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  • A site created by Megiddo for Christian teens!

    About God:

    How do you describe the indescribable? If all the seas turned ink, all the plant to writing tools, and all the sky to parchment, it would not be enough to describe God's vastness. That's the God I serve.

    If you're interested in learning more about God, you can leave a message here, you could go to this site and leave a message or you can read on.

  • God loves you (John 3:16).
  • God is holy and just. He punishes all evil and expels it from his presence (Romans 1:18).

  • God, who created everything, made us for himself to find our purpose in fellowship with him (Colossians 1:16).
  • But we rebelled and turned away from God (Isaiah 53:6) The result is separation from God (Isaiah 59:2). The penalty is eternal death (Romans 6:23).

  • God became human in the person of Jesus Christ to restore the broken fellowship (Colossians 1:19-20). Christ lived a perfect life (1 Peter 2:22).
  • Christ died as a substitute for us by paying the death penalty for our rebellion (Romans 5:8). He arose (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) and is alive today to give us a new life of fellowship with God, now and forever (John 10:10).

  • I must repent for my rebellion (Matthew 4:17).
  • I must believe Christ died to provide forgiveness and a new life of fellowship with God (John 1:12)
  • I must receive Christ as my Savior and Lord with the intent to obey him. I do this in prayer by inviting him into my life (Revelation 3:20).
  • There is no cost to your salvation comes to you freely (Ephesians 2:8-9).
  • But it comes at a high cost to God (1 Peter 1:18-19).
  • Ultimately your response is a life of discipleship (Luke 9:23-24).

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    Friday, June 04, 2004
    Meditation ( You don't want to miss reading this one! )


    He sits by himself at a table for two.

    The uniformed waiter returns to his side and asks, "Would you like to go ahead and order, sir?" The man has, after all, been waiting since seven o'clock--almost two hours.

    "No, thank you," the man smiles. "I'll wait for her a while longer. How about some more coffee?"

    "Certainly, sir."

    The man sits, his clear blue eyes gazing straight through the flowered centerpiece. He fingers his napkin, allowing the sounds of light chatter, tinkling silverware, and mellow music to fill his mind. He is dressed in a sport coat and tie. His dark brown hair is neatly combed, but one stray lock insists on dropping to his forehead. The scent of his cologne adds to his clean-cut image. He is dressed up enough to make a companion feel important, respected, loved. Yet he is not so formal as to make one uncomfortable. It seems that he has taken every precaution to make others feel at ease with him.

    Still, he sits alone.

    The waiter returns to fill the man's coffee cup. "Is there anything else I can get for you, sir?"

    "No, thank you."

    The waiter remains standing at the table. Something tugs at his curiosity.

    "I don't mean to pry, but..." His voice trails off. This line of conversation could jeopardize his tip.

    "Go ahead," the man encourages. He is strong, yet sensitive, inviting conversation.

    "Why do you bother waiting for her?" the waiter finally blurts out. This man has been at the restaurant many other evenings, always patiently alone.

    Says the man quietly, "Because she needs me."

    "Are you sure?"

    "Oh Yes. I'm very positive of that."

    "Well, sir, no offense, but assuming that she needs you, she sure isn't acting much like it. She's stood you up three times just this week alone."

    The man winces, and looks down at the table. "Yes, I know."

    "Then why do you still come here and wait?"

    "Cassie said that she would be here."

    "She's said that before," the waiter protests. "I wouldn't put up with it. Why do you?"

    Now the man looks up, smiles at the waiter, and says simply, "Because I love her."

    The waiter walks away, wondering how one could love a girl who stands him up three times in one week alone. The man must be crazy, he decides. Either that or he must really love that girl. Across the room, he turns to look at the man again. The man slowly pours cream into his coffee. He twirls his spoon between his fingers a few times before stirring sweetener into his cup. After staring for a moment into the liquid, the man brings the cup to his mouth and sips, silently watching those around him. He doesn't look crazy, the waiter admits. Maybe the girl has qualities that I don't know about. Or maybe the man's love is stronger than most. That's probably it. This guy must be so much in love with her he can't even see straight. The waiter shakes himself out of his musings to take an order from a party of five.

