How often are those who have placed their faith in God’s Word, the Bible, confronted by modern academia and others who reject the Bible? We hear condescending quips such as, “You really believe that?” or “The Bible has been disproven by science.” Sometimes, we hear the ever popular “men wrote the Bible, so why should I believe it” or “The Bible has too many errors in it, so it can’t be trusted.” There are many excuses people will offer when they decide to reject God’s Word and the message of the gospel of God’s redeeming grace as recorded therein.
But this is far more serious than just a list of excuses. Disregarding God’s revelation to man has eternal consequences. The price that has been paid for disregarding God’s Word can be seen in the history of mankind. It is a record laden with the devastating and poisonous results of human nature gone astray from biblical principles. So let us look more closely at those instances when God did intervene in the affairs of men. Let’s examine these examples and see what lessons biblical history has to offer.
God initial intervened by beginning known history with the creation of the universe: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, Gen. 1:1. God intervened in the lives of Adam and Eve (and the entire human race) by providing them an avenue of restoration and reconciliation following the Fall. God promised mankind that His Messiah would reverse the curse, Gen. 3:14-19, placed upon God’s creation as the result of Eve’s deception, I Tim. 2:14, and Adam’s disobedience, I Cor. 15:21-22.
Following the pollution of the human race via the interactions between fallen angels and women recorded in Gen. 6:2-4, God intervened by causing a worldwide cataclysmic flood to purge the world of these demonic creatures and their ungodly influence. God had to stem the spread of the offspring of these unholy unions, the Nephilim (literally “fallen ones” in Hebrew), who became the heroes of old, men of renown, Gen. 6:4, and whose thoughts were only evil continually, Gen. 6:5.
God intervened in the history of mankind again when the offspring of Noah repopulated the post-deluvian world. They attempted to build for ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, Gen. 11:4. God thwarted their plans by confusing their languages and scattering them from there over all the earth, Gen. 11:7-9.
This was followed by God’s involvement in the life of a man called Abram (later to be changed to Abraham, Gen. 17:5). God made promises to him and his children (Isaac → Jacob → the 12 Tribes of Israel) that became the foundation for three major biblical covenants, e.g. the Davidic, Palestinian, and New Covenant:
- Abrahamic Covenant, the promise of divine favor (grace), protection, and blessing, I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. Gen. 12:2, 15: 1-21, 17:1-22.
- Palestinian Covenant, the promise of a specific land, And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God,” Gen. 17:7-8, 15: 18-21; Num. 34:1-12.
- Davidic Covenant, the promise of a throne, I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. Gen. 17:6, 35:11; Ps. 89:35-37, 105:8-11.
- New Covenant, the promise of redemption, And all the peoples of the earth shall be blessed through you, Gen. 12:3; Jer. 31:31-37; Ez. 36:26-27.
God intervened in the history of His people Israel after warning Abram of the coming Egyptian captivity and promising their subsequent deliverance from bondage, Gen. 15:13-14. The Passover is a seminal event in the history of the nation of Israel. It remains an everlasting memorial, Ex. 12:14, commemorating the one who died, whose blood exempted the children of Israel from God’s judgment 3,500 years ago. It was the blood of a spotless lamb, offered in the prime of its life, chosen on the 10th day of the month of Nissan and offered up in sacrifice on the 14th day of that same month. It is the “lamb” that died on the first Passover: Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out, and take you lambs according to your families, and kill the Passover, Ex. 12:21.
Should we not take notice of the fact that on the 10th day of Nissan, 32 AD, Jesus of Nazareth rode into Jerusalem on the back of a young donkey in fulfillment of Zech. 9:9? Is it not significant that the common people of Israel chose Him to be their King? A fact that was even used against Him by His accusers, Matt. 27:37, 41-42.
Did not God intervene in the history of His ancient covenant people Israel on that first Shavuot (Pentecost)? Rabbinical sources claim that God gave the Torah to the children of Israel. Does it surprise us that after the sacrifice of Christ (Messiah our Passover, I Cor. 5:7), God chose Shavuot for the giving of His Holy Spirit to those who placed their faith in the risen Savior, thereby giving them entrance into the New Covenant (Brit Chadasha)? Why is the resurrection of the Messiah the foundation of Christianity, the seminal event that separates Jesus of Nazareth from every other religious figure that has ever lived?
