Were the heroes of the faith born that way? Did they ever have doubts? Do you ever have doubts about God? Is it possible to be a Christian and have doubts?
Lee Strobel traveled to Dallas, Texas to interview Dr. Lynn Anderson. Dr. Anderson pastored churches in Canada and the U.S. for over thirty years. In 1996, he founded New Hope Network Ministries which focuses on coaching, mentoring, and equipping leaders. He has also written numerous books including one with the provocative title, If I Really Believe, Why Do I Have These Doubts? He had a great story to tell Lee Strobel which I will pass on to you.
Listen to these fascinating comments today in my series “Tough Questions for Today’s Christian.” – Jonathan Williams – WGS Ministries
When we look at Church history, we see terrible abuses and violence. How can Christianity be true if the Church is this way?
The Crusades is an example of a great failure in Church history that has hurt the cause of the Gospel in Muslim lands for the past several hundred years and has hurt the cause of Christ throughout the world. The Salem Witch Trials was another.
There are other events that are great stumbling blocks to the faith. Listen to part 2 of this message today. – Jonathan Williams, WGS Ministries
If Christ is real and he founded the church why has his church been so full of violence in its history? When we look at Church history, we see terrible abuses and violence. How can Christianity be true if the Church is this way?
We are reminded of what Gandhi said, “I like Christ. It’s the Christians I have a problem with.”
We remember what the German philosopher Nietzsche said, “I will believe in their redeemer when his followers start acting redeemed.”
To find answers to this tough question, Lee Strobel in his book The Case for Faith visited the home of Dr. John Woodbridge, the research professor of church history at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has also taught in several secular universities in both the United States and France. He is the author of numerous books on history and theology and is a member of several key historical societies.
It is important to readwhat Woodbridge says about these events and my commentary on God’s Word. Click on this link to read this presentation of “Why is Church History Full of Abuse and Violence 1”
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C.S. Lewis said that the doctrine of hell is “one of the chief grounds on which Christianity is attacked as barbarous and the goodness of God impugned.”
“How can a good and loving God send people to Hell?”
Have you ever heard anyone say such things? Lee Strobel traveled to Los Angeles, California and there he met with Dr. J.P. Moreland and talked with him about this question. Dr. Moreland has a broad educational background – he has degrees in chemistry, theology, and philosophy where he earned his doctorate from the university of Southern California. He has written more than a dozen books and is currently the Distinguished Professor of Theology at Talbot Theological Seminary.
In this broadcast you will hear Dr. Moreland’s thoughts on this topic and my commentary from God’s word. I hope you enjoy it and share it with others. – Jonathan Williams, WGS Ministries
“Listen, you say that Christ is the only way to God, but isn’t the way a person lives more important that what he believes? Besides, I know many upright, moral people who are not Christians. Isn’t it more important to be one with the universe and to realize the divine within all?”
Great questions. How would we answer?
Is Jesus Christ the only way to God?
Listen to this broadcast, Part 2 of a 2-part message in our series, Tough Questions for Today’s Christian. Then, let me know what you think! – Jonathan Williams-WGS Ministries
Is Jesus really the only way to God?
One person called such an exclusive claim “absurd spiritual chauvinism.” Another called it “spiritual dictatorship” and a prominent spokesman for another religion said,
“I am absolutely against any religion that says that one faith is superior to another. I don’t see how that is anything different than spiritual racism. It’s a way of saying that we are closer to God than you, and that’s what leads to hatred.”
How do we answer people when they say we are being judgmental or narrow minded?
Click on this link and read this brief script from my program, Word of God, Speak. It is Part 1 of a 2-part message in my series, “Tough Questions for Today’s Christian.”
Let me know what you think! – Jonathan Williams, WGS Ministries
Today is Part 3 of our 3-part message, “Did God Really Command the Murder of Innocent Women and Children?” There is another question we must ask, “Can we really trust the Bible?”
I hope you will enjoy this final part of the message in our series, “Tough Questions for Today’s Christian.”
“Remember what Amalek did to you along the way when you came out from Egypt, how he met you along the way and attacked among you all the stragglers at your rear when you were faint and weary; and he did not fear God. Therefore it shall come about when the Lord your God has given you rest from all your surrounding enemies, in the land which the Lord your God gives you as an inheritance to possess, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven; you must not forget.” – Deuteronomy 25:17-19
Well … did he? Did God command the murder of innocent people?
Here’s Part 2 of this 3-part message in our series “Tough Questions for Today’s Christian.” – Word of God, Speak! – Jonathan Williams
A pastor was asked to give a lecture to a group of young people on the reliability of scripture. He carefully prepared and lined up all his arguments. When he finished, he discovered, to his dismay, that no one seemed moved by his reasoning. He asked one young man if he was now trusting in God’s word and the young man said, “No, I’m not.” When the pastor asked why, the young man gave a bible reference as his answer, “Hosea 13:16. That’s why I don’t trust the Bible.”
“Samaria will be held guilty for she has rebelled against her God. They will fall by the sword. Their little ones will be dashed in pieces and their pregnant women will be ripped open.”
Can we trust the God of the Bible? Does he murder innocent people?
In our series “Tough Questions for Today’s Christian” we begin exploring this question. This is the first of three messages on this topic.
Charles Darwin’s greatest accomplishment was to show that life was “the result of a natural process, natural selection, without any need to resort to a Creator.” – Biologist Francisco Ayala
Darwinism “broke man’s link with God” and set man “adrift in the cosmos without purpose.” – Michael Denton, an Australian molecular biologist
Adrift in the cosmos without purpose! If evolution is true, there are indeed far-ranging consequences. William Provine, a professor at Cornell University and a firm believer in evolution shared what these far ranging consequences are:
- There is no evidence for God
- There is no life after death
- There is no absolute foundation for right and wrong
- There is no ultimate meaning for life
- People don’t have free will or meaningful choices
The stakes could not be higher! Is evolution true? Yes! And No!
Listen today to Part 6 of “Tough Questions” and our message, “If Evolution is True, Why Do We Need God?”
Enjoy! – Jonathan Williams, Word of God, Speak!