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

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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?

 

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

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 8/20/2017

Today we are starting a 7-part series on Mormonism.  We’re starting the series by watching Good News for LDS Part 1 (Chapters 1-7):

Introduction:

Who Was Jesus:

Who is God:

Eternal Life:

Archaeological Evidence:

Prophecies and Revelations:

The Character of Joseph Smith:

Here is the note-taking form I handed out before showing these videos:

Good News for LDS Part 1 (Chapters 1-7) ~37 ½ minutes

  1. Introduction
    1. Joseph Smith vs. Jesus Christ
    2. Was Joseph Smith a m____m_______ or a gifted pr________?
    3. Jesus Christ, the man who claimed to be God
    4. Did Jesus become a god, or has He always been God?
  2. Who is Jesus?
    1. Mormons say Jesus was the first spirit b_________ to our heavenly Father
    2. According to Mormonism, Jesus is the spirit brother of L__________ (S_____________)
    3. Christian view of Jesus – He was God in the fl_______, eternal, the uncreated Creator of all things (including angels, such as Satan).
  3. Who is God?
    1. According to Joseph Smith, the Father has a body of fl______ and b_____. (D&C 130:22)
    2. According to the Bible, God (the Father) is Spirit. (John 4:24)
    3. God is everlasting (Psalms 90:2)
    4. According to the Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, God was once a m______.
    5. According to LDS teaching, there are many g________.
    6. According to 1 Corinthians 8:4-6, there is no God but one.
    7. Book of Abraham 2:24 has God telling Abraham to l_______, which contradicts Ex. 20:16
  4. How Do We Obtain Eternal Life?
    1. Christian view – belief in Christ as Savior and Lord guarantees eternal life (free g______).
    2. Mormon view – (D&C 76) 3 Kingdoms: Telestial, Terrestrial, Celestial. You have to keep all the c________________, be baptized, etc…
    3. Christian view – all authority is in Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18)
    4. Mormon view – Joseph Smith holds the keys to h___________.
    5. Christian view – we can know that we have eternal life (1 John 5:13)
    6. Mormon view – they can’t be sure if they will make it into the celestial kingdom
  5. Archaeological Evidence:
    1. No book of Mormon location is k_________ with reference to modern topography (Professor Dee Green – BYU)
    2. Biblical archaeology can be studied – we know where biblical places are (e.g. Jerusalem)
  6. Joseph Smith – Prophecies and Revelations
    1. Inhabitants of the M__________ – look like Quakers
    2. City of New Jerusalem – to be built in Independence, M_____________
    3. David Patten Mission, but he died at the battle of cricket river in the fall of that year
    4. See Deut. 13:1-3, a warning against f____________ pr____________
    5. Biblical requirement for a prophet – 100% accuracy (Deut. 18:21-22)
    6. Joseph prophesied the coming of the L___, but Jesus said that’s impossible (Matt. 24:36)
  7. 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 ___, Joseph claimed to have a vision of God the F______ and J__________.
    3. At age ___, Joseph was arrested in Bainbridge, NY for deception of Josiah Stole (a misdemeanor for his “glass looking”)
    4. Joseph Smith committed multiple a_________. 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 u______ girls & women who were already married.
    5. Warren Jeffs is in prison for the same behavior that Joseph practiced.
    6. The Bible condemns multiple wives. (Deut. 17:17, Mark 10:7-9, 1 Tim. 3:2,12; Titus 1:6)

Discussion Questions

  1. Who is Joseph Smith?
  2. What does the LDS acronym stand for? What is the full name of the Mormon Church?
  3. How do the biblical and LDS views of Jesus differ?
  4. How do the biblical and LDS views of God differ?
  5. How do the biblical and LDS views of eternal life (as well as how one obtains it) differ?
  6. Is there any archeological evidence that the Book of Mormon is true? Is there any archeological evidence that the Bible is true?
  7. Has Joseph Smith met the biblical test for being a prophet of God? Where is that biblical test found?
  8. In what ways is the Joseph Smith portrayed by the LDS church different than the Joseph Smith of history?
  9. How would you answer the charge that men of God in the Old Testament had multiple wives, so this must be a practice approved by God?
  10. How would you answer the charge that several biblical authors were also sinners (e.g. David, Solomon, Abraham, Moses, etc.) like Joseph, so we can still believe Joseph’s writings?

 

