Thursday, 22 February 2007

CRI Perspective

These Perspectives from the Christian Research Institute come across my virtual desk from time to time so I thought I would share them here. Not too much in real depth, but always food for thought. Here are a couple from today.

Liberal Christianity

Then, in a letter to supporters, Hank Hanegraaff says this:

"The faith you and I share is under increasing attack in America. I am convinced the year ahead will be decisive in this historic struggle.

Of course, you can expect the Bible Answer Man program to keep exposing errors, myths, and lies of cults and false religions -- including Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Scientology, Word of Faith, New Age, and Islam.

But there is an equally serious and growing attack on our faith, arising from “non-religious” quarters.

For example, National Geographic launched a new broadside against our faith last Christmas with the prime time special, The Secret Lives of Jesus. They also ran an encore presentation of another widely-publicized assault on the Bible’s reliability, The Gospel of Judas.

Both programs use historically dubious manuscripts to make false claims about our Lord’s life and ministry.

Both repeated the oft-told lie that orthodox Christians hushed up the really exciting truths of Gnostic “gospels” purportedly written by biblical characters such as Mary, Thomas, Phillip and Judas.

The real truth, as renowned New Testament scholar N.T. Wright points out in a recent interview with Christianity Today, is that during the second and third centuries, “the people being thrown to the lions and burned at the stake and sawed in two were not the ones reading Thomas and Judas and the Gospel of Philip and the Gospel of Mary. They were the ones reading Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.”

Sadly, we’re becoming The Da Vinci Code society, where many are being deceived by the sheer quantity of “credible” attacks on Christianity, their doubts confirmed by even the wildest, most baseless conspiracy theories..."

He continues, making an appeal for support. You can read the entire letter here.

Take Care

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