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The Quotable Round-Up #44

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Here are some of the quotes from the book “Tactics” by Christian apologist Greg Koukl. If you enjoy this quotes, please feel free to share this post over your social media. God bless you and enjoy your week!
“Without the work of the Spirit, no argument — no matter how persuasive — will be effective. But neither will any act of love nor any simple presentation of the gospel. Add the Spirit, though, and the equation changes dramatically.”– Gregory Koukl, Tactics #apologetics #christianconviction #defendingthetruth
“Here’s the key principle: Without God’s work, nothing else works; but with God’s work, many things work. Under the influence of the Holy Spirit, love persuades. By the power of God, the gospel transforms. And with Jesus at work, arguments convince. God is happy to use each of these methods.”– Gregory Koukl, Tactics #apologetics #christianconviction #defendingthetruth
“Our job is to communicate the gospel as clearly, graciously, and persuasively as possible. God’s job is to take it from there. We may plant the seeds or water the saplings, but God causes whatever increase comes from our efforts.”– Gregory Koukl, Tactics #apologetics #christianconviction #defendingthetruth
“Understanding God’s central role in the process removes a tremendous burden. We can focus on our job — being clear, gracious, and persuasive — and then leave the results to God (what I called “100% God and 100% man”).”– Gregory Koukl, Tactics #apologetics #christianconviction #defendingthetruth
“Sometimes the little things have the greatest impact. Using simple leading questions is an almost effortless way to introduce spiritual topics to a conversation without seeming abrupt, rude, or pushy.”– Gregory Koukl, Tactics #apologetics #christianconviction #defendingthetruth

The Quotable Round-Up #35

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Jolly good day guys! Its this time of the week that we  collect some of the best quotes. The book we are now featuring is from Frank Turek’s “Stealing from God”. Enjoy!

“True for you but not for me” may be the mantra of our day, but that’s not the way the universe really works. If it’s really true, it’s true for everyone.”

“In the same way, our improved understanding of natural laws can never disprove the Being who set up and sustains those laws. To say that a scientist can disprove the existence of God is like saying a mechanic can disprove the existence of Henry Ford. It doesn’t follow. The existence of secondary operational causes does not negate the need for a primary origin cause.”

“But there are very different atheist and theist theories on origin questions. They are more controversial because they cannot be settled by repeatable experiments in a lab. You can’t go in a lab and observe the creation of the universe again, or witness the origin of the first life or new life-forms. While scientists can observe how a cell operates, they can’t observe how the first cell originated. No scientist was there to witness it.”

“Some atheists seem to think that anything unexplained defeats belief in God, as if an infinite God can’t exist if finite creatures don’t understand everything. But there is a big difference between a mystery and a contradiction. Christianity has partial mysteries. Atheism has complete contradictions. Christianity predicts that evil will occur and explains why God allows it in general, but not in every particular case. We don’t have enough information to trace the particulars . . . yet. But good reason provides all the information we need to see that the very existence of evil is a contradiction for atheism. If evil is real, then atheism is false.”

“We can’t see the ultimate outcomes of events because the human story isn’t over yet—not here or in the afterlife where perfect justice will ultimately be done. And even if God were to tell us those outcomes and His reasons for allowing each evil, we wouldn’t be able to comprehend them all. That’s because every event sets off a ripple effect that impacts countless other events and people. How many lives will be changed in the future by the trillions of good and bad events happening just this hour? No human mind can know or grasp it all. And even if we could, knowing the reasons for a painful event might alter our behavior and prevent the good outcome that would have otherwise occurred.”

“Hitler’s words and actions couldn’t be more different than the words and actions of Christ. As Ravi Zacharias has observed, the Crusades and the Inquisition were the illogical outworking of Christianity. They went against everything Christ taught. And you don’t judge a religion or philosophy by its abuse, but by its truths. People can and will abuse true and good things. But that says more about us than it does about God or religion.”

“C. S. Lewis was once an atheist who thought evil disproved God. But he later realized he was stealing from God (grounds of a rational and logical argument) in order to argue against Him. He wrote, “[As an atheist] my argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?”

“Now, an atheist might say, “In our country, we have a constitution that the majority approved. We have no need to appeal to God.” True, you don’t have to appeal to God to write laws, but you do have to appeal to God if you want to ground them in anything other than human opinion. Otherwise, your “rights” are mere preferences that can be voted out of existence at the ballot box or at the whim of an activist judge or dictator.”

