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3 Failed Naturalistic Attempts at Explaining Consciousness – Sean McDowell

January 19, 2018

“…In The Mysterious Flame, Philosopher Colin McGinn explains why evolution fails to explain consciousness:But in the case of consciousness the Darwinian explanation does not tell us what we need to know, for the simple reason that it is unclear how matter can be so organized as to create a conscious being. The problem is in the raw materials. It looks as if with consciousness a new kind of reality has been injected into the universe, instead of just a recombination of the old realities. Even if minds showed no hint of design, the same old problem would exist: How can mere matter originate consciousness? How did evolution convert the water of biological tissue into the wine of consciousness?..”

Source: 3 Failed Naturalistic Attempts at Explaining Consciousness – Sean McDowell

Does Ken Ham’s Presuppositional Defense of Biblical Authority Lead to Biblical Skepticism? | SES

January 18, 2018

“…Those words are not God’s Word. It is Mr. Ham telling me to start with God’s Word. Thus, if one can start with Mr. Ham’s words, then Mr. Ham is violating his own principle making his position false. Moreover, is the idea that “all evidence must be interpreted based on a [worldview]” a product of Mr. Ham’s worldview-driven interpretation, or is it true across worldviews? If it is true across worldviews, then at least that fact is “worldveiw neutral,” again making Mr. Ham’s position false. What about the laws of logic? Do those differ according to someone’s worldview or are they “worldview neutral”? Here’s a hint: if you answer that logic differs across worldviews, then you are actually using logic to say it is true for all worldviews that logic differs across worldviews. I trust the reader can see the contradiction…”

Source: Does Ken Ham’s Defense of Biblical Authority Lead to Biblical Skepticism? | SES

The J. Warner Wallace Dateline Collection | Cold Case Christianity

January 18, 2018

“Around Dateline, we had a phrase to describe J Warner Wallace: ‘The Evidence Whisperer.’ He would come up with some unlikely bit of long neglected flotsam, realize it was key evidence, and work it until he’d wrung out every possible lead. Jim helped bring cases to court, and our stories to life. And when I discovered he enjoys debating religious questions with an inquisitive guy like me? Well that was true joy. Mind you, we agree about almost nothing. But in this book he makes his case as always with verve and charm …just like my friend Jim.” – Keith Morrison, News Correspondent, Dateline (NBC).

Source: The J. Warner Wallace Dateline Collection | Cold Case Christianity

Pro-lifers furious New Mexico attorney general won’t investigate baby parts sales | News | LifeSite

January 18, 2018

“…The New Mexico Attorney General won’t investigate his state’s flagship university and a late-term abortion facility for selling baby body parts, despite an ongoing FBI inquiry, the urging of a Congressional committee, and the suspension of a university researcher for her involvement in the “transfer” of body parts.New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, a Democrat, informed the U.S. House Select Investigative Panel on Infant lives he wasn’t interested in pursuing the case via a letter on January 4, 2018…”

Source: Pro-lifers furious New Mexico attorney general won’t investigate baby parts sales | News | LifeSite

Truthbomb Apologetics: Truthbomb’s Top 10 Books Every Christian Parent Should Read

January 18, 2018

“A thoughtful reader on Facebook asked me if Truthbomb had a “Top 10″ Book List.  I confessed that we did not, but agreed to put one together…so, here you go!

Please keep in mind that these books are aimed toward parents who desire to train their kids to understand what they believe and why they believe it.  Further, it should be noted that these are NOT in any special order…”

Source: Truthbomb Apologetics: Truthbomb’s Top 10 Books Every Christian Parent Should Read

Alabama’s Big Win Courtesy of Tua Tagovailoa

January 17, 2018

“…Alabama’s stunning come-from-behind NCAA championship victory over Georgia was fueled by freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. In a remarkably humble interview after the game, especially given what he’d just accomplished on national television, he said: “I would like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. With him all things are possible…”

Source: Alabama’s Big Win

William Lane Craig on “If Mind is Reducible to Brain Function, Why Trust Thought?”

January 16, 2018

“…If they think that logic and reason are unreliable because “logic and reason is due to chemical compositions in the brain,” then ask them, “How did you arrive at that conclusion?” If they used logic and reason, then their assertion defeats itself. If they did not, why believe what they say? These poor, deluded souls are mired in incoherence and don’t even realize it…”

Source: William Lane Craig on “If Mind is Reducible to Brain Function, Why Trust Thought?”

Some Proteins Act Almost Like Humans | Evolution News

January 16, 2018

“…Each of these proteins operates in the dark, jostling interior of a cell, and yet has an uncanny sense of what it needs to do and where it needs to be. Each one cooperates with other proteins, sometimes coordinating the actions of large numbers of them. Daple never hears the band concert. Adult stem cells never feel a hot shower. Proteasomes never taste a holiday dinner. Without a brain or a mind to guide them, these machines work as if they have a higher purpose that calls for their skills, even though that purpose transcends their own microscopic existence. The effect is the health of an entirely different entity that is orders of magnitude larger than the protein — the human body.It takes phenomenal programming to make a machine imitate a person. These molecular machines, silently fulfilling their coded instructions, come pretty close to passing the Turing test.”