    The man watches the waiter, and wonders if he's ever been stood up. The man has. Many, many times. But he still can't get used to it. Each time, it hurts. He's looked forward to this evening all day. He has many things, exciting things, to tell Cassie. He loves her so much and so deeply. But, more importantly, he wants to hear Cassie's voice. He wants her to tell him all about her day, her triumphs, her defeats....anything, really. He has tried so many times to show Cassie how much he loves her. He'd just like to know that she cares for him, too. He sips sporadically at the coffee, and loses himself in thought, knowing that Cassie is late, but still hoping that she will arrive.

    The clock says nine-thirty when the waiter returns to the man's table. "Is there anything I can get for you?"

    The still empty chair stabs at the man. "No, I think that will be all for the night. May I have the check please?"

    "Yes, sir."

    When the waiter leaves, the man picks up the check. He pulls out his wallet and sighs. He has enough to have given Cassie a feast. He takes out enough money to pay for his five cups of coffee and the tip. Why do you do this, Cassie?" His mind cries as he gets up from the table.

    "Good-bye," the waiter says, as the man walks towards the door.

    "Good night. Thank you for your service."

    You're welcome, sir," says the waiter softly, for he sees the hurt in the man's eyes that his smile doesn't even begin to hide.

    The man passes a laughing young couple on his way out and his eyes glisten as he thinks of the good time he and Cassie could have had. He stops at the front and makes reservations for tomorrow. Maybe Cassie will be able to make it, he thinks. Oh, I do hope so.

    "Seven o'clock tomorrow for party of two?" the hostess confirms.

    "That's right," the man replies.

    "Do you think she'll come?" asks the hostess. She doesn't mean to be rude, but she has watched the man many times alone at his table for two.

    "Someday, yes. And I will be waiting for her."

    The man buttons his overcoat and walks out of the restaurant, alone. His shoulders are hunched, but through the windows the hostess can only guess whether they are hunched against the wind or against the man's hurt.

    As the man turns toward home, Cassie turns in bed. She is tired after an evening out with friends. As she reaches toward her night stand to set the alarm, she sees the note that she scribbled to herself last night.

    "7:00," it says. "Spend some time in prayer."

    Darn, she thinks. She forgot again. She feels a twinge of guilt, but quickly pushes it aside. She needed that time with her friends. And now she needs her sleep. She can pray tomorrow night.

    Jesus will forgive her. And she's sure he doesn't mind.

    Story by: Kirsten Burgess

    Posted at 04:54 pm by Megiddo
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    Thursday, June 03, 2004

    I'm making a prayer request on behalf of someone very close to me. One of his friends has been sexually taken advantage of more than 5 times. It needs to stop. Please... this isn't fair. Everyone, anyone, pray for her. Pray that it ends. This isn't some wives tale or urban legend, this is real and its happening to his friend... put this in any forums you know of as well. Please, please, please pray for her. Pray for safety and just everything good. Please pray as often and as hard as you can for her.... please.

    Posted at 09:52 pm by xxpinknblackxx
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    Friday, May 28, 2004
    Part Third: God as Man

    Intro: Who was Christ?
    Many cases have been made against the claim that Jesus Christ, of Nazareth, son of a carpenter, is in fact the Son of God; and thereby, God Himself, One and the Same.

    Assuming now, since our prior arguments, that there is a God, and the Gospels are the historical authority on the life Jesus Christ, let us now discuss in depth the figure of Christ Himself. First, He was a valid historical figure, meaning that He did exist; that is to say, no one can lucidly deny the validity of the Bible, while no one still can deny the events recorded within it’s pages.

    What was Christ to most people? There are those, who do not believe that Christ even existed; which is entirely absurd, as we’ve proven from the historical authority of the Bible.

    For most though, unfortunately, that a man named Jesus Christ actually existed isn’t enough evidence for them to believe He really was God. To some people, he was simply a mad man; a loony, making false claims, preaching untold doctrines, condemning Pharisees, (who happened to be respected as Holy Men) and beginning a religion that clearly challenged Jews and Gentiles alike! ‘What a nut, he’s off his cracker!!’ are some of the excuses given for Jesus’ outrageous behavior!

    While others are under the assumption that Jesus Christ was simply a Holy Man from way back in the day, who founded a ‘feel good and get to heaven’ religion and just happened to fool some people into believing it.

    Then there are even others, who will take a lot of what Christ says to heart; all the while utterly denying certain other parts of His Life and Teachings. And thus taking only a partial stance on Christianity.

    So, who was Christ? Who did He claim to be? That Christ was God, Lord, Savior, and Creator of the world, is a revelation gifted personally to those who are willing to believe it. The reason we argue the case, is to eliminate all reasons for doubt. With no reason for doubt, there is no cause for denial. From the facts, it is clear that Christ did exist: that He did claim to be Christ; that He justified His claims; and thereby He was indeed who he claimed to be.

    The rest is up to you.

    Christ Existed:
    It is a historical fact that Christ existed. Because of the validity of the Bible, we know without hesitation, that Christ, whatever He was, existed. Point in case.

    Christ Claimed to be the Messiah:
    It is important to realize that Christ, while being wholly and entirely God, He was also completely human from the moment of His conception! These were His claims: He claimed to be the Messiah, the Son of God, and yet still a Man in every respect. The question that is being presented, is ‘Did Christ, whom we know existed, claim that He, a man, was the Son of God, and God Himself?’ A casual examination of the Old Testament, or any of the early, early writings of the Jews, will reveal the long expected coming of the Messiah. That Christ claimed to be this Messiah, whose title since the book of Daniel was ‘Son of Man’, is clear from several examples in the Gospels. These are a couple:

    a) No less than eighty times Jesus calls Himself the ‘Son of Man’, sixty-eight times in the Synoptic Gospels (Mathew, Mark, and Luke) and 12 times in the Gospel of John.

    b) St. Peter makes his profession straight to Jesus’ face that ‘Thou art the Christ (The Messiah), the Son of the Living God’ Had Jesus thought that he misinterpreted this, He would have said so, but instead He praised him and told him that this had been revealed to Him by God.

    Jesus, by His claims, unites His person, ‘His religious Messiaship’, and His mission, with the Messianic Prophecies of the Old Testament. He is, by claim, the fulfillment of those prophecies, and the Messiah that Jews had been waiting for. (Isaiah 53)

    Christ Justified His Claims:
    There are certain things to be expected of someone who claims to be God. We established in our first argument, that God, a supreme being, is perfect in every way! He is all knowing, all seeing, all loving, all present, and ‘the source and summit of all light and happiness’! If Christ was who He claimed to be, then he must be equally so: all perfect. So, how did Christ justify His claim of absolute perfection? By His Perfect Holiness, His wisdom, and the Miracles he performed.

    Two chief ways that one might judge another’s Holiness, are by their sinless disposition, and by their perfection of the virtues they perform. Christ was free from every sin and imperfection. This was evident to all who saw Him. He said to His enemies, “Which of you shall convince me of sin?” and none dared reply. “He who had the liveliest perception of sin; who thirsted for the conversion of the whole world; who passed His life in calling men to repentance, this man never betrays the faintest suspicion that He Himself may stand in need of repentance and pardon”(Fr. Laux) One needs only to read the Gospels (which we have proven accurate) to find many examples of Christ’s charity, humility, gentleness, forbearance, patience, love of His enemies, and love of prayer.

