Sunday, March 25, 2007
This is exactly what we find with the Bible. Despite the fact that it was written by about 40 different authors in three different languages over a period of 1500 years, there is perfect harmony throughout. A proof that the Bible is a product of divine origin, not from the mind of man.
Contrast this with another book claiming to be of divine origin, the Qur'an. The Qur'an originated in the mind of man. As a result, it does not have the harmony found in the Bible. But those who wrote the Qur'an were clever. They provided a loophole to explain any contradiction:
"Whatever communications We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, We bring one better than it or like it. Do you know that Allah has power over all things?" (Qur'an 2:106)
So if you're a Muslim reading the Qur'an and find a passage that contradicts another, what do you do? Simple: believe whatever came later. After all, who's to say that Allah cannot change his mind? Personally, I would not expect fickle to be a characteristic of Almighty God.
The Bible needs no such loophole. Jesus simply said, "the Scripture cannot be broken" (Jn. 10:35). How sharp the contrast between the true word of God and a fraud.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:3-4).
Paul told the Corinthians that he had and was presently preaching the gospel to them (v. 1). The reason why it was important is because the gospel brings salvation (v. 2). It is “the power of God for salvation” (Rom. 1:16). In the preaching of the gospel, that which is “of first importance” is the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.
This is not to say that nothing else is important. We must obey the commands revealed in the gospel (Mt. 28:20). We are to follow the pattern revealed in the New Testament (2 Tim. 1:13). But the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ is the foundation of the gospel message.
We have the opportunity to be “reconciled to God through the death of His Son” (Rom. 5:10). After being reconciled, we have the hope of being “united with Him...in the likeness of His resurrection” (Rom. 6:5). Salvation would not be possible without the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.
We are to remember the death of Christ weekly as we partake of the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11:23-26). But given the importance of this, we should remember it more than just one day a week. Let us think of these things often as we strive to serve the Lord.
Monday, March 5, 2007
"The Lost Tomb of Jesus": A Review
Sunday, March 4, 2007
Banner of the Cross
Thursday, March 1, 2007
Rightly Dividing the Word by Andy Sochor
Did Alexander Campbell Start the Church of Christ? by Justin Monts
"Preach Christ, Not the Church" by Andy Sochor
Local Church Autonomy by Andy Sochor
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