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Episode Info: Our Reasons to Believe Scripture verse for today is Jude 1:3. It reads, "Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from John Lennox. He said, "It always amuses me that atheists often argue for the existence of extra-terrestrial intelligence beyond earth. Yet they are only too eager to denounce the possibility that we already have a vast, intelligent being out there: God." Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled "The Divinity of Christ" part 7 from "The Handbook of Christian Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli. Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli go on to talk about “The Impossibility of the Alternative”: What is the alternative to this conclusion that Jesus is God? What do unbelievers believers say to this argument? Jesus claimed to be God, and Jesus is believable, lievable, therefore Jesus is God. The conclusion follows from the premises. Which premise can be denied? Concerning the first one-that Jesus claimed to be God-perhaps the New Testament texts lie. Perhaps traditional Christianity is a myth, a fairy tale, a fantasy. But this raises questions even more unanswerable than the question of how a man could be God. Here are seven such questions. 1. If the Gospels lie, who invented the lie and for what reason? Was it Jesus' apostles? What did they get out of the lie? Martyrdom-hardly an attractive temptation. A liar always has some selfish motive. 2. Why did thousands suffer torture and death for this lie if they knew it was a lie? As Pascal points out, the human heart is very fickle, especially the heart of a liar; all the enemies of Christianity needed to do to destroy this new religion from the beginning was to produce one confession from one of Jesus' disciples that it was all a lie, a hoax. They used many forms of torture and bribery. They never succeeded. ...Read more »

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