Index To Section 2 .. Reasons To Believe


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Faith and Facts HERE
Faith isn’t believing the impossible or ignoring reality. It isn’t religious wishful thinking or believing that which is contrary to fact and to evidence. The clearest definition comes from Hebrews 11:1 that says, "Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." The verse uses the word "hope," "assurance," and "conviction" (confidence). So what gives us confidence and assurance?

Critically Examine Everything? HERE
The Judeo-Christian faith is surprisingly ruthless in its insistence on proof (broadly considered), evidence, truth, examination, 'cordial skepticism'... and correspondingly disdainful of those who believe nonsense.

Extraordinary Events Require Extraordinary Evidence HERE
All too often the criterion is set up that is never used to evaluate other events of the period. The Christian position only asks that we use the same reasoning and rational thought that we use to derive what are considered good conclusions in historical investigation, and apply those same means and methods to the New Testament and the resurrection of Jesus. Once the criteria and baseline are set, then we input the data and determine whether or not the documents/event stands


Does God exist? Is The God of the Bible Really God? Has Anyone Ever Seen God? Is God Male or Female? The ‘Jealousy’ of God. Can God Change His Mind? Is God ‘Different’ in the Old & New Testaments? Should Christians Fear God? The Wrath of God. The Trinity.

Who is this Jesus? An evil lying villain, a preposterously deluded madman, the Messiah, the Son of God or, as some claim, an enlightened mystic/great moral teacher?  Did Jesus ever claim to be God? He certainly broke all the rules of ‘How Not to Start an Ancient Religion’ so how did Christianity thrive and grow? Jesus' bodily resurrection is the cornerstone of Christian faith- Was the Resurrection historical fact or fiction?

What makes the Bible the only book we can accept as divinely inspired since it does not exhibit any physical qualities (glow in the dark, levitate) that could be seen as supernatural. How can we know beyond a shadow of doubt that the Bible is and always was the only Word of God? Is it even possible to determine the validity and the authenticity of the claims made by these Scriptures.

There is one test that we can apply to all ‘sacred writings’ - the test of prophecy or the foretelling of future events. This because neither men nor false gods can make infallible and accurate prophecies about the future. Only a Supreme Being can consistently and precisely predict the future in detail and it is a simple matter to ascertain whether such prophecies have been fulfilled or not. The Bible is unique in that it makes literally hundreds of predictions of future events, some of which were general, while others were so specific that they gave places and dates


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 There are and always have been tough arguments against Christianity.  How can a loving God consign people to hell or allow evil and suffering to exist?  Is it bigoted or ‘politically incorrect’ to claim that Christ is the only way to God? Do miracles contradict science? ... And more. (Section)

Most critics of the Bible assume that because something is unexplained it is unexplainable. Constraints of space demand that the issues addressed in this section are the more common ones, with links to more detailed resources. (Section)


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