Why is Christianity the right religion out of all the other religions out there?
That’s what you’ll discover today.
If you’d rather read this blog post instead of watching the video, then you can skip the video and read below.
So to start with, let me ask you this: how many religions do you think there are in the world?
Well, according to Wikipedia, there are about 4,200 religions today.
Holy smokes, that’s a lot.
How in the world are you supposed to find out the right religion out of 4,200?
How Can You Find Out If Christianity is True?
So the first question that you want to ask is how you can know that Christianity is the right religion out of all the other religions out there?
In other words, what standard can we use to find out if it’s true?
I remember many years ago when I was an atheist; there was a time when I was researching all the other religions.
I wanted to search if any of the claims that any of these religions made were correct.
As I was doing my research, I found that the supporters of some of these religions would give different reasons for why they thought a particular religion was true.
But the problem was that each religious supporter had a different reason for why they thought that religion was the right religion.
So I ended up researching each religion and looking at it to see if it made any claims about why it was the right religion out of all the other ones.
Now, I can tell you that through my research, not all religions claim that they are right even though its supporters may make that claim themselves.
So that’s what you’re going to discover today.
What is the standard that the Bible claims you should use to find out why it is the right religion out of all the other religions out there?
The Bible Has The Amazing Ability to Predict The Future
And to answer that question, you have to go to the book of Isaiah in the Bible, verses 9 and 10.
This is what it says, and this is God speaking in these two verses:
“For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.”
Now whether you’ve heard of this Bible passage before or whether this is your first time, it’s easy to miss what is being said here.
This Christian God in the Bible is saying that He is the only God that can declare the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done.
This is just another way of saying that the measure of a real God would be His ability to predict the future with 100% accuracy.
Therefore, the standard that we are going to use to see if the claim of Christianity is the one true religion out of all the other religions is to use its own claim that it can predict the future with 100% accuracy.
So what I’m going to do in this blog post is share with you three predictions in the past that the Bible got right.
Now mind you, these are three out of several hundred predictions that the Bible got right and it didn’t get any wrong.
But for time sake, I’m not going to be able to share all hundreds of predictions with you.
And I’m also going to share with you one prediction about the future that has not come true yet, but it looks like it’s going to come true very soon.
By the way, you’re going to want to prepare yourself for what’s coming ahead because there is a disaster coming very soon.
If you’re not ready, then you and you’re family will not be able to survive.
But Wait, First You Need to Know This Important Fact About the Bible
Now before I tell you about these three amazing predictions in the Bible, I need to share with you one super important thing about the Bible that you might not know.
The Bible isn’t just one book.
It’s actually a book that’s a collection of 66 books.
The 66 books have about 40 different authors, and these authors lived in vastly different times spanning 1,500 years.
Many of these authors did not live at the same time as the other authors.
This is a critical point for you to understand about predictions in the Bible.
If you don’t know this fact, then you can quickly think that predictions were just falsely inserted into the Bible after that fact to make it look like it got predictions right.
But that is not the case, and there are thousands of ancient manuscripts copies of the Bible that corroborate this.
Prediction #1 By The Bible
The first prediction is that Jesus, the Savior of the world, would be born.
This was spoken by a prophet named Isaiah.
He wrote one of the books of the Bible called Isaiah, and that book was written between 740 and 680 BC.
In that book, he wrote this verse in Isaiah 7:14,
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”
So what Isaiah is saying here seems to be an oxymoron.
How can a virgin conceive and bear a son if she doesn’t have relations with a man?
Well, that is precisely what the Gospels document in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
For example, Matthew in his gospel account is writing about Mary giving birth to Jesus.
In Mathew 1:21-23, Mathew writes about Mary,
“She will bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: ‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel.’”
What Matthew is saying here is that the birth of Jesus through the Virgin Mary was a fulfillment of the prediction that was made by Isaiah.
But Wait, What if You Have a Skeptical Mind, Like Me?
Now, here’s something that’s amazing but if you have a skeptical mind as I do, then the amazingness can be zapped away immediately.
You might be thinking things like, “Well how do we know that Matthew didn’t just make stuff up? Maybe he knew about that ancient prophecy by Isaiah, and he just added it to his book for whatever malicious motives he had?”
Or maybe you’re skeptical because you think there’s a possibility that Matthew was just making stuff up and that there’s a possibility that Jesus didn’t even exist in the first place.
All of the skepticism that you have isn’t a bad thing.
I’ve had these thoughts myself, and that’s why I want to discuss these objections.
So the first objection is how do we know that Matthew didn’t just make stuff up and reference Isaiah’s prophecy in his gospel account?
Well, when you do your research on the Internet about how Matthew died, you find that most people will reference that he was persecuted and killed for his faith in Ethiopia.
Now there are many people who are willing to die for what they believe to be true, but are there any people who are willing to die and even be tortured for what they know is a lie?
Here, let me make my point. I want you to imagine that you are walking down an alley.
All of a sudden, a crazy man pops out of nowhere.
He asks you, “What’s your name?”
But you’re taken by surprise, so you don’t answer the crazy man.
Then, he takes out a gun out of his pocket, and he points out towards you, and he asks you, “What is your name?!”
So you tell him your name.
He responds while still pointing the gun at you, “No, that is not your name! Your name is John!”
So you, because you are being held at gunpoint, agree with the crazy man by saying, “Sure, sure, my name is John! Whatever you say, man!”
After all, that’s the sensible thing to do because you don’t want to get shot just because a crazy man thinks that your name is John.
And in a sense, that’s the kind of the same thing that happened to Matthew.
The Ethiopians asked Mathew to stop sharing the gospel and to reverse his witness about Jesus.
So if he were lying, just like you and I, he would have said, “Oh yeah sure, sorry about all that stuff I said before about Jesus being born of a virgin and all the other stuff that I wrote in my gospel. I was lying; those things aren’t true of course!”
If Mathew was lying, then immediately he would have admitted it at the first threat of being tortured and killed.
Plus, he has nothing to gain by lying.
But that’s not what happened.
Instead, the apostle Matthew stayed true to his story and stuck to his guns and maintained that what he wrote was the whole truth, nothing but the truth, so help him, God!
And he ended up dying for his testimony.
So do you see what I mean when I say that somebody might be willing to die for what they think is true, but nobody is willing to die for a lie?
So if Matthew was lying, then after he got threatened of torture and death unless he changes his witness account, then he would have immediately taken the deal and recanted.
But that’s not what happened.
The apostle Mathew ended up dying for his faith.
By today’s standards for eyewitness testimony in a court of law, Mathew would be considered a highly reliable witness.
But Wait, Did Jesus Even Exist in the First Place?
The other objection that you might have is that Jesus never existed or that Matthew was making stuff up.
Well, there has been a lot of scholarly work that has been done around whether Jesus existed or not.
An examination of early historical writings corroborates that Jesus did exist.
For example, you can look up the writings of
- Polycarp, the Bishop of Smyrna or
- Irenaeus of Lyons, or
- Justin Martyr,
All of these authors mention “Jesus the Messiah” in their books.
Jesus of Nazareth is also mentioned in Jewish writings like the Talmud and Mishna.
He’s also mentioned by Jewish historians like Flavius Josephus as well as secular historians like Cornelius Tacitus and Pliny the Younger.
You believe that Julius Caesar existed and there is much less written about him than Jesus!
But Wait, What if the Apostle Mathew Was Delusional?
Another objection that you might have about Matthew and what he wrote about the prediction that Jesus would be born is that he was simply delusional.
But I want you to consider this scenario.
Imagine you are in a classroom with 10 people.
As you are in the classroom, Professor Smith walks into the room for a few minutes, and then he walks out.
If you were to ask all 10 people in the room if they saw Professor Smith, they would say, “Well, of course, yes, Professor Smith was here!”
And that’s precisely what you have with the Bible.
It’s not just Matthew that writes about Jesus, but you also have all the other gospel accounts, as well as the writings of Paul, Peter, James, and the other New Testament writers.
And that’s just considering the authors of the books of the Bible.
But then take into consideration the writings of first-century Christians, and you’ll begin to see that the possibility that all of this was just one big delusion or conspiracy is pretty much impossible.
So that’s all about the first prediction which was written by Isaiah around the seventh century BC, and it came true around the turn-of-the-century and is written about by Matthew.
So now, let’s take a look at the second prediction.
Prediction #2 By the Bible
The second prediction that the Bible got 100% correct has to do with King Cyrus rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem.
Almost 150 years before Cyrus, king of Persia even became king, the prophet Isaiah had made a prophecy that there was going to be a king by the name of Cyrus who would rebuild the Jewish Temple.
Now, this was something that was unfathomable back then, and it’s a prediction that’s extremely specific.
I want you to imagine that you lived during the gold rush days in the mid-1800’s.
So you know, you live during those times where there are saloons, cowboys, and everybody gets around on horseback.
Imagine one day, you’re sitting in a saloon when all of a sudden, a cowboy speaks up and says, “In the future, buildings will be tall towers and will reach to the sky.
“Many years from now, there will be two twin towers that will stand tall in the city of New York.
“But two steel birds will crash into the buildings and bring the two towers down.
“However, a new building will be rebuilt in their place, and it will be magnificent, and millions of people will visit it each year.”
If you were in that saloon and you heard that cowboy making that prediction, you would think he is crazy, right?
So would I.
I mean who in the world can imagine buildings being built in a way that they would reach the sky if you lived in the 1800’s?
And yet this cowboy is saying that buildings are going to be so tall and that two airplanes are going to crash into them.
That’s what the cowboy mean when he referred to the “two steel birds.”
Oh and by the way, what in the world is an airplane?
In the 1850’s airplanes hadn’t even been invented yet.
And yet, these tall skyscrapers were going to be destroyed and then a new building was going to replace them?
Well, now that we look back, we know that of course all of this came true about the twin towers in New York on 9/11.
But That’s Exactly What Happened
And so as crazy as that prediction would seem to somebody listening to it in the mid-1800s, that’s precisely what the prophet Isaiah did 150 years before the Jewish temple was rebuilt.
The prophet Isaiah, who was given advanced information by God, predicted 150 years before this ever happened that a king would give the command to rebuild the Jewish temple and that it would be rebuilt by a king by the name of Cyrus.
At the time, Cyrus was not even born yet!
Pretty crazy, right?
See, I told you, one of the best ways to authenticate if a religion is true is to test its ability to accurately predict the future.
By the way, this prediction can be found in the book of Isaiah 44:28 where God says,
“Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd, and he shall fulfill all my purpose’; saying of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be built,’ and of the temple, ‘Your foundation shall be laid.’”
So there you go. Now, on to the third prediction.
Prediction #3 By The Bible
The third prediction that I want to share with you has to do with the birth of Israel as a nation.
Jewish people did not have a nation of their own after the Roman Empire was conquered.
They were scattered and lived all over the world.
Yet hundreds of years ago, God, through the prophet Jeremiah, predicted that one day, God would gather all of the Jewish people and that Israel would become a nation once again.
There are multiple prophecies that predicted this in the Bible, but today I’m going to share with you from Jeremiah twenty-three verses seven and eight. And this is what it says,
“Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when they shall no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ but ‘As the Lord lives who brought up and led the offspring of the house of Israel out of the north country and out of all the countries where he had driven them.’ Then they shall dwell in their own land.”
Now, Here’s the Scary Prediction by the Bible That’s Coming Soon
Now, I promised you today that I would also share with you one prediction that the Bible makes about the future that has still not come to pass yet.
This prediction will affect you, your future, and your family’s future.
It’s so shocking that it boggles the mind.
And you can already see that this prediction is going to come true sometime soon.
When it does come true, you’ll want to be prepared or else you and your family are going to be in a terrible spot.
So what is this prediction and how is it going to affect you?
I’m going to share with you what this prediction is in just a minute.
But before I do, I have to give you a little bit of background information about a new technology that is going to revolutionize the world.
Have you heard about blockchain technology?
You probably haven’t.
Well, let me ask you this, have you heard of Bitcoin?
You probably have.
Bitcoin is one of the digital currencies that has taken the world by surprise.
Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency to use blockchain technology to create the world’s first digital or cryptocurrency back in 2009.
Digital currencies were something that an elite group of cryptographers dreamed about for almost 10 years before they were ever created.
The dream is to have no longer what we call fiat currency.
Fiat currency refers to the paper currency that we use today like the US dollar or the Japanese Yen.
A long time ago, all currencies used to be backed up by gold.
That means that for every dollar that was printed, it had to have that same amount of it in gold reserves.
This gave value to the dollar.
But the gold standard was removed by President Richard Nixon in 1971.
That meant that the US government could print their own money out of thin air because it didn’t have to have any money in gold reserves.
Pretty soon, other governments around the world also removed the gold standard from their currency too.
And that’s precisely why inflation occurs today.
Inflation means that prices of goods continue to rise because the value of your money is decreasing.
That’s because the more money that the government prints out of thin air, the more that there is a supply of it, and the less value that it has.
The rarer that something is, the more value that it has, and the more common that something is, the less value that it has.
Using fiat currencies leaves the economy vulnerable to recessions, economic collapses, and a whole bunch of other catastrophic problems.
The Unsolvable Problem Gets Solved
So for a long time, an elite group of cryptographers was working on their cryptocurrency projects trying to create digital currencies to solve the problem of inflation, currency manipulation, and other issues that are caused by fiat currencies.
But there was one huge problem that these cryptographers couldn’t figure out.
This problem was something called the double spend problem.
So to illustrate this, I want you to imagine that you have a dollar in your hand.
You can go to the store and buy yourself a Coke right now, and there wouldn’t be any problems.
But the problem with digital currency is that you can duplicate files that are on your computer.
So for example, if you have an MP3 file and you’re listening to a song, you can easily copy that file and send it to a friend.
And this is pretty much the problem that you have today with piracy.
It’s the same thing with digital currencies.
If you have files on your computer that represent coins or currency that you can spend, well, what’s preventing you from copying those coins and sending them to different vendors to buy different things?
So let’s say for example that you have 500 digital coins and you’re in the market to buy a laptop.
Now, let’s say that you have many vendors that will accept digital coins.
Theoretically, you can send 500 digital coins to Amazon and buy a laptop, but then you can also copy those 500 digital coins and send them to Best Buy and buy a laptop there as well.
So this has always been the problem that no cryptographer could figure out how to solve for about a 10 years.
And this is called the double spend problem when it comes to cryptocurrencies.
But then, in 2009, one cryptographer made a breakthrough.
Satoshi Nakamoto published online in his white paper on Bitcoin, and he showed his solution of how to solve the double spend problem.
Now, Nakamoto is just an alias for the founder of Bitcoin, and we don’t know the true identity of who he is.
But this person released his Bitcoin paper and his technology and put it out on the Internet.
He alerted the other cryptographers that were in his community about what he had just launched.
Lo and behold, they observed that his solution to the double spend problem actually worked.
This is how blockchain technology was born.
Blockchain and the Bible
So what does this have to do with predictions in the Bible?
Around 95 A.D., the apostle John writes about an amazing prediction in the Bible that would come true hundreds of years later.
The apostle John in the book of Revelation writes about the end times and about an apocalyptic time that is known as the great tribulation.
During this time of the great tribulation, there’s going to be a time of great calamity, wars, and all sorts of evil things.
Now get this, one of the things that the apostle John predicts is that there will be a one world currency.
A one world currency was never possible because the technology to create it did not even exist.
Now that we have blockchain technology, it’s possible to create a one world cryptocurrency.
I’m not saying that Bitcoin is going to be that one world currency.
But what I’m saying is that because of Bitcoin, it paved the way to be able to create a one world currency.
And now with globalization and the job market being so international, you can see how we are getting closer to having a one world currency.
So imagine going anywhere in the world and being able to buy and sell anything you want without going through currency exchanges or banks.
Pretty convenient, right?
So let me share with you the verse in the Bible by the apostle John that predicts this one world currency.
It’s found in Revelation 13:16-17.
In this Bible passage, John refers to the antichrist, a biblical figure who is going to emerge on the scene during the great tribulation and is going to be a world leader and will deceive the entire world into believing that he is the Messiah, the savior of the world.
And this is what the Bible says that this antichrist is going to do when it comes to a one world currency,
“Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.”
