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Is The Account of Samson Reliable?

McKenzie is right in noting the detail of two pillars holding up a roof would be odd. In fact, Philistine temples that had been known to archaeologists didn’t have such a design at all—until the 1970s…

…It doesn’t prove the Sampson story as true, but it definitely removes the claim that the two pillars are a fictitious invention of the author of Judges.

Further, it lends credibility to the author’s reliability in getting certain details right, since Jewish architecture, definitely did not feature two central pillars. The author seems to have some real familiarity with Philistine temple construction, bolstering his reliability in the process…

Read more: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2017/05/archaeology-topples-objection-to.html

Angels Grow In Knowledge

Stephen Charnock (Works, Vol. 1, p. 71):

[Angels] engage in this work for the church with delight; they act as God’s ministers in his providence with a unanimous consent: Ezek, 1.9, “Their wings were joined one to another;” so that they perform their office with the same swiftness, and with the same affection, without emulation to go one before another, which makes many actions succeed ill among men; but they go hand in hand. They do it with affection, both in respect of the kind disposition of their natures, and as they are fellow-members of the same body, for they are parts of the church and of the heavenly Jerusalem: Heb.12.22, “Ye are come to the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, and to the general assembly and church of the firstbom,” and therefore act out of affection to that which is a part of their body, as well as out of obedience to their head. They do it in respect of their own improvement too, and increase of their knowledge (which is the desire of all intellectual creatures); for they complete their understandings by the sight of the methods of infinite wisdom in the perfecting his gracious designs. And it is God’s intent that they should grow in the knowledge of his great mystery by their employment: Eph. 3.10, “To the intent that now, unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places, might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God.” By the gracious works of God towards the church, and in the behalf of it, for the security and growth of the church, and in the executions of those decrees which as instruments they are employed in; for I do not understand how it can be meant of the knowledge of Christ, for that they know more than the church below can acquaint them with: for without question they have a clear insight into the offices of Christ, who is the head, and whom they are ordered to worship. They understand the aim of his death and resurrection, and can better explain the dark predictions of Scripture, than purblind man can. But by observing the methods which God uses in the accomplishment of them, they become more intelligent, and commence masters of knowledge in a higher degree, which it is probable is one reason of their joy, when they see God’s infinite wisdom and grace in the conversion of a sinner; without affection to them, and their employment about them, they could not rejoice so much. And their rejoicing in their first bringing in to God, argues their joy in all their employments which concerns their welfare.​

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/angels-excelling-in-knowledge.90814/, Comment 1

Is the New Testament Reliable?

“One of the favored tactics of the Atheistic Naturalist and other assorted Leftists is to attack the trustworthiness of the canonical Gospel accounts. Sadly, many Christians are left without adequate answers to the many misinformed objections to the veracity of Sacred Scripture. In answer to their truly empty challenges we must approach scripture like an historian.

It is a common misconception that we have to apply the Scientific Method. I have even witnessed critics of the Christian faith demand we apply it. This is fallacious, since we are dealing with an issue of history, not science, so we should apply the Historical Method.

The Scientific Method requires any proposition be proven in a controlled environment, by experimentation, and be repeatable and observable. One can hardly go back in time and prove anything historical using such criteria. The Historical Method, by contrast, relies on the following criteria:

  • Written Records
  • Oral Tradition
  • Physical Evidence…”

Read more: http://barbwire.com/2017/06/03/considering-historical-evidence-new-testament-trustworthy/

The Advantage Of Free Justification By Faith Alone

Robert Traill (Doctrine of Justification Vindicated), Works 1:269:

This doctrine of free justification by faith alone, hath this advantage, That it suits all men’s spirits and frame in their serious approaches to God in worship. Men may think and talk boldly of inherent righteousness, and of its worth and value; of good works, and frames, and dispositions: but when men present themselves before the Lord, and have any discoveries of his glory, all things in themselves will disappear, and be looked upon as nothing… No man can stand before this holy Lord God, with any peace and comfort, unless he have God himself to stay upon. His grace and mercy in Jesus Christ, can only preserve a man from being consumed; and the faith of it from being confounded.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/serious-approaches-to-god-in-worship.91132/, Comment 1

The Consequences of a Belief in Cheap Forgiveness

The statement made by a murderer after he shot eight people dead:

Godbolt also told a reporter that ‘death’ is next, saying: ‘My intentions was to have God kill me. I ran out of bullets.

‘Suicide by cop was my intention. I ain’t fit to live not after what I’ve done, not in your eyes, not in nobody else’s eyes.

‘But God, you know, he forgives you for everything.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4549852/Eight-people-killed-Mississippi-shooting.html

Nabeel Qureshi’s Conversion

I enjoyed reading how the Lord brought Nabeel Qureshi unto Himself:

Dear Seeker,

Nabeel qureshi bio (1)I thank God Almighty for your devotion to the truth and your desire to lay aside personal comfort for His sake, for He is Truth. Your struggle to get closer to the truth—and thereby closer to God—will be rewarded due to your sincerity and purity of heart. It is for you that I write my testimony.

I myself have always been dedicated to finding the truth, and many extraordinary events have transpired which led me there. I am certain that the miraculous occurrences in my life have all been due to that pure dedication which is readily available to all of us, and not in any way due to skill or accomplishment of my own. Praise be to God, for I asked, and He gave. I sought, and He helped me find. I knocked on the door of truth, and He opened it for me.

My name is Nabeel. Born as a U.S. Citizen in California, I was raised by devout Muslim parents. My mother and father are immigrants from Pakistan and among the most dedicated Muslims I have ever known. My father was an officer in the U.S. Navy, and because of his career I have lived up and down the Atlantic Coast in the United States, as well as in the U.K…

Read more: https://christianheritagenews.blogspot.ca/2017/02/crossing-over-intellectual-and.html

The Question Is, Are You A Sinner Who Needs A Savior?

“Let no sinner exclude himself from the benefit of the gospel, by saying either I know not if I be elect, or I know not if I be a believer and so I know not if Christ died for me and gave Himself for me in particular. This is to mistake the ground and object of faith: for as salvation in God’s purpose to the elect is not the ground of faith, and salvation in possession of the believer is not the ground of faith, but salvation in the Word of grace and in the gospel offer: this is the glad news that comes to the sinner’s ears, upon which he may build his faith and hope of salvation.

“The question then is not, are you an elect person or not? nor is it are you a believer or not? But the question is, are you a sinner that needs a Saviour? It is not Christ in the decree of election that you are to look to, while you know not that you are elected, that is to go too far back; nor is it Christ in the heart or in possession you are to look to, while you are not a believer, this is to go too far forward; but it is Christ in the Word. You know that you are a sinner, and Christ a Saviour held forth to you there, saying, “Look unto Me and be ye saved all ends of the earth, for I am God and beside Me there is none else.”

(Ralph Erskine).

Source: Rev. William MacLean, M.A., “Arminiamism: Another Gospel,” under “The Sinner’s Warrant to Believe in Christ,” http://www.truecovenanter.com/gospel/arminianism_another_gospel.html