"...[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.
If you feel like your faith in Jesus Christ is an opinion and not defensible against competing ideologies which claim to be superior, you haven't been given the proper perspective, resources, and understanding of Scripture.
"For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of G...od, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 ESV
Paul isn't suggesting we be brash or militant, but that we be so firmly rooted in our understanding of the Christian faith and sound doctrine that when thoughts and ideas which set themselves in opposition to the truth of God appear, we're prepared to soundly destroy those arguments through Scripture and sound argumentation.
Have you taken the time to arm yourself? Or are you sitting idly by while your faith is chipped away until apostasy seems like the only good option?
There are various evidences regarding when the birth of Christ actually occurred, including viable evidences to the December 25th birthday.
That all being said, the exact day is ultimately irrelevant. What matters is what, why, and how we celebrate.
What are we celebrating? The incarnation of Jesus Christ....
Why? Because it's important to understand God came in the flesh, dwelt among us, and died as the God-Man Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of His people's sins for His eternal glory.
How? Predominantly, as Christians through teaching and singing about these various things. Even our traditions and practices, regardless of where we got them, now are bringing our thoughts and attention to the incarnation of Christ.
Many of the holidays we celebrate do not necessarily coincide with the exact date of the event.
The declaration of independence wasn't actually fully signed until sometime in August... Do we then day July 4th isn't really a celebration of American independence?
If someone is convicted not to celebrate, I don't want to make them violate their conscience! But I think some go way too far in imposing their conscience as dogma on other Believers.
We need to ensure we understand the difference between debatable issues that we as Christians have the freedom to differ on and essential doctrines of the faith.
When, or if, we celebrate Christmas is not an essential doctrine and it is not one we should be imposing, either way, on fellow believers.
Whether we celebrate or do not celebrate, let it be for the glory of God!