My heart goes out to Flew's family today as their beloved family member has passed on. Today, I spent my day refining my "evidence for Christianity" pamphlet I often give away daily as evidence for Christianity. Instead of giving a Christian cartoon track, I have summarized the very best evidence in one sheet of paper back to back, (in size 10 font) because it is on my heart that people should know the very best evidence for Christ. Tonight, as my husband leaned over to show me an article in The Christian Post, that Antony Flew passed away, and I was shocked and rather sad, and a bit angry. I am a bit hurt that this man didn't acknowledge the evidence that he DID know. But worse off, he voiced his life time voyage out loud, leading many people to follow atheism. To think that this man didn't know all the evidence is rather silly, because he spent a life time mocking God, and went out of his way to prove God doesn't exist. In addition, not only did he know the evidence for Christ, but his father was a Methodist minister, and while studying for his undergraduate, Flew attended weekly meetings of C.S Lewis's Socratic Club. Flew found Lewis "by far the most powerful of Christian apologists for the sixty or more years following his founding of that club".
British philosopher, Dr. Antony Flew, has been one of the strongest advocates and spokespersons of atheism, arguing and debating pastors in front of enormous crowds that "one should presuppose atheism until evidence of a God surfaces"he would often say. In December 2004, the forerunner for the atheistic movement admitted, "Super-intelligence is the only good explanation for the origin of life and the complexity of nature."
So, what turned Antony Flew to reason that "A God" may exist? The answer for him was in the scientific advancements within Astronomy. The discoveries within the last 30 years brought him to a conclusion he could not publicly avoid, which he publicly admitted in his book "There is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind". Flew stated that "the most impressive arguments for God’s existence were those that are supported by recent scientific discoveries" and that "the argument to Intelligent Design is enormously stronger than it was when I first met it".
The Fine-Tuning of the Initial conditions by Hugh Ross, Astronomer, lists out 34 Life-Essential Elements in order for Life to Exist. This impressive list alone should show that life didn't happen by chance. Of course, this evidence is not specific for any God, and possibly the reason why Flew decided to run with that evidence in particular.
Atheists rarely remain Atheists or agnostics, moments before their death, because many admit inside to themselves there is just too much evidence that has surfaced to prove their is a GOD. 50 years ago, many of these champion Atheists could rock the boat with their language of Darwinism, (which still has no solid proof in archaeology), but today too many advancements have come out that, like Deist Flew had to admit.
Although Flew acknowledged "A God", he couldn't decide on which God he wanted to go with. Flew described Islam as "best described in a Marxian way as the uniting and justifying ideology of Arab imperialism." In a December 2004 interview he said: "I'm thinking of a God very different from the God of the Christian and far andaway from the God of Islam, because both are depicted as omnipotent Oriental despots, cosmic Saddam Husseins" He rejected the ideas of an afterlife, of God as the source of good, which he understood that God also created "a lot of" evil, which is obvious, he was confused.
Flew later told Christianity Today that even though he admitted there was "A God, he wasn't on the road to becoming a Christian. He reaffirmed his deism: "Since the beginning of my philosophical life I have followed the policy of Plato's Socrates: We must follow the argument wherever it leads."
Little children often ask the question, "Is there a God" "What happens after we die?"...........and it is a question a person often debates in their head (or avoids) for a lifetime if they do not have concrete answers for those questions.
Do you know the truth?
I have a sore spot for Atheists because my father still hasn't made a decision for Christ, and also my brothers haven't affirmed the direction they believe. I even have dear family members who just don't want to listen. Sadly, I have spoken to dozens of Atheists and presented astounding evidence that is extra ordinary, and sadly, it is their pride that gets in the way. If NO god exists, there shouldn't be an ounce of evidence that suggests there is a God. I do know the power of prayer, but the best thing about YHWH, is that he lets everyone decide for themselves. Our God never backs anyone in the corner and forces them to believe in him. He wants someone whole heartily loving him, than a pretend love which is insincere. Everyone must make this decision for themselves. To not choose him, is to choose an eternity without him.
