Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Does God Exist and Is the Bible Accurate? Part 1

I have many posts on this subject. I should name them part 1, 2, 3, etc. Maybe I will.

One of the honest questions to ask when pondering eternity is, "Does God exist?" Great question. The answer is yes. Definitively. How can I say that? For several reasons, but one is:


The God of the Bible is the only god who has predicted the future accurately and with specificity. If someone predicts something in the future with specificity and then it comes true? I have one word for you, Listen.

The bible asserts that all scripture in the Old and New Testaments are God-breathed. Meaning, the words come from the Big Guy himself. Let's prove that assertion. We would have to do that by proving that what He says is True. So, let's look at only one of the over 300 prophecies in the Bible. This is about the Messiah to come:

Psalm 22: 15-17 "15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death. 16 Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. 17 I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. 18 They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing." This prophecy is about the Messiah, hundreds of years before crucifixion was invented!

Matthew 27:32-36 fulfills the prophecy of Psalm 22:15-17. "32As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. 33They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull). 34There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. 35When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. 36And sitting down, they kept watch over him there. 37Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS."

In the Psalm prophecy the Messiah (with fulfillment in parenthesis):

  1. strength would be dried up (Simon from Cyrene was forced to carry the cross for the exhausted Jesus Christ)

  2. so thirsty that tongue sticks to the roof of mouth (offered Jesus wine with gall)

  3. dying (Matthew 27:50, "Jesus cried out with a loud voice and gave up His spirit)

  4. can count all his bones (when they crudified him, the divided up Jesus' clothes by casting lots)

  5. clothing divided up and lots cast for clothing (this was repeated word for word in Matthew 27:35)

In the above prophecy example from Psalm 22, the future of the Messiah was foretold that he would have his hands and feet pierced (way before crucifixion was invented), be thirsty, strength gone, be gloated over and the kicker, have all his clothes divided up and lots cast for the clothing.

In the New Testament in Matthew, Jesus Christ was crucified, thirsty, too exhausted to carry his cross, a crowd mocked him and his clothes were divided up and lots cast for them.

So, if the God of the bible exists, there must be proof. We have to take the purported words of the God of the Bible and test them with history. Proof. The above example shows that history tells of a Jewish man being crucified, mocked, etc just as it was forehold hundred of years before.
There are only two results when looking into whether the God of the Bible is True: either God is a fake and his words will be fake and without support or God is True and His words will be supported with historical fact. You must decided whether you will believe the facts or disbelieve. What if today is your last day on earth and you disbelieve? When you walk out of here to over there (eternity), what if the God of the Bible is on the other side?

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