Writing
    1. The Second Great Awakening Swept Through New York
    2. The Great Preachers of the Awakening Left Little Guidance
  • The Culture Was Fascinated With the Origin of Native Americans
  1. Ethan Smith – “View of the Hebrews”, published 5 years before BoM
  2. The People of Palmyra Were Interested in Treasure-Digging
  1. Evidence Related to the Author of the Book
    1. Joseph was a Local Treasure-Digger
    2. Joseph Used a “Seer Stone”
  • Joseph Was Charged with Fraud
  1. Evidence Related to the Translation Process
    1. Joseph Translated Just As He Searched for Treasure
    2. Joseph Was Unable to Duplicate the Lost 116 Pages
  • No One Ever Observed the Plates with Their Natural Eyes (3 witnesses)

  1. Slide 8 – the importance of the 3 & 8 Witnesses

While the Mormon Church often portrays these critical three witnesses as trustworthy and reliable, history seems to indicate something different. Oliver Cowdery was eventually excommunicated from the Church after exposing Smith’s first polygamous relationship to Fanny Alger. Smith described Cowdery as a thief, liar, perjurer, counterfeiter, adulterer and leader of “scoundrels of the deepest degree”. Cowdery later became a Methodist and denied the Book of Mormon altogether and publicly confessed his “sorrow and Shame” for having any connection with Mormonism.

Martin Harris was a member of 5 different religious groups before becoming a Mormon, and he was part of eight different groups after leaving Mormonism. He was also excommunicated from the Mormon Church and later reported that he did not see the plates as Smith described, but only saw the plates three days after Cowdery and Whitmer and then only in a spiritual sense:

“I never saw the gold plates, only in a visionary or entranced state. …In about three days I went into the woods to pray that I might see the plates. While praying I passed into a state of entrancement, and in that state I saw the angel and the plates.” (Anthony Metcalf, Ten Years Before the Mast, n.d., microfilm copy, p. 70-71).

David Whitmer was also excommunicated from the Church and later declared he was himself a prophet of the New Church of Christ. Joseph called him a “dumb beast to ride” and an “ass to bray out coursings instead of blessings”. Whitmer later admitted he saw the plates “by the eye of faith” rather than with his physical eyes and he waffled between three varying accounts of how he saw the plates.

Eventually, Smith decided this group of three “witnesses” was insufficient; he involved eight additional men and recruited them as potential eyewitnesses, forming a group of eleven total witnesses to the golden plates. Smith limited his choices to men who were close friends and relatives. He first involved four brothers of David Whitmer. Smith next recruited his own father, two of his brothers and Hiram Page (who was married to David Whitmer’s sister, Catherine). Even though Smith limited his choices to close friends and relatives, these men also had trouble staying true to the faith founded on the golden plates they claimed to see. Two of these eight men apostatized and left the Church altogether. Another was excommunicated. Of the eleven men who claimed to see the golden plates, only five remained faithful to Mormonism. Three of these five men were blood relatives of Joseph Smith. Martin Harris later reported these additional eight witnesses also observed the plates in a vision and never saw the plates with their “natural eyes”.

  1. Slide 10 – Book of Abraham Points
    1. How he came to possess the scrolls
      1. The book of Abraham is considered inspired Scripture (word of God) by the LDS church.
      2. Joseph Smith translated this from an ancient Egyptian scroll of hieroglyphics (bought in Kirtland, OH 1835) but at that time in America, no one could read Egyptian hieroglyphics.
  • Joseph Smith purchased the scrolls (and mummies) for $2,400, which he raised from investors.
  1. How he “translated” the scrolls
    1. Joseph started by creating an alphabet and grammar of the Egyptian language. We have his notes for this process.
    2. Joseph created a bank in Kirtland, OH, which failed, after which he fled from there at night.
  • Joseph and the Mormons moved to Commerce, IL and renamed it to Nauvoo, where he became mayor of the city, had a large militia & even announced his candidacy for president of the US
  1. In Nauvoo, IL in 1842, Joseph published his translation of the book of Abraham.
  2. The book of Abraham includes a creation story “they, that is the Gods, organized and formed…”. See the book of Abraham chapters 4 & 5 – Mormonism is polytheistic.
  3. In June 27th, 1844, Joseph was assassinated while in jail in Carthage, IL
  1. Scrolls were lost:
    1. 1846 – 1856: the papyri are lost to the church
    2. In 1846, under the leadership of Brigham Young, the Mormons moved to Salt Lake City, UT
  • It was assumed that the papyri was destroyed in the great Chicago fire of 1871
  1. 3 drawings in book of Abraham misidentified by Joseph, according to Egyptologists.
  2. These drawings are actually, from the “book of the dead” (Egyptian funeral text)
  1. Scrolls found and actually translated
    1. 1966 – A dramatic discovery – the papyri was found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.
    2. 1967 – the lost papyri presented to the LDS church along with attesting letter from Emma Smith
  • Abraham not mentioned once in the papyri. Joseph’s translation was found to be incorrect.
  1. The LDS church claims that a large portion of the scroll is missing, but this is not correct.
  2. Some argue that Joseph may’ve received the translation by direct revelation from God…
  3. According to Joseph Smith’s diary, this is not correct – he was translating it directly.
  • According to Egyptologists, there is no historical validity to the translations in that book.
  • Are the Mormon truth claims credible? Are they the kinds of things that we ought to bet our lives on?
  1. Since Joseph’s translation of the book of Abraham, which can be tested, has been found to lack credibility, then how can we accept his translation of the book of Mormon, which cannot be tested?

  1. Slide 12 – Way of the Master Topics
    1. The Mormon Holy Books and Sources of Authority
      1. The Book of Mormon (“the most correct of any book on earth” according to Joseph Smith)
      2. Doctrine and Covenants – a book mostly about theology
  • The Pearl of Great Price
  1. The King James Bible (in so far as it is translated correctly)
  2. The ultimate authority in the Mormon Church comes from living Mormon apostles and prophets, especially the president, who is considered to be “the voice of God on earth”.
  1. Mormon Teachings about God:
    1. God has not been God from all eternity
    2. Jesus is a god
  • Jesus is the Jehovah of the Old Testament
  1. They limit Jesus to being the Creator only of this planet
  2. There are an infinite number of gods who created an infinite number of other worlds
  3. God has a body of flesh and bones like us
  • We can become like God if we adhere to his commandments
  • God is married and has many wives and they had many spirit babies, resulting in you and I getting here.
  1. It is possible to become a god, reigning over your own planet.
  1. The Mormon Jesus
    1. Law of progression – men and God are of the same species. We are at different point in our progression
    2. God, the Father of this planet is called Elohim
  • The Mormon God cannot create anything Ex-Nihilo (out of nothing) – he “organized” this earth
  1. The first “begotten” of his spirit children was Jehovah (or Jesus) – we all are the spirt brothers of Jesus.
  2. Another one of the offspring of Elohim was Lucifer – according to Mormonism, Jesus is the spirit brother of Lucifer.
  3. Jesus was not the eternal Creator of all things, who became a man (as the Bible says) – they have it reversed, they believe that man became a god instead
  1. The Mormon Afterlife
    1. Almost a universal salvation – only those who’ve actually had revelation of the truthfulness of Mormonism and reject it have sinned bad enough to merit eternal hell.
    2. There is a temporary hell in Mormonism (the spirit prison) that non-Mormons would go to.
  • They would not believe Hitler went to hell
  1. 4 levels of afterlife:
    1. Eternal (outer) darkness – devil, demons, a few apostate Mormons
    2. Terrestrial (for non-Mormons, Hitler, murderers, rapists, child molesters, liars, thieves)
    3. Telestial
    4. Celestial (highest – this is where God is)
  2. The Mormon Salvation
    1. 2 Nephi 25:23b – “for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do
    2. Moroni 10:32 – if you “love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you” (vs. 2 Corinthians 12:9)
  • Spencer Kimball (former president of the LDS Church) – one of the most fallacious doctrines (of the devil) is that man is saved alone by the grace of God.
  1. Witnessing Tips
    1. You must define your terms, because Mormons use all the same terms as Christians, but they have different meanings for those terms
    2. Ask the Mormon first to explain who their God is, who their Jesus is and how salvation is gained
  • Pose this to a Mormon – “If the Mormon religion is right and I’m wrong, then I go to the 3rd level of heaven. But if the Bible is right and the LDS church is wrong, then you are following a false Jesus and you’ll end up in hell forever.”
  1. Baptism for the Dead
    1. Mormons get baptized for dead people. They use 1 Corinthians 15:29 to justify that.
    2. If anyone dies without believing in Mormonism, they can still make it to heaven if someone is baptized on their behalf. They can accept Mormonism in the spirit world.
  2. The main point in reaching the Mormon is using the power of the Gospel (Romans 1:16).