Can we possibly turn a blind eye to the miracle of the rebirth of the nation of Israel in our lifetime? When, in fulfillment of prophecy, God began to bring His ancient covenant people back to their homeland after 2,000 years of wandering among the Gentile nations. The prophet Ezekiel foretold this, “For I will take you out of the nations (Gentiles); I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back to your own land, Ez. 36:24. Should we not take to heart the prophetic fulfillments considering that Israel today is, for the most part, a secular nation, and that God promised He would bring them back to their land in unbelief, Ez. 37:21-28?
This parallels another great spiritual truth. A remnant of Messianic Jews (Hebrew Christians) in every generation has proclaimed that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised King Messiah, the Holy One of Israel. They hope to aid the entire nation of Israel in the preparation for their spiritual rebirth. A day when the Jewish people will see their King in the final fulfillment of the New Covenant, as it is written, “And they shall look upon me, whom they had pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only son, and grieve bitterly for him, as one weeps for a firstborn son,” Zech. 12:10.
We should ask ourselves, why are these Jewish people mourning when they see their Messiah coming to rescue them from all the nations that are attacking them,” Zech. 12:9. The answer is clearly understood by the text, “and they shall look upon me who they have pierced.” When did the Jewish people ever pierce their God? The context of Zechariah chapter 12 is clear. It is God (YHWH or Yahweh) speaking in the first Person to His covenant people Israel:
This will be the final fulfillment of God’s covenant promises to the Jewish people, Jer. 30:1-10; 31:34; Zech. 12:10; Rom. 11:25-27. It is the ultimate fulfillment of the promise of the New Covenant. God’s prophetic Word is evidence of His sovereign reign in the universe. This is a universe that He spoke into existence “in the beginning,” Gen. 1:1. The prophecies concerning His Messiah are so explicit and precise that they defy the laws of probability. The combined odds against just 17 of the 33 prophecies concerning the first coming of the Messiah being fulfilled are 1 in 4831. This is a staggering number. It is the number 48 with 31 zeros behind it! It is a number that, when applied to the laws of probability, would make the fulfillment of these prophecies a virtual impossibility.
This is the word of the Lord concerning Israel. The LORD, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the spirit of man within him, declares: I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathers against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for tall the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves, Zech. 12:1-3.
And then there is the most important act of divine intervention, aside from the resurrection of Jesus, ever demonstrated in the history of the planet. It is the incarnation. The Creator of the universe became flesh, John 1:1-3, in the Person of a Jewish Carpenter. Not only was His miraculous birth prophesied, Is. 7:14, 9:6, His death, Ps. 22, burial, Is. 53, His resurrection from the dead was also clearly foretold in the Scriptures, Ps. 16:10; Ps. 22:22; Is. 53:10-11. Yet people would rather believe fanciful lies of the extraterrestrial variety, i.e. aliens seeded the universe with life (Directed Panspermia) or abiogenesis (organic life evolving from inorganic materials via some as yet unknown natural processes).
“You really believe that?”
When I was a young believer, God provided me with an opportunity of working full time for a year at an urban ministry. I took this job in the naïve belief that anything with “ministry” in the title must be kosher, at least as far as Christianity was concerned. The head of this, not-to-be named mainline, Christian denomination was a good ole’ southern boy and seminary-trained minister of a decidedly social gospel.
I have fond memories of my time there. This was due mostly to the way the Lord educated me to the fact that some ministers looked at their ministry as a good career choice and not necessarily a calling in the biblical sense. Trying not to judge my faithless boss too harshly, I found that some of my interaction with him often bordered on the surreal. One day, during the Passover/Easter season, my boss was actually singing the hymns of the faith. The problem I had with this was the way he replaced the old, old story of Jesus and His love with blasphemous lyrics. During one such instance, he interrupted his singing of “I Serve a Risen Savior,” a well-known hymn with the chorus, “He Lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today,” and asked me, “Do you really believe that Jesus rose from the dead?” My reply, in typical Jewish fashion, was to answer his question with my own question and retort, “And you don’t?”
When people try to belittle you because of what you believe, without actually giving you any valid explanation for their distain of your faith, it is time to turn that poor excuse of a reason to disbelieve right back on them. The truth that cuts through all of the rhetoric remains God’s Word. This is the true light, John 8:12, that shines in the darkness, a light that can set the captives free, II Peter 1:19. Jesus is not just a man, He is the Lord our righteousness and the source of true holiness for all who place their faith in Him.
“ Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD,
“ That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness;
A King shall reign and prosper,
And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
In His days Judah will be saved,
And Israel will dwell safely;
Now this is His name by which He will be called:
THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS,’ Jer. 23:5-6.
So what do those who deny the Word of God really believe?
Bible believers are mocked by those whose alternative explanation goes something like this: In the beginning, the universe created itself out of nothing (or something as yet unknown) and that something created everything else. Perhaps they should turn their pompous “You really believe that” statement on to their own illogical and blatantly unscientific musings.
Remember, those who mock God’s Word are mocking the only One who can open their blind eyes and unstop their deaf ears. Keep in mind that those who deny the Bible is the Word of God would rather believe their foolhardy “just so” stories of evolutionary science so-called, or some alternate religious tradition, than come to the only conclusion that logic offers, i.e. the Law of Cause and Effect or In the beginning God, Gen. 1:1. They would rather believe that the universe created itself or that it is everlasting (Wikipedia, 2012). The best that their leading expert in the field, the retired Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, Dr. Stephen Hawking, could offer (Roberts, 2010) is this:
Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist, (Hawking & Mlodinow, 2010).
We might ask, “and exactly where did the Law of Gravity come from?” Might not the same Lawgiver who gave the Torah to the children of Israel, not also establish the physical laws that govern the known universe? Was the Apostle Paul wrong when he wrote nearly two millennia ago concerning the Messiah:
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him, Col. 1:15-16.
The next question (because enquiring minds really want to know) is, “Do evolutionary scientists, and the agnostics and atheists who rely upon them for truth, really believe that the universe created itself through the action of gravity?” Perhaps we should change the opening sentence in Genesis. If evolutionary science has its way, the opening verse in the book of Genesis would be, “In the beginning, Gravity created the heavens and the earth.”
When evolution’s best and brightest offers such inane explanations, should we not take them to task? Now we can clearly see that those who mock our faith, and our reliance upon God’s Word, have absolutely no solid ground upon which to make their stand. That is unless you think that the scores of scientific laws that allow for life on planet earth to exist and thrive were the result of a series of undirected and completely random cosmic accidents. I do not want anyone to be confused concerning the facts. Facts that today indicate that natural selection as well as the ever-illusive random beneficial mutation are insufficient mechanisms to support Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, (Lejeune, 1985; Patterson, 1987; Sarfati, 2004; Safarti & Matthews, 2002).
The testimony of archaeology with regard to the veracity of the Word of God
I am not going take the time to defend against those other excuses, except to say that the Bible is always 100% accurate 100% of the time concerning any given subject upon which it sheds light. For years, a secular Israeli publication, Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR), has defended its focus as well as the name of their publication against the claims of others who distain the use of the word “biblical” in the title of their journal. The editors of BAR know from experience that the Bible is a unique book filled with accurate references to ancient times. They recognize that the Bible is a historical document that has been verified by more than 150 years of archaeological pursuits. Not only does the Word of God place many archeological discoveries into their proper historical and cultural contexts, archeologists have been using the Bible as the major reference book. Since the 19th century, both Testaments have served as a guide for the discovery of the ancient civilizations recorded therein.
In the 19th century, scholars began using the template of naturalism through which to view the world. This paradigm was embraced by most of the biblical critics of the nineteenth century. These proponents of the historical-critical method brought to bear a purely naturalistic and secular presupposition to the literature of the Bible. Their approach paralleled what was transpiring in the sciences due to the 1859 publication, and near universal acceptance, of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. This gave rise to an on-going attack against the Bible, and with it came relentless attacks against the historicity of the Scripture.
According to a U.S. News & World Report (8/24/81 p.34) article entitled, ‘New Finds Cast Fresh Light on the Bible,’ “A wave of archaeological discoveries is altering old ideas about the roots of Christianity and Judaism - and affirming that the Bible is more historically accurate than many scholars thought.” Coming from a non-religious source, this is a significant endorsement for the integrity of Scripture. While archaeology is not (or not entirely) the Christian's basis for faith, archaeology does provide objective and tangible evidence in support of many of the Bible's people, places, and events.
We should keep in mind that prior to the eighteenth century the modern science of archaeology had not been established. Many so-called biblical scholars had begun to distrust the actual testimony of the Word of God, rejecting the authorship of the books of the Bible and claiming numerous historical inaccuracies. Here is a short list of such claims that modern biblical archaeology would eventually debunk:
But I believe in God… I just don’t believe the Bible
- The Hittite civilization was once considered fictitious simply because it was only mentioned in the Bible. That is until 1906 when the German archaeologist Hugo Winckler discovered the Hittite’s capital city along with their entire history recorded on cuneiform. Not only had the Bible been validated concerning the Hittites, but also the cuneiform tablets gave an early history conforming to that described by the Bible. Hittitology eventually became a major in several universities.
- The two concurrent Kings in the book of Daniel. At one time, scholars thought the record in Daniel was wrong in mentioning two concurrent kings of Babylon, because neither had been found anywhere else in history. Then in 1854, J. G. Taylor unearthed writings of the king, Nabonidus, the last king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire, reigning from 556-539 BC, and his son, Belshazzar, the crown prince (Millard, 1985). Upon this discovery, Daniel's labeling of Belshazzar as king was still thought to be in error. But this too was clarified by a 1979 discovery of a statue in northern Syria which, in two languages, described Belshazzar's position. The Assyrian text described him as “governor,” which was his official title, while the Aramaic described him as “king,” the role which he had been given over them. This fine distinction in titles had been lost, except for Daniel's writings over 2,500 years ago. Not only was the mystery of the two concurrent kings solved, subsequent archeological discoveries confirmed Daniel’s detailed descriptions of the Babylonian Court and empire (Archer, 1973, p. 371).
- Tablets of writing from Mari on the Middle Euphrates (c.1700-1600 BC) and Nuzi on the Tigris in northeastern Iraq, discovered in 1925, give corroborating accounts as to the life and customs recorded in the Bible. Henry T. Frank elaborates, “We have already seen that Abraham's haggling with Ephron concerning the purchase of the Cave of Machpelah was in accordance with common ancient practice. Apparently, Abraham wished to purchase only the cave itself in which to bury his wife Sarah. Yet governed by Hittite practice, he had to buy not only the cave but also the land and the arbors (gardens) associated with it. This assumption of feudal obligation described in Genesis 23:1-20 is exactly in accord with the recovered Hittite documents in which such details are stressed” (Frank, 1971, p.74). Prior to this discovery, the scholars of the historical-critical school of hermeneutics a.k.a. “higher criticism” (at least by their own estimation) discounted the biblical account in the life of Abraham completely.
- Abraham's making his servant his heir as referenced in Genesis 15:2 (prior to the birth of Ishmael and Isaac). God's rejection of this arrangement (Gen. 15:4) might have occasioned Abraham embarrassment had it not been customary (as Nuzi texts show from the 5th century BC city on the Tigris River) to set aside the claims of an adopted son, if a natural heir was subsequently born into the family. The legitimacy of selling one's birthright (as Esau sold his to Jacob in Gen. 25:33) was also established at Nuzi, for in one case the older brother was validly recompensed by a payment of three sheep... The binding character of a deathbed will, such as was elicited from Isaac by Jacob, is attested by a case where a man named Tarmiya established his right to a woman he had married by proving that his father on his deathbed orally bestowed her on him” (Archer, 1973, p. 176). Another testimony for the Bible is provided upon the walls of the great temple of Karnak in Upper Egypt. An Egyptian attack upon Palestine is recounted corresponding to that of I Kings 14:25-26. It lists the specific cities attacked and even references the Field of Abram: “the first time that a source outside the Bible confirms that patriarch's connection with a locality in Palestine.”
- The collection of taxes noted in the Book of Luke was also scoffed at by critics unable to find outside support for persons and events mentioned within it. Though critics presumed it guilty until proven innocent, the book of Luke is continually being affirmed by on-going archaeology. Research shows that not many years prior to Jesus’ birth, a regular enrollment of taxpayers by Rome was actually initiated. Such a census took place in Syria and Judea as documented in an ancient inscription called the Titulus Venetus.
- The necessity of returning to one's homeland for this census was confirmed in an Egyptian papyrus from AD 104 that said, “Because of the approaching census it is necessary that all those residing for any cause away from their homes should at once prepare to return to their own governments in order that they may complete the family registration of the enrollment and that the tilled lands may retain those belonging to them.”
- The non-existence of Pontius Pilate, governor of Judea was yet another critical claim by modern scholars who attacked the veracity of the Bible. This claim was silenced in 1961 when an excavation of Caesarea, the Roman capital of Palestine, uncovered an inscription bearing both Pilate's name and title (McDowell & Wilson, 1988, p. 215). Similarly did Gallio, proconsul of Achaea, and Lysanias, tetrarch of Abilene, go from Bible myth to archaeological fact (Geisler & Brooks, 1990, p.201). Luke's title of Publius as “first man” and his use of “politarchs” as civil authorities were not believed by critics until discovered in non-biblical texts.
