The Official Story or the Popular Rumor

In an article by Christopher Hitchens in Vanity Fair, titled The Importance of Being Orwell, Hitchens quotes Orwell’s diary as saying:

We are all drowning in filth. When I talk to anyone or read the writings of anyone who has any axe to grind, I feel that intellectual honesty and balanced judgement have simply disappeared from the face of the earth. Everyone’s thought is forensic, everyone is simply putting a “case” with deliberate suppression of his opponents point of view, and, what is more, with complete insensitiveness to any sufferings except those of himself and his friends.

Later Hitchens says of Orwell, “This need to know things at the level of basic Continue reading

G. K. Chesterton’s Reason and Sanity

In chapter 12 of Heretics by G. K. Chesterton, he says, “We cannot go back to an ideal of reason and sanity. For mankind has discovered that reason does not lead to sanity.”

I think what he means here, is that superficial or the popular conception of “reason” does not lead to sanity. That reason which says, “I believe in only what I can see.” Such a statement begs the question, “Where did all that you see come from.” And we are led by that question to Hebrews 11:13, “By Continue reading

Miraculous Bible Prophecy Fulfillments

This article from Dr. Norman L. Geisler’s Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, is titled Prophecy as Proof of the Bible. It documents many of the Bible’s miraculously predictive prophecies, and explains that the Bible is peerless in this regard:

 

Prophecy, as Proof of the Bible. One of the strongest evidences that the Bible is inspired by God (see Bible, Evidences for) is its predictive prophecy. Unlike any other book, the Bible offers a multitude of specific predictions—some hundreds of years in advance—that have been literally fulfilled or else point to a definite future time when they will come true. In his 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

The Transcendental Argument

This is a brief statement of the Transcendental Argument from Carm.org:

Logical absolutes exist.  Logical absolutes are conceptual by nature, are not dependent on space, time, physical properties, or human nature.  They are not the product of the physical universe (space, time, matter), because if the physical universe were to disappear, logical absolutes would still be true.  Logical Absolutes are not the product of human minds, because human minds are different, not absolute.  But, since logical absolutes are always true everywhere, and not dependent upon human minds, it must be an absolute transcendent mind that is authoring them.  This mind is called God.  Furthermore, if there are only two options to account for something, i.e., God and no God, and one of them is negated, then by default the other position is validated.