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One woman sitting in church. The sun shines through the window to the left of the church.

Over at the liberal Huffington Post there’s an article titled “6 Things Christians Should Stop Saying To People Who Doubt” written yesterday by one of their associate editor name Carol Kuruvilla.  I’m struck at how many millennials are in the leadership and staff at Huff Po.  This girl just graduated college in 2011.  There’s nothing in of itself wrong with youth but I think sometimes their immaturity shows itself (note: I’m a Millennial myself).  In this particular piece the author wrote clearly what the intent of her post is:

here are 6 things I wish Christians would stop saying to people who are doubting their faith.

I’m sure some Christians can sometime say the wrong thing to those who doubt.  Some of the things mentioned in the article also made me cringe.  Though I cringe at time for different reasons than the reason the writer presented.  For the Christian the thing that’s most important is being biblical.  So in my post I want to biblically evaluate this Huff Po Religion piece.  I do so because she’s specifically targeting Christians and Christians must be biblical in how they engage with others.

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Here’s another Bible contradiction that we’ll be looking at: “How many men were possessed with devils at the country of the Gadarenes?”

Here’s the answer the skeptic annotated Bible gave along with the Scriptures quoted from the NASB that allegedly demonstrate there’s a contradiction:

Only one man was possessed with devils.

They came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gerasenes. 2 When He got out of the boat, immediately a man from the tombs with an unclean spirit met Him, (Mark 5:1-2)

26 Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 And when He came out onto the land, He was met by a man from the city who was possessed with demons; and who had not put on any clothing for a long time, and was not living in a house, but in the tombs. (Luke 8:26-27)

Two men were possessed with devils.

When He came to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were demon-possessed met Him as they were coming out of the tombs. They were so extremely violent that no one could pass by that way. (Matthew 8:28)

Let’s take a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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Here are links gathered from July 8th-14th, 2016 on Presuppositional Apologetics!

1.) Paul on the Areopagus

2.) Oblivion

3.) Answering Objections about the Problem of Evil and Suffering

4.) Apologetic Sermon Illustration #35: Marines’ Body Armor and Trust or Criticism of What One Believes

5.) Naturalism and the Language of Thought Hypothesis

6.) Review: Common Grace and the Gospel by Cornelius Van Til (First Edition)

7.) Nietzsche slaps down Dawkins on the illusion of atheist morality

 

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

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GO TO PART 34

Marines body armor

Point: Many people today think it is wrong for Christians to correct wrong beliefs and worldview of others.  Sure Christians must do so with love but pointing out what is wrong and especially pointing out the wrong gospel that doesn’t save isn’t wrong.  Similarly some people need to understand that after hearing the true and biblical Gospel they need to trust in the Gospel (and that means trusting in Christ’s person and work).  Is there any helpful illustration to convey this?

Picture: When I was younger I was in the Marines and went to Iraq.  This is a tale of two Marines and their body Armor.

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Feminist did not like calling God a He

Yesterday during my weekly campus evangelism I had a dialogue with a feminist woman who didn’t like how I called God “He.”

How does one respond?

A thought occurred to me when she stated her displeasure.

Here’s the dialogue:

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Apostasy and a Biblical View of Life's Problems

Over the years I marvel at how biblically illiterate some are who claimed to have walked away from the faith.  (I must note here that I think biblical illiteracy is also an issue among those who profess faith).  One thing I often hear from those that have left the faith is their stated reason for leaving Christianity is because they had a particular problem(s) that didn’t go away when they became a believer.  So they didn’t see why they “need” Christianity.  This typically indicate a misunderstanding of what is a biblical view of life’s “problems.”

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mop up

I believe that in my previous three posts in this series I have adequately refuted the main point from a piece from the Huffington Post titled “Did Jesus Predict Muhammad?”  This post is a “mop up” of some of the other fallacies the author committed in his attempt to argue that the Jesus prophecied about Muhammad.

One of the interesting argument that the writer gave is based upon 1 John 4:2.  I will quote 1 John 4:1-3 for context:

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.

The quotation comes from the NASB.

Here’s the guy’s argument:

The author of 1 John is especially worried about Docetic versions of Christianity that had developed denying that Jesus “came in the flesh”; in these versions of Christianity Jesus was not an actual human being but rather an angelic being that only appeared to be human. Such a version of Christianity, obviously, would have been quite disconnected from the actual teachings and values of Jesus of Nazareth and his earliest followers, who knew him as a real human being. It is worth noting that Muhammad meets these criteria insofar as the Qur’an affirms that Jesus is the Messiah and that he “came in the flesh.”

He thinks Muhammad meets the requirement of 1 John 4:2 that therefore makes Muhammad a true prophet.  Hm.

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