5 Fake News About Jesus Found in the Bible

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Fake news had been a household name in this social media saturated culture. In the past you can get fake ID’s, fake flowers, fake eyelashes etc., But never would we imagine a day there are fake news. This kind of news has only one agenda, that is to deceive people.

In the Bible, there are somewhat instances that are similar to fake news in our times. They are aim to blur Christ, His identity and works. Isn’t that what fake news are for? Here are five of them that talks about Jesus:

Jesus’ resurrection is a hoax. Disproving the bodily resurrection of Christ is not just a product of modern times. Before the Passover Plot or The Da Vinci Code made such claims, the people who conspire in crucifying the Lord concocted another conspiracy.

“While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers and said, “Tell people, His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.” – Matthew 28: 11-15

The fake news spread of the alleged resurrection hoax. However, the Christian message caught fire and out spread the lies that the opponents of Christ are trying to assimilate. The resurrection of Christ is where the Christian faith hinges. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15: 14:

“…and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is without foundation, and so is your faith.”

Jesus is just another Old Testament prophet. As Jesus ministry gain prominence, people started speculating who He really is.

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”—Matthew 16: 13-19

As the passage indicates, knowing Christ is not dependent on popular opinion but it’s how God disclose it to someone. God has the last say on the identity of Christ.

False Christ in the end times. Before His second coming, we will hear fake news of a fake Christ and lots of them.

“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. So, if they say to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.” – Matthew 24:23- 28

 As you can see, many will claim as Christ and deceive many even the true Christians. As we all know, there are couple of these fakes all throughout history and will continue till the true Christ comes. And that’s no fake news!

Jesus is a drunkard and a glutton. Accusations to deter Christ character abound in those time. Because He meet people in need of the spiritual physician, He often invited to parties that the religious crowd calls sinners.

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”—Matthew 11: 18-19

While the religious group look at the peripherals, Jesus points them to the fruit of their actions which shows the wisdom. The ministry approach of Jesus and John doesn’t fit the box these religious crowd had set up but in truth what they did wise.

Jesus didn’t came in the flesh. If in our modern times some people had a hard time believing in the deity of Jesus, in apostle John time, they had it the opposite. They don’t want to believe that God the Son came to the world as a human being. So before Arius made headlines centuries later, these people are causing quite a stir over the church of God with their fake news.

“For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist.” – 2 John 1: 7

The last apostle, John the Beloved, wants to set the record straight that those who teach these are false teachers. These teachers are into Gnosticism and they are polar opposite with the Christian message.

 

Top 10 Best Books I Read in 2019

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Last year was my “out of the comfort zone book adventure”. I read a few books but I enjoyed the way I got my copies of the books. I joined book launching teams and I got listed in IVP weekly release e-mail. Even got physical copies of the books. This journey was so amazing for a small book blogger like me. I hope and pray that 2020 will be much bigger for me and you my readers.

Anyways here are 10 best books that I read last year (plus some comments). I also included the links to the book review and quotes I enjoyed from the book.

The New Testament in Seven Sentences by Gary M. Burge – Among the IVP books I read, this is so far the best.

Read the book review and favorite quotes from the book.

Revolutionary Work by William Taylor – I don’t know why Lego is in the cover of this book but if you want to pick something compact on the biblical view of work, this book will do the job.

Read the book review and favorite quotes from the book.

Abide by Warren W. Wiersbe – The best thing in life is free and indeed it’s the best because of this book. If you haven’t sign up with the weekly free ebooks from 10 of those better head on their website. It’s a surprise to include a book from Wiersbe in their e-mail that you’ll love because it’s short but meaty.

Read the book reviewand favorite quotesfrom the book.

Richard Dawkins, C. S. Lewis and the Meaning of Life by Alistair McGarth – Get to know the views of these intellects without reading tons of books about them. Alistair McGarth distilled it all for you in this book.

Read the book reviewand favorite quotes from the book.

A Week in the Life of a Slave by John Byron – Jump start your historical fiction genre by getting this book. This is the first book I requested from the weekly emails of IVP and I loved it!

Read the book review and favorite quotes from the book.

So The Next Generation Will Know by Sean McDowell and J Wallace Wagner – Sean McDowell reads his e-mails. Because I requested this then new book from him and he gave me a digital copy. So cool! And through him, he gave me the idea to change from Quotable Round-Up to 8 Favorite Quotes.

