I heard this one when I was in high school for the first time and I was caught off guard because it seemed to be convincing. The argument is that the story of Jesus is not original. Christians have copied and pasted mythical stories of their time onto Jesus's story. The various aspects of his life were stolen from other myths. The main reference they usually use is the story of Horus and how closely linked it is to the Bible. I decided to look into this and what I found out was amazing. In this post, I will be addressing the most common claims of the similarities between Jesus and these myths. I grant that they are many more myths but I've chosen to address these common and problematic myths because these are the ones that get brought up more often.
I get this one a lot. Why do Christians only obey parts of the old testaments and emphasize that the new testament is more important? When they quote the old testament, it's only to push their agenda. It sounds like Christians are picking and choosing parts of the Bible they want to obey especially considering that the old testament contains laws that we would deem immoral or amoral (has nothing to do with morality). In Leviticus, for example, the Bible says you may not eat pork, shellfish, have tattoos and wear clothes with two different fabric. Yet Christians ignore all of these laws and say to the homosexual that they aren't allowed to be gay pointing to a scripture in the old testament in the very next chapter. We are introduced to a God who ordered war, slavery and the execution of the innocent in the Old Testament, then He is contrasted by saying things like "turn the other cheek", "love you your neighbor as you love yourself" and "pray for those who persecute you" in the New Testament. How can Christians really say that is the same God and be consistent with their beliefs if all the above applies?
Before we get into it, I need to explain first of all, what is an old or new testament.
We've heard the story before; Jesus came to die for our sins by being crucified on a cross. But really, what is so special about crucifixion? I, myself, did not understand why crucifixion was so emphasized. After finishing research on this topic I wondered, do other Christians really understand what happened on the cross and the events that led up to it? I would like to describe to you the process of crucifixion through looking at what happened to Jesus. I understand not all crucifixions throughout time were done as gruesome and disturbing as Jesus's crucifixion, but I still feel like this will allow you to understand what the significance of the cross and what Jesus went through. I think once you understand what Jesus went through, it changes the way you look at the cross. I also think this is a good topic that can help strengthen a Christian's relationship with Christ. It also gives great insight to why Jesus's crucifixion is highly significant to those who do not believe.
Please be warned. I am going to go into as much detail as I can. I found it difficult to write this because of how graphic it was. I purposefully left certain things out because I couldn't get myself to describe and write it down. So please don't carry on reading if you get disturbed easily.
Jesus was "lucky" enough to be born at a point in time where the Romans had invented the most painful and humiliating way to execute someone. Crucifixion had started approximately 519 years before Christ was born and they perfected it around 19 years before Christ was born. Let's look at what happened to Jesus.
Sometimes doing what's right isn't easy. Sometimes we get hurt or excluded from society in the pursuit of doing what is right. So what is the incentive of pursuing right-living? If we are a product of chance, matter, and molecules (nothing supernatural existing), what's wrong with star dust bumping into star dust. What's wrong with eating babies? Why are we not appalled when humans kill each other like when lions kill other lions if we come from the same cosmic matter they come from? Remember Darwinian Evolution states that we have evolved from the same matter as the phone or computer you looking at now.
I think we all believe that humans have intrinsic worth. We believe that a human being is worth being respected and treated with dignity regardless of whether there is an incentive or not. Where does this come from? If we live in just a materialistic world (all that exists is what we can sense with our 5 senses), we cannot justify this. Why is our motive not to survive and thrive at all costs like animals do? We believe surviving and thriving is important within the context of right-living and never out of it. For instance, Apartheid was wrong because the white people who supported it wanted their race to survive and thrive outside the context of how we deem humans should be treated.
In a world I described above, where do we even get morality? How can you say something is wrong? Is it because of your opinions or what your society deems to be wrong? What if another person or society deems it to be right? In that context, who is correct? Ravi Zacharias would say "In some cultures they believe you should love your neighbours and in others they believe you should eat them. Do you have a personal preference?" I am not saying atheists cannot be good people. Actually I know atheists that can "out-good" theists. But how do they justify it? On what basis is something good and why would you want to be good? The famous Richard Dawkins states in his book the River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life, "DNA neither cares nor knows. DNA just is. And we dance to its music."
I believe theism solves this dilemma. Only a higher being can give us a worth (especially if we are made in its image). I believe theism reflects the reality of how we live and feel life should be lived. The question is which religion? How can we truly know whether which God is correct or not? Welcome to KGtheone.com
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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.
This is a very complicated topic. I will try being as clear as possible but if you still do not understand please leave a comment by clicking here or commenting down bellow. I would have given this response.
I've been asked a lot about who I listen; to by friends and people in general. I get the question because it's important to have good people to listen to. You don't want to be led astray and you wanna see growth in your Christian walk. There's a saying IT experts use "garbage in, garbage out". What you load yourself with is what you will get out. So we should always be filling ourselves with valuable things so we can emit value to other people and be people of influence. I have complied a list of my top pastors and speakers so you don't have to search that hard.
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