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

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-25-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Teaching Series on Why the Resurrection of Jesus Matters | THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM – This page has 6 embedded youtube videos: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/teaching-series-on-why-the-resurrection-of-jesus-matters/
  2. Apologetic Engagement-Fish or Cut Bait – Southern by His Grace: http://southernbyhisgrace.com/apologetic-engagement/
  3. Are Objective Moral Truths Merely a Matter of Cultural Agreement? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/are-objective-moral-truths-merely-a-matter-of-cultural-agreement/
  4. Defending the Age of Accountability | SOTERIOLOGY 101: https://soteriology101.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/defending-the-age-of-accountability/
  5. What Happens to Our Pets When They Die?: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/what-happens-to-pets-when-they-die
  6. ACLU and Planned Parenthood Fighting for Teens to Get Secret Abortions Without Their Parents Knowing | LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2017/05/18/aclu-and-planned-parenthood-fighting-for-teens-to-get-secret-abortions-without-their-parents-knowing/
  7. Atheist Astrophysicist Explains Her Journey To Jesus | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/atheist-astrophysicist-explains-her-journey-to-jesus/
  8. Modalism | carm: https://carm.org/modalism
  9. Creation Clips – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/creation-videos?fileID=YddmGJofbL0
  10. Leading Millennials? Core Issues You Need to Know | ChurchLeaders.com: http://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/303966-leading-millennials-core-issues-need-know.html
  11. Six Enemies of Apologetic Engagement – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/six-enemies-of-apologetic-engagement
  12. Are Christians Intolerant Haters? The Charges are Not New – Michael J. Kruger: http://www.biblestudytools.com/blogs/michael-j-kruger/are-christians-intolerant-haters-the-charges-are-not-new.html
  13. Four Iowa Planned Parenthood Locations Closing After State Cuts Funding to Abortion Facilities | Christian News Network: http://christiannews.net/2017/05/22/four-iowa-planned-parenthood-locations-closing-after-state-cuts-funding-to-abortion-facilities/
  14. Case-Making 101: How does the Bible compare to other ancient documents? Truth, Faith and Reason: http://truthfaithandreason.com/case-making-101-how-does-the-bible-compare-to-other-ancient-documents/
  15. Who Has the Burden of Proof When Discussing God? | Strange Notions: http://strangenotions.com/who-has-the-burden-of-proof-when-discussing-god/
  16. Truthbomb Apologetics: Video: True for You, but Not For Me? by Brett Kunkle: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2017/05/video-true-for-you-but-not-for-me-by.html
  17. Pro-Abortion Students at Catholic Notre Dame Walk Out of Pro-Life VP Mike Pences Commence Speech | LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2017/05/22/pro-abortion-students-at-catholic-notre-dame-walk-out-of-pro-life-vp-mike-pences-commence-speech/
  18. Is Right and Wrong Simply a Matter of Human Flourishing? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/is-right-and-wrong-simply-a-matter-of-human-flourishing/
  19. Four Things We Wont Need in Heaven (But Ought to Pursue Here on Earth) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/four-things-we-wont-need-in-heaven-but-ought-to-pursue-here-on-earth/
  20. How to Become a True Student and a Better Apologist: http://crossexamined.org/how-to-become-a-true-student-and-a-better-apologist/
  21. Nature & Scripture: Argument for the Early Dating of Christian Theology and Christian Writings: http://natureandscripture.blogspot.com/2017/05/argument-for-early-dating-of-christian.html
  22. The Trinity is Not A Problem, Its A Solution | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/the-trinity-is-not-a-problem-its-a-solution/
  23. Why I Wish Christians Would Argue MORE (No, Seriously) ChurchLeaders.com: http://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/301281-wish-christians-argue-no-seriously-trevin-wax.html
  24. The Empty Tomb | The John 10:10 Project: http://thejohn1010project.com/the-empty-tomb.html
  25. Matthew 7:1-6 Why the Confusion About Judging? | Dr. Mike Spaulding: http://www.drmikespaulding.com/?p=1993
  26. Apologetics Mission Trips – Brett Kunkle | Stand To Reason – Opening monologue is pretty powerful: http://subsplash.com/standtoreason/v/5nfgovh
  27. Pastor James MacDonald – Are You Saved? – Very convicting sermon, which I like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVRUTknpA7Q
  28. What is the Best Evidence for Intelligent Design? Interview with Brian Johnson. – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/what-is-the-best-evidence-for-intelligent-design-interview-with-brian-johnson

My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death assail me. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me. I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest– I would flee far away and stay in the desert; “Selah” Psalms 55:4-7

Blessings to you all

Why is Christianity true over and above all other religions?

If someone asked you why you think Christianity is true as opposed to all the other religions, what would you have to say?  Could you defend your belief?  Why couldn’t Judaism, Islam, Mormonism and other religions be true?  How do you know Christianity is true and the others are not?

I’ve given some thought to this question recently…  For me, it all starts with Jesus.  According to the apostle Paul, writing in 55 AD (~25 years after the resurrection) under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, if Christ was not raised, then Christianity is useless and of no value (1 Corinthians 15:16-17).  Of course, if Christ did predict and accomplish His resurrection, then that would validate His claim to be who He said He was.  So, I have to ask…  Who would’ve been in the best position to know the facts about Jesus?  There are 3 groups that were closest to the events:

  1. The Jews – they were the ones opposing Jesus at that time. Many passages affirm this.  The phrase “the Jews” appears 127 times in the New Testament.  In many of these verses where the Jews seem to be in opposition to Jesus are in the gospel of John.  Here are the verses in John where it seems that the Jews are in opposition to Jesus:2:18, 2:20, 5:10, 5:16, 5:18, 6:41, 7:1, 8:48, 8:52, 8:57, 9:22, 10:31, 10:33, 11:8, 18:14, 18:28, 18:31, 18:36, 19:7, 19:12, 19:21, 20:19
  2. The Disciples of Christ (of which most were Jews as well). Not only was Jesus thoroughly Jewish, but so were His disciples.
  3. The Romans – they were the occupying force in Palestine during the time of Jesus.

Many religions have something to say about Jesus.  For example:

  1. Judaism says that Jesus’ tomb was empty and that his disciples stole the body.
  2. Islam says he was a prophet, but not the Son of God and was not crucified, that Allah put a substitute on the cross, but instead took Jesus directly to heaven.
  3. Mormonism says that he was the spirit brother of Lucifer

So, if I’m going to pay attention to any historical source, I would be wise to consider those who were closest to the events.  It seems to me that the disciples were closest to the events of Jesus since they lived and walked with Him for 3 years, directly experiencing His miracles, teaching and post-resurrection appearances.  The Jews were also very close to Jesus and they acknowledged some of the key facts in the story – namely that He was a miracle worker, that He was crucified and that His tomb was empty Sunday morning.  John 12:10-11 tells us that “the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him.”  Acts 6:7 tells us “Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.”  Since the faith increased in Jerusalem, which was the center of Judaism, we can assume those priests being spoken of were Jewish.  So, the biblical record is clear that even though the Jewish leadership in large part rejected Jesus, many Jews did actually believe in Him.

So, in relation to the religions that had something to say about Jesus, I would not trust Islam, since it does not record eyewitness testimony about Jesus, but rather personal revelation written down more than 500 years after the events.  Nor would I trust Mormonism, since it’s writings come ~1800 years after the events.  The New Testament writings are the most credible source of information about Jesus.  We have excellent historical evidence that the resurrection is the best hypothesis to account for the known facts about Jesus.  Here are the facts:

  1. Jesus died by crucifixion
  2. He was buried
  3. Jesus’ death caused the disciples to despair and lose hope, believing that his life was ended
  4. The tomb was discovered to be empty just a few days later
  5. The disciples had experiences which they believed were literal appearances of the risen Jesus
  6. The disciples were transformed from doubters who were afraid to identify themselves with Jesus to bold proclaimers of his death and resurrection
  7. This message was the center of preaching in the early church
  8. This message was especially proclaimed in Jerusalem, where Jesus died and was buried shortly before
  9. As a result of this preaching the church was born and grew
  10. Sunday became the primary day of worship
  11. James, who had been a skeptic, was converted to the faith when he also believed he saw the resurrected Jesus
  12. A few years later, Paul was also converted by an experience which he, likewise, believed to be an appearance of the risen Jesus

Here is a chart that shows theories that attempt to explain these facts:

So, you can see that the only theory that accounts for all the known historical evidence is either that Jesus was an Alien or that He was bodily resurrected.

