7 Unmistakable Modern-day Fulfillments of Bible Prophecy

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One of the most startling things that sets the Bible apart from any other book which has ever been written is the Bible’s ability to accurately predict history ahead of time. No other book—including the Muslim Qur’an, the Hindu VedasRamanyanaBhagavad Gita, Upanishads, the sayings of Buddha, the sayings of Confucius, the Book of Mormon, etc.—can boast of foretelling future events with unmistakable accuracy except the Bible . In fact, most of these texts contain no prophecies whatsoever. This is why apart from biblical Christianity, no other worldview including: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Bahá’í, Jainism, Shintoism, Zoroastrianism, etc. can account for what has happened in the past, what is currently going on in the world, nor what will unfold in the future. Fulfilled prophecy is therefore one formidable verification that the biblical worldview is the only one which can make sense of the world that we live in. Accordingly, the God of the Bible challenges the gods of all other worldviews to issue a prediction about the future so that the world may see who is really God (Isaiah 41:22-24, Isaiah 44:7-8). So far, all other worldviews have utterly failed. Continue reading

13 truths about speaking with tongues

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1. Tongues are (or were) real languages not gibberish.

2. Speaking with tongues (i.e. miraculously  speaking in a foreign language) was not meant to benefit believers, but to serve as a sign to persuade unbelievers.

3.The spiritual gift of tongues does not empower believers to speak an angelic language

4. The spiritual gift of tongues does not empower believers to speak a mysterious language.

5. “Praying in the spirit” or “praying in the Holy Ghost” is not a command to pray with tongues.

6. Paul criticizes, ridicules and discourages the practice of praying in tongues (without the gift of interpretation).

7. Speaking in tongues is useless unless there is an interpretation.

8. Not all believers are granted the gift of speaking with tongues.

9. God issues the command to be quiet in the church unless it is possible for the tongues to be understood (interpreted).

10. Since God is not the Author of confusion, speaking with tongues in church without providing a valid interpretation is not from God.

11. If tongues are spoken in the church, it should only be done by one person at a time, and then by no more than three persons in total. Therefore, a church collectively speaking in tongues is madness.

12. Women are not permitted to speak tongues in the church.

13. Tongues and other spiritual gifts will eventually cease.


1. Tongues are (or were) real languages not gibberish. See Acts 2:4-11 & 1 Corinthians 14:21-22

The words lâshôn [H3956] in the Hebrew and glōssa [G1100] in the Greek, literally refer to the tongue; a member of the body and the organ of speech located in the mouth. However, to lexicons of both the Old and New Testaments of the bible, this word tongue is figuratively used to refer to any “language or dialect used by a particular people distinct from that of other nations.”¹ In fact, the English words gloss and glossary are both derived from their cognate glōssa. Therefore, when the bible employs the word tongue to refer to the spiritual gift granted by the Holy Spirit to believers, it is the gift of speaking a foreign language that is in scope.

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Is Sin Alive In Our Bodies?

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The Conventional View of Sin

I would venture to say that most bible-believing Christians know how to define sin. In fact, when asked, I suspect that most of them would rightly tell you that sin is the breaking of God’s commandments, or as 1 John 3:4 says, the transgression of God’s law. Sometimes the bible uses other words when referring to sin. These words include: trespass [ma‛al H4604], iniquity [‛âvôn H5771and transgression [pesha‛ H6588]. Though some theologians have argued that there are significant differences between these words , it is absolutely clear that they all refer to the same idea and are thus effectively synonymous. Accordingly, we see the truth of this claim demonstrated in the Scriptures. One example that comes to mind is Psalm 32:1-2 where we read:

…Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity

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Is Phil Vischer’s “What’s In The Bible? Volume 1” actually in the Bible?

