Theism includes any philosophy which claims that some kind of God or gods exist.
Keywords: Theism, Atheism, Philosophy, True, God, Deductive.
Theistic claims are true .
Either there are no gods, and therefore atheistic claims are true, or there is at least one god, and therefore theistic claims are true.
Premise 1: If atheistic claims are false, then theistic claims are true.
Premise 2: Atheistic claims are false.
Conclusion: Therefore, theistic claims are true.
Since atheistic claims are deductively false, theistic claims are therefore deductively true.
In Printed Form
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.
"Why does Jesus say he will reject all those who believe in him as Lord in Matthew Chapter 7 Verse 21-23?"
Matthew 7:21-23 (NASB) says: "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.
"Can you conceive of any specific thing that, if it happened, would cause you to change your position on the God issue? If so, what is it? If not, then why not?"
No. I could certainly modify my positions on specific minor issues if it were demonstrated to me that scripture, or plain logic not contradicting scripture, were opposed to my views. But that would be it. My worldview will not change because I know Jesus. When you know someone, you know that you know them. People can try their hardest to convince you that you don't, but you do. I know Christ and I recognize the work of the Holy Spirit in me (John 10:27, 14:26).
"Should modern mainstream religions be considered cults?"
Modern mainstream religions could be considered "cults", and every form of Atheism could as well. But why should it matter if that particular term can be applied? Why would we want to call every modern mainstream religion a "cult" apart from a desire to provoke some type of defensive emotional reaction from religious persons? And why would anyone be interested in manipulating such a reaction?