Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Significance and Importance of the Virgin Birth of Jesus



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."

Friday, December 15, 2017

"Why Jesus is Unique" Conclusion and Series Links


Why is it that when Christmas and Resurrection Sunday come around the tabloids "go monkeys" on Jesus' birth or resurrection (respectively).  Depending on the holiday, the respective journals put their spin on the virgin birth or the empty tomb, trying to find ways to explain it away or water it down.

Many of us may already be seeing the magazines at the check out counter where the cover title of the journal has as feature article a catchy title referring to Jesus' significance to the Christmas holiday.  To give you an illustration of this, National Geographic has come out with the latest edition, "50 of the Most Influential Figures in the Bible" as their response to gaining a readership during this Christmas season.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Series Part V: The Uniqueness of Jesus in Contrast to Muhammad


by Rob Lundberg

With the rise of Islam in many parts of the world, and with many Muslims coming to the United States, it is important to note that there are some major differences between Muhammad, the founder of the world religion known as Islam, and Jesus of Nazareth.  In this final posting of this series, I want to be fair to my Muslim readers, but at the same time, I want to let you and them know that I have an unwavering belief in Jesus as the Son of God, which is something that my Muslim readers  refuse to see.

In this posting, I will share my understanding of who the Prophet Muhammad, what he did to forward the Muslim faith and then share how Jesus of Nazareth is superior to Muhammad. If you are thinking that I am going to ridicule Muhammad

Monday, December 11, 2017

Series Part IV: The Uniqueness of Jesus in Contrast to the Gurus of Hinduism

As we move through this series on why Jesus is superior to all of the religious figures and religious leaders we find that when we encounter Jesus, we find He addresses the deepest recesses of the heart, the soul and the mind.  That being said, we come now to addressing this question with reference to the gurus of the Hindu religion. The Hindu religion had its earliest beginnings sometime about 2000 B.C.  The tribes living in the Indus Valley of northern India had a polytheistic religion that was primarily rooted in the occult. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Series Part III: The Uniqueness of Jesus in Contrast to Buddha

Whether we realize it or not, people today from the West are taking a look at, and embracing some of the varying forms of Buddhism. Celebrities like Richard Gere, Orlando Bloom, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson, along with others are some of the influencers that are attracting people to this eastern world religion.  This posting will take a brief look at the key figure of Buddhism and examine him with the life and work of Jesus and show three key points on why Jesus is superior to "the Buddha."

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Series Part II: The Uniqueness of Jesus in Contrast to Socrates

Socrates is coined by some as the father of philosophy.  Interestingly enough some well meaning Christian brothers and sisters, for some reason, have an aversion to philosophy. But being a "worldview guy," these same folks do not realized that they are living out a "philosophy of life," a worldview. 

Colossians 2:8, "See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ" (NASB).  You see the Christian worldview is based upon the worldview (philosophy) of Jesus Christ. 

So we don't need to be afraid of the word "philosophy" and thinking.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Series: Part I: The Uniqueness of Jesus in Contrast to Moses

Many of the world religions have a view of who Jesus is and what He taught. Even the religion that is the closest companion to the Christian faith, Judaism, has a view of about the person of Jesus. Was He just a great rabbi who was misguided?  Was He just a good man.  

Not too long ago, I had a conversation with a fellow who had these views of Jesus. In that conversation  he shared with me that he thought that Jesus was nothing more than a great teacher or a great mystic. What I want to do is open this first comparison and contrasting post is address the one who is as close to the Christian faith as one can get. In fact, this person even appeared with Elijah at Jesus' transfiguration. That personality is Moses.  

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Series Introduction: Jesus in the Light of Other Philosophical and Religious Figures

If you were driving down the road and saw with bumper stickers on the back of a car that said "COEXIST" and "TOLERANCE" written in the symbolism of some of the major religious world views, how does that make you feel?  I am sure it would make you wonder whether or not the person driving really did not know what they believed about anything. That is because all religions in their mind are all true. (Psst, they're not). They can all be wrong, but they cannot all be right.

Do you know that the bumper sticker is hypocritical because

Friday, November 24, 2017

Open Forum: How did we get just 66 books of the Bible?

