Introduction to Apologetics – Why We Can Trust the Bible

Apologetics deals with the reasoned, logical, verbal defense of Christianity. As you continue to study, you will grow stronger in your ability to explain and defend a position whether it be in the area of creationism or explaining a Bible passage. You’ve probably already practiced it but possibly without much success. Many Christians attempt to defend the Bible without the Bible, which isn’t wise. There are plenty of secular documents that support the Bible, but the Bible is the foundation while everything else is the topping. Continue reading

Question #3 – Salvation

Before moving on, I do want to encourage silent readers to participate. No one’s being graded, and you don’t have to post an answer to any question. I strongly suggest at least writing the answers in a notebook or on your computer so that you get more comfortable with researching questions. When you begin answering the questions, you engage yourself and are more likely to remember the answers or how to find them. It will also give you more confidence as you start dealing with a range of questions. We’ll split this into sections. Continue reading

- Question #2A – Sin – the who, what, why

Before posting the question, I just want to explain why many of us post questions and look for Bible support. One is that if we use the objective Word of God as our basis, we can usually discuss things more calmly than when we try to use our emotions or our personal situations to explain what we’re doing. The Word is the same for everyone across the board, so there are no favorites. The second is because your friends/associates/family want to know why “you” believe what you do. They could care less what the rest of us believe. If the Lord moves on your heart to witness to someone you know, having that person go online to read a post instead of you opening your mouth is going to seem insensitive. It’s okay to tell someone that you don’t know and will look for an answer, but we need to know what we believe, why we believe it, and be able to give a response to anyone that asks.”15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” – 1 Peter 3:15When we asked what the Gospel is, we discovered that it is the work of Christ fulfilling Scriptures prophesied about Him. Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day according to Scriptures. Apparently, sin is something major for Someone to sacrifice Himself.What is sin?
Who does it?
Why?
Is there a penalty for it?
How do people get rid of it?Supporting an answer with Scripture is preferred so that it sharpens our ability to find answers we need in the Word of God. If you can’t quite remember a Scripture, use the search feature on Biblegateway. Try your best to locate it, and answer as much as you can. There are multiple passages available to support your answers.

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#1 – Question (the Gospel)

What is the Gospel?

That’s it. That’s the question.

If someone comes up to you right now and asks you to explain the Gospel, can you? Let’s imagine we’re on a subway, and the guy next to you hears you talking and asks what’s the Gospel he keeps hearing people mention? His exit is coming up in three minutes, and this is most likely the only time you’ll ever see him. In a nutshell, how would we answer according to Scripture? There are a few passages that hit at it, but there is one primary one that boils it all down.

(Hint: The passage is found in the NT outside of the Gospels.)

Problems with Today’s Divorce and Remarriage Exception Clauses

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Problems with Today’s Divorce and Remarriage Excuses

 Examining some of the flaws in the Adultery, Abandonment, Abuse, (etc.) arguments that are used to permit divorce & remarriage

After participating in multiple marriage, divorce, and remarriage (MDR) discussions over the past couple of weeks, I’ve decided that I’d like to post some of the questions that advocates favoring remarriage should consider. I’ve discovered that there are two primary categories into which people fall that support divorce and remarriage. Continue reading

Is Psalm 12:6-7 a Promise to Preserve God’s Words Forever?

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I re-posted a picture that stated the NIV has changed the meaning of this passage from God’s promise to preserve His Words forever to God’s promise to protect us forever. As it was brought to my attention that many people understand these verses to mean God’s promise to protect His people, I began a search to discover the truth so that I could speak about it with certainty and explain my conclusion. Here are the verses in question and some of the versions.

“6 The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. 7 Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” – KJV

“6And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold[c] refined seven times. 7 You, Lord, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked,” – NIV Continue reading

Shekinah Hoax

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She·khi·nah

[shi-kee-nuh, -kahy-; Sephardic Hebrew shuh-khee-nah; Ashkenazic Hebrew shuh-khee-nuh] Show IPA
noun, Theology .
the presence of God on earth or a symbol or manifestation of His presence.
Also, She·ki·nah, Shechinah.

Origin:

1655–65;  < Hebrew shēkhīnāh

I’m sure by now that you’ve heard of the “shekinah glory” or the “glory cloud.” This is supposed to be the name given to the cloud that would appear during some times of worship, over the Ark of the Covenant, the cloud that led the Israelites through the wilderness, and even other various appearances such as in the burning bush or on the mountaintops where God’s prophets were permitted a glimpse into His majesty. If you attend some of these rallies for Christ or fire conferences, you’ll hear pastors and worship leaders instruct people on how to pray and worship so that the glory of God will descend because they wanted a physical manifestation of Him. Curiosity led me to look it up, but Continue reading

Slain in the Spirit/Kundalini Spirit

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Street Fighter Church Edition

“32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. 33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. 40 Let all things be done decently and in order.” – 1 Cor 14:32-33, 40

 

A practice that has spread quickly around the world is this belief that being “slain in the Spirit” is a move of God practiced throughout the Bible. Continue reading