Can the Bible be impeached solely because it’s religious?

'I can understand the frustration of the skeptic when he encounters a Christian defending his convictions by merely citing the Bible with no quantification.  It frustrates me too. Why would the Christian expect the skeptic to grant the Bible the same level of authority as does the Christian?  … [Read more...]

Religions and violence: they’re not pretty much all the same

Over the years, I've noticed it's rare for a skeptic to differentiate between the religions.  So rare that when noted Atheist and comedian Bill Maher takes people to task for placing Christianity and Islam on equal footings when it comes to violence 'in the name of', it actually makes the news.  And … [Read more...]

When can God take a life?

Skeptics and Atheists aside, most people can accept -- even if they don't like it -- that God takes life.  When it comes to our loved ones, it doesn't matter how much time we had with them, we could have -- should have -- had more.  But when it comes to life and death, some causes of death we seem … [Read more...]

ZQTX Q&A

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A semi-regular commenter, ZQTX, wondered aloud what "the precise point where you accept and do not accept the science".  I think it's a bit loaded, but asked in good faith nonetheless.  He provided a sample list of questions which I'll answer here.  It's not likely to interest many other readers, … [Read more...]

‘Jesus Wife’ papyri discovered to be a hoax…no kidding

Not long ago, professor Karen King had made an announcement that she was in possession of a fragment of ancient papyri containing reference to Jesus' wife.  Much of the Christian world was immediately skeptical, including myself.  Some Christians' skepticism stems from a concern or fear that a newly … [Read more...]

Why do people go to hell?

It’s not right that people would go to hell just for not believing in the right God.  We all know a good and moral God would't condemn people to hell just for not believing in him, would he?  I hear this a lot, and it demonstrates a  misunderstanding of the reason people are condemned in the first … [Read more...]

Why don’t Atheists believe in the resurrection?

Atheists, or more specifically Naturalists, by and large will not accept that Jesus rose from the dead.  Dead people don't just come back to life!  Add to that the seeming lack of sufficient evidence makes this fantastic claim all the more unbelievable, right?  Testimony isn't enough to believe such … [Read more...]

Do you hold a literal view of Genesis?

Ok, I literally hate when people ask the question, "do you believe in a literal interpretation of Genesis?"  I think there is an ingrained tendency to narrow one's focus too much, to the point where you develop tunnel vision and either refuse, or fail to accept that there is more than one way take a … [Read more...]

Atheist trying to make a joke of Christian holiday confuses Christmas and Easter

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No doubt this particular Atheist thinks he knows too much about Christianity to believe it.  His post contains short videos mocking the crucifixion of Jesus, rather than his birth...which is what Christmas celebrates.  Perhaps this Easter there'll be snarky images of nativity … [Read more...]

Discussing Reformed Theology

About a week or so ago I meandered onto a social media group where Reformed theological doctrines were the topic of discussion.  It's an issue I've always enjoyed probably because I have a good time meddling in controversy.  I do not consider myself a Reformed Christian, though I do lean that way on … [Read more...]

Is the Bible automatically disqualified?

'Because the Bible says so, that's why!'  I can sympathize with the frustration the skeptic must feel when he encounters a Christian defending his convictions in this fashion.  It frustrates me too. Why would the Christian expect the skeptic to grant the Bible the same level of authority as … [Read more...]

Inventing God

I have heard it asserted by skeptics that God was a tool invented by someone or a group of someones in an effort to control the masses. I'm not sure this makes much sense to me, it never has.  It's a great 'what-if' story, but it's little more than speculation.  That doesn't make it a false claim, … [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving

From my family to yours, have a happy and meaningful Thanksgiving.  Enjoy some facts about turkeys! Interesting turkey fact of the day: 100% of farm-raised turkeys are artificially inseminated due to their sexually-prohibitive size. … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Proclamation, President George Washington

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation. Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor-- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by … [Read more...]

Where are Jesus’ descendants?

A conversation about genealogies got me thinking.  If I am correct, historically speaking, the Jewish people kept track of their families' blood lines back to the biblical tribes of Israel.  There ought to be a line, or lines, of Jewish families who could trace their roots back to Jesus' immediate … [Read more...]

Jesus…how unoriginal

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After being at this for a while, nothing surprises me anymore.  It's almost to the point where I don't even expect critics of the Christian message to do their due diligence and investigate whether what they read on Atheist's blogs is even accurate.  Here's the next example. Horus Born of a … [Read more...]

Eye witness testimony and hearsay

The Gospel accounts record the period of Jesus life where he allegedly performed miracles, was put to death, buried, and raised from the dead.  One reason skeptics deny the reliability of the accounts is they were not penned by actual eye-witnesses, but instead are hearsay accounts.  Putting aside … [Read more...]

Why Christians accuse Atheists of not having read the Bible explained in one internet meme

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Anyone who has read a Bible would know that it's not Satan who punishes evildoers (in Hell presumably).  The point isn't that the Bible is right or wrong about anything, only that it doesn't say what is being implied it says. I realize it is a popular cultural misconception that Satan is in charge … [Read more...]

Credible sources

Anyone who takes their religion and politics seriously has their list of 'go-to' sources.  Whether they be certain authors, blogs, journals, or books, we all have them.   We need them.What is it that makes your particular sources credible?  How do you know the source is credible?It's important to … [Read more...]

The Political Left’s view of people in one winners and losers bracket

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The Political Left views people in groups, not as individuals.  This is why some people are more equal than others and why some people are more valuable than others (i.e., hate crime laws).  In so doing it is then possible to create divides among the people.  People lose their individual identities … [Read more...]