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A Muslim from Nigeria tried to add me on facebook the other day.  He has been going around online as a troll attacking Christianity.  One of his charge against Jesus is that the Bible taught Jesus and His Disciples were thieves.  That is, Jesus and disciples stole things from people.  In a post titled “CAN WE CALL THIS AUTHORITY STEALING OR WHAT” this is what the individual wrote:

Mathew 12:1- King James Bible
At that time Jesus went on the
sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungered, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.

Jesus was reported to also enter a farm that belongs to someone on a Sabbath day to take corn without the knowledge of the owner.

.Bible says that when Jesus was caught plucking corn, he said, have they not read it how David went into the Synagogue on a Sabbath day to eat what does not belongs to him.

My position is that Matthew 12:1 in CONTEXT does not teach Jesus and His disciples were stealing.  Here’s my reply (note: while the Muslim troll quoted from the KJV, I’ll be using the NASB):

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Here are Presuppositional apologetics’ links gathered between August 15-21st, 2016.

1.) Calvin’s Starting Point

2.) A Reply To Steven Hoyt – Using The Bible To Justify The Bible

3.) Which Flavor or Ice Cream Do Atheists Prefer?

4.) “Ten Problems with Presuppositionalism”

5.) Apologetic Methodology: Google Hangout with the Jude 3 Project

6.) VIDEO: How to Understand Greg Bahnsen

 

Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend OR that of Another REBLOG HERE

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I completed our Sunday series on the “Characteristics of an Ambassador of Christ.”  I hope you were blessed with the Bible study outlines.

Here’s the table of contents from this series:

Characteristics of an Ambassador of Christ Part 4: An ambassador is one who is willing to suffer

too-big-to-fail

I begin first with an analogy from the physical realm.  There’s a business idea out there that some businesses out there are “too big to fail.”  There’s even an investopedia definition of this economic term:

Too big to fail” is the idea that specific businesses, such as the biggest banks, are so vital to the U.S. economy that it would be disastrous if they went bankrupt. The government would provide bailouts to protect creditors against losses and enable managers to retain their high wages and bonuses.

Of course the idea of “too big to fail” is a dangerous mentality for those in the leadership of these big businesses, because there is less incentive for them to do the right thing and more incentive to take irrational risks because there’s always a safety net of the American tax payer.  In the end we pay for these business mistakes instead of the businesses and the business leaders.

This leads to a corollary that there are some people who are “too big to jail.”  For instance, recently Green Party’s candidate Jill Stein have pointed out how Hillary was ‘too big to jail’ in email case.  This isn’t just with Hillary Clinton, its been true with other federal government bureaucrats too.

I believe many Christians believe there’s something wrong with the mentality of “too big to fail” and “too big to jail” in the examples mentioned.  But when it comes to the spiritual realm of Christians, some have adopted the very mentality that they reject in other sphere.

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Dont Give Up, Don't Give In Lessons from an Extraordinary Life by Louis Zamperini

Louis Zamperini.  Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life.  New York, NY: Dey Street Book, November 18th, 2014.  238 pp.

I had mixed feeling about the book.  There’s no question that Louis Zamperini lived an extraordinary life.  Louis Zamperini is an Olympian, war hero, celebrity and famous convert of Billy Graham’s ministry.  Here in this book Zamperini talks about his life in his own words.

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James 3 verse 1

Let this verse sink in:

Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.

In an age of feel-good Christianity that’s the religion of Oprah sprinkled in with some Christianese sounding memes, this goes against the spirit of the present age.

It goes against the spirit of this age in five ways:

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When I was a young Christian I was so foolish to have thought that the doctrines of Redemption, Propitiation, Justification and Adoption were so deep, I didn’t need to go out of the way to know what they are.  I assumed that the average person wouldn’t understand it.

I couldn’t be more wrong.

Actually I would say the Bible gives us natural analogies to reach all cultures and people with the concept of redemption, propitiation, justification and adoption.  Those terms were terms used in culture and societies before the Bible used it as an analogy for the Gospel.  It might be counter-intuitive but the more one understands the biblical context and cultural context of those terms the more it enrich our understanding and appreciation of the Gospel.  And don’t forget its the hearing of the Gospel that leads to salvation.

Here are two videos that touches on four of these doctrines courtesy of South Bay Alliance Church.

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