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Today, January 22nd, marks the 45th Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions in the United States which legalized abortion in all nine months of pregnancy for any reason. Yes, very late third trimester abortions do happen and are legal in our very own state of Colorado. Not only that, but you and I are paying for them.

More than 60 million babies have been destroyed since that day. Millions upon millions of mothers and fathers have been lied to, and our nation has suffered as we’ve devalued the lives of anyone considered less than perfect.

But somber as that is, and as much as we mourn the lost, we do have cause for celebration.

After reaching a high point in 1990 of over 1.6 million abortions performed, we’ve begun to see an annual decline. We are now back down to levels not seen since the late 1970s. The tide has turned.

I fully believe that 2018 will be a year of victories. We’ve already seen unprecedented support for the pro-life movement. For the first time ever, our nation’s President gave a live address at the March for Life. You may recall the group of young mothers and children who formed the crowd behind President Trump during his speech. They were comprised of actual pregnancy center clients who chose life and were in Washington as part of the “Babies go to Congress” event hosted by Heartbeat International. They were given the exciting opportunity to witness his historic address from a position of honor.

Millions more celebrated SOHL (Sanctity of Human Life) Sunday this weekend in their churches. This weekend, pastors and clergy spoke out in support of life from pulpits across the nation. Pregnancy centers were honored, side walk counselors were celebrated, and a message of hope and healing to post-abortive women were shared.

We are winning but we still have much to do.

“My Body, My Choice” was chanted over and over at this past weekend’s March for Women in Pueblo. Pink kitty hats and supporters of the abortion mill, Planned Parenthood, were scattered throughout the crowd of roughly 1,000 people. The most common sentiment at our march was unsurprisingly mimicked across the nation at similar gatherings. As the guests at the podium spoke of their support for ‘reproductive rights’ and talked about the ‘life saving work’ being done at PP, my heart ached for those men, women, and children as they whooped and hollered in agreement. They are victims as well. They’ve been deceived.

I encourage you to learn all you can about abortion, laws, and alternatives. Seek out ways to support your local pregnancy resource centers. Learn the language of compassion and hope. Join us on this side of history and fight for the Right to Life.

“Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.” ―Saint Augustine

 

Blog submitted by Tamra Axworthy

Worldview and Why it Matters

Before my eye-opening experience with God, I wasn’t aware of the term worldview. Soon after my eyes were opened, I was given a video set called The Truth Project, and it helped me realize the significance of how we see the world. God is and has been active in my life, yet I neglected to acknowledge him – either out of doubt or being preoccupied with other things, and by other ideologies.

A worldview requires sense perception and consistent methods of interpretation. Sense perception is necessary and reliable enough for understanding reality. At the same time, that which gives meaning and substance to what is perceived to be real goes beyond the physical and determines our stance on topics such as politics, human rights, family, and all those things that tug at our heart. Worldviews influence self-esteem, decision making, and how we treat others. That is why our outlook on life and how we see the world is important and why we should be cautious of empty deceit.

Solutions to issues in our culture and community can be seen from many angles. Some would believe that the truth about most topics is relative to each person and the angle at which each person is coming at the topic. This belief lacks truth because if it is all relative, then what is true? A secular worldview sees things from a humanistic point of view and would even question God’s supremacy over all, putting man as supreme. When man is ultimately in control and decisions are based on personal preference, our integrity is compromised because not everyone has the same outlook on life.

There are many ideologies that influence our worldview. Some are better than others, but what we are gambling with is our heart. An honest assessment of our character and our views can expose in what and whom we put our confidence. Someone with a biblical worldview has their confidence in one God, the God of the Holy Bible.

A biblical worldview recognizes God as sovereign, righteous and as Creator, the uncaused Cause. It is highly considerate of the nature of God, God as in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The inerrancy of the Bible is core since a biblical worldview is grounded in the Bible and God’s truth claims.

The Bible was given by God and, believe it or not, it is true – much physical evidence is available. The challenge is how we come together and consistently interpret and explain all that is available to us. Responsible use of the mediums that we have at our disposal and actively discerning what we are exposed to as consumers is imperative to avoid being deceived into illogical behaviors and ideas.(2) These ideas will shape our worldview and affect how we think and what we choose to believe. Eliminating all ideas that oppose the majority would help a particular ideology, but at the same time limit our understanding of reality. So when considering different opinions, we must be careful not to compromise biblical truth for temporary comfort.

One way to measure the tension between worldviews and what is at risk is our identity. At one point I questioned who I was, asking myself, “Am I who they say I am?” This process was difficult because of how much “their” opinion meant to me. Since we are all opinionated at times, let’s agree that opinions do matter and serve a purpose, but they are not what we should base our identity on. Opinions, just like characteristics, are going to change with time, but God is not limited by time and he does not change. When people and all the things in which we find so much significance let us down, remember that we were created by God and for God.

