Daily Archives: August 9, 2015

The Corrupting Influence of Scientism

THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM

This is a topic I have talked before. Notice in this article here that  the author (Kirk Durston) says the following about the best explanation for nature itself.

A much more serious consequence of scientism is that it has had a significant corrupting influence on 21st-century science.

To avoid the circular fallacy, logic dictates that the cause of nature must be beyond nature. That, right there, falsifies scientism but it also establishes the requirement that the supernatural must be taken into account in humanity’s pursuit of answers — not just with respect to the origin of the cosmos and of life, but in discussions of justice, beauty, morality, love, and honor.

This is a similar theme that I pointed out here:

in his book Who Made God: Searching For A Theory Of Everything? Edgar Andrews has given us some things to ponder here:

1. It is important to understand…

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Must evangelicals side with Israel? If so, it should be because of justice, not eschatology

thereformedmind

In the current controversy between Israel and Hamas, I tend to side with Israel. I side with Israel recognizing that they are not innocent, that they have made mistakes, that they have overreacted at times, that they can let their anger best their better judgment on occasion. I side with Israel not because Israel is God’s chosen ethnicity or nation-state (as classical dispensationalists argue), obligating every nation, especially America, and Christian to love and favor the nation of Israel in a special way above all other nations. No, I tend to side with Israel because I think their goal, supported by most of their actions, in this conflict is the peaceful, mutually beneficial, coexistence with the Palestinian people. I side with Israel because I believe the goal and actions of Hamas are fundamentally, unswervingly, and quite explicitly (see the Hamas Charter) different, desiring not peaceful coexistence but the obliteration of…

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How much gospel content is in the command to “ask Jesus into your heart”?

thereformedmind

Sadly, some think they are sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ when they tell others to “ask Jesus into their heart.” But one will search in vain throughout all of scripture for the gospel message to be described or presented in such a way. To be sure, someone who says they have asked Jesus into their heart may indeed possess genuine saving faith. They may have a sufficient understanding of the gospel. They may grasp their own unworthiness, guilt; they may understand that their best merits deserve only the wrath of God, that they are spiritually bankrupt and have nothing to contribute to their own salvation save their own sin, that their spiritual condition before a holy God is hopeless, doomed, and that their efforts to win God over are futile, that they are in desperate need of a perfect substitute, someone who obeyed all the divine laws they broke…

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Does Planned Parenthood do mammograms? Is abortion only 3% of their services?

WINTERY KNIGHT

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Life Site News explains the myth and the reality.

Excerpt:

The day before hundreds of pro-life activists prepared to flood Planned Parenthood’s offices with requests to schedule a mammogram, the organization issued a statement admitting that they do not offer the cancer screening procedure at any of their facilities.

The calls were placed today as part of “Call Planned Parenthood to Schedule Your Imaginary Mammogram Day” – an event organized by pro-life activists in response to President Obama’s statement during the presidential debate Tuesday that the abortion organization offers mammograms.

“There are millions of women all across the country, who rely on Planned Parenthood for, not just contraceptive care, they rely on it for mammograms, for cervical cancer screenings,” the president had said, repeating a claim he had made earlier this summer in an interview with Glamour magazine.

But Obama isn’t the only one.

The notion that Planned Parenthood…

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Two short videos explain two basic scientific arguments for God’s existence

WINTERY KNIGHT

These are from Reasonable Faith. The new one is on fine-tuning, and it’s probably the best thing you can give someone to understand the fine-tuning argument in 6 minutes.

Here it is:

The last one they did was on the kalam cosmological argument, and it was even shorter – just over 4 minutes.

Check it out:

If you have any friends who are interested in scientific arguments for the existence of God, send them both of these videos.

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The Christian rejoices not in iniquity…

Regeneration, Repentance and Reformation

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“Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.”
–1 Cor 13:6

The Christian rejoices not in iniquity…

…neither in his own iniquity, nor in others; but on the contrary, he is grieved for it; he mourns over his own iniquities, the corruption of his heart, the infirmities of his life, his secret sins, which none know about but God and his own soul.