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This is a review of the first installment of the 13-part series from VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer which sets out to teach kids about the Bible. I purchased many of the “What’s In The Bible” (WITB) DVD’s based upon a recommendation from someone at our church and because someone from a men’s small group that I was involved with allowed me to preview two DVDs from the series. Having watched some of the Veggie Tales video’s and being generally pleased with their content, I decided that I would buy THE WITB series for the spiritual edification of my children. However, before doing so, I quickly found out that there were issues with some of the content that is included in the series’ first video. Although, I did eventually purchase 10 of the 13 videos in the series, I could not in good conscience purchase the first video after what I discovered. This post is only a review of content from the first video in the series: Buck Denver Asks: What’s in the Bible? Volume 1- In the Beginning

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Why should they listen to our God?

Person 1:

Please see [information] about the upcoming ‘Family Project’ – it is a film being produced by Focus on the Family to discuss God’s true design for marriage and family. I thought you would find it of interest.

Person 2:

Thanks. I hope this leads to Christians spending more time talking and working to make Christian families God pleasing and less time talking about gay families. Given that Christian families statistically are no better than secular families, why should they listen to our God?

James:

Just out of curiosity, which statistic are you referring to?

Person 2:

Divorce, but I’m sure if I did a little research there are more.

James:

Your rhetorical question suggest that they shouldn’t listen to our God if their Christian counterparts lives aren’t God-pleasing.
 
You asked: “Why should they listen to our God?”
 
Well for one, persons who’s excuse for not following Christ hinge upon the behavior of their Christian counterparts better be prepared to have that excuse ridiculed on the day of judgment. They should listen to our God because His Word, which is the basis for all proof, convicts the world of sin and promises judgment. They should listen to our God because He created them and His revealed Word offers them eternal life. They should listen to our God because in Him they live and move and have their being. Why should the unbeliever’s duty to believe rest upon the behavior of others?
 
The virtuous or God-pleasing behavior of Christian families will not convince the unsaved to suddenly become Christians. The Pharisees saw Christ who lived the most virtuous life of all but that didn’t convince them to become godly. In fact, if the “good” behavior of Christians led people to become believers, we should be concerned since other worldviews and faiths not only promote similar forms of morality,  but also have adherents that are equally capable of leading ostensibly good lives too. In other words, we would have some competition in that arena.
 
The goal of evangelism is not to convince the unsaved sinner that our actions or lives are virtuous (it may be helpful for the listener to conclude this but it is certainly not necessary). Unbelievers are not saved (or persuaded to be saved) by believing in our “good” lives, rather; they are saved by understanding and assenting to the biblical propositions that we profess and are found in the Word of God.
 
 

In eight consecutive verses, eight different times Jesus claims to be God

The bible informs us that one of the reasons why Jesus was killed was because of His claim to deity (Mark 14:61-64) and yet it is popular to hear some assert that Jesus never claimed to be God. In a recent bible study, I made the observation that within the John 5:1-24 excerpt, Jesus made five (initially I actually said three) claims to deity and I set out to discuss them but time did not allow for me to delve into each one with the depth that each deserved. However, upon writing this blog as a way to address the deity claims after the fact, I ended up documenting eight distinct claims to deity. In fact, if you carefully follow my reasoning below you may find that there are more than the eight listed.

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If you CONTINUE in my Word then you are REALLY my followers

Sometimes people wonder if anyone can definitively say or know whether someone is a Christian or not.  Let us consider the following verses:

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
(John 8:31)

Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
(Hebrews 10:38)

They [antichrists] went out from us, but they did not really belong with us; for if they were really part of our group, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they left; this shows that none of them really belonged with us.
(1 John 2:19)

For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end;
(Hebrews 3:14)

The verses above soundly demonstrate that persons who do not continue in His Word  (i.e. standing against God’s law) are not His followers.  This is different from the person who acknowledges God’s law as perfect and yet falls short; such individuals are recognized by their willingness to admit sin while submitting to the Word of God. However, for the person with a seared conscience that declares good is evil and evil is good (Isaiah 5:20), and speaks lies in hypocrisy (1 Timothy 4:1-2), we can rest assure that according to the Words of Christ they are not really his followers.