(We acknowledge the contribution of Baptist Pastor David Cloud of “Way of Life” ministries in the compilation of this article)

The bible is the greatest, most powerful, authoritative and sought after book ever published

It is a book of divine instruction. It offers comfort in sorrow, guidance in perplexity, advice for our problems, rebuke for our sins, and daily inspiration for our every need.

The Bible has rightly been called “the Manufacturer’s handbook.” God our Maker (Ps 95:6; Prov 22:2; Isa 17:7) intended for the creatures He made that they should continually consult that handbook in faith. Surely our Maker included in His operating manual every instruction needed for His creatures to function holy (Lev 11:44-45; 19:2; 1 Thes 2:10), happily (Psa 146:5; Prov 3:13, 18; 16:20; Jn 13:17), and fruitfully (Gen 1:28; Jn 15:4,8; Col 1:10). Surely God has not overlooked any possible problem or malfunction that might befall us nor failed to provide complete instructions and appropriate remedies for all circumstances.

One of the most compelling reasons the Bible is the most amazing and exciting book on earth is the reliability and accuracy of prophecy. The Bible has always foretold the future in great detail.
The now future according to the Bible deals in depth with every major prophetic 'End Time' event, including the Rapture of the church (The Bride of Christ), the Judgment Seat of Christ, the Tribulation, the Antichrist, Gog and Magog, the Battle of Armageddon, the Two Witnesses, Christ's public return, Muslim nations in prophecy, the judgment of the nations, the resurrection body, the conversion of Israel, the highway of the redeemed, Christ's glorious kingdom, the Millennial Temple, the Great White Throne judgment, and the New Jerusalem. Knowledge of these prophecies is important in understanding of the times and a proper Christian worldview today.

For Confidence in the divine inspiration of the Bible as being God's word we need look no further than scripture itself:(There is a saying that the bible is like a lion, as the lion defends itself, likewise the bible more than adequately defends itself.)

"Thus says the Lord of hosts: I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God. And who can proclaim as I do?
Then let him declare it and set it in order for Me, Since I appointed the ancient people. And the things that are coming and shall come, Let them show these to them” (Isa 44: 6-7)

.....and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work”. (2 Tim 3: 15-17)

Above all other books combined, the Bible has been hated, vilified, ridiculed, criticized, restricted, banned, and destroyed, but it has been to no avail. As one rightly said, "We might as well put our shoulder to the burning wheel of the sun, and try to stop it on its flaming course, as attempt to stop the circulation of the Bible" (Sidney Collett, All about the Bible, p. 63).

For thousands of years, the devil, through his servants and lying demonic doctrines, has tried unsuccessfully to destroy the word of God and the church which the Lord Himself declared He would build and the devil and his hordes would not prevail against it.
Much evidence has been gathered in Christian archives about the great number of men over the years, who have set out to disprove the bible, only to discover the truth therein and be converted to the faith as a result.
The personal testimony of one such man, Gary Parker is reproduced here in support of this claim:-

Gary Parker holds a Ed.D. in biology/geology from Ball State University.(Note: Additional testimonies are reproduced at the end)

"I wasn't just teaching evolution, I was preaching it. 'It was millions of years of struggle and death that brought mankind and all the other animals and plants into being,' I told my college students. I praised Darwin for being the first to understand how evolution worked. ... I let students freely express their religious beliefs, but would not let them use their personal faith to challenge what I considered the rock-hard science of evolution. I thought it was part of my duty as a science teacher to deliver my students from silly old superstitions, like taking the Bible literally and trying to refute evolution with 'creation science.'

"The change began when Dr. Charles Signorino, a chemistry professor at the college where I was teaching biology, invited my wife and me to his home for Bible study. ... I started studying the Bible, primarily to criticize it more effectively. ...

