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700 Club Interactive: "God's Not Dead" - May 6, 2013

Is God dead? Author Rice Broocks offers some compelling evidence proving that God is, in fact, alive and well. Read Transcript


Gordon: HEADLINES HAVE

ANNOUNCED HIS DEATH.

WHAT THEY DO IS KIND OF

GROUP ALL RELIGION

TOGETHER.

RELIGION IS JUST ALL ONE BIG

THING THAT THE SKEPTICAL

WORLD IS NOW TRYING TO

ATTACK.

Gordon: EVIDENCE THAT

GOD IS ALIVE AND KICKING, ON

TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

ON "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE,"

WE USE TECHNOLOGY TO PRY

PRAY FOR EACH OTHER, AND

EXPLORE TOPICS THAT MATTER

TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

Gordon: WELCOME TO THE

PROGRAM.

THROUGHOUT HISTORY,

PHILOSOPHERS AND THEOLOGIANS

HAVE WRESTLED TO FIND GOD.

THEN SOME CLAIMED THAT GOD

WAS DEAD.

BUT NOT EVERYONE AGREES WITH

THIS THINKERS, IN FACT, THEY

SAY GOD IS VERY MUCH ALIVE.

Reporter: WE LIVE IN AN

AGE WHERE WE SEEM TO HAVE IT

ALL.

OUR PHONES ARE GETTING

SMARTER, OUR CARS ARE

GETTING GREENER.

PEOPLE ARE LIVING LONGER,

AND IF YOU'RE BORED, THERE

IS AN APP FOR THAT.

IN THE MIDST OF THIS

KNOWLEDGE AND MATERIAL

GOODS, WE HAVE MORE

QUESTIONS THAN EVER: WHY ARE

WE HERE?

WHERE ARE WE GOING?

, ANAND WHAT'S THE POINT?

FOR BRYCE BROOKS, THERE ARE

REAL ANSWERS IN THESE

UNCERTAIN TIMES.

HE SAYS IT ALL BEGINNERS

BEGINS AND ENDS WITH GOD.

Gordon: PLEASE WELCOME

BRYCE BROOKS TO THE "THE 700

CLUB".

GOOD SO SEE YOU, GARD.

GORDON.

Gordon: EVEN THE BIBLE

SAYS THE FOOL SAYS THERE IS

NO GOD.

THERE WERE ATHEISTS EVEN

BACK THEN.

WHY SO MUCH NOW?

AFTER 9/11, THAT WAS

PROBABLY A WATERSHED MOMENT

FOR OUR COUNTRY.

MANY OF THEM IN THEIR OWN

STORIES SAID 9/11 IS THE

TIME THAT RICHARD DAWSEN AND

SAM HARRIS AND OTHERS

DECIDED TO START WRITING

ABOUT RELIGION.

AND WHAT THEY DO IS GROUP

RELIGION ALL TOGETHER, KIND

OF A STRAW MAN, FILL SOS

PHILOSOPHICALLY.

THEY DON'T SEEM TO KNOW THE

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SUICIDE

BOMBER AND A SUNDAY SCHOOL

TEACHER, BUT IT IS ONE BIG

WORLD THEY'RE TRYING TO

ATTACK.

Gordon: THEY'RE ALSO

TRYING TO ATTACK

CHRISTIANITY.

BEFORE IT BECAME EVIDENT

THAT MUSLIMS WERE BEHIND THE

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS,

THEY WERE ACTIVELY SAYING IT

IS SOME RIGHT-WING ZELLOT

THAT IS RESPONSIBLE.

IT WAS ALMOST ANTICIPATION

LIKE THEY HOPED IT WOULD BE

THAT.

YEAH.

AFTER 9/11, I WENT TO NEW

YORK CITY, AND I WAS SITTING

IN ONE OF MY FAVORITE

RESTAURANTS, CARNEGIE DELI,

AND THE OWNER OF THE DELI

SAID COME OVER HERE.

THEY ARE GETTING ANTHRAX

LETTERS AND THEY NEED

ANSWERS.

AND WE WERE FLYING EVERY

SUNDAY NIGHT FOR A YEAR, TO

NEW YORK, TO TRY TO PLAN A

CHURCH.

