I think that is a question any person, who is a Christian or have considered becoming a Christian has pondered.
Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge have complied this book in a way that speaks to anyone and answers the questions that lie behind this greater question….
Me, I have always believed that the Bible is true. Ken Ham and his staff have provided Christians with something they have not had in a long time. Many churches today are concerned about pushing people away, not bringing people in the door, and have thus created an environment where children and adults begin listening to the secular society, which truth no longer bases it’s principles of right and wrong from the Bible. Instead, we have become a society where it’s ok to just believe whatever you want and what is right for you…is not necessarily right for another person…because we are human and we need one common governance to help us determine the right from wrong.
28 Chapters make up this book….the chapters are written by: Ken Ham, Jason Lisle, Brian Edwards, Steve Ham, Jobe Martin, Steve Fazekas, Terry Mortenson, Paul Taylor, Tim Chaffey, Herb Samworth, Roger Patterson, Paul Taylor, Bob McCafe, Jim Gardner and John MacArthur. Each author pulling in information based on their own research and expertise.
I want to provide you some quick insights into this book…that have struck a chord in my own heart….what I recommend, is for you to get a copy for yourself. Study alone and or with your family! I am not going to go through all 28 chapters, but will give you highlights from a few….
Chapter 2: Is the Old Testament Reliable:
The first part of the Bible is the Old Testament. It provides us with Creation, the fall of man and hundreds of prophecies regarding the coming Christ. But, is there any historical evidence regarding the reliability of the Old Testament? Brian Edwards does a fantastic job walking you through many facts that bring reliability to it…here is one: Many men have claimed that King David did not exist. “In July 1993 at Tel Dan in northern Israel, a broken basalt inscription was found, which is dated by archaeologists to the eighth century B.C. The inscription claims that the king of Damascus (Ben-Hadad of Syris) killed the king of Israel (that would be Jehoahaz) and the king of the “house of David” (that would be Josash of Judah). The account is found in 2 Kings 13:1-25. This means that the dynasty of King David was known 250 years before the scripts supposedly invented him in the sixth century B.C.”
Chapter 3: Is the New Testament Reliable:
It makes sense that Brian Edwards would also address this question….and me, I love the facts he brings out about people in the Bible and relics found that point to their true place in history. These to me, are areas that many like to say “Oh, there’s no proof that person ever existed…so, it must not be true.” So, I loved the part in this chapter he calls: “Pilate Who?” “In the late 1950s an inscription was found at Caesarea that dedicated a theater built by Pilate to the honor of Tiberias. Although half the stone tablet is destroyed, the rest is clear: “The Tiberius which Pontius Pilate, the Prefect of Judea dedicated.” The stone had been recycled to be used as part of a stairway for the remodelled theater in the third century. But that is not all. The British Museum in London displays a small bronze coin minted by Pontius Pilate while he was governor of Judea; it carries the date of the 17th year of Tiberius, which would be A.D. 30/31-perhaps in use the very year of the Crucifixion of Jesus.”
One of my most recent discoveries is the true question of authority/authenticity in regards to Creation vs Evolution. Once again, the writers from Answers in Genesis hold true in bringing forth truth and accuracy.
Chapter 15: Evolution and the Challenge of Morality (yes, morality and evolution in the same title!)
This entire section will consist of direct quotes and paraphrases from this section:
If the Bible were not true, if human beings were merely the outworking of millions of years of mindless chemical processes, then why should we hold to a universal code of behavior…could there really be such concepts as right/wrong if evolution were true?
People can be irrational; they can profess to believe in things that are contrary to each other. The question is not about what people believe to be the case, but rather what actually is the case. Can the concepts of right/wrong really be meaningful apart from the biblical God? To put it another way, is morality justified in an evolutionary worldview?
“In response to this, an evolutionist might say, “Of course. People can create their own moral code apart from God. They can adopt their own standards of right and wrong.” However, this kind of thinking is arbitrary and will lead to absurd consequences. If everyone can create his or her own morality, then no one could argue that what other people do is actually wrong, since other people can also invent their own personal moral code. For example, a person might choose for himself a moral code in which murder is perfectly acceptable. This might seem upsetting to us, but how could we argue that it is wrong for others to murder if morality is nothing but a personal standard? If morality is a subjective personal choice, then Hitler cannot be denounced for his actions, since he was acting in accord with his chosen standard. Clearly this is an unacceptable position.”
“Some evolutionists argue that there is an absolute standard; they say, “Right is what brings the most happiness to the most people.” But this is also be arbitrary…….To love and obey God who has created and saved us should be our primary focus. One aspect of this is that we should treat others with love and respect. But if other people are simply chemical accidents, why should we care about their happiness at all?”
“Without the biblical God, right and wrong are reduced to mere personal references.”
Summing it up
These are just a few bits and pieces of great facts identified in this book. To sit and provide a full overview, would require a pot of coffee sitting at a table, as we unpack the book together. It is my hope, that I have given you a few things to think on…and perhaps you’re heading to the store or over to New Leaf Publishing now to purchase your own book. As a Christian, this gives you a great opportunity to equip yourself with some amazing bits of information. If you are someone who is considering Christianity, I can’t begin to tell you how great this book would be to provide you with some answers to questions that society wants to use to sway you away from the Father who loves you!!
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