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Why Atheist De-Conversion Stories Fail

From SJ Thomason’s “Christian Apologist” blog: I found this very interesting, and you will, too.     –LD

Christian Apologist

To persuade people, one should use the tools Aristotle suggested of ethos (establish credibility), pathos (appeal to people’s emotions) and logos (apply logic). I have encountered many atheists who have applied Aristotle’s formulations to construct their “de-conversion” from Christianity stories. This intention of this blog is to deconstruct their stories based on a higher level understanding of the same three formulations.

Just as we have witnessed in some sitcoms and news broadcasts, most of the atheist de-conversion stories I have heard are rather predictable: they begin with the atheist claiming to have been a devout, sometimes fundamentalist Christian in an attempt to establish credibility with Christians (ethos). They follow with a tale of the pain they’ve unfairly endured based on a horrific event in their lives. This event is often tragic and worthy of much empathy, especially when it involves a death in the family. Through this event, they call…

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July 11 – Mud On The Ground

From The River Walk–I remember this story from Sunday school.   –LD

THE RIVER WALK

 David remarked longingly to his men, “Oh, how I would love some of that good water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem.” So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew some water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem, and brought it back to David. But David refused to drink it. Instead, he poured it out as an offering to the Lord“God forbid that I should drink this!” he exclaimed. “This water is as precious as the blood of these men who risked their lives to bring it to me.” So David did not drink it. These are examples of the exploits of the Three.
(1 Chronicles 11:17-19)

Read: 1 Chronicles 11:1-12:18, Acts 28:1-31, Psalm 9:1-12, Proverbs 19:1-3

Relate:
Jash, David’s thirsty. We need to go get him some water.”
He looked at me like I was crazy. “So go get him…

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Perfected In Christ. 

From another Christian blogger, The Mariam Momoh Blog. We are not alone!   –LD

 

THE MARIAM MOMOH BLOG.

For days, I’ve been trying to coordinate my thoughts on this subject matter. I still didn’t effectively do so.😂😂😂😂 Forgive me and follow promptly.

Christians, stop hiding behind Grace to consciously constitute a nuisance.

Stop getting comfortable in sin, bad habits and character flaws.

Stop saying ‘That’s how I am’. That’s not how you ought to be.

If when people look at you, they don’t see christ, then that’s not how you ought to be.

Stop demanding ‘unconditional love’ in your Flaws.

Don’t misunderstand me.

Yes!!! it is true that as Christians, we ought to show love unconditionally. But, don’t get comfortable with Flaws because you’re receiving ‘unconditional love.’

Permit me to use an illustration.

XYZ has ‘anger issues’. This anger issue is affecting his friendship/relationship with ZYX.

Of cause, they are both believers. XYZ keeps on expecting ZYX to show him love and affection every time he calms down…

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For in HIM we Live, and Move!!

Dear Kristi Ann, I looked this up, because I had always wondered which poet this was. Paul was quoting from an ancient Greek poet named Aratus, who flourished around 300 B.C. The saint really knew his audience.   —LD

 

Kristi Ann's Haven

Trust in the LORD Jesus-Yeshua with all thine HEART and SOUL!!

( Acts 17:28 KJV ) “For in HIM we Live, and Move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also HIS Offspring.”!!

John 7: 38 KJV ) “He that Believeth on ME, as the Scripture hath Said, out of his ( or anyone ) belly shall flow Rivers of Living Water.”!!

John 17:3 KJV ) “And this is Life Eternal, that they might know Thee the ONLY TRUE GOD, and Jesus-Yeshua Christ-MessiahWhom Thou Hast Sent.”!!

I John 5:7 KJV ) “For there are THREE that bear record in Heaven, the FATHER, the WORD, and the HOLY GHOST: and these THREE are ONE.”!!

