School is in Session
My wife and I had the pleasure of going to the Sunday school class of Dr. Hugh Ross (1) last week. (2) I used to go several years ago, but had to stop going because life simply got in the way. For now, we do plan on going when he’s in town, which doesn’t seem that often, unfortunately. On a quick side note, I was pleasantly surprised to hear Ross on the Frank Sontag show the next day!
Engineer, apologist and author of the new book “Arguing With Friends”, Paul Buller, will be discussing the various aspects of evangelism and discipleship. His practical tips on how to have meaningful discussions in a cogent and thoughtful manner, will help you to confidently reach out to nonbelievers, but doing so respectfully so friendships are maintained or strengthened. We will be live this Wednesday September 19th at 4:30 pm Pacific, 5:30 pm Mountain, 6:30 pm Central, 7:30 pm Eastern.
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I’ve been watching The Atheist Experience consistently for a handful of months now (I’ve watched short clips of it before but not full episodes) and I’m rather amused by what I see. I’m sad to say that the majority of the Christians who call in, are generally making bad arguments. I recently heard someone say that the main host of “TAA” (Matt Dillahunty) has made a career of going after low hanging fruit. Some may be offended by such a statement, but this person is trying to convey that there are too many Christians making terribly uninformed arguments on the program. Arguments that, are not the best that Christianity has to offer. However, there have been some good arguments brought forth as well, but at times were not properly unpacked in my opinion. In the rare case that a good argument has been brought forth, and in a cogent way, the caller has often been interrupted and subsequently muted. Following that, handfuls of logical fallacies have been offered by the hosts while improperly calling out ones that are not.
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Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel
The Garden Of Eden Revisited
In order to understand the reason for the flood of Noah, I believe it’s rather important to first start in the passage above. This pronouncement from God to the serpent (the nachash i. e. Satan) and Eve, is missed by many people. When Eve was beguiled by the nachash, by eating the forbidden fruit, this set and wound the clock towards the eradication of all evil in the universe. People generally assert that evil entered into the world with Adam and Eve disobeying God, but don’t usually recognize that a deceiver  was already moving freely throughout the garden before they fell! It is not the purpose of this article to describe all the effects of the fall in the garden, but one major change was that sin entered into the DNA of mankind. And at that point, they/we needed a savior.
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(King James Version) Psalms 137:8-9 O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.
The above verse is one that was brought to my attention recently by a skeptic on Twitter. Though I have read this passage before, I hadn’t spend much time or research studying it. One of my former friends -who was leaving the faith- mentioned this to me as well; acting like it was a deathblow to the Bible and it’s inspiration. Though I will admit that such a passage at face value seems hard to reconcile -and incites appeals to emotion- but upon further investigation there are factors and context which give us the clarity, that a surface reading won’t do. First, we must remember that the psalmist is a Jewish writer (not sure who as it does not say) who is embittered towards Babylon as the Babylonians ransacked the civilization of the Jewish people -taking them into captivity- and destroyed their once glorious temple. He may very well be hoping for the “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” scenario.
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Yet another tactic that I see atheists use against God and religion, is visualized in the picture on the right (You’ll have to click on it a few times to read it) This picture is apparently trying to convey that the quality of life in these societies is better because they’re some of the least religious countries in the world. Such reasoning is quite problematic however, for various reasons. I think one of the biggest issues is finding/proving the causation for this assertion. I would like to know how they linked the two together. Did this study (or studies) take into account: the various cultural, economical, or social issues etc?
Does it follow that since the people in these countries are irreligious, then they are automatically atheists? Were such people specifically polled about their apparent atheism or just their non religious status? To be fair, this might not be the point of the picture (rather, that lacking religion equals a better way of life) but does this make a case for atheism if these people are just not religious, yet not atheists either? It could conceivably be a case against organized religion while being silent for the case of atheism. I know tons of people that don’t consider religion important at all, yet still maintain their religious status (when pressed; yet in a nominal fashion) of their heritage or upbringing. Was this scenario taken into consideration?