Which version in English do I accept, and use for everyday use or do we all have to carry many versions around and not trust our translators? Please God do not let my tradition, even as it is , which is quite some way off from orthodoxy, make your word void. Why believe only some parts of the Bible, albeit misunderstood, and not the whole thing? Jesus was the only descendant of Adam who never sinned. By grace, God spared only Enoch and Elijah from physical death, as He will do for believers when Jesus returns.
That allusion to Matthew —23 should indeed be a solemn warning, but not for the reason you claim. These people addressed Jesus as Lord and evidently had done the most amazing works in His name. Clearly, to believe in Christ and His works on our behalf, as John says: For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
But they were clearly relying on their own good works for salvation. What they never did was plead what Christ had done for them. GB January 10th, Hello Jonathan. God says through Isaiah that He creates evil and good. He often says He will bring evil against other nations, even Israel. So to say that God is not responsible for evil rather sets you against God. With regard to your take on death, the Bible says that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God, yet we were given this nature by God to live on this earth, so it consigns us to the only way to inherit this Kingdom is by dying and being sown as a seed and raised up in newness of life and newness of body,so death, however unpalatable, has been interwoven into the whole story from the very beginning.
Whether we like it or not, God, for whatever reason has woven death and suffering as an intrinsic part of this experience we call living. Fortunately it is not a real story but an allegory, or is it!? Which is something I have found evangelicals shy away from, and are the poorer for it. God bless you in your pursuit of Him.
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Jonathan Sarfati January 10th, More likely, theological liberals shy away from the sound answers to their arguments that have long been known to informed evangelicals. Some were even in my article, e. One error is to use the fallen condition of the world as normative. Now death is part of this world, but it clearly was not that way in the beginning. Luther affirmed in his Genesis commentary: Had Adam kept the divine commandment, he never would have died, for death came into the world through sin. Note the important difference. Isaiah is mistranslated by the KJV.
You really should check other translations at least, if not the original languages. John C. ZA January 10th, As a Christian, this topic is the greatest hurdle to a complete belief. For the record there is no doubt about the historical truth past, present, future of the Scriptures and I am a young-earth believer. But, I struggle with these: 1. God is an omniscient, omnipotent Creator. He is eternal and thus not part of created time and space. Given these 3 attributes, He created a universe in all its magnificence and then created man in His image.
If that is true, then why did He allow this image to sin against him? The image had no part in the fact of its being. Why then would this God actually knowingly place people on this magnificent planet with the intent that they would helplessly rebel against Him and become His enemies?
It means that not a single human other than the God-Man, Jesus has any option to be holy as He is holy. In other words I am condemned before I was born. It is this argument of the atheist that places a huge strain on my own faith, because there is absolutely no logical rebuttal in my view. I have read countless arguments by Christian thinkers on this topic and never found a single answer that actually makes sense.
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My apologies if this sounds harsh; it is just that a life-time spent contemplating this issue is tiresome. The thing is that one cannot believe the argument unless there is faith and that is something only the Holy Spirit can provide.
Which seems to indicate that our image is an extremely weak one, if not non-existent. That leaves a rather empty spirit in its trail.
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Sorry about your struggles. All the same, this looks hardly any different from The atheistic argument summarized in the article. I showed that there was a key missing premise that the atheist has no hope of providing, so the argument is unsound. About the afterlife, fortunately we now have tangible evidence, from One who rose from the dead and never died again. We do have the Imago Dei still, but after the fall of our forefather Adam, it is a broken image. Indeed we would be helpless in our sin without the grace unearned favour of God.
James T. US January 5th, Dr Sarfati about the part where you talk about atheist and morals.
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Indeed, that is all they have. However, as you are undoubtedly aware, none of this explains why something is right or wrong, just that it has survival value. See Bomb-building vs. AU January 5th, Unnatural, it may sound but suffering, though unpleasant, brought me to know my Lord Jesus otherwise I would not have come to realize. In a single day I was made penny-less and homeless and removed from my children somewhat similar to what Job went though in his life. Had Jesus the Lord told me, before I left Hinduism, all the suffering that I would face I would have remained as Hindu or embraced the faulty evolution science.
HE has a perfect plan in everything he does, including my life. The God of Abram, Isaac and Jacob is still the same today. Steve M. US January 4th, Woe, this article was fantastic!! I was just reading from evolutionary philosopher Michael Ruse who is saying the Achilles heel of the Christian is the suffering universe and this answers this.
Michael should read this.
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I do not like what Michael and other anti-Creator authors are telling the church which is Science and Christianity can co-exists as long as the Christian can accept that none of the miracles of the Bible including the resurrection of King Jesus Christ not being true. In effect they want the church to stop believing in real Christianity which requires supernatural God events for a form of Christianity with good teachings only and everything else being made up stories. The church is doing this now with examples in United Methodist Church passing in their book of disciple statements that teaching a Creator God in schools is something they oppose.
This is a direct attack by the enemy of this world and set to destroy the church. But we know they will never succeed in destroying the true church of King Jesus Christ. However, many are being misled. AU January 4th, The "five points", with refernce to Scripture, sum it all up best.
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I think they were all martyred. Say what you like about God and human suffering—He plays fair!! Any-thing else would be incompatible with a just and loving God. Thank you for your comments. Well, just about anything can be found on the www. I've read some of these articles as well. None of them deal adequately with the moral hazard problem. Something is amiss if there were such an eternal incentive to commit a great temporal wrong He condemns in no uncertain terms.
It would seem to be incompatible with the biblically-revealed justice and goodness of God if there were such a gaping chasm in the moral universe He created. Randy S. I believe atheism is a short-lived sport of fools and have emailed you why.
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People of a future evil generation will no doubt rise up and mock the atheist of our day, for to them, God will be a continual and terrorizing reality. NL January 3rd, Jonathan, First of all thank you very much for this article. I have learned a lot.
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