Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A List of the Public Lies of Atheist Richard Dawkins

Selected Public Lies of Richard Dawkins

A liar will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will perish (Proverbs 19:9).
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Dawkins loathes religion so much that he often lies about it.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools (Romans 1:18-22).

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Dawkins lies outright about how the U.S. courts are protecting "hate speech" on the basis of "religious freedom," when the cases were judged not to be hate speech, nor even religious speech (Rich Deem on The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins).

1.      Richard Dawkins knows God exists yet claims that God in fact does not exist (see Romans 1).
2.      Dawkins stated that he refused to debate William Lane Craig due to William Lane Craig’s failure to meet Dawkin’s debate interlocutor criteria. Yet, Dawkins previously debated men who did not meet his criteria.
3.      Additionally, at times Dawkins says he is a strict atheist then later concedes he’s an agnostic. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9102740/Richard-Dawkins-I-cant-be-sure-God-does-not-exist.html
4.      Dawkins denied that he debated a Rabbi he did, in point of fact, debate. Rabbi Schuley Boteach wrote: “Dawkins attacked me on his website and denied that he and I had ever debated. My office quickly posted the full footage of a two hour debate which took place on October 23, 1996, a debate which Dawkins actually lost after a vote taken by the students as to which side, science or religion, caused more students to change their minds.” http://evolutionfairytale.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=2152
5.      Dawkins lied when he deceitfully posited an incorrect proof as a representation of Aquinas’ proof in his book The God Delusionhttp://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=506285
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See my apologetics book Lying: The Case Against Deception HERE

"Lying The Case Against Dishonesty" Defeating the New Atheists


By Mike Robinson

Questions central to the philosophical discussion of lying to others and other-deception (or interpersonal deceiving) may be divided into two kinds. Questions of the first kind are definitional. They include the questions of how lying is to be defined, and how deceiving is to be defined, and whether lying is a form of intended deception. Questions of the second kind are moral. They include the questions of whether lying and deceiving are (defeasibly) morally wrong, and whether, if either lying or deception, or both, are defeasibly morally wrong, they are ever morally obligatory, and not just merely morally permissible (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy).
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Is Lying is always wrong? If not, how does that fit within the context of moral absolutes?

If honesty is the best policy, why do we lie? Why do so many leaders who make public policy seem to be habitual liars? We all know the world would be better if people lied less often. In Lying: The Case Against Dishonesty, Mike Robinson defines and categorizes the many varieties of lies we tell—from mistaken individuals to perjury-filled politicians to lies that save the lives of innocent people, herein is a fascinating volume that will engage your mind and heart. Robinson contends that lying is wrong and we should aim to be more honest with ourselves and others.


This unique book on lying and dishonesty cannot be ignored by religious people or skeptics. It demonstrates, with an easy-flowing style, that all people lie and we deceive others too often—so lying must be faced head on. 

Yes, Lying: The Case Against Dishonesty provides precise arguments in a simple-to-understand way, as Robinson offers deep scriptural, apologetic, and philosophical truths concerning lying. If, as a Christian, you know that lying is wrong, but you don't know how to demonstrate this fact, then this book will help clear it up. “Lying” gives you simple step-by-step ways to understand and apply the deep-seated moral value of honesty.

This fresh volume helps you refute:

• Atheists
• Agnostics
• People in false religions
• Secularists
• Cult members

You will learn the reasons why lying is wrong while discovering numerous proofs for the existence of God—much of the material discusses lying within the context of objective moral values. The author affirms and works from an innovative approach that will equip you with the latest apologetic research; the book is path-breaking in its readability of difficult concepts.


• Understand how men and nations can be dishonest

• Comprehend how dishonesty affects your relationships

• Demonstrate that the God of the Bible exists

• Learn how to have absolute certainty

• Discover how honesty and morality require and presuppose God


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Mike A. Robinson, pastor and teacher at Christ Covenant Bible School, teaches Apologetics to average people.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Proof for the Existence of God: part 1

 There's Evidence and Proof for God

by Mike Robinson

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Is there proof for the existence of God? Yes, there's overwhelming proof.
“I must confess to you that the majesty of the Scriptures astonishes me; the holiness of the evangelists speaks to my heart and has such striking characters of truth, and is, moreover, so perfectly inimitable, that if it had been the invention of men, the inventors would be greater than the greatest heroes” (Rousseau). 
“When you argue against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all: it is like cutting off the branch you are sitting on” (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity).


