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Why Does God Allow Tragedy and Suffering? – Lee Strobel

Published on Jul 25, 2012 by 

 

July 22, 2012 – Shortly after the tragic Colorado Shooting (done by James Holmes at a movie theatre in a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises), Lee Strobel (author of The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith) was asked to speaking on evil and the existence of God at a nearby Church (Cherry Hills Community Church). Can a good God exist in light of tragedies, holocausts, genocides, senseless murders, rape, pain, sufferings, etc.? Why would a good God allow this? Strobel explores this important question in this video.

Read the Notes from this message in pdf format here: http://www.chcc.org/resources/1/PDF’s/Lee%20Strobel%20Message%20on%20Suff…

 

 

Order in the Universe

Introducing the Anthropic Principle and the Fine Tuning debate that remains a challenge for even the most sophisticated atheists.

The fine-tuning observers for Intelligent Design point to how both our earth and universe are astronomically unique, in both order  and complexity. This demands explanation, since all the physical laws and constants required for life have to be just right. Life can not otherwise exist without these many finely tuned factors in order. Therefore our plausible and adequate explanation for life is that this universe was created & maintained by a intelligent designer.

Debating the Anthropic Principle:

1) The Fine Tuning of the Universe is due to either physical necessity, chance or design.
2) The odds are that it’s “not” physical necessity or chance.
3) Therefore the best explanation is Intelligent Design!

0:07 2:03 Robin Collins Philosopher
1:18 Lee Strobel Researcher
2:24 11:30 John Pokinhorn
3:09 Fred Hoyles Astro-Physicist
5:13 11:45 Dr. Rodney Holder Physicist
7:07 Professor William Lane Craig
9:54 Christopher Hitchens with Doug Wilson
11:06 13:22 ?
12:39 Gran Swinart
13:50 Jay Richards
14:12 Paul Davis Physicist

Uploaded by  on Jun 22, 2011

Lee Strobel – “The Jesus I know” at Horizon Christian Fellowship + “The Case for Christ” documentary

Lee Strobel: “If I had a friend who did’nt know Jesus, come up to me and ask about Him, what would I say?”

Atheist, turned Christian – Lee Strobel speaks and answers the above question at the Sunday morning service, held on May 6,2012 in Horizon, North Carolina.  Published on May 6, 2012 by 

More resources from Lee Strobel can be found here -

Uploaded by  on Feb 22, 2010 Click here to watch the documentary on LionsGate Youtube Page

Based upon the Gold Medallion award-winning best-seller, The Case for Christ documents Lee Strobel’s journey from atheism to faith through his two-year investigation of the Bible and the life of Jesus Christ. Strobel, the former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, draws upon his investigative skills to examine the historical accuracy of the Gospels, the personal claims of Jesus and His resurrection from the dead. Is there evidence to confirm that Jesus of Nazareth was, indeed, the son of God and the savior of the world? This remarkable film features interviews with 10 leading Biblical scholars from North America and England, cutting-edge apologetics, and a compelling original music score.

Video of the week – Lee Strobel – God speaks through creation

Former legal editor for the Chicago Tribune, Lee Strobel has traveled the road from atheist to skeptic to believer. Now a world renowned author, researcher and teacher, Strobel comes to Christ Community Church.

For more information, visit the website at http://cccomaha.org.

Why Did Jesus Come To Earth? – Lee Strobel and When Was the Gospel of Luke Written?

via www.Biblegateway.com and www.leestrobel.com

Why Did Jesus Come To Earth? – Lee Strobel, posted with vodpod

Q. In one of your videos at www.LeeStrobel.com, you mentioned the gospel of Luke. When was Luke written? I thought it was at the end of the first century.

A. You’ve brought up my favorite gospel – Luke’s account of the birth, life, teachings, miracles, death and resurrection of Jesus. I especially appreciate Luke because he was like a first-century investigative reporter. A physician and close associate of the apostle Paul, Luke stresses in the introduction to his gospel how he “carefully investigated everything from the beginning” in order to write “an orderly account” about “the certainty” of what took place.

When was Luke written? According to New Testament scholar Craig Blomberg of Denver Seminary, the standard scholarly dating, even in very liberal circles, is Mark in the 70s, Matthew and Luke in the 80s, and John in the 90s. “That’s still within the lifetimes of various eyewitnesses of the life of Jesus, including hostile eyewitnesses who would have served as a corrective if false teachings about Jesus were going around,” he pointed out in my interview with him for The Case for Christ.

