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Who did it? Who killed Jesus?
It has been estimated at least 90% of the Christians today and perhaps 99% of all people have no idea what is being taught in liberal universities today under the disguise of biblical criticism, textual criticism, source criticism, or literary criticism. In this blog, I will be opposing a (failed) hypothesis that is being taught at the college level by some professors who call themselves specialists, scholars, and critics. Continue reading “4 Ways To Respond To Wellhausen Problems and Astruc Cuttings”
Is Bart Ehrman still claiming that the four New Testament gospel books (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) have contradictions? How can he still be saying that after many good explanations are available? How can he still be proclaiming his false teaching? Doesn’t he care to listen to the biblical experts who can explain how we can know that each one of his alleged contradictions is not a contradiction at all? Ehrman is an agnostic professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who presented at least three of his concerns in a video and went on to list about seven alleged contradictions. Unfortunately, the Christian he was talking to did not offer any significant explanation as to why Ehrman is wrong. The Christian went on to say, all that matters is that Jesus rose from the dead. What? Yes, the resurrection does matter, but so do false claims of contradictions.￼
Working out every contradictory claim does not matter? Of course they matter. It takes time to present why the contradictory claim is not actually a contradiction. If a skeptic really wants to know if a contradictory claim is just an error on behalf of the reader or the critic, let the skeptic take the time to listen to several theologians and understand what the theologians are saying and why they are saying it. If a skeptic does not really want to find good reasons why particular contradictions do not exist in the biblical text, it might be because that skeptic has a difficult time admitting he is wrong.
Ehrman, the agnostic professor and gospel skeptic, began with three concerns that he calls “problems with the gospels.” However, the problems remain with Ehrman’s lack of research and with his lack of understanding about the context, historical culture, and Mosaic law even though he is called a leading expert on textual criticism. If Ehrman continues to not accept the explanations for why his alleged contradictions are not really contradictions, then it might be because Ehrman just does not want to admit being in the wrong. Theologian Dr. Norm Geisler evaluated Bart Ehrman’s views and determined that Ehrman is not approaching the text as a neutral observer.
“Bart Ehrman believes that people should approach the Bible without any presuppositions. They should not read the text through the eyes of faith but as neutral scientific observers. The difficulty with this claim is that even Ehrman does not approach the text as a neutral scientific observer but as one with presuppositions that are contrary to inerrancy. Thus it is no surprise that his conclusions oppose inerrancy.” – Dr. Norman Giesler, Defending Inerrancy, page 70.
In this blog, I will give a short response to some of Ehrman’s claims, but a very much longer presentation can be made, perhaps in a book, showing how all of his contradictory claims are really not contradictions at all.
For the sake of respecting your time, I will stop here, but much more needs to be said in response to Ehrman’s false teaching. If you can respond to Ehrman’s false claims of contradictions, I would encourage you to blog about it or write a book. These false claims and many more from Ehrman can be shown how they are not contradictions. We need to show why these false claims are false so that Ehrman stops misleading college students and stops with his false teachings about the gospel accounts. I am convinced that Ehrman has not given his claims enough research nor has he been fair to listen to the reasons why we can know for sure that his claims are not true contradictions after all. We really can know the Bible is the Word of God, without error.
As a Christian, have you ever wondered what the differences are between an evangelist and an apologist? Have you ever wondered if all Christians are supposed to evangelize and explain what we believe and why we believe it? Have you ever wondered if the Holy Spirit is moving in apologetics? Below is a slide presentation on Evangelism Before and After Christian Apologetics. The purpose of this talk is to show the importance of Christian apologetics when sharing the Gospel message. Several people pointed out last night that they found this presentation very helpful. Continue reading “Evangelism, Apologetics, & Hinduism”
Have you ever had someone tell you face to face that the New Testament is “corrupt”? What did he/she actually mean by stating that claim? What reasons, if any, did that person give for concluding with that kind of judgment? How did you respond to that person’s claim?
Instead of just wanting to believe the NT is corrupt or is not corrupt, we should first find out if the meaning we have today is the same exact meaning as the original text. Setting aside any preconceived notion of NT corruption, an honest researcher will test the claim of textual corruption, setting aside personal bias, and determine if the NT is textually accurate or if it has changed over time. This blog post will give one main reason why we can know whether or not the NT has any textual corruption.Continue reading “One Main Reason Why the New Testament Is Not Corrupt”
“What About Those Who Have Never Heard?” is a book divided into three sections. Each section presents a particular view on whether the unevangelized can go to heaven after bodily death. John Sanders, Gabriel Fackre, and Ronald Nash present three views—restrictivism, divine perseverance, and inclusivism—on whether souls can go to heaven if they never heard about Jesus. Even though all three authors searched through Scripture to find answers, the interpretations and handling of particular verses varied. Each author attempted to build a biblical case for his view, but each case seemed to add his own interpretation of what he thinks John 14:6 is saying. The strongest case came from the most assertive author, Nash, while the most accurate case for salvation came from Sanders. The weakest case came from Fackre. Continue reading “What About Those Who Have Never Heard?”
16 Ways To Show God Exists
Although many skeptics have attempted to “debunk” the following ways that show “God exists,” these same skeptics have not been able to give any good reasons that lead them to their conclusion. Skeptics have given some objections, but each objection falls short in some way. As a result, any conclusion of being an atheist is based on utilizing a non sequitur, which is when a person makes a statement such as “I cannot see God,” and then he makes an illogical leap by jumping to the conclusion that God does not exist. Continue reading “16 Ways To Show God Exists”
Do miracles occur today? I will go over four particular views on whether real miracles occur in the world today. When I say real miracles, I do not refer to natural healings or medical healings. When I say a real miracle, I am talking about a divine supernatural intervention where God uses a messenger of his choosing to perform a miracle, usually an instant miracle such as a budding staff (Nu. 17) or a staff that turns into a snake (Ex. 7:8-10), with the purpose of confirming that the messenger is genuinely appointed by God and that his message is really from God. Continue reading “Whether Miracles Occur Today (Four Views)”