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1How do you know the Bible is true ?  Empty How do you know the Bible is true ? Sat Dec 07, 2013 3:28 pm

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How do you know the Bible is true ?

https://reasonandscience.catsboard.com/t1374-how-do-you-know-the-bible-is-true

1. Theology and philosophy. Both lead to an eternal, self-existent, omnipresent transcendent, conscious, intelligent, personal and moral Creator.
2. The Kalaam Cosmological argument leads to the God of the Bible.
3. The Bible. The Old Testament is a catalog of fulfilled prophecies of Jesus Christ, and his mission, death, and resurrection foretold with specificity.
4. Archaeology. Demonstrates that all events described in the Bible are historical facts.
5. History. Historical evidence reveals that Jesus Christ really did come to this earth, and really did physically rise from the dead
6. The Bible's witnesses. There are many testimonies of Jesus doing miracles still today, and Jesus appearing to people all over the globe, still today.
7. End times. The signs of the end times that were foretold in the Bible are occurring in front of our eyes. New world order, Israel as a nation, microchip implant, etc.
8. After-life experiences. Credible witnesses have seen the afterlife and have come back and reported to us that the afterlife is real.

1. Syllogistic - Arguments of Gods existence based on positive evidence
https://reasonandscience.catsboard.com/t2895-syllogistic-arguments-of-gods-existence-based-on-positive-evidence#8178

2. The Kalaam leads to the God of the Bible
https://reasonandscience.catsboard.com/t2877-the-kalaam-leads-to-the-god-of-the-bible

3. Fulfilled prophecies in the bible
https://reasonandscience.catsboard.com/t2435-fullfilled-prophecies-in-the-bible

4. Is the Bible Historically Accurate?
https://reasonandscience.catsboard.com/t1974-is-the-bible-historically-accurate

4. Noah's Ark has been found with high probability on Mount Ararat
https://reasonandscience.catsboard.com/t2940-noah-s-ark-has-been-found-with-high-probability-on-mount-ararat

4. Evidence of Exodus
https://reasonandscience.catsboard.com/t1718-evidence-of-exodus

4. Are the Bible & the Gospels Reliable?
https://reasonandscience.catsboard.com/t1506-are-the-gospels-reliable

5. Evidence of the historical Jesus
https://reasonandscience.catsboard.com/t1676-evidence-of-the-historical-jesus

5. Evidence of the resurrection
https://reasonandscience.catsboard.com/t1764-evidence-of-the-ressurrection

5. The Impossible Faith: A Defense of the Resurrection
https://reasonandscience.catsboard.com/t2502-the-impossible-faith-a-defense-of-the-resurrection

5. The shroud of turin
https://reasonandscience.catsboard.com/t1688-the-shroud-of-turin

8. Near-Death experience, evidence of dualism
https://reasonandscience.catsboard.com/t1284-dualism-near-death-experience



1. Only in recent years has science discovered that everything we see is composed of invisible atoms. Here, Scripture tells us that the "things which are seen were not made of things which do appear."

2. At a time when it was believed that the earth sat on a large animal or a giant (1500 B.C.), the Bible spoke of the earth’s free float in space: "He...hangs the earth upon nothing" (Job 26:7).

3. The prophet Isaiah also tells us that the earth is round: "It is he that sits upon the circle of the earth" (Isaiah 40:22). This is not a reference to a flat disk, as some skeptic maintain, but to a sphere. Secular man discovered this 2,400 years later. At a time when science believed that the earth was flat, is was the Scriptures that inspired Christopher Columbus to sail around the world (see Proverbs 3:6 footnote).

4. God told Job in 1500 B.C.: "Can you send lightnings, that they may go, and say to you, Here we are?" (Job 38:35). The Bible here is making what appears to be a scientifically ludicrous statement—that light can be sent, and then manifest itself in speech. But did you know that radio waves travel at the speed of light? This is why you can have instantaneous wireless communication with someone on the other side of the earth. Science didn’t discover this until 1864 when "British scientist James Clerk Maxwell suggested that electricity and light waves were two forms of the same thing" (Modern Century Illustrated Encyclopedia).

5. Job 38:19 asks, "Where is the way where light dwells?" Modern man has only recently discovered that light (electromagnetic radiation) has a "way," traveling at 186,000 miles per second.

6. Science has discovered that stars emit radio waves, which are received on earth as a high pitch. God mentioned this in Job 38:7: "When the morning stars sang together..."

7. "Most cosmologists (scientists who study the structures and evolution of the universe) agree that the Genesis account of creation, in imagining an initial void, may be uncannily close to the truth" (Time, Dec. 1976).

8. Solomon described a "cycle" of air currents two thousand years before scientists "discovered" them. "The wind goes toward the south, and turns about unto the north; it whirls about continually, and the wind returns again according to his circuits" (Ecclesiastes 1:6).

9. Science expresses the universe in five terms: time, space, matter, power, and motion. Genesis 1:1,2 revealed such truths to the Hebrews in 1450 B.C.: "In the beginning [time] God created [power] the heaven [space] and the earth [matter] . . . And the Spirit of God moved [motion] upon the face of the waters." The first thing God tells man is that He controls of all aspects of the universe.

10. The great biological truth concerning the importance of blood in our body’s mechanism has been fully comprehended only in recent years. Up until 120 years ago, sick people were "bled," and many died because of the practice. If you lose your blood, you lose your life. Yet Leviticus 17:11, written 3,000 years ago, declared that blood is the source of life: "For the life of the flesh is in the blood."

11. All things were made by Him, including dinosaurs. Why then did the dinosaur disappear? The answer may be in Job 40:15–24. In this passage, God speaks about a great creature called "behemoth." Some commentators think this was a hippopotamus. However, the hippo’s tail isn’t like a large tree, but a small twig. Following are the characteristics of this huge animal: It was the largest of all the creatures God made; was plant-eating (herbivorous); had its strength in its hips and a tail like a large tree. It had very strong bones, lived among the trees, drank massive amounts of water, and was not disturbed by a raging river. He appears impervious to attack because his nose could pierce through snares, but Scripture says, "He that made him can make his sword to approach unto him." In other words, God caused this, the largest of all the creatures He had made, to become extinct.

12. Encyclopedia Britannica documents that in 1845, a young doctor in Vienna named Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis was horrified at the terrible death rate of women who gave birth in hospitals. As many as 30 percent died after giving birth. Semmelweis noted that doctors would examine the bodies of patients who died, then, without washing their hands, go straight to the next ward and examine expectant mothers. This was their normal practice, because the presence of microscopic diseases was unknown. Semmelweis insisted that doctors wash their hands before examinations, and the death rate immediately dropped to 2 percent. Look at the specific instructions God gave His people for when they encounter disease: "And when he that has an issue is cleansed of his issue; then he shall number to himself even days for his cleansing, and wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in running water, and shall be clean" (Leviticus 15:13). Until recent years, doctors washed their hands in a bowl of water, leaving invisible germs on their hands. However, the Bible says specifically to wash hands under "running water."

13. Luke 17:34–36 says the Second Coming of Yahshu Messiah will occur while some are asleep at night and others are working at daytime activities in the field. This is a clear indication of a revolving earth, with day and night at the same time.

14. "During the devastating Black Death of the fourteenth century, patients who were sick or dead were kept in the same rooms as the rest of the family. People often wondered why the disease was affecting so many people at one time. They attributed these epidemics to ‘bad air’ or ‘evil spirits.’ However, careful attention to the medical commands of God as revealed in Leviticus would have saved untold millions of lives. Arturo Castiglione wrote about the overwhelming importance of this biblical medical law: ‘The laws against leprosyin Leviticus 13 may be regarded as the first model of sanitary legislation’ (A History of Medicine)." Grant R. Jeffery, The Signature of God With all these truths revealed in Scripture,how could a thinking person deny that the Bible is supernatural in origin? There is no other book in any of the world’s religions (Vedas, Bhagavad-Gita, Koran, Book of Mormon, etc.) that contains scientific truth. In fact, they contain statements that are clearly unscientific. Somebody once said, "Faith in Messiah even is not some blind leap into a dark chasm, but a faith based on established evidence."

The Gospel in Genesis
A Hidden Message
https://www.khouse.org/articles/1996/44/

How do you know the Bible is true ?  ZWoFUSx



http://publicchristianity.org/library/can-we-trust-the-bible#.UqRxE-I_Avk
http://www.clarifyingchristianity.com/b_proof.shtml
https://biblicaltheologyofscience.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/debunking-the-myth-that-science-disproves-the-bible/
http://inplainsite.org/html/scientific_facts_in_the_bible.html#SFB02

The Historical Evidence For the Bible

http://www.grantjeffrey.com/article/rockcry.htm



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2How do you know the Bible is true ?  Empty The Catacombs in Rome Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:28 pm

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The Catacombs in Rome

If you have the opportunity to visit Rome, i recommend that you visit the Catacombes of the Christians. I have done it, and it was an amazing experience. They extend for kilometers under the earth, and hundreds of thousands of Christians were buried there. When you see the frescos and depictions of the apostles Paul and Peter, you feel very near to what the Bible tells and relates about them.

The catacombs we visited were named of Saint Domitilla,
http://www.domitilla.info/idx.htm?var1=docs/en00.htm

where Saint Petronilla was buried, which was supposed to be St. Peters dautghter:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Petronilla

Its amazing, a very touching experience.

'Oldest' image of St Paul discovered

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/vaticancityandholysee/5675461/Oldest-image-of-St-Paul-discovered.html

28 Jun 2009
The fresco, which dates back to the 4th Century AD, was discovered during restoration work at the Catacomb of Saint Thekla but was kept secret for ten days.
During that time experts carefully removed centuries of grime from the fresco with a laser, before the news was officially announced through the Vatican's official newspaper L'Osservatore Romano.
There are more than 40 known Catacombs or underground Christian burial places across Rome and because of their religious significance the Vatican's Pontifical Commission of Sacred Archeology has jurisdiction over them.
A photograph of the icon shows the thin face of a bearded man with large eyes, sunken nose and face on a red background surrounded with a yellow circle – the classic image of St Paul.
The image was found in the Catacomb of St Thekla, close to the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome, which is said to be built on the site where he was buried.

Roman archaeologists find oldest images of Apostles in a catacomb
http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2010/06/22/roman-archaeologists-find-oldest-images-of-apostles-in-a-catacomb/
Archaeologists and art restorers using new laser technology have discovered what they believe are the oldest paintings of the faces of Jesus Christ’s Apostles.  The images in a branch of the catacombs of St Tecla near St Paul’s Basilica, just outside the walls of ancient Rome, were painted at the end of the 4th century or the start of the 5th century.

Archaeologists believe these images may have been among those that most influenced later artists’ depictions of the faces of Christ’s most important early followers.  “These are the first images that we know of the faces of these four Apostles,” said Professor Fabrizio Bisconti, the head of archaeology for Rome’s numerous catacombs, which are owned and maintained by the Vatican.

https://evidencetobelieve.net/earliest-images-of-jesus-apostles/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2006/12/news-st-paul-tomb-found-rome/

How do you know the Bible is true ?  Apostl10

This image was found in the same catacomb underneath the city. It is believed to be the earliest image of the Apostles Peter and Paul shown together.
History records that both were martyred for their faith in approximately 64 AD., during the reign of Nero.
Paul was beheaded for his Christian faith, and Peter was reportedly crucified upside down, on a cross in the form of an “X

How do you know the Bible is true ?  Apostl11



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THE UNIQUENESS AND AUTHENTICITY OF THE BIBLE …

IS UNMATCHED … AND … UNEQUALED !!!

Is the Bible just another “classic piece of literature” … like Homer’s “Odyssey”; or Shakespere’s “Romeo & Juliet”; or Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”?

Some people have a Bible, but have never opened it. Others have opened it very little.

Still others have no idea what it even is. Many today, make degrading comments about it or mock it’s content and author. A few of us, actually spend time reading it. Some, everyday. And some of us, actually study it with the passion it deserves. Why?

Because … it is the most Unique, most read, most logically consistent, most empirically adequate, most existentially relevant, most authenticated, most criticized collection of documents ever written. Why?

Because … the Bible claims to be the inspired Word of Almighty God.

Of all of the descriptions used to try and define the Bible … the one that may best suit it … is UNIQUE. No other collection of writings, No other book, No other document ever written can offer what the Bible offers. Webster must have been thinking about the Bible when he penned the definition of the word … Unique.

Unique – one and only; single; different from all others; having no like, or equal.

Professor M. Montiero-Williams, former Boden professor of Sanskrit, held the following perspective: “After spending 42 years studying Eastern sacred religions and their writings, you can pile all of the Eastern religious teachings on one side of the study table and the Bible on the opposite side, all alone, by itself. For there is such a wide gap that all of the Eastern writings together can never fill or even come close to matching the uniqueness and utter strength of the Bible. There is a veritable gulf which cannot be bridged over by any science of religious thought.”

The Bible is Unique in it’s Continuity:

Written over a 1500 year span of history; by more than 40 inspired men from every walk of life; in different places; at different times; during different moods; on three continents; in three languages; in a multitude of literary styles; addressing hundreds of controversial subjects which have never been answered fully by man’s explanations.

And, in spite of it’s diversity of times, places and events of history, there is a single redemptive story for all people, for all time, all places, and all events of ongoing history.

And … there is only one main character, which the world admires over any other man to have ever existed … the Man, Jesus Christ.

The Bible is unique in it’s circulation.

The Top 10 Most Printed Books Of All Time:

The Bible , ~5 to 6 billion.

Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong , Mao Zedong, 900 million.

The Qur'an , 800 million.

Xinhua Zidian , 400 million.

Book of Common Prayer , Thomas Cranmer, unknown.

Pilgrim's Progress , John Bunyan, unknown.

Foxe's Book of Martyrs , John Foxe, unknown.

Book of Mormon , Joseph Smith, Jr., 120 million.

Harry Potter Book 1, J.K. Rowling, 107 million.

And Then There Were None , Agatha Christie, 100 million.

The Bible is unique in it’s survival; it’s teachings; it’s influence on literature; and most important … it’s influence on civilization has been dramatically positive compared to every other writing.

Now, while the skeptic will undoubtedly state that all of this evidence does not prove the Bible is the Word of God … it does prove one thing. The Bible is uniquely superior to every other writing ever made.

A noted professor once said: “if you claim to be an intelligent person, you will read the one book that has produced more influence on the world than any other. And … if it’s truth you are searching for … The Bible Qualifies as “THE BOOK OF TRUTH”.

Theodore Roosevelt once observed: “A thorough knowledge of the Bible, is worth more than a college education.

I always get a kick out of the atheist/evolutionist who makes the assertion that the Bible was just some old book written by a bunch of 'bronze age goat herders'.

That assertion does prove one thing … the person who says it … is certainly not intelligent enough to comprehend the most influential book of all time.

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