Monday, April 17, 2006

The Great Debate

If any of you have ever taken the time to read any of my blog, you will realize I'm an opinionated person. Well last night I had a clash with a friend in regard to the Bible. I intend to answer my critics, as is hard to do when typing over the internet in speedy debate without speedy fingers. H= my opponant, M= me

H: "christian's punishment is to spend their lives in terror of their imaginations"
It is interesting that he mentions this in regard to Exodus 15 where we read that The Lord is a man of war. After all, the Bible says:

"2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
Obviously my opponant should try reading the whole Bible, not just an out of context portion.

H: "I've read things by academics and not weak people who need a fake philosphy to validate their existance"

It's funny that he should mention academics. Because I always thought George Washington, Noah Webster, Isaac Newton, Abraham Lincoln etc... Were academic people. Everyone of them believed the entire Bible. Would he say that the men who formed the Constitution were weak minded? 52 of that 55 were active members of their Church.
In regard to fake philosophy, America's founding philosophy was Biblical, and America is the most powerful nation on earth, is that a fake philosophy? Seems to me that what he calls "fake" philosophy works.

H: "besides, you just dont make something up and then ask for someone to dispprove have to prove it even exists first"

So he wants to say not to just make something up. Well lets consider the facts; the Bible has 24,000 manuscripts, more than any historical document. It was written over the course of some thousands of years and has more unity in what is said then almost any book one might read. The books of the Bible were almost entirely written by eyewitnesses, which leaves no room for distortion when it is considered they were also written very soon after the events they describe. And time and time again people have went on missions to disprove the Bible, and the evidence they have found supporting it has been overwhelming. Explain to me the pictures of a large boat on Mount Ararat in Turkey, where The Bible says the Ark landed. A Biblical Ninevah has been discovered in Iraq. David's tunnels under Jerusalem have been found. Jesus predicted the destruction of the Jewish temple, which was destroyed about 70 A.D. if memory serves.

He also cliamed that very broad general predictions were made in the Bible that were guaranteed to come true. Well, is being born in Bethlehem a broad prediction? Is taking a trip to Egypt as a child a broad prediction? Is being crucified a broad prediction? The probability of filling every prophecy made about the Messiah is "one chance in trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion!" (Strobel, The Case for Christ, 183). Tell me is that a broad number of people? Actually only one had met all the requirements, and its not Buddha, Krishna, or Mohammed, lady's and gentlemen, the only person to meet those requirements is Jesus of Nazareth!

I think I've made my point, even though there are hudreds of other examples I could use. God bless you all.
H: "yeah go to jesus grave. What do u find! NOTHING"

Amen! Truth from a critic, there is nothing in Jesus tomb, because Jesus defeated death, hell, and the grave!


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