DOES GOD EXIST? 上帝真的存在吗?

Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1)

I have read many books that proclaim there is no God. In the West, I am aware of being in a culture that has largely rejected God and the Church. People don’t just tolerate Christians; they despise them, and think the Bible is outdated and irrelevant. They think the Church has used Christianity to rule, control, and abuse people over hundreds of years. The reports of Roman Catholic priests charged with pedophilia is part of this  betrayal. The church is imperfect, but thank God, our faith is based not on it, but Christ!

The starting point for me is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Did He exist? Non-biblical writers like Josephus and Tacitus attest to the fact He existed, taught, and preached. His rising from the dead is to me irrefutable. If the Jews or the Romans had stolen the body, then all they had to do was to produce it to stop the spread of the Gospel. They couldn’t. Nor could the disciples have stolen the corpse. If they did, they would never have died for a lie. There is no way to explain the spread of the Gospel, but by the fact they had seen the risen Lord. But can we trust the Bible which tells us these things?

Generally, the more ancient manuscripts we have of the Bible, the more we can be sure of its authenticity and accuracy. And the earlier the manuscripts the better. The Bible has an astonishing five thousand ancient manuscripts, the largest of any volume in the world. And the earliest complete New Testament manuscript is the Codex Sinaiticus that sits in the British Museum, dated just 350 years after Christ! Just for comparison the earliest copy of Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars we have today is more than 1000 years after the event. Yet we believed Caesar existed and did what the book said he did!

So convinced of the resurrection, I receive Him as my GOD and Saviour. As I do so, I find He points me back to the Bible because He Himself believed it to be true. People may understandably judge Christianity by the Church. I believe because of Christ.

愚顽人心里说:“没有神”

诗篇14:1

多年来我看过无数的书都声称这世上没有上帝。在西方国家,我非常自觉那里的文化强烈地拒绝上帝与教会。那里的人对于基督徒不只是忍受;他们鄙视基督徒,而且认为圣经是过时并与现今社会毫不相干。他们觉得,百年以来教会都利用着基督教试图统治、控制甚至虐待人。而当中最为严重的莫过于那些有关天主教神父被控患有恋童癖的报导了。教会是不完美的,但感谢主!因为我们的信心并不在它身上,而是在耶稣基督里!

 

对我来说,我的信心旅程的起点从耶稣的复活开始。祂真的存在过吗?非圣经作者约瑟夫与塔西佗都记载过耶稣的存在,以及祂教导与传道的过程。所以说,祂的复活是毋庸置疑的。如果当初是那些犹太人或罗马人把尸体偷走的话,他们大可以把它给呈现出来就能够阻止福音的传送了。但他们做不到。同样的,门徒们也不可能把尸体偷走。如果是这样的话,他们绝对不会因为一个谎言而死。若不是他们亲眼目睹耶稣的复活,那就没有任何原因能够解释为什么福音能够蔓延的如此快速。但我们能够完全地相信圣经所告诉我们的一切吗?

 

一般来说,当我们拥有越多圣经的手稿,就越能够证实圣经的准确度与真实性。除此之外,越早期的手稿越好。圣经里包含了高达5000份手稿,比世上任何一本书来得更多。而最早期的新约手稿,西乃抄本 (Codex Sinaiticus),如今正存于英国博物馆,此抄本在耶稣离开的350年后就出现了!相对之下,凯撒的《高卢战争》最早期的手稿是在1000年后才出现。但我们仍旧相信凯撒的存在和他在书中说述说的事!

 

因深信耶稣复活的事实,我接受祂为上帝与救主。当我这么做时,我发现祂把我引导到圣经,因为祂亦相信圣经里所记载的是真实的。许多人会因教会而批判基督教,而我因耶稣基督而相信。

Philip Lyn 医生牧师

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