I LOOKED AT THESE TWO CBS

EXECUTIVES AND I SAID IF

THERE IS ANYTHING THAT 9/11

SHOWED US IS THAT ALL

RELIGIONS ARE NOT THE SAME.

THE GOD THAT TOLD THOSE MEN

TO GET IN PLANES AND KILL

PEOPLE IS NOT THE SAME GOD

THAT TELLS US TO COME HERE

IN PLANES AND HELP PEOPLE.

WITH TERRORISM AND PEOPLE

KIND OF ACTING OUT THE

LOGICAL EXTENSION OF THEIR

RELIGIOUS BELIEFS, ISLAM --

AND NOT THAT ALL ISLAM IS

LIKE THAT -- LET'S JUST SIGH

SKEPTICISM, AND WHEN YOU SEE

A PHILOSOPHY AND ACT IT OUT

TO ITS LOGICAL CONCLUSION,

THEN YOU'LL SEE THE FRUIT OF

IT.

THE FRUIT OF EIGHTH

ATHLETICATHEISM, WHEN THEY

SAY RELIGION IS THE FRUIT OF

BAD.

WHEN JOHN LENNON WROTE

"IMAGINE THERE IS NO

HEAVEN," AND SLADMIR BUILT A

DIFFERENT SCENARIO, AND LOOK

AT WHAT RELIGION DID.

Gordon: ONCE YOU TAKE

GOD OUT OF THE PICTURE, THEN

SORT OF WHAT'S THE POINT?

Reporter: AND IT GOES

DOWN THE LINE.

WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT

EVIDENCE FOR GOD, CAN YOU

HAVE MORALS WITHOUT GOD?

THE RUSSIAN WRITER SAID IF

THERE IS NO GOD, THEN ALL

THINGS ARE PERMISSIBLE.

BECAUSE IF THERE IS NO

ULTIMATE MORAL AUTHORITY, IT

IS BACK TO THE SCHOOL YARD

SAYS WHO?

PEOPLE SAY LOOK AT THE

CONFLICT IN NORTHERN

IRELAND, AND THAT IS

RELIGIOUS CONFLICT, WELL,

LOOK AT NORTH KOREA.

HERE IS A COUNTRY THAT IS AN

ATHEIST COUNTRY BY

DEFINITION, AND NOW POSSESS

OUR GREATEST THET.

BECAUSE THAT SHOWS YOU

SCIENCE WITHOUT SOME MORAL

BEARING IS JUST A AS GOOD

AS THE SCIENTIST OR

POLITICIAN WIELDING THAT

TOOL.

Gordon: WHY HAVE

CHRISTIANS SORT OF ABANDONED

THE PLAYING FIELD, IF YOU

WILL.

IF YOU ASK THEM WHY DO YOU

BELIEVE, YOU TEND NOT TO GET

REASONED ARGUMENT COMING

BACK.

WELL, I THINK IRONICALLY,

THE ATHEISTS HAD TO WORK

PRETTY HARD BECAUSE IN A

MAJORITY PEOPLE IN AMERICA

WHERE PEOPLE ASSUME THERE IS

A GOD, AND I'M A CHRISTIAN

BECAUSE I WAS RAISED IN

CHURCH, YOU DON'T EVER

REALLY HAVE TO DEFEND THAT.

SO IF YOU'RE A EXCEPT

SKEPTIC, YOU'VE HAD TO WORK

HARD TO SAY WHY YOU DON'T

BELIEVE.

AND PEOPLE HAVE NOT DONE

THEIR CHILDREN.

WILLIAM WILBER-FORCE SAYS

CHRISTIANITY HAS BEEN

MARGINALIZED BECAUSE THOSE

WHO ANSWER THE FAITH CANNOT

ANSWER.

IT IS NOT THAT OUR ARGUMENTS

ARE DEFICIENT.

THAT'S THE FEAR, IF WE GET

INTO AN INTELLECTUAL FORUM,

OUR ARGUMENTS DISAPPEAR.

AND IT IS JUST THE

OPPOSITE.

WHEN YOU GET TO THE

SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE, THE

PHILOSOPHICAL EVIDENCE, AND

BIOLOGICAL EVIDENCE, LIKE

WHERE DID LIFE COME FROM, IS

THERE EVIDENCE FOR A

DESIGNER WITHIN THE SMALLEST

LIVING CELL?

