Since there are multitudes of Christians in the Cumberland area, I will answer on their behalf to Jeremy Gosnell’s claim (“Ideas of religion include many misconceptions,” March 14 Times-News) that my commentary on March 7 (“Here are the true convictions of Christians”) contained angry, audacious claims.
Not so. In fact, I feel sorry for the dear fellow who has been so misled, and pray for his soul that he might trust Christ for salvation. He has asked me to research the the Council of Nicea (325 AD).
His request is a little late, for I researched that long before he was born. He accused my viewpoint as being very narrow. Right! My viewpoint is so narrow that it points to only one person that can save us — Jesus!
His commentary reports people that believed Jesus taught reincarnation, and that He was a vegetarian. The Bible states that Jesus ate fish, and also the Passover Lamb.
False ideas concerning the Lord Jesus came from people who were false Christians. However, all through the ages, up to today, there has always been a godly remnant who have not denied the faith once for all delivered to the saints, and who earnestly contend for it (Jude 3).
Christians have a book that is unique — the Holy Bible. It proves itself to be divinely inspired by its prophecies. Daniel prophesied in BC 538 the exact day that Jesus would present Himself as Messiah to the nation, which took place on April 6 AD 32.
One thousand years before Christ came, God wrote that Jesus would have His hands and feet pierced (Psalms 22:16). John 19 mentions various Old Testament Scriptures that were fulfilled in the crucifixion of Christ.
Roman soldiers, totally ignorant of God’s writings, fulfilled the prophesies in parting Jesus’ raiment among them and casting lots for His vesture, Psalm 22:18; They also gave Him vinegar to drink, fulfilling Psalm 69:21.
Over three hundred prophecies about the first coming of Christ were literally fulfilled; the mathematical possibility of their being fulfilled in one person by sheer chance or accident is 1 in 84 with 97 zeros after it!
What human could accurately describe events taking place over 1,000 years later? None but God who wrote the Bible!
What cult leader has ever given sight to one born blind; or raised a person dead for four days; or multiplied five loaves of bread and two fishes so that at least 10,000 were fed, or who died for our sins and rose again, witnessed by over 500? None! But Jesus has!
In our legal world, there are certain standards that must be met in order for a jury to decide a case. The precise prophecies in the Bible that have been fulfilled to the letter prove beyond any reasonable doubt that the Bible is the inerrant word of the Creator of the universe.
Mr. Gosnell's statements in his last article "Some people believed," would never be allowed to be introduced in any court and would be classified as "speculative evidence." The Bible would win the case over Mr. Gosnell's arguments.
Robert E Surgenor
Fairview Park, Ohio