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He is there and He is not silent 1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech;

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3 1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. 3 There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. 4 Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun, 5 which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. 6 It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat. Psalm 19

4 1 The HEAVENS declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. 3 There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. 4 Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun, 5 which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. 6 It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat. Psalm 19

5 1 The HEAVENS declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. 3 There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. 4 Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun, 5 which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. 6 It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat. Psalm 19

6 7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. 9 The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. 10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. 11 By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

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8 12 Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. 13 Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression. 14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

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12 Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the Word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind. the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the Word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind. Thomas Paine

13 It was subtle of God to learn Greek when he wished to become an author - and not to learn it better. It was subtle of God to learn Greek when he wished to become an author - and not to learn it better. Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

14 The book, called the Bible, is filled with passages equally horrible, unjust and atrocious. This is the book to be read in schools in order to make our children loving, kind and gentle! The book, called the Bible, is filled with passages equally horrible, unjust and atrocious. This is the book to be read in schools in order to make our children loving, kind and gentle! Robert G. Ingersoll, The Gods

15 The inspiration of the Bible depends upon the ignorance of the gentleman who reads it. Robert G. Ingersoll,

16 The Bible was a collection of books written at different times by different men - a strange mixture of diverse human documents - and a tissue of irreconcilable notions. Inspired? The Bible is not even intelligent. It is not even good craftsmanship, but is full of absurdities and contradictions. The Bible was a collection of books written at different times by different men - a strange mixture of diverse human documents - and a tissue of irreconcilable notions. Inspired? The Bible is not even intelligent. It is not even good craftsmanship, but is full of absurdities and contradictions. E. Haldeman-Julius The Meaning Of Atheism

17 Why is the Bible Rejected?  Don’t believe in God  Take a simple-minded approach to the Bible  Comprise a part of THE spiritual battle

18 Why is the Bible Accepted?  Divine Origin – God has spoken

19 2 Timothy 3 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

20 2 Timothy 3 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

21 Why is the Bible Accepted?  Divine Origin – God has spoken  Human Agency – Through people?!

22 2 Peter 1 19 And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

23 2 Peter 1 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

24 Why is the Bible Accepted?  Divine Origin – God has spoken  Human Agency – Through people?!  Christus Nexus – Jesus’ view of the Bible

25 Jesus’ View of the Bible  “The Scripture cannot be broken.” (John 10:35)  “You err, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God...” (Matthew 22:29)  “Until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” (Matthew 5:18)

26 I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given man. All the good from the Saviour of the world is communicated to us through this book. Abraham Lincoln:

27 I have known ninety five of the world's great men in my time, and of these eighty seven were followers of the Bible. W.E. Gladstone W.E. Gladstone

28 It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible. George Washington

29 The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it. Napoleon Bonaparte

30 If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity. Daniel Webster

31 The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed. Patrick Henry Patrick Henry

32 It is impossible to enslave mentally or socially a Bible reading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom. Horace Greeley

33 So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society... I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year. John Quincy Adams

34 The New Testament is the very best book that ever was or ever will be known in the world. Charles Dickens

35 He is there and He is not silent

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39 How often do you read the Bible? Daily or more often % Today

40 Do you have a Bible in your home? % YES Today

41 I believe the Bible is the inspired word of God. 2002

42 How often do you read the Bible? Daily or more often % Today 14%

43 Do you have a Bible in your home? % YES Today 93%

44 I believe the Bible is the inspired word of God %


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