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Predestination or Freewill?

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This study is a slight departure from 1Peter, but it does have to do with an explanation of 1Peter 1:20. In a previous blogpost, The Overthrow of the World, I claimed that our salvation was foreknown before Adam’s rebellion. What does this mean, and how can we say that God didn’t decree (predestine) that men would rebel in order that he could ‘play-the-hero’ and save some of them, i.e. the elect (1Peter 1:1-2; cf. Isaiah 42:1; 45:4; Colossians 3:12)? The idea of God’s foreknowledge has been twisted by unbelievers in an effort to show God is evil and the ultimate cause of all the world’s trouble. God’s foreknowledge has also been misunderstood by some Christians to mean that he decreed some men would be saved, while he decreed others to be reprobates who could never be saved. What can we say of these things? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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God Pays It Forward!

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My wife and I were on vacation in 2003, and the movie, Pay It Forward, was featured in the motel’s HBO entertainment list of programs. We watched it and thoroughly enjoyed its theme. In fact, I’ve watched it several times since then at home, but, whenever I do, I always seem to recall that first time in the motel room with my wife. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Redeeming Mankind

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It is often difficult for believers to defend what the Bible says, particularly things found in the Old Testament, especially when we claim it contains the word of God and cannot be contradicted (cf. John 10:35). For example, who today would advocate stoning one’s wife, child, sibling, mother or father, if that one advocated worshiping another god and not the God of the Bible (Deuteronomy 13:6-11)?[1] While we are able to sincerely interpret such passages in a New Testament context, it is difficult to respond to the new atheist, who really doesn’t seem to be interested in an honest explanation. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Philosophical Reflections on the Binding of Isaac

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For the sake of argument, let’s assume Genesis 22:2, “Take, now, your son…” is an absolute command by God, and Abraham must do as he is told. Is the ‘command’ of God immoral?[1] Certainly the new atheists of our day believe God is making an immoral request, as understood from Dr. Richard Dawkins’ question concerning the event, “But what kind of morals could one derive from this appalling story?”[2] The question then becomes, is the taking of innocent life always wrong? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Did God Bully Abraham or Isaac?

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The new atheists of today often point to the binding of Isaac as an immoral act and one of God acting as a bully to get Abraham to willingly sacrifice his son, Isaac.[1] Moreover, they make it seem that Isaac, a mere child (which I show not to be the case in a previous blogpost), was bullied directly by Abraham who seemed intent on carrying out God’s command, and indirectly by God who is responsible for the entire event. Notice how Dr. Richard Dawkins puts it: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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Why All the Hullabaloo Over an Idol?

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Some time ago my son-in-law and I went to pick up our order of food from a local Chinese restaurant. While we waited for our order, I noticed an idol on display off to the side of the counter where we picked up our dinner. Before the idol was some food. I don’t remember exactly what the food was, but it was a mixture of fruit and vegetables. I caught myself smiling and so turned away, not wanting to offend the people serving us. Perhaps my reaction to the idol was too nonchalant; I don’t know. Nevertheless, I do know that such things were taken very seriously by the God of the Bible.[1] Why? What’s the big deal over what amounts to a ‘happy meal’ set before a hunk of stone (or plaster) that can neither help nor hurt anyone? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Is God Jealous?

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The Bible has constantly depicted God to be angry, jealous, selfish, wrathful and possessive. Think for a moment – Who in the entire Bible was more miserable? But believers claim that this God is omnipotent and knows-it-all. This obviously is false. The Biblical God did not know how to win over human beings nor did God know how to successfully manipulate them for His pleasure. If God did know how to win Earth’s people over for His pleasure, He would have no excuse for not handling His murderous anger and jealousy.”[1] (emphasis in the text)

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Posted by on September 15, 2015 in apologetics

 

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