Yes, the Bible reveals to humanity that the earth hangs on nothing (Job 26:7) and is a sphere (Isaiah 40:22). Scripture declared these facts thousands of years before telescopes and modern science discovered them. God’s word instructs His people how to wash their hands which would help ward off infections and disease (Leviticus 15:13). God’s word declared to humanity the proper function of the water cycle (Job 38:12-14), the existence of ocean currents (Psalms 8:8), the solar cycle, and the expansion of the universe (Isaiah 40:22) centuries before modern science discovered these truths. These facts are consistent with the authority of the Bible.

Facts and other evidence do not endow the Bible with authority; it is endowed with it because it is God’s word; furthermore science, testing, and examination presuppose biblical revelation. Testing utilizes a number of disciplines, such as the application of the laws of reason and induction. A pure materialistic worldview cannot justify the existence or the use of the laws of reason; these changeless norms are immaterial universals for they come from the nature of the changeless God. We have sure knowledge that the God of scripture lives. We do not think He probably exists; our faith is not just reasonable or plausible. It is impossible for the true and living God not to exist, because without Him, in principle, we can know nothing at all. He is the obligatory truth condition for all knowledge since he provides the pre-environment required for the laws of reason unavoidably utilized in all knowledge pursuits [for more see my book HERE]

God Is the Foundation of All Reality
It is open to the theist . . . to suppose that it is a divine intention that human cognitive abilities are disposed to modalize reliably in accordance with modal fact. In this way, there can be a tie between modal fact and human modal judgments that plausibly accords with the proper function of human cognition while preserving the integrity of the purely natural causal processes generating such judgments. Our typical naturalist will be scandalized at this Leibnizian solution, but can he do any better? (Timothy O’Connor).
Consider the following syllogism:
1. The God of scripture is the foundation of all reality or reality is unintelligible.
2. Reality is intelligible.
3. Therefore, God is the foundation of reality.

The consequence of asserting that God does not exist is that the world becomes unintelligible and unknowable; a non-theistic worldview lacks the explanatory power required for intelligibility because it fails to account for immutable universals required to explain anything.[1] But the proposition that the world is unintelligible is impossible because it is self-defeating. If the world is unintelligible and unknowable, then that statement itself would be unintelligible and unknowable, hence self-voiding and false. Moreover, since God is immutable with universal reach, He is the ground and foundation of knowledge forasmuch as he provides the epistemic environment necessary for universal immutables (laws of logic, moral absolutes, etc.) required for knowledge.

A Combative Anti-theist

Harry Blaimires points out that “No one can pretend [the Old and the New Testament are not] there. Everyone who is concerned with the meaning of life and the destiny of the human race will have to take [them] into account.” God’s word declares that life must revolve around Him. We must have no other gods before Him. All men have a destiny that will find its consummation at the judgment seat of Christ. Their life will end one day and they will give an account for it. This truth must constantly remain in front of our eyes. We should live and move before the face of God; that is our duty and our joy.
“If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning” (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity).
Eminent atheist Michael Martin pontificates that “belief in the incarnation is clearly unjustified. Not only is the evidence for the incarnation lacking, but it is incoherent and conceptually problematic.” On the surface, his statement philosophically can raise problems for the Christian theist; yet his atheistic worldview that he reposes upon is more than problematic. Martin cannot even account for the reality of evidence or the discovery of apparent problems. He must stand on the Christian worldview to discuss evidence and problems. Christianity has a justified basis for the evaluation of evidence and the intelligent identification of problems; non-theism falls short. An atheism that is conjoined to materialism—the belief that all reality is composed only of physical material—lacks the ontic resource to account for knowledge. Consequently the avowal of materialism is not itself made of anything material. The atheist’s view cannot support or justify itself. Materialistic atheism is an immaterial system that teaches that the immaterial does not exist. Thus it pops its own philosophical balloon. By claiming to be a pure materialist, one is actually assenting to anti-materialism.

