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The Quotable Round-Up # 59

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paper_zpshrjhwlqwHey people  heres your favorite post. Hot and fresh quotes from the book“God Is: How Christianity Explains Everything” by Douglas Wilson. If you enjoyed these quotes, please buy the book at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon. Feel free to share this post over your social media. God bless you and enjoy your week!

“So whenever Hitchens condemns the moral behavior of anyone else, he is not proving that atheists can be moral too. He is proving, instead, that he is incapable of following his own premises out to the end of the road. He is proving that he is blissfully unaware of the blatant contradictions in his system where no one can impose his morality on another.” — Douglas Wilson, “God Is: How Christianity Explains Everything” #atheism #douglaswilson #christopherhitchens #gospel #GodIs #Godisnotgreat #religionpoisonseverything #howchristianityexplainseverything

“There are plenty of miracle-mongers who are doing their thing in the name of Jesus, and they deserve everything that Hitchens can deliver to them, and they deserve it good and hard. But as Hitchens acknowledges here briefly, and should do so far more extensively, this is the same kind of critique of gullibility that is found in John Calvin’s Inventory of Relics. When Hitchens comes to attack this kind of credulity and hypocrisy, he finds that many Christians have preceded him.” –Douglas Wilson, “God Is: How Christianity Explains Everything” #atheism #douglaswilson #christopherhitchens #gospel #GodIs #Godisnotgreat #religionpoisonseverything #howchristianityexplainseverything

“God does not wave a compromise-wand over us and declare us to be forgiven. That would justify us, but He would not be just. Or He could send us all to hell—then He would be just, but not the one who justifies. Rather, He sent a new Adam. He established the whole human race all over again—Jesus Christ established a new way of being human.” — Douglas Wilson, “God Is: How Christianity Explains Everything” #atheism #douglaswilson #christopherhitchens #gospel #GodIs #Godisnotgreat #religionpoisonseverything #howchristianityexplainseverything

“This is why there is no injustice in the gospel. I do not just walk away from my sins. Sinners are guilty and all sinners must die. What the cross does is provide us with a way of dying, with resurrection as a promised consequence. Jesus did not die so that we might live. He died so that we might die; He lives so that we might live. This is our hope, and this is our glory. And God in His kindness has authorized His people to extend this offer—full of grace—to people like Christopher Hitchens.” — Douglas Wilson, “God Is: How Christianity Explains Everything” #atheism #douglaswilson #christopherhitchens #gospel #GodIs #Godisnotgreat #religionpoisonseverything #howchristianityexplainseverything

“If there is no God above the system, then the system is god. All societies are religious organisms, not just the ones with a religious exoskeleton.”– Douglas Wilson, “God Is: How Christianity Explains Everything” #atheism #douglaswilson #christopherhitchens #gospel #GodIs #Godisnotgreat #religionpoisonseverything #howchristianityexplainseverything

“All human societies are theocracies. The only issue that confronts us is which theos we will serve. The atrocious cultures are the ones who serve atrocious gods.” — Douglas Wilson, “God Is: How Christianity Explains Everything” #atheism #douglaswilson #christopherhitchens #gospel #GodIs #Godisnotgreat #religionpoisonseverything #howchristianityexplainseverything

“Hitchens acknowledges that secularist hellholes are wrong. He explains (in many ways, accurately) how they came to be so wrong. In many cases it was because of the previous misbehavior of believers. Granted. He vividly lances the pomposity and pretensions of those who are wrong in this way. The only thing he does not explain—for he cannot explain—is why they are wrong.” — Douglas Wilson, “God Is: How Christianity Explains Everything” #atheism #douglaswilson #christopherhitchens #gospel #GodIs #Godisnotgreat #religionpoisonseverything #howchristianityexplainseverything

The Quotable Round-Up #57

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paper_zpshrjhwlqwHere are some of the quotes from the book “We Destroy Arguments” by Stephen Feinstein. If you enjoy these quotes, please buy the book at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon. Feel free to share this post over your social media. God bless you and enjoy your week!

