Answering Attacks on Christianity
Some have tried to deny the divinity of Jesus (i.e. that Jesus is God) by quoting a statement made by Paul in his letter to the Colossians that says: "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation" (Colossians 1:15). The argument is that Jesus was created first of everything that was created, and if He is a created "thing", He cannot be God. (read more)
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What does it mean that Jesus is the "first-born" over creation?
Col. 1:15, "firstborn of all creation"
Colosenses 1:15: “…el primogénito de toda creación”
Jesus and Christians as "Firstborn"
John Dickson, the director of the Centre for Public Christianity and Senior Research Fellow of the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University in Australia, examines some of the historical claims about the gospels and the life of Jesus made by the New Atheists. (watch videos)
by Colin Smith
"There were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you." (2 Peter 2:1) There are no "ifs, ands, or buts" in Peter's words. It's a clear and definite statement. There were false prophets among the people (of Israel in the Old Testament). That's a matter of history.
In the same way Peter says, "There will be false teachers among you." Notice the words "among you." He is talking about people in the local church, members of a local congregation. There is no such thing as a pure church this side of heaven. You will never find it. The wheat and the tares grow together. (read more)
When the apostle Paul first came to Jerusalem after his conversion to Christianity, he tried to associate with the disciples, but they were all afraid of him and didn’t believe he was a true convert (Acts 9:26) because of his past persecution of Christians. Today, some people feel the same way about Paul. Occasionally, a charge is made that Paul was a Pharisee who tried to corrupt the teachings of Christ and that his writings should have no place in the Bible. Muslims sometimes claim that Paul hijacked Christianity and tried to make Jesus into something He was not. Is there any validity to these claims? (read more)
Critics of Christianity have become more vocal recently. This is partly because there are many people who do not believe in God or understand the truth about Him at all. The typical insult from the non-religious crowd is to refer to believers as “ignorant,” “stupid,” “brainwashed,” or to otherwise suggest that those who have faith are less intelligent than those who do not. When a Christian stands up intelligently for his faith, the terms change to “bigot,” “extremist,” or “zealot.” (read more)
All of us recognize the fact that we live in a ‘less than perfect’ world. We all recognize that moral and natural evil abound. We all understand what it is to witness (or personally experience) these kinds of evil. We live in a world that is filled with crime, poverty, disease and natural disaster. And while we can talk about natural evil and moral evil in an analytical manner, in the end we need to address the manner in which we experience it.
Evil presents itself to us individually through experiences of ‘pain’ and ‘suffering’. All of us have experienced some sort of pain; all of us have suffered in some way at one time or another. Theists and atheists alike have to account for the fact that the world is filled with pain and suffering, and atheists often see the existence of pain and suffering as evidence that God simply does not exist. (read more)
It may seem peculiar that ‘church’ and ‘science’ appear the way they do in the title of this piece, but what has happened in the modern era of appealing to science as a sort of a god, warrants nothing less. Science is the pursuit of knowledge, but today we generally use the term in a more rigid way – as that area of study which systematically explains the physical world. But the question that should quickly follow should be this: is the physical world all there is to be known of reality? And this is precisely where the modern use of science begins to shake under the weight of proper epistemology. (read more)
by Jonathan Wells
Science now knows that many of the pillars of Darwinian theory are either false or misleading. Yet biology texts continue to present them as factual evidence of evolution. What does this imply about their scientific standards? (read more)
In June 1987, the Supreme Court battle lines were drawn again: evolutionists on one side, creationists on the other. The battle was over Louisiana's "Act for Balanced Treatment of Creation-Science and Evolution," which required the teaching of both theories in public school biology classes.
Once again the creationists were soundly defeated, prompting Steve Shapiro of the American Civil Liberties Union to call the decision "a legal end to the creationism movement."
But what the creationists have not accomplished in courts and classrooms, they are now winning in universities and science labs around the world. You probably won't read about it in Time, Discover, or National Geographic, but a growing number of scientists and intellectuals are abandoning Darwin and their faith in evolution. (read more)
Satan’s plan as he tested Jesus two thousand years ago, and even to this day, involves his same lies from Genesis 3; these are the lies of Satan that seek to keep mankind from listening to the voice of their Creator. Satan’s ultimate plan is to keep us from regular contact with the Lord by any one of a variety of tools he employs: questioning the authority of God's Word, avoiding the teaching of God's Word, or neglecting the reading of God's Word. (read more)
The world wants to blur the lines that separate the absolutes of morality and truth from its lies and compromise. The world wants Christian morality and absolutes removed. It wants moral and truth grey areas to overshadow biblical truth. By contrast, however, the Christian church is supposed to sharpen those lines by preaching, teaching, and standing up for the absolute truths of God's word. (read more)
When dealing with Muslims it is wise to understand some of the approaches used by them to discredit Christianity. Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry (CARM) outlines seven of these methods and provides insight on how to deal with them. (read more)
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The Da Vinci Code is not to be ignored as a fictional plot. Its premise, that Jesus Christ has been reinvented for political purposes, attacks the very foundation of Christianity. (read more)
Jesus' Bones Discovered?
Has the tomb of Jesus Christ been discovered in the Jerusalem suburb of Talpiot?
In a 2007 Discovery Channel TV documentary, producer James Cameron (The Titanic) and Jewish director, Simcha Jacobovici, attempted to prove that Jesus’ burial cave and bones were discovered near Jerusalem. Cameron and Jacobovici further cited evidence that Jesus sired a son with Mary Magdalene.
If Jesus Christ’s tomb has really been discovered, then all of Christian history has been based upon a false claim---that Jesus physically rose from the dead, was seen alive by over 500 followers at once, spent 40 days teaching his disciples, and then ascended into heaven. But before we get caught up in another Da Vinci type conspiracy, let’s look at the facts behind Cameron’s claims. (read more)