Keith Green - The Victor (live)
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Keith & Kristyn Getty - Christ Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed
From KEITH AND KRISTYN GETTY LIVE AT THE GOSPEL COALITION available on September 10, 2013. For more information please visit www.gettymusic.com Connect With ...
Doctrine of Salvation Part 14: Arminian Perspective of Perseverance
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"Why are there differences in the gospels?" - Mike Licona
Resurrection 2014 at Brook Highland Community Church in Birmingham, AL.
Shroud of Turin - Dave Glander
Resurrection 2014 at Brook Highland Community Church in Birmingham, AL.
Science, History and the Myths of New Atheism - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Douthat is wrong. The cracks are not in the edifice of secularism, but in the temples of faith. As he should know if he reads his own newspaper, secularism is not cracking up but growing in the U.S. He and his fellow religionists are on the way out, and his columns are his swan song. It may take years, but one fine day our grandchildren will look back on people like Douthat, shake their heads, and wonder why some people couldn’t put away their childish things.”
12 Apologetics Quotes to Think About - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I am only interested in an apologetic that leads in two directions, and the one is to lead people to Christ, as Savior, and the other is that after they are Christians, for them to realize the lordship of Christ in the whole of life... if Christianity is truth, it ought to touch on the whole of life... Christianity must never be reduced merely to an intellectual system... After all, if God is there, it isn’t just an answer to an intellectual question... we’re called upon to adore him, to be in relationship to him, and, incidentally, to obey him.
Six reasons why you should believe in non-physical souls
Even though the theistic outlook, in some versions, is consistent with the available scientific evidence, I don’t believe it, and am drawn instead to a naturalistic, though non-materialist, alternative. Mind, I suspect, is not an inexplicable accident or a divine and anomalous gift but a basic aspect of nature that we will not understand until we transcend the built-in limits of contemporary scientific orthodoxy.
Answering Muslims: Imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini Sends Easter Message from Hospital in Iran
Crucifying the resurrected “self” with Christ and resurrects our death faith with Christ.
Happy Resurrection Day.
On the Eve of Good Friday and Easter I was praying from my hospital room for my fellow Christians in the world. What the Holy Spirit revealed to me in prayer was that there are many dead faiths in the midst of Christians today. That Christians all over the world are not able to fully reach their spiritual potential that has been given to them as a gift by God so that in reaching that potential, the curtain can be removed and the Glory of God would be revealed.
Some times we want to experience the Glory and resurrection with Jesus without experiencing death with Him. We do not realize that unless we pass through the path of death with Christ, we are not able to experience resurrection with Christ.
We want to have a good and successful marriage, career, education and family life (which is also God’s desire and plan for our life). But we forget that in order to experience the Resurrection and Glory of Christ we first have to experience death with Christ and to die to ourselves and selfish desires.
The Constructive Curmudgeon: Evidence for Easter
No blind leap of faith is required to believe that the resurrection of Jesus is more than a nice religious idea. The Gospel accounts that attest to the resurrection were written by people in a position to hunt down and check out the facts. They were either disciples of Jesus (Matthew and John) or individuals who carefully interviewed those closest to the event they described (Mark and Luke). These accounts were written shortly after the events they narrate; there was insufficient time for such mythological additions as a resurrection. The Apostle Paul, writing sometime in the 50s, spoke of Christ publicly appearing to many people, many of whom were still living at the time he wrote (1 Corinthians 15:1-8). Had there been no resurrection, this kind of statement would have been suicidal, since hostile witness could have refuted Paul’s claim. We have no record of a refutation.
Behold Ukrainian Easter Art: Incredible, Inedible Eggs
Even 2,000 years ago, people seemed to know that the egg could be a source of life. They practiced a form of egg worship (which in modern times we're not above ), owing to the egg's supposed magical power. In Christian times, the egg picked up the association with the resurrection and rebirth.
If I Were the Devil - (BEST VERSION) by PAUL HARVEY audio restored
(WORDS on screen - AUDIO repaired) Long time radio newsman/commentator Paul Harvey created the original of this homily around 1965. This one is probably from about 1996. It was updated as the years went by and therefore versions of it vary over time. It is a warning to America about its own decay. This audio has been corrected for proper speed and pitch and is good as I can make it at this time. Unfortunately, phasing and background noise persist. LINKS: ORIGINAL ESSAY http://tarpon.wordpress.com/2012/03/2... MORE INFO: http://itmakessenseblog.com/2012/03/2...
