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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Killing Jesus: The Son of God Arrested and in the Dock

The Arrest and Trials of Jesus


by Mike Robinson 

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In the spring of 30 AD, just 40 years before the destruction of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem, embodiments of oppressive religion such as Annas, Caiaphas, and Pilate deliberated in the porch of the governor’s palace, as a mob mocked, pelted, and otherwise rallied for the death of a man falsely accused of controverting crimes. Prosecution of alleged capital criminals, records the Talmud, had largely ceased in Israel since Rome appropriated civil and capital authority from the Jewish people just a few decades earlier. Yet, men with long robes and stiff necks passionately pressed the Roman governor to execute Jesus Christ. And as such, Christ was crucified at Calvary.

Today, 2000 years after the crucifixion of Christ, numerous non-Christians are again pondering the killing of Jesus Christ. The case illustrates the complexity of construing a new theory in modern contexts (e.g., Alsan, Ehrman, O'Reilly, etc.) that are devoid of the cultural, linguistic, and religious environment that was so unique during first century Israel.

Christ’s death surely had something to do with the serious legal abuse He suffered, since the priests were complicit in His arrest and brutal execution. Yet in the case of Christ, death was not the end of the story.

Plato, in positing an idealist-victim in the death of the Socrates, did not need to see a risen philosopher, since the sage came to discuss wisdom and not provide atonement. In contrast, Christ’s killing was essentially about securing the salvation of sinners through His death on the cross and His subsequent resurrection.

The Night Arrest of Jesus Christ

The ancient Hebrews forbade the use of accomplice testimony . . . The arrest of Jesus was ordered upon the supposition that He was a criminal: this same supposition would have made Judas, who had aided, encouraged, and abetted Jesus in the propagation of His faith, an accomplice. If Judas was not an accomplice, Jesus was innocent, and His arrest … therefore was illegal.[1]

The apprehension of Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane occurred at around midnight of the 14th day of Nisan, according to the Hebrew calendar (April on the Roman calendar). The Jewish people typically began their day at sundown. The men who arrested Jesus were part of the temple guard, a Roman military detachment that policed the temple grounds because Jewish riots often erupted in the vicinity.

The opposition (the Jewish leadership in Judea) against the Galilean, Jesus ben Joseph, had intensified towards the end of Christ’s ministry. Selected elements within the Jewish leadership were determined to arrest Christ during the Feast of Tabernacles. They authorized temple-guards to seize Him while He was preaching in the temple, however, after hearing His words they declined inasmuch as no man ever spoke in the manner Christ did (John 7:32-7:46). Later, Jesus’ friend Lazarus died and was in the grave for a total of four days signifying the corruption of his body. Then Jesus called him from the grave and Lazarus emerged alive again. This miracle incensed the priestly leadership and they became even more determined to kill Christ. The chief priest Caiaphas** lobbied it was beneficial that one man should die for the people so that the nation would survive as a whole (John 11:47-54).

Following a prayer, Christ awoke the disciples and taught them how to pray so that they could overcome temptation. At this time a throng composed of troops, Pharisees, and officers of the Sanhedrin* went marching up to arrest Jesus—and Judas was with them.

Then Judas, having received a detachment of soldiers and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, "Whom are you seeking?” They replied: "Jesus of Nazareth." Christ answered: "I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground (John 18:3-6).

Jesus by the power of the divine name (“I am” in Greek is ego eime; Exodus 3:14, LXX) blew the whole mob back to the ground in one sudden movement. Christ could have smote the whole lot and called on an angelic host to instantly pulverize His enemies. Instead, Christ purposed towards the cross.
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* The Sanhedrin was the Jewish Supreme Court in the time of Jesus. It was also called the Council of Seventy.
 **The name "Caiaphas" means "the oppressor."

                                           
Jesus Held Unlawfully

The proper manner, taught by the academy of soldiering in Rome, was to take the accused by the right wrist, twist his arm behind him so that his knuckles touched between his shoulder blades, and at the same time, jam the heel of the boot down on the right instep. And they tied the other arm with a loose noose around the neck.[2]

According to Hebrew law (the Mishnah and first century Jewish law), the arrest of Jesus was highly illegal on at least three counts:

  1. All legal measures, including arrests and detentions, were prohibited at night. Moreover, it was an exacting rule of Hebrew law that arrests and trials regarding capital crime could not occur at night.

  1. The use of an accomplice (Judas in this case) in securing an arrest was prohibited by Jewish law (Leviticus 19:16-18).

