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Emailer Challenges God’s Word (Part 1)

How can we say Christianity is TRUE and all other religions FALSE or erroneous? If it all comes down to stories written thousands of years ago that have no scientific backing or other verifying proof for any religion at all, then wouldn’t it be hypocritical to claim that one religion is “truer” than another? At the end of the day, Christianity really has no more “proof” than Islam that it is the “right” religion—and no less proof, either.
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Emailer Challenges God’s Word (Part 1)

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Satisfaction is the exclusive domain of the children of faith, and it is all made possible by the Cross of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son.  Our lives are filled with hope, especially in the face of hopelessness.  Our lives are filled with favor—God’s loving favor—even when the world rejects and persecutes us.  Our lives are full with a marvelous purpose that will last forever.  Our lives are full of godliness with contentment, and that is grain gain.  I Timothy 6:6:

But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Just imagine the lives of the BORN-AGAIN: They are filled with the promise of eternal life, a promise so colossal that it swallows the fear of death in a single, Holy Ghost gulp.  

Yes! The word is satisfied

🕀 Proverbs 19:23:

The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.

🕀 Psalm 36:7-8:

7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.

🕀 Psalm 17:15:

As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

Are you satisfied? Have you yet to be BORN-AGAIN—born a very real second time, this time of the Spirit of God?  The Bible’s book of Joel records in Chapter 3, Verse 14:

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. 

You are in the valley of decision, and today you will make a choice: Christ or no Christ.  In just a few moments, I will invite you to follow me in a simple prompt.  If you follow that simple prompt, everything will change for you—and I am not exaggerating.  Today, all your sin and its shame will be washed away and you will become a child of God.  Today, an angel of the Lord will be dispatched to encamp about you, and all of Satan’s bondages in your life will be broken, shattered, destroyed—no matter how formidable. Really: the bigger, the better!  Today, everything changes for you.  II Corinthians 5:17:

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

It’s your time in the valley of decision.  Here comes the prompt!  Click onto “Further with Jesus”  for childlike instructions and immediate entry into the Kingdom of God.  NOW FOR TODAY’S SUBJECT.

GOD SAID, John 3:3:

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

GOD SAID, Romans 10:10:

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

GOD SAID, Romans 8:15-17:

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

MAN SAID: These small-minded Christians are so easily satisfied, and by a single, archaic book!  I’m sophisticated!  I’ve got all the answers I need, and “God” and His “Christ” are not part of my equation!  Hit the road, Jesus! 

Now THE RECORD: Welcome to GodSaidManSaid feature 1054 that will once again certify the supernatural, inerrant bonafides of God’s majority-text Holy Bible.  All of these glorious features are archived here in text and streaming audio for your edification and as a platform from which to convert the gainsayer.  Every Thursday eve, God willing, they grow by one.  Thank you for coming.  May God’s face shine upon you and your family with Light and Truth.

The following email came from J.W.:

Hello!  I see your billboard frequently and have visited your site.  In church today, I was struggling with this thought and wondered if an answer or thoughts on the matter could be addressed on your site. 

How can we say Christianity is TRUE and all other religions FALSE or erroneous?  If it all comes down to stories written thousands of years ago that have no scientific backing or other verifying proof for any religion at all, then wouldn’t it be hypocritical to claim that one religion is “truer” than another?    

I suppose that’s where faith comes in, but other religions have “faith,” too.  All religions have their holy men and women, their great thinkers or prophets, their miracles, and more common touchpoints.  At the end of the day, Christianity really has no more “proof” than Islam that it is the “right” religion—and no less proof, either.  It’s no different than Tengrism, or the religion of the Aztecs, pagan Norse gods, or the gods and goddesses of Greek mythology.  They all boil down to old books at the end of the day—different books, to be sure, but old books just the same. 

It’s not my intent to come across as mean or demeaning in this email. I am looking for an argument that can definitively disprove other religions without relying on the Bible with its inherent bias.  I think many Christians struggle with this, especially in the modern era.     

J.W., thank you for your email.  We will answer your questions, but first, there are four observations that must be made with insights that will change the tenor of your questions going forward in a most glorious way. 

FIRSTJ.W., have you been BORN-AGAIN—born a literal second time, this time of the Spirit of God?  Can you point to that time when this miracle took place in your life?  You cannot come from your mother’s womb in a BORN-AGAIN state.  John 3:3:

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

When one is truly BORN-AGAIN, everything changes and the Holy Ghost seal of approval and certification is stamped upon him.  Here, the BORN-AGAIN’s proof is so much higher than the world’s “sophisticated” knowledge, and the railings of their skeptics, so much higher, even as heaven is high above all the earth.  Romans 8:15-17:

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 

The Holy Ghost bears witness of my redemption.  I am certified with a proof beyond all proofs, and I know it and I say soRomans 10:10:

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

You must be BORN-AGAIN to attain to this supernatural knowledge, this supernatural proof, and you must confess Christ with your mouth. Once you have done this, the contrast in I Corinthians 1:18 becomes yours:

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

J.W., answers are forthcoming, but this is family knowledge—a knowledge you can only understand if you are born into God’s family, thus the phrase BORN-AGAIN.  Click onto “Further with Jesus” now, and everything will change for you instantly.  If you confess to be BORN-AGAIN, click onto “Further with Jesus” to renew your confession and pledge your fidelity to the Christ who died for you.  There is daylight—a gap between you and God—and that is not good. 

SECOND:   J.W., from the tenor of your email, I suspect you have not been baptized in the Holy Ghost as they were on the day of Pentecost where they spoke in new tongues (languages).  When Jesus describes believers, He makes this statement in Mark 16:17:

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

The baptism in the Holy Ghost is separate from the BORN-AGAIN experience and the infilling will fill four major purposes in your life.  Two of them are declared by Jesus Christ in John 14:26:

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

The Holy Ghost is a supernatural—as in out of this world—teacher, and a supernatural—as in out of this world—memory.  If you have yet to click onto “Further with Jesus,” do it first, then return here and click onto the “Holy Ghost Series.”  During feature number five, as you step out in childlike faith, you will participate in the second-greatest miracle a man can know.  You will be baptized in the Holy Ghost and begin to speak unto God in a heavenly language, a language you will not understand, a language of men and of angels.  It is imperative that you follow the features in order, without skipping ahead. Feature Five requires features One through Four to fully grasp what is taking place. 

At BORN-AGAIN, and the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, the tenor of your questions will change dramatically.  Now, you will ask questions like:

🕇 How can I know my God and His Christ more perfectly?
🕇 How can I more perfectly please God?
🕇 How do I grow stronger in my faith?
🕇 How do I cast out devils?
🕇 How do I love my neighbor as myself?
🕇 and other similar queries. 

THIRD: J.W., have you gotten on your knees before God and asked Him the questions that you sent GodSaidManSaid?  Try it!  Your email suggests the marvelous revelation of redemption is missing from your life.  Know this for certain: this revelation is not gotten casually, but rather when you seek God with all your heart and with your ear bowed down.  Do these things and He will always be found.

To all the J.W.s visiting this subject: Next week’s feature will address the questions posed, but if you followed the instructions in this feature from your heart, you won’t need those answers anymore.  You will have a certificate and a proof far above the cogitations of a man’s mind. 

FOURTH: When the fallen sons and daughters of Adam are redeemed, this is a Holy Ghost process wherein the Spirit of God draws them unto salvation.  He will use many natural truths, reasonings, and circumstances, but ultimately the salvation of the soul is entirely a Holy Ghost issue.  It is comforting to know that your certification and all the proof you’ll ever need sits secure, high above this earth in heavenly places.  At this place called BORN-AGAIN, the impossible becomes possible.  At BORN-AGAIN, the greatest miracle man can know—a sweeping, spiritual change—occurs.  In mere moments, I vacate the camp of unbelief where chronic skepticism lives, I vacate the camp of the bound and the blind where chronic sin runs rampant, and I embrace the Holy Bible—every single word—as true and righteous altogether. I believe the Bible.  In a mere moment, I am certain it is the all-ruling truth, and I begin to believe things the carnal world’s academics shrug off as sheer lunacy or archaic absurdities. 

The BORN-AGAIN now believe:

🕇 Jesus Christ is God’s Messiah and His only begotten Son; the only way to salvation.  Acts 4:10-12:

10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.

11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

🕇 Jesus Christ was a biological miracle.  He was born of a virgin, which was prophesied about 800 years before the birth.  Isaiah 7:14:

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

🕇 We believe Jesus Christ was crucified on Calvary, resurrected by His Father from the dead, and on the 40th day, ascended up into heaven to sit on the right hand of God.  Acts 1:10-11:

10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;

11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

🕇 We believe in the utterly supernatural baptism in the Holy Ghost as received on the day of Pentecost. Acts 2:1-4:

1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

🕇 We believe Jesus Christ will return one day to receive His church, where we believe we will meet Him in the clouds.  I Thessalonians 4:14-18:

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

🕇 We believe that God, by Christ Jesus, created the earth and its universe in six, literal, 24-hour days.  Exodus 20:11:

For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

🕇 We believe in Adam and Eve, in the rib used to create Eve, in Paradise, and in the fall. Genesis 2:19-23:

19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.

20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

🕇 We believe in Noah’s Ark, and in the destruction of the entire world by water.  Genesis 6:5-8:

5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

🕇 We believe in the Tower of Babel, in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, in the parting of the Red Sea, in Joshua who fit the battle of Jericho, in David and Goliath, in Jonah and the whale, and in hundreds and hundreds more.  And we begin to believe it all at a place Jesus calls BORN-AGAIN, and in a mere moment.

J.W., the Bible is the incontrovertible truth.  For 6,000-plus years, Satan and his brightest have challenged, maligned, and attacked the veracity of this ancient Book from every front, but have failed time after miserable time.

J.W., if you have followed the instructions given to you in this feature, you will have received the proof of all proofs and your questions will quickly fade to unimportance.  The proof of all proofs is found on one’s knees and not in Philosophy 101.  However, next week, we will address the answers to those questions. 

GOD SAID, John 3:3:

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

GOD SAID, Romans 10:10:

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

GOD SAID, Romans 8:15-17:

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

MAN SAID: These small-minded Christians are so easily satisfied, and by a single, archaic book!  I’m sophisticated!  I’ve got all the answers I need, and “God” and His “Christ” are not part of my equation!  Hit the road, Jesus! 

Now you have THE RECORD.

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