"Make no mistake about it--creation/evolution is a salvation issue. I do not mean you have to have a detailed knowledge of creation science to be a Christian; I simply mean that belief in evolution can be for many, as it was for me, a powerful stumbling block to accepting (or even considering) the claims of Christ. Paul warned Timothy to avoid the oppositions of science falsely so-called, which some have erred concerning the faith (1 Tim. 6:20-21). Evolution is really 'humanism dressed up in a lab coat,' a man-centered worldview that uses scientific jargon to put man's opinions far above God's Word (as Eve did in the Garden).

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There is much scientific evidence in support of the autenticity of the holy
scriptures.                               

In fact true science has always been in sync with all of the claims of the bible. Further, a study of the founders of all the scientific disciplines will reveal that many were discovered and founded by men of Christian faith, without any contradiction involved.The following Youtube link will introduce you to a great message from Ps Jay Seegert presented at the TBC annual conference, 2017.He spells out very clearly the scientfic poof supporting the Christian faith and the bible.

The message proper commences from about the 3min 45sec mark.
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"My extensive knowledge of, and zeal for, evolution certainly prevented me from even considering that God might be real and the Bible true. So what happened? Well, Dr. Signorino, the colleague who invited me to the Bible study, was not only a superb Bible teacher, he was also a scientist respected internationally for his work in chemistry. He challenged me to look again at the science I thought I knew so well. Confident that science would support evolution and refute biblical literalism, I gladly accepted the challenge.

"The battle began. For three years, we argued creation/evolution. For three years, I used all the evolutionary arguments I knew so well. For three years, I lost every scientific argument. In dismay, I watched the myth of evolution evaporate under the light of scientific scrutiny, while the scientific case for Creation-Corruption-Catastrophe-Christ just got better and better. It's no wonder that the ACLU (actually the Anti-Christian Lawyers Union) fights by any means to censor any scientific challenge to evolution! ...

"About that time, I got a copy in the mail of the first book I ever wrote, a programmed science instruction book called DNA: The Key to Life. Up until that time I thought people who wrote books, especially textbooks in science, knew what they were talking about. I had a nearly straight A average and earned numerous academic awards, and my book had been reviewed by experts on DNA, but I knew all the uncertainties that went into it. (Indeed, when I published the second edition five years later, I put the first edition aside and started fresh; so much additional knowledge about DNA had been gained.) It finally dawned on me: if experts in science can write books that have to be continually corrected, revised, and updated, perhaps God could write a Book in which He said what He meant and meant what He said: eternal and unchanging truth, an absolutely sure foundation for understanding life useful to all people at all times in all places!

"Looking now at the Bible as the truly true 'History Book of the Universe,' I was lifted out of the prison of time, space, and culture, and enabled to see past the shallow and ever-changing words of human experts to the deep and never-changing Word of the Lord God, Maker of heaven and earth! I experienced who Jesus is and what Jesus meant when He said, 'You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free' (John 8:32). ...

"I could now look at familiar facts in unfamiliar ways--ways that made more sense scientifically and helped me to solve some of the origins problems that had puzzled me as an evolutionist. As I looked at biology with the blinders of evolution finally removed, the biblical theme of Creation-Corruption-Catastrophe-Christ was reflected everywhere! ...

"... some said that if I only knew more about fossils, I would give up this 'creationist nonsense' and accept the 'fact of evolution.' Then the Lord did something fabulous for me: a fellowship from the National Science Foundation for 15 months of full-time doctoral study. With fear and trembling, I added a doctoral minor in geology, emphasizing paleontology and origins, to check out the fossil evidence firsthand. I had excellent professors, including some Christians, but all assumed evolution without question. However, what they taught me about fossils made it hard to believe in evolution and easy to accept the biblical record of a perfect creation, ruined by man, destroyed by the Flood, restored to new life in Christ. ...

