A Look At Messianic Prophecy

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Note: See Part One Here:

Introduction

One of the most prominent themes throughout the Bible is the kingdom of God. The framework of Israel’s existence and self-understanding was formulated from God’s covenant with Israel and Israel’s servant to God the King. Israel is the people of the king, and the holy land is the land of the king’s rule. Given the Messiah is supposed to be the ideal representative of his people, he has a kingly role as well. Let’s look at some of the messianic texts in the Old Testament that speak about the kingly role of the Messiah.

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Who is the One True God? A Look at Prophecy as a Verification Test

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Introduction

The skeptical issue in our culture mostly enters into the religious dialogue in the following way: “In the case of God, who isn’t some physical object but a divine being, what kind of evidence should we expect to find? [1]   There is a tendency to forget that the Bible stresses that sin can dampen the cognitive faculties that God has given us to find Him. Therefore, sin has damaging consequences on the knowing process (Is. 6:9-10; Zech. 7:11-12; Matt. 13:10-13). Thus, people are dead, blinded, and bound to sin.

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Did Jesus’ Disciples Have Hallucinations? (Tolle Lege)

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Most New Testament scholars, even non-believers and skeptics, acknowledge that Jesus’ followers had experiences of Him being alive following His crucifixion.* But a common skeptical reply to this well-founded fact is that these experiences are best explained as hallucinations on the part of the disciples.** But how reasonable is this claim?  In his recent book Can You Believe It’s True: Christian Apologetics in a Modern & Postmodern Era, Dr. John Feinberg offers several reasons the hallucination hypothesis is unconvincing. [Read more…]

Answering Jewish Objections: “Jewish People Don’t Believe in a Suffering/Atoning Messiah”: Part Four

thumbnailca3tlj011This is our final post in our series on Answering Jewish Objections: “Jewish People Don’t Believe in a Suffering/Atoning Messiah.” See Part One, Two, and Three.

Here are some more rabbinical sources:

Messiah of Justice [Meshiah Tsidenu], though we are Thy forebears. Thou are greater than we because Thou didst bear the burden of our children’s sins and our great opresssions have fallen upon Thee….Among the peoples of the world Thou didst bring only derision and mockery to Israel…Thy skin did shrink, and thy body did become dry as wood; Thine eyes were hollowed by fasting, and thy strength became like fragmented pottery –all that came to pass because of the sins of the children-Pesiqta Rabbati, Pisqa 37 (10)

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Review: Jesus on Trial by David Limbaugh

150107-Jesus-on-trialDan Barkman | With endorsements from apologists like Frank Turek and Ravi Zacharias, I had high hopes for David Limbaugh’s Jesus on Trial and the book did not disappoint.  Limbaugh-a New York Times best-selling author-revealed that he has long been fascinated by intellectual defenses of the Christian faith but finally decided to put his thoughts to writing after being challenged about his religious commitments from a longtime friend over dinner.  This conversation was soon followed by a request from his publisher to switch gears in his next book from politics to theology.  Limbaugh soon acquiesced to his publisher’s request and what followed was a book broad in scope while at the same time not lacking in substance.

Limbaugh’s approach was a refreshing change from the theological apriorism present in many apologetic works.  Much like legal experts Gilbert West and Lord Lyttelton (both of whose conversions are discussed), Limbaugh’s method is probably best described as a form of juridical apologetics as he applies his training in law and the evaluation of evidence to the central tenants of the Christian religion.  In doing so he has joined a long list of lawyers from Hugo Grotius to Sir Robert Anderson who have produced strong defenses of Christian theism. [Read more…]