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-Does Liberalism Oppose the 10 Commandments?

by Dr. D ~ May 21st, 2014
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Here’s an interesting article by Matt Barber contending that ‘liberalism’ in America substantially opposes and violates the 10 Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17). It is a little weak in a couple of spots but he does have some good points throughout:

How Liberalism Violates All 10 Commandments

The following is a quote from it:

Modern liberalism – "progressivism," leftism, secularism, pick your poison – is built upon, by and for sin itself. Liberalism’s entire fabric is constructed by precept planks that are soaked through and stained by man’s arrogant rebellion against our Creator God.

In sum, liberalism is folly. It represents man’s futile attempt to disorder God’s natural order. It’s the unholy brainchild of God’s very first enemy, given by that enemy to God’s favored creation, us, with the sole purpose of destroying that creation.

Unfortunately, we’re all too happy to help. Liberalism just formalizes the process, making sin public policy.

<Read the whole article>

Response: When I read Barber’s comments on #4-Keeping the Sabbath Holy, I originally thought it was rather weak until I remembered as a child growing up in the 50’s that almost all businesses were closed on Sundays where we lived until the ‘blue laws’ were reversed by a new liberal leaning mayor and city counsel. A lot has changed in America since then. Some for the good and others not so much. I remember a time when the American culture was substantially ‘Christian’ but the rise of secular liberalism has change all that.

Now conservative Christians who continue to follow Biblical principles are in danger of being marginalized, demonized, and even discriminated against if you take into account the recent experience of the Benham brothers or the many Christian business owners who are trying to avoid paying for abortifacients or forced participation in same-sex marriages.

Fact is, many Americans no longer really care what the 10 commandments may teach or feel obligated in any way to necessarily follow them. We now live in an America that no longer officially recognizes the authority of the Bible or the 10 Commandments even though many of our laws were originally based upon them.            *Top

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-So The ‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ May be ‘Authentic’ But The Story Really Isn’t

by Dr. D ~ April 10th, 2014

In 2012 the main stream media went crazy over a ancient papyrus fragment that indicated that Jesus had a wife. Now experts are saying that the document appears to be authentic. Here’s the story from the Blaze:

Karen King, a Harvard Divinity School professor, sparked debate and intrigue in 2012 when she unveiled what was believed to be a centuries-old papyrus fragment that referred to Jesus Christ having a wife.

Now, scientists who analyzed it are saying that the text, known as the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” is more likely to be ancient than a modern forgery, leading King to believe that it is in fact a genuine document.

Despite seemingly agreeing that the papyrus is likely hundreds of years old, the historian has maintained her belief that it does not definitively prove Christ was married.

<Read the whole article>

Response: Here’s the part that the broadcast media substantially ignores since it does not fit their secular template and agenda. The document might be an ‘authentic’ papyrus written between the 4th or 8th centuries but the story and message it portrays merely reflects the teaching of a group of folks also from the era. It is overwhelmingly doubtful that the document records any real events or facts from the First century when Jesus actually lived.

So did Jesus really have a wife? If so, this document which was written at least 400 years after Jesus lived does not prove it and the Gospels and letters written during the lifetime of the Apostles and disciples who actually knew and walked with Jesus say otherwise.              *Top

-Does the Recent Camel Study Really Disprove the Bible?

by Dr. D ~ February 28th, 2014
A photograph of three camels, taken at the Pyr...

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It has become fashionable, popular, and even lucrative to find reasons to disbelieve in the Bible and its accuracy. Any research or study that comes along that challenges the Bible in any way gets immediate play in the main stream media and rarely are any retorts or responses ever published.

Recently a study on the domestication of camels in the eastern Mediterranean region indicated that there was no use of the animal in the Holy Land until the 10th century B.C. (B.C.E.). The news was sensationally presented far and wide as proof that the Bible was inaccurate.

But does the study really prove that the Bible story, which indicates that Abraham and his family regularly used camels as early as the 21st century B.C. (B.C.E.), is necessarily wrong? I don’t believe so.

Fact: Abraham and his family came from Mesopotamia where domesticated camels were in use at the time.

Is it really so far fetched to consider that a family from Mesopotamia would bring along their camels when they moved to Canaan? Then teach the following generations of their family to continue to raise and use them even though the people in their new country did not have or use them at the time?            *Top

Here are two good articles that also address this issue in even greater detail:

“Does the Camel Study Really Prove That the Bible Is Inaccurate?” 

“Camels and Babylonian Floods Disprove the Bible? Am I Missing Something?”

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-Excellent Pro-Life Responses to 6 Pro-Abortion Arguments

by Dr. D ~ January 27th, 2014
English: Rep. Albert Wynn (left) joins Gloria ...

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January 22 was the 41th anniversary of Roe v Wade which opened the door to the slaughter of over 50 million babies and counting. For 41 years the philosophical arguments over this issue have continued unabated while the killing continues.

Here’s an excellent article by Darrell Cheney answering 6 major Pro-Abortion arguments:

6 Conservative Responses to the Left’s Pro-Abortion Arguments

Here are the six major arguments answered in the article:

1. Pro-life and pro-choice is a religious issue

2. The two sides are pro-life and pro-choice

3. Men shouldn’t exact their will upon women

4. The baby isn’t a human life until a certain point, it’s just a mass of cells

5. It’s not a human unless it’s viable outside of the womb

6. It’s a woman’s choice and right to decide what she does with her body

Read all of the excellent pro-life answers to these arguments. I found the response to #6 to be the most poignant, relevant, and convincing of any I have ever read:

It’s very simple – your DNA. So what would happen if we took cells from the baby in the womb and compared that DNA to cells from anywhere in the woman’s body? The DNA will be different because it’s two different people. The baby in the womb, though dependent upon its mother, is not her body.

So where does that leave us? Scientifically, the baby in the womb is a unique, human life, no matter how early on in development it is.

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-Christmas: Was Jesus Really Born On December 25? No, But So What!

by Dr. D ~ December 25th, 2013
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Was Jesus really Born On December 25? No, but so what!

This is a question that I have been asked many times over the years but lately most folks are aware that it is almost certain that the Jesus was not born on that date.

Now all sorts of people have jumped on that fact and have observed: ‘since we now know that Jesus was not born on December 25 why celebrate Christmas at all?’ From my perspective anytime is a good time to celebrate the birth of Jesus and that is what Christmas was really all about in the beginning.

Christmas means ‘Christ Mass and the Church chose to make a special service at least once a year to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The Western Christian church chose December 25 which had been a major pagan holiday but the Eastern Church chose to celebrate their ‘Christ Mass’ on January 6 which was the traditional date for when the Wisemen visited the Christ Child.

It is true that the Bible doesn’t really tell us what day Jesus was actually born on.  The only scriptural clue is that there were shepherds in the fields tending their sheep that night. That means the first Christmas Eve probably happened sometime during a span from April through October. So we while we don’t know when it actually happened we can be somewhat certain that it was not in December. Fact is the real date of the birth of Jesus was lost to history and never was considered important to the first century Christians.

Nevertheless like I said before, anytime is a good time to celebrate the birth of Jesus. One thing for sure, the traditional Christmas season brings the message of the nativity and the coming of God’s Son into the cultural mainstream at least once a year regardless of all of the commercialism and that was the original reason for the ‘Christ Mass’ in the first place.

Also the Christmas season has become a special time for families to get together. A time for giving gifts and for reaching out and helping others. A time that transforms our lives for the better and a fine tribute to a child who grew up and changed the world and was the greatest gift of all time:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. –John 3:16 (ESV)

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-A New ‘Age of Martyrs’?

by Dr. D ~ November 30th, 2013
The Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer

              (The Christian Martyrs’ Last Prayer: Wikipedia)

Note: The following article is based upon a 5 part series on my main blog- Answers For The Faith.

 

Reportedly an average of 100,000 Christians a year have been killed for their faith in the last decade. Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, outgoing president of the U.S. Catholic bishops recently referred to the beginning of the 21st century as "a new age of martyrs."  

Others dispute the use of the term ‘martyrs’ for those killed and maintain that their Christian faith was only one of the reasons for their deaths. Nevertheless there has never been a time since the first and second centuries where more Christians have been killed at least partially if not substantially because of their faith.

It is happening in so many different countries that the immensity of it all is somewhat distorted and most Christians in the West aren’t really aware of how huge this really is. Plus it is really difficult to keep up with it all.

In some ways it is like what happened in the 1940’s when journalists for many different reasons failed to report upon the very real holocaust that was killing thousands of Jews everyday.

Many believed that it was too terrible to be true and that a ‘civilized’ Western country like Germany could never be involved in such a monstrous enterprise. Others considered it to be mere war propaganda or excited exaggeration. Besides no one really had access to the death camps until the war was substantially over. Then the truth turned out to be far worse than anyone had ever imagined. Millions of Jews and many others slaughtered- men, women, and children.

Today we are in the midst of a ‘war’ on Christians all around the world mostly being perpetrated by radical Muslims and mostly ignored. Documented estimates put the number at around a hundred thousand killed a year. Nothing like the holocaust in Europe of the 40’s but maybe closer to the persecution and genocide of the Christian Armenians in Turkey during WWI.

What is really lacking is a context to make sense of it all. The media is covering all of these events and you can find references to each and every one on the Internet. But each story is presented as standing alone in the midst of some greater political or cultural context that minimalizes the religious motivations and connection.

Since so many in the Western media are secular folks in which religion is only a minor part of their everyday lives and experience, it is really hard for them to even consider that religion could be a major motivator behind many events around the world. As it is most reporters project their own secular views and perspectives into their understanding and analysis of news. 

Intellectually they realize that religion is important to the folks they are covering but look for any other possible explanation to frame the news in. So many of the instances where Christians are persecuted or killed are explained away as unique events brought on by on-going political battles, civil war, or racial/cultural strife.

I believe that there are two major contexts that help to make sense of why more Christians are being killed now than anytime in last 1,000 years or so. Number one- the rise of radical Islam and number two- a world-wide Christian revival and harvest.

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-Happy Thanksgiving 2013

by Dr. D ~ November 28th, 2013
"The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth"...

              ("The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth": Wikipedia)

Happy Thanksgiving 2013 to you and yours. Our traditional Thanksgiving message follows:

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American celebration that began nearly four centuries ago with a deeply religious people, the Pilgrims, giving thanks to God for preserving them though a very hard year and bringing them their first bountiful harvest which they gratefully shared with their indigenous neighbors.

It was our first President George Washington who proclaimed that our first official national day of public thanksgiving should be dedicated by observing and:

“…by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God.

In recent years the ‘politically correct’/secular crowd has rewritten the history of the first Thanksgiving placing an emphasis upon the hand that the indigenous American Indians played in helping the original Pilgrim community to survive. In the process they have redirected the emphasis on thanks towards neighbors and away from the providence of Almighty God.

While it is always good to be thankful for others who have enriched our own lives and certainly that has a good part to play in the celebration. Nevertheless the major emphasis of Thanksgiving should always be upon God as it was on that very first occasion.

For me and my family, we will be praising and thanking the Lord God Almighty for the bounties and the providence that he has bestowed upon us this year in the name of his Son Jesus Christ. May Our Heavenly Father bless your family today and continue to bless all of us and this nation in the year to come.           *Top

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-According to Tertullian NT Autographs Still Existed Late in the 2nd Century?

by Dr. D ~ October 26th, 2013
46 is the earliest (nearly) complete manuscrip...

(46 is the earliest (nearly) complete manuscript of the Epistles written by Paul in the new testament: Wikipedia)

According to Tertullian were some NT Autographs still in existence late in the 2nd century?

Dr. Daniel B. Wallace explores what Tertullian had to say about them in 180 C.E./AD in an article-  “Did the Original New Testament Manuscripts still exist in the Second Century?”

