Category: Apologetics

Who Were The Nephilim?

The Nephilim are first mentioned in Genesis 6:1-4 were the Bible says the following:

Genesis 6:1-4
When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

So who or what were the Nephilim? Well the most popular view of what the Nephilim were with the interpretation of Genesis 6:1-4 is that the Nephilim were the offspring of sexual relationships between the “sons of God” or fallen angels and the human women.
Therefore when fallen angels or demons mated with human females, what resulted through such a sexual union was the offspring or hybrids called the Nephilim.

So what did the Nephilim look like? The Nephilim have been described as being a race of giants and hybrids. Therefore they had a mixture of human and demonic DNA.
According to sources such as the Book of Enoch and the Bible, the Nephilim had great size, great influence, great power and they were extremely wicked and evil.
They were also treated as “gods” because of their stature and power.

Genesis 6:1-7 when read in context gives us the picture that one of the main reasons why God may have decided to destroy the earth through the great flood was because of the existence of the Nephilim.

It’s believed that one of the reasons why the demons mated with humans to produce the Nephilim was so that they could pollute the human bloodline and prevent the future coming of the Messiah who is Jesus Christ.
Therefore the more the population of the Nephilim increased and mated with humans – the more polluted the human DNA and bloodline would become.
Furthermore the existence of the Nephilim accelerated the wickedness in the earth to the point that God decides to destroy the earth by a great flood. Genesis 6:5 says that God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and such that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was continuously evil.
Therefore the influence of the Nephilim both physically and spiritually polluted and affected mankind to the point that it reached irredeemable proportions. God’s solution was to flood the earth

In context, Genesis 6:4-7 says The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. 5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.”

In conclusion, the flood was not only the result of wickedness of mankind but it was also the result of the existence and great influence of the Nephilim.

What is the Trinity? Do Christians Worship 3 Gods?

What is the Trinity? Do Christians actually worship 3 Gods instead of one God?
This is a topic that can be difficult to fully grasp because God Himself is so extraordinary and supernatural that He cannot be fully understood with our limited and natural understanding.

However, many skeptics of Christianity would argue that the trinity is a contradiction because Christians claim to believe in ONE God whilst on the other hand claiming that the Father is God; the Son is God and the Holy Spirit is God.

So the question is this: If Christians believe in the Trinity, then do Christians believe & worship 3 Gods instead of one? Also, is the Trinity therefore a contradiction to the belief that there is only ONE God?

The quick answer to this type of question is this: NO! Christians do not worship 3 Gods but Christians worship and believe in ONE God who exists in 3 distinct persons. These 3 distinct persons are the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
A simple illustration would be a triangle. A triangle has 3 sides which make up one single shape. Therefore we all understand that a triangle would not become a triangle without the 3 sides.

And so, God is a trinity of persons. Christians believe in ONE God revealed in 3 Persons. The Bible also teaches that even though the Father is God and Jesus is God and the Holy Spirit is God – this does not mean that there are 3 Gods.
When it comes to the Trinity we should not think of it as 1+1+1=3.
But the correct way to view the Trinity is as 1x1x1=1.

Therefore all 3 Persons in the Trinity are distinct but equal. All 3 Person in the Trinity share similar attributes but yet they are ONE God.

It’s important to note that with our finite and limited mind and understanding, it can be difficult to fully comprehend or even illustrate the Trinity or the nature of God.
However, we must believe what the Bible says and what the Bible teaches in relation to the Godhead.

Genesis 1:26
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness …”

The Hebrew word for “God” such as the one used in Genesis 1:26 is {Elohim}.
Elohim is a noun which refers to God in the plural. The word Elohim appears in the Bible more than 2000 times. Therefore Elohim allows for the Trinity.
In Genesis 1:26 God is speaking of Himself in the plural form denoting that God is made up of more than one person.

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Deuteronomy 6:4
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!

Again Genesis 1:1 and Deuteronomy 6:4 refers to God as Elohim. Therefore the scripture is denoting God as consisting as more than one Person. Deuteronomy 6:4 refers to God as Elohim and that Elohim is united or is one.

There are many scriptures that reflect the triune nature of God.
For example, Jesus was in the beginning with God according to John 1:1 and not only was Jesus with God but He was God. All creation was made through Jesus (Colossians 1:16-17).
The Holy Spirit is also listed with the Father and Son as “the name” believers are to be baptized into according to Matthew 28:19-20 and Peter referred to the Holy Spirit as God in Acts 5:3-4.
The teaching of a Triune God is unique to Christianity and affirms Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as one God in three Persons.

So are there 3 Gods? NO!
There is only ONE God who exists eternally in 3 Persons – that is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

 

Why Did God Kill Innocent People in the Old Testament?