"At the end of my geophysics unit on radiometric dating, the professor was going over the long list of assumptions that are required to convert any measurement of radioisotope amounts into some estimate of age. Midway through the list of unwarranted assumptions and inconsistent results, the professor paused to joke that if a Bible-believing Christian ever became aware of these problems, he would make havoc out of the radiometric dating system! Then he admonished us to 'keep the faith.'

"Keep the faith. At bottom, that is all there is to radioactive decay dating: a faith the facts have failed. At bottom, that's all there is to evolution: a faith the facts have failed. Evolution was only able to get a toe-hold on science because of 19th-century ignorance of molecular biology, cellular ultra structure, ecology, and systematics. Discoveries in these fields completely crushed evolution as a science, but it persists only too well as a secular religion protected from contrary evidence by the anti-American censorship lawyers united" (Persuaded by the Evidence, pp. 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 258, 260, 261).

“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” (Mat 16: 18)

Men for centuries have questioned the God inspired authorship of the bible, but they remained blind to the truth; That not only does the bible itself declare the scriptures are God inspired as they were given to godly men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit; but the bible also reveals that it is impossible for anyone who has not undergone spiritual rebirth, to comprehend the scriptures because;

…..the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are Spiritually discerned. (1 Cor 2:14)

The bible is recorded as being by far, the most popular book ever published and has been translated into more languages than any other book in history, and all this notwithstanding the purges and confiscation/burning campaigns carried out by Satan's agents through the middle ages in particular. It remains the most sought after book still today, across all ethnic and language groupings across the globe.
The individual must accept that the Bible is the Word of God by faith, for:

“without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Heb 11: 6).

It needs to also be understood that faith in the authenticity of the Bible is not a blind leap into the
dark. Such faith is built on the record of the scriptures themselves, for :“faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17) and the author of 2 Pet 1: 16, declares very clearly:
“For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.”

If it were possible to poll all true Christians in the world, and ask them “What is it about the bible that makes it so important and popular”, I believe we can once again turn to Paul in the book of Romans, to discover the likely majority response. It certainly would be ours; The power of God unto salvation.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes ….” “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, for it is written, The just shall live by faith” (Rom 10: 16-17)

The bible is variously described throughout the scriptures as; pure, restraining, perfect, sure, truth, enduring, effectual, sanctifying, harmonious, inspired, living, active and powerful, and is descriptive of ; Old testament law, God's revealed plan, God's completed revelation, Christ's message and Christian Gospel;
and if that isn't enough, it expresses His righteous nature, as revealed in His Love, His grace, His mercy, and His everlasting goodness.
In 2 Pet 1: 19-21 the Apostolic author points to the “certainty of scripture”, when teaching new gentile Christians of the early church to beware of false teachers and heretical doctrines:
We also have the prophetic word made more sure, which we do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophesy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for the prophesy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy spirit.

Two compelling facts which prove the authenticity of God's word for us, beyond any shadow of doubt are:

Firstly, the total, flawless accuracy of every prophetic event ever foretold in the bible, and most of them, especially those pertaining to the Lord Himself, penned hundred's or even thousands of years ahead of time.

Although many prophesies, as indicated are yet future, the historical reliability of bible prophetic events thus far, leave us with no doubt that future events will likewise occur exactly as the bible foretells.

The second compelling fact is evidence provided by the testimony of the Lord Jesus himself.
Jesus claimed to be the Son of God, and His resurrection alone gives infallible witness to this claim. All the available evidence in support of the Lord's resurrection is irrefutable. Consider the following points of evidence to support this claim;

The resurrected Christ was seen by hundreds of eye witnesses, most of whom were still alive when Paul interviewed them decades later. (1 Cor. 15:1-8)

The body of Jesus has never been recovered. But not for the want of trying on the part of His enemies; the tomb remains empty to this day. Bible skeptics have for generations challenged Christian faith in the resurrection, but surely belief in their improbable fables, in the face of established scripture eyewitness testimony, requires faith far greater than that required of Christians.

There is amazing candor in the Gospel accounts. If a man was to start a new religion, as has been the experience in the past, he would be exulted and become the main focus. Now consider the men who established the early Christian church. Firstly all their teaching and preaching focused on the Lord Jesus, not themselves. Were they men of honor, strong upstanding men of renown and leaders in the community, or noblemen, and men of great wealth? No!
They were weak and insecure as evidenced by Peter, denying Christ three times, the disciples fleeing and hiding. Thomas and others doubting Christ even after He appears to them.
Further, if the accounts of Christ’s resurrection in the gospels had been falsified, surely they would not have claimed the women were the first to believe, as women had no standing in the eyes of society at the time. These accounts would not have been written unless it actually happened and unless the writers were committed to recording the truth. Such candor points to the gospel accounts being authentic and true.

The resurrection of Christ brought on a dramatic change in His disciples. Before Christ’s resurrection they were fearful and hiding, whereas after they saw Him and touched Him, although some not immediately, their faith was restored and were emboldened to the point of being willing to suffer and die for the faith.

Christ Himself taught that the scriptures are the infallible Word of God (Study list available at the end)

Of the authority of the Old Testament, Jesus said:

“Do not think that I came to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For assuredly I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law, till all is fulfilled” (Mat. 5:17-18).

In this passage Jesus taught that the Old Testament is perfect even to the very letters. He further said that:
“the scripture cannot be broken” (John10:35).

At this point it is worth noting that Jesus only ever quoted scripture from the old testament as the new testament hadn't been written.

He was saying that nothing written in the Scripture can be set aside or ignored. It is authoritative to every detail. It is a chain with no weak links.
On Christ’s authority alone we can trust the Bible and reject everything the skeptics offer.

The Bible’s unique historical construction proves that it is the Word of God:

The Bible was written by at least 40 different authors representing 19 different occupations, among them (shepherd, soldier, farmer, fisherman, tax collector, medical doctor, etc.) who lived during a period covering some 1,600 years. That is approximately 50 generations.

The first 39 books of the Bible were written in the Hebrew language over a period of about 1,000 years.
After a 400-year gap, when no Scriptures were recorded, the last 27 books of the Bible were written in the Greek language during a period covering roughly 50 years.

The writers of the Old Testament could not have collaborated with one another and the writers of the New Testament could not have collaborated with those of the Old Testament. Yet the product is one book that fits together perfectly, has one all-encompassing message, and contains no contradictions or errors.

There is nothing else remotely like this in all of man’s history.
Man has often tried to claim the bible is contradictory, but without God's spirit to help us, it may appear this way, because, as quoted earlier in this article:

…..the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are Spiritually discerned. (1 Cor 2:14)

The primary message of the Bible throughout, from beginning to end is the eternal plan of God in Jesus Christ and the part that Israel and the church play along the way. The earliest books of the Bible teach the same doctrine about God, creation, man, life, death, salvation, and judgment as do the last books of the Bible, notwithstanding the time between them.
The genealogy of Jesus Christ appears in the first book and can be traced throughout the rest of the Bible.

We can't recall who originally coined this saying, but whoever it was, they spoke the truth;

“It requires a far stronger faith to believe in the 'Theory' of evolution (which provides no proof), than it does to believe by faith in creation by God, with the backing of nature and all things visible, bible prophesy and the accurate account of man's history ever since.”

From the evidence provided by the scriptures , in conjunction with outside evidence discovered down through the ages, it is clear that the bible contains the infallible, inerrant word of God, His Book of Life for man's guidance.

Hence the urgency promoted on this site for people to get right with God before it is too late, because the penalty for ignoring this or neglecting to act in time, represents a perilous outcome.

Should you remain skeptical of this claim, We can only suggest you seek God for a vision of hell and the kingdom of darkness to be convinced, or consider the Lord's own words from Luke 16:20-31.

These words from the mouth of our Lord, represent the most profound evidence in the whole bible of not only the existence of a fiery hell, but the inability to ever escape it.

PARABLE OF THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS

"There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day”.
But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom.
The rich man also died and was buried, and being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.'

But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.' Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.' Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.'
And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.'
But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead " (Luke 16: 19-31)

In our archives we have a book titled “The future according to the bible” authored by Ps David W Cloud. He is a respected Baptist bible scholar, teacher and prolific author of Christian books and study material.
We have extracted part of the book's material to support what we are presenting here, to further assist your understanding, which is important to us:

QUOTE OF INTRODUCTION

The Bible is the world’s most amazing, exciting book, more valuable than all other books combined.
I’ve studied the Bible every day for forty years and have also studied the major non-Christian religions and their sacred writings. (I was a member of a Hindu society before I received Jesus as Savior.)

I have built a personal religious library of more than 6,000 volumes and have done firsthand research in more than three dozen countries, and it is obvious to me that between the Bible and other books purporting to be revelations from God a vast gulf exists.

While working with university students in South Asia the question is often asked, “What sets the Bible and Biblical Christianity apart from other religions?” My answer is, EVERYTHING!

The Bible’s teaching about God, man, origins, salvation, heaven and hell, angels and demons, about past and future ages- everything is different from other religions, and not just different but dramatically different!

In the pages of the Bible are found the answers to life’s most pressing and puzzling questions: Who is man? What is man’s purpose in life? Is there a God? What is He like? Why is the world at once both glorious and corrupt? Why is man’s life so troubled? Why is man both good and bad? Why do people die and what happens when they die? etc.

The Bible is the revelation from God that cannot be found from any other source.

In the following video Dr. Ken Ham from 'Answers in Genesis' provides compelling truths that Science confirms the bible scriptures are true in every respect, and may even answer some of your own troubling questions: 

 

Through creation we can learn many things about the Creator God, particularly His almighty power and wisdom. Recently we asked four of our grand kids, the oldest being seven years old, “What do flowers teach us about God.” Their answers included the following:

“That God is very strong.”
“That God loves the whole world, because you can look at the petals and they're nice.”
“That God likes light.”
“God wants us to enjoy them.”
“God wants to make the earth beautiful.”
Indeed, the creation teaches many things about God even in the eyes of a child, but only through the Bible can we learn the very heart, mind, character and purposes of God.
And only through the Bible can we properly interpret the light of creation, which is not only glorious but also fallen and corrupted, and its message can be confusing.

What do we learn about God from a lion killing a helpless deer, for example, or from disease and war? What does death itself teach about God apart from a higher revelation to explain such things? Trying to learn about God from creation can be both enlightening and confusing.

God has solved this problem by giving mankind a higher and perfect revelation of Himself in the Bible, and it gives every evidence of being exactly that, with fulfilled prophecy being the source of primary evidence.
You and I cannot even predict accurately what will happen tomorrow, but the Bible prophetically describes in detail, events hundreds and even thousands of years before they occur.

I became a Bible believer at age 23, and one of the reasons I received the Bible as God’s Word is the accuracy of fulfilled prophecy.
The entire history of Israel was written down in Scripture nearly 3,500 years ago in the book of Deuteronomy 28-30 before Israel even entered her Promised Land. The Deuteronomy passage foretells of Israel’s rebellion against God, her eviction from the land, her dispersal throughout the earth, her persecutions, and her eventual return to the land. This is exactly what happened to Israel over the past 2,000 years.

Consider also, the first coming (advent) of Christ;

His birthplace, Bethlehem, was prophesied by the prophet Micah about 700 years before Jesus was even born.
The details of His crucifixion were described in the book of Psalms 1,000 years before He walked this earth, and this prophecy included the minute details of what happened on the cross--the piercing of His hands and feet, the mocking crowds, his great inner pain, his thirst, and the soldiers gambling for His garments;

“All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. ... I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaves to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet” (Psalm 22:7-8, 14-16).

