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Why Did a “Good” God Create Hell?

Many people today accuse God of unfairness.  Since God can foresee the future, they ask, why didn’t He simply never create all those he knows to be destined to spend eternity in Hell?   One skeptic I know put the question [Read More]

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Why Growing Closer To God Is Such a Slow Process

My last post addressed the question whether free will could truly be said to exist if one believes, as Christianity teaches, that man is born with original sin. I argued that man remains free, despite this fallen nature, because he acts [Read More]

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Can Reason Lead Us To A Relationship With God

Most atheists feel confident that they have “reason” on their side. As a result, many are surprised when a Christian apologist takes an evidentialist, or reason-based, approach to matters of “faith.” Not long ago, the issue arose in a conversation I [Read More]

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The Growing Appeal of Atheism

“There are no atheists in foxholes.” Or so the saying goes. Today, that probably has more to do with the scarcity of foxholes than it does with the scarcity of atheists. Indeed, the growing ranks of atheists include some who [Read More]

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Was Christ’s Death A Sacrifice?

The blood-curdling scream signaled that she had not yet given up. Hours of pushing, and the baby had still not descended. The OB was weighing her options, while dad wiped mom’s forehead and encouraged her on. She screamed again, pushing [Read More]

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Why Christians Venerate the Cross

For many people, an obstacle to faith in Jesus is the seemingly gory nature of the core tenets of Christian history. Jesus suffered a horribly violent end, yet Christians revere the cross that was the instrument of that torturous death. [Read More]

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The Miracle of Easter

For Christians all across the globe – men, women and children of all races, nationalities and cultures – today concludes Holy Week, a week during which we remember the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Savior. Adorning the buildings where Christians will [Read More]

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Can Free Will Be Reconciled with Predetermination

Free will” occupies a central position in Christian theology. Without it, there would be no basis upon which a fair God could hold us accountable for our acts of rebellion against Him. But some Christians also hold a view that [Read More]

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Should God Have Created At All?

My last two posts have considered a skeptic’s challenge that a “loving” God would not have exposed his children to the pernicious powers of the Devil. Yes, God could have better “protected” his children, but to have done so would [Read More]

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Why God Allows Temptation

My last post discussed an unusual twist on a familiar challenge to the “goodness” of God. Analogizing to a parent allowing hardened criminals into his home, the skeptic asked why God would allow Satan – the ultimate deceiver – to [Read More]

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What Children Show Us About Our Nature

Most non-believers will tell you that man is basically “good.” When he acts against that basic goodness, it’s the result of disease – such as alcoholism, drug addiction or some form of mental illness. These, in turn, stem from a [Read More]

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Can Christianity Really Be The Only Way? Part 2

Many skeptics believe that all religions are basically the same. If there is an afterlife, they surmise, all that will be required for admission is that you live a “good” life and be “sincere” about your beliefs. My last post [Read More]

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Can Christianity Really Be The Only Way?

Most skeptics I know feel pretty confident that all religions “say basically the same thing.” If there actually is a God, they’re not particularly worried, because in their view, “being a good person” is really all that matters. As long [Read More]

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Did God Know What Would Happen In The Garden?

Some of the most fascinating science fiction plots involve time travel. Our minds are naturally intrigued, and ultimately confused, by the concept of how and why things play out the way they do, and what, if anything, could be done [Read More]

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Escaping to Pandora

The Oscar-winning blockbuster Avatar thrilled audiences with its 3D special effects. The plot, an allegory about the evils of corporate greed, thrusts a paraplegic space marine – Jake Sully – into a role pivotal to the future of the native [Read More]

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What Lies Behind Apathy

The point of Christian apologetics is to “defend” the Faith, and the point of the Faith is to proclaim the good news of salvation to the world. Salvation, naturally enough, means saving, and a person only needs saving when he [Read More]

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Is Hell Really a Lake of Fire?

Down through the centuries has come the image of Hell as a lake of fire. Some believe the language to be literal, while others think it merely allegorical, but until recently there was not much dispute that Hell, whatever it [Read More]

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Why God is Jealous

The Old Testament contains passages in which God is described as “jealous.” For instance, in Exodus 20, God’s Ten Commandments to the Israelites include the admonition not to worship false idols, with God explaining that “I, the Lord your God, [Read More]

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Why We Must Consent To Salvation

Many atheists reject Christianity because of what they see as a profound unfairness. Why would a loving God, they ask, throw someone in Hell for eternity for a relatively minor sin? The punishment, they conclude, does not fit the crime. [Read More]

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The Salvation Equation

  (In no way do I intent to take away from the very personal connection people have to Jesus and the gospel. I only hope to lay things out in this post in a very easy to understand way, so [Read More]

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