Have a good defense for the hope that is in you

1 Peter 3:15: but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

According to the Bible, we ought to have good reasons for the hope that is in us and in Christ when anyone asks us to give an account for it. In other words, we are biblically commanded by God to train ourselves in a defense of the evidence and reason that is within us for the kingdom awaiting us. Truly, this couldn’t be made more clear than in 1 Peter 3:15. However, our commands regarding our defense are even more multitudinous than that alone, behold;

2 Corinthians 10:4-5: …We demolish arguments and every proud thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ.

So, we must be ready to not only give a defense for our hope but also be prepared to destroy the accusations set against us. This is all too necessary when it comes to the modern church, with accusations coming from every side against our truth, from the Atheists and the Muslims and whoever else steps against us. More and more, great men from our side such as William Lane Craig and Michael Licona take to handling these accusers, but every Christian should be prepared to do this and engage in study that aids them in their pursuit of spreading the gospel, the good news. Truly, no other belief system on Earth commands its adherents to take part in an intellectual and reason-based pursuit of investigating and defending their theology — other religions simply declare themselves without thinking at all about something like this.

Time and time again, the early church leaders not only stepped forth and defended Christianity from their accusers, but the early church phenomenally destroyed those who sided against them in intellectual debate.

Acts 6:8-10: Now Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people. Opposition arose, however, from some members of the Freedmen’s Synagogue, composed of both Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and some from Cilicia and Asia, and they began to argue with Stephen. But they were unable to stand up against his wisdom and the Spirit by whom he was speaking.

How clear it is now why Christianity spread so quickly soon thereafter the advent of Jesus’ ministry on Earth! Truly, the unbelievers were both told of the truth and shown it, they did not possess any capacity at all to deny it for they themselves were shown, upfront, that they are dealing with the facts of God Almighty Himself. Indeed, we can’t just let the early church leaders take such actions, we must follow their footsteps and take to this ourselves. This blog that I started was created itself, for the sole purpose of administering to the lost and building up a foundation of evidence regarding various histories of the Bible and rebutting the accusations against them, as well as various subjects of God as well. Hopefully, both you and I will be able to partake in our studies as the early leaders did and Jesus Himself who was the intellectual champion of His time, so that when we bring the gospel to the lost, they will surely believe. Thank the good God!

Acts 18:28: for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, demonstrating by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.

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How Can You Belive In a God that Damns your children?

This is a hard question, one that not many parents which to take into consideration. What if my, very own children are condemned to Hell by the God I love?

The truth is, your children are not only your children but children of God, and all moral accountability is ultimately directed to God. For perhaps the greatest answer ever given to this question by one of the worlds best philosophers, click here or the link below:

http://www.reasonablefaith.org/worshiping-a-god-who-might-damn-your-children

Bible Proven True By ISIS.

Just when you thought ISIS couldn’t get any wackier.

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Back when ISIS was going around in Iraq and Syria trying to destroy all archaeological artifacts of pre-Islamic times, they decided to dig a tunnel. By 2016, ISIS was starting to lose numerous villages and cities and was being forced back, and one part of their territory that was lost was where they dug their tunnel. Archaeologists examined this tunnel, and through it they uncovered a palace of two biblical kings.

Towards the end of the 8th century BC, and early 7th century BC, to Assyrian kings to rule and interact with the holy land were named Sennacherib and Esarhaddon. These were mighty Assyrian kings, and all thanks to ISIS, we have uncovered the palace of these biblical kings. The Bible documents these two kings and their empire (Assyria was no less than an enormous empire during the 8th and 7th centuries BC, especially with the expansion during the reign of Tiglath-Pileser III) in 2 Kings 18:13-19:37, 2 Chronicles 32:1-23, Isaiah 36:1-37:38. In the newfound palace, an inscription was found written in cuneiform speaking of Sennacherib (whom built the castle), and this same palace was where his son (Esarhaddon) later lived as well during his reign.

Aside from this newfound inscription, though, there’s also a ton more evidence for the veracity of this biblical account. There are numerous inscriptions of the Assyrian ruler Sennacherib. The Bible tells us Sennacherib conquered and invaded Judah (but failed to capture Jerusalem), and Assyrian inscriptions at Ninevah confirm this. Esarhaddon had his own vassal treaty (if you know anything about the Vassal Treaty of Esarhaddon, otherwise known as the Esarhaddon Succession Treaty). But, these are not the only Assyrian kings in the Bible that have been historically confirmed. In fact, all six biblical Assyrian kings have been historically confirmed. We’ve spoken about two of them (Sennacherib and Esarhaddon), but what about Tiglath Pileser III (2 Kings 15:19), Shalmaneser V (2 Kings 17:2), Sargon II (Isaiah 20:1), and Adramelech (2 Kings 19:37)? It’s hard to go through all the data on Sennacherib, Esarhaddon, let alone all six Assyrian kings. Nevertheless, I don’t need to, because someone else already has. See items 35-40, and have a blessed day.

[Jeremiah 29:13] And ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Is Paul A Liar?

 

Paul — is he a liar? The short answer is no. No, he is not. However, there are a great many number of people that claim Paul was a liar, and that he utilized deception in order to convert people to Christianity. Let us now examine these accusations and conclude regarding whether or not they have validity or not. The accusations are based on the following Bible verses;

[1 Corinthians 9:19-22] Although I am a free man and not anyone’s slave, I have made myself a slave to everyone, in order to win more people. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win Jews; to those under the law, like one under the law—though I myself am not under the law—to win those under the law. To those who are without that law, like one without the law—not being without God’s law but within Christ’s law—to win those without the law. To the weak I became weak, in order to win the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that I may by every possible means save some.

Unbelievable! Paul lied about himself in order to bring people to Christ!

Wrong. Paul does not admit to using deception in these passages, rather, he is simply showing to us how he establishes relationship with differing people, so that he may share the gospel with them. Paul understands that people will not listen to those who they think are ‘heretics’, or those whom they greatly disagree with theologically, and so Paul simply establishes relationships with them. Paul does not lie at all doing this, he simply becomes their friends and tries to help them get into the eternal kingdom.

Imagine the following scenario. You know someone is going to get murdered. The only way for you to stop them from getting murdered is for them to marry you. Now, obviously, you will not randomly ask them to marry you with the expectation that they will agree, they would never do such a thing! Rather, you realize that in order to get them to marry you, you must get to know them, you must build a relationship with them, and eventually you will be able to share your message with them, your desire to marry them and become their spouse, and for Paul this would be the moment where he shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ to save those whom are lost. You do not lie when you get to know this person, you do not deceive them, but rather you do everything in your power to save them.

Now, the unbelievers have one more verse up their sleeve to convince themselves about Paul’s honesty (or lack thereof);

[Romans 3:7] But if by my lie God’s truth is amplified to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner?

The problem with the unbelievers quoting this verse is that they have to belligerently rip it out of its context. Let us see the context to see whether or not it is them who are the dishonest ones, rather than Paul.

[Romans 3:5-8] But if our unrighteousness highlights[a] God’s righteousness, what are we to say? I use a human argument: Is God unrighteous to inflict wrath? Absolutely not! Otherwise, how will God judge the world? But if by my lie God’s truth is amplified to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner? And why not say, just as some people slanderously claim we say, “Let us do what is evil so that good may come”? Their condemnation is deserved!

Not only does Paul NOT advocate lying and deception in order to convert people to Christianity in this passage, he CONDEMNS the practice. So not only have the unbelievers ripped this verse out of its context, they quoted the one verse in the Bible that tears there arguments to shreds.

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