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If you would like to be able to defend your faith in Jesus Christ and have more confidence to talk about the things of God more openly and naturally with others, then you're in the right place.


It begins not merely with some of the latest scientific facts and discoveries, but rather being confident that all the treasures of wisdom, knowledge and truth itself are hid in Christ. Once you are, sharing your faith becomes easier and more natural, and much more comfortable.  Col 2:3 


Macroevolution (changes in kind) has proven false. "According to their kind" (10 times) in Genesis is true and has been confirmed. Where do you place ultimate authority—God's Word, or man's?  Col 2:8


When you see unbelievers as God sees them, how lost and helpless they are, how foolish and empty their silly little arguments really are, your hesitation to share Christ with others will be gone.


A settled confidence that Jesus really is who He claimed to be, God Incarnate; that your Bible really is God's Word as it claims to be; that the Holy Spirit really is the Partner, Helper, and Faithful Guide that Jesus claimed He would be are the starting blocks. With a good start, running your race is easier.


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A basic fact: There are about 5 billion people on Earth who need Christ, and God is making His appeal through you. 

  • There are 1,600,000,000 Muslims who are wrong and need Christ.
  • There are 1,100,000,000 atheists/agnostics who are wrong and need Christ
  • There are 1,000,000,000 Hindus who are wrong and need Christ.
  • There are 800,000,000 Chinese Traditionals who are wrong and need Christ.
  • There are 488,000,000 Buddhists who are wrong and need Christ.
  • There are 300,000,000 Primal-Indigenous who are wrong and need Christ.
  • There are 120,000,000 African Traditional & Diasporic who are wrong and need Christ.
  • There are 100,000,000 more of various beliefs who are also dead wrong and desperately need Christ. 


For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.    2 Peter 1:16


The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.   Psalm 19:1-4

In covenantal apologetics there is no clear boundary between apologetics and evangelism. As Scott reiterates throughout his work, apologetics ought to be understood first and foremost as persuasion; persuading men and women of the truth of the Gospel. Covenantal apologetics seeks to take the truth of Scripture as the proper diagnosis of the unbelieving condition and challenges them to make sense of the world they have made, given that it is based on a fundamentally irrational construct. Given any fact or experience it asks the question as to the validity of the presuppositions behind that fact or experience which make it possible.
The Course of Your Life is a framework to help you apply the word of God to people’s lives prayerfully and intensively. The course seeks to revolutionize hearts and minds by focusing on who God is, what he has done in Christ, what his plans are for the world and for us and how that generates a whole new agenda for the course of our lives in making disciples of Jesus. Practically speaking, The Course of Your Life is an in-depth, topical Bible study designed for small groups of (ideally) 8-10 people, with helpful video input. It covers biblical content in a way that the material applied to the group can be very flexible to best fit the people you are trying to ‘encourage’.
                   
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 Basic facts:
Evil exists and is evil. God exists and is good. God is sovereign. 

  • God has a good and moral reason for everything He does or permits, including the yet undisclosed reason for the temporary existence of evil. 
  • God did not create evil. He permits it to exist for His glory. All that He creates or ordains to occur is for the ultimate good of those who love him.
  • A sinful finite creature in rebellion against the infinite Holy God is not qualified to judge whether God has a morally acceptable reason for evil.
  • Evil is not something. It has no essence or being. It is the inverse position of God's nature and attributes. Evil is the absence of all that God is.
  • Evil is a proof of the existence of the Biblical God. Without the Biblical God in the paradigm, evil would not exist anymore than a one ended stick.
  • Evil is not sovereign. It operates solely on the basis of God's good pleasure, within the limits of his sovereignty, to accomplish his divine purpose.
  • Evil is not eternal, but time bound. It is a temporary straw-man that God will destroy forever in His good time when it has served His divine purpose.
  • Without the presence of evil, God's glory best seen in His grace, mercy, and unconditional love would have been locked away in His person forever.
  • The paradoxical coexistence of good and evil does not constitute a valid argument against the existence of God. They are antithetical, yet, compatible.
  • At the cross good and evil are seen for what they are. We are seen for who we are. And God in Christ is seen reconciling the world back to Himself.
  • Evil began with Lucifer, God's highest creation choosing to exalt himself above his Creator. Choosing to honor and serve himself above God.
  • The chief end of man is to love God and enjoy Him forever. The chief end of life is holiness (loving and obeying God) which overcomes evil with good.
  • Evil is evil. It is a sin to call evil good. But, when God ordains evil to occur, it is good that it occurs for the fulfillment of His divine purpose.
  • One day very soon, evil will be no more. God will destroy evil forever in His good time when it has served His purpose.

