The Gospel- Part 4: Say “YES!” to the Dress

In parts 1 and 2 we looked at the bad news. We are all sinners.

“..for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God..” -Romans 3:23

And we saw that sin is not some small debt we can pay off, but is death.

“For the wages of sin is death…” –Romans 6:23

But we saw that the good news, the Gospel, the main message of the bible and the central foundation of Christianity is this:

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” –Romans 6:23

At this point you may be wondering, if Jesus has paid for all of our sins, then why isn’t everyone going to heaven, no matter what they believe? First off, because being saved is not merely a matter of believing what is true. This is a very common misconception which the Bible addresses:

“You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!” –James 2:19

Satan doesn’t lack belief in the existence of God. Satan rebelled against God and wants to rule himself. Christians, likewise, are not people who have simply come to some intellectual assent. The Bible describes salvation in many metaphors, from the paying of debt to the being released from slavery, but the one which I think sums it up best is that of a wedding.

Jesus offers us the free gift of salvation as a groom offering the gift of marriage to a potential bride. He has paid for the wedding and bought/built them a palace to live in, happily ever after.

We are the bride. We have made many poor choices which results in our being sold into slavery to the enemies of the king. We are slaves to sin, and we cannot free ourselves. We are as lost as if we were dead. But the son of the king comes to us and announces that he has paid for our freedom, and we can be his bride and come live in his palace if we accept his hand in marriage.

At this point, she knows his word is true. She believes that he is the son of the king, and that he is offering happily ever after. But she still has a choice. She can choose to go with him or she can choose to stay in her chains. Her freedom is paid for, her palace built and waiting, but she will not be dragged off as property. The prince waits for her to come willingly.

John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

When the Bible talks about believing in Jesus, it does not mean accepting intellectually that he exists, or even merely accepting his words as true. It means putting our trust in him, as a bride puts her trust in a man when she agrees to marry him and gives her whole life to him for as long as they both shall live.

Being saved is like getting married- you accept the offer, and you profess it to the world, and from that moment on, you are not who you were. The two become one.

Romans 10:9-10 says, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”

Say yes to the dress. Jesus has paid your debt and freed you from your chains. Put your trust in him, accept his love, and proclaim to the world that you have made your choice.

#Jesus Loves You

 

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The Gospel- Part 3: Snow White and the Walking Dead

In the last installment, we saw how sin is death, and how there is no KIND OF dead, just as there is no KIND OF pregnant. Big sin, little sin, total dead.

People who haven’t read the Bible like to say God is all fire and brimstone in the Old testament, but its mainly because they haven’t read all of it. Its there that we read this:

“Do you think that I like to see wicked people die?” says the Sovereign LORD. “Of course not! I want them to turn from their wicked ways and live.”

“For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,” declares the Lord GOD. “Therefore, repent and live.” –Ezekiel 18:23 and 32

If we turn away from our sin and turn to God (an act the Bible calls Repentance) He will forgive us. But how can he forgive us and still be just? The debt of our sin needs to be paid, it cannot merely be ignored, so God pays that debt for us.

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

God stepped into human history as Jesus and lived a sinless life so that he could be the perfect sacrifice whose death paid the penalty for our sins. God now gives us the offer of salvation- grace- the free gift through Jesus death and resurrection.

The blood of Jesus brings spiritual zombies back to life. If this seems like a sacrilegious metaphor, then take it from Jesus. John 6 says, “

53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me.”

I don’t make this stuff up you know, and when you don’t believe me it hurts my feelings.

Jesus is making a metaphor which we act out in communion. We eat the bread which is his body, and drink the wine (or grape juice) which is his blood which were given on the cross to pay for our sins. We can eat other flesh and blood all day long and it will make us nothing more than vampires and zombies, but when we accept the body and blood of Jesus Christ, he brings us back to life, and we have his life in us.

Ephesians 2: 4-5, 8-9 puts it this way:

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— .. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Did you catch that last part? We can’t earn it. We can’t pay for it. We can’t pay it back. We are forgiven merely by accepting. Zombies can drink the blood that brings them back to life, or they can turn and run away and remain dead. Those are the only options available to us.

If I may make a prettier metaphor- we are Snow White. Evil found us, and it looked so good and harmless that we took a bite, but one bite was all that was needed to kill us. We lay in our coffin until the son of the king comes to bring us back to life with his love. The Story of Snow White is the gospel.

