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by Thursday, 29 October 2015 08:50

Douglas Jacoby on Answering Skeptics: Jesus Christ (Part 3)

Recap: Skeptic questions 7-12

  • "Jesus often didn't act like a Christian." --  Jesus said and did many hard things, but they were always tempered with love.

  • "Jesus' divinity evolved."  -- Actually, every section of the N.T. points to him as Deity, from the earliest strata (from the early 30s) to the latest (in the 90s).

  • by Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:35

    Douglas Jacoby on Answering Skeptics: Jesus Christ (Part 2)

    Recap: Skeptics Challenges 1-6

    • "There's no proof Jesus even lived, apart from the Bible" -- False, disproved by a number of ancient Roman, Greek, Syrian, Jewish, and Christian sources.
    • "Jesus' original words were lost..." -- Actually, the process of oral tradition in ancient cultures was more than adequate to preserve the record of Jesus' words and deeds. Further, the Jews were renowned for their careful preservation of tradition, oral and written alike.
    • "The NT was written so long after Jesus' time that it has no historical value." -- The NT began to be written some 20 years after Pentecost, and a few sources cited in the NT go back to about 2 years before Pentecost!
    • "Jesus' limited knowledge proves he wasn't the Son of God." -- Jesus' incarnation meant emptying himself, including part of his knowledge. 
    • "Jesus taught the same things as other religious founders." -- Not so. Careful scholarship has shown us that the differences between religions far outweigh the similarities.
    • "In the 'missing years,' Jesus traveled to India, finding enlightenment at the feet of the Buddha." -- This is both implausible and impossible. Implausible because Jesus, the eldest of five brothers, would have had family responsibilities -- no time for a trip to India; impossible since the Buddha died 500 years earlier.
    by Thursday, 15 October 2015 15:58

    Douglas Jacoby on Answering Skeptics: Jesus Christ (Part 1)

    Following the customary recap of last week's article, we will begin a new topic, Christ. In particular, we want to gain wisdom in answering skeptics who dispute Jesus' claims, resurrection, and significance for our lives.

    The Answering Skeptics series: Hypocrisy, Scripture, Morality, Nonsense questions, God, Science, Suffering, Miracles, Christ, and Religion

    by Thursday, 08 October 2015 21:44

    Q: Are there Similarities Between the Bhagavad Gita and Bible?


    Thank you sir for answering my many questions.   My Hindu friend insists that the Bhagavad Gita is the best book ever, and gives so many answers to the questions of life.  Can you give me an answer as to why this book doesn't solve the problem of the sin of mankind?  Also, are there any similarities between this book and the Bible?
    by Thursday, 08 October 2015 20:04

    Douglas Jacoby on Answering Skeptics: Miracles

    Recap: The Cruciform Life

    • While there are many helpful biblical perspectives on the problem of suffering and evil -- and these smooth the way so that we can have faith -- true insight comes with personal experience of suffering.

    • There's pain in the plan. If I am to learn to love others, my own selfishness needs to be burned away. 

    • Christ shows us the way. As he carried the cross daily (not only to Calvary), we too are called to cruciform living. 

    The Answering Skeptics series: Hypocrisy, Scripture, Morality, Nonsense questions, God, Science, Suffering, Miracles, Christ, and Religion

    by Wednesday, 30 September 2015 10:41

    Douglas Jacoby on Answering Skeptics: The Cruciform Life

    This week, after our recap, we'll finish the Suffering series, which is the seventh topic in Answering Skeptics. Previous lessons may be found in the Newsletter section of the website.

    by Thursday, 24 September 2015 11:34

    Douglas Jacoby on Answering Skeptics: Evil & Suffering

    Today and next week, when we conclude our exploration of the problem of suffering, covering three things.

    by Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:28

    Douglas Jacoby on Answering Skeptics: If God is Good...?

    From the heady to the heartsy, the academic to the profoundly personal -- today we leave Science and enter the seventh area of evidences in Answering Skeptics. It's the most personal area the apologist must address -- not with an arsenal of intellectual ammunition, but with a disclosure of weakness, pain, and faith in a good God. First, a brief review of the last lesson, for those who missed it or would appreciate a refresher.

    by Friday, 11 September 2015 23:01

    Q: Did the New Testament Exist Before AD 356?


    Hello Dr Oakes. I am taking an early Judaism and Christianity course in university and I have a question about the Bible.  My teacher is very critical towards the New Testament writers and writings (as most are in the department of religion) and he told us in class the other day that the first complete New Testament didn't show up until 356 CE, over 300 years after Jesus. He talked briefly about how spread out the gap is (concluding that his disciples could have written what they wanted about him to make him look better than he was).  Is this date of 356 true? I did my own research and came across dates that were much earlier than 356. I had one at 110 AD.
    by Thursday, 10 September 2015 10:12

    Douglas Jacoby on Answering Skeptics: Evolution - Responses

    Recap: Evolution & Genesis

    Since last week's article had 19 points, please pardon me for restating only a handful at this time.