ABSOLUTELY.

ULTIMATELY, CHRIST MANIFEST

HIMSELF, AND GOD, THE

CREATIVE, BECOMES A MAN, AND

HE ALLOWED HIMSELF TO BE

HANDLED, QUESTIONED, AND

THEN UNDENIABLY DIES,

HISTORICALLY DIES, AND THEN

IS RAISED FROM THE DEAD,

VERIFYING WHO HE IS.

Gordon: WHY DO

CHRISTIANS EVEN FAIL ON THAT

ONE, THOUGH.

WHEN YOU ASK THE QUESTION:

IS THERE AN HISTORICAL

JESUS, AND WHAT EVIDENCE DO

WE HAVE FOR THE HISTORY THAT

JESUS CHRIST LIVED IN

ISRAEL, IN THE FIRST

CENTURY, A LOT OF CHRISTIANS

DON'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT THAT.

A SIMPLE ONE-WEEK TOUR TO

ISRAEL WILL CURE YOUR

SKEPTICISM.

I SAID THIS IN A PIECE I DID

IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK, A

LITTLE OP-ED DEAL, IF YOU

BELIEVE THAT SOMEHOW THE

BIBLE IS A BOOK OF FAIRY

TALES, JUST A FIVE-DAY TRIP

TO ISRAEL -- YOU'VE BEEN

THERE MANY TIMES.

YOU TALK TO ANY SECULAR OR

RELIGIOUS JEWISH PEOPLE,

THEY KNOW MOSES WAS A REAL

PERSON AND JESUS WAS A REAL

PERSON.

ONE OF THE GREAT GIFTS -- I

WOULDN'T CALL IT A GIFT, BUT

BART AIRMAN, WHO HAS WRITTEN

MORE AGAINST THE BIBLE, A

"NEW YORK TIMES"

BEST-SELLER, HE ACTUALLY

HELPED US BECAUSE HE

RECENTLY PUBLISHED A BOOK

SAYING THAT JESUS LIVED.

IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THAT,

THEN YOU'RE NOT LOOKING AT

THE EVIDENCE THROUGH THE

DISPASSIONATE EYE OF THE

HISTORIAN.

BUT YOU HAVE ANOTHER AGENDA

THAT THAT DENIAL

OBSERVATION.

HERE IS PROBABLY THE

GREATEST CRITIC OF THE

CHRISTIAN FAITH, THE

BIBLICAL FAITH, ADMITTING IF

YOU'RE AN HISTORIAN, JESUS

LIVED.

REMEMBER C.S.LEWIS SAYING HE

WAS A LORD, LIAR, OR CRAZY.

THE BILL MARHS OF THE WORLD

THAT SAY HE WAS A RETELLING

OF ANCIENT MYTHS -- THAT'S

REALLY THE MYTH.

NO ORIGINAL SOURCE.

THAT'S THE EQUIVALENT OF THE

"NATIONAL ENQUIRER", BIGFOOT

STOLE MY BABY.

HE WAS NOT A MYTH

MYTHOLOGICAL REMAKE, AND HE

WAS THE MESSIAH.

HIS ACTIONS AND WORK SPEAK

OF THAT, AND HIS DEATH AND

RESURRECTION VERIFY THAT.

Gordon: AND WE HAVE

MORE EVIDENCE OF THAT IN

TERMS OF MANUSCRIPTS AND

EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNTS THAT

HAVE SURVIVED, IN TERMS OF

EVEN ROMAN RECORDS, THAN WE

DO THAN FOR THE EXISTENCE OF

SOCRATES.

Reporter: IF

IF YOU TAKE ALL OF THE

RECORDS OF ANCIENT

HISTORIANS, YOU COULD PILE

THEM UP.

IF YOU TAKE THE 10,000 LATIN

MANUSCRIPTS, THE SIRIAT, AND

THE OLD CHURCH LOVOCIAN, AND

THE 1 MILLION QUOTATIONS

FROM THE CHURCH FATHER, IF

WE LOST ALL OF THE

MANUSCRIPTS, WE CAN REDO IT

JUST FROM THE CHURCHES.

IF WE'RE GOING TO DENY THE

HISTORICAL ACCURACY OF THE

BIBLE, WE THROW OUT

EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT

ANCIENT HISTORY.

