JOURNEY TO FAITH – PART XVIII

The Verdict of Reason After a couple of weeks off: We’re back! The last time we were talking about the historical accuracy of the New Testament. In the course of things we looked at archaelogy, as well as the writings of ancient Jewish commentators as well as pagan historians. We found inscriptions that confirmed New Testament facts and a belief that Jesus was God dating back to about ten years after the Resurrection. We saw references in the Talmud, - ( documents written by the rabbis who were out to stamp out Christianity) – that testify to the reality of the person of Christ. Even the darkness that fell at the time of Chist’s crucifixion was confirmed by independent, non-beieving sources. Today we’ll begin to unfold the motivation of the New Testament writers themselves. Just what could be their angle? TESTING THE AUTHORS When considering the gospel writers or the record of the apostles in general, we see a group that had little to gain and certainly much to lose by ... [More]

JOURNEY TO FAITH – PART XVI

The Verdict of Reason When it comes to the Bible, serious Christians have a bit of a problem. In order to use the revealed-Scriptures as a source of authority, we must establish its accuracy. Put another way: If we are to claim that Scripture is inerrant: It must be accurate…in all its details. That’s quite a tall order. So let’s begin the test. TESTING THE SCRIPTURES We’ll begin to test the veracity of the Scriptures by looking at the documents themselves. How do we know that what we are reading is the ‘Word of God’? Almost unanimously the early church accepted the Old Testament scriptures of the Judaic tradition. As to the New Testament, the 27 Books were finally officially established by the ratification of Church Councils held during the 4th century. Both the Eastern and Western forms of the Church adopted the books now widely held as being worthy of the designation of Holy Scripture. This was in many ways an approval of the already held practices of the Church at large. ... [More]

JOURNEY TO FAITH – Part XV

The Verdict of Reason I want to start by thanking Jerry Zeiss, the Science Guy, for so ably addressing the earth and related questions in ways that I could not have handled. While we’ve just about exhausted the space for the scientific arguments for a biblical worldview, we would do well here, before going forward, to review our starting points. We began by pointing out that every worldview; whether Biblical, Islamic, Eastern-Religious or Atheistic – must answer some very basic questions in order to prove valid. These are: origin, identity, meaning, morality and destiny. Or course these are all interrelated. Wrapped up in the answers is the most essential question of the existence and nature of God. The self-existent, eternal and all-powerful nature of a Theistic God will yield a different set of answers than the Pan-Theistic view which sees God as an irrational Force – or Materialism which posits no God – and a world defined by the accidental interplay of cosmic forces. The ... [More]

JOURNEY TO FAITH – PART XIV

The Verdict of Reason Today’s installment will wind up the Jerry-Zeis-Science-Guy portion of this series in which Jerry made the case for a ‘young earth’. Next week we’ll resume with our regularly scheduled programming. A FINAL LOOK Jerry Zeis We are coming to a close of our look at the age of the Earth. From the very beginning, the goal was not to convince you of a young earth, but to question the facts. Do the facts add up to make logical assumptions? I wanted to point out how a world view can cloud judgment. Evolutionary science is not science. The big bang is not (at least currently) science. There is no way to travel in time and make direct observations. If the observations cannot be made, then assumptions have to be put in place. Effort is put in to reduce or eliminate error, but worldview will influence you more than you think. The ideas that we mentioned that stated that the universe could actually support the bible are not the only ones possible1. There are ... [More]

JOURNEY TO FAITH – Part XIII

The Verdict of Reason In his article on The Solar System, Jerry, ‘The Science Guy’ provided us with some compelling evidence, raising questions with regard to our ‘Cosmic Neighborhood’. The answers seem to point again and again toward a ‘young earth’, measured in thousands of years – rather than billions. Today, he’ll take on the question of dinosaurs. DINOSAURS Jerry Zeis We have only a few topics left to show that worldview and belief system affects scientific reasoning. We have covered geology, biology, and the physics of radioactive dating. Now, for a topic that causes many young people to fall in love with science, Dinosaurs. You ask any school teacher, and they tell you that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago, and people evolved recently. No person ever saw a dinosaur. That mantra has been around for over a hundred years, and only in fantasy movies is it otherwise. This is a picture off of the Ta Prohm temple in Cambodia. It was built in the 1300’s. Ask any ... [More]