So is Sleeping Beauty. The prince slays the evil dragon and wakes us from the sleep of death, offering his hand in marriage.

In both cases, the princesses have contributed the same thing- they’ve helped get themselves into the mess they were in, and they can do nothing to get themselves out. The prince slays the dragon and brings her back from death while she is in the sleep of death.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Next time we’ll take a closer look at the process of waking from death, just to make sure it’s clear. Until then, just remember, #JesusLovesYou

 

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Sombrero

Here’s a thinly veiled metaphor about my experience on the social media. When other people ought to be saying,

“That’s not how I use that word,”

or, “Here’s what I mean when I use that word,”

they instead say,
“You’re  liar and a moron and you barely speak English and your constant straw herrings show that you’re a big fat liar McLiar-pants!”

Can you see how that is different?

Enjoy!

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The GOSPEL- Part 1: Would You Like to Take a Survey?


Many well meaning viewers on social media (and pastors who haven’t taken a science class since the 1970’s) probably wonder why I would spend time attacking Evolution or Deep time. Why don’t I just agree to disagree and celebrate Darwin’s birthday in my own way by NOT baking a monkey shaped cake? The answer in a word (well, a word and a definite article) is The Gospel.

Even though it offers no actual argument or evidence against the existence of God or the gospel, many people falsely believe that evolution and deep time do somehow disprove Christianity, and thus they stand as barriers between people and the gospel. Thus, by tearing down the lies, I am seeking to bring people to Jesus. But what is the Gospel?

Gospel means “Good News.” It is a declaration of celebration or victory. But before I tell you the good news, I need to tell you the bad news. But before I tell you that bad news, I need to have you take a quick survey:

How GOOD are you? On a scale from 1 to 10. Think about all of the things you do, say, think, and feel, and decide how good you are. And remember, I’m asking how good you ARE, not how good you wish you were.

  1. I’m practically perfect in every way.
  2. I’m almost entirely good.
  3. I’m very good.
  4. I’m pretty good.
  5. I’m a little more good than bad.
  6. I’m as good as I am bad.
  7. I’m more bad than good.
  8. I’m kind of bad.
  9. I’m mostly bad.
  10. I’m almost pure evil.

How did you rate? Be honest now, it’s just us here. You’re not as good as what’s her name, but you’re CERTAINLY not as bad as what’s his face. If you’re like most people, you’d rate yourself as a 7. It’s a C, but it’s better than passing, right? In fact, at your better moments, you have achieved 9 or 10 status, even if that isn’t your average.

But… there was that one time… you know the time I mean. You really did sink down below 5 didn’t you? I mean, I don’t know if you hit as low as1, but you could have felt it if you had reached out for it. And when you think of the things you would have done if you had the strength, or if you had known you would never have been caught…

Of course, you never would have done or said those things if HE hadn’t… you remember. The Jerk. And the situation was so bad, what choice did you have? And you had been drinking, so you PROBABLY wouldn’t have done what you did if you had been in your full faculties, right? So that doesn’t count.

Or does it?

Imagine that Microsoft Billionaire Bill Gates has murdered Dora the Explorer. Just beat her to death in a rage with that singing map of hers. He is arrested and stands before the judge, truly sorry for what he has done.

What would a truly JUST judge do? Consider a few things. First, Dora can be kind of annoying. I think we’ve all wanted to at least smack her with that map of hers, even if not actually kill her.

Second, Bill Gates is the president and founder of one of the most influential companies on earth. He’s a very important guy.

Thirds, Bill is one of the richest people on earth. He gives more to charity every year than you will every make in your whole lifetime.

Also, as far as we know he has never killed anyone before. And he will probably never do it again.

Would a good judge- a truly JUST judge really punish him for one little homicide?

Obviously the answer is yes. His money can’t bring her back from the dead, and his importance doesn’t undo what he has done. Doing what is right doesn’t undo an act of evil. Civil law is not a scale where all of your deeds are added up, and the law of God is no different. Good deeds are not stored up to pay for future sins. They are just what you are supposed to do all of the time.

This even works with little sins. Next time you get pulled over, tell the cop how many times you we not pulled over and see if he can still justify giving you a ticket for going 75 in a school zone that ONE time.

Another consideration is the position of the victim of your crime. Consider Mr K. One day, his wifi went out. In a rage, he kicked his cat. What punishment will the law hand down? Nothing very severe. He may have his cat taken away.