“Even if there were infinite time and opportunities for nature to mutate DNA into the information necessary for new life, that still wouldn’t be enough to create a new life-form. That’s because DNA alone doesn’t dictate the formation of body plans.”

5 Essential Christian Books for Your Skeptic Friends

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Now you have no reason for not defending your faith and not giving a special gift for your skeptic friend. Here are 4 books about why Christianity is true and will diffuse any atheist or agnostic:

  1. More Than A Carpenter by Josh McDowell-a classic that sets the standard of apologetics book. I think this book gave a “pop” flavor for defending the faith. Finally book for the skeptical masses from a former skeptic himself. Short but compelling this is the zenith of all McDowell’s apologetic books and still a great giveaway for your unbelieving buddy.
  2. The Signature of God by Grant Jeffrey- the late Grant Jeffrey maley left us scratching our heads in a flop over the Millennium bug, but putting that aside this book is truly something for even believers to dig. It combines “More Than A Carpenter” arguments (with of course Jeffrey’s take) and an outstanding look at numerology in the Bible. Not just convincing but thought provoking.
  3. One Heartbeat Away by Mark Cahill-Cahill and Comfort paved the way for what is evangelism in the last decade. This book can be considered the “More Than A Carpenter” of that decade. Cahill is an evangelism machine and I think that’s why he wrote this book is for follow up for those who learned evangelism through his 1st book “One Thing You Cant Do In Heaven.” He took different subject from the existence of God, evolution, the reliability of the Bible, heaven, hell etc., and answer it this very helpful book.
  4. A Case for Christ by Lee Strobel- Lee Strobel, an award winning legal editor and a former atheist, didn’t just penned an apologetics book but by utilizing his journalistic expertise, a book that feels like a page turner of the latest bestselling novel. In his quest to know the truth, Strobel interviews prominent Christian scholars by throwing hard hitting questions against the faith. This very compelling book will reinforce your faith and make your skeptic friend consider Christianity.
  5. God Doesn’t Believe in Atheist by Ray Comfort-with a quirky title like that; this book shouldn’t be missed. The arguments are blend in a very friendly (and sometimes funny) manner as if Comfort is talking to you personally. This book doesn’t just provide logical point of view on Christianity but also lays the gospel and answers to common objections in Christianity. You’ll find this one enjoyable of all the books I mentioned in the list.

 

Anymore books you would like to add here?

Applied Christianity! Delighting Grace Interviews Christianity Applied

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Christianity Applied is newbie group in Christian Worldview and Apologetics. But the group promise to deliver practical perspective of Christianity that will engage us to apply what we believe. We got hold of one of its author, Benton Moss, to talk more about CA and what it can offer.

 

Delighting Grace: What is Christianity Applied?

 

Benton Moss: Christianity Applied is an online ministry that seeks to take the Gospel in its most basic form along with strong theology, and then apply it to the real world around us.  We seek to give perspective on everything that goes on about us each day.

 

Delighting Grace: Your ministry’s name is very striking. Do you feel that your ministry has this big task to live by its name in bringing practicality in Christianity?

 

Benton Moss: We not only seek to bring practical application of the Christian Faith, but also to show how it is the best philosophy by which to live for all! To live in the light of His grace is such a wonderful thing!

 

Delighting Grace: Does it mean when you say “applied” equals to being “practical” or “useful” in terms of your goals of the ministry?

Benton Moss: When we say applied, like I said earlier, we mean taking basic theology and the Gospel in its purest form and showing what it looks like when you apply them to your daily life.

 

Delighting Grace: How would you differentiate it from just pragmatism?

Benton Moss: This is an application of the Christian philosophy, even when it’s hard or extremely difficult.  Chesterton wrote that Christianity hasn’t been tried and found wanting, rather it’s been found difficult and left untried.  Pragmatism is simply doing what’s easiest or least resistant in this moment.  Applied Christianity is following Christ against all currents of worldliness at all cost, exactly as Christ did.

 

Delighting Grace: Some may say “Hey I can apply Atheism or Islam in my life and be useful, so what difference does it make if it’s from Christianity?”

Benton Moss:  Well, that’s just it!  I actually wrote a philosophical article on the presuppositions of atheism and showed how atheists don’t live by their own code (“Logical conclusions of an Atheistic worldview”).  So, when you get an atheistic worldview lived to its conclusions, you get a stalin essentially.  As for Islam, I have read a lot of the Qur’an and there are several references to the Injeel (the Gospel in Arabic) and that Muslims follow what has already been written in the Gospels.   Yet, why do they disregard these verses?  So, you see, we begin with the presupposition that the Christian God is the only one and true God, and show how others’ philosophical presuppositions or underpinnings are simply logically inconsistent with either internal logic or inconsistent with how they live their lives!  Thus, we seek to show how practical, applied Christianity lived out daily makes a difference on an individual as well as a collective scale.

