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Month: May 2017

What is Memorial Day for Christians?

What is Memorial Day for Christians?

memorial day
What is Memorial Day for Christians?

What is Memorial Day for Christians?

  • First Clue: It’s not the last Monday in May.
  • Second Clue: It’s not any date selected by humans.
  • Third Clue: It’s a date commanded by Jesus himself to be memorialized.

“Then he took a loaf, gave thanks, and broke it in pieces, and gave it to them, and said, ‘This is my body which is to be given for you. Do this as a memorial to me.'” (Luke 22:19 Williams New Testament, emphasis added)

“Do this in memory of me.” (Luke 22:19 NAB)

Obviously, this is the unleavened bread, symbolizing Jesus’ body, partaken of by true Christians. This is the real Memorial Day for Christians.

“In the same way he also took the cup after supper and said, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.'” (Luke 22:20 CSB) read more

Notes on the Origin of the New Testament Canon

Notes on the Origin of the New Testament Canon

The New Testament canon was established early, by Holy Spirit

New Testament Canon
The New Testament canon was established early, by Holy Spirit

The New Testament canon was established in the first century by Holy Spirit. Let’s examine some notes on the scriptures which confirm this fact:

2 Pt 1:16-21 – Peter affirms Old Testament prophets wrote God’s word. He puts himself and other apostles in the same category.

2 Pt 3:15-16 – Paul’s letters were on the same level as all the “rest of the scriptures.” That is, inspired of God. Early Greek manuscripts show Paul writing 14 letters.

2 Tim 3:16-17 – The rest of the scriptures (the Old Testament) are inspired of God. We can broaden this now, and apply the principle to all 66 canonical books as shown below: read more

Do Humans Really Have Free Will?

Do Humans Really Have Free Will?

Free Will
Do humans really have free will?

God definitely chooses who will serve him. (Jn 15:16; Acts 15:14; Rom 8:33; Rom 11:5; 1 Cor 1:27-28; Eph 1:4; 2 Th 2:13; 1 Pt 1:2; 1 Pt 1:20; 1 Pt 2:9; Rev 17:14) But is human will is also at work? Does God allow each human to make or decide their own decisions or choices? Do humans really have free will? Bible examples and principles such as the following make the answers to these questions clear:

God warned Adam of the consequences of eating from a certain tree. (Gen 2:16-17)

“If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?” But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door.” (Gen 4:7 NIV) God warned Cain. His language indicates Cain had a choice. read more

Who is the Antichrist? – According to the Bible

Who is the Antichrist? – According to the Bible

Who is the antichrist? The word “antichrist” occurs in the Bible only in 1 and 2 John. Who is this antichrist? Is it a historical figure who is already dead? Is it someone who is living on earth today? Or is it someone who is yet to be born? Or, is it possible that there is more than one? Let us examine the Bible to find out.

“It is the last hour. And as you have heard, ‘Antichrist is coming,’ even now many antichrists have come.” (1 John 2:18 CSB, emphasis added)

John said that even in the first century, there had already been many antichrists. read more

Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Proof – Jesus’ Resurrection

Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Proof – Jesus’ Resurrection

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It is an extraordinary claim that Jesus rose from the dead

The claim that Jesus rose from the dead is extraordinary. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. What is the strongest proof that Jesus was resurrected? Let’s start at the point of beginning, and work, or build from there.

This beginning point is that the universe, the earth, etc. very strongly witness to God’s existence as Creator. Psalm 19:1 says: “the heavens declare the glory of God.” (NIV)

Building on this is the text of the New Testament. It has been subjected to the most extreme scrutiny imaginable. This has resulted in the number one “Extraordinary Proof” of all time. This is the fact that the text of the New Testament in Koine Greek that we have today is verified as being 99.5% pure. That is 99.5% of the words are the same as originally written by writers Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul etc. What about the other 0.5% in which there is some doubt? These somewhat doubtful words do not affect any of the principles, truths or doctrines in the Bible. They are inconsequential of interest to some scholars, technicians, those who love trivia, etc. No other work from ancient times comes anywhere close to the New Testament textual integrity. read more

Where is our Last Common Ancestor (LCA)?

Where is our Last Common Ancestor (LCA)?

Last Common Ancestor (LCA)
Darwinists persistently assert that there is a “missing link” between humans and apes

“We still have not found the missing link between us and apes” is the title of an article published by BBC News on May 18, 2017. The article is about the search for a “missing link.” Since there are no living creatures that fill in the gaps or “missing links” between humans and apes, Darwinists persistently assert that there was a “last common ancestor” (LCA). “Most people know it by a non-scientific name: ‘the missing link.'”

“Scientists have been on the trail of the LCA for decades, and they still have not found it.” It has a lot in common with Big Foot – you know it has to be out there somewhere. The only problem is you never can find it. Scientists have had a lot of trouble trying to even agree on much of anything about this LCA. But the article assures us that the “fossilized remains of the LCA might come to light any time.” read more

Different Resurrection Appearances are “Infallible Proofs” – Not Contradictions

Different Resurrection Appearances are “Infallible Proofs” – Not Contradictions

Different resurrection appearances
Some have claimed the different accounts of resurrection appearances is “proof” of contradictions

Some have claimed the different accounts of Jesus’ resurrection appearances in the four Gospels and 1 Corinthians are “proofs” these Bible books are riddled with errors and contradictions. If true, these would in turn “prove” the Bible not to be inspired of God, or infallible, as many Christians believe that it is.

The Bible itself says that these different resurrection appearances confirm the Bible’s inspiration by God.

“To whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:3 NKJV, emphasis added) read more

Why Many Do Not Believe

Why Many Do Not Believe

Many do not believe in God
Why do many people not believe in God?

Why do many people not believe in God or his word the Bible? Why are so many people lacking faith? A person with genuine Bible-based faith is referred to as “one who sees Him who is invisible.” (Heb 11:27 CSB)

In one special case, Elisha’s servant was given the ability to see otherwise invisible angelic forces, arrayed against the Syrian army: “And Elisha prayed, ‘Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. read more

What name should Christians be called, and why?

What name should Christians be called, and why?

Early Christians
When were Christians first called “Christians?”

“Christians”

What name should Christians be called, and why? How long has the term “Christian” been in use, and who invented it? The answer to these questions can be found in the Bible.

“The disciples also were divinely called first in Antioch Christians.” (Acts 11:26 Young’s) God was behind the development of the use of the term “Christians” within a few years of the start of Christianity.

At Paul’s final hearing before Festus, Festus said: “Do you think you can persuade me to become a Christian so quickly?” (Acts 26:28 NLT) So obviously, they were being called Christians at this time as well. read more

Witnesses of Jesus’ Execution, Burial, Empty Tomb and Resurrected State

Witnesses of Jesus’ Execution, Burial, Empty Tomb and Resurrected State

Witnesses of Jesus
Who were the witnesses to Jesus’ execution, burial, and resurrection?

Many non-believers do not doubt the existence of the historical Jesus. It is the miracles, and most importantly, his resurrection that they deny. But the Bible contains evidence that must be examined by any honest-hearted skeptic if they are truly open-minded enough to give it a fair chance. Let’s take a look at the witnesses to Jesus’ execution, burial, empty tomb, and resurrected state.

The placement of witnesses is very important in proving things. The Gospels and letters (such as 1 Corinthians) were all written independently. There were no “rules” such as requiring strict chronological listing of all witnesses of Jesus in his resurrected state. The writers of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and 1 Corinthians made true and accurate statements in their books. There are no false statements, even though there are divergences. Divergent accounts are not tantamount to contradictions, as some skeptics assert. In fact, virtually identical accounts would be highly suspect to be collusion. read more