IS EVERYTHING IN THE BIBLE TRUE?
We accept the Bible as the inspired true Word of God. The writers were inspired, moved by the Holy Spirit: “No part of the Holy Writings came long ago because of what man wanted to write. But holy men who belonged to God spoke what the Holy Spirit told them.” 2 Peter 1:21. The writings are inspired, as if breathed or spoken by God.
The message of the Bible never alters. It is always up-to –date, speaking to the issues of the day. Abraham Lincoln called it, “God’s best gift to man.”
The Bible is a guide to salvation through faith in Christ, and sufficient for doctrine, correction, moral and ethical instruction “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16.
Inspiration is essentially incompatible with error. It is impossible that God himself, the supreme Truth, can utter that which is not true.
The Bible makes the amazing claim that every one of its predictions is 100 per cent accurate.
The Bible is free from error only in matters of faith and morals and not in matters of history and science. Only those things needed for our salvation (i.e., faith and morals) and not history and science, are free from error. For example, although the first eleven chapters of Genesis are history in a true sense, the narratives contained within “relate in simple and figurative language, adapted to the understanding of mankind at a lower stage of development. Underlying Genesis are fundamental truths essential to divine scheme of salvation.
God allowed the divine message to be given in the phraseology of the human authors. Most alleged discrepancies in the Bible are easily resolved. “In order to discover the sacred author’s intention,” the Catholic Catechism states “the reader must take into account the conditions of their times and culture, the literal genres in use at that time, and the modes of feeling, speaking, and narrating then current”.
Let’s talk about prophecy. Accurate prophecies in the Bible support its validity.
Ironically, historians find the Bible to be an accurate record of many ancient events, more reliable than other ancient writings.
“I have to believe that Jesus was (and is) God. And it seems plain as a matter of history that He taught His followers that the new life was communicated in this way. In other words, I believe it on His authority. Ninety-nine percent of the things you believe are believed on authority… The ordinary person believes in the solar system, atoms, and the circulation of the blood on authority–because the scientists say so. Every historical statement is believed on authority. None of us has seen the Norman Conquest or the defeat of the Spanish Armada. But we believe them simply because people who did see them have left writings that tell us about them.” C.S. Lewis A Grief Observed
What’s Your Authority?
A study of early Christian history shows that there was a considerable disagreement among Christians until the issue of the canon was finally settled; the early Christians agreed on the 27 books. Protestants accept this testimony as trustworthy, or else the Protestant Bible would not have those 27 books. They have implicit trust that the Catholic Church made the right decision in determining the canon.
The fact is that the Holy Spirit guided the Catholic Church over time to recognize and determine the canon of the New and Old Testaments. This happened historically in the year 382 at the synod of Rome, under Pope Damasus I. This decision was ratified again at the councils of Hippo (393) and Carthage (397 and 419). You, my friend, accept exactly the same books of the New Testament that Pope Damasus decreed were canonical, and no others.
Protestant doctrines will almost always be drawn from interpretations of the sacred text rather than the words themselves. Why are there so many conflicting understandings among Evangelicals and Fundamentalists even on central doctrines that pertain to salvation? Everyone claims to be ‘Bible-only Christians,’ but which group is right and which has the authority?
By “authority,” we don’t mean one’s personal or academic credentials. We mean the authority to claim one can rightly interpret the Bible, which we received from the Catholic Church that is our sole rule of faith: who’s to do the interpreting?
God divinely inspired the BIBLE . How do we know? Each of eight accurate predictions show a high probability mathematically. The probability of one individual fulfilling eight prophecies have odds of 1 in 10 17 (1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000). Jesus Christ fulfilled all prophecies, therefore the Bible MUST BE TRUE.
The Old Testament indicates another 40 astonishing predictions.
Christianity experiences stunning growth—from approximately 3.8 million adherents in China in 1956 to an estimated 87 to 100 million Christians today.
In the end, one Christian conversion will benefit the whole family. The gifts of the Holy Spirit of healing and deliverance will help the whole family. A prayer of deliverance of evil spirits will leave any member of the family with a complete sense of peace immediately. A prayer of healing from a Christian disciple produces 80% healing. The remaining healing comes from continued prayer of praise and thanksgiving until all the healing is complete. This healing comes from the Holy Spirit through the power in the Name of Jesus Christ. No other god or deity or doctor uses this power. This proves the TRUTH OF CHRISTIANITY.
BILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS CAN’ T ALL BE WRONG!
Christianity is not a philosophy, but it is a relationship with God, your Creator, in Christ TODAY. It is not knowledge of abstract principles. How do we know this? Healing takes place TODAY in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Many Christian disciples use the gift of healing. They also use deliverance to deliver away evil spirits influencing people. These evil spirits cause depression, addictions and illness through all forms of stress. Only the Name of Jesus Christ makes healing and deliverance possible.
HOW IS JESUS STILL ALIVE TODAY?
Jesus is alive today! He heals today (through His followers) and in many cases it is realized immediately. How else can you explain the explosion of Christianity, the world’s largest religion, on earth: 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31 percent) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth.
Christians know and feel His Presence; they communicate with Him personally; Christian prayers are always answered.
This author has been given the Gift of Healing only because he is a Christian Lay Missionary, who travels two to three places every year. On his last trip to Columbia he successfully transferred his Gift to his Spanish translators, who were able to heal as he did. He has healed Muslims to their great surprise.
He also delivers away evil spirits along with their healing. All those who are delivered from evil spirits feel a complete physical sense of peace.
DREAMS AND VISIONS
God can give a message to those non-Christians to change their heart. God knows faith will be developed eventually. God will come to you in the form of dreams or visions. So be sensitive to any dreams or visions, when you ask God for it earnestly.