 

In the academic setting of UC Davis, atheist ACLU attorney Eddie Tabash would debate Dr. Greg Bahnsen. But, rather than merely presenting all the various scientific and historical evidences for God, Dr. Bahnsen methodically showed that the Christian God must be presupposed in order to make sense of anything whatsoever! The things we take for granted such as science, morality, and even the very laws of logic used in such debates, only make sense in the Christian worldview with the biblical God at its foundation. 

 

Greg had “pulled out the rug” from under his opponent, demonstrating that only Christian theism could make sense of the debate itself. Mr. Tabash was unable to answer Greg's powerful arguments, and his own arguments for atheism were systematically demolished by Dr. Bahnsen’s keen intellect. With appropriate gentleness and respect, Greg had rationally destroyed the position of his opponent. Christianity had unequivocally triumphed over atheism. And the audience knew it. They chuckled at Dr. Bahnsen’s frequent use of humorous and memorable analogies, and at his quick and clear answers to Mr. Tabash's attacks. 

 

When I first listened to this debate, I was truly amazed at Greg’s arguments and responses; they were both brilliant and thoroughly biblical. I said to myself, “This man thinks and argues like Christ.”  Indeed, the brilliant responses that Christ in His ministry gave to His critics are echoed in Dr. Greg L. Bahnsen.   Dr. Jason Lisle

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A basic fact: In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth.


In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Genesis 1:1
By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.  Hebrews 11:3
And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  Colossians 1:17

Creation was a succession of monumental, supernatural creative miracles by God; out of nothing other than Himself. Science cannot contribute anything to our understanding of creation since there were no observers, and by definition science can say nothing about the supernatural. Creation cannot be verified by any naturalistic methodologies since creation did not come about by any known naturalistic processes and cannot be reproduced or duplicated in any way. God has given us His record of creation in the Scriptures. Jesus, Himself quoted from the Genesis account of creation. We either believe what the Bible clearly says about creation or we don't. Science can confirm or deny that simple fact. 
(John MacArthur paraphrase)

We hold: creatio ex Deo, ex nihilo. Creation was by God—from God's essential being alone. Meaning, from nothing external to God, out of nothing else other than Himself. God created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them in 6 days. 


Christ holds all creation together by His mighty power, not the Higgs boson (God particle.)  We either believe what  the Bible clearly says, or we don't.



Being Biblical                   

 Henry M. Morris III, D.Min.

 Evidence for Creation

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BiblicalAccurateCertain. These three adjectives describe fundamental characteristics that define the work of the Institute for Creation Research. These terms do not speak to what we do or even to the specific mission that we believe the Lord Jesus has called us to implement. They do, however, carefully define how we set about our daily tasks—the inner commitments that both drive and limit what we ultimately research, teach, and communicate to others.

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First in order, both by choice and by necessity, is the word “biblical.” Being biblical is the overarching mindset that insures both accuracy and certainty in our work. The foundation of all truth lies upon and within that which the Creator has specifically revealed through the Scriptures.

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Being biblical means that we do not doubt the written Word of God.

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The writer of Hebrews tells us that belief in the creation is the first test of faith a human must face (11:3) and that without faith it is impossible to please God (11:6). And faith, Paul reminds us, comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Faith is a gift that God gives (Ephesians 2:8), channeled through the written words of God, and it enables us to “transform” and “renew” our minds so that we can “prove” the “good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2).