That Bible prophecy pertaining to past events have been fulfilled perfectly is clear evidence that prophecy pertaining to events yet future shall be likewise fulfilled accurately.

Which means of course that the “End Time” prophesies presented on this website for your consideration, as a warning that the end is near, need to be taken seriously if you are to avoid the penalty of sin and eternal damnation.

Let God speak for Himself on these matters;

“I am the Lord, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images. Behold, the former things have come to pass, And new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them." (Isa 42: 8-9)

"You are My witnesses," says the Lord, "And My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me. (Isa 43: 10)

If you remain unconvinced of our claim re the authenticity and infallibility of the bible, there are many more scriptures and resources that you can study in your own time or simply pick up the bible and start reading.

But how and where to start. If you are new to Christian teaching it may seem strange at first, so if we can help you in any way, please don't hesitate to ask.

We invite you to make use of the Q & A link, or the contact tab if you have queries or questions we are more than happy to help you with.

Alternatively, should you wish to gain access to a comprehensive FREE online Bible study service, click on the Bible Study icon on the home page. This will take you to an amazing number of study and research options which we trust will assist you

BIBLE REFEENCES AS PROMISED FOR FURTHER STUDY

Some of the Old Testament people and events that Christ referred to are:
the creation (Mark. 13:19),
Adam and Eve (Matt. 19:4-6; Mark. 10:6-7), Cain and Abel (Matt. 23:35; Luke.11:50-51),
Noah and the flood (Matt. 24:37-39), Abraham (John.8:39-40), the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
(Luke.17:28-29), Lot’s wife turning to salt (Luke. 17:32), Moses and the burning bush (Mark. 12:26),
manna from Heaven (John.6:31-32), the brazen serpent in the wilderness (John. 3:14-15),
Jonah and the whale (Matt. 12:39-41; Luke. 11:29-32),
Nineveh repenting at Jonah’s preaching (Luke. 11:32), Solomon and the queen of Sheba (Luke. 11:31).

…..and finally:

Two more testimonies of men who sought to disprove the bible, but in the process, found Christ as their personal savior:-

Jobe Martin

Dr. Jobe Martin is a dentist. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Dental School in 1966. While in the military, he served on Air Force One, the presidential jet. He worked for NASA in Houston, Texas, and held a teaching position at Baylor College of Dentistry.

A Darwinian evolutionist until he put his faith in Jesus Christ in 1976, he is the author of "Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution" and "The Evolution of a Creationist."

"In the fall of 1971 I went to Baylor University in Dallas and gave my first lecture. It was on the evolution of the tooth. I talked about how these fish scales gradually migrated into the mouth and became teeth. A couple of students came to me after the class that day and said, 'Dr. Martin, have you ever investigated the claims of creation science?' I had never even heard of it. So I said, 'Sure, I'll look into this with you.' And I'm thinking, kind of as a cocky young professor, 'I'll blow these guys away.'

"Well, they asked me to study the assumptions that the evolutionists make. In all of my eight years of scientific education, I had never had a single professor tell me about an assumption. So we started looking at the assumptions. I began to realize that evolutionists are making some claims that are based on assumptions that aren't valid, when they tell us that rocks are so old and these kinds of things.

