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William Lane Craig

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  William Lane Craig Any Christian or atheist who has had an interest in debates between the two camps has likely heard of William Lane Craig.  Most Christians, after observing Craig's debates with atheists, respond with approval of his performance followed by the exclamation that he won the debate.    Craig's website, reasonablefaith.org , has a stated mission: Reasonable Faith features the work of philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig in order to carry out its three-fold mission: 1 - to provide an articulate, intelligent voice for biblical Christianity in the public arena. 2 - to challenge unbelievers with the truth of biblical Christianity. 3 - to train Christians to state and defend Christian truth claims with greater effectiveness. From my observations of Craig in the many YouTube videos posted, the first leg of the mission is obvious and accurate in its statement.  But I believe the other two legs are simply dressing. 2 - to challenge unbelievers with the

How do you KNOW?

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God, why is it so darn important to you that humans believe in you?   I have thought for some time now that one of the major problems with the Christian mindset is that Christians confuse "belief" with "knowledge". The Christians beliefs are so tenacious that they take on the persona of actual knowledge, but a knowledge that is devoid of the necessary work required to gain such "knowledge". For instance, one of the core tenets of Christianity - the belief in the virgin birth of Jesus. No one actually possesses factual knowledge that Mary was impregnated without having sexual intercourse with a man, resulting in the birth of Jesus, and yet, Christians by the millions will offer their belief in the virgin birth claim AS IF they know that the claim is true.   One of my favorite pass-times is to explore old cemeteries, reading the inscriptions on the headstones.  Often the epitaph will include the sentiment that the deceased was a person "of deep fait

What is a Contradiction ?

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con·tra·dic·tion -  noun Learn to pronounce noun - a combination of statements, ideas, or features of a situation that are opposed to one another. - a person, thing, or situation in which inconsistent elements are present. - the statement of a position opposite to one already made. Jesus is talking: John 5:22   For the Father judges no one,  but has given all judgment to the Son. . .   (Jesus the son  does judge) John 8:15   You judge by human standards; I  judge no one .  (Jesus the son  does not judge) John 12:47   I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.   (Jesus the son  does not judge) ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ John 13:36  Simon Peter said to him: “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered: “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterword.” John 14:5  Thomas said to him: “ Lord, we do not know where you are going . How can we know the way?” John 16:5   . . . But now I am g

I Was Never Saved

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  In my previous post I referenced my question to my evangelist friend - . . .  since I no longer believe in God, was I ever actually "saved"? I know the answer to that question, I just want to see what yours is. In my many email dialogues with believers I have had numerous unsolicited responses to this question: 1 - You were never "truly" saved and are destined for hell. 2 - You were saved but are now "lost" and are destined for hell. 3 - You are still saved but just don't know it. Yes, based on their examination of my testimony, these are all actual replies that I have received from Christians. One would think that, on a matter as important as this (isn't this really the most important matter in all of Christianity?) that the bible would be crystal clear and all Christians would be in agreement - but for the person who has read the bible, and for the person who has been "informed" by Christians concerning the salvation of their soul

True® Christian...

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. . . so, a True® Christian, an atheist, and an apostate walk into a bar . . . Way back in or about 1999 I became an atheist, after 25 years as a bible believing Christian. At some point soon after losing my faith, I informed a dear Christian friend, of my new religious status. We no longer lived near each other, so I did it via letter.   My friend was (and still is) a traveling evangelist, preaching mostly (if not exclusively) in Independent Baptist Churches. Many, if not most Baptist congregations hold to the doctrine of "Once saved, always saved". This is often described as "Eternal Security" or "Eternal Salvation" or "Perseverance of the Saints". Once a person becomes a Christian they will remain a Christian. It is impossible (in their mind) for a person to get "saved" and then become "unsaved". Because of this belief, I have had occasions to discuss with Christians the "Once saved, always saved" doctrine, f