Now imagine he kicked his wife. The law would have a more serious punishment this time.

Now imagine he kicked the queen of England. He may be executed for treason to the crown.

When you sin against God, you are committing a crime against the highest office, not in the land, or even on the planet, but in the universe. The punishment will fit the crime.

There is one more thing to consider when trying to understand what sin is. Imagine a fleet of boats. You are the captain of one boat. What does it take to be considered a good captain? What does it take to be considered a bad one? You’ve been given three basic instructions from your admiral- take care of your ship, sail well with others, and reach the appointed destination. If your boat is falling apart and failing to function because you neglect your duty, you will be fired.

What’s worse, because your ship doesn’t work right, it will run into other ships in the fleet, causing damage to both. Finally, even if you can get your ship in shape and not run into other ships, you will all get fired if you sail to the wrong destination. You are captain of your own ship, but you are responsible to obey your admiral.

This is why Jesus says if you’ve lusted, you have committed adultery, or if you have hated, you are guilty of murder. What you do to your own ship effects the fleet, and allowing your own ship to fall into disrepair is still violating the instructions of your Admiral, even if it doesn’t cause damage to other ships.

The bad news is, you have allowed lust, greed, and hate to damage your ship. You have crashed into other ships. You have failed to sail to your appointed destination. You have sinned against God, and your sins are not a mere kicking of the cat. You have murdered the king. Nothing you can do in a lifetime of good deeds will ever balance that scale.

Romans 3:23 says “..all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God..”

THAT, my friends, is the bad news. But you remember that the message of Christianity is called the Gospel- the GOOD news. So your story doesn’t have to end here. For a sneak peek at the end, see John 3:16.

In part 2, we will see how the bad news actually gets worse. But don’t let that get you down, because remember, #JesusLovesYou

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Here’s your Homework! Giftwrapped Research for 2016

Is the Qur’an / Koran from God or from Man – Jay Smith. Hello my friends and welcome to Giftwrapped Apologetic Research for 2016! Below you will find a wide range of information (by category, but in no particular order) on topics related to the creation/evolution debate, as well as the intellectual defense of Christianity. You’ll find that while the presenters are (obviously) Young earth creationist, they get their data from primarily secular, evolutionary sources. Also, they interact with the criticisms of the theory and give valid and logical defenses, showing the weakness of the criticisms and opposing worldviews.

Below that are resources for a lot of other topics, and not all of them are YEC’s, but those who aren’t specialize in much different fields. They would be if they studied more science.

Let’s start right at the very beginning. Isn’t the Big Bang the scientifically proven history of the world? Hasn’t it been established by science? You will find that the facts don’t defend the explosion of nothing making everything. For a summary of the arguments, read my articles below. For more the videos and get quality academic lectures from the scientists in their field.
The Big Bang (watch):

The Big bang Never Happened

A 6000 year old universe! Who Says? Who Cares? Jim Mason PhD    

Physics Disproves Atheistic Cosmologies    

Spike Psarris: Debunking The Big Bang    

Spike Psarris: Science or Storytelling?    

Our Solar System: Evidence of Creation    

Science Educator Dr. G. Charles Jackson: Big Bang Cosmology is a Fake

Big Bang (Read):
Confessions of a YEC part 9- Big Bang: BIG FAIL
Confessions of a YEC part 10- Red Shift, Escape, Delete: Science
Confessions of a YEC part 11- The Not So Smoking Gun of the Big Bang

What about the distance to the stars? Doesn’t that prove that the universe must be billions of years old? Or big banged? Nope. There are a few models which explain it well within the realm of observational science. I liken it to the JFK assassination- maybe we can’t say for certain what happened, but we can rule our natural causes.

Here’s an article which sums up the problem and some of the solutions.