  1. According to Hebrew law, it was illegal to shackle a man before he was found guilty and afterward sentenced (John 18:12-13).

Jewish and Roman Trials

Hebrew law provided that false witnesses should suffer the penalty provided for the commission of the crime which they sought by their testimony to fix upon the accused. This rule is based on Deuteronomy 19:18-21.[3]

For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together. And there arose certain, and bare false witness against him, saying, we heard Him say, “I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.” But neither so did their witness agree together (Mark 14:56-59).

After Christ’s arrest there were endless interrogations, Jewish trials, and Roman trials. The documentation for Christ’s trial begins with the New Testament. No thoughtful person has legitimately questioned the actuality of the trial of Jesus, or that sentences of guilt were declared by Israel and Rome. Moreover, His enemies haughtily admit that the Romans executed Christ. The accepted Gospels as well as the Talmud often refer to the trial and the crucifixion. The ambiguities are of minutiae, not material, apropos the facts of the trials. In details, the synoptic Gospels agree extraordinarily well with one another and form a consistent portrayal regarding the trial of Christ. In the vehemence of its conviction, modern Orthodox Judaism agrees with the rabbinical application of justice that was applied to Christ by the hands of the Romans. Orthodox Judaism’s revulsion of Jesus Christ is so severe that by Mishnahic strictures, some contemporary Jewish fundamentalists would send Christ to Pilate a second time, should they be given the opportunity.

Despite the prejudices and theological preconceptions of the Romans and the Sanhedrin, the trials of Christ record many incidents that demonstrate Christ’s trials were illegal. The trial by night, the false witnesses, and the court’s secrecy—no one appraising these passages could ever doubt the reality of the illegal actions, malfeasance, and subterfuge.

The Fashionable Critics

Today, a variety of skeptics have come forth with best-selling books to dispute the biblical accounts of the arrest, trial, and death of Christ. Some claim that Jesus was a revolutionary or a Zealot—others claim He was a tax protester. But the reader can be supremely confident, even have complete assurance, scripture and its account of Christ are true. On reflection, one will find that skepticism regarding Christ’s life and death are overturned using arguments from ultimate criteria (the Christian worldview vs. a non-theistic worldview) which has a mutable non-universal foundation.[4]

The skeptic accepts the reality of historical analysis, the necessary condition of which is God. This problem seems to be disabling for the semi-skeptical program of Aslan, Ehrman, and other similar biblical fallibilists. This is the case not merely because of skepticism’s dubious coherence, but because of its ontological limitation—it lacks a source that is lofty and majestic enough to provide universal immutables utilized in historical analysis. In rational pursuits, including historical investigation, there is no ontic cheating: you either have the goods or you do not. If one’s worldview lacks the resources to account for the universal operating features of reason, it is incapable of underwriting such an enterprise altogether.

This topic of Christ's death is of distinctive interest, not only on account of its intrinsic importance, but more particularly on account of its depiction of stark injustice. Additionally, this inquisitiveness leads directly up to what is both the greatest miscarriage of justice as well as the most marvelous redemptive act performed in the history of mankind: the death of Jesus Christ. On exhibit in the New Testament narratives are two of the most significant legal systems in antiquity: Roman and Talmudic Judaism. We will discover the reason for the six night trials in Part Two.

His Arrest Led to Salvation

Our sins are debts that none can pay but Christ. It is not our tears, but His blood; it is not our sighs, but His sufferings, that can testify for our sins. Christ must pay all, or we are prisoners forever (Thomas Brooks).
Jesus was unjustly arrested and illegally tried. Nonetheless, His arrest resulted in His death—a death that provided atonement for sinners. Jesus is the Captain of salvation for He overmastered sin, death, and the grave. He turned the darkness of death into the dazzling glory of the Resurrection. With Jesus no one needs religion to escape death’s grip; no one needs religion to be loved and accepted: Jesus is alive and He loves His own to the end.
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him (1 John 3:1).
Jesus is all-wise, omnipotent, omniscient, and He is everywhere present; He is blessed and radiant in power and glory. He propitiates God’s judgment and wrath as He offers unconditional love to all His people. Jesus saves, redeems, protects, delivers and leads His people. Jesus, as God, accomplished the supreme purpose as the conqueror of darkness and wickedness. Jesus is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

