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Are Jews Christ-Killers?

The identity of Jesus' executioners is irrelevant to Christian dogma. What's critical to dogma is that Jesus truly died and was raised, not that any particular group was responsible for His death. Indeed, from the perspective of theologyall men were responsible for the death of Christ because all sinned, and this the New Testament is very clear on.

Quick Thought | Christianity & Culture | Greg Koukl | March 22, 2013

Curing the Intellectual Assent Problem

In the New Testament there were no “altar calls.”  Instead, baptism was the public focal point of conversion in the early church.  It served to protect against substituting mere intellectual assent for genuine faith, and it can serve the same function today.

Quick Thought | Theology | Greg Koukl | March 22, 2013

God in Man's Image

The curious thing about the God of the Bible is how unlike us He is. His wisdom confuses us; His purity frightens us. He makes moral demands we can't live up to, then threatens retribution if we don't obey. Instead of being at our beck and call, He defies manipulation. In His economy, the weak and humble prevail and the last become first.

Quick Thought | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | March 22, 2013

Rubber Crutches

Everyone has a crutch.  Will yours hold you up? When people ask me, “Isn’t Christ just a crutch?” I have a simple reply.  I tell them, “You’re right.  Christ is a crutch.  But you’ve asked the wrong question.”  No one makes fun of a lame person who uses a crutch.  So the real question is, “Am I lame; am I crippled?” because crippled people need crutches.

Quick Thought | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | March 22, 2013

The Sinner’s Prayer

Over the years I've become increasingly concerned with one tactic of some well-intentioned ambassadors for Christ:  leading a person in the "sinner's prayer."  It can be meaningful, but it has a liability. The prayer goes something like this: “Lord Jesus, I am a sinner. I believe You died for my sins so I could be forgiven. I receive You as my Lord and savior. Thank You for coming into my life. Amen.”

Quick Thought | Christianity & Culture | Greg Koukl | March 22, 2013

Arguing Is Good

Jesus said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength" (Mark 12:30). Loving God with the mind is not a passive process. It's not just having thoughts about God. Rather, it's coming to conclusions about God and His world based on revelation, observation, and careful thinking.

Quick Thought | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | April 24, 2013

The Soul Hole

In July 1995, Time Magazine made a stunning announcement. In an extensive article on the mind they wrote, “Despite our every instinct to the contrary, there is one thing that consciousness is not: some entity deep inside the brain that corresponds to the ‘self,’ some kernel of awareness that runs the show” (July 17, 1995, p. 52). In other words, there is no soul.

Quick Thought | Philosophy | Greg Koukl | April 24, 2013

Did God Do It?

I've always thought the slogan "God doesn't tamper with free will" was odd.  Here's my reason. I have a friend who was on her way to India with a mission agency when she was diverted to Thailand because of an air-traffic controller's strike. Upon her arrival, she discovered that the mission team in Thailand there had been praying for more helpers. They hailed her rerouting as a wonderful answer to their prayers.

Quick Thought | Christianity & Culture | Greg Koukl | March 22, 2013

Good and Bad Deeds in the Balance

God demands we live ethically.  But what about those times when we don't?  The most vital issue Christianity answers is "How can we be right with God when we are not thoroughly good?"  There is profound misunderstanding on this point.  Part of the confusion is because many err in defining goodness according to human standards.  God, on this view, is concerned with what kind of individual one is "on average." If the good outweighs the bad—if good is predominant—then God winks at the occasional moral lapse.

Quick Thought | Ethics | Greg Koukl | March 22, 2013

Prayer and Free Will

Second, the notion that God doesn't tamper with our free will presents problems in the area of prayer. For example, what exactly are we asking for when we pray for someone's salvation? Aren't our very words, "God, change this person"? Aren't we asking God to intervene by influencing a person's will in order to elicit a response of faith? It seems difficult to argue that God doesn't tamper with free will and then pray this prayer. The problem doesn't just present itself when praying for someone's salvation, though. It includes prayer for anything involving human agency.

Quick Thought | Theology | Greg Koukl | March 22, 2013