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Law and Gospel Abstract This week, I am posting another paper that answers the question of, “what is the Christian to do with the Old Testament law?” This question comes up, often, when talking with skeptics. The skeptic thinks that Christians are guilty of picking and choosing which parts of the Bible they read and adhere to. This, of course, is not true. Christian theology holds that there is a line of demarcation between the Old and New Testaments. Depending upon the Christian’s particular theology, they may hold different particulars on where they place that line. Some hold for continuity and others for discontinuity of the Mosaic Law. However, does it have to be either/or? Can it be both/and? Click here to read the paper. Included on the last page of the paper are comments from my instructor and mentor. ...

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Here is a paper I wrote last spring on the Shroud of Turin. I have to admit that I was beyond skeptical about the Shroud. I thought it was a medieval forgery and that Christians that claimed it was one of the burial cloths of Christ were bringing discredit to Christians in general. My intent in writing the paper was actually do some research so that I could speak intelligently about it being a forgery. However, facts are relentless, and the week before I started to write the paper a new dating test conclude the Shroud dates from the 1st century. If you take one fact, the carbon dating in 1988, you will come to the conclusion that it is a medieval forgery. However, all other data, points to a relic from the first century. What changed my mind was three pieces of evidence, the Sudarium of Oviedo, the fact...

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Adam's Sin
Why do we suffer because of Adam's sin? We suffer for Adam’s sin because we inherited this depraved state from him. Adam and Eve had free will and God gave them an opportunity to exercise that free will with one rule about not eating fruit form a single tree in the garden. They choose to exercise that free will to disobey that only command. They entered into what we call the fallen state where they took on a rebellious sin nature. In that state they conceived the rest of humanity and in a sense, we are Adam. Animals and human reproduce of their own kind. When they reproduced the rest of us it’s as if we are saying that we have that same nature and that the entire human race sinned along with them. Romans 5:12 says all men have sinned. Notice it is past-tense. It’s as if we all...

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Recently Sam the Steamroller argued the Bible was not reliable for the following reasons: “The KJV of the New Testament was completed in 1611 by 8 members of the Church of England. There were no original texts to translate. There still aren't. The oldest manuscripts we have were written down hundreds of years after the last apostle died. There are over 8,000 of these old manuscripts with no two alike. The King James translators used none of these manuscripts. None. Instead, they edited previous translations to create a version their king and Parliament would approve. 21st century Christians (you...), believe the "word of God" is a book edited in the 17th century from 16th century translations from 8,000 contradictory copies of 4th century scrolls that claim to be copies of lost letters written in the 1st century..” Surprisingly this statement against the reliability of textual transmission of the Bible is...

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A recent poll has found that 1 in 25 people claim to have had near-death experiences. A quick search at Amazon will show many books have been written about near-death experiences (NDEs) claiming the experiences are proof of heaven, an afterlife or even hell.  I read my first book on NDEs back in the 90’s.  It was Dr. Maurice Rawlings’ book, To Hell and Back.  If you ask most people what they think about NDEs they will say it is always like heaven.  They will think of beings of light and lush indescribable gardens.  However, what struck me about Rawlings’ accounts was that the after-life people were experiencing was not always heavenly; in fact it was darn right hellish.  Recently a very popular book came out describing the events of a 4 year old boy who recounts an experience of heaven while his body was in emergency surgery.  In Heaven...

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Interesting online discussion on Abortion and Personhood Original Poster (OP) ‎"As the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade passes, it’s important to remember the both sides of the evangelical anti-abortion movement’s history. Yes, it did involve legitimate moral concerns about abortion, it did occasion serious reflection on the issue by evangelical scholars and pastors, and it did bring a formerly apolitical segment of America into the political process. But its founding moral outrage stemmed not from Roe v. Wade, but from the prospect of government-imposed desegregation; it rest its intellectual foundation on highly dubious, non-scholarly arguments advanced by Francis Schaeffer; it mobilized lay evangelicals to action by telling them the Bible teaches something it does not actually teach; and it actively suppressed the scholarship of evangelicals who held alternative viewpoints." (Me) I actually think the Bible does talk to this issue. Whether it comes from the commandment not to murder...

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Recently, I was listening to a Greg Koukl on a Stand To Reason podcast. He was relating an article entitled, “Struggle for Smarts? How Eastern and Western Cultures Tackle Learning” by Alix Spiegel. In summary the article says that Westerners see intelligence as something you have or don’t, while Eastern cultures see intelligence as something you build. This is demonstrated by how Eastern and Western parents and teachers talk to children. Ever since I heard Greg talk about this on his podcast, I have been thinking about this concept. I have always thought of intelligence as being something that you can build. Much like muscles, your intelligence grows the more you use it. The problem is I really didn't communicate that to my children. I feel bad that as a parent I have always reinforced the Western notion by telling my kids how smart they were when they got good...
Medieval Times
The Christian Crusades Dispelling Prevalent Myths About the Crusades Abstract: The term paper will cover some of the popular myths being used about the crusader era and will shed light on those myths. The popular myths are taken from recent atheist books and blogs along with some additional commonly held myths. The rebuttals I use for these myths are often taken from academic works that predate the use of these myths and yet the myths continue to be used. Popular myths about the Crusades Many popular myths about the Crusades pervade popular books and skeptics websites today even though many of the myths have been debunked.  The myths continue to grow and, in popular works, the myths are considered the gospel truth.  In this essay, I will first explore some of the popular myths.  Then, I will provide a brief response to those myths. Recent articles on the Crusades claim...

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A New Perspective
A Different Perspective on the 3 Wise Men The 3 wise men, or Magi as they were called, were a priestly class that had existed in various empires in the Middle East. They were astrologers, magicians and king makers. They had been around throughout the Babylonian Empire, the Medo-Persian Empire, the Greek Empire, the Roman Empire and the Parthian Empire. The Roman Empire had been at war with the Parthians for some time and Judea was the buffer state between the two empires. Rome backed Herod as governor of Judea, a move the Jewish Sanhedrin did not like because Herod was not a Jew, he was an Edomite. Herod and the Romans fled in 40 BC when Antigonus, with the help of the Parthians, took the throne as king. In Rome the Roman Senate elected him as king of Judea and in 37 BC he returned to claim the throne....

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I had a long dialogue with an Atheist here in PDF form. I did change the names of the participants for privacy reasons. The conversation started with a post from a friend of mine that turned into an interesting dialogue. I have kept all of the posts even the ‘Troll’ posts, to preserve the feel and flow of the conversation. The conversation takes some time to get going, but, the bulk of the 23,000 plus words of the conversation is Sam’s objections to Christianity and his support for Atheism. Normally I would not take the time to try and address the numerous assertions he made. However, a number of people were interested and in asynchronous conversation more time can be spent addressing them. Some interesting comments by Sam included Christianity barrowed from Paganism, implied is that this disproves Christianity Science and Religion are at odds (specific example of Galileo) He...


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