The journey of a nerd who loves the Lord

Why Trust the Bible

Salutations.  I was recently asked, “How do you know that this (the Bible) is divinely inspired text from the creator of the universe?”  Like with many things in life, we have a ton of evidence here to support the claim, but if you want 100%  proof, you will not find it.  You also cannot find camera footage that Michelangelo painted the Sistine chapel.  However, we have many documents pointing to that fact and his style in the art work remains to this day. Because of this strong evidence, we believe he painted it. We can use that approach with God and the Bible.  With that said, here are a few reasons why we can believe that the Bible is directly inspired and given to us by God. Read the rest of this entry »

My Grown Up Christmas List

Salutations.

As another Christmas day comes and goes, I gave thought to what I would like this holiday season.  I thank God that I have access to all of the basic necessities in life.  With a roof over my head, plenty of food, a good job, a wife, and plenty of loved ones surrounding me, I feel very grateful that I do not go through this time of year lacking in any key area.  My heart and prayers go out to those who do.  Yet, I have something else very precious to me. Read the rest of this entry »

More Questions About Truth

Salutations.  I received some more questions from Reluctant Pessimist on Twitter. Generally speaking, some of these questions seem to imply that the person inquiring does not truly seek answer, but asks them as a way to throw the one with faith somewhat off balance.  Generally, I walk away from such encounters.  After all, as Jesus taught us to share the truth with those who truly seek it, not to argue with those who have already set their mind against Him.  With that said, I have seen similar questions in the past, and wanted to share them with everyone.  Even if the original poster does not truly desire the answers, perhaps others do, and can find some of those answers here.  Be prepared, as this is quite possibly my longest post ever! Read the rest of this entry »

A Question about Truth

Reluctant Pessimist asked on Twitter, “So how does one determine what the “truth” about God actually is? And if the answer is the Bible, then the follow up question is how did you determine the Bible is true? There must be a believer out there willing to share their position on this.”  Read the rest of this entry »

When To Speak

Growing up in America, I heard two different persepctives on the subject of when to share the Gospel.  On one side, I had churches that taught that we needed to spend time and integrate with the culture.  We should join clubs and activities that suit our God given tastes, and shine His Light in those circles.  After doing earning their trust, we could share the truth.  On the other hand, I have heard other leaders saying that we should cut right to the chase.  Jesus did not waste time telling others to repent, and neither should we.  Which approach is the best? Read the rest of this entry »

The Gospel Message

The Gospel message forms the heart of Christianity.  Over the decades, we have lost this message in the political yelling, pandering and concern over offending someone.  Yet, as Christians, it really should be what people know us for.  We should talk about it first, last and always.  It is the Good News of God, and the only message the saves people from hell.  Here are some scriptures which plainly convey the Gospel message. Read the rest of this entry »

Do Not Follow Your Heart

The common saying, “Follow your heart” borders on becoming a cliche.  Entire books and movies are dedicated to this notion.  At some point, the hero realizes that all of his problems will work out if he or she simply listens to their heart.  The Disney movie, “Mulan” uses it as a theme song.  Yet, the Bible comes packed with warnings on the subject, telling us that our ‘heart is deceitful above all things (Jer 17.9).   Our heart, or emotions, make terrible guides.  Consider this passage from Luke. Read the rest of this entry »