"Go Ahead, Search!"
May 19, 2011
(Jesus said) "You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about Me." John 5:39
A person might easily be excused if he or she were to conclude everyone in the scientific community is opposed to Christianity. After all, the naysayers to the Redeemer and His work do seem to grab the majority of the headlines.
Still, it should be noted there are many educated minds that are most supportive of Scripture and the Savior.
One of those men is Dr. Marvin Bittinger, a prominent mathematics professor from Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis.
In his new book, The Faith Equation: Mathematical Evidence for Christianity, Bittinger says there is plenty of proof to support the Christian faith. He maintains some of that evidence can be found by taking a mathematical look at the prophecies found in God's Scriptures.
Dr. Bittinger argues there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of fulfilled prophecies in the Bible. Mathematically the fulfillment of that number of predictions is incredibly improbable. Indeed, if these prophecies hadn't been fulfilled, we would have to say the chances against their realization would be impossible.
All of this means, since those prophecies have been completed, a reasonable person must acknowledge God's divine hand has been involved.
"And," Dr. Bittinger suggests, "we also have to acknowledge that prophecies which are not yet fulfilled will be."
As Dr. Bittinger says, "it tells me I better pay attention to the prophecies that are unresolved because they're going to happen."
Now I have to be honest, I haven't read all of Dr. Bittinger's book. On the other hand, I simply have to like a guy who says, "God gave everyone a brain to use for His defense."
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, today I give thanks for those who have eyes to see Your love and minds to share the Savior's story of salvation. I give thanks for those who are bold to speak in the Redeemer's defense. Now may I, following their example, use my brain to share the Christ's blessed and successful work with others. In the Savior's Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries