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A Study in Christian Apologetics – What We Believe and Why Cogito, Ergo Credo: I Think, Therefore I Believe © 2006 WhyIBelieve.org Ministries ╬ www.WhyIBelieve.org.

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1 A Study in Christian Apologetics – What We Believe and Why Cogito, Ergo Credo: I Think, Therefore I Believe © 2006 WhyIBelieve.org Ministries ╬ ╬ The “Top Ten” Christian Issues Top Page God God - Where did God come from? The Trinity The Trinity – Isn’t the Trinity a contradiction? Biblical Contradictions Biblical Contradictions – The Bible is invalid because it is full of contradictions Hell Hell – How could God send people to Hell for eternity? Exclusivity Exclusivity - Aren't Christians intolerant claiming that Christ is the only way to God? Miracles Miracles - Can modern man believe in miracles? Crutch Crutch - Isn't Christianity just a crutch for weak-minded people? Heathen Heathen - What about those who never hear the gospel - are they lost forever? Good Enough Good Enough - Can't I make it to heaven if I'm just 'good enough?" Problem of Evil Problem of Evil - If God created everything, and evil exists, did He create it? Isn't this a logical problem for Christianity? And, why do good people suffer?

2 A Study in Christian Apologetics – What We Believe and Why Cogito, Ergo Credo: I Think, Therefore I Believe © 2006 WhyIBelieve.org Ministries ╬ ╬ The “Top Ten” Christian Issues Top Page #1: Where Did God Come From? False Question Prime Mover “Square Circle” “Infinite Regress” Starts Us Looking… "...I AM WHO I AM..." Exodus 3:14b

3 A Study in Christian Apologetics – What We Believe and Why Cogito, Ergo Credo: I Think, Therefore I Believe © 2006 WhyIBelieve.org Ministries ╬ ╬ The “Top Ten” Christian Issues Top Page #2: What Is The Trinity? “One God” In “Three Persons” Not a Contradiction An Implied Doctrine 1 x 1 x 1 = 1 Time, Infinity, Orange Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 28:19) And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him: And lo a voice from heaven saying, 'This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.' (Matthew 3:16-17)

4 A Study in Christian Apologetics – What We Believe and Why Cogito, Ergo Credo: I Think, Therefore I Believe © 2006 WhyIBelieve.org Ministries ╬ ╬ The “Top Ten” Christian Issues Top Page #3: Isn’t the Bible Invalid Because of the Contradictions? The Assumption… Difficulty = Contradiction? Syntax, Writers Perspective, Cultural Context Judas Hung? Matt 27:5 Judas burst? Acts 1:18-19 …or… Jesus Rose On 3 rd Day? Fig Tree Withers Immediately? Matt 21:19 The Next Day? Mark 11:14, 20 …or…

5 A Study in Christian Apologetics – What We Believe and Why Cogito, Ergo Credo: I Think, Therefore I Believe © 2006 WhyIBelieve.org Ministries ╬ ╬ The “Top Ten” Christian Issues Top Page #4: Why Would God Send Someone To Hell? “God is Love” vs Holy Wrath Infinity / Perfect Torture? Physical / Spiritual? Purpose Wasted CHOICE! “Thy Will Be Done” 'As surely as I live', declares the sovereign Lord, 'I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live.' Ezekiel 33:11a

6 A Study in Christian Apologetics – What We Believe and Why Cogito, Ergo Credo: I Think, Therefore I Believe © 2006 WhyIBelieve.org Ministries ╬ ╬ The “Top Ten” Christian Issues Top Page # 5: Isn’t Christianity Intolerant? Jesus’ Words! Not Just Ours! A Truth Claim Just Like the Rest Withholding It Would Be Injurious Merciful Intent Obeying Our Mandate – Spirit Moves “Do You Have A Better Alternative”? Test The Evidence “I am the way, the Truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” John 14:6 For He has set a day when He will judge the world with justice by the man He has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising Him from the dead." Acts 17:31

7 A Study in Christian Apologetics – What We Believe and Why Cogito, Ergo Credo: I Think, Therefore I Believe © 2006 WhyIBelieve.org Ministries ╬ ╬ The “Top Ten” Christian Issues Top Page #6: Are Miracles Possible? What Is The REAL Question? If God Exists, Then… Definitions (In Or Out Of Nature) Require Extraordinary Evidence? Require Repeatable Evidence? Natural Law vs. “God of the Gaps” vs. Predictions Biblical Pattern: God’s Revelation “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” John 1:14a

8 A Study in Christian Apologetics – What We Believe and Why Cogito, Ergo Credo: I Think, Therefore I Believe © 2006 WhyIBelieve.org Ministries ╬ ╬ The “Top Ten” Christian Issues Top Page #7: Isn’t Christianity A ‘Crutch’ For Weak People? Is Christianity Just ‘Wish Fulfillment”? Is A ‘Genetic Fallacy’ This Charge Simply Attacks ‘Intent’ - And If True, We Would Expect To Wish It! Should Instead Work From Evidences Besides, The Charge Could Be Used Against Them! “We have this hope as an anchor to the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19

9 A Study in Christian Apologetics – What We Believe and Why Cogito, Ergo Credo: I Think, Therefore I Believe © 2006 WhyIBelieve.org Ministries ╬ ╬ The “Top Ten” Christian Issues Top Page #8: What About The Heathen? Jesus IS the Only Way ALL Condemned General Revelation to All God Seeks Us Grace Job/Abraham/Moses "Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciousness also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them. This will take place on the day when God will judge men’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares." Romans 2:14-16

10 A Study in Christian Apologetics – What We Believe and Why Cogito, Ergo Credo: I Think, Therefore I Believe © 2006 WhyIBelieve.org Ministries ╬ ╬ The “Top Ten” Christian Issues Top Page #9: Can’t I Make It To Heaven If I’m ‘Good Enough’? Who Says? Wishful Thinking How Good Is Good Enough? Infinity! Causes Apathy or Worry Bottom Line: Made Up Belief “…no one will be declared righteous in His sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.” Romans 3:20

11 A Study in Christian Apologetics – What We Believe and Why Cogito, Ergo Credo: I Think, Therefore I Believe © 2006 WhyIBelieve.org Ministries ╬ ╬ The “Top Ten” Christian Issues Top Page #10: The Problem of Evil What Exactly is Evil? Natural / Volitional Absence of Good Free Will Defense Control Issue Proves Existence of God? Unique Christian Perspective "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" "Neither this man nor His parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me." John 9:2b-3


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