Church of the Living God

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  • GCengage: If God is so good, why are his people so bad?

    There is a growing question in our culture: why do God’s people do so many bad things in his name?  Christopher Hitchens wrote the book that captured the overall sentiment ( God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything), but plenty of other voices have chimed in. How do we respond in a way that is […]

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  • GCengage: Do Pain and Evil Disprove God? (A New Testament Perspective)

    Read Part One: Do Pain and Evil Disprove God? Two Skeptical Challenges Read Part Two: Do Pain and Evil Disprove God? Three Talking Points Scripture never assumes that God must explain to us why He brings about or permits the things  He does (read Job, for example). However, the New Testament writers spend quite a […]

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  • GCengage: Do Pain and Evil Disprove God? (Three Talking Points)

    (Read Part One: Do Pain and Evil Disprove God? Two Skeptical Challenges)  #1 Everyone has to deal with the problem of evil Everyone seems to agree: something has gone horribly wrong. Existence could be different; maybe it even ought to be different. Wherever we look in the world, and in every corner of the past […]

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  • GCengage: Do Pain and Evil Disprove God? (Two Skeptical Challenges)

    The problem of suffering and pain in a world that the theist claims has been created by an all-loving, all-powerful, all-knowing God has long been a flashpoint in the debate surrounding God’s nature and existence. The argument about the mere presence of evil pushes the limits of human history (i.e. Job), but the escalated horrors […]

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  • GCengage: Do Miracles Happen?

    Miracles matter a lot to followers of Christ. The heart of our faith is the Resurrection.  That miracle must have occurred in order for our faith to be valid. For a Resurrection we need an Incarnation – and that’s a miracle.  For the world in which the Incarnation occurs, we need a Creation – and […]

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  • GCengage: Is God A Monster?

    Richard Dawkins famously wrote: “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” That kind of accusation makes sense coming from […]

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  • GCengage: Was Jesus Just A Myth?

    I love the Facebook page “Did Abe Lincoln Really Exist?”  It’s a satirical page that takes the same arguments people use to claim  Jesus was a myth and applies them to the life and record of Abraham Lincoln. It’s funny, but it highlights a serious topic: Did Jesus exist?  Movies Like Zeitgeist, The Da Vinci Code […]

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  • GCengage: Is the Bible Reliable?

    The Da Vinci Code put the criticism of the reliability of the Bible on the cultural map by embedding several controversial claims into the public square: The accepted history of Christianity is a lie. The Gospels are remarkably inaccurate. Constantine got rid of other competing gospels. Judaism and early Christianity were actually religions of goddess […]

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  • GCengage: Do All Roads Lead To God?

    Religious people generally choose one of four different positions when talking about God: exclusivism, inclusivism, pluralism or universalism.   Exclusivism (particularism). There is one true religion. An exclusivist follower of Christ claims Christianity is the only true religion, and salvation is impossible without explicit trust in Christ.  Inclusivism. Others can experience the benefits of the one true […]

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  • GC:engage – Can Truth Be Known?

    In Acts 17, the Greek philosophers told Paul he had some “strange ideas” about God because he talked about Jesus and the Resurrection. Paul responded by giving them this classic speech in which he quoted their poets and writers and while making a general case for the God’s existence before arriving at the conclusion that […]

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