'Faith' is not believing something despite the facts - on the contrary - Biblical faith is a matter of believing the facts.

"It's not that Christianity has been tried and found wanting, it's that it's been tried and found difficult!" - G.K. Chesterton

15th August 2019

WHY UNDERSTANDING BIBLE PROPHECY STRENGTHENS OUR FAITH IN THE GOD OF THE BIBLE

In recent times there have been some high profile Christian leaders renounce their faith in Christ as they expressed deep doubts about the credibility of the Bible – especially when it came to its sexual ethics. This is not a new phenomena. In the Apostle Paul’s day he sadly wrote, “For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ” (Phil. 3:18). I suspect that with each of these former believers that their foundations for belief may not have been secured. Secured? Think of a boat which pulls up alongside a pier. The boat can be secured by ropes or chains to the pier and be able to withstand the wildest weather. But when the boat is not well secured it is subject to the wind and waves pulling it from its moorings and away from the security of the pier. For many well-meaning Christians, securing their faith is a matter of simply trusting and conjuring more faith in what they are supposed to believe. But this is not the Biblical description of secure faith. The antidote to doubt is not faithit’s truth. And this is why understanding and appreciating Bible prophecy is so helpful when it comes to securing our faith in the God of the Bible. For example, what Jesus foretold in Matthew 24 was published widely in the lifetime of His immediate disciples – even the High Priest alluded to them at Christ’s trial before He was sent to be crucified. Jesus gave some stunning prophecies of what was to happen to Jerusalem within the lifetime of His original audience – and every one of them was fulfilled precisely as He said!  This, and many other New Testament prophecies and their fulfilment – even before the close of the first century – have secured my faith, and the faith of many others, against the wild weather of doubts and critics. [READ MORE]

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