God Completes All That He Begins
We believe that the existence of God, and questions such as these relating to it, can be intelligently answered. The reason we know that God exists is because He has told us so, and has revealed Himself to us. It would be no help to us at all in our human predicament if God were silent, but happily this is not the case. God not only exists, but also He has communicated that fact to us. He has told us all about who He is, what He is like and what His plan is for planet earth. He has revealed these things to mankind through the Bible. The Bible has demonstrated itself to be more than a mere book; it is the actual Word of God. The evidence is more than convincing to anyone who will honestly consider its claims (Josh McDowell). 
Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: “I am the First and I am the Last; beside Me, there is no God. And who can proclaim as I do? Then let him declare it and set it in order for Me. … Let them show these to them. Do not fear, nor be afraid; have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You are My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? I have declared the former things from the beginning; They went forth from My mouth, and I caused them to hear it. Suddenly I did them, and they came to pass. … Even from the beginning I have declared it to you; before it came to pass I proclaimed it to you. … You have heard; see all this. And will you not declare it? … Come near to Me, hear this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, I was there. And now the Lord GOD and His Spirit have sent Me. Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the LORD your God” (Isaiah 44:6-8; 48:3-20).
Another area of proof is the Messianic prophecies fulfilled by Jesus Christ. The Tanakh (Old Testament) foretold the coming of the Messiah in exact detail. The text, written centuries before the coming of Jesus, prophesied over three hundred facts about Him. No other founder of any religion can provide a similar record of his life written centuries before his birth. Religious founders like Joseph Smith, Mary Baker Eddy, David Koresh, Muhammad, and Buddha cannot supply a widely transmitted, preexisting record that accurately prophesied the details of their lives. The three hundred clear prophecies of the coming Messiah were ordained by God. 

The Lord revealed historical facts about the coming of Jesus prior to His birth. All these prophecies came to pass in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Christ’s virgin birth was foretold about seven hundred years before He was born: “So, the Lord Himself shall give you a sign. Behold, the virgin will conceive and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). His place of birth was foretold: “And you, Bethlehem…out of you He shall come forth to Me, to become Ruler in Israel, He whose goings forth have been…from eternity” (Micah 5:2). The exact date of His entry in Jerusalem was foretold in the book of Daniel. God revealed the coming of Palm Sunday: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9).
He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of My people He was stricken. And they made His grave with the wicked—but with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When you make His soul an offering for sin…My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities. … And He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors (Isaiah 53:3-12).
In addition, Christ’s death on the cross was foretold before that form of execution was even invented--Psalms 22:1-16 announced the crucifixion hundreds of years before it happened: “I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people. All who see me laugh me to scorn; they shoot out the lip; they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the LORD; let Him deliver him; let Him rescue him, since He delights in him! … I am poured out like water, and all my bones are spread apart; my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels and you have brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have circled around me; the band of spoilers have hemmed me in, they pierced my hands and my feet.” This evidence is overwhelming. Moreover, the truth is even more definite and compelling than great blocks of evidence one might compile to prove the facts of Christianity. 

The argument for Jesus Christ is sure: Without God, one cannot provide the necessary a priori truth conditions for reason, facts, evidence, and the analysis thereof.

An unknown author tells the story of a secular psychologist, Jewish by race, who, on hearing the prophecy of Christ’s passion and death (Isaiah 52:13-53:12), answered: “What’s so impressive about that? Anyone standing at the foot of the cross could have written that.” He was amazed to learn that the passage had been written centuries before Jesus’ crucifixion. That was the beginning of the end of his secularism. Today that doctor is a Christian.

To learn more about proof for Christianity and the foundation (God) required to analyze any evidence see my Book God's Not Dead: Many Proofs for the Christian Faith HERE
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NOTES

1. Rational pre-commitments assist in directing one’s investigation and analysis of the data (as well as its interpretation and communication). This admission is often difficult to get from some atheistic inquirers to acknowledge. What worldview can furnish the a priori necessities and rational tools for science, analysis and research? Christian theism can deliver the epistemic ground for the a priori immutable universals utilized in rational enquiry; in principle, materialistic atheism cannot furnish the aforementioned ground. What is obligatory to account for scientific analysis is a first principle that has the ontological endowment to not only ground it, but to account for it and its preconditions—all the universal operational features of knowledge. The loss of the immovable point of reference, in principle, leaves the ungodly bereft of a resource necessary to construct the analytical enterprise. Without God, one cannot hoist the necessary a priori operation features of the intellectual examination of evidence. The Christian worldview supplies the fixed ontic platform as the sufficient truth condition that can justify induction, immutable universals, attributes, identity, and the uniformity of the physical world. But materialistic atheism lacks such a fixed ontic platform. Consequently, it fails to provide the sufficient ground required to justify enquiry and research. When anyone attempts to escape the truth that God exists, he falls in a trap he cannot escape. This point is well made in Van Til’s illustration of a man made of water, who is trying to climb out of the watery ocean by means of a ladder made of water. He cannot get out of the water for he has nothing to stand on. Without God, one cannot make sense of anything. The atheist has nothing to stand on (an ontic Archimedean locus of reference) and he lacks a rational apparatus to scale an epistemic ladder that would allow him to view reality with clarity. God and His revealed word supply men their only possible ground with the explanatory clout needed to account for critical and analytical pursuits. The ontological barrenness of atheistic materialism is just one reason the Christian should never grant the natural man the right to determine the criteria for testing truth claims—atheistic naturalism lacks an ontology with a shard of explanatory power. Christianity rests upon God and His Revelation as the ontic Archimedean locus of reference for science. 

