"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15
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January 24, 2011Posted by on
Well, we have ended our first year of the No Apologizing Blog. When we first started this blog we weren’t sure what was going to happen, thanks for coming out to view some of our top posts. That being said here is the TOP TEN for the No Apologizing Blog: Read more of this post
January 17, 2011Posted by on
By request we have decided to take a like at some of the overwhelming evidence for Jesus. Not just the fact that he existed, but also that he was God in the flesh. This can be a daunting task, so much so, a number of great books have been written on the topic. One that is highly recommended by both KB and I is the book More than a Carpenter. This is a great read that focuses on one man’s search to disprove that Christ existed, and ended up coming to Christ.
To set this up…
Many atheists will say that either Christ didn’t exist (wasn’t even born), or will concede the point that He existed, but was not divine. Most will tell you that the New Testament cannot be counted as historical evidence to support Christ. This is a fascinating argument by atheists because the argument would undercut most, if not all historical events that were documented in antiquity. The truth is that the historical events recorded in the Gospels, and the New Testament are the most documented events in antiquity. Atheists choose to deny this truth…either out of ignorance or plain stubbornness. We simply ask that atheists apply the same standards to the Bible as they would to other historical documents.
Now consider this for one moment. The original dates of the New Testament writings were between 50 – 100 AD. Some atheist’s will disregard the historicity of the
Gospels and Acts because they were not written at the time of Christ. However, I would submit that this is simply a red herring. Take for example the Events of World War II. One of the most celebrated books about World War, Band of Brothers, was written in 1992. Using interviews of the men, Stephen Ambrose was able to compile an excellent retelling of the events of Easy Company. Band of Brothers chronicled the acts of the men of Easy Company. It detailed some of their conversations, their emotions, and their actions. I don’t believe there is anyone who would doubt that the events, or conversations documented in this book were not real. But there is a catch. This book was written some 40 years after the fact.
Christ was crucified in approximately 33 AD. If we were to apply the same time frame for Band of Brothers that would put that book being written at about 73 AD, which is smack dab in the middle of the time-frame when the New Testament was being written. History books, in general, are written several years after the fact. There are books being written about US Presidents… 200 years after the fact. All are generally accepted as being historically accurate. Remember, the New Testament was written within 20 – 70 years of the events it records. This is the equivalence of reading a new history book about, Ronald Reagan’s Presidency (20 years), The Vietnam War (40 years), The Korea War (57 years), and World War 2 (65 years).
Keep in mind this is only a set up to future posts. Our goal with this post was to demonstrate that the timing of the writing of the New Testament, is not that dissimilar to our current history books.
January 14, 2011Posted by on
So the last day or two I have been out looking at some atheist forums. I wanted to see what atheists thought about laminin. For a quick recap…Laminin is the glue that holds our body together, oh and the molecular structure is in the shape of a cross. Anyway…back to the forums. I went out to some atheist forums to see what they think. Aside from the usual insults and superiority that most atheists had to offer the general consensus is that Laminin is merely a coincidence.
For an atheist to believe that laminin is a coincidence would make sense because it fits into their world view. For an atheist everything in life would have to be the result of coincidence or chance. There is no reason for things happening, they just happen. This is their world view. So it would make sense that they would look at something like laminin and believe that Christians see what they want to see, not what is real.
So is it chance….or design? That is what it really comes down to. For an atheist’s argument to hold true everything would have to be about chance.
When your eyes were created one million nerve endings left your eye to match with one million nerve ending in your brain. This match up has to be perfect or you would not be able to see. Think about the incredible statistic that allows you to see! For every optic nerve there is a 1 in 1 million chance that it misses its match. That is just the beginning…I found this little tid bit…from here:
The 500 amino acids that make up an average-sized protein can be arranged in over 1 x 10^600 different ways (that’s the number ONE followed by 600 zeros)! This number is vastly larger than the total number of atomic particles that could be packed into the known universe. If we had a computer that could rearrange the 500 amino acids of a particular protein at the rate of a billion combinations a second, we would stand essentially no chance of hitting the correct combination during the 14 billion years evolutionists claim for the age of the universe. Even if our high-speed computer were reduced to the size of an electron and we had enough of them to fill a room measuring 10 billion light years square (about 1 x 10^150 computers!), they would still be exceedingly unlikely to hit the right combination. Such a “room” full of computers could only rearrange about 1 x 10^180 combinations in 300 billion years. In fact, even if all the proteins that ever existed on earth were all different, our “room” full of computers would be exceedingly unlikely to chance upon the combination of any one of them in a mere 300 billion years!
