Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The Apologetics Study Bible, put out by B & H Publishing Group, is a great tool to equip yourself to answer the questions of the unbeliever effectively.
An amazing feature offered by the Bible's companion website is the Apologetics Study Bible Curriculum. This curriculum offers flash videos that explain key arguments for Christianity. Arguments for the existence of God, the resurrection of Jesus, and miracles are just some the topics dealt with.
This flash video deals with the Moral Argument for God's existence. I encourage our readers and team members to click through the video and share your thoughts.
Courage and Godspeed,
Chad A. Gross
Monday, March 30, 2009
Announcement: Greg Koukl will be speaking at Faith Christian Fellowship in Williamsport, Maryland on May 17th, 2009. Keep watching the blog for details!
Our apologist in focus this week is Stand to Reason's Greg Koukl. Koukl has been debating topics that relate to Christianity for over 30 years.
He heads up Stand to Reason, an organization dedicated to training and equipping ambassadors for Christ since 1993. Further, he has hosted a call-in radio show in Los Angeles (also entitled Stand to Reason) since 1990.
1. M.A. in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics with high honors, member Kappa Tau Epsilon, Talbot Scholastic Honor Society (May 2006)
2. Tolbot School of Theology-La Marida, CA
M.A. in Apologetics, with honors (May 1994)
3. Simon Greenleaf University-Anaheim, CA
B.A. in Biblical Studies (May 1997)
4. Azusa Pacific University-Azusa, CA
5. Also studied at Northern Illinois University (1969-70), Michigan State University (1970-72), and UCLA (1973-74)
Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions
View our review of Tactics here.
Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air, co-authored with Francis Beckwith
A Good Reason for Evil- What is evil? Could it have a purpose? Here is a view of evil from an adult rather than a childish perspective.
God is not Responsible- Are people who commit crimes in the name of Christianity Christians?
The Strength of God and the Problem of Evil- What makes you think the ability to take away evil from the world has anything to do with God's strength?
Faith and Facts- Can you give a good definition of biblical faith? How does it relate to science?
For all of Greg's apologetics articles, see here.
Abortion for Rape Victims?
The Moral Logic of being Pro-Life
I'm Not Dead Yet- Why are human beings valuable? What is a human being? You have to answer those questions before you can say that this child isn't a human being without value.
For the rest of Greg's Bio-Ethics articles, see here. For his articles on Ethics and homosexuality, see here.
Faith and Philosophy- For some Christians (and even non-Christians), faith and philosophy are strange companions. When used properly, philosophy is a friend, not a foe, an ally, not an antagonist.
Jesus, Presuppositions, and the True Message of the Gospel- Is truth a person? Is truth a spirit? Or is truth a word? Truth is the relationship between a claim and the way the world really is.
Tips to Help You Think Clearly
For the rest of Greg's philosophy articles, see here.
Science and Evolution
Can Science Test Prayer?
Science Isn't, Science Is- To say Intelligent Design isn't Science involves two false assumptions
Evolution- Philosophy, Not Science- Greg shows that Darwin's General Theory of Evolution has nothing to do with science.
For the rest of Greg's science and evolution, see here.
Acts and the Voice of God- How does God speak to us?
Cosmic Child Abuse- Is the cross actually a cruel punishment revealing God as vengeful?
Jesus, the Only Savior- Greg explains why there is not such thing as a pluralist Christian.
Greg also offers articles addressing Culture and Christianity and Miscellaneous topics.
Stand to Reason's website offers a wealth of resources for the thinking Christian. I highly recommend it and Mr. Koukl's works.
Courage and Godspeed,
Chad A. Gross
Thursday, March 26, 2009
"Pro-choice advocates once commonly stated, "It's uncertain when human life begins; that's a religious question that cannot be answered by science." Most have abandoned this position because it's contradicted by decades of scientific evidence. However, this out-of-date belief is so deeply engrained in our national psyche that it's still widely believed.
The only way pro-choice logic can prevail is if people believe the unborn are less than fully human.
What Science Says
Dr. Alfred M. Bongioanni, professor of obstetrics at the University of Pennsylvania, stated, "I have learned from my earliest medical education that human life begins at the time of conception...human life is present throughout this entire sequence from conception to adulthood...any interruption at any point throughout this time constitutes a termination of human life."
