Wondering What to Believe?
Does Nature Give Proof of God?8 Digging Deeper
Can I Hear God's Voice?8 Digging Deeper
- Does God Care About My Concerns?
- Best practices for a thriving relationship.
- God wants us to know Him
- Ways that God communicates to us today.
- God gives us scriptures through men.
- Life changing love letter from God.
- God provides us a way for a relationship with Him through Jesus.
- Are you too busy for God?
Can I Trust the Bible?7 Digging Deeper
- Is it possible for us to know if the Bible is true?
- The differences and similarities between faith and trust.
- The significance in the magnitude of New Testament manuscripts compared to other ancient manuscripts.
- How large numbers of discovered manuscripts support the authenticity of the Bible.
- Why do you think about the very small (.001) part of critical textual variations found in the New Testament?
- How has the Bible impacted your life?
- Do you trust the Bible?
Who is God?8 Digging Deeper
- God reveals himself throughout time so that people can worship the one true God.
- Evidences of the Existence of God.
- A God that always keeps his word.
- God’s ways above our ways.
- The Truth of God’s Nature.
- God is a loving, caring, beneficent God.
- A God that is God is long-suffering and forgiving.
- Striving to become more like God.
Who Am I?7 Digging Deeper
What is the Meaning of Life?7 Digging Deeper
- What is the meaning of your life? What is your purpose?
- How Jesus brings meaning to our lives.
- How does knowing Jesus will judge both the good and the bad in our lives impact the way we live?
- What do you make of the reading from Ecclesiastes 5:15?
- What do you want to be said about your life when you’re gone?
- How our understanding of the meaning of our life impact the way we live.
- What would you say was the meaning of the life you’ve lived so far?
Is there a Right and Wrong?7 Digging Deeper
- The different standards for determining what is right and what is wrong.
- Is it in our nature to know what is right and wrong?
- Is right and wrong discerned by each person for themselves or is it ultimately determined by a higher authority?
- What to do in a situation where two people have different beliefs on what is right and wrong?
- Is there a standard when determining what is right and wrong?
- Is the Bible is our absolute moral standard for topics such as honesty, sexuality, the value of human life?
- Do you believe you can determine with absolute certainly what is right and wrong?
Who Wrote the Bible?8 Digging Deeper
- The Truth in the Bible.
- The Origin of the Bible
- The single author behind the many writers in the Bible.
- God foreshadowing discoveries made in today’s world.
- Why people downplay the evidences in the Bible.
- Foreshadowing of Jesus in the Old Testament
- Using doubt as an excuse to not change.
- What it means to have faith in the Bible.
Why Does God Allow Evil?9 Digging Deeper
Does God Love Me?5 Digging Deeper
God foreshadowing discoveries made in today’s world.
God is from everlasting to everlasting (Psa. 90:2). He knows all things capable of being known. He never errs or says, “Oops,” or, “I made a mistake. I was wrong.” Scientists simply discover his secrets after him. He knew they were there all the time. God never learns anything. He is perfect wisdom, knowledge and truth. That means that his word is truth (John 17:17) that never needs improvement or upgraded. Through inspiration, God may reference things in the speaking and writing of his prophets that the speakers or the hearers did not comprehend at the time but centuries later may be understood. For example, the prophets spoke and wrote things about the coming Messiah that neither they nor their hearers understood at the time but hundreds of years later the hidden meaning was made plain and understandable in the coming of Jesus (I Pet. 1:10-12). This means that the God of all truth can have things written in his ancient words that only in modern times are we able to comprehend the full meaning.
The Bible is not a textbook on science. It is a book revealing the mind and thoughts of God and the will and work of God. Contained in those messages are historical details and statements relating to the nature of the universe, life and mankind. Some of those statements can now be read that cause us to say, “Wow! This truth was in the Bible all along and we never knew it.” There is no teaching or statement in the Bible that has been proven wrong, erroneous, or misleading according to the known, verified facts of history or science. If there is a supposed difficulty, the problem is in the interpretation of the history, science or the biblical text. All truth is God’s truth whether it is in science or the Bible. Truth is always harmonious with itself. Facts cannot contradict facts. If there is a difference between “facts,” one or more of the apparent “facts” is not factual. The interpretation of the evidence is mistaken somewhere.
Our knowledge of science is always changing with new discoveries. Because of these new discoveries, a textbook on science written ten years ago is out of date. On the other hand, the truth of God’s word stands forever. Yes, we can learn more and more about the Bible. We can discover evidences and insights from manuscripts, archaeology and history that help us understand the biblical text and correct some misguided interpretations. However, nothing has ever been found in any of the sciences that contradicts or proves the correct and accurate biblical text to be in error. Everything that has been found or discovered either corroborates the text or helps us understand it better.
Since the Bible is not a scientific textbook, we need to be careful that we do not interpret the metaphors, poetic descriptions or statements in the Bible as scientific statements that the writers never intended. Just as skeptics can misinterpret science to dispute the Bible so believers can misinterpret the Bible to support ideas that were never intended. We must let the Bible speak to us with its intended message and not read back into the text our own views of science or the world.
There are statements in the Bible that appear to be ahead of their time, that is, they speak of facts that were not known at the time of the writing but which were later discovered by science. For example, these include things like the following: