Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Is God a Fair Judge?

In an interview with Ravi Zacharias, Lee Strobel shares in his book The Case for Faith:
Edited for the reader (Some words marked in parenthesis. Eg: I replaced as [Lee]; and anglicized to Canadian English)

So What About Gandhi?

"He didn't follow Jesus," [Lee] said, "so I suppose you would say he was not redeemed."

"That is something that will be determined by God," Zacharias replied. "However, what is it Gandhi believed? He summarized it in one statement: 'God is truth and truth is God.' My question to him would be, 'What does that mean?' We are sitting in a room; that is a true statement. What has this got to do with whether this room is god or not? It doesn't. It only conforms to a statement I have just made. God exists--is that a true statement? If that is a true statement, who is this God?"

[Lee] interrupted. "Yet here you have a person like Gandhi, who in the eyes of most people lived a good life, whereas a serial killer like David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam, murdered several innocent people and now says he's prayed a prayer to become a Christian. Christians would say Berkowitz is going to heaven but Gandhi isn't. Where's the equity in that?"

Bill O'Reilly: Is There a Hell?



This article is full of sarcasm. I don't like sarcasm. But ... here we go.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Joel Osteen

[Edited for accuracy on September 12th 2012.]
An Inspiration to Millions

Joel Osteen is a native Texan and the Pastor of Lakewood Church, which according to Church Growth Today is America's largest and fastest growing church. On July 16, 2005 after completing $95 million dollars in renovations, Joel moved Lakewood Church into its new 16,000-seat home - the former Compaq Center. It is the largest regularly-used worship center in the United States. Each week Joel delivers God's message of hope and encouragement to more than 38,000 attendees. According to Nielsen Media Research, Joel is the most watched inspirational figure in America. His weekly sermon is broadcast into every U.S. television market where it is viewed by seven million Americans each week and more than 20 million each month. His weekly broadcast is also seen in almost 100 nations around the world.

Are You This Dog?

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Forged?

Bart Ehrman
Ehrman's the kind of guy at work who order's coffee for everyone at work. He assumes that everyone drinks coffee because most adults do at his work. He even considered the Mormon and bought him a juice instead. But he didn't bother to ask me, because I don't drink coffee nor do I like the taste. He didn't know that because he never asked me. It's like saying cats are animals and dogs are animals too, so therefore dogs are cats too. Logically it's correct, but it's not sound at all because the facts aren't correct. It's not looking at the facts. This is a common logical error.


In his book, Forged, Ehrman makes claims without supporting evidence--assumptions on cognitive content. The facts he uses are irrelevant! He takes historical facts of that time to make his claim seem to be true. His biggest argument is that the authors of the Bible are not who we think they are because the manuscripts have been "forged." He assumes that since that only the rich and powerful could only afford a secretary in those days then these manuscripts must have been altered.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

The Historical Reliability of the Gospels

By Craig L. Blomberg

Can the major contours of the portraits of Jesus in the New Testament Gospels be trusted? Many critics would argue not. The Jesus Seminar became the best-known collection of such critics during the 1990s as they alleged that only 18 percent of the sayings ascribed to Jesus and 16 percent of his deeds as found in the four canonical Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, plus the apocryphal Gospel of Thomas, bore any close relationship to what he actually said and did. At the same time, a much more representative cross-section of scholars from about 1980 to the present has inaugurated what has come to be called the Third Quest of the Historical Jesus, in which a greater optimism is emerging about how much we can know, from the Gospels, read in light of other historical cultural developments of the day.....

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Resource: 4Truth.net

The Inerrancy of the Bible

By Norman L. Geisler

The Bible is inspired, but is it inerrant, that is without errors? The reason for a positive answer is simple: The Bible is the Word of God, and God cannot err; therefore, the Bible cannot err. To deny the inerrancy of the Bible one must either affirm that God can err or else that the Bible is not the Word of God.

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Resource: 4Truth.net

Why All the Translations?

By Denny Burk

When one wanders into the Christian bookstore to buy a Bible, the sheer number of versions available can be quite overwhelming, and yet many Christians have no criteria by which to evaluate which translation is the best. This essay proposes to set forth some of the historical reasons for new translations and to explain some of the different translation philosophies that drive the production of so many different versions in our own day. Thus, we must address the question posed in the title of this article from both a historical and a philosophical perspective. Historically speaking, we are compelled to consider why there has been such a proliferation of English translations of the scripture. The question emerges why each generation undertakes the task of translation. Also, we need to have an idea about the different philosophies of translation. We need to understand what it is that causes the various English versions to differ from one other in significant ways (especially the modern ones).

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Resource: 4truth.net