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Archive for April, 2011

Has the Bible Been Changed?

Nevertheless, some people, especially those who don’t like the moral constraints of the Bible, want to say that the Bible has changed since it was written. If Jesus was proved to be the authentic Son of God through the resurrection from the dead, this cannot be so.

The textual evidence for the integrity of the Bible is better than for any other ancient book or document. Compared to other ancient writings, we have more manuscripts still in existence, and manuscripts whose age we know is much closer to the time of original writing, than it is in the case of other ancient writings. All variations which exist are of a very minor nature which do not affect any major doctrine of the Bible. We believe that it can be deduced which manuscripts in fact are closest to what was originally written, but it is outside the scope of this lesson to discuss this.

There are amazing mathematical patterns in Bible when looked at in the original Hebrew and Greek languages. Hundreds of facts based around the number 7 appear in every passage of the Bible when you look at the numerical values of the words in the original Hebrew and Greek texts of the Bible. Many of these patterns were discovered by Ivan Panin in the 19th century. This discovery turned him from being an agnostic to being a Christian. His subsequent research provides a virtually irrefutable evidence that the Bible is not simply the product of human minds. No computer today could create such a text. The conclusion is once again that the Bibleis the Word of God. (more…)

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What is Faith?

Faith is not religion. Many times people say “We have our faith”. What they mean is this: “We have our religious ideas and doctrines, our traditions, our ways of doing things passed down through the generations. Don’t you try to change them.” This is not the Biblical idea of faith.

Faith is not mental assent. It is not agreeing with your mind, “Yes, that is true.” Many professing Christians believe mentally that the Bible is the Word of God, but this faith does not change the way they live. It is not a faith that can save. (James 2:14)

Even demons have that kind of faith. They know and believe that God exists (James 2:19) – and tremble. They have no loving confidence in God. (more…)


A Prayer for Protection

Lord God,

Thank you for all the positive influencers in my life today.

Thank you for everyone who has ever prayed for me

And for anyone who will pray for me in the future.  Thanks

especially for the people of strong faith that you have placed

in my path and the positive impact they have had on my character.

Insulate me from experiences that compromise my full potential. Move me away from distractions, diversions, and temptations.  Keep my thoughts fixed instead on what is true, pure, excellent and worthy of praise.  I know that nothing guards my heart more than being in your will.

Protect me, Father, from any person or relationship that would slowly prod me down the wrong path.  Cause me to become hypersensitive to the people in my life and the sometimes subtle influence they are having on my spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical habits.  Bring wise, genuine friends into my life, and dissolve any ties with those who may weaken my relationship with you.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen


Where Is the True Church? and Its Incredible History!— Chapter 4 – “TRUTH” OR “LOVE”—WHICH COMES FIRST?

BY DAVID C. PACK

The apostle John repeatedly taught the importance of both Bible truth and godly love. To understand the identity of the true Church, it is vital to recognize which of these is the foundation for the other.

The large, respected, well-known church of this world in which I grew up was comprised of millions of “believers”—people who believed in and talked about Jesus. No doubt, most of them were sincere. They also talked much about “Christian love.” Many sermons had this topic as their theme. Sometimes it seemed that “Jesus” and “love” were the only two subjects preached. In fact, this describes the diet served every week from pulpits in tens of thousands of churches. (more…)


“Finding” God

“When I don’t fear death as much, I am less afraid of dying to myself.  It sounds so obvious.  When I’m absorbed with myself – my needs, how much attention I’m getting, doing things my way, everything in reference to me – it is pretty difficult to find God.  The “space” inside of me is pre-occupied.  However, as my openness to and hunger for a loving presence grows, I am de-selfished and freer.  Often my self-pity or self-focus comes out of a fear that I won’t have “enough.”  I fear any “emptiness” so I “fill” it quickly.  However, when I ask to be emptied, I discover an empowering fulness.  When I become more and more focused on how very much is being offered me in the loving presence of Jesus, discovered in every part of my day, I discover the power of Augustine‘s prayer:  “O Lord, Our God, you have created us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/1-finding.html


The Ark of the Covenant

Ark of the Covenant: Mystical Object or Historical Artifact?
The Ark of the Covenant means different things to different people. For some, the Ark is a mystical object that contains supernatural powers too terrifying to comprehend. For the pop-culture minded, it is the priceless treasure sought after by the fearless Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark. To others, it is an ancient artifact that is highly coveted for its “religious” significance, similar to the “holy grail.” With all the societal myths surrounding the Ark, it is worthwhile to take a moment to investigate its true origin and purpose. Is the Ark of the Covenant as powerful and terrifying as some have portrayed it to be? Is it merely something dreamt up by Hollywood to lure our movie-going dollars? Or could there be more to this ancient object that has relevance for us today?

Ark of the Covenant: The History Behind it
The Ark of the Covenant is first mentioned in the Bible in Exodus 25. Following Israel’s deliverance from slavery in Egypt, God instructs Moses to build a Tabernacle (or tent) in which the Israelites will worship God. Placed in a special area known as “the Holy of Holies,” the Ark of the Covenant was the most sacred object in the Tabernacle. Detailed instructions were given by God to construct the Ark. It was to be made with acacia wood and overlaid with gold. Dimensionally, the Ark was to be 2.5 cubits (1 cubit is approximately 18 in.) long and 1.5 cubits wide and high. Atop the Ark were two gold cherubs that stood with their wings covering an area of the Ark known as the “Mercy Seat.” (more…)


Is the Bible True?