What If Jesus Is The Only Way To Heaven?

It’s a truism heard often these days that “all roads lead to God, whether you believe in Jesus, Allah, Buddha, Confucius, the Hindu pantheon, Bahai or …” on and on it goes.

As it happens, Jesus is the only one of this all-star lineup of claimants to deity who claimed absolute exclusivity, as He did at John 14:6, saying “I am the way and the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but through me.”

What if Jesus is right? Professor Sean McDowell has the answer to that question. (Photo by bruce mars on Unsplash)

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Does Christian Hypocrisy Prove Christianity Is False?

Perhaps you’ve heard it before: “Christians are just a bunch of hypocrites!” Or maybe this version: “Christianity can’t be true because so many Christians are fakes.”

It’s a popular claim, one that has led many people to close their minds to even considering the growing mountains of credible evidence for the reality of the empty tomb of Jesus and His Resurrection.

The issue has special significance for men and women working at all levels on the Hill because of the high value placed on authenticity and shame attached to hypocrisy. Continue reading “Does Christian Hypocrisy Prove Christianity Is False?”

So You Think That Neat ‘Multiverse’ Theory Explains It All …

No, when people talk about the “Multiverse” theory, they aren’t talking about music with a lot of stanzas or choruses. Odds are, they are talking about more basic issues like “how did the universe get here” and “why are there human beings.”

You can’t talk about those kinds of issues on Capitol Hill or anywhere else these days without somebody, sooner rather than later, confidently pronouncing something like “our universe is just one of many universes that are constantly evolving and forever changing.”

And hey, if Neil deGrasse Tyson believes in the multiverse theory, it must be true, right? I mean, right? Well, no, as a matter of fact, allow me to introduce Regis Nicoll and a fascinating analysis of the countless problems with the multiverse theory. Continue reading “So You Think That Neat ‘Multiverse’ Theory Explains It All …”

Panel To Discuss ‘The Trials And Tribulations Of Living An Ethical Life On Capitol Hill’

This may come as a shock to some but there are times working on Capitol Hill when people don’t tell the whole truth about actions of their boss, or conceal facts about their own role in questionable practices or even tell lots of little white lies that taken together create a huge dark falsehood.

Yes, it happens. So how to navigate the Hill working environment while maintaining the ethical standards and beliefs you brought with you when you got your first job working for a congressman, senator or committee can be a huge dilemma.

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Four Advent Questions To Start Your New Year (And Maybe Change Your Life)

Just before Christmas, it was my pleasure to share a celebratory hour or so with members of the Faith & Law Society in the Longworth HOB, hosted by the group’s extraordinary executive director, Lauren Noyes.

Among the highlights of the gathering was hearing a brief address by Bill Reidel, Lead Pastor of the Redemption Hill congregation that meets at 400 D Street, S.E. in the District of Columbia.

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What Are You Living For?

Not sure of the answer to the question of what are you living your life for? Check your bank account and time sheets. Whatever you think you live for, the truth is your heart is wherever your money and your time are.

If you work on the Hill, maybe it’s status or recognition of some kind. Or becoming influential, an “insider.” Could be having a certain title linked to your name. Or perhaps having as much fun as humanly possible.

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Big Challenges For Christians In Pew’s Latest ‘Nones’ Survey Results

“Religious Nones” are among the fastest growing groups whenever survey research organizations like the Pew Research Center do polls concerning religious issues.

The results of the latest Pew survey of a representative sample of the Nones – which includes those who identify themselves as “atheist,” “agnostic” and “nothing” – finds an important reason (60 percent) these folks give for their views is they “question a lot of religious teachings.”

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Working On The Hill: Seems Like Just Yesterday But It Was 1977

Check it out. My first job on Capitol Hill was as press secretary for Rep. Robert Bauman (R-MD), who represented the Eastern Shore of Maryland, working from 118 Cannon HOB.

Odds are, this shot was snapped as I was on the telephone talking to Don Baker of the Washington Post Metro Section staff, who covered Bauman during my nearly two-year tenure there. He remains to this day one of the journalists for whom I have the most respect.

