The faith I speak of in this blog post is our Faith in the Word which we believe and stake our souls eternal joy or eternal damnation on. Cold Case Christianity had some good episodes which touched on this subject between March and June 2016
Faith in the word, we need to look at the chain of custody, as well as our obligations and mandates from Jesus.
Then Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready. ~John 7:7 NKJV
Did not the Christ tell us, our time is always ready? In that, could we not accept these words, by faith, that we are to do a great many things, as per the mandate from Christ in the Great Commission, as well as many other things! Are we not to share our faith, as the Apostle Peter warned us? (see 1 Peter 3:15)
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear ~1 Peter 3:15 NKJV
New Testament chain of custody, which was reasonably researched and gleaned from church history and from the writings of those involved. I received this freely from Cold Case Christianity and pass it on to you that you may know the truth of the matter and the truth of the chain of custody of the Word of God.
Also you can obtain other tidbits of info in other areas. Such as, for one, the Book of Isaiah was obtained and intact in the Qumran digs back in the 1946-1956, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. The Book of Isaiah in that archaeological find was 1000 years older than any other in hand at that time. I was transcribed and was shown to be 99% accurate. This one additional proof that the scribes that transcribed these important books of the Bible were carefully copied.
And when someone tells you that there is a bias…guess what? Everyone has a bias, no matter who they are. Christians desire it to be true and based upon the evidences, they are true. Atheists want the Bible to be proven false. Which if you think about it…since they do not believe in God, they have no claim to truly argue about the Bible. The Bible is basically a manual of life’s moral requirements. I would argue that an Atheist possesses the position that since there is no God, all things are permissible. And if there is no God, why do they argue about a book inspired by someone they do no believe exists? We are reminded:
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God…” ~Psalm 14:1 NKJV
We show our love of God and Jesus through out lives and our daily habits. We each have a responsibility to God by loving Him! What was it that Jesus spoke?
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” ~Matthew 22:37-40 NKJV
So, how do we love God? We must have a clean heart. Remember what Jesus said,
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. ~Matthew 15:18-19 NKJV
Clear your heart of these things and you will be on the road toward righteousness.
Now how do you love God with your mind? Flood it with God’s word, commentaries on His word, study His word, memorize His word, etc. Our minds are meant to bee used for doing good and God’s works; such as, missions work, bible studies, discussions, evangelizing, defending God’s word, etc.
Now how do you love God with all your soul? Well, I thought Greg Simas had a great article, HOW TO LOVE GOD WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, on this very subject:
Love the Lord with all your soul by making godly choices.
Love the Lord with all your soul by pursuing obedience to His Word.
Love the Lord with all your soul by pursuing a life of humility in attitudes and speech.
To love the Lord with all your soul means to love Him in the way we live, in the choices we make, and in the behavior and lifestyle we adopt.
We also need to look at something else and that is the martyrdom that had occurred with the other 10 Apostles. Judas hung himself so he does not count, John died of old age and again he does not count. But all the other Apostles died horrible and torturous deaths. Now the question that must be asked is this one: Would you die for something you did not believe in? Probably not, and it is highly probable that the Apostles were the same way. Also, their being martyred does not necessarily prove the Bible was true not that Jesus was the Son of God; however, it does prove that they believed what they taught and evangelized to the world. That is an important thing to remember!
May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!