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How can we be 100% certain the Bible is real, complete, and unchanged?
Best Evidence Please
Dear Best Evidence Please,
The best way to show it is to show the uniqueness of the Bible. The writers of the Bible admit that it is their hands that wrote it (Gal 6:11), but they also explain that God’s Spirit guided those hands (Eph 3:3-4). If that is true (and it is!), then the Bible would show signs that it was written by God and not man. Here are some simple reasons that the Bible is unique from every other book:
- It is 100% scientifically accurate. Isa 40:22 mentions the earth being round. Job 36:27-28 explains the water-vapor cycle. These and other verses mention scientific principles that were not understood until centuries later.
- It never contradicts itself. Over 40 different writers penned the pages of the Bible. They came from different walks of life and different eras, yet no one has ever found a contradiction from Genesis to Revelation.
- It has been perfectly preserved throughout history. The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Septuagint are copies of the Bible written 1,000 years apart, and yet, there is no difference in the text.
- No book is as widely distributed as the Bible. Written in over 2,500 languages and sold by the billions, the Bible is the most published book on the planet. No other book comes even close.
- The Bible is accurate in prophecies. The prophecies of Tyre (Eze 26:3-21) and Babylon (Isa 13:19-22, Isa 14:23) give specific, detailed accounts of the fall of those cities. Those prophecies were written many years before the events took place, and yet they came to pass exactly as the Bible foretold.
These are only short answers to the question ‘Why is the Bible unique?’, but they are a good start when discussing the issue with someone. If you want a more detailed answer, I recommend Evidence That Demands A Verdict by Josh McDowell and Has God Spoken? by A.O. Schnabel as great reference material on this topic.
If you were convicted of being a sex offender over eighteen years ago, and now time has changed your life, and you have accepted Christ, should you still be condemned by the public? Does God always hold it against you for the sin that now has been forgiven by some?
Leaving The Past Behind
Dear Leaving The Past Behind,
Sin has both spiritual and physical consequences. The spiritual consequence of sin is eternal death unless we are forgiven in Christ (Rom 6:23). The physical consequences of sin still remain after forgiveness. God says that we reap what we sow (Gal 6:7). When we behave immorally toward a woman, lose our temper, mistreat others, are bad examples for our children, etc. – there are consequences to those choices. God does offer forgiveness if we place our faith in Him (read “What Must I Do To Be Saved” for more details), but that forgiveness doesn’t remove the consequences of sin in this life. David sinned when he committed adultery with Bathsheba (2 Sam 11:2-4); God forgave David of the sin when David repented (2 Sam 12:13), but David’s child still died as a consequence of that sin (2 Sam 12:14). A sex offender can be forgiven if they turn to the Lord, but the consequences of that sin will still follow them in this life.
Hello again, and may God continue to bless you all. My question is concerning a trend in the Lord’s church and its consequences. I am having trouble concerning fellowshipping with the denominational world. I don't believe it is a good idea for the Lord’s church’s members to be thrown up together with speakers that are not Christians… i.e. at Christian youth rallies, inviting them in during Bible study, or holding breakfast with them to show our support for each other. We are to be in the world, NOT of the world. I think it shows an acceptance of their false doctrine, and waters us down… not to mention confusing our own on where we stand and why.
I don't hate the sinner, just the sin, but we need to draw the line and say, “That's it.” Thanks a lot.
There is nothing wrong with studying with people from the denominational world in hopes of converting them to the one true church of Jesus Christ (Eph 4:4-6), but it is dead wrong to support false teachers.
2 Jhn 1:10 says that we shouldn’t even give a greeting to those that are false teachers. We cannot in any way confuse people by supporting the denominational world. The denominations have left the basic teachings of Christ, and these religious leaders are destroying people’s souls. They nullify God’s laws in order to keep their traditions (Mk 7:9). Jude warned that false teachers are like hidden rocks that sink ships and shepherds that fail to protect the flock (Jude 1:12). God’s church should have no communion with the doctrines of demons (1 Tim 4:1).
If a person was open to the idea of Jesus Christ... but didn't truly believe, and she was the most kindest person you have ever met, would she automatically go to hell even if she was a very kind and respectful person?
Fond Of My Friend
Dear Fond Of My Friend,
Nobody gets to heaven because they are such a good person (Rom 3:27-28). Everyone has sinned and fallen short of the perfection that gives you a right to enter heaven’s gates (Rom 3:23). No amount of good deeds cancel out your bad deeds. If I save a million lives, but murder one – I am still a murderer. Sin requires forgiveness, and forgiveness is a gift (Rom 6:23). We receive that gift through Jesus’ sacrifice (Jhn 3:16), and we can only be redeemed by Jesus’ blood when we place our faith in Him (Rom 3:24-25). We place our faith in Christ when we hear His Word (Rom 10:17) and obey it. There is no way to God except through Christ (Jhn 14:6). It is good if someone is kind, but kindness isn’t what saves you – Jesus is (Jhn 10:7-11).
I know that forgiving those who have hurt us is absolutely critical to be a follower of Jesus, but how can we know for sure if we have truly forgiven someone?
The only way to know for sure is to examine yourself – something God says we should regularly do (1 Cor 11:28). Forgiveness can often take time because we aren’t as good at it as God is, but there are a few signs that you are truly forgiving someone.
- You aren’t embittered against them (Heb 12:15). Bitterness is the product of holding grudges against someone and not letting go of your pain. If you find yourself becoming an angry and embittered person – you probably need to work on forgiveness.
- Are you trying to forget about the injury they caused? God says that forgiveness means that you no longer remember the transgression (Heb 8:12). This doesn’t mean that you have amnesia, but it means that you aren’t dwelling upon it and keeping records of injuries against you.
As we said, forgiveness can be very difficult, especially if the person has hurt you very deeply, but it is possible to grow and become a truly forgiving person.