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  1. Thanks Marilyn! I got the 12 points for Dr. Norman Geisler. You can view his overview here http://apologeticsevangelism.com/2016/12/26/norman-geisler-12-points-show-christianity-true/ It's interesting to see all the responses in this thread. I appreciate your feedback. Marry Christmas! Dylan
  2. Hi Noone, I like your beach analogy. And I can see what you're saying. But at the same time, you are using distinct terms to describe reality. You are using distinctions to explain non-duality. That's self defeating because you are using distinctions to claim that distinctions don't exist. It's impossible to escape distinctions in reality. And that fact points to my second step - the opposite of truth is false....
  3. Hi Mark, No, I've not spoken to him in years. His real name was Jeremy. He told me that the day he believed in Christ and handed me his satanic bible. Your'e right, the recidivism rate is extremely high. But I hope that he was truly saved and is out following Christ now!
  4. Thanks Mark! Great feedback. Thanks for the comment, and I love Ravi too! He's such a master at being loving and respectful while he breaks opposing ideas apart. Such a good example to follow. And thanks for checking out the podcast! It's new but I hope it blesses a lot of people and equips them to talk about the gospel more.
  5. Simple Jeff, to affirm something means to "assert or maintain as true." In other words, every time Jesus or the disciples preached the gospel they affirmed the truth of Scripture. And here's some specific references that teach us to reason with others about Christian faith. 1 Peter 3:15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; 2 Corinthians 10:5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, Colossians 4:5-6 Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. Acts 6:8-10 And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people. But some men from what was called the Synagogue of the Freedmen, including both Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and some from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and argued with Stephen. But they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking. Acts 18:4 And he was reasoning in the synagogue every Sabbath and trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. Titus 1:9 holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. Acts 18:28 for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, demonstrating by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ. Acts 17:22-31 So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, "Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. "For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, 'TO AN UNKNOWN GOD ' Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. "The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; read more. Acts 19:8-10 And he entered the synagogue and continued speaking out boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God. But when some were becoming hardened and disobedient, speaking evil of the Way before the people, he withdrew from them and took away the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus. This took place for two years, so that all who lived in Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks. Acts 28:17-31 After three days Paul called together those who were the leading men of the Jews, and when they came together, he began saying to them, "Brethren, though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. "And when they had examined me, they were willing to release me because there was no ground for putting me to death. "But when the Jews objected, I was forced to appeal to Caesar, not that I had any accusation against my nation. read more.
  6. Hey guys, I'm continuing my series on "12 Steps that Show Christianity is True." This episode deals with a very touchy subject. Namely, when we affirm one view we deny another. Here's the podcast Episode from my podcast, Apologetics Evangelism. https://apologeticsevangelism.podbean.com/e/episode-014-12-steps-that-show-christianity-is-true-part-2-the-opposite-of-truth-is-false/?token=803fd71b071874441728979d886c1440 Feedback welcome! Dylan
  7. Hey everyone, thanks for the great feedback. Here's my podcast episode dedicated to this subject. I used your feedback to fuel my response! LATEST PODCAST: Truth about Reality is Knowable! (It's Undeniable) http://apologeticsevangelism.podbean.com/e/episode-013-step-one-truth-about-reality-is-knowable-its-undeniable/?token=5d7c26d74ee36cae3346c4871af1ec30
  8. Noone, This is very helpful to me - to hear your perspective. I'm a Christian now but used to be a raging skeptic. Are there any specific philosophers who have helped you form this perspective? I'd like to look into their work for an upcoming podcast and article I am writing. Dylan
