God-Breathed

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In the last several years, Christian apologetics has experienced a revival.
There are multitudes of books, websites, blogs, and other resources now
available to anyone who is interested in apologetics. While I could
recommend many of these resources, I cannot recommend any resource more
highly than the Holy Bible.

In some apologetics circles, the Bible has almost become an embarrassment.
These people rarely (if ever) quote the Bible when defending the faith, and
discourage other apologists from doing so. Other apologists who maintain
strong stances on concepts such as biblical inerrancy and infallibility are
spoken of by Bible-lite apologists as if they were imbecilic, or at least
naive. Biblical theology is rejected in favor of the Bible-lite apologist’s
pet philosophical arguments. This is not to say that all defenses of the
faith must be explicitly laced with Scripture, but one would hope that the
truths defended by Christian apologists at least originated in biblical
teaching. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, the apostle Paul tells us:

*All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for
reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of
God may be complete, equipped for every good work.*

We dismiss the words of the Bible at our own peril. The Bible is God’s
written revelation to humanity and tells us about God, the universe He
created, His moral law, our guilt in breaking His law, and His plan to
reconcile us to Himself through His Son Jesus Christ. The God of the Bible
is actually the basis of all reality, truth, thought, and logic. The
further we depart from the Bible the further we actually descend into
meaninglessness and insanity. This may sound like an insane claim to make,
but I am not the only one to reach this conclusion. I

*My purpose is to demonstrate the sanity of a “Christian” theory of
knowledge by showing that the most reasonable theory of knowledge must be
one informed by an understanding of God. That is, God as revealed both in
his creation and in his Word, the Bible. Man-made systems of knowledge will
only and always lead to insanity. True knowledge is something given to us,
never made by us. – Jonah Haddad, from **Insanity: God and the Theory of
Knowledge
<http://www.amazon.com/Insanity-Theory-Knowledge-Jonah-Haddad/dp/1625642296/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1438220199&sr=8-1&keywords=Jonah+Haddad>

As much as unbelievers would like to portray Christians as insane, their
own claims are insane to the extent that they deny biblical truth. Think
about it. According to physicist Stephen Hawking, the universe
created itself through laws of nature that did not exist before the
universe began to exist
<http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2010/09/the-universe-exists-because-of-spontaneous-creation-stephen-hawking.html>.
According to transgender activists Bruce Jenner is a woman. According to
the U.S. Supreme Court a union between two men or two women is a marriage.
According to Islam Muhammad is a greater prophet than Jesus, even though
Muhammad sinned and never worked any miracles and Jesus was sinless and
performed numerous miracles.  Zen Buddhism boasts of defying logic as if
that were a virtue
<http://www.thezensite.com/ZenTeachings/KoanStudies/NonLogical_Character_of_Zen_Nakamura.htm>.
I could literally go on and on.

The truth is that we have the tactical advantage in the marketplace of
ideas because our beliefs are based on reality. We should bear this in mind
as we preach the gospel to every creature. We are often so worried about
what others might think if we proclaim the truth to them. Though we do need
to defend our own view, so does the unbeliever who does not have the
advantage of a worldview based on reality!

*As a point of fact, man is made in the image of God and must live in the
world God created. Consequently, every person who is a [non-Christian] must
live with a contradiction between what he says he believes and what is
actually true. *

*In a very real sense, every man who denies God is living on borrowed
capital. He enjoys living as if the world is filled with morality, meaning,
order, and beauty, yet he denies the existence of the God who grounds these
things and makes them possible. *

*Because of this, non-Christians live in a contradictory world that creates
a point of tension between what they believe and what is actually true. Man
has erected as a defense a subconscious self-deception–a “roof,” so to
speak–to protect him from considering the consequences of his beliefs. Your
goal is to remove that roof, expose the fraud, and deprive him of his false
sense of security. – Greg Koukl, from “Tactics in Defending the Faith”*

If you want to learn about defending your faith, know your Bible. Once you
know your Bible, do not forsake it for merely human teachings. Philosophy
can be helpful to the more advanced apologist, but we are warned against
being taken captive by philosophies derived from human traditions and the
elemental spirits of this world. Rather, the Christian’s philosophy is
Christ-centered and based on God’s authoritative Word. We cannot pick and
choose either. We must believe the whole counsel of God.

*If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t
like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself. – Augustine of Hippo*

How arrogant are we to think we know better than God? And we also know from
the Bible that pride comes before destruction, and that God opposes the
proud. Only the humble apologist who stands firm on the rock of God’s Word
will weather the storm. Only the knowledge of God will become wisdom to win
souls.

~ Jared

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