Did My Teachers Cheat Me?

 

The anti-God public schools and colleges are  churches for atheism. Here they recruit and propagandize captive students, filling their minds with anti-God theories. Then the students are sent forth to spread this stuff in society. Many teachers ignore the Scientific Method which calls for objectively examining all evidence. Theists are typically not given equal opportunity to present their views in class. It’s a rigged system. Were the Christians given equal class opportunities? Were teachers objectively presenting different sides of issues or forcing their personal biases on students?

(1) Ask skeptics what books they have read from a solid theist view? (Josh McDowell, William Lane Craig, Norman Geisler, Ravi Zacharias, Frank Turek, Ken Ham, Institute for Creation Research  icr.org , answersingenesus.org)

(2)  Have they had a real Christian sit down with them over an open Bible and discuss their questions?

(3) Ever read the Bible or gospel of John, asking God to reveal Himself through it . . . . . IF he is real?

(4) Got the tolerant, diversity mindset to check out  a Bible teaching church or friend’s home Bible study?

 

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12 POSSIBLE BLIND SPOTS OF ATHEISTS, SKEPTICS

 

 

  1. Every religion has some unanswered questions, not just the Judeo-Christian world view. And leaving the Judeo-Christian framework, the questions multiply. Other world views bring  more not less questions.
  2. Creator God is seeking those with faith so He is not going to answer every single question any one has. That would remove the element of faith. The Creator God gives us a mix of faith and certain science insights. Faith and science are friends not competitors. The Creator created both.
  3. All religions have exclusive beliefs, not just the Christian faith. For example, all branches of Hinduism hold to karma and reincarnation. Islam holds firm views regarding  not examining the Koran. Translating the Koran from Arabic into other languages is forbidden. This prevents the Koran from being examined as the Bible is.
  4. The New Testament is the most well attested document of the ancient world. – Evidence Demands a Verdict, Josh McDowell.
  5. I have never studied chemistry, agriculture or been to Brazil. It would be prideful and foolish for me to speak as if I was knowledgeable in these areas. I have not read about them, studied them. I am an outsider. Pride pontificates. Humility listens, learns.
  6. Good university teachers do not go around claiming they are going to rise from the dead.  Such comments relegate them to an extreme category. Likewise with Jesus Christ who predicted his death and resurrection. He must be considered a liar, lunatic or Lord. Did He resurrect or not? He can not be a good teacher if He did not make good on His prediction.  Above all, Christianity is a faith of the Resurrection. This is why many churches worship on Sunday. Jesus arose on the first day of the week. Whether He arose or not, is the primary question. If He did not, the rest of the Bible is irrelevant. Rehashing hash on secondary questions is not for the astute.
  7. There is strong evidence to show that creation involved intelligent design, thus a designer. I posit  a Designer-Creator. Obviously many after-market religions, man made gods came along later. (John 1.1-3; Gen 1-1-2; Isaiah 41 & 44; Job chpt 38-41; Col 1.16-17). As children and adults worldwide want answers to questions like: How did I get here on earth? So even false religions concoct some explanation of origin (and afterlife).
  8.  I wonder if not a few atheists deep down are blaming God for some hurtful disappointment or tragedy of the past? Perhaps they lost a child or some Christian betrayed them. Some seem very bitter. God loves these folks! Some can so low and despondent that they will not listen to advice or those who reach out to them. (Exod 6.9).
  9. Some atheists have been turned off by dry or dead religion. I was. I was raised in a non-salvation preaching church. It took me 31 years to realize the eternal difference between being a lost church goer and inviting Jesus to supernaturally give me a new heart. (Ezek 36.26; Rev 3.20). I swapped dead religion for a live, living relationship. Salvation is a Person, Jesus Christ!
  10.  Why can’t you and I predict the future? we lack (A) the knowledge of the future , and (B) power to MAKE it happen. I know of only one book that has predictions of future events regarding the Savior of the world. Even the town of Jesus’ birth is specifically named some 700 years before Jesus is born in Bethehem. (Micah 5.2) (Isaiah 7.14; 9.6-7; 53.1-11). False religions cannot do this!  Dozens of other prophecies are fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Man made religions lack the supernatural power to pull this off. THIS IS BIG!
  11.  “The moment you make a truth claim you are rising above determinism [evolutionary, random, accidental movement of molecules] ” – Ravi Zacharias
  12. I repeatedly have atheists ask for more evidence about God. The deeper issue is suppression of evidence. The Bible says, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood by what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” (Roman 1.20 NAS). – a message  by Ravi Zacharias contributed to this.
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ARE YOU CONTROLLED BY FLESH OR SPIRIT? CHOSEN YOUR CORE VALUES?

