This Is Why Agnosticism Is Self-Defeating (And Who Wants To Live A Life Based on That?)

“Agnosticism is a view that says the ultimate truth about God’s existence is unknowable. However, agnosticism is a ‘self-defeating’ proposition in that it says ‘truth can’t be known,’ while at the same time proposing ‘truth can’t be known’ is known to be a true statement.

Screen shot, “What Time Is Purple” illustration.

“That’s why agnosticism’s road ends before it really gets started.” — Tom Hammond, “What Time Is Purple”

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WHAT DO YOU THINK? Here’s What Political Conspiracies Like Watergate Tell Us About Jesus’ Disciples

Conspiracy theories are becoming more common these days in the political debate in Congress, the national media and in public forums across the nation, digital and otherwise.

Chuck Colson (Screen shot from “Doing The Right Thing” on Youtube.)

The Watergate coverup by President Richard Nixon and half a dozen of his chief aides was a real conspiracy and it cost him his presidency when he became the only American chief executive ever to resign the office.

Chuck Colson was one of the Nixon conspirators who went to jail. He became a Christian in great part because of something he learned from the Watergate conspiracy about the reliability and credibility of the disciples of Jesus Christ in their testimony about His life, death and resurrection. Continue reading “WHAT DO YOU THINK? Here’s What Political Conspiracies Like Watergate Tell Us About Jesus’ Disciples”

Well, Duh, We Live Here, So Of Course It Looks Like A Universe Finely Tuned Just For Us?

One thing that many advocates on both sides of the “does God exist” debate agree on is that the universe is an incredibly finely tuned place, regardless of how we think it came to be.

Addressing the “Finely tuned Universe” issue by J. Warner Wallace. (Screen shot)

To cite just one example, if the Earth’s tilt on its axis was just two degrees greater, life would very likely be impossible on this earth because the Conifer Belt of trees that produce the bulk of our oxygen, would not survive.

But may be it just looks like a finely tuned universe because it’s the only one we can observe and we call it home, so of course it looks like it was made just for us? NBC “Dateline’s” cold-case detective, J. Warner Wallace, addresses that issue and others in this video:

THINK ABOUT THIS: Actually, No, All Roads Don’t Lead To God

It’s one of the most frequently heard truisms — All roads lead to Heaven because every religion contains some of the ultimate truth but none of them have all of the truth.

Dr. Sean McDowell

Ergo, whichever path “works” for you, do it to the best of your ability and God will smile on you when you die and hold open the door to His heaven where you will be with Him forever.

But what if all roads lead to different destinations? On the surface, maybe all the different religions appear to be heading in the same directions, but, as Professor Sean McDowell points out in the following video, dig a little deeper and we find they lead to very different destinations indeed:

Historian Will Durant On The Gospels’ ‘Embarrassing Details’ About Jesus And His Disciples

Writing in his book, “Caesar and Christ,” historian Will Durant observed this:

Peter’s Denial of Christ, by Rembrandt. (Commons, Wikimedia.org)

“Despite the prejudices and theological misconceptions of the evangelists, they record many incidents that mere inventors would have concealed — the competition of the apostles for high places in the Kingdom, their flight after Jesus’ arrest, Peter’s denials, the failure of Christ to work miracles in Galilee, the references of some auditors to his possible insanity, his early uncertainty as to his mission, his confessions of ignorance as to the future, his moments of bitterness, his despairing cry on the cross; no one reading these scenes can doubt the reality of the figure behind them.

“That a few simple men should in one generation have invented so powerful and appealing a personality , so lofty an ethic, and so inspiring a vision of human brotherhood, would be a miracle far more incredible than any recorded in the Gospels.

“After two centuries of Higher Criticism, the outlines of the life, character and teaching of Christ remain reasonably clear, and constitute the most fascinating feature in the history of Western man.” — As cited by Josh and Sean McDowell, “More Than A Carpenter.”

 

 

WORKING ON THE HILL: Here’s What Modern ‘Tent-Making’ Looks Like

When Paul made his many missionary trips around the known world after his encounter with the risen Christ on the road to Damascus, he supported himself by making tents.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), left, with Open The Books’ President Adam Adrzejewski, center. (Photo courtesy of Open The Books).

Being a highly educated individual who was formerly part of the Establishment in Jerusalem (Paul studied under Gamaliel, one of the most respected doctors of law in Israel at the time of Jesus), it’s instructive that Paul turned to what we would today likely consider a blue-collar job to support himself.

Without even remotely suggesting that I am in any way comparable to Paul, I am following his approach to supporting himself in his work. In other words, I do have a “real job,” covering Congress as a correspondent for The Epoch Times.

I love Congress and being an old-school journalist who puts a premium on being scrupulously factual, and now this 30-year career makes possible the great privilege of editing HillFaith “on the side.”

This photo is from a recent “pen & pad” session with Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), who is accompanied by Adam Adrejewski, the founder and president of Open The Books, a non-profit group that is achieving amazing successes in making government at all levels more transparent, and thus more accountable. That’s yours truly to Adam’s left.

Ernst was discussing a significant package of reforms in federal spending that I will be reporting on next week.

EMERGING ISSUES ON THE HILL: Is Jesus Really Appearing To Dozens Of Muslims In The Middle East?

Reports of Jesus appearing in dreams or in some kind of apparent bodily form to Muslims in the Middle East are being heard with increasing frequency, and not just from evangelical Christian missionaries.

McLean Bible Church logo. (Screen shot)

As a result, the time is coming soon when Christians and skeptics alike will have to take public notice, and sooner than later for congressional aides in jobs working on international relations, foreign assistance, religious freedoms and related issues.

Senior Pastor David Platt of McLean Bible Church in McLean, Va., is the latest to share information about such an experience, according to the Christian Post.

McLean Bible Church is a huge congregation in the prosperous Northern Virginia suburb just across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital. Many of the congregants are federal workers, congressional aides and others drawn by the presence of the central government. Continue reading “EMERGING ISSUES ON THE HILL: Is Jesus Really Appearing To Dozens Of Muslims In The Middle East?”