- The Sheep’s Gate, the Pool of Siloam, and Jacob’s Well were all thought to be imaginary constructs of the gospel of John. Archaeologists have unearthed the five porticoes of the pool of Bethesda by the Sheep Gate (John 5:2), the pool of Siloam (9:1-7), Jacob's well at Sychar (4:5), the Pavement (Gabbatha) where Pilate tried Jesus (19:13), and Solomon's porch in the temple precincts (10:22-23)... Since then, discovery of an ossuary (bone-box) of a crucified man named Johanan from first-century Palestine confirms that nails were driven in his ankles, as in Christ's; previously some skeptics thought that the Romans used only ropes to affix the legs of condemned men to their crosses. In 1990, the burial grounds of Caiaphas, the Jewish high priest, and his family were uncovered in Jerusalem. These and numerous other details create a favorable impression of the Gospel's trustworthiness in the areas in which they can be tested (Wilkins & Moreland, 1995, pp. 40-41).
- The Unique Nature of the Israelites. It is also to be remembered that there is a vast difference between the religion of Israel and the cults of the neighboring peoples. The religion of Israel was monotheistic; her neighbors were all polytheistic idol worshippers. Consequently, while images of the heathen gods - especially Astarte plaques and figurines of Baal - abound, there are no images of Israel's God to be discovered and no temples except the one at Jerusalem. Material evidences of Israel's worship (wood, stone, or metal) will therefore indicate not the true worship of her people but rather its perversion.
- The Account of the Exodus was challenged by the form critics and redactors of the historical-critical method. These scholars, who today are known as biblical minimalists for their tendency to discount the Bible as historically and culturally accurate, claimed that the Exodus of the Jewish people from slave status to a newly liberated nation of people was mostly, if not entirely, a fictional account. They claimed that the Israelites could not have been enslaved in Egypt during the time that the Bible describes. The earliest known hieroglyphic evidence referencing Israel dated somewhere between 1210 and 1205 BC. This would be two or three centuries after the time that the cities of Pithom and Ramses were built by the Israelite slaves, Ex. 1:11. As is the case with many pronouncements of modern biblical scholarship, future discoveries have proved them wrong and the Bible right. A new hieroglyphic inscription places Israel’s ethnogenesis at least 200 years earlier that previously thought, but directly within the biblical timeframe for the Exodus, (BAR, 2012).
- William F. Albright, the world’s most famous biblical archaeologist writes, with regard to the historicity of the New Testament books, “We can already say emphatically that there is no longer any solid basis for dating any book of the New Testament after about 80 AD, two full generations before the date between 130 and 150 given by the more radical New Testament critics of today.” Commenting on the origin of the New Testament writings he states, “In my opinion, every book of the New Testament was written by a baptized Jew between the forties and the eighties of the first century AD (very probably sometime between about AD 50 and 75). This is particularly significant because the form critics of the 20th century were denying the accuracy of the New Testament books by saying they were written too much later (2nd or 3rd century) to be trustworthy.
- Skeptics become Believers. Sir William Ramsay, by his death in 1939, he had become the foremost authority of his day on the history of Asia Minor and a leading scholar in the study of the New Testament. He paid particular interest in the New Testament events, particularly the Book of Acts and Pauline Epistles. When he first went to Asia Minor, many of the cities mentioned in Acts had no known location and almost nothing was known of their detailed history or politics. The Acts of the Apostles was the only record and Ramsay fully expected his own research to prove the author of Acts hopelessly inaccurate since no man could possibly know the details of Asia Minor more than a hundred years after the event. He therefore set out to put the writer of Acts on trial. After a lifetime of study, however, he concluded: ‘Further study...showed that the book could bear the most minute scrutiny as an authority for the facts of the Aegean world, and that it was written with such judgment, skill, art and perception of truth as to be a model of historical statement (The Bearing of Recent Discovery on the Trustworthiness of the New Testament, p. 85). On page 89 of the same book, Ramsay accounted, ‘I set out to look for truth on the borderland where Greece and Asia meet, and found it there [in the book of the Acts of the Apostles]. You may press the words of Luke in a degree beyond any other historian's and they stand the keenest scrutiny and the hardest treatment.’ When Ramsay turned his attention to Paul's letters, most of which the critics dismissed as forgeries, he concluded that all thirteen New Testament letters that claimed to have been written by Paul were really his (Ramsay, 1982, p.8) (Provethebible.net, 2011).
