Sunday, January 12, 2014

Who needs answers when nobody's askin'?

This is written to those of you who consider yourselves Christians but think you don’t need answers to tough questions because you don’t ask them and nobody asks them of you. I am thinking a lot about this and I’d love to hear if you think I am fully understanding where you are at. I want to know why no one is asking you questions, and here are my guesses:
If no one is asking you tough questions about what you believe, maybe it is because you aren’t telling many people that they are loved by God unconditionally*? There are a number of reasons people keep the gospel to themselves. Can you find yourself in the list below?
  • Unaware of your duty. You don’t know that you are unconditionally accepted by God, and you don’t know that the natural result of enjoying that acceptance is wanting to share it with others–and that we are commanded not to keep it to ourselves**. If this is you, find out more about God’s unchanging love for you and, once your cup is running over with it, share it around. There will be questions! [Read the full article at The Christian Apologetics Alliance.]

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Hell or Heaven: What about those who have never heard the gospel?

"What about the unevangelized? What happens to those who have never heard the gospel?" 

Some answer that such people are "without excuse" and reference Romans 1:18-32 and 2:14-15, Psalm 19:1-6, Romans 10:18. However...

Being without excuse only means that Gentiles, like Jews (see Romans 2:1), know right from wrong and are "under sin" (Romans 3:9-18). In Romans 1:20, Paul is not answering the question, "What about those who have never heard the gospel?" He is answering the question, "What about those who have never received the Law--can they, too, receive what was promised to Abraham?" He's saying--hey, they know the Law without having to be told (and knowing the law is knowing God, who the law describes and to whom the law is true), and you who ask this question are no different from them, in that you do not yourselves follow the law (God). He is pointing out that faith is not passed on by your parents--you have to choose it--he was going all Kierkegaard on them. He was saying, if you exclude the Gentiles for being in conflict with the law, then you also exclude yourselves, despite being descendants of Abraham.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Groothuis' "Christian Apologetics" ch.25: The Problem of Evil

This chapter of Groothuis' Christian Apologetics tackles the problem of evil.

Related are the appendices dealing with hell and Old Testament issues.

Groothuis tackles this issue last because one problem should not defeat the entire cumulative case for Christianity and against atheism--it doesn't exist in a philosophical vacuum.

The Problem of Evil: 


a) God is able to prevent evil, but is unwilling (and thus not omnibenevolent), or 

b) God is willing to prevent evil, but unable (thus not omnipotent),  


The existence of evil is evidence against God's existence.

Groothuis dispenses with 5 false answers to this problem: atheism, a finite god, a god who is not good, nonexistent evil, and karma/reincarnation.

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