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by Rob Lundberg

Introduction.


A few years ago, I was a guest speaker at an Apologetics Focus Sunday, promoted by a nearby local church here in Virginia. I must say that it was a long day for me, but a  delightful and energetic time for all who participated.

What made it interesting is that I gave five presentations, one in the form of a Sunday School lesson, one in the form of a sermon, and three other talks that would later be followed up by a Question and Answer session.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

What Are the Essentials of Biblical Christianity?

by Rob Lundberg

The other day my daughter and I were having a conversation about some of the basic essentials of the historical faith, what it teaches and what some groups within the array of Christian faith believe. What are the common teachings that bring us together when it comes to embracing this faith known as biblical Christianity?


To give you an abstract illustration allow us to imagine that we have a bowl of M&M's but I tell you that there are a few candy coated pieces of cyanide in the same bowl.  Would you dive into those M&M's.  Here is another illustration.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Bankruptcy of Atheism

by Rob Lundberg

When you look at the title, you might be saying, "Hey Rob, what do you mean that atheism is a bankrupt worldview?" First off what prompted this topic for this posting is from finding a meme asking this same question on a Facebook apologetics group.  The meme asked, "Is Atheism Impossible?" This can be taken a couple of ways.

One way is in the thinking that it is hard to win an atheist to believe in the existence of God and the become a follower of Jesus Christ, God in human flesh. The other way is to look at this from the angle of two terms in the question, "atheism" and ideologically bankrupt."  Here is the approach that I wish to take on this subject since there are those a whole lot philosophically astute who have written on this, like Dr. William Lane Craig.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

A Biblical Look at Doing Apologetics

This post is a follow up to my previous entry on a biblical view of apologetics. At the National Conference on Christian Apologetics, there was a discussion on the starting point of apologetics. What seemed like a good start, the discussion turned into a debate on why the Young Earth view was better than the Old Earth view, which was not the intended topic for the discussion since both participants in the discussion (Ken Ham and Dr. Richard Howe) were proponents of the young Earth position, for different reasons.

While which specific methodology is the best, it will not be the topic of this posting. This is because the temptation with apologetics is to offer set answers to set questions.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Biblical Look at Apologetics

Not too long ago there was a running thread on my Facebook wall about being dumbfounded about why Christians see apologetics as an unnecessary discipline in the Christian life and witness. That posting created what I call "blog fodder" which is now prompting me write this post after about a week of study, and research.  So what I would like to present here is a biblical understanding of apologetics from 1 Peter 3:15 and how it relates to contemporary evangelism. 

This posting is going to address the definition of apologetics rooting it firmly as a spiritual discipline indispensable to and indivisible from evangelism in a post-Christian America. 

This is going to be a two part presentation, where in the second part, I am going to bring in how we are to engage in apologetics. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Multiple Worldview Disorder (MWD) in Culture and the Church

by Rob Lundberg, Staff Apologist

Over the past few years I have been writing on the subject of the competing worldviews to biblical Christianity. Whether one wants to recognize this or not, every person, including you the reader, has a worldview. What is a worldview? James Sire in his classic book, The Universe Next Door puts it this way,
“a worldview is a commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set of presuppositions (assumptions, that may be true, partially true, or false) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously) about the basic constitution of reality, and that provides that foundation on which we live and move and have our being.”[1]
This past weekend at the Donors Banquet kicking off our Ratio Christi Symposium,

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism: What is It and How Can We Respond to this Phenomenon?

A couple of years ago one of my students in our chapter confessed that he had been experiencing some difficulties at home. Much of problem was a misunderstanding about being a well behaved young adult (college student) living under their parents roof.  However their thinking also revealed that they were questioning their understanding of God and whether God really cared and intervened in their life. What that person told me was that they were living more along the lines of a deistic understanding of how God operates in our lives.

As I think about where we are in our culture

Monday, September 25, 2017

Are 2 Samuel 24:1 and 1 Chronicles 21:1 Contradictory?