  1. Slide 14 – Mormon Role Play Points
    1. How would you define a Christian?
      1. Elder Kunkle: You probably believe something like this – Mormons are not Christians
      2. Elder Kunkle: How would you define a Christian, what is a Christian?
  • Someone answered “Someone who has been saved by Jesus and professes Him as their Lord and Savior”
  1. Mormon definition of Jesus:
    1. “Mormons have a different definition of Jesus” – but Elder Kunkle affirmed that Jesus was:
      1. Born of the Virgin Mary
      2. Is the Son of God
      3. Lived a sinless, perfect life
      4. Died on the cross to atone for our sins
      5. Rose from the dead – bodily
    2. Deity of Christ & the Trinity:
      1. “Jesus claimed to be God” – Elder Kunkle challenged, “Where did Jesus claim to be God?”
      2. Elder Kunkle: the oneness that Jesus is talking about is oneness in unity.
  • Elder Kunkle: I affirm, “One Lord and One Savior”
  1. Audience member says that his Bible does not say that God was once a man, like Mormonism believes. Elder Kunkle replies, “You don’t believe Jesus was a man?”  Person replies, “I’m not saying Jesus, I’m saying God”
  2. Elder Kunkle: we believe in the Father, we believe in the Son, we believe in the Holy Spirit…I believe in the God of the Bible…. But one of the differences we have is the Trinity… the claim of the Trinity is that you have 3 beings in 1 being, but that is a patent contradiction.
  3. One audience member brought up Jesus is considered to be Lucifer’s brother in Mormonism
  • Elder Kunkle: Colossians 1 – Jesus is the first born of all creation. So, He is the first born Son of God.
  • Elder Kunkle: If Jesus is God, in Matthew 26 Jesus is praying to God, but if Jesus is God, then He is just praying to Himself.
  1. Elder Kunkle: There’s nowhere you can point to in Scripture to show the Trinity – where is the Trinity in the Bible?
  2. One audience member brought up John 10:30 – I and the Father are one. Elder Kunkle replied that in this church, you probably all consider yourself to be “one”, but not the same being.
  3. Elder Kunkle: where in the Bible does it say that to be a Christian, you have to affirm that Jesus is Yahweh?
  • Elder Kunkle quotes John 14, where Jesus says, “The Father is greater than I”
  1. Book of Mormon / additional revelation:
    1. One audience member says he has been “taught his doctrine” – he was indoctrinated differently
    2. One audience member said you put your faith in a man who brought an additional book
  • Elder Kunkle: that’s all the Book of Mormon is – it’s God speaking through a man
  1. Elder Kunkle: Just like God built on the Old Testament and gave us the New Testament, God builds on the New Testament and gives us another testament to Jesus Christ (BoM)
  2. One audience member quotes Revelation 22:19 “If any man shall take away from the words…”
  3. Elder Kunkle replies with Deut. 4:2, which has the same warning.
  • One audience member quotes John 8:58 – says Jesus claimed to be Elohim.
  • Elder Kunkle made a case for works salvation (James 2, Philippians 2, Acts 2, Eph. 2 etc.)
  1. Christians inarticulate / apologetics not optional, but required – asked everyone to do a self-assessment
    1. What we wanted to do tonight was provide you a little test.
    2. Most evangelical Christians do not know what they believe or why they believe it
  • Most Christians are completely inarticulate about what they believe and why they believe it.
  1. We wanted you to take this test here, now, with me before you go out the door and have this test with “the real thing”.
  2. We need to be effective ambassadors for Jesus Christ and being an effective ambassador means that you have to know some things – you have to have knowledge of the truth.
  3. How many of you would be able to make the case that Jesus is God, the Holy Spirit is God and that the Father is God and that those 3 persons are together the one God, who offers salvation solely through faith in Christ by grace alone? Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10.
  • How well would you be able to reason from the Scripture? How prepared would you be?
  • 2 Timothy 2:15 – how many can say that we are workmen who do not need to be ashamed because we can accurately handle the God’s Word?
  1. Many of you had courage to defend, but many of you did not accurately handle God’s Word
  2. I would much rather have you fail in here, than with your Mormon neighbor.
  3. We Christians spend most of our time talking with other Christians
  • Many of us are fearful to open our mouths about Jesus b/c we don’t have answers to objections
  • Apologetics is not some optional thing we do as believers, apologetics is not a club for nerds. Apologetics should be an essential part of our discipleship under Jesus Christ.
  • It’s not enough to simply be right. Not only need knowledge, but wisdom and character too…
  1. How were you as representatives of Jesus Christ? He came in grace & truth (Jn 1:14) – need both
  • Sometimes you’ve got to be made uncomfortable before you realize that you need to grow.
  • John 10:30 – you have to go further in reading that passage in order to make the case from that

Here is the note-taking form I handed out:

Notes for the LDS Recap Session

  1. Bill McKeever – Problems with the Golden Plates
  2. Good News for LDS
  3. Warner Wallace on Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon
  4. The Book of Abraham
  5. The Way of the Master Mormonism Episode
  6. Mormon Role-Play, Brett Kunkle (Elder Kunkle)