AND WE DON'T KNOW ANYTHING

ABOUT ROME AND THE ANCIENT

WORLD.

WE HAVE TO BE FAIR ABOUT THE

EVIDENCE.

Gordon: "GOD IS NOT

DEAD" AND THE BOOK IS

AVAILABLE IN BOOKSTORES

NATIONWIDE.

I ENCOURAGE YOU TO GET A

COPY OF IT.

WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO DEFEND

THE FAITH AND GIVE REASONED

ARGUMENTS FOR WHY WE

BELIEVE.

BRYCE, THANKS FOR THE BOOK

AND THANKS FOR BEING HERE.

THANK YOU.

Gordon: COMING UP, HE

WAS A WITCH DOCTOR, AND SHE

WAS A FERVENT CHRISTIAN.

FIND OUT HOW THEY BECAME A

MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN RIGHT

AFTER THIS.

Gordon: ANDREW WAS A

WITCH DOCTOR IN NIGERIA, AND

HIS WIFE WAS A CHRISTIAN.

THEIR MARRIAGE SEEMED

DESTINED FOR NAIL YOU'RE

FAILURE UNTIL THEY TURNED ON

THE TELEVISION AND SAW A

FAMILIAR FACE.

Reporter: ANDREW IS

GRATEFUL FOR MANY THINGS IN

HIS LIFE, HIS WIFE,

CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN, AND

THE FARM THEY RUN TOGETHER.

I LOVE MY LIFE.

I HAVE A WONDERFUL FAMILY,

AND I HAVE PEACE.

Reporter: BUT NOT LONG

AGO ANDREW'S LIFE WAS VERY

DIFFERENT.

AS A YOUNG MAN, ANDREW HAD

JOINED A CULT.

LED BY A MAN NAMED JOHN

ALEPO.

HE ORDAINED ME AS AN

AGENT OF THE DEVIL.

I PRACTICED BLACK MAGIC AND

CAST SPELLS ON PEOPLE.

Reporter: ANDREW'S WIFE

WAS A CHRISTIAN.

SHE SPENT 12 YEARS PRAYING

FOR HER HUSBAND'S

SALVATION.

HE FINALLY GOT TIRED OF HER

PRAYERS AND KICKED HER OUT

OF THE HOUSE.

HER PRAYERS STOOD IN THE

WAY OF MY IDOL WORSHIP.

Reporter: BUT ANDREW

SAYS HE STILL LOVED HIS WIFE

AND VISITED HER.

ONE DAY WHILE HE WAS AT HER

HOME, HE TURNED ON THE

TELEVISION AND SAW HIS

FORMER CULT LEADER, JOHN

ALEPO.

HE HAD SEEN "THE 700 CLUB,"

AND GIVEN HIS LIFE TO

CHRIST.

NOW HIS STORY WAS AIRING ON

"THE 700 CLUB."

ANDREW KNEW GOD WAS CALLING

HIM TO MAKE THE SAME

DECISION.

AS I PRAYED, I FELT LIKE

I WAS IN COLD WATER.

ALL OF THE ANGER LEFT ME.

I EXPERIENCED PEACE AND

JOY.

Reporter: ANDREW GAVE

UP BLACK MAGIC AND THE

OCCULT, AND ASKED FOR HIS

WIFE TO FORGIVE HIM.

MY PRAYERS WERE

ANSWERED.

MY HUSBAND HAD BECOME A

CHRISTIAN, AND NOW WE

EXPERIENCE PEACE AND LOVE AS

A FAMILY.

BECAUSE OF CBN, MANY

PEOPLE LIKE ME HAVE ACCEPTED

JESUS CHRIST.

GOD BLESS YOU.

Gordon: AND GOD BLESS

YOU.

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WE SAVE SO MUCH ON THE

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OUR MONTHLY TEACHING

C.D.s, "POWER FOR LIFE."

UP NEXT, HE WORE A BADGE TO

BREAK THE LAW.

UNWARRANTED TUESDAY, YOU

WERE TRANSPORTING DRUGS ON

WEDNESDAY, PROTECTING DRUG

ADDICTS ON THURSDAY.

EVEN INTERNAL AFFAIRS HAS TO

MAKE A MOVE.

