GodQuest

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In a recent interview with IgnatiusInsight.com, Karl Keating reflected on his twenty-plus years in apologetics: "For many years Catholic Answers was a one-man operation. He is not the God of the dead but of the living (Matthew 22:30-32) Jesus’ response has an astuteness that may not be obvious First, he challenges their assumption that belief in the resurrection means that we are committed to believing that all of our premortem institutions will be retained in the postmortem, resurrected world None of the Hebrew Scriptures teach this, nor did Jesus believe it Thus, the dilemma dissolves Jesus states a third option that exposes this false dilemma as such: there is no married state at the resurrection Michael Martin, The Case Against Christianity (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1993), p 167 Second, as part of his response to their logical trap, Jesus compares the resurrected state of men and women to that of the angels, thus challenging the Sadducees’ disbelief in angels (Although the Sadducees did not believe in angels, they knew that their fellow Jews who did believe in angels thought that angels did not marry or procreate ) Third, Jesus cites a text from the Sadducees’ own esteemed Scriptures (Exodus 3:6), where God declares to Moses from the burning bush that he is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob Jesus could have cited a variety of texts from writings outside the first five books of the Bible in support of the resurrection, such as the prophets (Daniel 12:2) or Job (Job 19:25-27), but instead he deftly argues from their own trusted sources, which he also endorsed (Matthew 5:17-20; John 10:31) Fourth, Jesus capitalizes on the verb tense of the verse he quotes God is (present tense) the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, all of whom had already died at the time God uttered this to Moses God did not cease to be their God at their earthly demise God did not say, “I was their God” (past tense) God is the God of the living, which includes even the “dead” patriarchs “When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching,” for Jesus had “silenced the Sadducees” (Matthew 22:33-34) Many other examples of Jesus’ intellectual acumen and apologetic savvy may be mustered, but the point is that Jesus unapologetically engaged in apologetics with his sharpest critics If he is the model for Christians, we should do so as well Jesus’ apostles and other writers of the New Testament certainly recognized this Peter admonishes the followers of Jesus to be ready with an answer (apologetic) concerning their hope in the gospel and to present this in a gentle and respectful spirit (1 Peter 3:15-17) Likewise, Paul speaks of coming against arguments that deny the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:3-5;23 see also Colossians 2:8-9) Jude joins the chorus by writing: “Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that the Lord has once for all entrusted to God’s holy people” (Jude 3) The context here is church discipline, but the idea has a universal application, which includes apologetics See Sire, Little Primer, pp 21-22 Luke, the author of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, recognized the need for certainty on behalf of the original recipient of his Gospel Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught (Luke 1:1-4, emphasis added)24 Not only do the writers of the New Testament commend apologetics, they engage in it as well—just as their Master did The sermons of Peter and Paul recorded in Acts all have a strong apologetic backbone For the Jews, these apostles develop an apologetic of Jesus as the fulfillment of ancient Jewish prophecy concerning the Messiah 25 For the Gentiles, the emphasis rests more on the evidence of God’s workings through nature and history in general 26 One sermon of Paul’s deserves a bit more commentary, since it exudes apologetics aptitude Paul came to Athens after fleeing persecution by the Thessalonians in Berea (Acts 17:13-15) His witness at Athens is the most detailed account in Acts of a Christian teacher challenging non-Jewish thinkers Athens in Paul’s day was not at the height of its intellectual, cultural or military influence, but it was still a cultural powerhouse It was much like a major college town today Yet Paul was “greatly distressed” because the city was full of idols (Acts 17:16) But instead of unleashing a thundering condemnation on the Athenians, Paul began to reason with the Jews in the synagogue and with the God-fearing Greeks day by day, as was his custom There was “a group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers” in Athens who “began to debate” with Paul (Acts 17:18) Although they wrongly Craig Blomberg discusses the reliability of the New Testament in chap 19 of this volume This argument, sometimes neglected in apologetics, will be discussed in chap 20 26 See F F Bruce, The Defense of the Gospel in the New Testament (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1977) accused him of being a “babbler” (or intellectual plagiarist) who advocated “foreign gods,” they nevertheless invited him to speak to the Areopagus (Acts 17:18-19) This was a prestigious group of thinkers who deemed themselves the custodians of new ideas From creation to Creator.

