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Category Archives: Apologetics

Debunking Stupid Statements about the Bible

I appreciate what Greg Gilbert has done to set the record straight about the Bible and its validity in today’s culture.   The Bible is still relevant to more than we realize.  Most people don’t realize its value to them and to those they love.

Greg wrote a piece which I am going to include below in response to a weekly tabloid

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Not the way we received the text of the Bible!

article on Christians.  A quote from the tabloid is relevant to the culture battles that exist today.

 

They are God’s frauds, cafeteria Christians who pick and choose which Bible verses they heed with less care than they exercise in selecting side orders for lunch. They are joined by religious rationalizers—fundamentalists who, unable to find Scripture supporting their biases and beliefs, twist phrases and modify translations to prove they are honoring the Bible’s words.

The good book is so misquoted it’s a sin!

America is being besieged by Biblical illiteracy.

Much of this seems true, especially the last two statements.

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Evidence for the Existence of Jesus

 

See Leadership U for more data.

Look at 2:15 minutes in to get to the core arguments between the Infidel Guy and Dr. Ehrman.

40 Archaeology Facts

Evidence of people, places and times recorded in the Bible

Historical Accuracy Of The Bible

The 1st 30 Minutes We Will Look At The 50 Artefacts Found Confirming What We Are Told, In The Bible…

Then A 3 Minute Montage of The 50 PEOPLE The Bible Mentions Confirmed, By Archaeology…  ( @ 32:30 minutes )

Followed By The Exodus, The Red Sea Crossing, And Mount Sinai…   ( @ 36:00 minutes )

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Skeptics ridicule and historians mock, but the historical accuracy of the Bible continues to be confirmed by archeological finds.

Skeptics ridicule, and historians mock, but each time the archaeologist’s spade penetrates the soil of history they are silenced…

“It may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a biblical reference. Scores of archaeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or exact detail historical statements in the Bible.”

Did Israel Inhabit Egypt?

The journey is difficult but the results show that Hebrew relics can be found in Egypt.

Using the latest archaelogical evidence from the stables of Rameses ll to little-known ancient Egyptian texts, Egyptologist and Bible Archaeologist show that Israel did infact exist and had a presence in ancient Egypt. This is the 2003 documentary  “Who Was Moses?”

 

Olie’s Surprise Shopper

Although the global genocide of Christians is news filled with horror stories, there are also some very exciting positive stories. Olie is a shop owner in Pakistan. He squeezes out a living selling various wares including Bibles.

One day a man entered his shop, glancing around nervously. Olie immediately felt uneasy. The man approached Olie, and opened his coat revealing a bomb strapped to his chest.

“I am here to kill you because you sell Bibles in your shop!”
Olie stood in silence for a few seconds, the hair on his neck standing up. Olie pointed to a picture frame on the wall next to the man. The frame contained the words from the love chapter in 1 Corinthians 13.

The bomber stood and read the whole chapter. He glanced back at Olie, then immediately left the shop and ran down the street. Olie let out a long deep breath. He had no idea why he pointed to the frame containing the verses, but he gave God all the glory.

A few weeks later, the same man walks into Olie’s shop! Olie’s gut knots up as the man walks toward him. “I have experienced this Jesus who is in your Bible. I need to have my own Bible. Can I get one from you, please,” said the man in a quiet voice.
Olie gave him a Bible and Olie also kept in contact with this new believer. This is one of the stories you will never hear in the news media.

For example, we hear much regarding the refugee problems exploding in Germany and the rest of Europe. Riots, gang fights and rapes fill these stories.

More here.   Grand Lake News

How to Pursue Your Atheist Friend

According to a popular bit of Internet lore, a young Albert Einstein once debated an atheist professor about God and evil. I’ve been forwarded this email dozens of times. It almost breaks my heart to reply, “This never happened,” along with a link to the appropriate article on Snopes.

The rise of the Internet has brought a corresponding rise in atheism. There’s a lot of factors in this correlation, but one is that atheists can speak openly with other atheists without fear of retribution for the first time. Some atheists enjoy this freedom so much that they go on the offensive, and attack religion as a source of evil in the world.

When you combine the powder keg of Christians proselytizing about Christ and atheists proselytizing about secularism on the Internet, you get an explosion of arguments on Reddit, Facebook and Twitter.

Here are some ways I’ve seen these conversations go wrong as a former atheist.

Attack Science

Many Christians are antagonistic towards the power of science to describe physical reality, even as they take antibiotics and use cell phones. Science has done remarkable things for human civilization since its advent—the Church has yet to pray a robot to Mars. There’s no way around it: science works.

