Greg answers questions about whether it would be okay for a Christian to defend himself against physical persecution, how to determine if a child is ready to be baptized, responding to the claim that people are born gay, whether Adam and Eve would have faced more tests if they had passed the first one, and more.
 
Topics:
  1. If I were a Jew living during the Holocaust, would I have been justified in getting an AK-47 to defend myself, and during the tribulation, would we lose our martyr’s crown if we were to die fighting back rather than just allowing them to kill us? (05:00)
  2. What’s the best way to determine if my 12-year-old grandson is truly a Christian and should get baptized? (19:00)
  3. How should I respond to the claim that people are born gay? (36:00)
  4. Would Adam and Eve (and/or their children) have had other tests if they had passed the first test in the garden? (43:00)
  5. How should I respond to a Catholic friend who says only Catholic priests have the ability to read the Bible? (48:00)
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Greg talks about the ideas he shared with some law students last week, then he answers questions about whether there will be different levels of punishment in Hell and whether the old prophet in 1 Kings 13:11–32 was always a false prophet.
 
Topics:
  1. Commentary: What Greg said to law students (00:00)
  2. Are there different punishments in Hell, or will everybody receive the same punishment? (36:00)
  3. Was the old prophet in 1 Kings 13:11–32, who led the other prophet astray, faithful at one time, or was he simply a false prophet? (49:00)
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Greg answers questions about how to respond to a brother who says he’s trans, whether Paul ever got a chance to stand before Caesar, whether we can trust the Bible, and how we can say we have knowledge if we don’t have 100% certainty.
 
Topics:
  1. How should I treat my brother who says he’s trans, and how should I talk to the rest of my family members about this? (04:00)
  2. Did Paul ever get a chance to stand before Caesar as the angel said he would in Acts 27:23–24? (27:00)
  3. There are a lot of things the Bible says that cause me to doubt, so can I trust it? (41:00)
  4. If I can’t close the gap to 100% certainty, can I say I have knowledge if knowledge is justified true belief? (51:00)
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Greg talks about how we’re made to work, so we ought to “do our work heartily, as for the Lord,” then he answers questions about how to interpret John 20:23 about forgiving people’s sins and why we should think the Bible is inerrant.
 
Topics:
  1. Commentary: Do your work heartily, as for the Lord. (08:00)
  2. How should I interpret John 20:23, which says, “If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them”? (27:00)
  3. What is the biblical support for inerrancy, and if God meant for the text to be inerrant, why would he allow so many things to trip us up in the Scriptures—ambiguous passages, apparent contradictions, unclear doctrines, etc.? (47:00)
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  • Reality Student Apologetics Conference – September 23–24 in Orange County, CA; October 14–15 in Seattle, WA; November 11–12 in Minneapolis, MN; February 24–25, 2023 in Dallas, TX; March 24–25, 2023 in Philadelphia, PA; April 21–22, 2023 in Augusta, GA
In an episode from the Alisa Childers Podcast, Alisa chats with Greg about the nature of truth, the need to understand the objective nature of morality in order to understand sin and the gospel, how truth claims are viewed as power grabs, how we can keep from being overwhelmed by this chaotic, relativistic culture, and more.
 
Topics:
  1. The nature of truth (00:00)
  2. The need for a moral standard (10:00)
  3. Why is Christian morality so out of fashion today? (16:00)
  4. The gospel is only good news for people who recognize their sin, which requires objective morality. (26:00)
  5. The influence of postmodernism in churches (29:00)
  6. The problems we’re seeing now with relativism go all the way back to Genesis 3. (36:00)
  7. Truth claims are viewed as power grabs and responded to with ad hominem attacks, not reason. (44:00)
  8. How can we keep from being overwhelmed by this chaotic, relativistic culture? (49:00)
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Greg answers questions about staying in a hotel that’s had paranormal activity, talking to one’s children about LGBTQ views before they encounter them, and using consciousness as indirect evidence for God’s existence.
 
Topics:
  1. Is there anything to be fearful of when you’re staying in a hotel that claims to have had paranormal activity? (06:00)
  2. Should I talk about LGBTQ views with my children before they hear them from the culture, and if so, how should I start the conversation? (25:00)
  3. What do you think of my argument that consciousness is indirect evidence for God’s existence? (48:00)
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Greg talks to callers about the meaning of Matthew 7:21–23, how one should respond to friends who are convinced they’re receiving messages from God, the best approach to take with militant atheist friends, and what to say to someone who thinks the only way to connect with God is through psychedelic drugs.
 
Topics:
  1. Am I using Matthew 7:21–23 correctly? (02:00)
  2. How should I respond to friends who are convinced God is giving them messages and are very emotional about it? (20:00)
  3. What’s the best approach to take with militant atheist friends who think Christianity is stupid? (39:00)
  4. What approach should I take with someone who thinks the only way to connect with God is through psychedelic drugs? (52:00)
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Greg talks about how you can’t have objective good without God, then he answers questions about what it means to say we’re made in the image of God, whether the image of God can be gained or lost, and how this relates to the abortion issue.
 
Topics:
  1. Commentary: Objective morality is good evidence for God. (00:00) 
  2. What is your understanding of the image of God, can it be gained or lost, and how does this relate to the abortion issue? (29:00)
Mentioned on the Show: 
  • Reality Student Apologetics Conference – September 23–24 in Orange County, CA; October 14–15 in Seattle, WA; November 11–12 in Minneapolis, MN; February 24–25, 2023 in Dallas, TX; March 24–25, 2023 in Philadelphia, PA; April 21–22, 2023 in Augusta, GA
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Keep Gardening

Greg talks with Amy about an update she received from someone she had an interaction with a few years ago and reminds us to keep gardening, then he answers questions about whether we can thwart God and whether the scientific method and empathy can ground morality.
 
Topics:
  1. Commentary: Keep gardening. (00:00)
  2. Can man thwart God? (18:00)
  3. Can the scientific method provide a basis for morality and empathy provide an obligation for morality? (35:00)
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Greg explains why he thinks a saved person can’t lose his salvation, then he answers questions about the last verse of John and whether evolution could have given us a common set of moral rules.
 
Topics:
  1. Commentary: Can you lose your salvation? (00:00)
  2. What do you think of the last verse of the book of John? (32:00)
  3. Is there a common set of moral rules that evolution could have tricked us into? (46:00)
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