ThoughtLetters filed under 2003

Did Jesus Really Exist?

by Daryl E. Witmer Every year on December 25th hundreds of millions of Christian believers from all over the world enthusiastically celebrate the birth of Jesus. But was Jesus really ever born? Did a first-century Jesus of Nazareth ever actually, historically, exist? Incredible as it may seem, there are those who say “No.” How about […]

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How Did God Begin?

by Daryl E. Witmer How did God begin? He didn’t. God never began. “Began” is a time-word. God dwells outside of time. For this reason, the question is inherently irresolvable. “‘Began’ can have no personal meaning for the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity.” -A. W. Tozer in The Knowledge of the Holy God […]

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Creation’s Ten Best Evidences

This month’s article originally appeared in the July/August 2000 issue of Think & Believe, the monthly publication of the Alpha Omega Institute (AOG). It is authored by Dave & Mary Jo Nutting, with Dan Korow, and reprinted here by permission. Contact AOG at PO Box 4343 Grand Junction CO 81502. 1. The Fossil Record The […]

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On Shinto

by  Daryl E. Witmer Test your knowledge of Shinto with the following 10 questions, then read the answers with commentary that follow. 1. Shinto is the native, traditional, national (i.e. cultural) religion of what country? a) China b) Japan c) Korea 2. Shinto means: a) Sacred shrine b) The way of the gods c) Sunshine […]

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Truthful Answers to Tricky Questions

by  Daryl E. Witmer Here’s our best effort at tackling some of the stickier, trickier questions that come our way from time to time. Try these on your friends as conversation starters. If God is all-powerful, can He create a rock so big that He can’t lift it? No. God cannot do the logically impossible, […]

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Straying from the Buddhist Path

by  Mary Joni Harris This month’s never-before-published article is guest-authored by Mary Joni Harris of Denton, Texas. Joni studied Buddhist teachings independently for three years, having been drawn by Buddhism’s emphasis on peace, know-ledge, and self-awareness. She first contacted AIIA in August of 2002, having read and related to our web-posted article, Ten Questions for […]

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What if the Cosmos is all that There Is?

by  Daryl E. Witmer Are you a materialist? Materialism (the philosophy) suggests that “physical matter is the only reality, and that everything-including thought, feeling, mind, and will, can all be explained in terms of matter and physical phenomena.” Or perhaps you prefer the term naturalist. You believe that all can be explained in terms of […]

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Wrong tomb? Unknown Tomb?

by Daryl E. Witmer The doctrine of the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ is critical to the Christian faith. But is the evidence conclusive? Numerous alternative scenarios have been postulated over the years. Here are four-with a correspondent response: POSTULATE #1 JESUS’ BODY WAS MOVED TO AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION Roman or Jewish authorities moved the […]

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Islam vs. the Bible

by Dr. Tom Woodward Tom Woodward, Ph.D., has been a professor at Trinity College of Florida since 1988. He is founder and director of the C.S. Lewis Society. See further at: apologetics.org  Dr. Woodward  currently lives with his wife in Tampa Bay, FL. He was first designated an AIIA Resource Associate for Bible & Theology […]

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