Seventh Day Adventism:  A power point on the history and teachings of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.  See notes below.  Taught by John Oakes in Jakarta 1/07/2010.  Seventh Day Adventism 155.50 Kb     7th Day Adventism Grew out of Millerite Adventist movement in the 1840s Miller prophesied that Jesus Christ would come back October 22, […]

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Roman Catholicism:  A Power Point.   See notes below.  roman_catholicism 149.50 Kb                                            Roman Catholicism A ridiculously brief history of Catholicism: The history of the Christian church can be summarized as the gradual corruption of primitive Christianity into a paganized, hierarchical, Roman Catholic Church. Interestingly, Catholics can legitimately claim that their church traces back to […]

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Question: Could you point me towards any resources that would help me preach the gospel to one of my former students who has embraced Taoism?  Answer: Forgive me for stating the obvious, but your best resource is the Bible, and more specifically Jesus.  I would point my Taoist friend toward the scriptures and toward Jesus.   […]

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Question: Does the term: "God of gods" used in Deuteronomy 10:17, Psalms 136:2, Daniel 2:47,  and Daniel 11:36 show that there are other gods?   1 Corinthians 8:5 states there are many gods and Psalms 82:1 says God gives judgment "among the gods."  Of course there’s one true God, the Almighty but would this support the belief […]

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Question: I recently had someone tell me that Jesus spent his "lost years" studying other religions.  I am aware that there are unproven theories that Jesus travelled to India and Gladstonbury but no mention about whether he studied other religions.  I want to be fully informed before I answer this person. Answer: This is one […]

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Question: I am part of the Dubai inter-cultural fellowship here in Dubai. Some of my co-workers who are Muslim ask me how can I explain that their religion is the last & final one.  They say Jesus is already passed.  They say Islam is the last & final religion.  How can you answer this claim?  I told them that […]

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Question:  Were the Elohim the Anunnaki’s?  Answer:  Many people try to claim that the Jews borrowed their idea about Jehovah from the neighboring peoples: especially from the religions in Mesopotamia.   This is certainly not a new claim.   I will admit that there is at least some marginal parallel between some of the concepts the Jewish […]

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Question: What do you think about the time factor explained by Dr Zakir?  He says that Christ did not complete the three days & three nights in the heart of the earth. Please, enlighten me on that issue.  Answer; I looked around for a while but could not find the specific Youtube video you are talking about.  […]

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Question/Comment: Your interpretation of Sura 19:32-33 is a little inaccurate. This is a quote from Jesus, not about Jesus, about what he knew of his life. He could not see the future, and therefore made a statement about what everyone knows, we live, we die. He didn’t know that his life would bring about uncommon […]

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Question: How would I go about defending the Bible translation as  accurate in comparison to the New World Translation that the Jehovah Witnesses use? Answer: First of all, I do not want to discourage you, but I am afraid that the majority of Jehovah’s Witness believers are so well trained to not think or ask […]

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Question: Many Islamic apologists claim that the Quran contains scientifically accurate information regarding embryology, can you comment on  this? Answer; Muslims have a problem in the intellectual realm.  This problem is that on the apologetic level they cannot compete with Christianity.  They do not have fulfilled prophecy.  They do not have miracles confirming the message.  […]

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  Scientific Materialism/Naturalism an article by John Oakes, PhD Apologetics and the Christian World View Part II Scientific Materialism/Naturalism In the previous essay we looked at why people ought to think carefully about their view of the world, and at the importance of forming and holding to a consistent world view.  We have considered a […]

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Question: I have a friend who is a member of Seventh Day Adventist. He mentioned  the observance of Sabbath days (Saturday), and the Law according to the Old Testament. He said that when Jesus died the ceremonial law has been fulfilled while the moral law still stands. is this true?  They don’t eat pork and […]

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How did the Muslim religion get its start? Answer; The religion was started by Mohammed.  He claims to have had a vision and a series of visitations by the angel Gabriel.   He began his ministry in AD 610, at the age of 40.  Mohammed created a religion fashioned after Judaism, about which he had a […]

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Question: A Muslim that I talked to argues that Muhammed was predicted in the Bible in Isaiah chapter 29 verse 12:  "And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned."  He claims that this is exactly what happend when Mohammed recieved […]

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Question: I was reading the website of Yusuf Estes. A muslim apologist who used to be a Christian Minister. He claims that in his study of the Bible he saw the Bible is littered with contradictions, and that after reading the Koran he saw it had no errors and so could only be from God.  How […]

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The following is the notes by Dr. Robert Kurka from his class on the Christian worldview and that of other world religions at the 2008 International Apologetics Conference.    2008 International Apologetics Conference                                Dr. Robert C. Kurka                                                                                                      Chicago, IL                                                                    Prof., Theology and Church in Culture June 6-8, 2008                                                               Lincoln Christian Seminary                      […]

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Question: I am from India, a country with majority of Hindus. Hinduism is now proclaiming itself to be the ‘most glorious religion’. ‘Human Gods’,with ability to show miracles,are sprouting up in Hindu community.  Many Indian Christians are attracted to Hinduism through such miracles. Have you done a comparative study of Hinduism & Christianity? How can […]

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Question:,The Jehovah’s Witness say God did not want us concuming blood in the O.T and that it continue in the N.T . In Acts 21:25 God does not let us use the blood to help other people. Therefore it is wrong to give or receive a blood transfusion. I do not believe this, but where […]

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Question:,Is this world real or maya? Will there be an end? Will there be any hereafter?,Answer,First of all, I deeply apologize for such a delayed response. I have gotten behind with the new semester.,The answer will depend on your world view. If you accept the Hindu or the Buddhist or the Jaina worldview, then you […]

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Question: I see what you say about the laws of the old testament having been “fulfilled” and therefore do not have to be followed. However, many Jews still do follow those rules and, it has to be said that in doing so they are following the word of God as that is what is written […]

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Question: 1) Is there anything distinctively Christian about apologetics? Why or why not? Do all religions include apologetics? Why or Why not?;2) How much do you think natural human reason can accomplish in religion? In general?;3) What good does it do to argue for your faith? What harm can it do?;4) How useful are merely […]

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Question: How does the zodiac principle relate to the Bible if they do and was the system of the zodiac developed before the Bible? Also , many people believe that the repetition of specific numbers i.e 7 , 3 , 40 , 12 are related to the zodiac.Who influenced who in this subject? Answer: The […]

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Question:,You agree with me that there was probably some sort of oral tradition given to the Jews which did not make it into the Old Testament. (editor’s note: this is based on an earlier question and answer) I would like to ask you the following three questions:,1) What purpose do you think this oral tradition […]

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Question: Could you please provide me with scriptures to explain why 1st communion is non Biblical and scriptures about workshiping “saints” “virgin mary” “etc.” I am currently engaging a catholic family and I would like to have scriptures at hand to over with them. Answer: I do not have any scriptures about these topics. This […]

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Does the Catholic Church have false doctrines? The answer is yes it does. The Catholic Church teaches a whole raft of false doctines. 1. The Immaculate Conception (that Mary was born of a virgin birth) 2. Transubstantiation (that the bread and wine actually turn in to the literal physical body and blood of Jesus when […]

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I’m studying bible with a friend but my friend is adventist. Please send me the real message about the “sabbath” and the day to worship God, because my friend is convicted that the day is sunday.what can i do? Answer: My advice is that you avoid a big debate over the Sunday issue. Bottom line, […]

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