Contemplate the glory of Christ. Rejoice in the wonder of His person. Delight in His friendship. Thank Him for His forgiveness and love Him for His loveliness. With Jesus you do not need manmade religion. So focus on Jesus, live upon Jesus, walk with Jesus, and follow hard after Jesus as you obey His word out of gratitude; moreover, love Him for all He is and all that He has done for you.
When you have done your best, and have not succeeded, bring out this last hammer—the cross of Christ. I have often seen on pieces of cannon, in Latin words, this inscription, “The last argument of kings.” That is to say, cannons are the last argument of kings. But the cross is the last argument of God. If a dying Savior does not convert you, what will? (Charles Spurgeon).
 For a more exhaustive exposition of the arrest and numerous trials of Jesus see my new book: 

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NOTES

  1. Chandler, Walter. The Trial of Jesus, vol. 1.
  2. Bishop, Jim. The Day Christ Died.
  3. Chandler.
  4. God furnishes all the a priori essentials; the necessary epistemic equipment utilized in all analytical pursuits. God has the ontic attributes of omniscience, immutability, and omnipotence (He has universal reign) thus enabling Him to be the ground for the universal and immutable laws of logic that are utilized in all thought and analysis. Any position that rejects the true God, as the epistemic (knowledge) base, not only leaves an unnerving fissure, but hopelessly fails. Consequently, whatever evidence one discovers must be discerned and processed with the rational implements that arise from Christian theism and the worldview that emanates from God. The immaterial, transcendent, and immutable God supplies the indispensable pre-environment for the use of immaterial, transcendent, universal, and immutable laws of truth. Skeptical thought, because it rests upon mutable and non-universal ground, cannot furnish the necessary preconditions for the immutable universal laws of truth utilized in historical analysis; therefore it results in futility because of its own internal weakness. 

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Logic is Necessary And Bart Ehrman Fails to Understand Reason Presupposes God

Reason is Necessary But  Unbeknownst to Bart Ehrman It Requires God



by Mike Robinson

With respect to Jesus, we have numerous, independent accounts of his life in the sources lying behind the Gospels (and the writings of Paul)—sources that originated in Jesus’ native tongue Aramaic and that can be dated to within just a year or two of his life (before the religion moved to convert pagans in droves). Historical sources like that are pretty astounding for an ancient figure of any kind. The claim that Jesus was simply made up falters on every ground (Bart Ehrman).

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Reason is limited by the finitude and sinfulness of mankind. Bart Ehrman (and all people) lacks the ontological capacity to understand and experience all of the potentialities within the cosmos—there are knowledge and ontic realms he simply cannot experience. His rational ability is inadequate to account for the tools of reason employed to investigate the incarnation of Christ. People cannot understand everything that they encounter and know. All the combined minds of humanity throughout all of history could not understand complete reality, yet atheist Bart Ehrman's scholarship stresses that we should understand God’s word by naturalistic presuppositions. The consequence is an incoherent and unbiblical view of Christ as well as a jaded understanding regarding the ministry of Jesus. Ehrman's presuppositions about the reliability of naturalistic concepts makes it and not revelation his ultimate locus. The logic of these assumptions ends up excluding Christ from a discussion about His own nature and person.

In an analysis of the deity of Christ, naturalistic assumptions must give way to the foundation of intelligibly: God. Naturalistic thought is, in principle, void of any genuine notion of truth or knowledge. The alternative is a thoroughly Scripture-based worldview, which alone provides the universal necessities required for historical exploration and further analysis.

God (y) is a necessary condition for the possibility of the enquiry regarding the incarnation (x)—since x is the case, it logically follows that y must be the case.

In this way skepticism regarding the deity of Christ is overturned using arguments from ultimate criteria (the Christian worldview vs. a non-theistic worldview). Skepticism has a mutable non-universal foundation so it fails as a coherent worldview.

The critic accepts the reality of enquiry and analysis, the necessary condition of which is God.1 This problem seems to be disabling for the semi-skeptical program of Ehrman and other similar biblical fallibilists. This is the case not merely because of skepticism’s dubious coherence, but because of its ontological limitation—it lacks a source that is lofty and majestic enough to provide universal immutables utilized in all analysis. In rational pursuits, including the analysis of the incarnation, there is no ontic cheating: you either have the goods or you do not. If one’s worldview lacks the resources to account for the universal operating features of reason, it is incapable of underwriting such an enterprise altogether.