God's Not Dead DVD: A Deal

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God's Not Dead DVD as well as a Book have been released

God's NOT Dead DVD has been released!


Actor(s)

Kevin Sorbo
Shane Harper
Willie Robertson
Korie Robertson
Marco Khan



Dean Cain

Cory Oliver
Alex Aristidis
Lisa Arnold
Tommy Blaze



Director(s)

Harold Cronk

Overview
College freshman Josh Wheaton attends the first day of his philosophy class. His teacher, Professor Radisson demands the students in class write on a paper "God is Dead" and submit it or fail the class. Josh, a Christian, makes the decision to turn in a statement that "God is not Dead," the only student to do so. The Professor then challenges Josh to prove to the other students over the quarter through debates with himself that God lives. Josh accepts the challenge and this movie is about the methods Josh uses to prove that God lives. Some famous people make cameos during this movie about their faith.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Atheistic Evolution: Difficulties Make It Impossible

Atheistic Evolution Has Some Difficulties that Demonstrate It's Not Possible


by Mike Robinson 
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Atheistic evolution not only goes against commonsense, it's impossible.

Richard Dawkins stated: ‘”What is so special about life? It never violates the laws of physics.” Let's grant him that for the moment. But the fact of physics is that however you section physical concrete reality, you end up with a state that does not explain its own existence. Moreover, since the universe does have a beginning and nothing physical can explain its own existence, is it that irrational a position to think that the first cause would have to be something non-physical? (Ravi Zacharias).

Selected scientists claim that science corroborates unguided evolution. Nonetheless, there are numerous questions that appear to refute the notion of non-directed evolution; some of these difficulties make unguided evolution, in principle, impossible.

The Fossil Record Doesn’t Support Darwinian Evolution

Contrary to Darwin's expectation that new data would reveal gradualistic continuity with slow and steady expansion, all major discoveries of the past century have only heightened the massiveness and geological abruptness of this formative event (Stephen J. Gould).

Where are the transitions between distinct organisms evolutionists maintain have a common ancestry? There are only a few transitional forms that are claimed among the millions of fossils collected. Such a shoddy fossil record should give evolutionists a bit of humility. But the wild claims continue even though the evidence for unguided evolution is just not there. To make matters worse, other evolutionists often reject their colleagues’ claims of particular transitional forms (transitions between distinct organisms; missing links). Finding massive amounts of transitional forms appears hopeless. Unguided evolution is unsupported.


In a widely cited speech, Nobel laureate David Baltimore remarked, “Modern biology is a science of information.” Many … biologists have identified information as biology’s central problem. For matter to be alive, it must be suitably structured. A living organism is not a mere lump of matter. Life is special, and what makes life special is the arrangement of its matter into very specific forms. In other words, what makes life special is information. Where did the information necessary for life come from? This question cannot be avoided. Life has not always existed. There was a time in the history of the universe when all matter was lifeless. And then life appeared—on earth and perhaps elsewhere. Biology’s information problem is therefore to determine whether (and if so how) purely natural forces are able to bridge the gulf between the organic and inorganic worlds as well as the gulfs between different levels of complexity within the organic world. Conversely, biology’s information problem is to determine whether (and if so how) design is needed to complement purely natural forces in the origin and subsequent development of life (William Dembski).

Geneticists can analyze genetic mutations over many generations in plants and animals. Mutations are biological photocopying errors in the DNA (information) used by cells. Furthermore, the preponderance of genetic mutations has little influence on the organism. These mutations rarely, if ever, provide innovative and useful information. Consequently, more damaging mutations accrue than any other type of genetic change. Darwinian evolution requires a large influx of useful genetic information via mutations: useful genetic changes that are largely absent.

