ThoughtLetters filed under 1999

On the Virgin Birth, Five Brief Answers to Five Common Objections

by Daryl E. Witmer Larry King, the CNN talk show host, was once asked who he would most want to interview if he could choose anyone from all of history. He said, “Jesus Christ.” The questioner said, “And what would you like to ask Him?” King replied, “I would like to ask Him if He […]

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On a Functionally Mature Creation

by Daryl E. Witmer A straightforward reading of the Bible seems to imply that God created the universe thousands, not billions, of years ago. But many scientists vehemently disagree with that position and contend that the universe is indeed very old. So… who do we believe? Is the Bible misleading or is modern science misled? […]

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On Pantheism

Compiled by Daryl E. Witmer WHAT IS PANTHEISM? God = All and All = God “Pantheism \Pan’ theism\, n. [Pan- + theism.] Any doctrine, philosophy, or religious practice that holds the universe [cosmos], taken or conceived of as the totality of forces and/or matter, is synonymous with the theological principle of God.” -Universal Pantheist Society […]

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Who Would Have Killed Cain?

by Daryl E. Witmer, AIIA Executive Director In late October, 1998, we received an e-mail message from a good friend and supporter of AIIA. She’d just had a conversation with a high school teacher who stated that, in his opinion, there are numerous discrepancies in the Bible. She was soliciting our help in responding to […]

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54 Questions for the Not-Yet-a-Believer, Part 2 of a two-part series

by Daryl E. Witmer, AIIA Executive Director In order to be fair in the debate about matters of faith, it’s not just the Christian who must be called to the witness stand. Even those who dispute or who otherwise persist in voicing skepticism about Christianity have some questions to answer. In fact, considering the evidence, […]

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54 Questions for the Not-Yet-a-Believer, Part 1 of a two-part series

by Daryl E. Witmer, AIIA Executive Director In order to maintain objectivity in the debate about matters of faith, it’s not only the Christian who must be called to the witness stand. Even those who dispute or are otherwise skeptical about Christianity have some questions to answer. In fact, considering the evidence, it may very […]

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The Problem with Best-Selling Spirituality

by Andrew D. Witmer Andrew Witmer is a graduate of Taylor University in Upland IN. He is the son of Daryl and Mary Witmer. Since 1998 Andrew has worked for Mars Hill Audio in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he recently produced, with former National Public Radio senior editor Ken Myers, an audio-documentary on best-selling spirituality literature. […]

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On the Messianic Communities

An Open Letter to a Prospective Member – by Robert T. Pardon Robert T. Pardon is director of the New England Institute of Religious Research (NEIRR), which he founded in 1991. Rev. Pardon is also an AIIA Resource Associate. He holds a B.A. in Eastern Religions from the University of Michigan, an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell […]

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Cross Examination, The Christian/Islamic Debate Over the Crucifixion

by Daryl E. Witmer, AIIA Executive Director On Saturday evening November 7, 1998, AIIA hosted a Dialogue Dinner with the Muslims at a popular restaurant in Bangor, Maine. While there was no ecumenical objective in the planning of the event, the spirit that evening was cordial, the exchange was open, and a number of areas […]

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Can I Believe? Can I Belong?

by Daryl E. Witmer, AIIA Executive Director Years ago a man told me that although he didn’t share my faith in Jesus Christ, he admired it.” It’s always good to see someone sincere in their conviction,” he said. Another man who sat in my congregation Sunday after Sunday for an extended period of time told […]

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Don’t All Religions Incorporate Truth?

ALEX ASKS, ROGER RESPONDS Hey, Roger, you say that you’re a Christian. Isn’t it true that you Christians claim to have a corner on the truth? Well, Alex, if by a ‘corner on the truth’ you mean that Christians claim to know that which is absolutely true about who we are and the purpose for […]

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Why Does God Allow Suffering?

by Maryanna Louise Ray of Ripley, Maine This month’s featured article by Maryanna Louise Ray of Ripley, Maine, was awarded first place (worth $250 cash) in AIIA’s 1998 essay contest for youth. Maryanna is the daughter of Pastor & Mrs. David Ray. Second place award (worth $150) went to Teisha Welch of Lee, Maine, and […]

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Unconditional Praise: A Purpose in Pain

With one exception, the following represents edited excerpts from Passing Showers, a 48-page illustrated booklet first published in 1991-92 that details a number of key insights gained from my 1984-85 ordeal with Guillain-BarrŽ syndrome. Passing Showers was revised, updated, and reprinted earlier this year. It is now cataloged with the Library of Congress and available […]

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