Thursday, September 2, 2010

Defending the Faith Once for All Delivered to the Saints

I've been away for a few days in New York to attend the James White versus David Silverman debate on Is the New Testament Evil? I commend Dr White's website to you, (Alpha & Omega Ministries) for apologetic resources. The site includes a number of Dr White's debates with both Christians and Non-Christians over a range of topics. I am thankful for men like James White who give their lives to do idea and word combat with the enemies of the cross. These enemies include not only atheists, but folks of other religions. In addition, Dr White debates his Christian brothers/sisters on various doctrines. I find it all both helpful and entertaining, and listening to the debate caused me to want to know my Bible better, and keep a quick and clear mind.

By the way, the word apologetics is an English translation of the Greek word transliterated apologia and refers to the systematic defense of a position using reason. It's used in Scripture texts like Acts 22:1 where Paul says, Brethren and fathers, hear my defense which I now offer to you. Also, 1 Corinthians 9:3 - My defense to those who examine me is this. . . And there are other examples.

So, says Peter, Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.

Finally, I want to acknowledge my friend Adam who invited me along on the NY trip and blessed me by paying for basically all of it. When I repeatedly tried to contribute my own money, Adam would say something like "I'm being good to my pastor". Thank you again Adam. Your kindness is sincerely appreciated.

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