Often the Bible uses evidential arguments. For example, when Scripture declares in Psalm 19 that the heavens declare the glory of God, it is denoting how God’s glory is manifested in the natural world. It is proven by nature itself.  Evidence and proof are everywhere around us. If you offer an evidential assertion, you should have real evidence to posit such. Equally, there is no amount of evidence that is adequate in and of itself to persuade a nonbeliever of the truth of Jesus Christ. Prayer must be undertaken and the law and gospel must be presented, but God’s grace is the ultimate vehicle for salvation of a soul.
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          1.     God furnishes all the a priori essentials; the necessary epistemic equipment utilized in all analytical pursuits. God has the ontic attributes of omniscience, immutability, and omnipotence (He has universal reign). That shows He is suitable to be the ground for the universal and immutable laws of logic that are utilized in all thought and analysis. Any position that rejects the true God, as the epistemic (knowledge) base, not only leaves an unsettling breach, but hopelessly fails too. Consequently, whatever evidence one discovers must be discerned and processed with the rational implements that arise from Christian theism and the worldview that emanates from God. The immaterial, transcendent, and immutable God supplies the indispensable pre-environment for the use of immaterial, transcendent, universal, and immutable laws of logic. Atheistic thought, because it rests upon mutable and non-universal ground, cannot furnish the necessary preconditions for the immutable universal laws of logic; therefore it results in futility because of its own internal weakness.




Thursday, March 20, 2014

All Men Need the Truth:

People Need the Truth: You Can Help Start a Church 


by Mike Robinson

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People need to hear the truth concerning the essential doctrines of Scripture. When I went to Taco Bell for a burrito, I started witnessing to a young gal in the restaurant.She professed to be a strong Christian and told me that she went to church at least three times a week. I asked her if she knew the biblical doctrine of Justification.She replied, “No, I never heard of it.” Then I asked her if she knew what the Gospel was? She said, “Of course.” But when I inquired further, the definitions she provided were incorrect (1 Cor. 15:1-4). Later, after discovering she didn't know about the Trinity, I gave her a short Bible study.

This conversation(I have had countless similar chats) is emblematic of the doctrinal state of most people.[1] This is one of the reasons we are planting a new church in Granbury, TX—a Church I will pastor and lead.[2] see campaign HERE

The church we are planting, Christ’s Church, will focus on:

·        Evangelizing on the streets, college campuses, and marketplace
·        Disciple believers to become powerful followers of Jesus (Mt. 28:19-20; 2 Tim. 2:2)
·        Teach verse by verse expository preaching
·        Consistently teach the essential doctrines of the faith (Trinity, Justification,Sanctification, Inerrancy, Propitiation, Hell, Repentance, etc.)
·        Train future leaders and pastors through discipleship and our Bible School
·        Plant churches that reproduce more churches 
·        Raise up missionaries to impact the nations
·        Serve the local community, the poor, incarcerated, and addicted

Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men (2 Corinthians 5:11).

Our quest for Christ’s Church is to get as many people possible, from all over the world, to come to Jesus and get equipped to serve God in ministry.

So many of you have purchased numerous books I authored and several of you have supported my ministry for years; I am truly grateful for your backing. Help me birth this church—a congregation that will have a huge impact. Please watch my Video and Church Planting campaign HERE

In Christ,
Pastor Mike Robinson

Your people shall be volunteers in the day of Your power; In the beauty of holiness… (Psalms 110:3).

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1.       I have visited many dozens of churches in town and I have only heard the word“Trinity” one time and the word “Justification” zero in church sermons— I have not heard one sermon or teaching on any important biblical doctrine and I haven’to bserved any church going verse by verse expositing the word of God.
2.       I had the blessing of pastoring Christ Covenant Church in Las Vegas for 17 years.

Monday, March 17, 2014

God's Not Dead: Book Offers Proof

New Book Demonstrates God's Not Dead


by Mike Robinson

http://www.amazon.com/Gods-Not-Dead-Proofs-Christian-ebook/dp/B00GMRDSPY/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1
With the new atheist’s successful media campaign, the conventional wisdom of many intellectuals is that God is dead. Don’t believe it. Such obituaries for the Lord have been written many times before—in 1883 through Nietzsche's work; in 1966 when Time magazine released its issue that asked, “Is God Dead?” Various scholars in the 1960’s rallied around the “Death of God” movement, yet they’ve all turned out to be incorrect—so too this time around with the new atheists.

