Rivers Prove Christianity Is True

The truth of the world has been searched by man for millennia, many of the worlds greatest and well-known leaders have established themselves by pursuing their own philosophies that they viewed to have brought for the revelation of mankind, and one after another these leaders fell looking for the truth, although it was right under their noses the entire time.

Two thousand years ago, a Galilean preacher, God in the flesh, delivered the truth of mankind. It was confirmed at His rather well-documented resurrection. Yet, aside from that, aside from the secrets revealed to mankind by the Bible and God’s literal guiding of history, how can we know this?

Well, rivers of course! Not just any rivers, though. Four rivers that appear in the second chapter of the great Book of Genesis.

Genesis 2:8-14The Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there He placed the man He had formed. The Lord God caused to grow out of the ground every tree pleasing in appearance and good for food, including the tree of life in the middle of the garden, as well as the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. A river went out from Eden to water the garden. From there it divided and became the source of four rivers. The name of the first is Pishon, which flows through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. Gold from that land is pure; bdellium and onyx are also there. The name of the second river is Gihon, which flows through the entire land of Cush. The name of the third river is the Tigris, which runs east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

The rivers of Tigris, Euphrates, Pishon (modern-day Wadi Batin) and Gihon (modern-day Karun) establish the truth of the Scriptures, and more importantly, Christianity. According to the Book of Genesis, these four rivers meet together in a single, large source of water, and that the river is fed by underground water that rises to the surface of the Earth (Gen. 2:6). Supposedly, one problem emerges — and that is that today, and in fact in the time that Genesis was written (over 3,000 years ago), these four rivers of the Tigris, Euphrates, Pishon and Gihon do not actually meet each other anywhere on Earth. However… That is only true for the world geography of today. Genesis takes place during the early days of humanity (about 150,000-100,000 years ago).

Behold, a geographical map of the Gulf Oasis, a no longer present massive body of water that existed more than 100,000 years ago.

Several years ago, in 2010, a considerable geographical survey by Jeffrey Rose based on the geography of the Gulf Oasis region that existed more then one hundred thousand years ago, located in the Middle East, was published to the journal Current Anthropology. In this body of water that once existed in the Middle East (that would have exceeded the size of the land mass of Britain), the four rivers of Tigris, Euphrates, Pishon (modern-day Wadi Batin) and Gihon (modern-day Karun) met. Exactly what the Book of Genesis says existed in the early days of humanity.

Not only that, but the paper documented that these four rivers, and the water mass they met in known as the Gulf Oasis, was watered by subterranean aquifers that flow beneath the Arabian subcontinent, also proving that, just as Genesis tells us, water flowed from beneath the surface of the Earth to water the land, where the four rivers of Tigris, Euphrates, Pishon and Gihon met. The author of the Book of Genesis understood very well the geography that existed during the beginning of the human age, and this geographical information had not been around in the time that the Book of Genesis was written. Indeed, when Genesis was written, these four rivers met nowhere on Earth, making it impossible for him to have known that such a thing ever existed during the early age of humanity. Yet, it is right there in Genesis 2. The author of the Book of Genesis tells us something he could not possibly have known as a human living over 3,000 years ago. This knowledge could not come from man, it must have come from God.

Image result for euphrates river

Advertisements

Isaiah 53 Confirms Christianity

Christianity, the worlds greatest religion. Not only is the Christian faith more widespread then all other religious beliefs that have existed throughout history, but it is also the one true religion as well. Much confirmation has come to Christianity, especially from history and archaeology. Indeed, I’ve done a number of posts on the archaeological and historical confirmation of the Bible (see here and here for some examples). But one of the more well-known forms of complete confirmation of the proposition of Christianity and the Lord Jesus are biblical prophecies.

Biblical prophecies are what God foretells in the books of the Bible. And indeed, God declares to us that He tells the end from the beginning.

[Isaiah 46:10] Remember what happened long ago, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and no one is like Me. I declare the end from the beginning, and from long ago what is not yet done, saying: My plan will take place, and I will do all My will.

I believe the greatest prophecy in the entire Old Testament is a prophecy from the Book of Isaiah. This prophecy is the prophecy of Isaiah 53, the suffering servant prophecy. Contrary to popular thought, scholars agree the prophecy actually starts in Isaiah 52:13, not Isaiah 53:1 (but I will refer to the entire thing as Isaiah 53 later on). Considering that, we shall now quote the passage and behold one of God’s ultimate confirmations of Christianity through Jesus. A long prophecy, just to warn you.


[Isaiah 52:13-Isaiah 53:12] See, My Servant will act wisely; He will be raised and lifted up and greatly exalted. Just as many were appalled at You—His appearance was so disfigured that He did not look like a man, and His form did not resemble a human being—
so He will sprinkle many nations. Kings will shut their mouths because of Him, For they will see what had not been told them, and they will understand what they had not heard. Who has believed what we have heard? And who has the arm of the Lord been revealed to? He grew up before Him like a young plant and like a root out of dry ground. He didn’t have an impressive form or majesty that we should look at Him, no appearance that we should desire Him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering who knew what sickness was. He was like someone people turned away from; He was despised, and we didn’t value Him. Yet He Himself bore our sicknesses, and He carried our pains; but we in turn regarded Him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds. We all went astray like sheep; we all have turned to our own way; and the Lord has punished Him for the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughter and like a sheep silent before her shearers, He did not open His mouth. He was taken away because of oppression and judgment; and who considered His fate? For He was cut off from the land of the living; He was struck because of my people’s rebellion. They made His grave with the wicked and with a rich man at His death, although He had done no violence and had not spoken deceitfully. Yet the Lord was pleased to crush Him severely. When You make Him a restitution offering, He will see His seed, He will prolong His days, and by His hand, the Lord’s pleasure will be accomplished. He will see it out of His anguish, and He will be satisfied with His knowledge. My righteous Servant will justify many, and He will carry their iniquities. Therefore I will give Him the many as a portion, and He will receive the mighty as spoil, because He submitted Himself to death, and was counted among the rebels; yet He bore the sin of many and interceded for the rebels.


Indeed, a miraculous prophecy written more than half a millennium before Jesus was born. The Book of Isaiah foretells many things about Jesus.

