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A Cure for Hypocrisy

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In order to get Jesus away from an ever increasing number of people who had collected together to listen to him, a Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him at his home. What occurred came to be Jesus’ final address to the Pharisees in Luke’s narrative. Although he did speak with certain Pharisees later, Jesus never again addressed a group of them on matters the whole sect believed and practiced. Here in Luke 11:39-40, Jesus accused the Pharisees of being hypocrites, of appearing good to folks on the outside, while in reality their hearts were full of wickedness. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Visit to Bethany

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Martha, the sister of Mary and Lazarus, received Jesus into her home (Luke 10:38), which was located in Bethany (John 11:1). The fact that Jesus and his disciples enjoyed at least a meal and shelter in Martha’s home (Luke 10:38), which was less than two miles from Jerusalem (John 11:18), shows that Jesus had finally arrived at his destination, Jerusalem, to celebrate the Passover (cf. Luke 9:51). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Spending Time with Jesus

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Whether through a cursory read or because we grew up with a certain understanding taught us as a child, we often have preconceptions about Jesus and the Apostles. I’m not certain, as a little boy, if I thought Jesus and the Apostles lived together, but I did believe they went everywhere together. This became a little confusing after I learned that the Apostles had families, because I didn’t understand how family life fit into the lives of the Apostles, if they spent every hour of their lives with Jesus. Certainly the New Testament teaches that, if a man doesn’t provide for his own family, he is worse than someone who rejects Jesus out of hand. So, how would that fit into the idea that the Apostles left everything for Jesus (Luke 5:28, 18:23)? After awhile some things just didn’t fit, so they were simply ignored for want of a logical answer. I came to understand that not every detail can be known, but the problem is: what we do have are pretty significant details. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Is There Any Evidence of God?

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In Chris’ second video on the history of God (HERE), he ponders the different ideas about God held by people in the world today and throughout history. He began by looking through the eyes of “P”, the priest of JEDP and noted the Biblical God is portrayed as a Reality that cannot be fully known or grasped (cf. Exodus 33:18). God cannot be seen or comprehended in his essence by human beings as we are now. We are able to see only his manifestations in our reality, but Chris thinks that this type of God was generated from the ideas of polytheism. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2015 in atheism, naturalism

 

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Atheism—Nontheistic Gods

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Surprisingly, Chris, the young atheist whose testimonial videos I’m discussing, seems to put in a plug for other gods or at least other conceptions of god in this video (HERE). He offers pantheism, panentheism, deism and panpsychism as alternative beliefs in a god which might be acceptable to atheism, which he defines as a disbelief in the theistic God or the God of the Bible. At least ‘atheism’ wouldn’t be compelled to put up websites whose sole purpose is to attack the Christian worldview, and the Judeo/Christian Bible over such ‘isms. After all, it is to the pantheistic god (or a reasonable facsimile) that many scientists often refer, of whom we could point to Einstein and Michio Kaku. Who among atheists would attack these respected icons of science? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2015 in atheism, naturalism

 

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Misconceptions and Answered Prayer

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In a previous blog[1] I showed that it is a misconception to believe that God’s omniscience relegates prayer impotent. Omniscience means God knows all things that could be known, and since he created time, he has no future or past. God exists in an eternal present. This means, although our future is known to him, God doesn’t know it before our present or our past is known. He simply knows us—our whole life is before him at once. Therefore, if we pray to God concerning an important matter in our present, God is able to answer our request in our favor in the present, and it becomes a part of our future—whether our immediate or distant future. Time may be affected from our perspective, but time has no bearing from God’s perspective. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2014 in atheism, naturalism

 

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Deconversion—Prayer!

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Prayer is what we say to God. It can be worship and praise, or it can come in the form of personal requests for ourselves or others whom we know or of whom we have been told and are in need of God’s intervention. Sometimes, prayer is simply conversation with God. It doesn’t take the form of worship, praise or request, but rather it is simply a personal sharing of one’s life similar to how one would do with a friend. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2014 in atheism, Prayer

 

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