Gordon: WATCH WHAT

HAPPENS OF TH AFTER THIS

COP WAS BUSTED.

UP NEXT.

Gordon: ROBERT DAVIS IS

ONE OF AMERICA'S LONGEST

RUNNER FUGITIVES.

FOR 22 YEARS, HE RAN FROM

THE F.B.I., THE U.S.

MARSHALS, AND MOST OF ALL

FROM GOD.

Reporter: ROBERT LEON

DAVIS WAS A CROOKED COP.

JUST ABOUT EVERY CRIME

YOU COULD NAME, WE DID.

AND ALL THE WHILE WE WERE

WEARING A BADGE.

SOMEONE WITH A BADGE HAS A

LOT OF POWER.

Reporter: HE GREW UP A

HARD-HEADED CHILD IN THE

CARE OF HIS CHRISTIAN

GRANDMOTHER.

SHE USED BIBLE STORIES TO

TEACH HIM RIGHT FROM WRONG.

SHE SAID, ONE DAY, WHEN

I'M GONE, YOU WILL REMEMBER

THE THINGS I'M TELLING YOU

NOW.

Reporter: HE JOINED THE

NEW ORLEANS POLICE

DEPARTMENT WITH GOOD

INTENTIONS AND OUTSTANDING

ABILITY.

I WENT ON WITH GOOD

HOPES, AND TRYING TO, AS

MUCH AS ONE MAN CAN, CHANGE

THE WORLD.

THAT WAS ONE OF THE FEW

PLACES THAT COULD.

I WENT ON THE FORCE WITH

BEING HONORABLE.

Reporter: BUT HIS IDEAS

ABOUT CHANGING THE WORLD

WERE CHALLENGED HIS FIRST

DAY ON THE JOB.

THE SENIOR OFFICER I'M

RIDING WITH, WITH 17 YEARS

OF EXPERIENCE, JUST STARTED

STOPPING GUYS FOR NO REASON,

STARTED SEARCHING GUYS FOR

NO REASON, STARTED STOPPING

VEHICLES FOR NO REASON.

HE WAS JUST DOING CRAZY

STUFF.

HE WAS DOING EVERYTHING THE

ACADEMY SAID DON'T DO.

Reporter: HE FILED A

COMPLAINT WITH SUPERVISORS,

BUT THEY CONVINCED HIM TO

THINK TWICE BEFORE BLOWING

THE WHISTLE ON ANOTHER

OFFICERS.

I REALIZED THIS

PARTICULAR FORCE I WAS ON

WAS CORRUPT, BUT I REALIZED

I HAD TWO CHOICES TO MAKE:

EITHER I GET OUT OF THIS OR

I JOIN THE CLUB.

UNFORTUNATELY, I JOINED THE

CLUB.

EVERYTHING GRANDMA TOLD ME

IS OUT THE DOOR NOW.

CORRUPTION IS DEEP WITHIN.

I THINK AT THE RATE I WAS

GOING, I COULD HAVE WOUND UP

KILLING SOMEBODY.

Reporter: ROBERT AND

HIS PARTNERS ADMINISTERED

THEIR OWN FORM OF STREET

JUSTICE.

ROB SOMEONE ON MONDAY,

HAVE SEX WITH SOMEONE,

UNWARRANTED, ON TUESDAY, YOU

WERE TRANSPORTING DRUGS ON

WEDNESDAY.

YOU'RE PROTECTING DRUG

ADDICTS THURSDAY, WELL, EVEN

INTERNAL AFFAIRS HAS TO MAKE

A MOVE.

Reporter: COMPLAINTS

AGAINST HIM PILED UP.

INTERNAL AFFAIRS SET UP

SURVEILLANCE, AND CAUGHT

ROBERT BREAKING THE LAWS HE

WAS SWORN TO PROTECT.

I WAS LOOKING AT 30 YEARS

IN ANGOLA, AND I HAD ALREADY

PLACED 27 PEOPLE IN THE

PRISON.

AND WORD CAME DOWN ONCE I

WAS FOUND GUILTY, THEY WOULD

RAPE ME AND KILL ME.

I KNEW I WAS GOING TO BE

DEAD WITHIN 24 HOURS OF

BEING PLACED IN ANGOLA.

Reporter: HE DECIDED TO

RUN AWAY BEFORE TRIAL.