Speaking of the early stages of a child's development in the womb, Professor Bongioanni said, "I am not more prepared to say that these early stages represent an incomplete human being than I would be to say that the child prior to the dramatic effects of puberty is not a human being. This is human life at every stage."
Dr. Jerome LeJeune, the genetics professor at the University of Descartes in Paris, stated, "After fertilization has taken place a new human being has come into being." He said, this "is no longer a matter of taste or opinion. Each individual has a very neat beginning, at conception.
Professor Micheline Matthews-Roth of Harvard University Medical School said, "It is scientifically correct to say that an individual human life begins at conception."
The moment of each person's creation is the moment of his conception. Before that moment the individual (with his unique DNA) did not exist. From that moment he does exist.
It's not merely pro-life people who believe this. The owner of Oregon's largest abortion clinic testified under oath, "Of course human life begins at conception." The award-winning secular book From Conception to Birth documents the child's beginning at conception and his movement toward birth.
How clear is the proof that human life begins at conception? So clear that the Missouri General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a 2003 bill which stated, "The general assembly of this state finds that: (1) The life of each human being begins at conception; (2) Unborn children have protectable interests in life, health, and well-being...The term 'unborn children' of 'unborn child' shall include all unborn child or children or the offspring of human beings from the moment of conception until birth at every stage of biological development."
If you are interested in receiving your own copy of Mr. Alcorn's book, please contact me via the blog.
For those seeking counsel or post-abortive help, please contact New Creation Refuge. There is forgiveness and healing found in Christ.
Courage and Godspeed,
Chad A. Gross
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
However, Mr. Hitchens rejects the God of Christianity for numerous faulty reasons. I remember listening to a debate between Hitchens and Dr. Frank Turek and if someone asked me to sum up Hitchens' arguments in that debate, it would go something like this:
1. compliant + compliant = no God
In an article entitled, Analyzing Christopher Hitchens' Case against God, the Wintery Knight examines the arguments used by Hitchens in his debate with Turek.
In summing up Hitchens' arguments, Turek said it best: "There is no God, and I hate Him."
I encourage our readers to check out the Wintery Knight's analysis here.
Courage and Godspeed,
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Audio - Arguments for the Existence of God MP3
The audio was found here.
Courage and Godspeed,
Chad A. Gross
Monday, March 23, 2009
Dr. William Lane Craig, philosopher and Christian apologist, has debated numerous individuals on various topics- the resurrection of Jesus, the existence of God, Christianity vs. Atheism, and much more. He is considered by many to be the top Christian debater on the planet.
He also has a forthcoming debate with popular atheist Christopher Hitchens. You can find out more about that debate here. Please keep watching the blog this week for more on Dr. Craig and Mr. Hitchens.
Wheaton College — B. A. Communications, high honors
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School — M. A. Philosophy of Religion, summa cum laude
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School — M. A. Church History, summa cum laude
University of Birmingham, England — Ph.D. Philosophy
Universität München, Germany — D. Theol. Theology
Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics
The Kalam Cosmological Argument
The Son Rises
Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?: A debate between Dr. William Lane Craig and John Dominic McCrossan
Time and Eternity: Exploring God's Relationship to Time
For a complete list of Dr. Craig's publications, see here.
Existence of God
Creation, Providence, and Miracle
The Ultimate Question of Origins
The Resurrection of Theism
The Indispensability of Theological Meta-Ethical Foundations for Morality
The Teleological Argument And The Anthropic Principle
Rediscovering the Historical Jesus: The Evidence for Jesus
The Guard at the Tomb
The Problem Of Miracles
The Historicity of the Empty Tomb of Jesus
Contemporary Scholarship and the Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
The Bodily Resurrection of Jesus
God, Time, and Eternity
Timelessness and Creation
God and Real Time
On the Argument for Divine Timelessness from the Incompleteness of Temporal Life
Does the Balance Between Saved and Lost Depend on Our Obedience to Christ’s Great Commission?
Should Peter Get A New Philosophical Advisor?
Politically Incorrect Salvation
Dr. Craig has debated scores of the most notable atheists, agnostics, and skeptics around. You can see a list of his debates here and you can find transcripts from many of his debates here.
