25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. 26 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. 27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
(3) How does PA deal with people who have never heard of God, or if so only in passing? Like for instance-- the majority of Asia? Do they really believe all of Japan is suppressing their belief in a God who they may or may not have heard of because they want to all be hedonists?Even myself, who grew up to secular parents (agnostics if asked, but secular in that I don’t really recall ever having a single conversation about God as a kid - other than a cursory comment here or there ). I knew people went to church and all that, but my idea of the Christian God was probably about as vague the average American's concept of Shiva. I remember asking someone what God was -- this was in high school. And when I first started to research it, It was beyond baffling to me that anyone could believe it. Along the lines of what I can imagine you would have thought of someone tried to convince you of Zeus in high school.Point is something like PA is going to sound as ridiculous to the atheist, as you would think of you heard "You only don't believe in Zeus because you are actively trying to suppress it and just want to be a dirty hedonist!"
The Presuppositional Apologist reconciles our hard-wiring to explain why humans have a basic spiritual impulse to give ourselves over to spiritual forces, because we have an innate sense of the divine (Romans 1:20). We should not confuse this with “innate sense of the God of the Bible and the truth of Jesus Christ” but rather in a more general, albeit mystical sense. This is why the Gospel has had a hard time penetrating deep into Indian and Chinese cultures – particularly because Eastern civilization tends to be more spiritual than physical.
If God gave us a spiritual faculty, it seems odd that he would give us one so vague that it had the side-effect of humans believing in thousands of Gods other than him. Especially when, according to the Bible, this is punishable by death, everlasting hell, and it goes against the very first commandment! (4) Why not just give us the 'Christian only spiritual faculty'?After all he is all-powerful. He could have done that if he wanted to...but he didn't and now billions will torment in everlasting hell (and God being all knowing would have foreseen this).
(5) I can find no proof online that the Councilmen of Nicaea decided on the final version of the Bible. However the final books were decided, maybe valuable ones were left out, and incorrect ones left in. What is the theological justification for the current version?
16 “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world], but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 Whoever believes and has decided to trust in Him [as personal Savior and Lord] is not judged [for this one, there is no judgment, no rejection, no condemnation]; but the one who does not believe [and has decided to reject Him as personal Savior and Lord] is judged already [that one has been convicted and sentenced], because he has not believed and trusted in the name of the [One and] only begotten Son of God [the One who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, the One who alone can save him]. 19 This is the judgment [that is, the cause for indictment, the test by which people are judged, the basis for the sentence]: the Light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 For every wrongdoer hates the Light, and does not come to the Light [but shrinks from it] for fear that his [sinful, worthless] activities will be exposed and condemned. 21 But whoever practices truth [and does what is right—morally, ethically, spiritually] comes to the Light, so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are—accomplished in God [divinely prompted, done with God’s help, in dependence on Him].”
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”