However, Blomberg said there’s evidence Luke was written much earlier than that. “We can support that by looking at the book of Acts, which was written by Luke. Acts ends apparently unfinished – Paul is a central figure of the book, and he’s under house arrest in Rome. With that the book abruptly halts. What happens to Paul? We don’t find out from Acts, probably because the book was written before Paul was put to death.

“That means Acts cannot be dated any later than A.D. 62. Having established that, we can move backward from there. Since Acts is the second of a two-part work, we know the first part – the gospel of Luke – must have been written earlier than that.” Keep in mind that Jesus was put to death in A.D. 30 or 33.

In his classic book Scaling the Secular City, leading apologist J. P. Moreland of Talbot Seminary offers half a dozen arguments that combine to make a strong case that Acts was written around A.D. 62 to 64 (and thus Luke’s gospel slightly before that). These include:

• Acts doesn’t mention the fall of Jerusalem in 70, “and this is quite odd since much of the activity recorded in Luke-Acts centers around Jerusalem…. The omission of any mention of the fall of Jerusalem makes sense if Luke-Acts was written prior to the event itself.”

• There’s no mention in Acts about Nero’s persecutions in the mid-60s.

• Acts doesn’t refer to the martyrdoms of James (61), Paul (64) and Peter (65). “This is also surprising,” said Moreland, “since Acts is quick to record the deaths of Stephen and James the brother of John, leaders in the early church. These omissions are even more surprising when one realizes that James, Peter and Paul are the three key figures in Acts.”

• Acts deals with subjects that were important prior to the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70.

• Acts uses several expressions that are very early and primitive. The phrases the Son of man, the Servant of God, the first day of the week (regarding the resurrection) and the people (referring to the Jews) would not need to be explained to readers prior to 70. After that, they would need an explanation.

• Acts also doesn’t mentioned the Jewish war against the Romans, which started in 66.

Taken together, these points make a strong case for an early dating of Luke. Mark dates back even earlier, given that Luke used it as one of his sources. Paul’s writings generally predate Mark – and have embedded in them even earlier creeds and hymns of the first Christians that “consistently present a portrait of a miraculous and divine Jesus who rose from the dead,” said Moreland.

Thanks for bringing up Luke’s gospel at this time of year, since it contains such a detailed and moving account of Jesus’ birth.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you: he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2: 8-12)

The Attack on Jesus

We have in society today, a generation that desperately does not want to believe in the historical Jesus. Coral Ridge Ministries presents- The Attack on Jesus-an intriguing look at some false claims about Jesus that threatens to keep millions from finding out the truth. Christians need to be aware of the public discussions about Jesus. Anything that points people away from Jesus Christ contributes to people some day being eternally separated from God. From time to time these unfounded accusations are recycled, as is the case with author Dan Brown. Here are the issues (some of these major assaults on Jesus) addressed in this video:

  1. The reliability of the Gospels
  2. The New Testament Canon
  3. The Resurrection of Jesus
  4. Jesus’ diety
  5. and the question – Was Jesus married?
  6. Is Jesus the only way to God?

The Attack on Jesus , posted with vodpod

Why is it Christians Believe What They Believe? (Lee Strobel)

I never tire of listening to Lee Strobel’s life story, as he poignantly and honestly describes his life lived under atheism and the journey he undertook to learn whether the Jesus of the Bible really lived, died and was ressurected because as he says, “If all that is true, then it has major implications for our lives”. Enjoy, one of Chicago’s finest journalists, who today worships the living God!

How Easter killed my faith in atheism – Wall Street Journal-Lee Strobel (Case for Faith audio – documentary)

Lee Strobel’s apologetics books are the most helpful books available for college students or serious Bible study. I highly recommend them for kids at 8th grade level and up. Below is the short version of his story as posted on the Wall Street Journal website. Lee Strobel was one of the most respected journalists of Chicago, and co editor of Chicago’s major newspaper. He is now one of the most respected Christian leaders of the United States, presenting and defending the Gospel.

