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  1. OzSpen

    Discrimination against tennis champion Margaret Smith/Court

    It's time for the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis championships. Up to now, the leading Grand Slam singles female champion is Margaret Smith (Court), being the winner of 24 Grand Slam events. She is now pastor/preacher of a large Pentecostal Church (Victory Life Centre), Perth WA. She is...
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    Can we honestly defend biblical inerrancy of the original manuscripts?

    I receive regular emailers from leading evangelical apologist, Dr William Lane Craig of Reasonable Faith. I have just read his article, "Is Biblical Inerrancy Defensible?" He supports the teaching that * the truthfulness of the original text is unaffected by our access to it; in any case we do...
  3. OzSpen

    Is government of man?

    We are not allowed to make posts on this forum regarding politics because it is 'of man'? Are we permitted to make posts regarding government or is that also 'of man'? Oz
  4. OzSpen

    Buddhist, Rohingya and Christian lives matter

    Today On Line Opinion, an Australian secular e-journal, published another of my articles, Buddhist, Rohingya and Christian lives matter. Some of you as Christians may wonder why I've included Buddhist and Rohingya Muslims along with Christians. It's for balanced journalism. Several minority...
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    Ravi Zacharias's battle with pain and suffering

    One of the world's leading Christian defenders of the faith, Ravi Zacharias, was ushered into the presence of the Lord on 19 May 2020. He lived with pain and suffering for most of his life. Here is a short clip of explanation for why the all-powerful, all-loving God has allowed evil, pain and...
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    Death of Ravi Zacharias

    Indian born and leading defender of the Christian faith, Ravi Zacharias, died at his home in Atlanta on Tues, 19 May. He stated 2 months ago that he had cancer - sarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer. He was 74. His articulate apologetics will be sorely missed but he has raised up teams of...
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    How to discern truth from fiction when discussing God and the Bible

    A couple years ago when I was preparing a curriculum for use in high school religious education about this topic, I wrote Norman Geisler Ministries for some suggestions. I was referred to Geisler's summary of the truth of Christianity, 'Reasoning from ground zero', in Wikipedia. Geisler...
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    [__ Prayer __] Ravi Zacharias has malignant tumor

    Leading defender of the Christian faith around the world has shared this about his personal situation: Ravi Zacharias Reveals He Has Malignant Tumor: 'We Are Trusting the Lord' Please pray for Ravi, his wife Margie and their children. Oz
  9. OzSpen

    Who made God?

    To my brothers and sisters in Christ, I live in a secular, godless society where people deny the existence of God. Too often they can't get to the basics and ask: You talk so much about God and his evidence in creation, but who made God? If you were talking to a secular person in your...
  10. OzSpen

    Bible Study Proclamation to imprisoned spirits

    I'm leading a Bible study on 1 Peter in which we encountered these verses: 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19 After being made alive, he went and made proclamation...
  11. OzSpen

    [__ Science __ ] Why all the AIG new threads?

    Why are there so many new threads started by Answers in Genesis (AIG)? Is the ministry of AIG a new sponsor of CFnet? Oz
  12. OzSpen

    Bible Study Binding and loosing demons: Matt 16:19

    Talk about controversy! I have heard them in churches and small groups, ‘I bind you, Satan, in the name of Jesus'. These preachers use verses like Matt 16:19 to support their views. In context, do binding and loosing have anything to do with Satan and his demons? ‘To “bind” … in rabbinical...
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    Bible Study 'I give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven'

    In Matt 16:19 we have the ‘figure of a building with keys to open from the outside’. However, Rev 1:18 and 3:7 state that the Living One who was dead and is now alive holds the ‘keys of death and Hades’ and the ‘keys of the kingdom of heaven’. Jesus hands the keys of the kingdom over to Peter...
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    Implications for God's omnipresence

    Have you stopped to think of the meaning of God's omnipresence? 1 Kings 8:27 (NIV) states: 'But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!' (also 2 Chron 6:18). How does this fit with our worldviews? 7...
  15. OzSpen

    Who or what causes physical evil in the world?

    This has been the problem that has troubled theologians and preachers down through the centuries. Welcome to the omnisapient being. A sapient being is one who is a 'genius, intelligent, wise' (Macmillan Dictionary 2019. s.v. sapient). The One who is omnipotent is all-powerful. Therefore, the...
  16. OzSpen

    No answers for problem of evil

    In another thread, wondering (also include JLB) stated: I'll deal with these issues only one at a time: 1. If we go back to the beginning of time "if we want to go back far enough, we find that there is no real answer to evil" because in the Garden there was "the tree of good and evil...
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    Bible Study What happens at death?

    What is the biblical understanding of what happens at death for both believers and unbelievers? Theologians call this the Intermediate State between death and the final judgement. This is a starter: Before Christ’s resurrection, both believers and unbelievers went to Sheol/Hades – two...
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    Growth New Testament Greek for free

    Good evening posters, A couple of months ago, one of the moderators asked if I was oped to teach an introductory NT Greek for CFnet. Sadly, my time commitments prevented my doing that. I have discovered there is a course, Learn New Testament Greek online (free) at your own pace through Morling...
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    What kind of resurrection was it?

    I have shared with you previously that I sometimes write articles for a secular Australian e-journal. Today On Line Opinion (23 April 2019) published my article, 'Any old resurrection will not do'. Would some of you join me with biblical answers, in responding to the antagonism I expect to...
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    Core Christianity given the downgrade

    Would you believe that Millennials in the UK (age 21-37) have chucked in John 3:16 for Jeremiah 29:11? I have addressed this topic in my article, Millennials choose fake theology, published today by a secular Australian e-journal, On Line Opinion. Would some of you be prepared to contribute in...