Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Reza Aslan's "Zealot" Firestorm

You may have seen the viral video from Fox News' Lauren Green's interview of  Dr Reza Aslan on his book on Jesus titled "Zealot". Watch it here.  The interview is horrible.  Although I don't agree with Reza Aslan's conclusions, from what I've heard,  I was appalled by the bias and unfairness leveled against him. It was painfully obvious that Green  (and maybe her producers either) had not read Aslan's book and did not understand his arguments in the slightest. It was disrespectful. It looked like the Fox News deal was to just to pretend that because Aslan is a Muslim he has no right to comment on Jesus and history. Aslan is wrong in many of his conclusions but he has every right to say it. Many non-Muslims have come to many of the same conclusions about Jesus. Aslan has every right to be wrong as the liberal "christian" or atheist or agnostic scholar.

A firestorm has been launched over this interview that has gone viral. I think it is worth looking at some of the comments and stories around this. For an atheist's perspective, check out John Loftus' short post
Reza Aslan Interviewed on Fox News About His New Book, "Zealot". Loftus was correct about how bad the interview was but I know he does not fully come to the same detailed conclusions that Aslan has and I get the feeling that he'd rather ignore Aslan completely because Aslan is a Muslim. Aslan is not wrong because he is a Muslim, he is wrong because he doesn't let the Bible speak and fairly weigh it, as James White points out in his webcast yesterday. Dr White goes much farther in showing why he disagrees with Dr Aslan (he even read the book) and quoted from an interview Aslan gave recently showing why Aslan was not a Christian (like every apostate I've ever heard from). Read the interview Exclusive Loonwatch Interview with Reza Aslan.
I don't have a problem with non-Christians discussing the content of the Bible. It opens up a dialog.

The interview made Fox News look so bad they felt the need to respond

The YoungTurks channel had some choice comments as well

If you are interested in a more indepth review on what Aslan actually wrote about Jesus check out

Monday, July 29, 2013

Doug Wilson Interviews Mark Driscoll

I came across a real interesting video where Pastor Douglas Wilson interviewed Pastor Mark Driscoll on several topics. This is gold.

Good God & Evil World by Paul Copan: MP3 / Video - Apologetics 315

Here is an interesting video of  Dr Paul Copan describing how to answer the problem of reconciling God's goodness with evil and suffering. He uses free will for his explanation. I don't completely agree. Evil and Suffering are under God's complete control and only serve his will to conform those he loves to the image of his son.

Good God & Evil World (in 18 Minutes) from Paul Copan on Vimeo.

Good God & Evil World by Paul Copan: MP3 / Video - Apologetics 315

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Truthbomb Apologetics: Do Animals Display Morality? A Reasonable Faith Podcast

Over at Truthbomb Apologetics, Chad has posted a link to Dr William Lane Craig's podcast where he responds to an interview of Frans de Waal, director of Emory University's Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia.The interview is about how animals display morality and what does that say about humanity. Here is a video of the interview from CNN

Here is a link to Truthbomb Apologetics where you can get the link to Dr Craig's podcast in which he responds to the interview and Dr de Waal.  Truthbomb Apologetics: Do Animals Display Morality? A Reasonable Faith Podcast

Friday, July 26, 2013

Darrell Bock on the Jesus Seminar - MP3 Audio - Apologetics 315

Dr Darrel Bock once gave a great lecture on the "Jesus Seminar" where he discusses current scholarship on Jesus Christ. Worth it. 

Darrell Bock on the Jesus Seminar - MP3 Audio - Apologetics 315

Answering Muslims: Eleven-Year-Old Nada Al-Ahdal Flees Home to Avoid Forced Marriage in Yemen

Answering Muslims: Eleven-Year-Old Nada Al-Ahdal Flees Home to Avoid Forced Marriage in Yemen

I wonder what arguments would marriage "equality" proponents would use to argue for and against this little girls situation?

NUMBER 13 - official trailer - YouTube

One of the unsung gems on San Diego Comic Con 2013 is the following announcement!

Published on Jul 18, 2013
Based on the DARK HORSE comic. NUMBER 13, a young cybernetic amnesiac, wanders a postapocalyptic wasteland searching for a father he can't remember. He possesses powers coveted by irrational, feuding factions of the future, and he quickly becomes entangled in their deadly struggle for world dominance!
Independent artists are taking the industry back! Artist Robert Love and writer David Walker who created the popular comic series NUMBER 13 (published through DARK HORSE) have teamed up with commercial director Steve Petersen to create the OFFICIAL TRAILER for their new project.

NUMBER 13 - official trailer - YouTube

I was not able to attend the convention but I heard about this from watching the following panel

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

FacePlant of the Day - Debunking Christianity: The Biblical Lies of God and Jesus

I am amazed at Harry McCall's hatred of God I honestly can't tell if he lies about what the Bible says or if its just ignorance. This is a serious faceplant devoid of logic and truth.

While the Bible is used so swear oaths on from the court room to political office and is often heard in the popular statement, “I’ll swear on a whole stack of Bibles.” evidently few people who use the Bible as a moral and ethical guide have ever really considered the true character of its two deities!

I don't think Harry McCall understands what the Trinity is or anything about what the Bible teaches about God. His whole point on this article is that the Bible records lies of God.  But does he present any evidence of God lying?

Divine Lie 1
In 1 Kings, Yahweh has his 400 prophets lie to Ahab:

"Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said to them, “Shall I go against Ramoth-gilead to battle or shall I refrain?” And they said, “Go up, for the Lord will give it into the hand of the king.” (1 Kings 22: 6)

Divine Lie 2
Jehoshaphat knows God has His prophets lying to Ahab and tells him to send for the prophet Micaiah who  confirms that God is indeed a lair:

 "Micaiah said, “Therefore, hear the word of the LORD. I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by Him on His right and on His left.  “The LORD said, ‘Who will entice Ahab to go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ And one said this while another said that. 21 “Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD and said, ‘I will entice him.’  “The LORD said to him, ‘How?’ And he said, ‘I will go out and be a deceiving spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ Then He said, ‘You are to entice him and also prevail. Go and do so.’  “Now therefore, behold, the LORD has put a deceiving spirit in the mouth of all these your prophets; and the LORD has proclaimed disaster against you.” (1 Kings 22: 19 – 23)

Let's take both of these at the same time. Because McCall's second example is supposed to confirm the first lie. Scriptures say that all  prophecy is from God. Therefore while God allowed the lying spirit to lie to Ahab through 400 prophets, it was also God that told Micaiah what happened in Heaven and made it known to Ahab and Jehoshaphat. and yet both Kings chose to attack Ramoth-gilead although they knew they shouldn't. This wasn't God's fault and God made sure that they knew better. McCall is wrong. God did not lie in this situation or any situation. 

Divine Lie 3
The Prophet Jeremiah accuses God of being a deceiver and a liar:

"Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Surely You have utterly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, ‘You will have peace’; whereas a sword touches the throat.” (Jeremiah 4: 10)

Jeremiah was not really accusing God of lying. Jeremiah was telling how he felt.  He had been abused and oppressed for telling people what God told him to say. He was suffering and felt betrayed because he did not think he would be suffering so much for doing the right thing. However, no where did God promise Jeremiah (or anyone of us) no pain and no suffering due to our obedience to Him. Several places in scripture tells us that we should expect pain and suffering in life period.  

Divine Lie 4
Jeremiah again accuses God of lying:

 "O LORD, You have deceived me and I was deceived; You have overcome me and prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all day long; everyone mocks me." (Jeremiah 20:7)

Same as number 3.

Divine Lie 5
 God will lie to anyone He doesn't like:

"And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel." (Ezekiel 14: 9)

Maybe McCall is afraid that God does not like him. I wish McCall would remember context. It's not God does not like this prophet. This is in context of judgement for idolatry.

