THE ONE MINUTE APOLOGIST – INTOLERANCE

1 08 2011

Via Greg West and The Poached Egg:





WHO CREATED GOD?

24 07 2011

This is a repost from the apologetics blog – OPERATION 513

It is likely that you have heard atheists say to Christians, “But who created God?” They ask this usually when the Christian has shown that the universe had a beginning, and so in the atheist’s mind it’s a little like, “If I can’t have an eternal universe, then you can’t have an eternal God.” But does this question really present a problem for Christianity? In this video, Randall Niles explains the impossibility of infinite regression, showing there must be an uncaused God.





REASONS FOR HAVING A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH jESUS

1 06 2011

From Greg West The Poached Egg comes this usual index.

Reasons some people give for not approaching Jesus Christ for a personal relationship:

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The God of the Bible is not worthy of my respect:

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Index of Objections to Christianity





WHAT IS APOLOGETICS

20 05 2011

Via THE POACHED EGG  blog comes this excellent article by Brett Kunkle.  I encourage you to follow the link to the APOLOGETICS STUDENT BIBLE, a resource that many Bridgebuilders would be well-served to have in their libraries.

What is Apologetics?

January 20, 2011, 1:08 am » Brett Kunkle

I Peter 3:15 says to “always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.”  Simply put, that’s apologetics.  But in this short description, we discover three important details.

First, doing apologetics means playing defense.  The Greek word for “defense” is apologia, from which we get the word “apologetics.”  Think about a football game.  At any time during the game, one team is trying to score (the offense) while the other is trying to stop them (the defense).  If your team has a really bad defense, you’ll get blown away.  Similarly, maybe you’ve been roughed up by some really tough objections to Christianity.  You’ve heard the challenges before.  “How can a good God allow suffering?” “The Bible is full of errors.”  “Jesus can’t be the only way to God.”  Apologetics helps us defend Christianity against tough questions.

Second, doing apologetics means playing offense.  Back to the football analogy.  A good defense is vital but you can’t win if you don’t score.  The offense must advance the ball to get a touchdown.  In the same way, apologetics attempts to give a “reason” for our hope by advancing arguments in favor of Christianity.  We offer evidence for God’s existence, reasons to trust the Bible, and arguments for the bodily resurrection of Jesus.  By playing offense, we give others good reason to think Christianity is true.

Third, doing apologetics means giving hope.  What are you defending and giving evidence for?  “The hope that is in you.”  Ultimately, apologetics points people to our hope, Jesus himself.  That’s why “we demolish arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).  Objections raised against Jesus must be demolished.  But notice something.  The Bible doesn’t say we demolish people.  Rather we demolish arguments.  Belittling others is not our goal.  Merely winning arguments is not enough.  Instead, we remove obstacles of doubt to Christianity so people can take a serious look at Christ, the only source of hope for this world.  True apologetics is hopeful.

A final word.  I Peter 3:15 is sandwiched between two very important sentences.  Peter starts the verse with a challenge:  “Set apart the Messiah as Lord in your hearts.”  Apologetics should be done amidst a certain kind of life, one where we surrender more and more of ourselves to Christ.  When we do this, He transforms us.  So a transformed life is the beginning point for our apologetics.

And what will this kind of apologetic look like?  Defense doesn’t mean being defensive.  Offense doesn’t mean being offensive.  Rather, verse 16 tells us our defense is made “with gentleness and respect.”  Doing apologetics with Jesus as Lord and Master of our lives means our encounters will be marked by humility, warmth, grace and love, even while we stand boldly for the truth.  By doing so, we follow in the way of Jesus, who was “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

 *Used with permission. This article first appeared in the Apologetics Study Bible for Students published by Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, Tenn.  For information, click here.





CHRISTIAN FAITH IS NOT BLIND FAITH

23 04 2011

This is from the archives of THE POACHED EGG, a prolific and thoughtful apologetics blog. – Steve

Blind Faith is not Christian Faith

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by Anthony Horvath

Richard Dawkins, among many others, have contended that ‘faith’ is believing what you know isn’t true.  Less severe, but equally inaccurate, is the view that faith is a thing completely apart from evidence, or even in spite of the evidence.  This view isn’t restricted to atheists.  Unfortunately, many Christians themselves take that view.   It is unfortunate because it is not true, it is not how the Scriptures actually present it, and it takes Christians out of discussions they should be involved in.

The simplest way to put it that would be accurate would be to understand ‘faith’ as including, front and center, the idea of ‘trust.’

Christian faith is not merely the confident belief that certain propositions are true.   It isn’t even the confident belief that a God exists.  The Scriptures forbid such a narrow understanding:  “So you believe that there is one God.  Good!  Even the demons believe that – and shudder.”  James 2:19

Another passage puts it in better context:  “…without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he awards those who earnestly seek him.”  Hebrews 11:6

Real Christian faith includes and transcends beliefs in propositions and speaks to the trust that we have in God and our reliance on his nature (ie, most prominently, his goodness).

But the important thing to take note of here is that the Scriptures frequently appeal to evidence as a basis for trusting faith. God very much respects our need to have evidence.   (see, for example, John 14:11) There is a point where trust is required, but this trust is based on a pattern that we have observed to hold true.  In short, Biblical faith calls us to step out into the unknown, based on what is known.

Here we see that Biblical faith is not all that different than the kind of faith we have in all sorts of things, the main difference being the object of our faith.  For example, let’s say that one’s wife wants to go out with friends some Saturday night…

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SHARING ONLY GOD’S LOVE IS CONFUSED

7 04 2011

Sharing Only God’s Love Is Confused

God Loves You

by Clay Jones

I’ve often heard Christians say that when witnessing Christians should “just share the love of God,” meaning: don’t talk about hell or judgment. In this context I have also heard things like, “you can’t draw flies without honey” and “I don’t want to scare people into heaven; I want to love them in.” This sounds nice and loving.

But it’s not.

This approach to evangelism fails to understand the proper distinction between law and Gospel. The Reformers understood that when law and Gospel are properly distinguished, law is preached only to secure sinners and the Gospel (or grace) is preached only to insecure sinners. What they meant is this. You don’t just tell people who are secure in their sin that God loves them. Why? Because that only emboldens them in their sin. Those who are righteous in their own eyes don’t need a large dose of hearing about God’s grace. Instead what they need to hear about is judgment and the wrath of God. Secure sinners need to be made into insecure sinners (of course, this can’t be done without the work of the Holy Spirit). Once they become insecure sinners, then, and only then, do we preach to them the Gospel of Grace.

This is what Jesus did…

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Sharing Only God’s Love Is Confused | Clay Jones





BUT WHO CREATED GOD?

4 04 2011

Monday Morning Apologetics is back ……