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Bible Answers to
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The Bible is
the Christian's guide to God and Eternal life.
writings do the other Religions follow?
Jehovah's Witnesses founder Charles Taze Russell created a translation of the Bible which is called the "New
World Translation". Along with his other writings and current publications of the "Watch Tower" magazine
these are considered "The Bible" by Jehovah's Witnesses.
Mormons, also called The Church of the Latter-Day
Saints, which was founded in Rochester, NY about 1830, follow the "Book of Mormon". They will also refer to a
book called "Doctrine and Covenants" and their own published edition of the Bible which they call the "King
James Inspired Version" as the basis for their faith.
Seventh-Day Adventists follow several books written by their founders, James
and Ellen White in the late 1800's called "The Clear Word", "Desire of Ages", and "The Great Controversy".
They publish and follow "The Adventist Review" and numerous other magazines.
Christian Science was founded by Mary Baker Eddy in Massachsetts
in the late 1800's. They follow a book called "Science and Health", and other books by Ms. Baker.
Islam was founded in Mecca in
Arabia by Muhammad about 600 BC, and is not to be confused with the "Nation of Islam" founded by Wallace D. Fard
in Detroit in 1930. The Holy Book of Islam is the Qur'an commonly referred to as the Koran, which was given to Muhammad by
the angel Gabrial..
founded by Abraham (of the Christian Bible) about 2000 BC. They follow the Old Testament portion of the Christian Bible and
other writings they call the "Torah" and the "Talmud". They do not recognize the Christian "New Testament"
portion of the Bible as being Holy and given by God.
Hinduism began in India about 1800 BC and is a combination
of many sects of which Vaishnavism, Shaivism and Shaktism are a few. They do not follow one specific book but have many writings
including the "Vedas", the "Upanishads" and the "Bhagavad-Gita".
Buddhism was founded by Gautama Siddhartha (also known as "Buddha" which means the "Enlightened
One") about 500 BC, in India near Nepal. Buddhists follow the "Mahavastu" a collection of writtings about
the life of Buddha.
So, What is our conclusion?
Why should I read the Bible? The
Bible is the only book God ever wrote. In it we find out things about God, the world we live in, the last days of planet earth
and the eternity to follow; things we could not otherwise know. Unlike any other book ever written, the Bible gives
us the wisdom of God for our everyday use.
For thousands of years
folks around the world have found peace, understanding and happiness when they read, believe and trust the Bible.
If you have questions about life, death or eternity, you will find the answers in your Bible. Trust your Bible and learn what God has to say.
"Taste and see that
the Lord is good" (Ps 34:8)
How do we know
the Bible is really the word of God? There are two specific proofs we have that
the Bible is God's word. They are the perfect fulfilment of specific Bible prophecies, and observation
of the astounding changes we have seen in the lives of those who have chosen to believe the Bible and trust in God's
word. No other book has done so much good and changed so many lives. Only God could make that happen. (to be continued)
Why did God
give us this Bible? The God of the Bible is a personal God who loves us and wants us to know him and
to love him. So He wrote us a letter to tell us about himself. After all, the Bible confirms that he made us in
his own image and likeness (Genesis 1:26). Having done that, would He not want to communicate with his creation?
Suppose he did want to communicate with us? Suppose he wanted to tell us things about himself we could not
otherwise know, and show us the one and only way to get to heaven, so we might enjoy eternal life with God. Jesus said there
are many ways that lead to eternal death, hell and eternal punishment, but only one way that leads to heaven, God and
eternal life. I want the way to heaven, and God has graciously chosen to show us that way. How did he choose to
do it? We suggest he would choose to write us a letter, and by his miracle working power protect that letter throughout
the eons of time to make sure we had today the exact words he wanted us to hear. It may be a hard thing to do, but this
is God we are talking about, and nothing is too very hard for God to do. Jeremiah knew this. "Ah, Lord, God,
thou hast made the heavens and the earth with thy out stretched arm. Nothing is too very hard for thee!" (Jer 47:4-5)
What will I learn reading the Bible?? Because God
has included in this Bible information about himself, about life, death and eternity that we could not otherwise know, when
you read the Bible you will learn about this God of our universe. The Bible is the only road map we have to get us from
earth to heaven. If you want to go to heaven, and not get lost along the way, follow the map. We should read
the Bible because it is the only book God ever wrote.