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A Handbook of Christian Apologetics

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And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus -- and you've got to make it stop! This is because the impression (and the fact) of judgementalism has to do with an attitude of rejection toward people, not with disagreement with a position per se. Groothuis evaluates various forms of relativism showing them to be theologically, philosophically and practically wanting. Now I Blog about those findings and life after Christ. 44 Responses to Who is the Best Christian Apologist? very useful sight, I’m actually using it; in reference to one of my upcoming post that I will probably have out in a few.

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A Doubter's Journey to Catholicism

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Greek philosophy agrees, adding that the physical world is decaying and essentially evil. I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. Did the organization report an amount for investments-other securities that is 5% or more of its total assets?

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Christianity & the Mosaic Law

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Only the proper use of Christian Apologetics will help such people. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, came to earth as a man, was crucified for our sins by an act of grace, was buried and rose again. What type of music is acceptable in the church? Josh McDowell has been at the forefront of cultural trends and groundbreaking ministry for more than 50 years. Does the character of all these Bible writers fit the pattern of deliberately wicked, hypocritical men? Few people, Christian or not, think it sensible for those who are engaged to wait until their wedding night to enjoy sexual union.

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The Defense Never Rests: Second Edition

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Whether this is true or not, it presents a solid, popular-level work that can be given to non-believers. If the listener experiences accepting love from the believer for a period of time, it will be hard for the listener to change his/her mind about us just because of something we believe. Jewish theologians and cultural historians often claim that their religion was among the first to improve the status of women, and in this context especially the Jewish custom of making a marriage contract, the ketubbah, is mentioned: Referring to the reforms introduced by Pharisaic Rabbis to Judaism of the first century, Jewish theologian Hyam Maccoby writes: "An important area of Pharisee reform was in matters relating to the status of women.

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How Does Anyone Know God Exists? (Tough Questions)

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If you remove Christ, then you no longer have Christianity. From a variety of ancient sources – originating in Egypt and Canaan – today we have some amazing textual evidence that the ancient Israelites really did depart from Egypt to conquer and settle in the Promised Land. Christian Apologetics Tischendorf , searching for Biblical manuscripts in the Middle East, found pages of the codex in a basket by a fire. I think Proverbs 22 says it best: "Have I not written to you excellent things of counsels and knowledge, To make you know the certainty of the words of truth that you may correctly answer him who sent you?"

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Calvinism and the philosophy of nature;: The Stone lectures

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He is also the father of the influential Integrated Christian Apologetics. Sexual abuse of children, murder, genocide, warfare for selfish ends, corruption, greed-all of us recognize that evil is very real indeed. Women who wrote stepped outside their appropriate sphere, and those who actually published their work frequently faced social censure. Just as we would defend the words of our earthly father, so we defend the words of our Father in heaven. How can Christians think their personal religious experiences with God are any more “true” than those of adherents to other belief systems? 15.

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Evidences of Christianity

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This law recognizes that human beings have an inborn natural sense of good and evil. That would have silenced the disciples forever. Champagne Butterfield suggests that the most crucial realization in her conversion derived from a reading of John 7:17, in which she came to see that action precedes understanding rather than, as she had apparently been taught as an academic, understanding precedes action. The apostles had doubts about the resurrection till they saw convincing proof- Luke 24:11; Mark 16:12-14 Paul persecuted Christians till Jesus appeared to him personally- 1 Timothy 1:12-15; Acts 8:1-3; 9:1,2; 22:4,5; 26:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:9; Galatians 1:13; Philippians 3:6 Sometimes people are skeptical because so much of our evidence is given by personal friends of Jesus.

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Jacob's Ladder: Ten Steps to Truth

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Hell – How could God send people to Hell for eternity? How can a loving God send people to Hell? 3. But not everyone agrees, and not everyone agrees in their disagreement. Other people could personally speak to other witnesses to substantiate the apostles' claims. Winfried Corduan - Christian philosopher of religion; noted author. 23. As Christ ambassadors, we are not here to win arguments but to preach the Gospel (1 Corinthians 2:1-5), remembering that our faith is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8-9)!

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The Biblical Basis for Purgatory

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I am a pastor as well as a high school teacher at a Christian school, and I find myself increasingly saying, 'Why don't you check out the Poached Egg? Let's look at some examples in the form of questions and you can check out the source links as well. The gospels describe his birth and date it at the time of the Roman census decreed by Caesar Augustus (Luke 2:1-7) and in the last years of Herod the Great (Matthew 2:1, 19). Will I be able to get a refund if needed? The particular scripture was speaking about Jesus (the sheep) being led to the slaughter, and He was silent.

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