So during this time of great tribulation, all the people of the world are going to be forced to take a mark on their right hand or on their forehead.
Many people think that the mark on the hand on the forehead is some kind of chip that can be scanned or swiped and this kind of technology already exists today.
So if you are alive during that time of great tribulation, then you’re going to be forced to have to take this mark of the beast so that you can buy or sell something.
So you might be thinking, “Well that’s cool, so what’s the big deal?”
Well actually, it’s a huge deal.
Here is a critical point…
Taking the mark of the beast will seem like a good idea because then you’ll be able to buy and sell.
- You can buy food and water
- You can buy medicine and clothes for your family
- You can continue to work at your job and get paid
But here’s the thing…
If you choose to get the mark of the beast, then you are choosing to worship the antichrist and give him your allegiance.
You will be worshiping Satan.
You will be breaking the first of the Ten Commandments.
In the first commandment, God says,
“You shall have no other gods before Me.”
If you worship the antichrist, then you are placing another god before the true God of heaven.
Receiving the mark of the beast has a severe consequence.
One of the strongest warnings and worst consequences in the Bible applies to anyone who receives the mark of the beast.
In Revelation 14 verses 9-11, it says,
“If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.
“And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”
It’s a bad day for you if you are here during the great tribulation and you choose to take the mark of the beast.
Or should I say, it’s a very bad eternity for you if you are left behind and you take the mark of the beast.
And your choice will be either take the mark of the beast so you can buy or sell or die.
Don’t Get Left Behind
So my friend, I do not want you to be left behind.
God promises that He will save His true children from this time of great tribulation.
So how you become a true child of God?
Well, the first step that you need to take today is to admit that you are a sinner.
Here’s a quick quiz to see if you’re a sinner.
Have you always put God as the number one priority in your life?
I know that I haven’t.
For many years, money was the number one priority in my life.
All I cared about was about making more money so that I can get rich and live a lifestyle that I dreamed about.
Whatever is the number one priority in your life then that is what your God is.
The very first commandment out of the 10 Commandments is that you shall have no other gods before God Himself.
So if God is not the number one priority in your life, then you have a different God that you are following.
Oh, I’m sure that you aren’t physically bowing down to money, health, or relationships.
But whatever is taking the place of God as the number one priority in your life, then that is the god that you worship.
Here’s another question…
Have you ever taken God’s name in vain?
For example, have you ever said God followed by the word d-a-m-n?
I’ve done it lots of times.
That’s called blasphemy.
It’s taking the name of the God who gave you life and using it as a cuss word to express disgust.
It’s a very a serious offense to God, and we shouldn’t be doing it.
Onto the next question.
Have you ever stolen something even if it was something small?
When I was a kid, I used to go to a friend of mine’s house who had these small little superhero toys.
I asked my parents to buy me these toys, but they refused.
So after I would go to my friend’s house and play with him, I would take one of those toys and put it in my pocket and go home with it.
Yeah, it’s not exactly my finest moment 😀.
And even when I got older, sometimes at some of the places that I worked I would steal.
I would take office supplies with me home like pens, pencils, and even notepads.
I would justify it by just saying that these items were a part of my compensation.
But that’s not true.
I was stealing.
How about you?
Have you ever stolen something?
Have you ever stolen any money from your parents?
I did that some times too.
Onto the next question.
Have you ever lusted after someone?
That means have you ever looked upon someone with sexual desire?
I have, plenty of times.
The Bible says that if you look upon someone to lust after them, then you have already committed adultery with them in your heart.
And in today’s world, many people take the thoughts a step further and actually have premarital sex or extramarital sex.
And whether it’s just a lustful thought or the real act, the Bible says that this is wrong.
So have you looked with lust or done the act of having premarital or extramarital sex?
In God’s eyes, you and I are fornicators or adulterers, and that is a sin.
How about this…
How many lies have you told in your life?
For me, I would have to say that I’ve probably told tens of thousands of lies.
I’ve told small lies like when I lied to my mom and said, “No mom, it was not me who ate the last cookie, it was my sister!”
And I also told some pretty big lies like when I cheated on a math exam in college, and I got caught.
Lying is most definitely a sin in God’s eyes and you, and I shouldn’t do it.
But who are you kidding, of course, we lie, and it’s bad when we do!
So that’s just looking at a few of God’s Commandments.
Are You Innocent or Guilty?
So if God has to judge you on Judgment Day based on the 10 Commandments, are you going to be found innocent or guilty?
If you’re honest, then you’re going to be found guilty of breaking these laws.
But you might be thinking, “But Peter, I don’t do these things anymore.”
Well, let me ask you this.
Imagine that there was a murderer who was in front of a judge and the murderer says, “Judge, I think you should let me go because I don’t murder any more people!”
Would you agree that the judge is going to say, “It doesn’t matter that you no longer murder! All that matters is that you killed somebody and now you have to pay the price for what you’ve done!”
It’s the same way with God.
Even if you say that you don’t do those things anymore, and who are you kidding, you and I are sinful people who do immoral things, then God is still going to hold you accountable for what you’ve already done.
Or you might be thinking, “But Peter, I’m a good person. I do my best to help people and be kind to them. Surely, that must count for something?”
Well, let me ask you this…
If there was a murderer that was standing in front of a judge and he said to the judge, “But Judge, I do my best to help people, and be kind to them. Surely that must count for something?”
Would you agree that the judge is going to say, if he is a just judge that is, “It doesn’t matter that you help people now. It doesn’t erase what you have already done in the past!”
