What Does God Say About Race?

Race is front and center in the American mind these days as it has not been for many years. The news media is a cacophony of often clashing opinions about race and its proper significance in our nation’s history.

Pastor Mark Massey, Friendship Baptist Church (Screenshot from youtube.com).

It’s thus easy to find out what men think about race, but what about God? What does God say about race is the question posed in recent weeks by Pastor Mark Massey of Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) in Sykesville, Maryland.

As it happens, Mark started FBC in 1984 and has been its senior pastor ever since. He was born and raised in Arkansas and graduated from Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Mark is also vice president of the board of directors of the 52-Week Ministry Foundation that is the organizational entity behind HillFaith. Continue reading “What Does God Say About Race?”

THINK ABOUT THIS: Friday’s Poached Egg

Then Jesus said:

“If anyone wants to be my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me and the Gospel will save it. Mark 8:34-35 

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.


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: Friday’s Poached Egg

Then Jesus said:

“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live. Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die — ever.” John 11:25.

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.


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: Do You Think ‘Nothing’ Caused Our Universe To Exist?

It’s among the most basic questions of all and how we each answer it shapes our thinking on everything else, often in ways we don’t realize. And it involves the most basic law of logic, non-contradiction, as well as the law of cause and effect.

In the following video, Kyle Butt of the Apologetics Press analyzes the claim of materialists that the universe (the effect) had no non-material cause. Pay close attention to the explanation offered by Stephen Hawking, who surely was one of the smartest men who ever lived:


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: 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)

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.


And while we’re on the topic of poached eggs, check this one out, too!


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: God Or Poached Egg?

“I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” Jesus, as quoted in the Gospel of John, 8:12.

“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.


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: Can You Be Good Without God? Is That Even A Logical Question?

Can somebody who doesn’t believe in God still do good things, that is, act morally? The answer to that question is “yes, of course.” But when the issue is the existence of God, asking if an atheist can be moral leads the discussion down a rabbit hole.

Screenshot from drcraigvideos on youtube.

The question should be this: How can there be objectively true and universally applicable moral laws if there is no God? If there are such objective moral laws, then there must be a God. We know there are such laws the instant we realize it is always and everywhere wrong to, for example, torture children.

Why is this important, especially if you work on Capitol Hill and are thus part of the process by which America debates and establishes its laws? The answer to that question is in the following video from philosopher William Lane Craig’s Reasonable Faith:


BY THE WAY, MONA LISA DIDN’T JUST APPEAR OUT OF THIN AIR


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: What If Your Friend Tells You All About The Red Tesla In Your Dream Last Night?

So, you’re jawing with a friend on the cell and happen to mention that you had a really odd dream the other night during which you were driving a sporty Tesla Model S through Hollywood.

Tesla Model S P100D (From Tesla.com)

Then your friend says, “right, it was a red convertible and we had the top down.” Would that freak you out? What if the next thing he said was “the blonde was in the back seat with me and the redhead was up there with you” and he was right!?!? (Yes, I know Tesla doesn’t make a convertible Model S, but work with me here, ok?)

Now you’re really freaked out because two people just don’t independently have the same dream like that. But, as Cold-Case Christianity’s J. Warner Wallace (the Tesla illustration was actually his, not mine) explains in this video, something like it did happen after Jesus was resurrected. And that makes all the difference in the world for all of us:


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THINK ABOUT THIS: Would We Still Think Jesus Was Resurrected Without The Bible?

That question in the headline above might well seem like an odd one to ask in a world in which the Bible is by far the most-read, best-selling book of all human history. Imagining our world without it is like imagining it without the Sun.

But it being Easter and all, what if we didn’t have the Bible to tell us what the events of this most significant of all weeks mean to each of us as individuals and to all humanity?

That’s a question former NBC “Dateline” cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace addresses in the following video. It’s all about inferences and evidence. He’s writing a book about the resurrection of Christ based on this question and preparing to teach a course on it, so his thoughts here are not mere off-the-cuffisms:


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: Are You Breathing God’s Air While Denying He Even Exists?