You Know You Were a ‘90s Church Kid If …
The ’90s was to Christian music what the 2000s was to Creed and/or Nickelback: a golden age of music you would later hate yourself for (still) loving. Friday night rolled around, and instead of doing something lame, you and your friends loaded up into your church’s Ford Econoline, and stopped for some Chick-fil-A to pre-game for the Christian moshing you were about to do. If you don’t know what “Christian moshing” is, imagine a mosh pit made up of Peanuts characters.
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Good Friday Means Nothing Without Easter Sunday
In a Good-Friday-only view of the Gospel, the Cross does everything. In that old Gospel, both forgiveness and justification are the result of Christ’s death only, and the resurrection (along with the other parts of Jesus’ life past and future) are just “extras.” But this is not what Paul says: “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” (Romans 4:25).
Grace to You
If the adulterous heart gives in to temptation, the godly heart will protect itself, praying, “Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, and revive me in Your ways. Establish Your word to Your servant, as that which produces reverence for You” (Ps. 119:37–38; cf. 2 Tim. 2:22).
Mars Hill Global
Mars Hill Global exists because of Jesus. The idea that one small bible study in a living room in Seattle would now literally reach around the world is something Pastor Mark Driscoll never could have imagined. He had a seemingly lofty prayer to see 300 people meet Christ through his church plant. Amazingly, that prayer was answered above and beyond what he asked. Today, Mars Hill is one church in 15 locations, with about 15,000 weekly attenders, and 250,000 regular podcasters. The only explanation: Jesus.
The Pastors.com Daily
The Pastors.com Daily, by Pastors.com: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: The Christian World View: Rational Predispositions That Support Truth
Dawkins attempts to disprove theism through empiricism
(truth is found through man’s unchaperoned five senses). But the form of any
worldview, including the NAs’, requires a
priori (something prior to or independent of observation and experience,
which is assumed to be true) equipment. But a
priori truths cannot be justified from observation. Universal norms (laws
of logic and moral absolutes) must be taken for granted in forming any
worldview, but empiricism cannot provide the conditions that are necessary for
universal fixed norms. Resting one’s worldview on observation, apart from the
universal pre-essentials, can only result in nonsense and the unintelligibility
of that which one observes. Interpreting and making sense of that which is observed
cannot come from observation alone. There must be knowledge equipment already
supplied that is not wholly justified by the five senses. God provides the prior
essentials for the intelligibility of observation that empiricism requires. God
is unavoidable for the construction of any worldview, including a faulty one
that rests upon empiricism.
God's Not Dead: The Incarnation of Jesus Christ: God in the Flesh
Jesus as the Son of Man and the Son of God
has two natures found in one person—Christ is God the Great I AM in human flesh
(Exodus 3:14; John 8:58). The Bible reveals the dual nature of Christ and
humanity’s salvation demands that be the case. It’s a mystery, but a mystery
that in selected ways not only makes sense, but is necessary for redemption.
Jesus, in the incarnation, did not lose His divinity. He did not lose His
authority or His deity. He voluntarily came to the earth as a human baby to
live perfectly as He fulfilled the Law—He took on our humanity in order to die
in our place (Isaiah 53:4-6; 2 Cor. 5:21; and 1 Pet. 2:24). All the newfangled
views of Christ fail to overturn such truths.
Atheists Behaving Badly with the Old Testament - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I see the silly Facebook memes quoting the Old Testament out of context. I usually just take a deep breath and move on. After all, I have tried to make it a spiritual discipline of mine not to argue with people on Facebook. But lately I have been reading the New York Times bestselling books by atheists and when I read what supposedly educated people do with the Old Testament, it drives me into a Tourette Syndrome type fit of profanity!
Humility demands that we take a deeper and wider look - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Rather than seeing ourselves as insignificant specks in the immensity of the cosmos, we can consider that immensity an indicator of our worth. It seems the Creator invested a great deal-a universe of 50 billion trillion stars, plus a hundred times more matter, all fine-tuned to mind-boggling precision-for us. If not for the strength and abundance of evidence in support of that notion, it would seem the height of arrogance. Humility demands that we take a deeper and wider look at that evidence.
