Ten Evidences of a Young Earth, Part 9 (Not Enough Salt in the Sea)
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Wonder of DNA 4/10/14 @ 8:00 pm EST
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The Briefing 04-10-14
2) Moral change required before political change: Government has “gone liberals’ way” for 70 years
Truthbomb Apologetics: Stephen T. Davis on Apologetics
"In truth, faith needs apologetics. It needs it to answer both the negative arguments of the resurrection and to construct positive arguments in favor of it. Apologetics will not create faith, but perhaps, for some, it will pave the way for it or make it possible. What is destructive of genuine Christian faith, in my opinion, is not apologetics, but unfounded beliefs, unjustified commitments. Unsound arguments are irrational leaps of faith. It is the aim of apologetics to prevent Christian faith from amounting to anything like that."
Challenge Response: Shouldn't Christians Retreat? - Stand to Reason Blog
No. On second thought, it is outrageous (I don't mean 'funny'.) that Christians in the US would use the reasons they use to call themselves persecuted/oppressed while pining for the days when to appear gay meant to be presumed a criminal. It's a mere loss of comfortable, unwarranted privilege. These complaints are an affront anyone oppressed anywhere at anytime - particularly if they are feigned. (I can't decide whether it's more painful to think they are feigned or sincere.)
War on Humans: Population Control in India
Since the time of Malthus, India has always been a prime target in the eyes of would-be population controllers. Both the British colonial administrators and the high-caste Brahmins who succeeded them in power following independence in 1947 looked upon the "teeming masses" of that nation's lower classes with fear and disdain. Jawaharlal Nehru's Congress Party (which controlled India's national government for its first three decades without interruption) had been significantly influenced by pre-independence contacts with the pro-Malthusian British Fabian Society. Notable members of the native elite, such as the influential and formidable Lady Rama Rau, had been attracted to the ideas of eugenicist and Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger. Thus during the 1950s and early 1960s, the Indian government allowed organizations like the Population Council, the Ford Foundation, and the International Planned Parenthood Federation to set up shop within the country's borders, where they could set about curbing the reproduction of the nation's Dalits, or "untouchables." The government did not, however, allocate public funds to these organizations, so their programs remained relatively small.
'Heaven is For Real' 8-Day Photo Challenge; T.D. Jakes Tweets Movie Promo Using Instagram
'Heaven is For Real' 8-Day Photo Challenge; T.D. Jakes Tweets Movie Promo Using Instagram
The Rise Of The Same-Sex Marriage Dissidents
Perhaps there should have been a bit of a burden of proof on those who wanted to change the institution — something beyond crying “Bigot!” in a crowded theater. Perhaps advocates of the change should have explained at some point, I don’t know, what singles out marriage as unique from other relationships under this new definition. What is marriage? That’s a good question to answer, particularly if you want to radically alter the one limiting factor that is present throughout all history. Once we get an answer for what this new marriage definition is, perhaps our media and other elites could spend some time thinking about the consequences of that change. Does it in any way affect the right of children to be raised by their own mother and father? Have we forgotten why that’s an important norm? Either way, does it change the likelihood that children will be raised by their own mother and father? Does it by definition make that an impossibility for whatever children are raised by same-sex couples? Do we no longer believe that children should be raise
Grace to You
God has always been focused on inner righteousness. When Samuel was ready to anoint David’s oldest brother, Eliab, to succeed King Saul, God told him, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7). And that inner righteousness must be perfect: “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt. 5:48). To be truly qualified for entrance into Christ’s kingdom we must be as holy as God Himself.
Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: I am determined to be a realist! A realist is a man or woman who knows the Lord, knows the Word of God, does what it says, and puts his or her faith in the living God; that is the ultimate realist!
