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Posted 4/13/14 at 7:24 PM | Robin Schumacher |
Over two thousand years ago, a Jewish carpenter found himself on the short end of the stick with both the Jewish teaching elite and Roman government. He was put to death by crucifixion, and then placed in a tomb. His followers were crushed and fearful that the same thing would happen to them, and so for the next few days they did their best to stay out of the way of anyone who might link them with their now dead rabbi.
But something happened that changed everything.
Without warning, the Jewish carpenter’s unknown twin brother appeared on the scene, stole and then disposed of his dead sibling’s body. With the tomb now empty, the twin claimed to be his dead brother resurrected from the dead. So convincing was the twin that he was able to win over his dead brother’s disciples and even some others who thought his brother was a fake. These individuals immediately began to publicly proclaim that their teacher had been raised from the dead by God and started a religious movement that continues to this day. FULL POST
Posted 3/23/14 at 3:36 PM | Robin Schumacher |
In the latter part of 2013, Christian apologist William Lane Craig engaged atheistic physicist Lawrence Krauss in a series of three debates that took place in different Australian cities. In the first debate, which centered on the topic “Has Science Buried God?”, Krauss used a portion of his time to begin a personal attack on Craig where he called Craig a liar.
One of the issues Krauss raised was a podcast produced by Dr. Craig where Craig had commented on the yet-to-be-released movie “The Unbelievers” in which Krauss appeared. Craig had misattributed a quote in the movie to Richard Dawkins instead of someone else, and Krauss pounced on that point to accuse Craig of being dishonest over that and other things.
Krauss failed to mention that Craig had discovered the mistake himself shortly after the podcast aired and had corrected it. Even after Dr. Craig discussed the matter with Krauss after the first debate ended and explained the situation, it didn’t seem to dissuade Krauss. FULL POST
Posted 3/16/14 at 9:23 AM | Robin Schumacher |
Does it really matter what you believe about Jesus Christ? Does it matter if you believe He is:
…God in the flesh, humankind’s Savior and Lord?
…one of multiple gods?
…a created being?
…just a great prophet?
…only a moral human teacher, but nothing more?
…one of many manifestations of the Christ?
In His Olivet discourse, Jesus warned three times that “many” false messiahs and their false prophets would appear and lead many people into error and destruction. History has proven Him right. By my count, there are at least seven categories of false Christs that have appeared on the landscape; ones that Paul referred to as “another Jesus” (2 Cor. 11:4).
Some are easy to spot while others are cloaked much more subtly and bring to mind what A. W. Tozer said about spiritual deception: “So skilled is error at imitating truth that the two are constantly being mistaken for each other. It takes a sharp eye these days to know which brother is Cain and which Abel.” FULL POST
Posted 3/9/14 at 4:28 PM | Robin Schumacher |
I’m fortunate to have a Master’s degree in Christian Apologetics from a seminary with a strong apologetics focus, having been taught my apologetics and philosophy by one of the top Christian defenders alive today (Dr. Norman Geisler). This means I am well versed in the defense of the Bible and can provide various evidences (e.g. historical, archaeological, philosophical, prophetic, etc.) as to why the Bible is trustworthy and should be believed.
I also have a Ph.D. in New Testament with my dissertation being on the apologetics of the Apostle Paul. This means I can carry on conversations about manuscript evidence, the internal consistency of the New Testament and much more, all of which add extra weight as to why the Bible should be believed.
Even though I am schooled in all these things, and value the information greatly, they are not why I believe the Bible is true. FULL POST
Posted 3/3/14 at 7:57 AM | Robin Schumacher |
As the story goes, he was in a cave when suddenly the angel Gabriel appeared to him. The angel then supposedly pinned him to a wall and commanded him to “Recite!”
From that alleged episode was born the prophet of Islam (Muhammad), the Koran (which means the “recitation”), the god Allah, a rendition of Jesus that somewhat matches His portrayal in the Bible, and a method of salvation based on weights and measures (i.e. works).
Pick whatever non-Christian religion you’d like and you will see the same pattern emerge. You will witness:
A particular individual who eventually proclaims him/herself to be a prophet…
Who creates or ‘discovers’ a particular authoritative set of writings based on visions or encounters with a supposed angelic messenger or deity…
Who then uses those experiences and writings to proclaim (1) a false god; (2) a false savior; and (3) a false salvation.
