69. Jesus vs. Marvel vs. DC

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Alan Shlemon created this slide for a presentation on the Doctrine of the Incarnation at this year’s series of ReThink Apologetics Conferences.

Scripture reveals that Jesus, from the instant of his incarnation, is both fully God and fully man.

The Council of Chalcedon in 451 AD produced the Chalcedonian Creed to counter the false explanations of the union of the two natures of Christ and the down-right heretical teachings concerning the incarnation of Christ.  Four key statements can be drawn from this creed:

1.     Christ is fully (perfectly) God.
2.     Christ is fully (perfectly) human.
3.     The divine nature and human nature are united in the person of Jesus Christ.
4.     Jesus Christ is one person.

These four statements can be placed along each side of a box.  This box is the Chalcedonian Box. As long as any teaching, anecdote, or analogy of the person and work of Christ maintains that Jesus is fully God, fully man, one person, with two natures, it lands within this box.  When one of these doctrines is distorted, or worse, erased, the teaching lands outside of the box is appropriately labeled a heresy.

Alan Shlemon, a speaker, teacher, and writer, for Stand to Reason, created a slide for a presentation he gave on the incarnation of Christ.  At the center of the slide is the Chalcedonian Box with a clipart image of Jesus in the middle of the box.  Outside of the box lies DC’s Batman and Superman and Marvel’s the Hulk and Spider-Man.

Wes and Andy discuss this excellent image Shlemon created!  Jon Pratt sits like a fly on the wall once again.

How are Batman, Superman, the Hulk, and Spider-Man not good analogies to use to explain how Jesus can be one person with natures?  Why does it matter if we are missing the mark of Scripture with these comic book analogies?  Also, more importantly, what Christological heresies align with these modern day comic book superhero analogies to let us know that people have actually taught Christ in these throughout history, and in some cases still do!

Show Links

Alan Shlemon’s Stand to Reason Bio and Speaking Page

ReThink Apologetics Conference (This is where Alan presented his Incarnation slide)

Read the Creed of Chalcedon (451 AD)

Chalcedonian Box Links – Compiled by Andy’s Teacher’s Assistant

50. 7 Evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus

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Empty Tomb

If Jesus rose from the grave, Christianity is true. If Jesus did not rise from the grave, Christianity is false.

To make a case that the resurrection of Christ occurred, it needs to be shown that Jesus died, was buried, his tomb was found empty, and people interacted with him alive again.

Robert Bowman of Credo House made a list of fourteen evidences to support the resurrection claim of the apostles and early Christian Church. This episode of reconnect focuses on the first seven evidences Bowman listed. With the help of Ben Fisher, Andy Wrasman provides details to flush out Bowman’s brief summaries of these strands of evidence.
Evidences for the Resurrection 1-7

1. Jesus’ Existence

2. Jesus’ Death

3. A Crucified Messiah

4. Joseph’s Tomb

5. Women Witnesses

6. Ancient Theories

Tune in for Episode 51 to hear evidences 8-14.
Show Links

Robert Bowman’s “14 Evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ”

Reconnect Episode 7 – “Did Jesus Fulfill All Messianic Prophesies?”

Reconnect Episode 31 – “Tattooing and Flying Drones for Jesus”

Chad Williams – “Proof the Bible is the Word of God” Video

Free Excerpt Featuring 25% of Andy Wrasman’s Book, Contradict – They Can’t All Be True

36. Who do you say Jesus Is?

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For this episode of Reconnect, Andy is sharing an episode of Cross Defense, in which he joined host Rev. Rod Zwonitzer as they discuss the different opinions people have of Jesus… A Myth? A Liar? A Lunatic? A Pantheist? From The Future? A Prophet, but Not God? A Demon? or the Messiah?

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Reconnect Episode 13: God Is Too Big To Fit Into One Religion!

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Reconnect Episode 13
Do you want to have this conversation with your friends, small group Bible study, or class?  Here is the discussion guide that was used in this episode, free for your use: “No Religion Can Contain God!”. Please consider giving a shout out to Reconnect, andywrasman.com, and contradictmovement.org if you choose to use this discussion guide.  Thanks.