Sometimes the Bible presents what seems to be contradictions in the histories of the Old Testament. One such case are the passages of 2 Samuel 24:1 and 1 Chronicles 21:1 which respectively tell us, What is the problem? Well, how can a passage claiming that God moved David to number Israel be not a contradiction to a similar passage in 1 Chronicles 21:1 which claims that it was Satan who caused David to number Israel?  Are these passages problematic?

Here are the passages and let's work this through.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Remembering Nabeel Qureshi April 13, 1983 - September 16, 2017

April 13, 1983-September 16, 2017

Nabeel Qureshi died of cancer yesterday (Saturday) morning. I did not know him as well as those in the RZIM community, the Houston Baptist faculty and the folks at Biola. 

However I am thankful for the privilege having the opportunity to be a break out speaker in 2010, when he and his pastor hosted a regional apologetics conference as a youth minister at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church and conversing with him about his and David Wood's experiences at the Dearborn Arab Festival.  I had a short visit with him a few times at the National Apologetics Conference, particularly the year that he shared his testimony and why he wrote Seeking Allah and Finding Jesus.  

He will be greatly missed by many.  Please continue to pray for his wife, Michelle, and their daughter Ayah.  

There are some wonderful posts out there in the blogosphere. Allow me to recommend this article from The Stream by Tom Gilson.  Also, Ravi Zacharias has written a wonderful testimony of Nabeel's impact with RZIM for  the Washington Post.  Also Justin Taylor from the Gospel Coalition has written a wonderful article on Nabeel's life.

His writing, his preaching and speaking and his fellowship in the apologetics world will be sorely missed. He impacted many in the church to reach out to Muslims and defend their faith with the gentleness and respect we are called to do. This young man's legacy will continue to impact many because of the many lives that he touched. Ravi Zacharias stated that it was tens of thousands. 

This is not good bye, Nabeel. This we'll see you later and soon.  

Rob

Addendum:

For those of you who may have missed the service, you can also read the gleanings by Ravi Zacharias who gave Nabeel's eulogy.  It is found online in the Christianity Today  What Ravi Zacharias Said at Nabeel Qureshi’s Funeral.  Please continue to pray for Nabeel's wife Michelle, their daughter Ayah Fatima, and Nabeel's Mother and Father and his sister who are both Muslims.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

What Can Apologetics Do and Why Do Apologetics?

We are fast approaching the Apologetics Awareness Week (September 10-17) and I have shared with you somethings about the purpose and the importance of apologetics. My previous post was about what apologetics cannot do without the aide of the Holy Spirit.  In this post I want to do double duty in sharing with you about what apologetics can do and why we should do apologetics.

First off we need to understand why we do apologetics apart from the Scriptures commanding us to give a reason for the hope that we have.

Friday, September 8, 2017

What Apologetics Cannot Do

We have a few more days before the beginning of the Apologetics Awareness Week (Sept 10-17).  Be sure to check out your local LifeWay stores to find if and when there will be a workshop during the week. The Tuesday event is a workshop that will be held by a staff member of the LifeWay store walking the participants through the free Apologetics workbook. Make sure that if you have thought of learning about apologetics, these events might be a good activity to whet your appetite.

In this post, I want to share with you about four (4) things that apologetics cannot do.  Let's address them and get to the real issue.  Tomorrow's post will be on the things that apologetics can do as we wrap up the week of posts.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

What is the Goal of Apologetics?

As we continue some short posts in preparation for next week's nationwide Apologetics Awareness Week (Sept 10-17), I am often told by folks who really don't understand the goal of apologetics or the purpose of apologetics that apologetics is divisive. Many think it is about winning an argument.  But this posting is going to show that apologetics has a broader purpose than winning a debate in a formal setting, or demolishing arguments or giving reason.

The goal of apologetics, in a one to one conversation should be evangelism. No way! Really? Yes. Really!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Why is Apologetics Important and Necessary?

Continuing on as we approach the Apologetics Awareness Week, let me share with you why I believe apologetics is very important and very necessary for Christians and for the Church today. Here is my "ugly statement." Believers who would like to be effective in their evangelism and discple-making must understand three reasons why apologetics is important and necessary for Christians and the Church. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Apologetics Awareness Week, September 10-17

Apologetics Awareness Week is next week!  What is Apologetics Awareness Week?  The purpose of Apologetics Awareness Week - September 10-17, 2017 - is two fold.  First it is to motivate and inspire Christians to promote apologetics in their local area, online, and within their sphere of influence.  

