“To be ignorant and simple now—not to be able to meet the enemies on their own ground—would be to throw down our weapons and to betray our uneducated brethren who have, under God, no defense but us against the intellectual attacks of the heathen. Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.” –C.S. Lewis
Saturday, December 31, 2005
Friday, December 30, 2005
Jesus affirmed that the Bible was:
1. Without Error (John 17:17)
2. Historically Reliable (Matthew 12:40, 24:37-39)
Jesus affirmed as historically true some of the most disputed passages of the Old Testament, including the story of Jonah in the whale (Matthew 12:40), the destruction of the world by a flood in the days of Noah (Matt.24:37-39) , and others
3. Divinely Authoritative (Matthew 4:4-10)
4. Scientifically Accurate Regarding the Origin of Man (Matthew 19:4-5)
For example, when He taught on marriage He referred to the literal
creation of Adam and Eve (Matthew 19:4-5)
5. Infallible (John 10:35)
6. Indestructible (Matthew 5:18)
If Jesus was a prophet of God, as even the Quran teaches, or even if He was a good teacher (as so many are willing to believe today) it would be wise for us to take His Word on the matter.
1. Fulfilling hundreds of Old Testament prophecies
2. Performing numerous miracles
3. Living a sinless life
3. Resurrecting from the dead
It's one thing to make grandiose claims, it's another thing to back them up.
Thursday, December 29, 2005
1. Evil exists in the world.
2. Evil is a departure from the way things ought to be.
3. If there is a way things ought to be, there must be a designed plan (or designed standard) for the universe.
In his book, Handbook of Christian Apologetics, Peter Kreeft said, "the very fact of our outrage at evil is a clue that we are in touch with a standard of goodness by which we judge this world as defective, as falling drastically short of the mark” (p. 123).
4. There cannot be a designed plan for the universe without a designer of the universe.
5. Evil is mankind’s departure from this designer’s standard and that designer is God.
For more help on the compatibility of evil and suffering with a loving, all-powerful God, click here.
–The National Geographic Society, August 12, 1998. View actual document here.
–Philip Schaff (1819-1893), historian; The Person of Christ, 1913, pp. 29-30.
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Always Be Ready has this DVD on sale right now for just $14.95. Click here to see our DVD section. This is a great DVD to give to your Mormon friend, coworker, or family member. For more on Mormonism, we also have the DNA vs. THE BOOK OF MORMON DVD in stock, also produced by Living Hope Ministries. You can read more about it when you view our DVD selection. God is using both of these resources to lead many Mormons out of darkness and into the light.
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
"A woman who used a butcher knife to beat a Jehovah's Witness who knocked on her door on Christmas Day was sentenced to three months in jail....The Jehovah's Witness had shown up at Infusino's [the woman with the knife] apartment by mistake and was looking for a neighbor who was interested in the religion. She apologized for the error and tried to leave, but Infusino grabbed her by the hair and pulled her into the apartment."
Do you need help with witnessing to Jehovah's Witnesses? Click on the JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES link on ABR's homepage www.AlwaysBeReady.com.
Sean Hannity (a conservative Christian talkshow host for Foxnews) wants to help expose liberal propaganda and intimidation by university professors. Here is an excerpt from World Net Daily who has an article on this today. Sean said, "All you college kids out there, check your state laws, check your campus laws...Get your little tape recorders if legal, and I want you to start recording these left-wingers. Bring it to this program [Sean's radio program] and we'll start airing it every single time on this program....whenever you have the left-wing professors that are abusive to conservatives, that degrade you, that call you names, that use ad-hominem attacks, that are punishing you for your political point of view, that are purposely trying to indoctrinate you with extremist left-wing views – if it is legal, tape them. If it is not legal, take verbatim notes, get witnesses, bring these articles to the school newspapers, bring it to the local media. Expose these people for the abusive professors that they are, and I guarantee you when there's a series of these instances where we expose these people, I guarantee you this indoctrination process is going to stop dead in its tracks....Fear is a great motivator, and the fear that these left-wingers are going to get fired or be held accountable for their mean-spirited comments against people or their indoctrination is going to be the single-biggest motivation we ever see to get them to stop doing what they're doing to college kids around the country." Read the entire article here.
Monday, December 26, 2005
Reading this article, I was again reminded of the importance of parents training their kids, from a young age, to know why they believe what they believe. Many parents, who simply tell their kids what to believe, are brought to tears when their college-age kids walk away from the Lord. Do you have young kids? Do you have grandkids? Look for opportunities to talk to them about some of the evidences for God's existence, the trustworthiness of the Bible, etc. Do you need help preparing or learning about some of those evidences? See our notes on our main page at www.AlwaysBeReady.com.
Sunday, December 25, 2005
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Friday, December 23, 2005
To see a list of scientists who are critical of Darwinian evolutionary theory click here (pdf file).
Thursday, December 22, 2005
When you see a painting on a wall, what proof do you need to establish the fact that a painter exists? Nothing else besides the painting itself. The painting is absolute proof that there was a painter. You don’t need to see the painter to believe that he exists. The painting is all the evidence you need. The painting would not be there if the painter didn’t exist. And so it is with the universe. The existence of the universe itself proves absolutely that there is a creator.
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1. The pottery that housed the manuscripts
2. The weave and pattern of the manuscript cloths
3. The form of the characters
4. The spelling of the words
5. The coins found alongside the manuscripts
6. They also used Carbon-14 Dating
For more on the reliability of the Bible, click here.