Here is your opportunity to weigh the evidence for yourself. Are you a person who hasn't had the opportunity to really look at the evidence? Take 10 minutes and review the evidence so you know where you sit. If the evidence is overwhelming, then what the bible has to say applies to you. If you are not convinced, then go ahead and dismiss it.
Here is your opportunity to weigh the evidence for Christianity for yourself. Either the evidence proves itself and the Bible then applies to you, or you can dismiss the evidence. Here is your 5 minutes of opportunity:
1. The Bible is Divinely Inspired, and this is proven through four different ways (1.Mathematics. 2. Prophecy 3. Bible Codes, and 4. Scientific Affirmations.)
1.Harvard graduate Ivan Panin generated over 50 years, 43,000 pages of the numerical mathematic structure within the scriptures. Eugene
Faulstich reveals astrophysics prove God. His study reveals a complexity of patterns in the numbers of weeks between key historical events.
2. There are 2,000 prophecies that discuss past events and future prophecies. Over 300 prophecies talk about Messianic Prophecies. The Messiah would have had 456 identifying characteristics; Jesus had them all. End time prophecies talk about Iran, Israel, Damascus Syria, Russia, And China. God gives warning of the coming New World Order and the coming antichrist’s reign of terror. No other “religion” has specific, repeated, and unfailing fulfillment of predictions many years in advance of contingent events over which the predictor had no control. Buddha didn't rise from the dead, nor did Confucius, Mary or Zoroaster. Muhammad or Maitreya didn't fulfill detailed prophecy. Alexander the Great, nor did Joseph Smith raise the dead or heal the sick. There is far less reliable information written about these "Gods", yet they are followed by millions.
- *Jesus had to be born through a particular family line -(Chances without God) 10 To the 2nd Power (1 in 10,000) *Jesus would be Born in Bethlehem (1 Chance in 100,000) *Jesus would be a miracle worker (1 Chance in 100,000) *Jesus would present himself as a king on a donkey (1 Chance in 1,000,000) Jesus would be betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver (1 Chance in 1,000,000) Jesus would be crucified (1 Chance in 1,000,000) *Jesus would present himself as king 173,880 days from the decree of Artaxerxes to rebuild Jerusalem (1 Chance in 1,000,000) = Total Probability without God 1 to 38th power (1 in 100 Billion, Billion, Billion Billion) In addition, Peter Stoner calculated that the chances of fulfilling just 48 prophecies are 1 chance in 10 to the 157th power. Yet Jesus Christ fulfilled over 300! - Affirmed by the American Scientific Affiliation Members
-Jesus DID NOT manipulate events to fulfill prophecy Such as The Place of the Messiah’s birth (Micah 5:2). , The Date of the Messiah’s birth (Daniel 9:25). Manner of birth of the Messiah (Isaiah 7:14), The Manner of death of the Messiah (Zechariah 12:10; Psalm 22:16 prophesied before the invention of crucifixion). , Piercing in side of that Messiah (Zechariah 12:10).The Details of the Burial of the Messiah(Isaiah 53:9).Executers dividing up Jesus’ clothes after he died on the cross
- There are 5 main feasts in the bible that for-shadow events or PROPHECIES that are to take place in the future. The celebration Passover is the exact representation of Jesus dying on the cross in detail even to the exact time of the slaughtering of the lamb, ( blood on the doorposts). Feast of Tabernacles was the perfect picture of Jesus's birth detailing the location and time. Many speculate that Feast of Trumpets will be where Jesus returns on the Mount of Olives. We are also told that we will be keeping the festivals when Jesus returns (Exe 45, Zech 14). Huge amounts of Christians (The Remnant Rev 12:17) are moving towards keeping the Sabbath, and festivals and move away from the pagan holidays such as XMAS, Halloween and Easter. We are told in the disciples kept Sabbath and the festivals in Acts 21&25 Matt 5,Rom 3, Rom 6:15 after Jesus resurrected. ***Keeping the Festivals/Sabbath and Jesus Testimony is the secret of where the blessings and protection come from.***
Here is the interesting part- Four Lunar Eclipses Happen between 2011-2020. Would it surprise you to know they all fall on Yahwehs festival dates? 1. Passover April 15, 2014- (A Total eclipse will be visible in Australia), 2. Feast of Tabernacles October 9, 2014, (A Total eclipse visible in Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas) on October 8, 2014 3. Passover April 4, 2015, (A Total eclipse will be visible in Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas) 4. Feast of Tabernacles on September 28, 2015. (A Total eclipse visible in East Pacific, Americas, Europe, Africa, West Asia).
IN ADDITION- A total of 4 total blood-red moons back-to-back are rare, the only time it happens on four Biblical holidays is in 2014/2015. The only times last century these occurred together was in 1967/1968 when Jerusalem was recaptured. Passover April 25, 1967, Feast of Tabernacles in October 19, 1967, October 18, 1967, Passover in April 13, 1968, Feast of Tabernacles in October 7, 1968, October 8, 1968. Four total lunar eclipses also happened before these listed above just after Israel became a nation in 1949/1950 as well. Passover April 14, 1949, April 13, 1949, Feast of Tabernacles on October 8, 1949, October 7, 1949, Passover, April 2, 1950,Feast of Tabernacles, September 26, 1950. The next previous time this happened again was in 1493/1494 just after the Jews were kicked out of Spain on the 9th of Av, 1492.Another astonishing research on Gods' Judgment by William R. Koenig from “Eye to Eye” sites the consequences of dividing Israel and the correlation of natural disasters. All of the most costliest catastrophes in history occurred or began on the very same day or within 24-hours of U.S. presidents Bush, Clinton and Bush applying pressure on Israel to divide the land.
3. The Bible Codes are astronomically profound. Thousands of modern groups of our time, events and people have been found in the scriptures under the text in code. (Exodus2006.com) In most of the messianic prophecies reveal the name of Jesus. (If only Jewish people would come across this evidence) One example -In Isaiah 52-53."He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed" The code found was "Nazarene", along with 74 of the names, places, and events of the time of Jesus of Nazareth in that tiny verse. Another example, 26 Trees were encoded in Genesis 1:29 to Genesis 2:9. The interesting thing with the codes is (1) multiple of “like-words” are often found in the (2) same location and (3)correspond to the story being told in the readable text of the bible. (How can you possibly write a book (of 40 authors) that reads on the surface fluently, and has Accurate Prophecy, Hundreds of Modern Bible Codes, AND on top of that have Multiple places of Mathematics present? )
4. The Bible touches on scientific statements only found accurate in our modern times with the advancement of technology. Hydrothermal Vents were written in the Bible 3,000 years before their discovery, Genesis 7:11, Job 38:16 (How many people knew what hydrothermal vents were 30 years ago?) 2 Pet 3:10 Describes Nuclear Weaponry which couldn't be known in 67AD. Fluid Dynamics described in Job 28:25 (The fact that air has weight was proven scientifically only about 300 years ago) Hydrologic Cycle, Ps 135:7, Jer 10:13, Job 36:27 (These verses site several phases of the hydrologiccycle: evaporation, translation aloft by atmospheric circulation, condensation with electrical discharges, and precipitation) Paleontology- (Dinosaurs)-Job 40 Anthropology- Cave Men, Job 30:5. The Existence of Water Paths (Ocean Currents) in the Seas (Psalm 8:1,3,6,8).The Concept of Entropy (Psalm 102:22-26). The Shape of the Earth, Isaiah 40:22 (written 680BC),Suspension of the Earth Job. 26:7, (Which once was against the common thought). The Stars are Innumerable ,"(Job. 26:7, NIV). (Only about 3,000 can be seen with the naked eye. We have seen estimates of (10 to the 21st power) stars. (The number of grains of sand on the earth’s seashores is estimated to be 10 to the 25th power) Each Star is Unique- 1 Cor 15:41. The Existence of Valleys in the Seas (Gen. 15:5, NIV). The Existence of Springs and Fountains in the Seas Gen. 8:2; Prov. 8:28. Meteorology(Circulation of the Atmosphere)-Ecc 1:6. Movement of The Universe-Jer 31:35,36. Condensation Facts: Job 26:8, Job 37:11, Earths Crust-Jer:31:37 The Nature of Health, Sanitation, and Sickness(Leviticus 12-14) (Even up to 1845, doctors would wash their hands in bowls of water. Doctors laughed at Dr Ignaz Semmelweis’s germ theory which gained widespread acceptance after his death. The bible proclaimed this microscopic fact in 1440BC.) There is a unique story behind each of these discoveries which was proven thousands of years ago in the bible. The bible, again, is supernaturally breathed on by God.