The Problem of Distant Starlight (watch):

The Speed of Light – Jason Lisle

Does Distant Starlight Prove the Universe Is Old – Jason Lisle

Starlight and Time – Dr. Russell Humphreys

Starlight And A Young Earth – Dr. G. Charles Jackson    

The Decreasing Speed of Light 1:19:36 (Full Length)    

Starlight and the Young Earth by Dr. Charles Jackson

Where did life come from? I suggest you start with my “Defining Evolution (Thursday Night Nachos)” series where in I define what Darwin meant and then examine the various proposed mechanism and evidence for evolution. Then, check out the longer academic lectures by scientists in the videos below.  
Darwinian Evolution
(watch):

Check This Out Evolution Refuted     

The Defining Evolution Series Playlist

Is Darwinian Evolution Science Fiction? – From “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed”    

How Did Life Begin?!? – from “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” –    

Evolution and Genetic Mutation – from “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed”    

Natural Selection is not Evolution – MSU Origin Summit    

Darwinism: Massacred by a Monarch    

Science vs Evolution: “Three Lies of Evolution” with Dr Charles Jackson

Why Biblical Creation is Good Science

The Defining Evolution (Thursday Night Nachos) Playlist

UC Berkley, the Nation Center for Science Education, and the California Museum of Paleantology (and a bunch of other people) put together Evolution 101– the series intended to teach and prove evolution to school kids of all ages. I debunked the series one page at a time. Watch the first half of the series here

Darwinian Evolution (Read):
The Evolution 101 series (Read the entire series) The series begins here:
Evolution 101-part 1: Definition FAIL
The Defining Evolution (Thursday Night Nachos) Series

Ape to Man Evolution:

Jonathan Sarfati – Does our DNA show that we came from apes?

Chimps, Gorillas, Humans and Homo naledi: Dr. Charles Jackson

Human Evolution: Is That All You Got?

Lucy – She’s No Lady

The study of Genetics is a new field which is always bringing us new and fascinating information. The more we explore the information in our cells, the more we discover. From the existence of this code of life, to the spell checkers in all of our cells, and even the multifaceted way in which information is stored, everything about this field of study shows the glory of God and the impossibility of Evolution.
Genetics (watch):

The Multi-dimensional Genome–impossible for Darwinism to account for– by Dr Robert Carter.mp4

The Multi-dimensional Genome–impossible for Darwinism to account for– by Dr Robert Carter.mp4    

Traces of the Bible in our Genetic Code–Dr. Robert Carter (Ph.D. Marine Biology).m4v

Junk DNA, Part 1 of 2 · Dr. Charles Jackson

Junk DNA, Part 2 of 2, Dr. Charles Jackson

The boat that don’t float: CrEvo Rant #78 with Wazooloo

Can the Bible Explain the Origin of the Different “Races”?

Wonder of DNA by Dr. Georgia Purdom

Your textbooks will tell you that we are standing on a mile of evidence for deep time and evolution, but what do the rocks actually say for themselves? Geology and paleontology do NOT defend either, but are both great support for creation and the flood of Genesis. One thing to pay attention to- Biblical sources show you the fossils while evolutionary sources show you their interpretation. Always ask to see the data.

Geology and Fossils (watch):

New finds by Creation Research – Part 1

Living Fossils – Dr. Carl Werner, part 1 of 2 | Origins

Living Fossils- Dr. Carl Werner, part 2 of 2

Whale Evolution vs. The Actual Fossil Evidence

Geology and the Clash of Worldviews

Origins – Mount St. Helens – Explosive Evidence for Creation with Dr. Steve Austin

Geologist Dr. Steve Austin: Catastrophic Plate Tectonics – A Global Flood Model

The Mystery of Coal | Origins with Dr. Steve Austin

Fossil Record: A Problem for Evolution  

Bryan Osborne: Dragons & Dinosaurs

Creation Resources:
These are web sites and organizations which teach the science and scripture that show Evolution is false, Creation as written in Genesis is true, and there are MANY reasons why it matters. If you have questions about Genesis or Darwin, start here.

Creation Today (On their main page is a box that says “Get Answers!” which searches not only their own archives, but also a collection of the best Creation apologetics sites. It’s a Creation Science search engine. I also highly recommend their YouTube Channel.

Answers In Genesis For thirty years this organization has had content created by the top scientists in their field, including many who have done field research to demonstrate the existence of C14 and soft tissue in dinosaur bones, the rapid rate of radio-decay in certain elements, and a host of other topics which validate Biblical Creation and invalidate Evolutionism.

Genesis Week/ Ian Juby My 3rd favorite Canadian and congenial scientists, Juby presents on a LOT of related topics, and he does his homework (links in the description to his videos on YouTube). From creation and evolution, to the flood and fossils, modern and historical science, and more, Juby makes it clear, entertaining, and relevant. More than his web site, I recommend his YouTube Channel. If you’re new, start with his Crevo Rants. If you want to see the whole case for Creation and against Evolution laid out all at once, check out his Complete Creation Series.

