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What’s one of the biggest apologetics questions you have yet to find the answer to?
This is a thoughtful letter from James responding to our March 30 question on who has challenged your faith the most and what they said or did that was challenging.
Often, the biggest challenge I face is from dear, respected Christian brothers and sisters within the church. Most often they have attended seminars hosted by leading young-earth advocates and organizations. . . . Thus, they often use the arguments/objections (to list just a few below) which reflect what was taught in those seminars, such as:
- How could God call His created paradise good if death was present?
- God’s work week was a reflection of our need for a day of rest.
- The word “day” as used in Genesis 1 should always be seen as a 24-hour rotation of our planet.
- Genesis is a plain-text narrative, easy for anyone to understand as six literal days.
Over many years of study, I have put together what I feel are good answers to these objections. However, those with the most buy-in (having strongly adopted a young-earth model in the past) are often the most unwilling to consider alternative reasoning for an ancient creation.
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