JOURNEY TO FAITH – PART XXI

The Verdict of Reason In PART XX we looked at a list of many of the Messianic Prophecies; scriptural passages written hundreds of years before Jesus’ appearance. These were not general prophecies but rather revealed precise details about the identity and life of the Messiah, Jesus the Christ. We saw how they were fulfilled to the letter. Today we’ll look at just one more. It comes from the pen of the Prophet Daniel. It’s precision is likely to take your breath away. DANIEL PREDICTS THE EXACT DAY ! In Daniel chapter 9, written just about 530 years or so before the birth of Christ, the prophet predicts Christ’s entry into his Kingdom to the very day. Check this out. Based on Daniel’s prophecy, 1st century rabbis, those writing when Jesus was alive, - expected the arrival of Messiah right around that time. The Magi arrived seeking Him partially informed by a detailed knowledge of Jewish Scripture which had been gained by Zoroastrian wise men and astrologers since the time of ... [More]

JOURNEY TO FAITH – PART XX

The Verdict of Reason Last time, we began to just brush the surface of events that proved the accuracy of Old Testament prophecy. Today we’ll move to another category: The Messianic Prophecies; those concerning the coming of the Messiah. These were all written hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus, yet in their precision and detail they can unmistakably refer only to the life of Christ. Some have suggested that Jesus, being a man with a ‘messiah complex’, arranged his life to have fulfilled these prophecies in order to prove he was the promised Savior. While it is true that he may have been able to have arranged some of his actions to conform to the predictions of scripture, so many more were entirely out of his control. Grant Jeffrey, writing in Jesus, The Great Debate conservatively figured the probability of anyone fulfilling just seventeen of the prophecies at one chance in 480 billion x 1billion x 1 trillion. This was not some easily arranged feat. The specificity of the ... [More]

JOURNEY TO FAITH – PART XVIII

The Verdict of Reason After a couple of weeks off: We’re back! The last time we were talking about the historical accuracy of the New Testament. In the course of things we looked at archaelogy, as well as the writings of ancient Jewish commentators as well as pagan historians. We found inscriptions that confirmed New Testament facts and a belief that Jesus was God dating back to about ten years after the Resurrection. We saw references in the Talmud, - ( documents written by the rabbis who were out to stamp out Christianity) – that testify to the reality of the person of Christ. Even the darkness that fell at the time of Chist’s crucifixion was confirmed by independent, non-beieving sources. Today we’ll begin to unfold the motivation of the New Testament writers themselves. Just what could be their angle? TESTING THE AUTHORS When considering the gospel writers or the record of the apostles in general, we see a group that had little to gain and certainly much to lose by ... [More]

JOURNEY TO FAITH – PART XVII

The Verdict of Reason In our last outing we set to prove the accuracy of the Scriptures; that the Bible that we have today is overwhelmingly and accurately the one that was originally set down by its ancient authors. However, proving the accuracy of the text has little to do with the truth of the content. Critics still will point to the Scripture as being little more than an accurate fairy tale, with little connection to reality. To them, this ‘accuracy’ at best proves that everyone pretty much ‘got their story straight’. Their question – and ours – should be: Is the ‘content’ accurate?’ That’s the question we’ll begin to take on today. HISTORICALLY ACCURATE ! If the Bible is but a fairy tale it is one with a catalog of confirming historical and archeological evidence for both the Old and New Testaments. Repeatedly over the years, serious doubts have been raised about the historical accuracy of the events described in Scripture. Among the most famous of these issues had been ... [More]

JOURNEY TO FAITH – PART XVI

The Verdict of Reason When it comes to the Bible, serious Christians have a bit of a problem. In order to use the revealed-Scriptures as a source of authority, we must establish its accuracy. Put another way: If we are to claim that Scripture is inerrant: It must be accurate…in all its details. That’s quite a tall order. So let’s begin the test. TESTING THE SCRIPTURES We’ll begin to test the veracity of the Scriptures by looking at the documents themselves. How do we know that what we are reading is the ‘Word of God’? Almost unanimously the early church accepted the Old Testament scriptures of the Judaic tradition. As to the New Testament, the 27 Books were finally officially established by the ratification of Church Councils held during the 4th century. Both the Eastern and Western forms of the Church adopted the books now widely held as being worthy of the designation of Holy Scripture. This was in many ways an approval of the already held practices of the Church at large. ... [More]