The Answers Are All in the Book

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a book with answers to all of the questions in the universe – even the big questions, like, “Why am I here?” and “Isn’t there more to life than this?” Wouldn’t everyone want a copy?

Fortunately there does exist such a book. It was inspired by the Creator of the Universe, who is also your Creator, and mine as well. He gave us a planet full of everything we would ever need. He made plants and creatures that would be self-replicating. He filled it with renewable resources, and then he made two humans to take care of the place and start the ‘being fruitful and multiplying’ process.

Our Creator spoke face to face with the first humans, and then down through the centuries He spoke to the people through prophets. Starting with Moses, He breathed His spoken word to be written down and carefully preserved so that all humans could have access to His words.

Of course, I am referring to the Bible. It is our owner’s manual, straight from our manufacturer. It is still the most widely published book ever, topping all of the best sellers lists every year. It is an ancient text, but far from outdated.

Here is an excerpt from the author about why He wrote this book:

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16,17)

I love to study the history of the Bible – how it was written, copied, translated, and preserved. It is a fascinating story, full of surprising “Divine Coincidences” or, as Christians usually call them: “miracles”. Stay tuned.


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Deathbed Confessions, Part 1: Getting in on a Wing and a Prayer?

Can you live your life however you want, and then get into Heaven with a deathbed prayer? Does the Bible say anything about salvation for those who put off repentance until the last minute?

Has anyone ever asked you this question? I have heard it from quite a few people. Most of them asked it in a mocking way – as in the question “How bad can I be and still get into Heaven?” For them, I would say no. Galatians 6:7 tells us “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” God can tell the difference between a prayer that comes from true repentance and one uttered by lying lips and a hard heart. A prayer for salvation is not some “magic mantra” that will open the gates of Heaven for you if you can get it in before you draw your last breath.

That being said, there is Biblical precedence for deathbed confession of repentance and faith. The gospel writer Luke gave us an account of the conversation between Jesus and the criminals who were crucified with him.

The first criminal did ask Jesus for salvation. He hurled insults at Jesus, and then asked: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” (Luke 23:39) Luke doesn’t tell us where that guy ended up spending eternity, but that doesn’t sound like true repentance. The passage goes on to record the promise Jesus made to the other man, who confessed his sin and his belief that Jesus was the source of salvation:

But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?  We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

(Luke 23:40-43 New International Version)





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