State of the Bible Survey: Bible Skeptics on the Rise
Survey Methodology: The State of the Bible 2014 report contains the findings from a nationwide study commissioned by American Bible Society and conducted by Barna Research (a division of Barna Group). Two research methodologies were used for the study; one included 1,012 telephone interviews (including cellphone interviews) with adults in the continental U.S., while the second study consisted of 1,024 online surveys using a nationally representative panel. The use of two methodologies provided a larger sample size for key questions and ensured even greater representation among all age groups. The telephone interviews were conducted Jan. 8–20, 2014, and included U.S. adults 18 years of age or older. The online surveys were conducted Jan. 28–Feb. 5, 2014.
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Study tests theory that life originated at deep sea vents
One of the greatest mysteries facing humans is how life originated on Earth. Scientists have determined approximately when life began, roughly 3.8 billion years ago, but there is still intense debate about exactly how life began. One possibility -- that simple metabolic reactions emerged near ancient seafloor hot springs, enabling the leap from a non-living to a living world -- has grown in popularity in the last two decades.
How Logic Can Help Save a College Student's Faith
"I'm a liberal, pacifist, atheist, and if you don't like it, you can leave," the professor said as he began the first day of Renaissance history at the University of Colorado. Joni Raille, who grew up in a conservative Christian home, was taken aback and wondered what her professor's bluntness had to do with Renaissance history. I asked her if she ever considered dropping the course. "No," she replied, "I can learn from anybody, even if he is an atheist."
Car With “Co-Exist” Bumper Sticker Runs Over Pro-Life Display
You’ve seen those dark blue and white bumper stickers on the road with religious symbols from all sorts of religions urging people to “coexist.” The idea behind them is to promote some sort of respect for tolerance and diversity and they generally appear to be aimed at Christians.
The Princess Bride, "True Wuv" and The Existence of God
If you have never seen the film (shame on you!) it is a fairy tale told by a grandfather to his sick grandchild who is home from school. It is about a woman, Buttercup, who is engaged to marry a corrupt prince intent on starting war after her “true wuv (see the movie) is assumed dead after being hijacked at sea by the “Dread Pirate Roberts” who supposedly never leaves a person alive. One day a mysterious man, who may or may not be Buttercup’s long-lost “true wuv” shows up and rescues the Princess Bride from a gang of colorful kidnappers. The ensuing adventure is a lot of fun and even appropriate for whole families to watch (surprising given that Mr. Goldman drops more F-bombs in a sentence than has been unloaded at a Hollywood comedy club over a decade!).
The Crusades Objection
Sometimes when sharing the gospel with people you will get the objection that religion has caused so many wars throughout history and Christianity is no different. After all, Christian killed thousands of people in the Crusades and through the Spanish Inquisition so, clearly, there is no difference between Christianity and all of the other violent religions in the world. Given that so many atrocities have been committed in the name of Jesus Christ how can we possibly continue to follow this religion?
Objection: Christians Say They Believe in Peace but the Old Testament is Full of Violence
The Title of the article is misleading as Christ was new testament thus christians did not exist in the old testament and it would not have been that belief under Christ waging those violent acts. That said Forcing your faith is also misleading and a term bounced about in these modern times. No christian in 2013 by telling about his faith in christ or even by objecting to something in society is forcing his faith. Last I checked this was a free society where we are suppose to be able to speak hence why many faiths are allowed to speak and worship here. Also we have people who do not believe in a God at all and they to are allowed to speak, protest, vote... Christians share their belief because of it's core value which is Jesus Christ and the forgiveness of sins. But they are not suppose to sit around and allow sin to take place with out saying something hence Jesus turning over tables in the Temple. Calling people Vipers and empty shells. The Message of Christianity is love because God wants all who sin to repent which means (turn away from sin) Jesus when he forgave the woman who was about to be stoned did not say ok go back to what you were doing.
Atheists adopt a tactic of abuse to challenge religion
In his March 24th talk at the 2012 Reason Rally , popular atheist speaker Richard Dawkins called upon fellow atheists to adopt this tactic toward the religious: “…mock them. Ridicule them. In public... Religion makes specific claims about the universe which need to be substantiated, and need to be challenged, and, if necessary, need to be ridiculed with contempt.”