As good historians, we must go with the theory that accounts for all the facts, therefore, the most likely explanation is what the New Testament reports – that Jesus was resurrected bodily.  Therefore, Christianity is true, beyond a reasonable doubt and anything that contradicts it is false.

mid-week apologetics booster (3-16-2017)

Good morning friends,

I was reminded again last night of the importance of heeding the words of 1 Peter 3:15, Jude 3, Colossians 4:5-6 & 2 Timothy 24-26 – being ready to give an answer.  Our AWANA Truth & Training leader gave our 3rd to 6th grade clubbers a chance to ask questions about the Bible and their faith last night during counsel time.  What a great session it was.  Once we got them started, the questions were non-stop and we had to cut it off at the end due to running out of time.  Here were some of the questions asked by these young, precious ones:

  1. Who made God?  How could He just always be there?
  2. Why did God make hell?
  3. Why did God create the first people if He knew they were going to sin?
  4. Why did God put the tree in the garden if He knew they were going to eat from it?
  5. Why did God make Satan?
  6. Why doesn’t God (Jesus) come back to earth to prove to everyone that He exists?
  7. How do we know Angels and Devils exist?
  8. (the answer to the prior question prompted this one) How do we know the Bible is true?
  9. Why did God love Satan more than any other angel?
  10. Why did God make people if He knew they were going to be evil and bad like stealing things and killing?

It was a 20 minute session and, wow, were the clubbers engaged and loving it… Unfortunately, I don’t have the time (or the memory) to remember all the answers the leaders gave, but it was a great session – they asked tough questions – deep questions.  We even had one of the 4th grade clubbers answering one of the questions and she was right on target!

I pray to God that this session was meaningful for these clubbers.  It is so important that kids at this age know that they are welcome to ask questions and that it is OK to have questions and even some doubts.  And it is extremely important that we adults have done what Peter has stated (as a command for all believers) “always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you”.  That means you can’t be “winging it” at the time you’re asked.  That command implies that you have (already) been preparing yourself through study prior to the child asking the question.  I truly believe that the parents are the number 1 apologists in our culture.  We need to be ready when the question is asked.  Being ready can consist of having answer ready “off the top of your head” or knowing about a resource that you can get to that explains the answer.

Because this is such an important command, I continue to bombard you with these articles and videos each week.  I pray that you find something useful here, coming just at the right time!

  1. When the emotions are gone, what’s left? Engaging the mind as well as the heart is vital: http://creation.com/emotion-gone
  2. Why would a loving God allow death and suffering? – This is a very good (and very long) article that gives comprehensive, Biblically based answers to this issue – excellent!  http://creation.com/why-death-suffering
  3. The Absence Of A Papacy In Early Responses To Christianity: http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-absence-of-papacy-in-early.html
  4. Indulgences – CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY (March 15th) – “My guess is that if Pope Leo X knew what he would set off by allowing the sales of indulgences on March 15, 1517, he’d re-think that one. The building of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican had gone way over budget (it would be almost 80 years until it would be completed) and the Pope’s financial adviser suggested the idea of buying an indulgence would help get a repentant sinner out of purgatory sooner and it was a “win-win”. Then a regional indulgences salesman stopped by the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany and ran into a priest named Martin Luther who decided he’d read about the sale of indulgences in the Bible and found no basis for it. The rest, as we like to say, was history.
  5. Questioning Jesus’ Existence: http://breakpoint.org/2017/03/questioning-jesus-existence/
  6. Staying Outside The Shack | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/reviews/movies/staying-outside-the-shack/
  7. Parents, Hollywood wants to brainwash your kids. Don’t let them: http://www.theblaze.com/podcasts/matt-walsh-parents-hollywood-wants-to-brainwash-your-kids-dont-let-them/
  8. Does James 1:5 teach about praying for a testimony? http://www.mrm.org/james-15-testimony
  9. Celebrating gender confusion: http://creation.com/celebrating-gender-confusion
  10. Convergent evolution of crocodile and dolphin skull shapes | Uncommon Descent: http://www.uncommondescent.com/news/convergent-evolution-of-crocodile-and-dolphin-skull-shapes/
  11. A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely-Tuned Cosmos (with Dr. Luke Barnes) – THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/a-fortunate-universe-life-in-a-finely-tuned-cosmos-with-dr-luke-barnes/
  12. Biblical Faith VS. Blind Faith | Crossexamined.org: http://crossexamined.org/biblical-faith-vs-blind-faith/
  13. Every American Needs Know Qur’an (Bill Federer) | Video | C-SPAN.org: https://www.c-span.org/video/?314071-10/every-american-needs-know-quran
  14. Watch “How to Listen to the Lord (Mark 4:21-34)” on YouTube (this is a John MacArthur sermon I watched on Sunday since I couldn’t go to church because I was sick): https://youtu.be/RFzGD7S-w3g
  15. DOES GOD REALLY HATE ESAU? http://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/2009/05/25/does-god-really-hate-esau/
  16. Why did the early church decide to indoctrinate a canon of New Testament books in the first place? https://www.josh.org/early-church-decide-indoctrinate-canon-new-testament-books-first-place/
  17. Will We Ever Colonize Mars? http://www.icr.org/article/9900
  18. Greg Koukl Stand to Reason podcast – at about 26:30 into the show, an atheist calls in (he calls himself the “Street Epistemologist”).  They are talking about the difference between mind and brain and whether there is a “non-physical realm”.  It is quite a long call (and very cordial, not adversarial at all): http://subspla.sh/0376859
  19. What You Can Learn From the Pilgrims (Bill Federer): http://subspla.sh/7277698
  20. Watch “Wretched: Nothing made everything.” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/sK2yNkTuJkY
  21. 3 Horrific Consequences When a Nation Rejects God — Charisma News: http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/63453-3-horrific-consequences-when-a-nation-rejects-god
  22. Q&A with Sam Allberry: Same-Sex Attraction, Synod Remarks, and Why The Gospel Is Truly Good News For All | RZIM: http://rzim.org/global-blog/qa-with-sam-allberry-same-sex-attraction-synod-remarks/
  23. Planned Parenthood abortion quotas: https://m.facebook.com/video_redirect/?src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent.fphx1-2.fna.fbcdn.net%2Fv%2Ft42.1790-4%2F16616327_245823025863146_1673784158666620928_n.mp4%3Fefg%3DeyJ2ZW5jb2RlX3RhZyI6InN2ZV9zZCJ9%26oh%3D6e69f150dc01e34d1c5525689be4b732%26oe%3D58CABADF&source=misc&id=10154959592988728&refid=52&__tn__=F
  24. Here’s 5 things to say when discussing Planned Parenthood: http://www.liveactionnews.org/heres-5-things-to-say-when-discussing-planned-parenthood/
  25. Watch “Hollywood and God” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Fohrk2jt0LA
  26. Watch “Mark Spence & Shaw the atheist” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/dfsS3BB5C-I
  27. Book of Job: https://www.gotquestions.org/Book-of-Job.html
  28. Cannabis boosts risk of stroke and heart attack, independent of tobacco, new study finds: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/03/09/cannabis-boosts-risk-stroke-heart-attack-independent-tobacco/

