Question of the Week: Solipsism?

Question of the Week: Solipsism?

On October 3rd, the Mentionables received this question from Rachel Harper:

I found this group through Theology Gals where Tyler did an episode on presuppositional apologetics.
I have been having doubts related to the philosophical idea of solipsism and was wondering if you guys could please help me see what are the errors with this view and how do I get around it?
Thank you!
~Rachel

For the sake of the reader, Solipsism is the idea that one can only be certain that their own mind exists - and that anything outside of one’s own mind may be real, or may be an illusion of the mind.

Here are the answers from the team:

Question of the Week: When was Jesus made Perfect?

Question of the Week: When was Jesus made Perfect?

On September 17th, 2018, Brian Goad sent the Mentionables this question:

In Hebrews 5:7-8, it talks about Christ working through the trauma of what was about to happen on the cross with tears and loud crying and prayers, and that through this suffering it led him learning obedience. Then in verse 9, it mentions "having been made perfect" he became the source of eternal life. 

Does this mean that through his final testing to align his will with the Father ("not my will, but your will" he prayed in the garden) and his resolution of obedience to suffer and die on the cross, at that point he became perfect? If not, when did he became perfect (as the wording seems to indicate that he was made perfect at some point). 

Also, I'd like some info on any heresies that might be related to this question, as I'm concerned that this is towing a fine line in the question of impeccability and Jesus' Divine vs human nature.

These are the answers from the team.

Putting them on the Defensive

Putting them on the Defensive

I’d like to suggest a technique I’ve been trying that seems to have amazing results. Too often, we have taken upon ourselves the assumption of modernity. This modern view cuts off the beliefs of the ancients and says that we must answer the knowledge (Though I’d say it’s what is falsely called knowledge) of today and if we believe God exists or morality is objective or miracles can happen, we’d better give a strong reason why.

Five Proofs that the Old Testament is not Mythology

Five Proofs that the Old Testament is not Mythology

hile far from universally accepted, even the most strident critic must admit that the Christian New Testament has a great deal of historical relevance. It is correlated in numerous areas by contemporary first century writings and archeology such that even those who regard it as basically a religious text will still lean on it as a historic reference in some areas. 

Not so with the Old Testament. A large portion of the contemporary world - academic and non - considers the Christian Old Testament/Hebrew Tanakh to be purely a work of fiction, borrowing heavily from Egyptian and Babylonian myths. 

Abraham Sacrificing Isaac: Not What You Think

Abraham Sacrificing Isaac: Not What You Think

By my lights, there is no greater challenge to the threat of Biblical inerrancy than the apparent barbarity of God as portrayed in the Old Testament. One apparent textbook example of this is the famous Bible story in which God orders Abraham to sacrifice his beloved son Isaac in Genesis 22. How could God tell a righteous man to murder his own innocent son? The common perception of the story is that Abraham, convinced by God that he was going to lose his son, prepared the sacrifice. The problem with this perception is that it’s false. Abraham knew he wouldn’t be giving up his son, and so the story of Abraham sacrificing his son isn’t quite as bad as it looks.