TAKE HEED !
As we begin the 21st century, mankind's situation appears to be threatened more and more. There are many problems and enough apparent solutions, but reality demonstrates that they are neither genuine nor durable.
If we are honest, we must admit that mankind has not learned from the lessons of history and that in the last century especially, not everything to be gained from this life stems from modern technology and a higher standard of living.
However, many are seeking fulfillment through a life which is true and upright.
- The question is, whether or not the road they are taking is the right one.
- The question is, whether or not man's desire for peace can be met through peace movements.
- The question is, whether or not solutions to job-related stress and social pressures are to be found by opting out of society.
- The question is, whether or not the answer to a meaningless life is to be found in rigid ecclesiastical traditions or eastern religions.
Now, as always, isn't it really our emotions which determine our state of mind?
Is it not joy or sorrow that really moves us, rather than new achievements in technology?
Is it not the love or hatred that we feel for somebody that moves us, rather than the sensational news of war and catastrophe?
Doesn't the kindness and comfort of a friend give more security and help than the words of psychologists and theologians?
And so we can be happy and content one minute, but wretched and miserable the next. However, there is a book which reveals the deepest things of the inner man. This book is frequently regarded with scepticism and has often been unjustly devalued. Once you realise that this book is the Bible, you will most likely draw on your own preconceived ideas.
But - are your ideas right? Are your opinions truly justified? There are concrete facts which demonstrate that the Bible is more than just an old religious book.
- The Bible's accuracy in describing historical events.
- Verification of its facts through archaeological discoveries.
- Its accordance with the latest scientific breakthroughs.
- Mathematical patterns throughout the Bible which indicate that it is much more than a book merwely written by man.
Let us start with the last point:
THE BIBLE AND MATHEMATICS
Ivan Panin (1855-1942), a Russian immigrant to the United States, was converted to Christianity and then discovered some amazing mathematical patterns in the Bible.
His discoveries show, for example, that the number 7 and multiples thereof not only play a significant role in biology (for example, the gestation periods of mammals, the incubation periods of birds, and the development of insects can be measured in multiples of seven days); in chemistry (seven periods in the periodic table of elements); and in music (the seven steps of the octave), but are also present in the Bible.
The original languages of the Bible, Hebrew and Aramaic in the Old Testament and Greek in the New Testament, are the only languages in which every letter has a fixed numerical value. Thus, by adding the values of each letter, one can calculate the values of words, sentences, etc.
The first verse of the Bible, Genesis 1:1, contains more than 30 different mathematical patterns involving the number 7: the total number of words and letters are always multiples of 7. One can also find patterns based on other numbers: for example, the numerical values of names given to Jesus Christ (Jesus, the Christ, Saviour, Messiah, Lord, Son of Man, and the Truth) all resolve to 8. Lately, more such features have been discovered, one example showing that sections related to the same subject also have identical numerical values. Such patterns reflect the perfect inspiration of the whole Bible in its original languages. You can find more details on this topic in the following books:
'Number in Scripture' by E.W. Bullinger (ISBN: 0825422388)
'Theomatics II' by Del Washburn (ISBN: 0812840232)
THE BIBLE AND NATURAL SCIENCE
Do you believe, as many people do, in the Theory of Evolution, i.e. the development of all life-forms from dead matter by chance, starting with a single cell and leading to modern man over a period of billions of years? In fact, the probability of this happening is nil. The Second Law of Thermodynamics alone (which states that all matter - if left without interference - always degenerates into a chaotic state) causes great problems for evolutionists. For example, Sir Arthur Keith (1866-1955), the English evolutionist, said: "Evolution has not been proved and cannot be proved. We believe in it however, because the only alternative would be creation by God and this is inconceivable."
More and more scientists throughout the entire world are turning their back on the Theory of Evolution, as it is scientifically unacceptable.
According to the Theory of Evolution, dinosaurs must have been extinct for approximately 60 million years before the origin of man. However, fossilized human footprints have in fact been found beside those of dinosaurs within the same strata in several places in North America.
It is a peculiar fact that no fossils have been found to verify an evolutionary development of life although there should be plenty of them. Even Darwin, one of the founders of the Theory of Evolution, criticised the lack of such transitional evidence (called "missing links").
Considerable amounts of sediment are washed into the seas by the natural elements. The rate of land erosion ranges from 6cm in desert terrain to 1.9m in the Himalayas over a thousand-year period. However, the coasts of Africa and South America for example, fit together perfectly as if they were just recently separated. If the earth were really 4.5 billion years old, as stated by the Theory of Evolution, all the continents would have vanished into the sea 300 times over!
The scientific estimation of the earth's age is also by no means as exact as is commonly assumed. In 1978, Dr. A.J. Monty White published his book "What about Origins?" giving a list of the 76 most common dating methods, which are used by scientists in research institutes to determine the age of the earth. The comparison of the different methods resulted in deviations of between 100 years and 500 million years.
The following books will give you more detailed information and proof as to the truth of biblical statements in the light of science. This should give you much cause for reflection.