HE LEARNED HOW TO LIVE AND

THE WILDERNESS.

HE MADE HIS WAY INTO CANADA

AND LIVED AS A

FUGITIVEMENT.

> FUGITIVE.

I WOULD RUN AND STAY IN

THE WOODS AND NOBODY COULD

FIND ME.

SOMETIMES I WOULD COME OUT

TO EARN SOME MONEY, $20,

$30, TO GET SOME CANNED

GOODS.

Reporter: FOR 22 YEARS

HE CROSSED THE U.S. AND

CANADIAN BORDERS, USING

DIFFERENT NAMES IN DIFFERENT

CITIES.

HE LIVED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE

HE COULD BE CAUGHT AT ANY

MOMENT, AND HE BLAMED GOD

FOR HIS CIRCUMSTANCES.

HOW COULD THERE BE A

GOD?

THIS GOD THING, IT IS A

CHARADE.

IT CAN'T BE TRUE.

AND PLEASE, DON'T MENTION

JESUS CHRIST.

I REALLY DIDN'T -- I HAD AN

AFFINITY FOR DISLIKEING

HIM.

I WAS, LIKE, THIS GUY IS A

FARCE.

I BECAME A HARD-CORE

ATHEIST.

Reporter: AFTER YEARS

OF LIVING ON THE RUN, HIS

MIND WAS A ME MESS OF

EMOTIONS AND REGRET.

ROBERT THOUGHT OF KILLING

HIMSELF.

FOR A STRETCH OF TWO OR

THREE DAYS, I WAS GOING

BETWEEN SUICIDE AND ALL

KINDS OF FEELINGS.

SO MANY THINGS STARTED

COMING UP.

I BELIEVED AT THAT POINT I

WANTED TO END IT ALL.

I HAD A PISTOL WITH ME, AND

I THOUGHT ABOUT IT.

Reporter: YET PASSAGES

FROM THE BIBLE HIS

GRANDMOTHER TAUGHT HIM CAME

TO MIND.

ROBERT DECIDED TO TEST GOD.

AND GOD ANSWERED.

I KEPT TESTING HIM WITH

MANY, MANY THINGS.

THERE WAS AN OLD COFFEE CAN

SITTING OUT THERE.

AND I TOOK A ROCK.

AND I PLACED IT ON TOP OF AN

UP SIDE DOWN CAN.

AND I SAID WHEN I WAKE UP IN

THE MORNING, IF THAT ROCK IS

UNDERNEATH THAT CAN, I

BELIEVE YOU EXIST AND I WILL

TURN MYSELF IN.

WHEN I WOKE UP, THE ROCK WAS

NOT ON THE CAN.

I NEVER HAD THE COURAGE TO

LOOK UNDERNEATH THAT CAN.

WHEN YOU REALLY THINK YOU'RE

DEALING WITH THE LIVING GOD,

IN PERSON, IN THE MIDDLE OF

THE WOODS IN TENNESSEE,

THAT'S A VERY, VERY SCARY

FEELING.

AND I INSTANTLY LOST ALL

ATHEISTIC VIEWPOINTS.

I HAD VISIONS OF MY

GRANDMOTHER, AND VISIONS OF

BIBLE PASSAGES CAME IN MY

HEAD.

I, THAT VERY NEXT DAY,

SURRENDERED TO LAW

ENFORCEMENT.

I FIRST SURROUNDED TO GOD.

Reporter: HE WENT BACK

TO NEW ORLEANS A NEW MAN,

READY TO FACE THE CHARGES

AGAINST HIM.

I COULD NOT FATHOM A GOD

THAT WAS TELLING ME TO

SURRENDER, ONLY TO BE BE

SURRENDERING TO DEATH.

IT HAD TO BE SURRENDERING TO

LIFE.

I COULD NOT KNOW THAT THE

JUDGE WAS GOING TO RELEASE

ME.

I ACTUALLY THOUGHT I WOULD

GET THE 30 YEARS.

SHE FELT I HAD SERVED

TIME, AND SHE WAS GOING TO

TAKE A CHANCE ON ME.

SHE TOLD ME THAT, I'M GOING

TO TAKE A CHANCE ON YOU.

Reporter: ROBERT WAS A

FREE MAN.

AND HE WORKS TO BRING ROGUE

COPS TO JUSTICE.

I FEEL THE VERY REASON

FOR MY COMING OUT OF THE

WOODS TO HELP PEOPLE.

TO AS LEAST ASSIST ONE COP

TO NOT DO WHAT I DID.

AND IT WOULD CAUSE A COMMON

CITIZEN TO REPORT A COP THAT

IS BAD.

Reporter: AS HE LOOKS

BACK ON HIS 22 YEARS ON THE

RUN, FROM GOD AND THE LAW,

HE NOW KNOWS HE WAS NEVER

ALONE.

GOD WAS THERE FOR ME, AND

HE IS THERE FOR ME NOW.

I FORGOT GOD, AND I HATED

HIM.

BUT GOD DIDN'T FORGET ME.

AND AS MUCH AS I HATED HIM,

HE LOVED ME.

Gordon: AND HE LOVES

YOU, TOO, EVEN IF YOU SAID

THINGS AGAINST HIM.

EVEN IF YOU SAID I CAN NEVER

BELIEVE IN HIM -- EVEN IF

YOU DID ALL OF THAT, HE

STILL LOVES YOU, AND HE IS

STILL REACHING OUT FOR YOU.

THE BIBLE SAYS, CAN I FORGET

YOU?

YOU'RE MY CHILD.

I HAVE WRITTEN OF YOU IN THE

PALM OF MY HAND.

THAT'S WHY GOD ANSWERED

ROBERT'S PRAYER, BECAUSE HE

LOVED HIM.

ROBERT SAID, I'LL PUT THIS

ROCK ON TOP OF THIS CAN, AND

IF IN THE MORNING IT IS IN

THE CAN, I'LL TURN MY LIFE

AROUND.

YOU CAN TEST HIM.

THE BIBLE SAYS TASTE AND SEE

THAT THE LORD IS GOOD.

NOW, I DON'T MEAN TEST FROM

THE STANDPOINT OF JUST LIKE

THE ISRAELITES, CAN YOU MAKE

A BANQUET IN THE MIDDLE OF

THE DESERT, AND IN YOUR TEST

YOU'RE ACTUALLY EXPRESSING

YOUR UNBELIEF.

BUT IF YOU PRAY WITH ALL OF

YOUR HEART, JESUS, ARE YOU

THERE?

ARE YOU REAL?

CAN YOU REALLY CHANGE ME?

CAN YOU REALLY TURN MY LIFE

AROUND?

CAN YOU MAKE ME NEW AGAIN?

AND IF YOU PRAY THAT WITH

ALL OF YOUR HEART, HE'LL

ANSWER YOU.

DON'T PLAY GAMES WITH GOD.

BUT IF YOU REALLY MEAN IT,

AND IT'S COMING FROM YOUR

HEART, THE BIBLE SAYS, "WHEN

YOU SEEK ME WITH ALL OF YOUR

HEART, THEN YOU'LL FIND

ME."

SO DON'T LEAVE ANYTHING

BACK.

IF YOU'RE WONDERING, IF

YOU'RE SKEPTICAL, GOD WANTS

TO SHOW UP FOR YOU.

HE WANTS TO SPEAK TO YOU.

AND IT'S THE WONDERFUL THING

THAT HE CAN ACTUALLY OPEN

THE EYES OF YOUR

UNDERSTANDING TO SHOW YOU

THE GREATNESS OF HIS POWER

TOWARDS US WHO BELIEVE.

NOW, DOES HE PROMISE A LIFE

WHERE EVERYTHING IS IS

WONDERFUL?

NO.

JESUS ACTUALLY PROMISES THE

OTHER.

AND HE SAYS IN HIS LIFE

YOU'LL HAVE TROUBLE.

YOU'LL HAVE PERSECUTION.

IT'S NOT GOING TO BE ALL

WONDERFUL.

BUT THEN HE SAYS, "BUT BE OF

GOOD CHEER FOR I HAVE

OVERCOME THE WORLD."

AND HE HAS MADE A WAY FOR US

TO BE WITH HIM FOR ALL

ETERNITY.

THAT IS WORTH LIVING FOR.

