by Rob Lundberg I am not sure we realize this or not, but 9/11 changed the religious climate of our culture. We were hit with
by Rob Lundberg What good is apologetics? If I were to tell you that apologetics has benefits for the believer what would you think? Some
Dr. Norman Geisler became probably the greatest influence to show me that there was more to apologetics than Ken Ham and the popular creation versus evolution debate.
If you are holding to a liberal view of morality, you are going to vote for the candidate that best fits your views. If you are holding to more of a conservative stances on the aforementioned issues, then you are going to vote for the candidate that best fits you conservative values.
So please do not say, “Don’t push your morality on me!” Because when we do vote, we are voting for the candidate that best lines up with our moral underpinnings. And when you cast your vote, guess what you have just done?
There is no escape hatch for not legislating morality. We do it all the time. And the flip side of the coin is that I still thank God for those who don’t hold to an absolute standard and yet act morally.
Local Christian schools and high schools are not providing the equipping they need to insulate their students with solid reasons for the truth of the Christian faith. I will sometimes run into a student and ask them if I can survey them with three questions: Why are you a Christian and please do not use your testimony as the answer; why do you believe the Bible is true, and please do not tell that it says it is God’s Word; and is truth absolute or relative?
The answers that I get are nothing less than scary.
Whenever the word apologetics comes into a conversation, there are different connotations come to mind. One is “why do I have to apologize for what I believe.” Another thought comes to mind, in recent days, is about how we might defend the faith or respond to non-believers questions. In some situations we might be needing to apologize for HOW we present our case.
There are many questions that are a challenge to the Christian faith, but this one came up the other night in a group that our family fellowships with. The person asking it during our group meeting really put some thought into it, and it is one worth our posting a response to it. Perhaps you have heard this one as well. Here is the question:
If God has infinite knowledge, WHY did He create beings that He foreknew would sin and then sacrifice His Son to redeem them?
Prayer is a spiritual discipline that helps us, as followers of Jesus Christ, to practice the presence of God. It is a privilege for us to partake in the I/You (God) relationship that we have with our Lord. Prayer brings us to the place where we abandon our pride before a holy and loving God. Prayer is the place where we worship and have our hope lifted. It is a time to intercede for others, and make supplications. When we come to the Lord in prayer it is about aligning our will with God’s will, adopting humility, and claiming our dependence upon God.
As it is with my opening illustration, a similar challenge is often thrown down when Christians are conversing with atheists on the issues of faith and science. In those conversations, the atheist may throw down a question where the Christian’s only answer is “God” to their vehemently skeptical inquisitor’s question. The atheist then accuses the Christian for throwing down what they call “god of the gaps” and dismisses the answer. How should the Christian respond to this?
The origin of this objection comes from the influential German philosopher, Ludwig Feuerbach who pontificated this idea that God was made in the image of man and that God was a creation of the human mind. And then Sigmund Freud also contributed to this “A theological dogma might be refuted to a person a thousand times, provided however, he had need of it, he again and again accepts it as true.”
What makes Christianity different from other religions? It is the fact that Jesus Christ, the Founder of the Christian faith, rose from the dead. That’s right, Jesus was crucified in real history, but He also rose in literal time/space history.
As you prepare to celebrate this resurrection holiday, let me give you three quick facts which give validity to Jesus’ resurrection. His resurrection was foretold in the Old Testament, prophesied by Jesus himself, and those who claimed to be eyewitnesses were willing to die for believing in a resurrected Christ.
Whenever I do a series of posts, look for a post listing the links for the series. You might find it rare that skeptics know the Bible. Sometimes Muslims might bring up the challenges that were addressed in these posts. At any rate it is good to have a good handle on hermeneutics and understanding the harmony of the gospels.