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IS 1 CORINTHIANS 15:3-7 AN EARLY CHRISTIAN CREED TESTIFYING TO THE TRUTH OF THE RESURRECTION? Another Example of the Failure of Evangelical Scholarship

© 2020, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at …

ACCORDING TO WHAT SCRIPTURES? Examining Paul’s References in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

© 2020, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) παρέδωκα γὰρ ὑμῖν ἐν πρώτοις ὃ καὶ παρέλαβον ὅτι Χριστὸς ἀπέθανεν ὑπὲρ τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν ἡμῶν κατὰ τὰς γραφάς καὶ …

THREE CHARGES AGAINST THE MAJORITY TEXT THEORY EXAMINED AND REFUTED

© 2020, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. We have recently been contacted regarding three charges brought against the Majority Text theory[1] by advocates of the so-called “critical text.”[2]  These charges may seem plausible at first glance, but upon examination they are found to have no substance.  In the following we list the charges and refute them. 1) As we find new texts the majority can change the text so …

CHOOSING YOUR EPISTEMOLOGICAL MASTER: What Hugh Ross’ Latest Attack on Young-Earth Creationism Reveals about Old-Earth Creationists

© 2020, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction  “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other.” (Matthew 6:24a) In His sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught the truth that one cannot truly serve two masters, that each one who tries to do so will eventually choose one …

THE INSPIRATION OF SCRIPTURE: An Explanation and a Response to Creation Ministries International’s Problematic View

© 2020, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction As we have seen numerous times in the past, whenever Creation Ministries International (CMI) functionaries wander away from the organization’s core competency, scientific creationism, and dabble in other areas, trouble may follow.[1]  Their foray into the area of Biblical inspiration, “The inspiration of Scripture comes in various forms,” by Lita Cosner and Robert Carter[2], is no exception.  It is problematic from …

THREE GOOD REASONS TO LEARN NEW TESTAMENT GREEK

© 2020, by Sonya Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction There are many different translations of the Bible into English, some of which are very good (e.g. the KJV, NKJV, and EMTV).[1]  What is better even than the best translation is the text in the original language.[2]  You can, of course, gain an excellent understanding of the Bible by reading an English translation, but learning New Testament Greek does provide certain …

ON THE HISTORICAL RELIABILITY OF THE GOSPEL BOOKS: A Response to Ijaz Ahmad’s Comments on the John Tors-Shabir Ally Debate

© 2020, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction On January 11 of this year, I debated Muslim scholar Dr. Shabir Ally; the debate topic was “Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?”  Subsequently, the video of the debate was posted on YouTube,[1] and it elicited various comments from both Muslims and Christians.  The lengthiest and most detailed were posted by one “Br. Ijaz” under the rubric “Calling Christians.”  A quick …

THE EUTHYPHRO DILEMMA AND THE SOURCE OF GOD’S STANDARDS

© 2020, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. The Problem The Euthyphro Dilemma is a philosophical conundrum posited by Plato in his dialogue Euthyphro.  It asks, “Are pious things pious because the gods love them, or do the gods love them because they are pious?”[1]  Eventually, that question was asked of the Christian God: Is something good because God approves it or does God approve it because it is good? …

HOW DO WE KNOW WHICH BOOKS BELONG IN THE BIBLE? The Question of Canonicity

© 2020, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. The Problem The Bible is not a single literary work but a collection of sixty-six separate books written across a time span of about 1,500 years by more than thirty different authors, all of them “carried along by God” (2 Peter 1:20-21) so that what they wrote is “God-breathed” (θεόπνευστος), making us “complete” and “thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy …

DNA – Designed, Not Accidental

© 2020, by Dr. Adrienne Tors, MD. All Rights Reserved.  Over the many years since I graduated from medical school, the knowledge of how the complex and unique DNA molecule functions in the cell has increased greatly.  Much of what is now basic knowledge of molecular genetics was only touched on when I was in high school and medical school.  The human genome had not yet been fully decoded.  The …

HOW “PROVING” ONE OF DARWIN’S THEORIES ACTUALLY DISCREDITS THE THEORY

© 2020, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. The Claims At this difficult time, a laugh is sorely needed, and one has been provided for us by evolutionary scientists at Cambridge University.  The headlines are breathless and triumphant: One of Darwin’s evolution theories finally proved by Cambridge researcher (Phys Org)[1] Scientists ‘prove Darwin’s survival of the fittest theory’ (ITV)[2] One of Darwin’s Evolutionary Theories Has Been Proved by Scientists: ‘We …

DOES JESUS MISQUOTE THE OLD TESTAMENT? Creation Ministries International (CMI) Undermines Inerrancy Again

© 2019, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction [N.B. READ THE FOOTNOTES, FOLKS.  THEY ARE IMPORTANT!] It is late in the year for a new, winning entrant into the “Most Ironic Statement of the Year” contest, but Creation Ministries International (CMI) duo of Lita Cosner and Robert Carter seem to have done it; it is difficult to imagine that anything in the last few days of 2019 will top …

SALVATION BY GRACE ALONE THROUGH FAITH ALONE: What about James 2:24?

