- Religion and Philosophy
The Two Greatest Objections to Christianity Refuted
Fellow hubber Allen Vaega has published a hub called "The Two Greatest Objections to Christianity Answered" which I found interesting, even if I disagree with his concepts and opinions.
As a Christian apologist, I decided to answer his main points concerning those supposed two greatest objections.
As I write, I see that the hub has been unpublished, but I hope it will return to the hub, however the assumptions he made can still be examined, and thankfully I had saved a copy before I started writing this hub.
I am not attacking his hub, indeed I suggest that you take a read, if it becomes available, and decide for yourself whether he has made his position sufficiently to shape your future thinking.
In my opinion all presentation of the Gospel is welcomed, even when it's objective is to sway believers from their faith and turn their beliefs towards alien religions from Christianity.
I have found that any believer who has encountered the Holy Spirit; at work in their lives and the lives of others, are secure in their faith....whereas those who have been inducted into false or errant doctrines, will waiver like the double minded man at the first challenge to what they have been taught.
My objective in all my writing is to assist people to discover either true faith and trust in God through Christ, or persuade them that they are living a lie, and choosing to continue to do so.
Living in the whole light, of the truth of Christ, is a wonderful gift to receive, but living in the deception Satan inveigles folk to believe is a horrific destination to choose.
"The first greatest objection to Christianity isJesus’ claim to be the sole access to God stated in John 14:6.
When Jesus said he is the way the truth and the life, he was actually expressing a metaphysical truth.
He was not talking from his human point of view as the Son of Man, but from his Spiritual one as the Son of God. "
Allen states that when Christ made one of the most categoric statements of His identity, a statement that challenges every living soul to decide whether Christ was THE Son of God, a liar or a madman, he was only speaking a metaphysical truth!
He was (supposedly) speaking subjectively, not objectively, and we should therefore treat this as a statement which may or may not hold relevance for our eternal destiny..... rather than one which has extreme and serious consequence if we ignore what is spoken.
Wherever I look I always find that I am answering the same old questions, raised by the same old adversary, I wrote a complete hub about 'The Satan Whisperers' and thought that was it, but no, everywhere you look one finds people, well meaning people, mouthing Satans deception and lies, from a sincere heart.
The preposition that Christ was speaking 'metaphysically' creates a large hole in Gods existence, for it presents an argument that tells us that God and Christ in the deliverance of their instructions to humanity, were inept in their expression, and incapable of delivering a clear message which could be understood by any human who had access to a dictionary, and an honest sincere heart.
Two thousand years after being spoken, we suddenly find out that rather than being literal, Christ was speaking metaphorically, and that casts severe doubts about every other section of scripture we possess.
Can we rely upon;
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God."
Now billions of people have found comfort and indeed, Christ from these verses, and for most believers they are the first verse they can remember, but maybe in the light of the bibles infallibility, we need to reconsider, after all, if the bible is not literal in it's message, then in reality anything goes and all roads are equal.
How categoric are those verses?
Does telling the world that Christ was only speaking metaphysically when He stated that He was the ONLY way, and believing it, classify as being saved under verse sixteen, or lost under verse nineteen.?
Our fellow hubber tells me that all roads lead to heaven and eternity with God, if only we can live and live again and again until we reach 'perfection' and..... do what?
He maintains that reincarnation was held as truth in the early church, until churchianity realised that there was power and control and wealth in limiting life to one shot only. I will not disagree that Churchianity did indeed see a golden goose in keeping folk ignorant of the power of the gospel....
But scripture states;
Hebrews 6: 4-6
It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit,who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
Which rather speaks against the notion of reincarnation.
A further claim is that Jesus was a Nazarene, indeed the head of the Nazarenes, and that this is why the Sadducee's sent Him to His crucifixion, but the bible clearly states that the crucifixion was demanded due to Christ declaring that He was God, not some 'Advanced Master', or leader of a sect.
Mark 14: 61- 64
Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?
And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses?
Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.
No, the Sadducee's demanded the death of Christ because He declared He was God, not for being the leader of any sect.
" It is a spiritual error to believe that only one man is the Son of God and uniquely created..."
Or so says Allen...
Let's have alook at John 3:16 again...
" For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
ONLY begotten Son...
Seems fairly concise to me, leaves very little room for misunderstanding, however New Age belief needs to tell us we are ALL gods, or can become gods.
It's just Satan whispering again...
The second objection
The second most challenging objection to Christianity is whether the God of love taught by Jesus in the New Testament and the God of the Old Testament who ordered the deaths of millions of people (men, women, and children) are one and the same.
The answer is simple.... YES
I see no conflict with this fact, because the old covenant and the new covenant are different chapters in our worlds history.
In the old covenant God is showing the world that He can control the world by force if needed, though He desires to have humanity control themselves by following and obeying His guidelines.
In many ways the old covenant was rigged against it's adherents.
They demanded a king, rather than governance by Gods anointed prophets and holy men, and got King Saul.... they were given simple commandments to observe....and decided to extend the scope of those commandments from ten simple requirements into over 600 rules of law, further amplified to 455 books of commands which tried to shoehorn folk into a holy existence, yet only proved that it was impossible for humanity to please God with works based religion.
God did indeed bring about the elimination of many rebellious peoples in His old covenant, but if you take time to study the circumstances, He demonstrated extreme tolerance and patience before commanding their extermination.
God is and was always a loving God, one who tried desperately to bring people out of the evil darkness that controlled them, into His blessings, but eventually, when all attempts to salvage (or secure their salvation) had failed, He removed them from His 'body' like modern surgeons try to exorcise cancer from our sinful bodies.
One either eliminates the cancer, or the whole body dies.
When all else had failed, when mankind was hopelessly lost in their man made laws and traditions, when there was no hope that their own endeavors would possibly save them, and the only option was death and seperation eternally from God for most of humanity....
God stepped in, and sent His son to bring us a new covenant, one which highlighted that by Gods grace alone, we could find eternal security.
Humanity killed Him, or thought they had.
Satan rejoiced when humanity crucified Christ, for he mistakenly thought that from there on in he was able to treat humanity with contempt, deceive them further, and destroy their eternal souls.
Then Christ rose again, sinless in death and victorious in His resurrection.
So Satan resumed his plans to deceive and mislead those who sought self enhancement over service to God, and set about trying to hijack the new covenant redemption that Christ alone offers.
From that time onward, humanity has been pressing forward into Gods Kingdom, and Satan has been undermining mankind by introducing blind alleys and false trails in his attempt to waylay those he can persuade to follow his rebellious nature.
We are entering a crossroads of belief at this time, a point where those alive will in all probability witness the closing days of this earths history, and live to either rise up with Christ or sink to the depths with Satan and his minions.
That's why I answered this mans hub, for it is dangerous for those who waiver, those who doubt, those who have listend to Satans whispers and question their beliefs.
In the end result, nothing I can do will determine your eternal future, your choice is guaranteed to you by your loving God, whether you want it or not.
Choose wisely, it's your one shot at eternity.