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The 10 Reasons We Know the Bible is True:
Reason 10: Changed Lives

There are many things that can change a person’s life- getting married, having cancer, and many many more. One thing that has significantly changed lives of people around the world for the better is Christianity.

Christians have a hope, joy, and peace that can be hard to find in people who do not have faith. In giving their lives to God, they find the true meaning of living- their lives are truly changed. There are also many people who were committed atheists that have converted and experienced God’s love in a way they never thought possible.

Christ has also changed the lives of many people who do not believe in Him. Here’s an example. In southern Sudan, the government frequently drops bombs on buildings, fields, and churches of Christians or in Christian neighborhoods. In doing so, they kill many native Muslims. Missionaries and Christian aid groups have gone to the area and helped Christians and Muslims alike- rebuilding homes, planting crops, and finding physicians. This is only one example of Christian groups going into the thick of the fight to help other people, many of which are not Christians themselves.

It is this special love, first demonstrated by Jesus, that lends credibility to Christians and the Bible. They both have the power to change lives.

The 10 Reasons We Know the Bible is True:
Reason 9: Global Influence
In the book The Rising by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, one character asks another “Who was the single most influential person in world history?” and the other replies “Jesus.” This is the truth. While there have been many great and influential people such as Aristotle, Asoka, and Charles Darwin, the influence of Jesus is still strong, and affects billions of people every day.
The calendar followed by most of the world is based on Jesus’ birth. The moral standards that many people, including those who do not believe in a god, hold as right, can be traced to His teaching (among other sources, of course). The sheer amount of artwork, and number of buildings and people are are dedicated to a man born 2000 years ago is astounding.
Another of Jesus’ teachings- equality- is still an important topic today. Jesus taught men and women of all races were equal, an idea that has taken root around the world. Many laws about equality and how to treat others are based on the teachings of Christ.
No less significant are the millions of people who have peace, hope, and joy because of their faith and the many people have given their lives for their beliefs, either in service or martyrdom. Jesus and His teachings are truly integrated into our world, and without them, our lives would be quite different.


The 10 Reasons We Know the Bible is True:
Reason 8: Leader Acceptance
The Bible has been accepted by millions of people, many of them well-respected and intelligent people. Patrick Henry called the Bible “a book worth all the other books ever printed.” Many U.S. Presidents, including George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, have held the Bible in high acclaim. Woodrow Wilson said “When you have read the Bible, you know it is the word of God, because it is the key to your heart, your own happiness, and your own duty.” It is highly unlikely that so many people could be “taken in,” “hoodwinked,” or “sheltered and brainwashed,” as many people claim Christians are.



The 10 Reasons We Know the Bible is True:
Reason 8: Leader Acceptance
The Bible has been accepted by millions of people, many of them well-respected and intelligent people. Patrick Henry called the Bible “a book worth all the other books ever printed.” Many U.S. Presidents, including George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, have held the Bible in high acclaim. Woodrow Wilson said “When you have read the Bible, you know it is the word of God, because it is the key to your heart, your own happiness, and your own duty.” It is highly unlikely that so many people could be “taken in,” “hoodwinked,” or “sheltered and brainwashed,” as many people claim Christians are.

