If you are claiming to be a Christian, your word and deed should follow.
We are amazed at the number of people claiming to be Christians who unabashedly continue in blatant sin. No, we’re not advocating a works doctrine, but if you claim to trust the shed blood of Jesus for your salvation, you will WANT to walk and talk truth, or be so brokenhearted about your sin that you can hardly function.
When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away
Through my groaning all day long. —Psalm 32:3 (See also Psalm 38:18 and 51:5)
The Bible says the Holy Spirit living in us convicts us of our sin. This is why when someone continuously talks trashy, it is unlikely that Jesus is living in their heart:
If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. —James 1:26
the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. —Matthew 15:18
Words from your mouth come from your heart. If you are a Believer, who trusts Jesus’ shed blood to pay the price for all your sin, you should pray that your word and deed will mature toward a Godly lifestyle. If there’s no evidence in your life that you are a Believer, you should be concerned!
The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart. —Luke 6:45
You will know them by their fruits. —Matthew 7:16
My college professor recently ridiculed the “accuracy” assertions regarding the New Testament. He says recent analysis of ancient manuscripts has shown there is “documented proof” that there are over 200,000 errors. Any suggestions for a rebuttal?
There is overwhelming evidence in support of the accuracy and reliability of the New Testament text. There are over 14,000 copies of the New Testament available to study in the form of Greek manuscripts and ancient translations.
These handwritten copies of full and partial portions of the New Testament date back to the first century.
In addition, there are over 36,000 quotations by the early church fathers (second to fourth centuries). There are enough quotes to reconstruct the entire New Testament minus 11 verses.
“200,000 errors” in the ancient New Testament manuscripts are often referred to in academic circles and liberal seminaries. These, however, are not actually errors but variant readings, the vast majority of which are strictly grammatical.
They are spread out in over 5,000 manuscripts, so that a variant spelling in one letter of one word in one verse in 2,000 manuscripts is counted as 2,000 errors. In reality, only about one in sixty of these variants has any significance—leaving a text 98.33 percent pure.
Only 400 of these variants changed the meaning of the passage, and only 50 were of any significance. More importantly, NOT ONE affected an article of faith or Christian duty that was not abundantly sustained by other undoubted passages.
When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man, the foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest. —Proverbs 29:9
Professing to be wise, they became fools —Romans 1:22
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