Q/A With a Friend: Can the Bible be Trusted?

This week, I am joined with a few friends of mine. Matt got his degree in supply chain management and had some questions for us today concerning the validity of the bible and the Christian worldview. I am also joined by my friends Carter and Noah who are brothers. Carter is a mechanical engineer and Noah just finished his degree in biomedical engineering.
Matt asks us many questions concerning how we can trust the bible and what Christians believe are the very words of God. Join us and listen to matts questions and how we handle answering them. We are all really good friends so there is no hard feelings but only love between us all. Enjoy the conversation and please reach out if any points were interesting to you or baseless. Thanks for listening!
Continues learning

Textual Criticism

https://www.britannica.com/topic/textual-criticism
https://www.gotquestions.org/textual-criticism.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Textual_criticism

Christian Society

https://www.equip.org/article/jesus-shaped-cultures-faithful-christians-transformed-societies/
https://christintheclassroom.org/vol_18/18cc_355-358.htm -> Sociology of a Christian worldview

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Christology: The Incarnation

My guest joining me this week on the Sunday series is my brother Bryce. Bryce is getting his undergraduate degree in philosophy and hopes to get his MDiv. from a seminary after he completes his undergrad. He hopes to be a pastor shepherding Gods people one day. Today we continue moving forward in our series on Christology, the doctrine of Christ. This week we dive into the incarnation, when God himself took on flesh to be as one of us that he may represent us as the new Adam to save us from our sin if we would be place our faith and trust in him alone and repent from our idols. Dive into the scriptures this week with one of the most blessed hopes for us as Christians, that God became man!

Key Texts: John 1:1-6, 14-15, 18Galatians 4:4Ephesians 1:9-10Luke 1:35-37Luke 2:52

More reading : https://www.gotquestions.org/incarnation-of-Christ.html
https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/10-things-you-should-know-about-the-incarnation/
https://www.ligonier.org/blog/incarnation-relevance/ -> READ THIS
https://www.ligonier.org/blog/incarnation-athanasian-creed/ -> READ THIS TOO
https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/five-truths-about-the-incarnation
Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QaRs8iZMA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUWBelEa_6o -> GOOD STUFF
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYv5IcojRiY -> REALLY GOOD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRLulZdewVA



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Religion and Science (Part 1)

This Wednesday I dive into the ideas of a very famous agnostic/scientist/mathematician/philosopher names Bertrand Russell. Russell was a brilliant man with a great understanding of the natural world. Sadly, he decided that truth for him was that there was no good reason that there is a God, or that the mind survives the death of the body. He was famous for his agnosticism and criticism of religion. He dealt mainly with Christianity but deals with the question of a monotheistic God in general. This book is a look into the history of religion and the onset of Christianity. I do not labor to pick out a lot of quotes from the book, but rather a few of the big ideas from each chapter and interact directly with those ideas. My goal here is to show the flaw in his logic and thinking that made him critical of religion. Nothing in the book would point one away from religion in my opinion. This episode is part 1 of a 2 part series I am doing on the book. 

The Book -> Pick it up here
Russell’s views 
Highlights of Russell’s works
John Lennox on Religion and Science

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Christology: The Pre-Incarnate Christ

Christology is defined as the “the branch of Christian theology relating to the person, nature, and role of Christ.” In this new edition of the Sunday Series, Bryce and I dive deep into what God’s word can tell us about the person of Christ. He did come as a man and his work and ministry as a man is a central focus in Christian Theology, but we must remember Jesus’ own claims about his divinity and equality with God as the second person in the trinity. We will dive this episode into the pre-incarnate Christ. He fully existed well before he was a man.

Key Texts: John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20, Hebrews 1:1-3, Jude 1:5, John 8:48-59, Matthew 22:44, Revelation 1:8, Genesis 18, Daniel 10, Zechariah 3

More Information:
https://www.standstrongministries.org/articles/the-preexistence-of-the-pre-incarnate-christ/
https://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/angel-lord/

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My Current Position on Natural Law

I have done many podcasts that involve a concept in theology and political/moral philosophy termed, “Natural Law”. From the vision cast from my first blog titled “purpose”, this entry will show the application of that vision. Natural law itself could be a great podcast in and of itself but I would like to get something in writing that describes my personal view on the subject currently before any more damage is done by the concept being present on my podcast.

How One Is Saved

As a Christian I believe that Jesus alone is the way the truth and the life (John 14:6) and that the Word of God alone is the conduit by which mankind can be saved. Jesus makes it clear that no one can come to the father except through him! I can back this up easily with scripture,

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.Romans 10:13-17

Paul clearly lays out here that faith, which is the way in which we receive grace by God (Ephesians 2:8), comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ which is the good news of the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God and how the saints are to live is the point of the redemptive history of God which is contained in the holy scriptures. So revelation is the only way in which someone can be saved. Someone who has no one to preach to them are unable to reason or logically bring themselves to mentally ascend to the God of the universe Yahweh. It must be revealed by preaching or reading the word of God. It was a mystery hidden for ages and has now been revealed in Christ.

What Natural Law Is and Isn’t

A quick google search of Natural Law produces this result,

Natural law is a theory in ethics and philosophy that says that human beings possess intrinsic values that govern our reasoning and behavior. Natural law maintains that these rules of right and wrong are inherent in people and are not created by society or court judges.” -From Investopedia.com 1

Many philosophers and political theorists have maintained this position until recently. It was very popular during the enlightenment thought because human reason was elevated to virtual god status and worshipped itself. There are two ways to reach Natural Law theory. Either from scripture being rooted in revelation, or from human reason alone and the revealed scriptures just happen to align with the thinking. For the former, theologians can point to texts like this to support the claim that Natural Law is rooted in scripture and the words of God,

For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.Romans 2:14-16

Natural Law theorists that root themselves primarily in human reason and not by virtue of revealed scripture and being made in the image of God would reason like this.

