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BECAUSE OF THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE PRESENT AGE, THE READER MUST MENTALLY BE TRANSPORTED BACK TO THE FIRST CENTURY AND GRASP THE IMPORT OF THE CONDITIONS IN WHICH THE TRUTHS OF THIS BOOK WERE FIRST PRESENTED.
BEFORE EXPERIENCING THE MAIN BODY OF STUDY, CONSIDER AND CONTEMPLATE THE FOLLOWING CONCEPTS.
Have you ever wondered how so many different church denominations, preaching and teaching varied concepts concerning salvation and church government, came into existence?
If Christ taught His Church that salvation was all of grace through faith, how did another determine that salvation was through baptism, or another that salvation was obtained through church membership? Did Jesus teach repentance and faith for salvation, or that salvation would come through baby baptism, or that one must believe in Jesus PLUS perform other things, such baptism, church membership, mass, etc., in order to be saved and get to Heaven?
Did Jesus teach “Grace Infusion” a system whereby God infuses His grace into an individual upon that individual’s performance of various deeds? And when enough deeds are done and enough grace is infused into the person, he or she would be saved. How would a person know what deeds to do, how much grace was infused by each, when he had enough infused grace to be saved or if he would ever have enough? This Grace Infusion doctrine taught by some “churches” is a man-made doctrine whereby it takes Christ PLUS church membership in their church, baptism by their pastor, communion in their church, baptism of a spirit, OR many other church decreed deeds in order to go to Heaven. Under this theory, salvation is a progressive plan brought about by progressive obedience to deeds the individual must perform, and must continue to perform at the risk of losing his salvation. It seems that many churches have their own progressive plan of salvation established, in order for one to be born again. HOWEVER, JESUS ESTABLISHED ONLY ONE SIMPLE PLAN AND THAT SIMPLE PLAN IS THE ONLY PLAN TAUGHT IN GOD’S WORD, THE BIBLE, AND THE ONLY ONE HE WILL ACCEPT!
THE BIBLE – HOW DO YOU ACCOUNT FOR IT?
Contemplate on these amazing concepts.
The Bible is a book of sixty-six books, written in three different languages, whose composition extends over a period of fifteen hundred years.
It was written in locations hundreds of miles apart, by approximately forty different human penmen from every strata of educational, social, economic, and political life. The human writers were shepherds, priests, kings, fishermen, politicians, doctors, lawyers, farmers etc,.
Their writings display every known form of prose and poetry. The writers wrote, precisely as occurrences were, to men as they are, for the purpose of showing evil as it is, and the consequences as they were, so that men might learn and respond properly.
Each book was written under diverse circumstances. They were written from thrones, prison, exile, and in deserts.
Their writings prophesied with minuteness, precision, and accuracy the time, person, place, circumstance, and events that were to occur over a period of many centuries and at the time of writing there were no operable or observable cause for these prophetic events. Yet, the stated prophesies, at the proper time, have been fulfilled with minute accuracy giving evidence that the prophesies yet to be fulfilled will be fulfilled just as minutely and accurately.
With all the this, these sixty six books are perfect in unity and accord. They have no contradictions and have been proven beyond reasonable doubt to be accurate historically, scientifically, archeologically, and prophetically, regardless of the attacks and insinuations made by those opposing it.
The Bible is the greatest religious, philosophical, and psychological book every written. God who created each subject is their designer and revelator. No accredited doctor of either subject can be truly educated in the truths thereof without a thorough study of the Bible.
The Bible has survived the attacks of governments, religions, agnostics, infidels, and philosophers. It has survived both government and religious bans and burnings. It has been ignored, questioned, denied, misquoted, misinterpreted, misrepresented, and yet survives because it is a supernatural BOOK.