Is Evidence Helpful While Talking About Jesus and the Bible?

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Your atheist colleague reads your e-mail filled with neat evidence of Jesus defeating death, but doesn’t believe it one bit.

Your Muslim friend asks you to prove Jesus is the Son of God but she doesn’t believe even after you have expounded on the virgin birth of Mary.

Your uncle has experienced sharp suffering for most of his life, and refuses to accept any evidence you have given Him about the existence of a compassionate, creator God.

Do these situations bother you?

Then you may have wondered – How is evidence helpful while talking about Jesus and the Bible?

Considering these common scenarios most believers face during apologetics (apologetics is the defence of one’s beliefs), here is my answer – Evidence may not help you much in evangelism. At least, not how we expect it would make our friends turn away from sin and truly trust in Jesus Christ with their lives.

Evidence can never substitute faith, it can only further strengthen faith that is already present. Why?

All evidence is examined and understood based on a person’s presuppositions.

Presupposition: A belief that is held to be true without being challenged or supported by independent evidence.

Does anyone remember the movie, ‘The Matrix’?

A computer programmer, Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) is contacted by a terrorist called Morpheus who tells him that the world as they knew it, actually didn’t even exist.

Mankind has been enslaved by machines! Machines are growing humans in large “farms” where their enslaved minds had been tricked into living under a gigantic mental illusion of a computer program called the Matrix. The real world is a dark wasteland, dominated by machines and with some remnant humans battling a bleak future.

Talk about new presuppositions!

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It would have sounded incredulous to Anderson! He had been examining reality through one lens all his “life”. Continue reading “Is Evidence Helpful While Talking About Jesus and the Bible?”

Four Thoughts On Finding A Suitable Match

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Single Christian living in a city like Pune?

Probably your aim is to conquer your graduation with good marks, and/or to work and become financially self-sustaining. While you have a gala of a time doing all that, you also know the next stage in life is probably the dreaded,

revered,

romanticized,

fantasized,

M-word : Marriage.

Knowing that God is the creator of marriage, you have had some hopes of finding that one person in life to get married to. Your desktop wallpaper has one of those dreamy “God has plans for you and blahaa blahaa” quotes with some young Western character staring deep into the sunrise in a green field.

(Married folks, try to remember how life was for you before you met your spouse).

But it has been years on end now, hope is like an aeroplane that makes a loud noise on the runway but somehow never takes off. Meanwhile at least one person you meet, in the week or the month, asks you that question –

“So, when are you getting married?”

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You, then, experience the following range of emotions:
– The desire to throw your helmet at them.

– The desire to be run over by a Municipal Transport bus. Continue reading “Four Thoughts On Finding A Suitable Match”

Have Christians Misunderstood The Book of Acts?

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Have you ever been in a place where non-Christians (and Christians!) have condemned Christianity for having so many denominations and divisions?

Consternation over denominations
If you are like me, you may have responded by trying to either present your own church as the most noble and correct one since Jesus rose from the dead (bad move!), or you may have mumbled something about Christians not being perfect!

You may have ruefully wondered- why do so many denominations exist in God’s kingdom anyway?

Church denominations are not a new fad- different types of churches had begun forming right after the early history of Christianity. Wikipedia lists at least 40 major divisions within Christianity, with myriad sub-divisions. One source says  by 2001, there were nearly 33,000 Christian denominations across the planet, but all this really depends on how you define the term “denomination”.

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But then again- how come so many Christian denominations?!

Denominations and the “Acts” effect

Here are some reasons. Some people had desired Continue reading “Have Christians Misunderstood The Book of Acts?”

Is It Right For Christians To Use Torrents?

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“Even though it is technically stealing copyrighted material, I feel like if one’s intentions are not to actually steal and ruin the lives of the artist, actor, etc. then it should be fine. With that said, I do believe that making copies and distributing them for profit is definitely illegal.

Update: Okay this is a personal struggle of mine. I know downloading is illegal but I can’t bring myself to stop doing it. Partly because I don’t think it is wrong and also partly because my source of entertainment is largely from downloading.”

Thus went the post of a person who started a fierce public discussion by asking whether File-sharing, popularly known as using “Torrents”, is morally right or wrong for Christians. This post received a striking range of comments, many offering support.

One woman though, responded this way-

“If he or she (the creator of the movie or the song) has decided to offer up his or her creation as merchandise to be bought, then it may just be that to properly admire, you need to purchase” it.

Another guy was generously mean –

“Naw dude. You are going straight to hell”.

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This post is an invitation to hear just about anybody’s thoughts on this matter – Continue reading “Is It Right For Christians To Use Torrents?”