EVIDENCE FOR CHRISTIANITY
THE BIG QUESTION?
STATEMENT OF FAITH
THE OLD TESTAMENT
THE NEW TESTAMENT
DEAD SEA SCROLLS
SHROUD OF TURIN
THE HOLY BIBLE
The Bible is the absolute authority on God. The Bible is fact—not fiction. Ever since the start of Christianity there were great powers that tried to eliminate the Bible. Many have tried to prove that the Bible was false. These great powers in society have either failed or have been converted through the saving and loving grace of Jesus Christ.Photo By Lonnie Paulson ©www.lonniepaulsonphoto.com
"So the hammer of infidels have been pecking away at this book for ages, but the hammers are worn out, and the anvil still endures. If this book had not been the book of God, men would have destroyed it long ago. Emperors and popes, kings and priests, princes and rulers have all tried their hand at it; they die and the book still lives."
—H. L. Hastings1
Here´s what Jesus said about the scriptures,“For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:18 NKJV®) The jot and tittle refers to the Hebrew language. A jot is the smallest Hebrew letter in the alphabet known as yod. (י) The tittle was an added stroke of the pen to change one Hebrew letter to a different letter.2 The scriptures at the time of Christ were the Old Testament which was translated in Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek.
The Bible was written by numerous human authors who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. But yet their own personal writing style was reflected in what they wrote. When we read the Bible all the text fits together as though we are reading one book. That´s because the Bible is created by one author, the Holy Spirit. For example, prophesy is revealed of an event that happens many centuries later.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:16 NKJV®) The Bible was not written for private personal interpretation. “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:20-21 NKJV®) In other words there is only one interpretation of the major message of the Bible which is the gospel of Jesus Christ. We can´t throw out words that we don´t like in the Bible, because all the words in the Bible are inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Ignorance of the Bible
Throughout the years I have discovered many people ignorant of the scriptures. The only remedy is to read the Bible continually. After you have read it once, read it again, and again. I don´t even know the number of times I have read the Bible in my life time. Get involved with a Bible study if you´re not in one all ready.
I can remember sharing the gospel with a young lady who told me she went to church and believed in Jesus. She asked me, “Do you know what race He was?” I told her that he would have looked like most of the men in the middle east at that time. He was born in Bethlehem of Judea and grew up in Nazareth of Galilee. All that I can tell you about Him was that He was Jewish. She told me there was no way she could believe that He was Jewish. She was totally offended that Jesus was Jewish. All through the Bible we read about the Jewish background of Jesus. Those who do not read the entire Bible but only a few verses here and there will not come to the conclusion that Jesus was Jewish.
As a book, the Bible is still the greatest number one seller. Bibles make great gifts, but unfortunately are not always read. Some may look terrific on your coffee table or book shelf. I hear old Bibles are great for pressing flowers. Many people use a Bible to record their family tree on those first couple of pages in the front. When I bought a new study Bible I showed it to a lady who picked it up, looked through it, and handed it back to me. She said, “Why did you get that kind of a Bible, it doesn´t even have a place to record your family tree?”
"The only real argument against the Bible is an unholy life. When a man argues against the Word of God, follow him home, and see if you cannot discover the reason of his enmity to the Word of the Lord. It lies in some sort of sin."
—Charles Spurgeon, English Theologian3
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Not all people read the Bible on a daily basis. These people are probably not Christians. We must continually share the gospel to these lost people. If these people become a born-again Christian we must disciple them as soon as possible before they die on the vine. Jesus gave His disciples the great commission and if you are a born-again Christian you are one of His disciples. This should be a goal in each Christian's life. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV®)
Quotes of the Bible
“The only real argument against the Bible is an unholy life. When a man argues against the Word of God, follow him home, and see if you cannot discover the reason of his enmity to the Word of the Lord. It lies in some sort of sin.”4
“The Bible is the cradle where in Christ is laid.”5
— Martin Luther
“I want to know one thing, the way to heaven: how to land safe on that happy shore. God himself has condescended to teach the way; for this very end he came from heaven. He has written it down in a book! Oh, give me that book! At any price, give me the book of God! I have it: here is knowledge enough for me. Let me be a man of one book.”6
“The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.”7
—Aiden W. Tozer
“I´ve read the last page of the Bible; it´s all going to turn out alright.”8
“There are more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane history.”9
—Sir Isaac Newton
“All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of confirming more and more strongly the truths contained in the Sacred Scriptures.”10
—Sir William Herschel
“Unless we form the habit of going to the Bible in bright moments as well as in trouble, we cannot fully respond to its consolations because we lack equilibrium between light and darkness.”11
“Put your nose into the Bible every day. It is your spiritual food. And then share it. Make a vow not to be a lukewarm Christian.”12
“I am blessed to receive a word from God every day in receiving the scriptures and reading the scriptures. And God speaks through the Bible.”13
“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”14
—President George Washington
“So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society. I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year.”15
—President John Quincy Adams
“I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book.”16
—President Abraham Lincoln
“The foundations of our Society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.”17
—President John Calvin Coolidge
“Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.”18
—President Ronald Reagan
“Forasmuch as the Bible contains Christ, that is all that is necessary for salvation, it is necessary for all men, nor for priests alone. It alone is the supreme law that is to rule Church, State, and Christian life, without human traditions and status.”19
— John Wycliffe
THE HOLY BIBLE PAGE: END NOTES
1. Peter & Paul Lalond; STARTLING PROOFS: Does God Really Exist?; video; This Week in Bible Prophesy; Niagara Falls, NY 14302 n.d.
2. Lawrence O. Richards, Ph.D., General Editor & Writer; The Revell Bible Dictionary; Fleming H. Revell a division of Baker Book House Co., Grand Rapids, MI 49516 (1990) [jot & tittle] p 589.
3. Ray Comfort;The Evidence Bible; Bridge-Logos Publishers; Alachua, FL 32615, USA (2011) p 1697.
4. Ibid. p. 1697.
9. Dr. Henry H. Hally; Halley´s Bible Handbook; Zondervan Publishing House; Grand Rapids, MI, USA (24th Edition, 1965) p 19.
11. Ibid. https://www.crosswalk.com
14. Ibid. Dr. Henry H. Hally p 18.
15. Ibid. p 19.
16. Ibid. p 18.
17. Ibid. Ray Confort p 761.
18. Ibid. http://www.brainyquote.com
19. Timothy Paul Jones, Ph.D, How We Got the Bible; Rose Publishing, LLC; Peabody, MA 01961 (2015); p 132.