The only solution to America's ills is a repentant heart bowed in submission to the lordship of Jesus Christ. Politicians, policies, and protests will insufficient to stem the passions of man whose heart is inherently sinful and depraved.
If you wish to heal America, begin with your own heart. Bow your knees and bend your pride in submission to the only King who can heal your land.
We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. For those who repent of their sins, th...at is turn away with abhorence at their evil, and submit themselves to the God of the Bible, the Lord Jesus Christ who died for their sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us of all of our sins, and will bless us our nation if we should continue to walk in His ways.
If you choose to ignore His warnings, continue to treat your faith as something you do on Sundays and then hang it up as another legitimate choice among many religions, the God who created you will not take your apathy lightly. America, continue to reject and pay lip service to your God at your own peril. The same God who wishes to bless you is also the same God who will judge you.
Here is a great argument which illustrates why Christianity is unlike other theistic religions. No, not all gods are the same. Our God is unlike any other and the shortcomings of other gods have serious implications which are often ignored.
"When I argue that God is absolutely necessary in order for man to have knowledge, meaning, dignity, ethics, and so on, I am not arguing for any type of a god b...ut specifically the Christian God who has revealed Himself infallibly in the Bible. Only the absolute, triune God (and only the Christian system which He has revealed to man) can account for reality and answer the questions that secular humanism cannot answer. Other forms of theism, such as Islam and Judaism, cannot be offered as viable worldviews against secular humanism, because they, like secular humanism, have embraced human autonomy as a source for truth over biblical revelation. Therefore, non-Christian theistic systems and worldviews are arbitrary, self-contradictory and false.
An excellent example of self-contradiction is in the area God’s righteousness. Both Orthodox Judaism and Islam believe in absolute ethics which come from an absolute, unchanging God. But both Judaism and Islam reject the atoning, sacrificial death of the God-man Jesus Christ in favor of salvation by merit or works of righteousness. Now if God is ethically perfect and God’s law reflects His holy, righteous character, every sin must be punished. Guilt cannot just be overlooked by God; it must be expiated. Only the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ in the place of His people, as a propitiation for sin, can harmonize the fact that God is infinitely righteous with the reality that God saves sinners and allows them in His presence. God does not set aside His perfect righteousness in order to save sinners. God is both just and the justifier of the ungodly. “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Ac. 4:12; note: Scripture quotations are from the NKJV unless otherwise noted). There is no neutrality or fence-sitting in God’s universe; either you wholeheartedly embrace the Lord Jesus Christ or you place your trust in finite, sinful man."
Why circular reasoning isn't always wrong.
How do we know who God is? Because He's revealed Himself in the Bible. How do we know the Bible is the revelation of God? Because God said so.
This, as you may... notice, is a circular argument. But is it wrong? Is it fallacious?
Some, including many Christians, would argue, "Yes, it's circular reasoning. You are appealing to God to prove God."
Imagine a wooden stool. The seat is the thesis (central point or statement) and the legs coming down are the lines of argument which hold up the thesis.
A typical circular argument tries to put the seat on the floor, claim the seat is the legs, and go, "Hey look! A stool!"
The result is a failed stool or a failed thesis without a valid supporting argument. This is called a vicious circle. It destroys itself.
But what if the stool was a large stump? Necessarily, the stool would support itself by its very nature. But can we do the same with a thesis? Can we have a thesis which supports itself and by necessity is circular?
When we provide evidence or arguments we are verifying the validity of our claims. Let's take another example.
A defense lawyer in court calls an expert witness in a murder trial. It goes like this:
Lawyer: Would you tell the court your name?
Expert: Dr. Barbara Baker
Lawyer: Dr. Baker, can you please tell us where you work and your position.
Expert: I am the lead homicide forensics researcher at Great University.
Lawyer: How long have you worked there?
Expert: In this position? I've worked in my department 20 years and for the last 5 as our research lead.
Okay. Back to here. Do you see the appeals made to prove the credibility of the expert witness? The lawyer asks for a name, where she works, how long she has worked there, what she does, and all of these facts establish credibility with the jury that what they are about to hear from Dr. Baker is reliable and authoritative.
The defense lawyer knows Dr. Baker by herself, just sitting on the stand and talking isn't a credible authority; she's just a woman sitting on a stand.
But her experience, position, and accomplishments testify to her expertise and truthfulness she wouldn't otherwise have because those things bear authority in a murder trial.
What does this have to do with God?
We run into a unique issue with God. Maybe you have figured it out already. If not, maybe this verse will make it obvious:
For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself,
- Hebrews 6:13 ESV
When you made a contract, you might swear to someone greater than you. Someone who can be recognized as more trustworthy or authoritative than yourself to ensure the contract is upheld.
But due to the nature of God, there isn't anyone of more authority, credibility, or trustworthiness by which to swear.
God is THE ultimate authority.
An ultimate authority by its nature must appeal to itself - this is called a virtuous circle. The virtuous can be discerned from the vicious because the virtuous circle can by its nature support itself.
Bringing us back full circle (pun intended), the word of God is literally God speaking. What authority can we appeal to which can testify to God's own truthfulness? Any evidence will be a lesser authority which will by its nature be of less credibility than God Himself.
So how do we know the Bible is real? Couldn't anyone just claim their book is the word of God and avoid all criticism?
Returning to the court room, whether anyone knew it or not, Dr. Baker possessed the necessary creditentials. However, before she gave her testimony, she first authenticated her testimony as a witness by answering the lawyers questions.
