This atheist thinks you’re committing a “logical and hypocritical fallacy” by believing Christian miracles and rejecting the miracles of other religions:
Christians accept without reservation that the miracles described in the Bible were actual historical events. However, at the same time they discount the miracle stories of other religions, such as:
Mohammed’s night journey to Jerusalem and then to heaven
Mohammed splitting of the moon
Mohammed’s food and water multiplication
The spider web protecting Mohammed in the cave….
What should be evident to an objective person is that the evidence for the Christian miracles is no more convincing than the evidence for non-Christian miracles. To selectively believe one religion’s miracles while discounting all of the others is a logical and hypocritical fallacy. It is highly unlikely that all of the world’s proclaimed miracles are true, still unlikely that the miracles of one religion are true and the others false, but otherwise it is very likely that they are all false.
How would you answer this objection? Give it a try in the comments below, and we’ll hear Alan’s answer on Thursday.
Relativism Undermines the Mission of the Church by Brett Kunkle: “[I]f religious claims turn out to be subjective, they are merely preferences of individuals, just like our preference in ice cream flavors. Does this idea have consequences? Absolutely. Think about it. How much passion do you feel for your favorite flavor of ice cream? Would you attempt to convince customers inside the local ice cream parlor they should only choose your favorite flavor? Would you stand in front of the parlor, handing out brochures listing five arguments why your favorite flavor of ice cream is the one true flavor? Of course not. We don’t take preferences that seriously. But if religion is like a preference in ice cream, wouldn’t we approach it the same way?” (Read more.)
Two Things to Remember When Discussing Creation with Other Christians by Tim Barnett: “When it comes to this issue there are two key principles that all Christians should keep in mind. The first principle is that Christians gather truth about creation from two sources: general revelation and special revelation. Nature is God’s general revelation and Scripture is God’s special revelation. God communicates through both sources of revelation, and both need to be studied and interpreted. This leads to the second principle: everyone interprets.” (Read more.)
Inoculate, Don't Isolate by Alan Shlemon: “Abortion-choice advocates. Angry college students. Graphic pictures of abortion. Not really what you want to expose your ten-year-old son to. That’s what I did, though. I took my son to the center of UCLA’s campus during an abortion protest and had him engage abortion-choice advocates that were twice his age.” (Read more.)
Crossway published a terrific little book on prayer that can have a big impact on your prayer life. Donald S. Whitney's book, Praying the Bible, is under 100 pages. It'll take no time to read, but it'll give you plenty of practical, insightful counsel on how to enrich your prayer life by praying through Bible passages. Whitney says that this is how we can learn a biblical way of praying and it provides fresh content for our prayers so that it doesn't become routine and dull. Praying the Psalms is how we learn to pray, he states. The Psalms are the Bible's prayer book so it's a particularly good place to start. Praying Scripture keeps us engaged in prayer in a more meaningful and motivating way than the routines we tend to get into.
The book (let me say again, it's under 100 pages) walks through the method so it's easy to grasp how it's done. To supplement the book, Crossway has a five-day email series of videos featuring Whitney teaching and modeling how to pray the Bible.