Monthly Archives: January 2012

Why I Look Forward to Eternity

Some of the devil’s dirtiest deeds regard his doctrinal distortion of Heaven. He’s made it sound like a place no one would want to go. After all, who wants to sport flightless wings, sit on a cloud, strum a harp, … Continue reading

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Ehrman’s Problem: He’s Confused About the Free Will Defense

Ehrman says free will defenders often tell him humans would be like robots without free will (11, 12, 197, 229). Well, of course they tell him that. Rightly! And on this point Ehrman never disagrees because free will is essential … Continue reading

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Ehrman’s Problem 5: God Should Intervene More to Prevent Free Will’s Evil Use

Finally we come to what seems to be Ehrman’s major objection to the free will defense. He asks, “If he [God] intervenes sometimes to counteract free will, why does he not do so more of the time? Or indeed, all … Continue reading

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Ehrman’s Problem 4: Why Won’t We Abuse Free Will in Heaven?

Bart Ehrman’s fourth objection to the free will defense is this: “Most people who believe in God-given free will also believe in an afterlife. Presumably people in the afterlife will still have free will (they won’t be robots then either, … Continue reading

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Ehrman’s Problem 3: God Could Have Made Us So We’d Always Do Right

Bart Ehrman asks why God didn’t give humans “the intelligence they need to exercise it [free will] so that we can all live happily and peaceably together? You can’t argue that he wasn’t able to do so, if you want … Continue reading

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Ehrman’s Problem 2: Free Will and Natural Evil

As I mentioned yesterday, Ehrman admits that free will can explain much human evil, but he asks how it can explain malaria, dysentery, drought, hurricanes, mudslides, or a “tsunami that kills hundreds of thousands overnight.” (12) In other words, how … Continue reading

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Ehrman’s Problem: He Misreads the Bible and Impugns God’s Fairness

Bart Ehrman, in his book, God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question—Why We Suffer, tries to make the case that neither Christians nor the Bible can answer why God, if He were to exist, would … Continue reading

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Fasting and Rewards

If Bill Gates, who is the richest man in the world, told you that if you did not eat anything for a while and kept it to yourself that he would reward you, would you take him up on it? … Continue reading

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How to Start an Apologetics Ministry in Your Church

Over the years I’ve talked with many people who have successfully started apologetics ministries in their churches and others who tried but failed. What follows are some suggestions on how to start an apologetics ministry (these suggestions apply to other … Continue reading

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