 

ARE YOU CONTROLLED BY FLESH OR SPIRIT? CHOSEN YOUR CORE VALUES?

“Mindless Christianity is not New Testament Christianity.” – John R. W. Stott. You have to think and pursue truth.  God lets us dig and labor for our daily bread–likewise for our spiritual food. It is not all served to us on a silver platter. Dig.

A hungry man won’t refuse meat because it has bones in it.  He removes the bones and receives the meat. Beyond the Christian faith, the competing world views have far more unresolved questions. A useful core values framework,  aka world view, should have solid answers for the following four questions. (1)  How did I get here?  (2) Can there be meaning in my life or am I just an accidental glob in an uncaring universe?  (3) What is the source of good and evil?  (4) What happens to me when I die?  -after Ravi Zacharias.

Do thinkers seek satisfying answers? Will it be fleeting pleasures, quiet despair or Jesus’ peace?

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Why Water Baptism cannot save me?

(1) God’s Spirit baptizes, indwells, saves us. This brings powerful, supernatural change! (1 Cor 12.13; Tit 3.5; Eph 4.5; 1 Cor 3.16)

(2) Most salvation verses do not mention ‘water’ or ‘water baptism.’ (Jn 3.16;1.12; 3.36; Act 2.21; Rom 5.6-9; 10.13 Eph 1.7).

(3) Christ brought salvation without baptizing people (Jn 4.2).

(4) Paul did not baptize many (1 Cor 1.17; 2.2).

(5) Old Testament believers were redeemed without water baptism–Noah ‘found grace” Genesis 6.8. Abraham “believed God” -Gen 15.6.

(6) Salvation is a finished work on the cross. Jesus said, “It is finished.” (Jn 19.30; Heb 1.3).

(7) Baptism is only a symbol of inner washing as 1 Peter 3.20-21 makes clear though it can be misinterpreted.

(8) Man’s works do not save. If so, Jesus’ painful death was in vein (Gal 2.21; Rom 4.l4-5; Eph 2.8-9).

(9) Christ is not truly mediator between God and man if I am forced into XYZ church’s baptismal pool before I can be saved. No church is co-redeemer with Jesus Christ! This is serious false teaching.

(10) Baptismal regeneration (salvation by water) denies salvation by grace through faith alone! One is saved by blood not water.

(11) Water baptism is properly an ordinance of the church AFTER salvation just as is: tithing, prayer, communion, witnessing and serving Jesus.

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WAS THE OT GOD TOO HARSH OR LONG SUFFERING?

In his classic book, The Holiness of God, R.C. Sproul deals with this issue in some detail. OT Jehovah gets criticized by some for His presumed harshness in dealing with the Canaanites for example. (1) “Far from being a history of a harsh God, the Old Testament is the record of a God who is patient to the extreme.”  He heard the Israelite slaves in Egypt cry for help. He rescued them via Moses and the Red Sea miracle. “They responded by worshiping a gold cow.”

(2)   “Sin is cosmic treason.” None of us is innocent before a holy God. It’s an act of mercy that any us is allowed to live past midnight tonight. Never cry for justice. Mercy is our only hope.  (3) God has given us so much patience and grace and mercy that we take it for granted. Now we demand it but God owes us nothing. “We delude ourselves into thinking that either God doesn’t care about it or that He is powerless to punish us.” (4) The Canaanites and certain other pagan groups were also idol worshipers. some even offered child sacrifices. ” There was none innocent. The conquest of Canaan was an explicit expression of God’s righteous judgment on a wicked nation.”  (5) “The most violent expression of God’s wrath and justice is seen in the cross. If ever a person had room to complain of injustice it was Jesus. He was the only innocent man ever to be punished by God. Here is where our astonishment should be focused . . . Golgotha.”  (6) We cringe when justice is administered while taking His grace and patience for granted. It is we who are out of step—unthankful for God’s mercy.

