I was raised Catholic, at the insistance of my parents. After many years ofdrinking andpartying, I got very bored and thought, Is this ALL there is to life?!?! Ithought, If there really IS any truth to a life after death, I should at leastTRY to find the answer. I started to do some research on science and religionto see if I could come up with any TRUTH about the meaning of life. In school,I was taught that mankind was evolving and getting better, but it didnt appearthat way to me. It SEEMED as though modern science had proven that God didntexist. As I did more research on my own, I found out that this just isnt thecase. I learned that the Universe and ALL matter have a DEFINITE beginning.Most atheists and re-incarnationists believe that the Universe has ALWAYSexisted, but this contradicts the fact. Cause and effect tells us that theUniverse must have been caused. It is logical to believe that an invisible,non-material God had caused the beginning of the Universe. Some think thataliens and U.F.O.s have something to do with our existence, but even if theyDID exist, THEY would need a beginning as well! The evolutionists believe thatevolution is a FACT, and that the fossil record PROVES it.
I learned thatneither evolution NOR creation are FACTS, they are only THEORIES! There is NOway to PROVE either one because they CANNOT be re-created in a lab experiment.Whatever THEORY you believe, you MUST believe by FAITH. I learned that whensomething dies, it does NOT become a fossil, it rots away VERY quickly.Fossils are formed by RAPID burial and destruction , NOT over SUPPOSEDbillions of years! What the fossil record DOES prove, is that there was aTERRIBLE global disaster. Scattered across mountain tops all over the worldare fossils of both modern & extinct ocean and land creatures ALL MIXEDTOGETHER. This fact can ONLY be explained by a RECENT Creation and a WORLDWIDEFLOOD, and NOT by evolution. I thought that evolution was true just becausethe majority accepted it. The MAJORITY also used to believe that the Earth wasFLAT!!!
"Before the world was made, he chose us, chose us in Christ, to be holy and spotless, and to live through love in his presence, determining that we should become his adopted sons, through Jesus Christ." (Eph. I, 4-5). These powerful words of St. Paul in his first letter to the Ephesians, I think, best characterize the spirit of Teilhard the Chardin, his idea of man and man's place in the universe, ...
Then I was confused about all the different religions out there. Which Godshould I serve?!?! Does it REALLY matter as long as I am sincere and a GOODPERSON ?? I thought, What if I am sincerely WRONG!?!? I started to do somemore research to try to find the TRUTH. The only other major religion whichbelieves in only one God, besides the Judeo/Christian is Muslim/Islam. Islamwas founded by the MAN Mohammed, who was born as late as 570 AD. He hadvisions that he had ASSUMED were from his god, Allah. After being convinced byhis WIFE that the visions really WERE from Allah, he recorded these in hisbook The Koran before his death in 632. The books of the Bible have beencompleted about 450 years before Mohammed was even BORN! There are also MANYprophecies written about Jesus before he was born, which are recorded in theBibles Old Testament, but NONE were ever recorded about Mohammed. Look atIsaiah 7:14 & Chap. 53 in the O.T. for just a couple. I used to think that theBible was a myth or only an outdated book that was written by superstitiousmen. I tried to read it, but I couldnt make any sense out of it. I doubtedthat ANYONE could really understand it or REALLY know if it was the TRUTH.Then I found out that there are A LOT of books that explain the Bible and givegood, historical, scientific, archaeological, and logical reasons to believeit. These types of books are called APOLOGETICS. I was VERY skeptical, but Idid a TON of reading! I figured that the chance that I may spend eternity inhell and NOT in Heaven was a subject worthy of my further investigation. Hereare some more of the questions that I had, and the answers that I found.
The first recognised human relationship, was that of Adam and Eve. After the happening of Creation, God took soil and made Adam, and placed him on earth. Deciding to give Adam a companion, God took a rib from Adam, thus the creation of Eve. The story of Adam and Eve, is God s plan for future people, as they made a mistake, but they were forgiven and led a happy life from then on. This relates to ...
Who wrote the Bible? The Bible contains 66 different books that were recordedby about 40 different people across a 1600-year time span. The Bible containsan AMAZING consistency, which could have ONLY been maintained by God. WhichBible should I read and believe? I found out that EVERY Holy Bible has theSAME message, it is PEOPLE who confuse it. Now, this is the main message ofANY Bible that you would pick up, and seems to be the only meaning to thisCRAZY life. EVERYONE is born a sinner and separated from a relationship withGod (Romans 3:23).
God became the Perfect, sinless, Human being as the Personof Jesus Christ (John 1:1, Matt 1:22, Isaiah 9:5) EVERYONE who believes/trustsin Jesus Christ (John 3:16) is BORN AGAIN (John 3:3) and is restored to arelationship with God and HAS eternal life. BUT, whoever does NOT believe inJesus, CANNOT have a relationship with God, and will be separated from Himforever in Hell (John 3:36).
How could a LOVING God send people to Hell?People ALLOW themselves to end up in Hell !!! GOD loves YOU, sooo much!!Whatever you may have done,you havent been so BAD that HE wont forgive you ifyou ask Him!! Since GOD created you to be in a relationship with Him, if youdie without accepting His love in THIS life, you will be separated from Him inthe next, and in Hell. God gave us all free will, He will not FORCE you tochoose to love HIM.
I used to think that being BORN AGAIN was some crazy cult, but it isnt. Beingborn again means to have your mind, heart, and life renewed for the thingsthat honor God, instead of selfish things. It makes NO difference whetheryoure a Catholic, Protestant or belong to ANY OTHER denomination. YOU MUST BEBORN AGAIN INTO A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST TO SPEND ETERNITY INHEAVEN WITH GOD!!!
What about the Jehovahs Witnesses and The Mormons/ Church of Latter DaySaints? At first, groups like these APPEAR to be just another Christiandenomination, but Ive learned that this is NOT true. BOTH of these groups werefounded as late as the 1800s by MEN who claimed that people have beenmisinformed for THOUSANDS of years, and that they are each Gods only TRUERevelation to mankind. The Jehovahs Witnesses even have their OWN version ofthe Bible called The New World Translation , which they have SUBTLY distortedto mean something completely different than every other Bible. It didnt makeany sense to me that a loving God would have His Word around for 1900 years,but withhold the REAL TRUTH up until NOW, like BOTH of these groups insist.Both of these groups mention the name Jesus, but he isnt God like the BiblePLAINLY teaches. ANYTHING ANYONE SAYS OR DOES SHOULD BE CHECKED CAREFULLY WITHTHE BIBLE TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE TELLING THE TRUTH!!!!
... allow someone to live a life of pure humanity. Jesus Christ is God in flesh. "This is how you can recognize the Spirit ... His spirit can reach everywhere, acting for people or against them. The Bible says that when Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit came ... the earliest known copy of Isaiah and most Old Testament books. These discoveries would give us an indication of accuracy. In ...
Was Jesus REALLY God, or ONLY a good man and teacher? Jesus believed and TOLDpeople that He was God, so He could be God, a liar, or a lunatic, but neverONLY a good man. How do I know if Jesus even EXISTED? The 15th edition of TheEncyclopedia Britannica uses more space describing Jesus than Aristotle,Alexander, Caesar or Napoleon.
What about the Jewish people? I learned that Jesus not ONLY began newrelationship between God and ANYONE who wishes to have a PERSONAL relationshipwith Him, He was the FULFILLMENT of the Jewish religion. The animal sacrificesof the O.T. were ONLY a FORESHADOW of the once and for all, perfect sacrificeof Jesus Christ. Isaiah 53 in the O.T. PLAINLY describes Jesus as the Jewssuffering Messiah. Isaiah was written about 700 years BEFORE Jesus was evenborn. This early recording of Isaiah has been confirmed by the finding of theDead Sea Scrolls. The ONLY way for the Jews and ANYONE else to have arelationship with God is through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
I learned a LOT! Much more than I could ever put on this one page. There aremany books and Internet web sites , which explain things MUCH better than IEVER could. Some of the best books that I have read are A Ready Defense byJosh McDowell, and Many Infallible Proofs by StephenCaesar(firstname.lastname@example.org).
For these and MANY other APOLOGETIC books withLOGICAL reasons to believe in the Bible call Chirsitian Book Distributors,aworld wide, mail order book company. C.B.D. will send you a free, big catalogif you call 978-977-5000. They have a TON of books and their prices are lessthan the stores. You can also find a good local church and Bible study tocheck out and ask questions. I am just writing this paper because I was SOsurprised that I was able to find REALLY satisfying answers to all myquestions, when I thought that no one could EVER really know the TRUTH forsure. I read some books on life after death and re-incarnation by people whohave CLAIMED to have died. Then I thought If these people were REALLY dead,then they STILL would be!! I DONT expect anyone to just believe me or thispaper, but I would HOPE that this article would at LEAST make people thinkabout all of this on their OWN and do some of their OWN investigating!! I justwanted to share what I have learned and to give people a head start. I knowhow difficult it is to listen to someone else tell you about their religion, Iwas there. It all seemed so confusing to me, at first. Since Ive done all thisresearch, I KNOW that the Bible is TRULY Gods Word to all mankind, and Ibelieve it. I pray that THE LORD JESUS CHRIST uses this paper to open up theminds and hearts of everyone who reads this so that they may be saved from aneternity separated from GOD and in hell. Eternity is a loooong time to gamblewith. If you died right now, do you know where YOU would go !?!?!
Case for the Resurrection of Jesus By Gary R. Habermas, Michael R. Licona Zerrrouk (pen name) The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus, was written by Gary R. Habermas, and co-authored by Michael R. Licona. Haberma is a distinguished professor, and the chairman of Philosophy and Theology at Liberty University, in Virginia. Habermas, using a minimal amount of facts, gives a provoking argument for the ...