Creation Ministries International This multinational organization is much like Answers in Genesis- they have top scientists in their fields creating content and speaking on topics related to the Creation/Evolution debate, including biology, chemistry, dinosaurs, astronomy, and more.

Origins TV A Creation science tv show available on line. Not as entertaining as Ian Juby or Eric Hovind, this show still has top scientists diving deep into relevant topics for 25 minutes at a pop. A lot to be learned here from the nerds who know what they’re talking about.

The Slaves4Christ YouTube Channel is a warehouse of great lectures on science topics. The lecturers come from all of the organizations above and more, and as you will see, most of them are top scientists in their field.

The North West Creation Network also has a YouTube channel which houses a VAST collection of great lectures by top scientists. For years now they have had an annual creation conference where in the topics are addressed by top scientists. Once you’ve heard Ian Juby rant for a few minutes, come here and get an hour more on the details and learn you some science!

John Mackay– A brother from down under, Mackay is an old friend of Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis. His YouTube channel has a lot of great teaching on creation science from Mackay and friends on a variety of topics.

So it’s clear the Bible teaches that In the beginning, GOD created, but what makes us so sure that God even exists? Many reasons to be sure, but here’s a few arguments which can be made for those still skeptical.
The Existence of God:

Leibniz’ Contingency Argument    

The Fine Tuning of the Universe

The Moral Argument

The Kalam Cosmological Argument

The Ontological Argument

Proving God Exists- Sye Ten Bruggencate

Richard Dawkins/The God Delusion
Dawkins is the most popular atheist on the internet right now (although he has stopped calling himself an atheist because he admits atheism is indefensible). A biologist, Dawkins eventually decided that he was in a position to attack the Bible and as such wrote a popular book far more atheists reference than have actually read, and also showed how very incapable of theology he was. See his intellectual failings picked apart down to the bone below.

The God Delusion? – Dr. Marc Surtees Refutes Richard Dawkins

“The Greatest Hoax on Earth” summary of book by Dr. Jonathan Sarfati

Richard Dawkins’ Best Argument Against God is the Worst Argument in Western History

Apologetics on a LOT of topics:
Want to know the REAL history of the Bible? Do you want to know what Jesus REALLY taught? Do you want to know where science and faith intersect? Read on friends. The truth will set you free. Oh, and Jesus loves you!

These are Some of my Favorite Apologetic Web Sites with brief descriptions of what you’ll find there and what the site says about itself. (I do not agree with 100% of what these men say- Kreeft is a Catholic- I am not- and Craig is accepts Big Bang cosmology- I do not- but they still present a vast amount of useful information on many relevant topics, from the existence of God to the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus. Eat the meat, spit out the bones.)

ReasonsForHope– Karl Kerby is a guy in a Hawaiian shirt who is the son of a professional wrestler. His ministry focuses on quick and easy to understand answers, including a look into the world view of popular media (tv, movies, videogames). Most known for his short series of animations called DEBUNKED, he also gives great presentations, such as THIS ONE about a proposed Missing Link which got her own tv show. It’s a REALLY great presentation because he uses a LOT of the video and web site which tried to sell this lemur as a pre-human, showing the lies and hypocrisy, and eventual admission of dishonesty from the evolutionists behind it all.

http://www.leestrobel.com/
Tons of short videos on a wide range of topics from dozens of scholars. Like an educational YouTube of apologetic teaching. Topic include God and the Bible, Science, History, metaphysics, comparative world religions, and answers to critics and skeptics. A great web site- especially if you’re not in the mood to read.

http://hankhanegraaff.blogspot.com/
Blog of the “Bible Answer Man,” who’s radio show can be found here:
http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/bible_answer_man/

http://www.equip.org/categories
The Christian Research Institute exists to provide Christians worldwide with carefully researched information and well-reasoned answers that encourage them in their faith. Lots of common questions answered in brief, search-able articles.

http://www.josh.org
Josh McDowell Ministries- video, audio, and articles on the deity of Christ, the reliability of Scripture, and the historical fact of the resurrection in the context of the current culture to bring people into a vital, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. His podcast is called Josh McDowell Ministries Messages.

