260 Reasons for Believing

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Taking a Break to Focus on Book, Back on July 1

For those of you who regularly follow 260 Reasons for Believing, let me first say thank you very much. I really hope these posts are helping you to love the Lord Jesus Christ more than ever. I hope also that the posts give you ideas that you can present to friends who may not yet know Christ as their personal Savior.

For those of you who may be visiting 260 Reasons for Believing for the first time, I would also like to say thank you for taking a look. Please take a few minutes to look through the archives and through the “Supporting Evidence” articles. I hope you find material here that will help you to quietly consider who Jesus Christ is and what He offers to you.

Meanwhile, I’m at a point in writing a piece of fiction that I hope to publish by the end of July. This is very much a “test run” for me to see if writing may indeed be my calling–something that I can making a living from as I serve Christ and as I seek to influence culture with the values of the Kingdom of Heaven.

While the book probably will not be released until the end of July, I’m at a critical point in drafting the text where I need to know each day that I can sit down and focus on that task without doing a disservice to my readers here at 260 Reasons for Believing. I don’t want to offer slipshod posts here. You deserve something better than my thinking and writing “leftovers.”

Thank you for understanding why I’m taking a break, and I hope to see you all back here in just a couple of weeks.

All Things Are Held Together in Christ

… all things were created through [Jesus Christ] and for Him. He Himself is before all things, and all things are held together in Him. (Colossians 1:16-17)

MoleculeLike most of you, I took chemistry and physics in high school. By the grace of God, I did well in both classes. Somehow, I even received the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award. But that’s all ancient history. Haven’t had to think about atomic mass and atomic weight, ions, inert gases, or anything like that in many, many years.

Oh, I did take Botany, Biology, Astronomy, Geology, and maybe a few other science classes as an undergraduate in college, but that, too, was a long time ago. I still look at the moon sometimes, … but not at the sun. I remember (from college Astronomy) not to do that. Continue reading

God Is Better in Every Way Than We Might Conceive Him to Be

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Flickr Image Courtesy of kelsey_lovefusionphoto

According to researcher George Barna, “Millions of Americans have redefined grace to mean that God is so eager to save people from Hell that He will change His nature and universal principles for their individual benefit. It is astounding how many people develop their faith according to their feelings or cultural assumptions rather than biblical teachings.”

You know, whatever kind of God a human being can conjure up in his mind to make himself feel better about God, Continue reading

If Jesus Was Merely Legend

Yesterday, while preparing my post on C.S. Lewis’ “liar, lunatic, or Lord” argument, I came across several websites and posts that point out what they believe to be a major flaw in Lewis’ argument and a major oversight on the part of all Christians–namely, a fourth logical possibility. According to them, Jesus need not have been liar, lunatic, or Lord, if he was only a “legend.” Continue reading

Jesus Christ: a Liar, a Lunatic, or the Lord

Statue Jesus on CrossOne of the classic arguments for the deity of Jesus Christ, and therefore, for the veracity of the Christian faith was made by C.S. Lewis quite a few decades ago. It has been repeated often. But the age of an argument and the frequency of its repetition do nothing to weaken that argument. In fact, if it is a logical argument, and if each of the premises of the argument is correct, then the argument should be repeated from time to time in order to remind the world of sound thinking. Continue reading

Stop, Step Back, and Think Outside the Box

Fergal Mac Eoinin Raising Lazarus

Flickr Artwork Courtesy of Fergal Mac Eoinin

How could someone see with their own eyes and experience with their own senses a marvel that defies any and all natural explanations and still not attribute the occurrence to a super-natural power?
In the Gospel of John, it is recorded that Jesus, in a crowd of people comprised of unbelievers, as well as believers, raised from the dead his friend Lazarus. Continue reading

If Jesus Weren’t Resurrected, What Would Paul Have Gained?

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Flickr Artwork Complements of bobosh_t

The man known to us today as the apostle Paul was alive during the lifetime and the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. During that time, he was known as Saul of Tarsus. Saul is first introduced to readers of the Bible in the book of Acts (7:58), which immediately follows the four Gospel accounts of Jesus life on earth.

When Saul is introduced in the Bible, he is in the city of Jerusalem, the same city where Jesus had been just recently crucified. The text calls Saul a “young man” at that time, and it also indicates that Saul was a personal witness of the killing of the first Christian to be put to death for faith in Jesus Christ. Immediately following that execution, Saul set about trying to destroy the church, going house to house and dragging out both men and women to have them imprisoned for their identification with Jesus. (Acts 8:3)

But it’s not as though Saul came in on the story of Jesus at a late date and hopped blindly Continue reading

There’s No Such Thing As a Group Hallucination

Waiting for the Word Resurrected Jesus

Flickr Artwork Courtesy of Waiting for the Word

One of the earliest and most important creedal statements of Christianity can be found embedded in the text of a letter from the apostle Paul to the church in Corinth, Greece.  In it, Paul gives testimony that he “received” this information directly from those who had experienced the event. Paul wrote,

For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received – that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas [aka Simon Peter], then to the twelve. Then He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive,  though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as though to one born at the wrong time, He appeared to me also. (1 Corinthians 15:3-8) Continue reading

Because “Would Not Believe” Can Turn into “Could Not Believe”

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, and His loyal love endures!                    (Psalm 106:1)

bigstock-Silhouette-Of-Jesus-Christ-Cru-2729215As discussed yesterday, the love of God endures forever. His love is everlasting. As a loving God, the Lord is committed to calling us to Himself (or back to Himself) as long as we have breath in our lungs.

There is one exception to that statement, though, and that exception is based on something that God and God alone can know. Continue reading

His Love Is An Everlasting Love

“Everlasting Love”

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Flickr Photo By Melvin_Es

Lot’s of folks out there can sing Robert Knight’s 1967 classic hit “Everlasting Love.” Well, at least you know the song I’m talking about. Whether you or I can actually sing it is quite another matter. It was such a popular number that several other artists, including Gloria Estefan, did remakes of the song. It was snappy–an upbeat number. And I’m sure you agree, the idea of everlasting love is extremely appealing. Continue reading