A preacher once visited a farmer to talk to him about the church, and to invite him to worship. “Why, I wouldn’t come to church up there,” said the farmer, “I know old so-and-so and his wife and they don’t live any differently from me. I’m as good as they are.” And everywhere the farmer went, he told about the hypocrites in the church.
The months passed and the preacher went to see the farmer again. “I want to buy a hog,” the preacher said. The farmer showed him all his best hogs. Then, they came upon a runt. “That’s the one I want to buy,” the man of God stated. “But … you don’t want to buy a runt, do you?” “Sure I do,” was the reply. So they loaded him into the preacher’s truck.
As the preacher left, he said, “Now I’m going to ride all over this area and tell folks that this is the kind of hogs that you are raising here.” “Hey, that’s not fair,” said the farmer,” I have some nice hogs here and you want to show people the runt!” “If its fair for the church, its fair for the hogs, answered the preacher.
The evidence that the Bible is the word of God is overwhelming. Consider:
1. Claims Inspiration: Any claim of inspiration must be tested. However, an inspired book would acknowledge its source (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
2. Unity: The Bible contains 66 separate books written in three languages by approximately 40 authors from different locations and diverse backgrounds over a period of 1,500 years, yet there are no contradictions. The theme is consistent resulting in a rich harmony lacking in works by mortal man.
3. Scientific Understanding: While atheists attempt to pit science against religion, true science is the Christian’s friend. The Bible demonstrates inspiration both by what it omits and what it includes. The Bible avoids errors about astrology, false medical cures, divination, omens, the Earth’s shape and position, which contemporary literature and culture contain. Yet it includes scientific information unknown at that time such as ocean currents, logical dietary laws, the water cycle, seabed topography, and quarantine.
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What if God couldn’t take the time to bless us today because we couldn’t take the time to thank Him Yesterday?
What if God decided to stop leading us tomorrow because we didn’t follow Him today?
What if we never saw another flower bloom because we grumbled when God sent the rain?
What if God didn’t walk with us today because we failed to recognize it as His day?
What if, God took away the Bible tomorrow because we would not read it today?
What if, God took away His message because we failed to listen to the Messenger?