I want to start by saying this: Just because YOU don't understand the Bible doesn't make the Bible wrong or God a liar. For some reason, atheists in particular, are drawn to the parts of the Bible they do not understand, and then finger-point like little children while whining away. What is worse, if YOU personally cannot give them an answer, then they conclude that THEY are right and YOU are wrong.
How ignorant and childish.
Just because you cannot give an answer to someone on any topic doesn't make your statement false. I can say with confidence that the speed of light is 186,000 miles per second, but if someone asks me to prove it I'm going to have to shrug. If they ask me how I know it is true, I'm going to have to point to a book somewhere. If they further challenge me to prove the book I didn't write true, I'm going to have to say "Go to the author." Atheists, however, do not want to go to the Author of the Bible, because they do not believe in God. So instead, they want you to speak for God, and are ready to pounce on you if you can't. "See! You can't prove it! It must not be true!" So, God is a liar because I cannot prove the Bible true?? Wow.
Well, the speed of light is still 186,000 miles per second, and it's not up to me to prove anything. So it is with questions about the Bible I may not fully understand. That we both, atheists and Christians alike, may not fully understand a particular passage of Scripture does not instantly make God a liar, or the Bible untrue, nor do I have to prove anything.
That said, Christians should feel free to stiff-arm the questions they do not understand for a while and say "Let me do some research on that and get back with you." Truth is, there is nothing to fear from such childish finger-pointing, and if you will put just a little time into some Bible study, looking at the context of the passage in its proper place and time, and really seek to gain a real understanding, then I believe you can have an answer.
Here is one particular passage that, for no good reason, has confused many. Again, atheists will finger-point like little children and ignore the vast majority of Scripture in an effort to hold YOU responsible for a Book you didn't write. I will simply let the question stand as written first and then give answer next week.
"Matthew 16:28, “Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.”
Mark 9:1, “And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.”
Luke 9:27, “But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.”
Some means more than one. Jesus has not returned with all of his powers. Where are these men who were alive then and are still alive? Truth or lie: There are 2,000 year old men still wondering the earth who personally met Jesus."
See how the question is worded? He wants to draw an exact line with the words "truth or lie" and later he personally challenges me to give answer "Where are these 2,000 year old men?" as though I had them hidden somewhere in some secret undisclosed location or something. It's funny really, because the Bible answers this exact question.
I told him on February 21, 2012 that I would answer his question next week, and so I will. Meanwhile, until next week arrives, I wanted to allow this question to go to all of you out there.
The words were spoken by Christ. Christ has not yet come in His kingdom. There were some present when Jesus spoke that were not going to taste of death until such an event took place. The Bible is true. Jesus did not lie, and you CAN find the answer in the Bible. Well? What do you think?
As I told my atheist friend, I will answer this question next week, but for the next seven days, why don't you think this over, study it out, and see what you find. I'll give you a small hint: he didn't ask "Where is the 6,000 year old Christian?" or "Where is the 3,000 year old Christian?" but he could have.
- reposted from www.MenRising.com