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by John Mays
The Bible states to "...believe with your heart and confess with your mouth and you will be saved", (Romans 10:9-10). It also tells us to "...preach the the gospel...", (Matthew 28:19-20). Here is the problem though; most believe and do not care to tell you they do, and many do not know what the gospel even is; see 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. One provides a fasle sense of security and the other, well, if we don't know what the gospel is how can we possibly share it with others. Too often Christian's tell others "all you have to do is believe and confess". Which in turn leads them, the Christian, to also feel they are sharing the gospel. When, in fact, neither are completely true. In more cases than not, the common evangelistic approach is a personal testimony, or an invite to church. Or, even worse, a fear of saying nothing due to a question and not knowing the answer. So what does all of tis have to do with 9 facts every Christian should know? I am glad you ask!
The 9 facts I am going to give you are simple. Yet, if EVERY Christian knew these 9 simple facts maybe, just maybe, it would take away some fear of sharing at least, and actually change the perception of Christians as a whole at best! If nothing else, these 9 facts prayerfully will strengthen the follower and help reach the lost.
Many times one of the objections to Christianity is the Bible. Yes, believe it or not, not everyone believes our Book. So here are the first four facts that anyone can remember and are quite effective. The acryonym MAPS. Memorize maps and you are on your way to defending the Truth of the Bible, or at least providing 4 basic reasons to believe it is true.
M - the M stands for manuscripts. We have over 5700 manuscripts of the New Testament. Some of which are dated within the first and second centuries. In comparison, Homer's Iliad only has 643 copies and it is the most famous book of ancient Greece. Julius Caesar's Gallic Wars...only 10 copies. And the earliest date for it is 1000 years. Think about it! We have more manuscripts of the New Testament than any other historical document written. The Old Testament you ask? The Dead Sea Scrolls found in 1947 provide word for word accuracy of 95% of the Hebrew Bible.
A - Archeology. There is so much archeological evidence to list all of it here could not be possible. Just remember the A is for archeological evidence.
P - Prophecy. There are over 300 confirmed prophecies in the Bible.
S - Secular sources. Know that the Bible is not the only Book that discusses the life of Jesus and other events contained within our Book.
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