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Lecture 9 in the Apologetics and Evangelism course from For the Mission Institute. In this lesson, Pastor Dan Adams discusses the New Atheism and some answers to the movement. In addition, he addresses nominal Christianity and genuine repentance.

Part of For the Mission’s 2 year missionary training program, see bottom of the page for more details.

For the Mission is a non-profit missions agency located in Pensacola, Florida. We are in the mission to take the Gospel to the nations and make disciples of every people group on earth. The FTM institute functions in partnership with Ekklesia Theological Seminary and support of a few local like-minded churches. It was created as part of FTM’s missionary training/equipping program and seeks to provide free theological teaching for those called to become missionary’s.

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Director of Research for the Institute for Creation Research, Jason Lisle gives a special lecture on how science agrees with the Bible.

Why was modern Science born in Europe, not in China or Egypt? Why did the scientific revolution take off from the 16th Century?

Sociologist Peter Harrison studied the lives and writings of every pioneer of modern science. He came to some surprising conclusions. Some atheists, for example, believe it was godless rationalism that led to scientific thinking. Actually, rationalism is precisely what kept science stuck in a medieval rut.

No scientist today believes one sentence of Aristotle’s Physics, because he used logic, not empirical observation, as his method of finding truth. His book on Physics is philosophy, not science.

Aristotle said that if you drop two balls from a cliff, one twice as heavy as the other, the heavier ball will fall twice as fast. This seemed logical. Therefore, for two thousand years, no one tested it until Galileo actually dropped two balls from the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Muslim intellectuals such as Avirroes followed Aristotle and taught that if Observation contradicts Logic, something had to be wrong with observation. Jesus, on the other hand, asked skeptics to observe his works.

Francis Bacon is called the Father of New Science because he proposed that logic must submit to the authority of observation. If the heavy and light balls fall at the same time, then Logic had to be revised. Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity met that need.

Galileo, Bacon, and Newton pioneered modern science because they put observation above logic and followed the Bible’s teaching that God reveals as well as conceals truth [Proverbs 25:2]. Science is God’s treasure Hunt. He wants us to seek truth.

The Bible says God existed before Creation. He created the logical laws we observe, but He is not bound by them. God is free. If He wanted to, He could incarnate as a human baby through a virgin. Our logic cannot pre-determine what God can or cannot do. Instead, we must go out and observe what He has in fact done.

As a Sociologist, Peter Harrison wanted to understand why this new scientific attitude became a revolution from the 16th Century. He learnt that the single most important factor behind the scientific revolution was the inductive method the Reformation employed in studying the Bible. The Medieval Church could not produce science because it followed Plato’s subjective, allegorical method of studying ancient texts.

The Reformation changed the science of interpreting a text because the Bible called the Church “the pillar and ground of the truth.” [1 Timothy 3:15] The church was not the source of Truth. It was to be the truth’s student and teacher. Truth had greater authority than the church.

The Scientific Revolution took off when this Protestant hermeneutic of reading the Bible literally was applied to the study of nature. Christian scholars, both Roman Catholics as well as Protestants, knew that God had written two books. The Bible was the book of God’s word, while nature and history constituted the book of God’s works. God was the author of Scriptures and nature, therefore, both had to be studied “literally”, inductively, objectively.

This worldview inspired Christian universities to study nature. That is why at the entrance of the world’s first scientific laboratory, the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, is inscribed Psalm 111:2: “Majestic are the works of the Lord. Those who delight in them study them.”

That desire to study the works of God produced modern science.

PHILOSOPHY OF NUMBERS

In this video, astrophysicist and author, Dr. Jason Lisle, presents a compelling argument for God being the creator of the universe. It’s entitled “The Secret Code Of Creation”. Dr. Lisle showcases the Mandelbrot set of numbers, their infinitude and complexity, and speaks on the One who could have created such an intricate concept.

Dr. Lisle is speaker and author of the following books:

1. The Ultimate Proof of Creation: Resolving the Origins Debate

2. Discerning Truth: Exposing Errors in Evolutionary Arguments

3. The Stargazer’s Guide to the Night Sky

4. Taking Back Astronomy: The Heavens Declare Creation

5. Why Genesis Matters

Did you know that you owe your ability to read and write to a 16th century European movement called the Protestant Reformation?

500 years ago the child of a fisherman, shepherd or carpenter could not go to school in Europe. Education was in Latin, mainly for those who wanted to serve the church.

The Protestant Reformation took education from the elite and gave it to everyone. Why? Because the Bible taught that ignorance and deception was the kingdom of Satan (in Revelation 20), but that God wanted all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. [1 Timothy 2:4]

In order to reform Europe, Martin Luther demolished elitist education. In 1520 he wrote a letter to the Christian nobility in Germany, expounding the Bible’s teaching that every child of God, whatever his colour, class or gender, is a royal priest [1 Peter 2:9]. He called this doctrine the “Priesthood of all believers.”

Every priest needs to know God. That requires studying God’s word. That, in turn, required the Bible to be available in the languages of the people. Luther himself translated the Bible into German. But people who spoke German dialects did not read their language. That required schools.

Who will pay for building schools? In 1524, Luther wrote another letter to the Councilmen of all Cities in Germany. Using Scriptures such as Psalm 78, Luther argued that City Councils were responsible to build and maintain schools.

God is our “Father” means that a man has to be more than an animal. He has to nurture and teach his children as does God.

By 1530 Luther realised that parents were a part of the problem. They could not see why children should go to school, if their life was to be spent milking cows, chopping wood, or bringing up babies.

Therefore, Luther asked parents to send children to school and keep them there. His appeal rested upon God’s Word. Poor peasants wanted their children to help with the family’s meagre income. Luther asked them to trust and obey God’s Word: to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness. [Matthew 6: 31-33] That would be God’s way to improve their economic life

Did it work?