God's Not Dead: God: The Ground and Source of Reason
Scholars researching the life of Christ should not presume the entitlements of the all-knowing God. Man is fallen. People have sinned. Acquiescing to the actuality of sin is a requirement for real conversion—one must repent from sin and trust in Christ. The accurate researcher must consent to his finitude and its limitations. He must understand himself in light of who God is and what He has revealed. Nevertheless, many academics scrap both. Too often writers tackling the topic of Jesus Christ approach the subject with naturalistic presuppositions. Naturalism denies the fallen nature of man and effectively makes human reason the controlling authority behind decisions, the rational zenith used to analyze the truth of God’s word. The positions are then reversed, for the reason that God is then at best an unnecessary idea. He is vulgarly dismissed as a superfluous invasion into naturalism's domain.
Was Jesus resurrected from the dead? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
In today’s culture, people are determined to draw the conclusion that the resurrection is a mythical, fictional or an irrelevant event in history. “How can anyone come back to life having been dead for three days”, we might say, “it’s completely unheard of and scientifically unworkable”. And for that very reason we automatically decide, that Jesus could not have been resurrected from the dead either. This ‘logical’ philosophy was most forcefully stated by the respected 18th century Scottish philosopher, David Hume, who put it this way: “A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature; and as a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, the proof against a miracle, from the very nature of the fact, is as entire as any argument from experience can possibly be imagined.” In an essay (Section X) in his book Enquiries Concerning Human Understanding, Hume argued that our concrete ‘background evidence’ of the laws of nature, should in all circumstances override the ‘foreground claims’ of supernatural and scientifically impossible so called ‘miracles’. Immediately, this idea sounds very reasonable.
I'm having doubts about faith and God - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Isn’t it great to know that this whole following Jesus thing isn’t just about singing songs and getting goose bumps and living off emotional highs of the heart? Isn’t it great that reason is actually encouraged by Jesus?
Involving Students in the Battlefield of Ideas - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
But if you want your students to grasp what you’re teaching in a powerful and transformative way, you’re going to have to recognize the difference between classroom teaching and practical application. When officers gather to train in defensive tactics, we spend the first part of the session on the chalkboard, diagramming and illustrating the maneuvers and tactics critical to our survival. But at some point during the session, we’re going to get down on the mat with guys who really know how to wrestle. In this hand’s-on portion of the training, we’re going to find out who’s been paying attention and who hasn’t. Because we all know we’re eventually going to have to wrestle, we take the chalkboard sessions seriously. In a similar way, we’ve got to get our students out of the classroom and out on the mat…
Dying for Belief: An analysis of a confused objection to one of the evidences for the resurrection
There is an objection to one of the evidences for the resurrection which is, frankly, terribly confused. I most recently ran into it on the discussion page for the radio show Unbelievable? Essentially, the objection goes like this: Christians say the fact that the disciples died for what they believe is evidence for its truth, but all kinds of religious people die for what they believe; are they all true?
Requiring Young Christians to Raise the Bar - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The Church is experiencing a crisis. Young Christians are leaving the Church in large numbers during their college years , and our efforts to address the problem have been inadequate. I suggest we stop teaching and start training . In yesterday’s post I outlined a simple model (using T.R.A.I.N. as an acronym) to help describe the difference between training and teaching. Teaching is about imparting knowledge; training is about preparing for battle. If we want to adequately prepare students for the challenges they will face in their university years, we need to t est them to expose their weaknesses, r equire more from them than we think they can handle, a rm them with the truth (and teach them how to articulate it), i nvolve them in the battlefield of ideas, and n urture their wounds as we model the nature of Jesus. Today I want to focus on the second step in this training process : requiring more from our students than we think they can handle.
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Bad God/Good God: Making Sense of God's Character - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Recently I got into one of those heated online back-and-forth comment thickets on an article about Christianity. One guy was promoting the popular and preposterous notion that all religions are the same because they’re all centered on loving your neighbor. Have you noticed that the only people who believe all religions are the same don’t actually believe in any religion?