Second it is to unite the apologetics community in promoting rational faith in the church, Christian schools, and throughout the culture. You can help with this effort by networking intentionally, particularly through social media during this week. And don’t forget the power of personal, face-to-face communication, especially with your church’s leadership.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thoughts About the Tragedy in Charlottesville

By Rob Lundberg

This past weekend—both Saturday and Sunday is a bit of a blur for me due to my job schedule and environment, which puts me only hearing about the Charlottesville rally and the the tragic incidents that occurred there this past weekend.  While I am still piecing things together, what I do understand is that white nationalists that include neo-Nazis and other hate groups staged a rally in Charlottesville this weekend. 

And the perception is that it was a rally intended to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee.  Confederate flags were flying high at the protest. Then, in the early afternoon, some “thug” rammed his car into some of the counter-protesters, killing one woman and injuring dozens of others.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Your Worldview Makes World of Difference

A few years ago, the Barna Research Group came out with a startling statistic showing only 10 percent of Americans, who profess to be Bible believing Christians,  actually hold what is to be considered a biblical worldview. Even more startling is the fact that the American Culture and Faith Institute did a survey where the findings showed that 7 out of 10 Americans who call themselves Christians, but relatively few were able to answer fundamental questions about the Bible and what Christians believe.

What I would like to share in this post is something that I think is very important, if we are going to impact our culture for the Christ with the gospel. That is understanding that our worldview in general, and living out a biblical worldview in particular which makes a difference and has a direct impact on our witness for Christ.[1]

Friday, July 21, 2017

Pope Francis Says "We're All Children of God" If He Says It, then It Must be True. Right? Not Quite!

A few days ago I saw an undated article on one of the Apologetics boards to which I am periodically contributing my posts. I will be sharing this post on there as a response to a statement made by Pope Francis about how God is the Father of all of us.  
Unfortunately, many people who concur with the papacy's proclamations, blindly think that whenever the pope says something on religious matters then it must be true. But is the pope right?

Monday, July 17, 2017

What Influences Our Kids to Walk Away?

One of the main reasons I believe apologetics is necessary for the church is due to the church not  addressing the exodus of our young people in the church. I don't want to sound accusatory right out of the gate, but I am not sure the church thinks there is a problem. As I shared with you in my last post, there is a rampant anti-intellectualism in the church across America, and we are seeing the manifestation of that anti-intellectualism through a high casualty count that I will address in a moment with our kids going off to college. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Can You Test the Existence of God Like You Can Test Air?


The other day I received an email in our ministry inbox from an anti-theist. The reason I say anti-theist is because the person would be considered a lightweight in contrast to folks like Michael Ruse, John Gray, Alex Rosenberg, Kai Neilsen, or Brian Lieter.  

The purpose for emailing me was to take me on about something that I said in the Truth Matters program I was on back in March of this year. As it has been the case ever since I stopped allowing comments on my YouTube video, I get these humorous accusations from anti-theists telling me that I am dishonest and afraid of the dialogue. 

The real reason is that I don't like having to follow the venomous vitriolic rabbit trail seeking someone who wants to have a civil exchange. This is the reason why I have an email at the end of the videos, so as to give an opportunity for the viewer to contact us. By the way, I always welcome comments (so long as they abide by our comment policy) at the bottom or sending an email. I promise to keep it cordial.

Monday, June 5, 2017

If God Made the Universe Then Who Made God?

Have you ever been involved in a conversation with a skeptical co-worker or a friend who has asked you this question: "If God made the universe then who made God?" Let's get to the real issue of this objection for God's existence by looking a three of understandings for answering it.

