"You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart." (Jer. 29:13 ESV)
Undoubtedly the ultimate question of all time would be this: "Is there a God?"
Christianity is a thinking person's religion.The apostle Peter encourages us to know what we believe and why, so we can give a confident, loving answer to those who ask us questions about our faith.
The study of Christian apologetics helps us to understand that what we believe is rational. It is rooted in history, logic, and science to a degree no other world religion can claim.
This is important, because "the heart cannot long embrace what the mind cannot accept."
The evidence for the existence of God is huge! Case in point: the Universe itself. Time and time again, people who were atheists have come to the point, after an honest look at the evidence, to believe that God exists. One prime example is Anthony Flew, philosopher, former atheist, and author of the book "There Is a God".
Pastor Dave continued by walking us through two of the main arguments in favor of God's existence: the Argument from Creation and the Argument from Morality.
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Last week Pastor Dave built a strong case for the historical integrity of the Bible: what we hold in our hands today is virtually identical to the original manuscripts.
But how do we know the right books wound up in the Bible? What about the books in what is known as the Apocrypha, or the so-called "banned books of the Bible" such as The Gospel of Thomas or The Acts of Peter? Why were some books included and others were not?
In January of 2015 Newsweek ran a cover story titled "The Bible: So Misunderstood It's a Sin." In it the author wrote, "At best, we've all read a bad translation: a translation of translations of translations of hand-copied copies of copies of copies of copies, and on and on, hundreds of times."
Is that true?
The answer is a resounding "No!" The most charitable thing to say is that the author was engaging in willful ignorance. The archaeological and textual evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of the accuracy of the Bible.
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