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Alisa Childers’ Rescue Boat For Hill Aides Adrift In a Sea Of Doubt

There are hundreds of men and women working in Congress who came to town a year ago or maybe a few years ago professing to be followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, but then the realities of life on Capitol Hill hit them square in the face.

Challenges to their faith — intellectual and otherwise — are everywhere on the Hill and doubts can become a huge problem. Some choose to leave their faith behind, others retreat into spiritual ghettos.

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Can Christians Be Faithful AND Work With Integrity On ‘The Hill?’

Christians everywhere face the question of whether their faith has anything to do with their jobs, but it’s an especially acute issue for those on a congressional payroll.

Here’s why: The law in America is made through the competitive political process, but culture is upstream from politics and faith in turn is upstream from culture. Your faith shapes your work ethos.

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Should A Congressional Aide View ‘Forensic Faith’ As An Oxymoron?

People on Capitol Hill often speak of the importance of doing a “forensic audit” of a government program, a corporate expenditure or a political campaign, typically in conjunction with a court case or a congressional investigation.

The purpose of a forensic audit is to uncover facts that would otherwise likely go undiscovered, which could in turn render the case or investigation inadequate or outright wrong. Can there be such a thing as a “forensic faith?”

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Here’s Why Even Critical Scholars Now Say The Gospels Are Reliable

One of the effects of working on Capitol Hill for any length of time is how it tends to capture your focus within the narrow confines of Washington politics and policy.

There’s a whole world out there in the “real world” beyond the Potomac River, one small but immensely significant part of which is the community of scholars who study things like whether the New Testament are reliable records of ancient history, especially the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Now, here’s what is likely a shocker for a lot of folks who spend their working lives toiling away in Congress: Beginning in the early 1970s and continuing today, scholars who once declared the New Testament was not reliable have now come to the conclusion that the Gospels are indeed authoritative and trustworthy.

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Maybe Those Gospel Contradictions Are Intentional

Mention “New Testament” or “Bible” or “Gospels” in a mixed crowd and be prepared to be told there are so many contradictions in the documents that they can’t be believed.

As Prof. Sean McDowell points out, there are indeed what appear contradictions in the Gospels, such as John 3:16 and I John 2:15. “Which is it? Are we supposed to love the world, as God does, or not,” McDowell asks.

“Yet closer analysis reveals they are not thoughtless mistakes from a careless writer, but part of an intentional rhetorical strategy to get readers to reflect upon the deeper meaning of words,” McDowell continues.

If you work on the Hill, such a rhetorical approach might not seem so foreign. After all, liberals and conservatives use the same words all the time, but infuse them with different, sometimes radically different, meanings.

McDowell goes on to illustrate his point with additional examples. Definitely worth your time to read and consider.

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Is Jesus’ Resurrection Fact Or Just ‘Fake News?’

You hear it regularly in conversations on Capitol Hill. One guy says X and the other guy instantly dismisses it because “oh, that’s what you expect Fox/CNN/MSNBC to say. That’s just fake news.”

And that raises an interesting question, and not just for men and women working in the House and Senate or one of the congressional agencies like the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) or Government Accounting Office (GAO).

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Wasn’t The Resurrection Really Just A Conspiracy?

“Conspiracy” is a word one hears regularly on Capitol Hill and it’s almost always in the context of somebody doing something they don’t want somebody else to know about.

After all, as Scripture says, darkness hates the light.

So there is invariably a sinister association with conspiracies, as well as with other words that can mean the same thing, including “plot,” “scheme” and “collusion.” The true purpose behind of any of these can actually be good or bad, but they are usually thought of as representing criminal or otherwise unpleasant purposes.

Which brings us to Jesus. People in high places and low have for millennia tried to dismiss the claim that Jesus was resurrected on the third day after his death on the cross as representing nothing more than a conspiracy among His disciples to fool the world to protect their own hides.

Cross-Examined’s Dr. Frank Turek often hears the claim, as he was recently by a Maryland college student. His response makes it clear that nobody needs a subpoena to get to the truth about the Resurrection: