Friday, 22 August 2014

10 Reasons to Believe in the Bible

1.  It's the most widely read book in history, and also the first book ever to be printed.

2.  It was written in different languages in different places by multiple authors, yet it has miraculous internal consistency.

3.  Jesus stands behind the authority of the Bible (Matthew 5:17-20).

4.  The biblical authors also made similar claims for each other. For example, the Prophets endorsed the law, and the psalmists extolled its truth, beauty and sweetness (e. g Psalms 19, 119). Above all, the New Testament confirms the Old.

5.  History and archaeology also authenticates the Bible (e.g. Dead Sea Scrolls, Tel Dan Stele and hundreds of other inscriptions, tablets, and manuscripts)

6.  It's unique teaching testifies to its exclusiveness. It is relevant for every person in every age Isaiah (40:8, 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

7.  The Bible is the only book authenticated by other sacred books (i.e. the Holy Qur’an. Sura 3:3, 5:41-47)

8.  It has been translated into all major languages of the world without losing its meaning, eloquence, and the power to transform individuals and nations

9.  It contains fulfilled prophecies page after page. 300 prophecies have been fulfilled in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ alone.

10.         The Bible has been at the forefront of social, political, and scientific progress for the last 2000 years

10 Reasons to Believe in Jesus

1.The Old Testament testifies about Him (Isaiah 9:6, 53, Psalm 22, Deuteronomy 18:18.) There are more than 300 prophecies about the Messiah in the OT.

2.  The Saints testify about him (John  1:32, Matthew 16:16, Luke 1:1-4, Philippians 2:5-11)

3.  There is ample historical evidence  surrounding His life, teachings, death, and Resurrection

4.  He died for the sins of the world (John 3:16)

5.  Apostles died preaching this message. You never die for something that you know is false

6.  Even non-Christian historians of the early Christian era testify about the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth(Josephus and Tacitus record the death of Jesus in their books Antiquities of the Jews and Annals respectively)

7.  He promises heaven to all those that believe in him (John 1:12)

8.  He is the center of history, and has more professing followers than any other person. This includes other religions as well who regard Jesus to be a prophet.

9.  He exemplified virtues of love, peace, and sacrifice that many still try to emulate. No one has influenced the world in the same way as Jesus of Nazareth. 

10 To the uniqueness of his person, there is no equal in the whole world, both past and present.