PODCAST: The Evidence for the Truth of Christianity in Light of World Religions #16 eith Daniel Whyte III

Welcome to The Evidence for the Truth of Christianity in Light of World Religions podcast. This is episode #16

I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Today’s passage of Scripture is 1 Peter 3:15 which reads: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”

Today’s quote is from J. C. Ryle. He said: “For my own part, I believe that in dealing with skeptics, and unbelievers, and enemies of the Bible, Christians are too apt to stand only on the defensive. They are too often content with answering this or that little objection, or discussing this or that little difficulty, which is picked out of Scripture and thrown in their teeth. I believe we ought to act on the aggressive far more than we do, and to press home on the adversaries of [Biblical] inspiration the enormous difficulties of their own position.”

Our topic for today is titled “Biblical Apologetics” from “The Encyclopedia of Apologetics”

NEW TESTAMENT APOLOGETICS
Jesus Himself often referred to Old Testament prophecies as being fulfilled in His own life and mission. In Luke 24:44, the risen Saviour refers to the entire canon of the Hebrew Bible (Law, Prophets, and Psalms) as being written about Himself. Tasker observes: “In our Lord’s judgment the Old Testament foreshadowed the part which He Himself was to play in bringing to its glorious climax the divine plan for man’s salvation.” He also points to Jesus’ numerous allusions to the Old Testament as unmistakable evidence of His comprehensive knowledge of the Hebrew Scripture and His personal evaluation of it as eternal truth. Thus, Tasker concludes, “The Old Testament was the final authority to which our Lord invariably appealed without apology in His controversies with His opponents in order to justify His claims, vindicate His authority and substantiate His judgments.”

R.T. France, in Jesus and the Old Testaments, has done as fine a job as anyone in surveying Jesus’ apologetic use of the Old Testament. He begins with types of Jesus in the Hebrew Scriptures, which include Jonah’s miraculous deliverance; Solomon’s wisdom that brought the response of Gentiles; David’s authority over the law; and Elijah and Elisha’s ministries to Gentiles. Next, France points to the messianic psalms as typological predictions of specific events in the life of Christ, such as Psalm 22 (crucifixion), Psalm 16 (resurrection) and Psalm 24 (exaltation). France focuses the majority of his study on the use of Old Testament prediction as a New Testament apologetic defense of the credibility of Jesus as the promised Messiah. These include predictions of the Messiah as the Branch; David’s Lord; the King who enters Jerusalem on a donkey; the One Who is pierced; the Shepherd; the Servant of the Lord; the Anointed One; the Son of Man.

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next podcast.

Today, dear friend, we will begin reading “Book 1, Chapter 2” of “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis:

Chapter 2. Some Objections

If they are the foundation, I had better stop to make that foundation firm before I go on. Some of the letters I have had show-that a good many people find it difficult to understand just what this Law of Human Nature, or Moral Law, or Rule of Decent Behaviour is.

For example, some people wrote to me saying, “Isn’t what you call the Moral Law simply our herd instinct and hasn’t it been developed just like all our other instincts?” Now I do not deny that we may have a herd instinct: but that is not what I mean by the Moral Law. We all know what it feels like to be prompted by instinct—by mother love, or sexual instinct, or the instinct for food. It means that you feel a strong want or desire to act in a certain way. And, of course, we sometimes do feel just that sort of desire to help another person: and no doubt that desire is due to the herd instinct. But feeling a desire to help is quite different from feeling that you ought to help whether you want to or not. Supposing you hear a cry for help from a man in danger.

You will probably feel two desires—one a desire to give help (due to your herd instinct), the other a desire to keep out of danger (due to the instinct for self-preservation). But you will find inside you, in addition to these two impulses, a third thing which tells you that you ought to follow the impulse to help, and suppress the impulse to run away. Now this thing that judges between two instincts, that decides which should be encouraged, cannot itself be either of them. You might as well say that the sheet of music which tells you, at a given moment, to play one note on the piano and not another, is itself one of the notes on the keyboard. The Moral Law tells us the tune we have to play: our instincts are merely the keys.

Lord willing, we will continue reading “Book 1, Chapter 2” of “Mere Christianity” in our next podcast.

Let’s Pray —

Before we close, dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.

May God bless you and keep you until we meet again.