Thursday, March 24, 2016

Dr. Akua's Book Review Policy

I love to read and review books on wellness and spiritual health. I have found that as a naturopath, teacher, spiritual adviser and writer that there are not very many book review avenues available for this genre. I have a great interest in the next generation of wellness writers. I love to encourage new writers to bring forth their skills as a continuing platform of research, experience and innovative ideas about health and wellness.

My policy for book reviews is to give a critically honest review based solely on my personal opinion. I do not take compensation for my book reviews. I specialize in self-help books including books on alternative health, alternative medicine, food and nutrition, men’s and women’s health, therapy manuals, herbology, meditation,  mind-body-spirit, new thought, spirituality, spiritual enlightenment, spiritual psychology, psychic abilities, psychic development, intuition, past life recollections, spiritual journey testimonies, spiritual encounters, reincarnation, energy work, Reiki, yoga, fitness, chakras, sacred sexuality, spirit guides, Shamanism, Kemetic Spiritual Science, African Spiritual Science, astrology, nature, the environment, and African History.

 I do not read: fiction novels, adult romance, horror, westerns, situation comedies, or mysteries. I also reserve the right not to reply to any book review request if I am not interested.

Review Scale:
I use the following scale for reviews, I use ankhs, the symbol of life.

5 ankhs - Excellent. Well researched, well written, professional presentation, innovative ideas, highly recommended for the subject matter.
4 ankhs - Very good. Knowledgeable of subject, good info for advance thinkers on the subject.
3 ankhs - Good. Basic information for beginners, Would recommend it to those just starting out on the subject.
2 ankhs - Acceptable. This book is common knowledge on the subject. Nothing new but still good info.
1 ankh Uh?. To stay on the positive side, I'm going to find at least one good thing to say about this book.

Formats:
I review finished books from publishers, self-published and indies in hard copy only. It can be a trade paperback or hard cover. I do not accept ebooks or manuscripts.

Review Time:
At my own time. NO GUARANTEES

FTC Disclosure:
I state where I obtain all my books at the end of each requested review. I sometimes receive books from authors and publishers for an honest opinion. I never receive compensation for these reviews.

To request a book review send a review copy to:
Akua Gray Book Review
P O Box 921
Missouri City, TX 77459

K. Akua Gray
March 24, 2016
Houston, TX


41 comments:

  1. Hi Akua,
    I would love to send you a book for review. My only request is that when you are finished with it that you pass it onto someone else who will read it, review it and pass it one to someone else. It is a Pay-It-Forward book. It is my hope that it reach as many people as possible and do as much good as possible. Please let me know how that idea feels to you?

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    1. Hi Richard, You are welcome to send the review copy to the address above and I certainly will pass it along.

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  2. Dear Akua,

    I am an author and I am launching my book on Amazon These Days.

    The book is about Specifically "Essential Oils & Aromatherapy" and contains methods to Improve Health, Reduce Pain and Lose Weight

    By the way, It costs $ 0.99 at this moment, but I'm willing to offer for free to you in exchange for a honest review on Amazon

    Please if you are interested tell me and I will send you the book

    I leave here the link below for you to check

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LSHA8F0

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  3. Greetings Daniel,
    I do would be happy to do a review for an Essential Oils book. I will accept a pdf version or a hard copy to the address above. Let me know which way you're going to send it.

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  4. Hello Akua,
    I pray you are doing well this evening. I am a new author and have just released my book One Minute to Ama-zen! A Christian Guide to Yoga. I was wondering if you would be willing to read and review my book. I am including a link as it is available on Amazon. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
    Kimberly
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H8WPLYC

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  5. Greeting Kimberly,
    I would be happy to read and review One Minute to Ama-zen! A Christian Guide to Yoga. Please send my hard copy to the address above, a pdf copy to akua@alifeofpeace.org, or a link to a free Kindle version, not "Kindle Unlimited". I look forward to receiving your review copy book.
    Light and love,
    Akua

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    1. Thank you again for agreeing to read and review my book.
      Be blessed.

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  6. Hi Akua! We love your reviews. Did you get the copy of Szen Zone that we mailed to you? Let me know.

    Thanks so much,
    Kelsey

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    1. Greetings Kelsey,
      I'm glad you are enjoying the reviews. More to come.
      Yes, in fact I have the Szen book in my briefcase now, coming soon. hanks for checking in.

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    2. yayy cant wait to hear what you think of it! Thank you!!

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  8. Dear Akua,
    I've just published a book about self-development on Amazon that you can see here. https://www.amazon.com/secret-book-Harmony-Anna-Iourenkova/dp/1979980772/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1512326811&sr=8-2&keywords=Iourenkova
    You can explore the book on http://secretbookofharmony.com
    Would you accept to review this book and could I send you a PDF version by email?
    kind regards
    Anna

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    1. Hi Anna,
      You are welcome to send the review copy to the address above.
      Be well.
      Akua

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  9. Hi, I have a book I would like for you to review if you don't mind. When you say "review copy" do I just send the physical copy to the address above?

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    1. Yes, please send the physical copy to the address above.

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  10. Dear Akua,
    I am a naturopathic doctor and gestalt psychotherapist in Kenya. I have written a book on emotional wellbeing, using naturopathic medicine and energy psychology. The book covers a lot of physical wellbeing as well, including healing leaky gut, adrenal fatigue, liver toxicity and neurotransmitter imbalance. It also includes releasing trauma using energy psychology techniques I describe.

    My intro video for the book is on health.drameet.com/p/healthbook. Do you only take physical copies of the book? I was hoping to send you an electronic version since it would be easier from Kenya, or I can ask my sister to order it from Amazon and have it sent to you. Do let me know what you prefer.