Discussion Questions

  1. How has your view of Mormonism changed during this study?
  2. How has your view of the Mormon people changed during this study?
  3. What new information did you learn about Mormonism that will be useful to you?
  4. In your view, what is the most compelling evidence demonstrating that Mormonism is false?
  5. Do you now feel more or less likely to reach out to Mormons in your circle of influence?
  6. When talking to Mormons, do you think it is more effective to:
    1. Address their non-orthodox theology & doctrines
      OR
    2. Talk about Joseph Smith’s character, the translation process of the Book of Mormon and the lack of archeological support
      OR
    3. Just share the Gospel
  7. How would you explain to a Mormon why you don’t think Joseph Smith is a prophet of God?
  8. What reason(s) do you have for not accepting the Book of Mormon as Scripture?
  9. Why do we believe Mormon people are not evil enemies to be opposed?
  10. What were the 3 ungodly motivations that drove Joseph to perpetrate his lies?
  11. How do the biblical and Mormon views of the following differ?
    1. Jesus
    2. God the Father differ?
    3. Eternal life (as well as how one obtains it) differ?
  12. Is there any archeological evidence that the Book of Mormon is true? Is there any archeological evidence that the Bible is true?
  13. Has Joseph Smith met the biblical test for a prophet of God? Where is that biblical test found?
  14. How is the Joseph Smith portrayed by the LDS church different than the Joseph Smith of history?
  15. How would you answer the following charges?
    1. Men of God in the Old Testament had multiple wives, so this must be a practice approved by God
    2. Several biblical authors were also sinners (e.g. David, Solomon, Abraham, Moses, Peter, Paul etc.) like Joseph, so we can still believe Joseph’s writings
  16. How old was Joseph when he supposedly received his first vision?
  17. Were the accounts of Joseph’s vision always consistently told by him?
  18. What is a “peep stone” or “seer stone”? What did Joseph use it for?
  19. Was Joseph ever in trouble with the law? Was he ever arrested?  How is this different from the apostles Peter, John and Paul being imprisoned in the book of Acts?
  20. How did Joseph supposedly translate the “Book of Mormon” into English?
  21. What are the “Kinderhook Plates” and what do they tell us about the nature of Joseph Smith?
  22. How does DNA evidence contradict Joseph Smith’s story of Native American origins?
  23. What is the Book of Abraham? What is the story of that book’s origin? What does it tell us about the reliability of Joseph Smith as a translator of ancient languages?
  24. What evidence could you provide to show Joseph Smith is a womanizer and an adulterer?
  25. What circumstances led Joseph Smith to claim that polygamy was a “God-ordained” practice?

Apologetics Class 9/24/2017

Today we continued our Mormonism series by watching Mormon Role-Play, Brett Kunkle:

Here is the note-taking form:

Mormon Elder Speaks to Crowd of Church Youth

 

  1. Elder Kunkle: You probably believe something like this – Mormons are not C____________
  2. Elder Kunkle: How would you d___________ a Christian, what is a Christian?
  3. Someone answered “Someone who has been saved by Jesus and professes Him as their Lord and Savior”
  4. “Mormons have a different d___________ of Jesus” – but Elder Kunkle affirmed that Jesus was:
    1. Born of the Virgin Mary
    2. Is the Son of God
    3. Lived a sinless, perfect life
    4. Died on the cross to atone for our sins
    5. Rose from the dead – bodily
  5. “Jesus claimed to be God” – Elder Kunkle challenged, “Where did Jesus claim to be God?”
  6. Elder Kunkle: (re: John 10:30) the oneness that Jesus is talking about is oneness in u_________.
  7. Elder Kunkle: I affirm, “One Lord and One Savior”
  8. Audience member says that his Bible does not say that God was once a man, like Mormonism believes. Elder Kunkle replies, “You don’t believe Jesus was a man?”  Person replies, “I’m not saying Jesus, I’m saying God”
  9. Elder Kunkle: we believe in the Father, we believe in the Son, we believe in the Holy Spirit…I believe in the God of the Bible…. But one of the differences we have is the T________… the claim of the T_______ is that you have 3 beings in 1 being, but that is a patent contradiction.
  10. One audience member brought up Jesus is considered to be Lucifer’s brother in Mormonism
  11. Elder Kunkle: Colossians 1:15 – Jesus is the first b________ of all creation. So, He is the first born Son of God.
  12. Elder Kunkle: If Jesus is God, in Matthew 26 Jesus is praying to God, but if Jesus is God, then He is just praying to h__________.
  13. Elder Kunkle: There’s nowhere you can point to in Scripture to show the Trinity – where is the Trinity in the Bible?
  14. One audience member brought up John 10:30 – I and the Father are one. Elder Kunkle replied that in this church, you probably all consider yourself to be “one”, but not the same b________.
  15. Elder Kunkle: where in the Bible does it say that to be a Christian, you have to affirm that Jesus is Yahweh?
  16. Elder Kunkle quotes John 14, where Jesus says, “The Father is g___________ than I”
  17. One audience member says he has been “taught his doctrine” – he was indoctrinated differently
  18. One audience member said you put your faith in a man who brought an a______________ book
  19. Elder Kunkle: that’s all the Book of Mormon is – it’s God speaking through a m________
  20. Elder Kunkle: Just like God built on the Old Testament and gave us the New Testament, God builds on the New Testament and gives us another t______________ of Jesus Christ (BoM)
  21. One audience member quotes Revelation 22:19 “If any man shall take away from the words…”
  22. Elder Kunkle replies with Deut. 4:2, which has the same warning.
  23. One audience member quotes John 8:58 – says Jesus claimed to be Elohim.
  24. Elder Kunkle made a case for w_________ salvation (James 2, Phil 2, Acts 2, Eph 2:10 etc.)

