It's very dismaying that some Christians think Oprah teaches Biblical ideas consistent with Christianity. She doesn't. Even though there may be some similarity in language, she talks about g-o-d, and quotes (or misquotes) the Bible, what she teaches has more to do with westernized Hinduism and humanism than what the Bible really teaches. Christians need to be discerning and not read into her use of similar language and evaluate the meaning and ideas she is conveying.
And on the subject of the rapture much discussed because of Harold Camping's false prophecies and teaching....The Bible doesn't teach the rapture, it teaches the Second Coming. The critical nature of this is that Christians have to be prepared to go through the Tribulation because the Bible doesn't teach that we'll be rescued from suffering. It teaches that God will be with us through suffering, and He will defeat evil when the end comes at the Second Coming.
If you live in Southern California, I'd like to invite you to join Greg Koukl and me for dinner on Friday, June 3. I'll share several stories about how God is using my work at Stand to Reason to make inroads among Muslims, abortion-choice advocates, and non-believers. Then, Greg will explain the importance of partnering with me to train Christians to defend their convictions.
The event will be catered by La Taquiza. They'll cook the carne asada and chicken on-site and then serve it to you fresh with tortillas and all the fixings. The meal has been paid for so there's no cost to you for the event.
You can RSVP either at the Facebook event page or by emailing Dawnielle Hodgman at Dawnielle@str.org
Pass on this invitation to anyone you know who is interested in apologetics or fulfilling the Great Commission. If they're not familiar with my work, they can view samples of my teaching here:
Greg is literally gone fishing on vacation. So on the program Sunday we'll play his message "The New Atheists: Old Arguments, New Attitude." We'll also play an hour of "best-of" commentaries, and re-air an interview with Dr. Gary Habermas. Only on-air - sorry no podcast. Listen live or streaming.
How are you putting your apologetics knowledge to work? So many people are training themselves in apologetics through their own research or by attending universities like Biola or Southern Evangelical Seminary for apologetics degrees. They do this on the side because they love it, not yet knowing how the degree will be used.
If you’re one of these people, you should look into Ratio Christi, a fairly new apologetics organization that is seeking to change the intellectual atmosphere at universities by bringing Christianity into public, academic discussion. Their goal is to start on-campus apologetics clubs at 500 universities in the next five years. This is where you come in--because it’s also Ratio Christi’s goal to connect each of these clubs with a person who has been trained in apologetics (but who probably has a different day job) to act as chapter director.
Ratio Christi helps each chapter organize one or two campus-wide events a year by connecting them with speakers and debaters like William Lane Craig and Gary Habermas, helping them find the funding, etc. But after the event has come and gone, the lay apologist is still there to lead discussions and interact with the Christians, skeptics, atheists, and seekers who may never have realized that Christianity has a weighty intellectual tradition behind it.
Students and professors, you can see if your university currently has a chapter. If not, you’re in an especially good position to start a new one. Get involved, and spread the word!