Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Atheism in America

June 9th, 2009 Viewed 1451 times
This entry is part 1 of 11 in the series Convincing Arguments?

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Atheism is growing stronger in America, or so you’re lead to believe if you read anything online.  One major social networking site, Reddit, has as its most popular articles at any given time 1 to 3 articles written by atheists.  The fundamentalists Atheists are everywhere, propagating their faith more rabidly than Christians that have the truth.

The darlings of these people are those that have “de-converted” or have “come out” of the closet as an Atheist.  They present all these great sounding arguments that would be convincing for someone without a framework for answering questions.

The Bible and Reality

June 11th, 2009 Viewed 1414 times
This entry is part 2 of 11 in the series Convincing Arguments?

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The second attack is that the Bible and Reality seem to contradict each other according to the Atheist.

Let’s look at his points, shall we?

Genesis 22 – Abraham and Isaac

June 10th, 2009 Viewed 2751 times
This entry is part 3 of 11 in the series Convincing Arguments?

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In Genesis 12, God calls Abram out of the land where he is to a land of promise.  Once there, God promises that Abraham’s decedents would be as numerous as the grains of sand and the stars of Heaven.  The only problem is that, up to this point, Abram (who God renames Abraham) does not have a son.

Biblical “Contradictions”

June 12th, 2009 Viewed 1690 times
This entry is part 4 of 11 in the series Convincing Arguments?

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No discussion with an Atheist is complete without some mention of the “hundreds” of contradictions in the Bible.  However, for every contradiction they can come up with, there’s always a reasonable response to them if you take the time to examine the context of the passage and consider the time period and culture.

How The Bible Was Delivered

June 15th, 2009 Viewed 2185 times
This entry is part 5 of 11 in the series Convincing Arguments?

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The Atheist’s next argument is again placing himself in the position of God.  His argument is summarized thusly:  If I were God, I’d make sure that everyone heard from me personally—I wouldn’t use dead languages over time.  That’s just a bad job at revelation.

The Doctrinal Hypothesis

June 16th, 2009 Viewed 1586 times
This entry is part 6 of 11 in the series Convincing Arguments?

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JEDP, I knew you well.

There is scholarship in different circles that tries to discredit the Torah (or first 5 books of the Bible—specifically Genesis) by stating that it was complied by 4 authors—none of which was Moses.

Tackling this head on—there is no problem with a different writer for Genesis.  Clearly, it’s not a problem for Moses to have edited documents that he had on hand1 that we do not have access to.

Furthermore, there’s a passage at the end of Deuteronomy that could not have been written by Moses, because it records his death.

Neither of these present a problem for the Bible or its veracity.  Since the Bible is a conglomeration of different authors, the question does not lie in “who wrote this” but “what was written.”

To fully talk and critique the Documentary Hypothesis would take more space than time allows.  For those that are interested, I suggest that you purchase or borrow The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict Fully Updated To Answer The Questions Challenging Christians Today.  This book is full of great facts about the Bible—both Old and New Testament—and goes into great detail about JEDP and the Documentary Hypothesis.

  1. At that time, Moses may have had documents created by Adam himself, brought over on the ark.  Some scholars believe that some of the verses would indicate different authorship, much like journaling or blogging today.  If that is the case, we may be reading what Adam and his descendents wrote that has been long lost to time in other places! []

The Writing of the Gospels

June 17th, 2009 Viewed 1989 times
This entry is part 7 of 11 in the series Convincing Arguments?

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The Atheist’s attention now turns to the Gospels, but his argument is so weak here that it hardly deserves that much attention.

When Were the Gospel’s Written?

So, if Mark was written around 50 AD (or even if it were as late as 65 AD), where’s the problem here?  Obviously, dating manuscripts is not an exact science.  Since the documents themselves don’t bear dates, if we’re in the first century AD, that means that the writers could have been eyewitnesses, since the activities that happened in the Gospels took place between 4 BC and 29 AD.  In fact, this bolsters the Christian’s claim.

Paul wrote at the same time

So Paul wrote his letters—not all of which are included in the Bible—at the same time that the Gospel writers were writing their books.  And one of the Gospels was being written by a travel companion of his—the good doctor/historian Luke.

So, why would Paul want to write about something he had second or third hand knowledge of when his friend was researching for a book and had second hand knowledge, and he was in the presence of first hand eye witnesses that were writing as well.

What do you take Paul for?  He was a learned scholar, and knew that his place was taking Christianity and helping to form the doctrine from the teachings of Jesus.

And the idea that Paul never talked about the miracles of Jesus—he constantly talked about Jesus rising from the dead.  He performed miracles himself.  He was constantly preaching and teaching.  Did it occur to the Atheists that he need not write in his letter something that He spoke about in public?  Since most of the letters were to churches that would have both access to the New Testament Gospels and were already believers—this is the most bizarre argument yet.

Jesus Should Have Had A Scribe

The last thing is again an appeal to “if I were Jesus.”  Jesus surrounded Himself with twelve men for His entire ministry—and as John said, if they were to try to recount everything that He said and did it would fill “the Earth.”  The point being, Jesus knew that the important things He said and did would survive.

Lastly, it make sense that the writings would take place after His death and resurrection because of what the Apostles believed about His return.  Misunderstanding, like they did a lot, they believed His return was imminent and there would have been no need to record everything.  And yet they started to after they were doing their ministries…

“Jesus” is Not Unique

June 18th, 2009 Viewed 1788 times
This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series Convincing Arguments?

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Every student of the Bible knows that in Genesis 3:15 God promised a Savior to Adam and Eve.  From that time until Jesus appeared on the Earth, Satan has known the plan as revealed in the Bible and has sought to create alternate Anti-Christs.  He will succeed in creating his best yet during the coming judgment.

Is History Silent?

June 19th, 2009 Viewed 1655 times
This entry is part 9 of 11 in the series Convincing Arguments?

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The next argument is an appeal to secular history.  For the Atheist, the supposed lack of external sources to this event should present a problem to the believer.  If something that was that important appeared in a person’s lifetime, it had to have been noticed.

I mean, wouldn’t the resurrection of a person from the dead hit CSPAN?  Fox News would probably be covering it wall to wall, while CNN would relegate it to the religion section.

Christian Marriages

June 22nd, 2009 Viewed 1682 times
This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series Convincing Arguments?

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The last of this Atheist’s most convincing arguments is probably his weakest.  He claims that because:

  1. Each “Christian Couple” that gets married has witnesses and people praying for the success of their marriage.
  2. The minister says “What God has put together let no man put asunder”
  3. Christian couples still get divorced.

That this means that Christianity is a fallacy.


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