Below is a video of Lee Strobel lecturing – The Case for Faith (title of just one of his apologetics investigation books). He starts with the story of Charles Templeton, Evangelist and best friend of Billy Graham who lost his faith in God, stopped Evangelizing and became an atheist. Lee Strobel examines his own coming to faith through the investigation of hte historicity of the resurrection in light of seeing this once great Evangelist who preached on stadiums (Templeton) leaving his faith in God.

from the Wall Street Journal

It was the worst news I could get as an atheist: my agnostic wife had decided to become a Christian. Two words shot through my mind. The first was an expletive; the second was “divorce.”

I thought she was going to turn into a self-righteous holy roller. But over the following months, I was intrigued by the positive changes in her character and values. Finally, I decided to take my journalism and legal training (I was legal editor of the Chicago Tribune) and systematically investigate whether there was any credibility to Christianity.

Maybe, I figured, I could extricate her from this cult.

I quickly determined that the alleged resurrection of Jesus was the key. Anyone can claim to be divine, but if Jesus backed up his claim by returning from the dead, then that was awfully good evidence he was telling the truth.

For nearly two years, I explored the minutia of the historical data on whether Easter was myth or reality. I didn’t merely accept the New Testament at face value; I was determined only to consider facts that were well-supported historically. As my investigation unfolded, my atheism began to buckle.

Was Jesus really executed? In my opinion, the evidence is so strong that even atheist historian Gerd Lüdemann said his death by crucifixion was “indisputable.”

Was Jesus’ tomb empty? Scholar William Lane Craig points out that its location was known to Christians and non-Christians alike. So if it hadn’t been empty, it would have been impossible for a movement founded on the resurrection to have exploded into existence in the same city where Jesus had been publicly executed just a few weeks before.

Besides, even Jesus’ opponents implicitly admitted the tomb was vacant by saying that his body had been stolen. But nobody had a motive for taking the body, especially the disciples. They wouldn’t have been willing to die brutal martyrs’ deaths if they knew this was all a lie.

Did anyone see Jesus alive again? I have identified at least eight ancient sources, both inside and outside the New Testament, that in my view confirm the apostles’ conviction that they encountered the resurrected Christ. Repeatedly, these sources stood strong when I tried to discredit them.

Could these encounters have been hallucinations? No way, experts told me. Hallucinations occur in individual brains, like dreams, yet, according to the Bible, Jesus appeared to groups of people on three different occasions – including 500 at once!

Was this some other sort of vision, perhaps prompted by the apostles’ grief over their leader’s execution? This wouldn’t explain the dramatic conversion of Saul, an opponent of Christians, or James, the once-skeptical half-brother of Jesus.

Neither was primed for a vision, yet each saw the risen Jesus and later died proclaiming he had appeared to him. Besides, if these were visions, the body would still have been in the tomb.

Was the resurrection simply the recasting of ancient mythology, akin to the fanciful tales of Osiris or Mithras? If you want to see a historian laugh out loud, bring up that kind of pop-culture nonsense.

One by one, my objections evaporated. I read books by skeptics, but their counter-arguments crumbled under the weight of the historical data. No wonder atheists so often come up short in scholarly debates over the resurrection.

In the end, after I had thoroughly investigated the matter, I reached an unexpected conclusion: it would actually take more faith to maintain my atheism than to become a follower of Jesus.

And that’s why I’m now celebrating my 30th Easter as a Christian. Not because of wishful thinking, the fear of death, or the need for a psychological crutch, but because of the facts.

Lee Strobel wrote “The Case for Easter: Journalist Investigates the Evidence for the Resurrection“; his first novel, “The Ambition,” releases May 17.

–>Case for Christ/Pledoarie pentru Cristos, subtitrare in limba Romana

Click pt film in  limba Romana

Click pe imaginea cartii din stinga pentru  film, programul in format video la situl Triluliu.  Sau click aici pentru link video cu subtitrare in Limba Romana Pledoarie pentru  Christos:
http://embed.trilulilu.ro/video/Skywings/1ea1d46c345df8.swf
Vezi mai multe video din diverse (Acest video, cu subtitrare in limba Romana se poate cumpara,  dar numai in formatul European ‘beta’ , de aici.) (English with Romanian subtitles)

Lee Strobel a fost un ateu satisfacut cu pregatiri mari in societate (journalism degree from University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School) . Unii dintre noi care citeam (mai mult sau mai putin) ziarul Chicago Tribune (14 ani) il cunoastem de acolo ca ‘investigative journalist’care scria despre coruptie (orasul nostru Chicago este notoriu in privinta asta) si crime. Cartile lui Lee Strobel sint presarate cu exemple si ilustratii din intimplari reale care s-au petrecut in acei ani.