    Thank you so much,
    with warmth and blessings,
    Ameet

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  11. Title: V.Q.E: The Tale of an Indian Physician in the United Kingdom of the 1980’s
    Paperback: 224 pages
    Printed: IngramSpark (USA)
    ISBN: 978-1-64467-978-4 (sc)
    ASIN: B07J3NSQ38 (Kindle-ebook)
    Price: $7.99 (pb) $2.99 (kindle)
    Author: Vivek Gumaste
    https://www.amazon.com/VQE-Indian-Physician-United-Kingdom-ebook/dp/B07J3NSQ38/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1540811135&sr=1-1&keywords=VQE
    In 1980, after completing medical school in India, I landed in Britain in pursuit of his dream to get to the United States. I was young, a full 26-year-old, ambitious and opinionated. The two and half years that I spent in Britain prior to coming to the United States were eventful years and I have written a book captures that period
    It is set in Great Britain of the early 1980's and comprises a medley of experiences: of a young, nationalist Indian coming to the land of his colonial masters, a new medical graduate negotiating the travails of an international medical career and of an objective spectator looking down upon this once great power. Thrown into this unlikely cocktail is the political backdrop of Britain in the 80, s- the rise of Margaret Thatcher, the Royal Wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Falkland War and racism.

    Please consider the book for review.


    Vivek Gumaste
    e-mail gumastev@yahoo.com

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  12. Hi Akua,

    Wonder if you can help, I live in New Zealand so sending a hard copy is bit tricky and expensive for an indie writer. My book is: Voyage to the Heart which shows the nature of love and describes the twists and turns of all the relationships we are likely to encounter throughout our lives with films and songs as examples to help along the way.

    With this essential knowledge, we gain the confidence to take control of our lives and all our loving relationships to achieve the good life we seek.

    Is this something you could see your way to reviewing and if so would you accept a PDF? My email is cameron (@) VoyageToTheHeart (dot) com

    Kind regards,

    Cameron.

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  13. Dr. Gray...It is very tough to find quality and serious self-help reviewers. Really look forward to your insight. As you will see below...I currently do not have print books to send out. I want to send an ebook but I need an email address to do so. I think you will REALLY find value in the content!!

    Author: Harry Petsanis
    This author is unique, fresh, direct and incredibly engaging.
    Harry has built an organic and highly engaged Twitter following and fanbase.
    @rockybalboahp
    He has released 2 new Books:

    The Truth is a Lie
    The Logical Path to Life

    He has sold over 250 ebooks, marketing only on his own website, in the last 5 weeks. His followers are also paying top dollar.
    https://www.mindsets.online/

    Just some of the rave reviews from Harry's Readers:

    "Harry your book is inspiring and such a great read. It makes you really think and question things about life that we just seem to accept as the way they should be. Congratulations harry brilliant, just brilliant" 💕💕💕



    @rockybalboahp: I'm reading The Logical Path to Life. The book has a bounty of life changing wisdom that loosens the chains that binds us.



    "I started reading and couldn't stop until I finished it. Things I've taken for granted became questions that were logically explained with personal experiences and insight. I'm reading it again".



    "Reading completed ❤️to all my followers please head to my dear friend Harry’s website http://mindsets.online @rockybalboahp grab yourself the books sensational reading 💕💕💕 * the truth is a lie *. Looking forward to the next book harry ❤️"



    Harry is preparing for the launch of his books on Amazon.

    He is now seeking reviews from the professional arena.

    It is Harry's pleasure to attach a copy of "The Truth is a Lie" for your review.

    Harry is also available for:

    Live Shows

    Q&A's

    Interviews

    Harry is an extremely engaging and thought provoking guest would add value and captivating content to any interactive platform.



    Please check out Harry's content and Twitter engagement and most of all enjoy the books.

    Contact Harry directly with any additional requests or to discuss the process:

    Harry Petsanis

    3131.dp@gmail.com

    @rockybalboahp

    (330) 472-6312

    Thank you for your attention Dr. Gray


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  14. Hi Dr. Akua, I sent you my book many months ago for a review and you mentioned you had just received it a while ago. After that I didn’t hear back from you about a review and I’d love your thoughts on my book please. I sent you an email last week but there’s been no reply. My book is on natural remedies for mental health and physical health (leaky gut, adrenal fatigue, liver toxicity) and trauma. It’s on health.drameet.com/p/healthbook. Would love to hear back from you. Thanks a lot, warmest regards, Ameet

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  15. Hi Dr. Akua, I sent you my book many months ago for a review and you mentioned you had just received it a while ago. After that I didn’t hear back from you about a review and I’d love your thoughts on my book please. I sent you an email last week but there’s been no reply. My book is on natural remedies for mental health and physical health (leaky gut, adrenal fatigue, liver toxicity) and trauma. It’s on health.drameet.com/p/healthbook. Would love to hear back from you. Thanks a lot, warmest regards, Ameet

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  16. Hi Dr. Akua

    I’d like to know if you would be interested in reviewing a travelogue. This would be a pre-publication review of a manuscript before final editing so I'm unable to send you a hard copy. However I feel it would fit your spiritual remit.

    I want to be direct with you to say that the book is due to be published by Unbound.com. Unbound are one of the world’s first crowdfunding publishers but they are a publisher rather than a crowdfunding site. Some people mistakenly think they are some sort of publishing support service or even a vanity publisher but those people are mistaken. They have published authors with a very high profile and even include Paul Kingsnorth’s novel The Wake longlisted for the Man Booker prize.

    If you want to know what the publishing industry think of Unbound there is an article here:
    http://www.theindependentpublishingmagazine.com/2014/11/unbound-reviewed.html

    In SatNav We Trust – A search for meaning through the historic counties of England has been described by my commissioning editor as:

    A philosophical travelogue through the historic counties of England exploring belief, rationalism, science and religion. A personal journey, autobiographical account, philosophical musings and characters along the way – a unique interpretation of life’s big questions using historic architecture, heritage, history and engineering, to explore and reflect on concepts of science and belief.

    My description is rather shorter:

    In SatNav We Trust is a journey through England’s historic counties, through ideas or science and belief, all the while searching for meaning and a bed for the night. Or was that the other way around?

    This is a serious book that is intended to be enjoyable while exploring the sort of ideas of science, philosophy, belief and observation that have always interested me. The book also includes stories and adventures along the six week, 3000 mile trip that should entertain and amuse the reader rather than just concentrate on the big ideas.

    The book is currently in manuscript form, at about 115,000 words. It has undergone a structural edit but is not in its final form. Final copy editing will not happen until after the funding has been raised. I can supply the manuscript in PDF format. If you prefer other formats I will do my best to supply whatever suits your need.