Source: Some Proteins Act Almost Like Humans | Evolution News

Platelets and Neutrophils Double-Team Invading Bacteria – Regenexx

January 15, 2018

Tell me this isn’t Intelligent Design:

“…After bacterial invasion, the researchers discovered that platelets migrate to the site of infection and patrol the area, gathering the bacteria, trapping them, and then bundling them into groups. Chemicals released from the bacteria during this process stimulate the phagocytic neutrophils to report to the location, where they are able to quickly capture and ingest the trapped bundles of bacteria and kill them, certainly a much more efficient process than chasing down and gobbling up one bacteria at a time.The upshot? The body is pretty cool. It always amazes me that something we observe in life as a process, like a dog rounding up sheep or cattle so it’s easier for the rancher, is replicated inside us!..”

Source: Platelets and Neutrophils Double-Team Invading Bacteria – Regenexx®

Harvey-hit houses of worship now free to apply for FEMA aid – Becket

January 14, 2018

“WASHINGTON, D.C. – FEMA is now accepting disaster aid applications from houses of worship damaged by Hurricane Harvey, a result of lawsuits brought by three Texas churches and two Florida synagogues seeking equal access to relief grants. In Harvest Family Church v. FEMA, and Chabad of Key West v. FEMA, Harvest Family Church, Hi-Way Tabernacle, and Rockport First Assembly of God and Chabad of Key West and Chabad of the Space Coast, respectively, sued FEMA for denying houses of worship access to federal disaster aid grants on equal footing with secular non-profits (watch their story). FEMA announced houses of worship can now apply for disaster relief aid through February 4…”

Source: Harvey-hit houses of worship now free to apply for FEMA aid – Becket

The Price of Denying Free Will | CrossExamined.org

January 11, 2018

“…As Tim Stratton argues in his Freethinking Argument, in a deterministic world, there is no true thought or rationality. These things are based on the ability to analyze data, weigh evidence, and select the best conclusion.After all, if you think free will is a lie, how did you come to that conclusion? Did you survey the evidence and freely choose to accept determinism? I hope you see how absurd that is. If there is no free will, you did not rationally come to believe that. You were determined to accept it, just like everything else you think and believe. You never came to freely believe in anything; you were merely determined to do so…”

Source: The Price of Denying Free Will | CrossExamined.org

Why Christians Can’t Avoid Being Evidentialists – THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM

January 11, 2018

“…In the end, we need to dispense with the complaint that there’s no possible way to look at various religious claims and find the truth. For those that have an open mind and do the homework, it can be a rewarding experience. When I took this approach, I arrived at the following conclusion:1. A miracle is an act of God that confirms a messenger from God.

2. Jesus offered a cumulative case that confirms He is the incarnation of the God of Israel—His fulfillment of prophecy, His sinless life, His messianic actions/messianic miracles, His speaking authority, and His miraculous resurrection.

3. Therefore, Jesus offered several lines of evidence that  confirm that He is the incarnation of the God of Israel.”

Source: Why Christians Can’t Avoid Being Evidentialists – THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM

Viral video: Woman explains why she left ‘super wild’ lesbian lifestyle to follow Christ | News | LifeSite

January 11, 2018

“…Immersed in the gay lifestyle from age fifteen, Emily Thomes’ life was transformed when she encountered the real God.Rebellious from an early age, Emily’s actions led her into immoral choices.  “I met my need for attention by constantly ‘going against the grain,’” she explains online and in a viral video released last week.

“I partied, slept around, and by fifteen I came out as a lesbian to some friends,” Emily continued in the Anchored North-produced video.  “I cut my hair short, wore boy clothes, and used men’s bathrooms and dressing rooms…”

Source: Viral video: Woman explains why she left ‘super wild’ lesbian lifestyle to follow Christ | News | LifeSite

How Christians Can Take Back Their Minds – Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.

January 11, 2018

“Americans are being lied to every day. Popular culture tells us that deep thinking and reflective living is pointless. Instead, we must move faster. We need faster cars, faster food, and faster computers—now. We need more things, more toys, more power, and more perks. We need more hair (if baldness threatens), but we don’t need more knowledge or more wisdom. We need less wrinkles (hence Botox parties) and less pounds, but not less vices (as long as we can get away with them). Our media are dominated by celebrities who are not wise, learned or godly people. They are usually over-paid and ego-driven athletes or movie stars. Next to nothing in popular culture encourages us to slow down and cultivate a contemplative life before the God “in whom we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Instead we are tempted to believe that God has nothing to do with our most valued activities and dreams. We can do fine without him. Or, we may redefine the God of the Bible and godly religion to fit our designer preferences. Either way, worldliness reigns, world applauds, and the mind is deadened…”

Source: How Christians Can Take Back Their Minds – Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.

Yes, Women Need Apologetics, But More Importantly, Apologetics Needs Women

January 10, 2018

“…When it comes to leadership, men and women can do and say the exact same thing; the man will be seen as a strong leader, and the woman will be viewed as a [word I don’t say in polite company.] However, this exact same phenomenon is true on the flip side; there are a lot of harsh truths that people will more readily hear from a woman than they will a man. Why is that? Is it because we are less intimidating? Is it because we intuitively know how to soften the blow? Is it because I’m 5’2” and it’s hard for someone to really take me seriously? Who knows. All I know is that if a man and a woman both say something harsh with love, the love is often more readily perceived coming from a woman than it is from a man...”

Source: Yes, Women Need Apologetics, But More Importantly, Apologetics Needs Women

Peer-Reviewed Science: A “Mathematical Proof of Darwinian Evolution” Is Falsified | Evolution News

January 10, 2018

“…According to Basener and Sanford, at real levels of mutation, Fisher’s original theorem, understood to be a mathematical proof that Darwinian evolution is inevitable, is overthrown.

Kudos to Basener and Sanford for making this important point. Now, will the textbooks and the online encyclopedia articles take note?”

Source: Peer-Reviewed Science: A “Mathematical Proof of Darwinian Evolution” Is Falsified | Evolution News

What Interested You in the Kalām Cosmological Argument? | Reasonable Faith

January 8, 2018

“…A couple years later, after completing my doctoral thesis, Prof. Hick came to me prior to my orals and confided, “I gave your thesis to a member of the physics department to evaluate the physical evidence you present for the beginning of the universe.”  He paused and then said, “He said that it’s completely correct.”I said, “I know it is!”

He replied, “Why don’t the theologians know about this?…”

The wages of churchianity isolationism!

Source: What Interested You in the Kalām Cosmological Argument? | Reasonable Faith

Former Atheist’s Mic Drop Tweet Explains Why He Could No Longer Reject God’s Existence – Faithwire

January 7, 2018

“To continue in atheism, I would need to believe that nothing produces everything, non-life produces life, randomness produces fine-tuning, chaos produces information, unconsciousness produces consciousness, and non-reason produces reason,” he wrote. “I simply didn’t have that much faith.”

Source: Former Atheist’s Mic Drop Tweet Explains Why He Could No Longer Reject God’s Existence – Faithwire

5 Surprising Scientific Reasons to Attend Church | LightWorkers

January 7, 2018

“About two in five Americans report going to worship services on a weekly basis. But church isn’t always the easiest commitment to make on an early Sunday morning. While church offers obvious spiritual benefits, did you know studies have found it’s good for your physical and mental health too? Here are five surprising benefits of attending church…”

Source: 5 Surprising Scientific Reasons to Attend Church | LightWorkers

Discovery of Clay Seal From First Temple Period Viewed as Another Support of Biblical Text | Christian News Network

January 6, 2018

“…The ancient clay seal found near the Western Wall dates to the First Temple Period and mentions the governor of the city. The Old Testament refers to the position of governor in Jerusalem during that time, a role appointed by the king. Thus, this discovery appears to be yet another in a long line of archaeological finds corroborating the accuracy and historicity of the Bible,” he said….”

Source: Discovery of Clay Seal From First Temple Period Viewed as Another Support of Biblical Text | Christian News Network

Intelligent Design Is Flourishing in Brazil | Evolution News

January 5, 2018

“…Despite the recent Stalinesque airbrushing of eminent German paleontologist Günter Bechly from Wikipedia for advocating intelligent design, ID’s worldwide influence is growing. My wife Lucy and I just returned from Brazil, the world’s fifth largest and sixth most populous country, where ID is flourishing.Twenty-five years ago, Brazilian historian of science (and former Marxist-Leninist) Enézio E. de Almeida Filho became skeptical of Darwinism — not because of the Bible, but because of the scientific evidence against it. Enézio (who goes by the nickname Neddy) also read Phillip Johnson’s Darwin on Trial. Neddy started a blog, Desafiando a Nomenklatura Científica (“Defying the Scientific Nomenklatura”), and in 1998 the Brazilian ID movement was born…”

Source: Intelligent Design Is Flourishing in Brazil | Evolution News

The Ultimate Cart-Before-the-Horse (Why Atheism is Illogical). – God Evidence • Does God Exist?

January 5, 2018

“I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.”

–Nobel Prize winning physicist Max Planck, who founded quantum theory, and who is therefore one of the most important physicists of all time.

Source: The Ultimate Cart-Before-the-Horse (Why Atheism is Illogical). – God Evidence • Does God Exist?

The Blow-Hard Bias of Inherit the Wind | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

January 4, 2018

“…Inherit the Wind – Not History

The play (and the subsequent 1960 movie with Spencer Tracy) proved immensely popular at the time. However, there are some real problems with the events in the way the play presents them. While the broad points are the same, the play changes so many details that the authors acknowledged their play isn’t history. In the play’s preface they wrote:

Inherit the Wind is not history. The events which took place in Dayton, Tennessee, during the scorching July of 1925 are clearly the genesis of this play. It has, however, an exodus entirely its own…”

 

Source: The Blow-Hard Bias of Inherit the Wind | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

Dealing with Physical Ailment | Reasonable Faith

January 4, 2018

A great response to this question:

“Dear Dr. Craig, thank you for your great work at Reasonable Faith. My question is one borne from a sense of sadness and resentment towards God for His seemingly indifferent attitude to my pain. I have struggled for years with bad eyesight and floaters in my eyes, (especially my left eye), and it really does affect my daily activities like reading and writing etc. I have been praying almost constantly for healing and restoration but have been met with a devastating silence.I happen to know that you yourself suffer from a muscular problem, and would like to hear your personal journey through that. Can you relate to my problems? Have you ever asked God to heal you? Did you feel bitter when He did not? How did you continue believing in His goodness and love?

Also, did you experience, like I have, the Church telling you that if you are not healed it is because of your lack of faith or because of unconfessed sin? This teaching in particular is especially devastating to my own faith.

