The Christian apologist must place himself upon the position of his opponent, assuming the correctness of his method merely for argument’s sake, in order to show him that on such a position the “facts” are not facts and the “laws” are not laws. He must also ask the non-Christian to place himself upon the Christian position for argument’s sake in order that he may be shown that only upon such a basis do “facts” and “laws” appear intelligible. (Van Til, Defense, 100-101)
Indeed, Christians believe that the very meaningfulness of rational discourse depends on God, as everything depends on God. Indeed, it is Christ “in whom all things hold together” (Col. 1:17) and “in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3). It is the “fear of the Lord” that is “the beginning of knowledge” (Prov. 1:7) and “the beginning of wisdom” (Psm. 111:10, Prov. 9:10).
These facts pose a problem for apologetics. Non-Christians do not share the presuppositions we have discussed. Indeed, they presuppose the contrary, as they suppress the truth. The job of the apologist, trusting in God’s grace, is to persuade the non-Christian that the biblical presuppositions are true. What sort of argument can he use? If his argument presupposes the truths of Scripture, then his conclusions will be the same as his presuppositions. He will argue from Christian presuppositions to Christian conclusions. But since the unbeliever will not grant the Christian presuppositions, he will not find the argument persuasive. But if the apologist presents an argument that does not presuppose the truths of Scripture, how can he be faithful to his Lord? And how can he produce an intelligible argument unless he presupposes those conditions that are necessary for intelligibility?
Many schools of apologetics (sometimes called “classical” or “traditional” or “evidentialist”) either ignore this question or take the second alternative: they present arguments that avoid any use of distinctively Christian presuppositions. When they take the second alternative, they defend their faithfulness to biblical revelation by saying that the presuppositions they adopt are neither distinctively Christian, nor distinctively non-Christian, but “neutral.”
Presuppositional apologists claim that there is no neutrality, invoking Jesus’ saying that “one cannot serve two masters” (Matt. 6:24). There can be no compromise between the wisdom of God and the wisdom of the world. Unbelief leads to distortion of the truth, exchanging the truth for a lie (Rom. 1:25). Only by trusting God’s Word can we come to a saving knowledge of Christ (John 5:24, 8:31, 15:3, Rom. 10:17). And trusting entails presupposing: accepting God’s Word as what it is, the foundation of all human knowledge, the ultimate criterion of truth and error (Deut. 18:18-19, 1 Cor. 14:37, Col. 2:2-4, 2 Tim. 3:16-17, 2 Pet. 1:19-21). So the apologetic argument, like all human inquiries into truth, must presuppose the truths of God’s Word.
It is one of those embarrassing historical ironies that modern science could not have arisen except in the atmosphere of a Christian world-and-life view. Nevertheless, the scientific community today persists in playing the prodigal by assuming an antagonistic stance against the Christianity of divine revelation. Hypnotized by Darwin's evolutionary scheme and enchanted with the products of scientific technology, modern man has granted science a secularized godship and bows before it in fetish idolatry.
The antithesis between followers of God and followers of Satan is sovereignly inflicted as God's judicial curse. This enmity is not only social but also intellectual in nature, and, therefore, to ignore it in our apologetic is to compromise the gospel. Without the ingredient of antithesis, Christianity is not simply anemic. It has altogether forfeited its challenge to all other worldviews. Anyone who is familiar with the corpus of Van Til's publications and writings will recognize that the subject of antithesis is one fitting hallmark of his scholarly contribution to twentieth century apologetical theory.
“Others have attempted various methods of 'reconciling' science and the Bible, and these have generally acted on the supposition that the results of scientific discovery necessitate a new interpretation of the Scripture records, or call for new principles of interpretation. The new discoveries, they say, do not conflict with the ancient revelation; they only conflict with the old interpretation of the revelation. We must change our hermeneutical methods, and adapt them to the revelations of science. How for the thousandth time have we heard the story of Galileo and the Inquisition… Hasty natures, however, indulging in pride of intellect, or given to following the dictum of honoured masters, may fall into grievous error in either of two ways: They may shut their eyes to facts, and hold to a delusion in spite of evidence; or they may become the obsequious victims of 'science falsely so called.' That certainly is a false science which is built upon inferences, assumptions, and theories, and yet presumes to dogmatize as if its hypotheses were facts. And that is a system of hermeneutics equally false and misleading which is so flexible, under the pressure of new discoveries as to yield to the putting of any number of new meanings upon an old and common word.” Milton Terry, Biblical Hermeneutics 533, 534
Simple Apologetics A few basic facts:
There are 1,500,000,000 Muslims who are wrong.
There are 1,100,000,000 Atheists/Agnostics who are wrong.
There are 900,000,000 Hindus who are wrong.
There are 394,000,000 Chinese traditionals who are wrong.
There are 376,000,000 Buddhist who are wrong.
There are 300,000,000 Primal-Indigenous who are wrong.
There are 100,000,000 African Traditional & Diasporic who are wrong.
There are 100,000,000 more of various beliefs who are also dead wrong.
Right Now Counts Forever—Ready To Get Started?
D. P. Mosteller
Next time a college professor is waxing eloquent on how relative everything is, watch when they pull out of the parking lot, they'll look both ways. They know it's either the bus, or them. They know it's not relative, but absolute. And if the bus is traveling at a high rate of speed, they know they'll be absolutely dead, not relatively.
Truth exists apart from human assertion. Today the relevant issue is not whether it exists, but rather how to identify it in a culture that desperately wants to suppress it. We have the Truth. The question is, will we be good and faithful servants and risk the consequences of defending the Truth bydemolishing every politically correct pretension society may have that sets itself up against the knowledge of God?
"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled." 2 Corinthians 10:4-6
Balance and grace are two indispensable requirements along with being Biblically armed-to-the-teeth to meet the New Atheists fierce frontal attack on the very being of God and His Christ. Remember, this is our ministry of grace. Although we weild weapons of warfare, we are fighting for the glory of God, and He is most glorified when we are most like Him. Remember the sewer He saved you from? How did He do it? Go and do likewise to His glory.
"Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will." 2 Timothy 2:23-26
Obedience to God's Holy Word is the only real proof a man can bring into court to prove his faith in Jesus Christ. Our obedience, personal purity, and absolute reliance on the Truth of Holy Scripture is non-negotiable. However, according to our gifts from the Holy Spirit there are different ministries and activities we can be called to. "There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all."1 Corinthians 12:4-6 Not all are called to "shut the mouths of the obstreperous" as John Calvin put it, or, more mouths would be shut. Firemen don't do their work while lying on a sunny beach, but in the hostile environment of a raging fire. In much the same way in our ever so secular society ofCoexisters apologists today often find themselves doing their work in the hostile environment of a raging 21st century postmodern tolerance.
And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake, you are blessed. "And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled." But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 1 Peter 3:13-17 R. C. Sproul says: "Right Now Counts Forever." This is our time out on the field. We will never have another chance throughout all eternity to live whole heartedly for Jesus Christ in an evil, hostile environment. This will be our only opportunity to be able to look over and find ourselves in yoke with The Son of God straining and pulling together to advance His kingdom to reach His lost. I think we should make the most of the time He has given us. What do you think? Ready to get started? Good. The goal of Simple Apologetics is to provide simple, effective, compelling resources for those who, as opposition to Christ and His gospel grows more strident will stand and confront the deadly deception of our time; reasoning, warning, and pleading to be reconciled to Jesus Christ. To Christ! Not just to reason, or evidence, or persuasive argument for design. Doing so will be a great encouragement to our brothers and sisters in Christ who may never take a stand for Jesus Christ, but know, there are those who can.
If by excessive labor, we die before reaching the average age of man, worn out in the Master's service, then glory be to God, we shall have so much less of Earth and so much more of Heaven! - C.H. Spurgeon
The world lives in a time of crisis. Christians alone are in a position to rescue the perishing. We dare not settle down to try to live as if things were normal! - A.W. Tozer
"If God had willed it, each of us might have entered heaven at the moment of conversion. It was not absolutely necessary for our preparation for immortality that we should tarry here. It is possible for a man to be taken to heaven, and to be found meet to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light, though he has but just believed in Jesus. It is true that our sanctification is a long and continued process, and we shall not be perfected till we lay aside our bodies and enter within the veil; but nevertheless, had the Lord so willed it, he might have changed us from imperfection to perfection, and have taken us to heaven at once. Why then are we here? Would God keep his children out of paradise a single moment longer than was necessary? Why is the army of the living God still on the battle-field when one charge might give them the victory? Why are his children still wandering hither and thither through a maze, when a solitary word from his lips would bring them into the centre of their hopes in heaven? The answer is-they are here that they may live unto the Lord, and may bring others to know his love. We remain on earth as sowers to scatter good seed; as ploughmen to break up the fallow ground; as heralds publishing salvation. We are here as the salt of the earth, to be a blessing to the world. We are here to glorify Christ in our daily life. We are here as workers for him, and as workers together with him. Let us see that our life answereth its end. Let us live earnest, useful, holy lives, to the praise of the glory of his grace." -C.H. Spurgeon
"There are only two possibilities as to how life arose.One is spontaneous generation arising to evolution; the other is a supernatural creative act of God. There is no third possibility. Spontaneous generation, that life arose from non-living matter was scientifically disproved 120 years ago by Louis Pasteur and others. That leaves us with the only possible conclusion that life arose as a supernatural creative act of God. I will not accept that philosophically because I do not want to believe in God. Therefore, I choose to believe in that which I know is scientifically impossible; spontaneous generation arising to evolution."
