RELIGION

All people have an innate sense that there is a God and life after death. This has been found throughout the world and in all civilizations. Not all choose to follow or seek God and if not, people have various forms of rejection. Some will reject Him due to some pain that has been inflicted upon them, thus blaming God for it, or from pride or simply because they like doing the very thing they know they should not be doing, like being a Mafia hit man (it pays too much). 

Of course, when we speak of God, different folks can have a very different view or perception of what God is. There are many that pray and bow down to their gods or deities and because of this some believe that all religions lead to God because they believe that when you reduce religions to their core beliefs they are essentially the same, however, this cannot be true, simply because many of their core tenets contradict one another. 

For example, God cannot be both personal, as Christians, Jews and Muslims believe, and impersonal, as Buddhists and Hindus believe. Jesus cannot be a false Messiah as Judaism teaches, a prophet as Islam teaches and the Son of God as Christians believe. Those are contradictory statements.

Mormonism teaches that there are many gods in existence and that you can become a god. Christianity teaches that there is only one God, and you cannot become a god.  Islam teaches that Jesus is not God in flesh - where Christianity does.  Jesus cannot be both God and not God at the same time.  Some religions teach that we reincarnate, while others do not.  Some teach there is a hell, and others do not.  They cannot all be true.  If they cannot all be true, it cannot be true that all religions lead to God.

One central belief of most religions is that man is pretty screwed up while other religions have conditional requirements of man and Christianity states that man cannot accomplish saving himself by conditional requirements or working off his sin nature except for agreeing it must be God that does it for him.

Bible Accuracy:

The Bible was written over a 1600 year period by approximately 40 men. The time of the writing was from 1500 BC to AD 100. While the Bible is one book, it contains 66 smaller books. The books of the Old Testament were written before the birth of Jesus Christ and the New Testament covers the life of Christ and beyond.

In 1948 near the ruins of the ancient Jewish community of Qumran, the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. The scrolls reveal the accuracy of the Bible we read today while bearing witness to a strong Jewish presence in the Land over 2000 years ago. The scrolls date as early as the third century B.C. to the first century A.D.

Each of the books, except 5, are divided into chapters and verses. The 5 which aren’t divided by chapters are Obadiah, Philemon, 2 John, 3 John, and Jude. These are short books which only have verse divisions.

There are many books written about and by various religions. But the Bible is the only one which claims to be the actual words of God. Those who believe the Bible also believe that God inspired various people through the years to write down His actual words for mankind. The Bible says more than 3,000 times “thus saith the Lord.” It claims that the words which follow are quotes from God.

The Christian believes that God inspired men to write the various book of the Bible and each of these books are interconnected and authenticated by prophecy, historical, and archaeological evidence.

There were several secular historians who wrote about the events of the New Testament at the same time the Bible was being written. Josephus is the most well-known of them. He was a Jewish historian. Tacitus was a Roman historian who would have no benefit from not telling the truth. Both these men, as well as others, can be used to back up the historical accuracy of the Bible.

There are historical discoveries regularly coming to light that continue to support the accuracy of the Bible. Merrill Unger, who compiled a Bible dictionary wrote, “Old Testament archaeology has rediscovered whole nations, resurrected important peoples, and in a most astonishing manner filled in historical gaps, adding immeasurably to the knowledge of Biblical backgrounds.”

There are no contradictions in the Bible. Various people claim to find contradictions but they have to take verses out of context to do so. When looking at the Bible as a whole and understanding its teachings there are no contradictions. This is amazing when one considers that the Bible was written over such a long period of time.

There are more than 3,200 verses with fulfilled prophecy either within the Bible itself or since the Bible was written. But there are still more than 3,100 verses with unfulfilled prophecies.

The Dead Sea Scrolls


 

The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
Psalm 19:1