© 2019, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction  [N.B. READ THE FOOTNOTES, FOLKS.  THEY ARE IMPORTANT!] I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other …

THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER AND THE EVANGELICAL BETRAYAL OF THE BIBLE: Exposing the Major Weapons Levied Against the Trustworthiness of the Bible

© 2015, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. NOTE: This is a companion article to our article “CREATION MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL AND THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER: Why the Monster Wins” The Rise of the Three-Headed Monster The historical era misnamed The Enlightenment, which began in the seventeenth century, was characterized by the exaltation of human reason as the only valid means to determine truth, with the concomitant denigration of the concept of …

IS THE BYZANTINE TEXT THE RESULT OF “A LONG PROCESS OF DEVELOPMENT AND STANDARDIZATION”? An Examination of Klaus Wachtel’s Text Critical Model

© 2018, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction [N.B. READ THE FOOTNOTES, FOLKS.  THEY ARE IMPORTANT!] Westcott and Hort’s “dethroning” of the Byzantine text as the original text of the New Testament in favour of the text compiled from a handful of Alexandrian manuscripts required an explanation of the origin and dominance of the Byzantine text, which is the form of the text found in about 90-95% of the …

WHY THERE IS AN ERROR IN MARK 1:2 IN YOUR BIBLE: Another Example of the Evangelical Betrayal of the Bible

© 2015, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction You begin to read the Gospel According to Mark in your New International Version (NIV) Bible, and you see the following: 1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah,[a] the Son of God,[b] 2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”[c]— 3 “a voice of one calling …

CREATION MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL AND THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER: WHY THE MONSTER WINS

© 2015, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. NOTE: This is a companion article to our article “THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER AND THE EVANGELICAL BETRAYAL OF THE BIBLE: Exposing the Major Weapons Levied against the Trustworthiness of the Bible” Introduction In our article “The Three-Headed Monster and the Evangelical Betrayal of the Bible: Exposing the Major Weapons Levied against the Trustworthiness of the Bible,”[1] we showed how for the last several …

FRAGMENTS OF ERROR: Creation Ministries International (CMI) Errs Yet Again on Textual Criticism

© 2018, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. It is safe to assume that the various functionaries of Creation Ministries International (CMI) feel a great deal of frustration over the fact that their well reasoned arguments for young-earth creationism are not accepted by professing Christians who are supposed to view the Bible as the very word of God.  Perhaps they are even more frustrated when such Christians do not even …

SALVIFIC BELIEFS: Salvation by Grace Alone through Faith Alone

© 2018, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction [N.B. READ THE FOOTNOTES, FOLKS. THEY ARE IMPORTANT!] The two most important questions everyone must answer, most important because their eternal destiny depends on them, are both found in the Bible.  One is in Matthew 16:15/Mark 8:29/Luke 9:20, where Jesus asks, “Who do you say that I am?” and the other is the one asked by the Philippian jailer in Acts …

THE RESURRECTION ACCOUNTS: “Incompatible Contradictions” or Coherent History?

© 2018, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not …

SHERMER’S ERROR AND THE MEANING OF LIFE: Another Failed Attempt to Find Meaning in an Atheistic Life

© 2018, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. [N.B. READ THE FOOTNOTES, FOLKS. THEY ARE IMPORTANT!] One of the problems associated with atheism is that life in such a worldview is without any sort of objective meaning; the atheist inevitably must choose between some sort of hedonism, based on personal preferences, or he is faced with nihilism.  This, in and of itself, does not disprove atheism,[1] but it is nevertheless …

“IGNORANT OF HIS DEVICES” Creation Ministries International (CMI) Errs Again on Textual Criticism

© 2018, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction [N.B. READ THE FOOTNOTES, FOLKS. THEY ARE IMPORTANT!] We are not ignorant of Satan’s devices, we are told in 2 Corinthians 2:11b.  Indeed, Satan has more than one device to tempt and mislead, and prominent (and perhaps preeminent) among these is to undermine people’s trust in the Bible, the word of God.  This was his approach from the beginning, when he …

“THAT’S JUST YOUR INTERPRETATION!”: A Response to Dr. Thomas Howe on Understanding the Bible

In this day and age when the Bible is coming under increasing attack and the church is crumbling in the western world, it is truly unfortunate that Howe would take this position. His argument is not only wrong; it is risible and it stymies itself.

WHAT ABOUT THE COMMA JOHANNEUM (1 JOHN 5:7b-8a)?

© 2017, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. In the King James Version and NKJV (as below), 1 John 5:6-8 reads as follows: This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the …

IS CREATIONISM SUPPORT DROPPING? A Response to USA Today and a Warning to Creationists

© 2017, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. A Response to USA Today The American national newspaper USA Today treated us to an interesting opinion essay on Friday last.[1]  It was called “Creationism drops for hopeful reason,” and was authored by Yale Divinity School’s communications director Tom Krattenmaker.  Krattenmaker was cheering the results of a recently released Gallup poll that showed “a notable decline in the percentage of Americans – …

FATAL PROBLEMS WITH REASONED ECLECTICISM TEXTUAL CRITICISM: Follow-up Comments on the Tors/Costa New Testament Text Debate (Part 2)

© 2017, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Part 2 of 2 Introduction On the evening of Saturday, April 22, 2017, I debated Dr. Tony Costa on the topic of “the methodology of the reconstruction of the Greek New Testament.”[1]  I was contending for the Majority Reading/Byzantine text Approach, while Dr. Costa argued for Reasoned Eclecticism, the dominant approach that was used to produce the Nestle-Aland (NA) Greek text.  This …

TEXTUAL CRITICISM AND THE END OF BIBLICAL INERRANCY: Follow-up Comments on the Tors/Costa New Testament Text Debate (Part 1)

© 2017, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Part 1 of 2 Introduction On the evening of Saturday, April 22, 2017, I debated Dr. Tony Costa on the topic of “the methodology of the reconstruction of the Greek New Testament.”[1]  I was contending for the Majority Reading/Byzantine Text Approach, while Dr. Costa argued for Reasoned Eclecticism, the dominant approach that was used to produce the Nestle-Aland (NA) Greek text.  This …