Theology and Apologetics

Feb 18, 2016 by

Augustine

I spend a lot of my day reading and studying Apologetics and Christian Theology. There are a lot of reasons why I find the studies of these two subjects interesting. Theology helps me to better understand the concepts of God and the nature of religious ideas. The Bishop of Hippo, Augustine, defined theology as “reasoning or discussion concerning the Deity.”  Theologians use various forms of analysis and argument (philosophical, ethnographic, historical, spiritual and others) to help understand, explain, test, critique, defend or promote any of myriad religious topics.

I study Apologetics because the Bible commands that all believers:

Be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 1 Peter 3:15-16

Christianity is attacked, mocked, ridiculed, and challenged by many people in our society. Many have legitimate questions, while others just have a hatred of all religions, but especially Christianity. In posts to come on this blog, I will expound on these topics and more. I just wanted for now to leave you with a list of book that I am currently reading on Theology and Apologetics. I urge anyone who has questions about Christianity that they want answered honestly to read any one of these books.

Have a Blessed Day

  • What’s So Great About Christianity by Dinesh D’Souza
  • Truth Overruled by Ryan T. Anderson
  • Holy Fire by R.T. Kendall
  • Darwin’s Doubt by Stephen C. Meyer
  • The Moody Handbook of Theology 25th Anniversary Edition by Paul Enns
  • Augustine on the Christian Life by Gerald Bray

 

 

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A New Direction

Feb 12, 2016 by

A great many things have changed in my life in the last few years, and especially in the last six months or so. In what I can only assume is the result of the Holy Spirit working within me, my focus in life has moved from earthly things to spiritual things. Most of the posts in this blog have been either of a political nature or a personal nature. My old interests and activities included playing computer games, electronics hobbyist, model rocketry, reading science fiction, guns, photography and a host of other worldly things.

Now I find that my interests and time are invested more in Bible study, Theology, church service, and volunteer work. I still have an avid interest in guns and photography, along with tech., but the other worldly interests have dried up.

In short, from now on most of the posts in The Mind of Tefft will be focused on my new interests. As the narrator for the Outer Limits says: “Please stand by.”

God Bless

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Progressives are ruining our country

Aug 17, 2015 by

I hate talking Politics as it makes me frustrated. Let me just say that I will be more than glad when President Obama is no longer our “lead from behind” leader. I am literally praying that the next Presidential election will bring us a President who can at least make a dent in undoing the tremendous damage Obama has done to our country and not do any additional damage. I love the breadth and diversity of the Republican Party’s candidates. Any one of them would make a good President, while a few of them would make a great President.

On the other side of the table we have the Democratic Party with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, or possibly Joe Biden or God help us Al Gore. Three old white males and an old white lady. What happened to the diversity of the Democratic Party? Hillary is a pathological liar who thinks she is above the law and can do anything she wants. Bernie Sanders is an outright Socialist. Joe Biden is a pervert and just plain a creepy person. And as for Al Gore, he belongs in a mental institute.

Do I sound partisan? You bet. I have always been a right leaning conservative. But I have been almost as disappointed in the Republican Party as I am disgusted by the Democratic Party. The voters gave the Republicans decisive victories in two elections, giving them a majority in both the Senate and the House. Have things changed any for the better since then? Nope.

With Republicans like John McCain, Mitch McConnell, and John Boehner having a stranglehold on Congress, there might as well not be a Republican Party. I almost wish Donald Trump would run as an independent but I am afraid it would punish the country much more than it would teach the Republican party a lesson if a Democrat won the Presidency again.

Am I hopeful for the future of our country? I have to be or I would become permanently despondent. I think Ted Cruz or Mike Huckabee would make a good President. But my real hope for the future lies in my faith and the promise from God that evil will be defeated in the end. The Bible promises us that in the end, good will win out over evil, and evil will be defeated — finally and completely. It tells us that “in keeping with (God’s) promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13).

So I pray for our country and our leaders every day and I hope you will too.

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The Unreasonableness of Atheism

Mar 24, 2015 by

Once the sun quarreled with the moon. The sun said, “The leaves on trees are green,” whereas the moon said that they are the color of silver. The moon asserted that men on earth generally sleep, whereas the sun said that usually all men are moving.

The moon asked, “Then why is there such a silence on earth?” Who told you this?” the sun answered. “On earth there is much noise.” The strife lasted for a long time.

And the the wind came; he listened to the debate and smiled. “Your quarrel is in vain. I blow when there is sun and when the moon shines. During the day, when the sun shines on the earth, everything happens just as the sun said. There is noise on earth and men work and the leaves are green. By night, when the moon rises, everything is changed. Men sleep, silence reigns, and the color of the leaves changes to silver. Sometimes, when a cloud cover the moon, they even look black. Neither you, sun, nor you, moon, know the whole truth.”

Atheists look at the material side of things and believe they encompass all reality. Buddhists believe that mind is the only reality and that the material world belongs to Maya, the sphere of illusion. But the Bible uses, in Hebrew as well as in Greek, the same word for “spirit” as for “wind.” It blows at all times, from many quarters. Those who have the Spirit of God see the whole of reality. They cannot limit themselves to either the materialist philosophy or the idealist one.

Most philosophers have individual points of view from which they look at reality. But every point of view is a point of blindness: it incapacitates us from every other point of view. By avoiding particular points of view we are able to have an intuition of the whole.

Feuerbach said, “It is clear as the sun and evident as the day that there is no God; and still more, that there can be no God.” It is not religion which asserts absolute clearness, but atheism. If the non-existence of God is as “clear as the sun,” how is it that all mankind (without exception) acknowledges the existence of the sun, but not all mankind subscribes to the assertion of Feuerbach that there is no God?

Not even Darwin, the great favorite of atheists, could adhere to it. He wrote, “The impossibility of conceiving that this grand and wondrous universe with our conscious selves arose through chance, seem to me the chief argument for the existence of God.”

For atheists, atheism is self-evident. Then why the need to propagate the obvious? Christians do not consider Christianity as self-evident as the fact that two and two are four. If it were so, there would be no atheists. We find some of the attitudes of atheists sensible. There is a place in our understanding for them. Atheism has only atheism and denies to religion every right to exist. Therefore, it is not sensible.

 

-Excerpted from “The Answer to the Atheists Handbook” by Richard Wurmbrand

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Birthday and the New Year

Jan 24, 2015 by

January 27th will be my 66th birthday. I have been retired since April of 2008. So far retirement has been pretty much what I expected. I spend my time between walking my dog Max, doing social media, reading, including the Bible and my daily devotionals, and going to the gym. I spend a bit every day doing various church work.

A few things I want to do this year include travel, more study time, and shooting my guns. I have not been to the outdoor range in a couple of years. I want to join the Nansemond Suffolk shooting range so I can shoot my M4, AK47, M1 carbine, Mossberg shotgun, and my Mosin Nagant. I really miss shooting them. I have only fired my handguns in the indoor range in Norfolk.

The reason I haven’t gone to an outdoor range is that they are so far away. One is in Wakefield and the other in Pungo, both over an hour drive. The Nansemond Suffolk range will be much closer.

As for travel, I really want to go to Alaska. It is the one state that, although I have been to it briefly while traveling to Vietnam, have always wanted to visit. It is one of the last remaining wilderness areas in America. I have been to the Rockies and was thrilled by them but Alaska will be so much more.

I hope to be able to realize all my aspirations this year but as with everything, things seldom go as you wish or plan. But I am ever hopeful. Wish me luck in the New Year. I wish the same for you.

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The Government has got the first amendment backwards.

Oct 20, 2014 by

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a government redress of grievances. Seems pretty straight forward. But in this new world of Progressives, political correctness, and a government that has far overstepped the bounds set by the Constitution, it has been turned topsy-turvy.

Time and time again, Atheist organizations like the Freedom From Religion group, having nothing better to do with their lives, have filed suit against any person, group, or organization that has even a remote connection to the local, state, or federal government and has anything to do with religion, specifically the Christian Faith. They always cite either the “establishment” clause of the First Amendment, or the “separation of church and state” argument. Both arguments are completely bogus, legally groundless, and have nothing to do with the First Amendment.

In a recent especially egregious example, the openly gay Mayor of Houston Texas, has subpoenaed five Houston pastors to turn over their sermons and other pastoral communications to the city for signs of “political activity”.  Read this story for the whole sordid mess.

Houston Persecution

In another case, two Christian ministers in Idaho are being threatened with fines and jail if they refuse to perform same-sex marriages. Again, you can read the whole pathetic story here.

Idaho Persecution

In the Houston case, it is strange that the Houston Mayor has not subpoenaed any Muslim Imams for their sermons and other communications for signs of “political activity”. But that is a whole other blog post.

The problem with both these cases, and many like them, is that they have no basis in law, especially with regards to the Constitution. The First Amendment was written to protect religion from political persecution, not protect the government from religion. The “establishment clause”, for those like the members of the Freedom From Religion organization who are obviously confused by simple sentences, specifically states  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”.  Where in either of these cases is Congress making a law respecting an establishment of religion? Right, I did’t read of one either. It further states that Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion, which in both of the above mentioned cases is being violated. If Congress cannot prohibit the free exercise of religion, neither can the city or state.

With regards to the argument of “separation of church and state”, that phrase does not even appear in the Constitution. So as far as the Constitution and the First Amendment are concerned, there is no legal ground for the city of Houston or the State of Idaho to pursue harassment and persecution of Christians in this manner. In fact, both cases violate the free exercise of religion as well as abridging freedom of speech. In both instances the Christians are being persecuted by homosexuals although that is not always the case. The Gay Mafia is alive and well and as intolerant of the views and rights of others as any other hate group. How cases like this are even being won is beyond me. Apparently there are many courts and judges who are equally baffled  with the simple wording of the First Amendment or choose to ignore its true and stated purpose and intent.

 

 

 

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