Charles Martin Jr's Blog (24)

Animosity Revisited

Four years ago, I posted a blog regarding the actions and words of various people on this site - myself included.  And while I hate to sound like a broken record, it needs to be said again:  We cannot afford to attack people.

Yes, people will be wrong sometimes, but that's no excuse.  Yes, people will have a hard time admitting when they are wrong, but…

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Added by Charles Martin Jr on March 2, 2014 at 6:54am — 4 Comments

The Fall of Man

Our church is doing a series on doctrine, and the pastor gave one of the most moving sermons I have ever heard.  So, rather than pontificate and theorize on my own, I'm merely posting his sermon.  Do yourselves a favor and set aside an hour to listen to it; it's worth it.

 

The Fall: God Judges

Added by Charles Martin Jr on November 9, 2011 at 6:55am — No Comments

Biblical Apologetics: The "Life Verse"

This morning, as I was leaving my doctor's office, I noticed a gentleman reading the Psalms.  I commented that the psalm he was reading (101) was a great psalm, and that I had just finished reading through the Book of Psalms myself.  One bit of conversation lead to another, and he asked me what my "life verse" was. 

 

Now, having grown up in the Baptist tradition, I am more than familiar with the concept of a life verse, and, before we continue, I want to make it clear that the…

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Added by Charles Martin Jr on July 18, 2011 at 8:46am — 1 Comment

A Long Time Coming

For the one or two of you that have read my blogs regularly, I both thank you for reading, and apologize for the delay.  Call it a "blogging retreat," or a "spiritual musing fast;" call it whatever you may wish, but God has brought me face-to-face with my own hypocrisy, and I needed to back up a bit and spend some time in His Word.  Oddly, the lesson started with Batman.

 

I forced my wife, through subtle subterfuge, to watch Batman Begins (as retribution, I will soon…

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Added by Charles Martin Jr on April 16, 2011 at 7:28am — 5 Comments

Psalm 14

"The fool says in his heart,

'There is no God.'"

 

Striking words, when we really look at them, aren't they?  Our arguments and discussions center around those who deny the very existence of God.  Our culture calls them "athiests."  The Bible calls them "fools."  The first is a sterilized word that manages to remain - at least somewhat - inoffensive to our sensibilities as a culture.  The second word is far from sterile - is, in fact, offensive - which is, perhaps, why…

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Added by Charles Martin Jr on February 27, 2011 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

What To Read?

Some recent discussions have prompted me to ask this question in my own life:  is it okay, as Christians and creationists, to read evolutionist material?  While I believe most people in this forum would probably affirm that, there are no doubt many who would be highly offended at the idea.  Why would we, as Christians, ever fill our heads with athiestic garbage?

 

"Ah," the other side would assert, "how can we know their arguments if we don't read them for…

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Added by Charles Martin Jr on February 20, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Like Silver Refined. . . .

A young man on this forum, Nathan, just posted a blog about bias in the public schools.  If anyone in this forum is "on the front lines," it's our students.  Nathan, we commend you for your efforts to uphold the Word of God in such an openly hostile environment.  Thank you.

 

Psalm 12 is a remarkable Psalm (really, which ones aren't remarkable in some way?). …

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Added by Charles Martin Jr on February 13, 2011 at 8:42am — 4 Comments

Robots and Empty Hearts

My wife and I have been watching through the newest remake of Battlestar Galactica.  While that admission alone almost certainly propels the two of us into the "Geek" status, something has just recently crossed my mind about the show and our own humanity.

 

As the characters fight this war between humans and human-like robots, one gets a real sense - almost feels sorry for - these robotic armies that are merely fighting for survival.  Though they are sophisticated…

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Added by Charles Martin Jr on February 6, 2011 at 1:25pm — 4 Comments

Ark Attack!

Ken Ham just published an article on his interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper.  In the interview, Ham's faith and the Ark Project in Northern Kentucky were attacked by a member of the Body of Christ (or, at least, someone who claims to be a member).  The…

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Added by Charles Martin Jr on January 29, 2011 at 8:28am — No Comments

Entertainment Buzz

I love Jurassic Park.  Yes, I'm aware that it's an athiestic, shameless bit of evolutionary propaganda, but I still love the film.  Like most little boys (and even most little girls, I think!), dinosaurs fascinated me like nothing else.  Ankylosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops . . . they were all awesome.  I still have my two or three dozen dinosaur toys somewhere in my attic, in fact. 

 

So I read both books, watched all three movies, and I was enthralled.  Dinosaurs…

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Added by Charles Martin Jr on January 15, 2011 at 8:42am — 4 Comments

In Translation, Pt. 3

What do we do when source documents contradict themselves or are unclear?  What do we do when we can't know for sure what an author originally intended?  How, then, do we convey information accurately?

