Christian Evidences

    

    

CHRISTIAN EVIDENCE

       


The Study of Christian evidences is the
study of matters that give substance to the claims of the Gospel and its
principal figure, Jesus Christ. Such evidences are usually divided into two
major fields. 



"Internal evidence"is one of these major fields of proof.

By this term we refer to things within
the Bible itself that indicate that the Bible is the product of God and not of
mere men. Since the Word of God is the seed of the kingdom (Luke 8:11) and
Christianity is all that it produces when faithfully followed, to establish the
authenticity of the Scriptures is to authenticate Christianity. Internal
evidence includes the complete self-harmony of the Scriptures (it does not
contradict itself), the historical, geographical, and scientific accuracy of
the Bible, the prophetic utterances and their fulfillment in the Bible, and
much more. These evidences demonstrate that the Bible could not have been
produced from the minds and talents of mere men. 

"External
evidence"
is the second major field of proof. This term refers to
things outside the Bible that confirm what is in the Bible. Archaeologists have
repeatedly unearthed artifacts that have confirmed what the Bible had said long
before it was otherwise confirmed. Archaeological finds have never contradicted
Biblical statements, whether historical, geographical, or otherwise. Also, in
the sphere of external evidence is the argument from design. My wristwatch
could not have spontaneously or accidentally sprung into existence. It is
obviously the product of intricate, precise, detailed design. There is no
"design" without a "designer." If this is true about
something as simple as a wristwatch, it is much more true of the vast universe.
The only rational explanation of how our world and all living creatures began
is that an all powerful and all-wise Designer designed and created them. Just
such a Designer the Bible reveals and describes as the true and living God. 

 "Practical evidence" might be
considered a third field of proof. By this I refer to the effects of the Gospel
when it is faithfully obeyed. Without the slightest doubt, Christianity has
influenced civilization for the better, never for the worse, wherever it has
gone. The awful blight of slavery has been all but conquered through the
influence of the Gospel. Women have been elevated immeasurably by the ennobling
power of New Testament Truth. The spirit of freedom that gave birth to our
nation is rooted in the Bible. However, perhaps even more powerful than these
are the changes wrought in individual lives. Indeed, this is the way the Gospel
has its widespread effect—as leaven in the dough (Mat. 13:33), it affects one
individual after another until the many are affected. It turns the murderer
into an apostle. It puts the lazy man to work, sobers up the drunk, and causes
the thief and the fornicator to abandon their evil ways. Such is indeed a
powerful form of "Christian
evidences."          
-Dub McClish





 





 


 


 


 


 




 

 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 



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Camouflage Religion


 


I like camouflage. It doesn't matter if it is shirts, shoes, hats, coats, socks, you name it and if it is camouflage I will wear it. (I don't have a camo tie though; I will have to work on that, but I do have camouflage curtains! The window wears them, not me). I have liked camouflage stuff ever since I was a kid. I can remember wearing camouflage to school, church, and sometimes I would even wear it to go hunting.


The main purpose for camouflage is for hiding. Hunters and soldiers use camouflage to blend into their surroundings. This is one of the reasons I always liked wearing camouflage because it helped in hiding. One of my all-time favorite games is Hide and Seek. It was fun being hidden and trying to outwit the other kids that were playing the game.


However, hiding is not always fun. In fact, many like to put on "spiritual camouflage" and try to hide from God. Remember Adam and Eve. After partaking of the forbidden fruit, they hid from God, and they even tried to use camouflage. When they realized that they were naked, they covered their bodies with leaves (Genesis 3:7-8). Achan took some of the forbidden valuables from Jericho and hid them under his tent. Yet, he was found out too. He and his family were all put to death for his sin (Joshua 7:19-25).


Then there are those today who try to "camouflage" or hide from God. They show up on Sunday, but the rest of the week they "hide" from God. Many will indulge in alcoholic drinks, use drugs, swear, cheat, commit adultery, disobey God in every way and get involved in activities that are not beneficial for their spiritual growth. Paul talks about such people in Titus 1:16, by saying, "They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for any good work."


Although sometimes people try to hide from God, God sometimes also hides from His people. Isaiah 1:15-16, quotes God as saying, "When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil." The prophet Ezekiel also reminds us in Ezekiel 39:24 that God hides from His people by saying, "I dealt with them according to their uncleanness and their transgressions, and hid my face from them." Then, we see Jesus hiding in John 8:59, "So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple."


In each case, God hid from His people when they chose to disobey His commands and sin against Him. Notice that these are people who claimed to believe in God, but they chose to turn their backs on Him. God then responded by hiding from them. God only hid from His people when they chose to "hide" from Him by sinning against Him. The good news is that God does not have to remain "hidden" from those who sin. The New Testament goes on to teach that those who are willing to come out of hiding and take their "spiritual camouflage" off that God will be found once again. 1 John 1:9 states, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."


Are you hiding from God? Is God hiding from you? Dear Christian, please repent and confess your sins so God can be found once again in your life. "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you" (Matthew 6:33). -Mark Tonkery