Debating Bible Basics


Chapter 1 | The Trinity

1.1 Jesus Christ And The Trinity- What Does The Bible Say?

Transcript Of A Debate (With Leslie Everitt, 1988)
Mr. Heaster’s first speech: The non-trinitarian position
Mr. Everitt’s first speech: Bible evidence for the trinity. The trinitarian position
Mr. Heaster’s second speech : Bible evidence against the trinity
Mr. Everitt’s second speech: Jesus is both God and man
Questions from the floor
Alpha and omega
The doctrine of the Trinity
The meaning of logos
The Nicean Creed
Co-equal and co-eternal
Jesus is not God
Jesus as mediator
Christ and sin
Summation by Mr. Heaster: The seed of Abraham
Summation by Mr. Everitt: Ego eimi : I am he
Concluding remarks by Chairman

1.2 “The rock that followed them” - see “The Real Christ”
1.3 “In the beginning was the word” - see “The Real Christ”
1.4 Why The Trinity Was Accepted In Europe- see “The Real Christ”
1.5 "Being in the form of God" (Phil. 2) - see “The Real Christ”
1.6 God Manifestation- see “The Real Christ”
1-7 The Use of God’s Name
1-8 “God is a Spirit” (Jn. 4:24)
1-9 The Historical Jesus
1-10 Some "Wrested scriptures”
1-10 “I came down from Heaven” (Jn. 6:33,38) - see “The Real Christ”
1-11 Did Jesus create the Earth? - see “The Real Christ”
1-12 “Before Abraham was, I am”(Jn. 8:58) - see “The Real Christ”
1-13 Melchizedek - see “The Real Christ”
1-14 Jesus' Raising Up Of Himself - see “The Real Christ”
1-15 "The glory I had with you before the world was" (Jn. 17:5) - see “The Real Christ”

Chapter 2 | The Devil and Satan/Demons

2.1 The Devil And Satan – What Does The Bible Say? Transcript Of A Debate (October 1992)

Mr. Mattison's First Address
2-1-1 Benjamin Wilson And The Diaglott
2-1-2 Ha satan
2-1-3 Satan In The Gospels

Mr. Heaster's First Address
2-1-4 The Origin Of Evil
2-1-5 Angels As Ministering Spirits
2-1-6 The Origin Of Sin
2-1-7 Sin is Personified

Mr. Mattison's Reply
2-1-8 Does Satan Do God's Will?
2-1-9 The Origin Of The Devil
2-1-10 Fallen Angels
2-1-11 External Temptation

Mr. Heaster's Reply
2-1-12 Satan And God's Will
2-1-13 Ho diabolos
2-1-14 The Devil And Cain
2-1-15 Where Sin Comes From
2-1-16 The Temptations Of Jesus
Questions From The Floor To Mr. Mattison
2-1-17 Why Doesn't Satan Give Up
2-1-18 Personification In Historical Narratives
2-1-19 Can Immortal Angels Sin?
2-1-20 Does The Devil Induce Sin
2-1-21 Teaching Not To Blaspheme
2-1-22 The Devil And Sin
Questions From The Floor To Mr. Heaster
2-1-23 Children Of Disobedience
2-1-24 The Dragon And The Lake Of Fire
2-1-25 Good And Bad Angels
2-1-26 Angelos And Daimonos
2-1-27 Man As A Sinful Creature

Mr. Mattison's Final Speech
2-1-28 Salvation Issues

Mr. Heaster’s Final Speech
2-1-29 The Need For Proper Understanding

Chapter 3 | The Holy Spirit

3.1 Are The Miraculous Gifts Of The Holy Spirit Possessed Today? Transcript Of A Debate (With Marie Battle)
3-1-1 Holy Spirit Gifts Not Now Possessed
3-1-2 Name It And Claim It
3-1-3 What Are The Gifts Of The Holy Spirit?
3-1-4 Slain In The Spirit?
3-1-5 That Which Is Perfect

Pastor Battle’s First Speech
3-1-6 Praise God For The Spirit

Duncan Heaster’s Second Speech
3-1-7 The Spirit On All Flesh
3-1-8 Catholic Charismatics

Pastor Battle’s Second Speech
3-1-9 Holy Spirit Gifts Not Taken Away
Questions From The Floor
3-1-10 Receiving The Holy Spirit
3-1-11 The Spirit Intercedes
3-1-12 Born Of Water And Spirit
3-1-13 A Living Sacrifice
3-1-14 Will There Be A Rapture
3-1-15 Healed Of Cancer
3-1-16 Fruit And Gifts Of The Spirit

Summation By Duncan Heaster
3-1-17 False Claims Of Spirit Possession

Summation By Pastor Battle
3-1-18 Jesus Is The Answer

3.2 Are The Miraculous Gifts Of The Holy Spirit Possessed Today? Transcript Of A Debate (With John Liliekas)

Mr. Liliekas’ First Speech
3-2-1 The Need For Miracles
3-2-2 Divine Administration

Mr. Heaster’s First Speech
3-2-3 Charismatic Christians
3-2-4 Glossalalia

Mr. Liliekas’ Second Speech
3-2-5 Abuse Of Spirit Gifts

Mr. Heaster’s Second Speech
3-2-6 Spirit Gifts Withdrawn
Questions from the Floor
3-2-7 Questions About The Holy Spirit
3-2-8 Questions About Spirit Gifts

Summation by Mr. Liliekas
3-2-9 Gifts Of The Spirit Today

Summation by Mr. Heaster
3-2-10 Humble To The Word Of God

3-3 "These signs shall follow them that believe"
3-4 “You shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38)
3-5 Calvinism
3-6 The Psychology Of Speaking In Tongues

Chapter 4 | Islam

4.1 Jesus For Moslems- Introduction
4.2 Is The Bible The Unaltered Word Of God? Transcript Of A Debate (With Katherine Kullman And The Submission Organization)

Duncan Heater’s First Speech
4-2-1 The Writers Of The Bible
4-2-2 The Quran Scriptures

Katherine Kullman’s First Speech
4-2-3 The Islamic Perspective On The Bible
4-2-4 Gematria And Quran
4-2-5 Jesus And The Quran

Mr. Heaster’s Response Speech
4-2-6 Gematria And Numerology
4-2-7 Gematria And Hebrew Words
4-2-8 Problems With GematriaThe Moslem Response: Second Speech
4-2-9 Christian Criticisms Of Islam Answered

Final Statement From Duncan Heaster
4-2-10 The Quran As A Miracle
4-2-11 A Brief Summary Of The Bible Message

Moslem Final Statement
4-2-12 The Quran Code
4-2-13 Additional Comment: The Quran states that the word of God cannot be altered.

4.3 What The Bible Says About Jesus
4.3 Prologue: What Abraham / Ibrahim Believed About Jesus
4.3.1 Al Masih The Birth Of Jesus
4.3.2 "Say not 'trinity'" : The Nature of Jesus
4.3.3 The Qur'an And The Death Of Jesus
4.3.4 Evidence For The Resurrection Of Jesus
4-3-4-1 The Swoon Theory
4-3-4-2 The Crucifixion Substitute Theory
4.3.5 The Qur'an And The Ascension Of Jesus
4.3.6 Islam And The Return Of Jesus
4.4 Man's Need For The Death And Resurrection Of Jesus


4.6 The Qur’an Or The Bible?
4.6.1 Problems With The Qur’an
4.6.2 Problems With The Ahadith
4.6.3 Moslem Criticisms Of The Bible Answered
4.6.4 The Bible: Written By Inspiration
4.6.5 The Missing Body Of Jesus
4.7 Islamic Claims About Muhammad
4.8 Islam And Women

Chapter 5 | Judaism: Jesus For Jews

5.1 The Jewish Messiah
5-1-1 Appendix: Jesus Of Nazareth Is The Messiah Judaism Expected
5.2 The Historicity of Jesus of Nazareth
5.3 Jewish Objections To Jesus
5-3-1 Jewish Objections To The Ancestry Of Jesus
5.4 Jewish Objections To The Christian Doctrine Of Atonement
5.5 Jewish Objections To Christian Usage Of Old Testament Passages
5-5-1 Christian And Jewish Interpretation Of Isaiah 53
5-5-2 Zechariah 9: The Two Comings Of Messiah
5-5-3 Christian And Jewish Interpretations Of Isaiah 7:14
5.6 Christian And Jewish Interpretation Of Daniel 9
5.7 Miscellaneous Jewish Objections To Christianity 

