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Biblical Evidence #8: The SavedOne of the most powerful witnesses of the truth of the Bible is the changed lives of the people who have believed its message and accepted Christ as Savior. Paul knew very well about the power of the Gospel to transform lives. His life was transformed on the road to Damascus. He went from persecutor of Christians to one of the greatest missionaries of all time and because of him, Christs's message continues to go forth through the Scriptures that he recorded.
To this very day, the Gospel message as recorded in the Bible is continuing to transform the lives of people. The writer of Hebrews tells us that "the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edge sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12).
Peter adds, "For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God." (1 Peter 1:23).
"While early Islam experienced
Biblical Evidence #7: The SpiritWithout the work of the Holy Spirit in a person's life, no amount of evidence will be able to convince a person that the Bible is the Word of God. Jesus told his disciples in John 15:26 "When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me."
He said that the Holy Spirit would bear testimony to Christ. How is it that the Holy Spirit will testify about Jesus? Romans 10:17 "faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the words of Christ."
The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, testifies to the truthfulness of God's Word which tells us about Jesus Christ and His Gospel. As the Spirit draws us and testifies to us as we read or hear the Word of God and we come to believe in and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, then as Romans 8:16 says, "The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children,"
The Word of God is our means of knowing who God is, what Jesus has
Biblical Evidence #6: The SupernaturalGod has used miracles and wonders to confirm the truth of the things he has had to say throughout history. Deuteronomy 18:21-22 “You may say to yourselves, ‘How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?’ If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.”
In the Bible God has given many prophecies in both the Old and New Testaments. In our day, we have the benefit of seeing the fulfillment of many of the prophecies that the Old Testament recorded which is another evidence that this is the Word of God is. I want to just share a couple of the Messianic prophecies with you that not only support the claim that the Bible is the Word of God but also shows that Jesus is the promised Messiah.
The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem: Predicted- Micah 5:2, Fulfilled- Matthew 2:1-6
The Messiah would be born of a Virg
Biblical Evidence #5: The StonesThis is the Archeological discoveries throughout history. Do these discoveries support or cast doubt on the claim that the Bible is true? Archeology can confirm all kinds of facts such as people, places, dates, and customs. While it can’t tell us the truth of things that can’t be uncovered through archeology, it can show the accuracy and truth of what the factual claims the Bible makes, and that does lend greater credence to believing the accuracy and truth of the things that we cannot check.
There have been instances in the past where people have though that the Bible was wrong about something only later to be shown that the Bible was right and they were wrong. For instance, many skeptics of the Bible had asserted for years that there was a discrepancy in the Bible concerning the healing of the blind man in Mark 10:46 and Luke 18:35.
Mark 10:46 “Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bar
Biblical Evidence #4: The SaviorJesus affirmed the Truth of the Old Testament in His use of it. In Matthew 4:4, Jesus says “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Here we see Jesus using the Old Testament Scripture and saying that it comes from the mouth of God.
Jesus even uses authority of God’s Word to rebuke Satan when He says “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only’” (Matthew 4:10).
Jesus knew and recognized the divine nature of the Scripture and the power that comes with it. Jesus also affirmed the unchanging truth of the Scriptures. He says, “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished” (Matthew 5:18).
Jesus affirmed the Truth of the New Testament by the Spirit coming. In John 14:26, Jesus
Biblical Evidence #3: The StructureBy this I mean the means that God used to put His word on paper and into the hands of his people. There were over 40 human authors who wrote over a period of 1500 years. Even given the different authors and the many years, there is still a unity to what they were writing.
These 2 factors give support to the conclusion that the Bible was ultimately written by God because it becomes impossible to conclude that so many people were able to collude and come up with this book in their own power and wisdom.
I believe that one of the reasons that God used so many people and not just one person is that it silences the argument that one person was able to compose this book and start a religion just because they wanted to. It is impossible for people to even say that a group of people colluded together to come up with this because of the time frame of its writing. The number of people who were authors and the length of time involved suggest that there was some eternal being that was orchestrating
Biblical Evidence #2: The ScribesHow is it that we can determine if what the Apostle said was true? The same way we determine it today. We begin by looking at what they said. Do they give details that can be verified? Are their possible motives for them to make up the things they are saying? These thing usually accompany dishonesty: motive to lie, lack of details in account, and want few people to know.