C.S. Lewis once wrote that you can tell a person’s philosophy Is wrong when you see that they can’t logically live by it.

 

Delighting Grace: Just checked your video on “What is Apologetics?” and people might wonder how in the world can we apply apologetics in life other than getting in a religious debate?

 

Benton Moss:  Apologetics simply means “a defense”.  Apologetics is a way to verify in many different ways of knowing (historical analysis, scientific evidence, and the list goes on) that there is a God and that He created the heavens and earth to declare his glory.  So, we can use apologetics in two different ways: first to strengthen our convictions, and second to defend our knowledge against false claims of others.  Apologetics is based on the verse 1 Peter 3:15 where we communicate the truth of the Gospel in a loving manner.  Sometimes Christians forget the loving way to do this!  We must humbly defend our positions to show that in Christ all knowledge is held and the Truth is to be found.

Delighting Grace: What do you think is the first step in applying Christianity?

 

Benton Moss:  The First step is simply this:  asking yourself how God’s grace will affect your actions today… we love because He loved us first.  Thus, when we concentrate on God’s mercy and love, what else can we do but let that love spill forth from our hearts to other people around us in numerous ways!  So, the first step is fully grasping the infinite bounds of God’s grace, and the rest will flow forth. It is written that a man’s words (and indeed his actions also) flow from his heart. Once we fully understand the depths of God’s love, it will manifest itself in our lives each and every day in our actions to others and in everything we do!

 

Delighting Grace: What are we to expect from Christianity Applied that is uniquely yours?

 

Benton Moss:  We are a bunch of young theologians who are on fire for God in the midst of the ‘American college life’.  We hope that through our writings, we can show how God’s grace is manifested in our lives in a way that others can take note of and hopefully be inspired by!  We want others to follow our footsteps… because we are seeking to follow in Christ’s, thus they are following His.  So, like I said earlier, we wish to produce a perspective that communicates what God’s grace in someone’s life looks like.

 

Delighting Grace: So guys please check their website: Christianity Applied .Catch them also at Facebook or Twitter. Thank you Christianity Applied for your time. God bless!

Ken Ham on Richard Dawkins

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Creation Scientist and founder of Answers in Genesis Ken Ham comments on Richard Dawkins atheism:

“Richard Dawkins is an atheist and one of the world’s leading spokespersons for evolution. An interviewer once made this statement to him: “The idea of evolution and natural selection makes some people feel that everything is meaningless, people’s individual lives and life in general.” Dr. Dawkins responded that, “If it’s true that it causes people to feel despair. That’s tough. If it’s true, its true; and you had better live with it.” So if I believe in atheistic evolution and it causes me to despair, what can I do? Be tough. Get used to it. That’s what it’s all about. Live with it.

 

And then he was asked this question, “What do you see is the problem with a terminally ill cancer patient believing in an afterlife?” Dr. Dawkins responded, “No problem at all. If I could have word with a would-be suicide bomber who thinks he is going to paradise, I would say ‘Don’t imagine for one second that you are going to paradise, you’re going to rot in the ground.’ ” At least Dr. Dawkins is consistent and honest. Without God, nothing matters. It doesn’t matter if you are terminally ill or if you are a terrorist. You are going to die, and that is the end of it. Life, then, is utterly meaningless. Nothing you can do will make a difference. When you die, you won’t even remember you were here, and in a short time, no one else will remember you either. Life has no meaning; it never did; it doesn’t now; and it never will. It’s just time and death. That’s all. That’s tough. Get used to it.

 

By the way, if what Dr. Dawkins is saying is true, why does he bother arguing about anything? What’s the point? Think about it! I have often wondered why an atheistic evolutionist would bother trying to convince someone of something. They believe that when you die that’s the end of you. Isaac Asimov believed that, Carl Sagan believed that, and that’s what Richard Dawkins is saying. When you die, you rot, that’s it. From that perspective, you won’t even know you were ever here; you won’t even know you ever existed. You won’t remember any of it . . . and neither will anyone else; so therefore, what is the point of arguing with the creationists? I don’t understand the point.”

 

(“How Could a Loving God?…Powerful Answers on Sufferings” by and © 2007 Ken Ham, pp. 52-53, Masters Book, Inc.)