With this well-worn path, the lives and souls of countless people have been destroyed. Let’s take a look at some concrete examples to get a better idea of how the process works. FULL POST
Posted 2/23/14 at 10:42 AM | Robin Schumacher |
Pentecostal Pastor Jamie Coots, one of the co-stars on the National Geographic's “Snake Salvation” TV show, died Saturday, February 15th after receiving a bite from one of his snakes during a church service earlier that night. The Middlesboro, Ky., police reported that Coots refused medical treatment for his snake bite and was found dead in his home at about 10 p.m.
Why would Coots do such a thing? The answer, it appears, is that he embraced parts of the controversial and much-debated ending in the book of Mark: “These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mark 16:17–18).
This very unfortunate episode underscores an important truth for everyone: it matters greatly what you believe. Why? Simply put, because in most cases consequences exist for being wrong. FULL POST
Posted 2/16/14 at 9:30 AM | Robin Schumacher |
The old joke goes like this:
Once there was a guy on a bridge about to jump. Another man saw him and cried out, "Don't do it!" The first man said, "Nobody loves me." The other man said, "God loves you. Do you believe in God?" The conversation then went proceeded like this:
First man: "Yes."
Second man: "Are you a Christian or a Jew?"
First man: "A Christian."
Second man: "Me, too! Protestant or Catholic?"
First man: "Protestant."
Second man: "Me, too! What franchise?"
First man: "Baptist."
Second man: “Me, too! Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?"
First man: "Northern Baptist."
Second man: “Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?"
First man: "Northern Conservative Baptist."
Second man: "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region, or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?"
First man: "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region."
Second man: "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?" FULL POST
Posted 2/9/14 at 8:02 AM | Robin Schumacher |
The title of Dr. Paul de Vries’ recent article – “The Best Christians are Doubting Christians” (Part 1 and Part 2) – initially struck me like lemon juice in the eye. Judging by the comments the article generated, I wasn’t alone in my first impression of the writing.
Having read the article a couple of times now, I understand what Dr. de Vries is trying to say and fully appreciate the message he’s attempting to convey. While I don’t want to come across as some pedantic, uptight guy who’s ready to make mountains out of molehills, there are times when terms do indeed matter. The point I’d like to make is this:
Doubt is not something valued in the Bible.
Now, I don’t want to put words in Dr. de Vries mouth, but what I think he was trying to say is that the best Christians are thinking Christians vs. doubting Christians. On that point I couldn’t agree more and would argue that such a thing is what we’re commanded to be in Scripture. FULL POST
Posted 2/2/14 at 12:33 PM | Robin Schumacher |
January has not been a good month.
A few weeks ago, on a Friday night, I traveled about an hour away to attend the visitation for my friend’s granddaughter who died of a brain tumor. She was only nine.
The next day, I traveled in the opposite direction to visit a wonderful couple I know. The husband (early fifties) was in the final stages of liver cancer. He died the following week and I spoke at his funeral. They had only been married a few years.
About a week later, I got the word that a magnificent woman (early 40’s) in our church had succumbed to lung cancer. She is a well-known Bible teacher, conference speaker, writer, and has worked tirelessly to help struggling couples rebuild their marriages. She left behind a loving pastor husband and four teenage children. If ever there was a case of putting to rest the false teaching that you only have to exhibit strong faith for God to heal you, this was it. FULL POST
Posted 1/20/14 at 10:45 AM | Robin Schumacher |
A veritable sea of competing religions, beliefs, and worldviews.
A vast number of vocal skeptics and antagonistic mockers.
A strong spirit of persecution, marginalization, and governmental hostility.
These are some of the major characteristics of the Apostle Paul’s world that existed over two thousand years ago. I think you would agree with me that they are also (sadly) becoming increasingly representative of our present day where the exclusive claims of Christianity are concerned and reflect how our society treats those who desire to faithfully live and proclaim God’s Word.
However, despite such a climate, we read that even Paul’s enemies complained that his preaching had “upset the world” (Acts 17:6). What was it about Paul’s apologetic and evangelistic approach that caused him to become such a powerful and influential force in his world and what can we learn from it so that we can have the same impact? FULL POST