Presentation on theme: "“Jews preserved [the Bible] as no other manuscript has ever been preserved. With their Massora (traditions)... they kept tabs on every."— Presentation transcript:
“Jews preserved [the Bible] as no other manuscript has ever been preserved. With their Massora (traditions)... they kept tabs on every letter, syllable, word and paragraph. They had special classes of men within their culture whose sole duty was to preserve and transmit these documents with practically perfect fidelity: scribes, lawyers, and massoretes. Who ever counted the letters and syllables and words of Plato or Aristotle? Cicero or Seneca?”
“Infidels for eighteen hundred years have been refuting and overthrowing this book, and yet it stands today as solid as a rock. Its circulation increases, and it is more loved and cherished and read today than ever before. When the French monarch proposed the persecution of the Christians … an old statesman and warrior said to him, ‘Sire, the Church of God is an anvil that has worn out many hammers.’
“So the hammers of infidels have been pecking away at this book for ages, but the hammers are worn out, and the anvil still endures. If this book had not been the book of God, men would have destroyed it long ago. Emperors and popes, kings and priests, princes and rulers have all tried their hand at it; they die and the book still lives.”
"A thousand times over, the death knell of the Bible has been sounded, the funeral procession formed, the inscription cut on the tombstone, and committal read. But somehow the corpse never stays put. No other book has been so chopped, knifed, sifted, scrutinized, and vilified. What book on philosophy or religion or psychology or belles letters of classical or modern times has been subject to such a mass attack as the Bible? With such venom and skepticism? With such thoroughness and erudition? Upon every chapter, line and tenet? The Bible is still loved by millions, read by millions, and studied by millions."
GENESIS Creation of the heavens and earth In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1) Separation from the presence of God therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. (Genesis 3:23) Curse on the ground Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. (Genesis 3:17) REVELATION Creation of the new heavens and earth And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. (Revelation 21:1) Eternal access to the presence of God And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them, (Revelation 21:3) No more curse And there shall no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His bond-servants shall serve Him; (Revelation 22:3)
GENESIS Loss of access to the tree of life So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim, and the flaming sword which turned every direction, to guard the way to the tree of life. (Genesis 3:24) Prophecies of pain, sorrow, and tears To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth, In pain you shall bring forth children; (Genesis 3:16) REVELATION Gained access to the tree of life And on either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Revelation 22:2) Promises of no pain, sorrow, or tears and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)