  1. This prophecy predicts Jesus will be rejected by man, Isaiah 53:3 says “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering who knew what sickness was.”
  2. This prophecy predicts the crucifixion of Jesus, Isaiah 53:5 says “But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities;” (another prophecy that speak of Jesus’ crucifixion is Psalm 22:16)
  3. This prophecy predicts that Jesus will be oppressed and detained, Isaiah 53:7 says “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth.”
  4. This prophecy predicts Jesus will be buried by a rich man (whom we know as Joseph of Arimathea), Isaiah 53:9 says “They made His grave with the wicked and with a rich man at His death,”
  5. This prophecy predicts Jesus will be sinless in His life, Isaiah 53:9 also says “although He had done no violence and had not spoken deceitfully.”
  6. This prophecy predicts Jesus will be considered a criminal, Isaiah 53:12 says “because He submitted Himself to death, and was counted among the rebels;”
  7. This prophecy predicts Jesus will die for our sins, Isaiah 53:12 also says “yet He bore the sin of many and interceded for the rebels.”

There is absolutely not a figment of doubt that the Isaiah 53 prophecy miraculously references to Jesus hundreds of years before Jesus was born. The false prophecies of Nostradamus are inconceivable vague, but the words of Isaiah are so unimaginably specific and clear that they speak of Jesus, that no other man in the history of humanity fulfilled such prophecy.

And in fact, to prove this refers to Jesus by anyone’s conception, there is a popular video I found by PuritanPictures where a Christian finds a random Atheist, reads the Isaiah 53 prophecy without telling him that it predates the life of Jesus, asks him who it is talking about, and he answers that it speaks of Jesus! I will post this video on the bottom of this post.

Indeed, and here is a video of random Jews in Israel even being convinced that this speaks of Jesus!

This removes any doubt about the miraculous nature of this prophecy. Some of the disbelievers wish to challenge this, however, and luckily for me there are no logical responses to this prophecy. So, I will now rebuke and rebut all the weak claims against it and its nature. If you go around, these are the objections you will hear.

  • Isaiah 53 was actually written after Jesus
  • Isaiah 53 was never meant as a Messianic prophecy until after Jesus came
  • Isaiah 53 is actually talking about Israel, not Jesus (???)
  • Isaiah 53 can’t be talking about Jesus because it contradicts Jesus
  • Isaiah 53 is written in past-tense, and so couldn’t have been a prediction of Jesus

Let’s address all of them now.


Some people, believe it or not, actually conceive that the Book of Isaiah was not written until after Jesus lived. This is false, though. The Book of Isaiah was actually composed in the late 8th century BC, perhaps between 730 – 701 BC. There are numerous historical synchronisms in the Book of Isaiah to this period of time, which removes all doubt as to when it was written. For example, in Isaiah 7:1, the Book of Isaiah speaks that it is recording events contemporaneously to the reign of King Ahaz. King Ahaz is an ancient king whom we now know existed, and died at about 715 BC. We have found the personal seal of King Ahaz. It dates to the 8th century BC.

Ahaz's seal from the Shlomo Moussaieff Collection, London

Furthermore, Tiglath-Pileser III, an Assyrian king, also mentions King Ahaz in his annals, and Tiglath-Pileser III reigned between 745-727 BC. So we have a very good reconstruction of when King Ahaz lived, and therefore when the events of Isaiah were first written. Furthermore, in 2015, the Israeli archaeologist Eilat Mazar discovered the royal bulla of King Hezekiah, the son of King Ahaz, which reads “Belonging to Hezekiah [son of] Ahaz king of Judah”, and dates to between 727 – 698 BC. Finally, the oldest full manuscript of the entire Book of Isaiah is known as the Great Isaiah Scroll, which dates to about 150 BC, more then a century before the birth of Jesus. And it contains Isaiah 53. We have an actual manuscript of this prophecy that was penned more then a century before Jesus was even born. So in other words, we know with certainty that this prophecy does in fact predate Jesus. What about the next objection?

As explained earlier, there are some people who posit that Isaiah 53 was never actually believed to be a Messianic Prophecy before Jesus came, and was just twisted by later Christians into such a thing in order to figment a prophecy of Jesus as being the Messiah. This of course, is historically inaccurate. The Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) have established that Isaiah 53 was believed to be about the Messiah before Jesus was born. We have already spoken of the Great Isaiah Scroll, which is part of the DSS and dates to about 150 BC (before Jesus was born). Here is an image of the text of Isaiah 53 found in the Great Isaiah Scroll.

Here is a very fine explanation I found to explain the highlighted part of this text.

52:14 includes an obscure hapax legomena מִשְׁחַת that appears in 1QIsaa as משׁחתי which pointed would be מְשַׁחְתִּי məšaḥtî, “I anointed”. This, in conjunction with the added definite article on ʾadam, results in a text which Hengel translates: “I have anointed his appearance beyond that of any (other) man, and his form beyond that of the sons of humanity [the human]”. This has other textual overtones bringing the passage into an explicit connection with “anointing”.

The word Messiah is Hebrew for “the anointed one”, and so the concept of the Messiah was an anointed figure by God, and this view of the Messiah has been implemented into the Great Isaiah Scroll manuscript of Isaiah 53. In other words, manuscripts of Isaiah 53 that exist before Jesus was born contain Messianic overtones, therefore abundantly establishing that Isaiah 53 was regarded as Messianic prophecy before the lifetime of Jesus. This in fact helps further establish Jesus as the fulfiller of this prophecy.

Therefore, we shall now address the third, and perhaps strangest objection of them all. Indeed, some proclaim that this prophecy speaks not of Jesus, but is actually a text about Israel!

This is how the modern rabbi’s and modern Jewish teachers will explain away the Old Testaments references to Jesus. This explanation was also only invented for the sole purpose of combating the claims of Christians, and has no legitimacy. For example, Isaiah 52:14 literally says the servant is a human being, and that this human was beaten so badly (Roman whipping of Jesus?) that his face was disfigured and he no longer even resembled a human being afterwards. In other words, because the prophecy speaks of a human being, it couldn’t possibly be about Israel, which is a country. Isaiah 53:9 says “He had done no violence”, which could not possibly apply to Israel, because Israel’s history is filled with violence and war with the Canaanite’s and Philistine’s. Indeed, Isaiah 53:12 says “because He submitted Himself to death” — someone is going to need to explain how the geographical region of Israel exactly died if they want this to apply to Israel! This should establish, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Isaiah 53 has nothing to do with Israel. For a compilation of several more reasons as to why Isaiah 53 has nothing to do with Israel (such as the use of pronouns in Isaiah 53), read this very concisely written article listing ten full reasons. Indeed, we should take a look at the simpler explanation, and conclude it can only be talking about the Jesus. An important thing for modern Jews to consider is that all the ancient Jews and rabbi’s believed that Isaiah 53 was talking about the Messiah as well, which is very important to consider. The concept of this applying to Israel is a modern day invention that is incompatible with the text.

