Was the Biblical flood real?

Was the Biblical flood real?

It is no myth or just a story. Jesus referred to Noah as a real person and the Flood is a real event. We can totally rely on His words.

The Bible gives no specific date only a sequential chronological progression of the events of creation. One estimate as to when the flood occurred is about 10,000 to 20,000 years ago. This dating is based on the likelihood that the first humans were placed in the Garden of Eden on earth somewhere around 30-40,000 years ago, long after the dinosaurs became extinct, perhaps 265 million years ago.

As to the extent of the Flood, the Bible states that it covered the earth, which to the population at that time would have been their known region. Humans at this time were concentrated in a very small geographic area in what is called today Mesopotamia. It is generally recognized that the Flood was universal to the entire human population at that time. Recent archaeological discoveries have discovered remnants of large settlements that are now underwater in the Persian Gulf. The entire geography of this area of the earth has changed greatly since the Flood.

Several years ago, Hollywood made a movie, Noah, that was loosely based on the Bible story. The movie is mostly fiction and should not be considered a true and literal following of the Bible events. Many, if not most, of the movie scenes are created solely for the viewers’ entertainment. Unfortunately, the portrayal of the various characters is totally distorted from the truth. The Bible does not describe in any detail character traits, other than being righteous, of Noah and his family. There are no quotes from Noah or his family in the Bible. All words and conversations in the movie are the total imagination of its producer.

It is clear from beginning to end that its writer, producer and director is an atheist that has no regard whatsoever for God, no respect for the Bible, Judaism, or Christianity. He has no respect for any organized religion that has a loving God as its foundation. Even the Muslim world has banned and condemned this movie. The movie is bursting with distortion after distortion about what the Bible teaches about GOD, animals, sin, and salvation.

The producer of the movie  Noah didn’t just add to and take away from the story of Noah, he rewrote, redefined, reversed good with evil, elevated animals above humans, gave rocks souls, he equated man with Jesus, and even elevated man higher than God making this movie fiction with blasphemy. We believe that any person seeing this film would leave the theater with a completely false understanding of Noah’s story.

For more information about the Flood, we strongly recommend visiting Reasons to Believe at, www.reasons.org and Hugh Ross’ book, Navigating Genesis 1-11.

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How does God hear and answer all the prayers he gets?

How does God hear and answer all the prayers he gets?

One must expand her or his understanding of God to understand the answer to this question. The Bible reveals the attributes of God, including the idea that he is all knowing, or omniscient. Another attribute of God is omnipresence. He is present in all places at all times. Therefore, an all-knowing God can easily hear all prayers of all the people on earth at any given moment. God is also omnipotent, or all powerful, and can answer each and every prayer as he sees fit.

As science and engineering reveal more of the mysteries of the universe, and help us harness some of its incredible power, understanding God’s attributes becomes easier for each generation.

Psalm 147 says, “God determines the number of stars and calls in each by name.” Before the invention of the telescope 400 years ago, people could see thousands of stars on a clear night. Today, telescopes like The Hubble which circles the earth, has discovered that the universe contains trillions upon trillions of stars in billions of galaxies. A God who can count and name those stars is almost unfathomable. And, he surely would have no trouble hearing the prayers of the mere seven billion people alive on earth today.

Here is another way to think about the question. Today in our high-tech world hundreds of millions of people are using computers and smartphones to ask questions of Google, Siri, and Alexa all at the same time. These tireless virtual servants return multiple answers in a blink of an eye. People could not imagine such a thing 50 years ago, but now accessing all kinds of data at the touch of a fingertip is commonplace throughout the world. So, why couldn’t God who created the universe not do much, much more?

Yes, God has no limits to hearing and answering all the prayers of those who diligently seek Him, love Him, know Him, and trust Him. The equally important question is: “Are you spending enough time with God and listening for His answers?” Prayer needs to be a two-way conversation.

If you would like to learn more about this almighty God who is able to answer your prayers and wants you to enjoy an eternity free from guilt, pain and shame, please go to our Next Steps page.

 

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What is the primary difference between Christianity and all other world religions?

What is the primary difference between Christianity and all other world religions?

