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Reason 10: The Bible: The Human Fossil Record

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 Reason 10: The Bible: The Human Fossil Record

The Science of Human Fossils

Scientific-Method1 Carl Sagan speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in San Francisco explained how science worked. 

 

“The most fundamental axioms and conclusions may be challenged”…and the prevailing hypothesis “must survive confrontation with observation”.. “Appeals to authority” he said “are impermissible and experiments must be reproducible”[1]

 

Sagan is referring to “Scientific Method” as the basis of science, which comes from the Latin root word meaning knowledge.  The problem with what Carl Sagan says and what actually takes place in the science of Evolution are two different things. Many secular scientists preach scientific method yet in practice their work is anything but scientific method.   The public elevates scientists as paragons of objectivity who are “Objective” with not having a “horse in the race”.   Therefore many of the claims and conclusions put forward in the media are not met with skepticism because the source is considered reliable and objective.  As we shall see, this is not the case when it comes to the human fossil record.

Read more: Reason 10: The Bible: The Human Fossil Record

Reason 17: The Restoration of Israel

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Reason 17: The Restoration of Israel

The restoration of Israel as a nation

 1948-IsraelIsrael is a nation that came into existence this century in May 1948, a new nation, with an ancient history. Israel existence is not an accident, its land and very existence are tied to the Bible, the book claiming to be authored by God, through the prophets.   According to the bible, God gave the land known as “Israel” to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  The name “Israel” was from God, when He renamed Jacob Israel. Jacob was promised the same land promised to his father Isaac and Grandfather Abraham were promised.

Read more: Reason 17: The Restoration of Israel

Reason 25: Zechariah 12:9-10, First and Second Coming 520 B.C.

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Reason 25: Zechariah 12:9-10, First Coming and Second Coming  520 B.C.

Dome-of-the-RockThe two portraits of the Messiah and God’s plan for the nations are clearly presented here in Zechariah 12.  It’s important to note, that God is speaking “First Person” through Zechariah as the details of the “Last days” are revealed.

            Jerusalem is the focus of the world, the nations are gathered together against the Jews, Jerusalem and Israel. The whole world is on edge as Jerusalem becomes the focus of the nations. These words are being fulfilled today.

Read more: Reason 25: Zechariah 12:9-10, First and Second Coming 520 B.C.

Reason 21: The Shroud of Turin

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Reason 21: The Shroud of Turin Physical Evidence of Jesus Resurrection

Shroud-of-Turin1Is there any physical evidence Jesus even existed?  Yes, beside the archeological evidence found in Jerusalem confirming the testimony of scripture. One of the most amazing and controversial pieces of evidence for Jesus of Nazareth is the Shroud of Turin. The Shroud of Turin is rectangular cloth measuring 4.4 × 1.1 m (14.3 × 3.7 ft), the cloth is woven in a 3 to 1 Herringbone twill.  On this cloth is an image of man both the front and back, he appears to be been crucified, his arms and legs are pierced, along with his side. His front and back appear to be whipped, and his head appears to have the wounds from piercings of thorns.

            The question asked by is this Jesus’ burial cloth or is it just an artist’s forgery?  Critics argue that this was created in the middle ages and is just a forgery.  They say carbon dating has proven it has been dated to the 12th century, therefore

Read more: Reason 21: The Shroud of Turin

Reason 18: Isaiah 53 Evidence for Jesus

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 Reason 18: Isaiah 53: Jesus Ministry described 700 years before His Birth

Why should anyone believe in Jesus?  What proof do we have that he lived? This is a charge skeptics, atheists and secularists often make about Jesus.  How would you respond?  What proof do we have that Jesus lived?  Of course one response is we have a non-Christian witness to the life of Jesus, both Roman and Jewish historians wrote about him.  Most of all, we have those who walked and talked with Jesus, they affirmed he exist in the New Testament era.

            There is another witness about Jesus, it’s the Old Testament, the Old Testament was written between 1450 to 425 B.C., yet it gives us detailed information that can only be fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ revealed in the New Testament.   One of the most powerful examples for any Christian to be armed with is Chapter 53 of Isaiah. 

Read more: Reason 18: Isaiah 53 Evidence for Jesus

Reason 8: The Historicity of the Old Testament (Tanakh)

Reason 8: The Historicity of the Old Testament (Tanakh)

The Bible both Old and New Testament were written over a period of time covering more than 1500-years. From 1450 B.C, to almost 100 AD, the words of the Bible were written within the context of the historical events of the day.  If the Bible is to be considered accurate and true, the events recorded in the Bible should correspond with the recorded historical events outside of the Bible.

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Read more: Reason 8: The Historicity of the Old Testament (Tanakh)

Reason 7: The Dead Sea Scrolls and Silver Scrolls

Reason 7: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Silver Scrolls

Dead-Sea-mapIn 1947, near the Dead Sea in an area known as Qumran ancient Hebrew manuscripts were discovered that had been hidden for thousands of years. Prior to the discovery of these manuscripts, the oldest existing complete copies of the Old Testament were only dated to 1008 A.D., causing many to question the reliability scripture.  At the site of Qumran, the community known as the Essenes[1] were actively involved in the copy and transmission of scripture, before their destruction by the Romans in the first and second century.  The Essenes hid their treasured manuscripts in caves to prevent their destruction by the Romans.  Hidden away they would be discovered two-thousand years later.

Read more: Reason 7: The Dead Sea Scrolls and Silver Scrolls

25 Reasons Index

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Introduction to the Belief, Faith and Evidence

1. The Cosmological Argument

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Video on Faith

Video on the Cosmological Argument

2  Reason 2: The Design Argument    
3  Reason 3: The Moral Argument    
4  Reason 4: DNA the Alphabet of life    
5  Reason 5: The First Cell    
6  Reason 6: Protein Manufacture: Ribosomes Prove the Existence of God    
7  Reason 7: The Dead Sea Scrolls    Video
8  Reason 8: The Historicity of the Old Testament    Video
9  Reason 9: Evidence of a worldwide flood    Video
10  Reason 10: The Human Fossil Record proves the Bible is True    Video
11  Reason 11: The Discovery of Dinosaur Soft Tissue    Video
12  Reason 12: Bible Archeology proves the Bible is True    Video
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Reason 6: Protein Manufacture: Ribosomes Prove the Existence of God

 Reason 6: Protein Manufacture: Ribosomes Prove the Existence of God

How could we ever live without our laptops and cell phones which are really mini computers?  It’s hard to believe but computers and cell phones are relatively new technology that did not exist 100-years ago.  Its hard for us to realize the incredible foundation of discovery that is required for the computer to even exist, first we need the invention of electricity, then the design of microprocessors, software design, the design of plastic, glass and metal to house the equipment and the list goes on.  Each of these revolutions in technology were used to develop the laptop and cell phone many of use for business, home and entertainment.  We reap the benefits of years of research and development for the past thousand years of human existence.

Read more: Reason 6: Protein Manufacture: Ribosomes Prove the Existence of God

Introduction to Faith, Belief and Truth

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Foundations of Belief

 Does it really matter what we believe? We all have beliefs, but what are our beliefs based on? If we really examine the basis of our beliefs we might be surprised.  It might be a family held tradition or custom going back ten generations.  Maybe the basis of a belief is a program we watched in an

eighth grade classroom, it seemed to make so much sense at the time!  There are literally hundreds of sources that shape our belief systems, including but not limited to:

  • Parents and immediate family

  • Friends

  • Schools (Elementary, Middle School, High School and College)

  • Religion, Church, Mosque, Quran, Bible

  • Media including television, radio, internet, magazines, books

 

 

Ask yourself the question, “Who Am I?” How would you answer this question?  For example let’s take two hypothetical people, Joe and John, and look into their belief system.

            If you were to ask Joe an atheist, he might reply, “I am matter that has been accidently turned into a living being for a short period of time, when I die, I will be recycled into the earth; there was no supernatural intelligence that formed me. I am just a highly evolved animal”

            If the same question were asked to John Christian, he could respond, “I am a creation of God, made in His image, I am a sinner but saved, when I die I will go to Heaven with other believers in Jesus Christ.  God knows me and made me for a purpose”.

            Following up with Joe Atheist and John Christian, we asked them, “Why do you believe this? Joe Atheist might respond, “I was raised in a Christian home, went to church but in college I learned the truth about the world. I have seen the evidence, and I know God does not exist, evolution proves how life formed.”  John Christian might have gone to the same church, had similar experiences but he believes the Christian views are true.  Why the difference? At points in our life we evaluate the evidence of what we believe, it either confirms or contradicts our

Read more: Introduction to Faith, Belief and Truth

Reason 1: The Cosmological Argument

 

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How did we get here?  And where are we going?  These questions have been the subject of thousands of books from science and religion.  Wars have been fought over these questions.  Is it even possible to find an answer to them? Even though there is plenty of disagreement, there are also points of agreement.  After all we know we exist! 

            To answer these questions, we need to start from what we know, the first principles, that which does not need to be proven. We know we exist, and we are aware of our existence.   Because we can see children being born and ourselves getting older, it is logical to conclude there is a beginning, “A Cause”, to our existence. There must have been a first human.

Read more: Reason 1: The Cosmological Argument

The First Cell

Reason 5: The First Cell

Primoridal-soupWhere did life come from?  Either it was created or it came about by accident are really the only two options.  Wait!, someone might respond, what if it came from outer space, what if we were seeded by alien beings? The alien seeding is only removing the argument from this world and sending it to another.  Because the follow up question is what caused the alien life? 

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Reason 4: DNA Alphabet of Life

Reason 4: DNA The Alphabet of Life

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According to Darwin’s criteria, his whole model of life falls apart.  The cell is the smallest unit of matter considered alive…less than a 1/1000th of an inch in diameter.

            In the center of the cell is the nucleolus composed of deoxyribo-nucleic acid (DNA), protein and ribonucleic acid (RNA). DNA combined with proteins is organized into structural units called chromosomes, which usually occur in identical pairs.    The DNA molecule form the infrastructure in each chromosome and is a single, very long, highly

Read more: Reason 4: DNA Alphabet of Life

Reason 3: The Moral Argument

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Recently in London and New York, atheist groups advertised on buses, asking the question, “Why believe in a god?” They answer their own question, saying “Just be good for goodness’ sake”.  They are saying, you don’t have to believe in God to be good; you can be good without God. 

            Can someone be good without God?  Sure, but that depends on how you define “Good”.  Ask yourself what is good?  What is your ideal in life? 

Someone might see “good” to acquire great wealth, power and rule the earth and kill all people who don’t have the same skin color, this to him is “good”.   Maybe you might define “good” as caring for others and helping those who can’t help themselves.  How can we determine a standard for good?  Let look at the options:

Read more: Reason 3: The Moral Argument

Reason 2: The Teleological Argument (Design Argument)

Reason 2: The Teleological Argument (Design Argument)

Driving a car down the road, through beautiful green hills, on a hot summer day with cool air conditioning air, listening to music, can be an amazing experience.  Two hundred years ago, it would be hard to image such an experience.

Car-Design

Today it is easy to forget the benefits of invention, taking them for granted. To experience the benefits of a car requires the intent of intelligent design, the car with air

Read more: Reason 2: The Teleological Argument (Design Argument) 

Introduction to the Existence of God

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Does God exist? What does this question really mean?  The idea of the existence of God is really the question of Cause.  This is the starting point in any discussion on the validity of the Christian faith.  If there is “No God”, then all the rest is a waste of time.  Christianity cannot be true, if God does not exist.

            One of the reasons the secular world rejects Christianity is because they reject the existence of God.  The secularist sees Christianity as a myth, from their worldview it has a false premise.  So a logical starting point is to demonstrate the evidence for the existence of God.

Read more: Introduction to the Existence of God

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