TAKE IT TO THE BANK 2
TAKE IT TO THE BANK – WEEK 2 – 17FEB19
STORY – How I smuggled bibles into China 1995….
POINT - Value of the God’s word.
The Bible, which ranks as the world's most-read book, has sold 3.9 billion copies. However, many more copies have been given away for free, meaning the actual number of bibles in circulation is unknown. Additionally, since the Bible is sold worldwide, calculating exact numbers becomes tricky.
The first copies of the Bible, known as the Guttenberg Bible, were written and decorated by hand in Latin in 1455. Since then, the Bible has been translated into close to 500 languages and is constantly being translated into additional languages.
THE ATHEIST CLAIMS.
The bible is full of contradictions. - See here.
The Bible is a book of fairy tales. – See here
If the Bible is full of fairy tales – why is it banned in many countries? – SEE IMAGE
THE RELIABILITY AND AUTHENTICITY OF THE BIBLE.
SO IS THE BIBLE – RELIABLE? IS IT VERIFIABLE? CAN IT BE PROVED CORRECT?
Apart from internal evidence – what the bible says about itself, there are many ways in which the bible can be verified to be divinely inspired and without error.
IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO SAY THAT SOME PARTS OF THE BIBLE ARE DIVINELY INSPIRED – IT IS EITHER COMPLETELY INSPIRED OR NOT AT ALL, BECAUSE OTHERWISE WE CAN NEVER KNOW WHICH VERSES ARE ONES TO STAKE YOUR LIFE ON, AND WHICH ONES WERE THE PRODUCT OF MEN.
SOME OF THE WAYS WE CAN PROVE THE RELIABILITY OF THE BIBLE ARE: we will cover 3
1. Scientific Evidence for Creation and genetics – verifying Genesis.
2. Literary Evidence to verify the authenticity of original writings.
3. Prophetic Evidence to verify Divine Inspiration.
4. Archaeological Evidence to verify dates, times and places mentioned in the bible.
5. Historical Evidence – Non Bible historians who wrote about people and places corroborating bible facts.
6. Dead Sea scrolls – Evidence for accuracy of copying down through the centuries.
7. Legal Evidence – World renowned legal minds have determined the validity of the New Testament accounts of Jesus and the resurrection through the modern rules of evidence.
8. Biological Evidence – References to trees and plants in the bible are evidence of the accuracy of the text.
The fulfilled prophecies of the Bible. We could just believe that the Bible is the Word of God on this one point alone. This is staggering. Do you realize that at the time the Bible was written 27% of the Bible was prophetic?
There are some 1,817 prophecies of some nature in the Bible at the time the author wrote the Scripture.
Babylon's Gates Will Open for Cyrus - Isaiah 45:1 Written between 701 and 681 BC.
Fulfilled - fulfilled many years later in 539 BC.
Babylon Will Be Reduced to Swampland - Isaiah 14:23
Fulfilled - when archaeologists excavated Babylon during the 1800s, they discovered that some parts of the city could not be dug up because they were under a water table that had risen over the years!
Tyre Will Be Attacked By Many Nations - Ezekiel 26:3
Fulfilled - At about the time that Ezekiel delivered this prophecy, Babylon had begun a 13-year attack on Tyre's mainland. Later, in about 332 BC, Alexander the Great conquered the island of Tyre and brought an end to the Phoenician Empire. Then, after that, Tyre later fell again under the rule of the Romans, the Crusaders and the Moslems, who destroyed the city yet again, in 1291!
Tyre's Stones, Timber and Soil Will Be Cast Into the Sea - Ezekiel 26:12
Fulfilled - Alexander the Great built a land bridge from the mainland to the island of Tyre when he attacked in 333-332 BC. It is believed that he took the rubble from Tyre's mainland ruins and tossed it - stones, timber and soil - into the sea, to build the land bridge (which is still there).
It is estimated that there are 35 specific prophecies of the betrayal, trial, death, burial and resurrection of Christ, all fulfilled in 72 hours! (Reference)
There are 109 predictions literally fulfilled during Christ's first advent.
The Messiah Will Be Born In Bethlehem - Micah 5:2
The Fulfilment - Matthew 2:1-6
The Messiah Will Be Betrayed For 30 Pieces Of Silver - Zechariah 11:12-13
Fulfilment - Matthew 26:14-16
The Messiah Will Be Smitten And Spat Upon - Micah 5:1 + Isaiah 50:6
Fulfilment - Matthew 26:67-68
The Messiah To Die By Crucifixion, With Pierced Hands And Feet - Psalm 22:14-16 + Zechariah 12:10a
Fulfilment - Matthew 27:31
The Messiah’s Garments Will Be Divided By Casting Lots - Psalm 22:18
Fulfilment - Matthew 27:35
The Messiah Will Be Raised From The Dead - Psalm 30:3
Fulfilment - Matthew 28:5-7
Peter Stoner, Chairman of the Departments of Mathematics and Astronomy at Pasadena College, was passionate about biblical prophecies. With 600 students from the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Stoner looked at eight specific prophecies about Jesus. They came up with extremely conservative probabilities for each one being fulfilled, and then considered the likelihood of Jesus fulfilling all eight of those prophecies.
The conclusion to his research was staggering. The prospect that anyone would satisfy those eight prophecies was just 1 in 10 to the seventeenth power..