Have you ever seen anyone rise from the dead? Nope? Neither have I. So it would appear that the idea of someone coming back to life from the dead is less probable than more probable.
This can raise a good question. Which is harder to believe: that Jesus rose from the dead or that Jesus never came forth from the grave? In other words, which scenario is more unlikely? Continue reading “Unlikely scenarios and a special Sunday morning”
C.S. Lewis was right when he said of Jesus:
Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to (Mere Christianity).
How did Lewis reach this conclusion? He read the gospels. The more we read the gospels the more impressed we are with what we find, particularly in the words of Jesus. The things Jesus says are so ingrained in the “idea of Jesus,” that we regularly miss the shocking nature of them. Continue reading “Options Jesus didn’t leave us”
In 1 Corinthians 15:13-19, Paul acknowledged that if Jesus never rose from the grave, Christians have no hope and should be pitied. Furthermore, those who claimed they saw Jesus alive after his death would be liars. If, however, Christ arose … Continue reading The tomb is empty. Jesus lives!
Living in a world where a chorus of competing voices would pull us toward opposing viewpoints on a great many topics, rather than avoiding such subjects, we would do well to consider the evidence. Regardless of the topic, in order to fairly explore a subject we will need to sidestep a host of logical fallacies such as sweeping generalizations, personal attack, appeal to fear as well as begging the question. Instead, we will need to focus upon: “What is the evidence?”
So, is it reasonable to conclude God exists? The Old and New Testaments announce that the world itself reveals truths about God and his existence (Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:20). Here are some initial brief excursions into some areas meriting further examination. Continue reading “God exists”
Some people find it surprising that God has never requested blind trust. Rather, God has consistently provided good reason to believe and to obey prior to asking anything from us. Continue reading “God never requested a blind leap of faith”
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending” (Revelation 1:8)
In the Revelation, Jesus speaks for the final time. Four times (Revelation 1:8,11; 21:6; 22:13), he refers to himself as “Alpha and Omega.” Why? What does this phrase mean, and why does he use it? Continue reading “Why did Jesus refer to himself as “Alpha and Omega?””
The world religions reveal people are moral beings. However, although the world’s religions share a common ground in promoting morality, the worship of the LORD God distinguishes itself from the others. Christianity is counter-intuitive and therein lies its genius. Continue reading “The nonhuman genius of Christianity”
by Barry Newton
Has science rendered God obsolete? Has God been reduced to a vanishingly small God-of-the gaps? Skeptics might assert this is so. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Continue reading “To the uncommitted – an open letter about evidence”