Debriefing

  1. What we wanted to do tonight was provide you a little t____________.
  2. Most evangelical Christians do not know w________ they believe or w______ they believe it
  3. Most Christians are completely inarticulate about what they believe and why they believe it.
  4. We wanted you to take this test here, now, with me before you go out the door and have this test with “the r___________ t_____________”.
  5. We need to be effective ambassadors for Jesus Christ and being an effective ambassador means that you have to know some things – you have to have k____________ of the t__________.
  6. How many of you would be able to make the case that Jesus is God, the Holy Spirit is God and that the Father is God and that those 3 persons are together the one God, who offers salvation solely through f_______ in Christ by g____________ alone? Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10.
  7. How well would you be able to r__________ from the Scripture? How prepared would you be?
  8. 2 Timothy 2:15 – how many can say that we are workmen who do not need to be ashamed because we can accurately handle the God’s Word?
  9. Many of you had courage to defend, but many of you did not accurately h________ God’s Word
  10. I would much rather have you f_____________ in here, than with your Mormon neighbor.
  11. We Christians spend most of our time talking with other Christians
  12. Many of us are f___________ to open our mouths about Jesus because we don’t have answers to q____________ and o___________ that will come up in response
  13. Apologetics is not some o_______________ thing we do as believers, apologetics is not a club for nerds. Apologetics should be an e____________ part of our discipleship under Jesus Christ.
  14. It’s not enough to simply be right. Not only need knowledge, but w__________ and c________________ too…
  15. How were you as representatives of Jesus Christ? He came in g_______ and t________ (John 1:14) and we need both.
  16. Sometimes you’ve got to be made u____________ before you realize that you need to g________.
  17. John 10:30 – you have to go further in reading that passage in order to make the case from that

 

Discussion Questions

  1. Were the audience members winsome, kind, polite?
  2. Did the audience members have good answers to the question to define what a Christian is?
  3. Did the audience members have a good response to Elder Kunkle’s objections about the Trinity?
  4. Did the audience members know the Scripture well? Were there times that they “faked it”?
  5. Is it a good thing to tell a Mormon what he/she believes? Or is it better to let them tell you what they believe? (see Proverbs 18:13)

Apologetics Class 9/17/2017

Today we continued the Mormonism series by watching Way of the Master – Mormonism Episode:

Here is the note-taking form:

Way of the Master – Mormonism

The Mormon Holy Books and Sources of Authority

  1. The Book of M________ (“the most correct of any book on earth” according to Joseph Smith)
  2. Doctrine and Covenants – a book mostly about th____________
  3. The Pearl of G_________ P_____________
  4. The K_________ J___________ B__________ (in so far as it is translated correctly)
  5. The ultimate authority in the Mormon Church comes from living Mormon apostles and prophets, especially the p_____________, who is considered to be “the voice of God on earth”.
  6. Mormon Teachings about God:
    1. God has not been God from all e__________
    2. Jesus is a god
    3. Jesus is the J______________ of the Old Testament
    4. They limit Jesus to being the C_____________ only of this planet
    5. There are an infinite number of gods who created an infinite number of other worlds
    6. God has a body of f___________ and b___________ like us
    7. We can become like G_________ if we adhere to his commandments
    8. God is married and has many wives and they had many s_______ b___________, resulting in you and I getting here.
    9. It is possible to become a god, reigning over your own p_____________.

The Mormon Jesus

  1. Law of p______________ – men and God are of the same species. We are at different point in our progression
  2. God, the Father of this planet is called E_____________
  3. The Mormon God cannot create anything Ex-Nihilo (out of n______) – he “organized” this earth
  4. The first “begotten” of his spirit children was Jehovah (or Jesus) – we all are the spirt b___________ of Jesus.
  5. Another one of the offspring of Elohim was Lucifer – according to Mormonism, J____________ is the spirit brother of Lucifer.
  6. Jesus was not the eternal Creator of all things, who became a man (as the Bible says)

The Mormon Afterlife

  1. Almost a universal s_______________ – only those who’ve actually had revelation of the truthfulness of Mormonism and reject it have sinned bad enough to merit eternal hell.
  2. There is a temporary h_____ in Mormonism (the spirit prison) that non-Mormons would go to.
  3. They would not believe Hitler went to hell
  4. 4 levels of afterlife:
    1. Eternal (outer) darkness – devil, demons, a few apostate Mormons
    2. Terrestrial (for non-Mormons, Hitler, murderers, rapists, child molesters, liars, thieves)
    3. Telestial
    4. Celestial (highest – this is where God is)

The Mormon Salvation

  1. 2 Nephi 25:23b – “for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, a_________ all we can do
  2. Moroni 10:32 – if you “love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you” (vs. 2 Corinthians 12:9)
  3. Spencer Kimball (former president of the LDS Church) – one of the most fallacious doctrines (of the devil) is that man is saved alone by the g___________ of God.

Witnessing Tips

  1. You must d__________ your t__________, because Mormons use all the same terms as Christians, but they have different meanings for those terms
  2. Ask Mormon first to explain who their G___ is, who their J_____ is and how s________ is gained
  3. Pose this to a Mormon – “If the Mormon religion is right and I’m wrong, then I go to the 3rd level of h_________. But if the Bible is right and the L____ church is wrong, then you are following a f________ Jesus and you’ll end up in h_______ forever.”

Baptism for the Dead

  1. Mormons get baptized for dead people. They use 1 Corinthians __:___ to justify that.
  2. If anyone dies without believing in Mormonism, they can still make it to heaven if someone is baptized on their b________. They can accept Mormonism in the s__________ w_________.

 

The main point in reaching the Mormon is using the power of the G________ (Romans 1:16).  Trust in God and p_______ for the Mormon.

mid-week apologetics booster (9-14-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. The Relationship Between Arguments and Persuasion THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/the-relationship-between-arguments-and-persuasion/
  2. Gender and marriage | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2017/09/10/gender-and-marriage/
  3. The 9/11 Sermons | ReasonableTheology.org: http://reasonabletheology.org/the-9-11-sermons/
  4. How the Book of Abraham Exposes the False Nature of Mormonism | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/how-the-book-of-abraham-exposes-the-false-nature-of-mormonism/
  5. Did Moses Really Write About Jesus? A Look at Messianic Prophecy in the Torah THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/09/11/did-moses-really-write-about-jesus-a-look-at-messianic-prophecy-in-the-torah-5/
  6. Answering the Galileo Myth | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/article/answering-galileo-myth#.WbfI5ciGOUm
  7. Asking Questions and Calling Bluffs Apologetics for the Church: https://apolotheo.wordpress.com/2016/04/06/asking-questions-and-calling-bluffs/
  8. Is 75% of the Human Genome Junk DNA? (Reasons To Believe) This is a technical article, but if this interests you or you are challenged in this area, it is a good response to ENCODE criticisms: http://www.reasons.org/blogs/the-cells-design/is-75-of-the-human-genome-junk-dna
  9. Why Would Scholars Leave Mormonism? Interview with Author Corey Miller – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/why-would-scholars-leave-mormonism-interview-with-author-corey-miller
  10. How to Perfectly Know the Existence of God | Strange Notions: https://strangenotions.com/how-to-perfectly-know-the-existence-of-god/
  11. Christians Need The Trinity – Therefore, God Exists: https://thereforegodexists.com/christians-need-the-trinity/
  12. BreakPoint: Only in the Lord – Dating Unbelievers Deadens Faith: http://breakpoint.org/2017/09/breakpoint-only-in-the-lord/
  13. Bible Reliability: M-A-P-S to Guide You through Bible Reliability – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/bible-reliability-m-a-p-s-to-guide-you-through-bible-reliability/
  14. Why I Know the Story of Jesus Wasn’t Changed Over Time | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/why-i-know-the-story-of-jesus-wasnt-changed-over-time/
  15. Hurricanes and the Climate, Part 2 – Reasons to Believe: http://www.reasons.org/articles/hurricanes-and-the-climate-part-2
  16. Why Does God Allow Natural Disasters? Frank Turek : https://afr.net/podcasts/cross-examined/2017/september/why-does-god-allow-natural-disasters/
  17. Are Natural Disasters from God?: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/are-natural-disasters-from-god/
  18. Why death suffering (both moral evil and natural evil are covered in this article) – creation.com: https://creation.com/why-death-suffering
  19. That’s a Fact (ICR) – Climate Change on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/227252284
  20. The Story of Reality (Stand to Reason) – YouTube: https://youtu.be/vxU0UNlnnOA
  21. Is The Bible Relevant Today? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/is-the-bible-relevant-today/

Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. Psalms 119:133

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 9/10/2017

Today we continued the Mormonism series by watching The Lost Book of Abraham movie:

Here is the note-taking form:

The Lost Book of Abraham movie

  1. The book of Abraham is considered inspired Scripture (word of God) by the LDS church.
  2. Joseph Smith t___________ this from an ancient Egyptian scroll of hieroglyphics (bought in Kirtland, OH 1835) but at that time in America, no one could read Egyptian hieroglyphics.
  3. Joseph Smith purchased the scrolls (and mummies) for $2,____, which he raised from investors.
  4. Joseph started by creating an al________ and gr__________ of the Egyptian language. We have his notes for this process of translation.
  5. Joseph created a bank in Kirtland, OH, which f________, after which he f___ from there at night.
  6. Joseph and the Mormons moved to Commerce, IL and renamed it to Nauvoo, where he became m______ of the city, had a large militia & even announced his candidacy for p_______ of the US
  7. In Nauvoo, IL in 18____, Joseph published his translation of the book of Abraham.
  8. The book of Abraham includes a c__________ story “they, that is the Gods, organized and formed…”. See the book of Abraham chapters 4 & 5 – Mormonism is polytheistic.
  9. In June 27th, 1844, Joseph was assassinated while in j_______ in Carthage, IL
  10. 1846 – 1856: the papyri are l_________ to the church
  11. In 1846, under the leadership of Brigham Young, the Mormons moved to S____ L____ C____, UT
  12. It was assumed that the papyri was d__________ in the great Chicago fire of 1871
  13. 3 d___________ in book of Abraham misidentified by Joseph, according to Egyptologists.
  14. These drawings are actually, from the “book of the dead” (Egyptian funeral text)
  15. 1966 – A dramatic discovery – the papyri was f_______ in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.
  16. 1967 – the lost papyri presented to the LDS church along with attesting letter from E____ S____
  17. Abraham not mentioned once in the papyri. Joseph’s translation was found to be incorrect.
  18. The LDS church claims that a large portion of the scroll is m__________, but this is not correct.
  19. Some argue that Joseph may’ve received the translation by direct revelation from God…
  20. According to Joseph Smith’s diary, this is not correct – he was tr__________ it directly.
  21. According to Egyptologists, there is no historical v__________ to the translations in that book.
  22. Are the Mormon truth claims cr___________? Are they the kinds of things that we ought to bet our l___________ on?
  23. Since Joseph’s translation of the book of Abraham, which can be tested, has been found to lack credibility, then how can we accept his translation of the book of Mormon, which cannot be tested?

Discussion Questions

  1. Where is the book of Abraham found within the Mormon scriptures?
  2. How do the drawings in the book of Abraham help to demonstrate that the translation of the book is not correct?
  3. How was Joseph’s translation of this ancient Egyptian scroll tested and found to be false?
  4. How was the Egyptian scroll lost by the Mormons?
  5. When/where was the Egyptian scroll found? How did it get back into the hands of the LDS church?
  6. What did the Egyptian scroll contents really contain? Did Joseph’s translation have any validity?
  7. According to the book of Abraham’s creation story, is Mormonism a monotheistic religion?
  8. How, where and under what circumstances did Joseph Smith die?
  9. Which Mormon leader led the LDS church migration to Salt Lake City?
  10. Under what circumstances did Joseph and the Mormons flee Kirtland, Ohio?
  11. How does the book of Abraham demonstrate that Joseph Smith is a false prophet?

Apologetics Class 9/3/2017

Today we continued our Mormonism series by listening to a podcast by J. Warner Wallace.  I created the following youtube video to make it easier to use this in the class:

Here is the note-taking form I handed out:

J. Warner Wallace – Investigating Mormonism: Joseph Smith

  1. Evidence Related to Motive
  2. Sexual Lust
  3. Financial Greed
  4. The Pursuit of Power
  5. The First Point of Evaluation: What Should We Conclude So Far?
  6. Evidence Related to the Timing of the Writing
  7. The Second Great Awakening Swept Through New York
  8. The Great Preachers of the Awakening Left Little Guidance
  9. The Culture Was Fascinated With the Origin of Native Americans
  10. The People of Palmyra Were Interested in Treasure-Digging
  11. The Second Point of Evaluation: What Should We Conclude So Far?
  12. Evidence Related to the Author of the Book
  13. Joseph was a Local Treasure-Digger
  14. Joseph Used a “Seer Stone”
  15. Joseph Was Charged with Fraud
  16. The Third Point of Evaluation: What Should We Conclude So Far?
  17. Evidence Related to the Translation Process
  18. No One Ever Observed the Plates with Their Natural Eyes
  19. Joseph Translated Just As He Searched for Treasure
  20. Joseph Was Unable to Duplicate the Lost 116 Pages
  21. The Fourth Point of Evaluation: What Should We Conclude So Far?

Discussion Questions

  1. What examples can you give of Joseph’s 3 ungodly motives (sexual lust, financial greed, pursuit of power) for creating this new movement (Mormonism)?
  2. Joseph was born in the midst of which great awakening? Why is this fact important?
  3. When did Joseph claim that polygamy was God-ordained (after what event)?
  4. What theory does the book “The View of the Hebrews” (by Ethan Smith) propose? Why is this relevant to Joseph Smith and the book of Mormon?
  5. In what way was Joseph Smith in trouble with the law while in New York?
  6. Who are the “3 witnesses” and why are they important to Mormonism? Did the witnesses actually see the “golden plates”?
  7. In what manner did Joseph Smith supposedly “translate” the book of Mormon? Were the plates present during the translation process?
  8. Explain the situation with the lost 116 pages of the book of Mormon and Martin & Lucy Harris. How does this help us determine whether the book of Mormon really was of divine origin?
  9. Should Joseph Smith be considered as a trustworthy source of truth?

Apologetics Class 8/27/2017

Today we continued our Mormonism series by watching Good News for LDS Part 2 (Chapters 8-12):

The First Vision:

The Occult:

The Translator:

DNA:

Summary:

Here is the note-taking form I handed out prior to starting the videos:

Good News for LDS Part 2 (Chapters 8-12) ~40 minutes

  1. The First Vision
    1. Joseph Smith recorded several different accounts of his first v_______. Some of these accounts have Jesus only, some have an angel, some have multiple angels, but the official version of the LDS church has God the Father and Jesus appearing to him.
    2. Since the official vision was before Smith’s official ordination to the priesthood, this would conflict with D&C84:21-22, which says without the authority of the priesthood, no man can see the Father and live.
    3. There are 9 varying accounts of the first vision. The first vision is considered the foundation and the cornerstone of the M___________ religion.
    4. Joseph was a ___ year old boy when he supposedly first had this visitation.
    5. He was known around the country as a fabricator of stories. Even his father-in-law thought so.
    6. In 1855 Brigham Young preached a sermon in which he denied that the Lord came to Joseph in the first vision, but was rather visited by an a____________.
  2. The Occult
    1. Joseph, his father and brother were actively involved in the o________ while living in NY
    2. Joseph found his seer stone while money digging. This seer stone was claimed to have been used by Joseph to translate the B_____ of M__________ from the golden plates.
    3. On March 15th 1842, Joseph Smith joined the Freemasons (believe Jesus is not divine)
    4. Joseph’s Mason membership affected the development of the temple ceremonies
    5. Nauvoo, Illinois temple architecture utilized masonic symbols
    6. The Jupiter Talisman – one of Joseph’s intimate p___________. Guaranteed the possessor the gain of riches, favor, power, love and peace and ability to influence female love.  This talisman was found is Joseph’s pocket the day he died in Carthage.
  3. The Translator
    1. The g______ p________ were not used during the translation of The Book of Mormon. Rather, it was translated by Joseph looking into a “peep stone” (seer stone) inside a hat.
    2. Oliver Cowdery was primary scribe for Joseph & 1 of “the 3 witnesses” listed in BoM
    3. Joseph Smith boasted that the BoM was the most a____________ book in existence.
    4. If this book was translated by the power of God, why thousands of corrections?
    5. The witnesses said that they never p_____________ saw or handled the golden plates.
    6. Paul warns of another gospel in Galatians 1:8 (even from an angel [e.g. Moroni]…)
    7. Kinderhook Plates – a trap set for Joseph, a hoax to expose him as a false pr_________.
  4. Lamanites and DNA
    1. Lamanites are described by Joseph Smith as ancestors of the ancient I_____________
    2. DNA testing of > 5000 Native Americans from 150 different tribes has been completed
    3. Not 1 person contained DNA that was of H______ descent, but rather A______ descent.
    4. In order to be a Mormon, one must trust in the “stories” of Joseph Smith
    5. The Book of A________ has been proven to be completely false. No Egyptologists agree with Joseph’s interpretation of the ancient scroll. Rather, it is a common f________ text.
  5. Conclusion – Jesus Christ vs. Joseph Smith
    1. Joseph claimed that there were many ancient c__________ in the Americas (38) – not one has ever been found.
    2. DNA evidence disproves his story about N________ A____________ origins
    3. He was a liar, a false prophet, a womanizer/adulterer, a fraud.
    4. Examine objectively the life of Joseph Smith and the teachings of the Book of Mormon over against the Jesus of the New Testament and the r____________ of the Bible
    5. The Mormons are good people and they’re worth the fight. We love them.
    6. There are no excuses at the final judgement
    7. All you have to do is believe in Christ.
    8. You must choose to follow J_______ or to follow J______ – you can’t do both. CHOOSE!

Discussion Questions

  1. How old was Joseph when he supposedly received his first vision?
  2. Were the accounts of Joseph’s vision always consistently told by him?
  3. What is a “peep stone” or “seer stone”? What did Joseph use it for?
  4. In what ways were Joseph and his father involved in the occult?
  5. Was Joseph ever in trouble with the law? Was he ever arrested?  How is this different from the apostles Peter, John and Paul being imprisoned in the book of Acts?
  6. How did Joseph’s membership in the Free Masons influence Mormon practices?
  7. How did Joseph supposedly “receive” the Book of Mormon?
  8. By what method did Joseph supposedly translate the Book of Mormon into English?
  9. What are the “Kinderhook Plates” and what do they tell us about the nature of Joseph Smith?
  10. How does DNA evidence contradict Joseph Smith’s story of Native American origins?
  11. What is the Book of Abraham? What is the story of that book’s origin? What does it tell us about the reliability of Joseph Smith as a translator of ancient languages?
  12. Why is Joseph Smith considered a liar, a false prophet?
  13. Why is Joseph Smith considered a womanizer and an adulterer?
  14. Why do we believe Mormon people are not evil enemies to be opposed?
  15. What were the 3 ungodly motivations that drove Joseph to perpetrate his lies?