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How do we know that the Bible's prophecies have not been changed to reflect what has already happened?  Couldn't prophecy have been changed 500 years ago to match what has actually happened?  In other words, how do we know that the Bible is true and can be trusted?



Can it be proved, beyond a "shadow of a doubt" that God really does exist?




Why does God always want all the glory and all our praises?  Is He so full of Himself that He just has to have all we can give? (Or does it have something to do with how much He loves us?)




What did sin ever do to God to make Him hate it so much and why did Jesus feel He had to come here to save us from it?  (What's so "bad" about sin?)



If there is a loving God, why does He allow so much suffering and pain?  Why does He allow bad things to happen to good people?



How can I work out my own salvation if Jesus says that I cannot do anything by myself?




The Bible says, "if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins."  Does that mean that if I sin just one more time after I have accepted Christ I am lost forever? 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

How do we know that the Bible's prophecies have not been changed to reflect what has already happened?  Couldn't they have been changed 500 years ago or so, to match what actually happened?  In other words, how do we know that the Bible is true and can be trusted?


The answer is actually "Yes", the Bible could have been changed years ago.  So what we need in order to show that the Bible has not been changed is a "Time Capsule" of some sort, written before Jesus was here, which contains these same prophecies. 
 
In the years 1947-1949 such a "Time Capsule" was found.  Very old scrolls, written over 125 years before Jesus was on this earth were discovered in caves located close to the Dead Sea.  These scrolls are commonly known today as the "Dead Sea Scrolls". 

 
The writing on these scrolls could not have been changed recently because the scrolls are extremely brittle.  In fact, many of these actually fell apart when they were opened.

All of the book of Isaiah was discovered and translated.    (The book of Isaiah contains many prophecies that point directly to Jesus.)


The conclusion is that our Bible is 98½ percent textually pure. Through all the copying of the Biblical manuscripts of the entire Bible, only 1½% has any question about it. Nothing in all of the ancient writings of the entire world approaches the accuracy of the biblical documents.  The 1½ percent that is in question does not affect doctrine. The areas in question are called variants and they consist mainly in variations of wording and spelling.  (As an example, in one chapter of 166 words, only one 3-letter word is in question and it does not make a significant difference to the meaning of the text.)

These ancient scrolls prove that the prophecies written in our Bibles are the same as what was written over 2,000 years ago.

In summary, these scrolls prove that the prophecies in our Bible have not been changed and can be trusted.  And in turn, these prophecies prove that every detail in the Bible is accurate, even the stories that seem odd.  Stories like the donkey that talked, or 5,000+ people being fed by just 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish, and a Man who walked on water are all stories that are true.  We can trust our Bibles, even when we do not completely understand everything it says.






(Click here for more information about the Dead Sea Scrolls.  See also Professor Peter Stoner's comments and proof.)
 

Would you like more evidence that the Bible is accurate and can be trusted?  Here are links to 2 websites containing information that may be very helpful:



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Can it be proved, beyond a "shadow of a doubt" that God really does exist? 



You need to ask yourself if you can prove anything, even that the computer you are sitting at right now didn't just grow, or appear out of thin air.  No one can prove to you, beyond a "shadow" of a doubt, that these things were built by humans.  (Even if you put your computer together yourself, you did not make all the pieces, nor see them all being made by humans.)  There are some things that we just know.  You can prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" that these things were built by humans, but not beyond all doubt. 

You can also prove "beyond a reasonable doubt", that God really does exist,  but not beyond all doubt.  Even if we actually saw God with our own eyes we could find a reason to doubt. 

Here is a quote that helps us to understand what is being said:

God never asks us to believe, without giving sufficient evidence upon which to base our faith.  His existence, His character, the truthfulness of His word, are all established by testimony that appeals to our reason; and this testimony is abundant.  Yet God has never removed the possibility of doubt.  Our faith must rest upon evidence, not demonstration.  Those who wish to doubt will have opportunity; while those who really desire to know the truth will find plenty of evidence on which to rest their faith.  

Steps to Christ, page 105


When we speak of faith, there is a distinction that should be borne in mind. There is a kind of belief that is wholly distinct from faith. The existence and power of God, the truth of His word, are facts that even Satan and his hosts cannot at heart deny. The Bible says that "the devils also believe, and tremble;" but this is not faith. James 2:19. Where there is not only a belief in God's word, but a submission of the will to Him; where the heart is yielded to Him, the affections fixed upon Him, there is faith--faith that works by love and purifies the soul.  

Steps to Christ, page 63


As stated before, please follow the links on the "Purpose Page" to the places where many examples of these evidences, called "prophecies", are listed.  These "evidences" are not limited to Bible prophecies, though.  Nature gives us many additional evidences that there really is a Master Designer, an amazing and loving God.

(For more encouragement read,  "What to Do with Doubt")

Examples in nature:
    The Lobster's Eye 
    The Peacock's Tail  (see this video also)
    Feathers
    Butterflys  (see this video also)
    Spiders
   The Honeybee
   The 'Impossible' Insects
    The Vibrating Human Eye & Its Design  (see this video also)
    The Ant's Tunnel Design
    Inside the Cell

An additional link to information as to how the World Wide Flood (Noah's Flood) would contribute to our coal and oil.

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See also Professor Peter Stoner's comments and mathematical proof.)


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Why does God always want all the glory and all our praises?  Is He so full of Himself that He just has to have all we can give? (Or does it have something to do with how much He loves us?)


It's a fair question.  At first glance it seems that God needs our praises to boost His self image or something, but let's think about this question some more.  What's in it for God when we give Him all the glory?  Is He really needing the praise, or is it because He is wanting to see the correct attitude in us? 

