“They can believe anything they want to believe. As long as what they believe is consistent with the evidence.”
So, this is just an advice post for doing apologetics.
Here are three situations I’ve run into while doing apologetics in the last month.
First situation. I was talking with a lady who is an atheist. I had a copy of “God’s Crime Scene” in my hand, and she asked me about it. I told her that it was a book written by the guy who solved the homicide case that I asked her to watch on Dateline. She remembered – it was the two-hour special on the woman who was killed with a garrotte. She pointed at the book and said “what’s in it?” I said, it has 8 pieces of evidence that fit better with a theistic worldview than with an atheistic one, and some of them scientific. Her reply to me was – literally – “which denomination do you…
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The Mormons and others believe that marriage exists in Heaven. It is a happy thought for some, that I hate to take from them, but for others, it isn’t so happy of a thought. Imagine being married to non-Christian. If marriage existed in Heaven you would have to face the idea of being unmarried for eternity while most of the population was still married. That isn’t a pleasant thought!
Matthew 22:23-32 Tells the story of a woman whose husband has died, this man had six brothers, and when the first one died, she married another, and he died, and she married another..in the end, she had married all seven and never had any kids. The Sadducees wanted to know which of the brothers would be her husband in the Resurrection. Jesus reply is “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage but are like angels in heaven”.
They may still have a relationship with the person they were married to. but there won’t be a need for marriage. The institution of marriage was invented for the sake of Adam, so he would not be alone. No one will be alone in the resurrection, we will all have every single believer and the Messiah with us in a relationship better than any of us have now, and we will have JESUS! Our relationship with him will be eternally more fulfilling in the resurrection than it is now.
I am sorry if this upset anyone, but we won’t be upset about it when we reach Heaven. We will be too busy loving Jesus, and every other Christian in Heaven to miss out relasionships here.
Does it warm your heart to see people so excited about getting a Bible? It warms mine! Seeing the love that they have for the Bible makes me believe that they will read it from cover to cover, over and over again. Many people have given their lives so that we could have the privedge, and responsibily to read it for ourselves.
With other books by people like Steven King, we will buy a book, read it in a weekend, friend them on Facebook and Twitter, than hurry back to the store to buy every Steven King book that they carry.
When it comes to the Bible however we will follow along with our preacher on Sunday, maybe read a small devotional with one or two verses a day, and that is about it. When we only read what the preacher tells us to read, it’s not God’s Book we are reading, we are just reading his twitterized review of it. He may or may not be taking it severely out of context. If he does all of our reading for you, you will never know if he is reading it correctly.
It is well past time that we start giving God at least as much respect that we give to Steven King, please read the whole book.
The following is a wonderful prayer by Norwegian Theologian Ole Hallesby: “Lord if it will be to Your glory, heal suddenly. If it will glorify You more, heal gradually; if it will glorify You, even more, may your servant remain sick awhile; and if it will glorify Your name still more, take him to yourself in Heaven,
To some, it may seem crazy that sickness or death could ever glorify God. It is a hard truth to accept, but one only needs to look at the pillar of our faith to realize that nastiest murder of all times happened to Jesus himself. He was totally innocent of any wrongdoing, yet was sentenced to die a very horrible death. Yet his death and resurrection glorified God and made his followers recognize that there are in fact things worth dying for. The ultimate price is not so ultimate anymore. We can stand up with courage and do the things that we ought, knowing that even if it kills us, we will awake to be with our creator who loves us enough that he was willing to die for us.
While no example is as good as this, there are many examples of how death and sickness inspired others. I once went to church with a lady that suffered a long painful disease before her death. No one would have blamed her if she had become self-absorbed in her last season of life, but no, she made everyone that came to visit her feel better then they felt before they arrived, and she still praised Christ. She inspired people to seek out a better relationship with Christ even better than she could of when she was completely healthy. Her sickness inspired an entire Church to live better for Christ! I want a faith like that!
Christianity is also about giving of yourself to others. As hard as it is to see people enduring terrible illnesses, the people who give of themselves to help these people remain comfortable and cared for are heroes! They are prime examples of what it means to be a Christian, many of the even improve their own character while learning to care for others.