"The Nephilim Have Been Found" or Yet Another Example of Really Bad Apologetics
I know how it is. We believe what we profess and we are quick to accept anything and everything that confirms some aspect of our faith. I am the same way. However, what we believe is too important for us to be uncritical, even about those claims that seem to support what we believe.
How Conveeeenient! The Church Lady Tactic
If you are older than 25, you probably remember Dana Carvey's "Church Lady" character from Saturday Night Live. For those who are not familiar, I will provide a brief (and totally unfunny) synopsis. The church lady interviews various celebrities for her "Church Chat" television program. Every interview begins in fairly mundane fashion. That is, until the church lady starts grilling her guests. She inevitably asks a question about some questionable behavior attributed to the guest. When the guest shows no sense of shame, the church lady smugly replies, "Well, isn't that special?" Then, the church lady rhetorically asks the audience, "Who do you think could be behind this bad behavior?" Without skipping a beat, she emphatically answers her own question, "Could it be; oh I don't know; Satan!?" At this point, the guest usually tries to offer some excuse for his behavior, but the church lady simply will not let him off the hook. She quickly rejects the excuse and employs another of her comical catchphrases; "How conveeeeenient!" she quips.
A very compelling part of a cumulative body of evidence
The more I come to terms with the sheer engineering prowess of the cell, the more I am becoming convinced that the argument from biological design is perhaps the single most powerful argument for God's existence -- I now consider it to be stronger than even the cosmological and teleological arguments. It seems to be a rather under-used apologetic, however, particularly in Christian-atheist debates. ID as a scientific proposition, of course, doesn't necessitate God as designer. But it is certainly a very compelling part of a cumulative body of evidence for theism. Catching just a glimpse of the beauty and sophistication of the cell should be enough to render absolutely anyone without excuse.
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Krauss, Hawking, Atheism and (a lack of) Philosophy
Since scientific issues often crop up in discussions about the existence of God, it isn’t surprising that some high profile scientists get involved. If these scientists take an atheist position, it isn’t surprising that they don’t have much time for theology. What is very surprising, however, is that some have a similar disregard for philosophy. Two eminent physicists who fall into this category are Stephen Hawking and Lawrence Krauss. In the history of physics, many leading figures have engaged with philosophical questions in very profound ways: Newton, Einstein and Bohr are obvious examples. By contrast, Hawking and Krauss seem to think that philosophy has nothing to offer because science has all the answers.
“You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind” (Matthew 22:36-37). The problem with many people is that they seem to love God only with their hearts. The truth about Christ never gets to their minds. We’ve been given minds enabled by the Holy Spirit to know God, as well as hearts to love him and wills to choose him. We need to function in all three areas to have a full relationship with God and to glorify him. I don’t know how it is with you, but my heart can’t rejoice in what my mind has rejected. My heart and mind were created to work in harmony together. Never has anyone been called on to commit intellectual suicide by trusting Christ as Savior and Lord.
How to Punish Christians and Influence People, by Pliny the Younger
He mentions that some defendants, when questioned, maintained that they had been Christians at one point, but “ceased to be, some three years before, others many years, some as much as twenty-five years.” I found this odd—many of us today don’t typically consider the notion that early Christians sometimes left the Church. This leads to questions about how the earliest Christians functioned as a religious society: what were some of the reasons (aside from imminent torture or execution) that might cause an ancient Christian to leave the religion? If one decided to leave and come back, how were they welcomed back into the association?