For the next objection, we have people who don’t think Isaiah 53 lines up with Jesus. They go to painful lengths to try to find discrepancies between Isaiah 53 and Jesus. Here are just a few of them, with rebuttals included.

  • Isaiah 53:3 says “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.” — but Jesus was not rejected, he had so many followers! Although he did have followers, he was obviously rejected. He had an entire crowd of Jews at his trial with Pontius Pilate demanding he be put to death, not to mention the very fact that he was put to death which seriously proves he was rejected.
  • Isaiah 53:7 says “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughter and like a sheep silent before her shearers, He did not open His mouth.” — but Jesus spoke during the trial with Pontius Pilate (John 18:34-19:11)! This is a strange objection considering Isaiah 53:7 is talking about the actual whipping, beating and crucifixion of Jesus, not the trial that had occurred beforehand.
  • Isaiah 53:10 says “He will see His seed, He will prolong His days,” — this verse says Jesus would have descendants and children, but He didn’t! This verse actually does not say Jesus would have any actual children of His own, this is clearly speaking of His spiritual progeny. Galatians 3:26 tells us in Christ we are all children of God.

Isaiah 53 is so clearly talking about Jesus that it is slightly funny to see people trying to find discrepancies between the accounts.

Lastly, there are those people who claim Isaiah 53 is written in past tense, and therefore is not referring to events in the future, such as the acts of Jesus. Actually, it contains both past-tense and future-tense elements, showing that all uses of past/present/future tense are obviously literary. Some cases of future tense in Isaiah 52:13-53:12 includes the following phrases;

  • He will be raised and lifted up and greatly exalted (Is. 52:14)
  • so He will sprinkle many nations. Kings will shut their mouths because of Him, For they will see what had not been told them, and they will understand what they had not heard (Is. 52:15)
  • Therefore I will give Him the many as a portion, and He will receive the mighty as spoil, because He submitted Himself to death, and was counted among the rebels; yet He bore the sin of many and interceded for the rebels (Is. 53:12)


There is only one logical conclusion, and that is the Isaiah 53 miraculously foretells of our Lord Jesus Christ. It speaks of a man who will be crushed for our iniquities, of a man who will die for our sins and bear our transgressions. It speaks of a man who will be considered a criminal and submit to death for us and to save us, and by His wounds we are healed and forgiven of our sins. It tells us this man will be pierced, clearly speaking of the coming crucifixion of Jesus, the cross Jesus was nailed and pierced into. This prophecy predated Jesus by centuries and was considered a Messianic prophecy from the start, and that it speaks of Jesus is undeniable. This prophecy proves Christianity is true. God gives us no excuse not to believe once we have seen and been given the evidence, and when Jesus knocks on our door, He awaits our answer. We must repent, and accept salvation which is the gift of God, something we are given and do not earn. And evidence did God give for our faith.

[Isaiah 53:5] But he was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.

Josephus On the Historicity of Jesus

Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, have not disappeared to this day. –  Antiquities of the Jews, XVIII.3.3

This quote is perhaps, the most famous passage in all the works of the first century historian Josephus. The reason it is so is because it provides an extensive account of Jesus that doesn’t exist in almost any other ancient non-Christian text in the world, and is amazingly early as well. The attestation of Josephus is perhaps the nail in the coffin for mythicism. Mythicism is laughed at by all respected historians in the world, but it must still be crushed as internet populists tend to believe whatever they are told. This single phrase in the works of Josephus perhaps can single handedly dismiss the entire nausea of mythicism… But is it authentic?

Historians in fact believe that this passage is not fully authentic. The reason is quite simple. Josephus, in this passage, recounts Jesus as the literal Messiah (Christ), say that He rose from the dead, was prophesied and did many miracles, and in the phrase “a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man” — we have an implication of Jesus being more then just a man. This would be an impossible saying of Josephus, because not only was Josephus not a believer in Jesus, Josephus was the very type of Jew condemned in the New Testament, a Pharisee! But it also obviously isn’t fully forged, either. Historians have already figured out that the passage in question is only partially interpolated and in its original form does mention Jesus, in fact, as we will see, we probably know what the original form of this passage was later on.

As I mentioned earlier, the passage of Josephus here is obviously not a forgery and that is because it is simply filled with Josephan language.

Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct to this day. –  Antiquities of the Jews, XVIII.3.3

The phrase in the beginning of this passage says “Now there was about this time..” — this phrase is used hundreds of times in the writings of Josephus to introduce new topics, and so is markedly Josephan. Secondly, Josephus references Jesus as a “wise man”, and this title is found nowhere in early Christian texts to refer to Jesus. Rather, Josephus personally uses the phrase “wise man” to refer to several people, such as Solomon and David. Furthermore, Josephus here refers to Christians as a “tribe”, which is a phrase that is not used by Christians to refer to themselves — this term is a term used by Josephus to reference other sects, nations or distinctive groups. In fact, if this was a Christian forgery, one must ask, as the scholar John Meier did, why did it reference Christians as a group that should have gone extinct? Finally, as Tim O’Neill puts it, “with the sole exception of Χριστιανῶν (“Christianon” – “Christians”) every single word in the passage can be found elsewhere in Josephus’ writings” — so the evidence is clearly heavily stacked in favor of partial authenticity, especially considering the fact that this quotation of Josephus is found in all surviving manuscripts of the works of Josephus.

As noted earlier, this is exactly the position that historians take. Louis H. Feldman surveyed 52 scholars between 1937 to 1980 and found that 39 of them favored partial authenticity. After surveying 13 books on this passage since the year 1980 on this passage, Peter Kirby seems to find an increasing trend of favoring partial authenticity when he concludes “In my own reading of thirteen books since 1980 that touch upon the passage, ten out of thirteen argue the (Antiquities of the Jews XVIII.3.4 passage) to be partly genuine, while the other three maintain it to be entirely spurious. Coincidentally, the same three books also argue that Jesus did not exist” — which quite conclusively shows the view of academia on the subject.

So what did the original passage say?

I will now cite the text of Josephus as quoted by the 10th century Arab writer Agapius and the 12th century writer Michael the Syrian.

