Documenting Apologetics

He Speaks Into My heart, or thoughts on prayer

Sorry I haven’t posted so long but I ran across this very true mandate that all Christians are called to…

to see the brokenness all around us…”Break my heart for what breaks yours.”

Please ready the following article by Beyond Rubies. It’s a wake up call.

Source: He Speaks Into My heart, or thoughts on prayer

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Bob Dutko Skeptic Night video

This was the first Apologetics video I watched and I found it very powerful and mind blowing.

Please take an hour or two of your time to watch it. Trust me, it’ll help you defend your faith better. If not, please let me know in the comments below what you have a hard time believing.

Cheers!

Blog Swap | Worship, Grief, and Obedience: Three Responses to God’s Word by Michelle Lesley

Two posts ago, I posted a link to Michelle Lesley’s Apologetics: Fight Like a Woman, Not a Little Girl and the importance of women defending their faith when others are skeptical.

This time I wanted to share her article, Worship, Grief, and Obedience: Three Responses to God’s Word

Michelle posts notes from her ladies’ Sunday School class and posts it up on her blog.

The topic of how to respond to God’s Word has been huge during the last six months due to grief and loss I’ve experienced. Still, I rejoice and I am still obedient to God because he knows my future and what’s best for me. Michelle asks in her article, “And why did the people rejoice? Not because God performed a miracle or made their lives nice and comfy or gave them a bunch of stuff. They rejoiced because “they had understood the words that were declared to them.” How often do we rejoice in understanding God’s word or having it preached to us? It’s not often we see a Facebook status that says, “Praising God for understanding the Bible passage I read in my quiet time today!””

Thank you Lord for giving us Your Word that we may follow it and ultimately have everlasting joy and experience everlasting love. Amen.

Why would God allow evil and suffering in the world? (Part 1)

The first issue I want to address is evil and suffering in the world and why it is present. This is a heavy loaded question that I divided into smaller questions to help you process your thoughts.

Where do our morals come from?
Everyone has their own views of right and wrong and what is morally correct. You can’t tell an atheist that they don’t have morals because everyone is instilled with their view of what is good or evil because we are human and have a conscience. The main difference from an non-religious person to a religious person (not just Christianity itself) is that non-religious people cannot justify their morality. For example sake, Christians turn to the Bible, Muslims turn to the Quran, etc. Religious people have a holy book they can turn to for answers. It does not mean non-religious people are not moral, it just means that their view is based on their own opinions. Therefore, based on their point of view, you question why does their opinion matter more than someone else’s opinion? What makes your opinion right and not Hitler’s opinions wrong? You may say, “It’s because killing and mass murdering millions of people is wrong”. Yet, we ask how do you know that killing is wrong? Where did you get that idea of killing being evil or wrong? I’ll conclude by saying there must be good and evil to know what is moral and immoral. There must also be a someone or a something that determines that moral law. As a Christian, my morals come from the God of the Bible. Therefore, I will continue the next set of questions using God.

Does God exist if evil is in the world?
There are people that say that God cannot exist if there is evil in the world because God is supposed to be all-loving, all-powerful and all-knowing. This statement state that God should be able to know when we are suffering and love us enough to get rid of our suffering before or during the pain. People conclude that there is suffering in the world because God doesn’t care about us and lets us suffer (not loving) or God does care but can’t stop our suffering (not powerful) or God cannot see infinitely and isn’t able to save us from present or future suffering (not all-knowing). People think that since God is not taking us out of our suffering, he doesn’t exist because he is obligated to take us out of our suffering. However, God is all-loving, all-powerful and all-knowing but humans are not. God can see everything. Humans cannot. God can take us into places of suffering and death yet God also knows our present and future. If we trust in Him, he will guide us through our trials and our trials will be easier knowing that we can depend on Him. For Jesus said, “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” He wants us to cast all our cares on him and He’ll take care of us.

What is free will?
God created humans with free will. He did not program us with a set of morals we had to follow. Therefore, humans would not have the freedom to think on their own. (God did not want us to just follow Him blindly, He wanted us to follow him wholeheartedly.) Due to our freedom to explore what is right and wrong ourselves, people had a mixed sense of moral and immoral beliefs. Consequently, some cultures may justify killing and rape as morally acceptable. Thus, many “good” people fall victim to human act of violence.

