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Is Jesus Simply a Copy Cat of Mithras? (Podcast) | Cold Case Christianity

In this blast from the past, J. Warner examines the historicity and nature of Jesus Christ. Before we can even look at who Jesus claimed to “be”, we need to make sure He existed in the first place. Critics claim that Jesus is simply a re-telling of the Mithras mythology, copying Mithras’ virgin birth, death and resurrection and many other similar details. But is Jesus truly similar to Mithras? Are there good reasons to expect ancient seekers to create a God that is similar to the true God of the universe?

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What Is the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? - Christian Research Institute

To begin with, God placed the tree in the middle of Paradise as a test; Satan perverted it as a temptation. In eating from the tree about which God said, “When you eat of it you will surely die,” Adam challenged God as arbiter of good and evil (Genesis 2:17).

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Five Bad Reasons Not To Study Apologetics

“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:44) Many quote this verse to show that apologetics is useless in evangelism. Of course, nothing will work if the Holy Spirit isn’t involved. Not apologetics, not sharing the gospel, not preaching, nothing.

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Are the Gospels Eyewitness Accounts? (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast #3) | Cold Case Christianity

In this Cold-Case Christianity video broadcast / podcast, J. Warner makes a case for the eyewitness status of the New Testament Gospel accounts. Is it appropriate to evaluate these accounts as eyewitness statements? Were they intended to be read in this manner? Jim provides several reasons to accept the accounts as eyewitness testimony. (For more information, visit www.ColdCaseChristianity.com )

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What did Jesus Actually Achieve?

Jesus didn't come to turn bad people in good, he came to make dead people live. Watch the entire debate here: https://youtu.be/t-p2eSkmyIQ

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Why Are There No Extra-Biblical Writings That Confirm Christianity

Why are there no historical testimonies of miracles outside the Bible consistent with the New Testament? How come there are no extra-biblical writings that confirm the New Testament? Why didn’t more non-Christian historians of antiquity mention Jesus? Those who did, why didn’t they paint Jesus in the same manner consistent with the Christians who wrote the New Testament (NT) documents? One may be inclined to ask these questions with good intentions, but the origin of the issue assumes a gaping oversight on the part of the questioner, and the answers are actually implicit in the questions themselves. All we need to do is consider history in light of the way in which personal persuasions work themselves out. Whether we’re dealing with supernatural events witnessed by extra-biblical writers or with their own testimony of historical narratives surrounding Jesus of Nazareth, there is a problem with the expectation of any writing existing outside the Bible, conferring full agreement with the Bible.

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This Week in Christian History: Salvation Army, Father of Gospel Music, Catholic Reformer Burned

Here are just a few things that happened this week, July 1-7, in Church history. They include the birth of an influential Gospel music writer, the founding of the Salvation Army, and the burning of Jan Hus.

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America's Unchristian Beginnings?

There has been a lot of confusion on the issue of whether or not we' re a Christian nation, and I'm not exactly sure why. But it is hotly debated in our culture right now. The reason I say I'm not sure why is because the historical record is quite clear. I think that Christians, though, often make inappropriate, unfounded, or inaccurate applications of some of the information, and I want to speak to that in just a moment.

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"Tent-Making" Christian Case Makers on Facebook | Cold Case Christianity

The growing interest in Christian Case Making has resulted in an explosion of “tent-making” apologists across the Internet . If you’re beginning to recognize your calling as a Christian Case Maker , there are a number of ways you can begin to make an impact on the culture. You can teach a class at your church, begin a blog or website, write a newsletter, start recording videos on YouTube, or inaugurate a new podcast. If this feels a bit intimidating, there may be an even easier way to get in the game. Most of us are familiar enough with Facebook to navigate and interact with our friends and family. This is also an excellent platform for initiating conversations bout the case for Christianity. Today I want to feature several Christian Case Making groups on Facebook. These groups are interactive, and once members join they have the ability to post and comment on all the content being discussed within the group. All of them were started by “tent-makers”. These faithful Christians come from a variety of occupations and lifestyles (I’ve listed the administrators for each group):

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Does It Take More Faith To Be An Atheist?

Using their definition of faith, I can see why the hosts of Ask An Atheist take exception to this. In fact, when we have the correct definition of biblical faith, then you understand that we all have faith. Christian faith is similar to the faith described by the one host who talked about having two decades of evidence to support her trust in her husband. We all have to put our trust in the evidence, and I’m convinced that Christians have a far greater amount of evidence to put our trust in compared to atheism. That is why it takes more faith to be an atheist.