First, this objection makes a categorical mistake. It would be like asking, "How does your favorite song smell?" It just does not make sense, does it? This objection is often asked by those who are fans of the famed atheist, Bertrand Russell who once said, "It everything must have a cause then God must have a cause."  But everything does not need to have a cause.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Quick Answers to the BIG 4 Objections to the Christian Faith

Having been involved in the realm of apologetics for quite a few years now. there are several objections or questions that come to the forefront over and over again. These objections impact in one way or another what I call the BIG FOUR: 1) the matter of whether or not truth is absolute or relative; 2) God's existence; 3) Biblical authority; and 4) the credibility and historicity of Jesus' resurrection.  In this post I would like to just provide for you some quick responses so that you can keep them at your fingertips or in a folder and refer back to them when you need them.  Also I pray that what is provided here, will put you in a mode to research and reinforce these quick answers. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Contemplative Prayer, is it Biblical?

One of my favorite disciplines under the umbrella of theology is the what is called contemporary theology.  Marrying this to the style of apologetics, to the beginnings of my journeying into apologetics, I was involved in what would be called today, counter cult apologetics. If you think of it, contemporary theology and cult movements in our culture really make for an interesting blog post. This is where I want to begin a series on what is called the New Apostolic Reformation.  Before I do that, I want address what I consider to be the "initial camel in the tent" which led to this new wave in modern Christendom.[1] That "camel" is what is known as contemplative prayer.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Misusing Isaiah 55:11 in Support of Evangelism to the "Happy Pagan"

You don’t believe the Word of God if you don’t start your evangelism with the Bible! God’s Word will not return void! Just give 'em the gospel and if they don't want to listen, oh well!” This was told to me by a well-meaning Christian college student after one of our club meetings this year. 

First off, as one who believes in the inerrancy of Scripture, the sufficiency of Scripture, the 
perspicuity of Scripture[1], and its preservation and protection by God, I find this objection rather misguided. Misguided because the verse we will address is taken out of context. Secondly as one who has attended and engaged a few atheist rallies up in D.C., and having dialogued with a handful of skeptics here in the ‘Burg, I find this objection from well meaning believers very disheartening.

Monday, May 1, 2017

A Short Q and A About the Matter of Apologetics Today


Last week we finished our semester meetings with Ratio Christi at Germanna. As many of you know, Ratio Christi is a campus apologetics alliance equipping students to give reasonable answers to their Christian faith. But as Christian clubs go, there is always someone who has questions about apologetics or has an opinion about what the nature and understanding of apologetics.  

What is apologetics and is there only one way of understanding of apologetics? This posting is going to take a question and answer approach to this subject and answer some questions that pertain to the essence of apologetics and the "Why" questions for its necessity.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Complacency in the Church is Why We Need Apologetics

… you say to yourself, “OK, why did it happen? Why did we make those bad engineering decisions we made in 1967 and 1986 with Challenger?” I'll tell you. It's the human element. And I suggest that there's a complacency there that comes from success. —Alan Shepard, Yankee, October 1991

This is a hard post for me to write. With all the posts by myself and my colleagues out there on why we need apologetics, there seems to be missing element in our crying out. Over the years, I have heard of the casualty[1] accounts about Christian young people leaving the faith. Even as far back as our time in Upstate NY we started hearing about the fall out.

Sure there, we can give you the statistics on the 60-80% walking away after leaving home. But there is another missing ingredient in all of this. That ingredient is complacency of the church under the shadow of secularism in America. Complacency is a dangerous disease when it comes to the fall out happening.

While NASA has made some great strides in space explorations, the church in America has grown in number over the last few decades.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Biblical (Small "o" orthodox) Understanding of Justification

The teaching of justification by faith is a "cardinal" teaching that definitively and historically separates biblical Christianity from all the other belief systems. In those branches of what is called "Christianity" there are many trying to work their way to God. This is true in the case of the Orthodox groups. 

The understanding of the doctrine of justification is very important in light of the recent events this past Sunday (April 9th) with Hank Hanegraaff announcing that he, his wife and two sons have been inducted into the Eastern Orthodox (Orthodox hereafter) Church, departing from the historical Evangelical faith. Of course this sent Facebook and other social mediums buzzing on both sides of the discussion; one claiming victory in that they have "the Bible Answer Man" in their camp, while others are scratching their heads with a lot of questions on why the "Bible Answer Man" has defected from the "faith once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3).

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Dear Pastor and Ministry Leader, What is Your Church Doing to Equip Your People?