'Man's Origin, Man's Destiny' by A.E. Wilder-Smith (ISBN: 0871233568)
'The Remarkable Birth of Planet Earth' by H. Morris (ISBN: 0871234858)
THE BIBLE - HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY
The Word of God is not only confirmed in a scientific and mathematical way; its divine inspiration can also be verified by its historical statements.
For example, biblical prophecies about the rise and fall of the empires of Egypt, Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome came to pass exactly as they were predicted centuries ago. The Bible even tells us about the work of great people in history, such as Nebuchadnezzar, Cyrus, and Alexander the Great.
Jerusalem was liberated by the British, under General Allenby, in 1917, over 2,500 years after it was taken captive. This fulfilled one of the last biblical prophecies.
History proves that up until now approximately 95% of all prophecies have been fulfilled.
Recent archaeological discoveries are confirming every part of the Bible: Noah's Ark has been discovered on the mountains of Ararat (the Turkish government has even built a visitor center there); Sodom and Gomorrah have been found exactly as the Bible describes, as cities of ash beside the Dead Sea; and the site where Moses and the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea has been pinpointed, with much evidence such as chariot wheels and horses hoofs found on the sea bed! Even more amazing is the discovery of the actual crucifixion site of Jesus and the garden tomb where He was buried, which was found by General Gordon in 1867.
In 1947 scrolls of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah were found in a cave in Qumran, by the shores of the Dead Sea. Comparing the scrolls, which are more than 2,000 years old, with the present translation of the book of Isaiah, shows an astonishing conformity and thereby proves the faithful legacy of the original biblical texts.
A few books which confirm the compliance of the Bible with archaeological and historical findings are noted here for your reference:
'The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?' by F.F. Bruce (ISBN: 087784691X)
'Evidence that Demands a Verdict' by Josh McDowell (ISBN: 0785243038)
‘Ark of the Covenant’ by Jonathan Gray (ISBN: 0646300733)
THE WORKS OF GOD TODAY
There is much more evidence of the perfection of the Bible than that which is shown above. The Bible illustrates the relationship of God with mankind, showing both its past and future. But the main theme is the work of one person: Jesus Christ.
He, who lived a perfect life, was nailed to the cross vicariously for the sins of a guilty and wicked mankind. Christ shed His Blood for your personal guilt and your disregard of the Divine Laws.
His sacrifice on Calvary also means healing for the sick:
"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed."1 PETER 2:24
Many people who have been healed confirm that faith in Jesus Christ still gives healing in modern times - just as it did in the time of Jesus:
"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever."HEBREWS 13:8
God stipulates that our death on earth does not mean the end of life:
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment."HEBREWS 9:27
Just as all people have to die once, they will also have to render an account of their entire life at God's Judgment. Since God is holy and just, He will punish those who die in their sins with everlasting damnation.
Your only chance to avoid damnation at this Judgment is to gain remission of your sins through Jesus Christ.
The Bible describes that there is only one way of salvation - only one Lord, one faith, and one baptism. As people heard and believed (trusted) about 2,000 years ago that Christ is the only way to salvation, they asked: "What shall we do to be saved?"
This was the answer given:
"Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."ACTS 2:38
These three steps: Repentance, Baptism and Receiving the Holy Spirit are the biblical conditions set by God for every person to obtain eternal life. Repentance stands for the inner return unto God, and turning away from your old life; baptism, by full immersion, symbolises the burial of your old, sinful life.
When a person receives the gift of the Holy Spirit, they receive Christ and eternal salvation, evidenced by the sign of speaking in other tongues. See also ACTS 2:4.
These steps of obedience towards God's Word seal the act of being born again as described in the Bible. Never forget that one day you will stand before the throne of God to give an account of your life. Every moment of your life will be brought to your remembrance, and will be taken into account. God wants to redeem you and calls on you to repent and to obey His Word.
Jesus Himself says:
"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." MARK 16:16
The biblical baptism has nothing in common with the sprinkling of babies as practiced in the established churches. Throughout the entire New Testament, disciples were only baptised in water after having made a personal decision to follow Christ.
Receiving the Holy Spirit is the first actual miracle in your new life with God. You must receive the Holy Spirit with God's power in the same way as the first disciples did, on the day of Pentecost:
"And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."ACTS 2:4
Speaking with other tongues is the visible sign of receiving the Holy Spirit. It is a language you cannot learn but which is given to you as a gift from God, as soon as you receive the Holy Spirit.
At present, about 500 million people all over the world have had this experience with the Holy Spirit.
After a person has been baptised and has received the Holy Spirit exactly as the Bible shows, he or she is saved. The Holy Spirit guides you through your new life, and also gives you power and strength to follow Christ.
Jesus Himself says:
"Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." JOHN 3:5
Having read this leaflet today you have learned that God has prepared a way for you, through Jesus Christ. On Judgment Day you will not have the excuse that you have never heard about the Word of God and His way of salvation for you.
Follow Jesus Christ and you will be saved. The rewards are eternal - all it costs is your old life. You have little to lose and everything to gain - but God is waiting for you to call on Him.
Jesus Christ says:
"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." MATTHEW 24:35