Then Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD. Hezekiah prayed before the LORD and said, “O LORD, the God of Israel, who are enthroned above the cherubim, You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. ” Incline Your ear, O LORD, and hear ; open Your eyes, O LORD, and see ; and listen to the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God. “Truly, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have devastated the nations and their lands and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. So they have destroyed them. “Now, O LORD our God, I pray, deliver us from his hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, O LORD, are God.”  2 Kings 19:14-19

Blessings to you all

AWANA Teaching on Titus 3:5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Christianity is God reaching down to men.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good morning friends,

Here are some links to equip you:

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

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

Blessings

mid-week apologetics booster (12-8-2016)

Good morning friends,

In the midst of this busy season, let us not forget the true meaning of Christmas:

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Here are some links to assist you in making the case for your Christian worldview and answering those who oppose it (1 Peter 3:15; 2 Cor. 10:5):

  1. Cerebral Faith: Logical Fallacy Series — Part 20: Appeal To Ridicule: http://cerebralfaith.blogspot.com/2016/07/logical-fallacy-series-part-20-appeal.html
  2. Researchers Have Found the Oldest Known Manuscript of Leviticus – Jonathan Morrow: http://www.jonathanmorrow.org/researchers-have-found-the-oldest-known-manuscript-of-leviticus/
  3. Simple Questions About Christians in the Workplace | National Review: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/442641/simple-questions-about-christians-workplace
  4. Ministering to Mormons in Utah Day 5 – Biblical Worldview Academy: http://biblicalworldviewacademy.org/ministering-to-mormons-in-utah-day-5/
  5. Why I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist: http://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Why-I-don-t-have-enough-faith-to-be-an-atheist
  6. SES Veritas Player | Day 1: The Existence of God: http://subsplash.com/veritasplayer/v/2d5e0b2
  7. Apologetics and the Role of Plausibility Structures: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/apologetics-and-the-role-of-plausibility-structures/
  8. Truthbomb Apologetics: Video: Answering Atheists by Abdu Murray: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2016/11/video-answering-atheists-by-abdu-murray.html
  9. Huge sections of the KJV Bible that Joseph Smith just copied into the Book of Mormon: http://www.mormonismdisproved.org/plagiarism.html
  10. Christian Essentials Online (systematic theology) – Wayne Grudem messages (mp3 with study outlines): http://www.christianessentialssbc.com/messages
  11. Accounting for the Origin of Life, Paul Davies Recognizes the Role of “Software”: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2012/12/accounting_for067461.html
  12. 5 Reasons to Share Your Faith: http://www.churchleaders.com/youth/youth-leaders-articles/164712-greg-stier-5-reasons-share-your-faith-in-2013.html
  13. Jesus Is A Myth, Just Like President Kennedy: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/jesus-is-a-myth-just-like-president-kennedy/
  14. “180” Movie – Abortion. Is it a woman’s choice? Or is it murder? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y2KsU_dhwI
  15. Perspectives on Louie Giglio, the Homosexual Issue and What It Means to Be a Christ-Follower in This Culture: http://www.epm.org/blog/2013/Jan/14/perspectives-louie-giglio
  16. Centre for Intelligent Design Lecture 2011 by Stephen Meyer on ‘Signature in the Cell’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NbluTDb1Nfs
  17. 5 Threats Of Demanding Certainty To Change Your Beliefs: http://lukenixblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/5-threats-of-demanding-certainty-to.html
  18. As God Is Man May Be? http://www.mrm.org/lorenzo-snow-couplet
  19. Crop Circles as an ID Test: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2013/01/crop_circles_as068691.html
  20. The Difference Between “Belief That” and “Belief In” (< 3 min video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCoaYAovZAE&feature=youtu.be&a
  21. When are we human enough to matter: Debate b/w Professor Malcolm Potts and Mr. Scott Klusendorf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsC6ZfTHoL4
  22. When Does Personhood Begin? Part I: http://prolifephilosophy.blogspot.com/2012/07/when-does-personhood-begin.html
  23. Witnessing for Christ: Spiritual conversation starters: https://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/assess.htm
  24. Witnessing: Spiritual conversation starter questions: https://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/starters.htm
  25. Faith steps: 8 tips to talking about Jesus: https://www.cru.org/train-and-grow/share-the-gospel/evangelism-principles/faith-steps-8-tips-talking-about-jesus.html
  26. Starting a Conversation about Jesus | CBN.com: http://www1.cbn.com/youth/starting-a-conversation-about-jesus
  27. BibleForums Christian Message Board: http://bibleforums.org/showthread.php/130604-Bringing-God-up-in-conversation
  28. Coaching Center – Turning the Conversation to Christ: http://www.gocampus.org/modx/index.php?id=247
  29. The Entire ‘LGBT’ Narrative Just Crumbled | The Stream: https://stream.org/entire-lgbt-narrative-just-crumbled/
  30. Never Read a Bible Verse | Greg Koukl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PHs_9vX20Y
  31. Case-Making 101: How does the Bible compare to other ancient documents? http://truthfaithandreason.com/case-making-101-how-does-the-bible-compare-to-other-ancient-documents/
  32. To Witness Like Jesus, Use Logic and Reason: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/12/to-witness-like-jesus-use-logic-and.html
  33. Is Spiritual Truth a Matter of Opinion? Open Letter to a Relativist: http://crossexamined.org/is-spiritual-truth-a-matter-of-opinion-an-open-letter-to-a-relativist/
  34. Whale evolution fraud: http://creation.com/whale-evolution-fraud
  35. Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: The Intellectual Cowardice behind ‘Agnostic Atheists’: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2016/12/the-intellectual-cowardice-behind.html
  36. Myth of Neutrality and a Prejudicial Challenge – the pretended neutrality fallacy: http://theophilus-defendingthefaith.blogspot.com/2016/11/myth-of-neutrality-and-prejudicial.html
  37. The Gospel According to Peanuts – Larry Alex Taunton: http://larryalextaunton.com/blog/the-gospel-according-to-peanuts/
  38. Watch these 6 free Christian films online: http://www.fullyfreefilms.com/
  39. Ohio Senate Passes Bill to Ban All Abortions After an Unborn Baby’s Heartbeat Begins: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/12/06/ohio-senate-passes-bill-to-ban-all-abortions-after-an-unborn-babys-heartbeat-begins/
  40. 84 Confirmed Facts in the Last 16 Chapters of the Book of Acts: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2012/01/84-confirmed-facts-in-last-16-chapters.html
  41. The State of Climate Science: No Justification for Extreme Policies: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2016/04/the-state-of-climate-science-no-justification-for-extreme-policies
  42. Does the Cumulative Case for Design Point to a Divine Designer? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/does-the-cumulative-case-for-design-point-to-a-divine-designer/
  43. Further Reflections on the Belief That “All Sins Are Equal”: It’s More Widespread Than You Think – Canon Fodder: http://michaeljkruger.com/further-reflections-on-the-belief-that-all-sins-are-equal-its-more-widespread-than-you-think
  44. Belief in Christ Is a Conclusion, Not a Delusion: http://www.gospel-life.net/belief-in-christ-is-a-conclusion-not-a-delusion/

Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself ; for you who judge practice the same things.  Romans 2:1

Blessings

mid-week apologetics booster (12-1-2016)

Good morning friends,

Here are some links for you to take a look at:

  1. 11 Objections to the Kalam Cosmological Argument: http://crossexamined.org/11-objections-kalam-cosmological-argument/
  2. There’s No Balancing This Moral Equation: Human Well-Being Doesn’t Explain Human Morality: https://www.thinkingchristian.net/posts/2016/11/human-well-being-doesnt-explain-morality/
  3. Christian refugees in Germany threatened with beheading for being ‘unbelievers’ by Muslim migrants: http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/725193/Christian-refugees-threatened-beheading-German-migrant-camp-Muslim-unbelievers
  4. Ministering to Mormons in Utah Day 3: http://biblicalworldviewacademy.org/ministering-to-mormons-in-utah-day-3/
  5. Logical Fallacy Series — Part 8: Argument From Silence: http://cerebralfaith.blogspot.com/2016/06/logical-fallacy-series-part-8-argument.html
  6. Does The Bible Need Defending? http://cerebralfaith.blogspot.com/2015/01/does-bible-need-defending.html
  7. What does the Bible say about homosexuality? | CARM Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry: https://carm.org/bible-homosexuality
  8. Who’s Afraid of the Big Bang? Why Christians should not Run from Science: https://www.hbu.edu/news-and-events/2016/07/18/whos-afraid-big-bang/
  9. How gay theology manipulates the book of Leviticus: http://evangelicalfocus.com/magazine/965/How_gay_theology_manipulates_the_book_of_Leviticus
  10. What is Hate Speech? | CARM Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry: https://carm.org/hate-speech
  11. How Muslim atrocities impacted world history: http://mobile.wnd.com/2016/11/how-muslim-atrocities-impacted-world-history/#hDdxWoKFsaKQbz5d.99
  12. How Are People Actually Coming to Faith Today: http://magazine.biola.edu/article/16-fall/how-are-people-actually-coming-to-faith-today/
  13. Frank Turek (February 2017) – Fearless Faith Conference-Catalina Foothills Church (Tucson, AZ)http://subspla.sh/e74cd1f
  14. Transgender: Truth and Compassion – Alan Shlemon: http://subspla.sh/4d0ba56
  15. Can We “Agree To Disagree” On Sexuality and Marriage? | TGC: https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/trevinwax/2016/02/25/why-we-cant-agree-to-disagree-on-sexuality-and-marriage/
  16. Atheism’s Lucky Bullet Fallacies | The Stream: https://stream.org/atheisms-lucky-bullet-fallacies/
  17. Just Say “Merry Christmas”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwVpTYez82w
  18. Talking Snakes, Donkeys, and Believing the Bible: http://blogs.christianpost.com/confident-christian/talking-snakes-donkeys-and-believing-the-bible-11993/
  19. Homosexuality: Compassion and Clarity – Sean McDowell: https://youtu.be/w7a2RJgAGcM
  20. Speaking Up or Keeping Silent in Science Class: https://answersingenesis.org/public-school/religion-in-schools/speaking-up-or-keeping-silent-in-science-class/
  21. A Short Defense of Christianity (to myself): http://www.reclaimingthemind.org/blog/2011/12/a-short-defense-of-the-christianity-to-myself/
  22. What does Christmas mean to Christians? https://winteryknight.com/2011/12/25/what-does-christmas-mean-to-christians/
  23. Ehrman’s Problem 4: Why Won’t We Abuse Free Will in Heaven? http://www.clayjones.net/2012/01/ehrman%e2%80%99s-problem-4-why-won%e2%80%99t-we-abuse-free-will-in-heaven/
  24. The Finely Tuned Genetic Code: http://apologeticsuk.blogspot.com/2012/01/finely-tuned-genetic-code.html
  25. The Bible: http://links.emagnify.com/q/119zwZjDepmd/wv?platform=hootsuite
  26. Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth (RATE)http://www.icr.org/rate

And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.  2 Corinthians 11:14-15

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-20-2016)

Good morning friends,

I’m back after my vacation and feeling refreshed and relaxed!  Here are some links for you to look at:

  1. French gvmt announces plan to criminalize websites opposing abortion: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/french-gvmt-intends-to-obstruct-websites-offering-negative-information-abou
  2. Christians and Donald Trump: Our Meeting with Him: http://crossexamined.org/christians-donald-trump-meeting/
  3. Comparison Grid of Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Christianity: https://carm.org/comparison-grid
  4. It takes guts for celebrities to be open about their faith. We should support them: http://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/It-takes-guts-for-celebrities-to-be-open-about-their-faith.-We-should-support-them?j
  5. A Sure Word: Textual criticism made amazingly easy: http://rkbentley.blogspot.com/2016/10/textual-criticism-made-amazingly-easy.html
  6. Challenge: Christianity Is Absurd | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/blog/challenge-christianity-is-absurd#.WAbtjBllDqB
  7. Clues That Corroborate the Traditional Authorship of the Gospels – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/2016/09/09/clues-that-corroborate-the-traditional-authorship-of-the-gospels/
  8. Looking for Life on Enceladus: http://www.creationmoments.com/radio/transcripts/looking-life-enceladus
  9. How Did Judas Die? https://answersingenesis.org/contradictions-in-the-bible/how-did-judas-die/
  10. Atheists Say Darwinism Means Life is Meaningless, But Their Behavior Shows They Know Better: https://stream.org/atheists-say-darwinism-means-life-meaningless/
  11. Old Testament Believers: How Were They Saved? http://www.alisachilders.com/blog/old-testament-believers-in-god-before-jesus-were-they-saved

The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6 John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And this was his message: “After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Mark 1:5-8

 

mid-week apologetics booster (9-29-2016)

Good morning friends and fellow co-heirs!

I hope this morning finds you in good health, both physically and spiritually!  Below are some links for you to take a look at.

  1. Did Jesus Commend Faith That Is Blind? | CrossExamined.org: http://crossexamined.org/jesus-commend-faith-blind/
  2. Three Quran Verses Every Christian Should Know: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5Nu6EabQD8
  3. Christians ‘Hung On A Cross Over Fire’, Steamrollered And Crushed To Death In North Korea | Christian News on Christian Today: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/christians.hung.on.a.cross.over.fire.steamrollered.and.crushed.to.death.in.north.korea/96190.htm
  4. Did Jesus Drink Alcoholic Wine? | Tough Questions Answered: http://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/2016/09/21/did-jesus-drink-alcoholic-wine/
  5. Failed Atheist Explanations for a Beginning to the Universe. | James Bishop’s Theology & Apologetics: https://jamesbishopblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/23/failed-atheist-explanations-for-a-beginning-to-the-universe/
  6. C-3PO Crashes a Pentecostal Revival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhGH4HaylaU
  7. Three Levels of Heaven? James R. White: http://www.equip.org/article/three-levels-of-heaven/
  8. Podcasts you should know about (as reported by Apologetics Minion):
    1. https://apologeticsminion.com/2016/06/21/podcasts-you-should-know-about-part-1/
    2. https://apologeticsminion.com/2016/07/04/podcasts-you-should-know-about-part-2/
    3. https://apologeticsminion.com/2016/07/21/podcasts-you-should-know-part-3/
    4. https://apologeticsminion.com/2016/09/10/podcasts-you-should-know-part-4/
    5. https://apologeticsminion.com/2016/09/24/podcasts-you-should-know-part-5/
  9. Impact events (quote from “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist”): Some skeptics may think that a 15- to 40-year gap between the life of Christ and the writings about him is too wide for the testimony to be reliable. But they are mistaken. Think about events that occurred 15 to 40 years ago. When historians write about those events, we don’t say, “Oh, that’s impossible! No one can remember events from that long ago!” Such skepticism is clearly unwarranted. Historians today write accurately about events in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s by consulting their own memories, those of other eyewitnesses, and any written sources from the time. This process is the same one the New Testament writers used to record their documents. Like a good reporter, Luke interviewed eyewitnesses. And as we’ll see in the next chapter, some New Testament writers were eyewitnesses themselves. They could remember 15- to 40-year-old events quite easily, just as you can. Why can you remember certain events vividly from 15 to 40 years ago and (if you’re old enough) even further back? You may be able to remember certain events because they made a great emotional impact on you. (In fact, those of us who are “over the hill” can remember some events from 30 years ago better than those from 30 minutes ago!) Where were you and what were you doing when President Kennedy was assassinated? When the Challenger exploded? When the second plane hit the tower? Why can you remember those events so well? Because they made a deep emotional impact on you. Since an event like the Resurrection certainly would have made a deep emotional impact on the New Testament writers and the other eyewitnesses they may have consulted, it’s easy to see why the history of Jesus could be easily recalled many years later, especially in a culture with an established reliance on oral testimony (more on this below). Furthermore, if the major works of the New Testament are eyewitness accounts written within two generations of the events, then they are not likely to be legend. Why? Because historical research indicates that a myth cannot begin to crowd out historical facts while the eyewitnesses are still alive. For this reason, Roman historian A. N. Sherwin-White calls the mythological view of the New Testament “unbelievable.” William Lane Craig writes, “The tests show that even two generations is too short to allow legendary tendencies to wipe out the hard core of historical fact.” Inside of those two generations, eyewitnesses are still around to correct the errors of historical revisionists.
  10. How Do You Develop a Public Speaking Ministry? – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/how-do-you-develop-a-public-speaking-ministry
  11. I’m Sorry! But the Church Needs Apologetics: http://www.faithbeyondbelief.ca/2015/09/03/im-sorry-but-the-church-needs-apologetics/
  12. Scientists Discover Camouflaged Dinosaur | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2016/09/26/scientists-discover-camouflaged-dinosaur/
  13. Transgender Identities Are Not Always Permanent | Public Discourse: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2016/09/17753/
  14. Postmodern Realities is a podcast from the Christian Research Institute and the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL. Each podcast features in-depth conversations with our JOURNAL authors: http://www.equip.org/crj-pmr-podcast/

O LORD, by your hand save me from such men, from men of this world whose reward is in this life. You still the hunger of those you cherish; their sons have plenty, and they store up wealth for their children. And I–in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness. Psalm 17:14-15

Blessings to you all!

