30 comments on “The Internal War, Fought Externally

      • As people, we can certainly try to change for the better but a changed heart can only be given by God through the Holy Spirit. He is the one who miraculously changes hearts of stones into hearts of flesh. Human, because of our sin, are weak and can never be perfect, that is why we need Jesus every day. We need to read his Word, every day and run to Him every day. We go through sanctification our entire lives. Children of God are still goint to sin while on this earth, the only difference is that the children of God are not defined by their sin. In the first chapter of Ephesians, Paul describes us as saints. Is there evil in the world, yes. But we should be very careful how we fight that evil. Ephesians 6:10 clearly points out that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, aginst the powers, against the world forces of this darkness against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. God commanded us to love eachother even our enemies. Because in doing so, they will see Jesus and God willing, they’ll come to salvation.

        • now, let’s work this out together, that programming you just expressed is called slavery…I am going to position you as not telling the truth and I challenge you to re-position me as the liar…we have to break the bonds of slavery, here we go:
          1. Prove Jesus has anything to with The God
          2. Prove the King James Version or any Bible version has anything to do with The God
          3. if you want to free your mind, I challenge you to start asking why, of your beliefs, faith
          4. your preacher has nothing to do with the God,
          challenge her/him to prove otherwise…Hebrews 11:1…peace

          • I’ll start my answers with answering your questions about the bible. I won’t get into the differences between different translations because that is what the King James version is.

            The Bible is not a single book, the Bible is actually a collection of 66 books, which is called the canon of scriptures. These 66 books contain a variety of genres: history, poetry, prophecy, wisdom literature, letters, and apocalyptic, just to name a few.

            These 66 books were written by 40 different authors. These authors came from a variety of backgrounds: shepherds, fishermen, doctors, kings, prophets, and others. And most of these authors never knew one another personally.

            Third, these 66 books were written over a period of 1,500 years. Yet again, this is another reminder that many of these authors never knew or collaborated with one another in writing these books.

            Fourth, the 66 books of the Bible were written in 3 different languages. In the Bible we have books that were written in the ancient languages of Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic; a reflection of the historical and cultural circumstances in which each of these books were written.

            And finally, these 66 books were written on 3 different continents: Africa , Asia , and Europe . Once again, this is a testament to the varied historical and cultural circumstances of God’s people

            Think about the above realities: 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over 1,500 years, in 3 different languages, on 3 different continents. What’s more, this collection of books shares a common storyline – the creation, fall, and redemption of God’s people; a common theme – God’s universal love for all of humanity; and a common message – salvation is available to all who repent of their sins and commit to following God with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength.

            In addition to sharing these commonalities, these 66 books contain no historical errors or contradictions. God’s word truly is an amazing collection of writings!

            The entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, bears the mark of Divine inspiration

            • interesting, but before our audience of readers, you still have not offered any proof, that these various writings have anything to do with any God, mythology, is not proof, belief is not proof, assumptions are not proof, merely repeating something is not proof, truth requires proof….peace

          • In reading 1 John 5:5-12 You will read about the certainty of God’s Witness which is Jesus Christ.

            “Do you believe in the existence of Socrates? Alexander the Great? Julius Caesar? If historicity is established by written records in multiple copies that date originally from near contemporaneous sources, there is far more proof for Christ’s existence than for any of theirs.” — Dinesh D’Souza, What’s So Great About Christianity, p. 296

            • objection, you have not offered proof, lies are lies, but truth requires evidence, substance, proof, no there is no such proof of Christ’s existence, the earliest Gospel didn’t appear until 75 to 100 years after his alleged death and none of the contemporary historian alive circa his supposed existence ever mention him…peace

          • The Bible is full of scriptures that, when quoted without any consideration of the immediate and remote contexts, a person can misuse in all sorts of ways. As proof that we do not have to work to provide for our family’s material needs, some may quote Jesus’ statement, “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life” (John 6:27). In order to show that Jesus was a liar, the Bible critic might quote Jesus’ acknowledgement: “If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true” (John 5:31). Those who exclude baptism from God’s plan of salvation often quote John 4:2: “Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples.” When the Bible reader is “rightly dividing” (2 Timothy 2:15, NKJV) or “handling accurately the word of truth” (NASB), however, he will remember that “[t]he sum of thy [God’s] word is truth” (Psalm 119:160, emp. added). Since the Bible teaches “if anyone will not work, neither shall he eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10; cf. 1 Timothy 5:8), Jesus never implied that working to help feed one’s family is wrong (John 6:27). “He simply was saying that spiritual food is more important than physical food, and as such, should be given a higher priority” (Butt, 2003, emp. in original). Jesus did not confess wrongdoing in John 5:31, He simply acknowledged that, in accordance with the law (cf. Deuteronomy 19:15), His testimony apart from other witnesses would be considered invalid or insufficient to establish truth (cf. John 8:13-20; see Lyons, 2004). Likewise, Jesus never taught that baptism was unnecessary for salvation. In fact, He taught the very opposite (cf. John 3:3,5; Mark 16:16; Matthew 28:18-20; see Lyons, 2003).

