This website is dedicated to the hundreds of millions of Christians, worldwide, persecuted for their faith by evil without mercy.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS | REASON FOR HOPE
Transforming lives for the glory of God
A theme that underlies the entire ministry of Jesus Christ is the apocalyptic assumption that God is battling Satan for all creation and the souls of all mankind. Jesus understood himself to be the one in whom this battle was to be played out in a decisive way. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil and establish God’s domain. By the substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ, all creation was redeemed from the bondage of evil and each soul was offered redemption from the bondage of sin. But Satan was not a willing seller and is at war with God to retain possession. The outcome of the struggle was completely decided by the substitutionary atonement; yet few would claim Jesus has already restored and repossessed his corrupted creation. The world, at every level, is at war. Christians are on the front lines of this Great War between good and evil whether we like it or not. As we stand side by side with Jesus in this war, the suffering of the Christian soldier has a meaning and value to God commensurate with this titanic spiritual struggle of the ages.
At some point in time, God entrusted Satan and other powerful angels with the stewardship of all creation. They betrayed God’s trust and began to turn what God created as good into an inherently violent and terrifying system dominated by decay, violence, disease, suffering and death. Although God could have simply restored and repossessed His corrupted creation, His purity of wisdom, holiness, justice and truth demanded a punishment for every evil and every sin. Only one punishment, the substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ, was great enough to redeem all creation from the bondage of evil and offer redemption from the bondage of sin to all mankind. But Satan will never acknowledge the efficacy of that punishment. He is battling God to retain possession of that which was given to him (Luke 4:5-7). The substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ began a new phase of warfare. God the Son began the process of taking back his creation. For a time and within limits, God continues to permit certain consequences of rampant rebellion and the brutal corruption of all life. But He expects His people to engage the enemy and be soldiers in His army.
In these last days, Satan is making a ferocious attempt to demean God, discredit man and destroy God’s relationship with man in full view of all the angels in Heaven! Satan’s all-consuming purpose is to drive an irremovable wedge between God and man, to effect an alienation that cannot be reconciled. Satan claims the concept of salvation by faith, the grace of God and the substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ is a sham. God the Father should not have attempted it, Jesus Christ could not have legitimately paid for it and you and I, driven by our sin nature, could never receive it. According to Satan, it’s all smoke and mirrors so that God can save His wretched humans without appearing to compromise His own character. The accusation, once raised, cannot be removed, not even by destroying the accuser. If the salvation offered to every man and woman can be exposed as a perversion of wisdom, holiness, justice and truth, then a chasm of alienation would stand between God and man that could not be bridged. Reconciliation would be unthinkable. God’s whole enterprise in creation would be radically and irrevocably flawed; He could only sweep it away in awful judgment as He nearly did once before (Gen 6:5-7).
As integral players in this Great War, the course of our Christian lives must never elicit the rulers and authorities in heavenly realms to question the manifold wisdom, holiness, justice and truth of God.
Christians eagerly anticipate the denouement but the struggle is relentless!
ARE YOU LIVING IN BONDAGE TO SIN?
DOES YOUR HEART YEARN TO BE BORN AGAIN?
Pray this Prayer
Almighty God, I come into your presence
Confessing my sin nature and behavior,
Having remorse in my heart,
Wanting to repent,
Asking Your forgiveness,
Forgiving those who have sinned against me
And believing I am saved from eternal damnation
By faith, the grace of God and the Substitutionary Atonement of Jesus Christ
I pray that the Holy Spirit will
Occupy and purify my heart,
Make known to me the will of God,
Help me discern the truth,
Be Lord of my life
And keep me on the path of repentance, faith and obedience,
Continually reaffirmed and renewed.