God Bless you

Nathaniel

Singapore…”

Source: Dealing with Physical Ailment | Reasonable Faith

Living Fossils, Ancient Oxygen, Colorful Snapdragons: Anomalies Challenge Darwin’s Story | Evolution News

January 4, 2018

“Most science media try to put a glossy evolutionary shine on new discoveries, but if you read carefully, you often find elements of surprise and astonishment — indications of anomalies. Enough anomalies can wreck a paradigm. As if Darwinians were not already buried under a crushing pile of these, here are a few more upsets in recent news…”

Source: Living Fossils, Ancient Oxygen, Colorful Snapdragons: Anomalies Challenge Darwin’s Story | Evolution News

Biblical Archaeology’s Top 10 Discoveries of 2017 | News & Reporting | Christianity Today

January 2, 2018

“…Each year, on an almost daily basis, archaeological discoveries help us better understand the Bible and affirm its details about people, events, and culture.

Below are the top excavation findings reported in 2017 which have increased our knowledge of the biblical world and the early history of Christianity…”

Source: Biblical Archaeology’s Top 10 Discoveries of 2017 | News & Reporting | Christianity Today

Best Books of the Year — Discovery Institute Takes Honors in World Magazine’s “Origins” Category | Evolution News

December 31, 2017

“…It’s hard to argue with World Magazine editor-in-chief Marvin Olasky’s assessment that debates about life’s origins form the “most significant worldview clash of our time outside those concerning theology itself.”Yes, the science behind the design controversy clearly poses an ultimate question, from which — it’s surprising to say — many otherwise thoughtful people turn away, assuming that the experts have got it all figured out so intelligent laypeople can give their attention to other matters. Wrong!..”

Source: Best Books of the Year — Discovery Institute Takes Honors in World Magazine’s “Origins” Category | Evolution News

The Wonder of Water at the Nanoscale | Evolution News

December 30, 2017

“…The last chapter of Michael Denton’s latest book, The Wonder of Water (which we’ll abbreviate WoW, and yes, the pun is intended), is the grand slam that runs home all the bases. After showing water’s incomparable role in climate, geology, and physiology, he looks deep into the cell and shows that water’s unique properties contribute to life at the nanoscale of molecular interactions. In “Water and the Cell” (especially pp. 168-177), Denton shows that H2O has been promoted from cellular stage hand to prima donna:..”

Source: The Wonder of Water at the Nanoscale | Evolution News

Ten Basic Facts about the NT Canon that Every Christian Should Memorize: #8: “The NT Canon Was Not Decided at Nicea—Nor Any Other Church Council.” – Canon Fodder

December 30, 2017

“…For whatever set of reasons, there is a widespread belief out there (internet, popular books) that the New Testament canon was decided at the Council of Nicea in 325 AD—under the conspiratorial influence of Constantine. The fact that this claim was made in Dan Brown’s best-seller The Da Vinci Code shows how widespread it really is. Brown did not make up this belief; he simply used it in his book.The problem with this belief, however, is that it is patently false. The Council of Nicea had nothing to do with the formation of the New Testament canon (nor did Constantine).   Nicea was concerned with how Christians should articulate their beliefs about the divinity of Jesus. Thus it was the birthplace of the Nicean creed…”

Source: Ten Basic Facts about the NT Canon that Every Christian Should Memorize: #8: “The NT Canon Was Not Decided at Nicea—Nor Any Other Church Council.” – Canon Fodder

Unborn Babies Feel Intense Pain in Abortions, So Why is Killing Them OK? | LifeNews.com

December 30, 2017

“…Babies demonstrate full body aversive responses, not just localized responses, to noxious or painful stimuli. Feeling stimulus on the hand wouldn’t explain an open mouth or a full body averse response. Those actions cannot be designates as simple reflexes. They have to be coordinated at a higher level. To say that these babies aren’t feeling pain is ridiculous, he says. The ability to sense and respond to pain is unquestionably present at 20 weeks. We know this by observing the electrical, mechanical, hormonal, and full body responses of these children…”

Source: Unborn Babies Feel Intense Pain in Abortions, So Why is Killing Them OK? | LifeNews.com

Cold-Case Christianity on the NRB Network | Cold Case Christianity

December 30, 2017

“The weekly Cold-Case Christianity Podcast is also a 30 minute television broadcast on the NRBTV! The Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast is hosted by J. Warner Wallace, cold-case detective and author of God’s Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence of A Divinely Created Universe and Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels…”

Source: Cold-Case Christianity on the NRB Network | Cold Case Christianity

Origin of life challenge: The information challenge is the only one that counts | Uncommon Descent

December 29, 2017

“…Stumbling across a random sequence that could perform even one of the most basic reactions also requires a search library in the trillions. So, any multistage process would also be beyond the reach of chance. A glimmer of hope was offered by Jack Szostak when he published a paper that purported to show RNA could self-replicate without the aid of any enzyme. Unaided self-repliation would have greatly aided the search process. However, he later retracted the paper after the results could not be reproduced…”

Source: Origin of life challenge: The information challenge is the only one that counts | Uncommon Descent

Case-Making 101: 12 things Darwinian evolution can’t answer but Intelligent Design can – Truth, Faith and Reason

December 29, 2017

“…Francis Crick, Nobel prize winner and co-discoverer of the molecular structure of DNA has said:“To produce the miracle of molecular construction, all the cell needs to do is string together the amino acids (which make up the polypeptide chain of DNA) in the correct order. This is a complicated biochemical process. Suppose the chain is about 200 amino acids long and, since we have just twenty possibilities at each place, the number of possibilities is twenty multiplied by itself some 200 times. This is conveniently written 20 to the 200th power, that is, a 1 followed by 260 zeros? This number is quite beyond our everyday comprehension.”

