Apologetics 101

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2016-11-28-13-01-04-1By Pastor Glem Melo

Classroom #11, 3rd Floor, First Church PCA, Lansing, IL
Sundays, 11:15 am to 12:00 pm

Session #1

What is reality?

This is the question of worldview — “a philosophical view of the world—and not just of our planet, but of all of reality…an all-encompassing perspective on everything that exists and matters to us” (Dr. James N. Anderson, Reformed Theological Seminary).  It is the “lense” by which we view the world.

2016-12-11-12-10-48How do we know what we know?

This is the question of epistemology — “the study of the nature, origin, and limits of human knowledge” (Encyclopaedia Brittanica).

Four worldviews examined in “True U 01.1 Does God Exist: Building the Scientific Case”

1. Atheism — no God

2. Deism — God exists but like a divine watchmaker: absolutely transcendent (above and independent of all things) and not immanent (not directly involved in the world)

3. Theism — God exists; He is both transcendent (above and independent of all things) and immanent (directly involved in the world)

4. Pantheism — God is everything and everyone, and everyone and everything is God

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What is reality for us, Christians?

God! Before the universe became real, He already existed. He is the ultimate, eternal, unchanging reality.

Atheists view the world, scientific data, reality, the origin of life, etc. through their “no God” lens.

We, Christians, view the world, scientific data, reality, the origin of life, etc. through the lens of God’s word, the Bible.

How confident are you about the authority and reliability of the Bible?

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About Glem Melo

I am a believer and follower of Christ, happily married, and have 3 wonderful kids. I am the founder and CEO of Open Eyes Mission, under the care of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) Chicago Metro Presbytery, pastoral intern at Faith Church in Dyer, Indiana, and studying Master of Divinity at Mid-America Reformed Seminary. The Bible teaches that God is real, man is sinful, hell is real, and Jesus is our only hope of salvation. I believe these truths with all of my heart, and I hope to help others learn of them as well. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16) May God give you grace and peace. Glimar "Glem" Melo www.glemmelo.com www.openeyesmission.org
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