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Monday, March 25

Defending God

I've just began an Apologetics course through Liberty, and this week we read a really interesting article about the Bible as Truth. Sometimes I fall into the trap of believing that Christians have simply blind faith, rather than faith and reason to defend our beliefs. My Apologetics reference guide notes, "While faith precedes comprehension, it certainly does not eliminate it. Christianity is not a mindless religion of mystical experiences that are devoid of reasonable conclusions. To the contrary, Christianity is the most well-reasoned, factually based religion on the planet." Below are some selected passages from the article. "God Doesn't Believe in Athiests" by Ray Comfort is another great book in defense of the existence of God.

• The ocean floor contains deep valleys (2 Sam. 22:16; Job 38:16; Ps. 18:15) and towering mountains (Jonah 2:6). The ancients thought the ocean floor was flat, sandy, and bowl-like. (Barfield, 170).

• The ocean contains underwater springs (see Gen. 7:11; Job38:16; Prov. 8:28). The other civilizations believed the ocean was fed only by rain and rivers (Barfield, 171).

• Moses wrote: For six years you are to sow your fields and harvest the crops, but during the seventh year let the land lie unplowed and unused. (Ex. 23:10). Allowing the ground to lie fallow every seventh year was not a custom in the nonbiblical cultures. It is a practice, however, that scientists have since discovered was way ahead of its time (Cairney .Prescience 1, 134).

• Did not consider the stars to be near us and fixed in their positions. Genesis 1:8, 14-17 speaks of the heavens as an expanse, which literally means .spreading out.. Jeremiah implies that the heavens cannot be measured (31:37; Barfield, 102).

• Did not consider the heavens to have existed from eternity, but taught that they had a beginning (Gen. 1:1).

Dead Sea Scrolls
• [they] proved to be word for word identical with our standard Hebrew Bible in more than 95% of the text. The 5% variation consisted chiefly of obvious slips of the pen and variations in spelling. (Geisler, 1986, 367).

• One thing that impressed Ramsay about Luke, the writer of Acts, was his accuracy with respect to ostensibly insignificant details. For example, Luke accurately names the rulers of Thessalonica politrarchs, Gallio the .Proconsul of Achaea, the official in Ephesus a, temple warden, the governor of Cyprus a proconsul and the chief official in Malta .the first man of the island.. Such titles have since been confirmed in numerous Greek and Latin inscriptions.

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