THE CASE FOR THE BIBLE
The case for proving the Bible begins with Jesus Christ. He is always the issue first, and then from there do we address the Bible. For if jesus Christ is not who he claimed to be, the Bible doesn't matter. Once Jesus is identified, then the Bible can be proved easily, because what matters above anything else is what Christ himself has to say about the Bible.
So then, let's first address the issue of who Christ is. And just as easy as it is to prove the Bible through Jesus Chris, so is it just as easy to prove who Christ is. It was always the Father's intent, for humans to be able to easily make a clear cut decision regarding Jesus. And here is the reason why: Because of the radical statements that Jesus made about himself; there are only two options that exist that one can conclude. Jesus Christ is either God who became flesh, or he is a mere man. If a mere man was to make a statement like, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me' (John 14:6) he would have to be insane. Wow! what a statement. Jesus just eliminated every religion (past, present and future) on this planet. You don't think there are a few people offended at that?
With just little bit of self honesty and self effort I challenge any person to go into the gospel of John and read all the statements Jesus made about himself, and all the statements he made about everything. It is important to do your own research and read it yourself and not to trust what someone else tells you. Or you can believe the watered down version of Jesus, propagated by Satan, that he was just a good person with good intentions. Hopefully you make the right decision, and if not; well then you've just become another log for the fire. But at least you made a decision.
Now that we have established that Jesus is in fact God; what exactly did he say about the Bible? Interestingly enough, right out the gate, Jesus starts validating the Old Testament. In the Gospels at the beginning of his ministry his first public words were addressed to his most powerful enemy. He says to Satan,'It is written'. That is very significant. So much is revealed here. Acting in the capacity of a man (always our example) he uses the power of the Word to ward off Satan. Not only is he showing us the power of the Word, and the priority it should take in our life, but he is also validating the Old Testament. He is showing us that it is God's Word that is our authoritative source for our reason for having anything to do with God. Not the Church, not another man.
Do you realize how old the Old Testament is? The time of the Exodus (in reference to Moses, who wrote the first five books) was around 1445 BC. We can't even relate to how long ago that was. Just go back one hundred years and try to relate to 1914. We can't even do that. Not only did Jesus validate the writings of Moses, but he also validates events that Moses wrote about as far back as Adam and Eve. This happened 2555 years before Moses pens the Law, and 4000 years before Jesus talked about the event. Jesus talks about an event that happened 4000 years ago, from his time, like it happened yesterday. Look at Matt. 19:4, "Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female.' In other parts of the Gospels, Jesus talks about Noah and the flood, he talks about Jonah being swallowed by a whale, he talks about Sodom and Gomorrah. Arguing with someone about whether these events ever happened or not is never the issue. The issue will always be that if Jesus even mentions them, then they happened, end of dicussion.
Clearly we can see that God preserved these ancient writings throughout history so mankind could have them for today, and so far we haven't even mentioned the New Testament. Jesus at the beginning of his ministry, made a point to validate the Old Testament for the purpose of what would be coming that would be penned by the Apostles (John 15:26-27). If the Old Testament is valid, being as old as it is, how much more valid is the New Testament which was also inspired by the Holy Spirit through the Apostles. In the beginning of his ministry, Jesus' priority was to show us the importance and the significance of God's written word. It is to be our standard and our source from which we base everything. It is the only standard that we are to rely on. We only listen to men because they are in agreement with what it is already saying. And if not, then we do not listen to them. The mere fact that the religious leaders of Jesus' time couldn't even recognize their own messiah from their own scriptures, shows how far man can veer from the truth, and go off and do his own thing. We have enough of that already in Christendom. If it is God's intent for us to know the truth, which it is, then it can't be that hard to discover it.
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