CAN YOU DEFEND YOUR FAITH?
Don't let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. -- Colossians 2:8
"My people are being destroyed for lack of knowledge..." Hosea 4:6
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Thursday, April 15, 2010
The Bible stated that God created everything...and therefore, He is also responsible for the imperfections?
Is the above statement true?
Sadly, although the above argument may sound logical and sensible the Holy Scripture does not support such claims. If an all-power and all-knowing God had all the authority to do what He pleases then why He seems not minding if the world is in chaos right now. Would it be nice if God intervene and change your next-door neighbor who had been making all the trouble in your town...and in a snap, God intervene...then one day this troublesome neighbor instantly became a gentle and kind man. What a perfect neighborhood doesn't it?
There is another quality that God that I want to put in perspective here. He does not change. He is the Alpha and Omega. When we say He does not change it means He does not violate his own law...and if God intervene that way, he had robbed your neighbor's capacity to decide and act for himself. Sadly, God's justice does not work by cheating.
“I the LORD do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed." -- Malachi 3:6
12 “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says:
“‘You were the seal of perfection,
full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 You were in Eden,
the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: carnelian, chrysolite and emerald, topaz, onyx and jasper, lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl.
Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. 14 You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. 15 You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. 16 Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. 17 Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings. 18 By your many sins and dishonest trade you have desecrated your sanctuaries. So I made a fire come out from you, and it consumed you, and I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching. 19 All the nations who knew you are appalled at you; you have come to a horrible end and will be no more.’”
14Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. (KJV)
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!-- Isaiah 14:12
Ephesian 2:2 "in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient."
Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life? --1 Corinthian 6:3
11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” 12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”Modern man trying to find ways for the deteriorating planet as ozone layer depletes because of pollution, landslide due to illegal logging, Nation rise up against nations because of differences in faith, and blaming God for creating him or her imperfect...that is why we are sufferings!
13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made,even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. -- Romans 1:18-23
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
“I have come to the conclusion that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most wicked, vicious, heartless hoaxes ever foisted upon the minds of men, OR it is the most fantastic fact of history.”
“When he said that He himself would rise again from the dead, the third day after He was crucified, He said something that only a fool would dare say, if He expected longer the devotion of any disciples—unless He was sure He was going to rise. No founder of any world religion known to men ever dared say a thing like that.
- Lucian (c.120–after 180 A.D. referred to Jesus as a crucified sophist (philosopher).
- Josephus (c.37–c.100 A.D.) wrote, “At this time there appeared Jesus, a wise man, for he was a doer of amazing deeds. When Pilate condemned him to the cross, the leading men among us, having accused him, those who loved him did not cease to do so.”
- Tacitus (c. 56–c.120 A.D.) wrote, “Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty … at the hands of our procurator, Pontius Pilate.”
"With an event so well publicized, don’t you think that it’s reasonable that one historian, one eye witness, one antagonist would record for all time that he had seen Christ’s body? … The silence of history is deafening when it comes to the testimony against the resurrection."
Now! What happened to the Empty Tomb? READ HERE
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Toss a kilo of flour in a pan, add a cup of butter, dash a tbls of pepper and salt, pour 2 cups water....just toss all the element inside...shake all the ingredients together, just shake and do not use your hand...continue shaking...shake, shake...shake, shake, shake...let us say keep shaking till 1 million years. What is the change of creating a perfect loaf of bread? Okey we forgot something, place the mixture near fire....hmmmm, are we making progress now? Do you see a lump forming...or just burning concoction like ashes...
What's the point of the experiment. It simply shows how impossible the probability of dust particles in space forming into planet earth by mere chance. Stressing the perfect design as we now see & having all the good stuff in it.
A large percentage of scientist believe the formation of our planet is the product of unplanned accidents. There is the Big Bang Theory for one.
Isn't it more easier to believe that a designer was at work here? Or isn't easier to make a perfect loaf of bread when there is a baker molding the ingredients?
"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?" God asked in Job 38:4
Creation or Evolution? Which is more believable?
In German, our English word ¿book¿ is buch. In Spanish, it becomes a libro; in French, a livre. The language changes, but the object itself does not. In the same way, we can refer to Jesus as Jesus,Yeshua, or YehSou (Cantonese), without changing His nature. In any language, His name means "the Lord Is Salvation."
We refer to Him as "Jesus" because, as English-speaking people, we know of Him through English translations of the Greek New Testament and to us Filipino we call him Hesus. Scripture does not value one language over another, and it gives no indication that we must resort to Hebrew when addressing the Lord.
The command is to "call on the name of the Lord," with the promise that we "shall be saved" (Acts 2:21, Joel 3:32). Whether we call on Him in English, Korean, Hindi, or Hebrew, the result is the same: the Lord is salvation.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Before anything else, let me clarify that I have nothing against science. I believe that science may even help out in our quest for the meaning in life.
Science has many Christian roots. Most of the early scientists were Christians (Copernicus, Galileo, Pascal, Isaac Newton, Carl Linnaeus, Johannes Keppler, Robert Boyle, Louis Pasteur, Jean Henri Fabre, Michael Faraday, John Ambrose Fleming, etc.). The faith of these great scientists was not a separate part of their thinking; indeed, it was integral to their thinking as they operated within a Christian framework. (See the book How You Think the Way You Do by historian Glenn S. Sunshine.)