NOW, IF YOU WANT SOMEONE TO

HELP YOU WITH THIS PRAYER

AND TO TELL YOU MORE ABOUT

CHRISTIANITY, WHAT IT MEANS

TO BE A CHRISTIAN, WHAT DO

CHRISTIANS REALLY BELIEVE,

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WELL, THIS IS "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," WHERE WE

INTERACT WITH YOU, AND WE'VE

GOT SOME IN-BOX QUESTIONS.

ANITA WRITES IN, "CAN A GOOD

PERSON, WHO DOESN'T BELIEVE

IN GOD, STILL GO TO

HEAVEN?"

THERE'S A THEOLOGICAL ANSWER

HERE, BUT THE VERY PRACTICAL

ONE IS, THE CUTOFF, IF YOU

WILL, GETTING TO HEAVEN OR

NOT, DOES JESUS KNOW YOU.

AND HE SAYS THAT CLEARLY.

WHERE PEOPLE HAVE COME TO

HIM AND SAID I'VE DONE GREAT

MIRACLES IN YOUR NAME.

AND HE SAYS, GET AWAY FROM

ME.

I NEVER KNEW YOU.

AND SO THAT'S THE TEST.

DO YOU KNOW?

SO IT IS GOING TO BE REAL

HARD FOR A GOOD PERSON WHO

DOESN'T KNOW JESUS.

AT THE SAME TIME,

THEOLOGIANS HAVE, BASED ON

SOME OF THE WRITINGS OF

PAUL, THAT WE'RE HELD

ACCOUNTABLE TO WHAT WE

KNOW.

SO IF YOU'RE A PERSON AND

YOU'VE NEVER HEARD THE GOOD

NEWS, YOU'VE NEVER HEARD THE

GOSPEL, OR YOU'RE A CHILD,

AND THERE IS NO

COMPREHENSION, YOU'RE GOING

TO BE OKAY.

SO THERE IS -- THERE IS A

THEOLOGICAL ANSWER, BUT THE

VERY PRACTICAL ONE IS KNOW

JESUS, AND KNOW HIM IN YOUR

HEART.

WHEN YOU DO THAT, YOU HAVE

THE ASSURANCE YOU'RE GOING

TO HEAVEN.

LET'S GO TO JOSEPH IN THE

CHATROOM.

ERIC SAYS, "IF I

SINCERELY BELIEVE IN BUDDHA

AND HAVE PEACE IN MY LIFE,

WHY SHOULD I BELIEVE IN

JESUS?"

Gordon: YOU SHOULD GET

"THE QUEST FOR GOD."

IT IS A D.V.D. I PUT OUT

DEALING WITH HINDUISM,

BUDDHISM, ISLAM, AND HOW

DIFFICULT IT IS UNDER THOSE

SYSTEMS TO REALLY FIND GOD.

THE BUDDHIST IS PROBABLY THE

MOST DIFFICULT ONE.

CAN YOU DO MEDITATIVE

TECHNIQUES AND HAVE PEACE

FOR A MOMENT, YEAH.

BUT DO YOU HAVE ASSURANCE

YOU'LL HAVE IT FOR

ETERNITY?

BUDDHISM SAYS AS THE FIRST

NOBLE TRUTH, ALL EXISTENCE

IS SUFFERING.

DO YOU REALLY WANT TO REACH

NIRVANA, WHICH MEANS A

SNUFFING OUT, A BLOWING OUT,

OF YOUR PERSONALITY, AND HOW

HARD IS IT TO ACHIEVE THAT?

CHRISTIANITY IS JESUS COMING

AND SAYING, I'LL TAKE CARE

OF ALL OF THAT FOR YOU.

I'LL OFFER MYSELF AS THE

PERFECT SACRIFICE SO THAT

YOU CAN SPEND ETERNITY WITH

ME IN HEAVEN.

EXAMINE THE CLAIMS OF

BUDDHISM, AND THEN EXAMINE

THE CLAIMS OF CHRISTIANITY,

AND YOU'LL DISCOVER JESUS IS

THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE

LIFE.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM PSALMS 8: "WHAT

IS MAN THAT YOU'RE MINDFUL

OF HIM, AND THE SON OF MAN

THAT YOU VISIT HIM, FOR YOU

HAVE MADE HIM A LITTLE LOWER

THAN THE ANGELS, AND YOU

HAVE CROWNED HIM WITH GLORY

AND

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