The Source of Love is Why I Believe in God

Why do I believe in God? The souce of love has convinced me. There is no greater virtue than love and it is worth our every effort to live for it.

The virtue of love can only have three possible sources: (1) Love evolved from a survival instinct and lacks free-will. (2) People invented the concept of love, and it may or may not have become embedded in human nature. (3) Love is the purpose of humankind — eternal and embedded in humankind’s identity from the Creator.

Do people love one another from instinct or as a philosophical idea? Is humankind greater than love if people created it? Or, is love greater than humankind because the instinct rules over free-will? By what source, do we love others — survival instinct, human invention, or divine purpose? Continue reading

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Is the Soul Destroyed in Hell?

What did Jesus mean that body and soul could be destroyed in Gehenna in Matthew 10:28? Many use these words of Jesus as the starting point for doubting the eternal condemnation of Hell, Gehenna. Rather than Hell being the place of everlasting torment, some have concluded that Gehenna fire destroys lost souls into nonexistence.

In 2012, the movie, “Hell and Mr. Fudge” imagines the “true story” of a preacherGehenna Hell who an opponent of eternal torment in Hell paid to challenge the idea that Gehenna is an everlasting torment. The preacher, Edward Fudge, concluded that torment in Hell was not eternal. This led to his teaching being rebuked by others and his removal from his preaching position. Was Mr. Fudge right about Hell? Are lost souls totally obliterated in Hell?

In Matthew 10:28, Jesus taught that God will destroy the soul in Gehenna (cf. Matt 5:29-30). The Greek word translated “destroy” is the Greek word apollumi. The word is most often translated Continue reading

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Are Atheists Open-Minded?

Do atheists and agnostics actually have open minds to the evidence? Or, are atheists and agnostics too prejudice to consider evidence for God even ex-skeptics turned believers? If a skeptic would be convinced and converted to believe, would he not have to consider the reasoning of those who have converted to believe?

The very admission of so many agnostics to be atheist (or atheists to be agnostic) does in itself show confusion. Agnostic atheists have already made up their minds. Claiming to not know, they already lean toward or choose atheism over theism. The agnostic is not supposed to know for certain, but strangely, most have already chosen a position.

They are admittedly agnostic concerning God. Agnostic comes from the Greek word agnoia meaning Continue reading

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A Brief Apologia for Understanding the Woman’s Deception in 1 Timothy 2:14

In 1 Timothy 2:13–14, the Apostle Paul revealed why women are neither to teach nor to exercise authority over men. The Apostle explained, “For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor” (1 Tim 2:13–14 ESV). For further point, note that the next chapter expands on these points revealing how men qualify as elders and deacons, and how their wives must qualify (1 Tim 3).

In verse 14, the Apostle specifically spoke of the deception that led to transgression. The Apostle did not note who was deceived first, who sinned first, or who was cursed as the reason that women were neither to teach nor exercise authority over men. Neither the transgression nor the curse was in effect when woman was deceived. Also, the curse of Genesis 3:16 is not a command for Christian men to dominate women although the curse remains.

According to 1 Timothy 2:14, deception is clearly one of the reasons for woman’s Continue reading

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How to be Saved according to Jesus

Who can be trusted for salvation? 

Christ professed in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Jesus confirmed in John 6:63b, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”

How can someone be saved according to Jesus?

Jesus proclaimed in Luke 9:23-26, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.”

Christ warned in John 8:24, “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am, you will die in your sins.” Christ professed in John 8:58, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”

Jesus revealed in Matthew 10:32-33, “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.”

Jesus professed in Luke 5:32, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Matt 9:13, 18:11, Luke 19:9-10, John 3:17, 12:47). Christ warned, “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3, 5).

Christ declared in Mark 16:16, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” Jesus confirmed in John 3:5, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (cf. John 1:12, 3:3).

What did Jesus say about praying for salvation? Continue reading

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Thirteen Reasons Why Atheistic “Science” is Unreliable

Atheistic Science

There are at least thirteen reasons that atheistic “science” is unreliable and incompetent.