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Doubt is very subtle. It enters our thoughts when we lack knowledge, and can fester into open rebellion against reality. This is especially true if we attempt to accommodate a “double mind”—which will ultimately drive us to instability in all of our deliberations (James 1:8). That is why being biblical is our first and foremost characteristic.

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ICR is committed to a strong view of Scripture, maintaining that “every word of God is pure” (Proverbs 30:5), that the “scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35), and that all of the written text of the Bible is “God-breathed” and therefore without error (2 Timothy 3:16). Furthermore, we are confident that these “great and precious promises” are sufficient for “all things that pertain unto life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3-4).

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Being biblical means that we do not deny God’s capability.

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The central argument that Satan made to Eve in the Garden was that she would not die—as God had said. Eve was left with several possible responses to that challenge. If Satan was right, God either could not or would not do as He promised. If Lucifer was challenging the Creator, then surely God was not as omnipotent as He said He was, and therefore Eve could (and did) embrace the opposite of what she had been privileged to know. Adam, on the other hand, with full knowledge of what was transpiring, chose to participate in the rebellion and defy the Creator.

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The same situation exists today. God has provided evidence in the “things that are made,” so made that even His “eternal power and Godhead” are clearly seen (Romans 1:20). Those who choose to deny and defy the “speech” and “knowledge” written in the universe (Psalm 19:1-3) are “without excuse.”

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In our work to know the Creator and make Him known, we willingly and joyfully embrace the “divine nature” so beautifully inscribed across the universe. We are not tempted to subject the creation of the universe to eons of death and chaos, because the clear words of the biblical text eliminate such a monstrous possibility. To make God the author of evolution in any developmental scheme is to deny the omnipotence and omniscience of the very Being upon whom we rest for our own salvation and eternal destiny. The words of God are eternal and “in him are yea, and in him amen” (2 Corinthians 1:20).

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Being biblical means that we will not denigrate God’s character.

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The secular, non-theistic worldview is in direct opposition to a Creator. It knows and acknowledges nothing of the need for eternal redemption. It speaks only of self-centered appeasement. Naturalism at its core is atheistic, and the thrust of evolutionary theory is to tell the “story” of our origins without God.

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The main proponents of evolutionary naturalism and the associated sociological exponents of that philosophy are atheistic in theory if not in practice. Our culture has passed from “modern” to “post-modern” and with it have come the many variations of scientism that are unified in their opposition to the concept of a transcendent Creator God. The very idea of an omnipotent, omniscient Being is anathema to these naturalistic concepts of human existence.

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A “god” who would use the cruel, inefficient, wasteful, death-dependent processes of the random, purposeless mechanisms of naturalistic evolution contrasts so radically with the God described in the pages of the Bible that one wonders how the two could ever be thought to be the same being, as some evangelical leaders are claiming today.

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God’s holiness demands that the creation not distort anything about God—or about the creation itself. God could not create a lie; He could not make anything that would inexorably lead us to a wrong conclusion, nor could He create processes that would counter His own nature or that would lead us to conclude something untrue about Him.

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Everything that we see revealed about God, both in the universe and in the Scriptures, shouts the message that God is a God of order, purpose, and will. There is no hint of randomness in God. God does not react to circumstances; He’s never caught off guard. He never has to correct Himself and change His mind about His reason for doing something. He does not alter His plan for eternity, nor does He get confused about His design, His pleasure, or His purpose.

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Given all that God has done to convey who He is and what He wants us to know, how should we approach His Word? What method can we use that would bring us most carefully before His written Word?

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Being biblical

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While ICR remains a science organization and conducts research into the workings of creation, our research is driven to uncover evidence that will enable our understanding of what God has done and is doing in the universe.

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Being biblical sends us first to the very words of God before we attempt to identify the key questions necessary for solid scientific research. Being biblical demands that our activities are founded on the revealed truth of Scripture, which provides the “box” within which we search for truth about the world around us.

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Being biblical is rooted in God’s command in Genesis 1:28, shaping our conscious efforts to “subdue” and “rule” the creation in such a way that our worship is directed to the Creator and not to the creature.