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Army Ant Death Circle

Point: Many in our world today are going through life without a purpose or following God’s purpose.  I thought a fitting illustration of what people are like can be gleamed from Army Ants.

Picture: Animal behaviors fascinate me.  Earlier today I read of a phenomenon known as Ant Death Circles or Death Spirals.  Here’s a description of it over at NPR:

This is a species of army ant, Labidus praedator. These ants are completely blind so they get about by sniffing trails left by the ants in front of them. They, in turn, leave chemical trails of their own. The system works smoothly when everybody’s going in a straight line in one direction…

But when the lead ants start to loop, bad things can happen (and remember we humans loop too, we can’t hold a straight course over long distances without external points of reference). If the ant-in-front loops and intersects with its old trail, the whole crowd then turns in on itself and everybody gets caught in the endless circle.

Eventually these Army Ants walking in circles would die from exhaustion.  Here’s a short video and explanation from an expert:

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Huff Po Jesus predicted Muhammad Veritas Domain show it is a lie

Over at liberal Huff Po Religion there is a piece I want to respond to that’s titled “Did Jesus Predict Muhammad?”  This is part 2 of my response and earlier I wrote .  In this post I will start to look at the bad exegesis found in part 2 of the article “Did Jesus Predict Muhammad?”  Obviously Huff Po makes this out to be a great article.  One starts wondering if there’s great exegesis going on here.  But what I learned about Huff Posts Religion is that there’s a lot of huff and puffs, but no bites as far as exegesis or sound thinking is concerned.  For instance, half a year ago they have on their website another piece that I responded to titled “

While it isn’t the main focus of the writer’s core argument that Jesus predicted Muhammad, we see right off the bat that the writer’s first effort in looking at a Biblical passage results in a bad interpretation.  It’s like a sign of things to come.

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liberal hypocrisy against Christian making them islamic

Over at liberal Huff Po Religion there is a piece I want to respond to that’s titled “Did Jesus Predict Muhammad?”  I’m responding to this because it’s a terrible article that no doubt probably has many people reading it but one that is plague with the lack of clear thinking.  HuffPo Religion often have articles that provides many examples of how not to do theology.  This is one of them.

Our writer begins his essay saying

The time has come for Christians and Muslims to make peace between our communities. Christians and Muslims already make up more than half of the global population, and these numbers are expected to grow in the coming decades; according to the Pew Research Center, by 2050, two thirds of humanity, some 5.7 billion people, will be either Christian or Muslim.

Our planet simply cannot afford another century of misunderstanding and violence between these two communities. The challenges we face as a global human family are profound: ongoing warfare and nuclear proliferation, global poverty and economic inequality, climate change and ecological degradation. How will humanity handle these crises and others if our two largest religious communities are embroiled in constant conflict, if misunderstanding defines our relationship?

Response:

  • As a Christian I definitely don’t want violence between Christians and Muslims.
  • What does our writer think is the source of the problem of lack of peace between these two communities?  It’s very telling when he says “Our planet simply cannot afford another century of misunderstanding and violence between these two communities” and “misunderstanding defines our relationship.”  According to the writer it’s a result of misunderstanding between the two communities.
  • I do think there are misunderstandings among those in the two communities.
  • But misunderstandings is not enough of a reason to explain violence.  People often have misunderstanding of my ethnic minority background.  But that doesn’t mean somehow there’s violence done towards me in of itself.  It’s an inadequate explanation on the part of the author; ironically, it’s a misunderstanding that doesn’t account for radical Jihadists who commit violence against Christians who have been exposed if not even raised up in largely Western countries where one can’t just say it resulted from a mere misunderstanding.  Something deeper and more complex is going on and the author’s explanation is too simplistic.
  • If one identify what’s the problem wrongly, then don’t be surprised that the solutions offered would also be wrong.

 

So what’s our writer’s offered solution?  Here’s one suggestion he offered:

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Exegesis Bible Contradiction

The picture for this post is just for fun.

But seriously our friend Wally Fry made a good point in the comment section: Why not make it easier for readers to find as an easy reference the posts we have written answering alleged Bible contradictions?  I concur.  With his advice I’ve gone back to my posts and filed them under the category of “Bible contradictions.”

For convenience I’m also posting them on here my provisional list of posts answering Bible contradictions.  I know the list is small since I didn’t intend to make a series on contradictions.  Also the posts took some time for me to consider the context and a close examination of the verse in question at the level of consulting the Greek even when the resolution finally didn’t need to invoke the original languages.

So here’s the few posts I have done thus far on our blog (remember it’s a provisional listing!):

  1. Did or did not the Samaritans receive Jesus?
  2. Burying and Saying Bye to Parents in Luke 9:59-62
  3. Did Herod think Jesus was John the Baptist?
  4. Who can cast out devils in the name of Jesus?
  5. Who is for or against Jesus?
  6. Was Jairus’ daughter alive when Jesus was approached?
  7. Was Mary (the mother of Jesus) blessed?
  8. How many men were possessed with demons at the country of the Gadarenes?
  9. Were the Pharisees baptized by John?

And an “oldie:”

  1. Reconciling James 1:13-14 that God is not the source of temptation with Matthew 6:13, “And do not lead us into temptation”

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face of skeptic when another bible contradiction answered

This is a look at another alleged Bible contradiction from Luke 9 according to the Skeptic Annotated Bible.

Today’s question: Who is for or against Jesus?

Those who are not with Jesus are against him.

He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.” Luke 11:23

Those who are not against Jesus are for him.

for he who is not against you is for you.” Luke 9:50

I think when we examine the passage carefully this will be shown to be not a contradiction.  Let’s take a closer look:

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Christian theistic evidences Van Til second edition

Cornelius Van Til. Christian Theistic Evidences.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, February 29th, 2016. 288 pp.

There is a lot of misunderstanding today concerning the role of evidence in Cornelius Van Til’s apologetics which makes this book a valuable primary source for those who want to understand Van Til’s view.  I think understanding Van Til’s position is important whether one agrees with him or not.  This is especially relevant given the rising popularity of Presuppositional apologetics.  This particular volume is the second edition of the book and it has helpful footnotes with commentaries from the editor K. Scott Oliphint who is currently the professor of Presuppositional apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary (this is where Van Til taught at when he was alive).  In this review I shall look first at Oliphint’s contribution and then the rest of the book that was penned by Van Til.

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(Note: This is a guest post written by Pastor Micah Anglo who runs a blog called Truth with Love.  I am currently away and thank Pastor Anglo for this guest post.  If you have thoughts and questions, feel free to comment and when he has time he will respond.)

Donald trump dialogue disagreement apologetics

Can Donald Trump teach us something about apologetics and evangelism? I think so! If you have paid attention to the Facebook feed (or the news), then you are aware of the issues with Donald Trump and his rallies. Trump supporters and protesters have been engaged in hostile and even violent interactions as way of demonstrating their disapproval and disagreement.

Sadly, it is upsetting to see our country’s inability to communicate and dialogue about issues where we disagree. Though I don’t promote Donald Trump and his positions, I use him as an example of our society moving from discussion and dialogue to shouting and violence. Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro traveled to CSULA to give a speech, and protesters attempted to block and to prevent any who came to attend the event.

These situations are a good lesson to Christians (and non-Christians) on how NOT to disagree.

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