“Similarly Josephus the Hebrew. For he says in the treatises that he has written on the governance of the Jews: ‘At this time there was a wise man who was called Jesus. And his conduct was good, and [he] was known to be virtuous. And many people from among the Jews and the other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned Him to be crucified and to die. And those who had become his disciples did not abandon his discipleship. They reported that He had appeared to them three days after his crucifixion and that He was alive; accordingly, He was perhaps the Messiah concerning whom the prophets have recounted wonders.’” (Agapius, Kitâb al-‛unwân 2:15–16)

“The writer Josephus also says in his work on the institutions of the Jews: ‘In these times there was a wise man named Jesus, if it is fitting for us to call him a man. For he was a worker of glorious deeds and a teacher of truth. Many from among the Jews and the nations became his disciples. He was thought to be the Messiah. But not according to the testimony of the principal [men] of [our] nation. Because of this, Pilate condemned him to the cross and he died. For those who had loved him did not cease to love him. He appeared to them alive after three days. For the prophets of God had spoken with regard to him of such marvellous things [as these]. And the people of the Christians, named after him, have not disappeared till [this] day.” (Michael the Syrian, Chronicle 10:20)

In these quotations, I did two things. I bolded the interpolated text and I italicized the text that differs from the standard Josephan text. As you can see, the bolded texts are what scholars consider added on to the original text and not what Josephus originally wrote. However, the more interesting parts of these two quotations is when, although the general text reads that Jesus “was the Christ”, these two quotations from Agapius and Michael render it “was thought to be the Christ” — which likely represents the original, as Josephus would not have declared Jesus as the actual Christ, but simply say in a commentary about him that he was believed to be the Christ. Furthermore, the standard text says “he appeared to them alive after three days”, whereas the quotation of Agapias simply reads “he was reported to have appeared to them” — which also likely represents the original of the text, as Josephus would not have declared that Jesus actually rose from the dead, but mentioned that those who became His disciples reported that He had risen from the dead. Finally, rather than the phrase “he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure” in the standard text, the quotation of Agapias says “And his conduct was good, and [he] was known to be virtuous” — which is again, much more likely the original text as it removes all miraculous terminology from the phrase we have. In other words, because of these quotations we have of the works of Josephus, it seems that we have even further heavy evidence of partial authenticity, as it seems that we can pinpoint exactly where the interpolations were made. An objection might be made that the quotations of Agapias and Michael are very late (10th and 12th centuryes AD), however the earliest manuscript of Josephus postdates Agapius and hardly predates Michael anyways. All the evidence shows very clearly that the Josephus text is partially authentic, and based on our examination of the text, we can put together a likely original in the following manner;

At this time there was a wise man who was called Jesus. And his conduct was good, and [he] was known to be virtuous. And many people from among the Jews and the other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned Him to be crucified and to die. And those who had become his disciples did not abandon his discipleship. They reported that He had appeared to them three days after his crucifixion and that He was alive; accordingly, He was perhaps the Messiah concerning whom the prophets have recounted wonders.’ And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct to this day. – Authentic Antiquities of the Jews, XVIII.3.3

In this text that we reconstructed based on the available evidence we have, there is no sign whatsoever of interpolation or forgery, and the text retains immersed in Josephan language In a summary of all the overwhelming evidence for the partial authenticity of this passage accepted by the majority of modern scholars,

“We can now be as certain as historical research will presently allow that Josephus did refer to Jesus.” – James Charlesworth, PhD, Professor of New Testament Language and Literature

There’s one great thing about Josephus to note, though. Josephus actually references Jesus twice, not once, and he does so the second time in the following passage;

…Festus was now dead, and Albinus was but upon the road; so he assembled the sanhedrim of judges, and brought before them the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ, whose name was James, and some others, [or, some of his companions]; and when he had formed an accusation against them as breakers of the law, he delivered them to be stoned: but as for those who seemed the most equitable of the citizens, and such as were the most uneasy at the breach of the laws, they disliked what was done; they also sent to the king [Agrippa], desiring him to send to Ananus that he should act so no more, for that what he had already done was not to be justified; nay, some of them went also to meet Albinus, as he was upon his journey from Alexandria, and informed him that it was not lawful for Ananus to assemble a sanhedrim without his consent… – Antiquities of the Jews, XX.9.1

Just to note, I cut off most of the full quotation because it was too long. Aside from that, this passage is held nearly unanimously amongst historians to be completely authentic, as there isn’t a figment of evidence to indicate it is an interpolation or forgery, or any section of this passage for that manner. Edwin Yamauchi says “Few scholars have questioned the genuineness of this passage.” In fact, Origen, an author from 250 AD quotes Antiquities XX.9.1 three times, in Contra Celsum I.4, Contra Celsum II:13 and Commentarium in evangelium Matthaei X.17, so there can be little doubt about the authenticity of this passage considering the overwhelming evidence of its authenticity, and the practical non-existence of evidence to suggest a forgery or interpolation. Apart from the complete debunking of Richard Carrier’s (a mythicist blogger who failed to achieve a career in academia) fanciful attempt to explain away this set-in-stone attestation of Josephus that is supported by all textual evidence, all manuscript evidence and very early quotations from Origen, there is no question regarding the attestation of Jesus in the works of Josephus, and this of course plunges the blade into mythicism. Funnily enough, some internet mythicists like to ignore the works of Josephus because they aren’t contemporary to the lifetime of Jesus, even though Josephus talks about events as early as 40 BC and no one, historian or mythicist alike, doubts the veracity of those passages and subjects in Josephus. As Maurice Casey, whom is an Atheist concludes,

“This view [that Jesus didn’t exist] is demonstrably false. It is fuelled by a regrettable form of atheist prejudice, which holds all the main primary sources, and Christian people, in contempt. …. Most of its proponents are also extraordinarily incompetent.” – Maurice Casey, PhD

A Look at the Medical & Empirical Evidence for Miracle Healing.

Fantastic post. Thanks.

James Bishop's Theological Rationalism

wc The World Christian Doctors Network, Spain, 2016.

In order to provide some context for this article, please keep in mind that this is a small excerpt from my thesis project. The general response is to Hume who once argued that miracles go against human experience, as well as to make the positive case for the miraculous.

We shouldn’t look past doctors themselves, since it is they who are, far more often than others, so involved in the process of diagnosing illnesses, prescribing treatments and witnessing survival or death. Perhaps they have a thing or two to say about inexplicable cases of healing? In fact, they do. We shall refer to several lines of evidence (also note that this is not intended to be exhaustive).

One study proved quite informative concerning the relationship between religious practices such as prayer, personal beliefs, as well as testimony of miracles, and medical professionals (1)…

View original post 1,401 more words

Was The Earth Created In 6 Days?

Do Christians need to believe that the Earth was created in a few days? Let’s examine that question.

There are truly many young-earth creationists out there, and it’s perfectly fine to maintain such a belief, but I want to argue that it is possible to accept a literal interpretation of Genesis and yet not accept six-day creationism. Now, I’d like no one to throw a spear at me just yet — examine what I have to say about the Bible first, and then decide if my head comes off or not. If you have any objections, comment below and we shall discuss them.

