Why Study Islam?

A Broadcast with James Anderson

Islam is one of the world’s fastest-growing religions. Today, James Anderson explains why it’s important for Christians to understand what Muslims believe.

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Here’s Why Jesus Never Said “I Am God” In The Bible

 

In the Bible we never read any verse where Jesus says the words, “I am God.”

However, this does not mean that Jesus never claimed to be God. If he never claimed to be God, then his public enemies would have never crucified him for blasphemy. What is “blasphemy”? It’s when a person claims to be God.

A lot of people try to argue that Jesus never claimed to be God. They will say something like, “Where is the Bible verse for him claiming he was God?” Sometimes Christians will then get stumped with such a question because they can’t find the exact sentence where Jesus says, “I am God,” and so he must not have said it. But it’s right in the Bible!

In the Gospel of John, we are told that the Jews immediately took up stones to throw at Jesus when he said the following statement: “Before Abraham was, I AM” (Jn 8:58). In those days, you got stoned for blasphemy, for claiming to be God. People don’t try to kill you or crucify you if you claim to be a really good person or a nice guy. I mean, they don’t even try to kill you for being crazy! They will, however, slaughter you in cold blood for claiming to be God.

When Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I AM,” he was claiming to be God. His language echoes that time when God revealed himself to Moses in the burning bush (Exodus 3:14). God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” The Greek Bible, called the Septuagint, translates this as “I Am the Being,” and Jesus’s statement here confirms this teaching. At the very end of the Bible, in Revelation, John puts it like this:

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Rev. 1:8)

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” (Rev 22:13)

Therefore, what Jesus means is not simply that he came before Abraham in some pre-existent state, but that he created Abraham. Jesus was claiming to be the very God of Israel, the Creator of the universe as described in the Old Testament. If this wasn’t his claim, then his opponents never would have killed him for it.

They also wouldn’t have accused him of making himself out to be God—if he wasn’t saying that he was God. The Jews actually told Jesus, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God” (Jn 10:33). The trouble with the question is that we are trying to read an ancient text as if it were written today. Jesus isn’t answering our question, though; he was answering theirs. He spoke in a specific way to a specific group of people who understood exactly what he said. Jesus was, and is, God.

Nicholas Davis

Nicholas Davis is lead pastor of Redemption Church (PCA) in San Diego, California. Nick has worked for White Horse Inn for several years, has contributed to Modern Reformation and other places, and is a writer for Core Christianity. Nick and his wife, Gina, have three sons. He blogs at nicholasmartindavis.com. Connect with Nicholas on Twitter @MundaneMinister.

Dear Mormon—I Can’t Call You a Brother in Christ

https://churchleaders.com/outreach-missions/outreach-missions-articles/337174-dear-mormon-i-cant-call-you-a-brother-in-christ-josh-buice.html

“Four Big Bangs” That Kill Atheism

http://iapologia.com/the-four-big-bangs-that-kills-atheism/

Colossians 2:8 Does Not Condemn Philosophy

Some well-meaning but very misinformed Christians discourage the study of philosophy on the basis of a verse in Colossians chapter 2. In Colossians 2:8, the apostle Paul wrote: “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits[a] of the world, and not according to Christ.” This verse has become the chief proof-text for anti-philosophy Christians. In fact, even the famous reformed preacher John MacArthur argued against philosophy using this text. In The MacArthur Study Bible, he wrote “You know what philosophers are? They’re doodlers with words instead of pencils. They just make a whole lot of verbal squiggles. Colossians 2:8 says this: ‘Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy.’” Unfortunately, this verse has been majorly misinterpreted.

KEEP THE TEXT IN ITS CONTEXT

Read more: http://cerebralfaith.blogspot.com/2018/10/colossians-28-does-not-condemn.html

Your One Best Answer to People Who Say Jesus Never Existed (And Other Skeptical Claims)

https://stream.org/best-answer-people-who-say-jesus-never-existed/

 

Then read:

Hostile Ancient Non-Biblical Testimony Related To Jesus Confirms The Gospel Accounts

https://www.thepoachedegg.net/2018/10/hostile-ancient-non-biblical-testimony-related-to-jesus-confirms-the-gospel-accounts-2.html

12 Types Of Truth The Scientific Method Cannot Prove

By Travis Stockelman

Today, I was listening to an individual speak. Much of his speech was uncontroversial. However, he made a couple of claims that are demonstrably false. One of these claims was that science can explain everything by the scientific method. I found this interesting, since the scientific method deals specifically with phenomena and theories that can be observed and tested. I was reminded immediately of the debate between William Lane Craig and Peter Atkins, in which Atkins made this very point, only to be refuted by William Lane Craig. Dr. Craig listed 5 types of truth that science cannot explain:

1. Logical and Mathematical Truths
As Dr. Craig points out, science presupposes the existence of logical and mathematical truths so that to try to use science to explain them would be to argue in a circle. Anything that science presupposes cannot itself be explained by the scientific method, or else you will be guilty of this logical fallacy.
2. Metaphysical Truths
The example that Dr. Craig gave was the truth that the earth was not created 5 minutes ago with the appearance of age. Again, the scientific method makes metaphysical assumptions and therefore cannot be used to prove or disprove these assumptions.
3. Ethical Truths

Read on at: https://www.thepoachedegg.net/2018/03/12-types-of-truth-the-scientific-method-cannot-prove.html