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One day I went to an
indoor mall and shared Jesus with a Black male store owner (I didnít
know he was at first because he was outside leaning on the center
railing). I got about half way through the Salvation tract when he
stopped me and we had the following conversation with whom I will
Look, you donít need to waste anymore of your time with me, I am a
Moslem, I donít believe in any of that stuff.
Can I ask you a question?
Devan How do you know Mohammed is a prophet of God and that the
Koran is Godís word?
Well there is no proof that the Bible is Godís only word either and
that Jesus is God.
Devan, if a man today claimed to be God in the flesh, after we had a
good laugh, our first question would be "What is Your proof to what
you claim?" Jesus was asked that question, "Jesus, what is Your
proof to Your claim to be God our creator in the flesh?" He gave
them an answer. Do you know what that answer was?
He said "Kill Me and I will raise my body physically alive!
on the third day to prove to you that I am God your Creator in the
flesh." If Jesus was who He claimed to be, the only true God in the
flesh our Creator, the only way to God and that what he claimed is
absolutely true truth, what better evidence could he give us than to
recreate His physical body healthy and alive! They did kill Jesus,
and the Bible tells us that on the third day he did rise from the
dead physically alive with over 512 witnesses to the fact.
Well the Bible was written by a man, anybody could say that.
Devan the Bible was not the authorship of one man, but is the
collection of written testimonies of several men who were
eye-witnesses of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
That is why it is called the New Testament because it is the
testimony of many men, not one man. For example the Apostle John
wrote in 1 John
"What was from the
beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what
we beheld and our hands handled, concerning the Word of Lifeóand the
life was manifested, and we have seen and bear witness and proclaim
to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was
manifested to usówhat we have seen and heard we proclaim to you
also, that you also may have
fellowship with us;
and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus
The Apostle Peter
wrote in 2 Peter 1:16
"For we did not follow cleverly devised tales
when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus
Christ, but we were eye witnesses of His majesty." Luke, who was a
doctor, wrote about Jesusí physical resurrection in
"To these He also
presented Himself alive, after His suffering, by many convincing
proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days, and speaking
of the things concerning the kingdom of God."
Devan, Have you ever
heard the expression "Doubting Thomas"?
That comes from a recorded account in the Bible concerning one of
the Apostles of Jesusí whose name was Thomas. When Jesus first rose
physically from the dead and appeared to His disciples, Thomas was
out of town away on business. When he came back the disciples told
him Jesus is physically alive! that they had seen and touched
and talked with Him. Thomas said in response John 20:25
"Unless I shall see in His hands the imprint
of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put
my hand into His side, I will not believe." A Roman soldier stabbed
his spear through Jesusí side right through his heart to make sure
He was dead before they took him down. Later the disciples were
gathered together again with Thomas and Jesus came in their midst
and said John 20:27-28
"Reach here Your finger,
and see My hands; and reach here your hand, and put it into My side;
and be not unbelieving, but believing." Thomas, it says, fell to his
knees and said "My Lord and my God." You see, Devan, even Jesusí own
disciples had doubts about what He claimed about Himself, but after
He rose from the dead, they no longer had any doubts. The Apostle
John wrote in the Gospel of John 2:22 "When therefore He was raised
from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they
believed the Scripture, and the word which Jesus had spoken."
Whenever Jesus spoke, He always quoted the Old Testament for
authority over the truthfulness of what He had to say. Even His
disciples had doubts about taking the Old Testament literally, but
after Jesus rose from the dead, John tells us they no longer had any
doubts about taking what the Old Testament taught literally or what
Jesus said literally which is recorded in the New Testament. Devan,
that is how we know that the Bible is true and truly Godís Word.
Devan, the Bible tell us that
when Peter preached about Jesusí death and resurrection in the
temple that 3,000 Jews came to Christ in one day. If what Peter
preached had not been true, then all the authorities would have had
to do was present the body, they had guarded with soldiers and with
a Roman seal on the tomb which if broken incurred the death penalty,
and show that their claims were false. If they had, everyone would
have gone home and Christianity would have died on the spot! But no
one did because their was NO BODY to show otherwise
and Jesusí death and resurrection were already common knowledge. Not
only that but it says in the Bible that after Jesusí resurrection,
that also many of the Old Testament Saints rose from the dead and
went through the city testifying about Jesus (Matthew 27:50-53),
that this is why so many Jews came to Jesus Christ to start with.
Devan, not only that, but
without raising a sword in a short time the Roman empire turned from
being a pagan society to proclaiming Christianity the only true
legal state religion.
At this point Devan got a
flood of customers which meant that he had to go back into his
store. However, before he did he asked me to wait until he returned
while he waited on them. He left his cordless phone on the railing
so I knew he was going to come back, so I waited. While waiting I
pulled out my book
Teaches About God,
intending to give it to him
when he returned and our conversation ended.
I waited for about 15
minutes when finally he returned and told me he had a bunch of
customers and would like to talk more and to feel free to come into
the store any time to talk when he was free to. I gave him the book
and explained to him how the first chapter explains what the Bible
teaches about the nature of God and how the third Chapter explains
the evidence God gave us of how we could know who the only true God
is and what is His only true Book. He said very cheerfully and
eagerly "Thank you!" He had been obviously thinking about what I
had already shared with him while waiting on customers and that it
had a positive impact on him. He no longer had an angry demeanor,
but had a smile on his face like a light had gone on inside and was
very happy to receive something which would explain this further to
him. Praise the Lord!
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