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SERIES—INTRODUCTION

Many in our modern world might be surprised to know that the following facts can be logically verified:
  1. God obviously exists—atheism, on the other hand, is plainly illogical.

  2. God created us—not "random molecules that just happened to clump together," as Chemical Evolution absurdly suggests.
  3. Every plant, insect, animal, and person did not all evolve from a common, microscopic, "mother-of-us-all" bacterium—as Macro Evolution ridiculously asserts.

  4. God's instructions about how He wants us to live are found in the Bible, which is clearly from a Divine Source—as Bible prophecies emphatically prove.

  5. And...well-translated Bibles are accurate—meaning, the message of the Bible is completely trustworthy.



But I don't want to simply make bold statements...I'd like to clearly and logically prove each point above as this series unfolds.

In the meantime, however, if you would be kind enough to assume—just for the moment—that each of the above is true...

...The question then remains: "What does it all mean?

It means this:

That the honest mind is compelled to take seriously the message of the Bible.

But—What does the Bible's message actually teach?

What exactly is our God trying to tell us?




7 Vital concepts the Bible reveals to us...

In the Bible, God has revealed to humanity the following facts (again, I ask that you please assume these facts are true, given that I plan to later prove the Bible is God's word):
  1. ...There are only two possibilities for our eternal destinies: the wide path that leads to destruction, and the narrow path that leads to eternal life.

  2. ...Most people in our world have chosen the wide path—and will experience a terrible fate due to their decision (or indecision).

  3. ...We can avoid this terrible fate—and be saved—by following God's unmodified will, as it is recorded in the Bible.

  4. ...This world—and everything in it—will be destroyed by fire.

  5. ...A Day of Judgment is coming, when all people will be held accountable for their actions—actions which will affect their eternal destinations.

  6. ..."Heaven" and "hell" are actual destinations—destinations that humanity would be well advised to study the path of how to reach each.

  7. ...Salvation can be achieved by anyone willing to sacrifice everything for Christ.





Here now are the direct quotes from the Bible, which confirm the above 7 concepts to be true...



There are only two possible destinies, and most are choosing the wrong path...
Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction—and many enter through it. But the gate is small and the road is narrow that leads to life—and only a few find it.
(Matthew 7:13-14)

We must do God's unmodified will—or we will not be saved...
Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and [do many wonderful deeds] in your name?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you; Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.'
(Matthew 7:21-23)
Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.
(Deuteronomy 4:2)

Our world will be destroyed by fire...
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will pass away with a roar, the elements will be destroyed in intense heat, and the earth—and everything in it—will be burned up. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people should you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look for, and look forward to, the day of God. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire—and the elements will melt in intense heat.
(2 Peter 3:10-12)

There will be a final day of reckoning, and many people will be shocked to discover their real destination...
...the Lord Jesus [will be] revealed from heaven in flaming fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be repaid with everlasting destruction, and will be removed far from the presence of the Lord and from the magnificence of his power...
(2 Thessalonians 1:7-9)
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right: "Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." Then the righteous will answer him, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?" The King will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." Then he will say to those on his left: "Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me." They also will answer: "Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?' He will reply: "I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me." Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."
(Matthew 25:31-46)
One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done.
(Psalm 62:11-12)

Heaven and Hell are actual destinations we would be well-advised to learn about...
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In my Father's house are many dwelling places. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to be with Me, so that you may also be where I am.
(John 14:1-3)
Then he showed me the river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb—in the middle of its street. On each side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, and bearing its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There will no longer be any curse—and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His servants will serve Him. They will see his face, and His name will be on their foreheads. There will no longer be any night—and they will no longer need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, because the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign for ever and ever. And he said to me, "These words are trustworthy and true.
(Revelation 22:1-6)
Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a large millstone were tied around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed, than to have two hands and go to hell—into the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled, than to have two feet and be thrown into hell—where 'their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.' And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell—where 'their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.' For everyone is going to be salted with fire.
(Mark 9:42-49)

We must be willing to give up literally everything—if we want to be saved...
...no one can be My disciple unless he gives up everything he has.
(Luke 14:33)


How to be saved—according to the Bible




True Christians can—and must—be prepared to make a logical defense for their faith

The apostle Peter wrote:
Always be ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
(1 Peter 3:15-17)

The Bible here reveals at least four important facts:
  1. We can in fact defend what we believe (or God would not ask us to do so).
  2. We must be prepared to defend what we believe.
  3. We must always be prepared to defend what we believe.
  4. And—when we do so—we must do so respectfully. Defending truth is not a debating contest; it's the process of revealing facts to anyone interested in truth (remember, truth is the easiest position to defend, but it cannot be forced upon those with no sincere desire to find it).
So, the question is: Are we always ready to defend our faith, to logically defend what we believe—and why we believe it?





Now it's time to remove the assumptions...

I asked that you bear with me and "assume" the Bible is God's actual word.

I did that because I wanted you to know, right away, the basic facts of this life—directly from the One Who created us.

So, let's proceed now to peel this onion, one layer at a time, proving each point as we go.

It's going to take a bit of time, so please bear with us as we make this logical case.

I believe that any honest truth-seeker who hasn't investigated these things before is going to be astonished at how simple and easy it is to logically, soundly, and irrefutably prove our God, His word, and the truth we are all responsible for.

So, let's get started...





Fact #1: God exists


Please read:
4 Questions atheists can't answer





Fact #2: God created us—not Chemical Evolution


5 Reasons Chemical Evolution is False:
Introduction
REASON #1—That "simple little organism" isn't so simple after all
REASON #2—Nature can't produce complex organic molecules
REASON #3—'Irreducible complexity' insurmountable problem
REASON #4—Thermodynamics is a deathblow to evolution
REASON #5—Chemical Evolution is mathematically and physically impossible
Conclusion


Please also read:
How evolutionists attempt to "explain away" Borel's Law
Evolutionists ecstatic over methane gas discovery on Mars





Fact #3: We didn't all evolve from a "mother-of-us-all" bacterium


Please read:
Why the Theory of Evolution is scientifically unsupportable
How the 'Law of Disorder' disproves evolution
Numerous bloopers have yet to teach scientists "lessons"





Fact #4: The Bible is God's message to this world—as Bible prophecies clearly demonstrate


Please read:
How Bible Prophecies prove the Bible came from a Divine Source





Fact #5: The Bible is accurate, so the message can be trusted


Please read:
"Errors" of the Bible: 3 Common misunderstandings







Additional recommended reading:

Is the Christian faith 'blind?'
Is your favorite preacher a false prophet?
How to choose the right church




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