Scientific Truths Taken for Granted Require God

The basic principle of creation is taken for granted. An understanding of the original creation can only be obtained through a biblical “temper of mind.” Biblical revelations are the key for understanding this world. The Bible is the basic, irreplaceable source of information (Werner Gitt).

Because God is not only real, but necessary, the scientist who strives to analyze and evaluate evolution must utilize universal operating features of reason. This is the case since he is employing selected universal, immutable, and infinite features using his finite mind while he is not on a proper ontic ground to account for such and he lacks a proper epistemic position to discern truth. God is boundless in His knowledge, but humans are limited creatures who can never provide the infinitely-broad operational features necessarily utilized in all scientific research. One needs God as one’s ground for reason to account for all the implicit features of rational analysis.

One cannot have science without God. The God of the Bible is the precondition for science. Science uses induction, empirical testing, the laws of logic, and morality. One cannot account for any of those dynamics without God and His revelation. Obviously, an atheist can use science, but he can never account for it without God. What worldview can furnish the a priori necessities and rational tools for analysis and science? Christian theism can deliver the epistemic ground for the a priori immutable universals utilized in science; in principle materialistic atheism cannot furnish the aforementioned ground. What is needed to have science is a first principle that has the ontological endowment to not only ground scientific knowledge, but to account for it and its preconditions. Atheism lacks an immutable and immovable foundation. The loss of the immovable point of reference, in principle, leaves the ungodly bereft of a resource necessary to construct the scientific and analytical enterprise.

Without God, one cannot hoist the necessary universal operational features of scientific knowledge. The Christian worldview supplies the fixed ontic platform, God, as the sufficient truth condition that can justify induction, attribute, truth, immutable universals, and the uniformity of the physical world. But materialistic atheism lacks such a fixed ontic platform. Consequently, it fails to provide the sufficient ground required to justify science and research. When anyone attempts to escape the truth that God exists, he falls in a trap he cannot escape.

This point is well made in Van Til’s illustration of a man made of water, who is trying to climb out of the watery ocean by means of a ladder made of water. He cannot get out of the water for he has nothing to stand on. Without God, one cannot make sense of anything. The atheist has nothing to stand on (an ontic Archimedean locus of reference) and he lacks a rational apparatus to scale an epistemic ladder that would allow him to view reality with clarity. God supplies men their only possible ground with the explanatory clout needed to account for scientific and analytical pursuits.

The ontological barrenness of atheistic materialism is just one reason the Christian should never grant the natural man the right to determine the criteria for testing truth claims—atheistic naturalism lacks an ontology with a shard of explanatory power. Christianity rests upon God and His Revelation as the ontic Archimedean locus of reference for science. 

What worldview can furnish the a priori necessities and rational tools for the analysis and communication of evolution? Christian theism delivers the epistemic ground for the a priori immutable universals utilized in science; in principle materialistic atheism cannot furnish the aforementioned ground.


For more proof see my new book God’s Not Dead: Many Proofs HERE

The Defeat of Atheistic Naturalism: Everything Changes but God


Mike Robinson
                                                                 Granbury, Texas
 
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Since everything in the physical universe changes, atheism cannot support the idea of truth.

Introduction

The immutable God of Christian theism provides the essential pre-environment for immutable necessities. Strict materialistic atheism, due to its mutability, cannot supply the necessary a priori conditions for immutable truths; therefore it results in absurdity. Anti-theistic worldviews fall into incongruity inasmuch as they lead to conclusions that challenge their own basic presuppositions. Reject God and in principle, nothing can be intelligible.

He changes not in his attributes. Whatever the attributes of God were of old, that they are now; and of each of them we may sing "As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen." … He is unchanged in his wisdom, he knows as much now as ever, neither more nor less; he has the same consummate skill, and the same infinite forecastings. He is unchanged, blessed be his name, in his justice. … Take any one attribute of God, and I will write semper idem on it (always the same). Take any one thing you can say of God now, and it may be said not only in the dark past, but in the bright future it shall always remain the same: "I am Jehovah, I change not" (Charles Spurgeon).

All physical facts (facts of physics) fix all other facts (Rosenberg: Atheist’s Guide to Reality).

