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Starting Your Own Relationship With Jesus (And Why We Need Him!)

John 3: 16: “For God so loved the world that he sent his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

            God so loved the world.  He didn’t just love the world; He so loved the world.  He so loved the world that He (Jesus) would die in our place before He would miss out on an eternal relationship with us.  He knew that we would disappoint Him and hurt Him and fail Him, but He still so wanted a relationship with us that He made a way.  He knew that there would be many, many people that would reject His gift of love and salvation, but an eternity spent with those who would choose Him was worth the price of dying on the cross.  That is some amazing love!     
            Let me ask you something:  If you were to die today or if Jesus came back today, would you be ready?  Seriously!   This life, as we know it, isn't going to go on forever.  And we are not invincible.  People die every day, in every kind of way.  Are you ready to face …

Support for Jesus and the Bible

Although almost every other major religion out there acknowledges that Jesus really did live, there are still some people who insist that He is a fairy tale, like a mythological legend from ancient history.And many believe that the Bible – while a good book – was written just by men, not really God-inspired.

When trying to reason with people who think like this, many Christians try to cite Bible verses to “close the argument,” acting like simply quoting a Bible verse should convince everyone of God’s Truth.But since many people, including atheists, don’t believe the Bible is true, they do not want to hear the Bible being used to prove the validity of the Bible and the fact that Jesus lived.That’s “circular reasoning,” using the Bible to validate the Bible.

This is why it’s important to be able to refer to extra-biblical sources that show that Jesus really did live and that Scripture is reliable.So what I am going to do here is give a quick overview of some extra-biblical support for the…

Heretical "Christian" Teachings

Not only do we have to be discerning about other religions, but we also need to be discerning about heretical teachings that are coming from “Christian” churches nowadays.Here are some of these heretical teachings and my responses to them:

1.“There was no virgin birth.‘Virgin’ meant she was a young woman or that she got pregnant the first time she had intercourse.So Jesus wasn’t really God.”
If they can destroy the idea of the virgin birth, they can deny the deity of Jesus Christ.They can make Him into just a man, just another good teacher you can choose to follow if you want to.

An Overview of World Religions

I want to briefly present what some of the major religions of the world believe.(I am not covering all of them, of course.And I am skipping things like Wicca, New Age, and Humanism.)I studied all the major religions once when I was considering if Christianity was really the only way.And I came out of the study believing in Jesus all the more.
It is important to know what other religions teach so that we can know what they are really about, have real reasons for why we don’t believe them, and understand what makes Jesus and Christianity different.
(This is mainly written for believers, taken from my Bible study over at https://ironsharpensironbiblestudy.blogspot.com.)
This is my paraphrase of things I have learned over the years and information from a world religion comparison guide called “Christianity: Cults & Religions” and from a book by Fritz Ridenour called, So What’s the Difference?

A Little Girl's Nonsensical Sign

I saw a picture online of a little girl holding up a sign.She had a great big smile on her face, yet she was clearly too young to understand what the sign meant.But the sign said something about how religion says that people are broken, imperfect, sinful, etc., and how science (a world without God) says that people are intelligent, beautiful, capable of great things, etc.And then it asks us to decide which one is more harmful, obviously implying that religion is negative and damaging, while science is positive and affirming.

This sign that the little girl was holding bothered me.Because it’s nonsense.Because it doesn’t give an accurate picture of Christianity.And so, in response, I want to make my own list, which I think more accurately represents Christianity and science.

Why I Could Never Be An Atheist!

“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”(Psalm 14:1)

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”(Romans 1:20)

I have gone through some hard times recently.  (This is a repost from not too long ago.)  Not only has there been a bunch of discouraging trials, but these trials have been accompanied by “spiritual droughts” of sorts.Long, dry spiritual times, the kind that could leave you wondering if you only convinced yourself all along that there is a God.

He has been so silent, so distant . . . and at a time when I needed Him to show Himself most.My soul has ached for more than what He is giving right now.I cry out, but hear nothing.I pray and pray about certain things.And . . . nothing happens.

Many prayers have not been answered - prayers for things to be healed, house problems to be fixed, friends to call me back, etc.I don’t…