Apologetics

What makes Jesus so appealing?

  • 12 December 2016

Close to the heart of what makes the glory of God glorious is the way his majesty and his meekness combine. Or another way to put it would be that God is more glorious because he is a paradoxical juxtaposition of seemingly opposite traits rather than being a manifestation of only majestic strengths. And the unifying mark if these paradoxical juxtapositions is that the majestic heights of God are glorified especially through the way they serve or stoop in lowliness to save the weak.

A Poached Egg

  • 20 September 2016

Among these Jews there suddenly turns up a man who goes about talking as if He was God. . . . [W]hat this man said was, quite simply, the most shocking thing that has ever been uttered by human lips. . . . I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him. “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher.

Looking for God

  • 25 May 2015

When a Russian cosmonaut returned from space and reported that he had not found God, C. S. Lewis responded that this was like Hamlet going into the attic of his castle looking for Shakespeare. If there is a God, he wouldn’t be another object in the universe that could be put in a lab and analyzed with empirical methods. He would relate to us the way a playwright relates to the characters in his play. We (characters) might be able to know quite a lot about the playwright, but only to the degree the author chooses to put information about himself in the play.

Why does God always demand praise?

  • 9 February 2015

In his book, Reflections on the Psalms (Chapter ix), C.S. Lewis outlines how he came to understand the necessity of praising God:

I had not noticed either that just as men spontaneously praise whatever they value, so they spontaneously urge us to join them in praising it: “Isn’t she lovely? Wasn’t it glorious? Don’t you think that magnificent?” The Psalmists in telling everyone to praise God are doing what all men do when they speak of what they care about.

Below is the full excerpt (edited)

10 Facts and 10 Misconceptions About the New Testament Canon

  • 26 August 2013

New Testament scholar Michael Kruger has produced the following 2 blog series' to help Christians understand how the New Testament canon was developed, presenting 10 facts and 10 misconceptions.  These are “designed for a lay-level audience and hopefully could prove helpful in a conversation one might have with a skeptical friend.”. Click on the links to read the full articles.

10 Misconceptions About the New Testament Canon

1. The Term “Canon” Can Only Refer to a Fixed, Closed List of Books
2. Nothing in Early Christianity Dictated That There Would be a Canon
3. The New Testament Authors Did Not Think They Were Writing Scripture
4. New Testament Books Were Not Regarded as Scriptural Until Around 200 A.D.
5. Early Christians Disagreed Widely over the Books Which Made It into the Canon

What must the creator of the universe be like?

  • 2 July 2013

What properties must the creator of the universe possess? Apologist William Lane Craig offers the following summary. You can read the full article here.

I have tried to make this more digestible and easy to remember, as well as provide some scripture.

Timeless (Exod 3:14, Ps 90:2-4, Hab 1:12, 2 Pet 3:8, Rev 1:8)
Changeless (Ps 102:27, Mal 3:6, Heb 13:8)
Immaterial (John 4:24, Col 1:15, 1 Tim 1:17)

Deep down, everyone knows

  • 31 May 2013
The Bible tells us that all men know God exists. It is ‘plain to them, because God has shown it to them...in the things that have been made’ (Rom 1:19-20). Ecclesiastes 3:11 says God 'has put eternity into man's heart’ (Ecc 3:11).
 
However, because man doesn’t want to worship God, he suppresses what he really knows deep down. Like a parent of a naughty child who refuses to accept their child’s waywardness, they deceive themselves to only see and believe what they want to.
 
Joe Coffey, in Smooth Stones, presents 3 internal evidences for the existence of God: The Universal Concept, The Law of Human Nature, and the tendency toward Better Mental Health.
 

Good News vs. Good Advice

  • 10 June 2012
...think this out: here is a king and he goes into a battle against an invading army to defend his land. If the king defeats the invading army he sends back to the capital city messengers, very happy envoy. He sends back, “good news-ers” with his report. They come back and they say, “It has been defeated! It’s all been done! Therefore respond with joy and now go about your lives. Conduct your lives in this peace which has been achieved for you.”
 
But if the invading army breaks through, the king sends back military advisers and says, “Swordsmen over here and marksmen over here and the horsemen over here. We’re going to have to fight for our lives.” Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that every other religion sends military advisers to people. Every other religion says, “You know, if you want your salvation, you’re going to have to fight for you life.” Every other religion is sending advice, saying, “Here are the rights, here are the rituals, and here are the laws and regulations. Earthen works over here, marksmen over here. Fight for your life.”
 

Old Testament Law and The Charge of Inconsistency

  • 10 June 2012
I find it frustrating when I read or hear columnists, pundits, or journalists dismiss Christians as inconsistent because “they pick and choose which of the rules in the Bible to obey.” What I hear most often is “Christians ignore lots of Old Testament texts—about not eating raw meat or pork or shellfish, not executing people for breaking the Sabbath, not wearing garments woven with two kinds of material and so on. Then they condemn homosexuality. Aren’t you just picking and choosing what they want to believe from the Bible?”
 

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