I encourage our readers to study Dr. Craig's works. He is a brilliant debater, engaging personality, and, as Dr. J.P. Moreland has said, "he lives a life of integrity and lives out what he believes."
May the same be said for all who claim the name of Christ.
Courage and Godspeed,
Chad A. Gross
Thursday, March 19, 2009
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” - 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, NKJV, Emphasis added.
Answers for Atheists- Brief Answers to the most common atheist objections to the Christian Worldview
Atheism by Mariano of True Freethinker
Atheist Delusion - A site that was started to refute the false claims of Oxford Professor and biologist Richard Dawkins.
CARM- Atheism- Easy to apply responses to atheism.
Conservapedia- Atheism - A great historical overview of atheism.
iloveatheists.com: Just not their Worldview- Features answers to 100 common atheist objections and more!
The Failed Atheist- "I'm almost an atheist. I just believe in one more God than you do!"
Authority of the Bible
Why I Believe the New Testament is Historically Reliable- Dr. Gary Habermas explains why the New Testament is historically reliable.
CARM- Bible- Various evidence to support the Bible’s historical accuracy.
Christian Answers- Archaeology- This article presents archaeological evidence that supports the biblical record.
Faith Facts - A site designed to answer the questions of the skeptic and also provide an easy manner for Christians to remember the evidence for the Bible!
Fulfilled Prophecy: Evidence for the Reliability of the Bible- Dr. Hugh Ross explains the prophetic evidence presented in the Bible.
Manuscript Support for the Bible's Reliability- Ron Rhodes presents the manuscript evidence for the Bible.
Are the Bible Documents Reliable?- Jimmy Williams of Probe Ministries
BAHA'I-CHRISTIAN DIALOGUE: Some Key Issues Considered- Outstanding article by apologist Francis Beckwith that points out the biblical and logical flaws concerning this belief system.
Bahai-Faith.com- A former member of the Baha’i faith explains why one should trust in Christ alone for eternal life.
Let Us Reason: Baha'i Faith article list- Nice collection of articles answering the claims of Baha’i.
The Baha'i Faith by Robert Pardon- An overview of the Baha’i faith and a biblical response.
Bible Study Tools
Bible.org- “Your Online Bible Study Resource”
Bible Gateway - A searchable online Bible in over 50 translations and 35 different languages.
Bible Research- This site is for students who are looking for detailed information about the history of the canon, texts, and versions of Scripture.
Bible Toolbox- linking you to the webs best online Christian study tools.
A Ready Defense: Buddhism- An article by Josh McDowell concerning Buddhism.
The History and Beliefs of Buddhism
Answering Buddhism- Some great comparison charts between Christianity and Buddhism.
Christian Answers- Evangelism - Various methods of evangelism available here. See which ones work for you!
Living Waters - A site created by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron to, “ train Christians who want to learn evangelism -- by teaching them how to witness the way Jesus did.”
Meekness and Truth Ministries- is dedicated to educating Christian ministries, especially on college campuses, as well as church laypeople, to more effectively use Christian evidences in evangelism to help fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
Contender Ministries- Freemansonry facts, The History of Freemasonary, and The Theology of Freemasonry.
Ephesians 5:11- Learn how to lead a Mason away from the Messianic Lodge here!
General Apologetics - These sites offer a vast amount of articles on many different subjects in the world of Christian Apologetics.
Acts 17 Apologetics- "to glorify God by defending the Gospel of Jesus Christ from the ground up"
All about God- The Community for Seekers, Skeptics and Believers. NEW!
All About Philosophy- Do you want a rational investigation of the truth? Go here to find answers to questions such as: Where did I come from? Why am I here? Does God exist? Great videos and articles! NEW!
Always Be Ready - The Always Be Ready apologetics ministry by Charlie Campbell.
Apologetics.com - Equipping believers to think and thinkers to believe"
Apologetics.org- C.S. Lewis Society
Apologetics315 - An amazing blog offering some of the best audio links on the internet; debates, lectures, and sermons abound here.
