Bible Thinker
Bible Thinker
Nov 27, 2020
Answering Hitchens' Impossible Question
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This is a clip from one of the most important videos I've made, here's the full video - Christopher Hitchens is an icon to many atheists. He was an entertaining mix of brilliant, snarky, irreverent and British. One thing he is well-known for is debating theists and making fools of them, at least from the perspective of some people. I was always struck by this particular challenge that he threw out regularly in debates. Hitchens was so proud of it that I once heard him encouraging crowds of atheists to use this challenge as well. He felt that it really proved something, and I dare say many atheists agreed. What's really odd to me is that none of his debate partners (to my knowledge) ever offered a good response to his challenge. This is odd because the primary moral of loving God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength answers this atheist dilemma quite well. It not only answers the question it gets right to the heart of what an atheist has lost when they have sadly embraced a false worldview which rejects God's existence. To any atheists that have read this far I'd like to say that this isn't meant to be a smackdown or a slap in the face. Rather, this is meant to open a door to the possibility that the most important thing in life is being robbed from you, and your atheism is the robber. After I uploaded this video a friend sent me a clip of William Lane Craig answering this challenge 10 years ago! I was surprised to see how similar his answer was and now I’m wondering how much my own answer may have been influenced by Craig’s but without me remembering it. Obviously we are both influenced by the teaching of Jesus, but still, It seems likely that I heard this somewhere along the way and forgot. Anyhow, here is Craig’s answer (he is always brilliant).
Soteriology 101: Former Calvinistic Professor discusses Doctrines of Salvation
Soteriology 101: Former Calvinistic Professor discusses Doctrines of Salvation
Leighton Flowers : Professor of Theology, Director of Youth Evangelism for
Are "Modern Arminians" Semi-Pelagian?
Dr Leighton Flowers replies to Dr Brian Abasciano of the Society of Evangelical Arminians regarding his self-defeating accusations of "Semi-Pelagianism" against Provisionists. The complete article can be found here: For a summary of this issue please watch: As many of our regular listeners are aware, we as “Provisionists” (or “Traditional Southern Baptists”), are sometimes accused of holding to heretical (or “semi” heretical) views due to our denial of the Calvinistic doctrine of Total Inability, the belief that all men are born in a corpselike dead condition spiritually and thus must be given new life (“regeneration” on Calvinism) or partial life (“partial regeneration” on Classical Arminianism) to believe the clearly taught, graciously inspired gospel truth brought by the Holy Spirit through His chosen messengers. I have produced much to debunk the concept of Total Inability in my books, blog posts and broadcasts, but in short, we deny that being “spiritually dead” entails a moral incapacity to believe so as to be given new life. What does the Bible say one must do BEFORE getting new life? “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” -John 20:31 “…you refuse to come to me to have life.” -John 5:40 The scriptures seem to teach that “believing in” or “coming to” Christ is the solution for those who remain dead in their trespasses rather than some pre-regenerating or pre-partial regenerating work. Interestingly, some modern-day Arminians, like Dr Brian Abasciano of the Society of Evangelical Arminians, agree with me in regard to my objections against the need for a “partial regeneration.” Abasciano wrote: “…the classical Arminian view is neither the only nor the typical Arminian view of prevenient grace. The classical view regards prevenient grace as a partial regeneration. …the more typical Arminian view today does not view prevenient grace as partial regeneration, but as God’s work of helping sinners to believe the gospel in various ways such as enlightening, convicting, drawing, opening the heart, etc... It does not involve a split in regeneration.” LINK: Both Olson and Abasciano maintain, however, that God must supply an extra supernatural grace to the lost, above and beyond the supernaturally gracious work in bringing us the gospel, in order for the lost to believe it. In my experience, the modern Arminian, like Abasciano, have been hard-pressed to explain what exactly that supernatural grace is accomplishing that is not adequately accomplished by the gospel itself. After all, if the condition of man from birth is not, as the Calvinist explains it, “corpse-like-dead and thus needing spiritual life in order to believe the gospel,” then what must the Holy Spirit do to the lost man in order to make the gospel revelation sufficiently believable? On Abasciano’s view, what specifically is the Spirit DOING above and beyond what the Spirit does by bringing the light of the gospel? The complete article can be found here:
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ESV: Through the Bible in a Year
ESV: Through the Bible in a Year
January 16: Genesis 30; Psalm 16; Matthew 19
Old Testament: Genesis 30 Genesis 30 (Listen) *30 *When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she envied her sister. She said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I shall die!” *2 *Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel, and he said, “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?” *3 *Then she said, “Here is my servant Bilhah; go in to her, so that she may give birth on my behalf,1 that even I may have children2 through her.” *4 *So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob went in to her. *5 *And Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son. *6 *Then Rachel said, “God has judged me, and has also heard my voice and given me a son.” Therefore she called his name Dan.3 *7 *Rachel’s servant Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son. *8 *Then Rachel said, “With mighty wrestlings4 I have wrestled with my sister and have prevailed.” So she called his name Naphtali.5 *9 *When Leah saw that she had ceased bearing children, she took her servant Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife. *10 *Then Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a son. *11 *And Leah said, “Good fortune has come!” so she called his name Gad.6 *12 *Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son. *13 *And Leah said, “Happy am I! For women have called me happy.” So she called his name Asher.7 *14 *In the days of wheat harvest Reuben went and found mandrakes in the field and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.” *15 *But she said to her, “Is it a small matter that you have taken away my husband? Would you take away my son’s mandrakes also?” Rachel said, “Then he may lie with you tonight in exchange for your son’s mandrakes.” *16 *When Jacob came from the field in the evening, Leah went out to meet him and said, “You must come in to me, for I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.” So he lay with her that night. *17 *And God listened to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son. *18 *Leah said, “God has given me my wages because I gave my servant to my husband.” So she called his name Issachar.8 *19 *And Leah conceived again, and she bore Jacob a sixth son. *20 *Then Leah said, “God has endowed me with a good endowment; now my husband will honor me, because I have borne him six sons.” So she called his name Zebulun.9 *21 *Afterward she bore a daughter and called her name Dinah. *22 *Then God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her and opened her womb. *23 *She conceived and bore a son and said, “God has taken away my reproach.” *24 *And she called his name Joseph,10 saying, “May the LORD add to me another son!” Jacob’s Prosperity *25 *As soon as Rachel had borne Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me away, that I may go to my own home and country. *26 *Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, that I may go, for you know the service that I have given you.” *27 *But Laban said to him, “If I have found favor in your sight, I have learned by divination that11 the LORD has blessed me because of you. *28 *Name your wages, and I will give it.” *29 *Jacob said to him, “You yourself know how I have served you, and how your livestock has fared with me. *30 *For you had little before I came, and it has increased abundantly, and the LORD has blessed you wherever I turned. But now when shall I provide for my own household also?” *31 *He said, “What shall I give you?” Jacob said, “You shall not give me anything. If you will do this for me, I will again pasture your flock and keep it: *32 *let me pass through all your flock today, removing from it every speckled and spotted sheep and every black lamb, and the spotted and speckled among the goats, and they shall be my wages. *33 *So my honesty will answer for me later, when you come to look into my wages with you. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the lambs, if found with me, shall be counted stolen.” *34 *Laban said, “Good! Let it be as you have said.” *35 *But that day Laban removed the male goats that were striped and spotted, and all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had white on it, and every lamb that was black, and put them in the charge of his sons. *36 *And he set a distance of three days’ journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob pastured the rest of Laban’s flock. *37 *Then Jacob took fresh sticks of poplar and almond and plane trees, and peeled white streaks in them, exposing the white of the sticks. *38 *He set the sticks that he had peeled in front of the flocks in the troughs, that is, the watering places, where the flocks came to drink. And since they bred when they came to drink, *39 *the flocks bred in front of the sticks and so the flocks brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted. *40 *And Jacob separated the lambs and set the faces of the flocks toward the striped and all the black in the flock of Laban. He put his own droves apart and did not put them with Laban’s flock. *41 *Whenever the stronger of the flock were breeding, Jacob would lay the sticks in the troughs before the eyes of the flock, that they might breed among the sticks, *42 *but for the feebler of the flock he would not lay them there. So the feebler would be Laban’s, and the stronger Jacob’s. *43 *Thus the man increased greatly and had large flocks, female servants and male servants, and camels and donkeys. Footnotes [1] 30:3 Hebrew _on my knees_ [2] 30:3 Hebrew _be built up_, which sounds like the Hebrew for _children_ [3] 30:6 _Dan_ sounds like the Hebrew for _judged_ [4] 30:8 Hebrew _With wrestlings of God_ [5] 30:8 _Naphtali_ sounds like the Hebrew for _wrestling_ [6] 30:11 _Gad_ sounds like the Hebrew for _good fortune_ [7] 30:13 _Asher_ sounds like the Hebrew for _happy_ [8] 30:18 _Issachar_ sounds like the Hebrew for _wages_, or _hire_ [9] 30:20 _Zebulun_ sounds like the Hebrew for _honor_ [10] 30:24 _Joseph_ means _May he add_, and sounds like the Hebrew for _taken away_ [11] 30:27 Or _have become rich and_ (ESV) Psalm: Psalm 16 Psalm 16 (Listen) You Will Not Abandon My Soul A Miktam1 of David. *16 *  Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. *2 *  I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord;     I have no good apart from you.” *3 *  As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,     in whom is all my delight.2 *4 *  The sorrows of those who run after3 another god shall multiply;     their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out     or take their names on my lips. *5 *  The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup;     you hold my lot. *6 *  The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;     indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. *7 *  I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;     in the night also my heart instructs me.4 *8 *  I have set the LORD always before me;     because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. *9 *  Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being5 rejoices;     my flesh also dwells secure. *10 *  For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,     or let your holy one see corruption.6 *11 *  You make known to me the path of life;     in your presence there is fullness of joy;     at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Footnotes [1] 16:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term [2] 16:3 Or _To the saints in the land, the excellent in whom is all my delight, I say:_ [3] 16:4 Or _who acquire_ [4] 16:7 Hebrew _my kidneys instruct me_ [5] 16:9 Hebrew _my glory_ [6] 16:10 Or _see the pit_ (ESV) New Testament: Matthew 19 Matthew 19 (Listen) Teaching About Divorce *19 *Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. *2 *And large crowds followed him, and he hea…
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