Summary: This message will blow your mind with amazing reasons to trust God and His Word, discussing science, history, archeology, fulfilled prophecy, numerical codes and more; great for believers and searchers alike.
A Few Great Reasons to Put Your Faith in Jesus
Note: This message contains information from several different resources including Winkie Pratney, Ravi Zacharius, Josh McDowell and others.
Truth exists (if you didn’t believe this you wouldn’t be in school)!
Academia will deny the existence of Truth – don’t fall for this.
Argument assumes its antithesis – proponents believe they’re right!
Ravi Zacharius - A correct philosophy must be logically consistent, empirically adequate and experientially relevant; all answers must individually correspond to reality, all answers must be coherent with each other.
A philosophy must address origin, meaning, morality and destiny.
Only Jesus’ answers satisfy these criteria – we’ll see why.
Jesus claimed to be the only Way, Truth and life – Jn.14:6
The main alternative, the theory of evolution does not correspond with reality.
Evolution can’t be tested by the scientific method – it isn’t a science.
It’s a worldview with negative implications: 1Accidental origin, 2lack of meaning, 3subjective morality and 4no future.
Evolution contradicts 1st law of thermodynamics – matter can’t be created.
Physics confirms beginning of universe.
This convinced Einstein a creator had to exist.
Matter was created – requiring a non-naturalistic source.
Evolution has no mechanism.
Natural selection is not a mechanism for speciation.
Positive mutations which are transferable to offspring don’t exist.
Stephen J. Gould said, “The theory of evolution by gradual mutation is effectively dead despite its persistence as textbook orthodoxy.”
Evolution defies statistics.
Simplest theoretical organism- 100,000 nucleotides, 10,000 amino acids.
Supposing nucleotides and amino acids could form spontaneously out of “primordial soup,” they would form in racemic mixtures (describe chirality).
Probability of 100,000 nucleotides and 10,000 amino acids aligning with correct chirality is 1 in 1033,113.
The World Conference on The Origin of Homochiarality and Life admits the theory of evolution depends on this but also admits no answer exists.
Probability of natural origin of simplest theoretical prokaryote is ~ 1 in 10112,827 (1 in 1045 = statistically impossible).
Evolution has been dismissed by many prominent scientists.
Ex. Francis Crick – believes aliens initiated life on earth.
Universe full of intricate design design implies a designer.
Ex. An adult human body synthesizes ~150 x 1018 amino acids every second, with precise accuracy.
Anthropic principal asserts that earth is uniquely designed for life, recognizing over 150 universal factors necessary, in perfect accuracy, for life on earth, 10 to 15 new factors are discovered each year.
Ex. H2O – solid less dense than liquid.
Reasons to believe in the Bible. It is logically consistent and corresponds with reality:
The Bible is scientifically accurate – it describes:
Radioactive decay, in 2Peter 3:10.
Antoine Henri Becquerel discovered radioactivity in 1896 (1900 yrs after the Bible).
Hydrologic cycles, in Ps.135:7, Ec.1:7and Job 36:27-29.