We have another round of excellent questions from our viewers at Bellator Christi.com. On today’s podcast we answer the following questions that were submitted to us at the website:
From Seeking Answers 123abc3
1) Why don’t Christians observe circumcision?
2) Why don’t Christians observe the sabbath?
3) When did the New Testament times (i.e. when Old Testament commands were no longer required to be followed but New Testament commands were to be followed instead) begin? Was is the moment Jesus died for our sins?
4) How would you respond to someone who claims that circumcision and the sabbath were commanded by God for God’s people on a permanent basis and were meant to be observed permanently? Is this true? How do we reconcile the New Testament teachings on this with the Old Testament teachings on this (i.e., it was meant to be on a permanent basis, how do we reconcile the New Testament teachings on this)?
What would have happened if Judas had not turned in Jesus?
From New Guy abc1234 (referencing an article from the Telegraph that claimed that Paul’s conversion was either from an epilepsy or a fireball strike):
The article states ‘A documentary about St Paul has infuriated Christians by suggesting that the apostle’s conversion on the road to Damascus may have been caused by an epileptic fit’ How would you respond to this claim?
7) The article also states ‘An even more bizarre theory, suggested by Dr John Derr, an American earthquake expert, is that Paul could have been struck by a bolt of electro-magnetic energy, similar to ball lightning, released by an earthquake. The programme quotes scientists saying that such an event could have triggered what Paul would believe to be a mystical experience, as well as leaving him blind for several days.’ [I also came across this article ‘Was Saint Paul struck blind and converted by lightning?’ by Bullock JD (Department of Ophthalmology, Wright State University, School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7801224 which claims ‘In the Bible, St. Paul (Saul of Tarsus) was struck blind by a light from heaven. Three days later his vision was restored by a “laying on of hands.” The circumstances surrounding his blindness represent an important episode in the history of religion. Numerous theories have been proposed to account for this event which has been the subject of interest of theologians, philosophers, artists, and physicians. A lightning strike could explain all of the features of this episode.’ How would you respond to this claim also? I would very much appreciate your response to these claims, especially claim 2). Hope you can help. God bless p.s. The best response I could find online was https://www.catholic.com/magazine/print-edition/epilepsy-as-religious-experience which seems to respond to claim 1) more than claim 2). I was hoping you could also respond to the above claims or build on the response found in this article.
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Brian Chilton is the founder of BellatorChristi.com and is the host of The Bellator Christi Podcast. He received his Master of Divinity in Theology from Liberty University (with high distinction); his Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies and Philosophy from Gardner-Webb University (with honors); and received certification in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. Brian is currently in the Ph.D. program in Theology and Apologetics at Liberty University. Brian is full member of the International Society of Christian Apologetics and the Christian Apologetics Alliance. Brian has been in the ministry for over 14 years and serves as the pastor of Huntsville Baptist Church in Yadkinville, North Carolina.
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