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HAS SCIENCE MADE THE BIBLE AND FAITH OBSOLETE?

Here are some points/questions for Bible skeptics.

(1)  The Bible indeed agrees  that skeptics will not appreciate and understand its truths. (1 Cor 2.14; 1.18). Outsiders are not privy to its message.

(2) Science may answer how questions but not the deeper why questions. Can science provide ethical values? Are scientists suggesting that morality is not needed? Where does ,morality come from? Nature has no morality. Darwinism is admittedly amoral. Do moral values arise from mud or rocks? Does a sense of justice arise from dinosaur bones?

(3) Scientists exercise faith daily. No one is able to empirically back check/verify each important decision. In lab tests, the  findings are assumed by faith to be reported ethically by the lab worker. Chemists take by faith that their instruments have been accurately calibrated by the manufacturer. By faith we trust our auto mechanic to repair our car and bill us ethically. Each time a biologist flies, he bets his life on the airline providing qualified, sober pilots and planes in good repair. That’s faith.

(4)   For centuries Judeo-Christian values and practice has impacted  the Western world. This extends to art, music, science, U.S. Constitution, laws, jurisprudence system, national holidays, customs and literature. It has become so common it is often taken for granted. To dismiss this with a wave of the hand suggests prejudice and intolerance.

(5)  The Scientific Method calls for various options to be examined. Yet it is common knowledge that in countless grade schools and universities, theists are not given equal time and are even discriminated against. Is the integrity of education in doubt? Has  objectivity and respect for diversity been lost?

(6) Those who would like to become doctors are still outsiders to medical know how, skills and training. Bystander comments are not expertise. Unschooled outsiders are not insiders. Voicing opinions  does not make them a knowledgeable insider.

(7) Ask skeptics if they just expressing bias? What scholarly theistic books have they read?

 

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IF THERE ARE OBJECTIVE BIBLE DOCTRINES WHY DO CHURCHES HAVE DIFFERENT BELIEFS? WHY DON’T ALL CHURCHES BELIEVE THE SAME THING?

 

There is not one magic bullet to resolve this question. Here are just some factors as I  see it.

  1. First, we do well to avoid what let’s call the perfection snare. If all do not believe that the earth is round, does that make it any less true? If all elementary school students do not accept a school policy, does that make it any less true? If some employees don’t agree with company policies, does that invalidate them?
  2. Protestantism broke away from the Catholic church under Martin Luther and the Reformers (16th century AD). They differed on whether the church/ pope  or the Bible should be the final authority.
    1. First, we do well to avoid what let’s call the perfection snare. If all do not believe that the earth is round, does that make it any less true? If all elementary school students do not accept a school policy, does that make it any less true? If some employees don’t agree with company policies, does that invalidate them?
  3. I believe God wants diversity and variety in non-essential matters (type of music, dress, hair length, worship, church polity and leadership structure). There are about 38,000 denominations worldwide according to Operation World. “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.” -old saint.
  4. Some believers prefer formal worship; others want more informal, some happy-clappy. Different groups give prominence to different Bible truths.
  5. Mans’ fallen nature plays a big role. Some churches are founded by more mature leaders than others. Focuses vary: systematic theologies vary, evangelism, foreign missions or reaching a particular sub-culture (bikers, native Indians, inner city, mobile home parks).
  6. False teachers and cults can lead those astray that don’t know the Bible well.(1 Cor 1.18; 2.14).
  7.  Satan is the father of  lies and a deceiver. His agents confuse some churches with distractions and lies.
  8. In other religions various branches exist also. In Islam there are: Sunnis, Shi’a, Sufism, Ibadi, Ahmadiyya. In Hinduism there are Salvism, Shaktism, Vaishnavism and Smartism. These are just the major branches.
  9. New churches without  tradition are tempted to get caught up in passing fads including  new doctrines.
  10. No single has all the strengths and no weaknesses. God may raise up different groups for different ministries. Doctrinal emphases accompany these.
  11. There has long been a parade of church differences from conservative to liberal. Viewing this  in the context of John 3 – Nicodemus and Jesus:   some churches might be called “Jesus” churches. He preached the New Birth, salvation, to lost Nicodemus (Jn 3.3,7). Other churches reflect Nicodemus’s perspective in John 3. He did not understand the New Birth, aka salvation. He asked Jesus, “How can these things be?” (v-9)  (Jn 3.4,10).
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Questions for Skeptics, Atheists