Two phrases differentiate Christianity from all other world religions;

“in order that” and “because of.”

Most religions require you to do something or perform some sort of ritual “in order that” you can gain favor with God. You must keep ALL the rituals and make ALL the sacrifices. In religions other than Christianity, you never know if or when you have done enough.

With Christianity, on the other hand, you enjoy right standing with God “because of” Jesus Christ.

More than 1900 years ago, Paul, an apostle of Jesus, explained this in a letter he wrote to the church in the city of Ephesus:

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

Ephesians 2:8,9

You can have a relationship and peace with God, have you sins forgiven, receive the gift of eternal life and have the absolute certainty of Heaven. The Apostle John clarified this in his account of the life of Jesus, and also some of his letters:

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.“

John 14:6

Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

1 John 5:12

World religions are man made. Christianity is God Inspired.

If you would like to learn more about Jesus and his power to set you free from sin while offering you an opportunity to enjoy an eternity free from guilt, pain and shame, please go to our Next Steps page.

What is the difference between an Atheist and an Agnostic?

What is the difference between an Atheist and an Agnostic?

These terms come up regularly in our secular world and distinguishing between them may be confusing. The dictionary definitions can be helpful, but don’t tell the whole story. An atheist doesn’t believe in the existence of God and generally dismisses the supernatural. By contrast, an agnostic is one who does not know if God exists and believes that some things, God, for example, are unknowable. In short, atheists are the ‘attack dogs’ targeting Christianity and other world religions while agnostics are generally passive resistors.

Because atheists believes positively that there is no GOD and there is nothing apart from what science can define and measure, they concludes that there is life on this earth and then nothing. Hence, if God does not exist, then there can be no divine or outside moral compass by which to live. They generally believe we humans are simply products of random chemical processes and natural selection, called the evolutionary theory.

The implications of this belief are far reaching, because atheists dismiss the notion that humans have a divine purpose for living or behaving. Each person, therefore, defines what is right and wrong in his own eyes.

Atheism is growing in popularity in America due to the influence of our liberal progressive culture and the aggressive tactics of the Freedom from Religion Foundation. Evolutionary theory is being taught in schools and colleges as if it were absolutely true, and scientists who question its tenets are mocked and silenced. Many new books advancing evolutionary ideas end up on bestseller lists purporting to be scientifically based, but their content is often misleading and often advances disproven ideas. Evolutionary theory, that atheists use to “prove” that God doesn’t, ignores the fact that the hand of an intelligent designer is evident in virtually every living organism–plant or animal.

Atheists decide not to believe in God so in effect they can be their own god setting their own standards of morality and ‘hope’ that there is no judgment day. As such, for them men and women are not any better than the animals. They do not believe they are sinners in need of a savior. The joy of living in Christ is simply missing in their lives. So, they live experiencing temporary happiness but never find true peace, grace and unconditional love that only is found in a personal relationship with Christ.

On the other hand, agnostics say,  “I’m not sure whether there is a God or not.” Agnostics are generally looking and searching and can sometimes be open to discussions on the subjects of God and Faith.

How great it is to know Jesus the Savior and the certainty of eternal life. Do you know HIM? You can. Just ask. He is waiting for you. If you would like to learn more about Jesus and his power to set you free from sin while offering you an opportunity to enjoy an eternity free from guilt, pain and shame, please go to our Next Steps page.

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Will I recognize my parents in heaven?

Will I recognize my parents in heaven?

Many Bible scholars agree that Christians will recognize Christians who have gone to heaven before them. That assurance is based on the example of Jesus who, after his resurrection appeared in his glorified body yet was still known to his followers. In Matthew 17:1-3 we have the record of Jesus meeting Moses and Elijah while Peter, James and John watched and they recognized them. These examples give us great hope that we will definitely know those we do on Earth who put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. That is one reason why it is so important for us who believe to tell our loved ones and friends about Christ. 