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The Bible Isn't Answering Your Questions

Let’s face it. The Bible is a big book with lots of strange stories and images. It is sometimes difficult to know what anyone should take away from it. Let's not forget how hard it can be to read for non-Christians and new believers. Even Christians struggle with this, especially reading through obscure Old Testament genealogies and ritual laws for cleansing. The underlying logic seems to escape us. The Bible is strange and that's because the God of the Bible is strange.

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Terrell Clemmons interviews Nancy Pearcey about the impact of secularism

Salvo magazine is my favorite magazine for the discussion of issues related to the Christian worldview. They focus on the most interesting topics; sex and feminism, intelligent design and evolution, marriage and family, abortion and euthanasia, etc. One of their writers, Terrell Clemmons, has just about the best Christian worldview I’ve ever encountered. She interviewed well-known Christian writer Nancy Pearcey in Salvo magazine .

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3 Reasons Every Christian Should Know the Moral Argument

This argument shows how almost every person on the planet is effected by God’s moral law in the form of Objective Moral Values and Duties that cannot be accounted for it outside of God’s very nature.

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The Problem of Evil - The Veritas Forum

If Christ’s coming to Earth were not a fundamental part of Christian doctrine, our loneliness would indeed be complete. Like Danny Archer, we would conclude that God is distant, perhaps even indifferent. How can he understand our earthly pain? But then we set our eyes on Bethlehem, where from a cattle stall emerges a King, fully human and fully divine. He becomes intimately familiar with our pain and suffering. He weeps at the loss of a friend; his stomach twists with hunger; he cannot stay awake out of exhaustion. He is mocked, doubted, and scorned. His most beloved friends betray him. He then displays a love that goes far beyond “creative moral heroism.” He accepts an agonizingly long, painful, and humiliating execution, culminating in suffering that goes beyond human conception: bearing the wrath of his father for every sin ever committed in the past, present, and future. This sacrifice, in combination with the remarkable life Christ led, is what infuses Christian doctrine with complexity and deep meaning richness –– it is resilient in the face of immeasurable horrors, the deepest grief; it bears up the widow, the orphan, the abused, the lost, the bitter, the empty.

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A Parent's Guide to the 5 Skeptics Who Want to Shame Your Kids for Being Christian

To be clear, none of the non-believers I personally know would use shaming tactics in person. But when people are behind their screens, it brings down the “barrier” of civility, and faith conversations often look very different. You can see it on social media (even with friends who wouldn’t say such things in person), comments on news articles, blog posts—everywhere.

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Why Philosophical Proofs for God Are Better Than 'Scientific' Proofs

Let me first say that I think the “scientific” proofs for God’s existence are very good, as far as they go. (I’ll explain why that word is in quotes later.) Since middle school one of my hobbies has been backyard astronomy. I am very familiar with the intelligent design arguments from cosmology and biology. They are all very good and very convincing. So what’s the issue? Well, for one, natural science alone can’t prove God. It needs philosophy.Then what makes the scientific arguments good? They are good because they show that the chances for the design (not existence) of the universe and life due to random events are essentially zero. But the jump from probability to cause is a philosophical one. Science, does after all, require the use of philosophy. As someone once said, philosophy is unavoidable . Science can give us probability, mathematics, and descriptions of how things are. However, by definition natural science studies nature and thus cannot make the move beyond nature to the supernatural. Again, that is a philosophical move.

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CRI Resource: CRI18072A - Christian Research Institute

Why People Stop Believing by Paul Chamberlain This book addresses a growing need in apologetic literature. It is a response to the growing wave of Christian leaders who are rejecting Christianity and becoming some of its most ardent critics, often supported by a plethora of new organizations arising to encourage such people to cut ties to their faith. This is a new challenge from a different breed of critics who are using their instant credibility and insider’s knowledge of theology, the Bible, church history, even apologetics, to debunk the faith they once believed and promoted. They have taken aim at the foundations of Christianity, including God, the Scriptures, miracles and the supernatural, and Christianity’s perceived inherent prohibition on free enquiry.

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Paul's Radical Conversion To Christianity

Our best historical evidence sees Paul, who formerly persecuted and killed early Christians, converted as a direct result of an experience with the risen Jesus. He tells us of his persecution of the early Christians, and goes as far as to say that, “I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God” ( 1 Cor. 15:9 ). Yet, in our early creed he affirms that Jesus had appeared to him ( 1 Cor. 15:8 ), James, Peter and many others.

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Who Did Jesus Think He Was?