Why Christian parents get nervous about evidence
I've recently been led to reflect on the fact that there remains a Christian subculture that is somewhat uneasy with Christian evidences. Here I'm not referring to modernists or even postmodernists. I'm not referring to the unorthodox who don't like evidence because they like to keep Christianity hazy so that they don't really have to believe anything. I'm thinking of the fervent and utterly sincere, orthodox, Bible-believing Christians who nonetheless feel a bit...worried, somehow, if their young people start asking questions about the evidences for Christianity. Worried even if the young people are studying and reading and getting answers . Why might that be?
The Bible is the Dividing Line
Kevin DeYoung has just delivered what may be the touchstone message of the 2014 Together for the Gospel conference. As usual, he was both witty and insightful. But that’s not why the message was so powerful. The message was weighty because he spoke from God’s word about God’s word. In doing so, he clearly and plainly addressed the touchstone issue of our time–the authority of scripture.
The preachers responsibility: frame a biblical understanding of the Christian life
Preaching — the practice of expositing God’s Word to God’s people — has fallen on hard times. TWEET On the one hand, the large number of evangelical pastors I know who remain committed to faithful biblical exposition greatly encourages me. These men know the purpose and the power of preaching God’s Word. On the other hand, the number of influential voices within evangelicalism suggesting that the age of the expository sermon is dead gravely concerns me. These voices avoid the preaching of a biblical text. They fear the confrontation that comes with expositing biblical truth, and believe it has nothing to say to us today. They are voiceless voices.
Cosmological Argument, Sufficient Reason, and Causality
Thomas Aquinas, in his massive work Summa Theologica , included five logical explanations for the existence of God. If people know anything about Aquinas, they know the five ways. Unfortunately, Aquinas is often misunderstood. A key, but often misunderstood concept is this: Aquinas’ work was not meant to be an apologetic to convince nonbelievers, but was instead a theological explanation for seminary students. As proof, in the very first question of the Summa, before he deals with any other subject, Aquinas addresses the question of whether we can arrive at Christian truth through human reasoning. His answer is a resounding no. Thomas states clearly that attempts to reach God through human wisdom will end in error, and we therefore must rely on revelation from God for Christian truth. Aquinas’ heavy use of logic is often misunderstood as trying to get nonbelievers to reach divine conclusions through human origin, rather than what he is actually doing, which is explaining to seminary students what has already been revealed to us by God.
After World Vision, evangelicals debate boundaries over sexuality - Religion News Service
I am growing a little weary of late coming revisionists declaring my ‘ignorance’ with respect to biblical interpretation in complete defiance of historical fact. Particularly when they are refuted not only by me, but a host of others in this forum who hew to the traditional orthodox view of scripture. And not incidentally, by the vast majority of biblical scholars from the past and present. They live in a through the looking glass world where everything is upside down and backwards, it would really be quite laughable it it weren’t so terribly tragic. As to my apparent dismissal of the children who will suffer from the non ‘net loss’ of aid, I acknowledge that such a remark is on its face rather cold blooded, but my point was that in general the suffering of the world’s children will not increase, which is not a bad thing; nor do I have to answer to anyone for my personal commitment to the world’s poor, God knows my heart and my works, and I will be satisfied with His judgement.
Two equally dangerous extremes
If we submit everything to reason our religion will be left with nothing mysterious or supernatural. If we offend the principles of reason our religion will be absurd and ridiculous . . . There are two equally dangerous extremes: to exclude reason, to admit nothing but reason.
Volitional Resistance to Christianity Often Masquerades as Rational Opposition
In a recent blog post I offered three reasons why people typically reject a truth claim. Sometimes folks simply have rational doubts based on the evidence, some people have doubts that are purely emotional , and others deny the truth for volitional reasons. Until the age of thirty-five, I rejected the claims of Christianity (and theism in general). As an atheist, I adamantly identified myself in the first category of skeptics: I was a rational objector. When asked about my resistance, I repeatedly told people it was based on the lack of convincing evidence for Christianity and an abundance of evidence supporting naturalistic processes (like evolution). After examining the evidence and changing my mind, I revisited my prior opposition and realized much of my resistance was simply a matter of volition. At some point I had to ask myself, “Am I rejecting this because there isn’t enough evidence, or because I don’t want there to be enough evidence?”
