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The WORD is sharper than any two edged sword!

The Soapbox Is Getting Rained On

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Put Down Your Weapon 

Yesterday I opened up our Paltalk room for quite awhile, and though we had a pretty good crowd of folks (for the most part), I saw a prevailing theme that concerns me greatly. Infighting. Much of what was being spoken were tautologies. Unfortunately, Paltalk is known for this, where every Christian (hyperbole) is a theologian and if you disagree with them, you disagree with, the Bible. I’ve seen it over and over again in the past 5 or so years that I’ve been on Paltalk. Often it’s the Arminianism verses Calvinism debate, as was the case last night. Years ago I used to get into this particular debate but I don’t anymore, and for two main reasons. One is that I’m neither a Calvinist nor an Arminist. I think the extremes of both can be dangerous in my opinion. On the extremes, one side says God destined certain folks to Hell while the other says that the moment you sin, your salvation is in question. The second reason is that I don’t generally like to debate Christians.

I would rather put my focus and energy into reaching out to the lost rather than spending hours debating on how we are saved/justified, in front of non believers that are watching the “show”. Seeing such behavior reminded me of why -well one of the reasons why- that I never wanted to be a Christian in the first place. I’ve heard it been said, that the Christian army is the only army that shoots at its own. Sometimes I actually believe that, sadly. At times, it’s a little more than just iron sharpening iron. The constant bickering, whining, backstabbing, gossiping, etc wasn’t all that appealing to me. But to be fair, it would be a broad paintbrush stroke for me to say that this was everyone. We as Christians need to learn when to pick our battles (me included) and when to put down the sword. Yes, pride may get in the way and compel us to prove everyone wrong when we know “we’re right”, but perhaps it’s wise to resist that urge in the company of non believers. It might be a better idea to keep our contentions/disputes “in house”, and use our honed apologetics skills for those who need it most; the lost.

A Troll In Every Cave? (Video)

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Can God Do Everything?

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Within the Christian faith we affirm that God is omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent. I believe it’s safe to say that if God was not all of these qualities, then he just wouldn’t be the eternal God of the universe. We affirm that he is outside of time, space, matter, and energy. So with that, he’s not limited by any of these properties; he has no such constraints regarding this. I sometimes hear Christians say that God can do everything, and scripture seems to confirm this. In Luke 1:37 it says: For with God nothing shall be impossible. In Revelation 19:6 it affirms that the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. There’s that word “omnipotent” again.

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A Warning To Christian Apologists

1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Speak The Truth In Love

The most common scripture I see quoted concerning Christian apologetics and “giving a defense” is the one above. Unfortunately, there’s a key word “meekness”, that on occasion, gets overlooked. I have to admit that even though I’ve only been doing apologetics for about four years now, I haven’t always been meek in my approach when discussing various issues with people. Even recently I took a three month break from Facebook to evaluate my thoughts, approach etc. It can be very easy to get jaded when doing apologetics, especially when dealing with the hecklers and those hateful types that curse you and twist your words. It takes humility to withstand some of these lashings without firing back with similar low blows.

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Analogy Problem Solving Regarding The Trinity

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A Unique Definition

In one’s quest to try and explain the Trinity, the attempt is often followed by an analogy. Some may feel that none are suffice and will be happy to just say that it’s a mystery, that none can comprehend. Since the Trinity is unique in the universe (concerning one being in three persons) how could we make an accurate comparison anyways? Though I would agree that no one can fully understand God and his triunity of being, that doesn’t mean we can’t have any grasp of it at all. With prayer and study, I’m confident that God will give us the clarity we desire.

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The Logical Fallacy: A Failure In Logic

The Great Debate

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Give A Good Reason

An important tool in apologetics is the study of logic and reason. Today we’ll be specifically talking about logical fallacies. We all have been guilty of using them but by knowing what they are, it will help us make our case for discussion -and defense- more concise and cogent. I have made a list below of the more popular ones that I have seen people use. There are many others but starting with these will get you going in the right direction and on your way.

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Witnessing To A Jehovah’s Witness Part 3

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The Kingdom Of God

Today’s topic is one of my favorites to discuss when I’m conversing with JW’s. It’s about the Kingdom Of God. After all, when they are going door to door, it’s the Kingdom Of God that they believe they are preaching about. It’s their bread and butter. Surely, if that’s what they are known for, then they would have a good grasp of it right? Unfortunately they do not. Before we explain what exactly it is, and what it’s not, I’ll list some questions for you to ask them [A].

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