The Bible IS a “Christian Evidence” Textbook!

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is based upon “evidence” and it is a solid conviction of “things not seen.” Since “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17), then the best “evidence” for faith is “the word of God” and the Creator’s Wisdom to which it points!  If not, why not?

The Bible makes statements that point to external data, and that makes it a “Christian evidence” textbook. For example:

  1. Every effect must have an adequate cause. “For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God” (Hebrews 3:4); “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1);

“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11:3).    All scientific evidences and facts prove that matter is not eternal and must have had a beginning. The Bible begins with one of the strongest proofs possible that there had to have been The Creator: from nothing came something caused by The Power (“God”) who is the uncaused First Cause!

  1. There is magnificent design and order to life. 

    Jesus pointed to the inherent order in agriculture when He said: “For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”  (Mark 4:28-29)

Such order is impossible without the imposition of law from a Higher Power.

Speaking of the intricacies of human development and birth, David said: “You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.”    (Psalm 139:13-16)

The millions of details involved in each human’s normal birth are mind-boggling, and faith-building, indeed. The birth of one human demands an imposing attention to details totally impossible without completing the plan of God, the Maker.

Abraham “waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder [Greek, “technician, craftsman”] and maker [Greek, “framer”] is God” (Hebrews 11:10). Truly, the “technology” of life is impossible and nonsensical without the All-powerful, All-intelligent Creator God!

  1. Life cannot/has not/will not come from non-living matter. It is the “God, who made the world and everything in it…gives to all life, breath, and all things” (Acts 17:24-25). There is no construction of material substance that has been brought to life without adding some living components to the experiment. Scientific fact shows that life had to be added to the material earth from an outside source in order for anything living to exist.  It is only prejudiced ignorance that would attack Christian faith without dealing with what the Bible, itself, says!

Atheism Equals Ignorance

Speaking of “prejudiced ignorance,” one readily thinks of an “atheist,” a word meaning, “without faith in deity,” hence a person who is without faith in God. No one can be an atheist without denying all the evidence for God’s existence and the scientific conclusion that necessitates it as fact. In other words, atheists are known for what they confess they do not or cannot know. “Ignorance” is defined as “the absence of knowledge.” It is practically impossible, then, for any atheist to ridicule a believer’s “faith” because a Bible-believer has evidence for that faith, but an atheist has reduced his or her intelligence to denial! The evidence for God is so abundant that an atheist can believe there is no God only by closing his/her mind to the factual evidence that would prove otherwise! Atheists have a big void throughout their core intellect, and are as Gentiles, “in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart…” (Ephesians 4:17-18).

By willfully omitting God from their consideration, the Atheists have “blacked out” their understanding, “gutted” their rationality, and grope about like blind people who have rejected any assistance they have been offered! Belief in God is a normal conclusion of a natural mind that has been given all the evidence.

Atheism is, thus, an unnatural response.

Since God does exist, then His power as Creator justifies His power to: (1) define marriage as one man and one woman united for life (Genesis 2:18-25), and accept no other (Mark 10:2-12); (2) give a day of rest to the Israelites in Moses’ Law (Deuteronomy 5:12-15) and not to anyone else; (3) be remembered in our days of youth (Ecclesiastes 12:1), not just “old age;” (4) come to earth as the Christ with total miraculous power over the Creation (John 1:1-18) unlike everyone else who has ever lived; (5) hand over the scroll of judgment against the Jews into the hand of His Son (Revelation 4:1-5:8) which was carried out in the 1st Century. Since God, as Creator, can do with His Creation as He wishes (“our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases,” Psalm 115:3); and, since no human is Creator (God asked: “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding,” Job 38:4); then all humans who are created beings (“creature,” Mark 16:15-16) will fail to conquer and control the world! There is no policy, people, or plan that God will allow to take His place as Controller of His Creation (Romans 1:19-25). “Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator” (1 Peter 4:19).                                —–John T. Polk II

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Explaining and Proving

When Herbert Lockyer penned his voluminous series, “All the _____ of the Bible,” I wonder, when he began, if the book, “All the Messianic Prophecies of the Bible” was going to be one of the largest.

My volume of the book is 538 pages and Lockyer wasted no space. He pretty much did what the Apostle Paul did in Acts 17:3 when he was in Thessalonica. “explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying,  ‘this Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ,’” (Acts 17:3 ESV).

Not only was Paul explaining, he was placing the Scriptures alongside the truth that Jesus is the Christ. Of this verse, the eminent Greek grammarian A.T. Robertson wrote, “Paul was not only “expounding” the Scriptures, he was also “propounding” (the old meaning of “allege”) his doctrine or setting forth alongside the Scriptures (parȧtithemenos), quoting the Scripture to prove his contention.”

We need this kind of propounding today. Many of the Jews expectantly longed for the coming of the Messiah. Are we missing that longing today? Have we become so used to the idea of Jesus that we have forgotten how special his coming to earth was? Is our preaching focusing on the same kind of proving and propounding Paul did?

It certainly should.

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Which person’s encounter with Jesus imp…

Which person’s encounter with Jesus impresses me the most? Thomas in John 20. Thomas had not been with the assembly of disciples when Jesus first appeared to them after His resurrection (John 20:19-23), so he needed the same proof that the rest of the disciples needed and received.

We’ve mistakenly called Thomas, “doubting Thomas” for many years. However, Thomas was not of a “doubting” mindset, but rather an “investigative” mindset – he required evidence, and Jesus provided him that evidence. When the disciples told him how they had seen the Lord, Thomas wanted proof positive – face-to-face evidence that Jesus was who He said He was. When he saw the Lord’s hands and touched his side, he got the proof he so desperately wanted and needed to confirm his faith (John 20:27-29).

The moral of this story: God doesn’t want anyone to take the Bible at face value. Rather God wants everyone to “investigate”, “investigate”, and “investigate” until they acquire the required evidence (cf. John 7:17; Romans 12:2; Malachi 3:10; 1 John 4:1-6). We then need to test the evidence; examine the facts, and then like Thomas, be not faithless but believing (John 20:27).

When folks are honestly and sincerely wanting to gather and weigh the evidence, regarding Bible truth, they will come to the same conclusion that Thomas came to – that Jesus is Who He says He is – The Son of the living God (Matthew 16:16; John 20:28).

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