Colorado National Speedway
July 27, 2013
“The Top 10 Questions People Ask About God, Jesus, Bible, & Christianity Today”
(Part 1 of 2)
We have been going through a series that focuses on the top questions people have about God, Jesus, Christianity & the Bible. We all have questions and out there on the streets of America today people are being bombarded with all the anti God, anti Jesus, anti Christianity & Bible like never before or so it seems.
At Kathy and my home church we have been dealing with these issues in a series called “Word on the Street.” The messages are relevant, fresh, and so important today that I seriously want each of you to take about 40 minutes a day or week to listen live to them. One of our closest friends Bruce Stefanik has done an incredible job with them. Bruce is extremely gifted and I can only wish I could teach as well, …however my gifting comes in other areas of ministry out here with you today.
SO… please, Please, PLEASE tune into them and listen. You can go to our website BeyondCheckeredFlags.com and click on Chapel Messages and then this chapel where you will find a link to them. You can also copy, cut and paste the following into your browser:
Today’s chapel and that same message on the website include The Top 10 Questions about God, Jesus, Christianity, and the Bible. I have placed brief, limited, insights on the subjects both here and more in depth on the website as you look through the top questions people have today. They include links to YouTube videos and list some relevant books to help you.
I suppose you could call this chapel a special “Help, …or Everything You Wanted to Know” …about what people are asking today. Let’s begin:
1. Is there a God?
If it’s illogical to think that a race car’s transmission would randomly come about, without a designer and a maker, how much more silly would it be to think that the human body, that the earth, that the universe, would randomly come about without a designer and a maker? …The complexity of life and the entire creation & heavens around us points to that fact that there is intelligent design… Personally, I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist…
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.”
There’s great video on YouTube by an amazing guy named Ravi Zachariahs. I encourage you to, if you’re asking this question to watch this video: “Ravi on How do you know there is a God?”
But, …Couldn’t Christianity Be An Elaborate Hoax?
There are many that think all of Christianity could be an elaborate hoax. The answer is simple. No, it could not be. Most of the disciples died brutal and terrible deaths. For what? Preaching the Gospel in their day! The fact that they; and people still are today, willing to die so they could tell everyone that Jesus is resurrected and alive signifies truth in what is said. Why would anyone willingly die for nothing, if it was all a hoax? They wouldn’t. Nobody would. However, someone would die for something they believed in and knew was truth, especially if God revealed Himself to them like He did …so much so that they had absolutely no doubt! Experience and visible, hands on relationship, could only do that.
Knowing all that I know now, there is only one possible path for me to take …especially after my personal experience on that day of revelation …October 22, 1978. That is the path to God. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior, is He yours? I live my life with the ideals that are set forth. Some might call those ideals old-fashioned. For me, it is the only choice I can make it. It’s not old-fashioned, it simply is the truth.
2. Is the Bible Reliable?
We can be confident that what we have today is what was originally written. However, is what was originally written true? …You can test with some work the many events and things mentioned in the Bible. Every archaeological finding matches up with the events of the Bible–whether it’s a war, a kingdom, a person …including eyewitness accounts. John, one of Jesus’ apostles says this about himself in John 19: 35:
“The eyewitness to these things has presented an accurate report. He saw it himself and knows he is telling the truth so that you, also, will believe.”
Even outside of the Bible, you have so many sources…from a Roman governor, a Jewish historian, archeological digs and their physical evidence plus too many others to mention here. Those multiple reliable sources out side the Bible match up with the accounts from inside the Bible. They all give you corroborating–matching up–eyewitness accounts. So, is what was first written accurate history? I think we can be confident in that seeing that they are coming from so many different and various dates and places without connection throughout history.
…Is the Bible inspired by God? You have 40 different authors, many eyewitness accounts, over a span of 1800 years. You have kings, uneducated men, fishermen, educated men, historians of their day, written records in the Vatican and museums. You’ve all these different types. Different cultures, writing this story that basically tells of God and His redemptive plan for mankind–all matching up to bring only one possible conclusion …just like the creation and heavens do.
A great video to watch on YouTube, is: Dr. Voddie Baucham: “Why I Believe the Bible.”
3. What is my Purpose in Life?
Our culture today, and in all reality, pretty much worldwide, would make the purpose of life today seem to be: Power, money and sex. Or, “The purpose of life is for you to be happy, independent of how that affects other people…”
That same mentality also resides in the cults and “religions” of our day (especially Muslim) since leaders or those espouse their tenants in order to rule and reign with ultimate power and control, even to the point of world domination… which is sort of the new type of Hitler in today’s world.
There is a very down-to-earth, put-the-cookies-on-the-table, simple explanation of this subject I highly recommend: That is the book “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren.
Take a brief look at a summery of chapter one:
One’s purpose in life is not about himself. His purpose in life exceeds his personal wants and needs, his family, his career and anything else relative to his life. One must turn to God, his Creator, to know his purpose. Why? It is because God created everyone “on purpose” and “for a purpose.”
The reason many cannot find their purpose in life is because they start at the wrong entry point by focusing on their own self-centered concerns, such as their needs, goals, dreams, life-direction and ambitions. This focus cannot and will not reveal their purpose in life.
The only way one may know of his purpose in life is to inquire of the One who created and gave him life. One must begin with God, his Creator; and since there is an “owner’s manual” penned by God applicable to everyone on earth, one’s purpose is discernable in this manual. If one will study the Bible, he will discover that he was “made by God and for God. Until this is understood, life will never make sense or bring complete satisfaction to the person. Only in this may one ascertain his origin, his identity, his importance, his purpose and his destiny. Any other investigative path leads to emptiness, to depression and to a dead end.
Many attempt to use God for their own self-conceived purpose, which is a self-centered approach. This is a reversal of God’s blueprint for one’s life. Many self-help books use this approach by stipulating various steps one must follow in order to achieve success in life, to reach one’s personal goals. And by following such steps one may indeed be successful, but being successful and fulfilling one’s purpose in life are not the same issue. One may be successful in the sight of man and according to his standards, while becoming a complete failure to God and to himself.
There are two options one may take in attempting to find his purpose in life, one is by speculation, the common but defective choice; and the other is by revelation, the uncommon and correct choice. God, the Creator, has not left man to speculate on such an important matter as his purpose or reason for living. God gave to man His Holy and Infallible Word, as an “owner’s manual” on all the important questions of life. To know one’s purpose in life, information that cannot be obtained from the world’s wisdom (philosophy, psychology, self-motivation anecdotes), one must turn to eternal truths recorded in the Bible.
The Bible is very clear regarding the reason and purpose for everyone’s life. In Ephesians 1:11 the following truths regarding every human being is clear, as follow:
Everyone’s purpose must start with a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Everyone’s being and purpose was pre-planned and designed by God before the foundation of the world.
Everyone is designed to fulfill God’s specific plan (will) for his life.