ApologeticsGuy- Accessible Apologetics Training with Mikel Del Rosario
Apologetics Resource Center
bethinking.org - A website that aims to put the best Christian thinking and communicating resources right into your hands. Great audio and articles are found here.
Christian Apologetics UK- "Helping to equip the UK church to be reasonable, respectful and knowledgeable ambassadors for Christ." NEW!
Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry- Great, easy to use site by Matthew Slick.
Come Reason Ministries- Convincing Christianity
Confident Christianity - The apologetics ministry of Mary Jo Sharp
A Christian Thinktank - Glenn Miller presents hundreds of apologetic articles on various topics with extremely in-depth research.
LeadershipU - Telling the truth at the speed of life- Great articles by various scholars can be found here.
Let Us Reason Ministries - Information about cults and religions
Please Convince Me- the Christian Worldview from the Perspective of a Detective
Probe Ministries- Freeing Cultural Captives. Building Confident Ambassadors.
Proof that God Exists
Stand to Reason - Greg Koukl and company present an easy to understand, logical defenses of the gospel.
The Apologia Project - a Christian research organization whose aim is to present an unadulterated view of the Christian faith.
The Veritas Forum
4Truth.net- A Reasoned Approach to Christianity
Unbelievable? with Justin Brierley
Upon Truth - “The weblog that’s built upon truth.”
A Ready Defense: Hinduism - An article by apologist Josh McDowell concerning Hinduism.
Comparing Christianity to Hinduism- An article by Peter Kreeft
Design Inference- The writings of William A. Dembski
Discovery Institute - A nonpartisan public policy think tank conducting research on technology, science and culture, economics and foreign affairs.
Evolution News and Views - This site was started to accurately report evolutionary issues to the general public.
Evidence for God and Science - Evidence for God from Science: Harmony between the Bible and science.
Faith + Evolution- "Here you will find articles, debates, video and audio, discussion questions, and other free resources as you explore the issues surrounding faith and evolution. This site is designed to be especially helpful for pastors, lay leaders, Sunday School teachers, and students."
IDEA Center- Intelligent Design and Awareness Center
ID the Future- The ID The Future (IDTF) podcast carries on Discovery Institute's mission of exploring the issues central to evolution and intelligent design (ID).
Post-Darwinist- The blog of Denyse O'Leary, Toronto based journalist and author of Design or by Chance?
Reasons to Believe- Where Science and Faith Converge
Uncommon Descent- "Serving the Intelligent Design Community"
Answering Islam: A Christian-Muslim dialog - The best site on the web for witnessing, understanding, and responding to Islam.
Answering Muslims- The Islamoblog of Acts 17 Apologetics Ministries
Answers to Islam - A site designed to correct the false claims of Islam with the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Understanding Islam - Variety of resources to aid the Christian in understanding Islam and reaching it’s followers.
Islam Review - Declares the truth about Islam with relentless honesty.
Is the Qur'an the Word of God? - A Christian and Muslim Dialogue
John Ankerberg- Islam - A collection of articles on various topics concerning Islam written by scholars including Dr. Norman Geisler.
Are Allah and the God of the Bible the Same? - An article comparing Allah to the God of the Bible.
Islam: The Way, the Truth, and the Light? - A resource library for those wishing to study Christianity and Islam.
Help Jehovah Witnesses find Freedom in Christ - An easy strategy for witnessing to Jehovah Witnesses.
Jehovah's Witnesses...For Jehovah God! - A great site to find out the truth about the history of the Jehovah Witnesses.
Free Minds - A site maintained by a former member of the Watchtower Organization and former Jehovah Witness with the purpose of “educating the public about the methods that ALL cults use, and how to combat them.”
Watchmen Fellowship - A great collection of articles responding to the false claims of the Jehovah Witnesses.
Watchtower Investigated UK NEW!
The Armchair Scholar - An in-depth, expository study of the Bible, correcting falsehoods taught by Jehovah Witnesses.
Bible Probe - Here, find a list of 365 prophecies that Jesus fulfilled.
Bible Probe-Jews for Jesus - Messianic Jews tell their own stories of coming to Jesus.
Judaism - Josh McDowell and Don Stewart explain the history and beliefs of Judaism.
Jews for Jesus: Answers - David Brickner offers pointers when witnessing to a Jewish person.