Read the book review and favorite quotesfrom the book.

A Place Like Heaven by Samuel Miller – I read this booklet while falling in line at a comicbook convention and enjoyed finishing it after stand for 30 minutes.

Read the book review.

The Future of Everything by William Boekestein – Been trying to get a review copy of any book Pastor Bill is releasing specially the children’s books. Finally I got one and have the physical copy as well.

Read the book review.

Defining Deception by Costi Hinn and Anthony Wood – Requested the review copy of this over Twitter and Costi mailed it to me.

Read the book review and favorite quotesfrom the book.

Sunny Side Up by Dan DeWitt- A part of this book tackles the topic about forgiveness which really touched my heart. Forgiveness is an issue I battle and thank God this year I forgave people who hurt me.

Read the book review and favorite quotes from the book.

Thank you guys for reading my blog this past year and I hope 2020 will bring more books for us to share.

6 Reasons Why The Pastor’s Curse is Unbiblical

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Like my previous article about pastor’s being untouchable because of the claim that they are anointed ones by God, this article has no intention to be disrespectful to any pastors or church. This post is motivated to bring light to some claims that are unbiblical that brings harm to the church and gives dishonor to God. Often some are labeled as rebels and liberals for speaking or posting these kinds of issues that might divide the church. But in reality, comparing some long held traditions of men with what the Bible really have to say is something that every Christians should be concern.

If we are who we claim to be, a Bible believing Christians who puts the Bible as the sole authority then we should examine some practices if indeed it’s biblical. And if it isn’t we should heed to what the Bible tells us rather from fallible teachings if men.

Some within the fundamentalist Baptist group and charismatic groups has this belief that a minister of God’s Word has a power to curse a member, specifically if he causes problems with the church and to the pastor. A pastor’s curse essentially will give someone sickness or unfortunate events because he disobeyed the pastor. But the question is: is this practice biblical? Turning to Scripture we can find this practice wanting. So to further make a case against this practice, here’s 6 reasons why I believe the pastor’s curse is unbiblical.

We are told to rebuke, correct, reproof and exhort but not to pronounce a curse. In 2 Timothy 4:2, we are told to preach the Scriptures for rebuke, correct, reproof and exhort someone. Scripture is enough to the job. This is the primary work of Timothy and so should every minister of the word. Pronouncing a curse to someone was not mentioned.

Vengeance is of the Lord. The Word of God tells us not to retaliate but hand over the matter to God. For God promise revenge to His child that experienced mistreatment if there is . That is what Romans 12: 19 explicitly states. So a pastor should not make room for any retaliation because God will not give a blind eye. Revenge including pronouncing a curse to a person only means one thing: we don’t trust God’s Word.

No special powers bestowed to a pastor. Just like the claim that we should not “touch the anointed”, the pastor’s curse has no bearings in the Scripture whatsoever. Sure, some prophets,apostles and even Jesus did curse (a fig tree), but that’s within the time frame of the Bible where charismatic gifts are active. So we should ask: in what biblical passage do we find the pastor’s curse? Where do we find in the Bible that a pastor is commanded to pronounce a curse?

Church discipline is prescribed. Matthew 18: 15-17 lays a step by step procedure on how a believer is disciplined by the church.  Keep it in mind that this is done like a father would discipline a son. As a church we should do this in a way that we still love the one who is undergoing this action. So since this is prescribed and should be done with love,  why doesn’t it make room for the pastor’s curse? Also is cursing  a loving way to deal with a sinning member?

Excommunication is also prescribed. If the member won’t repent, church discipline will lead to public exposure and excommunication. This is to treat unrepentant members as unbelievers and avoid having fellowship with them . This is already severe but nevertheless prescribed, so why do a pastor need to curse someone? Again the pastor’s curse was never mentioned as part of the excommunication of a member so why practice it?

We should be careful with our tongue. James 3: 3-10 states that we should be careful with our tongue for it’s where blessing and cursing comes. Then why would a pastor resort in to cursing when we are told to be to use our tongue to bless? Isn’t it an unbecoming of someone that is a servant of God if he is cursing a person that won’t get along with him or the church?  If a pastor is insisting to have this power to curse then he is disqualifying himself as a channel of blessing to members even to those he considers as prodigals.