From the article:

There are two or three places that address whether the originals survived into the second century. Tertullian, writing in c. 180 CE, said, “Come now, you who would indulge a better curiosity, if you would apply it to the business of your salvation, run over [to] the apostolic churches, in which the very thrones of the apostles are still pre-eminent in their places, in which their own authentic writings are read, uttering the voice and representing the face of each of them severally”1 The key term here is authenticae (‘authentic’).   …

Tertullian goes on to discuss each of these ‘authentic writings’ as being found in the very churches to which they were written. He mentions Corinth, Philippi, Thessalonica, Ephesus, and Rome. He urges his reader to visit these sites to check out these authentic writings. This seems to suggest that he believed that these documents were the autographs. In the least, it suggests that by his day carefully done copies of the originals were considered important for verifying what the apostles meant, and such copies had a strong connection to the churches to which they were originally written. One still has to wonder why Tertullian focuses on the very churches which received the originals if he didn’t mean by the comment that these churches still preserved the autographs.  …

Early on in the 2nd and 3rd century according to Dr. Wallace, Christian scholars were concerned about variant readings and obtaining the most accurate NT manuscript readings as possible. Sometimes that meant a trip to where the writings originated from in order to find the oldest and most accurate copies. That was what Tertullian was suggesting at the very least in his writing from 180 C.E./AD. But he also may have been suggesting that some of the original autographs were still available in his day.            *Top

HT: Stand to Reason

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-Was Jesus Just a Great Teacher?

by Dr. D ~ October 2nd, 2013

Was Jesus just a great teacher?

There are many different folks who are ready to admit that Jesus of Nazareth might have been a great teacher- even some agnostics and atheists along with teachers from a number of world religions like Islam, Judaism, Baha’i Faith and Hinduism.

However most of the same are not ready to accept what he taught nor the contention by Christians that Jesus was and is far more -including God incarnate.

The video above by Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason explores and answers that question in less than two minutes. Time well spent.               *Top

-Wayne Grudem On “The Bible and Homosexuality”

by Dr. D ~ April 30th, 2013
Bible Study 1

Bible Study 1 (Photo credit: DrGBB)

Conservative Christians find ourselves in the middle of a major cultural battle over homosexuality whether we want to be or not. The question is –do we want to continue on a course that many say is on the ‘losing side of history’? Currently our reputations and religious freedoms are being challenged.

Some are now calling us bigots and homophobes and ‘hate mongers’ while others are even questioning whether we should even have the right to continue teaching ‘out dated’ traditional biblically based teaching about homosexuality.

Then there are some fellow Christians who have popularized the idea that ‘Jesus didn’t really say anything against homosexuality’ so we shouldn’t either since He taught that we should love everyone and treat others like we would hope to be treated. Besides, they reason, Leviticus is Old Testament and the teaching of Paul is more culturally bound and he really wasn’t one of the original Apostles who walked with Jesus anyway. So the question for Bible believers is whether or not we still believe in its teaching when it comes to homosexuality or anything else for that matter.

One thing for sure, we all need to have a clear understand of what the Bible actually has to say about this issue particularly since Bible believers are risking so much. In the following article Biblical theologian Wayne Grudem does an excellent job at bringing clarity to the actual teaching of the Bible on marriage and homosexuality and dispels some of the popular theories (excuses) in the process:

The Bible and homosexuality

God’s Original Design

In God’s original design, human sexual conduct was to occur within the context of marriage between one man and one woman. The first chapter of the Bible says, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he cre­ated him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). Differentiation of the human race into two complemen­tary sexes (“male and female”) is the first fact mentioned in connection with being “in the image of God.” In Genesis 2, which describes in more detail the process summarized in 1:27, God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him” (Genesis 2:18). Genesis then applies the example of Adam and Eve to all marriages: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). This “one flesh” sexual union was thus established as the pattern for marriage generally, and Jesus cites Genesis 1:27 and 2:24 as the normative pattern that God expects all marriages to follow (see Matthew 19:4–6). Fur­thermore Paul, as a good disciple of Jesus, likewise strongly echoes Genesis 1:27 and 2:24 in his two primary texts on homosexual practice, Romans 1:23–27 and 1 Corinthians 6:9. Jesus and Paul both assume the logic of sexual inter­course implied in Genesis: a sexual bond between a man and a woman requires two (and only two) different sexual halves (“a man” and “his wife”) being brought together into a sexual whole (“one flesh”).

<Read the whole very fine and poignant article>            *Top

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