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The inadequacy of Science

Here are 30 questions that science cannot answer. Remember this the next time your faith in Christ is shaken by by scientism:
1. What is truth?
2. What is goodness?
3. What is right and wrong?
4. What is law?
5. What is virtue?
6. What is the purpose of life?
7. What are human rights?
8. Do human beings have a soul?
9. Will I continue to exist after bodily death?
10. Do we have free will?
11. Is the mind identical to the brain?
12. What is consciousness?
13. What is knowledge?
14. What is evidence?
15. What is certitude?
16. What are the valid forms of human reasoning?
17. What is a good inductive argument?
18. What is a good explanation?
19. What is the possible, necessary, and impossible?
20. What are things ultimately made out of?
21. Why is there something rather than nothing?
22. Is an infinite number of things possible?
23. Is an eternal universe possible?
24. What is chance?
25. Is the material world all that exists or is there something more?
26. Does God exist?
27. Does Hell exist?
28. Are miracles possible?
29. Did Jesus Christ rise from the dead?
30. What is science?

Several Faith-Based Dating Sites Now Required to Allow Users to Search for Same-Sex Matches | TheBlaze.com

TRUTHBOMBS: More ways that the rule of Government is forcing the Church of he Lord Jesus to change. Christians wake up!! They already have indoctrinated your children, forced fines  on nonprofits for noncompliance, and threaten preachers with hate-speech. Does this sound like freedom?

Source: Several Faith-Based Dating Sites Now Required to Allow Users to Search for Same-Sex Matches | TheBlaze.com

Apostolic or Apostasy? More Churches Include Cold Beer in Church Growth Strategy — Charisma News

As one pastor sees it, tattoos and beer flights are cooler than a bake sale. But where is it headed?

It’s not easy to plant a church. Even with a strong launch team, you still need a prime location—and that takes lots of money.

Apologia Church has come up with a disturbing way to raise funds for its church plant in Hawaii. Marcus Pittman, its leader, offered tattoos and a Bible conference complete with a beer flight, a sampling of beers much like a wine tasting, to pick up some cash.

“This is actually a fundraiser for our Apologia Kauai church plant, so people of the church are donating to have another member of the church tattoo them so they can go to Kauai and we can plant a church there,” Pittman says in a YouTube video. “So, it’s pretty cool.”

As he sees it, the tattoos and beer flights are cooler than a bake sale. It seems many of his followers agree. The ReformCon conference invites people to talk theology over beer at a bar.

Source: Apostolic or Apostasy? More Churches Include Cold Beer in Church Growth Strategy — Charisma News

Biblical Inerrancy

There are times that I am greatly reassured that these are the last days before the coming of the Lord. Many so called “Christians” are allowing their foundational doctrines to be eroded right out from under them without so much as a reasonable discussion. One of the doctrines is the doctrine of inerrancy. From professors to evangelist everywhere, churches are deciding that this is not a doctrine worth fighting for. All to many Christians are unprepared to logically reprove the unbelievers arguments on this doctrine. One such argument recently came across my email:

“A common saying of Jesus that inerrantists will use to support their position is found in Matthew 5:17-18. We shall see why this is problematic. In Matthew Jesus allegedly says the following:

‘Do not imagine that I have come to do away with the law or the prophets. I have come not to do away with them, but to fulfil them. I meant it when I say that, until heaven and earth disappear, not one letter, not even one stroke of a letter, will disappear from the law, until everything is accomplished.’

There are three things to say in response to the inerrantist’s use of this text. First, the reasoning behind the inerrantist’s use of it is circular. In other words, the only reason they are able to claim that these verses represent “Jesus’ teaching” on scripture’s inerrancy is because they already presuppose that the Gospel of Matthew is giving an inerrant record of Jesus’ words. In other words, inerrancy is supported by the assumption of inerrancy.”

The claim is that the inerrant believer is using circular reasoning for the authority of the Bible. In other words, the Bible says it will exist perfectly forever, so it must exist forever. Or rather the Bible is the Word of God because it says it is the word of God. Church, please wake up! This is not circular reasoning! Just because a “bible agnostic” says something is circular reasoning does not mean it is. Circular reasoning (or begging the question) only applies to an arbitrary foundational principle.

What this means is this:
It does not matter who you are or where you live, 1+1=2 everywhere to everyone. This is an absolute and non-arbitrary principle. It is not circular reasoning to say “1+1=2 because if you take 1 and add another 1 you get 2.” This is a self-attesting standard. You must use the equation to prove the equation but that is not circular reasoning. If God were to speak down from heaven and say “The Bible is my word!”, that is still using God’s Word to prove God’s Word. Anything that you can use to prove God’s Word, other than God’s word is an arbitrary standard. It must come from God for the claim to be self-attesting.

The non believing errorist already believes that the Bible is not a self-attesting standard. They make a presupposition about the nature of God before even reviewing God’s Word.

They presume that God would not preserve His infallible Word and they presuppose that God would not keep his promise to preserve it. Well if God can’t do that, then how can he be God?

Just think on this:
Is the Bible the inerrant Word of God? If you say yes, then you can trust what the Bible says. If you answered no, you cannot trust any part of the Bible for any teaching at all and you make God a liar because He promised to preserve His Word.