The Christian is greatly troubled at the profaneness and immorality of the men of the world, and the sins of professors cut him to the heart…

…nor does he rejoice in injustice, as the word used here may be rendered, as in any unjust action or injury, that may be done to any, yes, even to an enemy; even as Christ, when Peter, in great zeal for him, drew his sword and cut off the ear of one of the high priest’s servants, who was more…

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Daily Devotionals: (9th Aug.) The God Who Is There

thinkGOSPEL blog

Reading: Genesis 3:8

The realisation that “God is there” is acknowledged by many heathen philosophers (e.g., Acts 17:18). Many today with the realization of sin feel an awkward presence following them and with the Psalmist say, “Whither shall I flee from thy presence?” (Psalm 139:7). One can be conscious of the existence of God, aware of a breach in relationship with the creator, mindful of a fall in morality, and yet be at a loss to comprehend it all or to mend it. This is where we find Adam, bewildered, with a mind filled with questions but a heart too depraved to find the answers.  

We see this throughout all of society in every age and in every social stratum. In adolescence we often call it teenage awkwardness; in older life we call it mid-life crisis. When we see it in families, we call them dysfunctional. We…

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Swimming by Faith and not by Sight

Unfathomable Grace

Quite often we hear the biblical phrase, “A man ought to walk by faith and not by sight.” Well, what does this mean? Ought we to ignore that which we have learned through our five senses? Are we to forget those lessons learned the hard way? Are we really wise if we discount the advise of experts and elders? And haven’t we seen people do the most outlandish things and excuse their poor decisions and behavior by saying they were following the voice of God in their head? Isn’t there a fine line between faith and foolishness?

Well friends, I believe the historical account of Paul in Acts 27 can be of great assistance to us. In this chapter we will see a group of men learning to swim by faith and not by sight. In this chapter, we will see a group of men truly blessed in doing so.

Paul was a faithful preacher who spent himself…

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GodLife: In the World, Not of the World

Scripture:

“Jesus prayed, ‘They do not belong to this world any more than I do. Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.’” John 17:16-17

We cannot expect non-believers to have godly moral standards and desire to please God. We can, and should, expect Christians to act differently than the culture that they live in—as different as night and day.

Read on to learn more.

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Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe in me also

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. (John 14:27 NASB)

1 Μὴ ταρασσέσθω ὑμῶν ἡ καρδία· πιστεύετε εἰς τὸν θεὸν καὶ εἰς ἐμὲ πιστεύετε. 2 ἐν τῇ οἰκίᾳ τοῦ πατρός μου μοναὶ πολλαί εἰσιν· εἰ δὲ μή, εἶπον ἂν ὑμῖν ὅτι πορεύομαι ἑτοιμάσαι τόπον ὑμῖν; 3 καὶ ἐὰν πορευθῶ καὶ ἑτοιμάσω τόπον ὑμῖν, πάλιν ἔρχομαι καὶ παραλήμψομαι ὑμᾶς πρὸς ἐμαυτόν, ἵνα ὅπου εἰμὶ ἐγὼ καὶ ὑμεῖς ἦτε. 4 καὶ ὅπου [ἐγὼ] ὑπάγω οἴδατε τὴν ὁδόν.
5 Λέγει αὐτῷ Θωμᾶς· κύριε, οὐκ οἴδαμεν ποῦ ὑπάγεις· πῶς δυνάμεθα τὴν ὁδὸν εἰδέναι; 6 λέγει αὐτῷ [ὁ] Ἰησοῦς· ἐγώ εἰμι ἡ ὁδὸς καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια καὶ ἡ ζωή· οὐδεὶς ἔρχεται πρὸς τὸν πατέρα εἰ μὴ διʼ ἐμοῦ. (John 14:1-6 NA28)

1 Let not your heart be…

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