As we can see the pastor’s curse doesn’t exist in the Scripture. It’s unnecessary and it’s unloving. It’s a person vendetta of the pastor rather than a means seek restoration of fellowship.  May we submit ourselves to the pure teachings of the Bible concerning discipline than from a falliable and unfruitful practices that dishonor God.

 

 

3 Things To Consider To Have A Balanced View of the Holidays

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Time and time again, we Christians go into a dispute over how we consider the holidays and everything that goes along with it. So I’ll address three issues here for I consider them as the most common that spills over social media. In this way we can give a balanced view of the holidays and enjoy it for God’s glory.

Ground it with facts and real history.  What does a history lesson got to do in celebrating with the holidays? It is to save faces and our testimony as a Christian that is. Whenever the holiday  comes, there are Christians that have some objections to some holidays. They will post their rant over Facebook for everyone to read. Whether it’s the use of the word Xmas or the practice of having Easter eggs, to the date of December 25, all seems to be a big pagan conspiracy that will keep Christians and unbelievers blinded by Satan. 

Sadly some so-called pagan origins of different holidays and traditions that comes with it are standing on faulty speculations, conspiracies and a whole lot of sensationalism. Although some believers meant it with all honesty, well being honest is not enough, even if your pastor told it . Honesty AND a healthy dose of facts with a well researched history will do the work.  Let’s throw in the hat some logic to add sense and dispel conspiracies. Do you love truth and want to please God? Get the facts straight! 

Have a biblical view of drinking and eating. You cannot separate holidays without sharing a hearty meal with your love ones.  That completes our holiday experience of being together. So how can we have a biblical view of drinking and eating? One common thing to do is to do it for the Lord.

Although the Bible condemns excessive drinking or drunkenness, it doesn’t prohibit drinking in itself. Many will object with this (and get bashed) however the Bible made it clear and we shouldn’t teach what is beyond what is already revealed.  Let us not put our own teachings against those already been instructed in God’s Word. So Christians go ahead drink, if you can handle alcohol and be moderate in drinking.

Some good Christians I know view drinking as evil, but resorts to eating to make up for not indulging to it. So they turn to eating as a way of consolation over something they consider prohibited by the Bible. Like excessive drinking, excessive eating is prohibited in the Bible. Both falls to the word, gluttony. The Bible declares it sinful. So we should have a moderate way of feasting that will connect us with our family, have fun and glorify God.

It’s an opportunity to get some rest and honor God through it. Although some holidays here in the Philippines are not geared for Christians like fiestas or Ramadan, it is not something for Christians to be guilty of if it feels like those non working holiday are like making us observing those events. Rather drag ourselves to still go to the office (if possible) and seek consolation of having a double pay, we should rest and don’t feel bad about it. It’s beneficial to the physical and spiritual well-being. And God will be honored with your rest. That goes also to churches and ministries that have employees or workers. Don’t let your workers get caught in traffic because of the religious parade just because you don’t want to observe the holiday.

Another thing, churches and ministries should consider not grabbing the opportunity for holding some activities and programs during holidays. Rather that to rest and be with the family as a blessing, churches will likely have an event for believers that could have been set on other time or day. Let us keep in mind in those family gatherings, God might use your members to reach out his loved ones.

I hope this article brought some clarity on what we should do with the holidays. Believers should be reminded that these are not doctrinal errors but a matter of preference that Christians has as freedom to agree or disagree without being legalistic. In these non essential things, may we show grace to one another as Christ showed grace to us sinners. Isn’t that what a popular holiday in December is all about?

Book Review: Carpe Diem Redeemed by Os Guinness

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Before you dig in with this review, I would like to invite you to read my favorite quotes from this book by clicking this link just in case you missed it.

Carpe Diem Redeemed is a book of kaleidoscopic convergence of different topics pertaining to time. From history, atheism, purpose, salvation, significance, truth to culture, wars, philosophy, anti-intellectualism, chronological snobbery, nostalgia, destiny all came together under one book and was handled with superb care by Guinness setting a path to the God of the Bible who has superior clarity of what it means of making much of our moment. Sure this is one endeavor that is monumental however Guinness gave us the lenses of an intellect and another is for the average Joe.

The Introduction is a bit intimidating because of the multiple quotes from prominent persons which has something to do book. Then again it serves as some appetizer of sort for the reader. It gives you the thought that whoever you are, time is essential to you. Another is that it lets you know that this small volume is filled to the brim of biblical insights on time.