Today, in the West less people identify with a specific denomination than in previous generations. But compared to generation ago, almost the same percentage believes in God. The change is not pronounced, and there are multiple reasons for this. For one, the scale of the loss of believers is just not that great; a problem of importance, yet changing simple methods of reform may bring about positive developments. In America, there is not a wholesale rejection of God or the message of Christ. For another, denominational leaders are chastened. You may not agree with them, but many of them are not thoughtless—and they’ll try to apply God’s word to kindle an upward trend. Perhaps revitalization is near.

In my experience as a minister and speaker, I am often asked to recommend a book with some solid reasons for believing the Christian faith. There are numerous such volumes. Still, many of my favorite reasons and proofs are difficult to find. Besides, several of the most common claims and proofs being used today are problematic and easily addressed by the skeptic. Others seem to demand a PhD in philosophy or go the opposite direction and merely require blind faith. 

I maintain that there is powerful proof, vast evidence, and winning ways to show, with certainty, that God is not dead. God is alive and existence is simple to prove.

Believers as well as skeptics want an explanation for why we know that God is not dead that will stand up to modern investigation and analysis. For that reason, this book aims to build an inescapable case that God is alive. In the following pages, my goal is to show you how to know, with great confidence, that God is alive. Many excellent reasons for belief in God are found in the way scripture presents its own defense. My aim is to make the proofs and evidence readable, enjoyable, and easy-to-use for the Christian as well as the person unfamiliar with the Bible.

Intellectual Assaults on Christianity

In college I had a philosophy teacher who warned the students that he was a passionate atheist; if you did not want your faith attacked, he suggested that you leave the class. I was a Christian, but I stayed. Routinely, he offered arguments against the existence of God and I would attempt to rebut them. I did not have much success in convincing him, but many of my fellow students told me they were glad I offered a rational challenge to his militant atheism. The intellectual bullying by various atheists is one reason why I wrote this book—to help average Christians learn the powerful proof for Christianity and to give them effective tools to defend their faith.

In the 20th century, several thinkers had the odd idea that talking about God, since they couldn’t see the Lord, is meaningless—actual nonsense. They believed that unless sense perception verified something as true, it was false or could not be known as true. This idea faded because others exposed it as self-refuting—one could not verify this idea by sense perception.

Today, in our newspapers and magazines, in our bookstores, and in popular media, the idea that God is alive is under siege. Some atheists claim belief in God is a “delusion.” Some call for an “end of faith,” while other atheists claim that religion “poisons everything”—yes, everything!

There have, of course, always been people who have rejected God—others have pronounced that God is dead. But what is different now is these claims are being pushed and marketed to billions on the internet and cable TV. And, remarkably, they are now being advanced with deep passion and often with fervent hostility.

As this book will demonstrate, the media’s current fixation with the new atheism stems from the dislike of the Bible and the Christian faith. They desire to make the world more secular by drawing people away from Christianity. We are hearing that belief in God is the reason for so much evil in our world. We are hearing that there is no proof for the existence of God and that one must have “blind faith” to believe in the Bible. This book will prove that not only is God not dead, the proof for Christianity is powerful, amazing, and prevailing.

And so, for the first time in history, ordinary people are being barraged by a variety of hardnosed arguments that attempt to disprove the existence of God. What used to be the arena of academia now has spilled into average households and the marketplace. Consequently, here’s what believers need to understand: To win the lost, we must speak the truth in love as we learn to defend the faith to attract non-Christians. That means bringing back the centrality of God in our daily lives. It means avoiding offending others with non-biblical actions that alienate the non-Christians we want to attract. And it means contending for the faith without compromising the truth of scripture.

God is Certainly Not Dead

I recognize that Christianity has fallen on hard times in Europe and been declared dead. Nonetheless, this seeming demise has only rendered alleged declines into starting points for future growth in Korea, China, and Africa. In response to missions and prayer, God has birthed dramatic Christian growth in lands that were nearly free of believers a mere half-century before. Christians could plausibly argue that the vision for growth has not been rejected by the Lord and that God certainly is not dead.

The new atheists’ arrogance is visibly manifested in admonishing the world that God is dead as they warn church members to prepare to play a subordinate role in the new godless era. A period inaugurated by the new atheists. Noting that, over the last century and a half, massive church growth has tended to shift to Asia, South America, and Africa; we can clearly see God’s work in our world. Remember, God owns the whole world and He is not simply focused on the West. We can cling to historical truths and scripture as we look to future growth—advancement produced by a God-centered, vibrant faith that loves as it defends the truth.