Some of the elders of Israel came to me and sat down in front of me. Then the word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I let them inquire of me at all? Therefore speak to them and tell them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When any of the Israelites set up idols in their hearts and put a wicked stumbling block before their faces and then go to a prophet, I the Lord will answer them myself in keeping with their great idolatry. I will do this to recapture the hearts of the people of Israel, who have all deserted me for their idols.’
“Therefore say to the people of Israel, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices!
“‘When any of the Israelites or any foreigner residing in Israel separate themselves from me and set up idols in their hearts and put a wicked stumbling block before their faces and then go to a prophet to inquire of me, I the Lord will answer them myself. I will set my face against them and make them an example and a byword. I will remove them from my people. Then you will know that I am the Lord.
“‘And if the prophet is enticed to utter a prophecy, I the Lord have enticed that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand against him and destroy him from among my people Israel. 10 They will bear their guilt—the prophet will be as guilty as the one who consults him. 11 Then the people of Israel will no longer stray from me, nor will they defile themselves anymore with all their sins. They will be my people, and I will be their God, declares the Sovereign Lord.’” - Ezekiel 14:1-11

Divine Lie 6
God lies to Adam about the Tree of Knowledge:

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2: 17)

God’s lie is further exposed when the talking snake tells the truth.

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 3: 4)

McCall is forgetting that God is not against Knowledge (read Proverbs if you need proof). The Tree was not the Tree of Knowledge. It was the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. God did not tell Adam that that Adam would die immediately if he ate of the fruit. McCall forgets that  God said the creation was perfect - no death.  Adam would not have ever died had he not disobeyed God. McCall has written a lot on Debunking Christianity decrying and whining about suffering and evil yet thinks that the serpent was telling the truth while the fact that listening to the snake caused all the evil and suffering he wants to blame on God. The snake lied to Eve, not God.

Divine Lie 7
God lies to cover-up his lies:

He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me.” (Psalm 101: 7)

How does God putting out liars, cover God's lies? It doesn't. No logic here either. Let's keep looking for a good argument.

Divine Lie 8
God lies about his holiness to cover up more of his lies:

There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:

Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood,

A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil,

A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers." (Proverbs 6: 16 -19)

Asserting a lie does not make it a lie. Good thing God doesn't sue people for slander against Him. Hopefully, McCall will repent before it is too late.

Divine Lie 9
Jesus lies to get his apostles and to get converts.

Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it."  (John 14: 11 – 14)

This statement of Jesus was made after the 12 made their commitment to him. Also McCall doesn't provide any evidence that this isn't true. Jesus did not lie. McCall likes to pretend that he used to be a believer, but I find his testimony wanting. If he had, he would be able to tell Jesus was telling the truth firsthand. 

Divine Lie 10
Jesus lies about his Second Coming:

Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.” (Matthew 16: 28)

Nope. McCall should read Pastor Mark Driscol's commentary on this verse. Oh wait I have it right her: Tough Text Thursday: Matthew 16:28.  McCall shouldn't be thought of a liar in this case. The problem here is ignorance. It's a difficult verse Still a failure in exegesis, but an understandable failure.

Ironically, the Biblical authors of the Old and New Testament end up believing and then (unknowingly) condemning their own Gods:

 “He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man, that he should change his mind." (1 Samuel 15: 29)

 "But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." (Revelation 21: 8)

McCall fails to show how God lied about anything. Ten premises....ten fails. 

