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For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one who believes..Romans 1:16



Prophecies Fulfilled by the Messiah Jesus


You Can't Get to Heaven Without a Space Suit
The "Spiritually Scientific" Reason Why You Need Jesus


The Resurrection of Jesus Christ -
What Really Happened?


My Lord and My God

Obvious

The Bethlehem Prophecy


One Direction, One Way




The Origin of Christianity


Salvation is of the Jews


A Conversation with Religion


The Road to Emmaus


You Shall Be with Me in Paradise


The Struggle with Christianity


Mathematical Odds

     
      There are over three hundred prophecies concerning the Messiah interwoven throughout the Old Testament. Some of them are repetitions of the same prophecy. For example, the prophecy concerning Jesus being from the line of David is repeated about fourteen times. The prophecy that tells us that the Messiah is to be born in Bethlehem is repeated five times. The number of non-repeating distinct prophecies is about one hundred and ninety.
      M.B. Bleecker is an engineer who took one hundred and fifty of the remarkable prophecies that Jesus fulfilled and calculated the odds of His fulfilling those prophecies. The odds of one man fulfilling one hundred and fifty prophecies in one lifetime are one in –

1,039,851,278,722,473,896,502,516,467,047,788,121,009,514,090,594,304

The odds of Jesus fulfilling just eight of them in His lifetime are one in

100, 000, 000,000,000,000

God, The Ultimate Mathematician, has given us the numbers that point the way to the miracle of Messiah Jesus.

copyright 2007 by H.D. Shively

"You Can't Prove Christianity!"

     "You can't prove Christianity!" was the first line of an email I received from someone who was intent on trying to discredit my faith. How would I answer him? What could I say to him that would "prove" my Christian faith is real?

First of all, I would say that Christianity doesn’t need to be proved. Jesus said no one could come to Him unless they were drawn by the Father. Those who are called by the Father accept the Truth by faith. Then these believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit who “Manifests” Himself to them. A believer can experience the Presence of God as a tangible reality. He sees his prayers answered. Personally I have learned to live on miracles. When I was in dire need of funds, on at least two different occasions, total strangers came up to me and said, “The Lord told me to give you some money.”

The believer can hear the Still Small Voice of God.

I suppose you could argue semantics. You could recount how Jesus fulfilled scores of Old Testament Prophecies concerning the Messiah. You could relate how there is more documentation closer to the original sources than any other ancient writings including Shakespeare. You could relate the endless testimonies of miracles. I personally know a woman whose firstborn daughter was born without eyes. She was convinced that Jesus would put eyes in her baby. And one day, supernaturally, miraculously– He did.

I suppose we could say all that, but it isn’t necessary, because the Bible makes a distinction between the wicked and the just. While all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God, the Word of God defines the wicked as the proud who refuse come to God. To these wicked ones no amount of arguing the Christian position is going to move them. God knows the hearts and He knows who are His.

Like the angry mob at the foot of Jesus’ Cross who demanded that He come down and prove to them that He was the Messiah, He chose instead to reveal His resurrected Glory to a handful of the called – as He continues to do to this day.

Copyright 2002 by H.D. Shively

Interview with Jesus


But without
Faith
It is impossible
to please Him:
for he that comes to God must believe that He is,
and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
Hebrews 11:6

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