I finished reading “Why I Believe,” by Dr. D. James Kennedy.  I hope you get a chance to read it too.  Due to time constraints, I had to omit some interesting material.  Here are quotes from the remaining chapters I think are most significant:

7. Why I Believe in Moral Absolutes – “…different systems of ethics.  One is pragmatism, which operates upon the principle that if something works, then it is good.  Obviously, this system has no moral foundation.  Hitler was succeeding pretty well in destroying all the Jews in Europe.”

“Every action has eternal ramifications; therefore, it is impossible that anyone could ever establish a moral principle based on teleological ethics.”

“…all of the speculative systems are just that; they are speculations…They reject revelation and base the whole weight of their support simply upon the conceptions of the human mind.”

“All human systems try to find man’s good apart from God, and thus they fall to the ground.  Our highest good is to know God, to be like him, to love him, to glorify him, to enjoy him forever!”

“I am astounded to learn how many people sit in church year after year and suppose that all Christianity says to people is: ‘Be good; try harder’ They fail totally to understand even the most basic, elementary message of Christianity-that in ourselves we have no hope; that our righteousness in which so many trust is simply filthy rags.  Paul described it as ‘dung’ (Phil. 3:8).  We are to be found in Christ by faith in him.”

8. Why I Believe in Christ – “The historical evidences of Christ’s existence are so much greater than those in support of any other event in ancient history; no candid scholar could reject them without also renouncing his belief in every event recorded in ancient history.”

“…secular writer, Thallus, in A.D. 52, writes about the sun’s failure to give light from noon until three o’clock and says that this must have been due to an eclipse.  However, we know that Christ was crucified at the time of the Passover, which was the time of the full moon, and there cannot be an eclipse of the sun at the time of the full moon.”

“Julian the Apostate endeavored to destroy Christianity…When, unknowingly, he destroyed the wall of Babylon, he confirmed the biblical prophecy.  When he finally came to his death, pointing his dagger up to the sky at Jesus, he gathered his blood after being wounded on the battlefield, threw it into the air, and said, ‘Thou has conquered, O Galilean.’ Julian left behind no trace of the paganism which he endeavored to rebuild.”

“Through studying many biographies, I have found something that all historians have discovered-the more you look at any human being, the more the luster grows dim…Dr. Schaff says that all human greatness diminishes on closer inspection; but Christ’s character grows more pure, sacred, and lovely the better we know him.”

“…Jesus will never be surpassed.”

“Charles Dickens:  ‘I commit my soul to the mercy of God, through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.'”

“Jesus Christ…is the Divine Creator of the universe, One without whom nothing was made that has been made; who came into this world to die for the human creature’s sin.”

9. Why I Believe in the Resurrection – “The evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ has been examined more carefully than the evidence for any other fact of history!  It has been weighed…by the greatest of scholars, among them Simon Greenleaf, the Royall Professor of Law at Harvard from 1833-48 who helped bring Harvard Law School to preeminence…When Greenleaf turned his mind upon the resurrection of Christ…he concluded that the resurrection of Christ was a reality, that it was a historical event, and that anyone who examined the evidence for it honestly would be convinced this was the case.”

“The Christian church is the largest institution that exists or has ever existed in the history of the world.  The Christian church is five times larger than the Roman Empire at its greatest extent.”

“The Sanhedrin gave the guards large sums of money and said: ‘Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept…’ (Matthew 28:13-14) In the entire history of jurisprudence there has never under any circumstances been a witness who has been allowed to testify to what transpired while he was asleep.”

“Lastly, there is the ‘swoon’ theory…Consider these facts: Ignored is the wound of the centurion-delivered into the side with a Roman spear, producing both blood and water-empirical evidence that life had ceased, because the blood had separated into its constituent elements.”

Jesus said, “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore…Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die” (Rev. 1:18; John 11:26).

10. Why I Believe in Christianity – “…since Christianity came into the world it has become a world force and is today almost three times the size of its nearest rival.”

“…he (Charles Darwin) wrote a letter to the paper defending missions; he said the transformation of wild savages in the isles of the South Seas was something to behold, and to make light of this was a heinous crime:  ‘In a voyager to forget these things is base ineptitude, for should he chance to be at the point of shipwreck on some unknown coast, he will most devoutly pray that the lesson of the missionary may have preceded him.”

“Only through Christianity did education come to the world.”

11. Why I Believe in the Second Birth – “Jesus Christ said, ‘Ye must be born again’ (John 3:7).

“The Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live” (Deut. 30.6).

“If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Cor. 5:17).

“Abraham Lincoln tells us in his letters that at Gettysburg, the day he delivered his famous address, he too was born again of God’s Spirit.”

“Those whose names are not found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will be cast into the lake of fire.  This is the second death!  Condemned to everlasting torment, they will have no rest, day or night, forever.  So the axiom is very plain:  born once, die twice-born twice, die once.  Which shall it be with you?  Have you been born again?”

“Are you tired of the emptiness and purposelessness of your life?  Are you tired of the filthy rags of your own righteousness?  Would you trust in someone else other than yourself?  Then look to the cross of Christ.  Place your trust in him.  Ask him to come in and be born in you today.”

12. Why I Believe in the Holy Spirit – “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16).

“The Bible refers to the mind of the Spirit: ‘He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints’ (Rom. 8:27).”

“The baptismal formula requires us to be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit-one name, three persons.  In the baptism of Jesus, we see the Holy Spirit descend as a dove and the Father speak from above the clouds:  ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’ (Matt. 3:17).  The three personalities are thus clearly revealed.”

13. Why I Believe in the Return of Christ – “Tragically, there are millions in the church who have been satisfied to substitute churchianity for Christianity.  They have been satisfied with the externalities and never had the reality of Christ within their hearts.  They have never repented of their sins and surrendered to Christ as Lord and Master of their lives.”

“The monsters of the Nazi atrocities were for the most part extraordinarily educated men.  At the time the Nazi scourge broke upon the earth, Nazi Germany was the best-educated country in the world.  No, education is not the humanist redeemer that men thought it would be.”

“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.  Even so, Amen.” (Rev. 1:7)

Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:1-3).  “Jesus Christ is coming again.”

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