all, if you were planning to take a trip to Hawaii you would want to know how to get from here to there, and not get lost
on the way. You would want to know as much as you can about your destination before you leave. So, If you are planning
to go to heaven you should know the way to get there and read all about it before you start your trip. Once you die
it's too late!!! Your fate is fixed and it will be too late to change your destination. The Bible tells us that after
death comes the judgment ( ). For those who have believed God and trusted Christ for the forgiveness of their
sin this judgment is for our rewards ( ). For those who have rejected Christ the judgment is for eternal death,
suffering and separation from God ( ). Don't let this happen to you.
the Bible all about? The Bible is about:
The Holiness of God. "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts." (Isa 6:3)
separation of man from this Holy God because of sin. "All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned, every
one, to his own way." (Isa 53:6) "For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God" (Rom 3:23)
3) The reconciliation back to God for those men and women who believe God's word and trust
that Jesus Christ has provided the acceptable sacrifice, judged by God, to be sufficient to allow us back into his fellowship.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that, whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but
have everlasting life" (Jn 3:16).
What does the Bible
tell us about God? The Bible tells us this about God:
God is out there.(Gen 1:1)
He is eternal.( Ps
106:48, Isa 9:6, Ps 145:13, Hab 1:12, Dan 4:3, & Jer 10:10, to name a few)
He is almighty. (Gen 17:1, 35:11 )
He is Holy.
He wants us to
join Him in heaven. (John 3:16)
God's grace ye are saved through faith in Jesus Christ, and not by your own good works, lest any of us should be able to boast.
What does the Bible tell us is God's Plan for Man?
First: That this God of the universe decided to
create man and to create him in his own image (Gen 2:7), to live a physical life on this earth and eventually join God
in heaven for an eternity of fellowship and blessing (John 14:2).
Then: God gave man one command to observe while he was
here on earth (Gen 2:17).
Soon after that: Man disobeyed this command and became immediately separated from
God and lost the eternal blessing God had prepared for him (Gen 2:7 & Gen 3:10-11).
Loving us: God offered man a way back into fellowship and eternal life. (Jn 14:1-3 & Jn 3:16).
How can I
have more faith? Paul tells us in Romans 10:17 that "Faith
cometh by hearing the word of God". To have more faith--read more Bible!! God has promised to increase our faith as we
read. God has made us this promise, and he will never foresake his word. It's not the amount of our faith
that counts, it's the quality of our faith. Jesus told his disciples that if they had faith as a grain of mustard seed,
they should be able to move mountains. (Matt 17:20 & Luke 17:6) A mustard seed is itself small, but it has within
itself life so strong that when it is let loose it grows mighty and strong. Big faith might do great things in
front of great crowds, but living faith keeps on trusting God when all else is against you and the hour is dark.
Living faith never dies. God has saved us from eternal fire through our faith. (Eph 2:8) Once we are saved, God
expects us to live each hour of each day by our faith in him and his promise for our eternal life. (Gal 3:11).
is the difference between the Bible and all the other religious books? The books of all
the other religions of the world say, "do". Do this to please God. Do that to gain eternal life. Live this
way to have joy of life. The Bible says "done". We can do nothing to please God. Isaiah said
"All our good works are as 'filthy rags' before God". (Isa 4:6) The term Isaiah used for "filthy
rags" referred to the torn, diseased rags worn by the lepers of his time. Is that what you want to give to God???? Filthy
God will not be judging us by our good
works, as many seem to think. (Isa 4:6) God will only be judging us on what we have done with his son, Jesus Christ.
