Berean Bible Study Notes

Learning to be a Berean - Lesson 3

 



Today's study: Bible Apologetics, Internal Evidence

This Bible study will again cover some "apologetics" for the Bible. Remember that "apologetics" means defense, so Christian apologetics is the defense of the Christian faith.

God promises to preserve His word, FOREVER. Here are some of those verses:

Matthew 5:17-18 "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

Luke 16:17 It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.

1 Peter 1:24-25 For, "All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever."

These verses go beyond promising that the "intent" of God's Word will be preserved, or that general doctrine will be preserved. The first two verses here promise that the very letters themselves will be preserved forever.

Now, either that is true or it isn't. Last time, we had evidence from outside the Bible that it is true - and this time we'll have evidence from within the Bible itself that that is true. However, this ultimately comes down to our faith - we believe God or we don't. I'm not talking about "faith" as the world means it - that any sincere faith in anything will do. I'm not talking about the faith that anyone has in their chosen religion, like the faith of the Muslim in the Koran. I'm talking about real, saving faith - the kind that only comes through the Holy Spirit.

With that faith, I can know, for certain, that there are no "lost" books of the Bible - because that would mean that something HAD dropped out of God's Word. With that faith, I know that everything that IS there is there for a reason - every name, every place, every date, every everything. I know that what's there is meant to be there. It's one of those "I know that I know that I know" things, and is pretty much impossible to explain to someone who isn't quite there yet. Please, don't feel inadequate if you aren't there yet. Everyone is at a different place in his or her walk with Jesus, and that faith will come as you spend time in God's Word:

Romans 10:17 Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.

Phillipians 1:6 He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

The greatest proof of God's Word being exactly that - God's Word, is right there - what it does within you. My little challenge to you is to prove that to yourself. Three to four chapters a day will get you through the entire Bible in about a year. Just pray every time you read for God to help you get out of it what He wants for you to get out of it - to understand what He wants you to understand. It is a little like a pregnancy - some parts are easier than others - but just try it, and see what those months give "birth" to! (Unlike a pregnancy, you can get through it faster if you want to!)

Fulfilled Prophecy

Only the true God knows the end from the beginning. He foretells the future with 100% accuracy. Absolutely no other book in the entire world can make such a claim - not the Koran, not the Book of Mormon, not the books of the eastern religions - none.

God knew that there would be religious confusion and many books claiming to be His Word. So, He included His "authentication" stamp on the one we should believe. In Isaiah, there is a whole section where God dares the people to ask their idols the future, to prove that they are gods. He says that only the true God does this:

Isaiah 41:21-23 "Present your case," says the LORD. "Set forth your arguments," says Jacob's King. "Bring in your idols, to tell us what is going to happen. Tell us what the former things were, that we may consider them and know their final outcome. Or declare to us the things to come, tell us what the future holds, so we may know that you are gods."

 

Isaiah 45:20-21 Gather together and come; assemble, you fugitives from the nations. Ignorant are those who carry about idols of wood, who pray to gods that cannot save. Declare what is to be, present it - let them take counsel together. Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me.

 

 Isaiah 46:10, 11 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. . .What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do.

 

Isaiah 48:5 I told you these things long ago, before they happened I announced them to you so that you could not say, 'My idols did them; my wooden images and metal god ordained them.'

 

God is saying that only He, the true God, tells what's going to happen in the future and then causes it to come to pass. He makes it a test of being God! In the book of Isaiah (you'll notice that all the quotes above are from Isaiah), He does this over and over again. A very interesting place where He does that is in Chapter 44 & 45. Isaiah wrote around 700 B.C., and in Chapters 44 & 45, the prophet records a prophecy about a man named Cyrus, who would be king of the Persian Empire over 150 years later. Here God says that Cyrus would cause the city of Jerusalem and the temple to be rebuilt. At the time this was written, Jerusalem and the temple had not been destroyed yet. In fact, the Persian Empire didn't even exist as a world power. The people of Isaiah's day must have really wondered about this prophecy!

 

Isaiah 44

The LORD , Not Idols
6 "This is what the LORD says-
Israel's King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty:
I am the first and I am the last;
apart from me there is no God.
7 Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it.
Let him declare and lay out before me
what has happened since I established my ancient people,
and
what is yet to come-
yes, let him foretell what will come
.
8 Do not tremble, do not be afraid.
Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago?
You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me?
No, there is no other Rock; I know not one."

Jerusalem to Be Inhabited
24 "This is what the LORD says-
your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb:

I am the LORD ,
who has made all things,
who alone stretched out the heavens,
who spread out the earth by myself,

25 who foils the signs of false prophets
and makes fools of diviners,
who overthrows the learning of the wise
and turns it into nonsense,
26 who carries out the words of his servants
and fulfills the predictions of his messengers,


who says of Jerusalem, 'It shall be inhabited,'
of the towns of Judah, 'They shall be built,'
and
of their ruins, 'I will restore them,'
27 who says to the watery deep, 'Be dry,
and I will dry up your streams,'
28 who says of Cyrus, 'He is my shepherd
and will accomplish all that I please;
he will say of Jerusalem, "Let it be rebuilt,"
and of the temple, "Let its foundations be laid." '

Isaiah 45

1 "This is what the LORD says to his anointed,
to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of
to subdue nations before him
and to strip kings of their armor,
to open doors before him
so that gates will not be shut:

The King James is not so polite & tells it like it is. (The Hebrew text used in both translations appears to be the same, both here and in Dan 5:6, so I don't know why this is translated differently) It may seem like a small point, but it was a prophecy in itself. Basically, God was saying that the king would be so upset that he would mess himself:

2 I will go before you
and will level the mountains
[1];
I will break down gates of bronze
and cut through bars of iron.
3 I will give you the treasures of darkness,
riches stored in secret places,
so that you may know that
I am the LORD ,
the God of Israel, who summons you by name.

4 For the sake of Jacob my servant,
of Israel my chosen,
I summon you by name
and bestow on you a title of honor,
though you do not acknowledge me.
5 I am the LORD , and there is no other;
apart from me there is no God.
I will strengthen you,
though you have not acknowledged me,
6 so that from the rising of the sun
to the place of its setting
men may know there is none besides me.
I am the LORD , and there is no other.
7 I form the light and create darkness,
I bring prosperity and create disaster;
I, the LORD , do all these things.

11 "This is what the LORD says-
the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker:
Concerning things to come,
do you question me about my children,
or give me orders about the work of my hands?
12 It is I who made the earth
and created mankind upon it.
My own hands stretched out the heavens;
I marshaled their starry hosts.
13 I will raise up Cyrus [2] in my righteousness:
I will make all his ways straight.
He will rebuild my city
and set my exiles free,
but not for a price or reward,
says the LORD Almighty."

The book of Isaiah was written more than 100 years before Cyrus was even born, yet it called him by name. You may remember what happened. The Jews had been taken captive to Babylon and their city and temple destroyed (because they hadn't followed God, but had trusted in idols). The prophet Jeremiah said they would be in captivity for 70 years. After that time, the Persians, with Cyrus as their ruler, conquered Babylon without a fight. The king's son (Belshazzar) who was co-regent with the real king (Nabonidus), was having a huge banquet. Daniel 5 tells what happened:

Daniel 5
1 King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his nobles and drank wine with them. 2 While Belshazzar was drinking his wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar his father [1] had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them. 3 So they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken from the temple of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them. 4 As they drank the wine, they praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone.
5 Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. 6 His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his knees knocked together and his legs gave way.

Again, the King James tells it like it was - the king was so scared that he messed himself:

Dan 5:6 Then the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another.

7 The king called out for the enchanters, astrologers [2] and diviners to be brought and said to these wise men of Babylon, "Whoever reads this writing and tells me what it means will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around his neck, and he will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom."
8 Then all the king's wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or tell the king what it meant. 9 So King Belshazzar became even more terrified and his face grew more pale. His nobles were baffled.
10 The queen, [3] hearing the voices of the king and his nobles, came into the banquet hall. "O king, live forever!" she said. "Don't be alarmed! Don't look so pale! 11 There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the time of your father he was found to have insight and intelligence and wisdom like that of the gods. King Nebuchadnezzar your father-your father the king, I say-appointed him chief of the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners. 12 This man Daniel, whom the king called Belteshazzar, was found to have a keen mind and knowledge and understanding, and also the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles and solve difficult problems. Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means."
13 So Daniel was brought before the king, and the king said to him, "Are you Daniel, one of the exiles my father the king brought from Judah? 14 I have heard that the spirit of the gods is in you and that you have insight, intelligence and outstanding wisdom. 15 The wise men and enchanters were brought before me to read this writing and tell me what it means, but they could not explain it. 16 Now I have heard that you are able to give interpretations and to solve difficult problems. If you can read this writing and tell me what it means, you will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around your neck, and you will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom."
17 Then Daniel answered the king, "You may keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else. Nevertheless, I will read the writing for the king and tell him what it means.
18 "O king, the Most High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar sovereignty and greatness and glory and splendor. 19 Because of the high position he gave him, all the peoples and nations and men of every language dreaded and feared him. Those the king wanted to put to death, he put to death; those he wanted to spare, he spared; those he wanted to promote, he promoted; and those he wanted to humble, he humbled. 20 But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. 21 He was driven away from people and given the mind of an animal; he lived with the wild donkeys and ate grass like cattle; and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and sets over them anyone he wishes.
22 "But you his son, [4] O Belshazzar, have not humbled yourself, though you knew all this. 23 Instead, you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways. 24 Therefore he sent the hand that wrote the inscription.
25 "This is the inscription that was written:
Mene , Mene , Tekel , Parsin
[5]

26 "This is what these words mean:
Mene: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.
27 Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.
28 Peres: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians."

29 Then at Belshazzar's command, Daniel was clothed in purple, a gold chain was placed around his neck, and he was proclaimed the third highest ruler in the kingdom.
30 That very night Belshazzar, king of the Babylonians, [9] was slain, 31 and Darius the Mede took over the kingdom, at the age of sixty-two.

According to Herodotus (the Greek historian who wrote in 440 BC), the streets of Babylon, leading on each side to the river, were secured by two leaved brazen gates, and these had been left open when Cyrus's forces entered the city in the night. They came through the channel of the river (The Euphrates river went right under the huge wall that surrounded Babylon. The Persians had lowered the depth of the river by diverting the water), in the general disorder brought about by the great feast which was being celebrated. "Otherwise," says Herodotus, "the Persians would have been shut up in the bed of the river, as in a net, and all destroyed. The gates of the palace were also imprudently opened to ascertain the occasion of the tumult; when the two parties under Gobrias and Gadatas rushed in, got possession of the palace, and slew the king."

Ten days later, Cyrus arrived, and according to Jewish tradition, Daniel showed him the prophecy about him in the book of Isaiah. Here's what Josephus, the first century Jewish historian says about it in Antiquities of the Jews - Book XI:

And, here's part of what Cyrus himself says about it in cuneiform writing on The Cyrus Cylinder:

What is the significance of all this? God foretold the exact details of the conquering of Babylon more than 150 years before it happened, calling Cyrus by name. People who choose not to believe this have no choice but to try to force the book of Isaiah to have been written AFTER the events happened. However, you can see that that would make no sense. No one argues about the date of the Cyrus cylinder. It was clearly created around 500 BC. And, on the cylinder itself, Cyrus quotes a portion of the prophecy of Isaiah.

Here is more information on this whole fascinating event:

The Fall of Babylon

Herodotus, Cyrus Captures Babylon

Cyrus

The following is from the above link:

That is just one of many other verifiable prophecies, including the fall of Tyre.

Fulfilled Prophecy as an Apologetic, the Fall of Tyre

More articles, in case this interests you!

Fulfilled Prophecy as Evidence for the Bible's Divine Origin

The following is from the above link: 

There are many articles you can find on the trustworthiness of the Bible. Here are a few. To find others, try searching on “How do I know the Bible is true?” Please use discernment.