In Pledoarie pentru Hristos, Strobel povesteste cum l-a primit pe Hristos, dupa doi ani de cautare si discutii cu Crestini despre Biblie, Dumnezeu si Isus Hristos. El si-a inceput calatoria de investigare a existentei lui Dumnezeu dupa ce sotia sa  la invitatia unei prietene s-a dus la Biserica si s-a intors la Domnul. Strobel in timpul investigatiei sale de a afla daca exista Dumnezeu cu adevarat (el fiind un ateu convins) cercetind indeaproape Scripturile si orice altfel de informatii din toate domeniile de care a dat, le-a cercetat cu amanuntul si a fost foarte surprins ca sa descopere marele adevar ca desigur exista Dumnezeu cu adevarat, ceea ce l-a facut si pe el sa se intoarca la Dumnezeu iar apoi a  devenit unul dintre cei mai mari apologeti din timpul nostru. A scris citeva carti pretioase de apologetica si a realizat filmari bazate pe aceste carti. Cartile sint foarte recomandate pentru cititorii de toate virstele.

( Strobel describes The Case for Christ as a retracing and expansion of his becoming Christian. It summarizes Strobel’s interviews with 13 evangelical Christian scholars)

Versiunea in L. Romana aici – Case for Christ/Pledoarie pentru Cristos de Lee Strobel (English with Romanian subtitles).
http://www.trilulilu.ro/embed/Skywings/1ea1d46c345df8
Vezi mai multe video din diverse

Below is the ‘English only’ version:

De la situl AllAboutJesusChrist.org

Aceasta pagina web ofera doar informatie. Ea nu este sustinuta sau afiliata in alt fel cu autorul Lee Strobel sau editura Zondervan Publishers.

Pledoarie pentru Cristos – Investigatia
Exista pledoarie pentru Cristos? Daca ar fi fost o investigatie judecatoareasca legala – un proces care sa determine daca Isus Cristos este de fapt Singurul Fiu al lui Dumnezeu – ar fi fost El justificat pe baza evidentelor ori ar fi fost descoperit ca impostor?

Pledoarie pentru Cristos – Procurorul
A incercat cineva sa adune dovezi pentru a face o pledoarie pentru Cristos? Spre exemplu, Lee Strobel, un ateu pe vremea cand a intreprins acest efort, a decis ca va dovedi cu argumente si probe solide ca Isus Cristos este un impostor. Strobel cu siguranta era calificat sa efectueze aceasta sarcina de a face un proces impotriva lui Cristos. El avea Master in Studii Juridice de la Universtitatea de Drept Yale si era reporter premiat la Chicago Tribune. Domeniul de specialitate al lui Strobel era Analist Juridic si a fost promovat la rangul de Editor Juridic la Chicago Tribune. Mai mult, Strobel nu era partinitor fata de apararea lui Cristos – el era ateu!

Pledoarie pentru Cristos – Constatarile
Strobel imparte pledoaria sa pentru Cristos in trei capitole principale:

Dovezile documentare

    (au fost pastrate cu acuratete biografiile lui Isus?).

Dovezile coroborante

    (exista dovezi credibile in sprijinul lui Isus in afara biografiilor Sale?)

Dovezile stiintifice

    (Arheologia confirma sau contrazice biografiile lui Isus?).

Dovezile de respingere

    (Este Isus al istoriei identic cu Isus al credintei?).

  • Profilul lui Isus CristosDovezile identitatii
      (era Isus cu adevarat convins ca este Fiul lui Dumnezeu?).

    Dovezile psihologice

      (a fost Isus nebun cand a pretins ca este Fiul lui Dumnezeu?).

    Dovezile atributelor

      divine (A implinit Isus atributele lui Dumnezeu?).

    Dovada amprentelor

      (se potrivea Isus – si numai Isus – cu identitatea lui Mesia din profetii?)
  • Dovezile in sprijinul Invierii lui Isus CristosDovezile medicale
      (a fost moartea lui Isus un fals si in vierea Lui o farsa?).

    Dovezile trupului lipsa

      (lipsea cu adevarat trupul lui Isus din mormant?). Dovada aparitiilor Lui (a fost Isus vazut viu dupa moartea Lui pe cruce?).

    Dovezile circumstantiale

      (exista fapte ce sustin invierea?)