John 14:6 KJV ) “Jesus-Yeshua Saith unto him, I AM the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE: no 

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June 27 – It Is Not Treason

From The River Walk blog, a lesson from history as taught by the Bible: we are not obliged to uphold and obey lawless, evil rulers like Athaliah.    —LD

THE RIVER WALK

When she arrived, she saw the newly crowned king standing in his place of authority by the pillar, as was the custom at times of coronation. The commanders and trumpeters were surrounding him, and people from all over the land were rejoicing and blowing trumpets. When Athaliah saw all this, she tore her clothes in despair and shouted, “Treason! Treason!” (2 Kings 11:14)

Read: 2 Kings 10:32-12:21, Acts 18:1-22, Psalm 145:1-21, Proverbs 18:1

Relate: The king is dead. Long live the king. This idea of the immediate transfer of power was still centuries away. At the time of King Ahaziah, the throne would normally pass to the oldest son, but he actually did have to be crowned first. There was a ceremony that would take place at the Temple. He would be anointed by the High Priest, given a copy of the Torah, and a covenant would be made between…

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Good Christian Blogging in Apologetics and Theology is Hard Work

I’m a little late with this, but I do want our friend SlimJim to know his efforts are appreciated.    —LD

 

The Domain for Truth

I believe good (biblical, clear to understand, logical and edifying) Christian Blogging in Apologetics and Theology is hard work.  Sometimes a daily post goes beyond the self-set deadline.  I have been spending a long time last night and this morning working on a post.  I will have to finish it later and schedule it for another time.

Yet I believe it is worth it; for God’s people desiring to grow.  For those who are not Christians using search engines looking for answers.  For those on social media to click on something that is sound and edifying to read in a world that is amusing itself to death.  And of course for the fellowship and friendship on here.

Got to run to my off line responsibilities for now!

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Apologetics Tactics handling the least competent who overrate their skill

From our friend and brother, SlimJim. I could’ve used this advice, a couple of days ago!  –LD

 

The Domain for Truth

There is something called the Dunning–Kruger effect.  It is when people of low ability inaccurately believe their ability is greater than it is.  Here’s a short TED animation video about it:

I think this phenomenon in which incompetent people think they are more knowledgeable than they really are explains the behavior of some such as the troll attacking our series refuting Bible contradictions which I responded to in “Mr. Hodge’s Dodge from Proving a Bible Contradiction.”  That particular individual would assert I need to learn Greek and Hebrew while he himself doesn’t know Greek and Hebrew and somehow he failed to see my posts regularly deal with the Greek and Hebrew when it is relevant.

Although it won’t be easy to deal with an incompetent person who think they are amazing yet what can a Christian apologist do in dealing with such individuals?  Here are six principles to keep in mind.

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Ehrman, Ra and Carrier Are Mistaken: Early Christian Martyrs Did Not Have Mass Hallucinations

You’ve got to read this, folks! Powerful stuff… and we are not alone.   –LD

 

Christian Apologist

I have encountered numerous atheists or agnostics such as Richard Carrier (“Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave”), Aron Ra (via YouTube and Twitter), and Bart Ehrman (“How Jesus Became God”) who posit that early Christian disciples, such as Peter, Paul, James, Mary Magdalene, and John, had “mass hallucinations.” They often admit that these early Christians believed that they saw Jesus (implying the early Christians were honest) – but they posit that they really just had mass hallucinations. The intention of this blog is to share why these atheists and agnostics are incorrect in this assumption.

Hallucinations, Illusions, and Delusions

Psychologists define a hallucination as follows (Grinnell, 2016). “A hallucination is a sensation or sensory perception that a person experiences in the absence of a relevant external stimulus. That is, a person experiences something that doesn’t really exist (except in their mind). A hallucination can occur in any sensory…

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Consuming Fire

Fire brings light–and cleanses. We are not alone.   LD

Unashamed of Jesus

And the light of Israel will become a fire and his Holy One a flame, And it will burn and devour his thorns and his briars in a single day. Isaiah 10:17

Its no mistake that God would reference his Holy One a flame and a fire. The coming of the Holy Spirit which was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost is referenced as a flame and fire throughout the Bible. So why fire? Because fire is used to transform , just as heat is used to forge things or transform a rock into a diamond. It is also used to devour and eliminate such as dead wood or brush

And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. Acts 2:3

When the Holy Spirit came to Jerusalem it was described as “tongues of fire” The Holy Spirit that was…

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“Baby sings at church”

Even a tiny baby can make a joyful noise unto the Lord.   –LD

From ST Lloyd’s “Servehiminthewaiting” blog

 

Serve Him in the Waiting

Even little babies can sing praise. 👼My kids used to do this when I sang to them. So precious!

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