Let Us Reason: Judaism - Articles here that cover topics such as Israel’s history, Messianic prophecies, and what the Talmud said about the coming Messiah.
Jesus is the Messiah(Witnessing to Jews) by Ron Rhodes
Answering Mormons- maintained by Jamie Pellew to "defend the truth of the Gospel against the attacks of Mormonism."
CARM: Mormonism- Deals with various Mormon Questions and Issues
Concerned Christians - A site dedicated to “reaching out to the Mormon people in a loving manner and to be in service to the Christian community by educating them about the deception of Mormonism and to equip them for service.”
Equipping Christians - A site designed by formerly devout Mormons who desire to equip Christians to answer the claims of the Mormon Church.
Ex-Mormons - A site created for Mormons who may be questioning their faith and want answers.
Life After Ministries - “Leading Mormons to the REAL Jesus.”
Mormon Challenge - This site challenges Mormons to test truth.
Mormonism Investigated UK NEW!
CARM-New Age - Matthew Slick presents helpful information concerning the “New Age” movement.
Christian Answers for the New Age - Christian answers for the New Age- This is an excellent site!
One Truth Ministries - Former New Ager, Brian Flynn, offers his story, articles, and resources to reach out the those caught up in the New Age Movement.
Preaching and Teaching Section
Bible Bulletin Board - If I had to recommend only one site for a believer to become familiar with, this would be the one! There are exhaustive collections of sermons, articles, and question/answers by Dr. John MacArthur, Charles Spurgeon, Thomas Watson, George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, and J.C. Ryle. If you want to know what the Bible says on ANY topic, this is your site!
Desiring God - God-centered resources from the ministry of John Piper.
Grace to You - Bible teaching media ministry of John MacArthur features radio broadcasts, books, audio lessons, devotionals, and an issues and answers page.
In the Beginning.com - A variety articles by some of the best including Edwards, Torrey, Finney, and Moody.
LeadershipU: Systematic Theology - A variety of articles on various theological topics by some of the best contemporary scholars today.
Ligonier Ministries - The ministry of R.C. Sproul.
Love Worth finding Ministries - The ministry of the late Adrian Rogers.
The Shelter - A Francis Schaeffer site that includes quotes, articles, and a book list.
The Spurgeon Archive - The largest collection of Spurgeon resources on the web. Theologue - Articles, essays, and other materials for Biblical and theological research and study. Noted authors include R.A. Torrey, Norman Geisler, B.B. Warfield, A.W. Pink, John Piper, F.F. Bruce, and C.S. Lewis.
What is Religious Science?
Ancient Evidence for Jesus from Non-Christian Sources
Gary Habermas - If you want the latest, up-to-date evidence concerning the resurrection, here is your site! See the articles section especially!
A Ready Defense: The Resurrection of Jesus - Easy to understand explanation of the resurrection from Josh McDowell. This would be great to print and give to those with questions.
Testimony of the Evangelists - What would happen if a lawyer examined the internal evidence for the resurrection? Find out! Simon Greenleaf, one of the principle founders of Harvard Law School, examines the New Testament evidence for the resurrection.
Evidence for the Resurrection - Josh McDowell presents the historical evidence supporting the resurrection.
Contemporary Scholarship and the Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ - William Lane Craig takes a “contemporary” look at the resurrection evidence.
Jesus' Resurrection and Christian Origins - N.T. Wright explains why the historical evidence we have for the resurrection is best explained by…a physical resurrection!
Risen Jesus - Great scholarly articles by Mike Licona on various topics, specializing in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
John Ankerberg: Roman Catholicism - Various articles here that examine Roman Catholic beliefs and practices.
CARM-Catholic - Matthew Slick provides easy to read, printable articles on various Catholic teachings; includes testimonies of former Catholic Priests.
What Every Catholic should Know - Is what you believe based upon the solid foundation of the Bible? Check and see here!
Apologetics Index - A nice collection of articles dealing with Scientology.
Scientology: Religion of the Stars - Another overview of Scientology.
Watchmen Fellowship: Scientology - Numerous articles on Scientology topics.
Seventh Day Adventists
Ex-Adventist.com - Mark Martin (former SDA pastor) heads up this outreach to Seventh Day Adventists. Great collection of articles, resources, and book reviews.
