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Bronco Guy

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  • March 7, 2014 at 1:49am

    Such a shame. So many people are so completely blind. They accept a worldview based on their own proclivities; almost never on the honest examination of the evidence. Otherwise, when looking at archeology, science, predictive prophecy, the phenomenal complexity and yet continuity of the Bible, the historicity of Christ, the empty tomb, the growth of the Christian church, especially in the most inhospitable environments of the 1st century and other major epochs of time, an open-minded, honest-searching soul, would be overwhelmed with the veracity of God’s existence.

    Unfortunately, most people who have chosen not to believe in Christ, do so from a pre-meditated bias that is a conscious or unconscious reflection of their own sin, and their distaste for even considering that a portion of their worldview might be clouded in darkness, while the light of truth shines brightly just beyond their horizons.

    God calls us to a reasonable faith, a faith based on reason and evidence. God has never called us to a blind faith. A blind faith is the tooth-fairy, Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny. Christian Faith is based on God’s Word, based on evidence rooted in historical fact, based on a personal relationship with the resurrected Christ of Scripture.

    But a man who has never known anything other than darkness, has no idea what light is; the concept of “light” seems retarded and ridiculous. But the man who knows the light, only has pity for the person still in darkness.

  • March 7, 2014 at 1:34am

    I make a promise and an oath to every atheist in America: The next time a terrorist attack happens on American soil and the devastation to city buildings and infrastructure occurs, when the rubble is cleared, and we find, by natural occurrences, twisted steal pressed and formed together, to represent the universal symbol for atheism, it will be included in the memorial!!! I wish Mother Nature, Mother Earth, and the natural sciences espoused by Darwinian Evolution the very best!!! May the “energy of the universe”, the “great Darwinian spirit of scientific naturalism” cause every molecule of steel to come together in the clearest anti-religious symbol ever formed!!! What a proud moment for America and for us all, when we see the great and powerful atheistic monument to the Death of God displayed on the memorial!!! If this is what Nature intends, I will not stand in its way!!!

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  • March 6, 2014 at 7:15pm

    Christ also says, “how can you say to me, ‘show us the father’, don’t you know I and the Father are one? If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the father.” The resurrected Christ is the only physical manifestation of the God-head. God is Spirit, and we are to worship him in spirt. So the Father is spirit. And The Spirit is spirit. And Christ has a perfect, resurrected physical body. All 3 co-exist, and are equally divine. There is not one that is more like God than the other. They have a functional hierarchy which is demonstrated clearly throughout the Bible. They are distinct persons, with distinct functionality, but are apart of the “One God.” It says that God said “let there be light” and that God (The Father) is the father of creation. And yet in Hebrews and other NT letters, we learn that Jesus is the source of creation and is responsible for holding it all together. The exact names you speak of in your previous post, just like I did, names like Rock, Savior, Creator, etc are all said of both God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit. For instance, only God (The Father) can save–yet we are told of Jesus in Acts chapter 4, “For there is no other name under heaven by which man can be saved.”

    Again, One WHAT–GOD, Three WHOS–The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is entirely consistent with both OT and NT relegations of the nature of God.

  • March 6, 2014 at 4:58pm

    There’s a lot more that could be said, scripturally. The Bible is literally replete with Trinitarian proof texts.

  • March 6, 2014 at 4:56pm

    Let Us Reason and Seek4Truth: The Trinity is a very supportable doctrine. 2 key passages to start with: Deuteronomy 6:4, “Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one”, and Isaiah 44:6, “This is what the Lord says–Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.” What is unmistakable in these passages is that “God” is one. He is singular, and there is no one else beside Him. Yet 1John 5:20 says, “And we are in him who is true–even in his Son Jesus Christ. He (Jesus) is the true God and eternal life.” That passages actually assigns deity to both the Father and the Son. In 2 Corinthians 3:17, after talking about people turning to the Lord (Jesus), it says,”Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” And in Acts, lying to the Holy Spirit is equated with lying to God. Meanwhile, in Revelations, Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last. In Judaism, only God is the Living Water, The Rock, The Savior, The Lord, the only Judge–yet all these names are given to Christ in the NT. Yet, the OT would be proven false if Father, Son and Holy Spirit were 3 different gods, because Judaism is, rightly so, fanatically and scripturally monotheistic. Thus, the doctrine of the Trinity is revealed in scripture. Think of it as One WHAT and Three WHOS. 3 distinct persons, all equal in divinity, coalesced into the one God-Head. Without the Trinity=polytheism.