Chance or Design?
How about the ribozyme? The ribozyme is an enzyme responsible for creating a chemical reaction. Fairly important to the creation of life…meaning that it couldn’t happen without it. Now let’s assume that each ribozyme is 300 nucleotides long and each position there could be 4 nucleotides present. The chances of that ribozyme assembling are 4^300. What to see what that number looks like?
That is 1 in that number above that the ribozyme would form.
Chance or design?
How about the probability of the occurrence of a universe in which life can form? According to Roger Penrose the probability of the occurrence of a universe in which life can form is 1010123 . Want to see what this looks like numerically?
1 chance in
Keep in mind that according to mathematic principle a probability of 1 in 1050 means zero probability.
Chance or Design?
January 13, 2011Posted by on
Okay….raise your hand if you have ever had a Jehovah’s Witness come to your door. I have TWO Jehovah Witness church’s within a couple miles of my house. They are always coming by…never when I am home. I am resolved to minister to them the next time they come by and I am there. The Way of the Master did a great video on Jehovah’s witness’s, and what they believe. Think about this…When a Jehovah’s witness comes to your door…it is a opportunity to witness to them!
December 22, 2010Posted by on
The above image is a snap-shot of a billboard put up near the Lincoln Tunnel by the American Atheist Society. I may not agree with Atheist’s on 99.999999999% of things, but they may have inadvertently stumbled onto something with the “You KNOW it’s a Myth” billboard. If you know us at all… you know our stance on Biblical reliability and authority, but hear me out here…
There is a lot about the Christmas story that is either presumed or assumed. Much of this has to do with the story of the wise men. From a biblical perspective, very little is known about the wise men. However, much can be determined based on their actions. This to me is the story behind the story of Christmas. The story of the wise men provides a interesting backdrop to the birth of the Messiah, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Where did the Wise men come from?
There is very little in the Bible that indicates where the wise men came from. Tradition (as well as a popular Christmas carol) have them coming from the Orient. From a biblical perspective this assumption is tenuous at best. What we know from the Bible is that they simply were from the East… nothing more. That being said, in order to determine where they came from we have to look at historical circumstances. For that let’s look at the Parthian Empire. The Parthian Empire was a rival to the Roman Empire. The “MU” to the “KU”, the “OU” to the “UT”. The Parthian Empire was the ruling empire of East Asia. It’s boarders extended from the Euphrates river all the way to Modern day Pakistan. The Parthian Empire is relevant because it was the ruling Empire for Babylon at the time of Christ’s birth and the Parthian Empire fought with the Romans in 40 BC for control over Palestine. The Parthian Government was ruled by two assemblies; the Arsacids (royal family) and the Megistanes which consisted of Magi (priests) and wise men (influential Parthian of non-royal blood). While there is still debate as to where the wise men, or Magi, came from, the Parthian Empire may provide the best possible place for a number of reasons that will be explored a little later on.
Many speculate that the wise men came from Babylon. This is entirely possible. The interesting thing is, Babylon was located within the Parthian Empire. One more interesting item of note: The Parthian Empire was on the door steps of Palestine.
Who were the Wise men?
So who exactly are these wise men? Most Christians probably pay no attention as to who they really are, and focus more on the fact that they were at the birth of Christ.
Here is what we can gather from the Bible. Depending on the translation you use you will see the word Magi, or wise men in Matthew 2:1. While I do agree that some Magi (wise men) were pagan in nature there were some who were not. Something to consider: while the Israelites were held captive in Babylon, Daniel was appointed to be the Chief Administrator over all of the wise men (Daniel 2:48). Additionally, a large number of Israelites (Levites, and Bejaminites) stayed in Babylon after the exile. The conclusion here is that there was a fairly large contingent of Israelites in Babylon for a long period of time that would extend from post exile (approx 537 BC), to Parthian Empire Babylon (247 BC) to the Birth of Christ (approx 4 BC).
In a broader context one could look at it this way: There is a high probability that there were Magi in Babylon (circa the Parthian Empire) that were very well aware of the prophecies of Daniel), as well as the prophecies.
