Alternative Religions / Apologetics / Discernment / etc.

Charismatic Worship – Heaven on Earth?

Charismatic Worship – Heaven on Earth? Charismatic churches teach that music/sound is used to not only praise God, but as a means of connecting to the supernatural and bringing heaven to earth, however scripture teaches that we are simply to sing praises to God with gratitude in our hearts. Corporate singing has evolved from churches singing songs that have depth of theology in lyrics to simplistic repetitive phrases built around amateur rock bands, lights and performance. While there are variations on this scale, even a casual observer will be able to notice a difference in corporate worship in many

Apologetics / Timothy - Titus - Philemon

Importance of Doctrine

We can choose what we want to believe, but that doesn’t make us correct in what we choose. If somebody chooses to believe they can fly when they jump off of a building, they will soon find out that they’re wrong, but it will be too late. If we choose to believe that we have one million dollars in the bank and try to withdraw it, when our balance is actually one hundred dollars, security may want to have a word with us. While many would agree with the above examples whether they’re Christian or not the politically correct

Creation / Genesis

Vain Babblings

When I see the 1 Timothy 6:20: 20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: The first thing that comes to mind is evolution. The fact that so many brilliant scientists can come to the conclusion that nothing created everything baffles me. I saw a quote on a meme floating around on email and Facebook which still makes me laugh. Atheism: The belief that there was once absolutely nothing. And nothing happened to the nothing until the nothing magically exploded for no reason, creating

Creation / Genesis

Gap Theory Thoughts

The Gap Theory properly understood from the Bible would be that it’s an undetermined period of time that exists between Genesis 1:1 and 2. 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. Those who hold to the gap theory state that “was” should have been translated as “became” as it is a transitive verb implying an action. From what we read in the Bible, that’s all

Apologetics

Can You Prove The Bible

To prove the Bible is true is a subject of eternal consequence. For if the Bible is fiction, it has no more significance than any work of fiction such as Lord of the Rings, or Superman. However if the Bible is shown to be true, your soul hangs in the balance of what the Bible presents. Before you can show the Bible is true, you have to show that absolute truth exists. We might look at truth as obvious, but as Christians we believe in absolute truth. The problem is that we live in a post-modern culture where truth

Creation

Stretching the Heavens

The text of the Bible implies that there is more to the known universe than what we see. “Stretching the heavens” can appear to be poetic language, but many passages in scripture use this same phrasing. Job 9:8 states “Which alone spreadeth out the heavens,” Psalm 104:2 “… who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain” Isaiah 40:22 “…; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in” There are many more passages that refer to stretching the heavens and this points to consistency in the design of the text

Creation / Genesis

Canopy Theory

The hydro-plate theory and canopy theory are both alluded to in the verse: Gen 7:11 (KJV) 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened The canopy theory states that there was a water vapor barrier above the atmosphere. Not all creationists agree on this theory, but it does seem to solve a few problems. The first being rain. Rain is not mentioned previous to the flood. God’s covenant

Creation / Genesis

Scientific Discoveries the Bible Anticipated

There are mountains in the sea: Jonah 2 5-6. Oceanography is a fairly recent science and not really explored until the 20th century due to the fairly recent inventions of submarines and deep sea diving. Free diving can only take you so far before you come up for air. God created life according to it’s kind. This is what’s observed in nature and in the fossil record. There are no links between separate “kinds” of animals. No links between dogs and goats, no links between apes and humans. Space, Time, Matter and Energy. Genesis 1:1-3. In the first 3

Creation / Genesis

Fabric of Space

The Law of Conservation of Energy states that energy cannot be created or destroyed. Therefore since there is energy it had to be created by a supernatural creator who is outside space\time. Most of what the average public knows about space is information that they’ve gotten through movies and TV which is that space is an empty vacuum. Other than the scientific proof for the additional dimensions in space which is backed up by string theory and is in line with what the Bible says about space, the most fascinating thing is zero point energy. Zero Point energy was

Creation / Genesis

Three Fallacies Of Evolution

The second law of thermodynamics states: “in all energy exchanges, if no energy enters or leaves the system, the potential energy of the state will always be less than that of the initial state” This means that unless you put in energy to a system, that system will move from order to disorder, from design to randomness. Evolution as proposed is the idea that everything is evolving from a simple state to a complex state without adding energy. This simply contradicts the Entropy law. The second fallacy is the use of digital languages. To borrow a quote from the

Creation / Genesis

Evolution Fallacies

There are many fallacies that are used by evolutionists and theistic evolutionists. In general conversation friends and acquaintances generally use the same arguments that they hear from TV documentaries, movies and articles. They are not scientists themselves. Some common fallacies they use are: Humor or Ridicule This is where a sly comment or insult distracts from the argument. Commonly ridiculing a young earth creation position based in the Bible is not an argument or a reasoned response. This is also an Ad Hominem which is an argument directed at the person, not the claim. This generally leads into Appeal

Apologetics / General / Genesis

Logic in the Bible

To look at this question we have to look at where the idea of allegorizing scripture starts. This is the book of Genesis. Turning Genesis into allegory is the start down the path of turning other parts of the Bible that seem difficult to allegory. The issues brought up in Genesis such as God creating the universe in 6 days are not only in Genesis but it’s mentioned all through the entire Bible, New and Old Testaments. A Hypothetical Syllogism is an if-then statement. If this, then that. If the Bible is the Word of God, then it is