How Easter relates to suffering: five reflections on living in light of sin and evil – Part II
Third , in God’s plan of redemption, God not only demonstrates that he is sovereign over sin and evil, but also that in his sovereignty, holiness, justice, and grace he is rooting out sin and evil in the cross work of Christ, thus demonstrating that he is perfectly good and trustworthy. Scripture teaches that in redemption, God is not indifferent to our suffering and plight. Even though we do not deserve anything from him but judgment, God has displayed his grace and has acted to defeat sin and evil. In fact, it is precisely because he is the sovereign and gracious Lord that we can have real hope, help, and comfort since he is able to sympathize with us and powerfully to save us. Is this not what Scripture teaches? In the coming of Christ, the promised “age to come” has dawned and in his death and resurrection he has defeated sin, death, and the evil one and won for us our salvation (e.g. Rom 3:21-25; Col 2:13-15; Heb 2:14-15; 1 Cor 15:56-57; Rev 5). In so doing, God has demonstrated that he is utterly trustworthy, just, and good. We might not know all the mysteries of his ways, yet we do know that the truth of God’s sovereignty and goodness is beyond question.
5 Useful Facts for Defending the Resurrection of Jesus | Apologetics Guy
In this accessible apologetics video, I train Christians to defend the resurrection of Jesus in everyday conversations, focusing on the “minimal facts” approach I learned from Dr. Gary Habermas. My goal here is to help you remember some good talking points, so you’ll have them ready when you need them–even if that means tonight !
And Now, a Video of Gorillas Hunting Easter Eggs
After watching the mighty king of the jungle being reduced to the status of an Easter egg-hunting eight-year-old, it’s really no wonder they are planning our near-certain demise ...
God's Not Dead: God's Not Dead: There's Proof Everywhere
Moral arguments for God's existence may be defined as that family of arguments in the history of western philosophical theology having claims about the character of moral thought and experience in their premises and affirmations of the existence of God in their conclusions. Some of these arguments are on all fours with other theistic arguments, such as the design argument. They cite facts that are claimed to be evident to human experience. And they argue that such facts entail or are best explained by the hypothesis that there is a God... Other moral proofs of God's existence take us away from the patterns of argument typical of natural theology. They deal in our ends and motives. These variants on the moral argument for God's existence describe some end that the moral life commits us to (such as the attainment of the perfect good) and contend that this end cannot be attained unless God as traditionally defined exists (
How resurrection shakes things up (on ABC and elsewhere)
Now, the resurrections in Resurrection aren't real. (Or are they?) Even writers can't abide an actual resurrection. They always give other explanations, such as aliens or clones or just a simple con job. Maybe that's because once we bring actual resurrection into a story, anything is possible. The story has no constraints. And a story without constraints doesn't have the tension that those constraints would create. The drama needs the threat of death to stay dramatic, to keep us hanging on.
How to Make Moments That Matter
Over the past decade or so, bucket lists have become all the rage because they are filled with dreams. Sadly, people often take the time to compile this list of 40 things they want to do before they die and end up only marking off a few. The biggest reason this happens is because they don’t know why they put those things on the list in the first place. They just fill their buckets with things that will get their hearts racing. And although a racing heart is great, you can for a run and get your heart racing as well.
bakslashr: That is the argument that Dr. Richards puts forth here. Nobody makes something moral bc they "say it is." Morality is not created by humans, it is merely recognized. Jay Richards points out that all people recognize morality regardless of their theistic or atheistic world view. Having considered that, does atheism or theism suit to explain that fact best? Jay Richards thinks (and we do as well) that atheism falls fatally short. Theism is the best explanation.
A celebration of Christ's resurrection, Easter marks Christ's triumph over death and, as the Apostle Peter writes, our "new birth into a living hope." It's a time to reflect on salvation, redemption, and the future coming of Christ's kingdom.
God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: The Problem of Reincarnation
Continuum: Greetings and thak you for posting your opinions. God of the bible is not a probability: He is alive. And He is the vital truth required for all rational thought. He alone is God. An ultimate epistemic criterion that has the explanatory power sufficient for general principles, unchanging laws, and universal operational facets of human thinking cannot be overturned merely by appeals to experience. It deals with the required pre-environment to make experience intelligible. The laws of logic are necessary to make experience coherent; yet one cannot appeal to experience to underwrite them, since it is in constant flux. Intelligible experience presupposes the laws of logic. Thus, A is A (Law of Identity: LOI) and A cannot be A and Non-A at the same time in the same manner (Law of Non-contradiction: LNC). What can supply the a priori truth conditions for these laws? The Lord God of the Bible. Only the God of the Bible has the changeless and sufficient ontology to be the adequate ontic ground needed for the universal operational features of experience. He must exist to account for the unchanging and transcendent laws of thought.
A Spike-Torn Hand Twitched
That night the religious leaders probably read Deuteronomy 21 to their families, warning them about the curse of God on those who are “hanged on a tree.” Fathers probably told their sons, “Watch out that you don’t ever wind up like him.” Those Roman soldiers probably went home and washed the blood of Jesus from under their fingernails and played with their children in front of the fire before dozing off. This was just one more insurrectionist they had pulled off a cross, one in a line of them dotting the roadside. And this one (what was his name? Joshua?) was just decaying meat now, no threat to the empire at all.
How Easter relates to suffering: five reflections on living in light of sin and evil – Part 1
First, as an important apologetic point, it is not only Christian theology which must wrestle with the problem of evil; every worldview, Christian and non-Christian alike, must also wrestled with it, albeit for different reasons depending upon the specific view in question. For example, naturalistic/atheistic viewpoints must first explain, given their overall view, how they can even account for the distinction between good and evil. What is the basis for objective, universal moral standards if, for sake of argument, naturalism is true? Naturalists will often raise the problem of evil against Christians, but in so doing, they assume a clear distinction between good and evil and that objective evil exists, which their own view cannot explain. Thus, in order to get their argument off the ground, naturalists, ironically, have to borrow parasitically from Christianity which can account for the distinction between good and evil tied to God as the standard. In this way, as a number of Christian thinkers have pointed out, many non-Christian worldviews, including naturalism, have a “problem of the good” since without the God of the Bible there is neither good nor evil in an objective and universal sense.
What Really Happened at Jesus’ Tomb? - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers
The Apostle John in John 7:1-5 reports that James the half-brother of Jesus was an unbeliever and apparently rather cynical regarding Jesus’ public ministry (Just imagine if it was your brother who claimed to be God!). Jesus’ other brothers even sought to remove Him from public eye because they thought He was insane (Mark 3:21) – but later in Gal. 1:18-19; Acts 15:13-21 – we learn that James had become the leader of the early church in Jerusalem. It is highly likely that James was transformed by something or someone he saw and had a huge change of heart about his half brother Jesus. What was it that changed the mind of James? The most likely explanation was that James had seen the risen Jesus.
7 Prayers for Jesus’ Church
Jesus’ church is built upon his life, death, burial, and resurrection. It is through the proclamation of this message—the gospel—that the church visibly rises or falls. The gospel is of first importance for the church (1 Cor. 15:1–11) and will be proclaimed around the world this weekend through millions of churches with a variety of differences, but one common denominator: We are justified by grace alone through faith alone in Christ’s righteousness alone.
Churches need to be more intentional - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The average Christian in the pew is not reading books by Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, but their neighbors and coworkers are. I think congregations are putting pressure on churches to equip them better, educate them more and give them opportunities to grow in this area. Churches that have relied in the past on a lifestyle evangelistic approach that lacks intentionality need to be a little more intentional in reaching people and bringing answers to their questions. I’m all for lifestyle evangelism, but I’m also in favor of intentionality, where we seek out opportunities for spiritual conversations and are equipped to explain the gospel and why we believe it.
Can I get a witness? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
In the 2001 film The Body, Antonio Banderas plays Father Matt Gutierrez, a Jesuit priest sent by the Vatican to investigate the alleged bones of Jesus. Despite the confidence Vatican officials express, Father Matt feels unqualified for this critical task. That’s because he realizes, if these are the bones of Christ, then Christianity is false .
Theories Concerning the Resurrection of Jesus - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
When studying the New Testament as a historical document, that is, when not looking at it as a book of faith but merely a 1st century collection of writings, New Testament historians disagree about some things concerning the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Some of these disagreements are because of philosophical bias' one direction or the other. For instance, if a person studies history with a naturalistic worldview which a priori (i.e. before the facts) dismisses any possibility of the supernatural, then they will never conclude from historical investigation that a miracle has occurred because they have decided ahead of time that miracles don't happen.
Acts 17: Was the Resurrection of Jesus a Hoax by His Followers?