Former Adventist.com - Home of former Seventh Day Adventists “who have found their rest in Jesus.” Includes articles, bible studies, and testimonies.
Top Christian Scholars
Alvin Plantinga - Philosopher
Ken Boa- Christian Apologist
Craig Evans - New Testament Scholar
Michael Gleghorn- Christian Apologist
Gary Habermas - The top resurrection scholar on the planet, in my view.
Paul Copan - offers logical, easy-to-understand answers to supposed objections to the Christian faith.
Reasonable Faith - Home site of Dr. William Lane Craig, this site offers scholarly articles, debates, and question/answers.
Ron Rhodes - one of the best in answering the cults.
Ravi Zacharias - If you are looking for the best combination of answers geared toward the unbelievers heart and head, look no further than the ministries of Ravi Zacharias.
Topics for Youth
Teen Apologetics - A teen run apologetic blog that is informative, funny, and geared toward encouraging teens to live out and defend their faith.
Summit Ministries - Outstanding resources including essays, book reviews, printable fact sheets, worldview dictionary, and links!
Sword and Spirit - A ministry dedicated to providing evidences for faith in Christ. Uses many “Reasons To Believe” resources, but gears them for teens.
** Truthbomb Apologetics, nor Faith Christian Fellowship, necessarily endorses all the content represented on each of these websites.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Doug Groothuis teaches philosophy at Denver Seminary and is the author of seven books.
In this article, entitled Six Enemies of Apologetic Engagement, Groothuis lays out 6 areas that he believes hinders Christian's from engaging in apologetics.
5. Arrogance and Intellectual Vanity
6. Superficial Techniques and schlock apologetics
The apathy of many believers toward apologetics must be challenged. This article is a great place to start!
I also encourage you to check out Doug's blog, The Constructive Curmudgeon.
Courage and Godspeed,
Chad A. Gross
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
In this brief video(2:10), Dr. John Lennox explains how followers of Christ can be prepare to share their faith and how to best respond to questions others may have, even if you don't know the answer. The video can be found here.
If you are just starting to study apologetics, this is a great little talk that provides practical ways to put your study into practice.
I encourage our readers to check out more of Lennox's work here.
Courage and Godspeed,
* The audio version of this brief talk is also available via the video link provided.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Philosopher and Christian Apologist, Dr. Norman Geisler, has written over 60 books dealing with Christian apologetics, has taken part in numerous debates, and has lectured and traveled in 50 states and 25 countries on six continents.
William Tyndale College, 1950-55 (diploma); University of Detroit, 1956-57; Wheaton College, 1958 (B.A. in philosophy); Wheaton Graduate School, 1960 (M.A. in theology); William Tyndale College, 1964 (Th.B.); Wayne State University Graduate School, 1964 (work in philosophy); University of Detroit Graduate School, 1965-66 (work on M.A. in philosophy); Northwestern University, Evanston, 1968 (work in philosophy); Loyola University, Chicago, 1967-70 (Ph.D. in philosophy). 
I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, co-authored with Dr. Frank Turek
Introduction to Philosophy: A Christian Perspective, co-authored with Paul Feinberg
From God to Us: How We got our Bible, co-authored with William Nix
Why I am a Christian: Leading Thinkers Explain why the Believe, co-edited with Paul K. Hoffman
For an exhaustive look at Dr. Geisler's education credentials, honors, professional experience, debates, and publications, see here.
Questions about the Bible- excerpt from When Skeptic's Ask
Alleged Errors in Luke
The Bible: Has it been translated correctly?, with John Ankerberg
Bible Criticism, taken from the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics
Was Adam a Real, Historical Person?, taken from the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics
Questions about God/Jesus Christ
Questions about God-Some Objections
Questions about God- What Kind of God Exists?
Questions about Jesus Christ
The Death of Christ, taken from the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics
The Quest for the Historical Jesus, taken from the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics
Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the Dead
Resurrection Claims in Non-Christian Religions
Hell, taken from the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics
The Current Debate on Creation and Evolution
Was there Death before Adam?, with John Ankerberg
Who Will be Saved, According to the Word of God?
