4. THE UNIVERSE'S BEGINNING
Big bang science has forced even the reluctant to admit one thing—the universe had a beginning.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. —Genesis 1:1
How does life survive in our universe?
5. THE UNIVERSE'S FITNESS FOR LIFE
The odds of the existence of a life-sustaining planet in our hostile universe is infinitesimally small.
He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it a waste place, but formed it to be inhabited. —Isaiah 45:18
Is chance a satisfactory answer for how life came to be?
6. LIFE'S ORIGIN
A nice environment is no guarantee that life will exist.
The Lord stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him. —Zechariah 12:1
Can life come from non-life?
7. LIFE'S INTELLIGENT DESIGN
Science has the tools at its disposal to differentiate between undirected natural causes and purposeful actions of an intelligent agent.
My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret and skillfully formed. —Psalm 139:15
If God made this world, why does it have so many problems?
9. THE BIBLE'S RELIABILITY
The Bible has far greater manuscript attestation in terms of quantity, quality, and time span than any other ancient documents.
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. —Isaiah 40:8
Many books are reliable. Is the Bible also accurate?
10. THE BIBLE'S ACCURACY
Historical and archaeological study dispel the notion of the Bible as mere myth.
For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. —2 Peter 1:16
Accurate accounting of the past is expected—what about accurate accounting of the future . . . before it happens?
11. THE BIBLE'S FULFILLED PROPHECY
The Bible contains remarkable predictions of events occurring centuries later.
Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the Lord? —Isaiah 45:21
Can the Bible also tell me how to live well in the present?
12. THE BIBLE'S PROFOUND WISDOM
The Bible challenges our prejudices and superstitions and offers foundational truths for moral interaction based on the dignity of all people as image-bearers of the Creator.
From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. —Acts 17:26
Can anyone actually live the life the Bible calls us to live?
14. JESUS' CLAIMS
Jesus can't be good, wise, or trustworthy if His claim to be God isn't true.
He was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. —John 5:18
How does the death of Jesus square with His claim to be God?
15. JESUS' DEATH
The historical death of Jesus by the well-attested crucifixion practices of the Romans holds the key to His identity and to the nature and love of God.
Then Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus, and carrying his own cross he went out to the place called “The Place of the Skull” (called in Aramaic Golgotha). There they crucified him along with two others, one on each side, with Jesus in the middle. Pilate also had a notice written and fastened to the cross, which read: “Jesus the Nazarene, the king of the Jews.” Thus many of the Jewish residents of Jerusalem read this notice, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the notice was written in Aramaic, Latin, and Greek. —John 19:16–20
What purpose did the death of Jesus accomplish?
16. JESUS' EMPTY TOMB
The empty tomb of Jesus is a cold, hard fact that even early critics couldn't deny.
So she went running to Simon Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” —John 20:2
Why would Jesus' disciples assume that Jesus had risen from the dead?
17. JESUS' RESURRECTION APPEARANCES
Friends and enemies, women and men—by the hundreds—testified to seeing Jesus bodily on earth.
He appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive. —1 Corinthians 15:6
What difference does the resurrection make in our lives?
His followers should exhibit the signs Jesus said would be evidence of the reality of His life to them.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. —Galatians 2:20
19. THOSE WHO DIED FOR CHRIST
The number and manner of Christian martyrs should make us examine their unshakable confidence.
Some faced mockings and scourgings, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned; they were sawn in two; they were put to death with the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, and mistreated. The world was not worthy of them. —Hebrews 11:36–38
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