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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).
Lawrence Krauss debates "A Universe From Nothing" with an astrophysicist
To take an epistemological approach, Krauss starts right off with a deft bait and switch. He starts talking about “nothing” and then proceeds to describe a non-nothing reality. When we talk about “nothing” in relation to the origin of “everything” we truly mean NOTHING. That is the absence of space-time. The absence of zero point energy. The absence of virtual particles. So he is not really addressing the idea of “something” arising from “nothing”. He’s playing a shell game.
Next, were these energies and virtual particles operative in the non-material, non-spatial, non-temporal reality that preceeded the universe’s coming into existence? We dont know. There’s no way to know. To assume they were is a HUGE leap of faith. And if we DO assume they were operative where did they come from? The question of origins is still not answered.
Then there’s the problem of these subatomic particles whixh appear and disappear at random. Here’s the thing, are these “new” particles that are appearing out of nowhere? Or are they old particles that are disappearing somewhere else and then reappearing where observed? Again, we dont know.
Why are there so many different Christian interpretations? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Answer: Scripture says there is “one Lord, one faith, one baptism” ( Ephesians 4:5 ). This passage emphasizes the unity that should exist in the body of Christ as we are indwelt by “one Spirit” (verse 4). In verse 3, Paul makes an appeal to humility, meekness, patience, and love—all of which are necessary to preserve unity. According to 1 Corinthians 2:10-13 , the Holy Spirit knows the mind of God (verse 11), which He reveals (verse 10) and teaches (verse 13) to those whom He indwells. This activity of the Holy Spirit is called illumination.
Is Noah's Flood Simply a Retelling of Prior Mythologies? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
These accounts (similar as they may be) span the course of early human history. They don’t appear on the globe simultaneously, but are instead recorded by people groups as they migrated to various regions. While the similarities of their accounts may affirm the retelling of an original event, how do we know when this event occurred and which version we ought to trust? Many scholars have argued that Moses’ account is not the original. Why should we trust it as authoritative when there are other competing ancient flood “mythologies”? The Epic of Gilgamesh, for example, contains many of the same features described in Moses’ account. In both stories, man’s wickedness is the cause of a flood brought on by God(s), and a single righteous man is commanded to build an extremely large boat. This man assembled a small remnant of humanity along with every species of animal to take refuge on the vessel; the flood then destroyed all the remaining creatures. The occupants of the boat released birds in an effort to find dry land, and the boat eventually found itself on a tall mountain. The protagonist of each story then offered a sacrifice prior to being blessed for his obedience.
Is the Problem of Evil Really a Problem for Christianity? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
But what if we could live more than ninety short years? What if our lives had a beginning, but no end? How would we see (and respond to) evil, pain and suffering in the context of an eternal life ? How many of you who can remember the painful vaccinations you received as a child? If you’re reading this article at the age of thirty, the small period of your life occupied by the pain you experienced during those vaccinations has been long outdistanced by the years you’ve lived since then. As time stretched on from the point of that experience, you were able to place the pain within the larger context of your life. You don’t even remember it now. If you have pierced ears, ask yourself a similar question. The pain you experienced at the point of the piercing is nearly forgotten, especially if it has been years since it occurred. Evil, pain and suffering are experienced and understood within the larger context of one’s life…
Win the Man, Not the Argument - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
We can see that argumentation is certainly involved (“correcting his opponents” and “able to teach”), but there is great deal more involved as well. The Lord’s servant is called to have a particular demeanor, one calculated to be used by God to change people’s hearts and minds. The apologist must not be “quarrelsome.” He must be “kind,” and also patient in how he puts up with various forms of “evil.” When he argues, he must know to do it “with gentleness.” In this context, when his character and demeanor line up in debate, we may offer up the prayer that God will give his opponents the great gift of repentance. This is the end game; this is the whole point.
Reliance on the Holy Spirit does not mean being an ignoramus - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
When Jesus told his disciples not to worry how they would respond when they were imprisoned for their faith, he did not say not to study, but not to worry (Mark 11:13; Luke 12:11). Moreover, the disciples had studied and lived with the Master Teacher for about three years before his statement. They were already well-equipped to produce under pressure.
A matter of opinion - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Identifying an Argument: Looking for Trigger Words - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I've been taking some time on this blog to discuss ways to witness and defend your faith more effectively by using logic and argumentation. This isn't some stuffy, intellectual exercise. Using logic is simply thinking in an orderly and intentional way. It allows one to be persuasive while avoiding errors in thought. In fact, logic is the very tool one can use to identify errors in thought, which means that it can be a great help in identifying why the reasons another person gives for their beliefs may be flawed.
