I have been reading a book called, “Why I Believe,” by Dr. D. James Kennedy.  This is such a compelling book, that I thought I’d share with you the highlights from the six chapters I’ve read so far:

1. Why I Believe the Bible – There are many prophecies in the Bible, and thousands of them have come true already.  One of the coolest fulfilled prophecies was one about the big sea city of Tyre.

Ezekiel prophesied that Tyre’s walls would be destroyed, the towers broken, dust scraped from her and become, “like the top of a rock” where nets would be spread in the sea.  In addition, stones, timber and dust would be laid in the water, and Tyre would not be built anymore.

Years after the prophecy, the king of Babylon came with his army to attack Tyre.  It took them thirteen years, but they eventually made some of the walls crumble and battled with swords.  Thousands of the people in Tyre escaped on boats to a Mediterranean island to build a new Tyre.

Time passed, and Alexander the Great came on the scene.  Cities surrended to him, and then he found the new Tyre and demanded for them to also surrender.  Whey they laughed, he planned with his top engineer, “build a causeway across the half mile of the Mediterranean Sea to the island of new Tyre.”  Alexander the Great ordered, “Tear down the walls of Tyre, take the timbers and the stones, the rubble and the logs, and cast them into the sea.”  In order to make the causeway to get to the new Tyre, they had to scrape the old Tyre.  Tyre was destroyed.

What about the nets and the rock?  Well, Dr. D. James Kennedy wrote, “A member of my church recently visited the city of Tyre and returned with pictures of new Tyre.  They showed nets spread out on the flat rock that once had been the proud city of Tyre.”

Ezekiel 26:4-5, 12-14

2. The Stones Cry Out – Critics against Joshua and the battle of Jericho thought it couldn’t be that, “the Israelites marched around the city seven times in one day.”  However, “Garstang’s investigation provided an interesting fact about Jericho-it was smaller than the sites upon which many large metropolitan churches are built.  Having been to Jericho many times, I know that I could walk around it seven times in one morning and play a set of tennis before lunch!”

Also, Sir William Ramsay, initially an atheist who studied archaeology thought he would prove the Book of Acts to be wrong.  He ended up being very impressed by Luke’s accuracy and actually became a Christian.

3. Why I Believe in God – “Pierre Simon de La Place, one of the greatest of our astronomers, said that…The evidence for God as opposed to the evidence against him as the Creator of this universe was as infinity to one.  It could not even be measured.”

“How does God provide to get the nitrogen out of the air into the soil?  He does so by lightning!  One hundred thousand lightning bolts strike this planet daily, creating a hundred million tons of usable nitrogen plant food in the soil every year.”

“How little we realize what God is continuously doing to provide for our life.  We see that we live with a tiny ozone layer protecting us from an unseen deadly bombardment that constantly comes down upon our heads.  Beneath us is a thin rock crust…Beneath that is the molten lava that forms the core of this earth.  So man lives between the burning, blackening rays above and that molten lava below, either of which would burn him to a crisp.  Yet man is totally oblivious that God has so arranged things that he can exist in such a world as this.”

4. Why I Believe in Creation – “A famous British evolutionist, Sir Arthur Keith,…says, ‘Evolution is unproved and unprovable.  We believe it because the only alternative is special creation which is unthinkable.”

“Those who are evolutionists laugh at the idea that you can put evolution and the Bible together.  Thomas Huxley, probably the most famous proponent of evolution who ever lived, stated, ‘It is clear that the doctrine of evolution is directly antagonistic to that of Creation…”

Charles Darwin said, “Geological research…does not yield the infinitely many fine gradations between past and present species required.”

“Professor Enoch, zoologist at the University of Madras, said: ‘The facts of paleontology seem to support creation and the flood rather than evolution.  For instance, all the major groups of invertebrates appear suddenly in the first fossiliferous strata (Cambrian) of the earth with their distinct specializations indicating that they were all created almost at the same time.'”

5. Why I Believe in Heaven – “Dr. Simon Greenleaf,…one of the greatest authorities on legal evidence…turned the vast searchlight of his immense knowledge of evidences upon the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ and exposed every thread of that evidence to the most searching criticism.  He came to the conclusion that the evidence was so overwhelming that in any unbiased courtroom…it would be declared to be an historical fact.”

“One woman, …after she had suffered a respiratory arrest, said the doctors who were trying to resuscitate her were pounding on her body trying to get her back while she was over them, looking down, and saying, ‘Leave me alone!’  There was such peace,…joy and love as…never experienced before-an evidence which perhaps God has given in these unbelieving days to convict even the most skeptical.”

6. Why I Believe in Hell – “We are told that the sinner dwells in ‘everlasting burnings’ (Isaiah 33:14), yet ‘shall never see light” (Psalm 49:19).

“Christ, who came…to save us from pain and suffering, was the One who talked more about hell than any other person in Scripture.”

 

Have you read this book before?  If not, come back for Part 2 on Sunday.

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