What we will look like in heaven is somewhat a mystery. We are promised that we will have resurrected and glorified bodies like Jesus. But Jesus was killed in the prime of his life. He did not reach old age on earth as will many of us. So we don’t know what physical characteristics we will have in heaven. Will everyone be in the prime of life even though they died in old age? The Bible does not reveal this answer. However, in the book, Heaven is Real, a young boy’s near death experience suggests this as a possibility. And what about little children? Will they be children or have matured into young adults? Again, it is a question to which we will discover the answer once we are there. Certainly those who died as infants will be in heaven. While all who are born inherit a sin nature, infants, little ones, while in their age of innocence will be ushered into the throne of God. 

We will probably all be surprised at who we meet in heaven and who is not there. It is likely that Adam and Eve will be there. Others we might expect to meet would include Noah, Jonah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Daniel, Moses, Joshua, King David, Joseph and Mary, John the Baptist, the Apostles, the Prophets, and more recent persons like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, John Adams, Patrick Henry, John Jay, Andrew Jackson, Fanny Crosby, Charles Wesley, John Knox, Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan, Chuck Colson and millions upon millions of others who have put their trust and faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. And finally and most importantly each believer will have direct face-to-face fellowship with God and with Jesus Christ. 

If you are interested in reading more about heaven, we suggest The Heaven Answer Book, by Billy Graham and Randy Alcorn’s book, Heaven. These books by notable Christian authors offer Biblically-based insights into heaven that are realistic and dependable.

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What is the Millennial Reign of Christ?   When is it?

What is the Millennial Reign of Christ? When is it?

To fully answer these questions, we must review the sequence of end-time events as written about in the Bible and how they affect both believers and non-believers. Though Biblical scholars differ in their understanding of these complex issues, they agree in their understanding of the effects of these events on those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

We are now in what is called the Church Age which began following Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection and the subsequent arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. This Church Age will continue until what is called the rapture, when we believers and all deceased believers in Jesus Christ will be “taken up” from the earth and be forever with Christ. As to your question ‘When’, it would appear we are getting closer and closer to this event. As mentioned in 2 Timothy 3:1-7 and elsewhere in scripture, “…. sin will abound and man will deny and even mock Christ at this time.” 

Then a period of time known as the Tribulation will begin and last for seven years. During this period, there will be massive devastation and loss of life and there will be a world leader known as the Antichrist sitting on a throne in Jerusalem. It is described in the Book of Revelation.

Immediately following, a period known as the Millennium, i.e. 1000 years, will begin. It will be ruled by Christ and we as believers will be with Him as leaders. There will be also present those Jews and others who accepted our Savior during the Tribulation. This is generally referred to as the Millennial reign of Christ. Following this period comes the final White Throne Judgement by Jesus described in the Revelation to John at the end of the Bible. That ushers in the of the eternal dwelling for believers in the new Heaven and eternal separation from God (hell) for the non-believers.

While the exact sequence of the events I have just described may be debated, the important thing for you is to answer the question: Where will you be? Have you made your life’s commitment to Jesus?

If you would like to learn more about Jesus and his power to set you free from sin while offering you an opportunity to enjoy an eternity free from guilt, pain and shame, please go to our Next Steps page.

What is the primary difference between Christianity and all other world religions?

What is the primary difference between Christianity and all other world religions?

The person of Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible differentiate Christianity.

The cross of Christ forever bridged the gap between sinners and a Holy God. The Bible, rightly called the book that made our world, has inspired the best of Western civilization: science, technology, education, and political and economic freedom. Because we are made in God’s image, Christianity values human dignity and liberates those who are often marginalized in other cultures: slaves, women, children and outcasts.

The founders of all other religions are dead. They have offered some sound platitudes for living a moral life, but no hope for eternity based on solid evidence. Theirs are religions of good works and self-sacrifice to gain a pardon for the worshiper’s sins.

If you would like to learn more about Jesus and his power to set you free from sin while offering you an opportunity to enjoy an eternity free from guilt, pain and shame, please go to our Next Steps page.

Did Jesus Claim to be God?

Did Jesus Claim to be God?

