Reason 8: The Historicity of the Old Testament (Tanakh)
The Bible both Old and New Testament were written over a period of time covering more than 1500-years. From 1450 B.C, to almost 100 AD, the words of the Bible were written within the context of the historical events of the day. If the Bible is to be considered accurate and true, the events recorded in the Bible should correspond with the recorded historical events outside of the Bible.
Reason 7: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Silver Scrolls
In 1947, near the Dead Sea in an area known as Qumran ancient Hebrew manuscripts were discovered that had been hidden for thousands of years. Prior to the discovery of these manuscripts, the oldest existing complete copies of the Old Testament were only dated to 1008 A.D., causing many to question the reliability scripture. At the site of Qumran, the community known as the Essenes were actively involved in the copy and transmission of scripture, before their destruction by the Romans in the first and second century. The Essenes hid their treasured manuscripts in caves to prevent their destruction by the Romans. Hidden away they would be discovered two-thousand years later.
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|10||Reason 10: The Human Fossil Record proves the Bible is True||Video|
|11||Reason 11: The Discovery of Dinosaur Soft Tissue||Video|
|12||Reason 12: Bible Archeology proves the Bible is True||Video|
Reason 6: Protein Manufacture: Ribosomes Prove the Existence of God
How could we ever live without our laptops and cell phones which are really mini computers? It’s hard to believe but computers and cell phones are relatively new technology that did not exist 100-years ago. Its hard for us to realize the incredible foundation of discovery that is required for the computer to even exist, first we need the invention of electricity, then the design of microprocessors, software design, the design of plastic, glass and metal to house the equipment and the list goes on. Each of these revolutions in technology were used to develop the laptop and cell phone many of use for business, home and entertainment. We reap the benefits of years of research and development for the past thousand years of human existence.
Foundations of Belief
Does it really matter what we believe? We all have beliefs, but what are our beliefs based on? If we really examine the basis of our beliefs we might be surprised. It might be a family held tradition or custom going back ten generations. Maybe the basis of a belief is a program we watched in an
eighth grade classroom, it seemed to make so much sense at the time! There are literally hundreds of sources that shape our belief systems, including but not limited to:
Parents and immediate family
Schools (Elementary, Middle School, High School and College)
Religion, Church, Mosque, Quran, Bible
Media including television, radio, internet, magazines, books
Ask yourself the question, “Who Am I?” How would you answer this question? For example let’s take two hypothetical people, Joe and John, and look into their belief system.
If you were to ask Joe an atheist, he might reply, “I am matter that has been accidently turned into a living being for a short period of time, when I die, I will be recycled into the earth; there was no supernatural intelligence that formed me. I am just a highly evolved animal”
If the same question were asked to John Christian, he could respond, “I am a creation of God, made in His image, I am a sinner but saved, when I die I will go to Heaven with other believers in Jesus Christ. God knows me and made me for a purpose”.
Following up with Joe Atheist and John Christian, we asked them, “Why do you believe this? Joe Atheist might respond, “I was raised in a Christian home, went to church but in college I learned the truth about the world. I have seen the evidence, and I know God does not exist, evolution proves how life formed.” John Christian might have gone to the same church, had similar experiences but he believes the Christian views are true. Why the difference? At points in our life we evaluate the evidence of what we believe, it either confirms or contradicts our
Reason 1: The Cosmological Argument
How did we get here? And where are we going? These questions have been the subject of thousands of books from science and religion. Wars have been fought over these questions. Is it even possible to find an answer to them? Even though there is plenty of disagreement, there are also points of agreement. After all we know we exist!
To answer these questions, we need to start from what we know, the first principles, that which does not need to be proven. We know we exist, and we are aware of our existence. Because we can see children being born and ourselves getting older, it is logical to conclude there is a beginning, “A Cause”, to our existence. There must have been a first human.
Reason 5: The First Cell
Where did life come from? Either it was created or it came about by accident are really the only two options. Wait!, someone might respond, what if it came from outer space, what if we were seeded by alien beings? The alien seeding is only removing the argument from this world and sending it to another. Because the follow up question is what caused the alien life?
Reason 4: DNA The Alphabet of Life
According to Darwin’s criteria, his whole model of life falls apart. The cell is the smallest unit of matter considered alive…less than a 1/1000th of an inch in diameter.
In the center of the cell is the nucleolus composed of deoxyribo-nucleic acid (DNA), protein and ribonucleic acid (RNA). DNA combined with proteins is organized into structural units called chromosomes, which usually occur in identical pairs. The DNA molecule form the infrastructure in each chromosome and is a single, very long, highly
Reason 3: The Moral Argument for the existence of God
Recently in London and New York, atheist groups advertised on buses, asking the question, “Why believe in a god?” They answer their own question, saying “Just be good for goodness’ sake”. They are saying, you don’t have to believe in God to be good; you can be good without God.
Can someone be good without God? Sure, but that depends on how you define “Good”. Ask yourself what is good? What is your ideal in life?
Someone might see “good” to acquire great wealth, power and rule the earth and kill all people who don’t have the same skin color, this to him is “good”. Maybe you might define “good” as caring for others and helping those who can’t help themselves. How can we determine a standard for good? Let look at the options:
Reason 2: The Teleological Argument (Design Argument)
Driving a car down the road, through beautiful green hills, on a hot summer day with cool air conditioning air, listening to music, can be an amazing experience. Two hundred years ago, it would be hard to image such an experience.
Today it is easy to forget the benefits of invention, taking them for granted. To experience the benefits of a car requires the intent of intelligent design, the car with air
The Existence of God
Does God exist? What does this question really mean? The idea of the existence of God is really the question of Cause. This is the starting point in any discussion on the validity of the Christian faith. If there is “No God”, then all the rest is a waste of time. Christianity cannot be true, if God does not exist.
One of the reasons the secular world rejects Christianity is because they reject the existence of God. The secularist sees Christianity as a myth, from their worldview it has a false premise. So a logical starting point is to demonstrate the evidence for the existence of God.