    I realise it may be unusual to request reviews this early but the crowdfunding model creates some unique issues when readers have to imagine the book and then bring it into existence by pledging. However, reviews can give supporters faith in the project. My intention is that I would supply links to any reviews to all my existing and future supporters to circulate on social media and my own web site.

    YouTube trailer
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PE3T_gRUISw&t=9s

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  17. hello, dr. akua. i have two books, one published in 2016 and one to be published this year, i hope by may. i'm wondering if you would be interested in reviewing both. they are both non-fiction, self-help (even though i hate that term). here is the link to the first one on amazon: amazon.com/dp/157072301. the second is titled 'from awful to awe-full: what happens when IT happens to you'. it's not necessarily a sequel, but will make a nice companion for the first one. it's essentially about what happens and what to do when one of those gosh-awful life tragedies, the kind you think will always happen to someone else, happens to you. it's based on my own experiences of the last 18 months or so dealing with 2 retinal detachments and the resulting 5 surgeries.

    i'm happy to share more about either of them if you need more information. obviously i am hoping that you would do a pre-pub. review for the second one.

    i look forward to hearing from you.

    mark smith
    smithmark7560@gmail.com

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  18. Dr Akua
    I want to see if you would review my upcoming book titled "Totally Within" that I am publishing on KDP. I have proof copy or pdf available. here is the book description in KDP

    "Totally Within" is different type of daily meditation book. It’s based on Spiritual Engineering concepts of down-to-earth spirituality that offer practical solutions to find some daily peace in this hectic world.
    Most of us will remember a sentence that makes an important point much better than paragraphs or pages. “Totally Within” highlights deep insights into everyday living problems with easy-to-remember thoughts like “Life gives us pain but misery is optional—and self-inflicted” and then provides practical exercises to implement these life-changing principles and solve the challenge.
    We stand at the beginning of an age heralding a new spiritual awakening. Many are discovering the powerful resonating truth that every person has an unsuspected reservoir of inner spiritual energy that can transform their life; this power lies dormant until we make the choice and take the action to unleash that energy and then, continue the decision/action sequence that keeps the conduit open. This is our birthright as a child of the divine; this is the unsuspected inner life-force that allows us to control our mind, elevates our thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and outlook on everything, and facilitates living in the moment, in the NOW.
    "Totally Within" reflections offer an answer to this two-fold problem of first, connecting with this inner resource and then staying connected to let it work in our life throughout the day.
    You never have to worry or feel stress again—unless you choose to.

    Thank you for you time



    Have a great day unless you've made other plans

    Thomas Strawser

    https://spiritualengineering.us/


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  19. Hi Akua,

    I wonder if you are able to review my soon to launch book - The Storyteller's Student.

    The book is essentially a self-help book on (public) speaking, overcoming the fear and enhancing your impact. I have set it as a story of Jack, who wants to learn how to speak. A chance meeting between him and a famous storyteller, resulted in her offering to coach/teach him how to speak better. Along the journey, she gradually draws out the storyteller in him while walking him through the tips and tricks of impactful speaking.

    Cheers,
    Ikenna Ngene

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  20. Dr Akua,

    I hope that you are well with abundant peace and joy.

    I released a book in March 2019 entitled Zenergy Health the Intersection of Buddhist and Energy Psychology . The content includes the EP protocol of chakra spinning to deepen mindfulness, as mindfulness is presented in the Buddhist teaching The Four Foundations of Mindfulness. Also included is meridian tapping sequences to dampen or reduce the Five Hindrances to mindfulness. A great deal of the content presents the reader with information and anecdotes designed to help them practice mindfulness.

    I would sure like for you to read and give me your insights. I have a hard copy ready to mail.

    Please let me know - Be in peace diane

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  21. Hi Dr. Akua,

    I hope this message finds you well. I am assisting Jaculin Jones in gathering reviews for her first self-published memoir, “And It Is So; The Power of His Promise and we hope you’ll consider it for review. In 2014 during the prime of her life, what was initially diagnosed as indigestion, she suffered an aortic dissection. A year and a half after the aortic dissection, Jaculin was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Today, in her self-published memoir, “And It Is So: The Power of His Promise,” she recounts her experience through these events gives new meaning to endurance, faith, and hope.

    Here is an excerpt from her book:
    Though my back be bent so low with tragedy that by all accounts would break the ordinary soul, in the midst of the loud noise of disappointment, the loud voice telling me its hopeless, give in to it and carry this burden like it’s the promise, I yet hear a still small voice saying, “Peculiar woman, arise!”

    I will post her information below, and you may also contact me at avery@ablazeprllc.com

    I think you’d be interested in reviewing it. It’s an honor to share it with you and your readers. Here it is on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/So-Power-His-Promise-ebook/dp/B07RJF9XN7/ref=sr_1_1?crid=7HQJDSCYZ7LH&keywords=and+it+is+so+the+power+of+his+promise&qid=1558024693&s=gateway&sprefix=and+it+is+%2Caps%2C128&sr=8-1

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  22. Why we should believe the Bible

    We should believe the Bible because of the wealth of good evidence that has demonstrated the Bible is historically reliable and divinely inspired. It speaks about:

    • Its hundreds of fulfilled prophecies
    • The Bible's amazing internal harmony
    • The Bible's incredible scientific accuracy and foresight
    • Thousands of archaeological discoveries
    • Numerous details in the Bible that have been corroborated by extrabiblical historical sources
    • And so on

    THE BIBLE IS SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE

    For the Bible to be regarded as the inspired word of God, it must be scientifically accurate…since God would certainly know the facts about his creation. A word of caution, however, as we seek to evaluate the claim of scientific accuracy. Over time, science has often discovered new facts that confirmed a revised understanding of the truth, previously unknown. These discoveries have always been consistent with the Bible, however, at times a careful consideration of the words and (importantly) the context of the words must be made.
    The account of creation (the Bible: 1450 B.C.; science: 1900s). The account of creation as given in the Bible (Genesis 1) is accurate according to the steps understood by science. Written down originally by Moses, they were not fully recognized by science until the 1900s, using modern astronomy, physics, chemistry, paleontology, and geology.


