For some years now a very hot religious and religio-political topic for debate, both in the Christian and secular media, has the subject of Intelligent Design (I.D. for short). I have heard it debated on radio and TV. I have read articles about it in secular newspapers. If you go to Christian websites, such as that for the Christian Research Institute (Hank Hanegraff) or John Ankerberg’s site, I.D. has been prominently featured. It is a concept that secular, naturalistic scientists disavow—and creationists find helpful. Continue reading
I am a history buff. Always have been. I am also one of those people who is fascinated by dates and what happened on certain days. For example, I am writing this on Friday, March 18, 2016. On this date in history in the year A.D. 37 the Roman Senate proclaimed Caligula as Emperor. (Something they would come to regret!) In 978 King Edward of England was murdered, joining thousands of other Christian martyrs in the roll call of faith. In 1852 the Wells Fargo Company was founded. In 1922 Mohandas Gandhi was sentenced to six years in prison for civil disobedience. In 1961 the Pillsbury Dough Boy made his debut.
I heard a really good Bible lesson recently at the Community Bible Study at ANM. A good friend, and excellent teacher, Eric Vess taught on grace, basing his study on Galatians 3. Wonderful stuff. In this lesson, Eric was talking about how the law causes us to realize that we are sinful and in need of a Savior. It is so important that people understand this. As Eric stated, people need to receive the bad news before they are able to receive the Good News. Continue reading
What do you do when a Jehovah’s Witness shows up on your doorstep? Do you turn the TV off, close the curtains and pretend that you are not home? Instead of going into a “raise the drawbridge” mode, how about sharing your faith with the Witness knocking on your front door? Here are some tips on how to do this effectively.
- Focus on essential doctrines: The Trinity, the nature of Christ (especially His deity), the bodily resurrection, and salvation by grace.
Question: If God is really a Trinity, then why is the word “trinity” not found in the Bible?
Answer: A common argument against the doctrine of the Trinity is that the very word “trinity” is not found in the Bible. This is often used by Jehovah’s Witnesses. Yet they are not alone. You hear this line of reasoning quite often from various sources.
Now we admit that the word “trinity” is not found in the Bible. It is a post-biblical word coined by Christian writers. However, the concept of the Trinity is definitely found in Scripture. In fact, a careful study of both Old and New Testaments reveals a wealth of Bible passages that present the Trinity to us. It is a solidly biblical concept.
Using a term such as “Trinity” for describing the Godhead came about because as the early followers of Christ examined the Scriptures, they were confronted with the reality that God is both One and Three. For centuries they struggled with how to understand this truth. In their attempts to discuss and explain the nature of the Deity, they developed a vocabulary that while not found in the Bible is still firmly rooted in the Sacred Writings. Continue reading