http://debate.org.uk/topics/apolog/contrads.htm
Responses to “101 Clear Contradictions in the Bible”, by (Muslim Author) Shabbir Ally
This article discusses the nature of the Bible as literature, its history, and the proper way to view it’s inerrancy. Then it takes the 101 supposed contradictions given by Mr. Ally and gives answers to them, showing the trustworthiness of the scriptures.

http://www.bethinking.org.uk/
Resources to help you to understand, defend and communicate the Christian faith. Audio, articles, pictures, and a wide range of authors on a wide range of theological, scientific, and personal issues- including the reliability of the scriptures both as internally coherent and historically accurate:
http://www.bethinking.org.uk/bible-jesus/isnt-the-bible-full-of-errors.htm

http://rzim.org/
Ravi Zacharias is the host of the radio/podcast Let My People Think and has authored many books. He travels and speaks on maters of apologetics and world view. This site has videos of him speaking at colleges and links to other material. Ravi Zacharias International Ministries is a global ministry that seeks to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world. At its essence, apologetics is the art and science of Christian persuasion: communicating the relevance, coherence, and reasonableness of the Christian Gospel to skeptics, cultural influencers, and critical thinkers across the globe.

http://www.answersingenesis.org/
Founded by “Young Earth” Creationist and Australian born teacher Ken Ham, this web site is full of video, audio, and many scholarly articles on a vast range of scientific topics supporting the Biblical account of creation, and showing the weaknesses in “Naturalistic” theories of science. Curators of the Creation Museum:
http://www.creationmuseum.org/

http://www.reasonablefaith.org
Video, audio, and many written articles on matters of theology, philosophy, metaphysics, and worldview. There is a long list of questions sent in by readers of the site which he answers, articles on a range of related topics, and audio and video of lectures and debates. Reasonable Faith features the work of philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig in order to carry out its three-fold mission: to provide an articulate, intelligent voice for biblical Christianity in the public arena, to challenge unbelievers with the truth of biblical Christianity, and to train Christians to state and defend Christian truth claims with greater effectiveness. His youtube channel has many short clips on topic, and much longer lectures and debates.

Dr James White of Alpha and Omega Ministries is a powerhouse of information and logic, covering a WIDE variety of topics, from the historicity of the resurrection and the reliability of the New Testament, to the Christian response to Islam, Mormonism, and Atheism, as well as in depth replies to the most popular skeptics and heretics of the day. He specializes in debates and is an intellect to be feared, on par with Dr Craig.

JP Holding of Tekton Apologetics is like a librarian on steroids when it comes to defending the Christian faith. He specializes in taking on skeptics and heretics specifically, but also addressed ideologies uniquely and with great research. His youtube channel is almost entirely snarky cartoons making fun of the many lies which get spread on the internet, and the liars who spread them. It’s a blend of sarcasm, scholarship, and Loony Toons. If there’s a popular YouTube atheist, odds are JP Holding has made fun of them in cartoon form.

CSLewisDoodle A youTube channel where in the works of CS Lewis are read and cartoons are draw in in to illustrate the concepts. Lewis makes difficult concepts clear- from the validity of miracles to the existence of God and Objective morals, and the cartoons make it come alive, especially for those of us who are visual learners.

http://www.veritas.org/
The Veritas Forum is a collection of lectures and debates from professionals and experts in their fields (Including Ravi Zacharias, J.P. Moreland, and William Lane Craig) offered on college campuses, focusing on a Christian world view through a wide range of topics, from science and history to drama and music. Media downloads are available for free.

The Official Peter Kreeft Site
Peter Kreeft is a great philosopher who stands on the shoulders of giants. A lover of CS Lewis, GK Chesterton, Tolkien, surfing and all of church history, Kreeft tackles individual philosophers and their worldviews as well as culturally relevant topics from relativism to abortion.  His lectures are congenial and very educational, and his books are a wonderful introduction to the history of Western thought on both sides of the isle. Check out the free audio on his site to begin with.

Socrates Meets Jesus is a stageplay based on a book by Kreeft by the same name. It’s clever, insightful, and in a short time gets into the depths of modern thought and the rationality of faith in Jesus. I’ve gotten to see this one live, and it is great. click the link to watch it on YouTube. For more from the guy who plays Socates in the production, check out Kevin O’Brien’s work here on youtube. He’s a great actor who uses comedy to teach.