    Time, space and matter had a beginning (the Bible: 1450 B.C.; science: 1916). The Bible’s first words are “in the beginning.” And elsewhere, including the New Testament, there are references to the beginning of time (2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 1:2; 1 Corinthians 2:7). In 1915, Albert Einstein’s equations of general relativity proposed a beginning of time, matter and space. Later these equations were confirmed by repeated experiments.

    The first law of thermodynamics (the Bible: 1450 B.C.; science: 1842). The law of conservation of energy indicates that matter and energy can neither be created nor destroyed (just converted). There are many biblical references to God’s completion (that is, there was no more creation), going as far back as Genesis (2:2-3), and also in several other books (Psalm 148:6; Isaiah 40:26; 2 Peter 3:3-7; Hebrews 4:3-4,10). Joule and Mayer both independently discovered this in the same year (1842), what is now known as the first law of thermodynamics.

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  23. The second law of thermodynamics (the Bible: 1000 B.C.; Science: 1850). Commonly known as entropy, this law states that all things progress from a state of order to a state of disorder (within a closed system) without a purposeful input of energy. Common illustrations: things decay, springs unwind, stars burn out, heat dissipates, and materials become mixed over time. There are many references to the principle of entropy in the Bible, for example,

    In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like garment (Psalm 102:25-26).

    Other similar references include Isaiah 51:6; Matthew 24:35; Romans 8:20-22; 1 John 2:17; and Hebrews 12:27. In 1850, Clausius discovered this second law of thermodynamics.

    Circumcision on the eighth day (the Bible: 1450 B.C.; science: 1947). No one really knows for sure why God specifically chose circumcision as the sign of his covenant with Abraham (Genesis 17:11). Though it seems like an odd practice, research has indicated that it does have medical value. A study in the mid-1900s showed that Jewish women had a lower rate of cervical cancer. The smegma bacillus has been shown to be a major cause of cervical cancer. It can be easily carried in the foreskin of uncircumcised males and transferred to females through a abrasions of the cervix (as those occurring in childbirth).

    Interestingly, God specified that newborns be circumcised on the eighth day after childbirth (Genesis 17:12). Research shows that infants are particularly susceptible to hemorrhaging from the second day after birth to the fifth. A small cut can be deadly. Vitamin K, necessary for the production of prothrombin (the body’s blood-clotting substance) is not present sufficiently until days five through seven. It skyrockets to 110 percent of normal on day eight, and then levels off. The Bible specifies the best possible day.

    Sterilization (the Bible: 1450 B.C.; science: 1800s). It is easy to take our understanding of germs and disease for granted. However, germs and sterilization were not understood until the time of Joseph Lister (1865), near the end of the Civil War. The Bible required sterilization for many things: infectious disease (Leviticus 13), childbirth (chapter 12), bodily discharges (chapter 15), and handling of the dead (Numbers 19).


    Interesting to note that many of the world’s greatest scientists have been Christians working from within a Christian worldview, including men such as Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, and Sir Isaac Newton. These brilliant men found to be true what many others discovered: The Bible is a book that can be trusted.

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  24. Archaeological Evidence


    Archaeologists have discovered substantial support about many
    details of Jesus’ life. Some examples include:

    Indirect Resurrection Evidence

    Evidence that the people in Jesus’ time believed in the resurrection is found on caskets of bones (ossuaries) discovered in a sealed tomb outside Jerusalem in 1945. Coins minted in about A.D. 50 were found inside the caskets, dating the burial within about 20 years of Jesus’ crucifixion. Markings are clearly legible, including several statements reflecting knowledge of Jesus’ ability to overcome death. Example of writings (in Greek) of hope for deceased loved ones include: “Jesus, Help” and “Jesus, Let Him Arise.” The caskets also contain several crosses, clearly marked in charcoal. This is powerful evidence that early Christians believed in Jesus’ ability to triumph over death. It also ties the idea of victory over death to the cross.

    Jesus’ Burial Shroud?

    A burial shroud (Shroud of Turin) is believed by many people to be the actual burial shroud of Jesus (Matthew 27:59; Mark 15:46; Luke 23:53). Items supporting its authenticity are:

    1. Test that confirm fiber type and small particles of limestone dust unique to the region.
    2. Confirmation of blood, in wounds precisely as indicated in the accounts of Jesus’ unique execution.
    3. Confirmation of a crucifixion as likely cause of the type of image created: matching a deceased body.
    4. Coins on eyes dated about the time of Jesus’ crucifixion.

    Sir William Ramsay (1852-1916). Sir William Ramsay was, arguably the greatest archaeologist of his day. His archaeological journeys took him to 32 countries, 44 cities, and 9 islands. Throughout some 15 years of intensive study, he concluded that “Luke is a historian of the first rank, this author should be placed along with the very greatest of historians.”


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  25. The Dead Sea Scrolls

    Any doubt regarding the accurate transmission of manuscripts was erased in 1947
    with the discovery of hundreds of scrolls buried in caves for nearly 2000 years.
    Many were written before 100 B.C. Comparison of biblical books with recent
    Jewish copies shows virtual no change in words or even letters.


    The Trustworthiness of the New Testament

    1 The New Testament has better manuscript evidence than any other ancient book.

    a. There are over 5,000 New Testament manuscripts and portions of manuscripts. By comparison, the majority of classical works have less than 20 manuscripts.

    b. The dates of the New Testament manuscripts are close to the original writings. One Gospel fragment (Ryland’s) dates about 25 years after the Gospel of John and most of the New Testament (Chester Beatty and Bodmer Papyri) from 50-150 years after the originals. Most classical works date from 700 – 1400 years after the originals.

    c. None of the canonical New Testament is lost or missing. By comparison, 107 of Livy’s 142 books of history have been lost and about one half of Tacitus’ 30 books of Annals and Histories is missing.
    2. Good arguments can be given that each of the Gospels was either written by an eyewitness, or significantly influenced by firsthand testimony, as recognized by many contemporary scholars.
    3. Even without proving eyewitness authorship, the Gospels measure up well by normal historical standards used in ancient historiography.
    4. The Gospel are trustworthy sources, as explained by A.M. Hunter
    a. These Christian authors, like their Jewish counterparts, were careful to preserve traditional material.
    b. The Gospels are close to eyewitness sources.
    c. The Gospel authors were honest reporters.
    d. The picture of Jesus presented in the four Gospels is virtually the same (see Archibald M. Hunter, Bible and Gospel, pp. 32-37).

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  26. 5. The Gospels and Acts exhibit a specific interest in reporting historical facts, not mythology. This is especially the case when the life of Jesus is reported.
    6. Contemporary historians frequently opposed the application of radical criticism to New Testament studies. According to A.N. Sherwin-White and Michael Grant, such attacks fail at a number of crucial points (see A.N. Sherman-White, Roman Society, pp. 186-193; Grant, Jesus: An Historian Review, pp. 179-184, 199-201).
    a. Numerous ancient works exhibit intentions and methodologies similar to that of the New Testament authors, and yet these ancient works are well accredited as historical works.
    b. There are no ancient writings in the category that radical critics place the Gospels.
    c. New Testament books such as Acts have been largely confirmed by external test of historicity.
    7. The Gospel and Acts were recognized as inspired books almost immediately after being written (see J.B. Lightfoot, The Apostolic Fathers).
    a. 1 Timothy 5:18 quotes Luke 10:7 and refers to it as “Scripture.”
    b. Clement of Rome (about AD 95) speaks of the “Gospel” and quotes portions found in all three synoptic Gospels, referring to them as the words of Jesus (Corinthians 13,46).
    c. Ignatius (Smyrnaeans 3) and Polycarp (Philippians 2, 7), both writing about AD 115, refer to verses in the synoptic Gospels as the words of Christ.
    8. Paul’s epistles were also recognized as inspired Scripture almost immediately after being written.
    a. 2 Peter 3:15-16 calls Paul’s epistles “Scripture.”
    b. Clement of Roman (Corinthians 47), Ignatius (Ephesians 10; to Polycarp 5), and Polycarp (Philippians 1,3-4, 6) all refer to Paul’s writings as inspired.

    Ralph Muncaster, (former atheist) in his book: Examine the Evidence, presents extensive evidence to validate the truth-claims of Christianity. He provides compelling arguments from science, biblical prophecy, history, and archaeology. This former skeptic points out that of all religions and philosophies on earth, only one, Christianity is verifiable and testable. He was challenged to honestly investigate the Bible and the facts of modern science. He was stunned. Fact after fact, from biology, history, archaeology, physics, lined up with the Bible’s account!


    Simon Greenleaf (1783-1853) Greenleaf, (former Atheist), one of the principle founders of the Harvard Law School, and a world-renowned expert on evidence, originally set out to disprove the biblical testimony concerning the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He was certain that a careful examination of the internal witness of the Gospels would dispel all the myths at the heart of Christianity. But this legal scholar came to the conclusion that the witnesses were reliable, and that the resurrection did in fact happen. Being a man of conviction and reason, and in accordance with his conclusions, Greenleaf converted from Agnosticism to Christianity.

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  27. Manuscript Documentation

    The position of Jewish scribe was one of the most demanding and esteemed jobs in biblical times. After training for years, scribes were allowed to practice the profession only after age 30. Often referred to as doctors of the Law, they joined the priests in the teaching of the Law.

    Scripture Copy Rules

    Recording of Holy Scripture was a serious responsibility. So important was exact reproduction that Old Testament scribes were forced to adhere to demanding rules anytime a manuscript was copied:

    1. Scrolls – special paper, ink, and surface preparation required.
    2. Tight specifications – specified column number, 37 letters per column.
    3. Master used – no duplicates of duplicates.
    4. Each letter visually confirmed – no writing of phrases.
    5. Distance between letters checked with thread.
    6. Alphabet – each letter counted and compared to original.
    7. Letters per page counted and compared to master.
    8. Middle letter of scroll verified to be the same as the master.
    9. One mistake – scroll was destroyed (i.e., master scrolls)

    Consider the following facts about the Bible:

    First, the Bible is not just one single book. This is a more common misconception than many people realize, especially with people who do not come from a Judeo-Christian background. Rather than being a single book, the Bible is actually a collection of 66 books, which is called the canon of scriptures. These 66 books contain a variety of genres: history, poetry, prophecy, wisdom literature, letters, and apocalyptic just to name a few.

    Second, these 66 books were written by 40 different authors. These authors came from a variety of backgrounds: shepherds, fishermen, doctors, kings, prophets, and others. And most of these authors never knew one another personally.

    Third, these 66 books were written over a period of 1500 years. Yet again, this is another reminder that many of these authors never knew or collaborated with one another in writing these books.

    Fourth, the 66 books of the Bible were written in 3 different languages. In the Bible we have books that were written in the ancient languages of Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic; a reflection of the historical and cultural circumstances in which each of these books were written.

    And finally, these 66 books were written on 3 different continents: Africa, Asia, and Europe . Once again, this is a testament to the varied historical and cultural circumstances of God's people.

    Think about the above realities: 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over 1500 years, in 3 different languages, on 3 different continents. What's more, this collection of books shares a common storyline - the creation, fall, and redemption of God's people; a common theme - God's universal love for all of humanity; and a common message - salvation is available to all who repent of their sins and
    commit to following God with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength. In addition to sharing these commonalities, these 66 books contain no historical errors or contradictions. God's word truly is an amazing collection of writings!

    The entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, bears the mark of Divine inspiration.

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  28. The Bible Itself Argues Against the Possibility of Its Corruption

    The charge that the Bible has been corrupted, contradicts what the Bible itself teaches. After all, in Isaiah 40:8 we read, “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands for ever.” In the New Testament Jesus says, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away”
    (Matthew 24:35).

    The Almighty God who had the power and sovereign control to inspire the Scriptures in the first place is surely going to continue to exercise His power and sovereign control in the preservation of Scripture.


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  29. WHY INVESTIGATE EASTER?

    What if there is a God?
    What if there is a divine plan for mankind?
    What if a person’s soul or spirit exists for eternity?
    What if there is a heaven and hell?
    What if the biblical ultimatum of heaven and hell is true?
    What if committing to Jesus is the only answer for heaven?

    If these things are true, then understanding and accepting God’s plan is the single most important thing to discover in life. More important than the next vacation. More important than the next golf game. Even more important than the next paycheck. And our choice regarding that plan will affect us forever. It’s a choice that can bring real joy here on earth. A choice that can mean “no more pain and no more tears” forever or a choice that will lead to eternal horror.

    Would God expect us to accept His plan on faith? Yes and no, because history can never be “proven.” Instead, evidence is the only basis for verifying historical fact. Does evidence exist for Easter resurrection? Absolutely. There is far more evidence for the resurrection than for any other single event in the history of the world.

    Often people don’t embrace a relationship with God because they fail to investigate and understand their beliefs. Some people are taught wrong beliefs from birth, which they never objectively challenge. Some people are misled by individuals who cleverly tamper with facts and tell people what they want to hear. And some people just don’t care. Yet abundant evidence exists for the first Easter and the tremendous message it brings to mankind. Hence, we might reject God out of apathy … or out of pride … or for many other reasons. But we have no basis to reject God for lack of evidence if we take time to seek it. As the Bible says “Men are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).

    Did Jesus Exist?

    Virtually all major religions, even those opposing Him, acknowledge the existence of Jesus. For hundreds of years, Jesus’ existence was a widely accepted as Abraham Lincoln’s existence is today. Only in relatively recent history have some people challenged it. Possibly in a few thousand years, Mr. Lincoln’s existence may be challenged as well.

    Christian Historical Records

    The magnitude of the Christian record stands far above any record of anyone who has ever lived upon this planet. Existing early manuscripts exceed 24,000. The earliest were written within 25 years of His death. No work of antiquity approaches the Bible’s documentary credibility, including all works we accept as historical fact. Some examples are:

    Early Event Until First
    Major Existing Manuscripts Records Existing Manuscript

    Julius Caesar – Gallic Wars 10 1000 years

    Pliny the Younger – History 7 750 years

    Thucydides – History 8 1300 years

    Herodotus – History 8 1300 years

    Homer – Iliad 643 500 years

    The New Testament 24,000+ 25 years

    The vastness of the number of accounts of the resurrection is particularly extraordinary considering that:

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  30. 1. Jesus was not in a position of public importance. He was not a king, not a religious leader, nor a general. Relative to Rome, Jesus came from a small, distant town and was a lowly carpenter with a scant three-year ministry. Rome hardly knew of Him until testimony of eyewitnesses later threatened political/religious stability.

    2. The records survived the most intensive eradication effort of all time. Rapidly growing in number,
    Christian witnesses were killed, written records were burned, and anyone professing belief in Christianity was executed. In A.D. 303 an edict was issued to destroy all of the world’s Bibles. People found with Bibles were killed.

    3. There was no printing press, and the world population was low. The number of surviving early
    Manuscripts is absolutely staggering considering they were all hand copied by a far smaller pop-
    ulation base. Only 138 million people existed at the time, the no automatic duplication methods for he printed word. What motivated such extensive work?

    Was the incredible quantity and survival of the Christian record a miracle, or just senseless expansion of a myth? Why haven’t other religions with more prominent leaders, with lifelong ministries, and with less persecution produced similar evidence? Something major happened.


    Proof of Authenticity

    Not surprisingly, critics of the Bible, especially those knowledgeable of the prophecy miracles, suggest that the Bible was changed, altered, and somehow mishandled. Commonly, people claim the Bible was in the control of the Roman Catholic Church, which supposedly had “opportunity and motive” to change Scripture to meet its purpose. Such critics miss some key facts. There are two indisputable sets of records that mankind has in its possession today that were not historically controlled by the Christian church and verify the authenticity of the message contained in the words of the Bible we read today:

    The Septuagint

    Almost 300 years before Christ, the world was becoming so accustomed to Greek that the language of Hebrew was becoming “lost.” It was deemed more important to translate the Bible into a common language than to try to teach everyone Hebrew. A group of 70 elite scholars was assembled to translate the Scriptures into Greek. The result was a document called the Septuagint (meaning “seventy”), compiled around 250 B.C. (Several copies were made by the techniques of the scribes above.) Today, we still have copies of the early translations. The Septuagint message is consistent with the Bible.

    The Dead Sea Scrolls

    Any doubt regarding the accurate transmission of manuscripts was erased in 1947 with the discovery of hundreds of scrolls buried in caves for nearly 2000 years. Many were written before 100 B.C. Comparison of biblical books with recent Jewish copies shows virtual no change in words or even letters.

    Non-Christian Evidence

    Very few written works of anything in history exist from the period of A.D. 30 to 60. All works from A.D. 50-60 are said to fit in bookends only a foot apart. Nero’s killing of Christians in A.D. 64 led to non-Christian writing about Jesus.

    Thallus (circa A.D. 52) – Historical work referenced by Julius Africanus. Explains the darkness at the time of Christ’s death as a solar eclipse. While an eclipse did not occur in that period (pointed out by Julius Africanus), reference to Jesus’ death was stated as a matter of fact.

    Josephus (circa A.D. 64-93) – This Jewish historian referenced Jesus, His miracles, His crucifixion, and His disciples. Also referenced are James, “brother of Jesus who was called the Christ,” and John the Baptist.

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  31. Cornelius Tacitus (A.D. 64-116) – Writing to dispel rumors that Nero caused the great fire of Rome in A.D. 64, he refers to Christians as the followers of “Christus.” Who “had undergone the death penalty in the reign of Tiberius, by sentence of the procurator Pontius Pilatus.” The resurrection was called “the pernicious superstition.”

    Pliny the Younger (circa A.D. 112) – As governor of Bithynia (Asia Minor), he requested guidance from Rome regarding the proper test to give Christians before executing them. (If they renounced the faith, cursed Jesus, and worshiped the statue of Emperor Trajan, they were set free.)

    Phlegon (circa A.D. 140) – Referenced by Julius Africanus and Origen – referred to “eclipse,” earthquake, and Jesus’ prophecies.

