14.        What does the Bible teach about “I can do all things through Christ”?

When Paul writes in Philippians 4:13, and of course this is God through the Holy
Spirit writing through Paul in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who
strengthens me….”, this all things does not necessarily include the moving all
mountains through faith that Jesus taught as another blessing of faith in Matthew 17:
20,21; and which like the “all things”of Philippians 4:13 also has certain stipulations of
the context.  In the context of faith moving mountains of Matthew 17:20,21 and other
places in the Gospels, the mountain is to cast a demon out of a child, the stipulation
being that this kind of mountain “does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”  The
context of the stipulation of “all things” in Philippians 4:13 is the ability to be satisfied
in any state or circumstances, to abound, and to be abased, to be full and to be
hungry, to have plenty and to suffer need.  And if you read the whole context of the
book of Philippians to will find that in many ways 4:13 is a summary of the many ways
listed in this epistle through the circumstances of his Christian life where Paul found
many things, which he called as “all things”, through which Christ would give him the
strength to carry on and to carry on gracefully and with gratitude to God.

The obstacles to our faith or mountains must generally exist in our minds, and if we
can pray and fast, primarily while we cast all our cares on Christ because He cares
for us, the cares with the mountains of our mind disappear.

When we forget according to the teachings of John 13-17 that without Christ we can
do nothing, then what we do without Christ is nothing, and it counts for nothing
although the world may look at it, like a huge worship service over TV or a holiday
special, and say “wow”!  Also we know that without love, no matter how much strength
and faith we have, it is nothing though we give our body to be burned for a sacrifice,
or more likely in service, or speak eloquently on the Bible like an angel, etc.  If you
desire more on Philippians please read “Christ for Individuals” where with the five
books from John, the last three epistles of  Paul have been harmonized with the little
epistles of John to secure an outline on faith contending and the Security of the
Believer.  You will find this on the SunGrist_Bible website at www.biblecombibleman.
com/
product_LCCv2 and you will find on www.biblecombibleman.
com/Ephesians_page/ many similar teachings about the benefits of a believer from
Ephesians and Colossians

15.  What about the Bible?

If you go to the product page for the book
SOME SOUNDS OF A SOUND FAITH, you
will read the following:

Can we be confident enough to identify A SOUND FAITH?  The reaction
is often, "How can you tell which one is a sound faith?"  Yes, we can
identify a sound faith:  It is the "faith once for all delivered to the saints"
(Jude 3)  You can bank on it, if the faith delivered to you has been
recently modified, say within the last 1900 years, then it is not the same
faith delivered to the saints in the first century.  And yes, that A SOUND
FAITH was recorded in the New Testament during the First Century by
the Apostles of Christ under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  "all
scripture is given by inspiration of God"  , the record tells us so that God
Himself working through the Spirit is the guarantee of the accuracy of the
sounds of this ONE SOUND FAITH.
Have there been and are there still efforts to substitute an unsound faith
for the ONE SOUND FAITH?  Yes, these efforts started also in the First
Century, and that is the reason that Jude wrote the book of Jude in order
to contend for this faith "once for all delivered".

"I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend
earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the
saints."  (Jude 3)

Not only was Jude {actually this is the Apostle Judas, not Iscariot}
contending earnestly to protect the faith once for all delivered, but he
solicited the efforts of first century Christians, and through the Bible us, to
also contend  earnestly for the faith, earnestly because it is serious
business.

But this faith once for all delivered and canonized in the New Testament
writings of the Apostles in 27 books is old, one might say, how can
anything almost two thousand years ago be that good!  When God does
it through the Spirit and the Apostles, He only needs to do it once.  You
don't complain, do you, that the Creation by God of heaven and earth is
too old, or too outdated; nor should you complain that the revelations of
the New Testament were completed once for all in the first century;
although, believe, what must be new and we have a long ways to go as
Christians is the "illumination" on those long-existing revelations. The
illuminations of what has been in that New Testament {also whole Bible
of 66 books} can seem very new to us, indeed if read under the guidance
of the Holy Spirit it becomes "alive and powerful, and sharper than any
two-edged sword":   it can have a newness every day.

16.        Scientific Principles that God is the only answer to all problems.

It naturally follows from three basic teachings or doctrines of the Bible
that God is the only sufficient answer to all problems:  (1) that God is the
Creator of all men; (2) that God has personal concern for all men, women,
and children; (3) that God desires the best for each life; that (4) God
communicates as part of the best for each life answers to all of our
problems.

