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Meet Jesus, God's Ambassador to Humankind,
This review is from: Glorious Appearing: The End of Days (Left Behind) (Paperback)
I must admit I was surprised by how many people gave this book bad reviews. I really loved this book. It offers a biblical account of the return of Christ based on what we know from the Bible, especially from the book of Revelation. I was more surprised for the reasons that were used to justify those bad ratings. Since so many others have used this page to support their views, I have decided to do the same.
It doesn't matter what you what to believe, what only matters is what is true. The God that you believe in don't matter unless it is the true God. I believe in the God of the Bible, because I can know him through the words about The Word (Jesus Christ), and even if someone argues with me about my beliefs I can use the Bible to defend my beliefs. Some other people can only quote their opinions or expectations from their own head, having no other reference to go by.
A common argument I hear people try to use to put down the Bible is that God is not loving because He punishes sin and doesn't let everyone into Heaven. Well, he doesn't because He is also a holy God (Lev 11:44-45). Sin sickens him like nothing else (Ezekiel 23 compares our sins against God to a wife committing gross adultery with other lovers). God can't let us into his presence in our sinful condition and we can't work enough to earn our own forgiveness because we are too sinful (Romans 3:10-18, 23). God wanted to offer everyone a chance to go into His presence, so He sent His son, who because he is God and committed no sins, died for our sins on a Roman cross, a death so painful and incomparable to any other death they needed to make a new word to describe it (excruciating). Jesus served as both the perfect priest and the perfect sacrifice in order to redeem all who would be saved through him. After 3 days in the tomb he rose from the dead in his own body. (The tomb was empty and the Roman guards hired to guard his tomb needed to create the lie that the disciples moved the stone and stole the body while they were sleeping. Who could sleep while a stone that had to weigh a least a ton was being moved.) God PROVED his love for us by taking the punishment that needed to be paid in order to buy our forgiveness (John 3:16). All you have to do to receive his righteousness is believe He is the Son of God and try to live according to his example and teachings. If you don't commit to that before you die, you have condemned yourself because you know the truth and refused it (Romans 1:18-20).
Despite the numerous arguments against the resurrection, none of them have enough logic to stand against the facts: (1) Christ did die on the cross because there is no way to fake death or swoon on a cross, you suffocate for that. And lest you forget the Romans stabbed him in the side of the chest with a spear after hours of relentless torture. (2) Peter, James, and John (3 of his 12 disciples and witnesses to his resurrection) were tortured and Peter and James were executed for their beliefs. If Christianity was a hoax, these guys would know it, and it is unthinkable that someone would die for a lie.