Our Reasons to Believe Scripture verse for today is Colossians 4:5-6. It reads, “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”
Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Charlie H. Campbell. He said, “Many of those who scoff at the trustworthiness of the Bible do so overlooking the fact that thousands of archaeological discoveries have affirmed the historical reliability of the Bible.”
Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled “The Divinity of Christ” part 5 from “The Handbook of Christian Apologetics” by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli.
Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli go on to talk about “Some Clues to the Possibility of Doctrine”:
1. C.S. Lewis calls the Incarnation “myth become fact.” Scattered generously throughout the myths of the ancient world is the strange story of a god who came down from heaven. Some tell of a god who died and rose for the life of man (for example, Odin, Osiris and Mesopotamian corn gods). Just as the Garden of Eden story and the Noah’s flood story appear in many different cultures, something like the Jesus story does too.
For some strange reason, many people think that this fact — that there are many mythic parallels and foreshadowings of the Christian story –points to the falsehood of the Christian story. Actually, the more witnesses tell a similar story, the more likely it is to be true.
The more foreshadowings we find for an event, the more likely it is that the event will happen.
2. There is an analogy in art to the possibility of the Incarnation; an answer to the objection that it is impossible and self-contradictory. Suppose an author inserted himself into his own novel or play or movie as one of his own characters. This character would have a double nature, and would have “come down from heaven,” so to speak — the heaven of the author’s mind — yet he would be a completely human character interacting with the other characters in the story. Alfred Hitchcock frequently did this, inserting himself into his own movies as a character for a fleeting moment. If he can do it, why can’t God?
3. Which brings us to the very simple and logical argument: How do you, the critic who says the Incarnation is impossible, know so much that you can tell God what he can or cannot do? The skeptic should be more skeptical of himself and less skeptical of God. If the objection is that the doctrine of the Incarnation claims too much, claims to know too much, the response is that to deny it claims to know much more. (Logically, a universal negative proposition is the hardest kind to prove.)