So if you are going to be found guilty of breaking the Ten Commandments, are you going to go to heaven or hell?
I hope you said hell because that’s exactly where I was going too before I gave my life to Jesus.
If you are on your way to hell, does it concern you that if you died today, you’d end up in a terrible place that was created for the devil and his demons?
I sure hope so, my friend.
God does not want you to go to hell.
That’s why he created a way for you to not go to hell and to go to heaven.
Here’s what you have to do.
I want you to imagine that you’re swimming in the ocean.
It’s a beautiful sunny day, and you’re having a grand time swimming.
All of a sudden, a strong current sweeps in and starts to pull you down.
Your head goes underneath the water, and you try to swim out of it.
But the current is too strong.
You begin swallowing water and choking.
You have a hard time breathing.
You try to swim against the current, but it’s just too strong.
Oh no, you’re going to die!
But suddenly, a lifeguard comes by, and he sees that you’re drowning.
He throws you a life vest.
You put on that life vest, and now you float your way to the top.
Ah, you’re safe from drowning because that life vest has caused you to float.
And that’s precisely what you need to do with Jesus.
Jesus is the life vest that will get you out of hell and into heaven.
You can’t save your life if it depended on you.
But God can.
All you have to do is put your trust in Jesus the same way that you would put your trust in a life vest to save your life when drowning.
You can’t save your life, but only God can.
So believe in Jesus, repent of your sins, and you will avoid eternal damnation and receive eternal life.
Does that make sense?
I hope it does and if you have any questions, feel free to message me using this contact page.
Now, Over to You
So do you think Christianity is the right religion out of all the religions out there?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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What if I’m ready to believe in Jesus and repent my sins, but I still cannot accept some of the “teachings” in the Bible? For example, God views stealing a loaf of bread as being every bit as heinous as murdering someone. That doesn’t sit well with me. The Bible is generally interpreted to say that homosexuality is a sin (and therefore evil). I know many gay people who are fine – sometimes exemplary – human beings, and whose choice in life partners in no way harms themselves or society as a whole. Or what if I dispute some of the “facts” in the Bible, e.g. the earth being 6,000 years old (more like 4 billion), creationism vs. evolution, etc.? I’m even prepared to make the leap that Jesus was supernatural, but I’m not prepared to abandon things that every fiber of my being tells me are true because Bible says otherwise. It’s just a book, written by exceedingly fallible humans, and an almost incomprehensible one at that.
Hi Ed, if you are ready to believe in Jesus and you repent of your sins but you still cannot accept some of the teachings of the Bible, I would say go ahead and take the first step.
When anyone first accepts Jesus and repents of their sins, no one has perfect theology or doctrine. It’s something that comes over time.
I’m sure the beliefs that you have today are not the same beliefs that you had 10 years ago. And I’m sure the beliefs that you’re going to have 10 years from now are going to be different than the beliefs that you hold today.
So yes my friend, go ahead and take the plunge, give your life to Jesus and you’ll be so glad that you did 👍.
Hey Peter been a while! Hope all is well with you and your family.
Here’s my immediate thought after reading the first part of this post….
“So the first question that you want to ask is how you can know that Christianity is the right religion out of all the other religions out there?”
My first question would be – What makes me think that ANY religion is right?? I think you’d first have to establish that its possible or that there’s a need for religion or religious beliefs at all. What leads anyone to think that “religion” is necessary? Once you provide actual accepted evidence for the need, then we can discuss criteria for what religion fits the bill.
As always I appreciate your views and posts.
Hi R, thank you for your thoughtful question. I think your question shines the light upon an important dilemma in the atheism / theism debate.
So here is my opinion, on the matter. Religion is a natural outcome of the belief in a deity. So, therefore, if a deity exists, then there is a belief system that has to flow as a result.
So the problem here is what I call the neutral state dilemma. Atheists make the assumption that the neutral state of the universe is that there is no deity that’s necessary for the universe to exist. So they put the burden of proof on the theists to prove that there is a deity that exists.
On the other hand, theists make the assumption that the neutral state of the universe is that there has to be a deity that is the Creator of the universe and they put the burden of proof on the atheists to prove that a deity does not exist.
So ultimately, it’s a stalemate. That’s why, R, I didn’t address this point in my video or blog post.
Couple of thoughts on your reply –
IF a deity exists, why MUST a belief system “flow as a result”?
The burden of proof rests on the person making a claim. Atheists make no claims or assertions – they simply lack belief.
Btw, you are well aware that you cannot prove that something doesn’t exist. You must prove that something DOES exist.
Because all alleged deities that we know of desire to dictate human behavior which means that they create a human belief system to influence human behavior.
In my opinion, atheists do make a claim through their lack of belief. For example, atheists have a lack of belief in God. Why? Because they don’t believe that God exists. Therefore, atheists indirectly claim that a God doesn’t exist.
This then takes us back to our neutral state dilemma that I referenced in my earlier comment which always leads to a stalemate.
Once again, opinions aside, “lack of belief” by its very definition makes NO claims or assertions. Therefore NO burden of proof is required of those who do not believe in something.
You MUST provide proof for any assertions or claims you make as being true. And in the case of claiming a supernatural being exists, you must provide extraordinary proof – at least IMO.
Personally, I use words like “in my opinion” because I don’t like to offend people unnecessarily. I totally respect you and your point of view so that’s why I share with you my perspective and call it my opinion.
If I were to ask you why do you have a lack of belief in the existence of god or gods, what would you say? Wouldn’t you say something like, “because there is no evidence that a god or gods exist?” If that is the case, then wouldn’t you be making a claim (indirectly by your answer) that you believe that a god or gods do not exist?
It’s my opinion that atheists define their position as “a lack of belief in the existence of gods” to sidestep the problem of their position if they were to state it as “the position that no gods exist.”
Great points Ed! Your questions certainly deserve thoughtful and careful consideration. I have the exact same questions myself… and MANY more.
Wow, I hadn’t considered cryptocurrency as paving the way for a global currency, but that makes so much sense.
Thanks Mark. I’m glad to hear that you were able to get through enough of the video to the part where I talk about cryptocurrency. But yeah, I think that blockchain technology is going to usher in the one world currency that’s talked about in Revelation chapter 13. Isn’t that amazing? 😊
I also find it interesting that Deuteronomy 6:8 says to tie God’s commands as symbols on your hands and to bind them on your forehead. This also serves as a reminder not to take the mark of the beast.
Yep, that’s a great point that you make, Mark 👍.
I suppose I could have also said is right on the money… 😉
LOL, no pun intended, I’m sure 😉
thank you Peter, i think this video or click on your link was inspired by the Almighty in my mind to save me and embrace the Lord Jesus more strongly, dropping any other baggage i may be holding in my life. I will write to you and hope to be in touch. Praise the Lord and God bless you for a very informative and neat presentation.
Thank you very much for your most wonderful comment, Pradeep-Ivon. I will be on the lookout for an email from you.
Great video! Keep them coming! –
Thanks so much, Kate, I appreciate your kind feedback 😊.
Certainly no offense taken!
I can’t speak for atheists, but for me, I’m not sidestepping any problem. I have NO idea if a God/gods exist – maybe they do. BUT, I have yet to be presented with any evidence I find credible that they do – this is in NO manner a claim of any kind.
Once again, theists have failed to meet their burden of proof. I’m VERY willing to alter my position if that changes.
It’s very unfair for you to redefine atheism to mean holding a position that no gods exists. That is a very dishonest misuse of the accepted definition of atheism.
Keep up the good work my brother.
Thanks for having such a great attitude as you usually do. I now see why we have become friends and I always appreciate our dialogue 😊.
Please forgive me if I didn’t communicate very well in my previous comment. When it comes to atheism, I go by the dictionary definition which is a lack of belief in the existence of gods. But in my earlier comment, I was just merely trying to explain why I believe that atheists use that definition. But I don’t think I did that great of a job explaining my point of view.
Sorry about that.
You two do have a quite honorable and amiable discourse. There is hope for human kind!
Defining terms though. Google’s first definition hit for atheism says, “disbelief or lack of belief in the existence of God or gods” Not sure what about that is fair or unfair, or why it needs to be. (where the concept of fairness comes is a discussion in its self as ye both know).
I was thinking after reading this post and your comments (thatguy and peter). I was surprised that this post sort of turned from a ‘how do you know Christianity is worth my time’ into more of a ‘turn or burn’ alter call. There are certainly times for that, and people who need to hear it, Jesus even said it himself.
However, @Peter, I was looking forward to more of a wrap-up or conclusion on why Christianity is right/correct/true/greater than all others.
A great piece, but if I put my super critical glasses on, I feel it finished with each foot in a different trail…and the splits are uncomfortable! (this is supposed to be like a bad ‘dad’ joke). Tell us more about undeniable truths that we have to struggle with if we choose to follow other religions. I’d love to hear more. You are such a great writer and I love hearing your perspectives. Bitcoin is not the first step toward one-world government, but definitely a notable implication.
@thatguy, I remember you from before and I think I said roughly the same thing. Peter here is touching on a few parts of loads of evidence (scholarly and otherwise) that Christianity is true, or better said, Jesus is who he claimed to be, and therefore his teachings should be quite sufficient to lead one’s life by. What we run into then, with the personal position that “I have yet to be presented with any evidence I find credible that they do” is simply me needing it on MY terms. I was in that spot once, especially having been “raised in church.” My theory is you rebel harder when you were raised with this ‘christian influence.’
If God is true, does he exist on his terms or mine? Reading that Bible, seems pretty clear everything is His terms. That makes us uncomfortable for good reason. We have reason in us, reason that says, ‘do what’s best for your survival and importance within existence.’ That’s at war with the spirit within us that Jesus calls to, saying to “deny yourself and follow/worship me (Jesus).” He insists this life is temporary, and that what comes after is eternal, and far more important to work toward than this world’s satisfaction/gratification/purpose.
I get it man, I truly do. I pray that you are able to accept evidence. It is there (more like all over), and even for those of us who believe, sometimes, we wish it wasn’t. Life would be ‘easer’ in my human mind if things were the way I wanted. Like, what good does chronic disease do for people? Why bother at all with this suffering? “God, why are you letting all this crap happen to good people?!” My wife can’t get out of bed most days, and it’s a daily obedience to bring that pain and frustration to God and ask why, then say, “your will be done.” It won’t make sense to some folks. It just won’t. Like obeying your parents when they say you can’t have candy, when they’ve let you eat it not a day before and you’re like, ‘well what the heck?’
At some point, if we are right or wrong about what is true regarding faith/life/afterlike, we will still die. Rather than rehash the old Pascal’s Wager, consider, those who follow the claims and evidence of Jesus/God/whatever you think of him, there’s not a lot in it for them in this life per se (except to share in the sufferings and therefore glory of Christ)(check out Romans and pretty much everything Paul wrote in the New Testament). Are these “Christians” all insane? Sort of yeah, but not in the strict definition. 😉
Main point. God has explained the terms to us as a God. We don’t get to define the terms, no matter how passionately we struggle with our believe or obedience. Good thing God promises things like, “If you seek, you will find,” or that we can ask for more faith and he will supply it. Go find it man!
The more I live the more it comes at me like this: the only people who don’t believe Jesus, intentionally, know exactly why they don’t, and that reason is more important than their eternal survival. For me it was anger at injustice. I still struggle with trusting that he has given each person a chance and has had the right amount of mercy or judgement for each. I have to trust that his omniscience is exactly that, and more than my brain can understand. It’s a tough road to go alone, that’s why he promised he would “always be with us, even to the end of the age.” He also suggest we stay in communication and living with other believers to be encouraged in times of trial. That’s what Peter here is to me, he encourages me. And so do you, thatguy.
Here’s a favorite: “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton
I’m still rooting for both of you.
Hi My Ninja, thank you so much for your most valuable feedback. You definitely make great points all around. And I most certainly deserve everything that you said about my post. I know that it fell short in several ways. But I am always open to feedback and I am committed to making improvements for the future.
My Ninja, this post was the most difficult post that I have written over the past 7 years. I usually can write or record a video in about 1 to 2 weeks. This one took me 3 months to complete.
As I was doing my research, I found all sorts of websites, people making claims, and reasons for why people think that their particular religion is true. So then I had to come up with what is the one reason that is going to set apart Christianity from all the other religions? And the only thing that I found through my research was God’s unique ability to be able to make predictions about the future.
That’s why I solely focused on predictions in this blog post and nothing else. I included 3 predictions from the past that came true, and 1 prediction about the future that is going to be coming true sometime soon.
So I hope this makes sense to you, My Ninja. I just wanted to elaborate a little bit more about my thoughts and about what I had to go through to create this blog post.
Thanks for taking the time to reply. It seems like your saying “believe first, then everything will make sense”, do I have that right?
I see, thank you for putting all that time in. And, I do understand the urgency. We’re supposed to work like there is no tomorrow. Brother, you are crushing it. Using your gifts, and preaching the gospel. Keep it up.
What I do love about the ‘alter-call’ is your understanding and teaching on God’s heart. There is a person behind this mercy that cares so much for us, and you articulate that best of all in that section. Thank you for your encouragements. May the God of all perfect and powerful glory continue to be the source of your peace, life, and love that you give to who knows how many. I suspect there is much oil in your lamp.
Thank you so much, My Ninja. Your kind and gracious words really go a far way with me and they mean so much. I give all the credit to God ☝️ and none to me.
Apologies, my replies don’t look like they’re lining up right.
I said a lot of things there.
To some extent yes, we have to pass through gates when we use walls to compartmentalize our minds. Or if the word ‘paradigm’ makes sense, maybe like that in terms of a paradigm-shift. Until I am willing to accept a host of statements made by Jesus, I’m not gonna have as easy a time thinking about the meanings or contexts. Quite possibly you are not as angry as I was/am so it’s not as hard for you. There’s the verse that says, “taste and see that the Lord is good.” I love that phrase because it helps break it down for me. I can explain all day how lasagna tastes, detailing the savory, salty ingredients and the fullness of the stomach afterwords, but until a person actually eats if for their self, there is a large part of understanding that is simply imagination for them.
My key point was in response to your comment about ‘not accepting [evidence/Peter’s post] as evidence’. Because that is all of our struggle, not just yours. We’re afraid to trust the evidence we don’t accept because if we do, we’re afraid of the following implications. Evidence doesn’t care whether I accept it or not. So then what I’m really looking at is my own fear, not the evidence. Not to say you personally are afraid, but that is how I see it play out for people close to me, for myself, for my family.
This fear of not having control thing. ( I mean control is an illusion whether you believe in deities or not right?) One might think, ‘man, if Christians all had this perfect, they wouldn’t need God.’ However, God built the whole of existence on this NEEDING him for everything. So naturally, we need him for faith, we need him to help us conquer our fears, and we need him for a very lives. Hardest part of this Christian perspective for me is this root: I am not enough to truly save myself or others, I am fully dependent on him. But it is the appropriate perspective if I want to seek truth.
In a prayer, Jesus the son prays to God the father (as a teaching example and true blessing for us) to, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” I try to stay rooted in His word. Doesn’t mean turn off your brain. We’re supposed to scrutinize it all and test it, to find it true. God wants believers, not wonderers. He doesn’t need help. Test it up!
Do you live in the Seattle area? We should meet up for a meal.
It’s rare to find someone as interested and honest as you. Are you looking to find God? Are you competitive and here to win debates? Are you looking to find a reason, deity or not? Or, are you here just because you and Peter are internet friends?! Haha! Much respect man. You are a champ for hanging out in opposing-thought-territory.
Once again I appreciate the response. Sorry, I’m a Dallas guy (shoulda beat the Seahawks btw) but Seattle is on my bucket list to visit – for sure I’ll look you up when I make it up there!
I see you read character very well….. I’m not angry at all! And, I dig Peter and what he does! I couldn’t have grown up in a more Christian (Southern Baptist) home, schools, college, etc. I didn’t leave my Christian faith or beliefs because I was rebellious, traumatized by an event, angry or any reason quite that glamorous.
I left when I took an honest, humble look at my beliefs and the reasons I held them.
I went to work for a private school of another denomination (administrator and coach). Long story short…. I took a critical look at what I believed versus what they believed. After months of careful consideration I couldn’t come up with an honest reason why what I was taught growing up and truly believed made any more sense or was more correct compared to their doctrine. Then I applied that same critical thinking to Christianity vs other faiths (the outsiders test) – I quickly discovered that I couldn’t find good reason for any religious or supernatural beliefs. In a nutshell – if they can’t all be right, then their all wrong. I certainly couldn’t justify my position (even when applying all of Peter’s thoughts on the subject) of holding on to religious beliefs.
Opposing thought is what excites me! I think everyone (Peter’s readers especially) needs to be willing to honestly examine their reasons for believing what they believe. I can’t imagine the Christian God would mind these brilliant creatures he made using their intellect to question what and why they believe what they believe. Is it simple indoctrination? Warm comfort? The easiest answer? Geography? Era you were born in? None of it really matters unless its true – and to my knowledge, no religious claims since the dawn of time have provided proof they are true. I’m begging for religion, any religion, to make good on its claims and provide acceptable evidence those claims are true. I only want to believe true things – its important to me.
I’ve rambled on for too long and I hope we continue this discussion. I’d be happy to chat with you outside of this blog if we can figure out how to do that.
A couple of my favorite quotes –
Main reason why Christianity is false has nothing to do with Evolution, Astronomy or other scientific discoveries (although they do badly hit it). It is a matter of History, Archaeology and comparative studies of Religion. All the supernatural stories of the Bible point undoubtedly towards Human imagination. – Julie Guilbaud
“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” – Flannery O’Connor
Peace to you my friend (and Peter!)
It helps knowing your story. Sounds like for people like us, it always comes back to the question, “what would you accept as evidence?” And further, “how much can we trust ourselves”. Interested more in your “outsiders test,” and totally believe you can and should test things out (God says to test him). I have been quite busy I see this was a full two weeks ago, but I am interested in your conversation. So if you don’t mind a flakey pen-pall, do email me above. At least it seems easier than trying to use reply functions in the comments (no offense to Peter at all).
This may seem like a really stupid question , but how is eternity possible? Like that seems like a longgggg time and wouldn’t you get bored? Btw I loved reading this!
It’s actually a really good question. Right now, the dimension that we are living in includes time and space. But if you take out the time dimension, then that becomes eternity. God lives outside of the time dimension.
Has anyone ever demonstrated anything existing “outside of the time dimension”? I’d like an example if there is one.
Thanks and happy holidays!
That’s a great question. What kind of demonstration would you be interested in, if I may ask?
Anything you can possibly come up with that has been verified – thanks!
Sure, Rog. You’re not referring to anything from the realm of quantum physics, are you?
Feel free to use any demonstration you know of that proves something/anything exists “outside of the time dimension”.
Sure, Rog. I have found that there are different examples that one can learn about from the realms of philosophy, history, religion, and archeology. For now, here is a logical argument from philosophy. There are two premises and one conclusion.
The something in premise #1 is the world. So we know that that premise is true because the world exists.
Premise #2 is nothing cannot create something. What is nothing? It is no-thing. No-thing cannot do anything because it is nothing.
Some scientists have been debating back and forth about what is the definition of nothing. I subscribe to the definition that nothing is no-thing that can be detected, measured, and observed. All 3 conditions of the definition must be met simultaneously for nothing to be considered no-thing. Does that make sense?
Finally, you have the logical conclusion that something must have existed. Something must have existed to create the world and the time dimension that we live in. So that is my 2-cents 🙂
So this is WLC’s Kalām cosmological argument – right? I understand the value of philosophy but this leaves me unsatisfied. We can discuss the merits of the premises and how this argument in NO way implies a God of the Bible offline if you like.
I’m looking for an actual demonstrated example of proof that something, anything can or does exist outside of time. By the very definition of existence, time is a required element – correct?
Please give me more to go on. Thanks,
I don’t think its from WLC Kalam cosmological argument. If memory serve’s me correctly, I got it from an Oxford professor by the name of Sir John Lennox.
I totally understand that this leaves you unsatisfied. We all have our own preferences as to what would satisfy our searches. What has conducting your research revealed to you so far?
It’s for sure one of WLC’s go to apologeteics – https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/popular-writings/existence-nature-of-god/the-kalam-cosmological-argument/
I’m just looking for the same thing you and I use to make every other decision in our lives…. actual evidence. My “research” into this matter has found zero demonstrations that anything could or does exist outside time and space. By the very definition of existence, time and space are required.
When claims are made that things exist outside of the known physical world I immediately ask for evidence. Hoping that some day I get more than philosophical arguments to chew on!
As always thanks for your time. Love ya brother.
So what you’re saying is that you’re looking for actual evidence inside the time and space dimension of something that exists outside of the time and space dimension, right? If so, I’m not sure what would satisfy such a criteria.
Personally, I don’t make all of my decisions on evidence. Sometimes I act on faith. And many times, I can be irrational and make decisions based on my feelings.
Love you too, Rog 🙂
You’ve made my point – believing that anything outside time and space exists has no reasonable justification.
Ahh, I see, I didn’t know that you were setting out to make a point 😀.
Okay, may I please ask you a question? Do you have any evidence for the part of the Big Bang where the universe began from nothing?
The gospels of Christ alone are enough to prove the truth of Christianity, not to mention archeological evidence of the Bible, hundreds of fulfilled prophecies and predictions, scientific proof, testimonies of the apostles, and more.
Thank you for this video/read. I feel blessed to have stumbled upon it on my quest to fix my belief. God bless you!