For More Information: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/jesus... Reasonable Faith features the work of philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig and aims to provide in the public arena an intelligent, articulate, and uncompromising yet gracious Christian perspective on the most important issues concerning the truth of the Christian faith today. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains full-length clips: http://www.youtube.com/reasonablefait... Follow Reasonable Faith on Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefai... Ever since the Christian movement began, followers of Jesus Christ have said he was God ... in human form. But what about Jesus himself? Who did he think he was? With the rise of textual criticism and the modern study of history, historians have developed tools to unlock this question. Today Jesus of Nazareth is no longer just a figure in a stained glass window, but a real person of history, whose life can be investigated historically.

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Finding Hope in Apologetics

Unlike the college majors we declare, apologetics is not something that we should pick and choose to learn. A biology major may not have to study any of the material that an economics major may learn. Instead, apologetics should be a part of our core courses because Peter tells us that having this defense is more than just having the right response to opposing parties. 1 Peter seems to be speaking to an audience who has been undergoing abuse and persecution. These aren’t unique issues to anyone in particular–they’re issues that we all face! Apologetics is there to prepare us for opposition. Some of that may be defending the faith, but some of it may be a response to current events or simply a foundation during tough times…

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Weekend Apologetics Hit & Misc: How Accurate Is the Bible?

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.

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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.

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The Man in the Mirror: 4 Observations about apologetics and 1 Peter 3:15

1 Peter 3:15 is often the “go to” passage for many apologetics textbooks and presentations but, unfortunately, the context of the passage is rarely highlighted. If we fail to consider the context, we risk missing what Peter is saying. The overall context of the passage is that Peter is describing how to do relationships Christianly. He begins chapter 3 talking directly to husbands and wives and then more broadly to how we are to relate to others. And then he says:

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It’s Becoming Harder to Ignore the Genocide in Nigeria | The Stream

Yet the same world that is concerned (rightly so) about the rescue of trapped boys in a cave in Thailand is indifferent to a genocide taking place on our watch.

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Frank reflects on the life of Charles Krauthammer who just recently passed away then retakes the topic of his last podcast that focused on the question “What worldview best explains the biggest questions in life?” He deals with some of the most important questions we need to answer. Questions such as: Why is the universe fine-tuned? Why is there reliable cause and effect? Why is there such a thing as evidence? How did life begin? and many more. Listen to find out the answer to these questions.

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Bible Contradiction? Who sent the Holy Ghost?

I was so focus on answering this Bible contradiction I didn’t think much about the Church’s Filoque controversy until you commented so thank you for bringing that up. In my view the controversy was quite early in the Church before there was Romanism and Eastern Orthodoxy (well before the East and West church split in what, 1096 or 1090s?). Of course this is one of the doctrines that led to the split and disagreement between the Latin speaking and Greek speaking churches which I personally don’t necessarily label as Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox since at that time there was still “One” Catholic (universal) Church. I do think the Western “Churches” (including Protestants) are right to see Jesus also sent the Spirit because it says so in Scripture. Some of the discussion between East and West in the past doesn’t make sense to me for instance the Eastern churches saying the Western churches has no right to modify creeds since there was not a council or universal agreement of the total Church to say the Son also sent the Spirit. This already presuppose a certain theological method but for one who hold to Sola Scriptura its not my method but we go by what Scripture says.

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Did we Really not have a New Testament Canon till the Fourth Century?

Is it true the New Testament documents weren’t Scripture until the fourth century? That is, the books weren’t authoritative until church councils conferred authority upon them? Liberal scholars make this suggestion since it removes any supernatural explanation for the New Testament canon. To them, scriptural authority can be explained merely on human terms.

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Neuroscientist Michael Egnor, the Philosophical Physician, on Science and the Soul | Evolution News

Try to read this through to the end without getting chills. It’s an essay by neurosurgeon Michael Egnor, our friend and contributor, on “ Science and the Soul .” Writing for Plough Quarterly , he starts very strikingly this way:

35 How Our Sex Life Manifests Our Soul Health

1. The connection between Romans 1:23 and 24: “[They] exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images . . . ” Verse 24: “Therefore” — that is a very important word — “Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves.” So, the exchange vertically in verse 23 (they exchanged the glory of God) results in God handing them over to horizontal dishonorable passions of the body in lust. Where does lust come from? Where does the brokenness of our God-given, beautiful sexual reality come from? Where does that brokenness come from? It comes from the brokenness of exchange.

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The Origin of Evolutionism: It Didn’t Begin with Darwin

I proclaim to you God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshipped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, “For we are also His offspring.” Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead (Acts 17:23–31; NKJV).