Now, if you believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, show it to me. Not all “bibles” are created equal!

The Modern Way

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships.These are the days of two incomes, but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill.

The way of the Righteous #1

He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.” – Isaiah 33:15-16 (KJV)

Many Christians today almost feel guilty when they try to remove sin from their lives as through it is wrong in some sense to separate from the other sinners in the world and have nothing in common with them.

This is flawed thinking. Consider the verse above from the prophet Isaiah, he makes it clear that if you are to survive the tribulations ahead, then separation from the sinners of the world is necessary.

-Stay Biblical My Friends

 

Gun Control?

From Hal Lindsey:

The most prominent gun control measure now being proposed sounds reasonable at first: Do not allow anyone on the government’s “No Fly List” to purchase a gun.

The logic is that if they’re too dangerous to board a commercial airliner, they’re too dangerous to own a gun. Simple. At least it seems simple until you think about it a moment.

If this law is enacted, it will allow a constitutional right to be taken away from any individual American on the whim of a government bureaucrat.

There would be no due process; no court order; no accountability. Just a whim.

REBUTTAL:5 Lies I Used To Believe About Being A Christian

This article (source posted below) is very misleading using term equivocation to turn you to the post-modern Jesus instead of the Biblical Jesus.

For example #1 in this article is  “Your Behavior Affects God’s Love for You.”  This is grammatically true. The author writes: “Worshiping God is often compartmentalized and sectioned off from the rest of our week. There is this idea that every Sunday you have to dress up and polish your external appearance and behavior. But God is interested in your heart, not your outfit. He looks at the internal of man, not the external (1 Samuel 16:7).”

The problem is that that author is not talking about God’s love but God’s requirements for His followers, as he writes ” internal of man”. So the author is committing a non sequitur fallacy because it does not follow that you should talk about God’s commands on His followers in the section on God’s attribute of love. They are two completely different things.

The author is confusing God’s application of Grace to His follower with God’s Love and God does not apply His Grace to everyone as He does His love.

Stay Biblical my Friends!

Source: 5 Lies I Used To Believe About Being A Christian

Cultural Influences

“And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.” – 1 Chronicles 12:32 (KJV)

What is interesting about this verse is that the tribe of Issachar could see what was going on in the world, in this particular context it was that David was taking power. Do we do this today? Do we see what is going on in the world?

In the world today, many of us just want to go about our own business and not be stressed by many of the things that are going on in the world and especially the scientific community because it requires us to think really hard on some subjects. This also stems from a common belief that faith does not require thinking.

Biblical authority is what is at the heart of everything happening in the world. Do we trust the secular scientists and politicians or do we allow God to tell us. Let make a few definitions:

  1. Biblical inerrancy: Is the bible accurate when it does speak on matters of science and when it does is it correct and trustworthy
  2. Biblical perspicuity: Is the bible clear and easy enough to be understood at face value.

The gospel message depends on things like the reality of Adam and Creation, and the fall in order for there to be redemption. If fossils are 100s of millions of years old then there was death of man before the fall. If death is not the consequence for sin then why do we need the resurrection? Christians are deciding to believe some of the Bible, a Bible a-la-cart theology.

More than anywhere else in the world, America has been blessed with more Christian ministries and education groups. Is our society getting better or worse? Is the church influencing culture or is Culture influencing the Church?

We see our culture through our experiences and it shapes our moral principles whether correct or not. We figuratively say to ourselves “My culture is right because we are so prosperous (one culture out of many), or freer, or smarter…etc.” In other words we say to ourselves “My culture has made me so prosperous that it must be the right/true culture.” These first principles, whether right or wrong, become the basis through which we interpret information, including the scriptures. But this scream to us: “WHO IS IN CHARGE HERE?”

So we Americans do this all the time with scripture and not realize it. Here are a few questions to examine through our cultural lens:

  1. Do I feel a sense of success if I die and nobody knows my name but more people have come to Christ? In a success obsessed culture such as ours, we place ourselves higher on the glory rendering platform then our Lord.
  2. Do I believe God wants me to succeed, or does God want more people to know Jesus? Your definition of success will be influenced by your cultural influences. God’s definition of success is probably much different than ours. Who do you think is right?
  3. Do we compartmentalize ourselves into different people? That is work is separate from family, separate from religious beliefs and social clubs. In the West, corporations train people that work is not family and family is not work so do not bring your personal problems to work. This teaches us have a dual personality and to even prioritize our life. I mean life! That business would come before living or health or family.

Our culture may influence how we answer these questions particularly on how we define success or how a person is valued in society. Today’s culture in the West shows that people are valued by their productivity instead of just their being. This has taught generations of children that they only have extrinsic value and not intrinsic value and why more people treat other people as tools for their personal success instead of as the image of God.

While the Bible tells Christians to be salt and light in a world of darkness (Matthew 5:13), what is actually happening is the opposite. Christians are becoming more like the world. Almost daily there are news stories of ministers being charged with sexually related crimes and even violence. Are we imitating the world or is the world imitating us?

“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” – Psalm 11:3 (KJV)