I can attest to the fact, that if you don’t keep motor oil levels up properly in your car you will ruin your engine. I personally experienced two events in my life that has led me to this strong conclusion. The first; when a cracked fuel pump, on my 1970 VW Bug, leaked oil from the engine case onto the 91 freeway in Anaheim, California, while I was driving. This led to fried bearings in my engine and a very long day on the side of the road. The second event occurred when my son cruised into Rancho Cucamonga all the way from Oklahoma. I could hear the engine on his truck knocking as he pulled up in front of my brother’s house. A quick glance at the dip stick showed no oil in the crankcase. Both of these events cost me time and money that I didn’t have. I can now boldly proclaim and firmly attest to the fact that not keeping up with the motor oil in your engine is sure to ruin your engine and cost you some bucks.
With the same boldness of conviction and experience the beloved disciple, John, brother of James, and son of Zebedee attests to the person and work of Jesus Christ. That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life. I John 1:1 (NKJV)
Some false religions had crept into the early church some proclaiming that Jesus was not really a man and that he didn’t really die on the cross. John stood up and said, “Check it out, I can attest, I was there. I saw the man that came from God, I heard him speak, and I touched him. He was the Word of Life and He was around from the beginning and he was fully God and fully man. I was there. I experienced it. I am convinced and there is no doubt, only certainty.” Of course, I’m paraphrasing but John used the term, “know for certain” 38 times in His book.
I can also attest to something more important than motor oil and that is that God’s Word is true and the study of it and the infusion of it into your life will change the way you act and think. When I was 14 years old we had a controversy spread throughout our small little church. Looking back on the event it shouldn’t have caused such uproar but our pastor revealed himself in a series of sermons as a post- tribulationist. The stir came because our congregation held to the pre -tribulation view of the 2nd coming. This little happening over 38 years ago in our small church sent me to God’s word for my own answers. This in turn, eventually, led me to the study of many books written by the late Dr. Henry Morris, beginning with his paperback, “The Bible Has the Answer.” In 1976, I ended up at Christian Heritage College in El Cajon, California and in the apologetics class of none other than Dr. Morris himself. His devotion to the infallibility of God’s Word and its, “Many Infallible Proofs,” has forever influenced my life. Thank God for men like John and many generations later men like Henry Morris and all those in between and all those in the future that have and will stand up in the face of doubt and proclaim, “I Can Attest.”
Note: In Memory of the late Dr Henry Morris founder of the Institute for Creation Research.
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