Apostasy but Not Complete Apostasy

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[ Author: Kathy Petersen ]

“Apostasy” is derived directly from the Greek word (transliterated “apostasia”) which simply means “falling away” or “forsaking”, and is used only twice in the original Greek – once in 2 Thess. 2:3 which is talking about the end times, and once in Acts when Paul is at Jerusalem and the brethren there talk him into going through the ritual purification because so many Jews there have heard that Paul is teaching Christians to “forsake” (or “apostatize” or “fall away from”) Moses. (A similar word, from the same root, is also used three times to signify a bill of divorce.)

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Practice Makes Perfect

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[ Author: Kathy Petersen ]

Knowing what to engage

Approaching any new field of apologetics can be intimidating, because until you’ve been thinking about and discussing an issue for some time (whether a single issue like abortion or an entire religion like Mormonism), you simply can’t know what the main points of contention are, much less how to answer them. It may seem like your only choice is to try to find some training group in your area, but if you can’t, not to engage that group at all, or to try to engage with no training and hope not to get caught flatfooted.

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Posted in Apologetics

If it Proves Anything, it Proves too Much

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[ Author: Kathy Petersen ]

A misapplication of scripture

When talking to Mormons, Seventh-day Adventists, or any other sect which claims to be based on the Bible, and also to have modern-day prophets who receive revelation from God (which often contradicts the Bible), they’ll often point to Amos 3:7 as proof of God always having prophets:

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Rebecca Nielsen Healing Testimony

My daughter was being seen at a doctor’s appointment when she was 5 years old. One of the doctors noticed that I was showing symptoms of Graves’ Disease. I then had to have a nuclear image done to evaluate my thyroid to make sure that that diagnosis was correct. That along with blood work confirmed that I had Graves disease.

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Is Eternal Punishment Justice?

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[ Author: Rich Christian ]

Justice and love

The teaching of eternal punishment has long been the subject of criticism for many a person. The critique goes: “If God is loving, how could he punish someone eternally for a finite amount of sins”? I’ll say this upfront, I honestly don’t like the idea of eternal punishment either. Yeah, I said it. However, what I like and don’t like is irrelevant to whether it’s true or not. Of course, some want to focus on the love of God while pushing aside his justice. (More on this later) Eternal punishment is what I see in scripture, as did the early Christians. Justin Martyr wrote:

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