37 Beth Moore Says Social Media Is 'Breeding Abusers' and Tells Christians to Help Stop It

After a social media hiatus, Bible teacher Beth Moore returned to Twitter with some reflections on the toxicity of social media culture and the necessity for Christian “civility.” Moore wrote a short thread about humility and self-control, quoting the famous passage from James about taming one’s tongue (James 3).

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John 10:29 “My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand Because Jesus said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I [Jesus's Father, God is] You humans misinterpret much Oh how it irks me sometimes

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Fantastic Voyage: How Could Noah Build the Ark?

Another factor must be raised. Consider the implications of building such an enormous boat out of wood over the course of many decades. Exposed to the elements, wood tends to warp and decay as it endures heat, cold, and changes in humidity. Imagine trying to complete one part of the Ark decades after another section had been built. The earliest parts of the construction might need repair by the time the Ark was finished. Of course, Noah coated the Ark inside and out with pitch, but we do not know how well this treatment could prevent warping and decay, and we do not know the qualities of gopherwood in these regards.

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John & Ed discuss the sometimes tricky relationship between patriotism and faith in Jesus, asking whether it's appropriate to sing about and celebrate the country in church settings. Giants of the faith like Abraham Kuyper offer some incisive answers. bit.ly/2KD0hJo pic.twitter.com/qvKmm2uYAH

43 Spiritual Growth Is Not an Accident

When it comes to us, as “plants” (trees or branches), we see the same design of our sovereign God: what we do, or don’t do, really matters. How precisely our real responsibility works with God’s ultimate sovereignty is not a mystery God means for us to solve. It’s a truth he means for us to trust. The important thing we need to know is that if we draw from the stream or from the vine, we will have all we need to tend the gardens God gives us.

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The Apologetics of Jesus: Asking Tactful Questions - A Clear Lens

This question causes people to stop and think about what they want to get out of the discussion. Are they seeking a fruitful dialogue or a fight to prove you wrong? Are they seeking to embarrass you or genuinely listen to what you have to say? Here are some responses from them that would be ideal:

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Answering Islam LIVE (July 6, 2018)

David Wood and Anthony Rogers answer questions about Christianity and Islam on "Answering Islam LIVE." Anthony's Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/user/overview... David's Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/Acts17Apologe...

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The Truth About Communication After Marriage

d-We all come to relationships with walls—barriers we possess, in need of being broken or taken down. Things we’ve used to protect ourselves, defend ourselves and keep us from getting hurt. Ways we keep people at a distance or even keep them out. We all have walls, we just don’t always recognize them.

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You mean the same religion that Obama claimed he was part of? Trump was being a frat boy. We’ve all been there. And while I’m no Trump supporter I can certainly see that Obama’s false claims to be Christian was far more dangerous than a male bragging about a conquest

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Safe, Legal, and Rare? We will make no apologies for believing and proclaiming the scriptural and moral truth that human life is sacred, that each person is created in the image of God, and from the moment of conception bears profound dignity and value. bit.ly/2KSvbwA pic.twitter.com/8EiNPjd9Ud

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Living Waters creadores del programa de televisión galardonado “Los Pasos del Maestro” y otras producciones tales como “180” y “Evolución vs. Dios”, ahora presentan una poderosa producción titulada “La Ilusión Atea”. Producida por el anfitrión de televisión y autor reconocido Ray Comfort (El Secreto Mejor Guardado del Infierno, Hechos Científicos en la Biblia). Tener que probar la existencia de Dios a un ateo, es como tener que probar la existencia del sol en un día despejado. Pero aun así millones están abrazando la idea del ateísmo. “La Ilusión Atea” abre la cortina y revela lo que está pasando por la mente de aquellos que niegan lo que es obvio. Te presentará a varios ateos a quien seguirás mientras ellos siguen a las evidencias, encuentran puntos de tropiezo, y luego entran a un lugar de honestidad rara vez es visto en estas producciones. Para más información visiten nuestra página web en: ESPAÑOL.LIVINGWATERS.com También nos pueden escribir a: email@aguasvivientes.com

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63 5 Misconceptions About Parenting That Will Hinder Your Children from Coming to Jesus
64 An Encounter With Jehovah’s Witnesses
65 Helping Our Kids to See God When They Can't Actually SEE Him
66 Want to know one surefire way to live longer? It's not what you think
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70 The Christian School Dilemma: Producing Legalists, Hedonists or Activists
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84 Does Truth and Evidence Even Matter to this New Generation?
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86 Church Kicked Out of Building for Sign Message: 'LGBTQ Is a Hate Crime Against God, Repent'
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90 Risk Your Kids for the Kingdom? On Taking Children to Unreached Peoples
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92 Contradictions: Can a Thief Go to Heaven?
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