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Does God exist? Is Christianity true? Is the Bible reliable? These are three of the most important questions a person could ever ask. Even if a skeptic starts with the assumption that the Bible is not reliable, they would probably agree with the Apostle Paul that if Christ has not been raised, then our faith is meaningless (1 Cor 15:14; 17). Basically, what Paul is stating is that if Jesus did not rise from the dead, then we are a bunch of idiots who should be pitied! And he’s right. If the resurrection of Jesus was not a real historical event, then Christianity is false and does not correspond to reality. This is of utmost importance when it comes to the reliability of The Bible. After all, do we merely just believe the Bible is trustworthy because your pastor said so or do we actually have good reasons to think that the Bible really is the Word of God? Fallacious Reasoning For years, when I would tell someone the Bible is the Word of God, I would back it up by pointing out that

Source: Jesus Validates the Bible (not the other way around) | FreakEng Ministries

“You believe in magic!” Such is the charge that has been leveled against me and all religious believers by atheists who see the very concept of the supernatural as out of bounds. However, Christians do not hold believe in magic at all. In fact, the very idea of magic is antithetical to Christian theology.

Source: Believing in God is not Believing in Magic | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

Negative changes like this are literally about a million times more likely in each case than positive evolution:

Only a few genetic changes were enough to change an ordinary stomach bug into the bacteria responsible for the plague.

Source: The Biology of the Plague | Quanta Magazine

“Personally, I find it incredible that the four fundamental forces of physics, operating from the moment after the Big Bang, could rearrange matter into everything that we see today. That unintelligent causes can ultimately lead to the creation of intelligent creatures, who can then rearrange matter and energy in clever ways, is, I entirely agree, hard to believe. And Darwinian evolution strains credulity as well. I am very sympathetic to the view that natural forces do not construct delicate, biomolecular machines.”

Source: An Honest Assessment of Why Darwinism Is Popular – Evolution News & Views

Is Tyson speaking out of his area again? Let’s plunge into the Deeper Waters and find out. Neil deGrasse Tyson of Cosmos has had a history of not getting his facts right when speaking to public audiences. I found out yesterday while browsing on Facebook that he had spoken to Bill Moyers on Moyers and … Continue reading Neil deGrasse Tyson Embarrasses Himself Again

Source: Neil deGrasse Tyson Embarrasses Himself Again – Deeper Waters

Answer: Yes!

This article first appeared in the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL, volume 35, number 05 (2012). The full text of this article in PDF format can be obtained by clicking here. For further information or to subscribe to the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL go to: http://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/ SYNOPSIS One of the most significant demonstrations that the Bible is divine […]

Source: Did Daniel Accurately Predict a Succession of Nations? – Christian Research Institute

Consider: a computer programmer can write a program in which he embeds various laws or rules. Those rules will apply consistently – unless of course he allows for the rules to be suspended. What this means in essence is that the primary rule – the one that we usually observe – is subject to a greater law or rule – the one that overrides the general or usual rule. What would stop the programmer from doing this? Could the subject of his rules challenge him for being inconsistent? Even if this fictitious programmer created artificially intelligent beings, they would not even become aware of his existence unless he wanted them to be; and then, only to the extent that he wanted them to become aware. He could do what he wanted with his rules and no one would ever know.

Source: Please Convince Me

It was time for me to see if my philosophically natural worldview could account for eight critical pieces of evidence:

The beginning of the universe

The fine-tuning of the universe for the existence of life

The origin of life in the universe

The appearance of design in biological organisms

The existence of consciousness

Our experience of free agency

The existence of transcendent, objective moral truths

The persistent problem of evil

Source: A 7 Day Bible Reading Plan to Help You Study the Evidence for God | Cold Case Christianity

Astrophysicist Hugh Ross offers the following analogy: Imagine covering the entire North American continent in dimes and stacking them until they reached the moon. Now imagine stacking just as many dimes again on another billion continents the same size as North America. If you marked one of those dimes and hid it in the billions of piles you’ve assembled, the odds of a blindfolded friend picking out the correct dime is approximately 1 in 10^37; the same level of precision required in the strong nuclear force and the expansion rate of the universe.