   This question is asked often and the simple answer is “yes.” Of course, there are lots of people who have made that claim throughout history. Stories abound of institutionalized mental patients claiming they were God. So we’ll examine the significance of Jesus making that claim and why we do not believe that what Jesus said was not something cooked up in a delusional mind. First, the claims as recorded in the Bible:

“…he who has seen Me has seen the Father…”   John 14:9

“…I and The Father are one…”     John 10:30

Jesus repeatedly referred to himself as “I am” (John 8:58) which in the Hebrew tradition amounted to a declaration that He was God. It was these repeated pronouncements that infuriated the religious authorities in his day who called for his execution via crucifixion. Death was the prescribed punishment for the sin of heresy, and Jesus’ assertion that he was God would have been considered the ultimate heresy thus the demand for capital punishment.

Besides his direct assertion that he was God, the Bible relates stories where Jesus demonstrated that he was God. On one occasion, Jesus invited three of his disciples, James, Peter and John, to accompany him to Mt. Tabor to witness Him being transfigured to the Majesty He had before coming to earth. There Jesus was joined in midair by Moses and Elijah and the witnesses heard the voice of God saying,

“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”    Matthew 17:5

Furthermore, Jesus raised several people from the dead including Lazarus, a man who had been dead three days and was starting to stink of decay. There were many witnesses to these events. Most significantly, Jesus, himself, rose from the dead, one of the most documented events of the ancient world. Following his resurrection, Jesus appeared in bodily form to hundreds of people and during this period he would suddenly appear and disappear thru doors and walls in a locked room.   

The evidences are many and clear. His coming to earth, living a perfect life, performing many miracles, suffering a terrible death for us on a cross and rising from the dead that we may be forgiven and enjoy fellowship with Him now here on this earth is sufficient to confirm that Jesus is indeed God.   

All it takes is for you and each of us now is to say YES I BELIEVE and TRUST in HIM. How about you? Have you? If not, why not? If you would like to learn more about Jesus and his power to set you free from sin while offering you an opportunity to enjoy an eternity free from guilt, pain and shame, please go to our Next Steps page.

What does it mean that the wages of sin is death?

What does it mean that the wages of sin is death?

​First, we need to remember that God is holy and will not have sin in any form in His presence. Basically, sin is disobedience. Breaking God’s commandments and laws is sin. Jesus even went further; he said that hateful thoughts and the like are also sin.  So, by these standards, all have sinned and fallen way short of God’s standard of perfection.
Consequently, with sin came death to mankind. This is the ‘price to be paid.’ Death is universal. All men and women die. The Bible says in Hebrews 9:27, “it is appointed unto man once to die and then the judgment.”

There is no purgatory and there is no reincarnation.
It is important to remember that death separates but does not annihilate. In other words, when a person’s body dies, it is not over. In fact, there are three deaths as a result of man’s sin. This is important to understand.

  1. Spiritual Death: 
    The original sin happened in the garden of Eden. It separated man, Adam, from God spiritually; this is spiritual death.
  2. Physical Death:  
    Adam’s sin brought about natural death which separates the spirit and the soul from the body.
  3. Eternal Death:  For the unsaved there is final death which separates man from the mercy of God forever.

This eternal separation means that man will continue to exist but without hope and without ever experiencing God’s love again. He or she is then condemned for all eternity; condemned to a place where Jesus said, “there is utter darkness and weeping and gnashing of teeth; a place from which there is no hope of escape.

It is clear from God’s word that death is certain and without faith in Christ it is the worst possible outcome a human being could ever experience.

Finally, one last thought on death to keep in mind. God sends no one to Hell. Actually, people choose to go there when they reject God’s loving offer of grace and salvation in Christ. The good news is that in Christ we have passed from death to life. (John 5:24)  

What is meant by Intelligent Design of nature?

What is meant by Intelligent Design of nature?

Intelligent design is the theory that there is a guiding force behind the creation of the universe and everything in it. The first verse of the Bible, Genesis 1:1, posits a created universe. Subsequent verses describe the work of a creator who rationally designs the solar system, the earth, and all living flora and fauna. It provides a basis for understanding science, mathematics, genetics, and man’s ability to think and reason. Intelligent Design presupposes a designer and therefore suggests that there is a purpose to the creation. Since we’re talking about creating something out of nothing, the “intelligence” behind the design must be a transcendent being, one that is not made of the same matter of its creation. That transcendent being or intelligent designer is called God.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:1-10
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