    Did Jesus know everything? Yes, He did. While lacking any form of previous education beyond what life with His perfect mother, and carpenter father had taught him, He amazed all those who saw Him by His knowledge of things: He reveals clearly the innermost life of God in the Blessed Trinity; He perfects flawlessly the Old Law. “The new kingdom of God which He preaches, is a spiritual kingdom: God is Lord over the hearts of men, and judges not only their deeds, but their very thoughts.”(Fr. Luax) Christ also revealed clearly events that were to take place before they occurred, and which God alone could have revealed.

    A miracle is defined as ‘an event that appears inexplicable by the laws of nature and so is held to be supernatural in origin or an act of God’. There is not one who witnessed the miracles of Christ, who denies their reality. Even His enemies, admitted to the ‘supernatural origin’ of His miracles, though they didn’t see them as an act of God, but rather attributed them to Satan. His most significant miracle though, was His Resurrection from the dead. The Resurrection is the ultimate fulfillment of the Life of Jesus Christ; and God, who is the One and only Giver of life, is the only One, to whom Christ’s resurrection can be attributed. Once again, His enemies do not deny His resurrection, but this is a miracle that even they couldn’t attribute to Satan, who is incapable of creating life; only destroying it.

    Christ was who He claimed to be:
    From this conclusive evidence, it is reasonable to believe that Christ did indeed exist, claimed His Godhead, and justified His divinity, that the whole world might believe! Anyone think any different?

    Posted at 12:23 pm by Alex
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    Thursday, May 27, 2004
    Hidden Divinity

    God is not obvious. *That's* obvious, however. Sure, once a person is looking for God, there are what can be talken as signs of his existance all over. But that's a whole different can of worms right there, seeing God in everyday life. Anyhow, wouldn't life be much easier if God showed up in the sky every morning, and gave us the news, let us bask in His glory, and then let us get on with our day? Nobody would have a doubt about His existance, because He would be RIGHT THERE, staring down at you! You could ask God anything about morals, life, or beg for a favor face to face, instead of talking to the air and assuming somebody is picking up on the other line.

    Well, first of all, there would still be people who would stick to their guns and deny His presence, even if it was COMPLETELY obvious that God would there. Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

    Secondly, a completely obvious God would take away from human dignity, actually. The most important aspect of mankind is the fact of free will, and specifically the choice to do good. God loves people so much He gives us the freedom to reject Him. If we do reject Him, He won’t force Himself on us, and I doubt you’d want Him to. We will get what we want, in that case – to be left alone by God. (That’s the true definition of hell, by the way, as accepted today by most theologians: the complete absence of God’s presence.) It would be an injustice if God forced us to love Him, here or in heaven. Then we’d only be literal slaves, pets or robots, as it were. Sure, God is still great and loving, but nobody should want to be reduced to that. We have the CHOICE to love God. That is one of the greatest gifts to ever ask for. We can can choose to have the best thing ever, instead of just automatically doing it.

    What else would you have God do with someone who rejects Him, take him/her to heaven and force him/her to be in God’s presence and love God for all eternity, when that would only be endless torture for such a person who hates the very idea of God?

    God only wants the best for us all, and that is why He has asked us (not forced us) to follow Him and do His will, so that we will earn the eternal joy of being in Heaven, in His presence, not because He wants to make our lives miserable.

    We "send" ourselves to Hell, God won’t stop us from choosing it. God allows it because, since we have rejected Him, it is equitable. Would you rather He offend our human dignity and free will by forcing us to love Him back, by cramming it down our throats to accept Him as existing?

    I think untimately that's what heaven will be like, though: a place where God *is* evident and observable. God will be constantly and completely understandable, but not because he is now able to force himself on him, but because we made the final choice, and when we died, we choose to trust God, so now we gave all we can give, and God returns that faith with Himself.

    Thank you, and God bless.

