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God’s sovereignty and His true Word – the Bible

If God is in control of everything, and He is, that means that He superintended the writing of His Bible, as well as preserving it intact down through the centuries, and there are no contradictions, errors or discrepancies of doctrine in it. Written over a 1500-year span by approximately 40 men, each with a different style and a different perspective, to a different audience, for a different purpose, the Bible’s accuracy is nothing short of astonishing.

When we consider the number of times it was copied by hand for at least 1400 years by thousands of different people until the printing press was invented, there is no way to explain the incredible accuracy of the Bible except divine preservation. God was actively and sovereignly protecting the accuracy of that which He had inspired, literally “breathed out” (2 Timothy 3:16).

Who doubts the truthfulness of the Bible? Satan, for one. God haters and God rejecters, for another. The Genesis account of the fall of man into sin is a prime example of methods of the truth deniers. Genesis 3:1-5, “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God reallysay, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?" Technique number one: call into question God’s words. Cultists are really good at this. They argue passages of the Bible by saying, “yes, but that’s not what it really means.” Then they proceed to tell you that it means something it doesn’t say.

Eve reiterates God’s command: if we eat from the tree, we will die. But Satan says, "You will not surely die." Technique number two: directly contradict God’s Word. Then the serpent said to the woman. "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." Technique number three: call God’s character into question and float a new and improved, revised version of truth.

Not a day goes by at Got Questions that we don’t hear from those intent on challenging God and the truthfulness of His Word. These are the skeptics who bring up “contradictions,” some too ridiculous to contemplate. “How could God make light if He didn’t create the sun until the fourth day?” As though God is powerful enough to create everything from nothing, but He couldn’t come up with a light source other than the sun, like the light of His own incredible glory, for instance.

Or how about “God didn’t create the world in six days. It took billions of years.” Or “God created everything, but He used the process of evolution to do it.” Or “Jesus wasn’t God; He was just a moral man and a good philosopher. But He didn’t die for our sins.” While these might seem like nothing more than simple ignorance, the implications of doubting God’s Word on these issues are huge and eternal.

The attack on the inerrancy of Scripture has at its very core the effort by demonic forces and the unbelievers they control to deny the essence of the Gospel – that Jesus Christ came to save sinners from spiritual death and an eternity in hell. The poor, misguided skeptics don’t realize that when they deny the Genesis account, they also deny the fall of man into sin and ultimately, reject God’s plan of salvation from sin.

If evolution is true (millions of years of species living, dying and mutating), then God’s words in Romans 5:12 “..sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned” must be a lie. Death occurred for the very first time after the fall of man in the Garden. It didn’t occur, as evolution demands, for millions of years prior to Adam and Eve. But if we can be fooled into thinking that death didn’t come by one man, Adam, that negates the doctrine of the atonement—that all who died because of Adam’s sin will be made alive again through one Man’s sacrifice (Romans 5:17-21). See how sneaky Satan is?

Once people are convinced that even part of the Word of God may not be true, they can be deceived into believing that Christianity itself is false. When we question the validity of the Genesis account, the doctrines of the faith begin to crumble – sin, heaven, hell, faith, grace, Christ, and the plan of salvation. The whole thing stands or falls on the truth of Scripture, beginning with the Genesis account. Once the deceiver convinces us that the Genesis account isn’t true, he has us in his grasp, because if we deny the plan of salvation as outlined in Genesis, our destiny is hell. And that, my friends, is exactly what he wants.

This is why God sovereignly and graciously protected and preserved His Word down through the centuries, from every bleary-eyed copyist’s hand-written symbol, to the numerous legitimate translations in nearly every language cranked out by the millions today. And He will continue to do so, despite every effort of the evil one to thwart Him. “The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever” (Psalm 119:160).



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Palestinians urge UN to recognise statehood  

Financial Times - Tobias Buck - ‎55 minutes ago‎
The Palestinians will call on the UN in September to recognise an independent state in the West Bank, East Jersualem and Gaza Strip “under any circumstances”, even if peace talks with Israel can be revived, ...

Israel: Engineer to be held for duration of trial  

Atlanta Journal Constitution - ‎1 hour ago‎
AP JERUSALEM - An Israeli court has ruled that a Palestinian engineer abducted from a train in Ukraine will remain in custody until his trial ends.

Profile: Fatah Palestinian movement  

BBC News - ‎29 minutes ago‎
Under Arafat's leadership, the group originally promoted an armed struggle against Israel to create a Palestinian state.

