The Cultural Impact Of Worldview & Apologetics, Part 2

Academics get the ball rolling on a more widespread denial or misunderstanding about the divine existence of Jesus by first calling into question and raising doubts about the validity and accuracy of the Biblical accounts pertaining to the life of the Messiah. Often such efforts are commenced under the banner of an epic endeavor such as “The Quest for the Historical Jesus” or “The Jesus Seminar” where professors with impressive scholastic credentials such as John Dominic Crossan claim to be doing the truly devoted a service by scraping away centuries worth of theological barnacles to get at the simple Jesus that existed before the executors of his reputation elevated the compassionate Nazarene handyman to religious superstar status. However, closer examination of the actual historical record reveals scholars advocating such a viewpoint are as mired in fiction and fantasy every bit as much as Dan Brown.

Throughout political and religious history, one of the most time-tested tactics to undermine one’s opponent is to attack the credibility of his messengers or heralds. That is why the so-called “cultured despisers of religion” have spent so much of their effort to drag the Bible in general and the Gospels in specific into disrepute. For if one begins to doubt the authenticity of these ancient documents, it is often not long until one begins to question the claims of and about the Savior Himself detailed within those pages.

First and foremost, the apologist must show that the Bible can go toe to toe with what is considered established, factual history. In his essay, Quarles compares the New Testament with the Roman Annals of Tacitus (106). Of this work, Quarles points out no complete sample of the manuscript survived from the time it was written around AD 115 to 117, with only two fragments known to exist and the earliest complete manuscript of the text dating back to the ninth century. Regarding the New Testament, the earliest surviving manuscript, the Vaticanus, is dated at AD 325, several centuries closer to the time of the New Testament Autographs.

However, the superiority of the New Testament as an authentic historical document does not end here. For whereas only two ancient fragments of Tacitus have been discovered, numerous portions and segments of the New Testament have been discovered that are believed to date often just a few decades from the time the originals were believed to have been written.

One could easily conjecture there would have been more of an opportunity to perpetrate some kind of forgery in regards to the writings of Tacitus. Yet we find no clever professor having academic laurels bestowed upon his furrowed brow for bringing into question our entire understanding of the Classical World or Ron Howard producing from such speculation a summer blockbuster bringing in sufficient box office receipts so he can finally afford that realistic toupee or hairweave he has desperately needed for so many years.

More importantly, how many (other than the most enthusiastic of historians) would really have their epistemological and moral worlds shattered if it was eventually discovered that the likes of Tacitus, Julius Casear, or even Plato and Homer were frauds? Thus, the documents of Scripture are not only historically authentic, but so is the account of an individual whose meaning and significance far transcended the ordinary.

The Christian can be assured of this because not only are the Biblical documents historically authentic in terms of their mechanics in how they came down to the contemporary world but also in terms of being reliable in regards to the credibility of the internal content. For example, if the Bible was nothing more than propaganda literature, in all likelihood those compiling the documents would have taken considerable care to downplay the faults of the movement’s earliest leaders. However, this clearly did not happen.

In Church History, Christ’s handpicked Apostles are considered the closest any human beings can come to epitomizing the ideal qualities of leadership. However, before being imbued with the power of the Holy Spirit, the New Testament is rife with instances where the pillars of the Church were closer to the human rather than ideal side of the lofty concept.

For example, John’s mother is depicted as a social climber who wasn’t fully aware of what she was getting her sons into when she went right up to Christ demanding that her sons be placed at His right hand in the coming kingdom. And though many view Peter as the unyielding rock upon which Christ built the Church, given his bumbling and cowardly nature, he seems no more competent than any of us and certainly neither a figure militant nor triumphant.

Thus, from such attention to the details that could have easily been brushed over if those penning the New Testament had been out to perpetrate either a religious fraud or to craft an inspirational but still a nevertheless fictional narrative, the believer gains a confidence that the Bible may be just as truthful in regards to its much more majestic claims as well.

Since the Bible itself teems with historical respectability, those serious about considering its claims ought to examine what is said about the text’s central character, Jesus Christ. Certain skeptics wanting to pat themselves on the back just how broadminded they can be claim they applaud the so-called “ethics of Jesus”, insisting that He was a good man but did not claim to be deity.

However, the Bible tells us otherwise. In Matthew 12:40, Jesus said, “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

And since we have no reason to disbelieve the legitimacy of the account, Jesus did indeed rise from the grave. Secondly, at no time did Jesus condemn those that claimed He was God despite the rigorous monotheism of ancient Judaism. Of special interest to the skeptic will no doubt be Thomas who, like his counterparts in contemporary academia, was reluctant to accept the reality of the risen Jesus without more tangible proof. Upon examining Christ’s wounds first hand, Thomas declared in John 20: 28, “My Lord and my God.”