Strict materialism is a physical-only ontology of perpetual variation. It asserts the belief that only the physical/material universe exists; there are no gods, angels or spirits. This model cannot account for or justify immaterial thoughts. The belief that only the physical world exists cannot even account for itself, since the statement itself is nonphysical. Not only is the statement insufficient, it is self-annulling. If it is true, it is false. Either way, it’s not true. If only things that are inconstant, material, and divisible exist, then all our nonphysical assertions regarding that subject do not exist. This is clearly absurd.

Contrary to Sam Johnson the criterion of the real is not its kick-ability, but its susceptibility to becoming known through propositions (Ben Meyer: Critical Realism and the New Testament).
Reason is the power or capacity whereby we see or detect logical relationships among propositions (Alvin Plantinga: Warranted Christian Belief).

Some materialists deny the existence of evident and real immaterial assertions and propositions. On the other hand, it’s amusing to examine arguments made by strict materialists when they contend that propositions are real yet have only physical ontic attributes. Additionally, their linguistic gymnastics make for great sport when others maintain that propositions are not real. If a materialist posits a form of either contention, just ask questions like:
  • Can one cut an assertion with a knife?
  • Can one weigh or tangibly quantify a proposition?
  • Is a proposition a solid and touchable thing?
  • Where is the particular proposition wedged in the brain tissue or the neurochemistry?
It is difficult to defend an ontological commitment that proposes that propositions and assertions are composed exclusively of matter. In addition, it is more than problematic to defend the idea that propositions aren’t real while using a proposition.
  • Tom: Real propositions do not exist.
  • Joe: Is that a real proposition?
Propositions are real. The ontological makeup of propositions is immaterial.

God’s Unassailable Changelessness

God is the most obligated being that there is. He is obligated by his own nature. He is infinite in his wisdom; therefore he can never do anything that is unwise. He is infinite in his justice; therefore he can never do anything that is unjust. He is infinite in his goodness; therefore he can never do anything that is not good. He is infinite in his truth; therefore it is impossible that he should lie (J. Gresham Machen).

The always solid Herman Bavinck adds: "We as human beings can make a distinction between the being and the attributes of people. A human being can lose his arm or his leg, or, in a state of sleep or illness, lose consciousness, without ceasing to be human. But in God this is impossible. His attributes coincide with His being. Every attribute is His being. He is wise and true, not merely, good and holy, just and merciful, but He is also wisdom, truth, goodness, holiness, justice and mercy" (Herman Bavinck: Our Reasonable Faith). God doesn't change. What immutable ground does materialistic atheism have to rest all knowledge on? Nothing. It fails miserably.

God is unchanging in His:
  • Being and essence
  • Blessedness and glory
  • Counsels and decrees
  • Kingdom and rule
  • Covenant and promise
  • Love and grace toward His people (Edward Pearse, A Beam of Divine Glory: The Unchangeableness of God).
The True God Exists: A Secure and Potent Argument

Unless I believe in God, I cannot believe in thought (C.S. Lewis).

Change is the condition of life. … But the unchangeableness of God is the negation of all imperfection, it is the negation of all dependence on circumstances, it is the negation of all possibility of decay or exhaustion, it is the negation of all caprice. It is the assurance that His is an underived, self-dependent being, and that with Him is the fountain of light; it is the assurance that, raised above the limits of time and the succession of events … It is the assurance that round all the majesty and the mercy which He has revealed for our adoration and our trust there is the consecration of permanence, that we might have a rock on which to build and never be confounded (Charles Spurgeon).

God is sufficient to account for everything. God, as the One who provides the a priori truth conditions for all things, has the ontic capacity to account for immutable universals (laws of logic, moral law, etc.). Mutable and non-universal entities are devoid of the sufficient attributes that are required, so they are ontologically undersupplied to account for the laws of logic. These laws are invariant universals and are required for communication and knowledge.

At least one of the implications of this for epistemology is this: just as in the theology there must be a principium essendi that grounds our principium congoscendi—that is, just as the existence and character of God ground our knowledge of him, since that knowledge presupposes his existence and character (as given to us in Scripture)—so also in epistemology generally. With respect to knowledge, in general, it must be that the existence and character of God ground our knowledge of him as given to all through all that is made (K. Scott Oliphint: God with Us).