  • January 1, 2014 at 4:11pm

    blink, do you EVER do any research before you throw stuff out here? Grab one of his books. Watch a debate online. Actually visit his website. I dare you to put 30 concentrated minutes of research into who he is and what he does and some of his strongest arguments. If you have any honesty, any integrity, you’ll have to admit that atheistic reasoning/philosophy can’t hold a candle to this guy. Stop talking in platitudes and painting with such a broad brush. Get into the details and really attempt to understand his paradigm. You literally WILL NOT have an answer to his arguments…unless you counter them with your own speculative, broad strokes and typical barrage of attacks towards him as a person, instead of the content of his theses.

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  • January 1, 2014 at 4:02pm

    I’m not sure what you’re referencing here, blinknight. Anyway, I have read a lot of Craig’s literature and have heard him in several debates with nonbelievers/atheists. He absolutely destroys their arguments. No one has ever come close to tripping him up. He is a genuine, Holy Spirit filled believer who has been given amazing wisdom in the area of philosophy. The guy’s a genius.

  • December 21, 2013 at 5:33pm

    “Would saying that Christians are comparable to people who have sex with animals offend the Christians?”

    You’re making a false equivalency argument. What in the world would be the basis for such a comment? It is more ridiculous than it is insulting, because it comes out of left field.

    Whereas, Phil simply, factually and accurately described a homosexual act. That’s all he did. He described what it is, and then said he didn’t understand it and certainly implied it was wrong. Nothing bigoted about that, at all. The left gets so offended when someone else shares an opinion that a certain behavior is wrong. That’s not bigotry. That’s an attempt to espouse truth. And it’s not personal, subjective truth; it’s truth based on the Bible, God’s truth, not man’s truth. In fact, if there was no such thing as “God”, Phil would have never made the comment. He didn’t come up with his morality on his own; he simply repeated the morality God has taught him.

    I don’t even understand your second paragraph. It’s not the Christians that broke down and started screaming, as you claim. If anything, just the opposite. Phil made his comment, and the left side of the world started tearing their clothes, weeping and wailing at the “intolerance”. All the Christians have done is defend Phil’s right to have his opinion. They haven’t been attacking, they’ve been defending from the proliferation of attacks coming from the left.

  • December 17, 2013 at 1:27pm

    jb, good question, but the eunuch was not yet saved. He was a curious unbeliever who didn’t fully understand what he was reading. With the advent of the Holy Spirit, and His Word, both unbelievers and believers alike can gain in understanding through reading God’s Word and through worship and prayer. That said, it never hurts to have an excellent teacher rightly dividing the word of truth.

  • December 16, 2013 at 3:50pm

    I think it’s more a matter of following the gospel truthfully. There’s only one gospel, one truth; when you follow it, most often there is peace, when you don’t, most often there is some kind of heartache.

  • December 10, 2013 at 9:24am

    That was cool. Thanks for the conversation, and again, sorry for some of the initial fire. You seem like a nice person, genuinely. I truly hope you will have that encounter with Christ. You know, a simple, but heartfelt prayer of asking God to show himself, reveal himself to you, is not a bad idea….take care.

  • December 10, 2013 at 12:06am

    Maybe the wisdom of the Psalms, Proverbs, and Christ’s teaching really is a one of a kind and unparalleled to anything else in literature. Have your read the Psalms or Proverbs? Studied Christ’s teaching? If any of it sounds remotely familiar, it’s because you’ve read a recreation of those ideas in more recent literature. The bible owns the original imprint.

    Maybe the dead-sea scrolls and other recovered texts have been verified scientifically to pre-date the new testament, making their prophecies, literally prophetic?!

    Maybe Christian faith is actually a very reasonable faith, because there is more than enough evidence to make that reasonable leap. I don’t think any Christian would ever say, “Oh yeah, I have a completely blind faith! I have absolutely NO EVIDENCE for any kind of God or that the bible is even remotely true–but it just makes me feel good, so I believe.”

    That person needs to have a reality check and have their head examined. No, instead, Christ, in the person of the Holy Spirit encounters us in prayer, in His Word, in His wisdom…we look at fulfilled prophecy, historical accuracy, the compliment from science and the book of nature, and we (Christians) find a very compelling argument for the claims of the bible and the claims of Christ.

    The more you investigate. The more you try to prove it false, as so many GREAT ATHEISTIC MINDS HAVE DONE BEFORE (CS Lewis, Lee Strobel, etc) the more these people walk away saying, “I believe!” Compelling

  • December 9, 2013 at 11:58pm

    Ahhh, technology. Had what I thought was a very cogent response, and then when I went to post, it told me I wasn’t signed in and I lost the entire comment. Even though I was signed in.

