Resources for Seekers

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Introduction 
“The Bible encourages people to put their faith in God. Unfortunately, many people equate faith with a blind leap in the dark or wishful thinking. But the faith that the Bible requires is intelligent faith. It is neither blind nor irrational. Biblical faith is a committing trust with an object (God) who is worthy of our faith. No one is asked to sacrifice his intellect when he puts his faith in the God of the Bible.” –Don Stewart,The Ten Wonders of the Bible, 1990, p. 13.

“The Christian faith does not call for us to put our minds on the shelf, to fly in the face of common sense and history, or to make a leap of faith into the dark. The rational person, fully apprised of the evidence, can confidently believe.” –William Lane Craig 

“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance—that principle is contempt prior to investigation.” -Herbert Spencer  

Let us walk the path carefully.  There are so many questions.  We ask: What does it mean to be human?  And who is God?  Is there a God?  View this presentation by the noted speaker Dr. Ravi Zacharias:


Christianity: The Facts
A: Does God exist?  The existence of God is not 100% provable.  But one does not necessarily need absolute evidence.  In a court of law, evidence beyond a reasonable doubt is acceptable when considering a verdict.  In the same way, when considering a first cause one may view all the evidence and make a reasonable conclusion that God does indeed exist.  There are many compelling arguments,such as the cosmological argumentmoral argumentontological argument, and teleological argument.  The Kalam Cosmological argument lays out in clear terms: Anything that has a beginning has a cause.  That's certainly true. Second, the universe began to exist.  Given the evidence, the red shift observed by Hubble in the early 1900s, that seems quite likely.  Since the universe needs a cause, that cause must be immaterial, beyond space and time, and infinitely powerful.  In other words, God.  Can one prove evolution 100%?  Absolutely not.  Naturalism is a presupposition, or a worldview based on an interpretation of the available evidence.  So is Christianity.  Though evolution and Christianity are not necessarily at odds. Dr. Francis Collins a noted scientist has done lectures and wrote a book called "The Language of God" which lays out excellent arguments along those lines.  In addition, Dr. Stephen Meyer has written several books on "Intelligent Design Theory" the view that an architect of the universe is supported by perceived design in cellular biology.  Check out his books as well, most notably: "Signature in the Cell" and "Darwin's Doubt." 

A Brief Exposition of the Kalam Cosmological Argument 



The Fine Tuning of the Universe Short Video  

Evidence for God: Key Arguments for a Reasonable Faith | William Lane Craig 
 


B: Did Jesus really exist historically? The evidence indicates that yes, Jesus Christ of Nazareth did exist. He was a real person in the history of the middle east. History is gleaned by manuscript evidence, historical account by witnesses cross referenced with official documents of governments and empires. The manuscript evidence for the historical existence of a man named Jesus Christ of Nazareth is better than for most historical persons.

But was Jesus Christ really God come to Earth? Now that is the point of real questioning. There have been several notable books on this topic, most notably "The Case for Christ" by Lee Strobel. And if Jesus Christ was really who he claimed to be, did he really rise? The point of contention is: Did Jesus Christ rise from the dead? The evidence of the powerful witness of the apostles, the early church, and the willingness of all the early disciples save one being willing to die for their faith indicates that yes it is likely Jesus is risen from the grave. Watch the presentation below by Gary Habermas to learn more about this line of inquiry.

“Do you believe in the existence of Socrates? Alexander the Great? Julius Caesar? If historicity is established by written records in multiple copies that date originally from near contemporaneous sources, there is far more proof for Christ’s existence than for any of theirs.” –Dinesh D’Souza, What’s So Great About Christianity, p. 296.

“It may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a Biblical reference. Scores of archaeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or exact detail historical statements in the Bible. And, by the same token, proper evaluation of Biblical descriptions has often led to amazing discoveries.” –Nelson Glueck

The Bible when compared with recorded history is 99.7% accurate. Archaeology and historical records support the events of the Bible as described in books of the Old and New Testament. This is an important beginning in establishing the credibility of the historical Jesus and the manuscripts of the Christian Bible.

