You can look forward to the planet of peace

There is an aspect of God that does not come out very clearly in the God rulesNew Testament (because it covers such a short time span). However, when we look carefully at the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit gives evidence of how God rules over history. That is very important, because if God cannot control and direct history, believers in Jesus have no security that the promised eternal planet of peace will ever arrive.

We want to give two examples that show how God is in control of history:

  • Israel. In Genesis 12:1 God called Abraham and promised him a homeland. Today it is clear that God fulfilled that promise. The Jews, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, live in Israel, the homeland that God promised to Abraham.1 He made the promise only to Abraham, not to the Philistines, Arameans, Assyrians, Edomites, et cetera (who are ‘lost nations’).
  • World empires of that time. The Bible foretells the demise of the great empires of the Babylonians, Medes and Persians, Greeks and Romans. The dream was given to Nebuchadnezzar and explained by Daniel.2 Nebuchadnezzar was a heathen, not a worshipper of God. So it is interesting that God revealed the course of history to him. The Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Greek and Roman empires are all past history. History will end with the ultimate victory of Christ.

The foretelling of such momentous events in Daniel is unique and because of this, unbelievers maintain that it was written down after the events happened. This concerned Professor Dick Wilson and caused him to spend years investigating the book of Daniel. 3,4  He found no evidence that it was written later, as the critics claim.

If God is in control of history in the Old Testament, what about Jesus and the New Testament? Jesus said that He and the Father are one.5 So Jesus is also in control of history. That means we never need to doubt Jesus’ words, ‘In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.’  6

Conclusion

The Holy Spirit gave us 66 books. They all have the same message: we have a wonderful Lord and Saviour, and our future is bright. If we persevere, we will be with Him eternally. There is no greater reward for putting one’s faith in God.

References

  1. Genesis 17:8
  2. Daniel 2
  3. R D Wilson, Studies in the book of Daniel, G P Putman’s Sons, New York and London, 1917 (this book is available on Amazon).
  4. R D Wilson, A Scientific Investigation of the Old Testament,Moody Press, Chicago, 1959
  5. John 14:9-11
  6. John 14:2-3

The Carrier of the Jesus myth

Dr Richard Carrier is a prominent, well educated historian and foremost expert on the mythological Jesus. AnubisIt seems apt to us to nickname him ‘the Carrier of the Jesus myth.’  He argues that both from history and parallels with various mythological figures like Osiris, Romulus, and others, Jesus never existed as a man on earth. By the way, one can take almost any fictional story and find parallels with Jesus in it. So parallels are meaningless. We do not agree with his presentation of Jesus as a mythological god for 2 reasons.

 

#1. History.  The Bible testifies about Jesus. All 66 books are linked to Jesus and His work on earth. The history of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David and other ancestors are all part of the genealogy of Jesus. God ‘created’ the Jewish nation as the prelude to the birth of Jesus. The Bible explains how they settled in Canaan and the subsequent events. Ten Israelite tribes were exiled by the Assyrians in about 722 BC and two tribes by the Babylonians in about 586 BC.  In 70 AD Titus destroyed Jerusalem and the temple. Many Jews were sold into slavery and the name of the country was changed to Palestine to get rid of the Israelite nation. Despite that, the Jews returned in 1948 and still live in Israel.

 

These are all historically documented facts. Are there solid historical facts for the mythical gods Jesus is compared with? It is one sound principle to always compare apples with apples. Does Richard Carrier do it? It doesn’t seem like it. Why would one compare a person who has a historical book (Bible), a country (Israel), a global church and many followers, with others who have none of them?

 

# 2. Science.  Another aspect of Jesus is that He created the heavens and the earth.1 That includes plants, fish, birds, land animals and humans. It is the three big science categories, the earth (geology), the universe (cosmology) and living organisms (biology). Is there a fully scientific naturalistic explanation for the origin of the earth, universe and life on earth (including the plant kingdom)?  We are talking about scientific proofs, not hypotheses, or possible scenarios. Gravitational condensation (Solar Nebula hypothesis), the big bang and the origin of life have never been satisfactorily explained by science. Hypotheses abound, but that is not scientific proof. It means Jesus as the Creator has not been disproved, since the supernatural aspect of creation has not been disproved. Where is the evidence from Osiris, and the other gods?

 

Attempts to prove that Jesus is a myth, in our minds, fail on logical comparisons. We have reason to keep clinging to our King, till He has been conclusively deposed (by being proved a myth). It hasn’t happened in the last 2,000 years. We can rest assured that He is on the right hand of God, in all His majesty, waiting for the second coming. Glory!

 

References

1. John 1:3; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:2

Is the history of the Bible mythology?

With one stroke of a pen atheists often delete the historical background of the Bible. For example, ‘No, the bible is not the history of people who lived in Israel. It’s mythology.’

Babylonian archers in Berlin Museum
Babylonian archers in Berlin Museum

 

Does that mean the account of the Jews and their neighbours in the Bible is mythology? Are the artefacts of those civilisations in the major museums in Italy and France, the British Museum and the one in Israel, myths? Are they fabrications and legends to support God’s plan to establish an eternal Kingdom of peace?

 

For example, God called Abraham out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to live in the land Canaan. After a short sojourn in Egypt, he returned to Canaan, where the Hittites were a well known nation. Later his descendants went to live in Egypt for 400 years. After the exodus, they  conquered the land Canaan. During the time of king David the Philistines were a menace, as well as the Moabites.

The peoples of the Northern Kingdom (10 tribes of Israel) were exiled in 722 BC by the Assyrians. The Southern Kingdom (2 tribes of Israel) was exiled in three deportations, 606, 597 and 586 BC by the Babylonians. After 70 years of captivity, many went back and rebuilt the temple.

 

That was the temple that was extensively renewed by Herod the Great, who ruled over Israel by the grace of the Roman empire.  The apostle Paul benefited from the Roman empire’s excellent roads and extensive legal system.  Later the disciple John was exiled to the island Patmos by the Romans.

 

The history of the Jews, as written in the Bible, did not take place in isolation. They had interaction with other nations and the world empires of those times. The Assyrians, Babylonians, Medo-Persians, Greeks and Romans all impacted on Israel. Other individual nations like the Moabites, Philistines, and cities like Tyre and Sidon are mentioned.

 

So how do we answer the claim that the history of the Bible is myth, that its historical data was fabricated? Does it mean that there was no Roman empire, no Greek invasion led by Alexander, no Babylonian empire or whatever else? Does it mean that the descendants of Abraham, the Jews, who live in Israel at present, are mythological?

 

Should we agree that all these historical facts are nonsense, that atheists have declared them null and void, and thus it will be? Not at all. We want to know how one deletes evidence that different civilisations existed? If atheists, who believe the Bible is myth, can provide a way to ‘trash’ history, we would be glad to hear about it.

 

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