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Prophesies Prove Jesus is the Messiah

A natural question for every child growing up in a Christian home (and even adult unbelievers) is,

“How do I know that the Bible is the Word of God?”
“How do I know that Jesus is the real ‘religion’?”
Often time there is nagging doubt that, “If I would just take time to read the holy books of the other religions I would find them to be similar to the Bible.”
“If I really want to be open-minded about this I should read about the other religions.”

But the answer to that is quite simple. “Save yourself a lot of time. Look at the only holy book that has had predictive prophesy come true and look at the only religion that has had its founder rise […]

Alister McGrath on Doubt and Unbelief

Doubt is natural within faith. It comes because of our human weakness and frailty…. Unbelief is the decision to live you life as if there is no God. It is a deliberate decision to reject Jesus Christ and all that he stands for. But doubt is something quite different. Doubt arises within the context of faith. It is wistful longing to be sure of the things in which we trust. But it is not and need not be a problem.

Alistar McGrath as quoted in Disciplines of a Godly Family by Kent and Barbara Hughes

A Response to the History Channel’s Series on Bible Secrets Revealed

If it is Christmas or Easter, some media is out there actively debunking traditional Christianity and looking for “secrets.” In the past, it was Time and Newsweek. But as they have become irrelevant, now The History Channel takes up the torch and evidently just gave us, Bible Secrets Revealed.

Time for the saints to learn their history of the NT. Dr. Michael Kruger is the President of the Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte and a Professor of New Testament. He responds in three parts.

Part One examines a few of their wrong assumptions and overreaches to begin their series.

Part Two debunks their wrong assumptions about the Egyptian Exodus and Crusades.

Part Three shoots holes in their misunderstanding of how the canon of the NT came to be.

If you […]

Case For Christ – E-book on Sale!

The electronic version of The Case for Christ is on sale. Only $2.99 for this foundational apologetics book. Lee Strobel interviews fourteen experts to answer questions in three sections:

1. Can the biographies of Jesus be trusted?

2. Who was Jesus?

3.  Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

If you have not read this book, it needs to be in your hands and the hands of anyone with questions.  At over 280 pages, that’s a penny a page!

How Can You Say Christ is the Only Way?

HT: BTW

The Muratorian Fragment Defeats The Da Vinci Code

Imagine a historical novel in which the Germans won World War II. We would know it was wrong immediately. The Da Vinci Code is historical fiction where the history is bad.Unfortunately, this bad history has been propagated in the over 80 million copies sold.

But since we don’t know our church history, we don’t recognize bad church history. One of those assertion from The Da Vinci Code is that the Bible was assembled in 325. Here is a quote from a fictional character.
Sir Leigh Teabing, former British Royal Historian  –
“The Bible did not arrive by fax from heaven…The Bible is a product of man, my dear. Not of God. The Bible did not fall magically from the clouds. It has evolved through countless translations, additions and revisions. History […]

Is There Extrabiblical Confirmation of Good Friday Phenomena?

According to Scripture, the crucifixion of Jesus was accompanied by a number of physical phenomena:

1. The veil of the temple was torn.
2. The darkening of the sun from noon to three pm.
3. The resurrection of dead saints.
4. An earthquake.

Is there any confirmation of these events outside of the gospels? Perhaps.

On this Good Friday, this scholarly article is very interesting.

JETS is a scholarly and respected journal and the professor is from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a seminary with a serious academic reputation. Enjoy.

Why Would God Command Genocide?

Justin Taylor does a good and succinct job of answering this question that some nonbelievers may throw at Christians. And our young people may have this question as well.

When God commanded wiping out the nations of Canaan, doesn’t that make him a moral monster?

Here are his points:

1. As the maker of all things and the ruler of all people, God has absolute rights of ownership over all people and places.
2. God is not only the ultimate maker, ruler, and owner, but he is just and righteous in all that he does.
3. All of us deserve God’s justice; none of us deserve God’s mercy.
4. The Canaanites were enemies of God who deserved to be punished.
5. God’s actions were not an example of ethnic cleansing.
6. Why was […]

Your Question About Suffering Proves There is a God

“When you say there’s too much evil in this world you assume there’s good. When you assume there’s good, you assume there’s such a thing as a moral law on the basis of which to differentiate between good and evil. But if you assume a moral law, you must posit a moral Law Giver, but that’s Who you’re trying to disprove and not prove. Because if there’s no moral Law Giver, there’s no moral law. If there’s no moral law, there’s no good. If there’s no good, there’s no evil. What is your question?”

—Ravi ZachariasIn response to the objection, “There cannot be a God, because there is too much evil in this world.”
Can Man Live Without God?, p. 182 

Take Their Questions Seriously – A Seven-Year-Old Wonders About Suffering

Very interesting article where a woman proudly proclaims to be an atheist. An initiating factor seems to be her mother’s inability to explain the problem of suffering.

The pertinent paragraphs are here:

Now when students ask how I came to believe what I believe, I tell them that I trace my atheism to my first encounter, at age 7, with the scourge of polio. In 1952, a 9-year-old friend was stricken by the disease and clinging to life in an iron lung. After visiting him in the hospital, I asked my mother, “Why would God do that to a little boy?” She sighed in a way that telegraphed her lack of conviction and said: “I don’t know. The priest would say God must have his reasons, but […]