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Death And Suffering: Addressing Atheist

Atheists often use the problem of death and suffering to criticize God of the Bible.
Some well known arguments include:

No one could sit by the bedside of a child with a terminal disease and believe in a loving God.
Betrand Russell

I would say bone cancer in children. What’s that about? How dare you, how dare you create a world in which there is such misery that is not our fault. It’s not right, it’s utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?
Steven Fry

While the criticism requires in-depth answer, Christians can give quick answer to this criticism.
Following is the example.

A minister who actually had experience with dying children (unlike Russell who never got his own hands dirty with such practical things) challenged Russell to explain what he could offer such a child. An atheist could only say, ‘Sorry, chap, you’ve had your chips, and that’s the end of everything for you.’ But the Christian has hope that this life is not the end.

Firstly, the pain and injustice in this world is caused by Adam’s sin, your sin, my sin and everybody’s sin. We all deserve this pain and injustice.
Secondly, what can atheists offer to a child with terminal cancer? The best atheists can say is “Sorry, kid. Your time is up. Just bear with the pain. You will soon end up as fertilizer, after all.”, isn’t it? But for Christians, we can offer comfort by saying, “This sickness is not the end, kid. As long as you receive Lord Jesus, in heaven there won’t be pain anymore.”
Jefri to Steven Fry

For more in-depth answer to the criticism, you can click the article below.

Source:
1. http://creation.com/why-is-there-death-and-suffering retrieved on 8-Jan-2017
2. http://creation.com/an-infuriated-and-vindictive-god retrieved on 8-Jan-2017

Posted January 9, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Apologetic

Apologetics of the Day: The Genealogies of Lord Jesus

Critique:
Matthew 1 and Luke 3 present two different genealogies of Jesus.
The Bible is internally inconsistent.

Response:

There is no contradiction between 2 accounts.
In the culture back then, a son could refer to a biological son as well as adoptive son and son in law.
This is important for the sake of inheritance especially when the father had only daughters.
Hence, in Matthew 1, Jacob was the biological father of Joseph whereas in Luke 3, Heli was the father in law of Joseph.
Joseph was then the “supposed” father of Jesus.

Reference:
http://creation.com/jesus-genealogies (retrieved on 3, April, 2016)

Posted April 4, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Apologetic

Apologetics of the Day: Easter and Paganism

Critique:

Easter is plagiarized from paganism. In fact, Easter is derived from Ishtar, an Assyrian goddess.

Response:

This is a misconception. Easter has nothing to do with paganism at all.
Certainly there are myths and legends of resurrected gods in pagan culture
However, nobody claims to be an eyewitness of these resurrected gods.
In contrast, the apostles claimed to be eyewitnesses of resurrection of Lord Jesus.
They put their lives and limbs on the line to back up this claim.
Clearly, resurrection of Lord Jesus is a historical fact, not a myth.

As for the name Easter,  it came from German word oster which came from old German word auferstehen which means rising from the dead.
When Martin Luther translated the Bible into German, he used the word osterlamm which was then translated as Passover Lamb
1 Cor 15:7. Lord Jesus is called the Passover Lamb/osterlaam
To claim Easter came from the name goddess Ishtar is to claim Lord Jesus as Ishtar lamb, which is really an absurd claim.

Source:
 http://creation.com/easter-and-good-friday-questions-and-answers (retrieved 25, March, 2016)

Posted March 25, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Apologetic

Apologetics of the Day: The Bible and Flat Earth

Question.
Did the Bible teach that the earth is flat? What about people who opposed Christopher Columbus (1451-1506)?

Answer.
That’s a myth. The Bible never teaches that the earth is flat.
In fact, one of the best proponents of spherical earth is Venerable Bede (673-735) who was a theologian and an astronomer.
As for Columbus, the real issue was with the size of the earth, not the shape of the earth.
Columbus underestimated the size of the earth.
He was lucky to have stumbled upon a new continent before his food supplies ran out.

Reference
http://creation.com/flat-earth-myth (retrieved 20, March, 2016)

Posted March 21, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Apologetic

Apologetics of The Day: Who Created God

Question:
If God created the universe, who created God?

Answer:
None. By definition, God is not created.
To elaborate the validity of the definition, when we say A creates B, it implies A is more powerful than B.
God is more powerful than the universe. So, He created the universe.
In order to find out who created God, we need to find a word in dictionary which is defined as an entity more powerful than God Himself.
Well, if such word existed, which doesn’t.

Posted March 8, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Apologetic

Apologetics of the Day: Scientists Creating Cells

Question:
Suppose one day scientists are able to create cells, doesn’t that disprove the existence of God?

Answer:
It is the other way.
It takes a highly brilliant mind and enormous hard word in order to “create” cells.
When scientists “create” cells, it will just show that life does not arise by itself as atheists claim.
Instead, it will support the idea of God creating life.

Question:
When that day arrives, doesn’t that mean scientists can then become gods?

Answer:
Not at all.
Though the Bible acknowledges humans are made in the image of God, scientists can never become gods.
While they claim they “create” cells, what they really do is just assembling already present raw materials.
In contrast, God can create something out of nothing.

Posted March 4, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Apologetic

Apologetic of the Day: God’s Existence

Question:
How do you know God exists?

Answer:
Life itself is the evidence that God exists.
Two theories on the origin of life.
First, according to atheists, life arose by itself from some chemical soup.
Second, according to Christians, God directly created life.
Despite decades of research, no atheistic scientists have been to show experimentally that life could arise by itself.
In fact, it is one of their biggest frustrations, if you google it.
Setting aside technical details, the first theory actually violates chemistry, as pointed out by many Christian scientists.
Since even the smallest and simplest cell is too complex to arise by itself, belief in the first theory is the blind faith whereas belief in the Creator God is the logical faith.

Posted February 28, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Apologetic