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There are two basic rules of engagement that must be remembered when discussing your spiritual and moral convictions. Here are the rules: Rule #1: If you get angry, you lose. Rule #2: If they get angry, you lose.
The Bible clearly teaches that there’s only one God in Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 43:10, Isaiah 44:6&8, John 17:3, and more. There’s the “oneness” part of the Trinity. The baptism of Jesus in Matthew 3 is a great example that distinguishes the Father, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus. Clearly, they are distinct persons.
Several years ago I went to a state prison because the chaplain wanted me to equip the Christians prisoners to witness to the Muslim prisoners.
Is baptism purely symbolic, or is baptism necessary for regeneration?
Most of the basic arguments for the existence of God, though they can be detailed in sophisticated ways, are easy to understand on a fundamental level. Three arguments are:
Do we have to think the Bible is the word of God in order to benefit from it? 2nd Timothy 3 talks about the Bible being God-breathed. Inerrancy is the idea that everything the Bible affirms as true is actually true.
When the Bible was written, writers and historians were free to shift some things around a to make a point, and it wasn’t considered deceptive or an error. It was a different way of writing. It's the same with Genesis.
How do we combat apathy within our youth? Number one, question them. Start forcing them to answer questions about what they believe and why they believe it. Introduce questions and challenges, and help them to see that they don’t know as much as they think they know.
When scientists claim that any intelligent design inference is an example of God of the Gaps, they are presuming that there actually is an explanation gap, that is, there simply is no explanation for the phenomena in question. The “God of the Gaps” complaint comes up when theists suggest that design is a better explanation than a naturalistic one in certain areas of science, particularly the beginning of the universe, the origin of life, and the development of life from simple to complex over time.
Arguing a point based on what Jesus, allegedly, did not say betrays a misunderstanding about the Bible that so-called “red letter” Christians seem to fall into. The mistake is thinking that red-letter verses (the words of Jesus) have more authority than the rest of the Bible.