Do the Narratives of Jesus's Resurrection conflict?
Dan Barker, many years ago issues a challenge to Christians to take the 4 gospels and build a reasonable narrative of them. Presumably, he feels it is difficult, when in fact, the 4 gospels harmonize nicely without adding any commentary at all.
The conditions of the challenge are simple and reasonable. In each of the four Gospels, begin at Easter morning and read to the end of the book: Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20-21. Also read Acts 1:3-12 and Paul's tiny version of the story in I Corinthians 15:3-8. These 165 verses can be read in a few moments. Then, without omitting a single detail from these separate accounts, write a simple, chronological narrative of the events between the resurrection and the ascension: what happened first, second, and so on; who said what, when; and where these things happened. ...His premise is that the gospels contradict and cannot be reconciled.
Event date: 7/21/2018 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM, (Register)
Building Confidence in the Bible in light of Muslim skepticism and other garden varieties
Does the Bible deserve confidence in the face of Muslims' and other skeptics' objections? This 3-hour seminar will present reasons we can trust the Bible as authentic and credible revelation from God, particularly the New Testament. In this teaching Steve Schlichter, Scott Cherry and Chris Samuel will raise the skeptical questions and address them, especially those of Muslims who believe the Bible has been altered and compromised. Our Muslim friends and adherents of all views are welcome. Press Register to see the general outline of presentations and the material we will cover.
Location: Ward Church, Chapel Suites 1 and 2, 40000 Six Mile Rd., Northville, MI
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How 1 plus 1 plus 1 is not a real objection to the triune nature of God
||"Been there, tried that. '1+1+1 does not equal one.'"
I have heard this math operation as a proof that the Trinity can't exist before. It is a very popularized Muslim objection to the Trinity. I never quite understood it and I am not sure why we should assume the operation for such a question would be addition. Why not multiplication? 1 x 1 x 1 = 1 after all.
Voila! Problem solved.
How the attainment of true moral goodness is elusive at best
King Solomon was known for being wise. In this famous story Solomon was approached by two women that both claimed the same child. He was able to tell which was the real mother by threatening to cut the child in half. The real mother is the one who loved the child more than her love of being a mother. Solomon recorded some of his wisdom in a book called Ecclesiastes (in the Old Testament).
Dealing with slavery in the Old Testament
|Have you ever been confronted with a passage from the Old Testament that is difficult to deal with? For example, passages that appear to condone violence or slavery. When discussing issues like morality and history, I find that atheists and Muslims are prepared to offer up certain Old Testament passages to demonstrate that the Bible is a flawed book and Christians are not always equipped to deal with them.