Two thousand years ago a man lived in what is today the country of Israel. He was a Jew and a carpenter by trade. He never traveled far from home, never wrote a book, never raised an army, and never served in any political office. But amazingly, incredibly, he claimed to be the Messiah and Son of God. He lived a perfect life and performed miracles, healing the sick and lame, giving sight to the blind, walking on water, even raising the dead, the kinds of things one would expect the real Son of God would be able to do. Continue reading
Abortion is the most common elective surgical procedure currently performed in the U.S. And 93 percent of all abortions in the United States are birth control (convenience) abortions.
— Norman Geisler and Frank Turek, from Legislating Morality, p. 157
“Doesn’t reliance on logic or reason eliminate the need for the Holy Spirit? Aren’t we relying too much on human reason and human logic rather than trusting the Holy Spirit?” Continue reading
Indeed, Jesus says of the hard-hearted, “They will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead” (Luke 16:31). Luke tells of many infallible proofs Jesus presented for his resurrection, yet not everyone believed. Sheer objective proof alone is insufficient to produce belief in spiritual matters; one must also be persuaded by the Holy Spirit. And even then, the will can “resist the Holy Spirit” (Acts 7:51).
— Norman Geisler, from The Apologetics of Jesus, p. 173
Truth corresponds to reality and is internally consistent. Therefore, logic and reason must be used to interpret and discern truth from error. Jesus demonstrated this as he used reason to expose error and present truth. So the use of the basic principles and procedures of reasoning were an essential part of Jesus’s apologetic. All people, even in their fallen state, have this ability, and Jesus used it in attempting to help them see the truth.
— Norman Geisler, from The Apologetics of Jesus, p. 77
Like other human beings, Jesus knew intuitively that A is A. Every rational thought and expression he made implied this law (principle of identity). He stated the principle of identity clearly when he said, “But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ ‘No'” (Matt. 5:37). He knew that without this principle we could not even think or talk coherently. For were the principle of identity not true, then God could mean not God, believe could mean not believe, and good could mean not good.
— Norman Geisler, from The Apologetics of Jesus, p. 69
From a hypothetical conversation between an Atheist and a Christian.
Atheist: If objective interpretations are possible, then why are there so many different interpretations of the Bible.
Christian: Why do so many people get their math sums wrong? Is there no right answer to arithmetic problems?
Atheist: Language is different. I think that there are many interpretations of a sentence or a Bible verse that are true. That’s why you get so many denominations. Continue reading
Inspiration certainly includes the man and his ideas, but it must not exclude his writings. James Orr believes that “inspiration belongs primarily to the person and to the book only as it is the product of the inspired person.”
Other theologians would reverse that opinion, asserting, “Properly speaking, inspiration pertains to the holy Scriptures themselves. It may be said, however, that the writers too were inspired by God.” Regardless of which position is primary, it must be held that the person as well as his pen is under the direction of the Holy Spirit in the total process of inspiration. Nevertheless, the New Testament reserves the word “inspiration” only for the product of that process, that is, the writings, or graphe (2 Tim. 3:16). Continue reading
The objections that unbelievers raise are not trivial. They often cut deep into the heart of the Christian faith and challenge its very foundations. If miracles are not possible, then why should we believe Christ was God? If God can’t control evil, is he really worthy of worship? Face it: if these objections can’t be answered, then we may as well believe in fairy tales. These are reasonable questions which deserve reasonable answers. Continue reading
The use of reason and logic were essential to the apologetics of Jesus. Using carefully reasoned arguments, he dismantled the arguments of his opponents and pointed out their errors in thinking. Exposing contradictions and fallacies in logic were the methods he employed.
— Norman Geisler, from The Apologetics of Jesus, p. 76