“Imagine a person who comes in … and argues ‘no air exists’ but continues to breathe air while he argues.

“Now intellectually, atheists continue to breathe — they continue to use reason and draw scientific conclusions [which assumes an orderly universe], to make moral judgements [which assumes absolute values] — but the atheistic view of things would in theory make such ‘breathing’ impossible.

“They are breathing God’s air all the time they are arguing against Him.”

—Greg Bahnsen, as quoted by The Poached Egg, from his book, “Presuppositional Apologetics: Stated and Defended.”


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: Why A Great Archeologist Came To See Luke As A First-Rank Historian

“Sir William Ramsay, one of the greatest archeologists ever to have lived, was a student of the German historical school, which taught that the Book of Acts was a product of the mid-second century AD and not of the first century, as it purports to be.

Photo by Trish H-C on Unsplash

“After reading modern criticism about the Book of Acts, Ramsay became convinced that it was not a trustworthy account of facts of its time (50 AD), and therefore was unworthy of consideration by a historian.

“So in his research on the history of Asia Minor, Ramsay paid little attention to the New Testament. His investigations, however, eventually compelled him to consider the writings of Luke, the author of the Book of Acts.

“The archeologist observed the meticulous accuracy of the historical details and gradually his attitude toward the Book of Acts began to change. He was forced to conclude: ‘Luke is a historian of the first rank … This author should be placed along the very greatest of historians.'” — From “More Than A Carpenter,” by Josh and Sean McDowell, pgs 65-66


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THINK ABOUT THIS: The Problem Of What Happens To Those Who Have Never Heard Of Jesus

It’s not a new problem, this question about all the people on earth and down through the centuries since Jesus — before He was crucified dead, buried and then resurrected on the third day — told everybody who would listen that He is the only way to eternal salvation.

A man who received a tract in the market near Hananeel Baptist Church sits down to read about Jesus.

Well, what about all those millions of men and women who never got the word about Jesus? How many millions of people died before the Christian church began sending missionaries carrying the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world?

There have been a variety of possible answers to this problem. Some have argued that such people didn’t hear about Jesus because God chose for them not to hear about Him. This video from Reasonable Faith offers another take:


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THINK ABOUT THIS: Who Are You? Why Are You Here? Where Are You Going?

Take a moment and ask yourself this simple question: What if there really is no God, does it really make any difference in how you live your daily life or what you think or do in any given situation?

That may strike you as one of those irrelevant questions asked by philosophers and mad men, but what if it’s not? What if, rather than being the most meaningless question, the answer determines if you and the life you are living right now makes a difference or is merely absurd?

Here’s a challenge: Give yourself five minutes to watch and think about this video in which Philosophy Professor William Lane Craig of reasonablefaith.org considers the absurdity of life without God:


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: Why Can’t Plato’s Forms Explain Morality Without God?

It may seem like a question with no relevance in the real world, but the issue of the source and nature of concepts and principles like justice influences pretty much all aspects of everybody’s daily lives.

It’s not often that Plato’s forms are discussed in campus discussion forums these days, but then Dr. Frank Turek of cross-examined.org has a way of inspiring spirited conversations on topics of eternal significance.

In the following video, Turek is asked by a student who appears to be deeply interested in philosophy about Plato’s forms and whether they explain the existence of moral laws apart from the existence of God.


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: Jesus Can’t Be The Only Way To Heaven Because All World Religions Are The Same

One of the most frequently heard objections to Christianity is that Jesus claimed to be the only way to Heaven, as He did at John 14:1 when He said: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but through me.”

But exclusive claims like that just grate on many Americans’ democratic sensibilities. Thus, the counter-claim that all of the world’s major religions make the same basic claims has great appeal.

But that appeal doesn’t change the fact of what Jesus said about Himself. In the following video, produced by philosopher William Lane Craig’s Reasonable Faith organization, the competing claims of the world’s religions are compared and contrasted, and in the process, the uniqueness of Jesus becomes crystal clear: