The B.I.B.L.E (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)

The new world we bathe in is polluting our souls more than it is cleansing. As a marketing agent, I know the dirty ploy for self-greed.

The greed of those who have real power.

The greed of the devil to win over good.

Do I sound crazy already? I hope I do, because I need to grasp your attention more than ever. I want to know once you walk out the front door do you leave it all in God’s hands or the hands of the dirty people who control this earth? Forget it, the world exposes its ugliness to you before you even walk out the door. The couch and TV rot your minds. The radio brainwashes your kids. And the news is nothing but propaganda. It is hard to stay afloat when the whole world tries to sink you under. People follow everything the world tells us to, but there is a book called the Bible written over 2000 years ago that asks us to follow it instead of the sin of this world.

The world's bestselling book has spoken about man's downfall. The downfall we are recently in. The irony of this is the Bible has prophesied many of the world’s shortcomings more than once. This book even tells us it is our own fault we arrive at a world full of neglect. In the face of distress and genuine fear, many people ask where is God and why doesn’t He do anything to stop this pain and famine. It seems without any thought given they rule out or ignore the notion of free will. But what is free will?  

According to Google’s definition; free will is the power of acting without the constraint of necessity or fate; the ability to act at one's own discretion. For those who don’t know God enabled us with minds that operate on free will. He allots us our own choices, and we have the choice on what to do, when we want to do it, and who we want to do it for. We decide if we want to love God or if we want to love the flesh this world has to offer. If God did not give us free will we would be cast as robots acting from his sovereignty. True love is a choice and that is the idea of God’s free will - The choice to love Him or the choice to place our feelings elsewhere.

I am a Christian man. By definition, I put my faith in Jesus Christ and my choice is to follow the teachings of our loving savior. Christians subscribe to the theology of The Gospel. The Gospel is a collection of works from the Bible that offers us the idea of salvation from our sin. The Gospel means “good news”. The good news is whoever believes in Jesus Christ as their savior, acknowledges that he died on the cross for our sins and resurrected on the third day, will not perish in hell, but will have eternal life with God in heaven. This is a quick summary of gospel verses that display the unconditional love God has for us.

You see, the Bible is the greatest love story of all-time and the Gospel proves it. God sacrificed his only begotten son to forgive us of our wrongdoings. Our sin. Our inequities. Jesus acted as the bridge for us humans to connect to God and build a relationship with Him. No matter how hard the concept may be to grasp, what do you believe in? Frank Ocean once said, “You must believe in something...something!”

Do you believe in Islam?

Are you an atheist or the lazy man’s religion, agnostic?

Maybe you subscribe to Buddhism and like most people don’t know much about it.

Maybe you are Catholic and are only so because of tradition.

Maybe you are the general population that holds off all religion until it benefits you.  Many people push away the Bible because they say it is unreliable and we cannot trust it. This is often a general statement that naysayers offer with no supporting evidence. Many accept it as fact because they are uneducated of the evidence. In reality, there is a plethora of evidence that proves the Bible is not only true and accurate, but made with deliberate design. People will only stray away from the Bible and Christianity because they believe in lies.

The Bible was written by 40 authors, in 66 books, in three languages, over three continents, over a course of 2,000 years. Shockingly, all writings mesh together in a seamless book we call the Bible. According to Pastor Chuck Missler, “The Bible is an integrated message system. It is a product of supernatural engineering. Every number, every name, and every detail is there for our learning, our discovery, and our amazement. Truly, our God is an awesome God.”

It is a wonder that so many writers could have the same message when the majority of them never met one another. How is this so? The Bible claims, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God" 2 Timothy 3:16. In other words, The Holy spirit controlled all 40 writers of the 66 books in the Bible. God took control of each writer to guide the creation of the Bible. This is why it makes sense and nothing contradicts itself. Various people claim to find contradictions in the Bible, but all verses are used outside of context which give no power to their arguments. When readers understand the Bible they come to find nothing contradicts one another. The Bible cannot be proven untrue. To prove the reliability of the bible, readers can review the prophecy fulfilled over the course of thousands of years. The Bible thus far contains over 3,200 prophecies that have been fulfilled and still counting to this day.

 

“To get a more accurate picture of the difficulty of fulfilling a prophesy, Dr. Peter Stoner, former chairman of the departments of mathematics, astronomy, and engineering at Pasadena College California, worked with 600 students for several years applying the "principle of probability" to the prophecies of Jesus' coming. To simplify the workload they chose only eight prophecies to analyze. The probability of only eight fulfillments in one man’s lifetime is one in 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. This seems impossible but the math does not lie. And Jesus fulfilled more than 125 prophesies. Imagine the odds of that.

 

The beauty of these prophecies is history and non-christian documents prove the accuracy of the Bible. Outside sources only affirm the reliability of the Bible.

Did you know that secular historians wrote more about Jesus than Julius Caesar? Historians document history, and the records of Jesus prove He was a real human being who spoke as the Lord. Jesus existence is indeed fact based. Whether you believe he was the son of God is a different matter, but he was a documented human during his life. Biblical accounts written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John affirm these secular records. In what we know as the four books of the Gospel, each writer describes the life of Jesus from a different point of view. They did not come together to write the gospel in unison, yet described the same events of Jesus with precision. The writers did not write in collusion with one another. The authors wrote apart from the other and did not meet to discuss the life of Jesus. This only proves the accuracy of the Bible. All records hold the story of Jesus! No other religion can affirm their history with as many accurate records as the Bible can.

The Gospel writer's records are in accord with secular historical texts. These documents not only support The Gospels but the Bible in its entirety. Several secular historians wrote about the events of the new testament at the same time the Bible was being written. The most well-known historian was a Jewish man named Josephus. Another famous historian was a Roman named Tacitus who also wrote about famous rulers Nero and Tiberius. Neither secular men would benefit from not telling the truth about Jesus Christ. The many works of secular historians back up the historical accuracy of the Bible. Despite the overwhelming evidence the Bible carries, at times, parts of it remain untrue. This is for the sole fact history has not unveiled itself yet. Under temporary circumstances, evidence is not found to substantiate certain historical facts from the Bible, but in time the evidence surfaces. According to AmazingFacts.org, here are some examples:

 

  1. The Roman General, Pontius Pilate, who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus Christ was thought to be fictional until recent. At an archaeological site a coin was found with his name on it, and in similar fashion to President Lincoln on the penny.

  2. For years skeptics said the Bible was unreliable because it mentions of the denied existence of the Hittite nation and cities like Nineveh and Sodom. Today, modern archaeology has confirmed that all three did in fact exist.

  3. Critics also said that Bible-mentioned Kings Belshazzar, Sargon, and the famous King David never existed. Once again, archaeology confirms their existence.

 

The more history reveals, the more accurate and true the Bible proves to be. Critics, haters, doubters, atheists, and non-believers are repeatedly proven wrong as new discoveries confirm biblical people, places, and events. It will always be so. I often hear the translations of Bible have polluted the meaning of it. It is impossible for it to make sense to this day. This view often tends to ignore the fact that infallible men are capable of making accurate remarks regarding any topic. There are thousands of books we take at face value, so why is the Bible held as a falsified book? It was written by doctors, lawyers, educated kings, and other intelligent people who were controlled by the hand of God. Yet and still, the naysayers conclude men have altered the Bible so the individual cannot trust it.

History once again can disprove this textual criticism with new-found manuscripts that are discovered regularly. Each dates back to their relative time periods. For instance, The Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in the late 1940’s constitute over 20% of the Bible. Each Hebrew word is verbatim with the Hebrew bible today. Also, many verses from the Bible point back to verses found in the Dead Sea Scrolls. This gives confidence that the accuracy and preservation of the Old Testament we have today is the same Old Testament used by Jesus. There are hundreds of ancient manuscripts that confirm the accuracy of the Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic texts of the Bible. This book is magnificent by its own accord. It does not need the confirmation of outside sources to be so. I like to prove the Bible is true by what I call Easter eggs. These are hidden things you find when studying that will blow your mind. My favorite easter egg rests in The Book of Genesis.

Any concept, plot, idea, or theology in the Bible can be found in The Book of Genesis. Every book of the Bible refers to portions of Genesis. If this is true, how could the writer Moses have predicted everything that would happen thousands of years in advance. Only if he was ‘inspired’ by God Himself could this be possible. The Bible’s story is recorded not only in the Book of Genesis, but The Gospel is in Chapter 5 alone. Genesis Chapter 5 is a seemingly useless chapter that gives the genealogy of family members from Adam to Noah.  Analyze the chapter with pinpoint accuracy and you will find it explains the plot of the Bible! Scholars understand all Hebrew words contain meaning. Reveal the meaning of each name in the genealogy and we have an amazing discovery.

Hebrew                               Meaning

Adam.......................................... Man

Seth............................................. (is) Appointed

Enosh.......................................... Mortal

Kenan.......................................... Sorrow

Mahalalel................................... (but) The Blessed God

Jared........................................... Shall Come Down

Enoch.......................................... Teaching

Methuselah................................ His Death Shall Bring

Lamech...................................... The Despairing

Noah........................................... Rest, or comfort

 

The Gospel and plot of the Bible is scripted in the genealogy of names in Genesis 5. After translation it reads “Man is appointed mortal sorrow, but the blessed God shall come down teaching his death shall bring the despairing rest, and/or comfort.”  The ten names of Genesis spell the whole story of the Bible. Incredible. The author Moses simply recorded the people used by God. He did not fabricate the names from thin air for this purpose. How amazing is this? How does one chapter tell the story of the Bible as well as give the gospel to save our souls. And this is all in one chapter from a man who could not have predicted events thousands of years in the future. Moses did not have a time machine. He didn’t know Doc and Marty McFly. Science did not take Moses back to the future to discover what will be when he recorded these names. God inspired his hands to write. Once again, he did not have a time machine or engineering project to reveal the future. And to be blunt even further, science has not done much to the Bible than it has done for.

There is a strange view from the science community that Christians believe in leprechauns and fairies, while scientists believe in hardcore facts and knowledge. Ironically, science cannot teach us everything. Science cannot teach us on why we know the things we know. Science cannot explain why it is wrong to torture babies for fun. It is something transcribed on our hearts. Science cannot teach us morality, it can only reveal what exists already. In attempts to refute God, scientists only affirm the existence of Him.

The Big Bang Theory seems to be the leading scientific rebuttal for Christianity and God. In simple terms, the theory states that matter and antimatter collided together and out of chance intelligent life came about. And over the course of millions of years, humans and life evolved to the civilizations we are today. Science declares out of nothingness probability created humans, but even Notable Physicist Douglas Giancoli acknowledges something is off. In his book titled Physics: Principles With Application by Douglas,  Giancoli writes, “It might even seem like the universe is exquisitely tuned, almost as to accommodate us.” Logically, we could continue this sentence with the beginning of Genesis of when God created the universe.

To tackle the biggest concern of how the universe came about we will focus on one question. How did The Big Bang happen?  You can only believe in one thing. Either it happened out of nothing, or someone or something started it. The universe began out of nowhere or God was the agent that started it. What do you believe? Does anything happen out of nowhere? If an iPod is in the middle of a dessert and an explorer finds it we know someone put it there. Why doesn’t this logic apply to the beginning of the universe. There must be an agent that starts something. When has anything come from nothing like science claims? Science would never be able to tell us who came first, the chicken or the egg. In reality, The Big Bang needs a big banger. A book needs an author. A building needs an architect. A machine needs an engineer. Everything in this universe needs an agent to beget the product. And God is the banger who created something out of nothing.

Scientists have concluded if the mass of The Big Bang was off by 10 to the 6th power, the universe could not have come into fruition. To put in simple terms, if the mass of the universe was off by the mass of a dime during The Big Bang, complex life would not be possible. It seems far off that a roll of the dice was the reason we are here today. How can something so fined tuned be of chance and not deliberate design by a creator? Review the model at hand because major astrologists, cosmologists, and other scientific fields did and their lives changed. Some of the biggest names in science have converted from atheism to Christianity because of their discoveries. They realize that science must be second because God was first. God creates, science reveals.

Statistics show that more scientists convert to Christianity than atheism after studying the makings of the universe. Much of their intentions are to disprove God, but end up concluding the existence of Him. All converted scientists agree with one thing, our fine tuned universe could only have been created and not fabricated by the odds of chance. As with historical evidence, scientific evidence only shows that the Bible and God are truths to accept and not repulse.

Atheists whom heralded science as their god have now converted because they know the truth. What is the truth to you? What religion do you subscribe to? The thing about Christianity is it is not a religion, it is a personal relationship with Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28. In context, Jesus was speaking against the religious leaders who enacted rules and laws to be saved by God. Even Jesus himself despised religion, because it is false teaching. Religion detracts from the meaning of having a personal relationship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Religion is a man made system for man to reach God. Christianity is God’s system of reaching us through his son, Jesus. Religion tells you that your works will determine if God saves you with His grace. The Book of Romans 10:9 tells us, “If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” It is simple. Faith alone saves you, not your works. We live in a world that ignores the facts of the Bible. We believe in false religions that tell us only our daily works can save us when Jesus clearly says only faith in Him can do so. Salvation is an accomplished work, purchased by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. Why do people follow other religions when scriptural evidence denies their so called truths.

    Christianity's biggest competitor, Islam, was founded by the prophet Muhammad. In a full overview of the Quran, it mentions Muhammad in only four places. Astonishingly, The Quran mentions Jesus in 25 places. Muhammad never performed miracles or fulfilled prophecy which historical evidence can back, but Jesus did. Muhammad was a sinner, but Jesus never sinned. Muhammad died, but Jesus resurrected on the third day. With time, textual and historical evidence shakes the reliability of the Quran, but time proves the Bible correct. It is difficult to believe the Quran is the one true religion when our God and savior, Jesus, plays a bigger role in their book than their greatest prophet. The Bible contains many metaphors, hyperboles, symbolic meaning, and other personifications that make it what it is. The one thing the Bible does not do is mislead or misinform, yet other religions take bits and pieces of it and create their own meaning.

The Bible clearly states that only the grace of God saves us alone. No amount of works can save our souls. Yet in Catholic Churches, people are to fulfill all seven sacraments if they are to enter the kingdom of heaven. Catholics pray to the saints and Mary when Jesus clearly says, “I am the true and living way; no one comes to the Father but by me” John 14:6. We are not supposed to pray to anyone but The Lord. To pray to another is a form of idolatry. The Catholic Church teaches many doctrines that are in disagreement with what the Bible says. The church preaches the worship of saints or Mary, prayer to saints or Mary, the pope and papacy, infant baptism, the sacramental system, and purgatory. Not all, but many Catholics are unable to follow Jesus Christ because they focus on outward symbols and works for inward grace. Catholicism focuses on rules passed on from tradition rather than theology.

Jehovah's Witnesses believe they are the only witnesses to the coming of the messiah. But they are religion created 1800 years after Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus is Jehovah. Why would Jehovah wait over 1800 years before sending his only true witnesses to spread the word of God? In an article by Christian Theologist, Tim Barnett, he explains, “Only Christians continue to be witnesses of Christ and his bodily resurrection from the dead. When Christians bear witness to the deity and bodily resurrection of Christ (Romans 10:9-10), they are bearing witness to Jehovah since Jesus is Jehovah. Ironically, by denying the deity and bodily resurrection of Jesus, Jehovah’s Witnesses fail to be the true witnesses of Jesus, who is Jehovah.” For Jehovah’s witnesses, it is a little too late to be a witness now.