“Christians are not out there to prove that a god exists, but instead that the biblical God exists. We are to prove that this biblical God has made Himself clearly known to all people at all times with clear distinct revelation that has left people without excuse. You cannot accomplish this by using piecemeal arguments that only demonstrate one sliver of the Christian worldview at a time. Instead, the Christian worldview as a whole is what is to be presented. Yet, it is even more than this. Christianity must be presented not only as an entire system, but as the only system of truth that is even possible.” – Stephen Feinstein, “We Destroy Arguments”

“When 1 John 4:8 declares that God is love, we need to ask, “Love of what?” If the answer is love of the world, then the divine attribute of love depends on the existence of the world, once again removing the independence of God and the creator-creature distinction. Furthermore, an attribute by definition is something that God must possess to in fact be God. If love could not exist until the creation existed, then God also could not have existed as God until He first created the creation! The position becomes logically self-defeating. Yet, if God is one, and yet three persons, then God can share love in an absolute sense being an absolute person and still be absolutely independent of creation. John 17:24 clearly teaches that the Father and Son loved each other in eternity past, thereby demonstrating from Scripture that God’s attribute of love is independent of the creation. Thus, the Trinity actually is necessary in order to keep every single one of God’s communicable attributes intact.” – Stephen Feinstein, “We Destroy Arguments”

“Under the Christian, metaphysical worldview God is only one God and is a perfect unity, but is also a unity of a plurality (three persons). Since God is a unity of plurality, it is not difficult to see creation in a similar light. We are all made from the dust of the ground making us one with creation (unity), but we are different ontologically from plants, animals, rocks, and other humans (plurality). There is no absolute unity devoid of plurality, and there is no absolute plurality devoid of unity. Only the Christian worldview accounts for this, and even though many secular philosophers and pagan religions reject a universe of both one and many, nearly all people live their day-to-day lives as though it were true.” – Stephen Feinstein, “We Destroy Arguments”

“Dependence on God leads to consistent and true knowledge and a consistent view of reality that makes learning and discovery possible. Independence from God leads to millions of inconsistencies on various views of reality, and it renders the idea of true knowledge and standards as impossible.” – Stephen Feinstein, “We Destroy Arguments”

“Atheism can be theoretical or practical, or both. The theoretical atheist outright denies the existence of God, whereas the practical atheist just lives as though there is no God. Based on the definition of practical atheism, agnostics truly are atheists just in disguise. After all, if they truly did not know whether or not God existed, would they not show up to church every other week and try to live in obedience to Scripture half of the time in order to shore up their bets? Yet, just about every agnostic most of us have ever met never goes to church and live their lives as though no God exists. Their words do not comport with their actions but instead are a mere attempt to take some misconstrued highroad of humility.” – Stephen Feinstein, “We Destroy Arguments”

“Ultimately, the combination of atheism and idolatry is the unbeliever’s way of suppressing the truth of God that is within them, and yet being able to navigate through the world with set standards. When the Christian apologist begins to critique unbelieving thought, unbelievers will move thoughtlessly back and forth between these two positions making it difficult to pin them down. For example, when you press their relativism to its conclusion, they will then appeal to reason (their idol) to support the items that they feel are absolutely true. When you then push them with reason into a self-defeating position, they will effortlessly move right back into their atheistic relativism. It will take patience and skill to reveal this to them, and ultimately it will take the work of the Holy Spirit.” – Stephen Feinstein, “We Destroy Arguments”

“If a Christian presuppositionalist pushed epistemology with such atheists, he could easily reveal to the atheist the impossibility of objective truth in an atheistic worldview. Thus consistent atheism requires the extreme of relativism, which itself is self-defeating. After all, would not a declaration that there is no absolute truth be in of itself an absolute truth? Furthermore, the atheist who holds to relativism is never consistent with it. After all, he acts as though reason and logic are trustworthy (absolute) and would seek justice if robbed (a moral absolute). Thus, the unbeliever committed to atheism in either its theoretical or practical form is left in a state of absolute certainty (rationalism) and absolute uncertainty (irrationalism) simultaneously and cannot account for it.” – Stephen Feinstein, “We Destroy Arguments”

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.)