5. Advances in Astronomy such as the conditions needed for life known as the “Fine Tuning Parameters” of the Universe has turned Atheist spokes person Antony Flew to admit there is “A God”. A Star pointed the way to the Messiah at his birth, AND AN EARTHQUAKE and an ECLIPSE of darkness Happened while Jesus was dying on the cross. Sited by 13 NON Biblical Sources, that it did HAPPEN* Again, at the very moment of Jesus’s death, The curtain in the Holy Temple Separated. The Remarkable thing is the measurements of this Curtain were 60 feet in height, 30 feet in width and 4 inches thick. New Evidence Shows a 3-D Image of the person appearing on the Shroud. MILLIONS of Muslims are seeing dreams of JESUS in remote areas of the world where it is punishable by death to convert to another religion. YET, MILLIONS are having the same dream of who they identify as Jesus coming to them in their dream.
Are you ready to throw this aside and forget about this? Consider 2 Points:
P o i n t A : J e s u s C l a i m e d t o B e G O D H i m s e l f- Unlike any other Religion, Jesus Christ claimed to be God (John 10:30 ) “I and the Father are one.” Look throughout the major world religions and you'll find that Buddha, Muhammad, Confucius and Moses all identified themselves as teachers or prophets. You will notice that None of them ever claimed to be equal to God, but Jesus did. In the name of Jesus you can have eternal life if you call on him. Jesus claimed he can forgive sin himself. Today ONLY in name of “JESUS” can people be freed of Demonic activity in persons. This is a huge piece of evidence for Christ, it takes but minutes for a person to be freed in Jesus name. The Name of “Jesus” binds up demons, and casts them out. There is only one God (Exodus 20:3; Isaiah 43:10; 44:6,8) Jesus is a part of a trinity. Just like the mathematical model of Liquid Water-Water vapor-Ice water, all revealed in different forms.
P o i n t B : God Does NOT want one Person to Perish, But EVERYONE to come to Repentance 2 Pet 3:9- Jesus Christ says in Matthew 25:41, "Depart from me, ye cursed, into EVERLASTING FIRE, prepared for the devil and his angels." There are over 162 references in the New Testament, alone which warns of hell. And over 70 of these references were uttered by the Lord Jesus Christ! Understand This: - You choose hell when you reject Jesus Christ, when you refuse God's love gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ you choose an eternity without his presence. Do a search of Psalms to learn what a loving Father our God is. Everything good is from him.
All other major world religions, like Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Catholics teach that we must perfect ourselves in order to be saved. All Other religions believe that if people live good lives, and if the good works they do outweigh the bad, then they will have earned their way to heaven. However, this approach has logical errors. The Bible says that we are all sinners (Rom. 3:23, Romans 3:13). This means that WE HAVE all offended God. Because of this, we are separated from God (Isaiah 59:2), are dead in our sins (Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:3), cannot please God (Rom. 3:10-11), and will suffer damnation (2 Thess. 1:9). Therefore, God himself -Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and rose from the grave to save us (Isa. 53:6). Only the saving faith in Jesus Christ can be the basis for forgiveness of sin and life everlasting (Ac. 16:31) Here is the KEY, all you have to do is ask him into your life. God makes it very easy to choose him.
Salvation is found by trusting in what Jesus did on the cross (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Pet. 2:24, John 1:12, Acts 16:30,31,
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16)
Here is your saving Prayer.
Don’t put off eternity another day. Pray this prayer, and mean it with all your heart.- See You in Heaven
Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask you into my life. I thank you for dying for me and saving me from Hell. I pray that you would open my eyes to see, and I pray you the Lord over my life. Please direct my paths. I receive you as my Savior. In Jesus Christ Name, Amen.
I hope you do decide to invite Jesus into your life.
My favorite scripture in the bible is Jeremiah 33:3 'Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.'
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