Category Archives: Defending the Faith

“Apologetics” is the defense for truthfulness of the Christian faith. Biblical Christianity is unique because it makes universal and exclusive truth claims about the world. A universal truth claim is a statement about reality that applies to everyone. If someone says “all men will die” they are making a universal claim. An exclusive truth claim is a statement that rules out another claim. If someone claims that God exists they cannot also believe he does not exist in the same manner and same sense.

While this may seem basic, this is critical to understand because many people think of religious claims using “fuzzy logic.” You will hear people say things like “This is what I believe. For me this is true. What you believe is only true for you.” The Bible, in contrast, makes universal and exclusive truth claims like, God is creator, He will judge all men, Jesus is Savior etc. These are true whether you believe them or not.

The Bible also makes historical claims. “Jesus rose from the dead” is a claim about an event and as such is something we would expect to find some veracity in history.

Typical areas of debate in apologetics include:

The existence of universal and exclusive truth

The existence of moral absolutes

The existence of one God

6 day, young-earth creationism

The reality of the Trinity

The deity of Christ

The resurrection of Christ

The inerrancy, inspiration and historicity of the Bible

The reality of miracles

The reality of an immaterial soul

The reality of hell

The necessity of repentance in salvation

The goodness and sovereignty of God

Since the world is filled with alternative belief systems, it is important for believers to be educated in apologetics in order to communicate with people who come from very different backgrounds. Although God can save without apologetics, He also uses good and logical arguments to save people, so fighting for and defending the truth honors Him. In this portion of the blog we will answer various objections raised against our faith and provide you with tools for reaching the lost for Christ.

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The Resurrection of Christ Has Many Implications for Us Today

The Resurrection of Christ in Acts and Its Pastoral Implications

A Key Theme in Acts

The book of Acts is one-hundred percent dependent on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. If Jesus died on the cross, but did not rise from the dead, there would be no “Acts of the Apostles.” In fact, there would be no Christianity.

Acts begins with the resurrected Lord giving his disciples final instructions and explaining to them their responsibility to be witnesses to the world of what they had seen (Acts 1:6-8). What was the chief thing concerning which they were called to be witnesses? Peter answers that question as the disciples began the process of finding a replacement for Judas, when he says that the new apostle “must become with us a witness to [Christ’s] resurrection” (Acts 1:22). The message the apostles were to proclaim was the message of the resurrected Christ, and every major sermon given by the apostles in Acts contains that message. Continue reading The Resurrection of Christ in Acts and Its Pastoral Implications

The Bible does not Promote Rape

Men, Rape, and the Bible

Rape is an emotional topic. Much has been done in recent years to raise our awareness of the problems of sexual harassment in the workplace and rape on many prominent college campuses. In the midst of all these actions, some have charged that the Bible and by extension, Christianity, with its emphasis on gender and role distinctions have contributed to this violence.

On its face, the claim has some appeal. The fear of a male dominated society where women are treated as mere chattel is one that looms large in our collective imagination. The Bible then, a product of such a male dominated culture, must be reprehensibly backwards in its outlook, and Christianity which derives its very identity from the Bible, must too be backwards and a contributor to the gender bias and larger abuse in our society.

But wait just a moment. Continue reading Men, Rape, and the Bible

All of Scripture is Inspired by God

Barth, Rome, and Liberals: Four Views on the Bible’s Origin, Pt. 1

 

From its inception until now, Christianity has hinged upon a certain truth: God is not silent. Churches across the world assemble weekly, colleges and seminaries are erected, and debates echo across the internet because of this truth. God speaks to man by breathing out his words. This formulation is the basis for what is called the doctrine of inspiration, a word which comes from the Latin inspirare, to breathe into. It is the doctrine of how God’s words are communicated to man. But what precisely does it mean to be inspired? What is the object being inspired? To what extent does this inspiration occur? These questions are matters of contention in the theological realm. The doctrine of inspiration is formulated differently among those who would profess Christianity. In light of these differences, I will argue that the Plenary Verbal position is the correct position on the basis of textual evidence and historical support. In this post as well as Part 2, therefore, I will present and explain four prominent positions on the doctrine of inspiration: the Neo-Orthodox position, the Roman Catholic position, the Limited position, and the Plenary Verbal position. I will seek to defend the veracity of the Plenary Verbal position by examining sources pertaining to inspiration which are considered prominent in each of these camps, summarizing each position clearly and faithfully, and finally arguing carefully from a textual and historical perspective that the Plenary Verbal position is the best position among the four while rebutting major objections raised against it. Continue reading Barth, Rome, and Liberals: Four Views on the Bible’s Origin, Pt. 1

I believe the Bible because of the Bible is not circular reasoning

Sanctified Circular Reasoning: The Legitimacy of Believing the Bible Because of the Bible

I believe in the inerrancy, infallibility, and plenary verbal inspiration of the Bible. On what grounds do I hold such a view? Because the Bible says so. Jesus said that “the Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35). The apostle Paul, who was commissioned by Jesus, said, “All Scripture is inspired by God” (2 Tim. 3:16). In addition to the beliefs of Jesus Himself and His apostles we could add that, “the words, ‘The Lord said’, ‘The Lord spake’, ‘The word of the Lord came’, and cognate expressions are actually used 3,808 times in the Old Testament alone!”[1] The testimony of the Bible concerning its divine origin is overwhelming, and that is my evidence for inspiration.

However, many will immediately object that this argument is invalid due to circular reasoning. They say we cannot use a source itself to prove its own authenticity. Rather, they say Christians are to look outside the Bible for evidence. That is true in most other cases. That is why we have lawyers, juries, witnesses, and so forth in a court case. If a man says he didn’t commit a murder, but three bystanders saw him do it, then his testimony is invalid. Or if a child says he saw the boogie man in his closet, no parent will believe them if the closet is empty. Continue reading Sanctified Circular Reasoning: The Legitimacy of Believing the Bible Because of the Bible

People deny biblical model of christian living for secular lifestyles

Secular Christianity vs. Biblical Christianity

There are two types of Christians in this country: Secular and Biblical.

Secular Christians enter into “Church mode” on Sundays. They don’t swear. They don’t talk dirty. They don’t fight. They smile and get along! “I’m at Church,” is the explanation. They give their serious attention to the service but the after-service “fellowship” is the real fun. Church is a social club. It makes me feel good and I get to volunteer. If I don’t like this one, I’ll find another Church.

Biblical Christians savor Church because it revitalizes them for another week of Christian living. They often think of how this gathering will propel them to live in “the World.” While they genuinely enjoy the comradery with friends, Biblical Christians try to remember that Church is about God and not them. Faithfulness and commitment to the people of the Church, no matter how flawed, is the most important thing. Continue reading Secular Christianity vs. Biblical Christianity

Conviction or Narrow-mindedness?

A conviction is not something you hold, but something that holds you. It is something outside of which one cannot operate safely or consistently. In the present time, however, conviction is not seen so much as a virtue but a vice. “Arrogant,” and “Narrow-minded,” are some of the labels given to people moved by such convictions. But nothing could be further from the truth.

It is true people of conviction speak with boldness, directness, candor and clarity. However, this bravery must not be confused with arrogance. It is not pretentiousness that moves these people but an absolute certainty that what they believe is true and that what is popularly believed is a lie. Continue reading Conviction or Narrow-mindedness?