This is a unique post, but I am feeling a little concerned right now thinking some very poignant   thoughts about the condition of the church in our current cultural condition.  We live in a culture that is laced with all these ideologies, and we see Christians compromising on matters of truth, sexuality, and morals in general.  

I am not angry, just very concerned why church pastors do not see the need to train their church members to defend their faith.  Why do they not understand that the average person sitting in the pew may not accept what they are preaching because they are not hearing why they should see it relevant for their lives.  Why do they not see that 60-80% of their young people from ages 18-30, leaving the faith and becoming skeptics.   

I am thankful to be in a church, whose pastors see this need. But we are looking to not be a part our churches ministry.  I also looking to "get off the porch" and be a part of holding events here in the Fredericksburg area, whether it is at a church, a neutral setting or the local college and university campuses. So with this little rant, let me ask you, the pastor and ministry leader some very straight forward questions.

If you are a pastor or a ministry leader, may I ask you a few questions? 
  1. In the past year, what have you stopped doing to communicate and defend the faith? Have you ever started anything since you have been at your position?
  2. What, if anything, have you started doing to equip your church? If nothing, why?
  3. How could a trained apologist assist you in reaching the lost and equipping your church? 
  4. Over the long-haul, what questions or issues do you see undermining your members' ability to stick it out with Christ?  How can our team of trained apologists help?
  5. What are the greatest obstacles preventing the average church and Christian school (K-12 and undergrad) from being more involved in teaching apologetics? 
  6. What steps can be taken to overcome these obstacles?

Please feel free to leave your comments below.  I would love to dialogue with you and share more with you about the "problem" in our culture and a solution to come alongside you and assist you in  strengthening your church to stand in this post Christian culture.  You can also find more information on the "project" here on this page.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Rob on the Bellator Christi Podcast: Apologetics and the Church

This past Friday, I had the privilege to be interviewed on the Bellator Christi podcast hosted by my good friend Brian Chilton.  Brian and I met face to face at the last National Apologetics Conference, last October and had a great time of fellowship.  Brian had me on his program, because we share a common burden about how the task of apologetics needs to be revived in the American church.

For those of you who have some of the common issues about trying to get apologetics a hearing in your church, or if you would like to know what apologetics is all about, and how it can impact your evangelism, please tune into the Bellator Christi podcast, and listen to our conversation with Brian Chilton (host).

On this program we discussed a few subjects as it related to apologetics and the church. Here is an outline of our discussion for those who want to zero in on a particular subject:



Outline:
  1. Introduction. (0.00)
  2. Tell us about how you came to faith in Christ. (7:15)
  3. When we speak about apologetics, what are we referencing (for first-time listeners)? (18:00)
  4. Why is apologetics necessary for modern Christianity? (22:25)
  5. What are some of the greatest intellectual challenges facing our youth today? (29:07)
  6. What apologetics arguments do you find most useful in answering these challenges? (38:17)
  7. Is apologetics useful for evangelism? If so, why? (43:20)
  8. How can the church become better involved in the apologetics enterprise? (45:44)
  9. Tell us about Ratio Christi and your work with them. (47:30)…broken connection…picks back up at (48:13)

To listen to our discussion: (BCP) Apologetics and the Church (with Rob Lundberg)

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Three Quick Approaches to Responding to the Problem of Evil

Suppose someone told you that they were a skeptic or they had a loved one who was a skeptic, and that the biggest "bug" for them about the existence of God is the problem of evil. This conversation actually happened to me one night as I was closing up the dealership. I had a daughter with her Mom, who were believers, asking this question as part of an off the subject of buying a car.

As someone who teaches on the subject of apologetics and worldview, this problem cannot be answered by any worldview outside the Christian worldview.  The pantheistic religions say that evil does not exist or that it is maya (non existent). The atheistic worldview finds it a problem that we all have to reconcile in ourselves, or blame someone, and for those who are its victims, one just needs to tough it out.

Only the Christian worldview has three approaches to answering to the problem of evil, and this what I would like to address in this posting.  I have written on this subject in the past, so some of this might sound a little familiar.  While we have storms (natural evil) and sickness, illness and disease, this posting will address the third kind of evil.  This is the problem of moral evil.

What are those approaches?