As far as scientific principles leading up to the acceptance of the Word of
God, the Bible, it might be stated as Dr. R. G. Lee said “God is the
fundamental postulate of all rational thinking”, or one might make the
approach of the Philosophy of Religion {as in Elton Trueblood’s book} to
prove the rationality of God, or the approach of Christian Apologetics as
in Mosma’s book by over 40 scientist of government, industry, and
education THE EVIDENCE OF GOD IN AN EXPANDING UNIVERSE.  
However, as a physicist and engineer and as an American with a great
deal of respect for pragmatism, I have always preferred the approach of
starting my Christian Evidences {a more practical sub-category of
Christian Apologetics} with here is a book called the Bible that claims to
be the Word of God and claims to be written by God through apostles
and prophets, can we accept this Book {really a book of 66 books and the
field of how the Canon of the Bible came to be is well dealt with by F.F.
Bruce in THE BOOK AND THE PARCHMENTS} as what it claims to be
the Word of God,  While you can find many evidences of scientific
reasons to accept this Bible as the Word of God, as for example in
McLendon Day’s THE WONDER OF THE WORD, or Irwin Linton’s A
LAWYER EXAMINES THE BIBLE, or Dean Simon Greenleaf’s {former
expert on Evidence and Dean of the Harvard Law School}, I have found
from my experiences with these intellectual struggles since college days
between science and religion {really it was usually more a struggle
between certain scientific unbelievers and liberal Bible teachers} that
ultimate you will find as many intellectuals in any field of endeavor who
believe in God and the Bible and the Lord Jesus Christ as believe
otherwise, the vast field of Evidences and Apologetics can generally only
help you to remove intellectual clutter enroute to simple faith in the Bible,
God, and Christ—except the testimonies of men like R.A. Millikan, the
Nobel prize winning physicists and author of  EVOLUTION IN SCIENCE
AND RELGION have always helped me, like the personal testimonies of
any men or women that we respect, and as Charles Spurgeon said, “Be
not such a wiseacre as to think that you have nothing to learn from the
past.”  In other words passing from doubts and skepticism to faith is more
likely to happen as it did to Governor Wallace during the research and
writing of Ben Hur, as he read the 4 Gospels for himself and as Irwin
Linton convinced many lawyers to do who became believers, by personal
and intellectually honest experience with the Bible {this is also pragmatic}.

The four convictions listed at the beginning of this answer are stated
often in the pages of the Bible:  (1) God did make us; (2) The God who
knows when a sparrow falls to the God also is concerned about each of
us, having the hairs of our head numbered and knowing when we sit
down or get up; (3) Even as “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it
entered into the heart of man” except through the pages of the Bible,
what God has prepared for those who love Him, even so does God want
the best for our lives; and (4) As we say and can prove that the Bible as
the Word of God is (a) divine in origin, it came from God, (b) absolute in
authority, the answers come from God the Creator, (c) high fidelity in
communication, yes it does communicate with the right attitude of
approach, (d) self-interpreting, by which is meant that the Bible interprets
itself in that God worked with both Prophets in the OT and Apostles in the
NT to assure a common and correct interpretation of the Bible—I say
even as we can prove these to be true, we can also prove similarly that
the (e) the Bible is sufficient in message, and by that we mean that God
has given us sufficient solutions to all of life’s problems for now and
eternity to be sufficient for life and eternity.  What you will find is that the
Bible is almost as big as God since this is the prime manner, except for
the correlative witness of the Holy Spirit and preachers, that God has
chosen by which to communicate to His own Creatures.

The problem is to be objective, a problem that many of the best scientists
have as Millikan points out in EVOLUTION IN SCIENCE AND RELIGION.  
All of us are human and as such have certain prejudices, previous
commitments, inclinations, and especially sin.  It is the sin of pride and
world wisdom that really stand in our way of simple faith in God, Christ,
and the Bible; and it would almost seem that fate is weighed against any
non-believer because of the prejudice of sin, except for the fact that God
in His infinite wisdom about the same time He was providing a book of
heavenly wisdom, a Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to show wisdom incarnate
and to pass on all that God taught Him in heaven, also provided the Holy
Spirit on the first day of Pentecost after the Ascension to convict the
world {any individual in the world} of sin, of righteousness, and of
judgment; and until near the end of this Age, according to II
Thessalonians, when the Holy Spirit is withdrawn from earth, He {yes, He
is God and a Person to be called He} will counter the prejudice of sin in
favor of faith, the only remaining decision is on the part of each individual
to choose.  Yes, God respects you and your own individual freedom of
choice to choose Him and the alternative of unbelief.  Of course also in
the name of all intellectual honesty, the consequences of “an evil heart of
unbelief in departing from the living God” is also taught in the Bible as
eternity in hell; and many intellectuals such as yourself, do not appreciate
how patient God has been before He makes the final decision of the
place of your eternity, heaven or hell, because we do not appreciate all
the obstacles that you have to overcome in order to continue in unbelief,
especially that of the work and will of the Holy Spirit.
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