            Consider another proof text from the Gospel of John regarding the nature of Christ. Some (e.g., Jehovah’s Witnesses) contend that Jesus was not deity since, on one occasion, He prayed to the Father: “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3; cf. “Should You Believe…?,” 2000). Allegedly, by calling the Father, “the only true God,” Jesus excluded Himself from being deity. Such an interpretation of John 17:3, however, contradicts numerous other passages within John’s gospel account. From beginning to end, John bore witness to the deity of Christ. Some of the evidence from the Gospel of John includes the following:
            • In the very first verse of John, the apostle testified: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (emp. added; cf. 1:14,17).
            • Two verses later the reader learns that “[a]ll things came into being by Him [the Word], and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being” (John 1:3, NASB).
            • Still in the first chapter of John, the apostle testified that John the Baptizer was the one whom Isaiah foretold would “prepare…the way of Jehovah” (Isaiah 40:3; John 1:23). For Whom did John the Baptizer come to prepare the way? Isaiah called Him “Jehovah.” The apostle John, as well as John the Baptizer, referred to Jehovah as “Jesus” (John 1:17), “the Christ” (3:28), “the Word” (1:1), “the Light” (1:17), “the Lamb” (1:29), “the Truth” (5:33), etc.
            • When the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well told Jesus, “I know that Messiah is coming” (John 4:25), Jesus responded, “I who speak to you am He” (vs. 26). Isaiah foretold that the Messiah would be called “Mighty God” (9:6) and “Jehovah” (40:3). Thus, by claiming to be the Messiah, Jesus was claiming to be God.
            • In John chapter nine, Jesus miraculously healed a man with congenital blindness (vs. 1). When this man appeared before various Jews in the synagogue and called Jesus a prophet (vs. 17), he was instructed to “give glory to God,” not Jesus, because allegedly Jesus “is a sinner” (vs. 24). Later, after the man born blind was cast out of the synagogue, he confessed faith in Jesus and worshiped (Greek proskuneo) Him (vs. 38). In the Gospel of John, this word (proskuneo) is found 11 times: nine times in reference to worshiping the Father (John 4:2-24), once in reference to Greeks who came to “worship” in Jerusalem during Passover (12:20), and once in reference to the worship Jesus received from a man whom He had miraculously healed, and who had just confessed faith in Jesus. Indeed, by accepting worship Jesus acknowledged His deity (cf. Matthew 4:10; Hebrews 1:6).
            • While at the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, Jesus claimed: “I and My Father are one” (John 10:30). “Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him” (vs. 31). Why did Jesus’ enemies want to stone Him? The Jews said to Christ: “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God” (vs. 33, emp. added; cf. 5:17-18).
            • After Jesus rose from the dead, the apostle Thomas called Jesus, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28). Jesus responded: “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (vs. 29). Notice that Jesus did not deny His deity, rather He acknowledged Thomas’ faith and commended future believers. Believers in what? In that which Thomas had just confessed—that Jesus is Lord and God.

            It was in the overall context of John’s gospel account, which is filled with statements testifying of Jesus’ deity, that the apostle recorded Jesus’ prayer to His Father the night of His betrayal (John 17). But how can Jesus’ statement about His Father being “the only true God” (17:3) be harmonized with statements by Jesus, the apostle John, John the Baptizer, Thomas, etc. affirming the deity of Christ? We believe that when a person understands that Jesus’ statement was made in opposition to the world’s false gods, and not Himself, the reference to the Father being “the only true God” harmonizes perfectly with the many scriptures that attest to the deity of Christ (including those outside of the book of John; cf. Matthew 1:23; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:5-13). On the eve of Jesus’ crucifixion, it was completely natural for Him to pray that “all flesh/people” (John 17:2, NKJV/NIV), many of whom were (and still are) pagan idolaters, would come to know “the only true God” and receive eternal life (17:3). Thus, Jesus contrasted Himself not with the Father, but “with all forms of pagan polytheism, mystic pantheism, and philosophic naturalism” (Jamieson, et al., 1997).

