Thursday

Be Prepared: "Is Jesus the Only Way?"

Jesus said He is the only way of salvation, 1 Peter 3:15, Colossians 4:6, John 14:6, 1 Timothy 2:3-4
For the next few weeks, I will be offering a "Be Prepared" question on Thursdays. Let me know if these are helpful to you. Thanks, Gail

Christians are often "put on the spot" by questions about our faith, and it's important that we answer graciously but truthfully (Colossians 4:6).

1 Peter 3:15 says, "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." 

I was once asked:

"How can you say Jesus is the only way? That sounds arrogant and exclusive."

And this is how I answered:
"If it were my idea, it would be arrogant. But it's the teaching of Jesus Himself:"

"In John 14:6, Jesus says, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'

"And Jesus isn't exclusive--He cares so deeply about each of us that He died a terrible death to make our salvation possible. He wants all men to accept His offer of grace. He says this in 1 Timothy 2:3-4."

How would you answer this question?


For more Scriptures confirming that Jesus is the only way of salvation, read "Is Jesus the Only Way?"    After reading it, why not copy the verses in a notebook or the back of your Bible so you'll be prepared to answer anyone who asks.






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Wednesday

Flawless!

Psalm 18:30, God's Word is reliable, God's Word proves true, historic proof of Bible's authenticity
The Bible--always criticized but flawless just-the-same.

Do you know the incredible evidence of Pithom:
  • Exodus1:11: Israelites build Pithom.
  • Exodus 5: After Moses' visit, Egyptians withhold straw, forcing Hebrew slaves to make bricks with stubble.
  • 1908- Discovery that Pithom's lower structure is built with straw-filled bricks, but bricks above it are stubble-filled. 
But sometimes God allows the appearance of contradictions to grow our faith (Hebrews 11:1-2) and reveal the arrogance of critics. 

For example: 
Hittites:
  • Hittites are mentioned 48 times in Scripture but not in ancient literature.  
  • Bible critics call Hittites "fictional." 
  • 1876 - historians discover Carchemish, capital of powerful Hittite nation. 
Sargon:
  • Scripture is criticized because Assyrian king Sargon (Isaiah 20:1) isn't mentioned in ancient literature.
  • 1842 - Sargon's impressive palace is unearthed. 
Grapes:
  • Critics insist grapes and wine (highlighted in Joseph's story) weren't part of Egyptian culture.
  • Ancient Egyptian tomb paintings are discovered illustrating grape harvesting and wine-making. 
"The Lord's Word is Flawless" Psalm 18:30

Source: Inspiks

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