Cellcom Israel Ltd. Announces Annual General Meeting of Shareholders  

PR Newswire (press release) - ‎34 minutes ago‎
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The threat of attack on Iran is needed to deter it 

Ha'aretz - Ari Shavit - ‎10 hours ago‎
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Glenn Beck rally in Israel hooks no major GOP candidates yet; Lieberman, Cain ... 

Washington Post - Rachel Weiner - ‎16 hours ago‎
None of the major 2012 GOP presidential candidates currently plan to attend an August rally inIsrael being held by conservative firebrand and outgoing Fox news host Glenn Beck.

'Suspected Israeli spy declared himself Muslim to get Egypt visa' 

Ha'aretz - ‎9 hours ago‎
By Haaretz Ilan Grapel, the Jewish American citizen detained in Egypt under suspicion of espionage for Israel, declared he was Muslim in order to get a visa, the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram reported Thursday.

UN: Syria didn't stop protesters at Israel borders - Edith M. Lederer - ‎20 hours ago‎
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Cottage Cheese Sparks Rebellion in Israel 

The Media Line - David Rosenberg - ‎2 hours ago‎
But in Israel it has inspired a grassroots rebellion that spread within days from a Facebook page to the Knesset, where Prime Minster Binyamin Netanyahu had a container placed in front of him in protest over prices.

Thu: Tel Aviv 25 down 1.1% on week. 

Globes - ‎2 hours ago‎
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Mayors from 26 countries convene in Israel Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs (press release)

Peres: Palestinians' UN move 'an illusion' 

The Associated Press - ‎3 hours ago‎
Israel would simply ask: "Can you stop terror, United Nations? Can you stop the politics of Iran that finances Hezbollah and finances Hamas?

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Globes - ‎9 hours ago‎
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Egypt arrests former Ackerman intern on espionage charges - Rich Bockmann - ‎49 minutes ago‎
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Bank of Israel to invest foreign reserves abroad 

Globes - ‎4 hours ago‎
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Jewish Telegraphic Agency (blog) - Ron Kampeas - ‎1 hour ago‎
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Reuters - Tova CohenErica Billingham - ‎9 hours ago‎
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The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A. - Rob Eshman - ‎19 hours ago‎
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Israel needs to keep religion out of the army 

Ha'aretz - ‎10 hours ago‎
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JAFI to decide on Diaspora Orthodox conversions for aliya 

Jerusalem Post - Jonah Mandel - ‎Jun 14, 2011‎
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Ynetnews - Edna Abramson - ‎13 hours ago‎
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Obama Wants Israel to Pay for UN Veto 

Commentary - Jonathan S. Tobin - ‎3 hours ago‎
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New Israel ambassador to UN still sees hope for September 

Ha'aretz (blog) - Natasha Mozgovaya - ‎11 hours ago‎
Ron Prosor, Israel's new Israeli ambassador to the UN, finished his first day on the job late Wednesday night, and as the September UN vote on the establishment of a ...

New Solar Energy Plant Construction Was Launched in Israel 

NTDTV - ‎5 hours ago‎
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Jewish Chronicle - Anshel Pfeffer - ‎4 hours ago‎
Senior officials in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's office say that Israel is aware of the shift in the Turkish position and will try and exploit it to improve diplomatic relations. The deaths of nine Turkish activists, shot in a clash with Israeli ...

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Jewish Telegraphic Agency (blog) - Ami Eden - ‎49 minutes ago‎
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MK to Erdogan: Let us send aid flotilla to Syria refugees 

Jerusalem Post - Lahav Harkov - ‎42 minutes ago‎
Kara added: "As a free person who lives in democratic Israel, I hope that all nations will get the freedom that they were born to have." Kara said that the Turkish embassy reacted with surprise, and that the letter will be brought to Erdogan this week. ...

Max Heller's family shares memories 

Greenville News - Ben Szobody - ‎10 hours ago‎
“Between labored breaths, he sang himself away,” said his son, Steven Heller, during Heller's funeral Wednesday at Congregation Beth Israel near the downtown landscape Heller helped conceive. Always the sartorial sage, Heller greeted his wife Trude at ...

Working with Israel at the UN: The second leg of Obama's pro-Israel stool 

Jewish Telegraphic Agency (blog) - Ron Kampeas - ‎19 hours ago‎
Republicans: Obama disses Israel through pressures on settlement building/1967 lines/no snacks at the White House! He's turned his back on Israel! Thrown it under the bus! Democrats: Defense and intelligence cooperation ...

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