11. The Origin of the Bible by Comfort, Packer, Bruce, and Henry: Get a grip on how the Bible was formed and what it means for it to be “infallible”; Canon and Criticism, all wrapped up in a series of fabulous essays.
Likewise, morally speaking, we cannot call someone good — or bad — and we cannot judge some action right – or wrong — without having some sort of standard to judge by. What is the standard that informs us what is good and what is bad, what is right and what is wrong? Where does Christian apologetics this standard come from? What obligation do we have to obey or adhere to this standard — why not simply ignore it? This is called the “grounding question”. It asks the question what is the basis for determining what is good? Furthermore, for this standard to hold any value and have any authority it must be objective and outside of us. Anything else is simply our preferences.
What is the generally recognized definition of “religion”? Well, there’s more than one meaning, as might have been expected. American Heritage dictionary’s first definition applies to monotheistic religions: “Belief in and reverence for a supernatural power recognized as the creator and governor of the universe,” which also is “a particular integrated system of this expression.” Secondly, religion can mean “the spiritual or emotional attitude of one who recognizes the existence of a superhuman power or powers.” These sound innocent enough, right? If a person is a theist, they generally think of God as good and as the ultimate example of goodness.
Ham feels children are being mislead as early as Sunday school. The survey showed that young people who attended Sunday school were actually more likely to have questions surrounding Christianity. He suggested that unqualified Sunday school teachers may be one cause. Another cause, Ham said, was the Sunday school curriculum focusing on Bible stories and character building/morals, instead of also teaching history and science that comes from the Bible. Those subjects were left to be taught in the schools, which may have been sufficient in years past, but not in today’s public school system. Ham continued that the church needs to focus on the Bible and it’s history, instead of worrying about the entertainment value of our worships services.
There is also evidence from early Christian writers outside of the Bible. Irenaeus, for example, was martyred in A.D. 156 and had been a greg bahnsen apologetics for 86 years. He was even a disciple of John the Apostle. Irenaeus, wrote, “So firm is the ground upon which these Gospels rest, that the very heretics themselves bear witness to them, and, starting from these [documents], each one of them endeavours to establish his own particular doctrine” (McDowell, p.53). Another example is Ignatius, the Bishop of Antioch. He knew all the apostles and was a disciple of John the Apostle as well. He lived A.D. 70-110 and was martyred for his faith in Christ (McDowell, p.54).
Bottom line, our nation is loosing Biblical authority. Ham argued that we’re headed in the same direction as Europe and the UK. And when man’s ideas seep into our churches, we are unprepared. Many church leaders respond with a “do not worry, just trust in Jesus” type of remark. Ham questions, “If you can’t trust one part of the book, how can you trust the rest?” And the unspoken answer in America is, many don’t. Many write-off Genesis and the creation account. And then some even proceed to disregard the Gospels and the rest of the Bible.
14, Sweet Child of Mine by Guns and Roses is great if you have a hip dad who wants to rock out for the father daughter wedding song. Just remind him not to hurt himself during the guitar riffs.