Kevin O’Brien plays a host of characters on G.K. Chesterton: Apostle of Common Sense- a show celebrating the work of GK Chesterton. As I have said before, Chesterton and the makers of this show are Catholic, and I am not, thus I have my disagreements, but overall, Chesterton was a great gift to the entire Christian church, and he is well represented here. He makes whimsical sense of many parts of faith, and dismantles attacks against Christianity with a rapier wit. Once you fall in love with Chesterton, check out this evening with Chesterton as performed by the man who plays him on the Apostle of Common Sense.

Ronald Nash at Reformed Theological Seminary Go to I Tunes U and find Ronald Nash at RTS, and check out his courses on philosophy and history. He teaches several, and they are wonderful. Want to trace the history of thought within the church from its biggest names? Want to learn the worldviews which opposed the church for its entire history? Want to get a better grasp on philosophy- ancient and modern- from a guy who doesn’t take himself too seriously? I recommend Nash- witty and clear. You will enjoy learning from him, and it’s all free for download.

Inspiring Philosophy is a YouTube channel which deals with the deeper apologetic questions, philosophy, and alleged errors or contradictions in the Bible. Presented as easy to follow animated videos, this series will make you think.

ISLAM:

Acts17Apologetics is a YouTube channel which is home to many apologetics topics, most notably David Wood who defends the historicity of Christianity and spends a LOT of time teaching about Islam, Mohammed, and the Quran. If you want to learn about Islam from Islamic sources, this is a great place to start.

Here are a few videos that ask what history says about the origin of Islam and begin to uncover reasons to doubt Islam even existed during the lifetime of Mohammed- if he even existed:

Robert Spencer vs. David Wood: Did Muhammad Exist?

Robert Spencer speaks in Los Angeles on Did Muhammad Exist?

Nabeel Quareshi is a former Muslim, now Christian, who speaks and writes about Islam. He left Islam when he began to study what it really taught and also began to study Christianity with his friend David Wood.

The Masked Arab is a former Muslim who now considers himself an atheist [so, language warning], but like David Wood he examines Islam from within its own sources and doctrine. In case you want to see what non-Christians familiar with Islam have to say. Check out his video on the Islamic depiction of the universe HERE: Islam & the whale that carries the Earth on its back

Mormonism:

Jim Wallace – website here, YouTube Channel here– is a cold case homicide detective who has a lot of useful info on the historicity of the Bible, the logic of Christian faith, but he also has done a lot of research on Mormonism due to having family in the LDS church. If you want to learn how Mormonism is different than Christianity, and how it fails the test, this is a great place to start.

Top Ten Mormon Problems Explained A look at the evidence against Mormonism and the claims of Joseph Smith.

Do you have any favorites I missed? Leave your recommendations in the comments below! And remember”

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Q and A: Science, Lies and Darwin

Greetings friends and welcome to a Q and A all about science and scientists and truth and evolution. We’re covering a lot of topics today, but the summation is, why do people like me claim Deep time, Big bang and Evolution are false when so many scientists believe those models? Am I saying they are all liars or all bad scientists? And if those models were discredited by science like I say, wouldn’t all of the scientists in the world be happy to learn the truth? A faithful reader poses the question as follows:

Now one thing that caught my eye immediately was this quote of yours: “Dating methods are based on assumptions. Most scientists probably don’t think about these assumptions and almost no textbooks will ever address these.” Now of course reading the rest of your article you do go into detail on these assumptions in the form of a metaphor. But here’s my biggest problem with this. There hundreds of thousands of scientists all over the world writing peer-reviews articles and publishing them for other scientists to read and these articles get critiqued all the time and yet nobody is willing to question these out of risk of losing their jobs? That’s what science is all about!

..That’s how most scientists seem to feel to me! They want the truth! And honesty is extremely important to a scientist. If you lie about something as a scientist and you’re caught then your credibility is shot! Lies are not tolerated.

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Q and A: Isn’t Evolution Logical?

Today’s question is about Evolution:

What are the biggest problems you see with Evolution exactly? The more I look into it, the more it seems like evolution is more logical. I mean why can you accept small changes over a small period of time but large changes over large periods of time seems impossible?

A very good question, and in a sense it sums up the whole debate.

No young earth Creationist I know of would suggest that living things never change. No YEC organization would say that God created all existing species as they exist today during Creation week. Species change all of the time. New species are discovered every year, which strongly implies that new species are forming, as opposed to us simply failing to identity millions of species for hundreds of years. Given enough time, can’t small changes add up into big ones?fish-lizard-copy Continue reading

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