The atheist Richard Dawkins in his book called the God Delusion describes God as being a moral monster who is a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser.
Atheists basically argue that the God in the Old Testament killed many innocent people beginning from the flood that destroyed the earth to the people in Sodom & Gomorrah and then also the destruction of the Canaanite people where even women and children were destroyed.
Therefore these are the arguments that both atheists and skeptics put forward as an argument against the God of the Bible and justify that such a God cannot exist.

So the question is this is – is God a moral monster? Why did God command the death and destruction of people including children? Does God have the right to kill innocent people?

 

 

The above questions can be answered by understanding the following things:

Nobody is Innocent
There are no innocent people in the world. Everyone is guilty of some kind of wrong doing. Everyone has told a lie at some point in his/her life; everyone has had an impure thought; everyone has done some kind of wrong against his/her neighbor.
Before a just and holy God – nobody is innocent. Romans 2:23 says “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Romans 3:10 says that there is nobody who is righteous.

Everyone Will Face Death
Everyone will die at some point in his/her life. Death came into existence because of the sin of Adam and Eve. Death is a curse that came upon the earth in which the Bible says “It’s appointed for man to die once, and after that comes death” according to Hebrews 9:27.
Therefore we will all face death whether it’s through sickness, a car accident or through old age. The important thing to understand is that it’s up to God to choose when we die and how we die.

Why Did God Destroy People?
Therefore when it came to situations where God would destroy people in the Old Testament, God was both sovereign and justified in doing so.
For example, when God caused the whole earth to flood with the exception of Noah and his family, the Bible says that the intents of man during Noah’s time was continuously evil (Genesis 6:5). Mankind had become so morally & spiritually corrupted in his conscience that his every thought and action was evil. Mankind had become irredeemable, unrepentant and his conscience was seared.
God’s only option to save humanity at that time was to flood the earth and save Noah & his family because they found grace in God’s eyes and they were not corrupted to the extent of the rest of mankind.

Another example is with the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah. Before the destruction of these cities, Abraham pleaded with God and interceded for the people that if there were at least a few righteous people in those cities that God would spare Sodom & Gomorrah from utter destruction (Genesis 18:16-33).
However there was none found righteous or innocent in Sodom & Gomorrah and so God destroyed them not only because they were sinners but because they were unrepentant and their sinful lifestyle would be infectious and detrimental to those people who lived outside those cities.

The same can be said also when God commanded the killing of the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites (Deuteronomy 20:16-18).
These people had abominable and detestable cultures. The Canaanites for example were said to be people who had a culture of child sacrifice, beastiality and incest. These people were irredeemable and unrepentant.
God commanded their destruction so that they would not spread their abominable practices and culture to the Israelites.

Hopefully from the above explanation we can learn something about the nature of God and the nature of mankind. God is a just and sovereign God and He has the right to judge His own creation as He sees fit. Everyone will die and it’s up to God to choose when we will die and how we will die.
However, it is not God’s desire that anyone should perish in hell but instead His desire is that all people should repent and come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:9).
Therefore the most important thing is to have a relationship with God by believing in Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour because it is Jesus who paid for the sins of mankind on the cross (John 3:16).
Jesus Christ is the ONLY innocent person to have lived on the earth. He was without sin, and therefore this qualified Him to pay for our sins in order to redeem us (2 Corinthians 5:21).

 

Is The World Better Off Without Religion?

Somebody once said to me that the world would be better off without religion. The person sited his opinion that religion is the cause of many wars & problems not only in the present but also throughout history.
Many skeptics and atheists are of the belief that religion should be obsolete. They give examples that religion has caused slavery, discrimination, abuse and that religious leaders swindle their followers.
So is religion part of the problem? Would the world really be a better place without it?

The skeptics and atheists are not totally wrong. There are over 1 million religions that exist in the world and indeed, in many cases throughout history, there are many religions that have been the cause of many problems in the world.
Even today, many bad things are done in the name of one’s religion.

However, the root problems in the world isn’t religion.
The root cause of many problems in the world is the human condition or the sinful nature of man.

Think about it for a moment: If religion did not exist – would people really stop killing each other? If religion did not exist – would people really stop abusing & hurting one another? Would the stealing, the lying, the promiscuity or the hatred really and truly stop if there was no religion?
The truth is this – with or without religion – the world’s problems would still exist and the problems would continue because the problem is actually the human condition of man.

What is The Condition of Mankind?
Below are some scriptures that best describe mankind’s human condition.

Romans 3:23
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Jeremiah 17:9
The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?

Matthew 15:19
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.

According to the scriptures, man is a sinner and his heart is desperately wicked. From man’s heart comes evil thoughts, adultery, and all kinds of sin.

So from these scriptures we can tell that religion is a by-product of the root problem – and the root problem of the world’s issues is the fact that man is a sinner.
The reason why we have over 1 million religions in the world is because of sin.
Religion is man’s attempt to reach God.

What mankind needs, is not religion – but at his core, man needs a genuine relationship with God.