Classically, there are the obvious “first day”, “second day”, and so forth passages in Genesis 1.

[Genesis 1:5] God called the light “day,” and He called the darkness “night.” Evening came and then morning: the first day.

Pretty clear, right? There’s just one thing to point out — and that is the meaning of the word ‘day’ in the original Hebrew. This word has four independent meanings in the original Hebrew, and one of them is merely ‘a period of time’.

The Reasons To Believe ministry (their website receives almost 200,000 monthly viewers), argues that there are good reasons to believe that this is the meaning of the verse. For example, this ministry argues that the events of the ‘sixth day’ could not possibly be relegated to a 24-hour period. Travis Campbell, a member of the ministry and a PhD in Philosophical Theology notes nine events that took place during the seventh day, in which some could be quite lengthy;

  • created a host of creatures to live and flourish on the land (Genesis 1:24–25);
  • created human beings (Genesis 1:26–29)—albeit in two stages, the first one being the formation of the man (Adam) out of the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7);
  • planted a garden in Eden (Genesis 2:8);
  • caused trees and plants to grow in the Garden of Eden in accordance with the same ordinary providence He exercised over creation from the beginning (Genesis 2:9; cf. Genesis 1:11–12, 2:5);
  • placed Adam in the Garden (Genesis 2:15) and appointed him as its keeper;
  • made a covenant with Adam (Genesis 2:16–17; cf. Hosea 6:7);
  • recognized that Adam was alone and noted that this was not a good state of affairs (Genesis 2:18);
  • introduced Adam to the animals, and allowed him to name them (Genesis 2:19–20);
  • put the man to sleep, made a woman (Eve) from a part of Adam’s side, and then brought her to Adam (Genesis 2:21–22).

Take a look at the eighth point, for example. This point regards the following passage;

[Genesis 2:19-20] So the Lord God formed out of the ground every wild animal and every bird of the sky, and brought each to the man to see what he would call it. And whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all the livestock, to the birds of the sky, and to every wild animal; but for the man no helper was found as his complement.

In other words, Adam named all the livestock, all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. There are no doubt, thousands upon thousands of all of these three organisms. Not only does he name them, but he even takes the time to decide that not a single one of them was a viable helper for him in the Garden! How long would this take? This really all occurred in a single day? Remember, this entire point here is completely Biblical.

Now, a second point to make. After Adam names all the livestock, wild animals and birds of the sky, God puts Adam into a deep sleep in order to take out his rib.

[Genesis 1:21-22] So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to come over the man, and he slept. God took one of his ribs and closed the flesh at that place. Then the Lord God made the rib He had taken from the man into a woman and brought her to the man.

If Adam was sleeping, that event must have taken a bit of time itself. Remember, to say I am wrong is to say that all of this fits into a single day. There is one third point that can be made to show that this did not all take place in one single day.

[Genesis 1:23-24] And the man said: This one, at last, is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh; this one will be called “woman,” for she was taken from man. This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh.

Adam, in reaction to finally finding a suitable helper or partner for him after rejecting all the livestock, wild animals and birds of the sky, in relief, says “at last”, implying that this entire course of events all recorded in the sixth day alone lasted quite the amount of time to say the very least. All this, including the fact that the word in the original Hebrew is not limited to the meaning of an actual 24-hour day, may go well to imply that it does not actually mean a single actual 24-hour day at all. These are all Biblical reasons to take such an interpretation into account.

One last point I want to make — regarding a debate that I highly recommend everyone should watch here. If you have not already seen it, watch the debate between Hugh Ross and Kent Hovind. This is one of the best debates I’ve ever seen, and if you still bear that I am false in my claims and position, give this debate an opportunity to change your mind. This is the debate that entirely changed my view. Just to inform, Hugh Ross is also a Christian and he is a PhD in Astronomy. God Bless everyone, and remember, if you think I made any errors here, tell me in the comments.

[Psalm 24:7-8] Lift up your heads, O gates, And be lifted up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in! Who is the King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle.

HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS DOWNLOAD BIBLE

The Bible, which of course is the most sold book in reality, also conquers the digital world. It’s recently been reported (two days ago if I’m not mistaken) that the Bible App (YouVersion) has hit a new landmark, with 250,000,000 downloads. Click HERE to read about it.

That’s a quarter of a billion downloads.

It has been released for less than 10 years, and in the last year alone has gained another 50 MILLION downloads.. A good piece of news to know about, in a world where people are leaving the faith… Just kidding, people only leave Christianity in certain Western countries.

I personally have the app on two different devices. It’s AMAZING, as you can go through the Bible in it in hundreds of languages with over a hundred different versions, you can search up verses with certain phrases and you can even cross-examine different translations. (not a paid adverisement lol)

God Bless!

[Psalm 95:3] For the LORD is a great God And a great King above all gods,

NEW ARCHAEOLOGY discovery confirms the Bible (again)

TRULY INCREDIBLE, yet another major archaeological discovery was made, confirming yet another Biblical narrative that the skeptics repeatedly attempted to attack as non-historical. Imagine the shock on their faces when this came out about six days ago…

Egyptian stone slab

LETTER STONE  Inscriptions in stone slabs from Egypt, including this specimen dating to almost 3,500 years ago, contain the world’s oldest alphabet, which one researcher now argues was an early form of Hebrew.  New translations of these inscriptions contain references to figures from the Bible, including Moses.

WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED? Click here to get the story on it, or just continue reading. What happened was that some researchers found the OLDEST CONFIRMED ALPHABET in history (but that’s not the good part), some slabs like the picture above dating 3,500 years old, and most as early as 3,800 years old. Before this, the oldest verified alphabet was Phoenician alphabet, only about 3,050 years old…

Anyways, this alphabet was proto-Hebrew, according to Douglas Petrovich, a top scholar who made the find. When I say proto-Hebrew, that basically means it was an older version of the modern Hebrew language (as languages do question change). Here’s the crazy part — it was found in Egypt. Do you remember the exodus from the Old Testament? According to the Bible, the Hebrews came to Egypt (Joseph was sold there in slavery), and after several hundred years, after the Egyptians begun enslaving the Hebrews, descendants of Abraham. Moses rescued them from the tyranny of pharaoh and they crossed the Red Sea (Sea of Reeds?) and settled in Israel, a land promised to Abraham by God (Genesis 15:18-21). Many archaeologists who deny the exodus happened, deny that Hebrews ever lived in Egypt because there was “no evidence” of such a massive amount of Hebrews (there must have been maybe over two million when Moses brought them out of the land of Egypt) living in Egypt. This claim was just shot down by this discovery, showing there were definitely Hebrews in Egypt. This discovery also helped provide great, great evidence for the exodus in general. Which is fantastic.