“Science doesn’t have all the answers,” is a weak platform—science is designed to admit its ignorance and look for better data. Science may not know what happened before the Big Bang, but that doesn’t make God the default explanation. When we ascribe to God that which science can’t explain, we put faith on the run, fleeing from the ever-advancing front of scientific insight. After all, we once thought the Earth was the center of the Universe as a testament to God’s love for us, while today we understand the Universe has no center at all.

When we ascribe to God that which science can’t explain, we put faith on the run, fleeing from the ever-advancing front of scientific insight.

Let science be science—especially considering how often science reinforces the mental, emotional, physical and social benefits of faith and spiritual community.

Tell an Atheist They Don’t Have Morals

If morality comes from God, then people without God can’t be moral, right? Wrong. This isn’t only offensive, it’s provably false. For example, sociological data seems to indicate that atheists tend to be very moral people who are less likely to divorce than average.

We’re doomed if Christianity is about being the most moral people. Jesus was remarkably moral, but the Scriptures tell us we’ll never hit that mark. Instead, we’re called to be loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, gentle and self-controlled. Those things are very hard to debate against.

Throw a Cliché.

Have you ever heard this one? “God is love, so no God means no love. Only Christians truly know love.” There’s a fantastic truth in this idea: God is love. Unfortunately, the rest is wrong and offensive. I loved my wife and my children as an atheist, and millions of atheists around the world do the same.

“No Jesus, No Peace. Know Jesus, Know Peace.” This is another quip that gets thrown indiscriminately, but what happens when it hits an atheist who enjoys life, gives time and money to charity and readily forgives Christians for insulting them?

I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard a Christian accuse an atheist of using disbelief as a mask for being anger with God. That might sometimes be true, but most atheists are no more angry with God than they are with Santa Claus.

If it’s ever been on a bumper sticker, it doesn’t belong in a debate.

Ignore Their Insights.

Many atheists are former Christians. Many of them know the Bible well. Often, it wasn’t Biblical ignorance that lead them away from faith, but an analysis of the claims made in Scripture.

So, how does it make that person feel to tell them they see contradictions in the Bible because they don’t have the Holy Spirit? It’s like saying that person isn’t even worth engaging until they admit that they’ve lost the debate.

Debate At All

Arguments and fiery debates arouse our psychological defenses. Confrontational communications put us on the offense, defense or both—and the goal becomes “winning.” We all know this feeling, and sometimes we’ll keep fighting even after we realize we’re wrong. Arguments aren’t about finding truth, they’re about being right.

Arguments aren’t about finding truth, they’re about being right.

When Jesus was asked the greatest commandment, He told people to love God with everything they had. When asked the second, He told people to love others as themselves. Another time, Jesus was asked “Who is my neighbor?” In response, He told a very subversive story about a man who was mugged and left on the side of the road. The religious and social elite passed, leaving the man without aide. But one of the most hated groups among Jesus’ peers were the Samaritans, and it was a Samaritan who finally helped the man.

From Relevant Magazine, one of the best magazines for redeeming the culture.

Related:  Atheists Aren’t Jerks!

The Cult of NOT

The Clarion Call:  be militant and flaunt your belief in nothing.

This dude has charged up some people to be simply unpleasant!  I am a Jesus follower.  Does Jesus have followers who are unpleasant with which to converse?  Yes!  It is not just atheists who are unpleasant.   There are Jesus followers who are angry and don’t know how to behave online.   It is as if they are incognito and it does not matter how they act.  It does matter.   Don’t do stupid!  That is, don’t do to others what they do to you or worse before they do to you.

Let’s admit our faults and confess our sins.  Now, take a peek here and see how not to act.

 

You Raise Me Up!

 

 

Author’s book on Hitchens gets him on Fox, MSNBC

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Larry Taunton, a Christian author in Birmingham [Alabama], has recently made TV appearances on the right-leaning Fox News and on the left-leaning MSNBC.

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Tauton’s book, released on April 12, 2016

 

Taunton’s book, ‘The Faith of Christopher Hitchens,’ was released on April 12, 2016.

Taunton’s new book on famous atheist Christopher Hitchens, who died in 2011, has gotten rave reviews from prominent atheists, and prominent Christians.

 

It’s a hot topic among liberal and conservative intellectuals.

Taunton, founder of the Christian ministry the Fixed Point Foundation in Birmingham, became friends with Hitchens in 2008 when the bestselling atheist author of “God is Not Great” began challenging Christians to debates. Read more of this post

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