 What does that look like?

To create this one single strand of DNA (by chance) is mathematically one chance in…

1,0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000…”

According to probability theorists, anything with longer odds than 1 in 10 to the 50th power is mathematically impossible. What does this tell us? That an origin of life without guidance by an intelligent agent is impossible!

Source: Case-Making 101: 12 things Darwinian evolution can’t answer but Intelligent Design can – Truth, Faith and Reason

Why Should Christians Care About Logic? – Free Thinking Ministries

December 29, 2017

“…The laws of logic are not invented; they are discovered truths about the nature of reality itself. It is commonly accepted that there are three fundamental laws of logic and that all other logical principles are derived from these three laws; these foundational laws are: the principle of identity, the law of the excluded middle, and the law of non-contradiction. Each of these is similar, but subtly distinct from the others…”

Source: Why Should Christians Care About Logic? – Free Thinking Ministries

Can the Rot of Naturalism Be Stopped? Relating Information to Matter and Energy Might Help | Evolution News

December 28, 2017

“…A New Yorker obit for naturalist atheist philosopher Jerry Fodor (1935–2017), who risked doubting Darwin, noted Fodor’s dismissal of the “natural selection” cult but, surprisingly, did not offer polite contempt. Obituarist Stephen Metcalf merely observed, “Fodor thought that the neo-Darwinists had confused the loyalty oath of modernity — nature is without conscious design, species evolve over time, the emergence of Homo sapiens was without meaning or telos — with blind adherence to the fallacy known as ‘natural selection.’…”

Source: Can the Rot of Naturalism Be Stopped? Relating Information to Matter and Energy Might Help | Evolution News

Origin of Life Conundrums Require A Divine Designer | Cold Case Christianity

December 23, 2017

“…Paul Davies describes the conundrum: “Take DNA… It has a grand agenda, but to implement this, DNA must enlist the help of proteins… proteins are made by complicated machines called ribosomes, according to coded instruction received from DNA via mRNA. The problem is, how could proteins get made without the DNA code for them, the mRNA to transcribe the instructions, and the ribosomes to assemble them? But if the proteins are not already there, how can DNA, ribosomes and all the rest of the paraphernalia get made in the first place? It’s Catch-22….”

Source: Origin of Life Conundrums Require A Divine Designer | Cold Case Christianity

Trump shocks conservatives in renominating LGBT activist to top anti-discrimination post | News | LifeSite

December 22, 2017

“…The Trump Administration has nominated to keep a radical LGBT activist, lesbian Chai Feldblum, in place as commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).A holdover from the Obama Administration, Feldblum is credited with spearheading and implementing much of the former administration’s radical gay and transgender policy agenda.

Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins called the renomination a shock…”

Source: Trump shocks conservatives in renominating LGBT activist to top anti-discrimination post | News | LifeSite

Prophecies of the Messiah

December 22, 2017

“…The Time of His Appearing

Let’s now consider a fascinating prophecy that, in the opinion of many scholars, tells us when the Messiah would make His appearance. It’s found in Daniel 9.

Daniel was one of the Jewish captives who had been brought to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. The prophecy in Daniel 9 was given in the sixth century B.C. While much can be said about this passage, we must focus on a few important points.

To begin, verse 24 gives us the time parameters during which the prophecy will unfold. It reads, “Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin,” and so on. Although we can’t go into all the details, the ‘seventy ‘sevens’” concern seventy distinct seven-year periods of time, or a total of 490 years.

Next, verse 25 tells us that from the issuing of a decree to rebuild Jerusalem until the coming of the Messiah, there will be a total of sixty-nine “sevens,” or 483 years. There are two views we must consider. The first holds that this decree was issued by the Persian ruler Artaxerxes to Ezra the priest in 457 B.C.{4} Adding 483 years to this date brings us to A.D. 27, the year many scholars believe Jesus began His public ministry! The second view holds that the reference is to a later decree of Artaxerxes, issued on March 5, 444 B.C.{5} Adding 483 years to this date takes us to A.D. 38. But according to this view, the years in question should be calculated according to a lunar calendar, consisting of twelve thirty-day months.{6} If each of the 483 years consists of only 360 days, then we arrive at March 30, 33 A.D. Dr. Allen Ross says “that is the Monday of the Passion week, the day of the Triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.”{7} The views thus differ on the date of Jesus’ death, but each can comfortably fit the evidence.{8}

Finally, verse 26 says that after the period of sixty-nine “sevens” the Messiah will be “cut off” and have nothing. According to one scholar, “The word translated ‘cut off’ is used of executing . . . a criminal.”{9} All of this fits quite well with the crucifixion of Jesus. Indeed, the accuracy of this prophecy, written over five hundred years before Jesus’ birth, bears eloquent testimony to the divine inspiration and truth of the Bible…”

Source: Prophecies of the Messiah

JESUS: SANTA FOR ADULTS? (TIM STRATTON) Christianity in Memes – YouTube

December 22, 2017

Is Jesus simply a Santa Claus for adults? Is believing in Jesus Christ of the Bible the same as believing in Santa? What does this mean for Christianity?Tim Stratton of Freethinking Ministries tackles this popular meme that says “Jesus: Santa Claus for adults”!

