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We should ban the bible! | Whattaya Do?

We should ban the bible! | Whattaya Do?

I’ve heard so many skeptics, atheists, and misinformed people say that the bible should be banned because of the horrific things it teaches.  They say that people use the bible to condone slavery, misogyny, and genocide.  This must stop so we must ban the bible!!  Yikes!

 

                                                          So, Whattaya Do?

 

Ask a question:  Should we ban all butcher knives if a few people use them to commit murder?

You see, the issue is not the bible or butcher knives – it’s people.  The bible doesn’t teach that slavery should be practiced, women should be mistreated, or that ethnic cleansing is recommended.  I also don’t see any current bible believing people campaigning for any of the issues I just mentioned.  However, there is no doubt that people can distort and twist the scriptures to justify some horrific behavior.  So the problem is not the bible, it’s people.

 

Using the logic of the atheist, if there have been occasions where people have committed murder with a butcher knife then we should ban all butcher knives!  But what about the multitudes of butchers who use the knives correctly and feed us big juicy steaks?  I’d hate to miss out on those steaks for the sake of a few misguided people that misused a butcher knife.  And what about all those B-rated horror flicks?  How will the people be murdered if not for the shiny butcher knife?  We may also have to ban cars since they cause lots of accidents too.

 

The Irony

The irony is that the bible teaches that man is broken beyond self repair and the only help comes from the book they want to ban.  It’s the bible that tells us we need outside help to fix us, and where to find it.  Banning the bible will only leave us with a bigger problem: broken people without a means of instruction.

 

So, now you know Whattaya Do.  Thanks for asking

 

 

 

 

 

Author:

Anthony Uvenio is one of the directors of New York Apologetics along with Nick Mitchell. He serves in his local church and seeks to equip people to engage the culture with the truth claims of Christianity.  You can watch him debate an atheist here: DEBATE

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Atheist says Jesus was wrong about adultery | Whattaya Do?

Atheist says Jesus was wrong about adultery | Whattaya Do?

 

by Anthony Uvenio

 

The subject of having lustful thoughts and how they’re sinful came up on an atheist call in show.  Certain thoughts being called “sinful” was deemed wrong and “mind control” by the atheists.  Their rejoinders included “how can anyone control their thoughts… and, to think lustfully is neither adultery nor a sin”.  When asked to explain if there were any standards for thoughts atheists might have, they replied that they consider the “rational consequences” of their actions, but that there is no “thought police”.  Hmmm…. thought police.

 

                                                         So, Whattaya Do?    

 

Ask a question: Are there right ways and wrong ways to think?

 

 

The Disparity

I find it funny that the atheist balks at the idea of the “thought police” and then tells you what you should think about having lustful thoughts!  If believing “lustful thoughts are sinful” is a thought, and you can’t control your thoughts by their own admission, then why is that particular thought wrong, and who are they to correct you?  Seems like they’ve been deputized as officers of the Thought Police without anyone looking!  See the contradiction?  

You can see that they want it both ways.  They want to tell you that it’s ok to have lustful thoughts because “hey, who doesn’t?”, yet at the same time tell you it’s “wrong thinking” to believe that they’re sinful thoughts.  Looks like one of us may be guilty of thought crimes!

Furthermore, I bet they aren’t sharing any of their lustful thoughts with their mothers or wives!  Hmmm… but why not share them if they’re not sinful thoughts?

 

The Solution

For your information, there are absolutely right ways and wrong ways to think.  The laws of logic are abstract laws that are used to gauge our thought processes to see if they’re right or wrong, logical or illogical.  

Both atheists and theists would heartily agree that we have laws of logic.  What the atheist won’t agree to is that the laws of logic require a law giver, a perfect mind from which they come.  And, if the law giver says thinking lustful thoughts is a sin, then it is.  

Atheists recognize the law, but reject the law giver, and that is wrong thinking…

 

So, now you know Whattaya Do.  Thanks for asking.

 

 

 

Author:

Anthony Uvenio is one of the directors of New York Apologetics along with Nick Mitchell. He serves in his local church and seeks to equip people to engage the culture with the truth claims of Christianity.  You can watch him debate an atheist here: DEBATE

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Why do skeptics say an eternal hell is wrong? | Whattaya Do?

Why do skeptics say an eternal hell is wrong? | Whattaya Do?