In previous eras, such would likely bring us to the end of an evangelistic apologetic discourse since respect for (though perhaps not always adherence to) Scripture was ingrained throughout the culture. However, today there are so many worldview alternatives to select from that the believer must not only state what Lee Strobel has termed “the case for Christ” but also begin to plant the seeds that will assist the seeker to disentangle themselves if they so desire from the webs of deception in which they are entrapped. The Christian cannot assist in this process unless they themselves are familiar with at least the basic tenets of their own faith’s most prominent competitors.

By Frederick Meekins

Support Refugees International #GivingTuesday

We here at Celtic Cross Ministry Inc.

Support the work and efforts of Refugees International.

We ask that you do as well. For millions of lives are at risk all around the world and all life matters. So please help us, help this great organization continue to do the ground breaking working they do in bringing the real news of what is happening to those most affected by life’s most unsettling circumstances.

Give Today and help save a life. For tomorrow maybe to late for some.

All Lives Matter! Please give…

Sincerely IHS and theirs,

Patriarch +++Andrew M. B. Patrick

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PSA ~ Sponsorship Campaign ~ PSA

Celtic Cross Ministry Inc.

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Folks, help us spread the word… At the start of the new year, 2017, Celtic Cross Ministry Inc., and the Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry will be adding Paid Sponsorship Space to our ministries official websites.

www.celticcrossministry.com and www.christians-refuge-network.com

There will be several areas to advertise your Company, Organization, Trust, Foundation or in the Memory of a loved one, in affiliation with our ongoing efforts to raise funds to help our needs to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the mission placed in our trust here in the USA and around the Globe.

We have been trying to raise funds for Bibles in other languages and dialects. For our mission efforts in Spain, Chile, Russia, Africa, India, Pakistan, the Caribbean Island Basin and Philippine Islands as well as other parts of the world needing the Old and New Testament Scriptures in their languages. So as to help our Clergy, Templar’ and Chaplains work and teach the word of God to those who need to know and learn of His will and ways for their lives.

We also are trying to raise funds to help the Refugee Crises in the Great Lake Region of Africa. Affecting the Burundian people displaced by civil war and political unrest in that country. It is affecting and depleting the limited resources of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. We have the means and connections, we just need your financial support to help save lives and change hearts and minds in this battered and mostly forgotten part of the world.

Our Templar Orders here in the USA and around the World are working on local issues and offer what help they can with very few resources at their disposal to help the needy in their communities. Your sponsorship will go to aid their efforts.

Our Chaplains and Medical Outreach Division need support, as we see our communities and world continue to suffer and struggle when emergencies hit and panic sets in. There is a great need for Chaplains and dedicated men and women with the means to help in getting peoples lives back to a form of normality and show that there are many ways this can be done. Through health education, testing and so much more.

Our Seminary Programs and Churches around the world need help with printed materiel, computers, musical instruments of all types and in many other areas of academia. Even with just the basics to help plant the seed and spread the word of Christ in their regions.

The many orphanages around the world that call upon us for help, for basic things like food, cloths, medical assistance, help with housing and shelter, clean water, school supplies and the such.

This is just some of what this Foundation, Ministry and Church is trying to do to help our fellow man, but we need your help to see our Lord’ vision come true here and around the world.

Now more than ever, with the real threat being a personal attack on Christianity itself, it is so vitally important that we pull together and show our countrymen and the world that Christianity is not the problem but rather, the solution. That by working together, unified in the common goal of showing Christ’ love through our actions, we impact lives, one person at a time. Showing Christ manifested through us to those that may not know Him or even to those that have lost hope in Him. There by bringing them back to His loving arms through His saving grace of love, mercy, hope and charity.  

What a small price to pay for a few advertising dollars of support, to have such a big impact on peoples lives.

So please, pray on this and ask our Lord to guide His loving and ever Holy Spirit to help us help them through you, in ministry and hope by partnering with Celtic Cross Ministry Inc.

Your advertising dollars will not go to waist. It will make a difference here and abroad. We will include your campaign or marketing logo with a back-link to your website, email or contact info. So lets talk about how we can help further Christ’ great commandment of love, mercy and hope to a lost world.

Sincerely IHS and yours,

H.E. Patriarch +++Andrew Moses Brendan Patrick

Contact us at by Email: info@celticcrossministry.com (24/7/365)

or Phone: 1-(440) 949-0573 between 10AM – 4PM  Mon – Fri  (EST)

So be one of the first to take advantage of this new program and reach a local, national and international group that follows us faithfully seeking Christ’s path and way for their lives.

What would Jesus do !

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Folks I read an article called “More than 700 Christian women condemn Trumps misogyny in powerful letter”. As a Christian leader I’m disappointed in the attitude of my fellow Christian leaders mentioned in it. Though I do see how women and men, in general (regardless of political affiliation) find offensive what Mr. Trump has said in the past, we should all remember the following which as a Christian leader our Lord put into my heart to pass onto all people.

