We had a busy, but good weekend. The Maynors came and spent the night on Friday night. Marcy, Marc, Warren, and I went to a Voddie Bauchum conference. It was excellent! He's a brilliant man and we learned so much. The conference was on apologetics. We already knew that it is important to know why we believe what we believe and how to defend it, but we learned some important tools to use. We also learned what not to say to an atheist or nonbeliever. (There are some really stupid Christian cliche's out there in the Christian community.) We also were reminded how important it is to teach our children why we believe the Bible and how to defend that belief for themselves.
The statistics were grim. The Church is dying a slow death in America. Less than 10% of American Christians don't have a Biblical worldview. 51% of pastors don't have a Biblical worldview. 70-88% of Christians leave the faith by the end of their freshman year.
That is tragic! We need to know how reliable the Bible is! The resurrection of Christ is the most well-attested fact in ALL of history! There are over 6,000 ancient manuscripts or pieces of manuscripts from the Bible. There were as many as 614 people who saw Jesus after he rose from the dead, according to I Corinthians. A great quote from Dr. Bauchum is that..."The Bible is a reliable collection of historical documents written by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses, and they reported supernatural events that took place in fulfillment of specific prophecies." The Bible is NOT a book of nice stories!
There is a VAST amount of hard data that proves that the Bible is true. I want my children to know that so that they will possess the most important thing in life......a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Everything else pales in comparison.