So do the authors give details? The Bible is full of details. The Old Testament gives detailed histories of Kings and their reigns. The New Testament gives reigns of Emperors and other events and places that can be confirmed in their accuracy. The book of Acts is full of historical details. The Gospel of Luke gives numerous historical details.
Luke 1:5 “In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest name Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Alijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron.”
Luke 2:1-2 “In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census sh
Biblical Evidence #1: The ScrollsThis would also be known as the manuscript evidence that we have. Manuscripts are written documents that we have of the various books of the Bible. They are copies that have been discovered that date back from the early second century, less than a generation from when the last books of the New Testament were written.
If these manuscripts are just copies, how can we be sure that what we read today is actually what the Apostles and prophets wrote down? To see if we can trust what we read today, let’s take a look at the Copying Process.
Copying the Word of God was taken seriously. Copyists had safety measures in place to make sure they produced exact copies. Copyists knew:
The number of letters in a particular line,
The number of lines in a particular book,
The number of words in a book,
The middle verse of a book,
The middle word of a book,
The middle letter of a book.
If their copy did not match these exactly, it was discarded and they began again. This process has proved to be qu
John and SteveJohn had just finished explaining to his coworker, Steve, about some of the changes going on in his life since he became a Christian. Steve had grown up going to church but he just went out of obligation and never really believed the stuff that was being said. John had grown up in a similar environment but had recently been attending a church that was preaching the Bible. He told Steve that he had heard things in this church that he never heard in the church where he grew up.
He told Steve that because we all haved sinned or done something wrong, we have all been separated from God. But, because God loves us so much, he sent Jesus to be the atoning sacrifice of our sins. Jesus paid the price for all of the wrong things we have done. John told Steve that if he recognized that he was a sinner and in need of a Savior and truly believed that Jesus died for his sins and was resurrected after three days, proving that he was truly God and had the authority to forgive sins, that Steve would be
Letters from a strangerDearest,
put up a bird house near
the public bins,
gold finches have been
stealing breadcrumbs ever since.
Last tuesday the neighbours
upstairs, the doctors, you know
the ones; the flat that
smells like a corpse,
well they flooded the flat.
Frogs have moved in
and theres algae clawing
at the walls.
The ice cream truck doesn't
come down the road,
little Suzie climbed in
and went missing a month ago,
her body lay between
waters and strawberry sauce
in the Ruislip Lido, such a shame
Mum's brought hydrangeas,
pretty purple flowers,
she thinks they could brighten
the place up.
I think you'd like them
if it weren't for the
dead mouse we found
beneath the pot.
Uncertain fateI wish there'd be words to tell you how much you mesmerize me, your whole existence takes me away into another dimension ... Yet in my self-created delirium I know you're not real, not from this world. Are you? Or are you just a dream, to good to be true?
You're in every step I take, every thought I make, my one and only, yet just a leaf in the storm of my life I will never reach and catch. Maybe I'll touch you for a moment but then we'll already have to go separate ways again ...
Your voice is the only cure for my insane, broken, crooked mind, the glue that keeps my brain from falling into pieces, the tranquilizer for my rages, tissue for my tears.
I see you. It almost seems like in another lifetime when I was so much younger ... you were already there. A mere scheme of imagination in a crazy head never to come true, but you were it. I just didn't know it yet.
I want you more than you'll ever know. Already now, my sleep is all yours, my nights gone, washed away in oblivion, tryi
Staten The Gargoyle Rants: Yahoo And Yahoo Sign upHello, my Creatures Of The Night. Tis I, your Lord Of Darkness and Savior Of Everything Stupid, Staten The Gargoyle. So, Yahoo, We meet at last. your user friendly antics and your easy to use Emailing system have touched the hearts of many. Your logos and news feeds intrigue us as well as your advertisements. But alas, as the years go by, so does your masculinity.
The '13 and '14 versions of this 'easy and fun' website is nothing but the word 'fun'. Since when the fuck do you use your phone number to get a code to verify your email? It's like you want to send a cute photo of your kitten to your best friend from Puerto Rico, You gotta put your phone number just to send the damn thing!