An interesting fact is that the vast majority of all scientific development has come out of western civilization, which has Christianity as its basis. Christianity views God as rational and trustworthy, which implies that His creation is rational and orderly and thus can be examined. Nature in the Christian view (as compared to non-Christian worldviews) was no longer an object of fear and worship.
The idea of laws of nature came from Christianity. And the concepts of subduing nature and being stewards of nature are right from the first book of the Bible Genesis
THE DANGER OF EVOLUTION THEORY
Why Evolution in particular? First, evolution is not just a theory or a principle in science. It is in itself a Religion. A dictionary definition of Religion can be sum up as "A cause, principle, or system of beliefs held with ardor & faith." Therefore, Charles Darwin's evolution is a religion in itself because "..it is trying to answer and tackle the meaning of life." in fact, evolutionist had even tried with this conclusion: There is no meaning or purpose in life since we are merely an accident.
Evolution does not merely dismiss a Creator, it rejects any spiritual meaning for our existense.
OK. What is it to me? It wasn't a big deal? Evolutionist can reject God. I can go my way with my religion & worship God. But wait....
Sir Julian Huxley, a leading evolutionist of the 20th century admitted "Many people assert that this abandonment of god hypothesis means the abandonment of all religion and all moral sanctions," he wrote "This is simply not true. But it does mean, once our relief at jettisoning an outdated ideological furniture is over, that we must construct something to take its place."
Evolution as a religion does not do away with God -- it merely replaces Him with human gods. That is why for the past days I've been sharing to you the holes of evolution, so that you may not be misled. A drastic new world order may appear base on these principle. Some Hollywood movies & even literature had been preparing us for this new ideologies for many years now. Harry Potter is inter-mingling science & sorcery (spiritual); Dan Brown's novel had been bombarding the foundation of our faith thru myths. Star Trek, star wars, ET....presenting technology as our Final frontier. Animation brought as lies too...movie such as WALL E just a couple of month ago, presented hope of new earth without the idea of God.
Think about it...evolution theory has gone a long long way, deceiving us in the name of false science.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Considering that Jesus' ministry was largely confined to a relatively unimportant area in a small corner of the Roman Empire, a surprising amount of information about Jesus can be drawn from secular historical sources. Some of the more important historical evidences of Jesus include the following:
The first-century Roman Tacitus, who is considered one of the more accurate historians of the ancient world, mentioned superstitious “Christians” (from Christus, which is Latin for Christ), who suffered under Pontius Pilate during the reign of Tiberius. Suetonius, chief secretary to Emperor Hadrian, wrote that there was a man named Chrestus (or Christ) who lived during the first century (Annals 15.44).
Flavius Josephus is the most famous Jewish historian. In his Antiquities he refers to James, “the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ.” There is a controversial verse (18:3) that says, “Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man. For he was one who wrought surprising feats....He was [the] Christ...he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him.” One version reads, “At this time there was a wise man named Jesus. His conduct was good and [he] was known to be virtuous. And many people from among the Jews and the other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned him to be crucified and to die. But those who became his disciples did not abandon his discipleship. They reported that he had appeared to them three days after his crucifixion, and that he was alive; accordingly he was perhaps the Messiah, concerning whom the prophets have recounted wonders.”
Julius Africanus quotes the historian Thallus in a discussion of the darkness which followed the crucifixion of Christ (Extant Writings, 18).
Pliny the Younger, in Letters 10:96, recorded early Christian worship practices including the fact that Christians worshiped Jesus as God and were very ethical, and he includes a reference to the love feast and Lord’s Supper.
The Babylonian Talmud (Sanhedrin 43a) confirms Jesus' crucifixion on the eve of Passover and the accusations against Christ of practicing sorcery and encouraging Jewish apostasy.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Luke 12:56 Hypocrites! You know how to
interpret the appearance of the earth and
the sky. How is it that you don't know
how to interpret this present time?
No matter how good you present the fact, you can not force anyone to believe what you are saying. Forcing someone to believe you, will most likely increase the possibility of the other party fighting back. That is why in 1 Peter 3:15 we are advise to present our faith with "gentleness & respect". It is not a Christian's job to convict people. John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. If you notice, Jesus added this advise after Judas (not Iscariot) asked why Jesus Christ share the truth to them plainly and not to others. Jesus knew it would be a very difficult task to convince people, there would be heated arguments, so He reminded them on how He preach. Jesus want his disciple to present the truth with utmost respect to a person, unlike how the world forces someone to believe. He assures us also that a comforter will come to our aid (v. 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.)
All we can do is present the word of God. And let God do the rest through the help of the Holy Spirit.
The sad truth is most Christians can't even defend their faith because they themselves are ignorant of God's word. 1 Peter 3:15 says “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
There are two things a Christian should do to stand up for Christ -- Live a life according to Christ Word and also grow our own knowledge of Him. In fact, most unbelievers or atheist themselves have read the entire Bible, word for word, selecting ammunition to hurl against Christians. So, it is best for Christian to equip himself with The Full Armor of God (Ephesian 6:10) so that he can defend and counter the attack of the enemy.
This is what I will try to share to you thru this blogsite....how we can fight back. Actually, it is the other way around, it was the unbelievers ignorance why they attack Christians, "My people are being destroyed for lack of knowledge..." Hosea 4:6