  9. Missmuffet, I totally understand where you are coming from. "Proof" can't lead people to believe in Jesus. Only the holy spirit can do that. However, giving reasons for the faith is something we are commanded to do in Scripture. We are commanded to "Always be ready to give an answer for the hope that is within you..." (1 Pet. 3:15) We are commanded to "demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the very knowledge of God." (2 Cor. 10:5) We are commanded to "contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints." (Jude 3) Paul reasoned with people about the gospel (Acts 17:16-17) Paul refuted those who opposed the truth (Titus 1:9) Paul commanded false teaches to be rebuked (Titus 1:13) Jesus refuted false teachings constantly (Matt. 15:6-9) Paul said he was set apart for the "defense and confirmation of the gospel" The word "defense" is the word apologia. It means to make a reasoned argument. It's where we get the word apologetics from. God teaches us to engage in apologetics, to give reasons, and to reason with people the way Jesus and the apostle Paul did. And Paul's two biggest proofs were fulfillment of Scripture and Jesus' resurrection from the dead. Almost every sermon Paul preached in Acts, you can see him using these two proofs. Dylan
  10. 12 Steps that Show Christianity is True Here's a Twelve Step argument for the Truth of Christianity. This is adapted from an Apologetics workbook by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek. Truth about reality is knowable. The opposite of true is false. It is true that a theistic God exits. If God exists, then miracles are possible. Miracles can be used to confirm a message from God (i.e., as an act of God to confirm a word from God). The New Testament is historically reliable. The New Testament says Jesus claimed to be God. Jesus' claim to be God was miraculously confirmed by" His fulfillment of many prophecies about Himself; His sinless and miraculous life; His prediction and accomplishment of His resurrection from the dead. Therefore, Jesus is God. Whatever Jesus (who is God) teaches is true. Jesus taught that the Bible is the Word of God. Therefore, it is true that the Bible is the Word of God (and anything opposed to it is false). I will deal with each point in my Christian Apologetics podcast, Apologetics Evangelism. You can listen to my apologetics podcast on iTunes by clicking here. Or, you can listen on Podbean, my podcast website.
  11. Hey guys, I recently hosted a podcast talking about a "Works based gospel" which is false. Since we are saved by GRACE through FAITH, I wanted to dig into this false gospel. Here's a link to the episode if you want to listen: http://apologeticsevangelism.podbean.com/e/episode-010-the-works-based-gospel-exposed/?token=11370e41c312cb6ab59c6faf71719577 Question: What are some reasons you can give to debunk a "works based" salvation? Thanks, I will include your answers in Part 2 of the podcast.
  12. Not all gospel messages are created equal. A god-shaped hole, a wonderful plan, and many others get pitched by well meaning Christians. What have you heard (or believed) that drifts from the gospel outlined in Romans, and by Paul in 1 Cor. 15??? Here's a podcast I did on this subject. Feedback welcome! http://apologeticsevangelism.podbean.com/e/episode-009-what-version-of-the-gospel-are-you-sharing/?token=9aa4ba458984739921bc97f1a4d4f2e2
  13. http://apologeticsevangelism.podbean.com/ It can also be found on iTunes and Google Play. Thanks for the feedback!
  14. Hi Siegi, Good questions on the uncaused cause. Logically, your thought can't be uncaused because it flowed from your mind. The only way to have an uncaused cause is to have something (or someone) who is outside of every cause and effect relationship. Something (or someone) who has no beginning or end. Someone who never came to be. Someone outside of the entire created or caused world. That thing (or God) would have to be everlasting, with no beginning or end. They would also need to have incredible power to cause everything else. They would also need amazing wisdom and intellect. This all points to a theistic God. Maybe not necessarily the Christian God but a theistic God. If you then think about that God being personal and benevolent, then you have either the christian, Jewish, or Muslim God. And if that God is personal enough to introduce Himself in our historical experience, then you have Jesus Christ. He claimed to be the visible form of the invisible God.
  15. Very true, but it's in his nature to separate us. He prowls around like a roaring lion. Lions like to get the stragglers that are separate from the herd. It's hard for him to get people insnared when they have close relationships with other believers. But if we stand aloof and don't get deep with other believers, we are playing into his tactics.
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