Debunking Christianity: The Biblical Lies of God and Jesus

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Pope Francis to forgive Twitter followers' sins online | Information, Gadgets, Mobile Phones News & Reviews |

Okay...just when I thought I had heard all of the craziest things possible, I come across a story like this one! I hope that this is just a rumor, but there is a story that Pope Francis will be giving 'plenary indulgences' to his Twitter followers!? On Biblical grounds, I reject the very idea of indulgences because when Jesus died on the cross he took away the sins of everyone who believes in him - turning away the wrath of God from His people. Jesus is our propitiation. If Jesus is our propitiation then why would the righteous need to suffer for their sins in purgatory? We don't. There is no Biblical basis for purgatory. It just galls me that so many folks may be deceived.

Pope Francis to forgive Twitter followers' sins online | Information, Gadgets, Mobile Phones News & Reviews |

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Navigraphic Shows Us How Close We Are To Technology From Star Trek

Here is an interactive website exploring how close we are to the technology imagined on Star Trek.
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Star Trek Science Fiction & Science Fact Navigraphic by musicMagpie

Here is a video

Navigraphic Shows Us How Close We Are To Technology From Star Trek

Monday, July 15, 2013

Zimmerman Verdict Is the Status Quo, But You Are Not - The Snob Blog - Danielle Belton's The Black Snob

Danielle Belton wrote a good article about George Zimmerman getting acquitted in killing Trayvon Martin. She sums up my feelings about the verdict very well. I am angry about the verdict, but not surprised. All the evidence I've heard does not line up and it seems like the jury was saying that it's okay to kill a young black male if you feel threatened by him...and who wouldn't feel threatened by him?  It could have been me, any of my brothers, cousins, my son, my nephews, or any of my friends. It hits home about just how much our lives are worth in America. Too sad. least there wasn't a race riot like in 1992 or 1968 or 1965....yet.

Zimmerman Verdict Is the Status Quo, But You Are Not - The Snob Blog - Danielle Belton's The Black Snob

I thought that this graphic from Tumblr summed up my feelings nicely.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Answering Muslims: The Consequences of Child Marriage in Niger

As the father of a six-year-old girl, I am very concerned that it seems to be okay to some people to think that God is alright with grown men to marry and have sex with pre-teen girls! I mean what is wrong with these people?! All the "arguments" about multiculturalism are stupid in this case. It's wrong now and forever no matter who does it and where they do it. The following article more than illustrates why

Answering Muslims: The Consequences of Child Marriage in Niger

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Bad Exogesis - When Billboards Tell Lies

I recently came across a post on Tumblr in which many pictures of  billboards covered with verses in the Bible was posted. The verses are meant to be shocking in such a way that people will come to the conclusion that the Bible couldn't be from God. The verses are presented without context and just attributed to God although many of the verses is not quoting what God said. Let's look at each billboard one-at-a-time and see if we understand what the verses are actually saying. When I quote the Bible it will be from the NIV.

Psalm 137:9

Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction,
    happy is the one who repays you
    according to what you have done to us.
Happy is the one who seizes your infants
    and dashes them against the rocks. - Psalm 137:8-9

I wonder why people don't seem to ever criticize the Bible in context. God is not commanding anyone to grab babies and bash their heads against rocks! When people make this argument I wonder if they really had bothered to read the chapter. The problem is the speaker is not God but a Jewish exile in Babylon who saw his world collapse around him and he wants God to end the exile and restore Jerusalem. He wanted his oppressors to pay. If you were in his possession you would probably want the same thing, but God is not talking or condoning this. We see here plain emotion - human emotion. The speaker wants revenge on the Edomites who were joyful at the disaster that befell Judah and vengeance on the Babylonians.

