The very first Christians who were disciples of Christ had a bit of an advantage, as they traveled with Jesus, they heard and saw him. They were assured that he was the Messiah by the things they saw and heard, such as his healing the sick, opening blind eyes, raising the dead, Jesus himself being... Continue Reading →
Genesis 12:1-3 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 12 Now Jehovah said to Abram, “Go out from your land and from your relatives, and from the house of your father, to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you... Continue Reading →
Hebrews 10:32-33 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 32 But remember the former days in which, after you were enlightened, you endured a great struggle with sufferings, 33 partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated. Some Christians who have never suffered real affliction for their faith... Continue Reading →
We have textual traditions, or families of texts, which grew up in a certain region. For example, we have the Alexandrian text-type, which Westcott and Hort called the Neutral text that came from Egypt. Then, there is the Western text-type, which came from Italy and Gaul as well as North Africa and elsewhere. There was also the Caesarean text-type, which came from Caesarea and is characterized by a mixture of Western and Alexandrian readings. The Byzantine text-type, also called the Majority Text, came from Constantinople (i.e., Byzantium).
When we consider Abraham and Sarah, we might feel like he had good reasons for doubting. God had said he was to be the father of many nations, and things were certainly not going as planned. However, Abraham "did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead... Continue Reading →
Matthew 5:3 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of the heavens. Matthew 5:3 New International Version, ©2011 (NIV) 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) 3“Blessed are those who [are poor... Continue Reading →
1 Peter 5:8-10 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him and be firm in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are being experienced by your brothers in the world. 10 After you have suffered for a little while, the... Continue Reading →
Columbine High School massacre (2006): 18-year-old Eric Harris and 17-year-old Dylan Klebold, students at Columbine High School, killed twelve students and one teacher. They injured 21 additional people, and three more were injured while attempting to escape the school. The pair committed suicide at the end of the massacre. Red Lake shootings (2005): 16-year-old student Jeffrey Weise, killed... Continue Reading →
Christian apologetics [Greek: apologia, “verbal defense, speech in defense”] is a field of Christian theology which endeavors to offer a reasonable and sensible basis for the Christian faith, defending the faith against objections. It is reasoning from the Scriptures, explaining and proving, as one instructs in sound doctrine, many times having to overturn false reasoning before he can plant the seeds of truth.
Certainly, we are on the safe side of things, if we honestly, humbly examine the facts of any situation, to arrive at the truth. However, this is not the same as, allowing unfounded, destructive doubts to grow in our minds and heart, doubts that can ruin our firmly established beliefs and relationships.