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False Teachers

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Have you ever wondered what life would have been like had the Jews not rejected Jesus? For example, would there be a need for a Second Coming? Would Christ, today, be reigning out of Jerusalem, and would the world be at peace? This seems to be the position taken by the dispensationalists, because they expect Christ to return sometime in the future and do exactly that. In fact, according to the father of modern Dispensationalism, John Darby, the Cross was the work of Satan. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 17, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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A Proper Perspective for Relationships

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Sometime after leaving the home of the chief Pharisee, Luke tells us that a multitude followed Jesus (Luke 14:25). Jesus stopped and turned to them and said that anyone who doesn’t hate his father, mother, wife, children, brothers and sisters cannot be his disciple. In other words, Jesus claimed that a disciple’s relationship with Jesus must come before any other close relationship, even one’s family (Luke 14:26). Does Jesus really intend that we actually despise our families so that we can follow him? No, this is not his intended meaning, because, if that were true, it would contradict other places of scripture, where we are told to love our parents, our wives, our children and our brothers and sisters. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus at the Feast of Tabernacles

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The context seems to indicate that Jesus brought only the Twelve with him when he went up to Caesarea Philippi (Luke 9:18; cf. John 6:66-68). It seems the disciples still needed some R&R due to their preaching mission (Luke 9:1-2), which they didn’t receive when the crowds followed them into the wilderness area near Bethsaida. Furthermore, since Caesarea Philippi could be considered pagan territory, it wasn’t likely that anyone would follow Jesus there but the Twelve. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

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In his book, The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins has described the Atonement:

“I have described atonement, the central doctrine of Christianity, as vicious, sado-masochistic and repellent. We should also dismiss it as barking mad, but for its ubiquitous familiarity which has dulled our objectivity. If God wanted to forgive our sins, why not just forgive them, without having himself tortured and executed in payment…”[1]

What can be said of this? Well, first of all, it seems that Dr. Dawkins has misunderstood the doctrine of Atonement. While it may be true that our sins can be forgiven outright, this doesn’t tell the whole story. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2016 in apologetics

 

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The Ultimate Free Lunch

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When speaking about the Big Bang Theory, physicist and cosmologist, Alan Guth, described the expanding universe as “the ultimate free lunch.”[1] That idea is very appealing. Nearly everyone likes to get something for free or next to it. For example, how many of us have ever entered free contests to receive a prize, whereby all we have to do is give our names and wait for someone to randomly pick the winner out of jar full of slips of paper, so we can take home our booty? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2013 in Christianity, naturalism

 

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Who Are These People?

Luke records for us in Acts 13:1 the names of five church leaders at Antioch, saying: “Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.” Who are these people? Luke simply mentions their names. We know a little about Barnabas, but I’ll deal with him at length in another blog. We know who Saul is, and I have already written about Lucius of Cyrene HERE, but who are Simeon, called Niger, and Manaen, who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch? Can we know? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2012 in Gospel, New Testament History

 

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What’s Left, If We Don’t Have Jesus?

In John 6 the Gospel writer for all intents and purposes has Jesus complete his Galilean ministry. This is not literally so, and we can see this if one compares John with the Synoptics, but for the Gospel of John, Jesus’ Galilean ministry ends with this chapter. From this point on, John is interested in telling us about Jesus’ Judean ministry—most of it spent in Jerusalem. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2011 in loaves and fishes

 

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