Jesus did for us what we can not do for ourselves. Jesus offered the
sacrifice of his life to God for our sins. He did it all. "It is finished."(John 19:30)
there a world and civilization here before this one? Yes, we are the second civilization to
inhabit this earth.(Gen 1:1, Isa 14:12) (to be continued)
What is Bible prophecy?
To qualify as a true word from God a prophecy must have several characteristics. First it must be SPECIFIC as to its
description and its fulfilment. The prediction that it might rain tomorrow is not an example of God's prophecy.
In addition to being specific the fulfilment of the prophecy must be REMOVED IN TIME from the prophet. The fact that a person
predicts a nation will go to war, when the clouds of war are already on the horizon, does not meet the test of God's predictive
prophecy. Someone who claims they saw a vision where "some ship will suffer a catastrophic sinking",
given 20 years before the Titanic, although removed and uncontrolled by the prophet, is not specific enough to
qualify as a prophecy of God. So, what are some of the prophecies in the Bible that meet both these standards and have
already been fulfilled. Remember, these are just a few examples of the prophecies God has given us in the Bible.
How does prophecy demonstrate that the Bible has been given to us by God? If the Bible is, in fact, the Word of God
then it should have within it's pages things that could only have come from God himself. One of the most conclusive reasons
that the Bible came from God is the proof of fulfilled prophecy. God knows us and knows
we are by nature skeptical of things, so he recorded prophecies in the Bible to prove to us that this book came
from him. One thing that man can not do accurately and without error is to predict the future. Neither the
weatherman, nor gamblers, nor stock brokers, nor any other human being can clearly predict the future without error. But,
God can do it, and he does so in the Bible to show us that he wrote it. We will look at a few of
these predictive prophecies found in both the Old Testament and New that we believe will prove even to the skeptic
that the Bible is indeed "the Word of God".
John F. Walvoord in his study "Every Prophecy of the Bible", counted
over 1000 specific prophecies from God in the Bible. Over 500 have already been specifically fulfilled, but many more are
yet to come to pass. These prophecies are specific, direct and involve, in one way or another, all the nations, locations
and peoples here on earth. God is not finished with us yet. We only have space on this web site to look at a
few of God's prophecies, but we hope that what we have here will help you understand why we believe only an eternal
being, God, could have given us this Bible, and because God gave it to us we should know what it says.
PROPHECIES THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN FULFILLED
The nation of Israel will be dispersed throughout the world.
Jerusalem will be attacked and saved and later attacked and lost.
The nation of Babylon will be overthrown.
The temple at Jerusalem will be rebuilt.
Great nations who will rise and then fall.
Syria and Egypt will struggle for world domination.
The fulfilled prophecy regarding Noah's sons.
Israel's bondage in Egypt.
Israel's return to the land God gave it.
Man will rule the earth.
ministry of John the Baptist.
and the place of Christ's birth.
manner of Christ's death.
of Jesus Christ
The prediction of
the coming church age.
Satan will continually
PROPHECIES STILL TO BE FULFILLED
All who believe in and trust Jesus Christ shall inherit eternal
The rise and future fall of specific
Nations of the earth.
All those who reject
the saving work of Christ will be eternally doomed.
Christ will return to this earth to destroy evil and all the peoples and nations who follow evil.
A new heaven and a new earth shall be set up for eternity.
The coming Rapture of the church and the Great Tribulation.
Satan's coming rage upon the earth.
The Battle of Armageddon.
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE?????
Do you choose to believe the Bible is the Word of God???If
you have chosen to believe that the Bible is the Word of God, then all of God's promises in the Bible are yours, now and for
eternity. God does not lie. (Titus 1:2 & Heb 6:18) All God's promises are Yea and Amen!!!
Do you choose to reject the Bible as being the Word of God???
Then you are on your own. But, understand that "God is not mocked" (Gal 6:7), and, if you are wrong, then
your eternal destiny is already written in these pages. "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a vengeful
God!!" (Heb 10:31)
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