All religions except for Christianity teaches our faith will get us into heaven. Before Christianity was called so, it was called "The Way". It was the first system by Jesus ever to be created. Islam was founded hundreds of years after. Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormonism were founded almost 1800 years after. Catholicism was created just after the resurrection of Christ yet strays from basic Biblical teachings.  

To review the Bible in its entirety is to prove this teaching as false. Only through faith may we reach salvation. And with historical and scientific evidence, the Bible and Jesus Christ prove to be the only method of salvation we have. Not all religions follow the same God. The way, the truth, and the light rests with the Christian savior because the Bible and its truth tell us so. Given evidence to prove so, does your nature implore you to research more into the matter? Imagine what you would believe if you truly studied the word of God and knew of the evidence supporting it.  

The Bible is the most intellectual book ever created. The men who wrote it were under divine intervention. In the last form of religion, atheists are skeptical because they claim Christianity is only faith based and carries no intellect. I knew and know many atheists. Many are simply people who were hurt by Christians. Many wanted to know God, but He didn't respond to their wishes and desires. Many had a terrible church upbringing. No matter the influence, most would describe the lack of evidence affirming the Bible's reliability as their reason they don’t believe. This chapter is concluding with more than enough evidence to prove so. But even with this knowledge, it isn’t the only thing that is keeping some from following Jesus Christ.

Philosopher Aristotle believed we form our beliefs based on Logos, Pathos, and Ethos. When we form our beliefs, we want to know that there is rationality or evidence behind it. This is Logos. When we form our beliefs, we want to draw into truths that meet our emotional needs. Truths that resonate within ourselves within our desires of life. This is Pathos. When we form our beliefs, we want to fall into things that work in the social context of life. This is Ethos. Pause for a quick moment and ask yourself what is governing your life.

The logos is fulfilled. We have evidence that the Bible is reliable and accurate. With this in mind, what about your Pathos and Ethos is keeping you from committing to Jesus Christ? Why do your emotions hide from the true love of Jesus Christ. Historical texts and science prove that Jesus’ and God’s work is real so why do you keep running away? It is normal to have doubt in the face of faith, but to which side does the balance tip? Faith is not just blind leaping and hoping to be caught. Faith rests on knowledge. The Bible is amazing evidence that we can have faith in Jesus Christ as our savior. We have excellent reason to trust in God. My job is not to convert you, but in the words of Theologian and Apologist Greg Koukl,  “I want to put a stone in your shoe.” When you walk in life I want that stone to nudge you. To make you think of the reasoning as to why you may not believe.

Your mind is His sword, your heart finds faith in Him, and your soul is His shield.

Courage under God is courage over fear. Lucifer will whisper lies, but to me it is only a sound.

The miracles we can’t explain is God working in mysterious ways.

When life doesn’t add up, God altered the numbers. He is calling you to Him. He is only one phone call away.

Fall on your knees and you will rise up. Talk to him with your mental Wi-Fi, because He hears you.

His words are actions and His actions are our redemption. Who will be your teacher, Jesus or your pride?

Every man is blessed with the measure of faith and we know who the ruler is.

No more smiles that are reserved for tomorrow. God will piece together that broken heart and nurse your soul.

To push Him away is example of denial. To live like Him is example of revival.

Love is priceless but he bought it and made it unconditional for Himself.

Everything we are not is everything we are for Him. Made from the same dust that shrouds He breathed lives into us.

Breathless I lay now. In other words, there are no words.

I let the word of God speak on my behalf. Tears of joy is the only water that will drown me now.

God bless you.