The thought of hell lasting forever seems unimaginable and unreasonable to most skeptics, and even some Christians truthfully.  They ask “how is it fair that hell lasts forever since we’ve only sinned for a finite period of time”?  Their opinion suggests that the punishment for sin doesn’t fit the crime.  In fact, it seems awfully unfair to have to suffer in hell for all of eternity.

 

                                                                       So, Whattaya do?

 

Ask a question:  Does the consequence for a crime depend on the length of time it took to commit it, or the seriousness of the crime?

 

If the punishment for a crime was determined by the time it took to commit one, then a murderer who took one second to pull the trigger and kill someone should be sentenced to one second in prison!  Or, let’s take the rapist who took one day to plan and rape a woman; would one day in prison seem like an appropriate punishment for that type of crime?  Hopefully you’re saying no right now.

The length of time it takes to commit a crime has less to do with the length of punishment than it does the seriousness of the crime itself.  The severity and gravity of the crime determines the length of punishment.  Taking ten minutes to rob a bank is more serious that taking ten minutes to steal a loaf of bread.  I think this is self evident and agreeable to most people.

 

So, why is hell forever?  

First and foremost, it’s the severity of the crime that’s paramount.  We’ve sinned against a holy and righteous God who has given us life.  Picture the severity of to lying to your friend.  Now picture the severity of lying to your parents.  What about lying to the police?  Or, what about lying to a supreme court judge?  Can you see how the responsibility increases with the elevated authority of each person?

 

The problem is not an eternal hell.  The problem is not taking sin seriously enough.

 

We haven’t just sinned against a friend, our parents, a policeman, or even a judge; we’ve sinned against the infinite and holy righteous judge of the universe who created all things.  We’ve rejected His payment for our sins in His Son Jesus and claimed that we’re good enough to go to heaven.  An infinite crime deserves an infinite punishment.  And, have you ever considered that we will continue to sin in hell?  If our ongoing sin continues, then so will our ongoing consequence.

 

It doesn’t have to be that way though.  If you turn from your sin, and place your faith in Jesus as the payment for them, God will give you eternal life.  This is not something that anyone should take lightly.

 

So, now you know Whattaya Do.  Thanks for asking.

Author:

Anthony Uvenio is one of the directors of New York Apologetics along with Nick Mitchell. He serves in his local church and seeks to equip people to engage the culture with the truth claims of Christianity.  You can watch him debate an atheist here: DEBATE

 

 

 

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Skeptics say they can’t believe in God because of hell | Whattaya Do?

Skeptics say they can’t believe in God because of hell | Whattaya Do?

 

Skeptics and atheists usually recoil at the idea of hell.  They picture hell as a place of cruelty and torture and go on to say that they can’t believe in a god who would send someone to such a place.  If that’s your god, the one who’s created hell, then I want no part of him!  Ever encounter a person like that?

                                                             So, Whattaya do?

 

Ask a question: Would you like to live in a place where there are no jails, and criminals can roam around freely?

I’m guessing that they, and you, would not want to live in a place where criminals are free to move about the cabin.  

 In civilized societies, criminals are to be punished for their crimes and serve time behind  bars.  They are to be isolated from the rest of society so that they don’t continue to hurt  the other members of the community.  

 This is done for the protection of all people (justice) and serves as a deterrent to  committing crime.  I think this sounds like a good idea and represents a just and fair  society.

 

 

Most people think that God’s job is to love people and protect them, and they’re half right.   However, what most people don’t realize is that the God of the bible is also a just and righteous God.  If He is to protect all people, He will also have to isolate those who break His law and harm the rest of society.  So, hell is simply a prison for people who break God’s laws, and we should be OK with that.

Actually, we should be more upset if there was no hell!

 

The Problem

Most people have created their own standard of morality and a god to suit themselves.  However, the ten commandments are the right place to start to see what God’s law entails.  After reading them, the idea of God having a standard and a jail for spiritual criminals horrifies us because we’ve all broken His laws, many, many times over.  Yet, we still proclaim our innocence and think we don’t deserve hell.  We say we want a just society, but we live like we want a place where there are no jails, and criminals can roam around freely.

I think this is why hell is repulsive to people who reject God.  We all want to live our lives apart from God’s law even though we know we’ve broken it.  Unfortunately for us, if God is just, and He is, He will rightly punish us for our crimes.

But, this God is also loving in that He sent His only Son Jesus to stand in the place of sinners and take their punishment upon Himself.

