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Here is the opportunity to discuss, test, consider, have interchange, do wind-tunnel tests, examine, probe, contribute and give one's mind to these things. For the moment there will be a series of presentations which have actually related rather closely to interaction with students or observation of difficulties or confusions to which some tend. Nor are students the only contributors to such developments.
The latest challenges come last in this case. These have been met over some 8 years, the current last one, coming in December 2004.
These and more have recently been
published, for the first time, on the Web, as the book THAT MAGNIFICENT ROCK. This
are also stored in the Library, which currently holds
A Question of Gifts,The Shadow of a Mighty Rock (3rd Edition),
The Kingdom of Heaven... and other materials.
It is That Magnificent Rock which is especially relevant to this Entry. After this, various themes and issues will be presented.
Number 12 below is of special interest as it formed a three-pronged attack on the Bible, and some may wish to see how profoundly vigorous and stable is the Bible, like a rocky coast, under all attack, there.
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Index to That Magnificent Rock
Lectures on Creation 1996
Prophecy and Method
Validity and Effective Rigour
Models and Marvels
The Classic Analogy
What is Life For?
Contents of: THAT MAGNIFICENT ROCKWHICH WITH OTHER ELEMENTS, INCLUDES ALL THE ABOVE
2. New Testament Translations (erratic challenge answered, relative to the KING JAMES VERSION ONLY - one which however has an underlying point, one merely mismanaged)
3. Answer to query: Clarity on Sexuality - August, 99
4. Answer to Challenge: Second Law of Thermodynamics was MENTIONED relative to organic evolution.
This challenge was merely delivered orally, and was to be furthered with evidence and rationally,but this has yet to occur! It was answered orally, and the full detail is available per hyperlink.
See for corollary and development: Swiftwitness 5 and WAKE UP WORLD! YOUR CREATOR IS COMING... 2, 4, 5, 6 (which also answers some confusion of Stephen Jay Gould, cf. also News 68, Index, Evolution - Vacant House of Naturalism) , 7 and Index on Naturalism, Evolution, Creation.
5. COROLLARY TO 4
Lament for the Robot
6. GOD IS NOT UP FOR CONSIDERATION, BUT MAN!
Presuppositions and Pronouncement
In this case, the challenge was made that it is a presupposition that the Bible is true in every declaration of God. For answer, we consider the presuppositional character of the claim itself, unfounded, and self-contradictory, contrasting it with the valid, consistent and verifiable claims of the Bible.
7. SCENE OF COMBAT, WITH THE LORD THE LEADER
"Who will contend with Me ?
Let us stand together; who is Mine adversary ?
let him come near to Me" (Isaiah 50:8).
(Prophecy concerning Christ, the exemplar, the criterion, the commander and the King...)
God is very willing, and you are not really a robot, but radically responsible.
This unit, in a scene of combat, surveys the Biblical teaching on, and elements of the logical demonstration of, the fact that the God of the Bible and the word of His mouth are alike true, not optional. If they be rejected at pleasure, or psychological preference, it is yet never with grounds that can stand. The God of the Bible and some god who is a mere nod of the preferring head are not the same. In the Bible, God DEMANDS an answer to His challenge: Where is there anything to challenge HIS performance, or His truth! Christ in John 8 speaks in similar vein.
It is a one nominee ballot, all else disqualified; but many reject Him at that, preferring the unmeasured emptiness of their own will, which, not being a wand, grants no status and is not at all wonderful ; ignoring logic and all the divinely delivered avenues of attestation, they inherit shame. This is the obverse side of the coin, that in principle as in practice, God is the only validity as source of truth, and will judge the arbitrary and the pretentious.
In a series of letters, we gain an insight into some modern trends of thought, and their invalidity.
8. RACIAL INTERMARRIAGE ?
A fascinating and fruitful question arose which is here mirrored, in the light of Christ and as showing the power for His glory to be revealed, who is alpha and omega, the first and the last, the height and the destiny.
9. WHAT IF
GOD WISHED TO ABDICATE ?
A Query Met and Answered
In a way which shows the Intrinsic Glory of that Alpha and Omega,
that Acme Jesus Christ
10. IS THERE SOMETHING MORE ?
With CHRIST,SOMETHING MORE IS LESS
'You are Complete in HIM!' -
It is a matter of VISION, VICTORY
(Colossians 2:10 is the key)
A question was received which related to the need for TRUTH (most desirable and delightful to find this!) and address to this sort of question:
Is there something
What of Pentecostal friends and others, mystics or whatever, pronouncers of this and that!
What is the correct and Biblical course ?
Did not the book of Acts announce much special action by the Lord in the guidance of His people ?
11.The gist of this question was as follows:
CAN YOU EXPLAIN IN SIMPLE TERMS, or language, or bring more comprehension on the TRINITY, as it is in the Bible ?
BE CLEAR ON THE WONDER OF THE TRINITY
THE GLORIOUS TRINITY
and the meeting of
VAIN DEPREDATIONS FROM NEW SOURCES
12.THREE vigorous questions were received, testing and probing:
THE FIRST was aimed at the TRINITY (with its own assault mode, including textual questions) ...
THE SECOND was aimed at BIBLICAL MORALITY, expressing horrror! ...
THE THIRD was aimed at BIBLICAL MIRACLE, feasibility
and such things,
For an approach to the tempestuous whirlings of the THREE, and the assured place of peace and truth in any storm: see VORTEX
Questions of this kind are welcome, both for the aid of those misled as to facts and realities, for their own sake as individuals, and as a testimony, a godly work-out, showing the wonder of this invincible word.
13. A challenge from a sacramentalist type of approach, fuming
at us with heresy the charge, like a spitting serpent, came to envelop us.
It was an -ism ready to bite.
The Pitter-Patter of Prophetic Feet Ch. 5 (it is our blue heeler in action). This time the dog barks (Isaiah 56:10).
14. A ROOT-FRUIT confusion needs attention. It can lead to Christian
people being so confused that they lack assurance as they ought to have it,
and can be in a bondage to opinions of men, as well as their own. For this:
The Pitter-Patter of Prophetic Feet Ch. 8.
15. An anti-Fundamentalist Furore on the part of an Anglican whose church already has a primate, explicitly making faith in Christ not the only way to God!
It is time to return to reality, in all these things together.
Where does the truth then lie ?
For this, see Light of Dawn Ch. 2.
Assault on Immutability, Incarnation, the
Scope of the Personal Nature
of God, brought back to reality.
18. The above, plus assault
on Foreknowledge and the Aseity of God
19. Freedom for Man and Power from God:
He is not so limited that there are any unresolved problems!
You are hooded only if hoodwinked.
20. Thrust Against the Reliability of Rationality
Moving from reason to reality, from verification to validity.
It works BECAUSE God is reasonable and has given man reason; nothing works for the autonomous rebel, but for those who follow reason to God, God endorses reason by reality, which both verifies and validates. Without it by the choice of the contestant, there is no argument, for without it, no view can be so much as put.
21. The Grace of Love and the Love of Grace...
Challenge on the scope of biblical love, divine sovereignty and deliverance from specious unction. This comprises two chapters, and the reference is to the first, at the end of which is the hyperlink to the second.
22. The Nature of Israel, Dealing with a Double Confusion
23 Separation of Tumour from Tissue is no less clear than Separation of Calumny on the Truth from the Church of Christ Jesus, the Lord