How Can I Know God?

A father asked what his daughter was drawing. She answered, “God.”

The father said, “Honey, nobody knows what God looks like.”

Without batting an eye, she responded, “They will when I get through.”

Can we know God? Is it possible to know about him without knowing him personally? Knowing God is the most important knowledge because ignorance of God leads to evil behavior (Romans 1:21-31; John 16:2, 3; 1 John 4:8) and bears eternal consequences (John 17:3). Knowing God personally is what really matters.

How we view life depends on how we view God. For those who do not know God, life is a confusing maze. Continue reading

The Dividing Line

What separates Americans into differing sides on issues? Divisions such as management and labor, urban and rural, red and blue states, Catholics, Protestants, and Jews, do not accurately define today’s culture. Conservative Catholics, Protestants, and Jews join together in opposing abortion and other aspects of the progressive agenda. The basic question is, “Do we have absolute moral standards to guide our lives?” Continue reading

Grandpa’s Bible Club

005_5Today is Grandparents Day. For Christians who are grandparents here are some practical ways to lead our grandchildren in the ways of the Lord.

While at a recent concert a former coworker asked, “What are you doing for fun since you retired?”

Without hesitation I replied, “Teaching our grandchildren.”

In the summer of 2006, I retired from teaching at Ozark Christian College, having taught 40 years in Bible college. I had two primary goals I wanted to achieve in retirement: spending more time with family (especially teaching my grandchildren) and writing books and articles.

My maternal grandfather, John Gilson, had a significant impact on my life. I wanted to follow his example. My wife and I are blessed to have our four grandchildren live within three miles of our home. While we have had some health challenges, we want to make sure we spend time with our grandchildren and contribute to their lives. Continue reading

Evidence for the Resurrection

If Jesus rose from the dead, Christianity is true. If he did not, Christianity is nonsense. Jesus’ deity and role as Savior as well as the gospel message depend upon his resurrection. This important issue demands we give our best and most serious attention to the evidence. Convincing evidence establishes beyond a reasonable doubt that Jesus of Nazareth rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion.

Exhibit A: Witnesses

Four eyewitnesses of the risen Christ—Matthew, John, Peter, and Paul—record written testimony within 20 to 60 years after the event. Luke and Mark affirm the resurrection in their Gospels receiving information from eyewitnesses. Other eyewitnesses saw Jesus alive—the 11 apostles, five specific women, Cleopas and a friend, James and more than 500 brethren (Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20, 21, Acts 1, 1 Corinthians 15). Continue reading

The Conversion of Seth Wilson

From the LOOKOUT: http://www.lookoutmag.com/articles/articledisplay.asp?id=361

Seth Wilson might be called “Mr. Ozark Bible College,” now Ozark Christian College. He served as dean from 1942 to 1979, as a teacher until 1991, and as elder statesman until his death December 11, 2006. Through his writing and speaking, his influence extends far beyond the college. The story of his conversion still inspires people today.

The Conversion of John Wilson

John Wilson, Seth’s older brother, came to Christ first and, like the disciple Andrew, brought his brother to Christ. John sold Bibles in the summer of 1931 around Hampton, Iowa. After hearing a Bible sermon by C. S. Kleckner, a minister in the Church of Christ, John said, “I must talk with you.” Continue reading

Three Images of the Human Body

From The LOOKOUT: http://www.lookoutmag.com/articles/articledisplay.asp?id=332

Ashamed of your body? Dislike your body? Preoccupied with your body? Is your body the most important part of you? Who influences what you think of your body? What is the Christian view of the body? We may view our bodies as a prison, as a god, or as a temple of God.

The Human Body as a Prison

Some pagans viewed the material world, including the human body, as evil. Plato thought the body hindered the soul from gaining truth, contaminating and imprisoning the soul. Epictetus saw himself as a “poor soul shackled to a corpse.” Seneca called the body a “detestable habitation” imprisoning the soul. Virgil spoke of the body as “blind darkness of this prison house.” Continue reading

Christianity Stands True – Introduction

INTRODUCTION

christianityA skeptic taunted a Christian, “Believers are touchy and offended when asked why they believe in Christianity because the awkward truth is that they have no reason, they just feel like believing.”

We do have good evidence for believing that Chistianity is true. Faith is not “believing what you know isn’t so,” as a child misunderstood. Faith is trust based on sufficient evidence.

Purpose and Summary

Christianity Stands True presents evidences that support the truth of Christianity. The purpose of this book is to give a common sense, non-technical presentation of evidences supporting the truth of Christianity. An honest seeker will learn the basis of the Christian faith. The Christian’s confidence that Christianity is true will be strengthened.

The first six chapters state a case for Christianity based on evidence for the historical reliability of the New Testament records. Historically rooted, supernatural evidences summit the claims of Jesus of Nazareth that He was God in flesh. Because He is deity we can accept Jesus’ teaching that the Old Testament is the Word of God and that the New Testament is the Word of God in fulfillment of His promises to the apostles.

The last four chapters trace two confirming lines of evidence. Evidence of design in the physical universe, the human body and the plant and animal world point to a Divine Designer. Christianity rings true in life as it meets the needs of the human heart for meaning, freedom, peace, love and hope. Christianity does in fact stand true.

Christianity Stands True – Foreword

FOREWORD

christianityIn today’s world, the value of Christian Evidences is under attack from two opposite directions. For the most part the secular world simply ignores the claims of Christianity. The assumption prevails that Christianity, like all other religions, is a relic from the unenlightened past that hangs on particularly among the uneducated, who are unable or unwilling to face the sober reality that there is no god, no individual human life beyond the grave and no ultimate purpose or meaning in the universe beyond what we create for ourselves. So-called “evidences” for faith are in reality nothing but rationalizations to buttress a wavering faith that cannot be supported rationally yet emotionally dare not be dropped. The most consistent secularists are quite willing to acknowledge that with the “death” of the God idea also dies any trust in our own nature as rational beings. Continue reading