    Blah. Anyway, I just think you are giving a lot of credit to some very average, if not under-average intellects who ultimately penned the different books of the bible. To think that over thousands of years, they were somehow in collusion for the sole purpose of manipulation and a power grab seems to be a real stretch.

    Not to mention the hundreds of millions since the time of Christ that have died or willingly gone to their death (martyrs) believing in the claims of Christ.

    It makes every believer look like a real idiot, acting on complete blind faith, with absolutely no producible evidence to any biblical claim. I can tell you that I’m a believer BECAUSE OF ENOUGH EVIDENCE that I can make a very reasonable faith decision.

    But beyond that, there are millions of Christians who have their faith because they have literally encountered the Holy Spirit and know that they do indeed have a very personal relationship with the very Creator of the world. Those who don’t understand that relationship or don’t have that relationship, would have no referent, not context for that faith, and would have no idea what the Christian is talking about. But the Christian actually speaks from experience.

  • December 6, 2013 at 8:40pm

    Lastly, you said that even if there were stories that were true, the doctrines they support you could never condone. But here’s the thing: God makes it very clear that “his ways are not our ways.” We MUST give God a greater benefit of the doubt and understand (since we are NOT God) that He truly “gets it” and knows best. We may not like it. We, like the petulant child may cry out, “but that’s not FAIR!” But like a parent to our own children, I think we can relate when God says, “you may not understand this, but this is simply the way it has to be.”

    If God exists, with ALL the attributes that make him God, it certainly makes sense to me that there are ways in which he operates that I’m simply not wise enough, mature enough, whatever, to understand. That makes sense to me.

    I’m NOT God, but if God DOES exist, I can assume, not being God myself, that there are modes of operation that I just don’t get. That would be entirely consistent with me as a person OF creation, apart from the very SOURCE of creation.

    To say, “well, if these things are true, I don’t condone them” is really an issue of pride. As I see it, at least….

    To your last point, “we weren’t there.” I would simply say, “yes, that’s true, BUT GOD WAS!!” And if the bible has already proven itself to be God’s very Word, then because HE WAS THERE, we can take on his authority, that the things he’s telling us are true. We didn’t have to be there…God was, AND he told us all we ne

  • December 6, 2013 at 8:30pm

    Well, that’s the difference. You say, “they’re just stories”, whereas, I identify them as historical narrative. We look at John Steinbeck or Mark Twain, and we say, “they’re just stories.” No one is ever going to approach another person and say, “remember in history, what happened to Tom Sawyer!!” I don’t think the bible ever sets itself up as a narrative fiction. Just a bunch of stories. The bible says, “in the year” of this ruler, “these things happened”. And then archeology comes along and says, “oh, by the way, we found the remnants of the tomb of this specific ruler, and sure enough, it lines up exactly with what and when the bible says.” THEN, we understand, that what the bible was speaking to, was actual history. This has proven again and again and again. They actually found the governor marker of Pontius Pilate 20 years ago. No disputes that he was a real person. And that the trial of Christ was real. No one, and I mean this very sincerely, DeavonReye, NO ONE in the historical/academic world thinks the person of Pontius Pilate is a fictional character in “some story.”

    Also, I think you underestimate the veracity of the profession of a scribe. This person was LEGALLY OBLIGATED to transcribe things WORD FOR WORD. Like I said earlier, their might be a more accurate grammatical application or a word with a more meaningful vernacular. But NO scribe would ever say, “hmm, this story really doesn’t make sense to me; I think they probably meant to say

  • December 6, 2013 at 12:26am

    Here’s my take: I work at a university, and our “religious” studies program is about as anti-Christian and liberal as it comes. Deceit works both ways, and I would wager, that the truth is incredibly present, as it HAS been proven by many archeologists, yet “experts” come in with their own “facts” (See the EGREGIOUS scholarship of the Jesus Seminar as an example) and try to shake the world these all these “new findings”. All of these new findings are always dubious and very much held in question for their reliability, because there’s already been evidence proving the opposite. In the end, I could use the same argument you use against the bible. “They’re just words in a book, or a magazine article or an internet blog.” Every dissent against the bible in the past number of centuries have all been conjecture. “I found this thing and here’s what I bet it means”. But nobody ever produces proof. I’ll give you that scribes have changed spelling, shifted grammar, or maybe used a more common word for their vernacular. But there is absolutely NO EVIDENCE, DeavonReye, that some conspiracy happened where all the real facts were hidden and covered up and that the bible was this rosy, polished piece of storytelling. Heck, read nearly any book in the bible and it’s NOT rosy. Mankind in all its ugliness, sin and mistakes is naked and on display. Murder, adultery, apostasy, and most of it coming from God’s chosen people, Israel. Sounds like the opposite of a cover up to m

  • December 5, 2013 at 9:00am

    Oh, one more closing thought. I often think the perspective from atheists or agnostics is that the bible was written by this elite group, who could use deceit and manipulation to tell the story they wanted to tell. Wherein reality, if you include the old testament, the bible was written over 4000 years, by 40 different authors on three different continents and in three different languages. Yet, they all seamlessly weave together the story of God’s pursuit of mankind.