            Furthermore, if Jesus’ reference to the Father being “the only true God” somehow excludes Jesus from being deity, then (to be consistent) Jesus also must be disqualified from being man’s Savior. Jehovah said: “Besides me there is no savior” (Isaiah 43:11; cf. Hosea 13:4; Jude 25). Yet, Paul and Peter referred to Jesus as our “Savior” several times in their inspired writings (Ephesians 5:23; Philippians 3:20; 2 Timothy 1:10; 2 Peter 1:1,11; 2:20; etc.). Also, if Jesus is excluded from Godhood (based on a misinterpretation of John 17:3), then, pray tell, must God the Father be excluded from being man’s Lord? To the church at Ephesus, Paul wrote that there is “one Lord” (4:4, emp. added), and, according to Jude 4 (using Jehovah’s Witnesses own New World Translation) “our only Owner and Lord” is “Jesus Christ” (emp. added). Yet, in addition to Jesus being called Lord throughout the New Testament, so is God the Father (Matthew 11:25; Luke 1:32; Acts 1:25) and the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17).

            Obviously, when the Bible reveals that there is only one God, one Savior, one Lord, one Creator (Isaiah 44:24; John 1:3), etc., reason and revelation demand that we understand the inspired writers to be excluding everyone and everything—other than the members of the Godhead. As former Jehovah’s Witness David Reed explained: “Jesus’ being called our ‘only’ Lord does not rule out the Lordship of the Father and the Holy Spirit, and the Father’s being called the ‘only’ true God does not exclude the Son and the Holy Spirit from deity” (1986, p. 82).

            REFERENCES

            Butt, Kyle (2003), “Wearing Gold and Braided Hair,” [On-line], URL: http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/2264.

            Jamieson, Robert, et al. (1997), Jamieson, Faussett, Brown Bible Commentary (Electronic Database: Biblesoft).

            Lyons, Eric (2003), “The Bible’s Teaching on Baptism: Contradictory or Complementary?” [On-line], URL: http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/617.

            Lyons, Eric (2004), “Was Jesus Trustworthy?” [On-line], URL: http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/516.

            Reed, David (1986), Jehovah’s Witnesses Answered Verse by Verse (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker).

            “Should You Believe in the Trinity?” (2000), [On-line], URL: http://www.watchtower.org/library/ti/index.htm.

            • first, you have not laid the factual, truthful ground work that Jesus or the Bible have anything to do with God or religion, you have to do this prior to quoting from it, quoting is not evidence…the term Bible merely means book coming from the Greek Biblios and holy emanates from the Grecian helios which means Sun, Holy Bible means Sun Book, and the Christian Holy Days (Holidays) are not based on a Man’s Life, but the relationship between the Earth and the Sun of God…I shall sit and listen…peace

          • The truth you are seeking is found in the Christian Bible. If you do not believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, if you do not believe that the Bible is of a supernatural origin, then I challenge you to a test, I challenge you to go to any library in the world, you can choose any library you like, and find 66 books which match the characteristics of the 66 books in the Bible. You must choose 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over 1,500 years, in 3 different languages, written on 3 different continents. However, they must share a common storyline, a common theme, and a common message, with no historical errors or contradictions.

            A non-believer certainly cannot translate the Bible accruately…nor interpret it. God says repeatedly that the word of God itself can only be interpreted correctly by the Holy Spirit. He does this so that none may boast in their wisdom but in their lack of it. God’s purpose is to show that worldly wisdom (that which we come up with) is foolishness. Christ the Wisdom and Power of God as is written in 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
            18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” 20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

            For me to believe in a creation of 6 days, that God would be born through a virgin and then sacrifice himself for the reconciliation of mankind is also foolishness. Believe me when I say this…. noone comes to true Christianity through arguement, persuasion, or even intellectual assent. If one believes, it is because God gave them that belief. It is by His Spirit that I am made alive. My reconciliation with God is based completely in the Grace of God and the faith that He alone has put in my heart. If anyone believes and trusts Christ it is based on nothing we could possibly do and everything on what He does. In this way, noone can possibly boast that they are greater than another, as they couldn’t do anything to achieve what only God can do. Likewise if you ever find yourself trusting in God and believing that Jesus Christ is God Himself and that He was sacrificed for our sins, and resurrected (by His own power in death), you will know that there was no way given all you now know that you could possibly have come to the logical conclusion that He is true…….unless God Himself reveals it to you. I pray that He does, but I know many will never believe…..most in fact won’t. Thank you for the discussion on this, I appreciate you posing the questions and observations. It is your challenges that gives me opportunity to share, allows you to consider the work of God in your own life, and encourages me to seek the Holy Spirit within me to be able to understand myself and to share the Good News of Christ with others. Grace be to you and Peace.

            • Objection! (to the reading audience)…you are not offering Us evidence, just quoting content…the Mormons say you and your Bible version are an abomination to God and they do what you are doing, quote content and offer no evidence, either… there are over several hundred versions of the Sun Book, how do you know and prove yours is correct and the others false, the Catholics use the Vulgate, prior to the King James VERSION, offered in 1611, then re-edited, redacted in 1726, then re-edited into several different translations since; there is the Bishops Bible, over 100 Councils of Nicaean altered the Sun Book (Holy Bible)…that the hands of Men and Women wrote…prove they were inspired by God, can you read minds that have been dead over a millenia…I shall sit and Listen

          • The Christian Bible is a reliable collection of historical documents. Names, places and people are verifiable. It was written by eyewitnesses. 300 witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus Christ were still alive by the time 1 Corinthians was written. The Bible has been translated from greek, aramaic, and hebrew manuscripts NOT from previous translations such as the ESV, NASB, NIV or King James.

          • The Bible never claims to be a science textbook. Nevertheless, the Bible claims to be “true from the beginning” (Psalm 119:160, KJV), so every specific reference about science must be accurate.

            Indeed, this is one way the Bible’s authenticity can be tested. Christ Himself, the Word of God who is the author of all Scripture, asserted that we should be able to believe everything He says about earthly things (John 3:12).

            Over the centuries the Bible has been rigorously tested for scientific accuracy, and it has never failed. Not only is God’s Word always true; it has proven to be the key to understanding God’s world today!

            Scientists have run into all sorts of interesting questions about the physical and biological processes that produced the world we see today, but they are limited to observing, testing, and experimenting with present processes and creatures. They can only guess about the past based on fragmentary evidence and biased assumptions, which they cannot scientifically prove or disprove because they were not present to observe what happened in the distant past.

            In other words, they must rely on their preconceived beliefs about the past. Science is a useful tool but limited because humans are fallible and limited observers.

            On the other hand, God, our eternal Creator who has all knowledge, was present when He created the universe. He has revealed to us in an eyewitness account, the Bible, what happened in the past to produce what we see in the world today.

            The Bible explains when God intervened supernaturally at key points in history in ways that affect what astronomers, geologists, biologists, and anthropologists study. Without this record, we would be in the dark about these events, but with it we can understand the world we see today.

            You can share any one of a number of well-known examples where the Bible has made a claim that science is only now beginning to recognize. For example:

            ASTRONOMY: The Bible claims the universe had a beginning. Philosophers and scientists rejected that claim for over two thousand years, but now astronomers believe the universe had a beginning, the so-called big bang (though with a very different time frame).

            ANTHROPOLOGY: The Bible claims that all humans are “one blood” descended from one man and one woman (Acts 17:26; 1 Corinthians 15:45; Genesis 3:20). Some nineteenth-century biologists argued that different races descended from lower animals, but today genetics has verified that there is only one human race.

            BIOLOGY: The Bible claims that God created animals “after their kind.” Nineteenth-century biologists argued that animals evolved from other, very different animals, but today biology confirms that creatures reproduce within their own kind.

            GEOLOGY: The Bible claims that God destroyed the earth and the creatures inhabiting it in the worldwide Flood. Nineteenth-century geologists argued that rock layers and the fossils found in them were formed as sediments were deposited slowly, but today geology confirms that many rock layers were deposited catastrophically, burying fossils within only minutes or hours.

            So if the Bible wins hands down in every earthly thing we can test, why don’t people trust what it says? The issue is not the truth of Scripture, but vain reasoning and “willful ignorance” (Romans 1:21; 2 Peter 3:5).

            Science in the Bible

            The Bible offers many specific examples of amazingly accurate science, and science has uncovered many amazing evidences that the universe and earth are young, as the Bible describes.

            Astronomy
            ■Stars are innumerable (Genesis 22:17; Jeremiah 33:22)
            ■Stars differ in glory (1 Corinthians 15:41)
            ■Stars follow a predictable pattern (Jeremiah 31:35)
            ■Earth is round, not flat (Isaiah 40:22; Psalm 103:12)
            ■Earth hangs on nothing (not built on pillars) (Job 26:7)
            ■Scientific evidence of a young universe:
            1) Spiral galaxies
            2) “Missing” supernova remnants
            3) Short-lived comets
            4) Moon moving away from Earth

            Geology
            ■Water cycle (Ecclesiastes 1:7; Isaiah 55:10)
            ■Sea currents (Psalm 8:8)
            ■“Fountains of the deep broken up” (Genesis 7:11)
            ■Scientific evidence of a young earth:
            1) Continents erode too fast
            2) Too much mud on the sea floor
            3) Too much sodium in the ocean
            4) Too rapid decay of earth’s magnetic field

            Biology
            ■Blood circulation (Leviticus 17:11)
            ■Scientific evidence of a recent creation:
            1) DNA programming for irreducibly complex protein sequences
            2) Lack of missing links in the fossil record
            3) Dinosaur blood vessels in fossils

            • yes, all people do come from one ‘Race’, but not 2 people, this is genetically impossible and you are confusing science with theory…not All science has been factual and there are people living all over the world, at all times, who different versions and stories, of God, of the earth…I shall sit and listen…

            • Ms Wehmeyer – be careful in trying to use biology to justify biblical understanding. Intelligent Design and irreproducible complexity are failed hypotheses; there are literally hundreds of ‘missing links’ in the fossil record [which is rather astounding since so little of what once lived has been fossilized]; and Mary Schwietzer, the scientist and Chistian who first discoverd soft tissues in dinosaur materials, is deeply saddened that young earth creationists both misunderstand and misappropriate her work. She accepts both and old earth and the work of the Chistian god in the world, a la BioLogos. Please re-read Augustine’s warning about speaking nonsense about the natural world while trying to speak truth about the spiritual realm.

          • Archaeology provides us with fascinating and amazing affirmations of Scripture’s accuracy and trustworthiness.

            Here is a list that covers approximately one thousand years of biblical history from the time of King David down to the time of Jesus. As you read this list, note how the accounts of so many key events and people of the Bible are confirmed by these amazing archaeological finds

            The Tel Dan Stele (900–850 BC)

            A stele is an upright stone that is inscribed and used as a monument of an important event or achievement. Rulers and peoples from Egypt, Israel, and across Mesopotamia used these steles to commemorate great victories and accomplishments. This particular stele is extraordinary because carved on its stone face is the expression, “House of David.” This stele affirms that the United Monarchy under King David existed in history and flatly contradicts the long-held opinions of skeptics who denied that David ever existed.

            The Meesha Stele (846 BC)

            Popularly known as the Moabite Stone, it records the revolt of Meesha, King of Moab, against Israel. This incredible stele mentions Omri, King of Israel, and David of the United Monarchy. It even refers to Yahweh, the unique name of the God of Israel! Together with the testimony from the Tel Dan Stele, we have a powerful external witness that the Bible records the true history of the kings of Israel and their interactions with foreign kings

            The Nabonidus Cylinder (550 BC)

            King Nabonidus of Babylonia left a magnificent cuneiform cylinder (wedge-shaped letters inscribed on a clay cylinder) mentioning his elder son, Belshazzar by name. Critics of the Bible had claimed for many years that the account in the book of Daniel was wrong; they said Belshazzar was never a king in Babylon and that Nabonidus was not his father. The discovery of this cylinder clearly showed that these scholars were dead wrong. Indeed, we can now understand the meaning of Daniel 5:16 more precisely where it says, “Now if you can read the writing and make known to me its interpretation, you shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around your neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom”

            This text now makes perfect sense because Nabonidus was in a coregency with his son Belshazzar, who was the crown prince of Babylon. So that would make Daniel the “third ruler in the kingdom.”

            Caiaphas Ossuary

            An ossuary was a box constructed to hold the bones of the dead after decomposition. In 1990 a startling discovery was made that shook biblical scholars and archaeologists alike. In the Peace Forest section of Jerusalem was discovered a burial cave containing twelve ossuaries, one of them being none other than that of Caiaphas, the high priest who presided at the trial of Jesus. This amazing discovery provides us with a powerful historical connection to the events described in the Gospels.

            Pilate Dedication Stone

            In June 1961 an inscription on a limestone block, found at a Roman amphitheater in Caesarea Maritima, rocked the scholarly world. The block, which was once used as a dedication stone of a nearby temple and now reused for seating at the local amphitheater, had an extraordinary inscription. It read: “Tiberieum, (Pon)tius Pilatus, (Praef)ectus Iuda(eae).” Those scholars who questioned Pilate’s existence (and the gospel accounts generally) were silenced with this amazing discovery!

            • excuse me, the Tel Dan Stele mentions a phrase ‘House of David’, it does not yield any detailed history of such house, and was authored by a Syrian King or some one other…Mesha Stele is about the Moabites their subjugation and eventual triumph over Israel by the hand of their God, Kemosh…these are tribes, each with their own stories and legends…not proof, the Bible is the word of any God, but people telling their stories, about themselves…so you are making a lot of assumptions…I shall sit and listen

          • Among all the books ever written, the Bible is absolutely unique. Actually, it is not just a book—it’s 66 books. And one of its most remarkable qualities is the complete unity of the overall message despite having so many different authors writing over many centuries on hundreds of controversial subjects. Natural explanations fail to account for the supernatural character and origin of Scripture.

            The Bible was written over a period of roughly 2,000 years by 40 different authors from three continents, who wrote in three different languages. These facts alone make the Bible one of a kind, but there are many more amazing details that defy natural explanation.

            Shepherds, kings, scholars, fishermen, prophets, a military general, a cupbearer, and a priest all penned portions of Scripture. They had different immediate purposes for writing, whether recording history, giving spiritual and moral instruction, or pronouncing judgment. They composed their works from palaces, prisons, the wilderness, and places of exile while writing history, laws, poetry, prophecy, and proverbs. In the process they laid bare their personal emotions, expressing anger, frustration, joy, and love.

            Yet despite this marvelous array of topics and goals, the Bible displays a flawless internal consistency. It never contradicts itself or its common theme.

            From Genesis to Revelation, we see man’s repeated rebellion against his holy Creator. God made a perfect world, but mankind has continually rejected His authority and sought to decide truth for himself. Nevertheless, God promised to extend His love, grace, and mercy to unworthy people who deserved to be cast into the lake of fire for all eternity.

            Early in Genesis after Adam and Eve sinned, God made known His plan of redemption, which He repeatedly promised and expanded upon throughout the Old Testament. The promises were fulfilled in a surprising but predicted way: by the Savior’s sacrificial death and subsequent resurrection, as recorded in the New Testament. The Bible then announced the future culmination of the Savior’s redemptive work in Revelation.

            Both the Bible and history weave together in seamless harmony, as though the Creator ordained this plan and recorded it in Scripture even before it unfolded in history. And that’s exactly what the Bible claims took place! God says that He alone can declare the future (Isaiah 42:9), and hundreds of His prophetic predictions have been fulfilled with absolute precision, while others await fulfillment.

            The unity of Scripture demonstrates its supernatural inspiration. Only the one true, holy God could provide us with such a flawless Bible that reveals such a matchless message: the Lord’s staggering love for His creation.

            66 Books . . . 1 Message

            Despite writing in radically different times and contexts, the Bible’s many authors all told the same message about God’s eternal plan, from Creation and the Flood to Christ’s work on the Cross and the consummation of God’s plan. You can find the same truths stated by Moses and the Old Testament prophets, Christ Himself, and Christ’s apostles.

            The First Creation

            “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” —Moses

            “By God were all things made.” —the apostle John

            “At the beginning God made them male and female.” —Jesus Christ

            Noah’s Flood

            “Noah went into the ark, and the waters increased greatly, and all flesh died that moved upon the earth.” —Moses

            “The world that was then, being overflowed with water, perished.” —the apostle Peter

            “Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came and took them all away.” —Jesus Christ

            Resurrection of Christ

            “You will not leave my soul in the grave; neither will you suffer your Holy One to see corruption.” —King David

            “Christ was buried and rose again the third day.” —the apostle Paul

            “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” —Jesus Christ

            The New Creation

            “I will make a new heavens and a new earth, says the Lord.” —the prophet Isaiah

            “I saw a new heaven and a new earth.” —the apostle John

            “I go to prepare a place for you.” —Jesus Christ

            THIS IS YOUR PROOF.

            God tells us in bold terms the root problem for unbelief. It’s not the nonbelievers’ view of the Book; it’s their view of the Author. All people already know God because He is clearly seen in His creation, and His moral law is also written on their hearts (Romans 1:20; 2:15). But they “suppress,” or hold down, the truth in unrighteousness because their proud hearts are rebellious and they do not want to submit to the truth (Romans 1:18, 21–23; 2:14–15).

            When people reject the Bible’s historical accounts of Creation and a global Flood, for example, Peter says they are “willfully” ignorant (2 Peter 3:5). It’s not a matter of evidence; they just don’t want to be convinced.

            So it is a mistake to proceed as though the main problem is a lack of knowledge.
            Unbelievers have a heart problem. They have rejected the God of the Bible even before they begin to consider whether His Word could be true.

            Modern intellectuals are no different from the proud Greeks of Paul’s day, who lived “in the futility of their thinking.” They were “darkened in their understanding . . . because of the blindness of their heart” (Ephesians 4:17–18).

            How do you break through the darkness? It’s not enough to demolish their wrong beliefs by cold, hard logic. Blind men cannot see the truth except with new sight given by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:14).

            Thankfully, God’s Spirit is already at work convicting sinners of their unbelief, using His Word as His primary tool. By relying on the Scripture’s own claims, rather than your wisdom or clever arguments, God empowers His words to convict hearts and point them to Christ (see John 16:12–15 and Hebrews 4:12).

            Knowing this, the apostle Paul did not rely on “persuasive words of human wisdom” to overwhelm his listeners with intellectual arguments, which they might not even grasp (1 Corinthians 2:4). Instead, Paul spoke plainly to sinners “in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that their faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:5).

            Yet God does not demand blind faith. Our faith is reasonable. In fact, it is the only logical and reasonable choice available to mankind.

            How Do We Know Anything Is True?
            When debating ultimate questions, everyone must eventually appeal to an ultimate standard. We can’t keep appealing to a higher and higher standard because the stairs must end somewhere.

            Even secular logicians recognize this problem. Every philosophical system must start with presuppositions—starting points or assumptions— that cannot be proven from anything more basic, but are accepted up–front as the foundation for all subsequent reasoning.

            The Bible claims to be this ultimate standard of truth, the “Word” given by the Almighty Creator God. Most people point to one of three standards: their own personal opinion, public consensus, or great moral literature. But that is not an option if the Bible
            is true.

            An appeal to any other standard, such as the opinions of people, automatically means you must reject the Bible as your ultimate standard.

            How Do We Choose the Correct “Ultimate Standard”?

            Since we must appeal to some ultimate standard, the next question is how to determine the right one.

            One—and only one—logical solution is available. The standard itself must be “self-attesting” and “self-authenticating.” In other words, it must speak for itself and defend itself in such a way that it (1) passes all its own standards of truth and (2) gives a foundation for successfully interpreting all other claims to truth.

            Even before modern logicians recognized this limitation to every logical argument, God’s Word had already acknowledged and solved it.

            Jesus Christ, as the Son of God, said, “I am the truth” (John 14:6) and “God’s word is truth” (John 17:17). Jesus claimed to define what truth is, and He said God’s Word is the ultimate judge of truth (John 12:48). No truth exists apart from Him. As the Bible explains it, “In him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). So the Bible clearly claims an exalted position as the ultimate authority.

            Moreover, God’s Word concludes that all other standards outside of Christ must be “empty” because they depend on “the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8). For the Bible to appeal to any other authority would be to deny its own place as the ultimate standard. (We don’t need to bludgeon people with this truth, but the rightness of our position should encourage us.)

            As it turns out, the only ultimate standard that can be logically self-authenticating is one that exactly matches the unique God of Scripture, who is true, holy, just, eternal, unchanging, and “cannot lie” (Titus 1:2). He alone provides a solid foundation for knowledge and attests to His own truthfulness.

            God Appeals to Himself as the Ultimate Standard

            God consistently appeals to His own word as the final authority. A good example is His promise to bless all nations through Abraham. How did He reassure Abraham that His words were true? He appealed to Himself as the highest court of appeal—“By Myself I have sworn” (Genesis 22:16).

            Logically God can appeal to nothing higher than to Himself. As Hebrews 6:13 explains, “When God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself.”

            Later, Christ made a similar claim. When the Roman governor Pilate questioned His authority, Christ appealed to His own authority: “For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth.”

            Then Christ added, “Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:37). Nobody recognizes His authority except those who are “of the truth”—those who first listen to Him! Christ didn’t even try to convince Pilate. Instead, He stated the truth as it really was and left Pilate to consider the weight of His words.

            Pilate responded cynically, “What is truth?” but then, apparently moved by Christ’s words, he went out to tell the waiting crowd that he found no fault in Christ. The Son of God’s words had effectively spoken on His behalf.

            An Appeal to the Bible Is Not Arbitrary

            The Bible repeatedly claims to be God’s Word, the ultimate source of all truth, and it rejects all other claimants. The Bible offers no neutral ground, which is the only reasonable demand from a source that claims to be the truth above all others.

            The Scripture also says it was inspired by a God who sees everything, knows everything, communicates perfectly, and always tells the truth. In fact, He strongly desires to share the truth. So choosing such an ultimate standard is not arbitrary!

            The Bible is also consistent with itself, as any correct standard must be. Furthermore, it provides a robust foundation for correctly interpreting the world around us. Despite centuries of merciless attacks upon its accuracy, the Bible has consistently proven to be true.

            • it is not flawless and filled with contradictions…why, does God create Adam, but needs a virgin to give birth to his son…again you are quoting contents as evidence, taking a name here, a phrase there, wrapping it with assumptions, theories and myths towards bigness, to size it into something it’s not…I shall sit and listen…

          • Among all the books ever written, the Bible is absolutely unique. Actually, it is not just a book—it’s 66 books. And one of its most remarkable qualities is the complete unity of the overall message despite having so many different authors writing over many centuries on hundreds of controversial subjects. Natural explanations fail to account for the supernatural character and origin of Scripture.

            The Bible was written over a period of roughly 2,000 years by 40 different authors from three continents, who wrote in three different languages. These facts alone make the Bible one of a kind, but there are many more amazing details that defy natural explanation.

            Shepherds, kings, scholars, fishermen, prophets, a military general, a cupbearer, and a priest all penned portions of Scripture. They had different immediate purposes for writing, whether recording history, giving spiritual and moral instruction, or pronouncing judgment. They composed their works from palaces, prisons, the wilderness, and places of exile while writing history, laws, poetry, prophecy, and proverbs. In the process they laid bare their personal emotions, expressing anger, frustration, joy, and love.

            Yet despite this marvelous array of topics and goals, the Bible displays a flawless internal consistency. It never contradicts itself or its common theme.

            From Genesis to Revelation, we see man’s repeated rebellion against his holy Creator. God made a perfect world, but mankind has continually rejected His authority and sought to decide truth for himself. Nevertheless, God promised to extend His love, grace, and mercy to unworthy people who deserved to be cast into the lake of fire for all eternity.

            Early in Genesis after Adam and Eve sinned, God made known His plan of redemption, which He repeatedly promised and expanded upon throughout the Old Testament. The promises were fulfilled in a surprising but predicted way: by the Savior’s sacrificial death and subsequent resurrection, as recorded in the New Testament. The Bible then announced the future culmination of the Savior’s redemptive work in Revelation.

            Both the Bible and history weave together in seamless harmony, as though the Creator ordained this plan and recorded it in Scripture even before it unfolded in history. And that’s exactly what the Bible claims took place! God says that He alone can declare the future (Isaiah 42:9), and hundreds of His prophetic predictions have been fulfilled with absolute precision, while others await fulfillment.

            The unity of Scripture demonstrates its supernatural inspiration. Only the one true, holy God could provide us with such a flawless Bible that reveals such a matchless message: the Lord’s staggering love for His creation.

            66 Books . . . 1 Message

            Despite writing in radically different times and contexts, the Bible’s many authors all told the same message about God’s eternal plan, from Creation and the Flood to Christ’s work on the Cross and the consummation of God’s plan. You can find the same truths stated by Moses and the Old Testament prophets, Christ Himself, and Christ’s apostles.

            The First Creation

            “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” —Moses

            “By God were all things made.” —the apostle John

            “At the beginning God made them male and female.” —Jesus Christ

            Noah’s Flood

            “Noah went into the ark, and the waters increased greatly, and all flesh died that moved upon the earth.” —Moses

            “The world that was then, being overflowed with water, perished.” —the apostle Peter

            “Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came and took them all away.” —Jesus Christ

            Resurrection of Christ

            “You will not leave my soul in the grave; neither will you suffer your Holy One to see corruption.” —King David

            “Christ was buried and rose again the third day.” —the apostle Paul

            “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” —Jesus Christ

            The New Creation

            “I will make a new heavens and a new earth, says the Lord.” —the prophet Isaiah

            “I saw a new heaven and a new earth.” —the apostle John

            “I go to prepare a place for you.” —Jesus Christ

            THIS IS YOUR PROOF.

            God tells us in bold terms the root problem for unbelief. It’s not the nonbelievers’ view of the Book; it’s their view of the Author. All people already know God because He is clearly seen in His creation, and His moral law is also written on their hearts (Romans 1:20; 2:15). But they “suppress,” or hold down, the truth in unrighteousness because their proud hearts are rebellious and they do not want to submit to the truth (Romans 1:18, 21–23; 2:14–15).

            When people reject the Bible’s historical accounts of Creation and a global Flood, for example, Peter says they are “willfully” ignorant (2 Peter 3:5). It’s not a matter of evidence; they just don’t want to be convinced.

            So it is a mistake to proceed as though the main problem is a lack of knowledge.
            Unbelievers have a heart problem. They have rejected the God of the Bible even before they begin to consider whether His Word could be true.

            Modern intellectuals are no different from the proud Greeks of Paul’s day, who lived “in the futility of their thinking.” They were “darkened in their understanding . . . because of the blindness of their heart” (Ephesians 4:17–18).

            How do you break through the darkness? It’s not enough to demolish their wrong beliefs by cold, hard logic. Blind men cannot see the truth except with new sight given by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:14).

            Thankfully, God’s Spirit is already at work convicting sinners of their unbelief, using His Word as His primary tool. By relying on the Scripture’s own claims, rather than your wisdom or clever arguments, God empowers His words to convict hearts and point them to Christ (see John 16:12–15 and Hebrews 4:12).

            Knowing this, the apostle Paul did not rely on “persuasive words of human wisdom” to overwhelm his listeners with intellectual arguments, which they might not even grasp (1 Corinthians 2:4). Instead, Paul spoke plainly to sinners “in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that their faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:5).

            Yet God does not demand blind faith. Our faith is reasonable. In fact, it is the only logical and reasonable choice available to mankind.

  1. Need is an ugly word. Humans only need to be wanted. They only deprivation a human being should ever experience on their own. Then they will learn how to make themselves wanted by honoring personal boundries.

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