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by Thursday, 21 May 2015 11:11

Douglas Jacoby on Answering Skeptics: Minimizing the Word

We continue our series Answering Skeptics, moving on to possible responses when people minimize the Bible, pretending it's something it isn't.

by Wednesday, 13 May 2015 12:52

Q: Were the American Founding Fathers Christians?

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Were our founding fathers Christians? I tried to google this and I get secular answers and articles, saying that the founding fathers were deists not Christians.
by Wednesday, 13 May 2015 10:37

Douglas Jacoby on Answering Skeptics: Bible Changed?

Today we continue our series Answering Skeptics, moving on to what to say when people make various criticisms of the Bible, particularly why we should not trust it. Before we begin, however, a recap is in order.

by Sunday, 10 May 2015 19:21

Q: What Did Jesus Mean when He Called Humans "gods"?

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I've been listening the audios of the Evidence for Jesus classes [available at www.evidenceforchristianity.org].  Thank you very much for them. But I have a doubt about the claims of Jesus in John 10. Verses 34 to 36 are rather confusing for me. It says:     34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”'? 35 If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside—36 what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’?    I read Psalm 82 and I'm still confused. I understand it to mean that people who know the law or the truth (only Jews at that time, but perhaps it applies to us now) can be considered as gods, and Jesus is also a god, but a very special one--God's Son. Jesus' answer is not like : 'yes, I AM GOD' but more like: we all are gods...I'm a very special one. At least that's what I understood.   This is specially important for me because here on campus I have a Mormon friend who is inviting me to her church. She even gave me the Mormon book [the Book of Mormon, presumably]! I want to know how to answer their claim that we all can be gods...just in case...she has not used this scripture so far...not even any other, but when I read this I immediately thought of her.   Thank you very much in advance!
by Thursday, 07 May 2015 09:23

Douglas Jacoby on Answering Skeptics: Hypocrites!

I've been wrestling with faith issues for 40 years, trying to answer others' questions (and my own), and as a result have much to share. So in the coming months, we're going to explore the field of Christian evidences. Every suggestion in the series Answering Skeptics comes from actual conversations in my own evangelism. Each week we'll consider practical responses to common challenges from skeptics, atheists, and other critics of faith.

by Tuesday, 28 April 2015 12:07

Q: Could Jesus have Manipulated Circumstances to be the Messiah?

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Is it possible that your standard Jewish citizen of Roman Judea would have had foreknowledge of the Old Testament prophecies and planned to have fulfilled them with an intent? Would Jesus have done such a thing to manipulate the prophecies purposely in order to convince his followers and enemies that he was indeed the Christ and Son of God?
by Wednesday, 22 April 2015 11:58

Q: Does the Bible Support Infant Baptism?

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I have a question about Psalm 51:5.  In this passage David says “Surely I was sinful at birth, from the time my mother conceived me.” This scripture was used by a friend as an argument for infant baptism.  He claimed that babies do have sin because David said so in this passage. God says that he was sinful from birth. How should I respond to this? Is this just a smoke screen to defend the idea that faith is the only factor in salvation?   My friend does not see baptism as essential for salvation but believes that faith is the only essential factor.  Other things are just good that Christians should do.
by Wednesday, 22 April 2015 11:51

Q: Is the Origin of Christianity Based on a Myth?

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Hello, can you respond to R.G. Price's articles about the origin of Christianity?
by Wednesday, 22 April 2015 11:47

Q: Would Adam and Eve have been Physically Immortal if they Never Sinned?

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The idea has been brought to my attention in a Bible study that sin does not only inflict spiritual death but physical death as well.  Possible biblical support for this is that when God curses Adam and Eve for disobeying, He mentions that "from dust we came and to dust we will return."  However the person leading the Bible study said that before Adam and Eve sinned, they were going to live forever, what are your thoughts?
by Wednesday, 22 April 2015 11:43

Q: Can Salvation and the Holy Spirit be Received Before Baptism?

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In your post from April 5th, you state "Biblically, the only way we receive the indwelling Holy Spirit is at baptism (Acts 2:38). "  From Acts 10 it appears that salvation (receiving the Holy Spirit) comes before baptism (Acts 10:47), What is you response to this event?  In full disclosure, I hold to the latter view but I wanted to hear the response from your viewpoint.