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Validating Christianity: Simplified

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Christians go through doubting on occasion. Thanks to Jesus however — who is the "author and finisher of our faith" if you believe in him (Hebrews 12:2) — we don't have to linger in it. However, there came a time when I finally broke down and sought to compile a comprehensive case for validating Christianity.

It lasted about 3 years. Due to my hefty tendency to avoid bias, I believe it took so long.

If a premise can be proven true, then certain other truths must logically follow, regardless of whether or not we like them. e.g., If there is a shadow, it can be deduced a light source is shining behind it. It was on this type of logic that I based my conclusion.

In the end, being satisfied with the findings, I broke them down in the following way. First I'll provide evidence God exists regardless of who specifically God is. Afterward, I'll provide evidence God is indeed the Christian god.

Entropy and the Fossil Record

Observing what physicists universally recognize as the laws of entropy is quite telling. In layman's terms, there are two facets of entropy. One deals with the finite amount of usable energy in the universe. The other deals with the evident reality that all things are moving from order to disorder.

Regarding the former, the fact that energy in the universe is finite and running out is proof the universe had a beginning — and did not exist eternally. An eternally sustained universe and a finite supply of energy are not compatible concepts — in an eternal universe, the energy would be eternally usable, yet we observe the usable energy running out. Therefore, we can deduce the universe had a beginning.

What was the beginning like? To answer, we turn to the second facet of entropy — the paradigm of order. In life, we consistently see things moving from order to disorder. Everything wears out. Plants and trees grow, then they wither into disorder. Buildings grow old and degrade, clean houses become messy and dust-riddled and our bodies grow unhealthy (into disorder) if not maintained.

The fact that life and inanimate objects in the universe are moving toward disorder is proof macro (Darwinian) evolution is impossible — structures and life cannot spontaneously evolve toward order out of chaos with no guidance — it would contradict this second facet of entropy.

Moreover, if humans evolved from a microscopic lifeform then there would be evidence in the fossil record. For example, if apes evolved into humans, then we should expect to find transitional skeletons. There are none. Macro-evolution exists only as a fantasy in the minds of certain scientists and fake-news media.

The law of entropy and missing evidence of evolution in the fossil record is a death blow to evolutionists. The only option left is that a transcending being created life and nature in the exact forms we see them in today, at some point in the finite past. In summary, God created in the beginning and he created all things just as we see them — there was no macroevolution.

Does God Care?

The question begged at this point is, does God care about us — and can we know without referencing the bible? There is evidence God does indeed care about us. Our bodies heal — we have built-in, natural mechanisms for healing. When cut, wounds heal.

A variety of other ailments naturally heal, as well. Though we cannot regenerate organs and limbs like some other lifeforms —for whatever reason — God did instill in our bodies said healing mechanisms. He most certainly cares about us.

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Our conscience, the natural sense of right and wrong, although marred by our natural inclination for self-centeredness — evidenced by behavior as infants — shows God cares.

Different people in different geographical locations, living at different times, all had moral laws and codes. Without laws, people could not have flourished, but instead would have destroyed themselves in anarchy. Societies need laws to thrive.

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There were penalties and negative consequences for lying, stealing, murdering, and committing adultery, just as there are today. Where did the laws, being immaterial in nature come from — and why are they universal? The first people created could have received the laws directly from God — who then passed them down verbally — or the laws could have been instilled directly into us by God. In either case, the universal moral code is another proof God cares about us.

Does the Bible Reveal the True God?

We've established God's existence and that he is indeed a caring God. The next question begged is, which faith (or religion) reveals the true God? Not all religions can be totally correct. Somebody at some point must be wrong. There is sufficient evidence Christianity yields the description of who the true God is.

By far, fulfilled prophecy takes the cake. I'm not talking about events coming to pass only referenced in the bible. I'm talking about events that can be known by referencing world history and current events. The power to tell the future must rest in a supernatural ability. Therefore, if events foretold in the bible are fulfilled accurately, it's logical the bible speaks the truth about who God is.

Materialists (and folks who "lack" a belief in God) — those who believe nothing exists beyond what we can measure with our five senses, generally assert bible prophecy as a fallacy — it's the only conclusion their presuppositional worldview allows. Logically, and for all practical purposes, if no transcending, supernatural authority exists, then the power to predict the future with perfect accuracy cannot exist.

Instead of allowing evidence to carry wherever it may lead, materialists cling to the presupposition no such power can exist, which is why there exists a variety of colorful (and absurd) arguments against true prophecy — to say nothing about the existence of God.

The following are fulfilled bible prophecies that can be verified by referencing recorded world history and archeology:

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  • Daniel 9:25-29, written about 550 years before the coming of Jesus, tells of many prophecies that any rational person must consider. 1) The specific amount of time between the command to restore Israel (who was in exile at the time) and the coming of Jesus — was given and fulfilled perfectly. 2) Jesus' death was foretold and fulfilled (him being "cut off"). 3) The destruction of the rebuilt temple (that hadn't even been rebuilt yet) was fulfilled. 4) The scattering and desolation of Israel were foretold and fulfilled. 5) The timing of Jesus' death — that it would happen before the destruction of the temple, was accurate.
  • Ezekiel 38 tells of Jews returning to their homeland and the gradual restoration of it. In 1948, over 1900 years after Israel was scattered (coinciding with the destruction of their temple in 70 AD), they were once again declared a nation. Jeremiah 31:38-40, and Deuteronomy 29 also tell of the rebirth of Israel in the last days.
  • Jeremiah 31:38-40 predicted Edom, a once beautiful and bountiful land, would become unfruitful. The land became barren and remains so to this day.
  • Nahum 3:13 predicted the fall of Nineveh, by fire. In the 1800s, archeologists excavated Nineveh in ashes.
  • Daniel 12 predicts that in the days just before Christ's return, there would be a revolution in transportation and knowledge. "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased" (King James Version). This is a compelling verse when considered in the context that before about 100 years ago, people got around by foot, ship, and horses — now, there is high-tech travel of varying colors. Moreover, within the last 15 years, we've developed technology that enables instant knowledge accessible from the palm of our hands — via the internet and smartphones.
  • Isaiah 48:1-8, and Malachi 3:1 predicted the coming of John the Baptist, a forerunner who told of Jesus' coming. John's existence and role were validated thoroughly by Josephus the historian of the first century. "Now some of the Jews thought that the destruction of Herod's army came from God as a just punishment of what Herod had done against John, who was called the Baptist...Now many people came in crowds to him, for they were greatly moved by his words." Josephus' writing says more than what I listed here.
  • Isaiah 7:14 predicted Jesus would be called Immanuel, meaning "God with us." Pliny the Younger was a Roman governor around 112 A.D. who wrote to Emporer Trajan regarding Christians, "They were in the habit of meeting on a certain fixed day before it was light, when they sang in alternate verses a hymn to Christ, as to a god..."
  • Isaiah 53:3 predicted Jesus would be rejected by men. Not only did thousands reject Christ (and still do) but those who worship Christ were and are still martyred to this day. Cornelius Tacitus who died around 120 A.D. wrote about the persecution of early Christians. "...Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths. Covered with the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or were doomed to the flames and burnt, to serve as a nightly illumination, when daylight had expired."
  • Hosea 9:1-3 (and also 1 Kings and Micah) predicted Israel would be overcome by the Assyrians. "Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every cornfloor. The floor and the winepress shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail in her. They shall not dwell in the Lord's land; but Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and they shall eat unclean things in Assyria." Sennacherib's Prism, an ancient stone engraved with cuneiform language was discovered in the ruins of Nineveh in 1830. The writings display details of the siege Israel suffered at the hands of the Assyrians.
  • Jeremiah 25 predicts the Babylonian captivity. "...And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years." One of the many extra-biblical pieces of evidence of the Babylonian captivity is Jehoiachin Rations Tablets, containing details of the event after it happened.

Still Not Convinced?

While said fulfilled prophecies indeed help, the hiddenness of God today tends to throw people. Many ask why God isn't more visible so we can know without a shred of doubt he exists. There is another biblical prophecy that occurred before Jesus' coming, shedding much light on the subject and should bring closure.

Joel 2:28 says, "...And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh..." (King James Version). This predicts the coming of the Holy Spirit. Before Jesus came, the Holy Spirit played a different role in relations with humans and God was more "visible" — today, the Holy Spirit indwells us directly (if you trust Jesus). The apostle Peter quoted from Joel on the day the Holy Spirit came, spoken of in Acts 2.

When the thought, "Where's God at these days" comes to mind — remember, since all those bible prophecies came true, the coming of the invisible Spirit of God spoken of in Joel also came true — if other biblical prophecies come true, it's logical that all the others have or will come true.

There are other scriptures alluding to the hiddenness of God. Jesus exists just as much today as he did when the bible was written.

John 20:29 tells of when the disciples saw Jesus risen, and how Thomas doubted the resurrection. But when finally appearing to Thomas, Jesus said to him, "...because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed" (King James Version).

An implication of Jesus's words here is that there are people who aren't going to see Him, going forward, which doesn't nullify His deity. Moreover, 1 Peter 1:8 says, "Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory..." (English Standard Version).

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Dan Martino

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