Monday, March 26, 2012

Getting started with Apologetics

I often read both sides of the story. I don't watch FOX news nearly as much as those who stereotype me believe I do. I like CNN, MSNBC, BBC, NPR and on occasion Al Jezeera. I read the Humanist magazine, UTNE, Richard Dawkins and just started reading The Joyful Atheist blog. I like to challenge my beliefs but I am confident enough to do so. I would not recommend this to someone who is uncertain about what they believe.

I am a believer in Jesus Christ. I believe He existed. I believe the claims about Him in the Bible are true. I believe, quite controversially, that He is the only way to Heaven.

I believe in Science. I believe medical science has improved our health and longevity. This can be viewed as a good thing. (It can also be viewed as a bad thing, but I'll get into that later.) I also believe in evolution. Not that the world is 13 billion years old, started by a causeless big bang and left to work itself out until life arrived. I believe genetics get passed down and characteristics are shared with offspring. This is non controversial scientific fact. I don't believe the polar bear was present on the day bears were created by God. Just as the breed of my dog Marlon was not either. They evolved. I can see evolution. I can also see the dark intentions of mankind to cover the truth, bully those who oppose them and ridicule differing views of the world. Scientists are not above any of these things.

My intention with this blog is to hone my skills as an apologist. It is a necessary skill in today's world, even in my own country of the United States where my beliefs are under heavier and heavier attack. I feel the Church needs to prepare its minds to guard against those that seek to convert them through false accusations and misinterpretations of the Bible. I will take these issues head on, and do my best to explain them clearly, and intellectually.

Thanks for reading, if you are so inclined please leave a comment or shoot me an email.

God Bless.