As you step into the ever first chapter, you’ll find how old school Os Guinness in writing (and I think that’s why the book cover looks like something from the 80’s or 90’s cover design). The chapters are large even in this small book and the insights from Os feels like your reading an editorial.  There are lots of going on as he unravels his thoughts in the subject matter that are one point engaging then in another you’ll get overwhelm you’ll get lost along the way. In those places I suggest to keep on reading till you get back to the path. Also it will be beneficial if you’ll read this in a slow pace and consider re-reading if you miss out something from this book.

Don’t expect Os Guinness to throw bullet points about time management that easy. He did give some ways to redeem the moment but it’s sandwiched in between. Those takeaways are at “the eye of the storm” of the book, as Guinness unfolds what it really means for a Christian to seize the moment.

I like the way he incorporate his life with his family as Christians in China in this book. You won’t put down this book without being moved or into tears with his story. It’s a fascinating read as you near the end of this book.

Carpe Diem Redeemed is a short read but be prepare as Guinness shares his intellectual and biblical insights that will floor you. Redeeming the time never had this intellectually satisfying taste. So dig in and feast on this great book.

My verdict:

4.5 out of 5

(InterVarsity Press provided the digital copy for this review)

 

8 Favorite Quotes from the Book “Carpe Diem Redeemed” by Os Guinness

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Hello guys! I would really appreciate it if you’ll include a friend of mine in your prayers. Greg my conference buddy, is going through a trial with his father who will undergo surgery. Please uphold him and his father in their dark providence and may they focus on Christ as their ultimate comfort in this life.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from book by Os Guinness, Carpe Diem Redeemed, published by 10 of Inter Varsity Press. If you like these quotes, please get yourself a copy of this book by ordering at IVP.

“God’s providence overarches history and reins in human pretentions, but under providence, however small and insignificant we seem, we humans are significant agents for either good or ill. Thus those who respond to God’s call, who come to know God and walk with him, become entrepreneurial partners with him in advancing his purposes in the world. We are never more than junior partners, of course, but providence ensures that history has a purpose and a point.”

“Relevance is at the heart of the message of Jesus. The gospel is good news, indeed the best news ever. It addresses our human condition appropriately, pertinently, and effectively as nothing else has, does, or can—and in generation after generation, culture after culture, and life after life, all across the world and down through time. It is of course possible that Christians make the gospel irrelevant by shrinking or distorting it in one way or another. But in itself the good news of Jesus is utterly relevant, or it is not the good news it claims to be.”

“Under the twin truths of God’s sovereignty and human significance, time and history are going somewhere, and each of us is not only unique and significant in ourselves, but we have a unique and significant part to play in our own lives, in our own generation, and therefore in the overall sweep of history.”

“Providence is the ultimate check and balance, the final moral limit to human power.”

“Seizing the day or redeeming future time is rising to life within a powerful matrix of truths that sets out an entire way of life in which the ideal of carpe diem can come to its highest fruition. God calls us in the flux and flow of time and history, and the gift of being able to seize the day flowers from a way of life that weaves together three principles: “Walk before God,” “Read the signs of the times,” and “Serve God’s purpose in your generation.”

“A life of faith is the story of the truths Christians believe but are embodied in human form. Each such life adds its support to the voice of the Bible as the grand story of a thousand smaller stories of God’s breaking into the experience of human beings in real life.”

“Clarity of faith is essential, loyalty to truth is all-important, and truth claims must always be set out as cogently as possible. But the multilayered reality of truth comes into its own in the visible, audible, and tangible reality of a life lived by faith.”

“End” in the Bible is sometimes seen as finis, in the Latin sense of conclusion, full stop, period, or ending, but the Bible also sees “end” as telos, in the Greek sense of goal, purpose, culmination, or climax. Both “end” as conclusion and as climax and culmination are always at work in history, and as much so today as ever. We must remember both, appreciate how they are linked, and live our lives with a firm grasp of both truths.”

 

 

6 Ways of Finding Biblical Answers to Your Questions Online For Free

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What is the Trinity? Is Jesus God? What is God’s will to my life? Does water baptism essential to salvation? How do I reconcile God’s love with His justice? What does the Bible say about suicide?

These are some of the questions that puzzles people and as Christians needs to answers. So here’s a list of six resources where you can find biblical answers to those inquiries.

