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What is Apologetics and why do it?

Aug 12, 2015 2:39:10 PM

The Bible is under attack in today’s age. In fact, the Word of God has been under constant attack since the Garden of Eden, when the serpent, which was influenced by Satan, questioned Eve about God’s command in Genesis 3 (“Has God indeed said . . .”). We call this the “Genesis 3 attack.”

In our day, what is the main Genesis 3 attack? We believe it is the teaching of evolution and millions of years that attacks the historicity of Genesis 1–11, and thus undermines the authority of Scripture. The first step is to recognize these attacks and their consequences, and then understand how to deal with it.

First Chronicles 12:32 states:
Of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do. . . .”

Christians need to understand our times so that we can know what the church ought to do.

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Comments | Posted in Faith Builders By Josh Dudley

We all like food. Some of us like food more than others. Food is more popular today than it was 20 years ago. There are even several TV channels devoted to food and a full-length animated film about food. Unfortunately, our love of food goes to many unhealthy extremes. So we have organizations like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help oversee our food supply. The FDA is supposed to make sure our food is safe to eat, even providing guidelines on what to eat or what not to eat. Even with FDA approval, we have an abundance of “safe” food products. Occasionally, the FDA has to move things from the safe list to the unsafe list.

About ten years ago, the food battle waged against artificial sweeteners like those found in Sweet’N’Low (i.e., the chemical aspartame). In addition to tasting bad, some claim that Sweet’N’Low causes cancer. More recently, the FDA has appropriately recalled foods like beef tainted with deadly E. coli. Warnings have been placed on cigarettes, which cause lung cancer. In those instances, the FDA has acted responsibly by removing food products and labeling foods that are dangerous to eat. But there has been a shift in food battles lately. Today’s food battle typically wages against seemingly wholesome foods containing “corn, soybean, cotton, wheat, canola, sorghum, and sugar cane seeds.”1 What is common to all these seemingly wholesome foods is that they typically are genetically modified in the US — their DNA has been changed. Currently, the FDA has no requirement to label foods made with these ingredients and there have been no recalls. But have they acted in a safe and responsible fashion? Or is there anything really wrong with these common “all natural” products?

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0 Comments | Posted in Faith Builders By Josh Dudley

Are you afraid of dying?

Jul 7, 2015 10:32:00 AM

This is perhaps the shortest question I’ve been asked, but I will probably give it one of my longest answers, because it’s a question with which every sane person wrestles. So I will be thoughtful and very candid with my answer.

The quick response is “Yes, I am fearful,” and “No, I’m not.” I am not afraid of dying, but I am afraid of the process of dying (as I have noted that a number of atheists have also said).

On December 5, 2009, I turned 60 years old. That’s more than six decades of life. When I turned 20, I was shocked. It took me by surprise. I loved being a carefree teenager, and it was suddenly gone. When I turned 40, I was quietly horrified. People who were 40 were “middle-aged.” They were balding, potbellied, and it seemed to me that they were past the exciting adventure of life. But when I turned 60, I was quietly philosophical. I’d had time to give this one much deep thought.

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Comments | Posted in Faith Builders By Josh Dudley

2015 Scholarship Essay Contest Winner

Jun 25, 2015 6:35:51 PM

Master Books®, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group, announces the winner of the 2015 $3000 college scholarship. Junior and senior high school students submitted essays regarding this topic: Is Creation a Viable Means of Origin? from the 2014 debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye.

This year we had 56 entries into our Master Books Scholarship Essay Contest. Congratulations to Charles Buxton, the student awarded the $3,000 scholarship for this upcoming 2015-2016 school year! And thank you to all who participated. May the Lord deeply bless you as you live for Him.

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Is God a God of War or a God of peace?

Jun 18, 2015 1:07:31 PM

The "Problem"

Romans 15:33 calls God a God of peace, but Exodus 15:3 calls Him a man of war.

The Lord is a man of war; the Lord is His name (Exodus 15:3).

Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen (Romans 15:33).

The Solution

The most basic answer to this supposed contradiction is that both statements are true depending on the time and context. With that in mind, let’s examine a couple different ways we can look at this.

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Comments | Posted in Faith Builders By Josh Dudley
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