This website sets forth:
- CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY -- WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE? (Theology Corner)
- CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS -- WHY DO YOU BELIEVE IT? (Book)
- BIBLE CODE -- MESSAGE WITHIN A MESSAGE (Encrypted in Genesis)
THERE IS A WAY THAT SEEMS RIGHT TO A MAN BUT THE END THEREOF LEADS TO DEATH
The fastest growing religious affiliation in America is “none” now comprising nearly one third of the adult population. In at least a dozen developed countries, including America, between twenty five and sixty five percent of the population reject the concept of “life after death.” By any statistical assessment, religiosity is declining and atheism is ascending in all but the poorest nations of the world.
For the first time since 1937, fewer than half of Americans (47%) belong to a church. Church membership remained steady (68-70%) for many decades until a precipitous decline began around the year 2000. The United States of America is no longer a Christian nation! It is, instead, a collection of loosely bound, humanistic groups that, on occasion, become mobs. A humanistic culture is one embracing the concept that men and women can begin from themselves and derive the standards by which to judge all things. There are, for such people, no fixed standards of behavior, no standards that cannot be eroded or replaced by what seems necessary, expedient or fashionable. The humanistic culture of the country is reflected by our leaders and particularly by our judges who hide their humanism behind black robes. But we, in America, have gone a step further than merely humanistic leadership. We have segregated ourselves into groups, or mobs, many of which hate our country, hate our constitution, hate our culture, hate our history, hate our institutions, hate our flag, hate God and yearn for anarchy followed by totalitarianism. These mobs spit on equality of opportunity and demand equality of outcomes. They want to cancel our culture and revise our history. We are lurching toward anarchy followed by socialism, communism and, ultimately, totalitarianism.
A Judeo-Christian world view dominated the West for centuries. Biblical doctrine was preached not as a truth but as the truth. This teaching formed not only the religious base of society but the cultural, legal and governmental bases as well. For example, people viewed human life as unique, to be protected and loved, because each individual is created in the image of God. We talked about the sanctity of human life. But now the consensus of our society no longer rests on a Judeo-Christian base, but rather on a humanistic one. Now the United States aborts about 3000 humans per day in the name of reproductive rights. Humanism makes man the measure of all things. It puts man rather than God at the center. The Christian Church has become part of this transition. Much of the church no longer holds that the Bible is the Word of God.
In a mere 240 years, the United States of America has been transformed from a Christian based society to a Godless, humanistic society and, when a nation abandons God, God abandons the nation. Mysteriously, this most recent sociological revolution has many trappings of a religion. Every American is placed in one of two categories which, for the purpose of illustration, can be called elect and reprobate. All reprobate Americans are afflicted with an original sin. Redemption from the bondage of this original sin is possible but only by following spiritual leaders called the woke. Most of the woke rely on a humanist foundation for their vast wisdom but the most influential derive their authority from a higher source which serves as their god. This higher source has not been clearly identified but there are some likely candidates (Eph 2:2, 6:11-12).
In the midst of this sociological transformation, the organized church has utterly failed the United States of America. Pastors and other powerful leaders, propped-up by Seminaries and Bible Colleges, either join the revolution or pretend it doesn’t exist. Those pastors who join the revolution are preoccupied with social justice, critical race theory and intersectionality; they have little time for such anachronistic endeavors as evangelism and discipleship. Those pastors who pretend the revolution doesn’t exist believe their churches can function and flourish in a pretend 1950s time frame. Either way, evangelically minded Christians are unable to accomplish the assignments given to them long ago by Jesus Christ [Great Commandment (Mat 22:36-40), Great Commission (Mat 28:18-20), Healing (Luke 9:2, 10:9)].
Some evangelicals settle for ritual faithfulness because the organized church is stifling their Great Commission fruitfulness. This is a risky approach because the wealth of Jesus Christ comprises the sum total of all saved souls. Jesus expects Christians to increase His wealth by helping those who are being convicted of sin to make it across the finish line. If we refuse to use our great gift of salvation to help others cross the finish line, then we are no better than the wicked and slothful servant who hid his master's wealth in the ground (Mat 25:14-30). ‘Well done my good and faithful servant’ are the words each Christian hopes to hear from Jesus; but, someday, American Christians might hear instead, ‘My Church effectively died in America on your watch; I am holding you responsible.’
