There are some Christians who believe in Jesus Christ, but do not believe that some of the more remarkable events of the Old Testament really occurred.They do not believe, for example, that Moses parted the Red Sea, or Noah built an ark in order to survive a world-wide flood.
In my opinion, you either believe what the Bible says, or you don’t.God didn’t write some things that are true, and then make other stuff up.
All of the Old Testament is true, even the wondrous or “unbelievable” occurrences.Many of them were mentioned by Jesus Christ during His ministry.Jesus didn’t lie, and He referred to some of these events when He was teaching His disciples, speaking to a crowd, or answering challenges from the Pharisees.
If Jesus said these things actually happened, then they really did.Let’s look at some of the extraordinary happenings from the Old Testament and what Jesus said about them when He walked the Earth.
God created Adam and Eve
While teaching a crowd of people in Judea, some Pharisees approached Jesus and asked Him a question about divorce in order to test Him.
Jesus replied. “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Mark 10:6-9 (NIV, bold print added)
Mankind was destroyed by a flood except for Noah and his family
Jesus said the following to His disciples on the Mount of Olives:
“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.” Matthew 24:37-39 (NIV, bold print added)
Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by fire and sulfur
Jesus mentioned Sodom when speaking to His disciples about the Earth’s last days:
“It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.” Luke 17:28-29 (NIV, bold print added)
Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt
When the Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come, He replied:
“It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.” Luke 17:30-33 (NIV, bold print added)
God spoke to Moses in a burning bush
When the Sadducees asked Jesus about resurrection.Here is part of His answer:
“Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the account of the burning bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?” Mark 12:26 (NIV)
God fed Israel with manna from Heaven in the wilderness
Jesus told this to a crowd of people by the Sea of Galilee:
“So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.” John 6:30-32 (NIV)
God rescued Jonah from the belly of a large fish
When the Pharisees asked for a sign of His divinity, Jesus mentioned Jonah. He said:
“He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Matthew 12:39-40 (NIV, bold print added)
There are many wondrous things told to us in the Bible, but the most important one is Jesus died on the cross to atone for our sins, and there is no other way to get to Heaven except through Him. If you already trust and obey Him . . . GREAT!If not, it’s time to start.Say a prayer to Jesus right now.
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:6-7 (NIV, bold print added)
I'm very sorry I haven't previously extended a welcome to you to T2O. I envy your wholehearted belief in infallibility-it seems ironic that you selected the 3 days and nights verse that gives so many of us trouble in interpretation. Did you see that discussion in the forums recently? I hope and pray for salvation even if I can't understand everything.