Theologian Gary Habermas on the case for the resurrection

 Dr. Norman Geisler on the authority of the Bible


C: The Philosophy and truth within Christianity can withstand the most powerful intellectual probing. Youtube "Ravi Zacharias", he has done some of the most noted talks on the philosophy within Christianity and the defense of the faith. I would recommend "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis which walks the reader step by step through the issues of the idea of belief in God. I would also highly recommend "Orthodoxy" (click for a free audio version of it) by G.K. Chesterton a man who converted to Christianity after reading all the arguments for the atheist worldview and being thoroughly unimpressed, began to search out belief in a higher power, arriving eventually at the cross of Christ Jesus. If you're a former believer, consider "Has Christianity failed you?" by Ravi Zacharias. Would you like to have a look at Jesus Christ in comparison to other world religions? Read "Jesus among other Gods" by Ravi Zacharias. If you're a highly analytical individual, William Lane Craig has done some excellent writing and speaking on the reason for God. Check out "Reasonable Faith" by William Lane Craig. Two more books I would recommend are "Beyond Opinion" and "I don't have enough faith to be an Atheist." Others of notable mention are Frank Turek, Norm Geisler, Hugh Ross, Lee Strobel and Tim Keller.

Ravi Zacharias answering key questions at Yale University




Expert Testimony
We the people of western civilization tend to prefer to get our information from the experts.  We look to authoritative individuals and groups to help us understand life and existence.  Many of the greatest minds of human history have been dedicated Christians.  The following links lead to quotations from great thinkers surrounding the topic of Christianity, science, math, worldview, and many others. 

  1. Expert Testimony: The Existence of God, the Problem of Evil
  2. Expert Testimony: The Anthropic Principle, Anthropology
  3. Expert Testimony: Intelligent Design, Archaeology 
  4. Expert Testimony: the Demise of Evolution, Complex in DNA

Websites for further Study of the Christian Worldview
  1. Ravi Zacharias International Ministries
  2. Cross Examined
  3. Reasonable Faith
  4. Evolution News
  5. Stand to Reason
  6. Answers in Genesis
  7. The Poached Egg
  8. The Veritas Forum
  9. Socrates in the City
  10. Always Be Ready

Free Online Bible Resources
  1. Bible Gateway - Great resource for searching the Bible, multiple languages and translations
  2. Bible Hub - another excellent resource for Bible study.
  3. You Version - an excellent application for smart phones, free.
  4. Topical Bible - Bible verses by topic, very useful.
Bibles by language...
Holy Bible - English - American Standard Version (PDF) 
Holy Bible - French - French Darby Translation (PDF)
Holy Bible - Korean - Korean Translation (PDF)
Holy Bible - Russian - Russian Translation (PDF)
Holy Bible - Vietnamese -Vietnamese Translation (PDF)
Holy Bible - Albanian - Albanian Translation (PDF)
Holy Bible - Chinese - Chinese Union Traditional Translation (PDF)
Holy Bible - German - German Luther Translation (PDF)
Holy Bible - Portuguese - Portuguese Translation (PDF)
Holy Bible - Ukranian - Ukranian Translation (PDF)
Holy Bible - Italian - Italian Translation (PDF)
Holy Bible - Spanish - Spanish Reina Valera Translation (PDF)

Video Presentations

C.S. Lewis on What Christians Believe

Scientific Evidence for God's Existence, Hugh Ross


Dr. Francis Collins on The Language of God


Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed Documentary on Intelligent Design Movement

Ravi Zacharias on Tolerance and the Cultural Climate

Ravi Zacharias at Princeton University, Why I'm Not an Atheist


Ravi Zacharias on Pluralism, Globalization, & Spirituality


Debates 

Does God Exist? Debate between Frank Turek and Dennis Normark

Does Satan Exist? Debate between Mark Driscoll and Deepok Chopra


What best explains reality, theism or atheism? Debate between Frank Turek and Christopher Hitchens

Recommended further reading and documentaries 

A Final Word

Please explore this blog and the writings of the greats to make a decision on whether God is or he isn't.  I have come to believe that it is highly reasonable to believe that the God of the Bible is truly real.  I encourage you to examine the evidence for yourself, and open the Bible and ask God to reveal himself to you through it.  Thank you, and Godspeed.

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  4. 10 Answers to Common Questions Raised by Skeptics
  5. Believing in the Miraculous: The Work of Jesus Christ on the Cross
  6. Can you see through the illusion? 
  7. Philosophy, Science, Logic, and History: Presentations on the Truth of Christianity from Multiple Disciplines
  8. No Evidence for God? 
  9. Declaration of Worldview (What we Believe) 
  10. Reasonable Evidence for Christianity