Does apologetics seem like some kind of far away airplane that only other pilots are allowed to fly? Are believers supposed to live without it? Apologetics is all about being able to communicate what you believe and why you believe it. Why do you believe that God exists? Why do you believe the Bible is the Word of God? Why do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Apologetics comes from the Greek word, apologia, which means giving a reasoned defense. Thankfully, believers today are able to learn from giant apologists who came before us. Continue reading “Why Do Apologetics?”
ARE YOU READY TO LEARN WHAT GOOD APOLOGETICS IS ALL ABOUT?
Simply put, the work of apologetics is to explain what you believe and why you believe it. In Christian apologetics, the basic task is concerned with providing the truth claims of Christianity and providing reasons for those truth claims. If a Christian cannot tell an unbeliever what makes Christianity unique, why should an unbeliever be interested? In the New Testament, we are commanded to engage in good Christian apologetics with kindness and respect. It is one way we are supposed to love the Lord with all of our mind. Continue reading “WHAT IS APOLOGETICS? DO WE NEED IT IN THE LORD’S ARMY?”
A Beautiful Marriage Begins With Good Boundaries
A beautiful marriage begins with a husband and a wife who love each other and have the desire to live happily ever after. How do two spouses keep a beautiful marriage? In the book, Boundaries In Marriage, Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend explain the way to live in a happily-ever-after marriage. By learning how to contribute to a loving marriage, a couple can experience a strong and healthy marriage. Cloud and Townsend give specific ways to create a better environment for the marriage to grow and develop. This book is an excellent guide for any spouse who wants to have a good marriage, for any divorced person who wants to learn how to have a better marriage, or for a single person who wants to learn what a good marriage looks like. Every spouse should learn what to do when a difficulty arises in his or her marriage. Continue reading “How To Have a Beautiful Marriage”
#5: He made this wonderful universe.
What does the statement “God hated Esau” really mean? (Malachi 1:3, Romans 9:11-13) Is it the same kind of hate that a person has for cheesecake or lemon meringue pie? The purpose of this article is to list twelve things that God really does hate. In doing so, we will discover that God loves all people, but it is not the same kind of love that a person has for dessert.
Does God Love and Hate At the Same Time?
It is so very important for us to understand the difference between loving a person and hating the sin. Continue reading “Twelve Things God Hates”
Was John 8:2-11 in the original book of John or not? (The story of the woman caught in adultery.)
One of the very earliest complete Greek copies of the New Testament, the Codex Sinaiticus from circa AD 350, does not have John 7:53-8:1-11. The purpose of this article is to give a few possible reasons why those verses might have been intentionally removed by a bishop in circa AD 350. Continue reading “Story of the Woman Caught In Adultery”
Does God exist? It just might be that some people are looking for God in the wrong way. Evidence for the existence of God is available for anyone who wants to learn how to affirm the existence of an eternal Creator who interacts in this world. Who is our Creator? Where is he? How does he interact with human beings? Romans 1:20 says, “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” When we look at this universe, we can learn many significant attributes about the Creator who made this universe. Continue reading “Does God Exist?”
Sometime around 1900 BC, Abraham was blessed with bread and wine by a holy priest and king named Melchizedek (Gen. 14:17-18). Later in about 1800 BC, Abraham’s grandson, Jacob, found an “awesome place” where he heard an incredible message from God. Jacob called that place the gate of heaven and the “House of God” (Gen. 28:17). In response to God’s wonderful message, Jacob set up a certain stone for a pillar where he poured oil on it (Gen. 28:18). The location of the stone that Jacob set up as a pillar was called God’s House (Gen. 28:22). Jacob also named that place Bethel (Gen. 28:19). Continue reading “Archaeological Evidence For Melchizedek’s House of God”
Archaeologists found two ancient objects with the priestly benediction (priestly blessing) inscribed on them. Two silver amulets, ancient objects dated to about the 600s BC, were found with engravings of the blessing. The priestly benediction is known to have come from Moses who blessed his people (Numbers 6:22-26) as he was commanded by the LORD (YHWH). Continue reading “Archaeological Evidence For the Priestly Benediction”
Deir Alla Inscription
Here is a piece of archaeological evidence in support of the book of Numbers in the Old Testament. It was written in Aramaic, referring to the false prophet, Balaam, mentioned in the book of Numbers, chapters 22-24. This inscription is dated to about 800 BC. Continue reading “Archaeological Evidence For the Book of Numbers”