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

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

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

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

mid-week apologetics booster (9-1-2016)

Good morning all,

I hope I find you this morning thinking deeply about “the only true God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent” (John 17:3)!  Here are some items to help you defend your faith this week:

  1. Podcast #41: A Clear View of Mormonism with Dr. Craig Hazen – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/2016/08/17/podcast-41-a-clear-view-of-mormonism-with-dr-craig-hazen/
  2. How to Talk to Your Kids About Hell: http://christianmomthoughts.com/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-hell/
  3. Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: Using Public Funds to Establish Atheist Beliefs: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2016/08/using-public-funds-to-establish-atheist.html
  4. Talking to a student about God’s existence at The Ohio State University – THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2016/08/24/talking-to-a-student-about-gods-existence-at-the-ohio-state-university/
  5. Possible Worlds: My Favorite Apologetic Arguments: http://www.randyeverist.com/2016/08/my-favorite-apologetic-arguments.html
  6. Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: Dealing with All Those “Lost Gospel” Claims: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/03/dealing-with-all-those-lost-gospel.html
  7. Shia and Sunni Islam – what are the differences? http://www.gotquestions.org/Shia-Sunni-Islam.html
  8. 65 Apologetics Questions Every Christian Parent Needs to Learn to Answer: http://crossexamined.org/65-apologetics-questions-every-christian-parent-needs-to-learn-to-answer/
  9. Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/bible_answers/adam-eve-really-exist/
  10. Richard Dawkins: The Atheist Evangelist – Larry Alex Taunton: http://larryalextaunton.com/articles/richard-dawkins-the-atheist-evangelist/
  11. Did Bible Authors Believe in a Literal Genesis? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/genesis/did-bible-authors-believe-in-a-literal-genesis/
  12. Why some Americans left religion behind | Pew Research Center: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/08/24/why-americas-nones-left-religion-behind/
  13. Funsized Fallacies: Post Hoc – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/2015/06/05/funsized-fallacies-post-hoc-3/
  14. 5 Questions to Ask Jesus Mythicists: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/5-questions-ask-jesus-mythicists/
  15. Your Work Matters to God: https://www.probe.org/your-work-matters-to-god/
  16. Parents: Don’t Train Your Kids On Your Own: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/parents-dont-train-your-kids-on-your-own/
  17. 3 WAYS ‘THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT’ STORY BACKFIRES: https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/trevinwax/2016/08/25/3-ways-the-blind-men-and-the-elephant-story-backfires/
  18. Transgender Identity-Wishing Away God’s Design: https://answersingenesis.org/family/gender/transgender-identity-wishing-away-gods-design/
  19. Despite Rape and Torture, ISIS Captive Refused to Renounce Christianity Before Execution | The Stream: https://stream.org/despite-rape-torture-isis-captive-refused-renounce-christianity/
  20. FRC Blog » Ending the Secular Witch Hunt: http://frcblog.com/2016/08/ending-secular-witch-hunt/
  21. The 5 Worst Beliefs a Christian Parent Can Have in an Imploding Society: http://christianmomthoughts.com/the-5-worst-beliefs-a-christian-parent-can-have-in-an-imploding-society/
  22. The Apostles Wrote the Gospels as Eyewitness Accounts | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/the-apostles-wrote-the-gospels-as-eyewitness-accounts/
  23. Ancient Evidence for Jesus from Non-Christian Sources – bethinking.org: http://www.bethinking.org/jesus/ancient-evidence-for-jesus-from-non-christian-sources
  24. Jesus Is A Myth, Just Like President Kennedy | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/jesus-is-a-myth-just-like-president-kennedy/
  25. Building a case for the historical Jesus – ChristianWeek: http://www.christianweek.org/building-case-historical-jesus/
  26. Reasons To Believe : Universe Cannot Be Created Because That Would Be Magic? http://www.reasons.org/blogs/todays-new-reason-to-believe/universe-cannot-be-created-because-that-would-be-magic
  27. Did Papias Know the Apostle John? – Canon Fodder: http://michaeljkruger.com/did-papias-know-the-apostle-john/
  28. An Essential Key to Understanding the Development of the NT Canon – Canon Fodder: http://michaeljkruger.com/an-essential-key-to-understanding-the-development-of-the-nt-canon/
  29. Watch “Why Can The Bible Be Trusted Sean McDowell” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Jc2wqBfk20E
  30. Football banana-throwing racism – What’s the basis for the racist symbolism of hurling bananas at black football players? http://creation.com/banana-throwing-football-and-racism
  31. A Billion Genes and Not One Beneficial Mutation: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2016/08/a_billion_genes103091.html

Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.  John 12:27

Blessings

mid-week apologetics booster (8-11-2016)

Good morning fellow ambassadors!

Here are some interesting links I ran into this week, in case you have some time to do any reading or watching:

