Where do I even start? What a year indeed! 2015 has been the most challenging year I have experienced hands down! I didn't post as many posts as I would've loved to mainly because of school. But right now, I would like to thank every single one of you who supported me. When I feel down the one thing that brings me joy is everyone of you, whether you are discussing the material I write about, liking it, sharing it or even just reading it. To think that I started this website a year ago not knowing where it would go. I thought this would just be a hobby that nobody would be interested in. Within the first month of this blog functioning, I was shocked that many of you had started reading my posts. I had about 1500 views by the end of last year. This year, however I have over 10000 views! This goes to show that there are many people who have questions. We don't like to admit it sometimes because it may make our faith look weak. I got you! You can expect more posts next year and better content. If you have a skeptic friend, recommend this site to them. You may make a difference in their lives.
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Happy New Year!
Here's one I get a lot. Why do you even read the Bible, when it's not even reliable? Did you know, there a many books of the Bible that weren't included? Most of those books even seem to conflict with the central message of the Bible. Why did the religious leaders of the day choose to not include those books of the Bible? By what process was this determined? How can you really say that the Bible is reliable and has been perfectly preserved for thousands of years?
This is what we call a question of canon. Canon is, in its simplest definition, "a collection or list of sacred books accepted as genuine". Many people believe the question of canon presents a defeating argument to the Bible's credibility. In this post, I will show that the Biblical canon we have today is by no doubt genuine and has been perfectly preserved throughout history. Also, I will be referring to the Protestant canon (the traditional Bible you and I have).
Let's start by knowing the books that weren't included.
I've been asked this question multiple times. Usually, when it is asked, it's driven by emotion. I've heard it phrased in these ways: "If God really loved me, then why would did he allow my father to pass away?" or "if God is so powerful, He could have stopped the terrorists that bombed Paris a couple of weeks ago". To be honest, this is a difficult question to answer because of the emotion that accompanies it. As Apologists, we should strive to not merely give the correct answer but to answer the questioner. I sympathize with those that have asked this question because I battled with it myself. On my page Crimson Chord, I explain this together with my story. I find it funny that years later I'm writing a blog post answering the question that nearly redefined my life.
This question seems bothersome at face value. But once I explain a few concepts, you will realize it isn't a difficult question. Because of how short the answer is, I will also do a quick FAQ of variations of this question asked about this subject at the end.
Already from the title, I am expecting people to not take what I am about to write easily. I have been scared to post something on the prosperity gospel for sometime because most of my friends and closest family have bought into it. I, myself, spent years of my life believing it. I was devastated when a high school life orientation teacher was loving enough to tell me the truth. I still believed it because I chose to ignore him. In varsity, I acquired new skills of reading the Bible and was exposed to numerous resources on scholars and commentaries, I began to see I was believing a lie. This truth I didn't accept freely. I bothered me for about months. As a Christian, however, Paul tells us to continually check if we are in the faith(2 Corinthians 13:5). We need to examine whether or not the things we believe about scripture are scriptural continuously(to see whether it is within the faith). On that note let's first define the prosperity gospel.
What is the Prosperity Gospel?
There are scriptures that mention God's provision. I am not ignoring them. In fact, there are many places where it expresses that the Lord will look after us and provide for us. I will refer to these scriptures, in their proper context, later in this post. The problem becomes when this is emphasized over the message of the TRUE gospel. Where money is exalted over God. Where all God wants is you to be rich and healthy and everything to be okay.
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