God Does Not Care for Me: The Case Against God - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Does God care for me? That question is a very personal question—and I think it is a question that simmers on the surface of our lives—and in times of trial, or difficulty, or pain—it intensifies—it becomes a very pressing question—and often, it might seem as if the answer is no. In fact, I think there are a number of powerful reasons that can be advanced against the claim that God cares for you and me.In this post, I want to consider those reasons. I want to state them and put them under scrutiny. And in my next post, I want to consider the positive case for God. That is, I want to explore the reasons for thinking God does in fact care for me.
Debate Review: Sean Carroll vs. William Lane Craig: God and Cosmology! - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The debate on God and cosmology at the Greer-Heard Forum (hosted by New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary) was extremely interesting. Representing the Christian side was William Lane Craig, and representing the skeptic side was cosmologist/theoretical physicist Sean Carroll. This was an exceptional debate (though it could have been better), in part because Carroll did better than Lawrence Krauss. Since this debate was concerned mostly with cosmology and whether or not it acted as evidence for God’s existence, much of it was over my comprehension. As a result, what follows is a basic overview, and I will undoubtedly fail to represent some aspect of the science correctly (I’ll do my best to keep that to a minimum). As anyone who reads me knows, however, I will interact with the philosophy involved.
If God Allows That, I Won't Worship Him - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
One of the most common objections raised against the existence and/or goodness of God is the problem of evil and suffering. If God is good and powerful, then why does He allow so much pain and injustice? Admittedly, this is one of the most difficult and sensitive topics that we can discuss. It touches all of us. For that reason, I want to say from the outset that I do not suppose that what I am about to offer solves the problem. Even if we had an answer for every why question, that would not take away the pain of what we experience. Thus, I hope it is clear that I approach this topic with great timidity and humility.
Book Review: A Visual Defense - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The clear and extremely important benefit of the work is that it really does provide a way for people to envision how a number of arguments related to the truth of Christianity would look mapped out. The way that Velarde brings this out is by making a flow chart with the argument mapped out alongside objections and rebuttals.
Strengthen Your Faith Through Physical Exercise
We know that God created humans with these two interconnected parts, and that the health (or sickness) of one can influence the health (or sickness) of the other. God made us and redeems us as whole persons, and it’s a Christian distinctive to care about it all — not just the soul, but the soul and body.
Top 5 Posts of May
Here are some of our most-read posts from the month of April. We’ve listed them here so you can read them for the first time, read them again, or share them with your friends.
Debunking the Debunkers - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I do this for several reasons. I think Christians should challenge and test their faith. Truth should be our goal, and if Christianity is not supported by the facts, then we are to be pitied as fools. Another good reason for reading these blogs is that I learn their arguments, and that enables me to fulfill Peter 3:16 and always be ready with an answer.
What Is The Biggest Obstacle To The Apologetics Movement? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Right now is a great time to be an apologist. We are living in a period of time where apologetics is booming, both in academic and everyday life. It's never been easier to get your hands on material that can strengthen your faith and empower your evangelism, and the time to utilize these resources has never been more urgent. With the rise of the current missions movement abroad, religious persecution in the Middle East, and increasing secularization in America and Europe, being equipped to give a defense of the Gospel wherever it is challenged is no longer optional; it is required if you are to be a witness in today's world.
A movie that makes abortion funny
I of course agree that the beginning of life is conception. So according to the NIH, around half of all fertilized eggs die and are lost (aborted) spontaneously, usually before the woman knows she is pregnant. Now, imagine a world where the woman actually *knows* when these unborn child are spontaneously aborted, which means she will know how *many* babies she had aborted. Abortion thus becomes extremely commonplace (as it already is, but people don’t know it.) Every woman who becomes a mother will know she’s had at least 1 abortion (and probably a lot more). And when it’s extremely common, abortion will probably cease to be as big of a deal. And this scenario may not be far off. For all we know, in the future there could be an app on your iphone that detects a signal from a zygote and alerts the owner that she is pregnant. So what does that mean for us as pro-lifers? We will need to convince women that all those spontaneous abortions that caused an unborn baby to end up in a toilet are just a natural part of life, but if women do the same thing by purposely causing the abortion, then it’s a monstrosity.
Notes on Visiting An Art Museum
I have found that you need a certain arrangement of people to profit from the experience, unless you are going along (which has its charms, especially for introverts). Some people want the visit to be a socializing event, and thus will talk less about the art than about anything else. If you are an art-lover, this is annoying. Furthermore, to get deeply psychological, some combinations of folks do not work well. Let us say Person A wants to talk about the art with Person B and Person C. But Person B dominated the discussion by clinging on to Person A at the exclusion of Person C of the discussion, thus causing Person C to be ticked off at both Person A and Person B. This is not good.