Just a disclaimer though. As much as these online resources provides answers, its better for a Christian to find answers for it first in prayers and searching it through the Scriptures. Also before going online, check it offline by seeking assistance to your pastor or elder.

Ask it in real time – This is a great resource I go to time and time again. Whether if it’s for my personal Bible time or just plain curious, Ask Ligonier is my go to website. With a simple tap to the chat icon, it’s as easy as chatting to a friend on FB Messenger. It’s 24 hours and 6 days a week, Ask Ligonier will help you find answers to your theological or biblical inquiries from their well equipped agents.

Listen to a podcast — With over 1,000 episodes, Ask Pastor John provides answers for theological and biblical questions. They even ask about John Piper’s hand gestures when preaching. Listeners are encourage to send their questions.

Go to Youtube – There are a few ministries channels on Youtube that offers question and answer videos that I would like to share t o you. First stop is Grace to You, which of course is a teaching ministry of John MacArthur. They have this short and full length Q and A sessions you might want to check out. They are so kind to provide a playlist for it for you convenience.

Next is from The Gospel Coalition, which post daily videos on Facebook and Youtube. With their vast author, theologians, preachers and speakers, you’ll find a variety of view point for your questions. With a simple digging you’ll find what your looking for. But now they launch a video series One Minute Apologetics and here’s the playlist.

Another is from Southern Seminary called Honest Answers and you can access the playlist by clicking this link.

Lastly, a channel that you’ll find answers is Reformed Seminary. Since Youtube can be searched by using a hastag, #WisdomWednesday of Reformed Seminary.

Facebook has answers! Yes you can find answers here by checking the following Facebook Page:

WWUTT! (short for When We Understand the Text) which has a podcast and Youtube videos, has also a Facebook page where you can find the same content without leaving FB.

Immanuel Fellowship Church has some Q and A videos and images that answers some inquiries. You can ask questions from them too.

Download a free app – We all know the GotQuestions.org is a go to websites for us looking for biblical response to our inquiries. But did you know it has an app? Yes an app that you can read offline, loaded with tons of question and answers. When it’s installed on your phone or tablet you can take it anywhere. It’s also available in different languages.

Grab a free e-book – Let’s end this post with something from Ligonier Ministries again.  Crucial Questions by R. C. Sproul is a eBook series focusing on important questions in the Christian life. And it’s free forever! Another good news about these booklets, Ligonier Ministries keeps on adding new stuff under this series from time to time. Go to their website and create an account to download these ebooks. If you have a Kindle app, you can get the series over Amazon Kindle Store. Either ways the ebooklets are free!

What websites, social media or apps helped you find answers for those burning questions? Please comment down below.

 

 

Book Review: Richard Dawkins, C. S. Lewis and the Meaning of Life by Alister McGrath

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In Richard Dawkins, C. S. Lewis and the Meaning of Life,  McGrath brings out the two of the greatest thinkers of our time on the table and (objectively) scrutinize their beliefs focusing only on the meaning of life.  I love how McGarth presents these extraordinary gentlemen in this book. Both Oxford fellows (including the author), both had a landmark book and both experienced atheism and Christianity. This adds the level of thrill in diving in to this brief book. And I have to say, I got really hooked.

Richard Dawkins, C. S. Lewis and the Meaning of Life is not the usual apologetics book. It’s a short and accessible book for atheist, Christians or anyone who both wants to know Dawkins and Lewis in one sitting. It’s serves as a springboard for other bodies of work these two intellectual giants have dished out (or to books of McGarth on the topics). There are lots of superb books that have great treatment with these gentlemen but if you want a starting point, this is the book for you.

By reading this book, I think you have gotten to the core or the most important part of any book that discuss these authors and their view of life. Peak inside the minds of these brilliant thinkers and how their views influence the world.  Pick up this book and you’ll surely love it!

My verdict:

5 out of 5

(InterVarsity Press provided the digital copy for this review)

The Freebie Round-Up # 52

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Controversy spilled over a transgender woman who was not allowed by a janitress to enter a women’s bathroom. So news outlets picked it up and its all over media. Then the SOGIE Bill is on the spotlight again. Please pray for the us Christians who stands against this bill that will trample our religious and academic freedom.

Anyways, here’s a list of great freebies that are waiting to be downloaded. And if your new here to this post or you missed out other freebie round-ups, check the links to those post at the end of this article.

