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Evangelism:
The Time Is Now!

Section 7, Chapter 10

Absolutely True-Truth
To Base Life and Society On

Chapter Illustration

Section 7 Chapters

When Jesus was taken before Pilate by the Jewish High Priests for examination before His crucifixion, Jesus said to Pilate at one point in the course of their conversation,

"You say correctly that I am a king for this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."216

Pilate said to Jesus in response, What is truth?217

How do we know that the Judeo Christian Bible is true? How do we know that we can rely upon it as the absolute Word of God and as the basis for determining our individual and community conduct? How do we know God inspired it? How do we know that Jesus is from God? Jesus said about Himself over and over, "No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven, even the Son of Man.... You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world."219 Jesus claimed over and over to be God and it was primarily for this reason that the Jews handed him up to Pilate to be crucified. Was Jesus God? Or a mad man? How do we know that what He claimed about Himself was true? How do we know that what He claimed about Heaven and Hell is true?

John quoted Jesus as saying to the Jews in John 5:39-40,

"If you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote of Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?"

If Jesus was truly God then He could not lie (Titus 1:2, Heb 6:18). If He was God and thus could not lie then what He said would be absolute true truth. Jesus put the writings of Moses and the Old Testament at the same level as His spoken words. Jesus saw the Bible as absolutely true truth in all that it affirms. Jesus said to the Jews that if they did not believe What Moses wrote in the Old Testament that they would not believe His words either. If Adam and Eve were not real People who really sinned and fell out of relationship with God, then Jesus' coming and death and Resurrection have no meaning and their value to us as man in restoring us to relationship with God are under suspect.

God gave us the Bible through the hands of men in historical setting for confirmation and verification of its validity. No Archaeological fact of history has ever contradicted one teaching of Scripture but has instead totally and absolutely confirmed the validity of what it teaches historically (See Chapters 2, 3, 4 6 and 7 in this Section).

God gave the Bible to us because we could never discover the truth about ourselves and the universe unless He revealed it to us. This is because we are finite and limited. Finite man can never discover for himself the truth about himself or the universe's beginning. God gave it to us because He really is and because He really did create us and the universe.

God still speaks to us today, but He has given us the written record of the Bible to give us the ability to discern what is truly His voice and messenger. This is what Jesus was saying to the Jews in the above passage. He was telling them that if they were really putting their trust in what Moses wrote and were really reading it, they would know that Jesus was who He claimed to be and that He was the Messiah, the Christ from God. Finally, they would also realize that He was Yehovah, their God out of Heaven in the flesh.

We ask, How can we know that the Bible is reliable historically, cosmologically, scientifically and theologically? We know it is true because Jesus is true. And we know that Jesus is true because He proved to us He was true, that He was God the Word who became man, God the Son, and that the Bible as He claimed is absolute true truth because He came back from the dead to prove to us that His testimony was absolutely true.

"The Jews therefore answered and said to Him, ‘What sign do You show to us, seeing that You do these things?’"

They were asking Jesus, How do we know you are who you claim to be? What is your proof to us that you really did come from God, that you are the Messiah, that your words are true? Jesus responded back to them,

"‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up’. . . . But He was speaking of the temple of His body. 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." (John 2:18-22).

This passage of Scripture tells us that not only were the Jews questioning the validity of who Jesus claimed to be and how literal the Old Testament should be taken (not a new idea) but so did His disciples. But what brought Jesus’ disciples to a place of so strongly believing in Jesus as God the Son and the Bible as the absolute Word of God? It was Jesus fulfilling His promise to come back from the dead to prove to us that the Bible and His claims about himself were true. After Jesus’ Resurrection His Apostles and disciples believed that the Bible, Jesus’ words and who Jesus claimed to be were absolute true truth. This is our absolute proof that the Bible is absolutely true truth and reliable for us today: The RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ. "When therefore He was raised from the dead, His disciples believed the Scripture, and the word which Jesus had spoken."

Was Jesus’ Resurrection just a story prefabricated by Jesus’ disciples (a story they all died to defend)? What did the recognized Roman and Jewish historian, Josephus, of that day have to say about this event?

"Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him many Jews, and also many of the Greeks. This man was the Christ. And when Pilate had condemned him to the cross, upon his impeachment by the principal man among us, those who had loved Him from the first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive on the third day, as the divine prophets having spoken these and thousands of other wonderful things about him. And even now, the race of Christians, so named from Him, has not died out."165/385

One time while sharing with a college student that there were over 512 witnesses to the fact of Jesus’ Resurrection, he said in response, "It was mass hysteria!" I told him that if they only saw what they thought was Jesus in the distance for a moment and then he was gone that this would be a good argument, but that this was not the case. I told him that the physician Luke wrote in the book of Acts 1:3 that He did not just appear to them for a moment alive, but that He then walked with them, talked with them and ate with them for forty days with many convincing proofs.

"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."

During this time they had plenty of time to examine Jesus’ wounds, to call his mother and brothers over and ask, Is this truly Jesus? So convinced were Jesus’ disciples that He did rise from the dead that they all died martyrs’ deaths upholding this claim without wavering. Jesus came back from the dead, as Luke wrote, "By many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days, and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God."

No other religion or teacher of man stated that they would come back from the dead to prove that their teachings and claims were true about God, man and the Universe. Wilbur M. Smith stated about Buddha,

"The original accounts of Buddha never ascribe to him any such thing as a resurrection; in fact, in the earliest accounts of his death, namely, the ‘Mahaparinibbana Sutta’, we read that when Buddha died it was ‘with that utter passing away in which nothing whatever remains behind.’"218/385

Professor Childers wrote,

"There is no trace in the Pali scriptures or commentaries (or so far as I know in any Pali book) of Sakya Muni having existed after his death or appearing to his disciples. Mohammed died June 8, 632 A.D., at the age of sixty-one, at Medina, where his tomb is annually visited by thousands of devout Mohammedans. All the millions and millions of Jews, Buddhists, and Mohammedans agree that their founders have never come up out of the dust of the earth in resurrection."218/385

Joseph Smith, the writer of the Book of Mormon, died and is still dead, buried in the grave. Darwin is still in the grave. He never came back from the dead to prove that the teachings of Evolution are true.

The point of all that has been said is this, it is nice that we have scientific and historical confirmation of the reliability of Scripture (Not one fact of history or archaeological discovery has ever proved any historical teaching of Scripture wrong nor the facts of science either), but the undeniable evidence of Jesus’ Resurrection with over 512 witnesses (1 Cor 15) to the fact is our proof that Jesus was who He claimed to be, God the Messiah who became man to die for our sins, and that His Word written down in the Bible is absolutely true truth in all that it affirms scientifically, historically, cosmologically and theologically, so that we can rely on it and it alone as a basis for determining whether our laws and teachings are true or not or just or not. The Bible is our basis for determining what is absolutely true and what is absolutely false.

Nothing else is necessary. Nothing else is necessary because Jesus came back from the dead to prove to us that we could rely on the Bible and all that it teaches one- hundred percent.

BIBLE:
THE FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

It is unfortunate that so called men of God have spent their entire lives trying to find fault with the Bible and written volume after volume to that end, but the Bible unlike all other books is to be received by faith. This does not mean blind faith, but faith based on historical fact: the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The fact that the Bible is true historically and scientifically is because God made sure it was because it is His book. Christian Education was not originally established to prove or disprove the historical and scientific reliability of the Bible. Infact the opposite is true. The Bible was meant to be the basis and foundation for our Education.

"The fear of Yehovah is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." (Prov 9:10).