  1. Can Christians claim to have the One, True God? http://crossexamined.org/can-christians-claim-to-have-the-one-true-god-2/
  2. Hiroshima, Obama, and American Morals: http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=182245
  3. New Student Resource on Mormonism: Author Interview: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/new-student-resource-on-mormonism-author-interview
  4. Arguing Is Good (short video by Greg Koukl): http://www.str.org/videos/arguing-is-good-2#.V6nVZDXaxtp
  5. How do you approach the subject of Hell in a conversation? (short video by Dr. Frank Turek responding to a question at a Q&A): https://www.facebook.com/drfrankturek/videos/838379222960269/
  6. IS HISTORICAL EVIDENCE CONVINCING TO SKEPTICS OF CHRISTIANITY? http://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/2009/07/15/is-historical-evidence-convincing-to-skeptics-of-christianity/
  7. How Should I Talk to My Gay Friend about the Bible and Homosexuality? http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2016/08/how-should-i-talk-to-my-gay-friend-about-the-bible-and-homosexuality.html
  8. Greek Scholars and the Watchtower | Thomistic Bent – this is regarding the infamous New World Translation rendering of John 1:1, which says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was a god”: https://humblesmith.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/greek-scholars-and-the-watchtower/
  9. William Lane Craig: churches should focus on apologetics to attract more men | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2016/07/28/william-lane-craig-churches-should-focus-on-apologetics-to-attract-more-men-4/
  10. A simple case for the pro-life position by Scott Klusendorf – As Stephen Schwarz points out, there is no morally significant difference between the embryo that you once were and the adult that you are today. Differences of size, level of development, environment, and degree of dependency are not relevant such that we can say that you had no rights as an embryo but you do have rights today. Think of the acronym SLEDas a helpful reminder of these non-essential differences: https://winteryknight.com/2016/08/04/a-simple-case-for-the-pro-life-position-by-scott-klusendorf-4/
  11. Faith and Reason – Michael W. Austin: http://www.michaelwaustin.com/faith-and-reason/
  12. FRC Blog » The Islamic State (ISIS) Lays Out Its Plan for Christians: http://frcblog.com/2016/08/islamic-state-isis-lays-out-its-plan-christians/
  13. Pastor Rick Warren Is Well Prepared For A Purpose Driven Retirement – Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertlaura/2013/03/21/pastor-rick-warren-is-practicing-what-he-preaches-and-getting-ready-for-retirement/#4a4f91756a1c
  14. Is it a sin to drink alcohol? https://reasonsforhopejesus.com/sin-drink-alcohol/
  15. Watch “The Teaching of Joyce Meyer” on YouTube (7 min video) – In answer to a question, Hank plays an example of Joyce Meyer’s teaching and then comments on her false prosperity message and a misquotation of Scripture: https://youtu.be/bYJW2nWQqfo
  16. Answering atheist arguments – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/atheist-arguments
  17. Paul’s Trial Before Felix, Part 1: The Case Against Paul: https://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/1791
  18. The Resurrection and the Secular Mind – Pastors and Christian Leadership Resources: http://www.crosswalk.com/church/pastors-or-leadership/the-resurrection-and-the-secular-mind-11570590.html
  19. Watch “Planned Parenthood Supporter vs. Christian” on YouTube (27 min street interview) – This guy can be a little bit pushy during the interview, but he has some good arguments as he’s responding to the Planned Parenthood supporter: https://youtu.be/mx7tulUPHMw
  20. Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air – Greg Koukl and Francis Beckwith discuss the problems of relativism and moral relativism.  Del Tackett is the host (1 hour 18 min video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s98Z4tlunA

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.  Colossians 4:5-6 (NIV)

mid-week apologetics booster (5-19-2016)

Good morning,

I hope this morning finds you well as you live out your Christian life – “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction” (Eugene H. Peterson)….  Here are some interesting links to equip you to contend for the faith:

  1. The Case of the Missing Verse – John 5:4: http://mattdabbs.com/2008/03/20/the-case-of-the-missing-verse-john-54/
  2. Nine Ways Your Church Can Use Twitter on Sundays – ThomRainer.com: http://thomrainer.com/2016/05/nine-ways-your-church-can-use-twitter-on-sundays/
  3. Take a Quiz on Mormonism! (I got 100% 🙂 ): http://www.dearephesus.org/blog/2015/10/26/take-a-quiz-on-mormonism
  4. Epic Failure: My Biggest Evangelism Mistake: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/epic-failure-my-biggest-evangelism-mistake
  5. Are Christians Narrow-minded? 2 Minute Video Response: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/are-christians-narrow-minded-2-minute-video-response
  6. Conflating Questions – Cross Examined: http://crossexamined.org/conflating-questions/
  7. God does not lose books, there are no Lost Books of the Bible: http://www.str.org/articles/no-lost-books-of-the-bible#.Vz0YvMtlDqA
  8. What If the Copies Were Corrupted? http://timothypauljones.com/apologetics-what-if-the-copies-are-corrupted/
  9. What’s So Special about the Bible? http://timothypauljones.com/whats-so-special-about-the-bible/
  10. Nine New Testament Facts about Jesus Corroborated by Josephus and Tacitus | Apologetics Review: http://www.apologeticsreview.com/2014/12/17/nine-new-testament-facts-about-jesus-corroborated-by-josephus-and-tacitus/
  11. James White – The Inspiration, Canonization, and Transmission of Scripture: https://youtu.be/BqcwcxoxoUo
  12. Ehrman–Licona Dialogue on the Historical Reliability of the New Testament | THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/ehrman-licona-dialogue-on-the-historical-reliability-of-the-new-testament/
  13. Do We Have to Prove Christianity Beyond a Reasonable Doubt? | THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/do-we-have-to-prove-christianity-beyond-a-reasonable-doubt/
  14. Did Nearly 200 Muslim Refugees in Germany Just Convert to Christianity? https://stream.org/nearly-200-muslim-refugees-germany-convert-christianity/
  15. Atheists float new attack on Noah’s Ark tourist attraction: http://mobile.wnd.com/2016/05/atheists-launch-another-attack-on-noahs-ark-tourist-attraction/
  16. A Call for National Civil Disobedience to Obama’s Public School Transgender Bathroom Mandate: https://stream.org/call-national-civil-disobedience-obama-public-school-transgender-bathroom-mandate/
  17. Church of Iran pastor arrested after being freed from death row: http://www.premier.org.uk/News/World/Church-of-Iran-pastor-arrested-after-being-freed-from-death-row
  18. Kirk Cameron – Balancing Apologetics and Evangelism – Kirk Cameron (“Growing Pains,” “Fireproof”) shares his personal testimony, as well as explains what a healthy marriage between apologetics and sharing the gospel looks like. The message includes answers to some of the more common questions and objections skeptics raise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJagd_vxuA4&feature=youtu.be
  19. The Unintended Victims of Bathroom Bills and Locker Room Policies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg-MAMvkplE
  20. How The Trans-Agenda Seeks To Redefine Everyone: http://thefederalist.com/2014/06/23/how-the-trans-agenda-seeks-to-redefine-everyone/
  21. Atheists bash hotel Bibles – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/a/11115
  22. New DNA Study Confirms Noah: https://www.icr.org/article/9325/
  23. Should Christians Mix Faith and Politics? – Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.: https://douglasgroothuis.com/2016/03/10/should-christians-mix-faith-and-politics/
  24. Presuppositions – Why They Matter – Christian Worldview: http://www.christianworldview.net/2016/01/presuppositions/
  25. Fun Bible Facts for Christian Teens: Get Centered with Psalms 118: http://christianteens.about.com/od/understandingyourbible/qt/Psalms118Facts.htm
  26. Why Did God Tell Abraham to Sacrifice Isaac? http://christianmomthoughts.com/why-did-god-tell-abraham-to-sacrifice-isaac/

The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.” The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”  Luke 23:35-37