 

As always, let's start with a non-Biblical example and then move into the Scriptures.  I have a friend who was born in another country and moved here to America when he was in his mid-twenties.  What's interesting about my friend is that he is unsure about how old he…

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Added by Charles Martin Jr on January 9, 2011 at 8:59am — No Comments

In Translation, Pt. 2

If two translations of a text differ, does that make one of them wrong?

 

Sometimes it certainly does.  It is absolutely vital, however, to remember that differences are not always the same as contradictions.  Let's take a look.  We'll start with a non-Biblical example, then move on to the…

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Added by Charles Martin Jr on January 2, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Silly Business of Salvation

I'm currently reading the Welsh mythology of King Arthur.  In many of the stories, Arthur and his gallant knights avenge honor and fight for the helpless, all the while brandishing swords and girding themselves in armor of gold, silver, and other precious metals.  They sound, quite frankly, like the type of saviors most of us would want.

 

If my wife were - God forbid - ever attacked, a sword would be handy.  When she is insulted or mistreated at work, I wish sometimes that I…

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Added by Charles Martin Jr on December 26, 2010 at 12:07pm — No Comments

When the foundations are being destroyed. . . .

This community is remarkable.  It provides a haven for us to refresh our faith, encourage other brothers and sisters, and learn from each other.  It is very, very, remarkable.  We, as a group, are dedicated to defending the Word of God from the very first verse to the very last.

 

And, boy, do we have a fight on our hands. 

 

Our culture - local and global - seems Hell-bent (literally) on attacking the Scriptures.  So we meet, we discuss, we refine ideas, and we…

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Added by Charles Martin Jr on December 18, 2010 at 8:13am — 2 Comments

Memory

We have a very short blog today, that is more a word of encouragement for us. Deuteronomy 11:18 exhorts us to hide God's word in our hearts. Can I share with you from practical experience? The only way to really do that - to hide His word in our hearts, to make it a part of our lives - is to memorize Scripture.

A recent post on this forum talks about neutrality when speaking with unbelievers. I fear that some of the reason we try to remain "neutral" is because we don't…

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Added by Charles Martin Jr on December 4, 2010 at 6:59am — 3 Comments

The Authority of Scripture

There has been a lot of discussion as of late on whether the Bible should be taken literally or figuratively. The obvious answer, of course, is that some parts are literal and some parts are figurative. The question then becomes: how can we tell the difference?

When I approach the Scriptures, I typically follow a set of rules that I like to call "The Logic Test," adapted from Dr. David L. Cooper:

1) When the straightforward reading of Scripture makes sense,…

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Added by Charles Martin Jr on November 28, 2010 at 9:29am — 2 Comments

Psalm 4

Have you ever faced a situation where God seems silent? Maybe you prayed for guidance, or a change, and He didn't answer. One of the reasons I love Psalm 4 is because of David's raw honesty in the first verse:

 

"Answer me when I call to you,

O my righteous God!

Give me relief from my distress;

Be merciful to me and hear my prayer."

 

In college, I walked through a portion of life that was dark and aimless. Satan was assaulting me regularly,…

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Added by Charles Martin Jr on November 21, 2010 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Animosity

Sometimes, people disagree. Sometimes, people disagree and one of them is wrong. Sometimes, people disagree and everyone involved is wrong.

For those of us on this board who are followers of Christ, we should not be surprised when others show up here and disagree with Christianity/the Bible. Remember, before most of us became followers of Christ, we were "enemies of God" as well.

Did you know that there are atheists in this forum who are pretending to…

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Added by Charles Martin Jr on November 13, 2010 at 8:00am — 9 Comments

Marcus Aurelius

One of the last Roman Emperors, Marcus Aurelius, wrote a collection of philosophical musings over the course of his life. While many of them are decidedly un-Biblical, a handful can be applied to the Christian life.

He once wrote: "In the morning, when thou risest unwillingly, let this thought be present: I am rising to the work of a human being. Why then am I dissatisified if I am going to do the things for which I exist and for which I was brought into the world? Or have I…

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Added by Charles Martin Jr on November 6, 2010 at 6:30am — 12 Comments

Proof vs. Evidence

Many of us (creationists and evolutionists alike) often demand "proof" - or present "proof" - for our views; that proof, however, simply cannot exist. What we usually present is evidence. What do I mean?

Let's take this out of the Creation realm and put it more secularly. If you were to assert that there's no such thing as a million dollars, and then demand proof that there is, I would have only one option of proof: to take a physical stack of one million dollars, set…

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Added by Charles Martin Jr on October 30, 2010 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

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