    Just give that a modern twist: Ask 40 different authors, over let’s say 100 years on three different continents and in three different languages to tell the same story ON THEIR FIRST DRAFT, and without the aid of any electronic communication for the basis of comparison, and I would argue that a story without contradiction, a story that seamlessly tells the same plot and thematically remains consistent would be absolutely impossible.

    I think to those who struggle to believe that the bible has any authority, would do well to truly investigate how the bible came to be. There are many miracles in how this great story even came to be compiled in the book we now can simply pull of the shelf of any bookstore.

    Just food for thought…

  • December 5, 2013 at 8:30am

    I think we’ve isolated the problem in our differences. You see the bible as completely fallible, written by men, and therefore open to manipulation. Whereas, I see the bible as authoritative, inspired by God’s Holy Spirit. I think corruption has been kept from God’s Word, and I think it’s proven its authority in many different ways, but especially through predictive prophecy.

    But your last line was the most interesting. When you said even if biblical prophecy was true, it wouldn’t change your mind. That one I just don’t understand. IF bible prophecy could be proven to be 100% completely accurate, wouldn’t that naturally mean “the miraculous” was involved. And I’m not talking about the “vague” part of what you think you are seeing in biblical prophecy, but very specific prophecies. Things that simply couldn’t be known and predicted without special knowledge.

    I’m not sure if that could be shown to be true, it would still remain unimpressive to you. Anyway, the authority of the bible seems to be the crux of our disagreement. If you want to start THAT conversation, I’m willing to continue.

    Either way, thanks for the conversation!

  • December 3, 2013 at 9:56pm

    Cont’d for Deavon: I’m not sure why you think prophecy is vague or unspecific. Listen there, are whole BOOKS on this stuff, so a 1500 word response can’t suffice, but let me just point towards the prophecies of Christ. Remember that the youngest prophecies of Christ, say in Malachai, or a minimum of 400 years before Christ appeared. But most prophecies are 700 years and older. Now, when we compare old testament books with the gospels, their age is easily attested to by their content of rulers, customs, places, etc. There’s really simply no argument that the book of Isaiah was indeed written 700 years before the gospels. So, even if we remove all miraculous content, we still end up with incredible accuracy when looking at the prophecies of Christ. For example: his lineage is very specifically detailed (son of Isaac, son of Jacob, tribe of Judah, line of Jesse, etc) But also his birth place (Bethlehem), the fact he would be presented with gifts, or King Herod would kill a generation of infants looking for him; also the nature of his death, the fact that none of his bones would be broken, or that he would be betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver. These are just examples of things that Jesus himself could have never controlled. I will look at your link of “failed” prophecies and see what else I can add, but the point is there are literally hundreds of messianic prophecies with odds of perfect fulfillment being 1 in the trillions. PS. God does care. You will find him

  • December 3, 2013 at 9:41pm

    Okay, Deavon, lots to respond to here. First of all, my outburst, as you call it, has nothing to do with you attacking my “religion”. I think if you and I were sitting down, sharing a beer and having a face to face conversation, the tone would be very different. Things can devolve in writing very quickly. On both sides. Personally, my experience after being a Christian for 30 years and constantly digging into the evidence for the bible, Christ’s claims, etc…and my own experience in relationship with the Lord, I find counter arguments–often void of content and typically completely misinformed, exhausting to the point of infuriating. But that’s no excuse to be unkind. I just get frustrated. So, for that…I apologize.

    Hmm, purpose of hell? I’m not sure this is really the right question, but let me try to answer it this way. As far as I know, the bible, or God, never gives a philosophical reason for hell, we’re simply told it exists. Now, it exists because God is Holy and perfect and won’t allow himself to be in the presence of sin. So, when the original angelic rebellion happened, God created hell as a prison for them. But once man fell, that would be the fate of man’s fallen nature unless they were redeemed. To me, the bigger question is not why is there a hell, but what has God done for us to save us from it?

    Okay, running out of room, so I’ll start a new thread to talk about prophecy.