Wald, George, "Innovation and Biology," Scientific American, Vol. 199, Sept. 1958, p. 100
Q.What evidence is there for evolution? A.“We’re told dogmatically that evolution is an established fact, but we’re never told who established it or by what means. We’re told often enough that the doctrine is founded upon evidence, and that, indeed, this evidence is hence forward above all verification, as well as being immune from any subsequent contradiction by experience. But we’re left entirely in the dark on the crucial question wherein precisely this evidence consists. The salient fact is this, if by evolution, we mean macro-evolution, then it can be said with the utmost rigor that the doctrine is totally bereft of scientific sanction. To be sure, given the multitude of extravagant claims about evolution promulgated by evolutionists with an air of scientific infallibility, this may sound strange. Yet, the fact remains, that there exists to this day not a shred of bona fide scientific evidence in support of the thesis that macro-evolutionary transformations have ever occurred.”
Tielhardism by Dr. Wolfgang Smith, Oregon State University, Discovery Institute Fellow Wolfgang Smith graduated at age 18 from Cornell University with a B.A. in mathematics, physics, and philosophy. Two years later he took an M.S. in theoretical physics at Purdue University, following which he joined the aerodynamics group at Bell Aircraft Corp. He was the first to investigate the effect of a foreign gas on aerodynamic heating, and his papers on the effect of diffusion fields provided the key to the solution of the re-entry problem for space flight. After receiving a Ph.D. in mathematics from Columbia University, Dr. Smith held positions at M.I.T., U.C.L.A., and Oregon State University.
Actually Doing The Math Jim Elvidge, M.S.
The math doesn't look good for the atheists. Francis Crick, molecular biologist, physicist, and Nobel Prize winner for the discovery of DNA, once commented on the miracle of constructing a single protein from evolutionary combinatorial selection: "all the cell need do is to string together the amino acids (which make up the polypeptide chain) in the correct order. This is a complicated biochemical process, a molecular assembly line, using instructions in the form of a nucleic acid tape (the so-called messenger RNA). Here we need only ask, how many possible proteins are there? If a particular amino acid sequence was selected by chance, how rare of an event would that be?... the number of possibilities is twenty multiplied by itself some two hundred times. This is conveniently written 10E260, that is a one followed by 260 zeros!"  Dr. Robert L. Piccioni, Ph.D., Physics from Stanford says that the odds of 3 billion randomly arranged base-pairs matching human DNA is about the same as drawing the ace of spades one billion times in a row from randomly shuffled decks of cards. Dr. Harold Morowitz, a renowned physicist from Yale University and author of Origin of Cellular Life (1993), declared that the odds for any kind of spontaneous generation of life from a combination of the standard life building blocks are one chance in 10E100000000000 (you read that right, that's 1 followed by 100,000,000,000 zeros).  Famed British Royal Astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle proposed that such odds were one chance in 10E40000 that the proteins of an Amoeba could evolve, or roughly "the same as the probability that a tornado sweeping through a junkyard could assemble a 747."  "… it is enough to bury Darwin and the whole theory of evolution. There was no primeval soup, neither on this planet nor any other, and if the beginnings of life were not random they must, therefore, have been the product of purposeful intelligence." 
By the way, scientists generally set their "Impossibility Standard" at one chance in 10E50 (1 in a 100,000 billion, billion, billion, billion, billion). So, it seems that the likelihood of life forming via combinatorial chemical evolution is, for all intents and purposes, zero. 1. Crick, Francis. Life Itself, Its Origin and Nature. Simon and Schuster; 1st edition. 1981. pp 51-52. 2. Morowitz, Harold J. Energy Flow in Biology. Academic Press, 1968. 3. Hoyle, Sir Fred. Nature, vol. 294:105, November 12, 1981. 4. Hoyle, Sir Fred. Nature, vol. 294:105, November 12, 1981, additional excerpt DPM. DNA: Evidence of Intelligent Design or Byproduct of Evolution?Jim Elvidge, May 31, 2010
American Atheist Magazine
"Christianity has fought, still fights, and will continue to fight science to the desperate end over evolution, because evolution destroys utterly and finally the very reason Jesus' earthly life was supposedly made necessary. Destroy Adam and Eve and the original sin, and in the rubble you will find the sorry remains of the Son of God. If Jesus was not the redeemer who died for our sins, and this is what evolution means, then Christianity is nothing." - R. Bozarth 1979: 30, “The Meaning of Evolution” American Atheist Magazine, (emphasis added)
The writer of the letter to the Hebrews attests that the Son, “after he had provided purification for sins, . . . sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven” (1:3). This is the basic, vital message of Christianity. This is the witness the Christian church, if it is faithful to the revelation God has given it, is proclaiming to the world. Christ Jesus came into the world for the humiliation of death. He came to deal with the sin question as only God could deal with it.
In the Bible we have the ample record of that day, in the fullness of time, when our Lord Jesus Christ hung between heaven and earth on Calvary’s cross. The willing Lamb of God, who had come to bear away the sins of the world, was fulfilling His mission. No one on earth could assist him. In those excruciating hours, after evil men had nailed Him to the cross, the Father in heaven pulled down the blinds; darkness prevailed. It was the eternal Son dying to purge our sins. Alone He suffered. Alone He died. But in that suffering and death He accomplished the sacrifice that has perpetual efficacy.
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