Someone once said to me that there are 2 kinds of problems in the world. The first is one’s relationship with God and the second is one’s relationship with other people.
The greatest commandments that Jesus gave us pertain first to our love for God and secondly to our love for our neighbor.

When we understand that religion isn’t totally the problem – but the root problem is relationship – then we will get the correct perspective.

With or without religion every human being is a sinner and every human being is capable of deceit and wickedness.
Many religions exist in the world but we are not called to be religious. Instead we are called to have a relationship with God and love God and to love our neighbor.

Without a relationship with God – sin will reign in one’s life and the only way that any person can have a relationship with God is through believing and putting one’s faith in Jesus Christ as Lord & Saviour.

Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross for our sins so that we may be reconciled to God. Jesus paid the debt for our sins that we should have paid by dying on the cross for our sins & resurrecting on the third day.

John 1:12-13 says: But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Therefore life is not about religion or the lack of religion. True life is about having a genuine relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

DO YOU HAVE A GENUINE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD?

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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What is the Origin of Life?

What is the origin of life? Where does life come from? Does life come from non-life? Is life the product of the Big Bang or is God the Creator of all life?

Spontaneous Generation
One of the initial theories of the origin of life was spontaneous generation. This is the theory or belief that living things can arise from non-living material. The belief was that certain living forms such as maggots could arise from dead flesh or that fleas could arise from inanimate matter such as dust.
Whilst spontaneous generation has been disproven, what is crucial is the belief that life comes from non-life and this belief is still held by various scientists, evolutionists and atheists to this day.
Louis Pasteur in the 1800s disproved the theory of spontaneous generation and proved scientifically & experimentally that living things can only come from another living source.
Therefore the belief that non-life material can create living organisms cannot be scientifically proven and science experiments have failed to prove that life originates from non-living material.

Abiogenesis
Just like spontaneous generation, abiogenesis incorporates the theory that non-living material is the source of life. The major difference is that spontaneous generation is an obsolete theory. Spontaneous generation was believed to be able to occur over a shorter period of time.
Abiogenesis however, is the idea that the natural process of life arises from non-living matter, such as simple organic compounds. It is presumed or assumed to have occurred on Earth over 3 billion years ago. Abiogenesis theory is more complex in its study and attempts to discover how the first life on Earth emerged through a chain of increasingly complex organic chemical reactions, but did so only several times before giving rise to billions of years of subsequent, increasingly complicated life forms.
Secular scientists, evolutionists and atheists seldom admit it but abiogenesis is only a hypothesis. The abiogenesis theory is full of guesses, assumptions and historical conclusions that cannot be tested or proved scientifically. Therefore abiogenesis should not be received as factual or truth.
Just like spontaneous generation, abiogenesis tries to answer the question: Can non-life create life?
However, believers of abiogenesis to this day cannot prove that the origin of life comes for non-living material.

Panspermia
Panspermia is the suggestion that life on earth may have originated from outer space or other parts of the universe. Panspermia suggests that microscopic life was distributed to the earth by asteroids, comets or meteorites. The hypothesis also suggests that life may have begun after the Big Bang over 10 billion years ago.
Just like spontaneous generation & abiogenesis, the hypothesis of Panspermia cannot be tested nor proven scientifically. It is a series of guesses and assumptions by atheists and secular scientists for which there is no proof for such claims.

 

GOD AS THE CREATOR OF LIFE

Hebrews 11:3 NKJV
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

For the Christian, the answer to the origin of life is very simple. God is the Creator of all that we see. God is the originator of life. Without God there cannot be any life.
Hebrews 11:3 tells us that the things which are seen were not made by the things which are visible.
Therefore, just because God is invisible, it does not mean that God does not exist.
Also, just because God is invisible, it does not mean that He did not create the visible.
God is living and therefore only life can come from the living. It is also a scientific fact that life can create life.
The problem with atheists, evolutionists and secular scientists is that they refuse to acknowledge the existence of God. They would rather shift having their faith placed in God to having their faith placed in scientifically unproven hypothesis such as spontaneous generation, abiogenesis or panspermia.

Christians are often ridiculed for not having proof that God is the Creator of all life. However, Christians have always believed that God exists and that God is the intelligent Creator of the universe as we know it. Christians do not apologize for their faith in God. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1) and without faith it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6).

Atheists and secular scientists however take a hypocritical approach to their stance of the origin of life. While claiming to only look at the evidence, their historical conclusions regarding the origin of life are neither scientific and cannot be proven.
They ridicule Christians for lacking proof of the origin of life whilst they themselves lack proof for their own theories regarding the very same subject.
Again and again scientific evidence is stacking up that non-life CANNOT create life and no amount of scientific study or hypothesis will be able to prove that life originated from non-living material.

What is the origin of life? Genesis 1:1-31 clearly tells us the origin of life. God is the Creator. Without God there is no life.

Genesis 1:1 NKJV
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

 

 

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