Episode 429: In a recent debate, a progressive Christian made the assertion that Jewish rabbis identified six different genders. In this episode I explore this claim by going to the Mishnah Bikkurim 4 to see what it says and whether or not this uninspired collection of rabbinic tradition actually affirms six genders. Then, I explore the unfortunate reality of chromosomal abnormalities which are not different genders but genetic disorders which numerous health problems. Finally, I take down the simply faulty reading of the Hebrew text by rabbis of Genesis 30.21 which they appeal to support their claim that Dinah was a transwoman.
Episode 428: Andy Stanley is the most recent example of the downgrade of Scripture with his insistence upon the resurrection above the Bible and claiming “the Bible says” is not an adequate answer in modern culture. But it is becoming a common occurrence for someone to say something like, “The Word of God is Jesus, not the Bible.” Or “the Bible never promised that the Bible was coming.” These & other claims are exposed in this episode as we take a deep dive into 2 Timothy 3.15-4.2, especially focusing on the phrase, “All Scripture is God-breathed” in verse 16.
Episode 427: “Could Jesus have sinned?” Most people assume that since Jesus was tempted, and for a temptation to be a true temptation it must be possible for the person tempted to sin, that “Yes, Jesus could have sinned.” In this episode, we cut this assumption out at the knees theologically and Christologically by situating divine impeccability, the doctrine that God is unable to sin, within the person of Christ, He being fully human and fully divine. Just in time for Epiphany!
Episode 426: The conclusion of the study where we explore the causes, both anthropological & theological, of unbelief. After a quick run through the final reason given by Wilbur Smith in chapter 3 of Therefore Stand, I turn to review & advance the reasons Jesus gives for people’s unbelief. I offer critique of a couple popular commentaries within the churches of Christ before wrapping everything up. A lot of ground covered in 30 minutes!
Episode 425: Why is it that some people believe but others do not? I pick up Wilbur Smith’s chapter “Some Reasons for the Unbelief of Men and Their Antagonism Toward God” from Therefore Stand, a prescient chapter which could have been written yesterday though it was written 80 years ago. Then, we discuss the theological reasons people do not believe based on Jesus’ words in John 10, esp. vs. 25-26.
Episode 424: Propositions 1 and 28 passed in California last week. The former amended the constitution to protect abortion. The latter provides funding for K-12 art education. In this episode, I expose the gross inconsistency of these seemingly diametrically opposed propositions which is a reflection of the noetic effects of sin on fallen humanity. Yet another sign of the judgment of God.
Episode 423: Why is it that some people believe but others do not? I take a look at Wilbur M. Smith’s chapter “Some Reasons for the Unbelief of Men and Their Antagonism to God” from Therefore Stand which, while written nearly 80 years ago may as well have been written yesterday, outlines several causes of unbelief. Of his fifteen causes I look at six before, during the back half of the program, launching into Jesus’ explanation of unbelief from John 8.31-47, especially verse 46-47.
Episode 422: Following Budzisewski in The Revenge of Conscience, I continue to give examples and explain the function of guilt, guilty feelings, and guilty knowledge at an individual level at at a societal level, even impacting the zeitgeist. These include gender, sexuality, marriage, and more.
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Episode 421: I walk through Romans 1.18ff in order to demonstrate the offended conscience and how fallen humans in rebellion do not get better but double down on their sin. Following Budzisewski in The Revenge of Conscience, I continue to give examples and explain the function of guilt, guilty feelings, and guilty knowledge at an individual level at at a societal level, even impacting the zeitgeist.
Episode 420: God has built into every human a mechanism whereby behavior is deemed moral or immoral. Such moral judgment, first, is rooted in natural law, i.e., what we cannot not know since it is, at some level, known by everyone, and second, functions as a moral common sense at both a societal level as well as a personal level. Following J. Budzisewski in his book The Revenge of Conscience, I breakdown what guilt, guilty feelings, and guilty knowledge looks like and begin to give examples.