John Ch. 8, Verse. 7, works for all sinners. “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone”. If we seek forgiveness from our Savior, is that not enough. If we can not forgive our fellow man, how can we expect forgiveness. Ask and it shall be give unto you Christ states. We are all held accountable and will be judged.

Who are we to judge and question if Christ has forgive him. Who are you, not to forgive him and to say if he is truly sorry or not.

It is not for me as a man of God and a preacher to judge but, to teach Christ’s will and ways to the sinner and for them, to repent. Not to judge. Matthew Ch. 7, Verse 1. “Judge not, that ye be not judged”.

Yet it is for clergy and theologians to teach and live what is our Lord’s ways and will, which is to forgive and help others to see the error of their ways. Be it in general actions or thinking. Yet always with love, fighting and striving for our Lord’s righteousness to someday be unblemished when called before Him in judgment.

I do not condone the evil in mankind’s heart, I appall it. Bullying, harassing, belittling and degrading anyone because they are female or different or have an infirmity is wrong. It is not what Jesus would want of His children to rejoice in. For we are all created in the image of our God and Lord.

Yet we all make choices, some good and some bad. However, we all have to live with, and will have to answer for our personal choices on judgment day before God the Father and Creator of all mankind. Both men, women, young or old, no matter what one’s race, creed, color, sexual orientation, religious affiliation or politics.

It will not even matter if you think you were right and another was wrong. What will only matter is what God will think and if you will be worthy or not.

As for me, I am a poor sinner. I have regrets. I’ve made mistakes. I’ve asked Christ for forgiveness and I know in my heart, I am forgiven. Does that mean I will not sin again or fall short of the glory of God? By no means. Do not fool yourself or think yourself so holy that you are above reproach yourself. For in that case, you will have fallen into the trap and will be doomed.

For we are all given another day to strive to do as the Savior commanded us and that was to first, as is written in Mark Ch. 12, Verse 30 “thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And secondly, Verse 31, which states, “love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these”.

To me one of the first act’s of love is forgiveness. For that was the example our Lord Jesus showed us and taught us as His final gift to the world from the Cross at Calvary. That is when he said in; Luke Ch. 23, verse 34 “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do”.

I do however, seek the kingdom of God first and His will and ways. I teach that and encourage others to do the same. I would only suggest that religious leaders, preachers, theologians and the such remember these words before casting judgment or anyone takes offense of what anyone has done in the past and what they are trying to do in the present. However, if one is judging, then judge righteously according to the will and discernment of God in your heart.

So don’t put down what God may have forgive and chosen to rebuild. For you maybe condemning yourself and justly so. That would bring a tear to our Lord’s eye. And that, I would not want for any man, woman or child, under the SON that stands with one nation under God and who Trust in Him to have to endure!

Sincerely IHS and yours, and with malice towards none,
Patriarch +++Andrew M. B. Patrick
Celtic Cross Ministry Inc.

www.celticcrossministry.com

www.christians-refuge-network.com

 

Launch of our (Christians Underground Network) website

We will launch our new website dedicated to our Media Division and our Subdivisions.

 Everything media will be represented on it, from the Celtic Cross Global PRESS Corp, the Celtic Cross Radio Network, The Christians Underground Radio Network, the Celtic Cross TV Network and the Christians Underground TV Network along with space for notifications, PSA’s, Events and Campaigns.

And a lot, more! 

This will be a great source for you to keep in touch and grow with us,

as well as help support our ministry and mission efforts.

So be sure to be watching out for (christiansundergroundnetwork.com).

Coming soon to a search engine and browser near you!

We go live with the site Monday morning at 10:00 AM.

Help this to go VIRAL, please…

CCFM - Operation Burundi - 2016

Join Us in our Mission to help bring,
Relief, Peace and Stability to Burundi and Africa.

To learn more and to help, go to…
http://www.celticcrossministry.com/operation_burundi.html

You can do something to help spread Christ’s love to those in desperate need of your loving, caring, support and aid.

Help is needed either with financial aid or physical effort.
Thank you and God Bless you and those who contribute today.

Sincerely IHS and yours,
+++Andrew Patrick (+++nnDnn+++)

PLEASE SHARE THIS MESSAGE. It is a small way to show support and very much needed. Thank you to all those folks that do. May blessing over flow for your love and kindness in doing so! (+++)

Bridging the Gap – Christians Underground Radio Network

Folks join us tonight at 8:00 PM (EST) for Bridging the Gap on the Christians Underground Network of CCRN, with Bp. Todd Smith.
He will be speaking live with Patriarch +++Andrew Patrick about the CCFM and the mission of Operation Burundi and the Celtic Cross Church Movement on the world stage.
Call in’s will be accepted, and added to the program and discussion.
So be sure to tune in “LIVE” and here about the CCFM from the vision instilled into +++Andrew Patrick’s heart by our Lord Jesus Christ. Where it started and the direction the vision is taking the CCFM into the future.