THINK ABOUT THIS: Friday’s Poached Egg

Then Jesus said:

“I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty” — John 6:35

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And C.S. Lewis said:

“A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell.

You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse.” – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity.


Want to know more, or just have some questions about how this verse and this Jesus relates to you? Let’s talk. See the “Office Hours” space in the right sidebar.


 

 

Astronomer And Astrophysicist Talk About Why The Bible, Science And Faith Go Together

Hugh Ross of Reasons to Believe is the astronomer referenced in the headline of the post, while Jeff Zweerink is the astrophysicist. Both of these men are followers of Jesus Christ.

Ross and Zweerink discuss in the following video why they find the biblical account of the creation of the universe consistent with the best science in their respective fields.

“What was really unusual, because I looked at the other holy books first, and reading Genesis 1 the scientific method leapt off the page and that really impressed me,” Ross explains at one point. The video is 7:19 in length and will introduce you to some fresh perspectives on the Bible, creation, science and faith.


 

A HAPPY NEW YEAR CHALLENGE: What If Genesis 1 Is Right?

Finally! It’s 2021 and 2020 is completely behind us. Today is the first day of a new beginning. And speaking of new beginnings, the original one is described in the first verses of the Book of Genesis in the Bible.

*What if Genesis 1 is an accurate account of Creation? Put aside everything else you’ve been taught or thought about it and let yourself consider this one, simple question: What if Genesis 1 is right? Here are 10 crucially important things we know if it is right:

First, we know that God and Creation are not one and the same thing because He existed before Creation. That means pantheism — Creation and God are identical — is ruled out as a credible explanation. Continue reading “A HAPPY NEW YEAR CHALLENGE: What If Genesis 1 Is Right?”

Think Again If You Think There’s No Evidence For Christianity

Even if you’ve been a follower of Jesus Christ who has attended church regularly since childhood, the odds are very good you have little or no idea of just how massive the evidence from multiple fields is for Christianity. There has been a veritable explosion in Christian apologetics research in recent decades.

Same applies if you are an agnostic or an atheist because you almost certainly approach whatever arguments you’ve ever encountered on behalf of, for example, the Resurrection or the reliability of the Bible, with certain presuppositions that makes it all but impossible for you to see the whole picture.

Now along comes Cold-Case Christianity’s J. Warner Wallace, a man who for much of his adult life was an atheist, to demonstrate just how complex and detailed is the case for the most influential faith in all human history. Pay especially close attention when the chalkboard comes on the screen:


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: Christmas Friday’s Poached Egg

Then Jesus said:

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.”John 15:16-17 (ESV)

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And C.S. Lewis said:

“A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell.

“You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse.” – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity.

DID YOU KNOW: Here Is The Totally Amazing Story Of How Christmas Became Christmas

Everybody has heard the Christmas classic poem by Clement Clarke Moore, “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” but do you know why the theology professor wrote it, to whom it was addressed and when it became known throughout the world?

Today is Christmas Eve and, despite the strangeness that 2020 has brought to virtually every aspect of our daily lives, thanks to the Coronavirus Pandemic, hundreds of millions of people around the Earth will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ tonight.

In the following video from Prager U, William Federer explores the roots of the major features of the world’s most widely celebrated holiday. Enjoy. And Merry Christmas to you and yours!


COMING IN JANUARY 2021!

WHO: NBC “Dateline” cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace
(Click Here For Video Message From Wallace)

WHAT: Eight 1-hour weekly Zoom video sessions, led by HillFaith’s Mark Tapscott

WHY: Because the proof of God’s existence isn’t “out there,” it’s right here in “God’s Crime Scene”

WHERE/WHEN: First Session is January 19, 2021!
To register, email Your Name and Address to:

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MYTH BUSTERS: Did An Imposter Fake The Resurrection?

It’s one of a half-dozen or so theories critics of the resurrection of Jesus Christ have propounded over the years in their effort to explain away the central claim of Christianity, that Jesus was crucified dead, buried and on the third day rose again and appeared to hundreds of people before returning to Heaven.

How important is the Resurrection to the credibility of Christianity? Without the Resurrection of Jesus, Christianity is based on a lie, a myth or deception.

As Paul told the Corinthians, “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.”

Cold-Case Christianity’s J. Warner Wallace, the former Los Angeles Police Detective who became famous for solving unsolvable murder cases, addresses the claim that the person seen after the alleged Resurrection was an imposter:


 

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY: Is The Christmas Season Just A Pagan Holiday?

You may have heard that Christmas is little more than the early Christians’ co-opting a bunch of pagan holiday traditions and practices in order to not be left out of all the fun. It’s often presented as a snarky way of more generally discrediting Christianity.

Shane Morris of the Colson Center takes the snark apart with three common sense and well-researched reasons why it makes little sense to dismiss Christmas on that basis:


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: Have You Ever Read Jesus For Yourself?

One thing that is true for most everybody who works on a congressional staff is that there is no end to things that must be read, or really should be read as soon as there is time, or that look like it might well be useful to read.

Then there is Jesus. Or the books about Jesus, written by His closest disciples, I should say. Lots of folks working on the Hill have never actually read, for example, the Book of John in the New Testament.

Stand to Reason’s Tim Barnett makes a compelling case in the following video that if we read nothing else, reading what those who knew Him best wrote about Him is absolutely essential. Why? Because over and over in the New Testament, people who heard Him speak said He spoke like no one they had ever heard before:


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Archeologists Discover King David-Era Fort Of The Old Testament’s Geshurites

There is a reference in I Samuel 27 to David raiding towns and villages of the Geshurites, among others, during the year and four months in which he lived among the Philistines to escape the wrath of King Saul.

The Old Testament was for centuries the only ancient reference to the Geshurites, but that appears to have changed recently with the discovery of a fort that dates from the Davidic era and that may have been a Geshurite facility, according to The Times of Israel.

“Dating to around the time of King David 3,000 years ago, what may be the earliest fortified settlement in the Golan Heights was recently discovered during salvage excavations ahead of the construction of a new neighborhood,” according to the Times.

“Incredible rock etchings of two figures holding their arms aloft — possibly at prayer with what could be a moon — were uncovered inside the unique fort, which was dated to circa 11th-9th century BCE.

“The striking find is being tentatively linked to the Geshurite people, whose capital is recorded in the Bible as having been located nearby, to the north of the Sea of Galilee.


 

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY: How Could God Be Good If He Ordered Old Testament Genocide?

They are among the most troubling of Old Testament passages for contemporary minds. I am referring to verses like Deuteronomy 2:34 and I Samuel 15:2-3 in which God ordered every Amalekite and Canaanite man, woman, child, cow, goat, etc. etc. utterly destroyed.

Doesn’t sound like justice, does it? Well, maybe there’s more to these verses than is commonly assumed, especially when there is a lack of  understanding of the ancient contexts in which they were composed.

The Colson Center’s Brook McIntyre digs deep into the facts about how ancient literature portrayed things like military victories, as well as the horrific truths about the pagan culture that was dominant in what the Old Testament referred to as the “Promised Land” for Israel:


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: Answers To Three Objections To The Bible

It was written by a bunch of men. It’s full of mistakes. And it’s like, really, really old. So what is “it”? It’s the Bible, the most widely read and influential book in the entire history of mankind.

The Bible gives a lot of folks heartburn with its teachings about the nature of God, man, salvation and sin, so much so that it seems to encourages more than a few of its critics to search high and low, everywhere and anywhere, for objections to discredit the book’s history, teachings and provenance.

So what are the fact-based responses to these objections? Todd Friel’s “Wretched” produced the following”Road Trip to Truth” video, which provides, it should be noted, a tiny slice of the evidence that could be introduced in response to each of the three objections.


 

Now The Chinese Communist Party Is Rewriting The Bible

There is virtually no religious freedom in China as the dictatorship in Beijing is steadily increasing its oppressive measures against all forms of religious practice and expression not approved by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The Federalist reporter Arielle Del Turco describes the CCP’s latest gambit:

When a Chinese Christian, Chen Yu, was caught boldly selling religious publications not authorized by the government, his punishment was a seven-year prison sentence and an approximately $30,000 USD fine, handed down by a court last month.

Such steep punishment for promoting and adhering to a religion is all too common in China today. Faith is increasingly under attack in President Xi Jinping’s China. As religious expression becomes more dangerous there, people around the world should be speaking up in defense of China’s persecuted believers.

In addition to Chen’s fine and imprisonment, the court ordered local police in the Zhejiang province to destroy 12,864 religious books from his online bookstore. Make no mistake—this is a regime that is deeply afraid of the growth of Christianity.

Go here at The Federalist for the rest of Del Turco’s story.


 

What If The Bible Doesn’t Say What You Think It Says?

It’s the most widely read book in human history, but the Bible may well also be the most frequently mis-understood or mis-represented written work ever produced.

Lots of people think the Bible says a lot of things that on closer inspection turn to out to be merely aphorisms or maxims. Perfect example is the cliche that “God helps those who help themselves.” No, that’s not in the Bible.

Stand to Reason’s Tim Barnett took up this issue recently and the result is a thought-provoking five-minute analysis of the crucial importance of actually knowing what the Bible says, as opposed to what its critics claim it says:


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: Why Doesn’t Everybody Agree About God?

Take two people of equal intelligence, similar life experiences and educational attainment, and in the same level of professional success, then hand them the Bible and what happens?

Don’t be surprised if one of them believes the Bible and the other doesn’t. Why does that happen? How can two similarly situated intelligent people reach diametrically opposed conclusions about the same book?

In the following video, former NBC “Dateline” cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace talks about the three reasons that typically explain why an atheist rejects God and how that happens. Wallace, who is the founder of coldcasechristianity.com, also includes some fascinating information about him and his father, who remains an atheist: