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    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: A Book of Answers

By Ken Horn
Nov. 13, 2011

Everyone has questions. And though it is unlikely that anyone has the exact same set, it is clear that multitudes of people ponder over many of the same issues.

Some are questions that people frequently use to confront Christians.

I pastored churches in two college communities. Students in these congregations were often challenged in their faith. Professors in classes such as “The Bible as Literature” were prone to heap open scorn upon the claims of Scripture, without including the evidence for the Christian perspective. In classes such as these, the Bible is often made into a straw man and portrayed as a hodgepodge of loosely related but often contradictory writings.

In this issue, Dr. Stanley Horton, a Harvard graduate, addresses the accuracy of the Bible. We find that this Book is a valid place — indeed the best place — to look for answers to perplexing questions.

And we have lots of them.

What is the unpardonable sin? How could a God of love send people to hell? How do you know Jesus is the only way? What about all those churchgoing hypocrites? Why so many different denominations?

Still other questions rise from the hearts of believers who don’t fully understand God’s ways (isn’t that true of all of us?). Why do some of the best people I know suffer so much? Why don’t we see more healings?

Still others are doctrinal. Why has the second coming of Jesus delayed for so long? Why would God create humankind when He knew they would fall?

Then there are the questions that deal with life — divorce, tragedy, loneliness, addictions and more.

God’s Word has the answers for all of these — and many more. The Bible is a book of answers that acts as a teacher and counselor.

A few of those answers are provided in this issue. And look for answers to more tough questions from time to time in upcoming issues.

Our answers are necessarily brief, but we hope they will meet a need to equip Christians, communicate with sincere seekers, and prompt further in-depth study.

Ken Horn

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