In recent days I am finding myself running into more and more professing atheists who state that there is no such thing as a "free will." Now I know that there are those on certain theological persuasions that might make the claim, but this is not what I am talking about.
What I am talking about is the view of atheism known at materialistic atheism. Those who embrace such a view would say that we are essentially "dancing to our DNA" and that everything is, for lack of a better word, "determined."
Many Christians sitting in pews have a skewed view of God and wonder if God really does answer prayer. Some might say that God does not answer my prayers, therefore He does not exist. This is often echoed by skeptics who often say that the reason they do not believe in God is the because they have not had their prayers answered.
Welcome to the Real Issue Podcast for 2018. Rob answers this question as well as two (2) questions from people who follow this ministry. StitcheriTunes
You don’t have to be a Christian very long to wonder or even ask yourself if God hears your prayers. Just this week, I was counseling a family who has a child that has declared themselves to be an “atheist” (so-called) that brought this issue up as a reason not to believe in God. But this is an experiential objection which runs amiss because of some other important issues in our understanding of God and His nature. That is why I thought it was important to write this posting.
At the same time, there are many in our pews today living in doubt over this issue of whether God hears us when we pray, which compounds their view of whether or not Christianity is relevant for their lives in today's culture. Without chasing a rabbit here, this is why the church, more than ever, needs to preach apologetically showing the relevancy of a relationship with God and walking in the Christian faith in a confused post-Christian culture.
The year 2017 hit a milestone in number of blog posts that we presented on The Real Issue Apologetics Ministry blog. We are thankful for our readership and for those who have listened in on our podcasts beginning this past April. We hope that 2018 will be a productive year with more outreach and inreach through our blog, our podcasts, and our coming resources in the not too distant future. Please keep us in prayer and ask the Lord how you might help support this ministry.
Of course this list could be larger but here are the posts that reached many of our readership and the social media!
With all the attacks on the New Testament over the last few years, I thought I would post the material again. However, before we "go there", many of the mythologies that claim to have "savior/virgin birth stories" are either forgeries, or fabrications that have been well after, even centuries of the prophecies and one hundred to two hundred years following the actual historical events. In either case, none of the mythology stories have a single shred of salvific value, since they were based on "myth."
For the last twenty years or so, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) has been a great influence in my apologetics ministry from the perspective of who they seek to reach, how they approach questions and how they address the question as one created in the image and likeness of God.
I had the chance to meet Ravi back in the mid to late 90's, as being a part of the Capital Area (NY) RZIM team which brought Ravi Zacharias in for a series of meetings. At that time, of meeting and sitting in meetings with Ravi speaking to us, I was hooked. He has become one of my distant mentors and heroes in the defense of the faith.