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Check The Claims

Salutations.

We live in a world where skeptics question and attack God’s Word ceaselessly. I have numerous friends who state they do not believe the Bible, primarily due to ‘all of the errors’, ‘contradictions’ or ‘heinous acts’ in it. Ironically, when I ask them about their concerns, most struggle to even explain in detail the challenges they find in God’s Word. At best, they simply parrot sound bytes they heard or read off of the internet. Yet, many of those challenges were debunked or answered many moons ago.  And many more are completely without substance.  Today, I go over just a couple of categories of claims.

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My Concern for “Christians”

Many of my friends say “I am a Christian and I’m going to heaven.”  I ask, “How do you know?”  The answer is usually something along the lines that they said a prayer, somewhere, with sincerity, asking God into their heart.  The reality is that many Americans believe something similar, and yet we all recognize that very few people live the Christian life. (more…)

Vs Continuous Atonement part 5

Salutations.

Recently, I read The Continuous Atonement by Brad Wilcox.  According to Wikipedia, “Bradley Ray Wilcox is a professor of education at Brigham Young University, the author of several books, and a popular speaker in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”  This book rates very high, and came recommended by one of my LDS friends, so I had to give it a good read!

I continue my series of blog entries addressing numerous notes I took while reading it.  Today, we take a look at covenants, explored by Mr. Wilcox in Chapter 8 of this title. (more…)

Vs Continuous Atonement part 4

The Continuous Atonement by Brad Wilcox

Salutations.

Recently, I read The Continuous Atonement by Brad Wilcox.  According to Wikipedia, “Bradley Ray Wilcox is a professor of education at Brigham Young University, the author of several books, and a popular speaker in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”  This book rates very high, and came recommended by one of my LDS friends, so I had to give it a good read!

I continue my series of blog entries addressing numerous notes I took while reading it.  Today, I wish to a huge variance between Christian and LDS doctrine regarding ‘the fall.’ (more…)

Vs. Continuous Atonement part 1

Continuous Atonement

Salutations.

Last weekend, I read The Continuous Atonement by Brad Wilcox.  According to Wikipedia, “Bradley Ray Wilcox is a professor of education at Brigham Young University, the author of several books, and a popular speaker in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”  This book rates very high, and came recommended by one of my LDS friends, so I had to give it a good read! (more…)

My Concern for “Christians”

Many of my friends say “I am a Christian and I’m going to heaven.”  I ask, “How do you know?”  The answer is usually something along the lines that they said a prayer, somewhere, with sincerity, asking God into their heart.  The reality is that many Americans believe something similar, and yet we all recognize that very few people live the Christian life.

The Bible does not state that if one says a prayer, with sincerity, they become saved.  The Bible says that we must have faith in Jesus, repent and become born again. (more…)

Why Trust the Bible

Salutations.  I was recently asked, “How do you know that this (the Bible) is divinely inspired text from the creator of the universe?”  Like with many things in life, we have a ton of evidence here to support the claim, but if you want 100%  proof, you will not find it.  You also cannot find camera footage that Michelangelo painted the Sistine chapel.  However, we have many documents pointing to that fact and his style in the art work remains to this day. Because of this strong evidence, we believe he painted it. We can use that approach with God and the Bible.  With that said, here are a few reasons why we can believe that the Bible is directly inspired and given to us by God. (more…)