Water – God’s Dividing Line

It’s fascinating how God uses water in Scripture as a dividing line between bad and good.  In the days of Noah, the earth was filled with violence.  God promised, “Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life…” (Gen. 6:13).  God used water to wipe away the sinfulness of the earth and start fresh.  It was the dividing line between corruption and cleansing, between old sinful life and a new beginning.  Continue reading Water – God’s Dividing Line

The Chain of Authority

Authority is the power to give commands and expect obedience.  There are 3 links in the chain of authority in Scripture:  God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), prophets and apostles, the Bible.  Pretty simple!  When Pharaoh asked, “Who is the LORD that I should obey Him?” (Exodus 5:4) he found out real quick!  As Creator, God has the power to give commands and expect obedience.  “Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it.” (Deut. 12:32).  Continue reading The Chain of Authority

Borrowing from God

In my recent article series, I’ve argued that without God, there can be no ultimate justification for reason, science, or morality.  In this article, I want to be crystal clear about my argument.  I am not arguing that people with a godless worldview are unreasoning, can’t do science, and can’t have good morals.  I’m arguing that atheists have to borrow from God in order to justify the use of their reason, science, and morality.  Continue reading Borrowing from God

Addressing People’s Worldview part 3 – No Morality without God

The final deathblow to the godless worldview is that without God, there is no ultimate justification for morality.  In a godless universe, we descended from fish through unguided, unintelligent, purposeless biochemical reactions.  In that worldview, morality is meaningless because morality doesn’t come from chemistry.  You can’t get concepts like right, wrong, ought, and should from cells bumping into each other.   Continue reading Addressing People’s Worldview part 3 – No Morality without God

Addressing People’s Worldview – part 2 – No Science without God

In order to defend our faith, we have to tear down godless worldviews.  Without God, it’s impossible to make sense of our world.  In the last article, I shared stage one of Operation Worldview Destruction; without God there is no ultimate justification for reason and knowledge.  In stage two, we need to demonstrate that without God, there is no ultimate justification for doing science.  Continue reading Addressing People’s Worldview – part 2 – No Science without God

Addressing People’s Worldview – part 1 – No Reason or Knowledge without God

Traditional apologetics gives us problems because people re-interpret evidence based on their worldview (see previous post).  In order for evidence to work, we must address people’s worldview.  Our worldview is our basic view of the world; how we got here, why we’re here, and how we know what we know.  The apostle Paul addressed the issue of worldview in 2 Corinthians 10:5.  Continue reading Addressing People’s Worldview – part 1 – No Reason or Knowledge without God

The Problem with Traditional Apologetics

1 Peter 3:15 says “Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.”

The word “defense” in the Greek is “apologia.”  Christian apologetics is the defense of the Christian faith.  The traditional approach to apologetics is to lay out various evidences in hopes people will conclude God is real and submit to Jesus.  Here are 3 problems with that approach:  Continue reading The Problem with Traditional Apologetics