Only one question remains: will you accept His pardon, repent of your sin, and place your faith in the only one who can save you?  I pray you do.

 

So, now you know Whattaya Do.  Thanks for asking.

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Biblical Prophecy was Doctored | Whattaya Do?

Biblical Prophecy was Doctored | Whattaya Do?

The biblical scrolls make many prophecies about future events that have taken place.  Since it seems like the prophecies are very accurate, skeptics like to say those were written in after the events took place.  You don’t really believe that all those things were written hundreds of years before they happened, do you?

 

                                                                                          So, Whattaya Do?

 

Ask a question:  Have you ever heard of the dead sea scrolls?

 

Between 1946 and 1947, several teenage shepherds were tending their flocks near the West Bank in Israel.  One of the boys threw a rock into a cave and heard a shattering sound.  As he and his friends went into the cave, they saw the jar that was hit by the rock with scrolls contained in it.  They also saw several other large jars, seven of which contained more leather and papyrus scrolls.  The were over 800 scrolls that contained the majority whole Hebrew bible including19 copies of the Book of Isaiah, 25 copies of Deuteronomy and 30 copies of the Psalms.

In an article by Jim Franks, he writes: “The Dead Sea Scrolls are generally dated from around 200 B.C. to A.D. 68. This is more than 1,000 years older than any manuscripts of the Hebrew Old Testament that we had before their discovery.

Because of their age and close similarity with the Masoretic Text, we now have an objective basis for determining that the biblical text used in our modern copies of the Old Testament is accurate.”

 

Significance

This is very significant for several reasons.  1st, because we now have irrefutable evidence that the Jewish prophecies of the coming Messiah predated Jesus Christ!  Included in the find were copies of Isaiah 53, Psalm 22, and Daniel 9.

2nd, these scrolls have been dated at 335 to 100 BC by a number of non-believing scholars.  They used paleographic, scribal, and carbon 14 dating methods to verify their age.

3rd, this shows that the Messianic prophecies were not written in after the fact!   In other words, the bible is accurate in it’s prophecies – it hasn’t been doctored!

I think that should make someone pause before they claim that men doctored the manuscripts to fulfill prophecy.  What do you think?

 

            So, now you know Whattaya Do.  Thanks for asking.

 

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Man Invented God | Whattaya Do?

Man Invented God | Whattaya Do?

Skeptics likes to make the claim that God was invented by men who were trying to explain things they didn’t understand or couldn’t rationalize.  When something happens that requires an explanation, just say God did it.  For example, when mankind didn’t have an explanation for lightning, men created Thor and Zeus, the gods of lightning, to explain it away.  Man has invented god out of his own imagination and due to his own ignorance!

                                                                  So, Whattaya do?

 

Ask a question:  Do you think I would have created the God of the bible if I had a choice to create any god I wanted?

The God of the bible tells mankind in no uncertain terms that we are sinful, wicked, and worthy of damnation.  We all have sinned and fall short of His perfect standard.  For example, having a hateful thought toward someone is committing murder in your heart according to Jesus.  Jesus goes on to say that looking lustfully at someone of the opposite sex is sinful and considered adultery.  These are all sins in God’s eyes which also include stealing, lying, coveting, and putting anything else before God.

 

   Oh yes – this is just what I’m looking for in a god!  

   And this God, the God of the bible, is the one I would create in my own mind to make me feel better?  

   This is the God I would create because I needed and an explanation for lightning, rain, fire, or any other wonder of nature?  

   Nope, not on my best day!

 

 

A Created God

Now, if I had the opportunity to create a god, he would be the type to tell me how wonderful I am.  He would tell me how my sin wasn’t such a big deal.  This god would tell me to follow the desires of my own heart and to make myself happy.  He would love me without any responsibility on my part.  In fact, he would love everyone, be all forgiving, never judgmental and certainly not wrathful or holy.  My god would ease my worry by telling me to not be afraid of any future consequences.

If this is the invented god that you’re talking about then I stand in agreement with you.  I gladly join you in not believing in this god because he is a figment of your imagination.

The One True God, the God of the bible, is not anything man would invent.  If you’ve never read the bible and never seen what this God is like, I urge you to read His Word now so that you can see for yourself that He is no invention of man.  He is holy, different than any other god, and different than anything man could conceive.

Well, now you know Whattaya Do.  Thanks for asking.

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