Again, Some Magi were members of Parthian government. It would be the equivalent of the Senate in the US. These are men who were able to elect the King as well as depose the King. Needless to say, the Magi carried a certain amount of gravitas wherever they went. Remember, the Parthian and Roman empires bordered one another and had been at war for a number of years just prior to the birth of Christ. As a result, Herod probably feared the Parthian Empire, because he was once replaced as King by King Antigonus who was a vassal to Parthia. When the Romans regained control of the area… Herod was restored to power.
Why would the Magi come to Jerusalem and then Bethlehem?
This question gets to the heart of the matter. Why would these men travel to Jerusalem and then to Bethlehem upon seeing a star? There would have to be something incredibly compelling to travel nearly 1,000 miles to see the King of the Jews. Ezra’s travel from Babylon to Jerusalem was 120 days (Ezra 7:8-9). This is a pretty significant trip. Overall, for the Magi, this would be a trip that lasted nearly 8 to 9 months. Why would they do this? What was so compelling to them that they would leave their homes, travel by caravan, to follow this star? I would suggest that it is because of Numbers 24:17.
Numbers 24:17 reads as follows: “I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel”. The interesting thing about this passage is that Balaam was a sorcerer hired by Balak to curse the Israelites as they camped on his boarders, ready to conquer him. Instead of cursing Israel, God took control over Balaam and he blessed the Israelites (Numbers 24:10-14). Then Balaam dropped the bombshell in numbers 24:17. Many speculate what the meaning of 24:17 is. Some say that it relates to David’s kingdom. If this is the case, then the prophecy was not fully fulfilled by David. The Damascus Document is a part of the Dead Sea Scrolls. It is a commentary on scripture that dates back to 2nd century BC. Part of the Damascus commentary focuses on Numbers 24:17. “And the star is the seeker of the Law who came to Damascus, because it was written a star has came forth out of Jacob and a scepter has risen out of Israel. The scepter stands for the prince of the congregation. At his coming he shall break down all the sons of Sheth.” Numbers 24:17 had been interpreted to mean the coming Messiah. If I’m correct, this is how the Magi would have read Numbers 24:17.
Back to the motivation for the trip… If these men were holdovers from the exile or shared the same office that Daniel had, there is a very good chance that the Magi would have to have been familiar with the prophesy of Numbers 24:17 in order to understand the meaning of the star over Jerusalem. This is why they left seeking the King (Scepter) of the Jews. Additionally, they may have known they were in the Messianic era because Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy was coming to an end. If this is the case, they would have expected the Messiah to be born soon in order for the prophecy to hold true.
How many Magi came?
Most, if not all, nativity scenes show three Magi present. Most Christmas stories tell of three wise men being present. The reality is that Bible makes no mention of the number of Magi that came to Jerusalem (it only lists their three gifts). In fact, men of the stature as described above would have required many attendants to come with them. Given the value of their gifts to Jesus and the dangerousness of the road they likely traveled, the Magi more than likely would have needed an armed escort – especially if they were officials from the Parthian Empire. This presents an interesting image of not just three but literally hundreds of attendants with any number of Magi travelling across the country side following a star. This point is most notable as the caravan reaches Jerusalem and is seemingly able to get virtually an immediate audience with King Herod.
When did the Magi come?
Again, if you look at most nativity scenes, you would be under the impression that the Magi were present at the birth of Christ. Again, this is not biblically supported. As a matter of fact, the Bible (Matthew 2) clearly contradicts this notion. Matthew 2:1 is the first indicator that the wise men were not at the birth of Jesus. Additionally, take this into consideration; if the star appeared over Jesus at the time of birth we know at a minimum that it would be at least 120 days before the Magi could reach Jerusalem. If you add on the time that it would take to identify the star, organize the caravan, plan the trip and get on the road, one could easily be looking at anywhere from 5-6 months total time before they reached Jerusalem. Maybe another month before they reached where Jesus was. This would make sense with King Herod’s order to kill all of the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under (Matthew 2:16).
Based on the above information we can logically determine that (in regards to the “Three Kings” of carol fame) the Atheists have it right – Well, sort of… and purely by accident. However, we should celebrate reason, rather than legend. And reason dictates that the Bible is historically accurate and the final authority on all things theological and historical. This really is the little known story of Christmas. If my historical theory holds true, then many of the idea’s surrounding the greatest story ever told would be a legend built off of this historical story.