Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Reliability of Scriptures


     'Can we trust the Scriptures?'
     'Is the Bible error-free?'
     'Is the Word of God relevant in this age?'

     Such are the questions asked by many regarding the Bible. Throughout the history the Scriptures have been receiving countless attacks from the skeptics. Yet many claim that it has been transforming their lives since they took hold of it.

     Can we really prove the reliability of the Scriptures? Are its claims worthy of our faith? Were its writers moved by God? Let the following proofs shed light to its veracity.
Passages from Isaiah
  1. The New Testament ranks first in manuscript count. Having 20,000 copies, it had beaten the number of Aristotle's copies.
  2. The writers of the Scriptures, 40 in number, were saying the same thing, affirming God's attributes and decrees and claiming that the Messiah is the solution to man's sinfulness. such authors came from different background, locations and generations. Many of these firsthand witnesses died for their faith. Who would die for an unworthy cause?
  3. It is filled with fulfilled prophecies; not one of them failed. A great example will be the incarnation, death and resurrection of Christ which was foretold in Isaiah 53, Psalm 22 and Genesis 4:15. The miraculous existence of the Jews also confirmed the prophecies made about them in Genesis 12:2-3 and Ezekiel 37:21.
  4. The Bible mentioned accurate scientific facts. The Hydrologic Cycle was described in Ecc. 1:7, Is. 55:10, Ps. 135:7; Earth's shape in Is. 40:22 and its activities in Job 38:12, 14; blood circulation in Lev. 17:11, nature of the flesh in 1 Peter 1:24-25; atomic disintegration in 2 Peter 3:10.
  5. Historical records affirm it. It says in 1 Cor. 15:17, 'If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.' Luke, a historian, made a careful report of the early churches' activities in Acts. Archaeology confirmed the details explained in that book. Old Testament-related documents were reported to be unearthed. Tacitus, a secular historian, mentioned in his book (The Annals) a group who worships Jesus.
  6. The Scripture passages themselves provide that the Scriptures is the inspired Word of God (1 Tim.3:16, 2 Pet. 1:21). Scripture authors also considered inspired their co-authors' writings. In 2 Pet. 3:15-16, the author mentioned Paul and his letters, considering them as Scriptures. Paul also mentioned Deut. 25:4 in one of his teachings. Even Jesus quoted numerous passages from the OT.
     Believing the Scriptures doesn't mean committing intellectual suicide for its claims are rational. They passed the logical, historical, empirical and scientific tests. With all the evidences presented, we could not just brush such claims off with the question, 'So what?'.


Sources:
Josh McDowell. More Than a Carpenter.
Morris, Henry. Many Infallible Proofs.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Grace Shown

Such grace you have shown me through the cross. You are so high and holy...absolutely perfect. I am a dirty sinner, fit for nothing; I could not save myself nor find a way towards you. Yet you reached out to me. The deeper my condition is, the deeper your grace has reach me. I have been shown much grace. Forgiven much.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Now, here's my wishlist:

Actually, I already read this book when I
was in college. I searched for it in some
bookstores but found none. I also like
the rest of the books of Dr. Ravi.

Bible + apologetic truths = fun fun fun! :)



I need to have this! I should have this!

These are the books I treasure the most :)

This book was given to us by CBS Asia. 

I got this through some generous people who donated  to CBS Asia.


I only bought this book for 200Php. It's Kuya from CGM who
sold this book to me. I used to see him selling books in our seminary
and in one of the conferences. I like the way Mark Dever clarified the definition
of the Gospel and some misunderstandings about it.

Thanks to Sir. John Pesbre who compiled these statements. I put
small post-its to easily find the set of confessions

Thanks to Mr Mitch Glasser
who brought this to me for free. Actually, I
signed up to their site that I may have it. I wasn't
expecting that they will seriously send it. It has a great content
and has clearly proven through the Scriptures that Jesus is the Messiah

It's the first book I got which was written
by Dr. Ravi. I was a Philosophy major then
and was experiencing struggles in my faith. I then saw
the reasonableness of my faith. 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Photoediting Trick: Color Splash

One hearty meal at Cajun in Robinson's Galleria, Ortigas
1. Go to Pixlr.com/express 
2. Upload a photo
3. Go to the 'Adjustment Box'
4. Choose the 'Color Splash Box'. The photo will suddenly turn to grayscale mode.
5. Choose 'Brush'. A circle will then appear. Choose whatever object you'd like to 'color'.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012

Travel Blog

i have a new travel blog:

click the following link:
morefuninsantamarialaguna.blogspot.com

Sunday, July 1, 2012

DISCOVERIES: BIGNAY

Bignay branch found beside the Country Mansion,
Laguna, Philippines


Mind you, I'm a nature-lover too! I love to take pictures of plants and appreciate the mountains, seas and the fields.

When we went to Talangka this afternoon, we discovered a bunch of freshly-cut branches laid beside the street where our 'resthouse' (or bahay sa bukid in tagalog) was built. I learned that its tree is called bignay.

I've done a little research regarding this plant and realized that its kind is found in only Southeast Asia, Australia and India. It's termed currant in English. It's edible and contains calcium and iron.


Source: Bignay. Philippine Medicinal Plants. < http://stuartxchange.com/Bignay.html >.


10 MOST BEAUTIFUL WORDS (aka words i like!)


1. resurrection
2. sky
3. lush
4. truth
5. heart
6. sunrise
7. fresh
8. healing
9. freedom
10. wash