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How Do I Know The Bible is True?

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October 25, 2020
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Pastor Robert shares why we can trust that the Bible is not just a book but the living Word of God.

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How Do I Know The Bible is True?

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  • ROBERT MORRIS: It beganto be written about 1480 B.C.,
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  • 1450 to 1480 B.C.,
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  • and then it wentto about 70 A.D.
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  • So, for about 1.500 years,40 different writers.
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  • Here's what I want you to get.
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  • The collusion factoralone is amazing.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ROBERT: This weekI want to talk about,
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  • "How Do I Knowthe Bible is True?"
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  • And, this first pointis a little bit
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  • tongue-in-cheek, okay?
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  • So, let me warn you.
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  • I know that I do this a lot.
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  • I try to warn you whenI'm slipping one in on you,
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  • you know, so that youdon't just discount it.
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  • So, I'm answeringthe question,
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  • "How Do I Knowthe Bible is True?"
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  • and you have to remember,I'm a believer in Jesus.
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  • So, this first point is kindof for believers in Jesus,
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  • and then we're goingto get into some reasoned,
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  • logical explanationsin point two and three,
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  • but the first one I knowis a little different.
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  • So, "How Do I Knowthe Bible is True?"
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  • Point number oneis the Bible says so.
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  • I know that sounds kindof crazy, the Bible says so,
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  • but here's why I'm saying that.
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  • If you believe that Jesusis the Son of God,
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  • then you believethat the Bible is God's Word.
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  • And what I'm sayingis that Jesus verifies
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  • that the Bible is true,
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  • and let me explainwhat I mean by that.
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  • Jesus quoted from 3/4 of thebooks of the Old Testament
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  • when He was on this earth,that we have referenced.
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  • So, there are 39 booksin the Old Testament,
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  • and He quoted from 29to 30 of those books -
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  • 3/4 of the booksfrom the Old Testament.
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  • So, He is verifyingthe authenticity of the Bible.
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  • The other thing is that whenJesus quoted from the Bible,
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  • He actually said,"The Scriptures say."
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  • "The Scriptures say."
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  • Now, you may not thinkthat's a big deal,
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  • but the word, "Scripture,"means inspired writings.
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  • That's where we getScript-ure from,
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  • that Scripture part,"Script," inspired writings.
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  • That's what it means.
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  • So, every time Jesus was saying,"The Scriptures say,"
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  • He was saying,"The inspired writings."
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  • They're inspired by God,and I'll show that to you
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  • in a moment in Scripture -"The inspired writings say."
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  • So, Jesus is verifyingthe authenticity of Scripture.
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  • And then let meshow you 2 Timothy 3:16.
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  • It says, "All Scripture,"all the inspired writings.
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  • "All Scripture is givenby inspiration of God,
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  • and is profitable for doctrine,for reproof, for correction,
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  • for instructionin righteousness."
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  • Okay, so that those words,"given by inspiration of God,"
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  • is the Greek word,"theopneustos."
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  • "Theo" means "God" in the Greek."Pneustos" means "breathed."
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  • It comes from the word...
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  • the new part of it means,"breathed," and it's "air."
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  • It's like if we saidyou have a pneumatic drill,
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  • you have a drill then that runson air, not on electricity.
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  • Many people right noware dying from pneumonia.
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  • It's a breathing problem.
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  • Actually...now,I'm not a medical doctor,
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  • but from what I've read,when a person passes away
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  • through this pandemic, they'renot saying from COVID-19,
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  • they're saying fromcomplications from COVID-19.
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  • COVID-19 is a virus that canturn into a breathing problem,
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  • primarily pneumonia.
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  • So, that's the problem,is the breathing.
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  • So, but even the word,"pneumonia," that P-N-E-A-U
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  • comes from this Greek word,"theopneustos,"
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  • which means "breath," all right?
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  • So, this is what this means.
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  • All Scriptureis God-breathed, "theopneustos."
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  • As a matter of fact,the New International Version
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  • even translates it,"God-breathed."
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  • All Scriptureis breathed by God.
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  • It's the very breath of God -all Scripture.
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  • So, this is how we knowthe Bible is true,
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  • because when you speak,you breathe.
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  • So, if God is speaking,then we know it's true.
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  • And all Scripture is spokenby God or breathed by God.
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  • Here's the way 2 Peter 1 says itVerse 20 and 21.
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  • "Knowing this first,that no prophecy of Scripture
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  • is of any privateinterpretation, for prophecy,"
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  • and again the reference here is,the context is of Scripture,
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  • "prophecy of Scripture nevercame by the will of man,
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  • but holy men of Godspoke as they were moved
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  • by the Holy Spirit."
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  • And so, they wrote as theywere moved by the Holy Spirit,
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  • and they wrote downwhat God led them to write.
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  • We're gonna talk later abouthow many men wrote the Bible,
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  • and over which period of time,and things like that.
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  • But, they spoke as theywere moved by the Holy Spirit,
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  • and they wrote it.
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  • So, we have the writtenWord of God.
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  • Now, it is more importantthan you might think
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  • that it's written.
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  • You actually wantimportant things written.
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  • Think aboutwhen you buy a house.
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  • You don't want a wordof mouth contract,
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  • you want a written contract.
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  • There's the old expression,"Will you put that in writing?"
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  • So, it's very importantthat we have it in writing,
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  • that it's in written form.
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  • There was a doctoralstudent one time
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  • who was doing his dissertation,
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  • and he disagreedwith the process,
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  • the dissertation process, whichthe dissertation process is,
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  • is that everything you sayin there has to be documented,
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  • and he disagreed with that,written documentation.
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  • And so, when he was givinghis dissertation,
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  • he would say things like this.
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  • He would make thisincredible statement
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  • and then he would say,"As told to me by the waiter
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  • at such-and-such restaurant."
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  • He was just tryingto overemphasize
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  • his disagreementwith this process.
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  • And then he would go ona little further,
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  • and then he would say,"As told to me by the bellboy
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  • at such-and-such hotel."
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  • And in a little while,one of the professors -
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  • there was a team of professors.
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  • One of them said,"Wait, hang on a minute.
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  • You can't do this.
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  • You have to have a writtendocumentation for your sources."
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  • And the student said, "Why?
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  • Why is it importantthat it's written?
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  • Why is it more importantthat it's written
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  • than if it's verbal?"
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  • And so, the professor said,
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  • "Okay, I see whereyou're going.
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  • Continue."So, the student continued.
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  • He presented his dissertation.
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  • A few weeks later,the professor,
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  • his working professor, calledhim and said, "Hey, good news.
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  • You passed and you're goingto get your PhD.
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  • You're going to getyour doctorate,
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  • but we're not goingto give it to you in writing."
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  • [laughter]
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  • Just take our word for it."
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  • Well, the professormade his point.
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  • It's importantthat it's in writing.
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  • I want you to knowit's important
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  • that it's the writtenWord of God.
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  • And I said, "How Do I Knowthe Bible is True?"
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  • And I said becausethe Bible says so,
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  • but really what I'm sayingis because it's written,
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  • because it's writtenand it's verified.
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  • It's authenticated becauseit's been written down, okay?
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  • So, here's point number two -it's amazing.
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  • It's amazing!
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  • And let me just give youa little of the amazing facts.
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  • Now, I want to,just for a moment,
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  • compare the Bibleto Buddhist teachings
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  • and to the Quran, but notin an argumentative way,
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  • and not in a put-down wayof any person
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  • who's a Buddhistor a Muslim, okay?
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  • I'm not trying to put you down,I'm just simply taking
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  • some factsand comparing the two,
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  • contrasting the two,
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  • so you understand how amazingthe Bible is. Okay?
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  • Buddhist sayingsare from one man,
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  • and the Quran is fromone man, from Mohammed,
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  • and it's from 23 yearsof his life,
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  • from the time he was 40until he died at 63,
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  • and the sayings were comprisedposthumously, after he died.
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  • So, it was comprisedby scholars around him
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  • who'd been writing scribes afterhe died, the Book of Quran.
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  • And all I'm saying is...I'm just quoting a fact,
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  • you can go and read about this,
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  • that they're eachfrom one man - one man.
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  • One man sayings, okay?
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  • Over a short period of time,one lifespan.
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  • The Bible is by 40 menover 1.500 years.
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  • It began to be written about1480 B.C., 1450 to 1480 B.C.,
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  • and then it wentto about 70 A.D.
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  • So, for about 1.500 years,40 different writers.
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  • Here's what I want you to get.
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  • The collusion factoralone is amazing.
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  • Over 1.500 years,40 different writers,
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  • and there's a single threadrunning through it all,
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  • and no discrepancies.It's amazing.
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  • In my opinion, it's aninspired book, inspired by God.
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  • It would be incrediblefor 40 different writers,
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  • even in one lifetime,to be able to be so coherent
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  • and so cohesive,but this was over 1.500 years.
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  • Let me tell youa few more facts.
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  • Isaiah talks about the virginbirth 700 years before.
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  • Micah, 700 yearsbefore as well,
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  • tells us the cityin which He's born.
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  • Zechariah describes the way
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  • He will die in detail,so does David.
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  • David describescrucifixion 1.000 years
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  • before it happens to Christ.
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  • He writes 1.000 yearsbefore Christ, and, get this,
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  • 500 years beforecrucifixion is invented.
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  • The first person we knowof crucified, 497 B.C.
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  • David writes around 1.000 B.C.
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  • and describes crucifixion.
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  • David also says that they wouldgamble for His clothing,
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  • 1.000 years before it happens.
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  • Daniel, 500 years B.C.,talks about an empire
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  • that would rise upand cover the earth,
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  • and then that empirewould be suddenly cut off
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  • and become four empires.
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  • Those four empires thenwould become two empires.
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  • Those two empireswould become one empire,
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  • and during that last empire,the Messiah would be born. Okay.
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  • So, Daniel writesthis 500 years before.
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  • In 300 B.C., Alexanderthe Great arises,
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  • becomes the greatestempire in the world.
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  • It is suddenly cut off.
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  • He dies at 32.
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  • He has four generals.
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  • Those four generalsbecome the rulers.
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  • It turns into four kingdoms,four empires.
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  • But, two of themare strong and two aren't.
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  • Those four turninto the Seleucid
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  • and the Ptolemaic Empires.
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  • This is all history.
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  • Those two turninto the Roman Empire,
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  • and during the Roman Empire,Jesus is born.
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  • There are peoplewho don't believe the Bible,
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  • don't believe in Christianity,that say the mathematical odds
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  • against Daniel's prophecyare astronomical.
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  • And yet,he prophesied that. How?
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  • How could these men, Daniel,Micah, Zechariah, David,
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  • hundreds of years before Christ,
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  • say these things unlessthey were divinely inspired.
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  • So, I'm asking the question,and in some ways,
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  • you're asking me this question.
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  • "How do you know, Pastor Robert,that the Bible's true?"
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  • Well, I'd like to,not argumentatively,
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  • not argumentatively...I'd like to ask you a question.
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  • How do you know it's not true?
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  • As a matter of fact,it would actually be easy
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  • to falsify the Bibleif it could be falsified.
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  • It'd be easy.
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  • The Bible would namesome cities that never existed,
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  • or the Bible would saythis city was 500 miles away
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  • and it would be 100 miles away.
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  • But, it's never been falsified.
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  • 2.000 years since Christ,and 3.500 years
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  • since the inscripturationprocess began.
  • 00:14:24.622 --> 00:14:28.993
  • The Bible has been more studiedthan any other book,
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  • and more scrutinizedthan any other book,
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  • and it can't be falsified.
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  • Dr. Bruce Metzger from PrincetonTheological Seminary said,
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  • "It is safe for any scholarto say that 99.6% of the Bible
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  • has been corroboratedby other historical documents."
  • 00:14:51.382 --> 00:14:55.787
  • Remember...oh, this bookwas written over 1.500 years
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  • by 40 different writers.
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  • It's phenomenal.
  • 00:15:01.392 --> 00:15:03.428
  • Voltaire, the Frenchphilosopher, said,
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  • "In a hundred years, the Biblewill be a forgotten book."
  • 00:15:07.899 --> 00:15:12.403
  • A hundred years later,Voltaire was dead,
  • 00:15:12.503 --> 00:15:15.707
  • and his house was ownedby the French Bible Society.
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  • The Bible is still here,
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  • and you're not.It's amazing.
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  • So, let me give youan illustration
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  • and I've given thisillustration before,
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  • but it's just worth repeating.
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  • So, Dr. Peter Stoner,
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  • who is the Professor Emeritusof Science at Westmont College -
  • 00:15:39.864 --> 00:15:44.102
  • so, he's nota theological professor.
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  • He's a science professor.
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  • He decided to do a studywith 600 students.
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  • His findings were verified
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  • by the AmericanScientific Affiliation -
  • 00:15:55.480 --> 00:15:58.850
  • again, not a Christianorganization.
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  • 600 students to see whatare the mathematical odds
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  • that Jesus fulfilledall 53 Messianic prophecies.
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  • There are 53Messianic prophecies
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  • in over 300 references.
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  • Some people say 300Messianic prophecies.
  • 00:16:17.368 --> 00:16:19.070
  • It's over 300 references,but 53 prophecies.
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  • And, they realizedit was too daunting.
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  • They couldn't do that.
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  • So, they decided to take the 8 -I want you to think about this,
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  • 8 of the 53 Messianic propheciesthat are verified
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  • that Jesus fulfilled by history.
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  • In other words, takethe New Testament out of it.
  • 00:16:37.088 --> 00:16:39.457
  • Just take the eight OldTestament Jewish Scriptures,
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  • Messianic prophecies.
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  • Take the eight that Jesusfulfilled that history
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  • says that He fulfilled. Okay?
  • 00:16:49.567 --> 00:16:52.804
  • What are the mathematical oddsthat one person would do that?
  • 00:16:52.904 --> 00:16:56.874
  • Here are the mathematical odds -1 in 10 to the 17th power.
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  • This is 100 quadrillion.
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  • The number is 100 quadrillion -1 in 10 to the 17th power.
  • 00:17:09.821 --> 00:17:15.293
  • Now, we can't even fathom100 quadrillion,
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  • so they decided to come with anillustration to figure it out.
  • 00:17:19.931 --> 00:17:23.568
  • So, they took all,the 100 quadrillion,
  • 00:17:23.668 --> 00:17:27.438
  • and decided the square feet,and cubic,
  • 00:17:27.538 --> 00:17:30.141
  • and if you laid themside by side, and end to end.
  • 00:17:30.241 --> 00:17:32.610
  • So, if you took a silver dollarand put it down
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  • in the State of Texas,and you surrounded it
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  • with silver dollarswhere each of them touched,
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  • and then you kept going out andyou covered the State of Texas,
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  • then you'd have to go backand stack another one on top
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  • and keep going untilthe stack was two feet high -
  • 00:17:49.827 --> 00:17:54.165
  • two feet high.That's 100 quadrillion.
  • 00:17:54.265 --> 00:17:58.569
  • And the odds, think about it.
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  • Some of you might not realizewhat "odds" means.
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  • 1 out of 10 would be if you put10 pieces of paper in a hat
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  • and you put a mark on 1,
  • 00:18:07.578 --> 00:18:09.013
  • and you shuffled them upand you blindfolded a person,
  • 00:18:09.113 --> 00:18:12.183
  • that person has a 1 in 10chances of pulling the one
  • 00:18:12.283 --> 00:18:16.854
  • with the mark on it, okay?
  • 00:18:16.954 --> 00:18:18.289
  • So, if you tookthese silver dollars,
  • 00:18:18.389 --> 00:18:20.291
  • covered the State of Texastwo feet high,
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  • and put a mark on one,
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  • and you drop a personin the State of Texas,
  • 00:18:25.062 --> 00:18:27.098
  • maybe in the middle,and you say,
  • 00:18:27.198 --> 00:18:29.000
  • "You can walk north,south, east, or west, and,
  • 00:18:29.100 --> 00:18:33.104
  • but at some point you've gotto reach down from the top,
  • 00:18:33.204 --> 00:18:35.840
  • the bottom,the middle, wherever,
  • 00:18:35.940 --> 00:18:37.808
  • and pick one silver dollar.
  • 00:18:37.909 --> 00:18:40.344
  • That's the odds thathe would pick the one
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  • with the mark in it.
  • 00:18:43.080 --> 00:18:45.082
  • Those are the oddsthat Jesus fulfilled eight
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  • of the Messianic propheciesthat history says He fulfilled.
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  • Remember, my pointis it's amazing.
  • 00:18:56.427 --> 00:19:00.698
  • It's amazing, the Bible.
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  • And, here's point number three -I know the Author personally.
  • 00:19:03.768 --> 00:19:10.208
  • Now, we're talking about, "HowDo I Know the Bible is True?"
  • 00:19:10.308 --> 00:19:15.346
  • I know the Author personally.
  • 00:19:15.446 --> 00:19:17.481
  • But, let me explain that,because you might say,
  • 00:19:17.582 --> 00:19:21.018
  • "Well, Pastor Robert,you said there are 40 authors."
  • 00:19:21.118 --> 00:19:23.254
  • No, I did not.
  • 00:19:23.354 --> 00:19:25.089
  • I said there are 40 writers.
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  • There's only one Author.
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  • His name is God.
  • 00:19:31.162 --> 00:19:32.330
  • Because, 40 men could nothave written this book
  • 00:19:32.430 --> 00:19:37.401
  • and it be as cohesive as it is.
  • 00:19:37.501 --> 00:19:40.771
  • There's one Author,His name is God,
  • 00:19:40.871 --> 00:19:43.908
  • but He used 40 different men,and they wrote
  • 00:19:44.008 --> 00:19:47.044
  • as they were movedby the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:19:47.144 --> 00:19:50.314
  • That's what we talked about.
  • 00:19:50.414 --> 00:19:51.882
  • And the Bible is summed upin one person -
  • 00:19:51.983 --> 00:19:56.654
  • His name is Jesus Christ.
  • 00:19:56.754 --> 00:19:58.723
  • God put a void in every humanbeing that only Jesus can fill.
  • 00:19:58.823 --> 00:20:07.999
  • John 5:39, Jesus said,"You search the Scriptures,
  • 00:20:08.099 --> 00:20:12.770
  • because you thinkthey give you eternal life;
  • 00:20:12.870 --> 00:20:16.540
  • but the Scriptures point to Me."
  • 00:20:16.641 --> 00:20:23.581
  • Jesus verifies the Bible,
  • 00:20:23.681 --> 00:20:26.851
  • and let me tell you the greatestway He verifies the Bible.
  • 00:20:26.951 --> 00:20:32.390
  • If Jesus had been a charlatan,
  • 00:20:32.490 --> 00:20:36.627
  • He could have made one statementdifferently than He made it.
  • 00:20:36.727 --> 00:20:42.366
  • He could have said,"I'm gonna rise
  • 00:20:42.466 --> 00:20:45.503
  • from the gravespiritually" - spiritually.
  • 00:20:45.603 --> 00:20:52.176
  • And then, when His bonesand His remains
  • 00:20:52.276 --> 00:20:55.913
  • were still in the grave,you might say,
  • 00:20:56.013 --> 00:20:58.816
  • "Well, He didn'trise from the grave,"
  • 00:20:58.916 --> 00:21:01.419
  • and we'd say, "Yeah, but He saidHe'd do it spiritually."
  • 00:21:01.519 --> 00:21:04.755
  • But, Jesus isn't a charlatan,
  • 00:21:04.855 --> 00:21:07.124
  • and He didn't sayHe would rise spiritually,
  • 00:21:07.224 --> 00:21:09.994
  • He said He would rise bodily.
  • 00:21:10.094 --> 00:21:14.665
  • Now, listen.Listen.
  • 00:21:14.765 --> 00:21:18.135
  • Over 2.000 years, Mohammed'sremains were in the tomb.
  • 00:21:18.235 --> 00:21:26.377
  • Buddha's remainsare in the tomb.
  • 00:21:26.477 --> 00:21:28.179
  • I'm not trying to be negative,I'm just stating fact.
  • 00:21:28.279 --> 00:21:32.583
  • Over 2.000 years, come on,think about it.
  • 00:21:32.683 --> 00:21:36.487
  • No archaeologist has everdiscovered the remains
  • 00:21:36.587 --> 00:21:42.326
  • of the body of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:21:42.426 --> 00:21:44.829
  • That's fact,scientific fact.
  • 00:21:44.929 --> 00:21:49.767
  • He said, "I'll risefrom the grave."
  • 00:21:49.867 --> 00:21:53.104
  • He did.
  • 00:21:53.204 --> 00:21:54.372
  • Some people say,"Well, He wasn't dead."
  • 00:21:54.472 --> 00:21:57.341
  • You let a Roman soldier puta spear through your heart
  • 00:21:57.441 --> 00:22:00.511
  • and see if you're dead or not.He was dead.
  • 00:22:00.611 --> 00:22:02.980
  • Secondly, even if He wasn'tdead at that time,
  • 00:22:03.080 --> 00:22:05.216
  • He would have diedat some point.
  • 00:22:05.316 --> 00:22:07.385
  • But, there aren't any remains.
  • 00:22:07.485 --> 00:22:10.287
  • Now, we're asking thesequestions, "How Do I Know?"
  • 00:22:10.388 --> 00:22:14.091
  • So when we talk about Jesusrising from the grave
  • 00:22:14.191 --> 00:22:16.160
  • and the Bible predicting it,and predicting Jesus' life,
  • 00:22:16.260 --> 00:22:20.164
  • I've got sevenquestions for you. Okay?
  • 00:22:20.264 --> 00:22:24.201
  • Seven questions, and I putthe reference beside them,
  • 00:22:24.301 --> 00:22:26.670
  • but I just want to askthese questions.
  • 00:22:26.771 --> 00:22:28.606
  • Here they are.
  • 00:22:28.706 --> 00:22:30.207
  • How did He arrange to be borninto a specific family?
  • 00:22:30.307 --> 00:22:36.747
  • I want you to think about that.
  • 00:22:36.847 --> 00:22:38.349
  • How did He arrange to be borninto a specific family?
  • 00:22:38.449 --> 00:22:45.356
  • Here's the next question.
  • 00:22:45.456 --> 00:22:46.457
  • How did He arrange to be bornin a specific city
  • 00:22:46.557 --> 00:22:50.728
  • in which His parentsdidn't live?
  • 00:22:50.828 --> 00:22:53.798
  • I don't know if youever thought about that.
  • 00:22:53.898 --> 00:22:55.966
  • Bethlehem was not whereHis parents lived.
  • 00:22:56.066 --> 00:22:58.068
  • They had to travelthere at exactly the time
  • 00:22:58.169 --> 00:23:01.472
  • when Mary would give birth,
  • 00:23:01.572 --> 00:23:03.707
  • at exactly the timethe star appeared.
  • 00:23:03.808 --> 00:23:07.378
  • How did He arrange,here's the next question,
  • 00:23:07.478 --> 00:23:09.380
  • His own death,and specifically
  • 00:23:09.480 --> 00:23:11.782
  • by crucifixionbetween two criminals?
  • 00:23:11.882 --> 00:23:18.088
  • Pretty good questions,aren't they?
  • 00:23:18.189 --> 00:23:22.359
  • Fourth question,how did He arrange
  • 00:23:22.460 --> 00:23:23.928
  • to have His executionersgamble for His clothing?
  • 00:23:24.028 --> 00:23:31.035
  • Fifth question, how didHe arrange to be crucified
  • 00:23:31.135 --> 00:23:33.804
  • on the exact daythat the Jews sacrificed
  • 00:23:33.904 --> 00:23:36.807
  • a spotless lambfor their sins?
  • 00:23:36.907 --> 00:23:39.810
  • Exact day.
  • 00:23:39.910 --> 00:23:42.646
  • Sixth question,how did He arrange
  • 00:23:42.746 --> 00:23:44.381
  • to have the executioners breakthe legs of the two victims
  • 00:23:44.482 --> 00:23:48.252
  • on each side,but not His own?
  • 00:23:48.352 --> 00:23:53.924
  • Prophesied 1.000 years before.
  • 00:23:54.024 --> 00:23:57.895
  • And last question, how didHe arrange to come back to life
  • 00:23:57.995 --> 00:24:02.766
  • on the exact daythat He said He would?
  • 00:24:02.867 --> 00:24:10.641
  • Here's the answer -because He's God,
  • 00:24:10.741 --> 00:24:15.412
  • and the Bible is true.
  • 00:24:15.513 --> 00:24:18.349
  • ROBERT: Isn't it amazing whenyou think about the Bible
  • 00:24:18.816 --> 00:24:23.654
  • being written in some cases,hundreds of years before Christ,
  • 00:24:23.754 --> 00:24:29.793
  • and all of thesespecific prophesies.
  • 00:24:29.894 --> 00:24:32.329
  • I wanna just give you one more.
  • 00:24:32.429 --> 00:24:34.331
  • 150 years before King Cyruswas born, of Persia,
  • 00:24:34.431 --> 00:24:38.969
  • he's the one that releasedthe Jews after 70 years,
  • 00:24:39.069 --> 00:24:42.540
  • and he's the one that rebuilttheir cities and the temple,
  • 00:24:42.640 --> 00:24:48.012
  • and he saw his namein the Bible,
  • 00:24:48.112 --> 00:24:51.248
  • and it'd been written150 years before.
  • 00:24:51.348 --> 00:24:54.418
  • But here's what I want youto hear from that.
  • 00:24:54.518 --> 00:24:56.754
  • God knows your name.
  • 00:24:56.854 --> 00:25:00.724
  • He knows you.
  • 00:25:00.824 --> 00:25:02.326
  • The Bible is amazing,but God is amazing.
  • 00:25:02.426 --> 00:25:07.331
  • And He loves you so much,
  • 00:25:07.431 --> 00:25:10.634
  • and He has a great planfor your life.
  • 00:25:10.734 --> 00:25:12.770
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