We have every interest in carefully seeking to understand biblical truth, doctrinal convictions, and evangelistic aspirations. We embrace these truths not the least because of the Bible’s special interest in defending revered principles, but because we love others as much as we love the truth. We know God is not dead and we act upon that reality.

The time for being uneducated and fearful is over.


The time for the old stale approaches is over. All we have to do is believe our God and show the world the reasons we know He exists—that Christ came. He died for our sins and rose again from the grave. There is proof; stupendous proof. Not just for us, but for everyone to see. God is not dead, let us show the world the reasons we know this is true.


Check out God's Not Dead: Many Proofs HERE

Friday, March 7, 2014

Propositions Require Theism

God, Atheism, and Propositions


by Mike Robinson

In the beginning was the Logos (Word) and the Logos (Word) was with God, and God was the Logos (John 1:1).

The plainest reason why the Son of God is called the Word, seems to be, that as our words explain our minds to others, so was the Son of God sent in order to reveal his Father's mind to the world (Matthew Henry).

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Jesus Christ is the Word (Logos).* Jesus as the Word supplies and upholds the rational environment required for reason as well as all features of reality. Not only is Christianity reasonable, but Christian theism underwrites the ontic (being, what exists, substances, nature, essence) necessities required for reason. Additionally, the Logos furnishes the truth conditions utilized by propositions. This comprises propositions applied in textual criticism as well.

The eternal Logos is a necessary condition ... of human knowledge about anything (Ronald Nash).

When the Greek philosophers considered the question of truth, ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, and more, they began to use the word logos to describe the ultimate reality they were pursuing. The logos was the organizing principle, that which gives life and meaning to the universe. To the apostle John, the Logos was personal … and became incarnate as a human being. The Logos is God Himself … the One who was there in the beginning before all things.1

Jesus’ ontology (His being and essence) is an essential element of Christianity, for He is the great Logos (John 1:1), and logic is an element of His being and nature. Christians are the community that can account for reason, since reason and logic come from the mind of God. The true God is the God of reason. Reason cannot be held over His head in a type of Eurythro Dilemma, since it is a reflection of His thoughts and nature; consequently, we must espouse our use of human reason in submission to God’s revelation.
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* I capitalize the Greek term logos (word) when it directly refers to Jesus Christ. Perhaps, in some cases my capitalizing standard is a bit arbitrary, but I hope it makes reading easier.

The Background to the Term Logos

I must admit that … our logic was participation in the cosmic Logos … the Absolute
(C.S. Lewis).

Language doesn’t allow us to define the Absolute (Kurt Gödel).

On the Logos, D.A. Carson in his analysis of John 1:1 observes apropos the ancient background concerning the concept of the logos: “Still others think John has borrowed from Philo, a first century Jew who was much influenced by Plato and his successors. Philo makes a distinction between the ideal world, which he calls ‘the logos of God’, and the real or phenomenal world which is but its copy. In particular, logos for Philo can refer to the ideal man, the primal man, from which all empirical human beings derive. But Philo’s logos has no distinct personality, and does not itself become incarnate. John’s Logos doctrine, by contrast, is not tied to such dualism. More generally, logos can refer to inner thought, hence ‘reason’ even ‘science’. That is one reason why some have advocated ‘Reason’ as a translation of logos.”

Carson goes on to explain the relation of the word “logos” with Greek communication terms:  “Alternatively, logos can refer to outward expression, hence ‘speech’ or ‘message’, which is why ‘Word’ is still thought by many to be the most appropriate term, provided it does not narrowly refer to a mere linguistic sign but is understood to mean something like ‘message’ (as in 1 Cor. 1:18). However the Greek term is understood, there is a more readily available background than that provided by Philo or the Greek philosophical schools.”2 It’s easy to see how simple, yet powerful the concept of logos was in theoretical thought.

Jesus is God and He came to the world as the Word (Logos) to communicate God’s will and reveal who God is. Carson adds: “There, ‘the Word’ (Hebrew: dabar) of God is connected with God’s powerful activity in creation (cf. Gen. 1:3ffPs. 33:6), revelation (Jer. 1:4Is 9:8Ezk. 33:7Amos 3:18) and deliverance (Ps. 107:20Is. 55:1). If the Lord (Yahweh) is said to speak to the prophet Isaiah (e.g. Is. 7:3), elsewhere we read that ‘the Word of the Lord came to Isaiah (Is. 38:4; cf. Jer. 1:4Ezk. 1:6). It was by ‘the Word of the Lord’ that the heavens were made (Ps. 33:6); in Gen. 1:369, etc., God simply speaks and his powerful word creates. That same word effects deliverance and judgment (Is. 55:11). In short, God’s “Word” in the Old Testament is his powerful self-expression in creation, revelation, and salvation, and the personification of that ‘Word’ makes it suitable for John to apply it as a title to God’s ultimate self-disclosure, the person of his own Son.”3 The term Logos is a potent and transcendent means of identifying important attributes of Jesus Christ and His work.


