World Religions and Cults (vol 2)
Along with numerous other authors including Don Landis, Bodie Hodge and Roger Patterson,
Timothy McCabe contributes analyses of various world religions and cults in this volume
from Master Books.
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Does God make us sin?
If God made everything, does He make us sin? Recognized as one of the most critical aspects of
the philosophical question known as “the problem of evil”, responses to this question from
Christians have been both incredibly diverse and strenuously adamant. And often,
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If God knows the future, do I have a choice?
There are many who insist that a choice, a true choice, cannot be foreknown. The outcome cannot be
predetermined, or it isn’t really a choice. They recognize that if the outcome is predetermined,
then the one who chooses could never have chosen otherwise...
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Deductive Proof of a Rational God
Is it really possible to deductively prove the existence of a rational God? The answer, believe it
or not, lies in the question itself. Is it possible to prove anything at all? Where to we get the
idea of proof from? What is our framework for thought, and is it actually rational?
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"What is an easy way to demonstrate that open theism is false?"
Open theism is the belief that god exists, but does not know the future outcomes of human choices. Instead, he finds out about them when they happen. Open theism renders all human conclusions completely irrational. A god who does not know what the future holds clearly did not design the future. And if he did not design the future, then there is no good reason to believe that it must behave in the way he wants it to behave.
"Apologeticspress.org and CARM.org disagree on whether baptism is needed for salvation. Both are Christian and both quote the Bible in support. Who is right and why?"
Water baptism is not a prerequisite for salvation. The apostle Paul, writing in the Book of Romans, chapter 4, focusing in on verses 9-10, provides an argument that the process of physical circumcision, the cutting off of the male foreskin, a practice commanded under the law of Moses, is not necessary to be made acceptable to God. While circumcision and baptism are not to be equated, the argument Paul makes is applicable to both. His argument can be presented as follows: P1.
"If god is perfect, how did he manage to create imperfection?"
In answer, I will assume this question is referring essentially to sinful humans and fallen angels (or demons). So, rephrased, what I understand this question to be asking is how a perfect God could have created sinful people. Self-described Christians generally offer, to my knowledge, one of three answers to this. 1.