Very often, those who reject the concept that the Bible is the literal Word of God will hedge their bets by claiming to believe in God. Theology categorizes people into groups, i.e. theists, deists, monotheists, polytheists, assorted world religions, and a variety of cults and isms. Believing in God does not have any merit whatsoever where biblical faith is concerned. In fact, professing faith in God without “taking Him at His Word” results in the exact opposite of justification, e.g. condemnation. If you desire right standing in the sight of a holy God, you must come to Him on His terms, humbly, empty-handed, without any self-righteousness whatsoever. Only by the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Messiah, can a sinner be justified in the sight of a God whose ultimate over-arching attribute is His holiness.
God’s holiness is a recurring them in the book of Leviticus, Lev. 11:44-55, 19:2, 20:7, 20:26, 21:8, 22:2-3, 22:32, the Psalms, and the constant song of praise the flows from the heavenly throne room, Is. 6:3; Rev. 4:8. It is for this reason, that it is faith alone, believing God by taking Him at His Word (concerning our sinfulness and His holiness) that we can be redeemed and declared righteous in His sight. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast, Eph. 2:8-9. Even the faith to believe the good news of God’s Righteousness At Christ’s Expense (GRACE) is a gift of God’s unmerited favor, a result of God’s grace to those who are in bondage to the world, their own carnal desires, and the deception of the Devil, the father of lies.
On September 11, 2001, religious men conspired to commit mass murder in the name of God. They believed in God, but they refused to take Him at His Word. They rejected the Living Word of God, Jesus of Nazareth, relegating Him to the office of a prophet of Allah. Much like the modern critics of the Bible, they would rather see Jesus as a good man, a rabbi or teacher, than the God of Abraham manifested in the flesh. The Bible does not allow for such flexibility where Jesus is concerned. Either Jesus is both Savior and Lord of all or He is not your Lord and Savior at all. If God is not your Savior, rest assured that He will be your Judge, Rev. 20:11-15.
Who is Jesus to you?
Jesus asked His own disciples, “Who do men say that I am?” The opinions of men flew out of their mouths. However, it was not until Peter proclaimed Him as “the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” that Jesus acknowledged the truth about Himself, Matt. 16:13-19. Even then, Jesus told His disciples that God the Father revealed this to Peter. You can never acknowledge the truth by rejecting the truth. If you reject God’s truth, the only alternative left for you will be a lie. That is the righteous judgment of God:
And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil, John 3:19.
The good news is that Jesus is the Light of the world, John 8:12, 9:5, and faith in Him results in a sinner being transformed into a saint, II Cor. 5:17-21; Gal. 2:20. He is both the Creator and the Savior, our great high Priest as well as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, John 1:29.
When a person studies the universe, without the preconceived notions of evolution ingrained in their psyche, the basic principles of common sense point them in the direction of the truth. We intuitively know that we were created by God, Rom. 1:18-21. Children have to be taught to deny their own common sense as they progress through the public school system today. Still, after years of brainwashing, semester after semester of indoctrination in Darwinian Theory, people still reject what they know to be illogical and counterintuitive. It irks the evolutionary establishment no end that after a virtual monopoly on the minds of public school students, these same students grow up to overwhelmingly reject Darwinian Theory.
A Harris Poll conducted in July 2005 indicated that the indoctrination of Darwinian theory had not accomplished the desired results. Only 22% of respondents believed they had evolved from earlier species. Harris had shown that most of the people polled believed that some form of Creationism should be taught along side of the Theory of Evolution in public schools. Additionally, the older people got, the more they rejected the former indoctrination they received in public school This was up from 46% in 1994 to 54% in 2005 (Harris Poll, 2005).
In the face of these compelling results, evolutionists continue to blame creationists and intelligent design theorists for their own failure to convince or successfully persuade the general public concerning their version of biological truth. Don’t be discouraged when the skeptics ridicule and reject your biblical worldview. Take comfort in the words of the Savior, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you, if they kept My Word, they would keep yours also,” John 15:18-20. We should continue to speak boldly of the Creator’s love and mercy found in the Person of His Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. We should let our lights shine brightly and the darkness and fear-based lies of evolutionary theory will crumble in the light of God’s glory and grace.