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Free audio teachings on “The Book of Romans” by C Michael Patton- Credo Courses is giving this digital audio download of this teaching for free. Make sure you have an account with Credo Courses (which is also free).

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FREE sample of “Contemplate” Bible Magazine- Get a free sample digital copy of Contemplate, the Holy Bible in magazine format with beautiful photographs.

FREE e-book “Sermons Upon the Eight Chapter of Romans” by Thomas Manton- Monergism has this superb streak of giving out free e-books this past weeks. So I have to pick out only one for this weeks freebie post.

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FREE audiobook of  “Spending Ourselves in Christ” – As a “thank you’ for supporting Grange Press, they’re making their new audiobook for free download. To support this small press, please sign up with their email list.

FREE e-book “Love the Least (A Lot)” by Michael Spielman – From the founder of Abort73.com is this free ebook. If you want a physical copy, you have to shell some cash.

FREE e-book “The Wiersbe Bible Study Series: Jeremiah” – On this week’s David C. Cook’s free e-book is the Bible study series of Warren W. Wiersbe titled Jeremiah: Taking A Stand for the Truth. Get it while it’s still free.

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Richard Dawkins, C. S. Lewis and the Meaning of Life” by Alister McGrath

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During our open forum for our laymen and women fellowship with the theme, Passion for God, I had a chance to share something about reading that leads to pursuing God. I wrote it down and explained it for about 10 minutes. If youre curious on what I shared to our fellowship, I’ll put it live here as a post on this blog soon.

Anyways, here’s Alister McGrath’s latest book, Richard Dawkins, C. S. Lewis and the Meaning of Lifepublished by InterVarsity Press.  If you like these quotes, please get yourself a copy of this book by ordering at Amazon or InterVarsity Press. Stay tuned to the review of this book.

“Lewis thus invites his readers into the Christian way of seeing things and to explore how things look when seen from its standpoint – as if to say ‘Try seeing things this way!’ If world views or metanarratives can be compared to lenses, which of them brings things into sharpest focus? Clues, taken by themselves, prove nothing; their importance lies rather in their cumulative and contextual force.”

Dawkins attributes his loss of any religious faith to two factors. The first was his growing realization that ‘Darwin provided the magnificently powerful alternative to biological
design which we now know to be true.’ This is a recurrent theme in Dawkins’s later writings: Darwinism offers an ex­
planation of what is observed in the biological world that is superior to belief in a creator God. The second factor is his belief that there is an ‘elementary fallacy’ within any argument from design, in that ‘any god capable of designing the universe would have needed a fair bit of designing himself.’ Darwin’s idea of gradual complexification from a ‘primeval simplicity’ seemed to make a lot more sense to him.”

“Christianity possessed the literary form of a myth, which for Lewis meant a story with deep imaginative appeal, conveying a set of ideas. Yet there was
a critical difference between Nordic myths and the Christian myth: only the latter was true. Pagan myths represented an imperfect grasping towards the truth, a goal finally attained in Christianity. “

“Christians take the view that believing in God helps us make sense of the world, offering a larger framework or big picture into which fits what we observe and experience. Dawkins argues that this involves adding an unobserved and intrinsically complicated entity – God – to the inventory of the universe. Science is about keeping things as simple as pos-
sible – which is one reason why Dawkins prefers atheism to Christianity. It seems a simpler and neater idea. “

“For Lewis, belief in God was neither a distraction from life nor a spurious means of finding consolation. Discovering God was about discovering his own true identity and recalibrating his reason and imagination in the light of this new way of seeing himself and the world. God is neither an object within our universe nor a mere abstract philosophical idea.”

” To have faith in God is not primarily to
give intellectual assent to an idea about God but to step into a greater picture of our world and become part of it.”

“In terms of their intellectual precariousness, both atheism and Christianity reflect the epistemic limits of human beings, who show a tendency to want to believe more – whether that belief is religious or secular – than the evidence actually warrants.”

“Like many readers of The Selfish Gene I often find myself wondering whether Dawkins’s optimistic conclusion isn’t
actually contradicted and subverted by the arguments that precede it. In some ways his analysis echoes the ethos of the Enlightenment: once you have understood something, you can master it. But can we master ourselves in this way? What if our genetic inheritance affects our will, so that we can recognize the hidden influence of our genes, while then discovering that we cannot break free from their influence?”