Were the Early Christians Really Persecuted?
In Cold Case Christianity , I discuss the evidential value of the martyrdoms of the original eyewitnesses to the Resurrection of Jesus. When evaluating the reliability of these witnesses, their potential bias can be assessed on the basis of their willingness to die rather than recant their testimony. Many skeptics, however, doubt these martyrdoms occurred in the first place. The deaths of the Apostles are recorded by a variety of ancient authors; some of these accounts are, admittedly, more thorough and reliable than others. Critics of Christianity have accused early Christians of inventing these apostolic martyrdom stories. In fact, some skeptics have denied the systemic persecution of early Christians altogether in the first two centuries. Candida Moss, professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame, has written a book, ( The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom ) challenging the early persecution of Christians (including the Apostles) prior to the 3 rd Century. I think her task is daunting, however, given the
Though our feelings come and go
The great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not. It is not wearied by our sins, or our indifference; and, therefore, it is quite relentless in its determination that we shall be cured of those sins, at whatever cost to us, at whatever cost to Him
Tired of Waiting (Part 1)
The biggest reason we hate to wait is because we love ourselves. Waiting often strips us of something we want, and we respond with anger, irritation, depression, and so on. Like I said before, our waiting problem is always a heart problem before it's ever a fallen world problem.
The limits of human knowledge
While the atheist arrogantly persists in the delusion that his reason is fully capable of figuring out all that there is, the religious believer lives in the humble acknowledgment of the limits of human knowledge, knowing that there is a reality greater than, and beyond, that which our senses and minds can ever apprehend.
Does the Appearance of Design Prove God's Existence?
During the last thirty years or so, scientists have discovered that the existence of intelligent life depends on a complex and delicate balance of initial conditions given in the big bang itself. Scientists once believed that whatever the initial conditions of the universe, eventually intelligent life might evolve. But we now know that our existence is balanced on a knife’s edge. It seems vastly more probable that a life-prohibiting universe rather than a life-permitting universe such as ours should exist. The existence of intelligent life depends on a conspiracy of initial conditions that must be fine-tuned to a degree that is literally incomprehensible and incalculable. For example, Stephen Hawking has estimated that if the rate of the universe’s expansion one second after the big bang had been smaller by even one part in a hundred thousand million million, the universe would have re-collapsed into a hot fireball. British physicist P. C. W. Davies has calculated that the odds against the initial conditions being suitable for later star formation (without which planets could not exist) is one followed by a thousand billion billion zeroes, at least.
How Jesus Became God in the Flesh - Apologetics Book: Contra Bart Ehrman: Jesus Christ Claimed to be God
He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all
creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on
earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or
powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all
things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the
church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things
He may have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the
fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him,
whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the
blood of His cross (Colossian 1:15-20).
How Jesus Became God in the Flesh - Apologetics Book: Christian Analysis Defeats the Skepticism of Bart Ehrman: How Jesus Became God in the Flesh
Christianity is the only
worldview that provides human reason a foundation for its appropriate function.
Non-Christian systems of thought cannot furnish a foundation for the Law of Non-contradiction
(and all other ever-enduring universals). Thus those systems of thought can
only offer self-contradictory worldviews. Unless one believes in the triune
God, one cannot account for human knowledge, predication, and practice. God is
the precondition for all assertion, analysis, evidence, and reason. All human
thought requires the employment and assumption of universal and invariant laws.
Only the transcendent and unchanging triune God provides the necessary
preconditions for the use of transcendent and unchanging truths. To criticize
anything, one must presuppose that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob exists.
Stern confessed that the attraction of transcendental arguments is that they
“undercut the ground which the skeptical worries are built.”