"Then they asked me to start studying some animals and see if I thought they could have evolved. The first thing that we studied together was this little bug called the bombardier beetle. This little insect, which is about a half inch long, mixes chemicals that explode. I began to think, O.K. how would that evolve? If evolution is true it had to somehow evolve that. Let's assume it is evolving this defense mechanism, but the first time that it finally produces the explosion, what happens to the bug? Well, it is destroyed by the explosion, and we know that splattered bug pieces don't evolve. So I thought, how could this have happened? Well, [because of the intricate way it is built] it doesn't blow itself up. It has another little factory inside itself and it manufactures a chemical that acts as a catalyst, so when it squirts that chemical into these other chemicals that are in a suspended state it produces the explosion. And it has an asbestos-lined firing chamber to protect itself. And it has two little twin tail tubes, and it can aim these tubes out the side, even out the front. Let's say a spider is coming up toward its side and it doesn't have time to turn around and shoot. It can just take its little gun turret, aim it out to the side, and shoot. If you are listening to the explosion all you hear is a single pop, but scientists have put that sound into slow motion, and it is like about a thousand sequential little explosions that are so fast that all we hear is one pop. So you think, why would that be? It was a curious thing for the scientists that are studying this little bug. A lot of them are at Cornell University and some other places. What they discovered was that if it were just one big explosion, the little bug would be jetted away by the force! But as long as it is a sequential explosion, the bug with his little legs can hang on. How would evolution explain a sequential explosion?

"This little bug messes with all of the theories of evolution. There is no way a slow, gradual process is going to produce this bug. There is no way, even, that the newer theories, such as punctuated equilibrium, can explain this bug. I began to realize that this little bug needed to have all of its parts there at once or you just don't have the animal.

"And my stomach started to churn. My wife will tell you that my stomach churned for five years. It took a five-year struggle for me to begin to flip the way I think, from thinking in an evolutionary way to thinking that this creature was created fully formed just like it is. That went against everything I had ever learned" (Jobe Martin, Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution 1, Exploration Films.com).

Lee Strobel

Lee Strobel has a law degree from Yale University and worked as an investigative reporter for one of America's largest newspapers, the Chicago Tribune. He was an atheist. After his wife became a Christian in 1979, he was upset at her decision and determined to prove that the Bible is not true and that Jesus Christ is not the Son God. For two years he pursued this objective, using all of his legal and journalistic skills, but in the end he had proved to himself that the Bible is the Word of God and Jesus rose from the dead. He became a Christian in 1981 and has since written many books defending the Christian faith.

"It wasn't a phone call from an informant that prompted me to reexamine the case for Christ. It was my wife. Leslie stunned me in the autumn of 1979 by announcing that she had become a Christian. I rolled my eyes and braced for the worst, feeling like the victim of a bait-and-switch scam. I had married one Leslie--the fun Leslie, the carefree Leslie, the risk-taking Leslie--and now I feared she was going to turn into some sort of sexually repressed prude who would trade our upwardly mobile lifestyle for all-night prayer vigils and volunteer work in grimy soup kitchens.

"Instead I was pleasantly surprised--even fascinated--by the fundamental changes in her character, her integrity, and her personal confidence. Eventually I wanted to get to the bottom of what was prompting these subtle but significant shifts in my wife's attitudes, so I launched an all-out investigation into the facts surrounding the case for Christianity.

"Setting aside my self-interest and prejudices as best I could, I read books, interviewed experts, asked questions, analyzed history, explored archaeology, studied ancient literature, and for the first time in my life picked apart the Bible verse by verse.

"I plunged into the case with more vigor than with any story I had ever pursued. I applied the training I had received at Yale Law School as well as my experience as legal affairs editor of the Chicago Tribune. And over time the evidence of the world--of history, of science, of philosophy, of psychology--began to point toward the unthinkable" (Lee Strobel, The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus, 1998, p. 14).

Strobel became convinced that the Bible is true and that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. He has written many books defending the Christian faith, including The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus and The Case for the Resurrection.

(Sadly, we are in no position recommend Strobel's ministry, as we are in no way associated with him, nor do we know the man personally. We have reproduced this testimony in good faith, trusting it is accurate, for Jesus' name sake.)

May God richly bless you and open the eyes of your understanding as you seek after His truth.

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About Beyond-Armageddon

This is a End Time ministry focused on the individual..To take you by the hand and lovingly lead you down God's pathway to salvation.....so that along the way He can reveal to you His heart full of love, grace, and mercy, which He promises to pour out for you personally, while time still remains. Provided of course that in return, you put trust in  and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