    ~The Cow

    Posted at 04:41 pm by The Cow
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    Wednesday, May 19, 2004

        "Money isn't everything," How many of us have heard that before? How about, "Money is the root of all evil"? How many believe it?
       It may be hard to believe those at first glance. I mean... this is money we're talking about! Your deepest desires can be fulfilled by having just a little more money. Who can pass up such an offer? Who isn't looking for a fulfillment to all their dreams?
       Did you know that if a person is chained to a wall all their life, they will think that in order to be "more free" they require more links in their chains? Don't you think that this sounds like money? Does having more money really make us "more free"?
       Think about it.... do we need money to survive? No! I don't think it's the kind of life that God is calling most of us to, but we really can survive without money!
       The more money you have, the more you will spend. That is an effect of having money. But are the "benefits" of having money actually benefits at all?
       If you live your life by filling up only on your material wants, you will realize how shallow and empty your life really is. After all... you're only living for your furniture ( or something else ) when it boils down to truth.
       Three things humans are always seeking: Peace, Love, and Joy. Money will never buy you peace, and can only buy false love and temporary joy. But what are some of the fruits of the spirit? Peace, Love, and Joy!


    Posted at 06:51 am by Megiddo
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    Tuesday, May 18, 2004
    Meditation ( an awesome song )

    The love of God is greater far
    Than tongue or pen can ever tell
    It goes beyond the highest star
    And reaches to the lowest hell
    The guilty pair, bowed down with care
    God gave His Son to win
    His erring child He reconciled
    And pardoned from his sin

    Could we with ink the ocean fill
    And were the skies of parchment made
    Were every stalk on earth a quill
    And every man a scribe by trade

    To write the love of God above
    Would drain the ocean dry
    Nor could the scroll contain the whole
    Though stretched from sky to sky

    Hallelujah [3x]

    O love of God, how rich and pure!
    How measureless and strong!
    It shall forevermore endure
    The saints' and angels' song

    Posted at 06:47 am by Megiddo
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    Tuesday, May 11, 2004
    Figuring things out for myself

    Well, since everyone jumped-to to give a bio, i might as well give mine. Except this is going to be different. I am Catholic. I go to a Catholic church, I go to a Catholic school, I practice Catholic rites and have Catholic friends. By name, i am Catholic. Recently I was talking with my friend about my love book. An assignment for school where i have to write about all the love I have for different things. Love of God was mandatory. He was confused because in previous discussions with him we had come to an agreement that the Church had many flaws, and now i was saying that i loved God! Well to me, this was the first time I ever had to explain something of this nature. As a Catholic, i witness firsthand flaws in the Church. I do not always agree with it's teachings and am not always the first to obey a Catholic rule. This is what I think about some things, and this really helped him to understand me better, a good thing considering I hold him in VERY high regards. I believe that God is here and now. God is the people I meet every day, God is in nature, God is in me, and God is time. You have to be good to God, you have to respect God, you have to love yourself, and you have to use God for good things. I believe that Heaven is now. Heaven is the life you make for yourself; which basiclly teaches you to be happy. Heaven has always been promised to be good, white and gold (the colors of purity) and to make you happy. If we live good lives, treat everyone (including ourselves) with tasteful respect, we will be happy. Henceforth an almost perfect "heaven on earth." That's not to say your time in a church isn't worth the effort. Hardly. To achieve real happiness, worship God. Ask God for help, ask Jesus to guide you and even if you don't think you'll need it you'll feel like the person on the ladder. You may not think you need someone to spot for you, but God will be like your neighbor who came over anyways. Helping to ease your stress just knowing someone else is there. And to truly love God, we can't be stubborn. We can't think that we're too good, because the very stubborn person told his neighbor to go home and fell. Which is basiclly showing us that if we don't accept God, we'll lose the battle. Not much good can come from it. When we're open minded, when we fall, we fall in the arms of Christ, who will support us always, but still permit us to make mistakes and realize what we need... God. I believe that all people have a plan, whether they follow something God prescribed, or their own. Do not fear the man who created his own destiny, because destiny is always that: destiny. No matter how much you plan it, it will only happen if God wants it to. Most of all, I believe that people are good. I believe that people are allowed to form opinions, they're allowed to make decisions, and they're free to do as they chose. I think that people can do as they wish, so long as if it turns out to be wrong, not according to the bible, but according to them and their lifestyles, then they should find what they really need. What is really right for them. Sometimes it takes a while. Time... God. I'm no religious zealot. I'm no theology major, but even I know that people should be trusted to use good judgment in serious situations. When it's your turn to make a big decision pull on your maturity and common sense and make it all worthwhile. Even i know that there are four people who have faith in you: God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and I.