10 Lessons from William Wilberforce for anyone passionate about anything
In the year 2006, some 173 years after Wilberforce died, many people, like myself, learned for first time of his significant contribution to the world. This was made possible by a movie produced about of his life, entitled, Amazing Grace (see trailer below).
Until Death Do We Part — For Real
If anything but death is an option for ending a marriage, then don’t say “until death” in your wedding vows. Tell the truth. Promise what is meant. Say something like “until adultery, abandonment, or abuse.” Say what you mean. God never lies (Titus 1:2) and delights in truth-telling and oath-keeping.
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Jesus on Every Page: 7 Reasons to Study Your Old Testament
On the basis of my less-than-scientific survey of Christians' Bible reading habits, I would estimate that the Old Testament forms less than 10 percent of most Christians' Bible reading. Remove the Psalms and Proverbs, and we're probably down to less than 5 percent.
9 Things You Should Know About The Rwandan Genocide
This week marks the twentieth anniversary of the beginning of the campaign of genocide in Rwanda. Here are nine things you should know about one of the most horrific seasons of slaughter in modern times:
How to Replant a Church, Part 9: Developing New Leaders
The American get-rich-quick culture has wrongly taught many Christians that all things of value must happen now. This approach to leadership development is death. You can’t microwave leaders. Building a culture of leadership development within your church replant will be a ton of hard work and will require years of investing in people. You must be legacy-minded when raising up leaders. But know that all the small deposits invested today will pay off greatly later.
Why Gay-Marriage Opponents Should Not Be Treated Like Racists
Proponents of drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen believe "that some people do not deserve the same basic rights as others." Advocates of deporting illegal immigrants believe "that some people do not deserve the same basic rights as others." Advocates of spying on Muslim Americans believe "that some people do not deserve the same rights as others." Indefinite-detention apologists believe "that some people do not deserve the same rights as others." On a weekly basis, I write about all sorts of civil-libertarian causes, foreign and domestic. Let me assure everyone that there is no end to policies implicitly or explicitly premised on the notion "that some people do not deserve the same rights as others." If that's the standard, why are gay-marriage opponents the only ones being stigmatized? How many members of the Mozilla community could I get on record calling Barack Obama or Michael Bloomberg a hateful bigot for doing orders of magnitude more to perpetrate rights violations than a CEO making a donation?
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Seems reasonable . . . perhaps Jesus was comatose. Or perhaps his body was stolen. Or maybe the women arrived at the wrong tomb . . . they were grieving, after all; it would have been an honest mistake. There are any number of explanations.
Speak the Truth to Yourself
My husband was due to leave town for work. “How am I going to manage the kids while feeling like this?” These thoughts traveled with me throughout the day, spawning new ones. “This is too much, I just can’t do it.” “Can’t they see that I am sick? Why can’t they listen for once?” Before I knew it, I was overwhelmed, stressed, irritable, distraught.
For the Reformed insiders who may be wondering, yes, Horton’s Reformed Two Kingdoms approach to culture (to be distinguished from, say, the guys over at The Calvinist International ) makes an appearance here. There was a surprising amount of references to Luther in his section on Calvin’s view of vocation. In an evangelical world concerned with radical faith, Horton invokes James Davison Hunter’s notion of “faithful presence” as a helpful grid for understanding a Calvin who wasn’t so much interesting in “transforming culture” as encouraging men and women set free by the gospel to be faithful in their ordinary, everyday vocations for the glory of God and the benefit of their neighbors (229–230). It just so happened that as they did so, in the sciences, civic life, business, education, and all the areas of God’s call, culture was indeed renewed for the social good (236–239). In the end, we arrive at a Calvin who transcends some of the “transformationalist”&n
In this timely book, Pastor Ray Ortlund makes the case that gospel doctrine creates a gospel culture. In too many of our churches, it is the beauty of a gospel culture that is the missing piece of the puzzle. But when the gospel is allowed to exert its full power, a church becomes radiant with the glory of Christ.