1 Timothy 2:12

 11 A woman[a] should learn in quietness and full submission. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man;[b] she must be quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. - 1 Timothy 2:11-13

Rather than rehash a lot of what I've already written, here is a more exhaustive post: An "Evil of Christianity"

 Deuteronomy 22:28-29

28 If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, 29 he shall pay her father fifty shekels[a] of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives. - Deuteronomy 22:28-29

Yup, here is the go to scripture for those who want to say that God condones rape in the Bible. People who butcher the scripture in this way are ignorant to what is being commanded and why it's being commanded in that context. My brother-in-Christ, Mariano Grinbank wrote a wonderful blog post a few years ago that just shows this argument for the farce that it is. Read his essay at the following link: 
Atheism, the Bible, Rape and, part 4 of 6

 Leviticus 25:44,45

44 “‘Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. 45 You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property. 46 You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly. - Leviticus 25:44-46

Here is a passage usually used as a proof text that the Bible condones slavery.  It doesn't. Rather than rehash the awesome points Mariano brings up in one of his brilliant articles, here is a link:

 Jeremiah 48:10

 Put salt on Moab,
    for she will be laid waste[f];
her towns will become desolate,
    with no one to live in them.

10 “A curse on anyone who is lax in doing the Lord’s work!
    A curse on anyone who keeps their sword from bloodshed!
11 “Moab has been at rest from youth,
    like wine left on its dregs,
not poured from one jar to another—
    she has not gone into exile.
So she tastes as she did,
    and her aroma is unchanged.
12 But days are coming,”
    declares the Lord,
“when I will send men who pour from pitchers,
    and they will pour her out;
they will empty her pitchers
    and smash her jars.
13 Then Moab will be ashamed of Chemosh,
    as Israel was ashamed
    when they trusted in Bethel. - Jeremiah 48:9-13

Obviously the passage is talking about war and judgement on Moab.  God is merciful. He gave the Moabites plenty of time to stop their idolatry but they did not. I think the violence of the passage is what the posters of the billboard were trying to use to provoke and emotional  response but in its historical context, it is appropriate because the judgement that was coming was going to be severe.

 Ezekiel 9:5

 Then I heard him call out in a loud voice, “Bring near those who are appointed to execute judgment on the city, each with a weapon in his hand.” And I saw six men coming from the direction of the upper gate, which faces north, each with a deadly weapon in his hand. With them was a man clothed in linen who had a writing kit at his side. They came in and stood beside the bronze altar.
Now the glory of the God of Israel went up from above the cherubim, where it had been, and moved to the threshold of the temple. Then the Lord called to the man clothed in linen who had the writing kit at his side and said to him, “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it.”
As I listened, he said to the others, “Follow him through the city and kill, without showing pity or compassion. Slaughter the old men, the young men and women, the mothers and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary.” So they began with the old men who were in front of the temple.
Then he said to them, “Defile the temple and fill the courts with the slain. Go!” So they went out and began killing throughout the city. While they were killing and I was left alone, I fell facedown, crying out, “Alas, Sovereign Lord! Are you going to destroy the entire remnant of Israel in this outpouring of your wrath on Jerusalem?”
He answered me, “The sin of the people of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great; the land is full of bloodshed and the city is full of injustice. They say, ‘The Lord has forsaken the land; the Lord does not see.’ 10 So I will not look on them with pity or spare them, but I will bring down on their own heads what they have done.”
11 Then the man in linen with the writing kit at his side brought back word, saying, “I have done as you commanded.” - Ezekiel 9

 Exodus 21: 7-8

“If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free as male servants do. If she does not please the master who has selected her for himself,[a] he must let her be redeemed. He has no right to sell her to foreigners, because he has broken faith with her. If he selects her for his son, he must grant her the rights of a daughter. 10 If he marries another woman, he must not deprive the first one of her food, clothing and marital rights. 11 If he does not provide her with these three things, she is to go free, without any payment of money. - Exodus 21:7-11

 Slavery? Really?? For Americans, slavery is a very touchy subject provoking all kinds of emotions like anger and guilt. But American Chattel Slavery and Slavery in Ancient Israel were not the same thing in the slightest. I would suggest reading Mariano's entire essay on slavery. Does the Bible and its God Condone Slavery?

