Monday, December 26, 2016

What Happens When We Divorce Faith from Reason?

Atheists, skeptics and critics attack Christianity saying that it is unreasonable. Faith, they say contradicts reason.  Many of us have heard their rhetoric, "Faith is a blind leap in the dark"; Faith requires one to check your brains at the door"; "Faith has been rendered meaningless in this age of science and reason."  Sadly more and more Christians sitting in our pews with doubts, week in and week out, have heard this rhetoric, and are slowly divorcing faith from reason.

This view is not consistent with historic Christianity, let alone biblical. The Early Church Fathers, the Medieval Scholars, and the Protestant Reformers believed that faith fits the biblical view of reason. In this posting, I want us to consider the reasonableness of faith, keeping in mind that our finite human intellect is not able to fully grasp infinite divine truth.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Why Did the Bible Include Certain Books and Not Others?

I have a good friend on (and outside of) Facebook who posted an apologetics video from my wall summarizing evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. This in turn sparked a conversation with one of his friends about the issue of which books were chosen to be included in the Bible.

This person's best defense was an appeal to the faulty sourced used on the National Geographic and History Channels with their presentations of historical documentaries on the Bible. Why didn't the History Channel and other programs daring to pontificate on the books of the Bible include solid evangelical scholarship?  The answer to that question still remains a mystery.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Do the Souls of Babies and Young Children Go to Heaven When They Die Too Early?

Incidents in recent news of a child being dragged into the lagoon at Disney World have sparked a great question from my daughter, which I am sure some may have asked or have yet to ask.  As we have seen in the media, the two year old child wanders away from their parents into an area of a lagoon that contained an alligator. As we read or heard on the news, the events of this situation were tragic in our hearing the the child lost their life. 

When my daughter and I were discussing this news piece this evening, it sparked in her mind a question, "did the child go to Heaven?" Whenever tragedy strikes, we often wonder where God is in the situation, and what about the victims?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

What are the practical implications of an atheistic worldview?

As I seek to get back into the game and hopefully get a "longer leash," I am thinking about starting up a "Thinkings Group" here in the Fredericksburg area. This idea came about from thinking on what to do to reach out to Christian parents, and students in helping them understand and respond to some important questions that every believer needs to learn to answer.

Natasha Crain provides these questions for us in her Christian Mom Thoughts Blog, in her posting from a couple plus years ago, 65 Apologetics Questions Every Christian Parent Needs to Learn to Answer.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

A Short Circumstantial Case for the Resurrection of Jesus

This time of year is a exciting because it is the high time where people are open to talk about the significance of Easter, according to their understanding. Some will want to draw us to talk up the chocolate bunnies, the marshmallow peeps, and hardboiled colored eggs all set in an Easter basket. But when that happens, I like to detract the conversation to what Easter is really all about. In fact, for me, it is my favorite holiday.

Why is this my favorite holiday?  It is my favorite holiday because, it was the resurrection of Jesus that "nailed it" for me as a skeptic, in becoming a follower of Jesus Christ, under the conviction of the Holy Spirit.  It is because Easter, ah hem, I mean RESURRECTION Sunday is about an empty tomb.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Is God a god of our imaginations?

Some folks might say, "Don't talk to me about the Bible. Of course they are going to say that there is a God. But what if God is just a creation based upon people's needs or imaginations so that they can feel like they are cared for?"  Those who have picked up this objection to the existence of God have been influenced by a strong intellectual current that has been around for the last couple of centuries.

It's origin comes from the influential German philosopher, Ludwig Feuerbach who pontificated this idea that God was made in the image of man, that God was a creation of the human mind. Sigmund Freud also contributed to this

Thursday, March 17, 2016

What Is Apologetics and Why Should We Do It?

Apologetics is the discipline that deals with a rational defense of Christian faith.  It comes from the Greek word apologia which means "to give a reason or "a rational defense."  The most important reason to do apologetics is that God has commanded us to do so.  

The classic statement in 1 Peter 3:15, which says, "But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect."-1 Peter 3:15.

This verse tells us to be ready. Being ready is not just a matter of having the right information available, it also entails that we are making Christ holy in the very seat of our emotions (our hearts). It is also conveys and encourages an attitude of readiness and eagerness to share the truth of what we believe. 

This is essential to both pre-evangelism as well as evangelism in the 21st post-modern culture we find ourselves in today. (Norman Geisler, Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, 37). The task of Christian apologetics is all but lost as a spiritual discipline in the church today. Richard Land, the President of Southern Evangelical Seminary, recently stated that one cannot do evangelism, church ministry, church planting, preaching, and teach Sunday school without undertaking in the task of Christian apologetics.  

Let's get together and start a "Thinklings" group to start talking about how we can better do evangelism and apologetics together.  Contact me either through Facebook or by email at roblundberg@me.com.