Source: The Inexplicable Fine-Tuning of the Foundational Forces in Our Universe | Cold Case Christianity

All valid Scientific consensus will survive being questioned just fine. It’s when it’s not questioned that tyranny’s thrive:

BreakPoint

Source: Questioning Scientific Consensus

Rather than big bang cosmology being refuted by the supposed lack of Pop III stars, it is now vindicated. The observational measurements and theoretical calculations described here establish that Pop III stars really do exist.

Source: Reasons To Believe : Finding the Firstborn Stars

Many revisionists in the Protestant liberal churches, followed by the extremes of Catholic progressivism and emergent evangelicalism, have reached the point where their thinkers preach “a different gospel,” some of their leaders are hardly recognizable as Christian, and some have joked that they recite the Apostles’ Creed with their fingers crossed.

Source: Strengthening the Immune System for the Christian Faith | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

Compatibilism is incoherent, as Tim Stratton points out in this article. We have Libertarian Free Will (LFW) — anyone who denies it exercises it in their denial and thus refutes themself:

“I have spent the majority of my academic career contemplating free will. For over a decade I held the view of theological determinism and labeled myself as a “Calvinist.” For years I rejected the notion that humans were free to think or act in a libertarian sense. I found it interesting that when I began to have conversations with naturalistic atheists, they would basically argue the exact same way as Calvinists, but for different reasons. One thing Calvinists and atheistic naturalists have in common is that they both reject the idea of libertarian free will (the notion that we are genuinely responsible for at least some our beliefs and behaviors). After studying logic and metaphysics – not to mention theology – I have concluded that it is literally incoherent to reject the idea that humanity can make free choices in a libertarian sense. Needless to say, I am no longer a Calvinist. These days I argue with atheistic naturalists and Calvinists regarding this very topic all too often.”

Source: Compatibilistic Free Will: Can you have your cake & eat it too? | FreakEng Ministries

“It will not do … to say that Jesus’ disciples were so stunned and shocked by his death, so unable to come to terms with it, that they projected their shattered hopes onto the screen of fantasy and invented the idea of Jesus’ ‘resurrection’ as a way of coping with a cruelly broken dream. That has an initial apparent psychological plausibility, but it won’t work as serious first-century history. We know of lots of other messianic and similar movements in the Jewish world roughly contemporary with Jesus. In many cases the leader died a violent death at the hands of the authorities. In not one single case do we hear the slightest mention of the disappointed followers claiming that their hero had been raised from the dead. They knew better. ‘Resurrection’ was not a private event. It involved human bodies. There would have to be an empty tomb somewhere. A Jewish revolutionary whose leader had been executed by the authorities, and who managed to escape arrest himself, had two options: give up the revolution, or find another leader. We have evidence of people doing both. Claiming that the original leader was alive again was simply not an option. Unless, of course, he was.”

Source: Truthbomb Apologetics: N.T. Wright on the Resurrection of Jesus

Beware of consensus-mongers:

“The left today is infatuated with “consensus” as a tool that can be used to ostracize views it would rather not have to debate. If there is a consensus on “Black Lives Matter” or “Climate Change,” the matter is settled. The herding instinct of the collectivist left is stroked by consensus. The right has some of these herding impulses too, but it also has a much stronger strand of individualism, and for individualists the pronouncement that something is backed by consensus is a warning label. That label says, “Probably contains unwarranted assumptions, unfounded factual claims, and an aversion to considering alternative ideas.”

Source: Group thought, aka sheep on steroids | Uncommon Descent

“There is a good explanation of how these bones got there, an explanation that’s consistent with all the evidence: the individuals were running away from a predator and fled into the deep darkness of a cave where perhaps they got stuck or lost. Perhaps they were afraid to leave the cave. Perhaps it was too dark to find their way out. In any event, in this scenario, they died. Whatever the reason, it’s easy to imagine these apelike creatures fleeing into a deep, dark cave as the most expedient way to escape when being chased by some unfriendly African predator (pick your species). At least one person, Travis Pickering of the University of Wisconsin, seems to feel the same way, as Scientific American reports: Pickering adds that it is impossible to say whether the H. naledi individuals were lured or pushed into the cave to be murdered, or whether they were placed there, once dead, as part of a ritual. In fact, another, contemporaneous human species might have disposed of H. naledi’s bones in that spot.”

Source: Hominid Hype and Homo naledi: A Unique “Species” of Unclear Evolutionary Importance – Evolution News & Views