 

Is Jesus simply a Santa Claus for adults? Is believing in Jesus Christ of the Bible the same as believing in Santa? What does this mean for Christianity?Tim Stratton of Freethinking Ministries tackles this popular meme that says “Jesus: Santa Claus for adults”!

Franklin Graham spoke Bible-truth about LGBT. Now the UK wants to ban him for ‘hate speech’ | News | LifeSite

December 21, 2017

Don’t budge, brother Franklin!

“…British parliamentarians along with over 6,000 people have signed an online petition to ban world-famous American evangelist Franklin Graham from entry into the country because they say he has used “hate speech” against “Muslims and LGBT people…”

Source: Franklin Graham spoke Bible-truth about LGBT. Now the UK wants to ban him for ‘hate speech’ | News | LifeSite

A Logical Christmas Message | CrossExamined.org

December 21, 2017

“…All of the scientific data supports the theory that all nature had an absolute beginning (big bang cosmology, 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, and the Borde, Guth, Vilenkin Theorem of 2003). Everything that begins to exist has a cause, and the evidence demonstrates that the universe (all nature) began to exist. Therefore, since nature began to exist, nature cannot be the cause of nature. Therefore, the cause of nature must be something other than nature (supernatural). This is exactly what the first chapter of John is stating about Jesus – he is the supernatural cause of the natural universe, and he entered into his creation so that we could know him.That is to say, the Creator of the universe entered into the universe to save the people within the universe. This is what Christmas is all about. This is why we have good reason to celebrate Christmas!..”

Source: A Logical Christmas Message | CrossExamined.org

The Origin of Life: Dangers of Taking Research Claims at Face Value | Evolution News

December 21, 2017

“…In an article here yesterday, I wrote about philosopher Vincent Torley’s critique of my posts related to the origin of life, and I corrected his errors on thermodynamics. Today, I will correct the errors related to the state of origins research. As a general overview, origin-of-life research falls into two categories. The first is experiments that attempt to accurately model the conditions on the early Earth. The classic example is the Stanley Miller experiment which started with a combination of reducing gases (methane, ammonia, and hydrogen) that were believed to exist, and the researchers applied to the mixture electrical discharges. The resulting reactions produced several amino acids, heralded as a major breakthrough.Unfortunately, scientists later recognized that the early atmosphere was not likely so reducing. Instead, it contained a different combination of gases including carbon dioxide. All subsequent experiments conducted with more realistic starting ingredients failed to produce the building blocks of life (amino acids, carbohydrates, nucleotides, and lipids) in significant quantities. An additional challenge for all such experiments, including Miller’s, was that they produced other byproducts that would have caused deleterious cross reactions. Such conditions would have prevented any subsequent stages leading to life. All roads led to dead ends…”

Source: The Origin of Life: Dangers of Taking Research Claims at Face Value | Evolution News

U.S. leaders sound alarm over Canada’s new pro-abortion loyalty oath for businesses | Blogs | LifeSite

December 20, 2017

“…While the eyes of freedom-loving Americans are focused on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case now before the United States Supreme Court, a serious threat to religious liberty has suddenly erupted in our neighbor to the north.The Liberal government of Justin Trudeau has just announced it will demand – in writing – fealty to transgender and abortion “rights” from employers before they will be allowed to receive summer job grants for students…”

Source: U.S. leaders sound alarm over Canada’s new pro-abortion loyalty oath for businesses | Blogs | LifeSite

5 Reasons to Start Your Religious Quest with Christianity | Radical Worldview

December 20, 2017

“…The following are five reasons why a thoughtful person seeking religious truth should start with Christianity. I originally heard these five reasons in an apologetics lecture by Dr. Craig Hazen of Biola University. Those interested in exploring these more should check out one of his lectures (start around 14:15) or read his apologetics novel Five Sacred Crossings.And now the five reasons:..”

Source: 5 Reasons to Start Your Religious Quest with Christianity | Radical Worldview

Standing Against the Tide of Moral Relativism – Stand Up For The Truth

December 20, 2017

“…Barna Research surveyed Americans last year on moral absolutes and found only 35 percent of people believe moral truth is absolute. The conclusion? “Christian morality is being ushered out of American social structures and off the cultural mainstage,” and this results in the broader culture trying to fill the void…”

Source: Standing Against the Tide of Moral Relativism – Stand Up For The Truth

Ireland group launches ‘blasphemous’ advent campaign to expand abortion | News | LifeSite

December 19, 2017

“…A pro-abortion group in Ireland is appropriating the pre-Christmas season of advent for its campaign to drum up support for repeal of the country’s constitutional amendment that bans abortion.While the #AdventforChoice campaign has garnered praise from abortion supporters, others have deemed it contemptuous, grotesque, awful, and blasphemous…”

Source: Ireland group launches ‘blasphemous’ advent campaign to expand abortion | News | LifeSite

40 Quotes from R. C. Sproul (1939–2017)

December 18, 2017

I have some differences with Dr. Sproul’s Theology, but he’s a brother in Christ, and he articulated some things very concisely, such as this:

“…The cross was a glorious outworking of the grace of God, by which the Father commissioned the Son to make full satisfaction so that sinners might be saved with no sacrifice of God’s justice…”

Source: 40 Quotes from R. C. Sproul (1939–2017)

