Basic Points of Apologetics

Apologetics

We have not taken on the realm of apologetics, at least not as a core item for our website. We have touched on it at times, but the foundation of our beliefs is based through faith and belief in the words of the Bible. However, there are times when strong information should be discussed.

We watched a video that falls into that category. But there’s a BIG catch. If you watch it, the story unfolds that creation is real but there is no real mention of Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior. You’ll find out after an hour and 45 minutes that the talking points have been shifted to point to the creator being Allah, the god of the Mulsims. We actually started posting this article with the video intact as we made it through the first half or so, but later realized that it was all pointing in the wrong direction.

We have taken down the video, of course, and this is a shame because some of the scientific information posted in the video is very real and relevant. However, any message that is not taken all the way through must be dismissed. That’s not to say that it invalidates all of the data, but as it’s stated in Galatians 5:9: A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

A Case for a Middle East Antichrist

Mecca

For centuries, the prevailing theory about the identity of the Antichrist has been that it will be someone coming out of the Roman empire. This theory has been based upon a handful of verses in the Book of Daniel and the Revelation of St John the Divine. The evidence might be pointing to the Roman empire as being the fourth empire in Daniel 2, but a more compelling argument might be made for the “Muslim empire” holding the future (or current) Antichrist.

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Is Allah Actually Baal?

Kaaba Stone

The Bible, both in the Old Testament as well as the Book of Revelation in the New Testament, refer to a god called Baal. Some believe that there are correlations between Baal and the Muslim god, Allah. Some even believe that Allah is just a modern name for the same entity.

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Are Bible Codes Real?

Bible Code

There are many types of codes in the Bible. One of the most controversial in discussion in recent years are the equidistant letter sequences that some claim demonstrate a divinity in the words as well as the structure of the Bible. Sir Isaac Newton believed in them. Today, millions believe that it’s real as well. This brings up two questions:

  1. Is the phenomenon something that can be duplicated in other books? In other words, is it really a divine code?
  2. If it is a code, what does it mean to us?

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Flight, Diversity, and Other Reasons Creation Makes Sense

Hummingbird Eating

We normally try to avoid apologetics. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with it, really. It’s just that we believe that the knowledge of God and His Creation are part of all of us and trying to prove or justify it with arguments rather than embracing the faith of truth within us is not the right path for us. However, we sometimes succumb to the urge to help others find that reasoning within by dismissing the false teachings that often come with scientific explanations.

This particular video is pretty good. While we won’t call it great at what it’s trying to accomplish, namely pointing to things that happen in the world and in nature that point squarely towards an impossibility of evolution and randomness in the universe, we do appreciate much of what it said in it. Of particular interest is the hummingbird and the way that its body is strong evidence against the possibility of random chance forming this majestic creature. It doesn’t do what it does through pure evolution. Mutation to get to its current form is absurd. It’s an easy pointer towards creation.

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Former Muslim Brotherhood Member Gives Interesting Perspective on a Muslim Anti-Christ

Walid Shoebat

As with many of the videos that we post on this site, we are not endorsing the video below as truth. The only authority on the world is the Bible and men are flawed in their ability to interpret this multi-dimensional book. With that said, Walid Shoebat, a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, gives an interesting perspective on the premise that the anti-christ will be Muslim, that the “kings of the east” will not be China, and that the perspectives of the European influence on the end times might be overstated.

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The Biggest Threat to Christians is the Teaching of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture

Pre-Trib Rapture

In many scriptures of the Bible, there is a “falling away” or discussion of great deceptions that are coming to the world. It has been hard for believers in Christ to comprehend the possibility of the masses falling away from Christianity because faith has been a powerful part of society for nearly two millenniums, but we are seeing it today. Moreover, we are seeing the spreading of a seed that will cause further apostasy amongst believers in Yeshua as our Lord and Savior: the myth of a pre-tribulation rapture.

Most who have gone to church in the last hundred years have likely considered the possibility at the very least that the rapture of the church will occur before the tribulation that is spoken of in many books of the Bible, including the Book of Revelation. Some estimates put it at 90% of the Christian church believes in a pre-tribulation rapture. The vast majority of popular churches teach that believers will be called up to Heaven before the tribulation. Simply stated, the Bible does not support this claim. [Read more...]

Admiration for John Lennon Points to Challenges in Modern Faith

John Lennon

There is a disconnection in the world when it comes to faith. Those who are watching closely enough are coming to this or one other conclusion depending on their perspective. The other conclusion: that we’re somehow more advanced in our faith than before due to some spiritual awakening that is currently going on and has been for decades.

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Movie About the Gospel of John is Quite Good

Gospel of John

All interpretations of men when trying to dramatize the Bible fall short. Some of the attempts are strong, but there’s no replacement for reading the Bible. However, for some, visualizations are the best way to reach them.

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Quick Reminder of Abundance versus Repentance

Adolf Hitler

There are certain opinions that need to be refreshed, warnings that need to be spoken over and over again over time. They normally refer to one of those nagging, continuous challenges that require a new warning posted every now and then. This is one of those times.

The subject is the abundance “gospel” most often invoked by Joel Osteen.

(NOTE: Before anyone believes that I’m comparing Joel Osteen to Adolf Hitler based upon the image above, I’m not. I’m comparing every person to Adolf Hitler because we all have evil thoughts that cross our minds. The biggest difference is that he allowed his evils to manifest in his actions while most of us do not.)

He will likely never change unless he is moved upon by Divinity. The reason he cannot see the damage he is doing to Christians and potential Christians is because he gets praise for his good deeds on a non-stop basis. People love his words because they speak about this life. They speak about living well today. They speak of all of the positive messages in the Bible and ignore the actual instructions and warnings.

Some would say that he is in it for the money. That might be the case but if I were forced to make a guess, I would say that the money is just a side benefit for him. He adores the attention. He believes he is really helping people. He believes this because people tell him all the time that he is helping them. Unfortunately, they only believe this because they aren’t properly exposed to the full Word of God.

This life is not one that is supposed to be enjoyed. Or should I say, not one where our joy should come from our physical pleasures, but rather joy in our suffering for the sake of our Messiah and His Word. From the time that Adam ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, we were condemned to live a hard life. That’s not to say that we cannot enjoy aspects of our lives. That’s not to say that God wants us to suffer. It simply means that we are flawed, sinful creatures and we have been given a second chance to live eternally with our Adonai by embracing Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

Everything else, the wealth, the fun, the frolic, the pleasures – they are simply distractions.

Adolf Hitler was a man who allowed the evils of his heart to manifest themselves in his real world. He had the cunning (and possibly some help from Satan) to make much of his sinful nature extend beyond his mind into the real world. In the video below, you’ll hear a concept that if we could take an hour’s worth of the thoughts that cross our minds on a daily basis and put it into video, that we would be shamed by even our closest friends and family for the evil that runs through our brains. If you thought about it honestly, you would know that this is true.

It’s an old video that compares and contrasts the messages of Joel Osteen and Paul Washer, but again, there’s a need from time to time to reiterate a message. This one is overdue.

Hat Tip to Reddit user tripletrules for pointing out the video.

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Sat7 Offers Hope in the Middle East through Jesus Christ

Iran Satellite Television

It’s challenging to know what to support and what not to support when it comes to Christian causes. There are those who would abuse the donations and help that true Christians want to offer. There are others who are not fully involved with the true mission in this world and who do more to “help” people rather than spread the Word of God and bring people closer to repentant faith in our Lord and Savior.

Sat7 is, upon first inspection, trying to be truly helpful. In Iran, for example, Christians can expect to be persecuted, hurt, and even killed. This scares many who are still attached to this world from exploring the truth of the Gospel. Others quietly proclaim their faith in closed areas but are unwilling to boldly fight for it. It is a situation that can be both terrifying as well as exciting; being born again under these circumstances requires extreme levels of courage, but perhaps that makes it even more rewarding. I do not have a first hand experience through which to speak.

Check out these videos about Sat7 and their mission. If you believe that they are true and worthy, visit their website and find out how you can help.