God furnishes all the a priori essentials; the necessary epistemic equipment utilized in all thoughts and achievements. God has the ontic attributes of omniscience, immutability, and omnipotence (He has universal reach) enabling Him to be the ground for the immaterial universal and immutable laws of truth (also termed as the laws of logic and laws of reason) and ethical necessities (moral law) that are utilized in all thought and action. Any position that rejects the true God as the epistemic (knowledge) base not only leaves an unnerving fissure, but hopelessly fails. Consequently, whatever evidence one discovers must be discerned and processed with the rational implements that arise from Christian theism and the worldview that streams from the true God.

The true God is the primordial requirement for all knowledge, proof, evidence, and logic. He is the a priori verity condition for the intelligibility of reality. The immaterial, transcendent, and immutable God supplies the indispensable pre-environment for the use of immaterial, transcendent, universal, and immutable laws of logic (law of identity: A = A; law of non-contradiction: A~~A). Atheistic thought cannot furnish the necessary a priori truth conditions for the immutable universal laws of logic; therefore it results in irrational futility because of its internal weakness. Non-theistic worldviews fall into absurdity inasmuch as they are self-contradictory and lead to conclusions that controvert their own primary assumptions. Without God, ultimately, nothing can make sense.

There is assurance that God exists and that the mere material cosmos in motion cannot account for indispensable laws of logic.
  • Christian Theism claims that the class and character of the Laws of Logic imply that none of that class and character can be accounted for without the grounding and sustaining of the class and character of God.

  • So all the Laws of Logic with the class and character of immutability, transcendence, universality, aspatiality, atemporality, and immateriality, presuppose and require God who has the class and character of aseity, omniscience, omnipotence, immutability, universality, aspatiality, atemporality, and immateriality.
Under Naturalism There is No Reason to Trust Human Reason

If human reason is only the product of matter and its supporting capacity then materialism itself cannot be true. Without God as the highest mind, the source for human reason, one undercuts the reason one can trust human reason.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

God Surely is Not Dead: Some of the Powerful Evidence

God is Certainly Not Dead: Some Evidence

 by Mike Robinson

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God is not dead since it's impossible for reality to exist without Him. He upholds all things.

God remains dead. ... "Where has God gone?" he cried. "I shall tell you. We have killed him" (Friedrich Nietzsche). 
We must recognize that the death of God is a historical event: God has died in our time, in our history, in our existence (Thomas J. J. Altizer, Time Magazine).
I recognize that Christianity has fallen on hard times in Europe and been declared dead. Nonetheless, this seeming demise has only rendered alleged declines into starting points for future growth in Korea, China, and Africa. In response to missions and prayer, God has birthed dramatic Christian growth in lands that were nearly free of believers a mere half-century before. Christians could plausibly argue that the vision for growth has not been rejected by the Lord and that God certainly is not dead.

The new atheists’ arrogance is visibly manifested in admonishing the world that God is dead as they warn church members to prepare to play a subordinate role in the new godless era. A period inaugurated by the new atheists. Noting that, over the last century and a half, massive church growth has tended to shift to Asia, South America, and Africa; we can clearly see God’s work in our world. Remember, God owns the whole world and He is not simply focused on the West. We can cling to historical truths and scripture as we look to future growth—advancement produced by a God-centered, vibrant faith that loves as it defends the truth.

We have every interest in carefully seeking to understand biblical truth, doctrinal convictions, and evangelistic aspirations. We embrace these truths not the least because of the Bible’s special interest in defending revered principles, but because we love others as much as we love the truth. We know God is not dead and we act upon that reality.

The time for being uneducated and fearful is over.


The time for the old stale approaches is over. All we have to do is believe our God and show the world the reasons we know He exists—that Christ came. He died for our sins and rose again from the grave. There is proof; stupendous proof. Not just for us, but for everyone to see. God is not dead, let us show the world the reasons we know this is true.

Evidence is Delightful

The Christian worldview alone offers a confirmed resurrection of a Savior to demonstrate its authority. The Greek deities and other pseudo-resurrected gods were not historical figures. The only documents we have concerning the false gods/myths are the specific documents dated hundreds of years after Christianity arose.

Evidence is indeed wonderful. The Christian faith has an abundance of evidence to support its claims. In truth, there is nothing but evidence for the God of the Bible. Every star and every atom declares the majesty of God (Psalm 19:1).

We see evidence of God’s fingerprints in every known corner of the universe. Mankind discovers the proof and affirms many of the facts that the Bible records and announces. The greatest miracle is the resurrection of Jesus. The Lord Jesus is alive! He is the only religious leader to rise from the dead. He is the only one who promised a resurrection and duly kept His promise. You can visit the tombs of all the deceased religious leaders and find their remains still in the grave. However, Jesus is alive because God is not dead.

