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Was Jesus Forsaken by God?

In this session, we will explore Jesus’ cry of dereliction. While Jesus was on the cross, He cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Many interpret this passage as saying that God had abandoned Jesus and the Trinity was broken. This leads to various questions: How can Jesus be God if He was God-forsaken? How can there be brokenness within the Trinity? Will God also turn away from us and abandon us when we sin?


07 August 2019

8pm - 9.30pm

Graduate Christian Fellowship Conference Room

420 North Bridge Road 05-04

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While Christianity rests centrally on the miracle of Jesus' resurrection, many sceptics reject the idea that miracles can happen altogether. This session will look at why and how we can identify that a miracle has happened.

Does science disprove Christianity? How should Christians deal with evidence regarding the Big Bang, an old earth, and evolution? In this session, we will cover an overview of the issues and various Christian responses.

One of the most common objections to Christianity is the problem of evil. If God is all-good, all-powerful and all-knowing, why is there evil in the world? One common answer Christians have given is “because God gives us free will.” In this session, we are going to look deeper into this particular answer and some problems it faces. For example, if the freedom to do evil is good, then why does God lack it?

The book of Exodus records God as freeing Israel from slavery under the Egyptians. There are many miraculous events such as the ten plagues in Egypt, the splitting of the red sea, eating manna for 40 years in the wilderness, etc. The miraculous events are said to have been experienced by the entire nation, and their testimony of the events have been passed down from generation to generation through oral tradition, through Scripture and through traditions (eg. festivals, laws, Sabbath). In this session we will explore whether such testimony provides good evidence that the miracles of Exodus really happened.

Richard Dawkins said "the evidence of evolution reveals a world without design." It is a common idea that the theory of evolution contradicts Christianity and supports atheism. In this session, we will take a look at Alvin Plantinga’s Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism (EAAN). Plantinga offers a philosophical argument that it is irrational to believe both atheism and evolution at the same time. If he is right, then there is deep conflict between evolution and atheism. I will then briefly discuss whether there is deep conflict between evolution and Christianity.

Since Christians don't follow every tenet of the Old Testament Law (such as prohibitions on eating pork or shellfish), why do we think it is relevant in discussions on various topics today? This session will look at two broad approaches by theologians on this issue.

Resources


What is Christianity?



Ever wondered what exactly do Christians believe? This video summarises the central beliefs of Christianity.


Why did the Universe Begin?



Learn more about the philosophical and scientific evidence behind the universe coming into existence, and how these support the existence of God.


Why is the universe fine-tuned for life?



Learn more about why God is the most plausible explanation for the delicate balance of initial conditions that permitted life.


Did Jesus rise from the dead?



This short video introduces the historical case for the resurrection of Jesus Christ.