  1. Are your views grounded more on intellectual facts or moral/immoral desires that you cling to?
  2. The Darwinist is bound in the cage of time, space and matter. As matter cannot create itself, this naturalist has nothing to use for origin. Ex: a Toyota cannot create itself. A manufacturer is required. Darwinists have no matter, no material   to use for origin. Science has no answer. He must believe by faith that something may  explain it in the future. “Out of nothing comes everything and everybody”? This is contrary to repeatable science principle.
  3. Explain how order arises from chaos . . . including the long, orderly DNA chain?
  4. How does morality arise  from materials? How does mind arise from mud? Physics equations from unthinking nature? How consciousness arises from dirt?  -after Stealing From God
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Got a family member you cannot really talk to?: Building conversation bridges

It was lonely growing up. I was  a quiet, little kid. As a youth my Dad was into his business and drank at night. He did not devote much time to we three children or mother. She paid a heavy price– emotionally and  conversationally deserted, so alone.  An  interactive relationship with my Dad was missing. He was open but just not focused on meeting our social needs. Love was AWOL.

Now looking back through a believer’s eyes, I think I could have developed a richer relationship with Dad. Occasionally he would share some pearl of  wisdom or other insight. Those he did share I have  treasured and try to employ. His gems included:  ‘beware of any business deal where they won’t give you time to think it over’ . . . . ‘don’t loan money to friends’ . . . . ‘build you house on high ground.’

Now I wish I had encouraged him to share more and more and more. He loved it and I did too. Even though we were not his uppermost interests I could have built more of a relationship. I could have focused on what he liked to talk about naturally—business stuff! I could have zeroed in on that one area he enjoyed! I wish I had used it with my Mom and uncle BB as well.  But they are all gone now. Opportunities missed, gone forever.

Obviously this principle is well traveled but I did not apply it to my situation.  It can be utilized to build relationships with whoever. Take an interest in others’ interests. We need not remain caged in silence.  Opportunities await! Who has a loved one out on the lonely fringe? Got a friend struggling to enter relationship land?

” . . . but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man to his own things, but every man also on the things of others” (Phil 2.3-4)”

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Why the atheist or believer will not have all his Bible questions answered?

Why the atheist  or believer will not have all his Bible questions answered?  Like feeding a dead cat is reasoning with one not open to truth.  I am focused on atheists and skeptics who attack, who ask questions, but do not seem interested in serious, objective discussions. . Some seem to be adrift in the sea of debate. Evidence  of God’s existence  cannot replace the required faith to believe.

Many answers to spiritual issues are indeed available. One should bring a burning issue in his soul to God, to His treasure chest of wisdom, the Bible, to a Christian advisor. Answers can come  through:   revelation from nature itself,  the Bible,  the Holy Spirit and  the Living Word, Jesus Christ.   Still it is obviously not God’s will to reveal all things to us. Let God be God. He has not invited finite man to sit on His Board of Directors or offer policy advice. Humility is the wiser path.

Those who seem overly insistent on extracting answers  might be asked a question themselves. If you want  God to talk to you, are you reading the Bible? Do the easy things first. Suggest a passage or book to them. I often recommend the gospel of John.

Not having all  our questions resolved in this life can prompt us to walk by faith.  Does a wise human father  explain all his decisions to his children?  Hopefully he has their trust.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” (Prov 3.5-6 NAS).

Another reason God does not answer all our questions is spelled out in Scripture.  ” . .  can be made known only by Divine revelation . .  at a time appointed by God . . ” Vines Expository Dictionary, p 779.  Some of these topics are: spiritual truth generally. “but holding the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience” (1 Tim 3.9 NAS) (1 Cor 13.2; 14.2; 2.6-16); hidden forces regarding the kingdom of God  . .  “And He [Jesus] answered and said to them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.”” (Matt 13.11 NAS) (Mk 4.11); the Rapture (1 Cor 15.51); Christ Himself (Col 2.2; 4.3); the Church (Eph 5.32). W.E. Vine has a  publication, Twelve Mysteries of Scripture.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matt 6.33 NAS).

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