    Did the Resurrection Occur?

    The crucifixion of Jesus was especially well documented and accepted as fact. The crucial question then becomes, Did Jesus rise from the dead, proving His claim to be God incarnate? Or did something else happen with His body? Or was He never dead at all?

    A key to this issue is the extreme local importance placed on handling this execution. Jesus’ powerful, insightful speaking and many miracles had let the populace to request that He become king. This began to threaten the local political stability of the Romans and the religious power of the Jewish leaders whom Jesus openly criticized. Both the absolute death of Jesus and the protection against a hoax were critical, since Jesus had claimed He would overcome death. Furthermore, He had already raised other people from the dead. As a result, all precautions were taken to secure His corpse (Matthew 27:62-66).

    The Bible implies the cause of Jesus’ death was cardiac arrest, indicated by blood and water from a spear thrust (medical experts confirm this). To secure the body, a Roman guard was placed outside the tomb. Such a guard would have consisted of 16 soldiers, with a disciplined rotation for sleeping at night (every four hours, four would switch). The guards all faced the rigid Roman penalty of crucifixion if they slept outside of the assigned shift or deserted their post. The idea that all guards were asleep, considering the death penalty, is especially unreasonable. To further ensure safekeeping, a two-ton stone [McDowell, Josh and Wilson, Bill. A Ready Defense. San Bernardino, CA: Here’s Life Publishers, Inc., 1990] was rolled in front of the tomb with Pontius Pilate’s seal on it. Breaking the seal without the official Roman guard’s approval meant crucifixion upside down. The central issue, unexplainable by Jewish leaders, especially in light of the many precautions, is…

    What happened to Jesus’ corpse if He did not rise from the dead as indicated in the Gospel accounts?

    The official explanation is that the disciples stole the body while the guards were asleep (with the priests protecting the guards from the governor). This story was necessary only because no one could produce a dead body of Jesus, which would have stopped the resurrection story forever. Is a theft of Jesus’ body even remotely possible given that:

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  32. 1. All 16 guards would have had to risk the penalty of crucifixion by sleeping while on duty of deserting. Surely at least one guard would be awake.
    2. The disciples were in a state of shock, fear, and disarray, having seen their Master crucified. Is it reasonable to think they quickly created a brilliant plan and flawlessly executed it on the Sabbath day of rest?
    3. What possible motive could the disciples have? If Jesus was not the Son of God as He claimed, stealing the body would create a lie with no apparent benefit, and death for no purpose for the disciples.

    Analysis of Other Explanations

    Was Jesus really dead? Crucifixion was more routine and was a longer, more visibly excruciating death than the electric chair is today. Is it likely that such professional executioners would not know death? The final spear thrust to the heart area was to ensure death. For such a political threat, they would be certain. If Jesus was not dead, what are the chances that a barely living person could move a two-ton rock from the inside of a tomb and escape a full Roman Guard unnoticed?

    Was the body stolen at night? Recognizing that no flashlights nor infrared sensors were available then, is it likely that a band of scared disciples carrying torches could bypass a full Roman guard, move a two-ton rock, and not be noticed? Furthermore, the Sabbath greatly limited movement. And again, for what motive?

    Eyewitnesses to the Truth Died to Tell the Story

    Martyrdom for a belief is not unique. But what kind of person would die for a known lie? Someone insane? Would all the disciples face hardship and death for a known lie? The disciples were with Jesus constantly for three years. They would certainly know the truth of the resurrection. Lying would serve no purpose since Jesus’ ministry would then be moot. Yet historical records and reports about the disciples indicated they all died cruel deaths for their beliefs (except John). James was stoned, Peter was crucified upside down, Paul was beheaded, Thaddaeus was killed with arrows, Matthew and James (Zebedee) faced sword deaths, and other believers were crucified.

    The Prophecies – Statistical “Proof”

    Although history can never be “proven,” enormous statistical probability is often viewed as proof by scientists and mathematicians. From a statistical viewpoint, God’s involvement in the life of Jesus is “certain.”

    As indicated earlier, the prophecies contained in the Old Testament were written long before Jesus. The Dead Sea Scrolls provided irrefutable evidence that these prophecies were not tampered with over the centuries. Of the 469 prophecies contained in the Old Testament that would have been fulfilled, 467 have been verified (we have no record of fulfillment of two). Perhaps the most fascinating prophecies are those about Jesus.

    Who Jesus’ Ancestors in Prophecy:

    David 2 Samuel 7:12-16; Jeremiah 23:5
    Jesse Isaiah 11
    Judah Isaiah 11
    Jacob Genesis 35:10-12; Numbers 24:17
    Isaac Genesis 17:16; 21:12
    Abraham Genesis 12:3; 22:18
    Shem Genesis 9:26,27; 10

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  33. What
    Virgin Birth Isaiah 7:14
    Birth of eternal Savior Isaiah 9:6,7
    Savior to Jews and Gentiles Isaiah 49:6
    Miracle worker Isaiah 29:18; 35:5,6
    Rejection by Jews Isaiah 53:1-3, Psalm 118:22 Matthew 21:42-46

    When
    Prophecy of the Date of Palm Sunday Daniel 9:20-27 – Although complex until understood,
    This prophecy made about 535 B.C. predicted Jesus’ final
    entry into Jerusalem to the day. The prophecy states:

    Daniel’s “Seventy Sevens”

     69 periods of 7 (years) will pass from the decree to rebuild Jerusalem until the coming of the “Anointed One” (Messiah, in Hebrew). This dates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

     After that time the Anointed One will be cut off (Hebrew: yikaret, meaning a sudden, violent end – crucifixion).

     And after that time the city and the temple will be destroyed.

    Prophecy: Daniel, a Hebrew, received the prophetic revelation in 535 B.C. Using the Hebrew definition of a year (360 days) we find:
    69 times 7 years = 173,880 days

    The decree to rebuild Jerusalem was given to Artaxerxes on March 14, 445 B.C. (first day of Nisan that year – Nehemiah 2:1-6).

