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Friday, June 1, 2012

Mistakes in the Bible?

by Ray Comfort livingwaters.com

          In his ignorance man searches for what he considers "mistakes" in the Bible to justify his godless beliefs. He is like a man with a magnifying glass who diligently searches for a tiny dirt speck on the Mona Lisa, so he can justify discarding the whole painting as junk. In the following (extremely applicable) article from The Almost Christian, written in 1661, Matthew Mead addresses the problem:
          "There is a proud heart in every natural man. There was much pride in Adam's sin-and there is much of it in all Adam's sons. Pride is a radical sin, and from hence arises this over-inflated opinion of a man's spiritual state and condition: 'The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: God, I thank you that I am not like other men-robbers, evildoers, adulterers' (Luke 18:11). This is the unsaved man's motto.
          "A proud man has an eye to see his beauty-but not his deformity. He sees his abilities-but not his spots. He sees his seeming righteousness-but not his real wretchedness. It must be a work of grace-which must show a man the lack of grace. The haughty eye looks upward-but the humble eye looks downward, and therefore this is the believer's motto, 'I am the least of saints-and the greatest of sinners!'"

          Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said to them, You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.


"How can we witness to people cross-culturally"?

          While we must be culturally sensitive in foreign countries, we need not do what most missionaries have done in the past-spend years learning the culture and the language of the nation before they shared the gospel.

        The biblical gospel message is applicable to all people everywhere-whether they are in the U.S. or overseas, in a high-rise or a lowly hut, rich or poor, happy or hurting, regardless of their beliefs or their lifestyles. We do not need to tailor specific outreaches to each individual group, because the disease of sin and the cure of the Savior apply to all humanity. God has given light to every man, and the universal moral Law is written on the heart of all people in all cultures.

        In every nation people have a God-given conscience and a will to live. To be effective (with God's help), all we need is a good translator and the knowledge of how to tap into the will to live and the human conscience using the Law.

        1 Kings 8:43 ...hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, that all peoples of the earth may know Your name and fear You, as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that this temple which I have built is called by Your name.

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By Ray Comfort
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