The first of three arguments every Christain should know #apologetics #cosmological
The truth is, Biblical contradictions are as scarce as hen’s teeth, but not if you ask most skeptics…
The law of causality is primary and necessary to understanding the Universe. Learn it. Tactfully and intentionally employ it as you discuss beginnings.
Atheists deny the obvious, bless their hearts.
Everything that has a beginning has a cause. Sometimes they are forced to deny that. To deny that is absurd.
David does more than imply that the Sun has been fixed on a course or set on a circuit
All of this to emphasize your duty as an apologist. You are not merely a defender of the Bible, God’s existence, or the Resurrection. You at your very essence are a defender of truth.
As a Christfollower and apologist, live with that certainty. Encourage others to have faith. Give the gospel message of hope in Christ. That’ll preach when nothing else will in times of vulnerability.
Well, there should be a few places, a few citadels of coyness, where modesty reigns. But, they are quickly disappearing…
Before we assume God’s mercy or even his love, we must always know him first as righteous. Gods goodness can only flow from his righteousness. He can have no mercy until he is first just. God is in fact HOLY!
My Grandmother has been gone for several years now but although we can no longer hear her voice, see her face, or smell her cornbread and biscuits, she has not left us unattended. Her love for Jesus is now ours and her sense of duty to the gospel should be as well.
If we are only prepared for the answer we allow God to give, we are shortchanging ourselves. But if our confidence is in the Promiser then our patience will be perpetual and we will persevere to the promise.
It’s a book of uncertainty and anger, prayer, judgment, promise, faith, and praise. It’s the history of the Church conjoined with the judgment of a culture, purified by fire and beautified by God.
Christian apologists often confuse our responsibility to always be honest and represent the truth well with the idea that we can’t make our arguments emotionally effective
Somewhere, sometime, the USA may get this race issue fixed, but it wont be before the Church does, and the Church will never be redeemed of racism until the truth about it is brought to bare from her pulpits and the fear of not being politically correct dissolves like so much filth from the minds of her congregations.
You see, although I have left that tradition far in the past, and although I see some of the legalism associated with IFB traditions, I have a great passion for the people who remain there. They are my people. More importantly, they are God’s people.
You see, apologetics is not merely defending the Faith against the New Atheists. There is a great battle taking place for the life of our brothers and sisters. It is being waged on a spiritual plane but the casualties will be apparent to us all very soon. I’m sure that it’s obvious by now that he or she needs you, your service, your keeping. This is apologetics at its very core, the keeping of your brother, and the antithesis of Cain’s excuse. So may I ask, are you your brothers keeper?
That sweltering shock, that sultry surprise, that dog day disbelief is going to hit some of you square in the face like Al Wilson on a run blitz! All of this consternation calefaction will come as a result of not thinking clearly about the things that matter most. Buying into a few of the simple but effective rhetorical sound bites of the LGBT militarists will have cost you your comfort, your air conditioned continuation of neutrality.
While you sit at home or at church in your office, or while you visit the sick or evangelize to the needy, you are doing exactly what everyone expects of you. On the other hand, when lay people are practicing their vocation (nurse, teacher, business manager, office tech, machinist, baker, etc.) they are expected to practice only their respective job. In fact, any religious activity during their scheduled work is often discouraged. Furthermore, they come into contact with many more people who may openly confront them about their Faith. These people, the laity are the Church’s boots on the ground for Christianity
As I’ve contemplated the different scenarios of what may occur after the Supreme Court imposes its will on the people as far as same-sex marriage goes, there is something that becomes clear to me. The Church of the Living God ain’t going away!
In that case, an ounce of inoculation is worth a pound of argumentation.
Don’t be satisfied with the pad answers. Give them the tough stuff. Don’t be afraid that if you give them a robust argument to defend against that they’ll leave the faith. Don’t sell them short or give them the short end of the stick. Give them an ounce of prevention. Inoculate them, because if you don’t, there are those who will. I guarantee it.
An integral piece of the post-modern puzzle is this idea of absolute individual. The reader, not the author, determines the post-modern hermeneutic. Morality is relative to individual preference, not objective and transcendent. And then there’s covenant. Post-moderns avoid covenant like J.E.B. Stuart’s acquisition of Pope’s coat. They want nothing to do with joining anything organized, especially the Church.
Although it may be legitimate to break ones covenant relationship with a local church for some very specific reasons that are essential to what church is, most of the time I suspect that people leave for the wrong reasons. I’d like to list five wrong reasons to leave a local church.
For whoever either disregards the holy assemblies, or separates himself from brethren, and takes little interest in the cultivation of unity, by this alone makes it evident that he sets no value on the presence of Christ-Calvin
We should have a holistic approach to our apologetic method though. Whether we end up as Presuppositionalists or Evidentualsists, or somewhere in between like Classical apologists, our end goal should be Christ and we should have a way to get to him in mind.
In the first paragraph Ethan writes “I won’t be doing a rebuttal to his response”, referring to Ryan’s article about Ethan. He then writes about five hundred and thirty five words in response to Ryan’s article.
The strength of the American Church probably does not reside in her mega-churches and she will need all of her strength to endure the likely persecution that is coming. Can we help equip the people who sit in the pews of the thousands of small churches in America? I hope we can find a way to bridge the disconnect between apologetics and the small church.
When skeptics question the origin of the universe, they often decide that it could not have been the effect of an ultimate cause. Many of them can’t tolerate the idea that the universe came from something. Their answer for what caused the universe to come into existence, like my answer to my wife, is simply nothing.
There is a misconception about God that is prevalent in our culture. In less than orthodox mainline churches especially, this is not only a doctrine preached, it is an essential. In those places, this error is listed among the attributes of God. It is God’s Omni-tolerance.
The time will come that your apologetic aptitude will mean more to you than convincing your co-worker that you’re not some religious nut fooled by your own insecurities.
I’m curious though. What kind of idea is it that postulates a god who creates a universe (BIG MIRACLE), yet holds to a view that opposes miracles?
I think Christians are prone to the same temptations when it comes to apologetics/evangelism so it would be a good thing to point some of us back to those basic tactics every now and then, and today I’m going to use my turkey hunting experience to do just that. Here’s a spring reminder of three basic apologetic methods.
If you are an apologist worth his or her salt, you will help those(blue-collar) people. They need you. Your church needs you (whether they know it or not).
The question then becomes, how can you help “blue-collar” people become apologists? How can they become experts in Apologetics?
The Apostles witnessed the burial of Jesus. It is likely that they took part in his preparation, which was a lengthy process. The lifeless body of Christ needed to be carried to the tomb.
The old common sense saying seems to apply pretty well here. Perception is probably reality, at least this time…
The Universe is probably an apologetic duck.
In fact, I would say that God is not overlooking evil at all, and if that is true, then the persistence of evil is no evidence against God’s character at all.
Every once in a while you run upon someone who has an aversion to Apologetics, usually out of a misunderstanding of what Apologetics actually is. “I will not ‘apologize’ for Jesus”, they might say.