By the year 1600, at least 300 German cities and towns had established schools. These were so effective that, as early as 1537, a political opponent, the Roman Catholic theologian John Zwick, stated that if he were a boy again, he would attend a Lutheran school. They imparted better education because the schools were not established to make money. Their purpose was to help every child seek God’s kingdom.

The education of illiterate masses was God’s idea. He gave a written text, the Ten Commandments, to Hebrew slaves who were shepherds and brick-makers. They were oral learners. God wanted to transform them into a great nation. Therefore He required them to learn to read, write, think (meditate) and teach His written Word.

Turning oral languages of the masses into literary languages makes printing and publishing commercially viable mass media. Making the language of the common man, the language of learning, literature, and law democratises knowledge. It is the foundation of modern democracy. You cannot have a government of the people, for the people and by the people unless it functions in the language of the people.

The Bible turned dialects into literary languages. It inspired the missionary movement to translate and publish the Bible into every major language. That has globalized the Bible’s idea of universal education.

Lesson 7 in the Apologetics and Evangelism Course. In this lesson, Pastor Dan Adams discusses the Old Testament Canon – its books, organization, inspiration, and authority.

Part of For the Mission’s 2 year missionary training program, see bottom of the page for more details.

For the Mission is a non-profit missions agency located in Pensacola, Florida. We are in the mission to take the Gospel to the nations and make disciples of every people group on earth. The FTM institute functions in partnership with Ekklesia Theological Seminary and support of a few local like-minded churches. It was created as part of FTM’s missionary training/equipping program and seeks to provide free theological teaching for those called to become missionaries.

Dr. Jason Lisle explains the Christmas Star in a way that might make you evaluate your current understanding of this amazing historic event.

Why did the Reformation liberate whole nations from political tyranny?

The Sixteenth Century Reformation began as a spiritual movement in the heart of a university professor. When Martin Luther nailed his 95-Theses to the door of his University’s church, he was protesting against the corruption of religion. So how did the Reformation create the political system that the Enlightenment later labelled democracy?

In 1999, friends took me to see the Huguenot Monument in the village of Franschooek in South Africa. The Huguenots were French Protestants who fled persecution. Their monument explains modern political freedom more meaningfully than the Statue of Liberty in New York. The Huguenot woman is not wearing a crown, for she is neither a queen nor a goddess. She represents ordinary people. She wears a broken chain in her right hand and holds an open Bible in her left.

Why was this sixteenth-century European woman holding the Bible instead of Plato’s Republic or Aristotle’s Politics?

Muslims and Europeans had been studying the Greek classics for centuries, yet they were ruled by tyrants. A French woman holding a vernacular Bible could have been burnt at the stake. Tyrants had good reason to fear the Bible. It presented a God who delivered the Hebrews from the slavery of Pharaoh.

Why did the woman hold the Bible? Because it was the Bible that fired the modern quest for freedom. Martin Luther was the first to write a treatise On Christian Liberty in 1520. The monument honors the cross on the very top because the Cross empowered the French Protestants to accept suffering, exile, and even martyrdom in their quest for liberty.

The Huguenots’ murderers were nurtured on Greek and Roman classics. These gave them no notion of the freedom of conscience or belief. No concept of freedom of speech or assembly. Everyone was a subject – without a right to life or liberty.

Democracy in Greek city-states never worked for more than a few decades. They always degenerated into mob rule. Plato experienced Greek democracy as the social chaos that murdered his mentor Socrates. Therefore he condemned democracy as the worst of all political systems and promote rule by a “Philosopher King”. This inspired Aristotle to train Alexander the Great – one of history’s most ruthless conquerors.

Alexander’s conquests Hellenized much of the world by spreading Greek language and culture. Yet nowhere did Hellenization inspire democratic freedom.

Europe’s democratization began when the Reformers returned to the Bible and asked: How does God want us to govern our nations?

Scottish reformers implemented the Bible’s teaching that the Lord Jesus shed his blood to set us free; to make us priests and kings. This doctrine of the Kingship of all Believers was called “Popular Sovereignty.” Later, the Scottish Enlightenment renamed it “Democracy.”

I became aware of the gospel’s power to liberate nations when I heard our first prime minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. He began, “Fellow citizens, I have come to you as your first servant, because that is what the term prime minister literally means.” I was amazed. No ruler in India’s long history had ever seen himself as a servant. Pandit Nehru did so because he studied the Bible’s political thought in Britain.

The Gospel is that “Jesus is Lord”. That abolishes the lordship of men. The Lord Jesus himself washed the feet of his disciples and taught, “Whoever wants to be first among you, must become your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.”

In Britain, the Gospel made the First Servant (Prime Minister) more important than the king.

This is lesson 6 in the Apologetics and Evangelism Course. In this lesson, Pastor Dan Adams discusses internal and external reasons why we believe the Bible is true. Pastor Dan also, shares a brief way to share the gospel using just one verse of the Bible – Romans 6:23.

Part of For the Mission’s 2 year missionary training program, see bottom of the page for more details.

For the Mission is a non-profit missions agency located in Pensacola, Florida. We are in the mission to take the Gospel to the nations and make disciples of every people group on earth. The FTM institute functions in partnership with Ekklesia Theological Seminary and support of a few local like-minded churches. It was created as part of FTM’s missionary training/equipping program and seeks to provide free theological teaching for those called to become missionaries.

Dr. Jason Lisle sharing the gospel in the open air in Denton TX. The crowd gets a little upset.

For more on Dr. Jason Lisle and the Biblical Science Institute: http://www.biblicalscienceinstitue.com

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