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Signs, Morality and Logic

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In Luke 12:54-55 Jesus turned from his disciples and directed his teaching to the people, among whom were his taunters, the Jewish authorities. He drew an analogy from the weather. The people understood that when a cloud rose up out of the Mediterranean Sea to the west, there would be rain. Again, when the wind came across the hot desert to the south, the people were able to predict warm, dry weather (Luke 12:54-55). In other words the people knew how to interpret signs of things to come. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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What Is the Source of Morality?

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At the very heart of any criticism of God’s judgment of the Canaanites is the question of our source of moral consciousness. If morality is not what God says it is, then it must be what man says it is. If morality is what God says it is, then we have no right to judge God for doing whatever he does, because all of his judgments are good (moral – see Deuteronomy 32:4). On the other hand, if morality is what man says it is, how have we come upon this knowledge of knowing right from wrong? What is its foundation, and can we trust it? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2016 in apologetics

 

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The Untamable God

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Some Biblical critics may argue that the proposition that Israel waged war with the Canaanites at the command of God, gives carte blanche permission for all would be religious terrorists to do as they please and claim “God told me to do it!”[1] This was the battle cry of the Crusades, and it is behind the jihad terrorism of our day, including the 9/11 tragedy. Yet, this reasoning cannot be reconciled with the Bible. God’s commands to Israel under Moses and Joshua were unique and never again repeated throughout Israel’s history. Saul didn’t seek to have the Philistines devoted to destruction, and David didn’t seek such a thing in any of his campaigns against the nations surrounding Israel. Neither did any of the kings of Israel or Judah seek to devote any of their enemies to destruction in the wars they took part in later. One cannot reasonably justify war or indiscriminate killing by using the Bible for one’s support. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2016 in apologetics

 

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Were the Canaanites Morally Liable?

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Some Biblical critics argue that the Canaanites cannot be held morally accountable for their evil deeds, because they were only doing what their ancestors had done in a socially accepted religion as far back as memory served them.[1] Did they know any better? If one isn’t taught right from wrong, how can we hold them accountable for their deeds? If God had sent in prophets to warn his people of impending national disaster before they were carried away into captivity, why didn’t he do something similar for the Canaanites? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2016 in apologetics

 

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Barbarism and Crude Laws

ANE cultural changeSometimes it is difficult for our Western mindset to come to grips with the ways of the Ancient Near East (ANE)[1]. The problem, at least from a contextual standpoint, is that we evaluate the severity of the Mosaic Law in the light of our Western culture, rather than in the context of ANE traditions. If the new atheists (and those of us who agree with them) would focus on the original context in which the Mosaic Law was given, a new and more positive understanding might develop, rather than merely gaining rhetorical points by dwelling upon the intellectual snobbery motif of the backward ways of the Bible in light of modern Western thought. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Does God ‘Settle’ for Less than Perfect?

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No doubt one of the biggest errors the new atheists have made, regarding the persona of the God of the Bible that they paint for their readers, is their assumption that, because the Bible mentions a thing, that thing is automatically approved by God.[1] This, of course, is not true, and their argument is even denied in Scripture, itself. David, the man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22), power raped Bathsheba, and then had her husband, David’s close friend, killed in order to hide what he had done. Did God approve of what David had done? Of course not! He sent his prophet Nathan to confront him about his sin (2Samuel 12:1-7a). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2015 in apologetics

 

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God’s Approach to an Uncivilized World

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I remember discussing God’s method of salvation in a Sunday school class a few years ago. One of those in my discussion group said she had recently decided to read the whole Bible and began in the Old Testament. She was shocked with all the blood and death, and commented that she was glad to have been born this side of the cross. I understood her response to it all, because I could remember similar feelings while reading Judges 19-21 where eleven tribes of Israel rose up against the Benjaminites and almost wiped out the entire twelfth tribe. I could hardly believe what I read, but it was there, and I couldn’t deny how it unsettled me. I get similar feelings watching programs on TV like Criminal Minds. While I appreciate the acting and like the fact that evil is always put down, I simply cannot take a steady diet of the horrific details of its theme. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2015 in apologetics

 

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