“A God that intervenes in His creation is an untrustworthy Creator because it would interfere with scientific experiments and seriously erode any confidence we may have in our conclusions.” This is essentially the challenge from a friend of mine. I addressed the possibility of miracles in Part 1 and Part 2. In Part 3 I will be dealing with a more theological issue – Can we trust a Creator that intervenes in human history?
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How does science work in a universe open to miracles? First, are miracles even remotely possible? We looked at that in Part 1 and I made the argument that this depends on whether our universe is a closed or open system. A closed system acts like a black box where nothing goes in our out of the box. Scientists can assume this, but they have no ground to stand on since the claim is purely metaphysical. No test can be constructed to demonstrate if our universe is closed or open. At least no purely empirical test will give us any insight on this matter. However, there are other ways to test this question.
I’ve been discussing an interesting challenge from a friend who holds a Ph.D. in Quantum Physics. He believes that miracles (if they happen) would make science impossible. Furthermore, he states that a Creator who intervenes in his creation would be a malicious trickster and untrustworthy. What should be the Christian’s response to this? Do miracles destroy the ability to do good science? Is a Creator that intervenes in his creation a trickster that can’t be trusted?
If we keep repeating something over and over, it will be true, right?
Before you answer, “Of course not!” consider modern evolutionary theory and the said purpose of life – survival. Ok, now keep that in your mind while I draw a connection between a recent article on human sexual selection and Brave New World. The similarities should frighten you.
The main reason for this blog was to bring to attention something that you may not know. The first part of this blog showed the similarities between the Jesus of the New Testament and the Jesus of the Quran. Most of those are well known among Christian Apologists. If you are going to interact with Muslims, I would suggest that you memorize some of those basic points. Now, I want to share something that I found very interesting.
There is a certain text in the hadith collection of Abu Dawud that is obviously very similar to something in the New Testament:
I was recently doing some research on the Jesus of Islam and I ran across something very interesting. This was a new discovery for me. If you witness to Muslims, it has significant ramifications for how you can introduce Muslims to the Jesus of the New Testament.
First, I should point out that there are many similarities between the Quran and the New Testament regarding the person of Christ. A good apologetic strategy should take these into account. If you are not familiar with them, here is a quick overview.
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I’d like to answer the argument against biblical Christianity that goes something like this:
If faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to God, then what about those who have not heard about Jesus? Aren’t all religions the same, and aren’t there many ways to God? Christians should not be so dogmatic and arrogant about their faith.
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That is what we addressed in Part 1 of this series. Now, let's look at the evidence we can use to support the reliability of the Old Testament.
Why don't we have more early manuscripts of the OT? That is the first question that needs to be addressed.
I have a confession to make - I subscribe to several atheist blogs.
I do this for several reasons. I think Christians should challenge and test their faith. Truth should be our goal, and if Christianity is not supported by the facts, then we are to be pitied as fools. Another good reason for reading these blogs is that I learn their arguments, and that enables me to fulfill Peter 3:16 and always be ready with an answer.
Philosophers discuss it. Scientists theorize about it. Have you ever entertained the question of what makes people human? What sets us apart from animals?