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Not intimidated by free thinkers

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POSTED January 30, 2014 1:12 a.m.

The Bible tells Christians to, “Always be prepared to give an answer (defense) to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” I Peter 3:15

To suggest as Matt McCormick does that most Christians blindly follow their pastors and leaders is far from the truth.  That may be true in some cases but for the vast majority of Christian churches we challenge our people to look at the evidence and make their own conclusions.  I for one am not intimidated by any one who wants to challenge the evidence for Jesus Christ, the reliability of the Bible or the Resurrection.  Why? Because there is plenty of evidence to corroborate the historical accuracy of the Bible and its claims. 

Josh McDowell was a young law student who set out to prove: the Bible was not accurate, Jesus was a fraud and the Resurrection never took place.  After diligent scientific and historical research by examining secular as well as religious authorities he came to the exact opposite conclusion. He went on to write several best selling books, including, Evidence That Demands A Verdict. He then went on to debate professors of all different disciplines (free thinkers) at hundreds of universities across the U. S. and in 52 countries. 

Having heard the arguments of many “free thinkers,” the claims of not being open minded goes both ways. (see the film Expelled by Ben Stein to see how this works in academia today) Read Josh’s book, the evidence is exhaustive and compelling.

C.S. Lewis (of the Chronicles of Narnia) was another law student skeptic. After he gave his life to Christ, due to his own research into the evidence, he went on to write Mere Christianity, a best  seller in which he stated that either Jesus was God and who He said He was or He  was the greatest liar or lunatic the world has ever seen. Read and make up your own mind.

For those who question the existence of an Intelligent Creator or Designer view the Does God Exist? DVD series by Dr. Stephen Meyer. (all these can be found at CBD.com for a small price) Science is continuing to confirm how complex organisms like that of the human cell have a 3 billion letter DNA code program of 4 chemicals that tells the cell to act in a certain way. The intricacies of the inner workings of that human DNA code is so complex that to believe that it came from random processes over eons of time takes more faith to believe, than to simply believe that there is  intelligent design behind it all.  Does it prove a God, no but it does give the best plausible explanation in my opinion.  If there is a Designer then we are accountable to him and his subsequent revelations, the Bible. Therein lies a rub for many people.

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