    Using the actual 365-day calendar, along with adjustments for leap years and the final scientific adjustment (leap year is dropped every 128 years), we find this number of days brings us precisely to:

    April 6, A.D. 32

    History: Jesus’ ministry began in the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar (Luke 3:1), whose reign began in A.D. 14. A chronological analysis of Jesus’ ministry shows three years leading up to the final week, in A.D. 32.

    The Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England, confirms the Sunday before Passover that year to be …

    April 6, A.D. 32

    Other prophecy elements were fulfilled as well:
    Jesus was crucified three and a half days later.
    The Romans destroyed the city and temple in A.D. 70.

    Precise City of Jesus’ Birth The Bible (Micah 5:2) specified that Jesus would be born
    Bethlehem, in Ephrathah.

    Other Prophecies

     King on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9)
     Suffering, rejected (Isaiah 53:1-3)
     Crucified, pierced (Psalm 22:16)
     Cast lots for clothing (Psalm 22:18)
     No bones broken (Psalm 22:17)
     Given gall and wine (Psalm 69:20-22)
     Pierced with a spear (Zechariah 12:10)
     Posterity to serve Him (Psalm 22:30)
     Betrayed for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12)

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  34. Amazing Prophecy
    Statistics experts estimate the probability of all these prophecies coming true in any one man is about one
    Chance in 10 exp99 , less than the odds of correctly selecting one electron out of all the matter in the universe, or essentially zero without divine intervention.

    Jesus’ Own Prophecies
    The many prophecies made by Jesus Himself are important because:

    1. Perfect accuracy verifies the prophecy was “from God” (Deuteronomy 18:19-22).
    2. Since He claimed to be the Messiah and the Son of God, it verifies the claims of Jesus Christ.

    Prophecy from Jesus includes several immediately verified by people around Him [e.g., Jesus told a
    Centurion his servant would be healed, Matthew 8:5-13]. Other prophecies refer to judgment, to heaven, or the end of the world. Jesus told His disciples that His precise prophecy of His death and resurrection was so that when it happened, they would believe He was the Messiah (John 13:19). The Jews realized that only God knows the future.

    The Resurrection Prophecies of Jesus

    1. That He would be betrayed (Matthew 26:21; Mark 14:17-21; Luke 22:21,22)
    2. Who would betray Him
    3. When He would be betrayed
    4. That His disciples would desert Him
    5. That Peter would disown Him three times (Matthew 26:33,34; Mark 14:29,30; Luke 22:31-34)
    6. That He would be crucified (John 3:14-16; 12:32-34)
    7. That He would die and then be resurrected:
     First prediction (Matthew 16:21-28; Mark 8:31-9:1; Luke 9:21-27)
     Second prediction (Matthew 20:17-19; Mark 10:32-34; Luke 18:31-34)
     Third prediction (Matthew 26:2-5; Mark 14:1-9)
    8. That on the third day He would rise from the dead
    9. That He would return from death to meet the disciples in Galilee (Matthew 26:32)


    Lee Strobel ( In the ’80s), Lee’s wife, Leslie, became a Christian and when Lee found out, he was furious, being a staunch atheist and a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, Lee set out to debunk the resurrection of Christ so that he could prove to Leslie that she was being misled. But by applying his investigative skills and trying to disprove the biblical accounts of Jesus, he instead found that it was true, and as a result, he came to faith in Jesus Christ. Lee built a solid, reasonable case for Christ.

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  35. Was the Resurrection Physical?

    Some people (and even organizations) have tried to minimize or even disclaim Christ’s physical resurrection. Why? Perhaps because it undermines Jesus’ claims to deity. A prophet had to be 100 percent accurate to be a prophet of God, and clearly Jesus indicated that He would rise again physically from the dead (John 2:19-22). Or perhaps people want to diminish the role and power of Jesus. The facts clearly state that the resurrection was both real and physical.

    The resurrection was a highly significant event to Jews in the area. The Sadducees and Pharisees debated fiercely over the concept of resurrection long before Jesus. After the first Easter, people argued over it, people imprisoned others for it, people even died for it. In the days immediately following the Resurrection there was no doubt that many people believed that Jesus appeared again in a physical form.

    The accounts recorded in the New Testament stood the test of eyewitness examination. They could have easily been challenged by contemporaries. In the earliest days, there is no record of anyone claiming Jesus was an apparition (ghost) or a mass hallucination or any other sort of “mere spirit being.” For the resurrection to have any meaningful significance, it had to be a resurrection of the body, as Christ Himself indicated. Several references support this.

    Eating, Drinking, Touching

    Can a spirit eat? Drink? Touch? There is no historical evidence of any spirit-form taking on human functions unless it became human first (e.g., angels becoming human). Jesus, on the other hand, specifically made a point of verifying His physical existence by eating and drinking after the resurrection (Luke 24:37-43).

    Can a spirit or hallucination be touched or felt? Thomas, the most doubting of the disciples, certainly believed that touching was a primary criterion for “proof.” Jesus specifically appeared to Thomas (and the others), challenging him to see the nail prints in His hands and touch His side (John 20:25-28).


    How Can We Ensure the Right Relationship to Go to Heaven?

    When Jesus said not all who use His name will enter heaven (Matthew 7:21-23), He was referring to people who think using Christ’s name along with rituals and rules is the key to heaven. A relationship with God is not based on rituals or rules. It’s based on grace, forgiveness, and the right relationship.

    How to Have a Personal Relationship with God

    1. Believe that God exists and that He came to earth in the human form of Jesus Christ (John 3:16;
    Romans 10:9).
    2. Accepts God’s free forgiveness of sins through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Ephesians
    2:8-10; 1:7,8).
    3. Switch to God’s plan for life (1 Peter 1:21-23; Ephesians 2:1-5).
    4. Express desire for Christ to be Director of your life (Matthew 7:21-27; 1 John 4:15).

    Then What?

    People who sincerely take the preceding steps automatically become members of God’s family of believers. A new world of freedom and strength is then available through prayer and obedience to God’s will. New believers also can build their relationship with God by taking the following steps:

     Find a Bible-based church that you like, and attend regularly.
     Try to set aside some time each day to pray and read the Bible.
     Locate other Christians to spend time with on a regular basis.











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