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December 17, 2017

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The Origin of Life: Correcting Common Mistakes on Thermodynamics | Evolution News

December 17, 2017

It’s important that Christians — and everyone else, for that matter — understand that The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics makes both Abiogenesis and macro-evolution impossible without the intervention of a mind. It’s sad when otherwise bright philosophers like Vincent Torley buy into materialist hand-waving over it hook, line and sinker, as Brian Miller points out here:

“…Torley writes that the work of Jeremy England has overcome all of these challenges by demonstrating that natural processes could move a system toward higher free energy. This claim represents a complete misunderstanding of his research. England’s simulations study how energy could be absorbed from some source and then released (dissipated) into the environment. His models presuppose that energy is readily available, and it can be directly accessed to drive specific reactions of interest. In other words, if his models did relate to the origin of life, he would have assumed that the central problem of processing and redirecting an available energy source would have already been solved.However, in none of his technical papers does he directly relate any of his work to concrete origin-of-life research. He simply states that his models might offer possible analogies, and he identifies minimum heat dissipation in self-replication. Popular-level articles have strongly made the connection to the origin of life but without any justification. To the contrary, England’s work is based on fluctuation theorems which demonstrate that systems driven from equilibrium tend towards states of higher entropy and greater energy dissipation — the opposite direction of what is needed for the first cell. For perspective on the problem: combining basic molecules into a bacterium requires energy being absorbed (opposite of dissipated) from the environment in the amount of roughly 0.27 ev/atom. This value, if scaled, would parallel a bathtub of room-temperature water absorbing enough heat from the environment to start boiling. A clear impossibility…”

Source: The Origin of Life: Correcting Common Mistakes on Thermodynamics | Evolution News

Prominent Retraction Vindicates Stephen Meyer and Signature in the Cell | Evolution News

December 16, 2017

“…Szostak by his own admission was “incredibly excited” by the outcome of his work. But as Retraction Watch puts it, “the team had misinterpreted the initial data.” It was “definitely embarrassing,” as Szostak concedes. “In retrospect, we were totally blinded by our belief.” Again, as Dr. Gauger notes, his honesty is to be praised.But what is that about being “blinded” by “belief”? I hear an echo of his remarks on intelligent design and its peril, in which he added the comment, “I think that belief systems based on faith are inherently dangerous, as they leave the believer susceptible to manipulation when skepticism and inquiry are discouraged…”

Source: Prominent Retraction Vindicates Stephen Meyer and Signature in the Cell | Evolution News

Hold Tight to This When You’re Feeling Weary and Tired | LightWorkers

December 15, 2017

“…You took the first brave steps on the path with Him, and for Him. It is for this that I tell you to keep going. It does not matter how far along, or how far behind you are. The road is full of impostors, but they are not always the ones in the rear… they are the ones standing still. Do not be enticed by their false ends. Do not be discouraged if you face a setback or are forced to retrace ground from time to time. All who follow this path encounter such things. After all, the road becomes narrower—yet more beautiful—the further you go. It is a challenge, make no mistake. But what sort of individual backs away from a challenge? And what greater challenge is there than holiness?…”

Source: Hold Tight to This When You’re Feeling Weary and Tired | LightWorkers

I’m a pediatrician. Here’s what I did when a little boy told me he was a girl | Opinion | LifeSite

December 15, 2017

“…Biological sex is not assigned. Sex is determined at conception by our DNA and is stamped into every cell of our bodies. Human sexuality is binary. You either have a normal Y chromosome, and develop into a male, or you don’t, and you will develop into a female. There are at least 6,500 genetic differences between men and women. Hormones and surgery cannot change this…”

Source: I’m a pediatrician. Here’s what I did when a little boy told me he was a girl | Opinion | LifeSite

The Danger of Belief “In” Without Belief “That” | Cold Case Christianity

December 14, 2017

“…Mormons aren’t the only believers who embrace this subjective “epistemology” (approach to assessing and accepting a truth claim). As I’ve travelled across the country making the case for the reliability of the gospels, I’ve discovered this to be the approach of most committed Christians as well. Many of the people in my audiences have never previously considered the evidence I’m presenting. In fact, most tell me they’ve never even thought about the role evidence might play in their faith. Few have ever read an “apologetics” book. When I ask them about their own journey of faith, they sound much like my Mormon siblings. Some were raised in the Church, some have had personal experiences they’ve interpreted as confirmation, and some were convinced by the loving nature of the Christian community. Most have come to trust in Jesus without ever examining the evidence beyond their own personal experience…”

Source: The Danger of Belief “In” Without Belief “That” | Cold Case Christianity

Evidence of the Resurrection Accepted Even by Atheist New Testament Scholars – Cyber Penance

December 14, 2017

“This blog post is based on the Minimal Facts argument for the Resurrection of Jesus by Dr. Gary Habermas, and it one of the strongest arguments that I have seen for the resurrection.Dr. Habermas is an American historian, New Testament scholar, and philosopher of religion , and he has been studying the resurrection for around 40 years now. During this time he has been cataloguing the accepted facts of the resurrection by every New Testament scholar he can find, regardless of their belief.

He says this about his Minimal Facts argument:…”

Source: Evidence of the Resurrection Accepted Even by Atheist New Testament Scholars – Cyber Penance

Mann’s Word: EVIDENCE THAT CONSCIOUSNESS DOESN’T REQUIRE A LIVING PHYSICAL BODY

December 14, 2017

“…In a review article B. Greyson refers to Van Lommel’s study (as well as other sources) and mentions that there have been “documented and corroborated accurate perceptions by near-death experiencers of incidents that occurred during the time when the brain was fully anesthetized or deprived of blood flow, as during cardiac arrest or respiratory arrest”. B. Greyson also mentions that apparently some patients reported events that occurred beyond what their sense organs could perceive and that would have been impossible for them to perceive even in a conscious state. (Greyson, Bruce (2015-11-09). “Western Scientific Approaches to Near-Death Experiences”. Humanities. 4 (4): 775–796. doi:10.3390/h4040775.)…”

Source: Mann’s Word: EVIDENCE THAT CONSCIOUSNESS DOESN’T REQUIRE A LIVING PHYSICAL BODY

Truthbomb Apologetics: East Meets West – Mark Mittelberg

December 14, 2017

“…This squares with my friend Nabeel Qureshi’s assessment in this part 2 of his book “People from Eastern Islamic cultures generally assess truth through lines of authority, not individual reasoning. Of course, individuals do engage in critical reasoning in the East, but on average it is relatively less valued and far less prevalent than in the West. Leaders have done the critical reasoning, and leaders know best…”

Source: Truthbomb Apologetics: East Meets West – Mark Mittelberg

In a Radio Debate on Theistic Evolution, Stephen Meyer Meets Deborah Haarsma of BioLogos | Evolution News

December 14, 2017

“…Dr. Haarsma’s main point is that a near consensus of scientists affirm evolution — which is an ambiguous term, of course — and so, therefore, should her fellow Christians. With all respect, I don’t think she really begins to come to terms with Meyer’s presentation of the profound scientific problems facing evolutionary orthodox or his sketch of how that orthodoxy is coming under fire — not from ID proponents but from mainstream scientists.I like Steve Meyer’s formulation that the purpose of a book like Theistic Evolution is to “liberate” thoughtful adults — laypeople, theologians, pastors, anyone — from the feeling that they’re obliged to submit to Darwinian evolution as the only intellectually responsible heuristic for thinking about God and creation. You’ve heard of liberation theology. Perhaps it’s fair to call ID liberation science…”

Source: In a Radio Debate on Theistic Evolution, Stephen Meyer Meets Deborah Haarsma of BioLogos | Evolution News

If life evolved, purposeless and unguided, why is there so much purpose and guidance within it? | Uncommon Descent

December 13, 2017

“…The basic problem, he contends, is that current biology requires us to view life forms as machines. Yet a key characteristic of life forms is the intention of remaining alive and purposeful activity toward that end. For Turner, homeostasis (the way a life form balances itself within an environment and all of its cells balance themselves within it in order to stay alive) is central to understanding life, but largely ignored…”

Source: If life evolved, purposeless and unguided, why is there so much purpose and guidance within it? | Uncommon Descent

Design (But Not Design) Is the New Unifying Principle of Biology | Evolution News

December 12, 2017

“…So what is “teleonomy”? Mainstream scientists continue to be philosophically allergic to the idea that design (the observation) is caused by design (the intelligent process), or too afraid to be seen to acknowledge it. This has led to the coining of a new term and a new distinction: the hard-to-deny facts of biological purpose and design are now labelled “teleonomy,” whilst the contentious and frightening “theological” idea of a primordial actor or creator is now labelled as “teleology.” They loudly assert that teleology has long been discounted and now teleonomy takes its place. That’s fine if you want to believe it. All we are going to do here is to point out that facts have driven biology back towards notions of design, and mainstream scientists are going as far as they dare to bring back into biology thoughts that most of us already knew intuitively. Good for them…” May it continue.

Source: Design (But Not Design) Is the New Unifying Principle of Biology | Evolution News

The J. Warner Wallace Dateline Collection | Cold Case Christianity

December 12, 2017

“Robert Dean has become a friend of mine. Over the years, Robert produced a number of television programs featuring my cold-cases, beginning with an episode of North Mission Road featuring the murder of Barbara Bradford. Yesterday, Robert sent me a link to several episodes of Dateline in which my cases were presented (Robert was the producer on most of these shows). I was grateful because I previously hosted these episodes on our YouTube Channel but didn’t want to violate NBC Universal’s copyright. So, here are links to the episodes as they are hosted on the NBC Dateline website:..”

Source: The J. Warner Wallace Dateline Collection | Cold Case Christianity

Mock at Your Peril! Naturalism Is a Jealous Fraud | Evolution News

December 10, 2017

“The scientific discoveries that might have supported the naturalist view of the universe, life, and the human mind have never actually occurred. Stubborn problems, old and new, make such discoveries less likely than ever. New technology in neuroscience, for example, has enabled unexpected new findings that point unambiguously in a non-naturalist direction, raising the suspicion of more such findings to come.Naturalists are not taking it well; fighting superstition is easier than fighting magnetic resonance imaging. For some decades, we have simply been informed that “science would find the answer” to stubborn problems. But what happens if “stubborn problems” are signals that our ideas are incomplete and new insights are needed?..”

Source: Mock at Your Peril! Naturalism Is a Jealous Fraud | Evolution News

10 Signs of a Cultic Church

December 10, 2017

“…Be watchful! John warns that we should “not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1)…”

Source: 10 Signs of a Cultic Church