Responding to “You Can’t ‘Prove’ or ‘Disprove’ God’s Existence”

Over the years I have heard hundreds of objections to the Christian faith on a major college campus. One of the most common objections I hear is that there is no way to ‘prove’ or ‘disprove’ God’s existence. Sadly, this can allow a person to punt to some form of lazy agnosticism. Thus, they are off the hook and can ignore the God question. When this comes up, I now ask students what they mean by ‘prove’ and then I ask them if they know the difference between deductive, inductive or abductive proof. Unless they have taken an intro to logic course, in most cases, they don’t know any of these terms. I don’t bring this up to be snarky. Nor do I do it to try to show them how smart I am.  Nor am I trying to use confusing terminology. I am simply trying to get them to think through what they mean by the word ‘proof.’ See our chart here.

Read more at: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/06/07/responding-to-you-cant-prove-or-disprove-gods-existence-2/

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How The Trinity Works In Our Salvation

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2019/06/03/how-the-trinity-works-in-our-salvation/

Is Absolute Refusal to Contemplate the Possible Existence of God Scientific?

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/rogereolson/2019/04/is-absolute-refusal-to-contemplate-the-possible-existence-of-god-scientific/

The Holy Spirit Is Not Casper the Friendly Ghost

When we hear people talking about the Holy Spirit, it’s not uncommon to hear people talking about the Holy Spirit in terms of an evangelical version of Casper the Friendly Ghost. At other points, evangelicals derail by putting all of their focus upon the Holy Spirit to the marginalization of Christ. When the Holy Spirit is cartoonized or overly emphasized and brought to the forefront of our worship—we grieve the Holy Spirit of God.

The Holy Spirit Is God

A proper understanding of the Holy Spirit is necessary in most evangelical circles today. John MacArthur has stated, “The Holy Spirit is the most forgotten, the most misrepresented, the most dishonored, the most grieved, the most abused, and the most blasphemed member of the Trinity.” That is a massive dose of reality concerning the present understanding of the Holy Spirit in our day.

Throughout the Bible we see various titles for the Holy Spirit:

  • Spirit of God
  • Spirit of Christ
  • Spirit of Grace
  • Spirit of the Lord
  • Spirit of Life
  • Spirit of Truth
  • Eternal Spirit
  • Comforter
  • Helper
  • The Holy Spirit
  • The Spirit

It should be noted that in the study of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit is no less God than the Father or the Son. As a member of the Godhead, he is co-equal and co-eternal. In other words, there has never been a time when the Holy Spirit did not exist. Therefore, with the proper understanding and reverence for the Holy Spirit, we should strive to live in such a way that does not “outrage the Spirit of grace” (Heb. 10:29). It is possible to live in such a way that “grieves the Holy Spirit of God” (Eph. 4:30). A life of holiness is our calling as Christians which prevents such grieving of the Spirit of God.

Read more: http://www.deliveredbygrace.com/the-holy-spirit-not-casper/

Yahweh, The God of Amen

One of the most interesting tittles of Christ in the New Testament in found in Revelation 3:14. In this text, Christ addresses himself to the church of Laodicea as “The Amen”:

“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the origin of God’s creation” (Revelation 3:14).

The title of Jesus, “the Amen” indicates that he is “the faithful and true” witness of God. In the book of Revelation the words “faithful and true” refer to the word of God (Revelation 21:5) and to the one who bearS witness to the word of God (Revelation 21:6). Because Christ is a true and faithful witness of God, Paul says that in him, all of God’s promises find fulfillment. Paul wrote, “For in him every one of God’s promises is a ‘Yes.’ For this reason it is through him that we say the ‘Amen,’ to the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 1:20).

According to Smith (2016: 80), when Jesus refers to himself as “the Amen,” this statement reflects an important truth which Jesus is trying to communicate to the believers in Laodicea, that is, that he “is to be trusted because of his unique identification and sharing of identity with God.” The biblical background for Jesus calling himself a faithful witness goes back to the notion that God and Israel being the ‘faithful witnesses’ to the new creation in Isaiah 43:10-12. In addition, as God’s “Amen,” Jesus is as reliable as his Father who is the God of “Amen.”

Continue: https://claudemariottini.com/2019/04/15/yahweh-the-god-of-amen/

Through Jesus We See God

https://musingsonscience.wordpress.com/2019/04/04/through-jesus-we-see-god/

6 Common Misconceptions About God’s Will

https://churchleaders.com/worship/worship-articles/166138-ruthie-dean-6-common-misconceptions-about-god-will.html