Could it be that traditional outreach practices (i.e. invite your neighbor to church, workplace evangelism, friendship evangelism, door to door witnessing, etc.) are marginally effective in 21st century America? Could it be that the motives of those who deliver the Christian message are frequently viewed with deep suspicion and mistrust? Perhaps Christians worldwide could rediscover an ancient approach unaffected by motives and independent of marketing strategies. That approach would be logic and reason.
ALWAYS BE READY TO GIVE A REASON FOR THE HOPE THAT IS IN YOU WITH HUMILITY AND RESPECT
Is Christianity grounded in the events of history, the facts of science, the rules of logic or any reasonable concept of truth? Supportive evidence has been available for decades but it was often concealed in a web of unsound science, false logic and personal truth. The book entitled Christian Handbook of Reason and Insight for Scientists and Technologists, available free from this website, places existing information in a framework of sound science, solid logic and absolute truth. Most of the references are 4 - 5 decades old suggesting the presentation may be new but the information is not.
Jesus said, "I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me." If this book motivates one non-Christian to "open the door," its primary purpose will have been accomplished. If one Christian becomes a stronger apologist, a secondary purpose will have been accomplished.
Ten questions are addressed with classical logic; supplementary material has been relegated to the references so the reader can focus entirely on the critical arguments. This book is not a source of original thought; instead, it is a compendium of critical arguments uncluttered by supplementary material and excessive personal opinion. The reader is challenged to refute these arguments. From a denominational vantage, the book fits all flavors except Young Earth (Theology Corner, Chapter 20).
EXAMINE EVERYTHING CAREFULLY; HOLD FAST TO THAT WHICH IS GOOD
In addition to a text on Christian Apologetics, this website contains the author's perspective on a variety of Christian issues including: The Illogical and Blasphemous Aspects of Calvinism; The True Source of Evil; The Meaning of Holiness; The Impending Death of the Protestant Church in America; Whether Satan is Alive and Well; The Core Beliefs of Christianity; The Purpose of Prayer and a Proper Christian Perspective on Healing. This commentary, located in "Theology Corner," is Wesleyan/Arminian with a Theodicy based on Satan and his minions. A concise defense of Wesleyan/Arminian Theology, together with a repudiation of Reformed Theology, is woven into Theology Corner. This stark comparison is not readily available from the web or contemporary literature. Furthermore, mainline Wesleyan/Arminian denominations (UMC, Nazarene, Wesleyan, etc.) have become so preoccupied with social activism, political correctness and the introverted pursuit of personal holiness that they no longer have the time or inclination to defend their historic beliefs. However, Traditional Southern Baptists have been standing in the gap by affirming the essence of Prevenient Grace and embracing all five points of the Remonstrance except the one denying eternal security.
Theology Corner is a work in progress approaching 100 self-contained, stand-alone Sections or Chapters. Each Section represents a distillation and integration of important ideas set forth by iconic Christian teachers. A common theme is the great, ongoing war between good and evil with Christians standing side by side with Jesus Christ.
WHAT IS SEEN WAS NOT MADE OUT OF THINGS WHICH ARE VISIBLE
This website also presents technical articles based on the Judeo-Christian tradition that God arranged the 304,805 character string of concatenated words in the Torah to reveal not only a spiritual message but also to encrypt fundamental information about the beginning of the universe and its development over time including the entirety of physics, chemistry, biology and human history…a message within a message. These articles are located in Encrypted in Genesis and include:
Genesis of the Reciprocal Fine Structure Constant
Genesis of the Genetic Code for Life
Genesis of the Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa Matrix
Genesis of the Countably Infinite Universe
Genesis of the Ecliptic Divide of the Cosmos
Genesis of Preferred Cosmic Directions
Genesis of the Golden Ratio
Genesis of Relative Atomic Mass for the Elements of Periods 1 and 2
A coincidence is a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection. Given sufficient evidence, however, the bridge between “remarkable concurrence of events” and “causal connection” must be crossed. Encrypted in Genesis may not motivate you to cross that bridge, but it might motivate you to put one foot on the bridge!
THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE
This is not a glitz and glamour website. It is primarily for those who want to think about Christianity to determine what they believe and why they believe it. It does not pander to bloggers, mesmerize you with clever graphics and social media apps, diminish cults, condemn non-Christian religions, bank on name recognition, promote a particular denomination, seek your support or want your money. These activities may be intrinsically legitimate but they are not relevant to the primary objective of Christian Apologetics: "Always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in you with humility and respect" (1 Pet 3:15). Christians are at war with the forces of evil and need to be armed with truth concerning their religious beliefs (Eph 6:14).
To put the apologetics portion of this website into perspective for millennials, by 1960, when I graduated high school, the victory of science over Christianity was nearly complete. Jesus Christ was a mythical crutch for ignorant, illogical, weak-willed, neurotic people who couldn't cope with life. In that era, intellectuals embraced the following:
- Although some evidence supports the idea that the universe had a beginning, the steady state theory is alive and well!
- The earth should be viewed as an insignificant, meaningless speck in a universe vast beyond comprehension.
- The moral law is a product of biological evolution or learned social behavior.
- Life appeared spontaneously by random chance from non-living matter (abiogenesis).
- The gradual evolution of complex life from primitive life can be explained by Survival of the Fittest (biological evolution).
But, by 1985, the evidence supported different views:
- The universe began at a definite point in time (The Big Bang).
- The universe appears to exist as a home for us since the slightest change in any one of its fundamental properties would preclude our existence (The Anthropic Principle).
- The moral law appears to have been written on our primitive consciousness.
- The spontaneous generation of first life from non-living matter cannot be explained by any known scientific process.
- Primitive life does not exist; the blueprint for any type of life is incredibly complex. Furthermore, the overall fitness of a creature can neither be measured nor computed since no paradigm exists for reducing the creature to a calculable whole.
Obstacles to Christianity based on physics, chemistry and biology were substantially neutered in less than a generation. During roughly the same time period, Freud's attack on Christianity, as a dangerous mental disorder which should be replaced by psychoanalysis, was also dismantled by evidence. In the absence of new arguments, intellectuals continue to attack Christianity using discredited concepts from the 1960's. But with actual barriers substantially removed, the truth seeker is free to evaluate Christianity based on classical logic, sound reason and the evidence of Scripture, personal experience and great traditions of the church.
To put the contents of Theology Corner into perspective for millennials, many of the several dozen chapters can be viewed as a response to the current death spiral of the Protestant Church in America and beyond. The church is currently in septic shock caused by a massive internal infection. Protestants are succumbing to abscesses deep within the Christian community. Serious infections in the church are generally caused by corrupt Christians and not by external influences. Satan knows the best way to cripple the church is from within; he does this most effectively by corruption of church leadership. Powerful personalities among the upper echelon elite of Christianity practice lawlessness, apostasy, heresy and blasphemy all under the guise of making the teachings of Jesus Christ more palatable in this modern age and more in tune with progressive thinking. Many pastors quickly learn to serve the ones who pay their salaries, control their careers and teach them about the importance of political correctness. Many pastors become entertainment directors for country club churches having such shallow content that every corner of their great edifice is infused with the pall of spiritual death. Most pastors promote congregational ignorance for fear of losing control; an ignorant congregation is a manageable congregation. Most pastors fail to stand firm against the evil sweeping over civilization like a tsunami. Unprincipled pastors and other powerful leaders, propped-up by Seminaries and Bible Colleges, are the root cause of the Protestant Church death spiral. Theology Corner calls them out. You may view it as a years’ worth of messages you will, unfortunately, never hear in church; most preachers would be reluctant to raise these issues for fear of causing the congregation to think! Consequently, this website will always be considered a rogue outlier by the community of Christian apologists.
By classical logic, Christianity is either absolutely true or absolutely false; there is no in between. Truth is not personal, situational, relative or unknowable; it is absolute. Good hunting!
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