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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Back to Honesty



Last blog I discussed how to be intellectually dishonest. Today I’d like to get back to good old-fashion honesty. Pluralism essentially is a bunch of garbage. So if we conclude that all paths CAN’T lead to God, how we can be sure which path does? Now some people say that you have to experience all religions for themselves, but with all the world’s religions and the new one’s they are inventing everyday it’s just not practical to test drive them all. Wouldn’t it be good if there was a challenge? I mean these religions can’t except you to just accept them blindly? Can they? Let’s ask them.


Hinduism says “…we have to accept it as it is; otherwise there is no point in trying to understand the Bhagavad-gita and its speaker, Lord Krishna.”Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Preface, p xix


Buddhism says that, “Absolute truth… is unconditional undeterminate and beyond thought and word.” KKS Chen, Buddhism, The Light Of Asia, 1968, p76 So in other words I know nothing unless I experience this religion for myself.


Islam dares anyone to be able to produce 10 chapters or even one that is like the Quran.

Quran 11:13 and Quran 10:38


Now on the surface that sounds like a challenge. But what’s my measuring stick? Who determines if what I’m writing is akin to the Quran? In the words of Dr. Subodh Pandit “a subjective, nebulous challenge…..is not a real challenge.”


What about Christianity. Now I have said before on this blog that one of the distinct things about Christianity is that its sacred scripture the Bible contains prophecy. In fact 30% of the Bible is prophecy. Although the other religions make many wonderful, astounding, and even supernatural claims, none of them supposes to predict things before they occur. But God says in Isaiah 41,


21 “ Present your case,” says the LORD.
“ Bring forth your strong reasons,”…
22 “ Let them bring forth and show us what will happen;
Let them show the former things, what they were,
That we may consider them,
And know the latter end of them;
Or declare to us things to come.

23 Show the things that are to come hereafter,
That we may know that you are gods;
Yes, do good or do evil,
That we may be dismayed and see it together.


That sounds like a challenge to me. In this text God is giving a challenge to all others gods. He’s saying “If you guys are really what you claim than you should be able to know what will happen before it does.”God says something like this again in Isaiah 46:10 “For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done…” God is declaring in a nutshell “I am God, No one else is God, and I’ll prove it, I know the end from the beginning and I will tell you before it takes place!” Jesus says, "And now I have told you before it comes to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe" John 14:29. Now those are bold statements, but they are rather empty unless God can back them up.


Let’s say that I told you that the US was going to be destroyed in one night. Not only did I tell you it was going to be destroyed, but I told you how. And not only did I tell you how, but I told you who was going to take it down and then what would remain of it afterwards. And lets say all this came true. I think I would have people following me to the ends of the earth throwing money at me and begging me to tell them what was going to happen next. But when it comes to the Bible people allow their own biases to keep them from believing in truth. Let’s investigate this massive claim God is making in the Bible.


Now in Jeremiah 51 God tells just how Babylon is going to be destroyed.


36 Therefore thus says the LORD:
“ Behold, I will plead your case and take vengeance for you.
I will dry up her sea and make her springs dry.
37 Babylon shall become a heap,!
A dwelling place for jackals,
An astonishment and a hissing,
Without an inhabitant.


Now at this point I think I should pause to tell you some things about Babylon. It was a flourishing city 54 miles south of modern day Baghdad in Iraq. At the time of this prediction, said to be about 595 BC, Babylon was at its zenith. The ancient kingdom of Babylon was an amazing kingdom, one of the great cities of antiquity. The city was 15 miles on each side and its walls were 200 feet high in some places. One of the seven wonders of the world was in that city-- the great hanging gardens. The river Euphrates flowed right through the middle of Babylon. In fact the city had enough food inside to last 20 years. Historians say that on the night it was conquered Babylonian people taunted the enemy armies by throwing food over the mighty walls. Babylon reigned supreme from 605-537BC and then things got interesting.


In Daniel chapter 2 God predicted that an inferior kingdom would take down this Goliath of a nation. And 150 years before he was born God names Cyrus, as the Persian general that would pulverize Babylon.

Isaiah 41 says

1 “Thus says the LORD to His anointed,
To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held—
To subdue nations before him
And loose the armor of kings,
To open before him the double doors,
So that the gates will not be shut:

(Isaiah was written in 680 BC by the way.)


Now what does the last part of that description mean? On a certain night when the Babylonians were in a riotous drunken feast, Cyrus, in an act of military genius, went up the river several miles, he dammed the river, and diverted the river off into an adjacent field, so that the river went down and his army could march in through the double doors underneath the city's impregnable gates. And Babylon, that great city of antiquity, fell in a single night!


Let's review.

The Bible says Babylon was going down. Happened!

The Bible says an inferior kingdom would take it down! Happened! The Meads and Persians were inferior.

The Bible says the river Euphrates would become dry. Happened! Cyrus effectively dried the river to gain access to the city.

The Bible says Cyrus would be the dude to do it. Happened!

The Bible says he would open double doors (describing how this whole thing was going to go down) Happened!


How do we know all this? Well the Cyrus cylinder is a rock record housed in the British Museum that authenticates the Bible’s account of what happened.


And now for the last part of the prophecy! Fasten your seat belts for this one yall. God said that Babylon would not be rebuilt. It would become an uninhabited heap where jackals dwelled. Alexander the Great tried to rebuild it and failed. Saddam Hussein tried to rebuild it and the US captured him before he could. Today those who visit the ancient site of Babylon describe it as desolate place full of jackals.“Few words evoke as many images of ancient decadence, glory and prophetic doom as does ‘Babylon’. Yet the actual place…is flat, hot, deserted, and dusty.” Smithsonian, June 2003, p50


Is this all coincidence? No random person could accurately predict all this. My conclusion is that this prophecy had to be supernatural. You see in Christianity God gives us a challenge. He says I am God, I’ll prove it too you: I can tell the future. Any regular person can put His prophecies to the test to see if they are accurate. Why don’t you put aside your biases and honestly take up the challenge?


1 comment:

John said...

I work in Baghdad right now, and I can attest to the ridiculous amount of jackals that roam this place. They are of such great number that, our Special Forces teams use them for target practice. They are a nuciance, and there are reports of individuals being bitten by these animals. Great post. Love them. Keep it up.