Scott Cherry's Assessment of the 4/9 Debate Between Ted Barham and Ozair Tahir
Last Friday I attended an informal debate between Ted Barham and Ozair Tahir on the question, "Is the trinity logical, rational?" This is my assessment of that debate and my personal rebuttal of Ozair’s argument including a summary of the doctrine of the trinity. Ozair assumed the standard Muslim position that the trinity is non-rational/illogical. But although he is a Muslim, he did not overtly argue his position on the basis of the Qur'an, rather on the pretense of logic and reason. But what he thought was good logic and sound reasoning was, in fact, fallacious. Throughout the course of the debate Ozair repeatedly demanded of Ted, "If the Bible said there were squared circles, would you believe it?" It was a trap that Ted would not fall into. Although Ted could have been much more assertive in putting forth biblical examples of the trinity, Ozair seemed generally disinterested in such evidence anyway. Instead his mind was made up that the trinity was a "squared circle" as he repeatedly resorted to this pet question.
Is God Consistent in His Moral Standards? Does He Have to Be?
The God of the Torah is consistent, it is one of his divine attributes. God is not arbitrary or random. He is consistent in both his attributes and His moral standards. That's why passages about his love for foreigners matter, and why they are not irrelevant. Nothing about God is irrelevant. The LORD is consistent in his love. We Christians don't just ascribe love to God because we want him to be loving. It's because HE said he is loving. God gave Moses his divine truth in the Tawrat, or Torah. In it God revealed much about His nature. He revealed his essential attributes to Moses who penned them for the Jews, the Muslims, and the world: Power, Holiness, Compassion, Righteousness, Mercy, and Love, for example. Who are we to question what God says about Himself in His own words?
Two different perspectives on the nature of biblical justice and the social justice movement
Social justice entails a philosophical theory that asserts dimensions to justice that impact politics, economics, civil and criminal law, and even theology. What does the Bible have to say about the precepts of the social justice movement.
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We have 2 separate views to consider.
Matthew Jackson is 34 years old, he is a native of Fort Worth Texas, he currently resides in Hot Springs Arkansas and is working on two Masters degrees at Liberty University and Trinity College of the Bible & Theological Seminary while also working with At-Risk Youth. You can find his content on youtube at the Urban Christian Institute.
Mike Moses is the Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Administration at Harvest Bible Church in Westland, MI. He has an MDiv. & ThM from Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary. He lives in Michigan with his wife,two young sons with a 3rd on the way. Mike will be taking the position that social justice, as commonly practiced in our culture is not biblical. You can check out some examples of his published work on topics like intersectionality and transgenderism.
Did God allow or condone sex slavery and pedophilia in the Torah? ...No.
To our current Western ears some passages in the Torah such as Numbers 31:18 and Deuteronomy 21:10-14 generally evoke a negative emotional response, but they must not be viewed through a 21st-century lens only. We can hardly avoid using a modern-day lens, but we must also use an ancient Near Eastern as well as a broad Mosaic lens. These passages should not be misconstrued in support of slavery, sex slavery, rape, or the objectification of women. But they do require careful thought and interpretation. In light of the ancient, NE pagan moral codes that 'governed' slavery, sex, marriage and foreign relations, the skeptic’s claim that Yahweh condoned or permitted sex-slavery, pedophilia, or marital rape is untenable. Throughout the Hebrew Tanakh, Yahweh presents himself as a God of goodness, justice, and love. He explicitly set himself apart from the false gods of the surrounding nations in numerous ways. This was embodied in his miraculous acts toward his people but also through superior laws given through Prophet Moses and other prophets. In them he introduced a superior socio-sexual morality that was unmatched by any pagan society of the day or by Islam millennia later.
Is free speech a nicety that we stumbled on or does it derive from biblical principles
Western society historically values the freedom of speech. The 1st amendment is an expression of the innate right that humans have right to voice their values. Does this right derive from a biblical perspective or is it something that we arrived at thru other means.
We all value freedom of speech but where does it come from?
Steve Schlichter will be arguing that the freedom of speech is derived from man's delegation of the image of God and from biblical principles. He is an evangelical Christian and has 5 children with his wife, Jenni. As a libertarian, he seeks to demonstrate how the cause of liberty is consistent and necessary in a Christian worldview.
Gregory Richardson will take the position that while good, freedom of speech is not a Biblical principle per se. Greg is also an evangelical Christian for over 40 years, he is happily married with 3 "children." While a passionate lover of politics, he believes none of the 3 leading parties accurately encompass the Christian belief system.
Debate is online - Tuesday, Feb 9th @7pm
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