  1. Morality – Secular science is limitless in moral boundaries.
  2. Motives – Atheistic science is free from a corrective for pure motives.
  3. Virtue – Secular science cannot define love or any virtue.
  4. Rights – Secular science excludes Continue reading
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Two Bible Verses that Answer: “What Did Jesus Say about Same-sex Marriage?”

Verse about Same-sex Marriage

What did Jesus reveal about same-sex marriage?

But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and the two shall become one flesh; so they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate. (Mark 10:6-9 NASB; cf. Matt 19:4-6)

What did Jesus confirm about sex outside of marriage, which is fornication?

That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, Continue reading

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How the New Testament Came Together

Secrets remain hidden in plain sight within the Biblical texts. How the New Testament came together is one such mystery. In the name of “scholarship”, the formation of the New Testament scriptures is conjectured to have originated by councils of professing Christians in the fourth century. Yet, the truth has been covered up by false assumptions. By giving attention directly to the scriptures, the New Testament itself will refute the myths that its formation originated by councils of an orthodox catholic hierarchy in the 4th century, rather the collection of the New Testament originated under the guidance of
Jesus’ Apostles and prophets in the 1st century.

The Apostles oversaw the collection of the New Testament scriptures. Distributing doctrinal letters between Christians was an early practice (Acts 15:22-25, 30). Paul’s missionary journeys covered large areas across the known world, so that the spreading of these writings covered a vast area. The message of Jesus had been spread throughout the world in the 1st century even before the epistle was written to the Colossians in A.D. 61-63 (Col 1:5-6, 23) and before the letter to the Romans in A.D. 57-58 (Rom 1:8, 10:18-20, 16:25-26). All of those addressed by Paul’s epistles show that his letters were sent to numerous places throughout the nations.

Paul did not intend for his writings to only be to those explicitly addressed. According to the Apostle Peter, all of Paul’s letters were written to Continue reading

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Turning the Tables Over on Skepticism

Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Cl 4.5-6, cf. 1 Pe 3.15).

A) Moral Skepticism

  • “People should decide for themselves right from wrong.”

Response:

  • “Is the only moral standard yours & those you agree with?”
  • “Is that an objective moral standard or can others decide that standard is wrong?”
  • “What is it called when one’s righteousness comes from oneself?”

B) Scientific Skepticism

  • “The natural world is all that there is.”

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How to Establish the Canonicity of the Scriptures Using ONLY the Scriptures

Between 65-180 A.D., early church writers cited and extensively refer to the twenty-seven books of the New Testament (cf. Clement, Polycarp, Irenaeus, et cetera). As ancient commentaries and witnesses of Christ’s witnesses, these early writers delivered the Christian Scriptures with named authors without any opponents rejecting their authorship. Not to exclude the historical evidence of early church writers and beyond, the New Testament Scriptures establish the canonicity of the New Testament Scriptures. The Scriptures reveal that the early churches collected the Scriptures under the oversight of Christ’s Apostles in the first century.

Look attentively that the Apostle John wrote “And these things we write to you”. John said “we write” in the present tense in reference to the Apostles who were writing. John said “we” within the context of stating, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, the formation of the New Testamentconcerning the Word of life — the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness” (1 Jn 1.1-4). Apparently, John noted that the Apostles were writing their accounts of the Word, Jesus Christ, for which John recorded that Jesus said the Spirit would guide the Apostles unto all Truth (Jn 14.26, 15.26, 16.12-13).

Next, Peter said that “all” of Paul’s writings are scripture being a part of “the other scriptures” (2 Pe 3.15-16). In the same epistle, Peter also spoke of “the prophecy of scripture” guided by the Holy Spirit, which must include Paul’s writings (2 Pe 3.15-16). Look carefully at Peter’s words. Peter is not simply speaking of Paul’s writings and all other prophetic writings of the Old Testament (cf. 1 Pe 1.10-11). Peter was speaking of Continue reading

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