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I find the Bible to be so fascinating. Non-Christians or general non-believers often scoff at the Bible being accurate or true at all.
It’s fascinating how anyone could believe such an amazing work of literature written over 2,000 years ago and compiled by numerous authors all inspired by God can be so easily dismissed.
I am most surprised that some dismiss it when historically there is no doubt a man named Jesus lived and was crucified.
This is not just an opinion; it’s a fact. Jesus did walk the earth and it’s historically proven he did so.
Now, you can believe he wasn’t the lord our savior and that he didn’t rise from the grave (even though the tomb was found empty). But to anyone who reads my column, I ask you to explain how, historically, his life and excruciating death was written about or prophesized hundreds of years before his presence here on earth. Psalm 22:16-18: “Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet. All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me.
“They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.”
For non-believers, how do you explain such a passage written so many years before Christ’s birth?
Let’s go on. Isaiah 53: 3-5: “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
Folks, this particular passage was penned around 700 years before a man named Jesus from a town call Nazareth was born. How does a non-believer explain that?
Isaiah 40:3 even foretold the existence of John the Baptist: “A voice of one calling in the desert (a man of the wilderness) prepare the way for the Lord.”
The Old Testament includes more than 300 references to the coming messiah. To non-believers, you can chose to deny Christ as the Lord, but you cannot refute his existence on earth nor the prophecies of his life.
God came to earth and died for our sin. You will stand before him in judgment. It is my prayer for you that you have made him Lord over your life.
Jess Thompson is a resident of Lawrenceburg. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.