Doubt Is In The Valley


I recently had a conversation with a friend that struck my interest on how to “argue” a point on which he is showing extreme doubt. When someone doubts something, I have to wonder if it’s because of lack of knowledge, fear of acceptance or (to put it bluntly) just an excuse (to which the next question becomes an excuse of what?). I have been a believer since 1997; granted, I have had my own ups and downs in my walk with Christ, I have always known that He existed. I never questioned whether or not “God” was really there. To hear in my friends conversation an acknowledgment of His existence, that He did in fact create us, and the world we live in makes this conversation that much harder to understand for me. He argued points like, “how can we really know the bible is truth if man wrote it? even if God told them to, man still wrote it?” This got me questioning how to prove this to someone. For me, I just accepted it as God’s word and didn’t ask questions…  It’s important that we make a decision one way or another for God says clearly,

“So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.” – Revelation 3:16

A second issue is the issue of the translations. I took a scripture and looked up three different translations. Even though numerous translations exist, they don’t stray far from each other. The three verses listed above are extremely similar in wording; however, the base of the verses are still the same.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” – John 1:1 (New Living Translation)

“The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word. The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one.” John 1-2 (The Message)

1IN THE beginning [before all time] was the Word ([a]Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God [b]Himself.(A)” – John 1:1* (Amplified Bible)

*Here are the footnotes with this translation:

  • John 1:1 In John’s vision (Rev. 19), he sees Christ returning as Warrior-Messiah-King, and “the title by which He is called is The Word of God… and Lord of lords” (Rev. 19:13, 16).
  • John 1:1 Charles B. Williams, The New Testament: A Translation in the Language of the People: “God” appears first in the Greek word order in this phrase, denoting emphasis–so “God Himself.”
  • An aspect to consider on the accuracy of what scripture says [even though technically written by man] would be the amount of prophecy that has been exclaimed and then came 100% true! After doing some research, I came across this paragraph which was amazing:

    A major portion of both the Old and New Testament is devoted to prophecy- nearly one third of the Scripture. Only four of the 66 books of the Bible are without prophecy-Ruth, the Song of Solomon, Philemon, and 3 John. Even the shortest book of the Bible mentions prophecy (Jude 14, 17-18, which refers to Enoch and the second coming of the Lord). Out of the Old Testament’s 23,210 verses, 6,641 contain predictive material, over twenty eight percent. Out of the New Testament’s 7,914 verses, 1,711 contain predictive material, over 21 percent.

    There are lots of examples of prophecy! Please keep in mind these are only excerpts from the Bible, for the entire story, the entire chapter would need to be read. In Deutoronomy, 15 Moses continued, “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. 16 For this is what you yourselves requested of the Lord your God when you were assembled at Mount Sinai.[b] You said, ‘Don’t let us hear the voice of the Lord our God anymore or see this blazing fire, for we will die.’

    17 “Then the Lord said to me, ‘What they have said is right. 18 I will raise up a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites. I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell the people everything I command him. 19 I will personally deal with anyone who will not listen to the messages the prophet proclaims on my behalf. 20 But any prophet who falsely claims to speak in my name or who speaks in the name of another god must die.’

    21 “But you may wonder, ‘How will we know whether or not a prophecy is from the Lord?’ 22 If the prophet speaks in the Lord’s name but his prediction does not happen or come true, you will know that the Lord did not give that message. That prophet has spoken without my authority and need not be feared.”

    Biblical Prophecy: Daniel 9:25 (from allabouttruth.org)
    A most compelling Biblical Prophecy is found in Daniel, chapter 9, verse 25. Written 500 years before the birth of Jesus Christ (the oldest preserved copy dating 200 years before the birth of Christ), it foretells the very day Christ would enter Jerusalem. The prophecy states: 69 weeks of years (69 x 7 = 483 years) would pass from the decree to rebuild Jerusalem, until the coming of the Messiah. This is according to the Babylonian 360-day calendar, since Daniel was written in Babylon during the Jewish captivity after the fall of Jerusalem. Thus, 483 years x 360 days = 173,880 days. According to records found by Sir Henry Creswicke Rawlinson in the Shushan (Susa) Palace, and confirmed in Nehemiah 2:1, this decree was made on March 14th, 445 BC, by Artaxerxes Longimanus. Exactly 173,880 days later, on April 6th, 32 AD, Jesus Christ rode into Jerusalem upon a colt (fulfilling the prophecy in Zechariah 9:9). The world celebrates this day as Palm Sunday. Four days later, Christ was murdered upon the cross. Actually, the form of His execution and even His last words were foretold in Psalm 22. Three days later, Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday, fulfilling numerous other prophecies of our Messiah.

    A scientist picked out 48 prophecies and determined that the probability of one man randomly fulfilling them all is 1 in 10 to the exponent of 157. That is one followed by 157 zeros! Your chances of winning a typical lottery jackpot is about 1 in 108. (100,000,000) Yet, Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies! (Note: I did not put this chart together, I found it)

    Concerning his birth Prophesied Fulfilled
    1. Born of the seed of woman Gen 3:15 Gal 4:4
    2. Born of a virgin Isa 7:14 Mt 1:18-25
    3. Seed of Abraham Gen 22:18 Mt 1:1
    4. Seed of Isaac Gen 21:12 Lk 3:23+34
    5. Seed of Jacob Num 24:17 Lk 3:34
    6. Seed of David Jer 23:5 Lk 3:31
    7. Tribe of Judah Gen 49:10 Rev 5:5
    8. Family line of Jesse Isa 11:1 Lk 3:32
    9. Born in Bethlehem Mic 5:2 Mt 2:1-6
    10. Herod kills the children Jer 31:15 Mt 2:16-18

    Concerning his nature

    Prophesied

    Fulfilled

    11. He pre-existed creation Mic 5:2 1 Pet 1:20
    12. He shall be called Lord Ps 110:1 Acts 2:36
    13. Called Immanuel (God with us) Isa 7:14 Mt 1:22-23
    14. Prophet Deut 18:18-19 Acts 3:18-25
    15. Priest Ps 110:4 Heb 5:5-6
    16. Judge Isa 33:22 Jn 5:22-23
    17. King Ps 2:6 Jn 18:33-37
    18. Anointed by the Spirit Isa 11:2 Mt 3:16-17
    19. His zeal for God Ps 69:9 Jn 2:15-17

    Concerning his ministry

    Prophesied

    Fulfilled

    20. Preceded by a messenger Isa 40:3 Mt 3:1-3
    21. To begin in Galilee Isa 9:1-2 Mt 4:12-17
    22. Ministry of Miracles Isa 35:5-6 Mt 9:35;11:4
    23. Teacher of parables Ps 78:1-4 Mt 13:34-35
    24. He was to enter the temple Mal 3:1 Mt 21:10-12
    25. Enter Jerusalem on donkey Zech 9:9 Mt 21:1-7
    26. Stone of stumbling to Jews Isa 28:16; Ps 118:22 1 Pet 2:6-8
    27. Light to Gentiles Isa 49:6 Acts 13:46-48

    The day Jesus was crucified

    Prophesied

    Fulfilled

    28. Betrayed by a friend Ps 41:9 Jn 13:18-27
    29. Sold for 30 pieces of silver Zech 11:12 Mt 26:14-15
    30. 30 pieces thrown in Temple Zech 11:13 Mt 27:3-5
    31. 30 pieces buys potters field Zech 11:13 Mt 27:6-10
    32. Forsaken by His disciples Zech 13:7 Mk 14:27+50
    33. Accused by false witnesses Ps 35:11+20-21 Mt 26:59-61
    34. Silent before accusers Isa 53:7 Mt 27:12-14
    35. Wounded and bruised Isa 53:4-6 1 Pet 2:21-25
    36. Beaten and spit upon Isa 50:6 Mt 26:67-68
    37. Mocked Ps 22:6-8 Mt 27:27-31
    38. Fell under the cross Ps 109:24-25 Jn 19:17; Lk23:26
    39. Hands and feet pierced Ps 22:16 Jn 20:24-28
    40. Crucified with thieves Isa 53:12 Mt 27:38
    41. Prayed for enemies Isa 53:12 Lk 23:34
    42. Rejected by His own people Isa 53:3 Jn 19:14-15
    43. Hated without cause Ps 69:4 Jn 15:25
    44. Friends stood aloof Ps 38:11 Lk22:54;23:49
    45. People wag their heads Ps 22:7;109:25 Mt 27:39
    46. People stared at Him Ps 22:17 Lk 23:35
    47. Cloths divided and gambled for Ps 22:18 Jn 19:23-24
    48. Became very thirsty Ps 22:15 Jn 19:28
    49. Gall and vinegar offered Him Ps 69:21 Mt 27:34
    50. His forsaken cry Ps 22:1 Mt 27:46
    51. Committed Himself to God Ps 31:5 Lk 23:46
    52. Bones not broken Ps 34:20 Jn 19:32-36
    53. Heart broken Ps 69:20;22:14 Jn 19:34
    54. His side pierced Zech 12:10 Jn 19:34+37
    55. Darkness over the land Amos 8:9 Lk 23:44-45
    56. Buried in rich man’s tomb Isa 53:9 Mt 27:57-60

    His Resurrection & Ascension

    Prophesied

    Fulfilled

    57. Raised from the dead Ps 16:8-11 Acts 2:24-31
    58. Begotten as Son of God Ps 2:7 Acts 13:32-35
    59. Ascended to God Ps 68:18 Eph 2:8-10
    60. Seated beside God Ps 110:1 Heb 1:3+13

    God’s word is truthful. God’s word is full of promises. I can’t make a decision for someone, but perhaps I can help “prove” it to them.  For me, the Word of God (the Bible), is my blueprints for life. It shows me what to do, what not to do, how to act with people, how to pray, what to expect in this world and in heaven, what is expected of us, the church, how to obtain salvation and what to expect in the end times. It’s a map that is drawn out so clearly (most of the time) and yet so many people want to repel it instead of embracing it. They wonder why life is so hard and yet answers are right in front of them.

    (P.S. 2 Peter 1:20-21: 20But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 21for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”)

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