Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Christian Response to the Atheist No Free Will Rant

One good question to ask an atheist is if they believe they have a "free will." This question will present one of two responses.  It will present either the answer in the affirmative, which means that you are dealing with someone who is more of an agnostic. The response to the negative is indicative that your skeptical conversant is more along the lines of embracing a scientism.  

That being said, atheists who reject the idea that they have a free will are what as known as eliminative materialists. Eliminative materialism is the view that denies the existence of mental entities. Seeking an ideal scientistic mindset, they argue that an ideal scientific account of the world would contain no reference to material entities such as "beliefs" or "sensations." So all that is present, they argue,

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Real Issue Podcast: Are Morals Absolute or Relative?

Culture seems to think that the creed of today is that morals are not absolute but relative. So the question we are addressing in this program is, "are morals absolute or relative?" Join us for the answer.


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Answering the Religious Pluralism Question

The other day I had a coworker tell me that Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad, and all the gurus all taught pretty much the same things and that none of them claimed they were the only way. When I asked her for her source for this information, another co worker, who I have regularity of conversing with on truth matters, jumped into the conversation, and said, "I am always scared when he asks me "How do you know that?" Why is that?
Lately I am having more and more confirmation that people, who are bold enough to pontificate their views on religion and politics, really have not thought things of this subject matter. Their thinking is along the lines of, if something sounds good then go with it. This is no so much in the church, but this pertains to those in the milieux of what I call the "secular city."

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.

The Real Issue Podcast: Is Truth Absolute or Relative?

When truth is not anchored on a standard outside ourselves it becomes relative and on shifting sand. Join us as Rob addresses the problems with relativism and how to answer some of the objections.

Join us on this episode of the Real Issue Podcast as we review what truth is, and then embark on understanding this ideology smothering American culture.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Guest Post: Surfing the Gods of War

by David Russell, Ministry Associate
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Eph 6;12)
This saying I use as satire but I want us all to actually imagine what we are up against.  As believers we fight a war on many fronts.  It seems that the battle within is not enough, we have to contend against outside forces that rival our faith.  This seems to happen in every area of our lives.  It’s like the end of the "300" when Leonidas is waiting for the hail storm of arrows to descend on him.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Real Issue Podcast: Responses to the BIG 4 Objections to the Christian Faith

From conversations we have with non-Christians, any objections that are brought up usually hinge on what we call the Big 4.  

Objection #1: Is truth absolute or relative?
Objection #2: Does God exist?
Objection #3: Has the Bible in general and the New Testament in particular been corrupted?
Objection #4: Was Jesus really resurrected from the dead? 

In this episode we address these objections and give a brief response to them. This also is the first podcast where we provide you with a resource reference for you to have for future study, and sharing with others. You can find that here.



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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.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Real Issue Podcast: What Kind of Faith Do You Have?

What kind of faith do you have? How would you answer the question, what is Faith?  Is faith delusional?  

Do you have an accidental faith that is based on just the fact of what you believe?  Or is your faith the kind of faith that can produce evidences for why you trust in Christ and why you believe that the Christian faith is true?  Join us on this episode of The Real Issue podcast to explore the definition of faith and why faith is not a blind form of faith.


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