Fulfilled Prophecy: Evidence for the Reliability of the Bible -

The Bethlehem Miracle

Can you prove the Bible is true?

How do you know the Bible is true?

Amazing Evidence for the Trustworthiness of the Bible



Fulfilled prophecy about Jesus

What about Jesus? Jesus fulfilled hundreds of prophecies of the coming Messiah, many of which were beyond his control (if he was just a man, that is), such as where he would be born, who would betray him, the amount that he would be betrayed by, how he would die and on and on.

Prophecy, the Bible and Jesus

The following is all from the above link at the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry, which was in turn taken from Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell.

Born of the Seed of the Woman

Gen. 3:15, "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."

Matt. 1:20, "But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit."

Born of a Virgin

Isaiah 7:14, "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel."

Matt. 1:18,25, "This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary...was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit... But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus."

Son of God

Psalm 2:7, "I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: He said to me, "You are my Son today I have become your Father."

Matt. 3:15, "And a voice from heaven said, 'This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.'"

Seed of Abraham

Gen. 22:18, "and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me."

Matt. 1:1, "record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:"

Son of Isaac

Gen. 21:12, "But God said to him, 'Do not be so distressed about the boy and your maidservant. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.'"

Luke 3:23-34, "Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli...the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor,"

House of David

Jer. 23:1, "The days are coming, declares the LORD, "when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land."

Luke 3:23-31, "Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli...the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David,"

Born at Bethlehem

Micah 5:2 "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times."

Matt. 2:1, "After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem."

He shall be a Prophet

Deut. 18:18, "I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him."

Matt. 21:11,"The crowds answered, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee."

He shall be a Priest

Psalm 110:4, "The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind: 'You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.'"

Heb. 3:1, "Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess."
Heb. 5:5-6
, "So Christ also did not take upon himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, 'You are my Son; today I have become your Father.' And he says in another place, 'You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.'"

He shall be a King

Psalm 2:6, "I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill."

Matt. 27:37, "Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS."

He shall judge

Isaiah 33:22, "For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us."

John 5:30, "By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me."

He would be preceded by a Messenger

Isaiah 40:3, "A voice of one calling: 'In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.'"

Matt. 3:1-2, "In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.'"

Rejected by His own people

Isaiah 53:3, "He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not."

John 7:5, "For even his own brothers did not believe in him."
John 7:48
, "Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him?"

His side pierced

Zech. 12:10, "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one mourns for an only son."

John 19:34, "Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water."

Crucifixion

Psalm 22:1, Psalm 22:11-18, "For the director of music. To the tune of "The Doe of the Morning." A psalm of David. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?...Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help. Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan. Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing."

Luke 23:33, "When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals -- one on his right, the other on his left."
John 19:33,
"But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs."
John 19:23-24
, "When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. Let's not tear it, they said to one another. "Let's decide by lot who will get it." This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said, "They divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing." So this is what the soldiers did."

The Mathematical Odds of Jesus Fulfilling Prophecy

The following probabilities are taken from Peter Stoner in Science Speaks (Moody Press, 1963) to show that coincidence is ruled out by the science of probability. Stoner says that by using the modern science of probability in reference to eight prophecies, 'we find that the chance that any man might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled all eight prophecies is 1 in 1017." That would be 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000. In order to help us comprehend this staggering probability, Stoner illustrates it by supposing that "we take 1017 silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. They will cover all of the state two feet deep.
"Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state. Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one. What chance would he have of getting the right one? Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man."
Stoner considers 48 prophecies and says, "we find the chance that any one man fulfilled all 48 prophecies to be 1 in 10
157, or 1 in

100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,
000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.

The estimated number of electrons in the universe is around 1079. It should be quite evident that Jesus did not fulfill the prophecies by accident."

This information was taken from the book Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell.

 

Here are a few more articles on how Jesus fulfilled prophecy:

Messianic Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus Christ

TWENTY-FOUR HOURS IN THE LIFE OF JESUS

MESSIANIC PROPHECIES FULFILLED IN JESUS by Josh McDowell

More Articles - Use Discernment

The structure of the Bible itself

In 1890, a man named Ivan Panin made a discovery about the incredible mathematical structure of the text of the Bible in the original Greek and Hebrew. Panin was born in Russia on December 12, 1855. He took part in plots against the Czar when he was young and was exiled. He studied in Germany for a few years and then came to the United States. He graduated from Harvard University in 1882. During those years, he was a humanist and an agnostic, but sometime after graduation, he became a Christian.

In 1890, he was reading John 1 in the Greek. In the Greek, the text said, "In the beginning was the word, and the word was with the God, and the word was God." He was curious as to why the definite article was used with "God" in the first instance but not the second. Being a man who liked to get to the bottom of things, he made a list of all the times in the New Testament where God was preceded by "the" and where it wasn't. When he compared the two lists, he discovered a mathematical relationship between them. He found it strange, and continued to investigate the mathematics behind the Scriptures, both in the Hebrew and the Greek. What he found was a phenomenal pattern of "sevens" that seemed to be in every verse of every book. In 1899, he responded to a "Letter to the Editor" from a man who had doubted that the last twelve verses of Mark actually belonged in the Bible (Panin's letter is below) and offered a challenge to anyone who could refute him. To this day, over 100 years later, no one has. There have been those who ridiculed his work and say they have refuted it, but they haven't even come close.

Ivan Panin was greatly disappointed that people didn't seem to care what an amazing thing this was, but didn't let that stop him. He wound up spending the next 50 years of his life painstakingly exploring the numerical structure of the Scriptures. He created over 43,000 handwritten pages during this time, while making a subsistence living on a little farm with his wife. Although Panin published small pamphlets on his own, it wasn't until 1941 that Karl Sabiers published a more substantial amount of Panin's work in his book, Mathematics Prove Holy Scriptures. Ivan Panin died the next year, in 1942.

Here is Ivan Panin's original challenge, published in a letter to the editor in the New York Sun, in 1899:

The Inspiration of the Scriptures Scientifically Demonstrated -

To this day, there has never been anyone who actually refuted Ivan Panin's work. There have been those who tried to ridicule it, such as in Miracles in Edgar Allen Poe, where they have taken ONE line from a poem and found patterns of seven in it. However, the Bible seems to have these patterns in every verse of every book. Personally, I find the possibility very intriguing, and it makes sense to me. However, my faith is not based on this, and if it turned out to not be true, my faith would not be harmed.

 

More articles on the amazing patterns of seven in the Bible:

BIBLE NUMERICS EXAMINED NOTE: If you read other parts of this web site, please use discernment. This is a very good article, but other articles on this site do tend to be a little (sometimes a lot) on the "edge."

IS GOD A MATHEMATICIAN? 

Mathematical Codes Found in The Bible

The Astonishing Pattern of SEVENS in Genesis 1:1 

 

More articles on fulfilled prophecy and other Bible treasures, in case you're interested:

Ezekiel's 430 Days

Ezekiel Prophesied the 1967 Recapture of Jerusalem

Other articles about Ezekiel's prophecy (use discernment!)

The Value of Pi

The Mysteries of Pi and e

How do we know the right books were selected for the Bible? - Links to other articles

A very good little book:

Hidden Treasures in the Biblical Text

 

Now, remember how we started this study. Our faith doesn't come because of some "proof" we've been given of the Bible's validity. Our belief in the Bible's validity comes from our faith. All these things we've gone over the last two studies are simply to help you lay to rest all those challenges to the Bible that you've been hearing and seeing in books, movies, you name it. There are those who believe that apologetics will help someone believe. That is true ONLY IF the Holy Spirit has also been working on that person. It is the Holy Spirit that gives us the ability to believe the gospel. Once we believe the gospel, these things can be edifying. Otherwise, an unbeliever will simply dismiss them as nonsense.

 

The next study will cover information on the original languages of the Bible.  

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Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. - Acts 17:11



© 2010 This study was written by Jacqui Komschlies and last updated 9/17/2010. If you have questions, comments, corrections or concerns, please write me.

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