Attend this years Unbelievable? Conference: The UK’s leading apologetics event

Attend this years Unbelievable? Conference: The UK’s leading apologetics event June 19, 2014

Premier Christian Radio and Biola University present Unbelievable? The Conference 2014 – Reasonable faith in an uncertain world.

We live in an uncertain world and a sceptical age! Now in its 4th year, Unbelievable? is the UK’s leading apologetics and evangelism conference.

This year’s conference will help ordinary Christians like you be equipped to:

Be confident in your faith and share it effectively

Engage with atheism, Islam and other worldviews

Give good reasons for God and the truth of Christianity

More information at the conference website.

Date: 12th July 2014

Time: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Doors open:  8:45am

Venue: Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, London SW1H 9NH  Book Now

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  • douglas kraeger

    In helping people turn to God, we must seek to only cooperate with that which the Holy Spirit wants to tell them in their hearts. If we hand them superbly written questions, written in advance, and encourage them to find THE ANSWER their hearts tell them is the truthful answer, we will be happy and so will God. If the slip of paper with the question also has a web address with a series of superb questions that will take them from believing in God to all that He wants all to believe, then we have cooperated with God when they seek His answers to those questions. Is the following idea something all faiths should eagerly support and will have to once some start publicly supporting it and publicly asking why other faiths do not?

    I have enclosed near the end a couple of quotes from Pope Francis’ apostolic Exhortation, EVANGELII GAUDIUM at 223 224 which I believe show there is a possibility this is what Pope Francis is looking for. If the Pope endorsed this, who would oppose it?

    Will you pass this on to others (maybe without any endorsement) or are you one of those who are unwilling to pass this on (and therefore you will be passively opposing it) because you do not trust enough in God’s answer to any and all questions, or are you one of those who actually fear (because of your faith) where God will lead all honest seekers of Truth?

    I hope the following idea will be improved and help evangelists of all faiths help introduce God to everyone. I hope and believe that in a short time there will be many different sequences of superb questions with verifiable evidence from people of all faiths that people will carry with them to pass on to others and these lists of questions will help people start with why they should believe that there is only one infinite God and end up leading to the conclusion of how to show true sacrificial love and everything else God wants everyone to know and believe.

    This idea has two aspects (a poster in all churches and superb questions on slips of paper) that I believe all good men and women should be interested in because it is a way to help parents be better parents and everyone of every faith be better, more willing, evangelists because the slips of paper will eventually give them an arsenal of superb questions and direct others to a web page for more superb questions. Think how different the world might be if fathers were expected to pass on to their children the superbly written questions they have found so as to help their children find God’s answer and the children shared them on face book, twitter…?

    I believe all ministers of all churches will feel required (maybe only out of human respect) to put up posters similar to the one below once a few do so and publicly encourage all others to do the same. Does anyone say this cannot be possible?

    What minister will publicly dispute any part of the following suggested Poster idea that can be improved and/or shortened?

    “All truly good parents are seen wanting to pray ever more perfectly and eagerly working to know and believe whatever it is that God wants everyone to know and believe and therefore these parents, in order to share them with others but especially with their children, are looking for the best verifiable information and the best sequences of questions from ministers of all faiths who are eager to share such in the sure faith that God’s answers for these questions will lead all to the one Faith God must will all to have and for them to thereby reject all man made additions to this Faith.”

    ALSO, each month, in those churches where the minister truly wants to do all they can to foster the acceptance and practice of the love of (all) truth so that they may be saved (2Thessallonians 2:10) by current and future parents, when the meeting of the men’s (or similar) group is announced from the pulpit, there can and should be, a strong verbal reminder of the poster and that the members are always looking for questions from anyone (especially from young adults) that they do not have good answers to yet, as all must be open and looking for such questions if they have truly accepted the love of All Truth and truly want to know whatever it is that God wants everyone to know and believe just because God wants it, the members wanting to find those areas where they need to do more research to better know, live, and defend the ONE Faith God wants all to have.

    What could follow if all ministers of all faiths who believed God’s answers to the right sequence of questions would lead all to the One Faith (belief) that God wants all to have, their faith, said so publicly and presented (on a webpage) the verifiable information and the best sequences of questions that they have found and publicly challenged all other ministers to do likewise and also put up a poster similar to the one above and once a month make a strong statement concerning what people should be seen doing if they have truly accepted the love of truth so that they may be saved ?

    Why wouldn’t the above be a good enterprise that all should support (Titus 3:1)? Obviously people will eventually know everything in the poster no matter how long it is if the minister makes a monthly, strongly worded comment and the parents and children will each know (because the poster and the monthly reminders puts a “spotlight on the parent’s actions”) whether or not the parents are, or are not, doing what they should already be doing but many times today, in this world, are not doing. Is this not a good way for ministers to frequently remind all (without pointing a finger at any one person) of the importance of loving and therefore seeking the truth that God wants all to love and therefore eagerly seek?

    Second aspect of Idea that goes along with above:

    I believe the following goes along with the above idea and should be supported by people of every faith who truly believe their faith is the one faith all will have if they find God’s answer to all questions concerning what it is that God wants all to know and believe.

    I had a thought on how a men’s Group or parish (church ministry) could help those who are not members be more willing and more able to witness to their faith in public. The idea requires a moderator (or team of moderators) who will find and post suggested questions on a particular part of the church webpage for people to be able to read and print out the questions and carry them in their wallet or purse. Then, when a person has an opportunity to dialogue with someone, they have these carefully worded, superbly well thought out questions, that they can hand to the other person and ask them if God might want to give them HIS ANSWER to this question and if they should therefore seek and find God’s answer to that question (and any other questions listed at the bottom to be found on the web page also listed).

    This idea does not negate everyone’s responsibility to know their faith and be eager to share it. It merely helps them be better armed, gives them a sense of confidence, so that even if they do not have all the answers at any given time (fear of which keeps many from engaging in dialogue) they know that they are armed with several well worded, simple questions that the other would know they should seek God’s answer to, and which we can be hopeful will lead them to the One Faith God wants all to have when they find His answer to all questions.

    Some people will choose to print their churches’ web address at the bottom of the slip of paper so the person receiving one question can find the entire list of questions.

    All the questions could be numbered so some people would copy one question on the slip of paper and then add a list of numbers of related questions that might follow a logical pattern.

    We would be following the first public example of Jesus when Mary and Joseph found Him in the temple, “asking questions” and “all were amazed at His wisdom”.

    I heard a quote many years ago, “ If you ask the right question, the answer will be intuitively obvious to the casual observer”, (casual observer is someone honestly seeking God’s truth, not someone who has an ax to grind with a closed mind).

    Think how many great questions could be made available and then we would have a fallback question if we get flustered and cannot think of a good, well worded question. I would suggest someone could come up with an improvement on:

    1. Can we know with a certitude of faith that since God has revealed His existence to us, He therefore wants us to go beyond faith in God and “accept the love of Truth so that they may be saved” (2Thessallonians 2:10) and eagerly seek to know whatever else that He wants everyone to know and believe and therefore He wants us to listen to what others believe and then ask from our hearts, “What evidence is there that what they believe is, or is not, what God wants all to believe”?

    2. What scriptural evidence is there to conclude that St. Paul’s use of “Body” in 1Cor. 11:20-29 (two times) and Our Lord’s use in John 6:45-61(four times) was not meant to be taken in the literal sense (especially 1Cor. 11:29)?

    3. 2Thessalonians 2:10 says, “He will give them a deceiving spirit because they have not accepted the love of truth so that they may be saved”; what scriptural evidence is there that shows the effective meaning of 2Thessalonians 2:10 is different than: No one has a chance at being saved if they do not accept the love of truth and if they stop loving the truth, they may no longer be saved?

    4. Since God loves all that exists (Wisdom 11:24) and eternally sees all time and space all at once in one single infinite thought, God loves the devils eternally as He “did” when He created them and then the Question arises: Should we love all sinners whom God loves (while He eternally hates each sin) and how can this not include the devils?

    5. Since God has only one, single, eternal, always in the present, infinite thought that is everywhere and every when the same as when Jesus as a boy perfectly conformed His human will to the Divine Will, revealing the Divine Will to eternally be that Jesus love, honor and be subject to Joseph as the head of the Family with St. Joseph being the head of the family, not just a figure head; the question arises: Is there anything in scripture that could be interpreted to imply that God’s eternal, changeless thought has changed and therefore God’s thought is actually transient and changes with time so that God no longer eternally gives St. Joseph such an unfathomable honor?

    6. How can there be an absolute, objective moral order we can know in our hearts with absolute certainty (ie: all know absolutely that it would be absolutely evil and morally wrong for a father to sell his three year old to drug dealers, knowing the child will be tortured and eventually killed, in payment of his debt and to keep the speedboat because he likes to go boating on the weekends) if there is no cause of all of creation?

    7. God can only have one, infinite, single, eternal, always in the present tense thought and therefore God must keep all His promises, including the two promises of Genesis 17:20 -21. Does that prove that God must fulfill the promise of Gen. 17:20 before He fulfills the promise of Gen. 17:21?

    Is this idea something that you might want to think about and maybe work on to improve or pass on to others who have more time so that eventually there might be many, superb, well thought out questions (much better than my questions) that anyone could print out and carry and hand to others rather than “preaching” to those who do not want to be preached to?

    If we started something like this, could others across the country and world pick up on it and make it so easy for Catholics to have superb questions at their fingertips whenever dialogues began (especially if they started wearing the “Please, ask me why I am Catholic” buttons)?

    I recently read in Pope Francis’ apostolic Exhortation, EVANGELII GAUDIUM at 223 224, “What we need, then, is to give priority to actions which generate new processes in society and engage other persons and groups who can develop them to the point where they bear fruit in significant historical events. Without anxiety, but with clear convictions and tenacity.

    224. Sometimes I wonder if there are people in today’s world who are really concerned about generating processes of people-building, as opposed to obtaining immediate results which yield easy, quick short-term political gains, but do not enhance human fullness.”

    My hope is that this idea, of churches establishing lists of superbly written questions that people can copy on slips of paper with a web address and maybe a list of related questions, can be a process whereby the laity have no excuse for not being armed with superb questions for people who they come in contact with (and with their own children, parents, siblings, in-laws and outlaws) and our next generation will produce much fruit because they have grown up asking superb questions in the sure faith that if the other person honestly seeks God’s answer, God will be pleased with both people.

    Will you tell me why (if that turns out to be the case) you will not at least pass this idea on to others in case any of them would like to make it better? Thank you Douglas Kraeger 104 Aubrey Lane, Liberty, South Carolina 29657 315 534 4103