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Paul’s Astonishment

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Paul was amazed that the Galatians had so soon fallen away from the Gospel (Galatians 1:6) in favor of accepting another of a different sort that was far from the good news that Paul preached. In fact, what occurred in Galatia had all the earmarks of what occurred at Antioch that set Paul against Peter and was instrumental in bringing about the Jerusalem Council of Acts 15. The truth is: what occurred in Galatia happened about the same time that the men from James came to Antioch, and I hope to show this in later blog-posts. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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Paul’s Gospel

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A few years ago I published my understanding of Paul’s Gospel, while I was going through the Book of Acts for the second time: What Was Paul’s Gospel? In this blog-post I wish to offer the same point of view from a different perspective. In the first chapter of Galatians Paul offers a glimpse of the Gospel he preached to the gentiles. Although it was somewhat different from that preached by the Twelve, in essence it was the very same Gospel preached at Jerusalem. Notice that in Galatians 1:4 Paul says that he preached that Christ gave himself for our sins in order that we might be delivered from this world. In a nutshell, this is the Gospel, and, as I hope to show here, it was the Gospel preached in Jerusalem, minus the Jewish traditions that the Apostles preached Jews should obey, just as Paul preached gentiles should obey the authorities who governed them. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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Paul, the Apostle of God

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From the very beginning of his letter to the Galatians Paul identifies himself as an apostle by Jesus Christ and the Father. He words it this way: “an apostle not of man…” presumably because it had been told the Galatians by Jewish visitors that Paul’s apostleship was given him by one or more of the Twelve, and probably Peter figured prominently in their story. The sense is that if he was ordained by men, Paul couldn’t preach anything new. His Gospel must be the very same as the Gospel preached by those at Jerusalem. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2015 in Epistle to Galatia, Paul

 

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Evolution – Not a Controversy?

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In his YouTube video, It’s Not a Controversy, Chris, an atheist whose testimonial videos I have been discussing, fails to show why the Theory of Evolution (TOE) is not a controversy. Chris makes the same mistake often made by folks who take the posture that TOE is a proved theory. That is, he assumes TOE is an overwhelmingly proved scientific analysis of how life forms have come to appear as they do today, and treats any opposing idea with disdain and abject dismissal. The problem, as I understand it, is that Chris confuses science with worldviews. He has become so accustomed to accepting his worldview without further analysis that he assumes it is proved science, but this is not true. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2015 in atheism, naturalism

 

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God or Naturalism—The Evidence

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In two videos Re: Refuting Atheistic Naturalism Part 1 (HERE) and Part 2 (HERE), Chris addressed the arguments of another You Tube advocate in an effort to counter the statements he made against Chris’ worldview. I believe the point made against naturalism was that the only evidence a naturalist could gather to support his worldview could be found only in our own universe. Strong, physical and objective evidence cannot be sought or found outside our universe. One may postulate about membranes colliding together and causing the Big Bang that resulted in our universe (as Chris does HERE), but that is all it would be—a postulation, based upon the best guesses he could make about the universe we see and experience every day. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2015 in atheism, naturalism

 

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The Logic of God

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In his video Re: Logic of God, Islam & Evidence for Rational Theists, (HERE) Chris raises the question, “Where does God come from?” While he agrees with the premise of a fellow You-Tube advocate that nothing comes from nothing, Chris believes his question refutes his opponents logic that God is the cause or Creator of all that exists. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2015 in atheism, naturalism

 

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Where Do Morals Come From?

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In his video Where Does Morality Come From? (HERE) Chris asks and tries to answer where our sense of morality originates. “Do we need to invoke the existence of a super complex being (God), for which we have no direct physical evidence, or can we explain…” morality naturally? After a brief moment of thought, Chris comes up with two words: Natural Selection. He claims that “animals with a moral intuition increase the probability that their species will survive. Animals without this intuition don’t! Morals have a survival advantage” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2015 in atheism, naturalism

 

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