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Point: How often do you hear people say that Christianity can’t be true because they have already tried religion and their old religion has been disproven so therefore Christianity can’t be true.  We must realize that this type of argument against Christianity though one hear it often during evangelism nevertheless it does not have that much weight as it might seem initially.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Should we do what the Pharisees say to do?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

Yes.

Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, 2 saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses. 3 Therefore, whatever they tell you, do and comply with it all, but do not do as they do; for they say things and do not do them.” (Matthew 23:1-3)

No.

Then they understood that He did not say to beware of the [a]leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” (Matthew 16:12)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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Point: A few days ago I wrote Quick Thoughts on the Inter-relationship of Biblical Theology and Systematic Theology in which I mentioned there is a place for Systematic Theology in terms of looking at the inter-relationship of a biblical doctrine with other biblical doctrines.  How does various doctrines which are clearly taught in Scripture inter-relate with one another?  That’s the place of systematic theology.  Also when we look at the Bible and an apologist works on harmonizing alleged Bible contradictions it involves seeing how various passages “fit” with one another.  How can we illustrate the endeavor of harmonizing biblical doctrines and biblical passages?

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A few months ago our blog mentioned that all of Apologist Greg Bahnsen’s MP3 Lectures now free for download!

He’s my favorite apologist and has shaped me in so many ways.  He’s one of my role models with his example of scholarship, intellect, boldness to defend the faith, his desire to be biblical and also his pastoral heart.  And everything he did was so intense.

Here is a quick bio of Bahnsen:

Greg L. Bahnsen, (1948-1995), was an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and a full time Scholar in Residence for the Southern California Center for Christian Studies. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Southern California, specializing in the theory of knowledge. He previously received the B.A. (magna cum laude, philosophy) from Westmont College, and then simultaneously earned the M.Div. and Th.M. degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary. Dr. Bahnsen lectured to a broad range of evangelical Christian groups at many colleges and conferences. He was an experienced apologist and debater, a clear and cogent teacher of the Christian worldview who was devoted to training believers in understanding and applying the Christian faith to every area of life. He published numerous scholarly articles, a number of well-known books, and has over 1,500 recorded lectures and sermons.

Among those 1,500 lectures Bahnsen taught a three part series titled “Apologetics in the Workplace.” These were originally taught to lay people in Grand Rapids. He emphasized in opening this series he wants to teach and equip God’s people with knowing how to defend the faith in every day life.

Here’s the MP3s:

1 – Apologetics in the Workplace, Part 1 (1 of 3)

2 – Apologetics in the Workplace, Part 2 (2 of 3)

3 – Apologetics in the Workplace, Part 3 (3 of 3)

Enjoy!

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Did Paul visit all of the disciples when he went to Jerusalem after his conversion?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

Yes.

When he came to Jerusalem, he tried repeatedly to associate with the disciples; and yet they were all afraid of him, as they did not believe that he was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took hold of him and brought him to the apostles and described to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had talked to him, and how he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus at Damascus. 28 And he was with them, moving about freely in Jerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord.” (Acts 9:26-28)

No.

Then three years later I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas, and stayed with him for fifteen days. 19 But I did not see another one of the apostles except James, the Lord’s brother.” (Galatians 1:18-19)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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Here are links related to the subject of Presuppositional apologetics gathered online between April 15th-21st, 2021.

1.) Cave to the Cross: Ep. 120 – Why Should I Believe Christianity – The Big Picture – Part 2

2.) Bible Contradiction? How old was Jehoiachin when he began to reign?

3.) Does Morality Come from God? by Jordan Ravanes

4.) Does Logic Presuppose Christianity? — Part 1: Introduction

5.) Extrapolation and Generalization

6.) What if the Laws of Logic goes Unjustified?

7.) Does Logic Presuppose Christianity? — Part 2: What Is Logic?

8.) Free PDF Apologetics’ Thesis: The Effect of Ethnic Identity on Biblical Unity in Its Role as an Apologetic

9.) Humanists Being Humanists….

10.) The Improper Use of Theologian Herman Bavinck for a Political Agenda

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Here’s a master’s thesis that Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity has made available titled “The Effect of Ethnic Identity on Biblical Unity in Its Role as an Apologetic.”  I haven’t read the whole thing but I scanned through the table of contents, pages here and there and the conclusion.  I appreciate seeing the writer tackling on key verses related to ethnicity, unity and reconciliation.  I imagine this would be a treat and food for thought for those into apologetics, church unity and a biblical view of ethnicities.  The thesis was written by Caroline Boozer and was completed on May 2019 as part of her completion of her degree in Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics (MA).  This topic seems even more important now in our post 2020 world.  I am thankful Liberty University has made this thesis available online for free.

Here’s an abstract:

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How old was Jehoiachin when he began to reign?

Here are the answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

He was 18 years old and he reigned for 3 months.

Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned for three months in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Nehushta the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.” ( 2 Kings 24:8)

He was 8 years old and he reigned for 3 months and 10 days.

Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned for three months and ten days in Jerusalem. He did evil in the sight of the Lord.” (2 Chronicles 36:9)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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Here are the links on Presuppositional apologetics from April 8th-14th, 2021!

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Apologetics: Ep. 119 – Why Should I Believe Christianity – The Big Picture – Part 1

2.) Bible Contradiction? How many of Adonikam’s offspring returned from Babylon?

3.) The Christian Worldview against Unbelieving Worldview

4.) BIOLA Apologetics & the Ocean of Uncertainty

5.) Teaching Presuppositional Apologetics to Kids: Discussion with Eli and Joel

6.) Three Reasons Why Worldviews Are Important

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How many of Adonikam’s offspring returned from Babylon?

Here are the answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

666

the sons of Adonikam, 666;” ( Ezra 2:13)

667

the sons of Adonikam, 667;” (Nehemiah 7:18)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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Here are links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between April 1st-7th, 2021.  Enjoy!

1.) Cave to the Cross: Ep. 118 – Why Should I Believe Christianity – Introduction – Why Believe? – Part 2

2.) Resolving 47 Bible Contradictions from Jesus’ Final Week to His Ascension

3.) Presuppositionalism in Action 1 by Jordan Ravanes

4.) Bible versus Jesus Resurrection?

5.) Presuppositionalism in Action 2 by Jordan Ravanes

6.) Atheism Needs Christianity

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This last year I tried to put out more posts resolving Bible contradictions concerning the final week of Christ through His Ascension to add to the list I put out last year.  It takes some time on my part to go through them to provide exegetically sound refutations; Lord willing I will add more to this lists next year.  See my post I wrote on why refuting Bible Contradictions Takes Time.  As of Passion Week 2021 I have responded to forty-seven alleged Bible contradictions that took place during the final week of Jesus’ life up to His Ascension.  These posts are arranged below roughly in chronological order in the Gospel with additions we wrote after last Resurrection Sunday labeled “NEW” in red:

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Here are links related to Presuppositional apologetics’ gathered from March 15th-21st, 2021.  Enjoy!

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Ep. 115 – Truth In A Culture Of Doubt – Are Many New Testament Documents Forged? – Part 3

2.) Bible Contradiction? Did Jesus say, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up”?

3.) God’s Novel and Computer Simulations

4.) Practical apologetics #2: How do I know what I know?

A Tribute to an old Xanga Friend and Thoughts on Apologetics and Parenting

‘Foundations of Christian Scholarship’: 45 Years Later

 

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Before WordPress, before Facebook and Twitter there was a blogging website called Xanga.  I was on there from November 2004 to 2008 or 2009.  Eventually it was shut down.  Was anyone else on there?

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Here are links related to Presuppositional apologetics’ gathered from March 15th-21st, 2021.  Enjoy!

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Ep. 114 – Are Many New Testament Documents Forged? – Part 2

2.) Bible Contradiction? Did Jesus say before the cock crow or before the cock crows twice?

3.) Steve Hays’ Contribution To Easter

4.) Can Evolution Explain Software? 2.0

5.) Evolutionists Stealing Science Principles from God

6.) Science Confirms Scripture — Video by Polite Leader

7.) Quick thoughts on whether we should say God is responsible for evil

8.) Can Secularism Justify and Account for Anything?

 

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