“Average Atheist” Trivializes Sin and Hell

Hello Average Atheist, I read your post My Problem with Hell, and decided to respond. You start out with everyone at a party enjoying themselves. Then you shift to someone at the party watching their “daughter in a dark prison cell being bound and strapped to a table. The scene you are witnessing is gruesome and horrible in every way.” Next you ask, “Is it still the best party you’ve ever been to? Do you want to stay there or try to run and help your daughter?” And then state, “My problem with hell is that it is so frequently described as a place where “those in heaven can look down on all the torments of the damned” as if this was an enjoyable practice.” You go on to say, “Hell is a Continue reading

Forgiveness for blasphemy against the Spirit and apostasy

John 6:60 “Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?”

Jesus spoke in sayings. And some of them were difficult to understand, in fact the disciples were often in error, Jesus constantly had to demand: “He that has ears to hear, let him hear” (Matt. 11:15; 13:9,15,16,43; Mark 4:9; 4:23; 7:16; Luke 8:8; 14:35). For example, did they not for a long time after Christ’s departure think John would live to the second coming because of something Jesus taught them, which they misunderstood (John 21:22)? Were not they constantly mistaken about the necessity of his death (John 2:22; 12:16; 16:4; Luke 24:7-8)?

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Confession – 1 John 1:9

1Jo 1:9  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

The following is a note on 1 John 1:9 from the Life Application Study Bible:

Confession is supposed to free us to enjoy fellowship with Christ. It should ease our consciences and lighten our cares. But some Christians do not understand how it works. They feel so guilty that they confess the same sins over and over, and then they wonder if they might Continue reading

Can a person be saved more than once?

This is an excerpt from the 50 frequently asked questions section of The Billy Graham Training Center Bible:

Billy Graham has said, “Christian conversion is the transformation which we experience when we are born of God. Since one is not born over and over again, we must think of Christian development in two phases: birth and growth. A child, for example, is born once. True, he falls down many times, but when he falls he doesn’t need to be born again. His falls, his bumps Continue reading

Confusing General with Universal Statements

This except from Dr. Norman L. Geisler’s article Bible, Alleged Errors in, from his Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, explains the difference between general and universal statements:

Confusing General with Universal Statements. Critics often jump to the conclusion that unqualified statements admit no exceptions. They seize upon verses that offer general truths and then point with glee to obvious exceptions. Such statements are only intended to be generalizations.

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Dr. William Lane Craig on forgiveness for blasphemy against the Sprit and apostasy

The following transcript is taken from 9:30 to 16:50 of Dr. Craig’s Question and Answer podcast.

Matthew 12:32 says, “And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.”

Question: How would you define the Holy Spirit in this sense?

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