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 11:25-26

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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.


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: What If The Appearance Of Fine-Tuning In The Universe Is Simply A Matter Of Physical Necessity??

There are dozens of measures of the Earth and throughout the universe that are so precisely calibrated that even the tiniest deviation would render life as we know it impossible.

But what if what appears to us as precisely calibrated is in actual fact no more than the way the Earth and indeed the universe came into existence from the beginning?

Here’s how J. Warner Wallace of Cold-Case Christianity puts it: “At both the foundational level, at the regional level and at the local level of our planet, things appear to have been tampered with, set up perfectly, not so that a death would occur, but so that life would occur.”

But what if it “just happened that way?” Is that a reasonable conclusion based on the available evidence. Wallace answers that question in the following video:


 

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 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.

THINK ABOUT THIS: Christianity Is The World’s Only Evidence-Based Faith

Is becoming a follower of Jesus Christ a blind step of faith or can it be an entirely reasonable decision that follows directly from logic and evidence? The answer depends mainly on whether He was literally resurrected from the dead.

As Paul the Apostle said in the New Testament at I Corinthians 15:19-20:If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.”

Cold-Case Christianity’s J. Warner Wallace, the retired Los Angeles Police Detective who became world-famous for solving unsolvable murder cases from years ago, addresses “evidential Christianity” and the Resurrection in this excerpt from a recent interview on “100 Huntley Street:”


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: Friday’s Poached Egg

Then Jesus said:

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.  I and the Father are one.— John 10:27-30

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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.

THINK ABOUT THIS: Friday’s Poached Egg

Then Jesus said:

“Give, and it will be given to you; a good measure — pressed down, shaken together, and running over — will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38

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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.


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: Does This Computer Algorithm Explain The Origins Of Life?

Dr. Fazale Rana (Screenshot from youtube.com)

If you know anything about biochemistry, you know about “Beilstein’s Handbook of Organic Chemistry.” It is a database with 10 million or so data-points that provide pretty much whatever you need to know about any organic compound, according to biochemist Fazale Rana of Reasons to Believe (RTB).

“The utility of Beilstein’s Handbook is endless and its applications far-reaching. In fact, Beilstein’s has even served as the inspiration for origin-of-life chemists seeking to make sense of prebiotic chemistry and chemical evolution,” Rana writes in a lengthy November 4 post on TRB’s web site.

“These investigators think that if they can master an approach to prebiotic chemistry called a Beilstein synthesis, then they may well gain key insight into how chemical evolution generated the first life on Earth.”

Yes, you read that right and you will very likely want to read the rest of Rana’s post. It is, as I said above, lengthy, and rather technical at multiple points. Also, I want to make it clear that I’m a journalist, not a biochemist, and so I make no claim to scientific competence.

Even so, this topic is fascinating to me and I suspect that it will be for more than a few people working on the Hill, as well as for anybody interested in knowing more about how we all came to be here. Go here to read the balance of Rana’s post.


 

 

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.


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: Are You A ‘White Supremacist?’

Are all white folks bigots? Advocates of Critical Race Theory would have us believe the answer to that question is a resounding yes. But the Declaration of Independence, written and adopted by a bunch of “old white guys,” declares that “all men are created equal, endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights.”

Did they mean it?

And before you say “yes, but,” can you name any other society in the entire recorded history of mankind that has done more to make that declaration a reality in the lives of the American people? We didn’t fight that bloody civil war for nothing.

One Minute Apologist Bobby Conway points to a vital prerequisite to a healthy discussion of these and related issues that is especially relevant for people working on Capitol Hill — let’s agree on how we define terms, then we can commence the verbal fisticuffs, er discussion:


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: Friday’s Poached Egg

Then Jesus said:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.John 3:16-18

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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.

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:


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: Friday’s Poached Egg

Then Jesus said:

“Listen! We are going up to Jerusalem. Everything that is written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished. For He will be handed over to the Gentiles and He will be mocked, insulted, spit on; and after they flog Him, they will kill Him, and He will rise on the third day.” Luke 18:31-33

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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.


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: Friday’s Poached Egg

Then Jesus said:

“I assure you, unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3

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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.

THINK ABOUT THIS: Friday’s Poached Egg

Then Jesus said:

“Your sins are forgiven.” Luke 7:48

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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.