    Posted at 11:03 pm by xxpinknblackxx
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    Friday, May 07, 2004

    The post below, is part two of the apologetics papers that I'm writing for school. It is really long! Anyway, I was hoping to get some feedback on it... is it too long? Did it make sense? Am I wrong? Ya know.

    Hope you're a more bible believin' person now!
    God Bless!

    Posted at 05:39 pm by Alex
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    Part the second: The Reliable Bible

    We have established, in our last argument , that there is a God; Or at least that there is reason for a God to exist. So let us simply assume that there is a God, and that He is everything that He is, and so much more; let us assume that these things are true.

    This will put us in a class, with the three religions that claim Divine Revelation: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. All of these look to a human founder, that is one who was especially favored by God, but only Christianity claims a founder that is both Human and Divine. This is a fact, but this is also extraordinary, to the point of lunacy; so it seems to many people. Did such an historical figure ever exist? What proof do we have that a man, named Jesus Christ, came to earth as the Son of the Living Breathing God, taking upon Himself the frailty of human nature; preaching, and teaching things that were beyond the greatest philosophical mind; performing miracle after miracle; dying a most terrible death, out of Love, and rising from the dead three days later, and ascending into heaven! What evidence do we have to tell us that the single most important event in history, actually took place? The sources are many, handed down through tradition, from the early Church Fathers. But the most important source, and the very first, was a firsthand account, from the men who gave their lives entirely over to Christ during His brief but significant stay on earth.

    One detail that will also be noticed about the three ‘One-God’ religions, is that every one of them uses a special book, which serves as the historical record on which their faith bases many of it’s beliefs. For Muslims, it’s the Koran; For Jews, it’s the ‘Good Book’ (which is essentially a Bible without the New Testament); And for Christians, it’s the Bible. So, rather than disproving the Koran, or the ‘Good Book’, it would be more worthwhile to prove, in an intellectual manner, the historical authenticity, of the internationally, and widely acclaimed New York Times Best Seller, the Bible.

    In order that one may see clearly the reliability of the Bible, it should suffice to prove the reliability of it’s four most important books: The Gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. There are three ways to determine the historical authenticity of a book: by it’s genuineness, it’s integrity, and it’s veracity; in other words, “if it be the work of the author to whom it is ascribed; if the text be substantially as it left the author’s hand; if it be shown that the author himself was well informed and truthful.” (-Fr Laux)

    How do you prove that a book that is supposedly written before 70 A.D. sometime, has any substantial amount of truth to it, or that it even existed for that allotted period of time? How do you take a peak into the unattainable past to look for the things you know to be true, or false? Certainly time travel is something that is yet to be desired, so we look to other means to judge as best we can what took place about 2000 years ago, when the Gospels were written.

    The Gospels are Genuine:

    The Genuineness of a book can be determined in view of two arguments: extrinsic, and intrinsic.

    Extrinsic arguments are chiefly the testimony of those writers that lived about the same time. (as an eyewitness or someone who would know.)

    Intrinsic arguments are those drawn from the content, style, and characteristics of the book itself.

    Extrinsic evidence of authenticity in the case of the Gospels is not difficult to encounter:

    a) The Didache, (i.e. the Doctrine of the Twelve Apostles, written between AD 80 and 100) quotes passages from Mathew and Luke. The Our Father, which is cited according to the text of St. Matthew, is introduced with the words: “As the Lord Commands in His Gospels.”
    b) The Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians (about A.D. 96) contains ten texts taken from the Gospels of Matthew and Mark.
    c) The Epistle attributed to St. Barnabas (about A.D. 100-130) contains many allusions to Matthew and several to Mark and Luke.

    There were also saints who were alive during this period of time(70-150 AD) that give clear testimony of the Gospels. St. Justin, who was a martyr during that time, narrates that the Gospels were read at the meetings of the Christians, among other things. Then there was St. Irenaus, a friend of St. Polycarp, who was a disciple of St. John, mentions the authors of the four Gospels:

    “Matthew published his Gospel among the Hebrews in their own tongue, whilst Peter and Paul were preaching and founding the Church in Rome. After their departure Mark, the disciple and interpreter of Peter, handed down in writing to us those things which Peter had preached; and Luke, the attendant of Paul, wrote a book the Gospel which Paul had preached. Affterwards John, the disibple of the Lord, who alos reclined on His bosom, published his Gospel while staying at Ephesus in Asia” (Adversus Haereses)

    So, it is clear that the Gospels did indeed exist, and were written sometime before the year 70AD; and were in use sometime after that. It was well said by one Archbishop Sheehan, “Probably there is not one of the pagan classics, whose genuineness can be supported by such convincing evidence. No one disputes that Caesar was the author of the Commentaries on the Gaalic Wars, and yet the only ancient references to the work are found, about one hundred years after its composition, in the writings of Plutarch and Suetonuis.”

    There are still things to observe from a careful examination of the Gospels themselves. (Intrinsic evidence)
    a) The Synoptic Gospels are written in Hellenistic Greek; which was a literary medium employed by many Jewish writers during the first century after Christ, but not later.
    b) The style of the Gospels was vivid and colorful; only men who had witnessed these events first hand could have described them in such a manner.

    The Gospels are Intact

    “Even the most radical opponents of Christianity admit that the Gospels have come down to us substantially intact; that is free from any grave alterations and additions.” (Fr. Laux)

    During the time of St. Justin, it was a grave matter to alter in any way, the words of the Gospel. There was a great deal of fear among the translators, about becoming corrupters of the text. This was not a groundless fear, for St. Augustine gives one such account: “A bishop of our province, having begun to read your translation of the Bible in his church, came to a passage of the prophet Jonas, which you have translated differently from what was known to the memory and ears of everyone, and sung during many generations. Thereupon a great tumult arose among the people, caused principally by the Greeks, who called out that the text was falsified…. The bishop, not to remain without a flock, after this great danger, was obliged to correct the passage as if it was a fault.”

    One might object, “Does not the earliest existing manuscript of the New Testament date only from the fourth century? Isn’t it therefore possible that any number of changes may have been introduced into the Gospel text during the preceding centuries?” Besides the earliest Greek Manuscript, the Codex Vaticanus referred to in the objection, there are other manuscripts, nearly as old, and copied from the Vaticanus. These are the Codex Alexandrinus, the Codex Sinaiticus, and the Codex of St. Ephrem. Every one of these texts agrees substantially with one another. They also agree with numerous quotations contained in the texts of the Christians before them.

    Hence, there is no doubt that the Gospel’s have remained substantially as they were written in the beginning, even though the originals made by the Apostles are no longer in existence. If this is not evidence enough, you might think about this:

    “The earliest manuscript of Horace dates from the 7th century, of Cicero from the 9th, of Euripides from the 13th, and yet no one doubts that these manuscripts are the unaltered descendants of the originals.

