Hi, you may have noticed that this blog went from “daughter of the king” to “two daughters of the king”. Well, as you may have already guessed I’m the other “daughter”, J. If you want to know a little bit more about me you can check out my bio on the “About” page.
About a month ago I felt the Lord calling me to engage in more discussions with people in the sciences regarding issues like evolution vs. creation and the pro-choice vs. pro-life. I found myself engaged in conversations with people who didn’t agree with me, and I realized that because we held such different world views, there would be no convincing one another. This brought me back to the importance of not only sharing with others what Christ did on the cross for us and our need for a savior, but also being able to defend the validity of the Bible and its claims about where we came from, why we’re here, and where we’re headed after this life.
Having studied and worked in the neurosciences, many of my friends and acquaintances are highly educated and intelligent people. These highly educated people who spend their lives studying different neurological systems and structures would often write off anything regarding the Bible with unfounded blanket statements such as “Jesus never said He is God” or “How can you, a scientist, not believe in evolution?!” I have come to realize, as A expresses, how misunderstood our God truly is.
The Bible isn’t just some inapplicable archaeic text full of myths and good values, it IS the living, breathing Word of God. You’re probably asking, “OK, I get it, you believe in the Bible, but how do I know it’s true?” As a scientist I like to see testing and evidence. We can test the historical reliability and accuracy of the Bible by examining it with three tests applied to historical documents. I’ll blog more about these tests and their results when applied to the Bible in another post. The most compelling evidence for the inerrancy of the Bible is its ability to accurately predict the future, the fulfillment of prophecy.
Approximately 1/3 of the Bible consists of prophecy. Revelation 19:10 says “…For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Many events such as Jesus’ virgin birth, His birthplace, how He’d present Himself as the Messiah, His suffering, His crucifixion and His resurrection were all prophesied in the Old Testament hundreds of years before they occurred. Some of these prophecies are incredibly specific such as the exact amount of money, 30 pieces of silver, that Jesus would be betrayed for (Zechariah 11:12-13), the Messiah’s entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, and when the Messiah would die for our sins…all written over 500 years before these events occurred. Other prophecies have more recently been fulfilled. The restoration of Israel as a nation (May 1948), the return of its Jewish people and Israel’s prosperity were all prophesied centuries ago.
No other nation in history has been destroyed, it’s people dispersed around the world and then almost two thousand years later it’s people re-gathered and nation restored. Up until the 19th century Israel was seen as a “wasteland”, In 1867 Mark Twain wrote the following, in Innocent’s Abroad, about Israel which at the time was called Palestine: “Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes… the spell of a curse that has withered its fields and fettered its energies… Palestine is desolate and unlovely… It is a hopeless, dreary, heartbroken land.” Currently, Israel’s agriculture and economy are prospering. With agricultural settlements flourishing over former sand and malaria infested wastelands and vast reserves of natural gas and oil being discovered.
For those of you that don’t believe be amazed and for those who do believe be encouraged by how God keeps His Word through His protection of the tiny (size of New Jersey) yet mighty (in the Lord) nation of Israel. No matter how doomed they may seem as surrounding nations rise up against them, they are in God’s hand and under His protection. God says He will bless those who bless them and curse those who curse them.
The Bible proves its divine inspiration through the fulfillment of prophecy; no other religious text has foretold the future and fulfilled its prophecies as the Bible has. God has and will continue to fulfill His Word. Isaiah 46:10 says “Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’
If you think the Bible isn’t relevant to your life today, consider the evidence presented above but even more importantly open the Bible and see how God speaks to you. God says “…seek Me and find Me, when you search for me with all your heart” Jeremiah 29:13. We are all in need of a savior, because our hearts are “…deceitful …and desperately wicked.” (Jeremiah 17:9) God sent His son Jesus Christ to us in the flesh to pay the price for yours and my sin so that if we believe we can spend eternity with Him (John 3:16).
Rest in Him,