All Religious Originators Died and Remained Dead

You can visit the graves of leaders like Mary Baker Eddy, Joseph Smith, and Buddha from your home computer by watching a video of their grave-sites on YouTube. They and all the others died and remained dead; their occupied tombs attest to it. Jesus, however, is alive. His grave is empty. When people visit His grave it’s vacant.

Jesus said, “All power on earth and heaven has been given to me” (Matthew 28:18). No force could have kept Him down. The Romans killed Him, put Him in a cave tomb, and placed huge boulder at a downward angle in front of the cave. Additionally, the state attached Caesar’s seal on the crypt, and posted Roman guards to protect the tomb. They were only trying to prevent the inevitable. Jesus had the power to rise and nobody could stop Him.

God used Christ’s resurrection and His appearances before His disciples to win many of Christ’s enemies to salvation. The Bible tells us that “the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem; and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith” (Acts 6:7). Scripture also records that some Pharisees converted to Christianity (Acts 15:5). It’s clear, God is not dead, He’s the living God.

The Assured Resurrection of Jesus

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received … that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive (1 Corinthians 15:1-6).
 
He observed that it was not possible for the apostles “to continue to reaffirm the truth time after time, if in fact Jesus wasn’t resurrected from the dead” (Simon Greenleaf, Harvard Law School: wrote the text book on legal evidence).
 
Selected facts concerning the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
 
1. Numerous eyewitnesses testified under the threat of death that they saw the risen Jesus, including around 500 people at one time (see 1Corinthians 15).
 
“To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3).
 
2. All the apostles, except John, died a horrible death knowing they observed Jesus while alive from the dead. Hundreds more died because they would not recant the fact that they had seen the risen Jesus. Not one apostle recanted to save himself from a torturous death.
 
3. The resurrection was proclaimed in the city of Jerusalem where the trial, crucifixion, and resurrection took place. If Jesus had not risen from the dead, his enemies only had to produce his body and this new religion that they hated would be terminated before it even started.
 
4. The conversion of the opponents of Christianity, including many Jewish Priests and Pharisees (Acts 6:7, 15:5, 20:21), can best be explained by the resurrection of Christ. The risen Jesus converted many of those who executed Him because of the overwhelming evidence of His resurrection and His many varied appearances.
 
“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee’” (Luke 24:1-6).
 
5.      Ancient hostile sources and extra-biblical writers record the matching facts of Christ’s death and the empty tomb including Josephus in his Testimonium Flavianum recorded below:
 
“Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day (Josephus 95 AD).

6. The continuous defense of the resurrection in front of Roman government officials from Paul to Tertullian was left unchallenged by Rome and all ancient historians. No plausible explanation, other than the resurrection, existed or the precise government records could have been employed to refute and subsequently disregard the Christian claims.
 
7. Jesus’ tomb was secured and guarded by well-trained Jewish and Roman guards. The tomb had a Roman seal to prevent any tampering, with the threat of execution looming for anyone found breaking the seal, yet the tomb was empty. Every ancient historical source that discusses the subject verifies that the tomb was empty.
 
Gary Habermas states concerning the uniqueness of Christ: “The reports of Buddha and Krishna come hundreds of years afterward [after the resurrection of Christ]. No other major religious founder in ancient times was ever crucified. Further, it cannot be demonstrated that there is even a single pagan resurrection account prior to Jesus, whether mythological or historical.”

If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn't rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead (Timothy Keller, The Reason for God).
 
The Real Battle
 
[The New Atheists] are not open or willing to go where the evidence leads, unless that evidence sustains their own naturalistic assumptions. They have covertly reduced all philosophical thought and deduction to—ironically—faith! (Ravi Zacharias).
 
Moreover, the real intellectual contest is between presuppositions (what we assume when we assert things). The Christian presupposes God and the skeptic does not. So we disagree from the very start. 

Brooke F. Westcott noted: “Indeed taking all the evidence together, it is not too much to say that there is no single historic incident better or more variously supported than the Resurrection of Christ. Nothing but the antecedent assumption that it must be false could have suggested the idea of deficiency in the proof of it.” It makes more sense for people to believe first century Jewish eyewitnesses than twenty-first century skeptics. Matthew wrote the following, as a witness, two decades after the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you” (Matthew 28:5-7).

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