The Bible in a similar authenticates itself. There are fundamental questions about the world around us the Bible does answer, and arguably is the only source that answers all of them sufficiently.
The Bible alone can sufficiently account for objective morals, the laws of logic, the origins of the universe, the preconditions for intelligibility (what things need to be in place for communication to even be possible) and the world around us.
The Christian God, Yahweh, is the only god which can sufficiently account for, explain, and help us understand these things and why they exist. Self-contained within Scripture is the necessary information to prove it is indeed the word of God, and as the word of God it testifies of God, and He of it.
"...[What] 1 Peter 3:15 does not say is that believers are responsible to persuade anybody who challenges or questions their faith.
We can offer sound reasons t...o the unbeliever, but we cannot make him or her subjectively believe those reasons. We can refute the poor argumentation of the unbeliever, but still not persuade them. We can close the mouth of the critic, but only God can open the heart.
It is not in our ability, and not our responsibility, to regenerate the dead heart and give sight to the blind eyes of unbelievers. That is God's gracious work."
- Dr. Greg Bahnsen, PA098 -- The Biblical Worldview (VI:12; December, 1990)
This article is by Dr. Michael J. Kruger, one of the foremost experts in New Testament Canon. I highly recommend taking a few moments to read this. These often repeated myths are thoroughly debunked by historical evidence Dr. Kruger provides thorough research for.
Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.
Acts 8:35 ESV
We should ...always begin with Scripture. It's God's inspired word. It's truth. It's unchanging. We can't argue for the truth if our base assumptions are doubt. When we entertain the possibility the Scripture is untrue as the starting point for our apologetics, we are hindering ourselves. We argue knowing the Scriptures are true and do not concede to unbelieving thought.
A mistake we make is taking human analogies of God and drawing them absolute conclusions. God is our Heavenly Father, but as Creator God, Righteous Judge, Sover...eign Creator, there are aspects and rights belonging to Him which are not satisfactorily defined by the human father-child relationship.
What is theology and why should the Christian care? Check out this post from our new sister page, Theology.FYI.
In ‘The Shack,’ God the Father is played by a woman named Papa. More than 25 passages in the Bible teach us about God in feminine terms. Should we really resist this kind of art?
The ultimate message of the cross isn't "God loves you." While God's love was certainly being communicated on the cross, a very deep and precious act of love, the ultimate message of the cross is this: God is most glorious.
The love of God being demonstrated to undeserving wretched sinners through the torture and death of the Son of God had the purpose of demonstrating God as most glorious, most special, and most important.
Yes! If you are His, Jesus died for you because He... loves you, but the self-glorification of God is not to be confounded with ego or other human faults.
Only when God is most glorified in our lives can the fullest expression of God's love be experienced. Until God is made most special in your life, counterfeits and idols will distract you from the glory found in Christ. God knows the greatest act of loving you is His glorification. Only God can make such a claim! Only when God is most glorious can you be most satisfied.
The goal of the Christian is not eternal pleasure in paradise, but eternal fellowship in the glory of God.
// When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. //
John 17:1-5 ESV
The Christian who strives for neutrality in the world of thought is (1) not neutral after all, and thus (2) in danger of unwittingly endorsing assumptions that are hostile to his Christian faith.
"Always Ready" by Dr. Greg Bahnsen
It should go without saying: we believe Jesus Christ offers forgiveness for all who come to Him in humble repentance. It is our desire all who have been involve...d in the murder of their children — mothers, fathers, and abortion workers — find forgiveness and renewal in God.
We believe those who repent — i.e., turn away completely with abhorrence at their past actions — and submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ are made new. Their past sins are swallowed up in the death of Christ on the cross. We want all people to find forgiveness in Christ.
That being said, our desire to see people come to repentance doesn’t negate our desire of justice for preborn children. When we witness someone being murdered, yes, we do care for the murderer, but our first and foremost concern is for the victim.
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Is the Bible the product of medieval conspiracy, political power grabs, frequent errors by illiterate scribes in darkened rooms, which we can have no real assurance in?
Here are a few things you should know about the Bible, especially the New Testament, and how it was transmitted over the last 2 thousand years, with special attention to the common (bad) arguments of unbelievers and liberal "Christians"...
1. Some of our earliest manuscripts come from within a hundred years... of Christ.
2. The transition of the New Testament was open.
2a. This means there was not a single group, culture, government, or geographic area which controlled all of the manuscripts and their families.
2b. Some of these manuscript types traditions were by organizations that were either politically or religiously in opposition to each other (Such as the Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox) -- there is no historical evidence to support or suggest they would have any interest in colluding.
3. Travel in the Post-Roman world was difficult and dangerous. Communication between distant places was difficult or impossible.
4. In spite of this vast separation and isolation, the manuscripts are spectacularly all similar.
5. These manuscript traditions also are amazingly similar to the manuscripts previously mentioned that date within a hundred or two hundred years of Christ.
6. Because of the rich and unprecedented manuscript evidence we have, textual critical scholars can trace where errors arose and in many cases even determine the cause.
7. No other set of documents from antiquity comes close to the overwhelming evidence we have to support the integrity of the Holy Scriptures.
I wish more Christians knew more about the transmission of the Bible. These bad arguments by Atheists are so bad and wrong, yet so many people are deceived.
The truth is, we have OVERWHELMING evidence to support the claim the Bible we have today is the same one written in the first century.