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Is the Bible Divine or Human in Origin?

The Bible talks about the importance of defending our faith to those who ask. One of the topics that always seems to come up is about the reliability of the Bible. I’ve heard a lot of answers on this question, and have to admit that I really like Hank Hanegraaff’s answer. While most people tend to prove the Bible by quoting something in the Bible (a kind of inversive logic, in my opinion), Hanegraaff provides some strong points to remember.

Q: How do we know that the Bible is Divine rather than human in origin?
A: To begin with, the Bible has stronger manuscript support than any other work of classical history—including Homer, Plato, Aristotle, Caesar, and Tacitus. Equally amazing is the fact that the Bible has been virtually unaltered since the original writing, as is attested by scholars who have compared the earliest extant manuscripts with manuscripts written centuries later. Additionally, the reliability of the Bible is affirmed by the testimony of its authors, who were eyewitnesses—or close associates of eyewitnesses—to the recorded events, and by secular historians who confirm the many events, people, places, and customs chronicled in Scripture.

He also says that archaeology is a powerful witness to the accuracy of the New Testament documents. And also that the Bible records predictions of events that could not be known nor predicted by chance or common sense. “It is statistically preposterous that any or all of the Bible’s specific, detailed prophecies could have been fulfilled through chance, good guessing, or deliberate deceit.”

This answer was taken from Hank Hanegraaff’s “The Complete Bible Answer Book—Collector’s Edition” – available now through amazon.com and all Christian retail outlets.

Up next, we’ll answer the question: “How important is financial counseling before getting married?” Dave Ramsey will have the answer for us next week!

Blessings on your week!
Mark

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Pilgrim Man CD (Cover & Tracklisting)

Set for release on September 14, 2010, here’s the cover and tracklisting for the new Pilgrim Man CD. Please visit the store page above for all the details or just go ahead right now and send an email to mark@marksmeby.com if you want to pre-order your own copy. Thank you for all your support!

1. Here’s Your Life –  Some people seem to be waiting for permission to start living their life – here’s the invitation & it’s the party track!
2. Pilgrim Man (available now on iTunes) – an anthemic song of hope & encouragement
3. Just Watch Me – a song of courage & empowerment
4. Walk On The Water – I gotta get out of this boat!
5. Time For Hope – a powerful song of hope, regardless of circumstances
6. Turn My Eyes Upon You – a prayer for clarity
7. Don’t Forget Me When I Fall – we can’t let anyone slip through the cracks
8. Precious Memories – my gratitude song
9. What I Want -funky tune about desire
10. All I Want Is You – you can’t work your way into My love
11. This World Is Not My Home – my hallelujah chorus

Please help spread the word–you can share the music player in the upper right hand side of this page, you can retweet below, or email this info by clicking on the little envelope just below! And please shoot me an email if you want to pre-order your copy! Thank you!

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What does Islam Mean?

There has been a lot of talk in the news recently about the possible building of Muslim places of worship in controversial areas, most notably near Ground Zero in New York City. I wanted to find some more information about Islam and the Muslims. So as we are continuing our “Summer of Answers” here on Blessing & Truth, I thought it would be appropriate to seek the advice of Dr. David Jeremiah. His great book, ”The Prophecy Answer Book,” provides this week’s answer.

Q: What does Islam mean and how many followers does it have?

A: The name Islam literally means “submission.” A Muslim is “one who submits to God.” According to conservative estimates, there are about 1.5 billion Muslims in our world today. Approximately 1.4 million live in the United States, which is about 6 percent of the U.S. adult population. While we usually associate Islam with the Middle East, the largest Muslim populations are actually in Asia.

Dr. Jeremiah continues: “While the majority of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims want no part of the deadly violence and attempt to live at peace with their neighbors, the number of radicals who preach violence and terror is mushrooming around the world.”

What’s a question you have? Let me know, and next week, we’ll ask financial guru Dave Ramsey for his answer!

Here’s to peaceful living with your neighbors, filled with blessing & truth!

Mark

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