- 5 people to support us @ $100 a month
- 7 people to support us @ $75 a month
- 16 people to support us @ 50 a month
- 10 people to support us @ 20 a month
“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?” Luke 15:4
The Holy Spirit prompted Jason to go out into the neighborhood near ACS and tell people about our church and Jesus. Jason asked me to join him. It is interesting that the Lord laid the same thing on my heart, in same neighborhood a few years earlier. We knocked on doors inviting people to church. We asked them if they needed prayer for anything. We asked them about their thoughts about God.
A few years back, I was in a discussion with a co-worker’s daughter (an agnostic) about faith and world religions. She wanted to know (from a purely logical point of view) why I believed what I believe. I wanted to share my purely logical response while in the midst of GodQuest:
1. Back to the initial question of absolute truth.
- Pantheistic religions (ie: Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism).
- All of these religions believe that God and the Universe are one and are eternal. Logically (for me) if there was a creator (I call God) and God created the universe, then God is not one with the universe. God who created the universe had to come first. As stated earlier, scientists adhere to the belief that the universe had a beginning. If so, then the universe is not eternal and if a supernatural being created it, then these 3 religions (and all the modern religions that adhere to belief that God and the universe are one and are eternal) don’t fit.
- Christianity, Judaism, Islam.
- All of these religions believe that there is a God who reveals himself to us and all have roots in the Old Testament scriptures.
- Christianity believes that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and has faith that the New Testament is true.
- Islam and Judaism do not believe in the New Testament and do not believe that Jesus was the incarnate Son of God.
- The Old Testament does show a God who reveals himself to us. There are scriptures relating to scientific facts that were not known for thousands of years later.
- Isaiah speaks of earth as a circle.
- Job says the earth is suspended over nothing.
- Psalms speaks of paths of the sea which were later identified as currents.
- In Job it is understood that water was drawn up into clouds and then rain came down.
- Genesis speaks of the inability to count the stars. Some scientists thought there was an exact number. Now it is understood that they cannot be counted.
- Isaiah – A son will be born to a virgin. He will be called Mighty God. Also speaks of him dying for our sins and the beatings before the crucifixion.
- Micah – The ruler of Israel will come from Bethlehem
- Zechariah – Foretells the king riding into Jerusalem on a donkey
- Psalm 22 – Speaks of the piercing of hands and feet and casting lots for his clothes. This describes his crucifixion. Crucifixion didn’t even exist at the time this was written.
- Nine authors in 27 books of the New Testament give the same accounts of Jesus.
- The apostles were willing to be martyred because they tried to spread the word of Jesus death and resurrection. Why would they be willing to die for a lie?
- No archeological evidence has ever disproven the Bible.
- Mormon, Jehovah’s witness, Scientology – None are considered World Religions. All are offshoots of other religions. All were “created” by people.
- Mormon – John Smith
- Jehova’s witness – Charles Russell
- Scientology – (Science fiction writer – L. Ron Hubbard)
This past weekend I volunteered at a young adults event in Somers Point. A well-known speaker was sharing that night and there were 300 people, mostly young adults, in attendance. I was touched to see that many people gathered together praising the Lord, all from different churches, all from different walks of life.