Sunday, February 14, 2016

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Video: Where Did Jesus Go Between His Death and Resurrection?


Please take a few minutes and checkout this video with "The One Minute Apologist" Bobby Conway and Dr. Norman Geisler.  You may learn something.  I know I did!

For more from the One Minute Apologist, go here.

For more from Dr. Geisler, go here.

You can learn more about this topic here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Friday, February 12, 2016

William Lane Craig on Religious Pluralism

"Now this view, which one often hears expounded by laypeople and college sophomores, is rooted in ignorance of what the world's great religions teach. Anyone who has studied comparative religions knows that the worldviews propounded by these religions are often diametrically opposite one another. Just take Islam and Buddhism, for example. Their worldviews have almost nothing in common. Islam believes that there is a personal God who is omnipotent, omniscient, and holy, and who created the world. It believes that people are sinful and in need of God's forgiveness, that everlasting heaven or hell awaits us after death, and that we must earn our salvation by faith and righteous deeds. Buddhism denies all of these things. For the classical Buddhist ultimate reality is impersonal, the world is uncreated, there is no enduring self, life's ultimate goal is not personal immortality but annihilation, and the ideas of sin and salvation play no role at all. Examples like this could be multiplied."1

In other words, they contradict; therefore, the view that says all religions are true or equally valid is demonstrably false.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Footnotes:
1. William Lane Craig, Hard Questions, Real Answers (Wheaton: Crossway, 2003), 150-151 as quoted by Aaron Brake in his excellent article, "Do All Religions Lead to God?"

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Apostle Paul Answers the Question, "What about Those Who Never Heard?"

In his open-air address to the Athenian philosophers on the Areopagus, the Apostle Paul explained:

"The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and...gives all men life and breath and everything else.  From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.  God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 'For in him we live and move and have our being.'" (Acts 17:24-28)1

As philosopher and theologian William Lane Craig explains, these verses plausibly argue that those who would respond to the gospel, hear it:

"God in His providence has so arranged the world that those who would respond to the gospel if they heard it, do hear it.  The sovereign God has so ordered human history that as the gospel spreads out from first-century Palestine, He places people in its path who would believe it if they heard it.  Once the gospel reaches a people, God providentially places there persons who He knew would respond to it if they heard it.  In His love and mercy, God ensures that no one who would believe the gospel if he heard is born at a time and place in history where he fails to hear it.  Those who don't respond to God's general revelation in nature and conscience and never hear the gospel wouldn't respond to it if they did hear it.  Hence, no one is lost because of historical or geographical accident.  Anyone who wants or even would want to be saved will be saved."2

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Footnotes:
1. Acts 17:24-28 as quoted by William Lane Craig, On Guard, p. 281.
2. Ibid. p. 280-281.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What Are the Laws of Logic? by J.P. Moreland

There are three fundamental laws of logic.  Suppose P is any indicative sentence, say, "It's is raining."

The law of identity: P is P.
The law of non-contradiction: P is not non-P.
The law of excluded middle: Either P or non-P.


The law of identity says that if a statement such as "It is raining" is true, then the statement is true.  More generally, it says that the statement P is the same thing as itself and is different from everything else.  Applied to all reality, the law of identity says that everything is itself and not something else.

The law of non-contradiction says that a statement such as "It is raining" cannot be both true and false in the same sense.  Of course it could be raining in Missouri and not raining in Arizona, but the principle says that it cannot be raining and not raining at the same time in the same place.

The law of excluded middle says that a statement such as "It is raining" is either true or false.  There is no other alternative.

These fundamental laws are true principles governing reality and thought and are assumed by Scripture.  Some claim they are arbitrary Western constructions, but this is false.  The basic laws of logic govern all reality and thought and are known to be true for at least two reasons: (1) They are intuitively obvious and self-evident.  Once one understands a basic law of logic (see below), one can see that it is true. (2) Those who deny them use these principles in their denial, demonstrating that those laws are unavoidable and that it is self-refuting to deny them.

The basic laws of logic are neither arbitrary inventions of God nor principles that exist completely outside God's being.  Obviously, the laws of logic are not like the laws of nature.  God may violate the latter (say, suspend gravity), but He cannot violate the former.  Those laws are rooted in God's own nature.  Indeed, some scholars think the passage "In the beginning was the Word [logos]" (Jn. 1:1) is accurately translated, "In the beginning was Logic (a divine, rational mind)."  For example, even God cannot exist and not exist at the same time, and even God cannot validly believe that red is a color and red is not a color.  When people say that God need not behave "logically," they are using the term in a loose sense to mean "the sensible thing from my point of view." Often God does not act in ways that people understand or judge to be what they would do in the circumstances.  But God never behaves illogically in the proper sense.  He does not violate in His being or thought the fundamental laws of logic.1

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Footnote:
1. J. P. Moreland, "What are the Laws of Logic?," The Apologetics Study Bible, p. 1854.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Counterpoints: Pro-Life or Partially Pro-Life?

Florida Senator Marco Rubio:

I have never said that. And I have never advocated that. What I have advocated is that we pass law in this country that says all human life at every stage of its development is worthy of protection. 

In fact, I think that law already exists. It is called the Constitution of the United States.

And let me go further. I believe that every single human being is entitled to the protection of our laws, whether they can vote or not. Whether they can speak or not. Whether they can hire a lawyer or not. Whether they have a birth certificate or not. And I think future generations will look back at this history of our country and call us barbarians for murdering millions of babies who we never gave them a chance to live.1

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie:

He made it clear on the issue of pro-life, Marco Rubio is not for an exception for rape, incest, or life of the mother. You know I think that’s the kind of position that New Hampshire voters would be really concerned about.

I’m pro-life but I believe that you know rape, incest, and the life of the mother, should be exceptions to that rule.1

Should we be concerned that someone thinks that every human being is worthy of protection no matter the circumstances of their birth?

Should we continue to allow abortion on demand for life of the mother cases that account for less than 1% of total abortions?

Is it possible to be partially pro-life?

Sound off in the comments below!

Stand firm in Christ,
Chase

Footnote:
1. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/02/04/chris-christie-attacks-marco-rubio-for-being-too-pro-life/


Monday, February 08, 2016

Jesus as God in His Parables

Chase's helpful series on the authentic sayings of Jesus will continue next week. This week, I encourage readers to checkout this post that demonstrates that Jesus claimed to be God through His parables.

Further, for those interested in researching the reliability of the Bible, checkout our our Old and New Testament Research Materials here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Video: Where Do Good and Evil Come From? by Peter Kreeft


This video features a great defense of the following moral argument:

1. Every law has a law giver.
2. There is a Moral Law.
3. Therefore, there is a Moral Law Giver.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad