Category Archives: Theology

God, Time, Acts, & Eternity

The question periodically arises whether God is in time or not. Theories of “A” time and “B” time keep the philosophers busy trying to untangle how an infinite, which necessarily must exist, can intervene in finite time. Part of the … Continue reading

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Who is Worthy of Following, Jesus or Muhammad?

Jesus in the Bible Jesus in the Quran Muhammad in the Quran Performed miracles (Mark 7:37) Performed miracles (Surah 2:253; 3:49; 5:110) Did not perform miracles (Surah 3:183; 6:37; 6:109; 13:8; 17:59; 17:90-95; 29:50-51)   Was sinless (1 Peter 2:22) … Continue reading

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Roman Catholic Worship of Objects

Roman Catholics pray to Mary and give her adoration. When protestants object and say this is giving Mary undue worship, Catholics respond with their official doctrine of making a distinction between what is given Mary and what is given Jesus. … Continue reading

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God, Job, and Little Johnny: A Lesson on Our Heavenly Father

Modern radical skeptics and atheists seem to have a great issue with God not explaining Himself fully. They react to passages where God declares things, makes judgements against people without taking the time to explain. One example is how God … Continue reading

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Can God Be All Powerful and All Knowing?

I recently heard atheist Dan Barker say God cannot be both all-powerful and all-knowing. The general idea appears to be that if God is all-powerful, He would have the ability to change His mind, but if He could change His … Continue reading

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Catholicism & Devotion to Mary

Note: Sorry for the long post. This post is not typical for this blog. The Roman Catholic Church (RCC) has been a bit of a lightning rod through the centuries, with much pro-and anti-catholic rhetoric being written. Emotional arguments are … Continue reading

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Does God Think?

Question: Many Christians believe that God is a thinking being, that he solves problems and makes a way for them when troubles come. Does God Think? If God is thinking, did he know his thoughts before he thought them? If … Continue reading

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How Can I Know I’m Not God?

Several religions and belief systems hold humans to be God. We can know this is not the case for the following reasons: God is the first cause of all that is, what Aquinas described as the first mover, the unmoved … Continue reading

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One Difference Between Islam and Christianity

As I write this, there has been almost a week of violent protests across the Muslim world. The ambassador to Libya has been killed, the US embassy in Cairo was invaded, the US flag removed and destroyed, replaced by a … Continue reading

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Is it Just to Allow People to Go to Hell? (Part 6)

This is the latest in a series of posts about hell. the other posts lay the foundation for this post, especially posts 1 and 2. Question: Hell is not mentioned in the Old Testament, or heaven either. It seems that … Continue reading

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Is It Just to Allow People to Go to Hell? (Part 4)

This is the fourth in a series of posts on hell. The first two posts set the foundation for the answers presented here. Question: Why cannot God merely forgive people? He asks us to forgive others, but then does not … Continue reading

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Is it Just to Allow People to Go to Hell? (Part 3)

This is the third part in a series, and this post is dependent on the information given in parts 1 & 2. The series deals with common questions posed by those who disagree with people going to hell. Question: How … Continue reading

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Is It Just To Allow People to Go to Hell? (Part 2)

Before we get to the common questions about hell, it is important to first look at what the Bible teaches about the subject. Other related issues are the Bible’s teachings about heaven and the human condition. Today we will lay … Continue reading

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Is It Just To Allow People to Go to Hell? (Part 1)

Perhaps the most disliked doctrine by modern man is the idea of people going to hell forever. The idea tends to promote several questions: How can a good and loving God torture people in hell? Why cannot God merely forgive … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading in Christian Apologetics & Theology

The Christian Apologetics Journal edition of Spring 2012 (10.1) includes an excellent series of articles. This particular issue is most valuable, and includes the following: Philosophical Antecedents to Thomas Aquinas’ Second Way, by Richard Howe. In this article Howe does … Continue reading

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Inerrancy Publications

Back in the 1970’s, there was a debate that centered around the inerrancy of the Bible. It hashed and rehashed most every question that could be raised about the Bible, whether it is factually true, in what sense is it … Continue reading

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What About the Apocrypha & Pseudepigrapha?

Some critics have questioned the inspiration and authority of the Bible by attacking the process that was used to recognize the books that are inspired, a process called canonization. Since critics have attacked the Bible by attempting to use the … Continue reading

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The Infinity of God and the Finiteness of Creatures

That God is infinite and creatures are finite can be demonstrated both in reason and supported by the Bible. Anything that has a beginning is finite, for there was a time when it was not, yet now it is. This … Continue reading

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The New World Version & Translation

The Jehovah’s Witnesses and their official organization, The Watchtower, publish a version of the Bible called The New World Translation (NWT). In it, they make a series of notable differences, especially in key verses that mention the nature of Jesus. Apologetic … Continue reading

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The Deity of Christ: From God’s Glory

In John 17, Jesus is praying to the Father the night before He voluntarily gave His life on the cross. In the prayer, Jesus says this: “Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with … Continue reading

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The Unique Deity of Christ: Attested by John the Baptist

Of the myriad passages in the Bible that speak to the unique and full deity of Jesus, one is the passage used by John the Baptist. In Luke 3:4, and also in Matthew 3:3, John appears in the region near … Continue reading

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John 14:28: Is Jesus Less than Almighty God?

Jehovah’s Witnesses often quote John 14:28 in trying to show their view that Jesus is less than Almighty God. In the verse, Jesus says “The Father is greater than I.” To the Jehovah’s Witnesses, this means that Jesus is less … Continue reading

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Is All That Exists God?

Is all that exists God? Is it the case that everything that exists a part of God? Or part of “the one” of God? Is it the case that all people are of one being? If this were the case, … Continue reading

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Inerrancy, Yet Again (Part 2)

Regarding the current inerrancy controversy, I submit the following comments and evaluations. The issue should become clearer as you read through my comments. Orthodoxy: Michael Licona and his supporters all appear to be well within the camp of the orthodox, … Continue reading

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Is Mormonism a Cult?

This week at a prominent political event, an evangelical pastor was introducing a candidate for president and mentioned that Mormonism was a cult and not Christian. The media picked up on this and reported it extensively. Most of the candidates … Continue reading

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Aquinas, Free Choice, & Divine Sovereignty, Part 6

This is part six in an intermittent series on Thomas Aquinas’ view of free choice and divine sovereignty. (To see the first five parts, do a search for “Aquinas, Free Choice” in the search bar in this blog.) Aquinas begins … Continue reading

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What Does The Bible Claim About Itself?

What does the Bible claim about itself? Peter claims that they did not make up the stories they told, but gave eyewitness accounts: “We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of … Continue reading

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Aquinas, Free Choice, & Divine Sovereignty, Part 5

This is the fifth part of an intermittent series on Thomas Aquinas’ view of human free will and divine sovereignty. Many of the questions surrounding the problem of how much free will a human has vs. how much action God must take surrounds … Continue reading

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What Is The Nature of Jesus’ Resurrected Body?

The eyewitness accounts of the Jesus’ resurrection say that Jesus’ had a thoroughly physical body. In fact, the reports say that it was the exact same physical body that died on the cross. In Luke 24:39, Jesus appears to the … Continue reading

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Can Theology Be Demonstrated by Logical Argument?

The question of whether faith can be proven by evidence or not is addressed by Thomas Aquinas in his Summa Theologica (1.1.8).  Thomas first lists the common objections: 1. Christianity is built on faith, not proven by arguments. 2. Argument … Continue reading

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