Guest Post by Tim Clickenger – Countering Skepticism

Posted on March 15, 2011

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I recently had a Facebook conversation with an old acquaintance of mine concerning contradictions found in the bible.  He is a self described skeptical-agnostic-atheist.  If you would like to know what contradictions He was talking about here is the link to where he gets most of his propaganda (http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/contra/by_name.html).  He is always trying to use rationality and logic to discredit God and His Word.  So I decided to let the Word speak concerning the rationality of natural men.

2 Cor 3:6 “Who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

St. John 1:18 “No man hath seen God at anytime; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him”.

1st Timothy 6:16 “No one by curious search, speculative or skeptical investigation, nor human effort of any kind, can ever find out God. “For He dwells in the light which no man (by human effort) can approach, who no man can see, nor has seen (he is self revealing).”

1 Cor. 1:20 “Where is the wise (i.e. worldly-wise)? Where is the scribe (i.e. a teacher of old testament scriptures)? Where is the disputer (Greek, suze-te-tes: a learned disputant, a sophist, philosopher, a debater) of this world? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world (an ability to materially rationalize things, including materially rationalizing the word of scriptures)?” All such rationalizing is of the natural man.

Now Paul says in 1 Cor. 2:14, “Now the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (understood).”

The natural man’s mind has its attention focused on material things which obscures the spiritual sense. That is why “the letter killeth” by obscuring or separating the understanding of the mind from the knowledge of God, the Spirit, which is life. (St. John 17:3).

About Tim Clickenger

I am from Gallipolis, Ohio.  While growing up, I attended a small church my grandfather pastored. In all honesty though, I did not have a relationship with Jesus at that time and rarely payed much attention to the message preached.  I became rebellious in my late teenage years but God continued to draw me to Him.  It was when my world came crashing down on me in 2007 that I got the final push for a committed and sincere relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  I have since been called to ministry and am pursuing that through independent study and the influence of the Holy Spirit.

If you enjoy creative writing and poetry, be sure to check out Tim’s blog at http://tclickenger.wordpress.com/.

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