Why would God let good people suffer?
I put “good” in quotation marks because based on the Bible, we are all sinners striving to be like Jesus/God. Therefore, no one is actually “good” or perfect. Jesus was the only one perfect because He was God. No one but Jesus is exempted from sin because no one has followed The Law truly. Therefore, if we are all sinners, what gives us the right to not suffer? Shouldn’t we all be punished for our sins? Why has God not killed us all right now? Shouldn’t we all deserve to die? The answer is no. God loved us so much to save us from our sins if we accept that Jesus died for our sins and rose again. He sent Jesus to die for our sins. God does care about us and our suffering or else he wouldn’t have sent us a saviour, Jesus, to rescue us.

But why aren’t Christians exempted from suffering?
As Christians, we are still sinners and are imperfect beings but we have accepted God’s gift of salvation for us. We are not exempted from suffering because we live in a world that is still broken and full of sickness and violence. However, Christians approach suffering with hope and trust that our Heavenly father will get us through our trials. Submit to God yourself, pray and ask God for everything and you will receive. For Matthew 7:7-8 state, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” In addition, Isaiah 65:24 state, “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” God is listening to your prayers and knows your every thought: good, bad, happy or sad. Trust God and He will bring you out of your suffering and bless you.

I hope this helps you! If you have any comments/suggestions, please write it in the comments section. I’m not the best writer so take it easy on me.

Part 2 will come soon.

Apologetics and Women

A fellow blogger, Michelle Lesley, writes a blog post on the importance of women being educated on fundamental apologetics, http://www.satisfactionthroughchrist.com/2014/09/apologetics-fight-like-woman-little-girl.html.

There are many key male apologetics out there like Tim Keller, Ravi Zacharias, John Piper, etc. but I’d love to see more females taking part in Apologetic discussions and debates. One particular female apologetic I watched is Mary Jo Sharp if you’re interested in researching more about her.

I am new to apologetics myself but I’m hoping to influence females to take interest on it as well. I am a 23 year old female, 5’3″ tall and part of the visible minority. We all come in difference shapes and sizes but if we have the passion to share the Gospel and seek answers, we shouldn’t let our physical boundaries cripple us with fear.

Thank you Lord for placing a desire in our hearts to know more about You.

What you say vs. What God says

Running The Race

I have posted this before but am doing it again because the message is awesome.

We have an amazing God, don’t we?

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You Say:  “It’s impossible.”

God says: “All things are possible” (Luke 18:27)

You say: “I am too tired”

God says:  “I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28-30)

You say:  “I cant go on.”

God says:  “My grace is sufficient.”  (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

You say:  “Nobody really loves me.”

God says:  “I love you.”  (John 3:16 & John 13:34)

You say:  “I cant figure things out.”

God says:  “I will direct your steps.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

You say:  “I can’t do it.”

God says:  “You can do all things.”  (Philippians 4:13)

You say:  ” I’m not able.”

God says:  ” I am able.” (II Corinthians 9:8)

You say:  “It’s not worth it.”

God says:  “It will be worth it.” (Romans 8:28)

You say:  “I can’t forgive myself.”

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Introduction

Defending your faith can be a scary thing especially if the skeptic asks a question you have no idea what the answer is to. You can say “I feel that God exists. I pray and I can feel He is there”. That would be my first reaction because that is how I really feel, but to them, that is simply not enough. They want the evidence and logical answers to it. The skeptic can also feel that God doesn’t exist.

In this blog, I will go through my journey of studying Christian apologetics. It’s funny because in the last two weeks, I got really into it. I listened to sermons, started reading books and looking for answers myself. I grew up in a Christian home, went to a Pentecostal church, read the Bible, etc. I was perfectly content to live in my Christian bubble and hanging out with mostly Christian friends. I knew God exists. To me, God is the answer for the creation of the universe. I feel God’s love during my trials and happy times. I’m convinced that God is the One who answers our prayers and takes us out of our darkness.

But the question lies…How do I really know? I can feel God’s presence, I can see God work in other people’s lives…but how do I know that is really God? How do I know it’s not just my imagination that was constructed for me since birth but my parents and the Church?

In this blog, we will explore these answers together. So come join me!

Dear Lord,
As I start this Apologetics blog, I pray for wisdom and insight on what I will post. I pray that this blog will benefit Your glory and show how loving and compassionate You are. I pray that this blog will help answer questions that people are seeking for both Believers and Non-believers. Thank You for loving us all equally.
Amen