9/9/12

Apologetics 101 Day 2:




Apologetics 101 Day 2:
According to a 2008 study on religion, religiosity is highest at 14 years old and then declines between 14 and 18 years of age. Then, there is a spike in church attendance and belief at age 20. This being said college is the place to bring many to true faith in Christ.
Believers or Not:
The group of the lost includes the Luke warm, Agnostic, and Atheist. So I would like to take a quick look at some of these groups.
Luke Warm:
·         Rev. 3:16 – “So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”
·         2 Chron. 15:12-13 – “And they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and with all their soul, but that whoever would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, should be put to death, whether young or old, man or woman."
Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities. In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities. Most inclusively, atheism is simply the absence of belief that any deities exist.
Agnosticism is the view that the truth values of certain claims—especially claims about the existence or non-existence of any deity, but also other religious and metaphysical claims—are unknown or unknowable.
When talking with one or the other follow these steps:


  1. Encourage them to examine their presuppositions.
What is a presupposition? An unproven starting point for all following arguments. Like in math there are various laws/axioms that everything else is based on. Everyone starts with certain presuppositions. These may be reasonable or irrational.
  1. Encourage them to examine the arguments for the existence of God.
We acknowledge that the best approach to apologetics is one that recognizes that all people know God exists, and that they have suppressed that knowledge (Rom 1:17f). People need to hear the Gospel, because within the Gospel message is the power of God unto salvation (Rom 1:16). One should not attempt to argue an unbeliever into submission. The best method is to present the good news about Jesus Christ as clearly and as often as possible, and to urge people to repent and believe.
1.      Verses:
a.       Rom 1:17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
b.      Rom 1:16 – “16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”
Here are 4 steps of argument to encourage a non believer think:
The Teleological or Design Argument
Argue that the presence of order in the universe requires the existence of a Designer.
A typical formulation of the argument:
1. The universe manifests evidence of design.
2. All design demands a designer.
3. Therefore, the universe must have a designer.
4. This designer is the God of the Bible.
4 organized arguments against atheists:
·         The Argument from Causality: Look around for something that does not have a cause (and therefore a beginning). This sequence can work backwards indefinitely. But does it go infinitely, or does it ultimately stop? To say that it goes on infinitely leads to a logical dilemma. Without some initial cause, there can be no caused things, and no explanation for causality itself. The only rational answer is that there is at the beginning of all things an uncaused Cause, capable of causing all things.
·         -The Argument from Design: Nature manifests a certain irreducible complexity. The design in nature requires a Designer. God is the creator and designer of all things.
·         -The Ontological Argument: The idea of God exists in the mind, even in the mind of an atheist. The event of one's mind understanding this idea must have a sufficient cause. The idea is one that contains infinite perfection, but one's mind is limited by finite perfection, as is everything else in the natural world. A mentally imperfect being cannot produce a mentally perfect effect. Therefore, there is a perfect Mind transcendent to the universe, from which the idea of perfection can originate.
·         -The Moral Argument: Morality exists. Whether we are considering a stone-age Amazonian cannibal or an intellectual savant at a prestigious Ivy League school, every human being has some sense of morality. Everyone has some level of mental obligation to do good and avoid evil. Why else do we have laws, government, military, prisons, and self-improvement books? The atheistic view is incompatible with real moral obligation. Therefore, the theistic view, which is compatible with real moral obligation, must be correct. Moral obligation cannot originate in the mind of man, and therefore must originate in the mind of a greater being, which is God.

Historical Support of Biblical accuracy:
The New Testament has over 24,000 copies or pieces of well known verses to accredit its accuracy. It is claimed to be 95-99% the same from beginning until what we read. The errors in the text are spelling and grammar changes. For example John may be respelled as Jon. There have been teams who have done studies and reported that the text is 62% accurate; however as time goes on the differences are being found as not dramatic changes, rather changes like we have with NIV or KJV. The oldest text’s in possession are recorded as being only 50 years after the originals.
Many claims are that Jesus is not a real person, but in fact a story created by several men to gain fame and followers. Not only are their records made by the original apostles, but eye witness accounts have been found from others. This raises the question, how can a man gain so much fame without being real? Why would a group of followers proclaim their rabbi was the messiah until martyrdom if they knew he was not a real person?
Another theory that has been created is that Christ never rose from the grave, but his disciples lied for popularity. The counter to this is that if Christ really never had risen, why didn’t the Romans bring proof of a full grave, or why not parade around with the messiah’s body? Romans were known to do many cruel and immoral things to establish dominance and diminish uprisings. What greater uprising to destroy than Christianity? A defense a non believer may bring against this is that bodies usually moved graves at least once. Even if this is true, the Romans would have documented this change (as they were guarding the grave upon the Jew’s request). The Romans could have easily paraded the body around then too. Christ’s resurrection has plenty of support; all you have to do is know how to present it.
The Old Testament was written in Arabic and Hebrew while the New Testament was written in Greek. Therefore it’s highly recommended by many theologians we should look at the Greek or Hebrew behind our confusions to find greater accuracy.
Take Home:
The Bible teaches that atheists are fools (Ps 14:1; Rom 1:28). Scripture denies that anyone can be a true atheist or agnostic. God has clearly revealed Himself to all, so that all know Him, although some suppress and deny that knowledge (Ps 19:1-3; Rom 1:16-23). Believers must confront atheists and agnostics, insist that they re-examine their presuppositions, and challenge them to respond appropriately to the Gospel. Such unbelievers will not be brought to faith by weighty arguments and logical discussions. They need to understand their sinfulness and their alienation from God, and they must be challenged to forsake their rebellion and to seek forgiveness from Christ. It may seem foolish to preach the gospel to those who reject the Bible, but the gospel message contains the power to convert the most earnest atheist.
“While walking through a field, one finds a watch on the ground. He naturally and rightly concludes that someone must have made it. Likewise, if one studies the more complex design in the natural world, he must conclude that there is a world Designer behind it.”
Go out there and preach truth and understanding with your new tools! PRAY ALWAYS!
A.R.H.

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