Apologize for what!?!

booksSo what is Christian apologetics? Are we apologizing for Christianity? What are we apologizing for? And, isn’t it supposed to be, “what are Christian apologetics”?

When most people hear the word apologetics the root word that they recognize is apologize. But, the way we use the word today is very different from the way it was originally used. Today, when we apologize for something we are expressing regret that we said or did that something. We wish that we had not done it. However, the original word (apologia) meant to defend what we said or did without regret. So when the Bible tells us, say, in 1 Peter 3:15 to “be ready always to give an answer (apologia) to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you”, it is not say to apologize as we think of apologizing. It’s actually telling us to do quite the opposite, to defend our belief and explain why we believe.  

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!

old-testament-scrollOne of the biggest reasons why Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah is becuase He fulfilled Bible prophecy. The odds of Jesus fulfilling all the prophecies that the New Testament claims He fulfilled are enormous. So much so, that we consider it to be a miracle and evidence that Jesus is Lord.

The thing is, the Bible prophecy that we say Jesus fulfilled was written in the Old Testament hundreds of years before Jesus was born. Skeptics bring up the point that that the writers of the New Testament could have described Jesus with Old Testament prophecy in mind in order to make it appear as though He fulfilled prophecy. This possibility makes sense.

That is, until you consider a few other things.

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Understanding Bible Difficulties

godwin_bible460How many times have you heard the claim that the Bible is “full of contradictions”? Next time you hear someone say something to that affect, ask them to name one. You might be suprised at how little they actually know what they are talking about. Even when someone is able to point to a passage that doesn’t seem to make sence, it’s only  a misunderstanding. And, what happened to the “full of” part of the claim? Anti-Christian skepticism has become a popular thing and claiming targeting the truthfullness of the Bible has become one the of primary objectives of the attack. Neverthless, using certain guidlines we can examine these contradiction claims and be confident that God’s Word with come out on top every time.

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What Mormons Believe

Joseph Smith, Original Mormon

You’ve seen them before. They’re the guys that wear ties and carry their belongings in backpacks and spend their time going to every house they can find. They are Mormons, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS for short). They are kind, very dedicated and very sincere (at times more so than Christians). However, how sincere they believe doesn’t change what they teach.

So, the next question is what do they teach? Hang on tight. This gets a bit complicated.  

 

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Don’t Call a Fool a Fool, Fool!

Matthew 5:22 and Matthew 23:17; Psalm 14:1

dunceDifficulty:

On one hand the Jesus says in Matthew 5:22, “But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”

On the other hand Psalm 14:1 “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” And, in Matthew 23:17 Jesus says “Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?”

Solution:

Context. Context. Context. When Jesus said in Matthew 5:22 that we should not call anyone a fool, He was talking about those who did so in unrighteous anger. What do I mean by context? Anger is the main subject of the verse. There is such a thing as a righteous anger which is not sinful (Ephesians 4:26 – “Be ye angry, and sin not:. . .” ) as well as unrighteous anger that is sinful (James 1:20  – “for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.”). 

As for Jesus calling the Pharisees fools, that’s a different story altogether. When God is angry with someone, He always has a righteous reason for His anger. Therefore, He is righteous in His anger.  Jesus, being God in flesh (to be discussed another place and time John 1:1,14; 20:28; Colossians 2:9), can righteously be angry, especially the Pharisees, and call them like He sees them. And so you have Matthew 23:17.  God does not contradict Himself in calling someone a fool, especially when it is true. He would contradict Himself if He did not call sin what it is.

In the end, Jesus’ condemnation of calling someone a fool is in the context of doing so out of unrighteous anger. Because Jesus was speak to the Pharisees in righteous anger when He called them fools, Matthew 5:22 doesn’t even apply to Matthew 23:17.

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Hello there!

5000_loaves_fish_432x4321Just getting started! Got a lot of great stuff planned! Stay tuned!

(three exclamation points in a row. that’s how good this is gonna be.)

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