To learn more about Dr. Geisler and to check out more of his work, see here.
Ravi Zacharias has called Geisler "one of the finest theological and philosophical minds of our time." His work is well worth getting acquainted with.
Courage and Godspeed,
Chad A. Gross
1) About Norman Geisler, www.normgeisler.com
Saturday, March 14, 2009
"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing."
- 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, ESV
With these words, Paul reminds us that we can master every apologetic argument, but still miss that which is most important.
In this message entitled, Fish Out of Water: Loving People, Dr. Ravi Zacharias re-visits the biblical story of Jonah and reminds us how much God does indeed care for those who are lost and how we can better love those whom we are sharing His truth with.
I encourage our readers to take the time to listen to this challenging message.
The audio and sermon outline can be found here.
Courage and Godspeed,
Chad A. Gross
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
A friend of mine and I often discuss the various objections atheists consistently raise against the Christian faith (this is what I am interested in defending).
Numerous objections are normally brought up in our conversations including the problem of evil, naturalism, and alleged contradictions in the Bible.
However, we both agree that many of the objections raised by the unbeliever often have to do with God not working in the manner they think He should.
The following are examples of these types of objections:
"God would not (fill in the blank)."
"If God existed, He would....(fill in the blank)."
"God didn't answer my prayer..."
While discussing these objections (and others like them), my friend provided the following fictitious conversation to illustrate the atheist's position: (admittedly, this does not apply to atheists universally)
Atheist: God should have given me cookies. ("cookies" could be anything here)
Chad: Maybe God doesn't give out cookies.
(Meaning, maybe God had a purpose for not answering your prayer in the manner that you pre-determined was acceptable. After all, if the God of Christianity exists, I believe it's completely logical to conclude that He most likely has a better vantage point in which to decide what we do and do not need.)
Atheist: I used to believe that God would give out cookies, but I didn't get any. So, my experience tells me that God doesn't exist. Therefore, your suggestion that maybe God doesn't give out cookies doesn't make any difference.
(Translation: God didn't give me what I wrongly believed He should; therefore, He obviously cannot exist.)
Please consider the following:
1) If the Christian God exists (and I believe we have good reason to believe He does), then I see no logical reason to assume that He is required to act in any way that we (finite humans) pre-determine to be acceptable.
2) It is completely reasonable to believe that God has reasons for answering prayers and reasons for not answer prayers. Imagine the chaos that would ensue if God provided everyone with everything they wanted.
I myself can look back and remember prayers that I shared with God that were not answered, and I can honestly say that I am now thankful that He did not answer them the way that I had requested. See Isaiah 55:8-9
3) When someone requests something it is important to remember that "no" is a valid answer. It may not be a desired answer, but an answer nonetheless.
4) Answered prayer can certainly be considered evidence for the existence of God; however, it is not necessary evidence for the existence of God.
5) The purpose of prayer is not to treat God like a cosmic drive-thru, but to shape our character to be more like His own.
6) Finally, could it be that God is not the problem? Could it be the Asker of the prayer? Scripture does provide us with reasons as to why God may not answer specific prayers:
We really don't believe God can answer (Matthew 21:22; James 1:6-8).
We ask with wrong motives (James 4:3).
Unconfessed sin separates us from God so He will not hear (Isaiah 59:1-2).
We set up idols in our hearts that come between us and God (Ezekiel 14:3).
We don't answer those who cry for help (Proverbs 21:13).
For myself, I believe the most important question is- "Do I have good reason to believe that the Christian God exists and has revealed Himself through Jesus Christ?" I have concluded that I do; therefore, He is sovereign over all things and knows what I need better than I do.
Jesus Himself, when faced with the crucifixion, prayed:
"My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will" (Matthew 26:39b, ESV; Emphasis mine).
There are no easy answers to the mystery of unanswered prayer; however, perhaps unanswered prayer is a necessary part of the growing process for every believer.
Each of us either desires the will of God or our own will. When all is said and done, God is gentlemen enough to say, "as you will..."
Courage and Godspeed,
Chad A. Gross
1) Dawson McAllister, Why aren't my prayers answered?, http://christiananswers.net/q-dml/dml-y002.html, 1997.