When we give God real glory and praise it will stem from a heart full of gratitude and love.  God wants us to be truly happy and when we are praising Him it is doing us the most good and we actually become happier and that makes God happier.  So God wanting all of our praise is actually God wanting the best for us. 
 

What love!


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What did sin ever do to God to make Him hate it so much and why did Jesus feel He had to come here to save us from it?  (What's so "bad" about sin?)



Another fair question.  Does God hate sin because it made Him look bad?  What's wrong with having a little "fun" now and then?  It doesn't hurt anyone does it? 

Actually, yes it does hurt someone.  Sin is the breaking of one of God's laws and sin eventually will kill anyone who sins.  In fact, sin caused the death of the only Person on earth who never sinned, Jesus.  It may take awhile to see the results of sin, but if any of the 10 commandments are broken the end result is always death.  Sin is a very bad thing (not just because God said so).

Let's look at an example.  Let's say that "using God's name in vain" is the law that gets broken.  Seems like such a little thing, but when we use God's name lightly we are really setting ourselves above God.  We are saying that we do not need Him and that we do not need anything that He could possibly give us (even though all good things come from Him).  So are we saying that we can live without the sun, the rain, the plants that provide our food, or even without the air we have been given to breath?  Of course we wouldn't have a chance, we would be dead in seconds, but you get the idea.

Here's another example.  The commandment that tells us we must honor our father and our mother seems like such a little thing too, yet if we fail to bring honor to our parents it is because we are failing to be good to ourselves (we are not letting ourselves be really happy).  Again, God wants us to be happy.  If we don't care about our parents then we will not be truly happy.  A lack of happiness in a life leads to depression and eventually it will lead to self-murder in one form or another.  In other words, it will eventually lead to death.

So, does God hate sin because it made Him look bad, or does He hate sin because of what it does to the one who sins? 

The answer, of course, is that Jesus hates sin because it kills those He loves!  And He loves us so much that He was willing to die (He took sin's end result, death.) so that we can live and be happy.  This was the only way that sin could be eradicated from His entire universe and protect all those who trust Him!  So put your trust in Him and don't sin anymore.  (Remember that without Jesus we cannot do anything.  So we cannot just quit sinning on our own, but He promised us that with His help we can do anything.  So ask Him to eradicate sin from your life and then let Him do it.  And don't resist when He tries to make those changes either.)

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If there is a loving God, why does He allow so much suffering and pain?  Why does He allow bad things to happen to good people?



In order to understand the reason for so much suffering we need to look at the "big picture".  What would happen if God did not allow these things to happen for now?  (You should find that studying the "Theater" of Our Universe timeline will help you understand this whole subject better.)

Think about this:  
 

"...nothing befell Him [Christ] but that which infinite love permitted for the blessing of the world. Here was His source of comfort, and it is for us. He who is imbued with the Spirit of Christ abides in Christ. The blow that is aimed at him falls upon the Savior, who surrounds him with His presence. Whatever comes to him comes from Christ. He has no need to resist evil, for Christ is his defense. Nothing can touch him except by our Lord's permission, and 'all things' that are permitted 'work together for good to them that love God.' Romans 8:28."  

Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings, page 71


Remember also that it is not God who is the destroyer of life, but the Devil.  God wants to give us life, not take it away.  The Bible puts it this way, "...your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" 1 Peter 5:8  and "The thief [the Devil] cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly."  John 10:10


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How can I work out my own salvation if Jesus says that I cannot do anything by myself?




The Bible tells us that we cannot save ourselves.  Jesus says in John 15:5, "I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."
 
But then it turns around and tells us that we have to work out our own salvation.  The Apostle Paul says in Philippians 2:12, "Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling."
 
They seem to be saying just the opposite things.  What's going on?  Why does Jesus tell us one thing and Paul tell us something different?  Are they opposing each other, or are they really both saying the same thing?
 
Imagine that you are “in God's shoes”.  You gave people the power of choice at creation because without choice people would be like robots.  If you ever took this ability to choose away from people you would be forcing them to do what you wanted them to do, not letting them do what they wanted to do.  So, even if they asked you to take full control you’d still need to allow them the freedom of saying “Stop!”, the freedom to change their minds.  You decide that instead of making them robots you will send them everything needed so as to make it possible for them to do “right”, but still allowing them the right to choose.  If they do “right” it is because they chose to do it, even though you made it all possible.

It turns out that both Jesus and Paul are saying the same thing, they're just talking about it from two different points of view.  Jesus always gives us everything we need in order to do whatever it is that He is asking us to do, but then it is up to us to do it.  We work out our own salvation through the power of Christ.

 
 "Nothing but his own choice can prevent any man from becoming a partaker of the promise in Christ by the gospel."

The Desire of Ages, page 403

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  • The Bible says, "if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins." (Hebrews 10:26) Does that mean that if I sin just one more time after I have accepted Christ I am lost forever?


No, what this is really saying is that there is only ONE way for us to be saved and that is because of Jesus sacrifice.   The Message translation puts it this way, "If we give up and turn our backs on all we've learned, all we've been given, all the truth we now know, we repudiate Christ's sacrifice and are left on our own to face the Judgment—and a mighty fierce judgment it will be!"

Hebrews 10:26


In other words, once a person learns about Jesus and His sacrifice for them, learns about what sin is and knows what he needs to do, yet refuses to accept the ONE supreme sacrifice made by Christ, then "there no longer remains a sacrifice for [his] sins."  There are no other options for him, and there isn't anything else God can do to save him from the judgment and the death that is coming.  God has done all He can do to save that person.


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Updated: Sep 9, 2016