Every year, more and more archaeological verification of the Bible comes out, and soon the opponents of Christianity will have no legs to stand on. Hallelujah!

The Bible and the Shape of the Earth

Truly, idea that the Bible claims that the Earth is flat has always been a common lie by the atheists against the true and holy scriptures that we bear witness too — here, we will see how all their claims that the Bible claims a flat Earth are utterly false, and we will study our scriptures and reveal that the Bible unequivocally tells us that the Earth is actually spherical. This should shed some light onto those who do not accept our scriptures as truth because of these unfortunate misunderstandings, that do not originate from pure intentions.

First, let us address common verses quoted by the unbelievers who deceive that they use to attempt to show that the Bible claims the Earth is flat. We will explain them away with ease. Let us begin.

[Isaiah 11:12] He will lift up a banner for the nations and gather the dispersed of Israel; He will collect the scattered of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

One of the first verses quoted will be one that has the Bible saying that the Earth has four corners — which thus somehow translates to a flat Earth. However, it is clear to note that these ‘four corners’ are simply referring to North, South, East and West. We can confirm this by seeing that the Bible later affiliates the four corners of the Earth with the four winds of the Earth. Behold:

[Revelation 7:1] After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, restraining the four winds of the earth so that no wind could blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree.

As we can see, the first attempt to show the Bible invokes a flat earth is utterly inconsequential. Moving forwards…

[Job 38:13] That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, And the wicked be shaken out of it?

[Daniel 4:11] The tree grew large and became strong And its height reached to the sky, And it was visible to the end of the whole earth.

This verse implies the existence of “the ends of the earth”. However, all “ends of the earth” means is simply the “entire Earth”, nothing more. There is one more type of verse that these people try to use to show the Bible claims the Earth is flat, and it is the following:

[Job 26:11] The pillars that hold up the sky tremble, astounded at His rebuke.

If the Earth has pillars, it must be flat! It might be somewhat confusing what the ‘pillars’ of the Earth in the Bible mean, but this problem simply disappears when we take a look at the Scholarly commentaries on Job 26:11 and understand what these verses truly mean.

Cambridge Bible Commentary:

The “pillars” of the heavens, if the conception be not wholly ideal, may be the lofty mountains on which the heavens seem to rest, and which, as they are lost in the clouds, are spoken of as belonging to heaven. At God’s rebuke, when His voice of thunder rolls, or when earthquakes shake the earth, they tremble with terror of His majesty,

Benson Commentary:

The pillars of heaven tremble — Perhaps the mountains, which by their height and strength seem to reach and support the heavens. And are astonished at his reproof — When God reproveth not them, but men by them, manifesting his displeasure by thunders or earthquakes.

Pulpit Commentary:

The pillars of heaven tremble. The “pillars of heaven” are the mountains, on which the sky seems to rest. These “tremble,” or seem to tremble, at the presence of God (Psalm 18:7; Psalm 114:4; Isaiah 5:25) when he visits the earth in storm and tempest, either because the whole atmosphere is full of disturbance, and the outline of the mountains shifts and changes as rain and storm sweep over them, or because the reverberations of the thunder, which shake the air, seem to shake the earth also. And are astonished at his reproof. To the mind of the poet this “trembling” is expressive of astonishment and consternation. He regards the mountains as hearing the voice of God in the storm, recognizing it as raised in anger, and so trembling and cowering before him.

So, these ‘pillars’, after thorough examination of the biblical evidence, simply mean the the mountains of the Earth.

Now that we have seen any attempts to coincide the Bible with a flat Earth turn out to be very disappointing, we will show that the Bible very clearly explains that the Earth is actually round. The Bible gives us three descriptions of the shape of the Earth that will allow us to piece this puzzle.

[Isaiah 40:22] God is enthroned above the circle of the earth; its inhabitants are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like thin cloth and spreads them out like a tent to live in.

The Bible tells us that the Earth is circular in some sense.

[Ephesians 4:9] But what does “He ascended” mean except that He descended to the lower parts of the earth?

The Bible tells us that there are ‘lower parts of the earth’, in other words the Earth has multiple layers/regions. It has thickness.

[Matthew 12:40] For as Jonah was in the belly of the huge fish three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.

The Bible tells us that the Earth has a ‘heart’ or perfect center.

Now that we have collected this information, let us list the three criteria of a shape needed in order to qualify as the Biblical Earth.

  1. It must be circular in some sense
  2. It must be a thick object, with the capacity of having multiple layers (three dimensional)
  3. It must have an absolute center or ‘heart’

The fact is, the only shape in the world that fits all the criterion for the Biblical shape of the Earth is a sphere. Flat circles do not qualify for the second criterion, and cylinders do not qualify for the third (as if the Bible could imply the Earth is a cylinder). However, a sphere is circular, is a thick three dimensional object that can have layers, and has a center in the middle of it. This means that there is no possible way the Bible says the Earth is flat, it evidently and very clearly necessitates the Earth to be a sphere, based on the evidence we have just seen.

Christianity RISING in Finland (Christianity I)

Christianity is on the rise again, in the place you’d least expect it to… FINLAND.

A country where Christianity is almost unknown… Is now returning to the Lord.

Click HERE  to read, or click on this link here..

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/christianity.is.rising.again.in.finland/100757.htm

According to these recent statistics, the portion of the Finnish population that now believes in the Christian God rose from 27% to 33%. That’s an increase of 6%. Atheism also went up by 2% in this time (which is a negligible amount), however this is a sign that Finland will be soon halting its decline in belief in God, meaning that Atheism will get shut down in another Western country, hopefully within the next few decades at most.

Christianity: A Growing Or Dying Religion?

Christianity, as of today, is the worlds largest religion by far. It has over 2,300,000,000 adherents right now, and is the majority of almost all the continents and countries in the world, as well as representing over 30-33% of the world population. Christianity only had 600,000,000 adherents just over a century ago, and so we can see that it underwent an overwhelming rate of growth from 1900 to today, in 2016, in order to exceed 2 billion adherents, and be the first religion to do so as well. The question put forth by a lot of people right now however, is whether or not Christianity, after much increase, is actually declining as of now.

When we speak of the decline of a religion, we mean that it is undergoing a net loss of adherents. This means if we look at the future there will be less Christians overall than there are today. When we speak of a religion dying, we mean that it is undergoing such a fast decline that it is actually set to enter into non-existence or near non-existence in the future. Now, the idea that Christianity is dying is usually put forth by Atheists and Agnostics. Let us not generalize all Atheists and Agnostics, but it is quite definite to say that the ones who put forth this claim have conducted virtually zero research involving demographics.

Our study will look at things in the following order;

  1. Are the number of Christians increasing or decreasing in the world?
  2. Is everyone leaving Christianity?
  3. Christian conversion

Let us begin.

1. Are the number of Christians increasing or decreasing in the world?

The answer to this question is yes. And it is a big yes. Christianity is rapidly growing, and we will look at the statistics to establish this. The two biggest and most reliable recent reports to have come out on the future of religion is the report by Pew Research, and the Center for the Study of Global Christianity. First, we will examine what Pew Research report has to say about the future of Christianity, which was released in 2015 based on 2010 figures, and then we will look at what the Center for the Study of Global Christianity has to say, which is based off of 2012 figures.

a. Pew Research

According to Pew Research, this is the future of Christianity by the number of people who are Christians, by decade, from 2010 to 2050.

2010: In 2010, Christianity had 2,168,330,000 people following the religion.

2020: In 2020, Christianity will have 2,382,750,000 people following the religion.

2030: In 2030, Christianity will have 2,578,790,000 people following the religion.

2040: In 2040, Christianity will have 2,756,390,000 people following the religion.

2050: In 2050, Christianity will have 2,918,070,000 people following the religion.

According to the massive and in-depth Pew Research report, Christianity, from 2010-2050 will grow from having approximately 2.17 billion followers to 2.92 billion followers, which means that this report predicts that the number of Christians will increase by more than 700,000,000 in 40 years.

b. Center for the Study of Global Christianity

The CSGC also has predictions on the number of Christians in the future, but it is not organized in a decade-by-decade manner like it is in the Pew Research report. Rather, across two separate reports, it gives us figures on the number of Christians in 2010, 2020, and 2050. Or maybe I just don’t know how to find 2030 and 2040 figures, who knows. The first report tells us about 2010 and 2020, whilst the second report, being much more recent, tells us about 2015, 2025, and 2050.

2010: In 2010, Christianity had 2,262,586,000 people following the religion.

2015: In 2015, Christianity had 2,419,221,000 people following the religion.

2020: In 2020, Christianity will have 2,550,714,000 people following the religion.

2025: In 2025, Christianity will have 2,727,172,000 people following the religion.

2050: In 2050, Christianity will have approximately 3,310,498,000 followers.

The CSGC reports that in 2010, Christianity had about 2.26 billion followers, and this this will rise to 3.31 billion by 2050, representing an increase by over a billion members in 40 years, and thus the CSGC also predicts an incredibly fast and high rate of expansion of the Christian religion in the future, and that it is growing.

One might question why the Pew Research and CSGC reports differentiate by about 400,000,000 regarding the total number of Christians by the year 2050 — this is because in regions like India and China, where acquiring reliable reports on the number of people following each and individual religion is extraordinarily hard, the CSGC relies on on-the-ground data, and un-official statistics, whilst Pew simply resorts to the safe (but just as potentially inaccurate) official statistics in places where acquiring an accurate share of the population adhering to a single religion is very hard. Thus, when it comes to China, these reports differentiate on the number of Christians by 80,000,000, and that number is about 30,000,000 regarding India. Furthermore, the CSGC predicts that the world population will be considerably higher than Pew Research does by 2050, and with a higher world population, you naturally get more Christians.

c. Extra Considerations

So far, we’ve already seen enough information to completely dispel the myth that Christianity is a dying religion, on the other hand, it is rapidly growing, but there is an extra consideration to take into account for both of these reports.

The Pew Research report presumes that the world population will be about 9.37 billion people by 2050, whilst the CSGC predicts about 9.55 billion people by 2050. However, according to a major 2015 report by the United Nations Population Division from the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the most recent and updated revised statistics put the world population at 9,725,148,000 (or 9.73 billion) people by 2050, meaning that according to the most recent factually compiled data, Pew Research is missing almost 400 million people from its report to account for their religion, and the CSGC is missing about 200 million. If the world population is hundreds of millions higher than these reports presume, this means that there are hundreds of millions of people whom do not have their religion accounted for, and because Christianity is currently the worlds largest religion, it is very safe to assume that tens of millions of these unaccounted for people, if not over a hundred million, will be themselves Christian. This means that, at the very least, if the Pew Research data is correct, there will be considerably more than 2.92 billion Christians by 2050, and if the CSGC data is correct, there will be considerably more than 3.31 billion Christians by 2050. Christianity will thus grow much more than previously assumed.

2. Is everyone leaving Christianity?

We have all heard about the reports — everyone is leaving Christianity! The churches are empty! Christianity is a dying religion! The boogie man is real! So, is it true?

No.

The people who claim this is true will cherry-pick their sources. They will only look at what is happening in Western countries, and declare that this is therefore happening globally. This could not be further from the truth. In reality, there is in fact a very, very large number of people leaving Christianity in first-world Western countries, but that’s really the only place it’s happening. Pew Research predicts Europe will decline from being about 74% Christian in 2010 to 65% Christian in 2050,  but just because the French and Swedes are turning their backs on Christianity, does not mean the same is happening in Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo, or the Philippines. In fact, the West is the only place on the planet where Christianity is declining. Christianity declining in the West of course, does not mean it is declining in general — these Atheists who claim this seem to think that the country they live in is actually the whole world. And sadly for them, even if it was, Christianity still wouldn’t die. Why? Because, if you look at the facts, Christianity WILL RISE AGAIN in the West. This is not me flaunting out of desperation, and from what you are about to see, it is actually a statistical fact.

In reality, the divergence from Christianity is only a temporary ordeal that my end by 2050 all together. In fact, it has already ended in the United Kingdom. A major study released shows that Christianity has actually, according to the most recent statistics, even had a small increase in the share of the British population in recent years from 42% of the population to 43% of the population (and a 3% increase among younger people). The ones without religion declined from 49% of the population to 48% of the population. How long will it be until this atheist fad ends in other Western countries as well? It probably will not continue for too long. In fact, in 2014, more churches opened in America than were shut down for the first time in several decades. 4,000 opened, whilst 3,700 closed, meaning in 2014, the number of American churches increased by 300. Even though the decline of American Christianity is still continuing today, church membership decline seems to have also halted.

In fact, if you look at the statistics, in many Western countries, the number of Christians is actually increasing, even though the Christian share of the population is decreasing. These countries include, according to Pew Research, Canada, America, Norway, Iceland, and perhaps others. Some countries like Denmark have a very small overall decline in the number of Christians. Once the population stops leaving Christianity in Western countries, mass-Christian immigration will end up sinking the non-religious when it comes to the share of Western population countries. The only possible thing that could make Christianity die is if the end of the world literally comes in the next few decades (which I am not denying) and Christians get persecuted into near extinction by the antichrist, or if some kind of nuclear war happens killing off most Christians (although this would also annihilate the atheists and agnostics).

The final thing to mention is, in reality, Christians aren’t leaving Christianity, white people are leaving Christianity. Now, I’m a white guy myself (I’m also an Arab dude, and yes, Arabs are Caucasians too), so I don’t mean to insult my own race, but this is the statistical fact. For example, let us take a look at America. In America, amongst the older population, about 70% of all people are white Christians, although 25% of millennials are white Christians, even though 60-70% of millennials are Christian. So, what’s going on? This 40% or so disparity, which is virtually non-existent amongst the older population, is non-white Christians. That means, for the most part in respect to the American population, Latinos. Latinos aren’t really leaving Christianity. Nor are blacks or Asians. Some are? Sure, but not on any serious level. Once a certain number of white people have left Christianity, there will be no more white people to leave Christianity, either because they already have or the decline simply has had its history (like in Britain, white people aren’t leaving Christianity there anymore, because no one is leaving Christianity there anymore as we have seen). This means that any future growth of the non-religious population of the West is limited, and again, will be eventually overrun by immigration.

The next time you hear someone as uneducated in demographics as Richard Dawkins or Sam Harris tell you that God is dead, just remember that philosopher Fredrick Nietsczhe said the following statement;

God is dead.

The only problem is of course, he said that almost 200 years ago.

3. Christian Conversion

So, now that we’ve seen that people are only leaving Christianity in the West, let us ask about what is happening with Christianity in the rest of the world? This is, unfortunately, where the atheistic/agnostic thesis entirely breaks down. The fact is, since the year 1900, so many people have converted to Christianity that it is simply tremendous. First, let us look at Africa.

a. Africa

affiliation-since-1900

From the year 1900-2010, the Christian share in Africa rose from 9% of the population, to 57% of the population. This means that half of Africa converted to Christianity. One in two men, women, and children in an entire continent, in about two to three generations, converted to the Christianianity. What about South Korea?

b. South Korea

ft_14-08-04_religion-in-south-korea_1christianshare310px

In about two to three generations, Christians increased from 1% of the South Korean population to 29% of the South Korean population — meaning that nearly a third of the entire country converted to Christianity in two or three generations. What about Nigeria?

c. Nigeria

I do not have any graphics for you guys on this one, but in Nigeria, Christianity increased from 21.4% of the population in 1953 to 48.2% of the population in 2003. A report by the United States Agency for International Development puts the share of Christians in Nigeria at 47% in 2015, re-affirming the overwhelming conversion into Christianity that occurred under a single generation, where about a third of the entire population converted to Christianity. What about Russia?

d. Russia

russia-1

In the span of under 20 years after the collapse of the USSR, a staggering 41% of the entire Russian population converted to Christianity, representing an utter collapse of atheism and agnosticism in the country. Indeed, atheists and agnostics represented 61% of the population before the USSR, and once people stopped inhaling all the communistic propaganda they were gorging, Christianity immediately explodes. Not only are atheists and agnostics converting to Christianity, but something that confirms the massive Christian explosion is the fact that 2,000,000 Muslims also converted to Christianity during the last 20 years in Russia. This affirms that this was not simply people no longer having the USSR on their backs for being Christian that lead to the resurgence of Christianity, but it was a miraculous Christian revival in the Russian country. Nowadays, over 1,000 churches open in Russia per year. What about China?

e. China

China is the worlds most populous nation. In 1950, there were about one million Protestants in total, as many as 4,000,000 Christians overall. China has become the most hyped up region in the world when it comes to the exploding of Christianity today, and the hype is real. Christianity is growing so fast in China, that some estimate that China, even though it had almost no serious number of Christians in 1950, will become the worlds largest Christian nation by 2030, some estimates put conversion figures to Christianity in China at  10,000-25,000 per day. Exactly how many Christians are in China? Well, there is an international Christian ministry called Asia Harvest, and they took on a very large project. They conducted a massive study, and gathered over 2,000 sources from every city and province in the entire Chinese nation on religious population statistics, and found that 105,000,000 Chinese now adhere to the Christian faith. That’s more than a hundred million conversions to Christianity in China in one generation — a miracle, one could say. These figures are simply overwhelming, Christianity has blown up so fast in China that the government now no longer reports on the official church statistics regarding the number of people who are affiliated with the only legal church in China after the number started going quite insane, and in fact in the last few months, have even attempted to BAN CHILDREN from attending Church to counter-act this growth. The officially Atheist communist party of China doesn’t realize however, that Christian persecution is what lead to Christianity taking over the Roman Empire in the first place. What about Indonesia?

f. Indonesia

Indonesia represents perhaps the greatest number of Muslims converting to Christianity from any country in the world. It also just so happens to be the biggest Muslim country in the world as well. In 2015, a major study was released and published called Believers in Christ from a Muslim Background: A Global Census, and it estimates that 6,500,000 Muslims, in this country, have converted to Christianity. This is a shockingly high figure. It also found that numerous other countries had hundreds of thousands of Muslims converting to Christianity, such as Nigeria, Ethiopia, Iran, Bangladesh, America, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, and Iran. Speaking of Iran…

g. Iran

Iran is today’s biggest Christian conversion engine by far. Perhaps it isn’t in overall numbers, but by rate, there is no question Iran comes out on first. The CSGC released a report saying that Christianity is growing in Iran at the rate of 20% per year, and this is a country where being Christian is illegal. There are reports that now say that there are several thousand thousands to even over a million Iranian Christians. Why is this such a tremendous feat? Because, a few decades ago, there were less than 600 Christians in the country. I personally e-mailed the Asia Harvest international ministry about where Christianity is growing the fastest, and this was their response to me;

The answer (though not strictly Asia) would have to be…. Iran. There is an intense hunger there for the Bible and to learn about Jesus.
Next would be rural areas of India, especially central India, where Hindus and tribals are coming to the Lord in multitudes. However there is little progress in the cities where Muslims and high caste Hindus live.
Good things are happening in patches in China, Laos and, Cambodia and Indonesia. Other parts of Asia are stagnant like Vietnam and Nepal, while others still are going backwards, South Korea being the worst, where the revival of generations ago is in reverse and people are leaving the churches by the hundreds of thousands.

There you have it, folks. Christianity is not dying. On the other hand, it’s rising. Very quickly.

____________________
READ MORE:

Bible Condones Rape??

minor-rape-generic

God and Pharaoh’s Free Will

gods_omnipotence_vs_free_will