Why I am Pro-Life
Ever since the Roe v. Wade court case in 1973, America has been plagued with a subtle violence, which, although not receiving large amounts of news attention, has claimed the lives of over 58 million Americans in 45 years. This crime, the murder of children by their own mothers, is commonly known as abortion. Widely accepted as it is, many have taken a stand against this practice, and with good reason. I am pro-life because I believe in the value of every person and because of the violence and anger caused by abortion. With history as proof, it is easy to see the negative influences of abortion in individuals, families, and nations, and recognize them as ill omens.
My first and foremost reason for being pro-life is the fact that an unborn baby is undoubtedly alive, unique, and human, that all humans have a right to life, and that God has a special plan for each and every person He has created. One simply cannot argue that unborn babies are not truly alive or human because they meet the qualifications of living organisms and have individual human DNA. What should be argued is that every single human being, old or young, born or unborn, has the right to live and be treated with respect. It is necessary that we rise up to protect the unborn.
Abortion, if left unchecked, brings disaster and violence with it wherever it goes. If men and women are allowed to think that they can simply “dispose of ” an unwanted child, all sense of individual responsibility vanishes and human beings are taught it is acceptable to kill the innocent to live as they would like. Abortion disrupts and destroys family life, and since people from dysfunctional families are likely to start similar families themselves, abortion causes a devastating a chain reaction that destroys families and has the power to break down society. Women who have abortions are affected emotionally for years afterward. Abortion also presents a violent example for those stand by: as it becomes socially acceptable, so will other crimes. Currently, unborn babies are killed, but it will not take long for the world to move on to others too. Mother Teresa forewarned us: “We must not be surprised when we hear of murders, of killings, of wars, of hatred. If a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for us to kill each other?”
Because of the violence and disunity caused by abortion, I look on it not with acceptance but with dislike and sadness. Those of us who see that abortion is wrong must stand together to end it, teaching others love, patience, and trust in God’s incredible plan. I am pro-life because the love and joy life bring severely contrast the anger and disorder brought by abortion. Each human being is an invaluable part of society, and they all deserve the right to life.

The 10 Reasons WE Know the Bible is True: Reason 6: Prophetic Evidence
There are 2000 prophecies in the Bible, many of which have been fulfilled and some that haven’t yet. Three hundred of these prophecies deal with the coming of the Messiah. What is amazing is this: not one of the fulfilled prophecies has had an error.
A prophecy to prove the Bible’s truthfulness and accuracy concerns a man named Cyrus and two nations: Babylon and the Medo-Persian Empire. Isaiah, who prophesied around 700 B.C., vividly described how God would destroy the powerful kingdom of Babylon. Writing as if it had already occurred, Isaiah declared Babylon would fall (21:9). He then prophesied that Babylon would fall to the Medes and Persians (Isaiah 13; 21:1-10) and that the “golden city” (Babylon) would be conquered by a man named Cyrus (44:28; 45:1-7). This is a remarkable prophecy, especially since Cyrus was not born until almost 150 years after Isaiah penned these words.
Not only did Isaiah predict that Cyrus would overthrow Babylon, but he also wrote that Cyrus, serving as Jehovah’s “anointed” and “shepherd,” would release the Jews from captivity and assist them in their return to Jerusalem for the purpose of rebuilding the temple. Isaiah's prophecies were recorded almost 200 years before Cyrus conquered Babylon (539 B.C.).
Here is another example. The prophet Ezekiel foretold that the Golden Gate (the eastern gate of Jerusalem) would be closed. In 1543, Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent closed the gate and walled it up, not knowing he was fulfilling prophecy. It remains sealed to this day exactly as the Bible predicted.
There are dozens of messianic prophecies in the Bible, all of which were fulfilled by Jesus Christ. Jesus was born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:1-6). He entered Jerusalem on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9-10; Matthew 21:1-11). He was betrayed by a friend (Psalm 41:9; John 13:18-21) and abandoned by his disciples (Zechariah 13:7; Matthew 26:31, 56). The details of his death recorded in the four Gospels are foretold in Psalm 69.
Mathematicians have calculated the odds of Jesus fulfilling only 8 of the Messianic prophecies as 1 out of 10 to the 17th. This is equivalent to covering the entire state of Texas with silver dollars 2 feet deep, marking one of them, mixing them all up and having a blindfolded person select the marked one at random the first time. These incredible odds show clearly that the Bible, with its thousands of reliable prophecies, what written by people who were Divinely, not humanly, inspired.

The 10 Reasons WE Know the Bible is true: Reason 5: Literary Consistency
Even though the Bible contains many different books in different genres, they all tell a big story when put together. Because some of them were 1500 years after the first ones, the fact that they all tell one ongoing story is evidence for their authenticity and that they were inspired by God.
The story that the books of the Bible tell is one of Salvation History- how after Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, God executed a huge plan to bring the world to Him and save them from their sins. This plan, which spanned hundreds of years, culminated in the birth and death of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, through whom all can obtain salvation.
Through 66 books, four major genres, and 1500 years, the Bible tells the story of the world, which continues today as our story. If we read our own history in the Bible and accept it as fact, we live changed lives, safe in the promise of God.
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