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Jackie E. Hill’s Jig-A-Boo: Amazing Christian Poem Performance

Jackie E Hill

Modern poetry is all too often associated with a liberal mindset. Poetry is more controlled by the worldly youth today than ever before. The way that it is presented, the subject matter, and the poets themselves often seem so attuned to the hyper-realities of this world that it’s difficult to find true Biblical messaging and proper exegesis of the Scripture without going to popular Christian music or attempts of taking the message of our Lord and lightening it up to fit today’s worldview.

Poet Jackie E. Hill breaks all of those generalities. She is youthful but her words betray a wisdom beyond her years that has been guided through hardship and suffering, harnessed into brilliance, and presented in the form of several stunning modern masterpieces. She has a gift for both putting the words together as well as presenting them in a way that has the listener hanging on every word. Most importantly, she rightly handles the Word of God and is fearless in her attacks on the “Christian personality” that harms those who crave the true Gospel.

Here is one of her performances. Watch it. Share it. Watch it again.

The Freemasons and their Ties to Lucifer

Freemasons

For those on the inside, the organization of the freemasons is one that is fighting for a worthy cause. It’s not necessarily a good or bad cause that they’re fighting for from their perspective, though most within that realm start to understand better as they progress that it’s the forces of evil that they are serving. The basic concept that often compels people is they are misled to believe that what most consider to be evil is good and visa versa.

In his lecture titled, “The Antichrist, Freemasons, and the Third Temple: Satan’s Scheme to Be Worshiped on the Mountain of God,” Bible scholar Douglas Hamp sets the stage from the casting out of Lucifer from Eden all the way through to the end goal of the dark one. He portrays the freemason organization as a tool of Satan to eventually bring about the rise of the Antichrist. As one of those tools, they are set to bring about various events throughout history that will harm everyone from individuals to entire countries in an attempt to mislead them against the people of God.

It makes for an interesting watch. As the world is propelled by “unknown” forces towards lawlessness, the efforts of the freemasons under the hand of their puppeteer, Satan, can be clearly seen by those willing to look closely.

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Why are the Apocryphal Books Not Part of the Canon?

Versions of the Canon

Many Christians may ask the question, “how and why were the canon scriptures chosen?”

We believe the video below may help some struggling with these questions.

 

The Apocryphal Scriptures

The Apocryphal writings, apart from some Apostolic Fathers, no doubt give us other perspectives relative to their time. For any who are not sure of what they are, these are writings/books by those that were associated with the canon scripture’s authors – supposedly – and in some cases, additional books by the authors themselves. So, why would they too not make it into canon?

The answer is pretty simple. They came much later and/or were considered forgeries, not because they didn’t necessarily agree with canon, but because their attributes lacked what the canon scriptures had – authority.

If you’ve ever read these apocryphal writings you will quickly come to the realization that they have a lack of authoritative presence, or to put it more bluntly, it’s obvious there is no presence of divine inspiration from the Holy Spirit. They are at best, in many instances, amateur. Some even having a completely different ideology. You may be left feeling uninspired, unenlightened, or scratching your head wondering why they may have ever been considered. But for those who are not strong in their faith, it may cause confusion and doubt, which is why we chose to share this information.

 

What Version of the Canon Should Be Read?

What we eventually realized after purchasing nearly half a dozen versions of the Bible is that the only discrepancies, albeit few and far between for most, are subtle without altering the meaning or changing the overall message of the scripture. That isn’t to say that some versions are not altered, but for the most part the versions we are most familiar with have not strayed to the point of misleading. What this implies is that regardless of what main-line version you may use (i.e. KJV, ESV, ASV etc,) as long as it’s a version from the holy scriptures rather than one’s own doctrine/ideology, the message can be understood in the same way (although the NIV is gaining in popularity, so be mindful).

The message is the same because each of the chapters are inspired. Very few, if any books can pull off such a feat. With that said, if the version you have come across is questionable, we suggest that you pray diligently for the Holy Spirit to guide you through the words and to open your eyes to discern. Also, to ask that you are shown the meaning of His Word and make you aware of what pleases Him.

The key is guidance. In other words, whether or not the version you use is ideal from a linguistic standpoint doesn’t matter in the scheme of things. But, how you go about studying is important. You may want other versions for study purposes, but all in all you will find the message to be received. And it should become evident that you would have been led to the same message, regardless.

 

Conclusion:

Realizing that each chapter in the Bible is truly inspired should cause most to pause. To understand this fact is to understand the importance of accountability to what it holds as truth. However unfortunate it may be, many hide behind their doubt. But we are indeed accountable to these truths, whether we chose to believe them or not.

It seems as though, and I’d like to quote Dan Wallace who was paraphrasing a quote by William Barclay, and that is:

“The New Testament Books were not the sort that people could determine what belonged, rather they were the sort of books that no one could keep from getting into the New Testament.”

He goes on to say, “They have this intrinsic authority to them that we have finally recognized.”

To address some important questions regarding the canonical scriptures we suggest you view the video below for some interesting information that may help you.

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The Hebrew Matthew is Different from the Greek Matthew

Rabbi

Over the thousands of years that the books of the Bible have been in existence, they have undergone translation after translation, copy after copy. Considering the scale to which it has gone through these copies and translations, the words themselves have been exceptionally well-maintained. There are, however, challenges.

One of the most pronounced discrepancies between most of the accepted versions of the Bible and the original is the Book of Matthew. There is evidence that it was originally written in Hebrew, translated to Aramaic, and then into the Greek version that permeates the majority of English and other language translations in circulation today. There are clear differences between what many are considering the original Matthew and the accepted version of Matthew.

Nehemia Gordon, a Karaite Jew, explores these differences in great detail. His message regarding the modern day pharisees (Orthodox Rabbis) and the parallels to modern day Catholicism are striking, but the most important message is that there are certain clear differences between what we accept as the Gospel of Matthew and what might actually be the original Gospel of Matthew. This is a long video but it’s worth a watch.

The Scientific Method Breaks the Theory of Evolution

Physicist

Faith. Believers of the theory of evolution have had to have faith in the theory since its beginning. It sounds good. It puts us into the same category as animals, meaning that we’re able to live based upon our own desires, our own flaws, and survival of the fittest.

Do what you want as long as you don’t harm others. That’s a common way of breaking down the moral thought process of those who embrace evolution. The cause and effect model with this is often interchangeable; the moral comes from belief in evolution (or more appropriately, disbelief in Creation) in some cases while the belief in evolution comes from the moral value for others.

It’s no coincidence that the concept is very similar to the Wiccan Rede. According to Wikipedia:

The Wiccan Rede /ˈrd/ is a statement that provides the key moral system in the Neopagan religion of Wicca and certain other related Witchcraft-based faiths. A common form of the Rede is An it harm none, do what ye will.

Check out this video from Evolution versus God. In it, Ray Comfort explains quite a bit about the ideas surrounding evolution. More importantly, it gives us a “street view” of the way that the theory of evolution has permeated throughout our culture.

Trey Smith’s Exploration of Nephilim is Worth a Watch

Nephilim Skull

It’s important to always be careful with data, commentary, and information that you find anywhere, particularly on the internet. There is a ton of misinformation or even disinformation flooding us in regards to the Bible, science, history, the end of days, and anything of importance to our past and future. For every good piece of data, there are dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of bad pieces of data.

With that said, I have found the work of Trey Smith from God in a Nutshell both entertaining and informative. As always, I do not believe it’s necessary to try to “prove” our Lord, creation, or anything like that because we are told that knowledge of our God is part of us all. You don’t need proof. You need faith.

Smith’s work is still interesting. While I do not recommend it as a way to try to come to be a believer, for those who are solid in their faith, it makes for an intriguing exploration, albeit possibly distracting.

You should never try to prove the existence of God. You should help people find Him, but not through proof. Let the Word work. Allow the Holy Spirit to fill them. That’s the real goal. Proof is unnecessary and potentially blasphemous.

Here is the video that caught my attention. Set aside two hours before starting it – you won’t want to stop it once you get started. Smith has a style that is reminiscent of Jack Nicholson doing eschatology. I enjoyed it quite a bit.