Is there a God?

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

The heavens keep telling the wonders of God, and the skies declare what he has done. Psalms 19:1 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

The heavens keep telling the wonders of God, and the skies declare what he has done.

In the beginning was the one who is called the Word. The Word was with God and was truly God. John 1:1 Contemporary English Version (CEV)


Am I accountable to God?

And so, each of us must give an account to God for what we do. Romans 14:12 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

Don’t you know that the reason God is good to you is because he wants you to turn to him?

Some of you accuse others of doing wrong. But there is no excuse for what you do. When you judge others, you condemn yourselves, because you are guilty of doing the very same things. We know that God is right to judge everyone who behaves in this way. Do you really think God won’t punish you, when you behave exactly like the people you accuse? You surely don’t think much of God’s wonderful goodness or of his patience and willingness to put up with you. Don’t you know that the reason God is good to you is because he wants you to turn to him?

But you are stubborn and refuse to turn to God. So you are making things even worse for yourselves on that day when he will show how angry he is and will judge the world with fairness.  Romans 2:1-5 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

 

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Why Believe In Jesus? What Does He Offer Me?

a way out of darkness

“I have come as light into the world, that everyone who believes in Me may not remain in darkness.”John 12:44-46 CEV Contemporary English Version

satisfaction, an end to our inner thirst

Jesus therefore said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” They said therefore to Him, “Lord, evermore give us this bread.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” John 6:32-35 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

direction in life

 

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Bible Tips on Prayer

The  Bible Promises from Jesus and God

Precious Promises from God

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 2 Peter 1:3-4 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus has Been There More

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 New International Version (NIV)

You Cannot be Separated from the Love of God

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 New International Version (NIV)
 
 

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Man with Bible

And Why You Can Believe It

It is the history of the Bible that makes it unique among ‘sacred texts.’ See who wrote the Bible, how it’s reportive style is backed by archeology and historians…

History of the Bible – Who wrote the Bible?

The Bible was written over a span of 1500 years, by 40 authors. Unlike other religious writings, the Bible reads as a factual news account of real events, places, people, and dialogue. Historians and archaeologists have repeatedly confirmed its authenticity.

Using the authors’ own writing styles and personalities, God shows us who he is and what it’s like to know him.

The Bible was written over a span of 1500 years, by 40 authors.

There is one central message consistently carried by all 40 authors of the Bible: God, who created us all, desires a relationship with us. He calls us to know him and trust him.

Open BibleThe Bible not only inspires us, it explains life and God to us. It does not answer all the questions we might have, but enough of them. It shows us how to live with purpose and compassion. How to relate to others. It encourages us to rely on God for strength, direction, and enjoy his love for us. The Bible also tells us how we can have eternal life.

Multiple categories of evidence support the historical accuracy of the Bible as well as its claim to divine authorship. Here are the subsections of this article.

  1. How does archaeology support the Bible?
  2. Has the Bible changed over time, or do we have what was originally written?
  3. Are the gospel accounts of Jesus reliable?
  4. Do historians confirm what the Bible says about Jesus?
  5. Are there contradictions in the Bible?
  6. How were the books of the New Testament determined? Why not the gospel of Judas?
  7. Why did it take 30 to 60 years for the Gospels to be written?
  8. Does it matter if Jesus really did and said what is in the Gospels?

 

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A comparison of the New Testament to other ancient writings…

Here is how the New Testament compares to other ancient writings*:

Author

Book

Date Written

Earliest Copies

Time Gap

# of
Copies

Homer

Iliad

800 B.C.

c. 400 B.C.

c. 400 yrs.

643

Herodotus

History

480-425 B.C.

c. A.D. 900

c. 1,350 yrs.

8

Thucydides

History

460-400 B.C.

c. A.D. 900

c. 1,300 yrs.

8

Plato

 

400 B.C.

c. A.D. 900

c. 1,300 yrs.

7

Demosthenes

 

300 B.C.

c. A.D. 1100

c. 1,400 yrs.

200

Caesar

Gallic Wars

100-44 B.C.

c. A.D. 900

c. 1,000 yrs.

10

Tacitus

Annals

A.D. 100

c. A.D. 1100

c. 1,000 yrs.

20

Pliny
Secundus

Natural
History

A.D. 61-113

c. A.D. 850

c. 750 yrs.

7

New Testament

A.D. 50-100

c. A.D. 114
(portions)
c. A.D. 200
(books)
c. A.D. 325
(complete N.T.)

c. +50 yrs.

c. 100 yrs.
c. 225 yrs.

5366

*, Josh. The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1999), p. 55.
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Chart listing some of the major archaeological finds…

 

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