Chapter 6 | Buddhism: Jesus For Buddhists

6.1 The Bible’s Message For Buddhists
6.2 Christianity And Buddhism: Similarities
6.3 The Difficulties Of Buddhism
6.3.1 The Question Of Authority In Buddhism
6.3.2 The Concept Of Truth In Buddhism
6.3.3 Buddha Versus Jesus
6.3.4 Buddhism And A Personal God
6.3.5 Nirvana And The Bible
6.3.6 Predestination And Buddhism
6.3.7 The Problem Of Sin In Buddhism
6.3.8 The Problem Of Suffering In Buddhism
6.4 Conclusions: What Buddhism Lacks 

Chapter 7 | Hinduism

7.1 The Question Of Authority In Hinduism
7.1.1 Hindu Teachings About Caste
7.1.2 Hindu Teaching About Widows
7.1.3 Hindu Teaching About God
7.1.4 Problems In The Hindu Scriptures
7. 2 God
7.2.1 " The absolute" in Hinduism
7.2.2 The Personality Of God In Hinduism
7.2.3 Vishnu And Incarnation
7.3 The Meaning Of Persons And Hinduism
7.3.1 Karma In Hinduism
7.4 Salvation In Hinduism
7.5 Hinduism And Christianity: The Practical Difference

Chapter 8 | The Atonement

8.1 The Principles Of The Atonement: Is Human Perfection Possible?

Transcript Of A Debate (With Ruth Sisson)

Chapter 9 | The Sabbath

9.1 Should Christians Keep The Sabbath Today? Transcript Of A Debate (With Philip Bartlett)
9.2 Changing God’s ‘Eternal law’
9.7 Not To Destroy The Law But To Fulfill (Mt. 5:17)
9.8 Need Christians Keep The Noahic Covenant / Dietary Laws Of Acts 15?

Chapter 10 | Women in the Church / God and Gender

10 Women In The Church / God and Gender

Chapter 12 | Mary: What Does The Bible Say?

12.1 Mary: A Biblical Debate
12.2 The Roman Catholic Church and the formation of the New Testament Canon
12.3 An Appeal To Roman Catholics

Chapter 13 | Approaching The Orthodox Mindset

13-1 Approaching the Orthodox mindset
13-2 Authority In The Orthodox Church
13-3 The Orthodox Church And Phronema
13-4 The Nature Of Salvation In The Orthodox Churches
13-5 Orthodox Church Doctrines
13-6 Unity And Disunity In The Orthodox Churches
13-7 Barriers To Preaching To The Orthodox

Chapter 14 | Miscellaneous Studies

14-1 The Justice Of God
14-2 Jesus For Unbelievers
14-3 Our Attitude To Learning Bible Truth
14-4 A Sample Baptism Service
14-4-1 Rebaptism: A Personal Testimony
14-5 The Level Of Knowledge Required Before Baptism
14-6 The Literality Of The Kingdom Of God
14-7 Summary Of The History Of Israel
14-8 The Destruction of Heavens and Earth (Rev. 21:1; 2 Pet. 3:6-12)
14-9 With What Nature Are We Resurrected?
14-10 British Israelism Considered
14-10-1 H.W. Armstrong's "Britsh Israelism"
14-10-2 The Brit-Am / Yair Davidiy Movement- Are Australians One Of The Lost Ten Tribes?
14-10-3 Are The Jewish People Ethnically Pure?
14-11 A Message For Former Jehovah's Witnesses
14-12 Have The Promises To Abraham Been Fulfilled?
14-13 Predestination And Freewill
14-14 Universal Resurrection?
14-15 Is Abortion Murder? What does the Bible say about terminating pregnancy?


Appendix 1: Do Christians Need Prophets Today?
Appendix 2: Should Christians Tithe?
Appendix 3: What Is The Gospel?
Appendix 4: Speaking Through An Interpreter