 Ezekiel 21:31-32

30 “‘Let the sword return to its sheath.
    In the place where you were created,
in the land of your ancestry,
    I will judge you.
31 I will pour out my wrath on you
    and breathe out my fiery anger against you;
I will deliver you into the hands of brutal men,
    men skilled in destruction.
32 You will be fuel for the fire,
    your blood will be shed in your land,
you will be remembered no more;
    for I the Lord have spoken.’” - Ezekiel 21:30-33

I think the problem is that people really don't look at their sins as being bad enough to deserve judgement and death. Yes, we are that bad. What ever joys and happiness we experience isn't because of what we deserve but because of God's mercy on us. This passage is about the judgement deserved about Jerusalem and God using the Babylonians to do it. And it happened just like night follows day in 586 BC.

 Numbers 25:4

1While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women, 2who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate the sacrificial meal and bowed down before these gods. 3So Israel yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor. And the Lord’s anger burned against them.

4The Lord said to Moses, “Take all the leaders of these people, kill them and expose them in broad daylight before the Lord, so that the Lord’s fierce anger may turn away from Israel.”

5So Moses said to Israel’s judges, “Each of you must put to death those of your people who have yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor.”

6Then an Israelite man brought into the camp a Midianite woman right before the eyes of Moses and the whole assembly of Israel while they were weeping at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 7When Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, saw this, he left the assembly, took a spear in his hand 8and followed the Israelite into the tent. He drove the spear into both of them, right through the Israelite man and into the woman’s stomach. Then the plague against the Israelites was stopped; 9but those who died in the plague numbered 24,000. - Numbers 25:1-9
Just because you are one of  God's chosen people doesn't mean that you are exempt from judgement. The verse is about the leaders who lead Israel into idolatry and away from God who had just so recently delivered them from Egypt and provided everything for them. I mean think about it: How could they not be judged so harshly after all of that Don't forget they also received mercy because God did not annihilate them all!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Why I Believe | Reflections

Here is a great interview of Dr Kenneth Samples talking about how he became a Christian and why he believes.

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FacePalm of the Day - Debunking Christianity: God's Burning Orphans - The Problem of Divine Hiddenness

The following video was posted on Debunking Christianity because it was thought by Brian Wilson to easily show that God does not exist because God is not easily recognizable with the possibility of going to hell hanging in the balance if you choose the wrong worldview.

Debunking Christianity: God's Burning Orphans - The Problem of Divine Hiddenness

The thing that seems to be completely lost on most Atheists, like the one who made this video, is that they don't understand Christianity. No where in the entire Bible does God tell us that he is obligated to save anyone! By default, every human being sins and deserves to go to hell. Bottom line. God would be fully justified if every human being ended up in hell - including me and you. The guy in the video is indeed correct about "free will". It's not an issue here but not because of the reasons he thinks. None of us are freed from sin except by Jesus. This means that while you reject God, you ain't free - except which sins you voluntarily do. As for the "good" things you may do best thank God for His mercy that you were allowed to do them - but it's not enough to keep you out of hell without Jesus.

The other bone of contention this video brings up is that the video author thinks that God has not done enough to make himself known to everyone. I agree. God has revealed himself to humanity the way He has wanted to on His terms not ours. We may not have free will because our servitude to sin, but God is not fettered as such. Look at what the Bible say.

24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’[b] As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’[c]
29 “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.” - Acts 17:24-31

Paul in his proclamation was clear: God placed each one of us in the best possible circumstances to easily find Him so that we would seek Him out and the God is not far from either one of us. God is calling for each and everyone of us to repent. Want proof? Look no further than Jesus' resurrection from the dead. 

18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. - Romans 1:18-25

God has clearly made His existence known through what He has created. We have no excuse for unbelief. How does faith come in?

