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Is Religion the Root of All Evil?

Four Horsemen

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Often the accepted leadership of the new atheism, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens,[1] Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett (also referred to as the Four Horsemen) have argued that religion is not only a delusion but a dangerous delusion. It seems that they believe religion is at the root of all our problems. They not only advocate separation from religion but desire to separate religion from public affairs. In other words they advocate religious impotence. No religion of any kind (but especially Christianity) should have a public voice, including in education. It seems, according to their point of view, if religion should become irrelevant, many, if not all, of our problems would be solved. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2016 in apologetics

 

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What is Genocide?

Genocide

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Some Biblical critics have accused the God of the Bible of being genocidal or an ethnic cleanser.[1] However, I believe such accusations betray both an ignorance of the context and of the examples history has shown to be genocide and/or ethnic cleansing. I don’t believe the Bible comes close to revealing God as genocidal. In fact, he says he has no pleasure in the death of the wicked and would rather they repent and be saved from judgment (Ezekiel 33:11). Moreover, he claims that if the wicked would repent, God would repent of any judgment he had made against them (Jeremiah 18:18). Does this sound like a genocidal maniac? Remember, if we are going to use the words of the Bible to accuse God of evil, we must take all of his words into consideration to preserve context and prevent misunderstanding. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2016 in apologetics

 

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Why Doesn’t God Spare the Innocent?

Mercy - 1

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Many Biblical critics are repulsed by God’s treatment of the Canaanites, no doubt intensified through their ignorance of context. Nevertheless, they raise questions which need to be answered. It is never prudent to permit accusations questioning God’s integrity or mercy to go unanswered. Such a thing would lend unwarranted credence to those accusations. So, why didn’t God simply spare the innocent among the Canaanites? Why did God command through Moses that no one should be shown any mercy (cf. Deuteronomy 7:2)?[1] This Scripture seems to contradict what other Scriptures claim about God’s love for mankind. How should we address this argument against God’s integrity and love for mankind? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2016 in apologetics

 

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Was it Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing?

Map of the 7 Canaanite Nations

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One of the new atheists, Richard Dawkins, describes Israel’s taking of the Promised Land as genocide and ethnic cleansing.[1] The problem is the Scriptures don’t describe the event in the same manner as Dr. Dawkins does; nor do they allow for racial hatred, which is a prerequisite fuel for ethnic cleansing. On the contrary, Israel was to love the stranger who dwelt among them and protect him and welcome him in their land. Nevertheless, it seems that Dr. Dawkins isn’t as interested in accurately portraying the language of the Scriptures as he is in swaying folks over to his worldview by choosing words that tend to evoke negative emotions, which he does against ancient Israel and the God of the Bible. Notice how he words his argument: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2016 in apologetics

 

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Does God Wish to Enslave Everyone?

Crowning Queen Elizabeth

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Some would have us believe that God is actually seeking to enslave all mankind. The modern critic often abuses Scripture by force fitting ancient language attributed to a monarchy / theocracy into modern more democratic terminology. The servant of the king becomes the king’s slave, because under a democracy all citizens should be equal. Therefore, the word servant must be synonymous with slave. This is hardly true, because any holder of public office in a democracy is a public servant, but the Biblical critic hardly desires to let something like this spoil his point of view.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2016 in apologetics

 

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The Mosaic Law and Human Sacrifice

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Does the Mosaic Law ever condone human sacrifice? I must conclude the answer to that question is no. The idea that the Mosaic Law does condone such a thing is born in the hearts and minds of the Biblical critic, whose bias simply will not permit a proper and contextual reply to Biblical difficulties, They draw their conclusions by reading into the text that God simply didn’t like it when Israel sacrificed their children to other gods,[1] thus, emphasizing their bias against a proper and contextual point of view. Nevertheless, I’ll try to point out a few more of their common claims and show where their understanding deviates from the context of Scripture. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Be Ye Holy for I am Holy!

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The Hebrew word for holy (H6918) simply means set apart. Israel was to be holy or set apart from its neighbors. What would it mean to be set apart from another nation? Well, in 1776 we in America set ourselves apart from our mother nation, England, and our king. We eventually became an independent nation, governing ourselves. However, in 1812 England’s navy not only hindered our international trade, but also sought to steal away citizens of America on the high seas and induct them into the service of England and her king. Such activity not only humiliated the United States, but it also didn’t recognize our national sovereignty, and war ensued between our two countries for 2 ½ years. Our set apartness had been violated. When Charles De Gaulle visited Canada in 1967 and implied he supported an independent Quebec, he was rebuked publicly by Prime Minister Pearson, and as a result De Gaulle cut his visit to Canada short. He intruded on the sovereignty of a nation that was set apart from France. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2015 in apologetics

 

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