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Robin Schumacher

Theologian and apologist Robin Schumacher has a Ph.D. in New Testament and Master's in Christian Apologetics.

Posted 9/13/15 at 3:30 PM | Robin Schumacher

Do Old Testament Laws Apply to Today?

The recent action by the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage and the visible pushback and protest by Christians has resurrected a bad argument wielded by those who don’t value the Bible. As Christians cite Scripture verses (especially those that come from the Old Testament) to support their moral position, critics have countered by posting on social media the Internet-famous “Dr. Laura” letter written by Kent Ashcraft, which spawned a scene from the now defunct TV show The West Wing where the actor portraying the President ridicules and belittles a “Dr Laura” character for condemning homosexuality because of statements found in the Old Testament.

Bible critics sit back and squeal with delight thinking they have checkmated their Christian opponents on the matter with such material. Have they? FULL POST

Posted 9/7/15 at 5:40 PM | Robin Schumacher

The Moral Outrage of the Unbeliever

Without a doubt, there’s been a large amount of furious indignation aimed at various Kentucky clerks who have refused to issue same sex marriage licenses. A lot of anger has been directed at the idea of the law being broken, yet as Michael Brown rightly points out, those same voices didn’t seem to mind when other government officials broke laws that favored their position on the matter.

Lawbreaking, it seems, is OK as long as you disagree with the particular law in question.

But beyond this double standard is something else worth investigating: the moral outrage in general expressed by non-Christians over this and similar ethical matters (e.g. abortion). Those lining up on any anti-Christian side feel absolutely justified in their position, firmly believe they are on the side of fairness, and are convinced that they are fighting injustice. FULL POST

Posted 7/21/15 at 9:09 PM | Robin Schumacher

Is There Anything Wrong With Anything?

I have to sheepishly admit that some of my teenage daughters’ lingo is rubbing off on me. After reading James Peron’s awful attempt to answer Dr. Michael Brown’s question of why marriage should only be between two people, I said out loud, “epic fail!”[1]

Peron’s attempt was only infinitesimally elevated above Cheryl Jacques[2] response years ago as to why polygamy shouldn’t be legalized, which was: “Because I don’t approve of that.”[3]  FULL POST

Posted 7/5/15 at 10:18 AM | Robin Schumacher

A Message to Muslims About Jesus

If you are a Muslim, could I have a quick conversation with you about Jesus? Maybe you’ve never been presented with the facts I’m about to share, but even if you have in some form or fashion, I’m going to ask for your patience to listen to what I have to say.

You see, I firmly believe that everyone’s eternal destiny rests on what we believe and accept about Jesus and that includes you. So, let’s get started.

What Your Book Says About Jesus

If you didn’t know it, your holy book, the Qur’an, makes some pretty important claims about Jesus that dovetail perfectly with what the Christian Bible says about him. For example, your Qur’an says that Jesus…

…was proclaimed to be the word (or “a word”) of God and the Christ/Messiah (sura 3:45)

…was born of a virgin (sura 3:47, 19:27-28)

…was confirmed to be righteous (sura 6:85, sura 3:46) FULL POST

Posted 6/15/15 at 9:55 PM | Robin Schumacher

The Dangers of Identity Bending

The old joke goes like this: two drunken sailors are staggering back to their ship from a bar. Along the way they get lost and suddenly see a figure walking towards them out of the fog, which is the captain of their ship. Not recognizing him because of their drunken condition, one says to the captain, “Say, mate, can you tell us where we are?” Indignant, the captain responds, “Don’t you know who I am?” One sailor then turns to the other and says, “Now we’re in a real pickle. We don’t know where we are, and he doesn’t know who he is!”

Not knowing who we are seems to be a trend these days. The most recent example is NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal who said an interview that she considers herself to be black even though her biological parents have proven that she was born caucasian. In addition, Dolezal said in the interview that she doesn’t believe her parents to be her ‘real’ parents and that her adopted brother Izaiah is, in her eyes, her son. FULL POST

Posted 5/19/15 at 9:17 PM | Robin Schumacher

Three Reasons Why Christianity Might Be in Decline

It’s hard to miss all the latest news articles and blog posts detailing how Christianity is on the downturn in the United States. The Pew Forum’s latest research points toward that conclusion, saying simply: “The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining”.

Responses to Pew’s opinion range from heartfelt admissions of Christianity being in trouble by journalists like Michael Brendan Dougherty to very analytical replies like the one penned for CNN by Ed Stetzer. Other research by Pew says that Islam will likely overtake Christianity as the #1 world religion by 2100. FULL POST

Posted 4/20/15 at 8:06 AM | Robin Schumacher

Predestination and God’s Sovereign Choice

Dan Delzell’s Christianpost article, Predestination and God's Desire to Save Everyone, reminded me of a statement made by theologian Loraine Boettner in his classic book on predestination: “The doctrine of Predestination has been made the subject of almost endless discussion, much of which, it must be admitted, was for the purpose of softening its outlines or of explaining it away.”[1]

I mean no disrespect at all to Mr. Delzell when I say that, only that his article – written from the Arminian point of view – is definitely something crafted to take the punch and sting out of what I believe the Biblical doctrine of predestination truly means. For example, Delzell writes: FULL POST

Posted 4/12/15 at 10:26 PM | Robin Schumacher

How to Unmask a Hardened Skeptic

It’s important to understand that the Bible advises against continually evangelizing certain people.

Jesus Himself warned about giving pearls to persons who not only destroy them, but then actually attack the giver with violence (Matt. 7:6). Christ also told His disciples to stop arguing with some of the Pharisees who were not interested in hearing the truth (Luke 15:14).

A Biblical term given to these people is one not used much today – scoffer. The Hebrew word means to scorn and mock, and an unwillingness to receive reproof.[1] In the New Testament, the Greek meaning is the same as the Hebrew, with the idea of despising the one giving advice also thrown in.[2] FULL POST

Posted 3/31/15 at 9:09 PM | Robin Schumacher

What if No Resurrection?

It is the single game changer among all the religions in the world.

Despite the unceasing attempts of Internet atheists and others not educated on the solid historicity of Jesus Christ’s life and death to try and paint the resurrection events as something pieced together from various pagan god myths[1], the facts of Christ’s empty tomb that are agreed upon by both Christian and non-Christian historians are these:

  1. Jesus of Nazareth was murdered by crucifixion and buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea.
  2. Three days afterward, His body went missing.
  3. There were reported appearances of Jesus over the course of many days to various people, including both believers and skeptics.
  4. Christ’s reported appearances transformed both His followers and some skeptics into becoming bold proclaimers of his teaching and resurrection.

No historian who has studied the historicity of Jesus’ resurrection disputes these facts. Of course, there is plenty of debate over the best explanation for the story. FULL POST

Posted 3/4/15 at 8:08 PM | Robin Schumacher

The End Times According to Islam

Nine years ago, then president of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated in an interview that he experienced a supernatural experience during a speech he gave at the United Nations the previous year. Ahmadinejad claimed that he was bathed in a light from heaven at the outset of his talk, with the light remaining on him for the full length of the speech.

Ahmadinejad made a number of references during that U.N. speech to the "mighty Lord" who will hasten the emergence of "the promised one," the one who "will fill this world with justice and peace."[1] Exactly who was Ahmadinejad referring to? According to another speech he gave that same year, he saw his main mission to "pave the path for the glorious reappearance of Imam Mahdi, may Allah hasten his reappearance."[2] FULL POST

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