What do I mean? I mean that when scientists and historians dig up data and come up with theories of history and science, these theories and historical data are to be compared with the light of Scripture to give us evidence that these theories and historical conclusions are true, not the other way around. The Bible is to be the foundation for proof of the reliability of the data of our Education, not Education the foundation for proof of the Bible. No science in the world has ever physically and brutally murdered a man, buried him in a warm grave and then brought him back from the dead three days later healthy and alive. Jesus’ face was beaten beyond recognition, his back lacerated beyond repair, his heart stabbed through with a spear. He was then buried in a warm grave for three days and then he rose healthy and alive, and IS STILL ALIVE TODAY.

The Bible was meant to be the basis for our unity of knowledge in all the fields of study: theology, science, sociology, music, art, psychology, history and government. What we have instead today is disciplines of Education going off in every direction independently with no possible means of unification because we have done away with the unifying factor, the Bible, as the basis for determining that our data is true. The end result is not only chaos in our Educational institutions, but in Government and society as well. All the moral down fall in our society is directly related to our rejection of the Bible as the absolute word of God in all that it affirms.

This is also the reason why the Church is no longer a restraining force in our society. The Church has been seduced by so called Higher Critical methods of approaching Scripture. Higher Critical Methods seek to separate what they call errors in the Bible from fact in the Bible. The end result is that the traditional Church is now comparing the Bible with so called historical and scientific data and on this basis deciding whether we should listen to the teachings of the Bible or not. Unfortunately, not one of these so called theologians ever died and came back from the dead to prove their claims true.

Isaiah wrote and Jesus said,

"To the Law and to the Testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn." (Isaiah 8:20).

"He who is of God hears the Words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God." (John 8:47).

There are no errors in the Bible in the original communication of the Hebrew and Greek Texts. Jesus plainly said that those who do not accept the Bible as the absolute word of God in all that it affirms theologically, historically, cosmologically, sociologically and governmentally are not of Him. Jesus said about the word of God,

"For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the Law, until all is accomplished." (Matthew 5:18).

Jesus said every letter of every word of the Bible in the original Hebrew and Greek is absolutely the word of God. He then went on to say,

"Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and so teaches others, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:19).

Some see Jesus’ statement that to not accept the Bible as the Word of God to not be of God very narrow and bigoted toward all other religions and religious faiths. Jesus came back from the dead to prove His claims. No other religious man or scientist in history has. When Jesus came back from the dead, with over 512 witnesses, He proved to us that He was God the Son, that the Bible is absolutely the only truth from God and that His words are absolutely true. No other religious founder can make this claim or give these credentials. Why? Because they are still dead in the grave. No other religious book can claim to be the absolute Word of God. Why? Because their inspired god did not take on human flesh, die and then come back from the dead to prove their teachings or claims true. The Bible is the only absolutely inspired Word of God. All the rest are as false and as dead as their founders.

Because the Bible is the only absolutely inspired Word of God, no one should go through life without reading this book over and over and over, for in it are the very words of God, the answer to life and the only answer to eternal life: JESUS! Jesus said,

"Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it." (Matthew 7:13-14).

"I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me." (John 14:6).

Jesus did not say He was a way but THE WAY. Jesus did not say He was a source of truth but TRUTH ITSELF. Jesus did not say He was a source of knowledge to life but that He is THE LIFE. Jesus did not claim to be a way to God but the ONLY way to God. Jesus died and came back from the dead three days later to prove that what He said about Himself was true. Mohammed, Joseph Smith, Buddha, Darwin and all other religious founders and scientists did not. They are still dead and in the grave. If you want the truth about God, Man, the Universe, Heaven and Hell: read the BIBLE. Jesus’ Resurrection proves He is Absolutely God the Son and that The Bible, His Word, Is Absolutely True-Truth To Base Life And Society On!

Suggested Further Reading:

Marchall, Peter; Manuel, David. The Light and the Glory. Grand Rapids, MI: Fleming H. Revell, © 1977 by Peter J. Marshall, Jr., and David B. Manuel, Jr.

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