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.
By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.”[a] For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. - Hebrews 11:1-6

Lastly, the example of the burning orphans is really bad and shows that the guy in the video has no idea what Christianity is teaching. This is what the metaphor should be. We are not like sweet innocent orphans. Imagine a house full of mass murderers, liars, cheaters, rapists, molesters, and people guilty of manner of evil. The house catches fire because the people inside set the fire. It's not a fireman, one whose job and obligation it is to put out fires and save lives, but one who is completely innocent who decide to save the undeserving people in the burning house although it will cost him his own life. That is what Jesus did. Given that everyone in that house deserves death and suffering, I see no problem with Jesus electing the ones he saves. He is just and free to do it according to his own will. Neither you nor I have the right to select who lives and who doesn't but God does and remain perfectly just and merciful! 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

10 Most Important Numbers In The World - YouTube

10 Most Important Numbers In The World - YouTube

Truthbomb Apologetics: Debate Video: Richard Dawkins vs. John Lennox- "The God Delusion Debate"

This is an old Debate but it is an awesome one. Dawkins lost this one big time.

Truthbomb Apologetics: Debate Video: Richard Dawkins vs. John Lennox- "The God Delusion Debate"

Answering Muslims: What Is Islam?

Answering Muslims: What Is Islam?

Sarah Slamen, Texas Woman, Dragged Out Of Senate Amid Fiery Testimony Against Abortion Bill

I really disliked the scene in the following video. Sarah Slamen was expressing her right to free speech in the Texas Senate and was yet forcibly removed from the Senate floor. I disagree with her on Abortion but she had the right to say what she did. She, as do we all, have the right to judge our government. This is America after all.

Follow the link to see the video.
Sarah Slamen, Texas Woman, Dragged Out Of Senate Amid Fiery Testimony Against Abortion Bill

Truthbomb Apologetics: Video: "If You Can't Prove a Universal Negative, then Atheism is Unprovable!" featuring Dr. William Lane Craig

Here is a video of  Dr William Lane Craig discussing how even the definition of "atheism" is inconsistent with rationality. One can't have it both ways: It is unreasonable to pretend that you can't prove atheism is true yet also pretend it's reasonable to base your life on it. It's blind faith - believing a proposition is true without good evidence. 

Truthbomb Apologetics: Video: "If You Can't Prove a Universal Negative, then Atheism is Unprovable!" featuring Dr. William Lane Craig

MK3: The World’s First Commercially Available Robotic Exoskeleton | Geeks are Sexy Technology News

A Japanese company has just release a commercial exoskeleton. It won't give you superhuman strength, won't fly, not bullet proof, or turn you into a one-person army, but it's a step in that direction. It's amazing and only  $123,000 apiece! Below is their demo video but it's so tongue-in-cheek I wasn't sure if it's real or not.

MK3: The World’s First Commercially Available Robotic Exoskeleton | Geeks are Sexy Technology News

I looked it up and found several other sources referring to this:

Power Jacket MK3 leaps from comic book pages into reality

This Crazy Exoskeleton Suit Gives Schoolgirls (or Anyone) Super Powers

The Power Jacket is not the only such device....just the first to market. Check out Team Skeletonics' suit called "Exonnecs"

An Analysis of Bart Ehrman's Misquoting Jesus: MP3 by Peter J. Williams - Apologetics 315

Here is a lecture by Dr Peter J. Williams talking about Dr Bart Ehrman's popular book Misquoting Jesus in particular and Ehrman's works and career in genearal. 

An Analysis of Bart Ehrman's Misquoting Jesus: MP3 by Peter J. Williams - Apologetics 315

Bart Ehrman and Peter J. Williams have appeared on the Unbelievable? radio broadcast. It's on YouTube and worth listening to this one too!

Truthbomb Apologetics: Video: What Does C.S. Lewis Say to Us Today? featuring Alister McGrath

Check out this lecture by Alister McGrath on C.S Lewis. I thank God for Chad posting this on Truthbomb Apologetics God has truly gifted with great people to learn from!

Lecture by Dr. Alister McGrath from Lanier Theological Library on Vimeo.

Truthbomb Apologetics: Video: What Does C.S. Lewis Say to Us Today? featuring Alister McGrath

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Literature, CS Lewis and Conversion: Holly Ordway and Laura Miller on Unbelievable? | Hieropraxis

Holly Ordway and Laura Miller had an awesome discussion on the Unbelievable radio broadcast. They talked about the role of Literature in communicating religious belief from the context of C.S. Lewis and  J.R.R Tolkien. Should fantasy literature be used to communicate Christian ideas? They did a great job discussing the topic and it was really done respectfully although they sharply disagreed It's well worth listening to the discussion.

Literature, CS Lewis and Conversion: Holly Ordway and Laura Miller on Unbelievable? | Hieropraxis

Debunking Christianity: Atheism 101: The Null Hypothesis

This particular video was posted on the Debunking Christianity blog. It interesting in that it summarizes the most popular philosophical arguments against Christianity. Nothing new!  Each one has been refuted in the past.

The errors are many but there are two main ones. The video attempts to argue against Christian philosophers but mischaracterizes their arguments. For example. "omnipotence" does not mean God can do anything. When Christians use the term, we mean that God can do anything that is not logically inconsistent. For example, God cannot make a rock too large for God to lift because that would be a contradiction. The author of the video said he could make a rock too large for him to lift, but no human being can make a rock. Very illogical. Secondly, just because something is outside the perception of our senses does not mean it does not exist. According to this logic, the video's author denies science. Neither he or any human being have ever seen a single atom of any kind. Is one then free to conclude atoms do not exist? I don't think so  Likewise you can't deny that God exist Like atoms, God can be detected in other ways We can detect God by harkening to the revelation that God has made available to us

Debunking Christianity: Atheism 101: The Null Hypothesis

Reality Check: What Atheism Looks Like

What Atheists Think They Do to Christianity:

What Atheists Really Do to Themselves:

Truthbomb Apologetics: Short Film: Cruel Logic

Chad, from the Truthbomb Apologetics blog, posted a great video putting naturalistic moral arguments to the test. The video puts those arguments to their logical conclusion. At the end of it all if there is not objective morality how do we really determine what is right and what is wrong? Without God, we don't.

Truthbomb Apologetics: Short Film: Cruel Logic

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Debunking Christianity: Three Questions Facepalms Concerning the Function of Theism in the Modern World

It's arguments like this one that make me feel sorry for Harry H McCall. I mean could he truly believe he's making cogent and devastating arguments against Christianity? If he does, then I wonder what criteria is he using to determine what a good argument is and what a bad argument is. This one is truly bad. He should have called the post "Three FacePalms Concerning the Function of Theism". No worries, I fixed it.

1. Should it be an ethical mandate for science to remove a whole section of God’s creation from the face of the earth (for example, the total elimination of certain harmful parasites, germs and viruses)?

The premise should be rejected at the start. Science cannot and will not be able to eliminate anything from the face of the earth unless God allows it. McCall also fails to state what he defines as harmful. Also what ethical criteria is he using? If there is no God, then why would it be ethical to work against natural selection and evolution?

2. If no (to protect theism), should humanity be left to suffer with these divine creations as the Will of God to protect religion?

How does not eliminating harmful parasites, germs, and viruses protect theism? McCall also seems to assume he knows what the Will of God in this is while he has no clue. Guess he did not understand the Bible.

3. If yes, then should the logical next step be to eliminate God (Theism itself) as an ethical failure due to the fact that science is having to cleanup up God’s many malevolent creations?

Given that neither the first nor second "questions" are logical, it makes no sense to assert malevolence on God's part in any way. Let's let Apostle Paul help McCall out with the reason why the created order is the way it is now. 

18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that[h] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. - Romans 8: 18-30
God has not eliminated the pains and suffering in this life (all due to sin) because God is waiting for all those who will be saved to be actualized. Clear now? You're Welcome, Mr McCall.

Debunking Christianity: Three Questions Concerning the Function of Theism in the Modern World