Our identity has been established, and our understanding of it is limited by time, so we must not waste it. God himself said “let us make man in our own image” (Genesis 1:26), and it was done. Then in a selfless expression of love, God made himself known physically, in Jesus, reconciling all of mankind once and for all. When I came to the understanding of the power of the gospel, my trajectory in life and my interpretation of the world around me was different.

Knowing your worth in Christ is good, but loving your neighbor as yourself is equally as important. Understanding all doctrine might not be necessary for salvation, but working to do so will strengthen your faith and your defense for what you believe. What I believe and placing my confidence in God has impacted my life, and that of those around me, in many good ways.

We can easily be misled into dangerous territory because naturally we are intelligent, creative, and emotional people. We can be curious, and the mind is powerful, so there is a lot at stake and the attacks come from different angles. For example, education, entertainment, religions, and politics are some areas where crafty deception is lurking for its victims. We can be challenged intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally, and for that reason we must “be strong in the Lord” (Ephesians 6:10) and hold on firmly to His word. His revelation is a blessing and our best defense. Most importantly, we have an intercessor – his name is Jesus (Romans 8:34). The gospel of Jesus Christ is essential in our walk as we follow Him. As humble followers of Jesus, we must fix our eyes on him as he leads us “in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” (Psalms 23). This Christian worldview stands on a firm foundation that has stood the test of time. “I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments” (Colossians 2:4 ESV).

Blog authored by Jaime Martinez

The Comfort of the Comforter

It will be a year in a couple of months that my dad passed away. Since his passing, I have been to a few more funerals of friends and church members.  Why talk about death on a Christian apologetics site? Well, because we all know someone that has passed; it will happen to all of us; and the Bible has plenty to say about it.

Just a quick synopsis of what the Bible says about death. First of all death came into the world because of sin. Paul tells us, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Rom 5:12).  “It is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgement” (Hebrew 9:27). “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” (Romans 4:25)But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.” (1 Corinthians 15:20-21). John tells us, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25). These scriptures are very important to the foundation of our Christian faith, and these should be comforting at the time of our loss. My purpose here is to comfort someone’s heart.

In comparison to the Christian view, Islam teaches that at the end of history, God will judge the work of all men.  Those whose good deeds outweigh their bad deeds will enter into paradise. The rest will be consigned to hell. Atheists believe that at death the person ceases to exist, and there is no eternal soul that continues on for eternity. Eastern and New Age religions hold to a pantheistic world view where one goes through an endless cycle of reincarnation until the cycle is broken and the person becomes one with the divine. Those who hold to the tribal religions teach that after death the human soul remains on the earth or travels to join the departed spirits of the ancestors in the underworld.

We as Christians know that our believing loved ones go to heaven after they pass on, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8), but we are still left with that empty pain in our hearts from missing them dearly.  We miss the love they showed us; their contagious laughter; the wisdom and the advice they gave us; but especially their company. When they leave us we miss them, and from our perspective it seems like an eternity until we will see them again.

Did you ever wonder why “Jesus wept” (John 11:35) after being told that Lazarus had died? He knew and knows the beginning from the end. So what brought Him to tears?  I think the love he has for us.  In his humanity, something struck a chord in his heart.  Perhaps he remembered something special that happened between him and Lazarus. Or he was moved by seeing how Lazarus’ family was feeling.  Therefore I see this as a written example of how we can react when someone special leaves us.

The good news is we don’t have to walk this painful journey by ourselves, because when Jesus ascended, he promised to send the Comforter. So what does this mean to us as mourners? It means that we are not alone during these hard times.  It means that the Creator of the universe is with us. He tells us that “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted” (Psalm 34:18). It means we can rest in his peace and comfort that is beyond our understanding.

Lastly, God tells us in his Word to comfort each other as we are comforted by him (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). We do need each other during the loss of a loved one.  Knowing that the other person knows what we are feeling brings comfort and takes the edge off our pain.  I’ve held my mom’s hands as she wept for my dad.  On Christmas morning I was telling my daughter that this was the first year in as long as I could remember that I didn’t get to wrap a gift for my dad.  My daughter shared that she remembered how much he loved her buttered yams last year.  Before we knew it we are crying over food preparation!  Just as real as the pain is, so is the comfort.

So what is the take away to this year of grieving?

  1. We have the blessed hope to see our loved ones again.
  2. We are allowed to grieve.
  3. We are comforted by the Holy Spirit in the midst of our pain.
  4. We are comforted by one another.
  5. Our Hope is in the resurrection of Christ.

So with that said, cherish and value people you love while they are still here. Also remember the good memories of the special people that have left and just remember that we will see them very soon.

Blog authored by Rebecca Coca