Life's Biggest Questions
Life can be very difficult at times and present us with ongoing challenges and questions:  "Does God care about me?"  "Why am I here?"   "Who is Jesus ... really?"   The Bible has answers!  We want to help you get the info you need on the topics you want to learn about.  Here are some great resources for you to explore. 

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    Is God Real?
  • Is God Real?

    One of the big questions going around nowadays is the question of God’s existence.  How can I know that God really exists?  Is it even possible to find out if God is really real?

    Often, when Christ-followers address this question, we are tempted to stretch the reach and power of reason and science too far.  Because we’re so convinced of God’s existence, we want to use every possible proof we can find to convince others that God exists.  Unfortunately, in so doing, we sometimes make claims that we can’t fully support from reason and science alone.

    It’s healthy for us to remember that we see things the way we do because of the unique perspective we have.  And that perspective is something that doesn’t come naturally.  It’s the perspective of faith, and that perspective is the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts and minds.  The Bible says, By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible” Hebrews 11:3, NIV).

    Also, as Christ-followers, we acknowledge that our perspective is not going to be easily accepted by those who don’t have faith.  And that’s to be expected.  Those who believe in God are seeing life and the world around them through a completely different set of lenses than those who don’t. 

    It’s literally like looking at the world through different colored glasses.  If one person is wearing dark sunglasses, perhaps with a very deep blue hue, they are going to see their world differently than those looking through clear glasses.  To put it plainly, the facts remain the same, but the interpretation of the facts will differ.

    The apostle Paul acknowledged the difficulty, actually the impossibility, of reaching the same conclusions as those who don't share our lenses of faith.  He wrote to the Corinthians:  “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14, NIV).

    Does that mean that human reason and science have no place in determining the existence of God?  Not at all.  Christ-followers use their reason all the time, and love to ask reasonable questions.  Here are some questions that we ask:

    1. Is it possible that there is knowledge in existence that is greater than what we, as human beings, can currently grasp or understand?  The apostle Paul declares that such knowledge does indeed exist:  “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! "Who has known the mind of the Lord?  Or who has been his counselor?" (Romans 11:33-34, NIV)
    2. If such knowledge does indeed exist, is it reasonable to assume that we might not be seeing everything accurately if we resort only to what we can naturally observe by our current human powers of observation and investigation?
    3. What if there is a knowledge that needs to be revealed to us by a higher intellect?
    4. As our ability to observe and investigate has been enhanced in the past century through scientific and technological advancement, it appears that greater order, complexity, interconnectivity and interdependence in our universe is being revealed all the time.  Some have, in fact, called mathematics “God’s language.” What do such observations suggest about a designer of our universe?
    5. What about the concepts of morality and beauty, in which there seem to be natural in-born inclinations toward certain standards which, in many cases, are universal?  If morality is simply culturally conditioned, why do cultures around the world react similarly to the same standards of morality?  And standards of beauty, while not quite as universally similar, still raise the question:  Why is it that humans find certain things “beautiful”?  Is natural selection really an adequate explanation for this?  For Christ-followers, the answer is no.

    Can I prove, solely through the use of reason, that God exists?  No.  But I can still ask reasonable questions.  I don’t need to prove that God is real because I acknowledge that I accept that by faith.  Through my lenses, God has proved himself to be real by sending his Son Jesus Christ.  Jesus declared, “If you knew me, you would know my Father also” (John 8:19, NIV).  In fact, Jesus goes further than that and asserts that he will prove the truth of his claims to those who listen to him:  “In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” (John 18:37, NIV)

    Knowing how Jesus lived his life, knowing the amazing things he accomplished in his life, leads us to one last reasonable question, doesn’t it? 

    What if Jesus’ claims are true?

    Can the Bible be trusted?
  • Can the Bible be trusted?

    In 1631, two London Bible printers accidentally left the word “not” out of the sixth commandment, which then read, “Thou shalt commit adultery.” This legendary book is now known as the “Wicked Bible.”  This intriguing historical event up is that many people wonder if our Christian trust in the Bible is not more than a little misplaced.  Doesn’t the above story really serve to illustrate the point that the Bible has been through a lot of printings, a lot of translations, a lot of hand-copying?   We all know that when that happens, mistakes are bound to occur.  It’s the “human factor.”

    That being said, there are many reason to put an extremely high degree of trust in the Bible.  And the first starts with the book itself.  The Bible makes a claim about itself that might sound outlandish in a lot of ways.  And that claim is that the Bible is God’s word, God’s letter to mankind.  The Bible claims that it is God’s direct revelation, and furthermore that it is spiritually powerful truth that has the ability to transform minds, hearts and lives.  In essence the claim of the Bible is to be one-of-a-kind in all the world of millions of printed books dating all the way back to the very first etchings on stone, skin and papyrus.

    Now, considering the scale of that, that makes the Bible’s claim quite a claim to say the least.  Where does the Bible make this claim, you ask?  Well, the answer is that the Bible makes this claim repeatedly, but I’ll quote just a few of the Bible passages for you, where the claim becomes clear:

    • 2 Peter 1:20-21: “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation.  For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
    • 2 Timothy 3:16-17:  “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
    • Hebrews 4:12:  “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
    • John 8:31-32: “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
    • Psalm 119:105:  “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”

    Now here’s the interesting point.  Over the centuries, many have set out to prove that the Bible could not live up to its claims.  There have been attacks on the historical record.  There have been sarcastic statements made about the scientific ideas in the Bible.  There have been questions raised about the prophecies contained in Bible.   And as mentioned earlier, there have been doubts raised about the accurate transmission of the Bible from its origin to our present time.  Yet through all of this, no one has ever been able to prove that the claims—even the most bold claims like those represented in the verses above—are wrong.

    Furthermore, many of those who set out to prove the Bible’s claims wrong actually ended up going the other direction, and they became convinced that the claims of the Bible were indeed correct.  A modern day example of this would be Lee Strobel, a journalist who set out to show the world that the Bible couldn’t be true.  Now, he has ended up writing multiple books about how true the claims of the Bible are.  If you like history, here are a few names of highly intelligent and successful people who had the same experience as Strobel.  They set out to prove the Bible wrong and ended up enthusiastic Christ-followers: Scottish archaeologist Sir William Ramsay (1851-1839), General Lewis Wallace (1827-1905), or French author Constantin Francois Volney, who wrote the book Ruins (published 1791), that caused Abraham Lincoln himself to reject Christianity for a short time. 

    And on the other side of the coin are many, many facts that demonstrate just how unique and “stand-alone” the Bible has been in human history.  Consider this, for instance. The Bible was written:

    • over a 1500 year span (from 1400 B.C to A.D. 100)
    • over 40 generations
    • over 40 authors from many walks of life (i.e. - kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, poets, statesmen, scholars)
    • in different places (i.e. - wilderness, dungeon, palaces)
    • at different times (i.e. - war, peace)
    • in different moods (i.e. - heights of joy, depths of despair)
    • on three continents (Asia, Africa, and Europe)
    • in three languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek)

    Yet, amazingly, the Bible has one clear point and message.  Often a single author can’t achieve that, much less multiple authors, from different cultures and backgrounds, over centuries of time!  Yet the Bible says this:  “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31, NIV).

    Or consider just one other intriguing fact about how the Bible stands above all other books.  Year after year, the Bible is the perennial number one best-selling book in the entire world.  Strangely, this is true even in places where you would least expect it. Here’s a quote from a December 17, 2007 Time magazine article: 

    “As the book business goes, Amity Printing is not unusually prolific. In the last 20 years it has printed some 50 million books; some publishers churn out that many in a year. But Amity focuses on one title — the Bible — and primarily one market, China. It is the largest printer of Christian literature in the officially atheist country, where freedom of religion remains weak; up until 1979, when Deng Xiaoping began undoing the social strictures of the Mao Zedong era, the mere possession of a Bible could get a person into serious trouble. Amity has churned out 41 million Bibles for Chinese believers at its plant outside the southern city of Nanjing, including more than 3 million copies last year… For a country whose religious oppression tends to make more international headlines than its exhibitions of tolerance, that stands as a significant achievement.”

    Significant achievement is correct!  But we’ve come to learn to expect such significant achievements from this book.  Maybe we expect them to the point of overlooking them.   The facts above warrant a personal inspection into the Bible.  Can it be trusted?  Start reading God's Word for yourself ... and you'll find the answer.

God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him might have eternal life. ~ John 3:16