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The Jesus of the Gospels

There is no good reason to doubt the authenticity and reliability of what the gospels say about Jesus.  Knowledgeable people, people who knew Jesus well, reported the events and happenings of the life of Jesus.  The gospels were written at a time when Jesus was still remembered and at a time when misstatements about Him could have easily been challenged and proven false. The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were accepted by most, while early Christians and others rejected many incredulous books about Jesus.  The consensus of the centuries has been that the gospels' portrait of Jesus is true.  It is easy to see how such an awesome and divine figure as the Jesus presented in the gospels would influence the world with His life and teachings.  By contrast, it is beyond belief that one who is the mere figment of one’s imagination could be thought to be so real and so influential.  We may be confident that in reading the gospels, we meet the real Jesus-- the Christ, the Son of the Living God!

“And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:  But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name” (John 20:30,31).

Last Updated on Friday, 14 January 2011 10:40
 

Divorce and Remarriage

"And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery” - Matthew 19:9 

Sin makes a complete and utter mess of our lives.  When we sin, we have violated the will of Almighty God; that is not some light and trivial thing.  Further, our sin complicates our lives in profound ways.  The Apostle Paul said:  “For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself” (Romans 14:7).  That is, our lives affect other people.  Our families, friends, and even our enemies are sometimes ruined by what we have done.  Ezekiel 18:2 says:   "What do you mean when you use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying: 'The fathers have eaten sour grapes, And the children's teeth are set on edge'?”  While it is true that Ezekiel 18 seeks to place the blame where it belongs—on the individual—it is still true that the children suffered because of the actions of their fathers.  This remains true today.

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Some "Ifs" and "Whys" About Baptism

If baptism is not necessary to salvation, Why did Peter in  1 Peter 3:21 write, "baptism now saves us"?

If one can be forgiven of sins without baptism, Why did Peter command in Acts 2:38, "be baptized for the remission of sins"?

If sins are taken away before baptism, Why was Saul told to be "baptized and wash away thy sins" (Acts 22:16)?

If one is a child of God without baptism, Why did Paul say that Galatians were "children of God by faith in Christ" and then given the reason, "for as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ" (Galatians 3:26-27)?

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What Must I Do To Be Saved?

No question is more important than this. We make many important decisions in life regarding matters such as education, marriage, and occupation. But none is as transcending as that which affects our soul's eternity (Matt. 16:26).

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"Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?"

Luke 9:23-25