“Natural law can be discovered by reason alone and applies to all people, while divine law can be discovered only through God’s special revelation and applies only to those to whom it is revealed and whom God specifically indicates are to be bound. Thus some seventeenth-century commentators, Locke included, held that not all of the 10 commandments, much less the rest of the Old Testament law, were binding on all people. The 10 commandments begin “Hear O Israel” and thus are only binding on the people to whom they were addressed (Works 6:37). As we will see below, even though Locke thought natural law could be known apart from special revelation, he saw no contradiction in God playing a part in the argument, so long as the relevant aspects of God’s character could be discovered by reason alone.” – Locke’s Political Philosophy, 20052

The bible would claim that reason alone cannot bring one to a comprehensive understanding of the Natural Law. I say this because in Romans 2:15, Paul clearly shows us that this law that is written on the hearts of gentiles (all humans other than the Jews), and that law will either accuse or excuse their actions. They can very well understand that some things are evil and wrong but they can never reach a full understanding of the Natural Law. Some societies reach a consensus based on reason that cannibalism is okay and some reach a consensus that it is not. However that same society that cannibalizes each other can understand that stealing is wrong while the society that does not cannibalize may permit theft. Our ability to reason has been severely altered by the fall. It is no longer what it once was before the fall. So, it seems clear to me that Natural Law only stretches so far based on the way one reasons in a certain society. The Natural Law theorist that roots it in the ability to reason well has departed from what is revealed in scripture because there is no category for reasoning well enough to understand the full law of God.

John Locke was a deist which means that his god is not imminent. He is far away and not acting in the world. He wound us up with reason to figure it out. The same is true of one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, who famously ripped out all stories in his bible that contained miracles because these stories clearly show God acting imminently. They do not think God can interact with us in that way. Instead Thomas Jefferson only kept the parts of his bible that corresponded to things he could reason himself to.

So, the fundamental difference between the two paths to Natural Law is that one is rooted in scripture and one is in human reason, yet human reason plays a part in both. The question is where is the root for the Natural Law. I labor to say all this to argue that I am of the former of these two paths to Natural Law. I think our ability to reason has been greatly impacted by the fall and that we cannot fully reason ourselves to God himself or his law he has given us. We have some inkling of both the law and the fact that there is a God. Hence, Paul says this,

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. – Romans 1:19-23

These things can be clearly seen, but it is not enough to save them nor to inform their conduct to be holy and upright. Natural Law can only condemn persons rather than save them. Those salvific things can only be revealed by the Word of Christ when preached or read in space and time. This should cause us to greatly consider our lack of proclaiming the word of God and telling other of the word of Christ, the good news of the kingdom of God. Lets be faithful to this great word that God has given us.

so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.Isaiah 55:11

Sources:

(1) – https://www.investopedia.com/terms/n/natural-law.asp#:~:text=Natural%20law%20is%20a%20theory,by%20society%20or%20court%20judges.

(2) – https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/locke-political/

Shalom For All Mothers

In another edition of, “what does that text mean?”, we dive into a hard verse that has been misinterpreted and used in various ways that are inaccurate. What we will see is the true meaning of the text and the hope for both genders In it as God intended.

Key Text: 1 Timothy 2:15

Contemporary views of the text:
https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/how-are-women-saved-through-childbearing
https://www.gotquestions.org/saved-childbearing.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHDEzGizJOw

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There is a God, and You Are Not Him

Today, we describe timeless Christian truths laid out to us in the very first chapter of the bible. Those of all ages, even young children can understand some of the great realities laid out in the bible. For one, there is a God, and God created ex nihilo (out of nothing). He made mankind in his own image, having dominion over the earth and he created them with two genders, male and female. Our culture would war against the bible, even starting in chapter one! Enjoy our conversation about God’s holiness and sovereignty on display, even in the very first chapter of the bible

Key Texts: Genesis 1

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Just War Theory : An Introduction

Can war ever be justified? What is the Just-War Tradition? How have Christians thought about war historically? Can a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, be a soldier with a clear conscious? Why has the just war tradition been lost on so many Christians in the last 100 years? There are many questions to be asked on the topic of war for Christians! We answer all of these and hit on even more things about this precious ethical tradition throughout church history. Learn about the line of thinking that great thinkers like Augustine, Martin Luther, and many others have taken throughout church history.
John Howard Yoder is the pacifist that is quoted many times in this book.

The book we reviewed is found here -> https://www.amazon.com/War-Peace-Christianity-Questions-Perspective/dp/1433513838/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=peace+war+and+christianity&qid=1619618311&sr=8-2

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What is the Good that God is Working For us?

What does Romans 8:26-30 mean? More specifically what exactly does Romans 8:28 mean? These verses are often misapplied in present day American Christianity and Bryce and I break down what exactly this text is getting at. What is the good that God works together for those that are called according to his purpose and love him? Prosperity? Lack of hardship? An easy life? 

Key text: Romans 8 : 26-30

https://open.spotify.com/track/4MuDUGxerRIP7IiJzKfvM6?si=qF64gCD0TtateX3YkevjRQ -> Song I mentioned

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Conversations With An Ebullient Natural Law Theorist

How far can natural law stretch in society? What is the use of natural law to the Christian?
Natural law are the laws that are self-evident to all humans as being endowed by their creator by virtue of their being made in God’s image, however, this law is only as good as it matches up to revealed laws of God found in scripture. Christians should understand natural law but it has been lost to 21st century Christianity almost entirely. Hopefully this will help get you started in understanding such an important topic. Some application of natural law include, rights afforded to mankind, international law, laws of war, etc.

Key Texts: Romans 1,2 and 10

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