Greg Bahnsen links the Logos to the truth. He presses their inseparability: “Jesus, of course, categorically claimed to be the truth, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life’ (John 14:6). John himself reveals Christ as the very Word, the Logos, of God (John 1:1). And thus Jesus, who categorically claims to be the truth, Jesus who is the very Word and Logos of God, becomes the starting point, the self-vindicating foundation of the Christian's worldview and reasoning.” Christ, as the Absolute, is the Logos who embodies and reveals the truth. That which textual criticism necessarily depends on, the Logos, establishes the need for Ehrman to presuppose the Christian worldview even as he assaults it.

See my ebook for a more exhaustive treatment God the Foundation for Truth and Knowledge HERE

Monday, March 3, 2014

Press Release: Evidence Jesus is God in “How Jesus Became God in the Flesh: Refuting Bart Ehrman”

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Dallas, Texas, March 4, 2014 – Most Americans believe that Jesus Christ is God. However, there is an aggressive and brash group of skeptics attacking the truth and reliability of the Bible. Confronted by these critics, Christians need fresh and innovative tools to defend the deity of Christ. Author Mike Robinson was motivated by the harsh criticism of Bart Ehrman to write a guide to why individuals should believe in the Bible and the divinity of Jesus Christ. In How Jesus Became God in the Flesh: Defeating Bart Ehrman, Robinson addresses key concerns of those who are atheists, critics, and skeptics.
How Jesus Became God in the Flesh is a discussion on the trustworthiness of scripture, and features a breakdown of complex intellectual issues to make it accessible for all. Robinson is an accomplished author of multiple titles on apologetics, and in his new volume, he draws from philosophy, science, history and theology to present his arguments.
In How Jesus God Became in the Flesh, you will discover: 

• Innovative Ways to Refute Critics of the Bible
  
• A Powerful Defense of the Trinity

• The Historical Evidence for Christ and the New Testament
 
• The Early Church Father’s Proclamation of Christ’s Divinity
 
• The Proof that Jesus Christ is God

How Jesus God Became in the Flesh
 is a book for both unbelievers, and individuals who want to affirm their faith to those who don’t believe, and have concrete why they should trust in the Bible and know that Jesus Christ is God.

Robinson is the author of several books addresses faith, including Lying: The Case Against DishonestyKilling Christ: Contesting Trendy Critics Regarding The Death and Resurrection of Jesus; and The Necessary Existence of God: The Proof of Christianity Through Presuppositional Apologetics. His books are now available on Smashwords and Amazon.com. For more information and to see a full listing of Robinson’s work, please visit http://goddoesexistallknowit.blogspot.com/

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Due to Gay Inroads Boys No longer loyal to Boy Scouts, join Trail Life

Gay Agenda Influencing Boy Scouts, Kids join Trail Life


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NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas — Chatting in the living room one night, Ron Orr gave his 15-year-old son Andrew a choice: He could stick with the Boy Scouts of America and his mission to become an Eagle Scout, or he could join Trail Life USA — the new Christian-based alternative that excludes openly gay boys. The Trail Life USA oath calls on the boys in part “to serve God and my country, to respect authority, and to be a good steward of creation.” ... The new Christian-based alternative to the Boy Scouts of America, excludes openly gay members.

This was no small decision. Four generations of Orr men had been Eagles, including Ron and Andrew’s older brother. Andrew had spent years working toward Scouting’s highest rank, and was just months from reaching it.

But the Boy Scouts had decided to admit gays, and Ron Orr, a tall, soft-spoken man with a firm handshake, is clear about his Christian faith and what it says about homosexuality: It is a sin that cannot be tolerated.

His son agreed. He would forgo the century-old BSA for Trail Life, which officially launched just last month.

“It felt like I’d be hitting something higher than Eagle in terms of achievement,” Andrew said, in an interview.

So Orr and his son left BSA and set out with other families to build a new organization based on what they believe to be Christian values. Orr is a regional organizer who speaks to churches and groups about Trail Life. His son now aspires to achieve a Freedom Award, the new group’s highest rank.

The Orrs and others in Trail Life say they are fighting for the traditional values of Christianity and of Scouting, which includes a command in the Scout Oath to be “morally straight” — even as a changing America grows more accepting of gays and gay marriage. They are leaving an organization central to many of their upbringings with heavy hearts, but also with the belief that the Scouting they knew no longer exists.

“As Christians from a scriptural basis, we love all folks, but the Scripture is very clear that being homosexual is a sin,” Ron Orr said in an interview. “We’ve got to be able to hold a strong line and set a consistent example for our young men.”
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Trail Life has established units in more than 40 states, mostly from Boy Scouts and parents who feel their old organization has lost its way. It has about 600 units up and running or in the process of registration, executive director Rob Green said. As many as half of those who have expressed interest were not affiliated with the Boy Scouts beforehand, Green said.

It is still a tiny movement compared to Scouting, which has nearly 2.5 million youth members and remains a powerful force in American life, even with a 6 percent drop in membership last year.

Trail Life promotes itself on its website as the “premier national character development organization for young men which produces Godly and responsible husbands, fathers and citizens.”

Its official membership standards policy welcomes all boys, but adds, “We grant membership to adults and youth who do not engage in or promote sexual immorality of any kind, or engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the program.”

For over a century, Scouting banned openly gay youth and leaders, fighting all the way to the Supreme Court to defend its right to do so. Leaders who were revealed to be gay were excluded, and some boys were denied Eagle Scout awards by regional councils that were notified of their sexual orientation.

But the Scouts eventually began to face pressure from sponsors and CEOs who serve in Scouting leadership but lead companies with anti-discrimination policies. BSA surveys also showed that youths and parents of Scouting-age children were supportive of allowing openly gay Scouts....

“Ultimately, Scouting voted in favor of a new policy that allows us to serve more kids,” said Deron Smith, BSA’s national spokesman, in an email. “That said, we’re pleased that the strong majority of our Scouting family remains committed to Scouting.”

They wore green Trail Life T-shirts and stood in lines in front of their three youth leaders. After reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, it was time for them to raise their right hands and say the Trail Life Oath, which calls on the boys in part “to serve God and my country, to respect authority, and to be a good steward of creation.”...

But the policy on gays changed that. Sitting next to Orr during the meeting, White began to cry as he described what his son said: “I wanted to go with what God would want.” read full AP article HERE

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Transcendental Analysis Defeats the Anti-theism of Bart Ehrman

Transcendental Analysis Defeats the Anti-theism of Ehrman
 
There is nothing permanent except change (Heraclitus Of Ephesus).

For I am the Lord, I change not (Malachi 3:6).
 
Bart Ehrman’s naturalistic atheism cannot furnish the universal and necessary features required for knowledge. His atheism cannot supply unchanging universals (laws of logic, mathematical truths, attributes, etc.). Above and beyond that weakness, he cannot even make sense of the particulars in human experience. This flaw is one of the reasons Van Til propagated the notion that one must presuppose the triune God and “not merely another fact of the universe.”[1] Consequently, Ehrman’s worldview fails to account for any single fact within the diversity of human experience including specifics within textual criticism.
 
Ehrman’s chief problem: Without God, one cannot account for anything, including the claims of various skeptics and biblical critics. God, is the precondition for the laws of reason, moral law, mathematics, and inductive truths. All rational tools necessarily make use of transcendental necessities (law of non-contradiction, absolutes, invariant truths, etc.). There is nothing that a textual critic can avouch without ultimately relying on Christian theism, since God alone provides the preconditions for the transcendental necessities and their expression in real world particulars. Accordingly, Ehrman’s textual criticism will always presuppose the true God, the very one he rejects. God is the preexisting foundation for all textual criticism in view of the fact that criticism must, by necessity, mount its position presupposing transcendental necessities. Deny God and one cannot account for criticism concerning anything, including the incarnation.
 
The Impossibility of Ehrman’s Atheism
 
A.    Ehrman’s atheism fails to supply transcendental necessities.
 
B.      Without transcendental necessities Ehrman’s atheism cannot account for knowledge.
 
C.     There is knowledge.
 

D.    Ehrman’s atheism is false. 

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1. Cornelius Van Til, Survey of Christian Epistemology, P & R.


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