Pledoarie pentru Cristos – Examinarea dovezilor
In incercarea de a aduna argumente, Strobel intervieveaza un numar de experti si autoritati recunoscute in domeniile lor de stiinta. El a condus analiza de caz fara nici o partinire religioasa – in afara de inclinatia lui spre ateism. Este remarcabil, ca dupa adunarea si examinarea critica a dovezilor pentru sine insusi, Strobel a devenit crestin. Uimit de constatarile sale, el a adunat dovezile intr-o carte pe care a intitulat-o Pledoarie pentru Cristos, pentru care a fost distins cu Medalia de Aur. Strobel cere de la fiecare cititor un singur lucru – ramaneti nepartinitori in examinarea dovezilor. La sfarsit, analizati dovezile pentru voi insiva, actionand ca singurul jurat in procesul lui Cristos.

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some church history…Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch and one of the earliest post-New Testament martyrs

Ignatius said, “Now I begin to be a disciple…let fire and cross, flocks of beasts, broken bones, dismemberment…come upon me, so long as I attain to Jesus Christ.”

Ignatius was born in 35 A.D. and  died in the year 107 A.D.

Ignatius was going to die. He knew it. He wanted it. The only possible problem, as he saw it, was meddling Christians.

“I fear your kindness which may harm me,” he wrote to Roman Christians who were hoping to free him. “You may be able to achieve what you plan. But if you pay no heed to my request, it will be very difficult for me to attain unto God.” And that was truly Ignatius’ goal to imitate “our God Jesus Christ” in death. If Christians really wanted to do something, they should pray that he would remain faithful. “If you remain silent about me, I shall become a word of God. But if you allow yourselves to be swayed by the love in which you hold my flesh, I shall again be no more than a human voice.”

That Ignatius truly wanted to die was as much as we know about his martyrdom.

As the second, or third Bishop of Antioch, one of the most important churches of the day, he was certainly one of the most prominent Christians of the time immediately succeeding the apostles. But Antioch was also home to some religious debates, and while Ignatius denounced division as “the beginning of evil” the bishop engaged in debate with tenacity.

To the Magnesian church (near Ephesus) he wrote scathingly of the Ebionites, who demanded the keeping of Jewish regulations. “It is outrageous to utter the name of Jesus Christ and live in Judaism.” Similar attacks were launched against the docetists, who believed Christ only appeared to be human. Anyone believing such nonsense that Christ only seemed to suffer could not truly be called a martyr, he asserted.

He was probably arrested on the charge of ‘atheism’ – denial of the Roman Gods – and was taken from Antioch to Rome by an escort of ten soldiers. At nearly every stop, he met leaders of local churches, and during the trip he penned, with the help of a secretary, seven letters.

Though most famous for being one of the church’s earliest martyrs, his letters also served to record the rapid development of church hierarchy. “Follow, all of you, the Bishop, as Jesus Christ followed the Father,” he wrote to Polycarp’s church at Smyrna (now Izmit, Turkey). “Wherever the Bishop appears, there let the people be, even as wheresoever Christ Jesus is, there is the Catholic church .The instruction is remarkable because it is the first recorded use of the phrase “catholic (meaning universal) church”. (He was also the first outside the New Testament to speak of Jesus’ “virgin birth”.

The details of Ignatius’ death are lost to history, but not his desire to have his life count for something. “Now I begin to be a disciple…let fire and cross, flocks of beasts, broken bones, dismemberment…come upon me, so long as I attain to Jesus Christ.”

For further study, you can read the Seven letters written by Ignatius on his way to Rome, to be tried for the charge of ‘atheism’ (non belief in the Roman gods). As Ignatius died in 107 A.D. these are among the earliest writings to follow the apostles New Testament writings.

You can also visit this page for further study on how Ignatius did indeed use references to the writings of the New Testament in his own letters, proving that the New Testament Gospels and letters were indeed known and read by the churches in the first century. You can read them here at The Development of the Canon of the New Testament site.

You can also read a very useful book from the Editors of Christian History Magazine titled 131 Christians Everyone Should Know (foreword by J.I.Packer) Article above is excerpted from this book (Pages  358-359)

Here are prior posts from the “some church history” series:

Spread of the Bible

Athanasius (defending orthodoxy)

Jacob Arminius

The best selling book of all time (Part 1)

The best selling book of all time (Part 2)

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