    The Christian Gospels are thus in a far stronger position than the Greek and Roman classics, and no one would ever have thought of questioning their integrity, but for the fact that they report miracles and prophecies and contain a Divine law of belief and conduct against which the Rationalist and the Irreligious of every description rebel.”

    The Gospels are Truthful

    It is to be considered that the Authors of the Gospels (The Evangelists) knew the fact that they were recording. For the Gospels to be without truth, would be for the Apostles to have lied; and all four narrative accounts are quite clear on the evil of lies and hypocrisy! Had they not been truthful themselves, they would have been more despicable than the hypocrites they condemned!

    What reason would the Apostles have for deceiving the world? Why would they lie for the sake of bringing trouble and ruin upon themselves? And most importantly, why would they willingly die for a lie? Maybe they didn’t know they would die as a result of this lie? No. The evangelists knew that what they would preach would be a supreme accusation of the most serious nature to Jews and Gentiles. Pascal rightly states “I willingly believe historians whose witnesses are ready to suffer death itself to maintain the truth of their testimony.”

    One may notice that at some points, the Gospels contradict each other. This may seem a disturbing disadvantage to our argument. However, these apparent contradictions furnish an additional argument in favor of the veracity of the Evangelists. If Mathew, Mark, and Luke were imposters, surely they could have taken the immense amount of time they spent together to avoid even the appearance of contradiction.

    Finally, the authors had to tell the truth, for they weren’t the only ones who had seen and heard Jesus while he was living. So, they could not have published such falsities without encountering resistance, and being taken to task.

    The Bible.
    Let is be said, that the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John completely fulfill the tests of their genuineness, integrity, and veracity, and thereby can be considered completely authentic historic accounts of the past! As a result, it can also be said, that the Gospels are the historical authority on the Life and Death of Jesus Christ!

    Posted at 05:35 pm by Alex
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    Tuesday, May 04, 2004
    The history of Megiddo

    • Acts 20:24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me--the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace

    I am Megiddo ( no, that's not my real name ), and I wish to serve God to the fullest possible. My greatest reward in life is to come one small inch closer to God ( over and over, of course ). Though that may not seem like much of an accomplishment, you'd be surprised how many miles fly by if you push inch for inch.

    I had been told my whole life that I was saved at the age of five, though I couldn't remember it. I doubted my faith. This, of course, put great strain on me; I was always wondering where I would spend eternity. I felt separated from my church and family, though I could never tell them.

    Then one summer, I went to a Bible camp, and something clicked. It was the best time that I had ever had there, and I learned so much. My counselor at camp was especially helpful, he had a burning desire for the Lord, who I so desperately wanted to serve.

    The same counselor told us one night during Bible study, “Salvation is not a feeling, Satan will often make you think that you're not saved.” I realized that this sounded just like a trick Satan would want to pull, as it kept me in deep turmoil and questioning. So... I stopped doubting!

    Ever since that time, I've been growing closer to my Savior. I have been bought with a price, and there isn't anything that I can do for Him that will possibly repay my debt ( though he does not require anything from me to repay it ).

    I am not always 'on track' with Him. I have days that I turn away from him, but I always come back to Him with an even stronger relationship.

    If you could choose one thing to learn from my life, I hope that you would no longer doubt God or His love for you. There is evidence for God beyond our imagination in our very breath. And He loves us more than we could ever possibly write in the most descriptive words.

    If there is anything else you'd like to know about me, feel free to ask!


    More about me:
    I have two brothers, and I am the youngest of my family. My father passed away when I was 2 and my mom has never remarried. My mother's side of the family is Christian, my father's side Mormon.

    We have two cats, one name Misty and the other Pippin. We used to have some rats ( pet rats! ), but we were allergic to them and had to get rid of them.

    My hobbies include computer programming, web development, writing, praying, reading, 3D level design, fixing computers, network managing, etc.

    I ran out of time to write for now... I'll add more later!

    Posted at 08:49 pm by Megiddo
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