What were they fucking thinking!?! My biggest complaint is the recycling account system. You haven't been on Yahoo for 2 weeks because you got something better to do with your life. You finally get on your email account and check your mail. And BOOM! your account has been recycled d
True Love- a letterDear Partner wherever you maybe,
I don’t know your name yet, or if I ever will. But my heart is set on finding you. It could take me a year, or even twenty but I will not give up. I do not fear you being ugly or fat because if you love me pure and true that will be enough. It's not about sizes. You could stand on the very cusp of insanity, but as long as you maintain some humanity it will be enough. I won't judge you for something we have in common.
I know that half the people in this world can’t seem to find their version of you, but I will not let that be me. I don’t care if I have to woo you with flowers or charm or even justifiable blood. I won’t let you come to harm, even if that means it shall befall me. I hope my declarations don’t send off alarms. I won’t make you stay and I won’t let you see my tears if you do because I wouldn’t want to burden you. If you find someone you dee
InsomniaI dare not look at the hour, knowing all too well that another sleepless night is upon me. It stands to reason that I may never understand what rest is in this life. I am all too exhausted yet find my mind incapable of ceasing the thoughts which keep it in motion. I find that the drugs have lost all potency. The many suggestions or tid-bits of advice are merely false hope for me now. Yes I should much love to read a new book, o’ but reading fails to calm my ticking mind. Should I swallow another desperate pill, knowing full well the last desperate attempt of medicinal sleep stopped my heart? Or should I rather wait for my mind to stop all together? This nearly comedic thought gives me pause as I beg for the Sandman not to pass me by. This house of sleeping bodies mocks me and I so jealous wait contemptuously for the same luxury.
My mind, a tragic box laden with so many holes for which my memory will seek to fill it. It is these thoughts which keep the clock ticking ever on toward
Boy with a toyBasically I was always a boy with a toy. I am a good technician of 3dsmax and Vray at most, btu I am not a mature minded artist, or graphic designer with a killer punch.
The best industry for me is perhaps digital labour or game industry or any guided graphical creations. Someone please notice this, and look for me a way to utilise myself.
It’s been 3 days since Cody died. He died on 8-13-2014.It was right after school. I took him to the vet, and who knew I would go home with an empty cage. That’s my worst nightmare that you never came home with me. But you’ll always be in my heart, and that’s your true home. I miss you so much. I never thought I would lose my best friend. Cody was always there for me, and I was always there for you. It’s hard losing someone who gave you much in life. I love you, Cody. Please don’t ever forget that. I’ll never forget you, and I know you’ll never forget me too. You’re with Darwin now. You guys can play all you want with each other. I know you’re watching over me too. You’ll hear my wishes and I’ll talk to you every day until I die. I’ll count down every month, and saying how many months and years it’s been since you died. I never wanted this day to come. It came too early for me. I mi
Diaries of A Mad Girl To Her Invisible Friend#196 ~ Rain scavenger hunt part 2: Clouds and purple flowers
My dear you,
I missed babbling here to you during the day. I know it sounds crazy, but I really missed you!
I should have dropped the habit of watching Netflix until 3 in the morning a lot sooner than two days ago
Of course I was up until 2AM last night
I really enjoyed my rain walk yesterday. Rainclouds, especially when they are floating so low you can almost touch them, are my favorite. Looking up to the sky will always remind me of looking up to the sky and seeing some of the most beautiful clouds, a few weeks ago. They were even more beautiful because I know they were the same clouds you were looking at. Although we are not under the same sky and feeling the same breeze from the sea anymore, I still look up to the sky and think of you.
Missing you always,
P.S. I love you!
Yes, I poked my finger while trying to hold the flower still, with so much wind No, I did not
Father GodI created people to need and love one another. That never changed, even when sin entered into the world. Yet in spite of my desire for loving harmony, families often make a mess of their relationship.
I warned David that his sin would cause problems within his family. Ultimately, after simmering and planning for two years, one of David's son killed the other in vengeance for their sister. If only they had sought me in the process...I love to help families secure and strengthen their bonds.
I believe in family. I believe in family so much that I'm building an eternal home for mine. Meanwhile, I'm right here in the midst of your earthly family-and my heart's desire is to help you come together in peace and mutual love. Just call on me for guidance. After all, I'm a Father. I want to help my children.
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