When I was an atheist, I had a simple explanation for Christian belief in Jesus' resurrection. During his ministry, Jesus won a number of converts. When he died, his followers wanted his message to continue. So they invented the story of Jesus rising from the dead in order to ensure that his teachings would live on.
There are multiple problems with this view. The one that eventually shook me out of my folly is this: Liars make poor martyrs . Most people won't willingly die for any cause. Some people will die for what they believe in. No one dies for something they know is a lie.
Hence, Jesus' followers sincerely believed that he had risen from the dead. The only question that remains is what convinced them that their teacher had been raised.
Resurrection of Christ is Culmination of the Gospel, Pope Francis Says
Pope Francis celebrated Easter with more than 150,000 people in the Vatican on Sunday, and said in his message that the Resurrection of Christ is "the culmination of the Gospel." The pontiff also prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria.
What does the concept of resurrection mean to Jewish theologians?
As just stated, belief in a resurrection of persons from the dead are seen in eight passages: (Job 19:26; Ps. 17:15; 49:15; 73:24; Is. 26:19; 53:10; Dn. 12:2;12:13). The resurrection terminology is seen in two places (Ezek. 37:1-14; Hos. 6:2) to show a national and spiritual restoration brought about by the return from the exile. As far as the nature of the future bodily resurrection, it may involve a corpse or the receipt of a material body comparable to the present physical body (Job 19:26; Is. 26:19), or it may be a matter of transformation (Dn. 12:2-3 and perhaps 12:13); or glorification after reanimation, in the case of the righteous.
Railroading the Resurrection: Why Am I Persuaded... but Not My Uncle? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Here’s the problem. Some read the Gospel accounts in the New Testament and see them as facets of a unified whole; others read the same documents and see mutually exclusive accounts that contradict each other. Some think through the various historical arguments for the resurrection and find themselves persuaded that the bodily resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth best explains all of the evidence; others hear the same arguments and conclude that they are simply under-determinative given the high burden of proof. So, what’s the problem? Why is there such an impasse when it comes to the evaluation of the exact same evidence ? Why do I approach the evidence and arguments with the eyes of belief, while others approach the same evidence and arguments with the eyes of disbelief?
Russell Moore, Franklin Graham, and Ralph Reed on ABC News
Russell Moore, Franklin Graham, and Ralph Reed on ABC News
Philosophy News | Question about Identity - Stephen Maitzen responds
How can I define myself? I'm basically a combination of cells created by DNA instructions who react to stimuli. Can I take credit for anything I do if everything I say, believe, and do is based on my genetic make-up and environment? Furthermore, how can I ethically love someone for reasons that aren't their doing? My parents tell me not to love someone for things they can't help, such as looks and intelligence, but you can't help anything you do. If I donate to charity, that's not really 'me' being a good person, it's my body reacting to my surroundings and determining it would be a good contributor to my overall survival. Is there a 'me?' Please help!!!!
Response from: Stephen Maitzen
I responded to somewhat similar skeptical worries about personal identity in my reply to Question 4958. You might have a look there.To respond to your specific claims here:(1) Even if we grant that you're "basically a combination of cells created by DNA instructions [that] react to stimuli," surely. . .
Bible Belt Bubble Burst? Wisdom From an Atheist Friend - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
But that is generally not how people think out here (where I live) in the "Bible Belt." Once you get 40 miles or more outside of an urban area, you are in "God's country." You can throw a rock in any direction and hit a church. There are more than a dozen churches within a couple miles of my house (7 of them Baptist). But there is one thing that you will be hard pressed to find in any of these churches: apologetics. My atheist friend was just telling it like he sees it, and he sees it clearly. Having attended more than a dozen churches in our area over the past 15 years for some length of time, I can testify that not one ever gave any attention to answering the "why" questions. I went to church for more than 20 years without even hearing these questions raised (I didn't actually get a lot in the way of "what" questions answered either). When I attended a small Christian college for my undergrad studies, there was only one class even remotely addressing the "why" questions, and that class was just a broad survey of worldviews. The truth claims of Christianity were never really examined.
Roma Downey Hopes 'Son of God' and 'The Bible' Become Staple Easter Season Films
Actress and producer Roma Downey hopes that "The Bible" mini-series and the film "Son of God" that she produced along with her husband, Mark Burnett, will become favorite films for Christians during the Easter season, just as "The Ten Commandments" and "The Greatest Story Ever Told" are staple annual films.