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700 Club Interactive: God's not Dead - August 14, 2013

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


ANNOUNCED HIS DEATH.

WHAT THEY DO IS GROUP ALL

RELIGION TOGETHER.

RELIGION IS 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 PRAY

FOR EACH OTHER AND EXPLORE

TOPICS THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

WELL, WELCOME TO THE

PROGRAM.

THROUGHOUT HISTORY,

PHILOSOPHERS AND THEOLOGIANS

HAVE WRESTLED THE FIND GOD.

AND THEN MARK ANICHIAL CAME

ALONG AND THEY DECLARED THAT

GOD WAS DEAD.

HOWEVER, NOT EVERYONE

AGREES.

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, AND ARE CARS ARE

GETTING GREENER.

PEOPLE ARE LIVING LONGER.

AND IF YOUR BORED, THERE IS

AN APP FOR THAT.

WE HAVE MORE QUESTIONS THAN

EVER.

WHY ARE WE HERE?

WHERE ARE WE GOING?

AND WHAT'S THE POINT?

FOR RICE BROOKS, THERE ARE

REAL ANSWERS IN THESE

UNCERTAIN TIMES.

HE SAYS THAT IT ALL BEGINS

AND ENDS WITH GOD.

Gordon: POLIC PLEASE

WELCOME RICE BROOKS TO "THE

700 CLUB."

GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN,

GORDON.

Gordon: WHY THIS BACK

AND FORTH.

AND IT SEEMS TO BE

ACCELERATING, BUT IT IS

NOTHING NEW.

EVEN THE BIBLE SAYS THE FOOL

SAYS THERE IS NO GOD.

SO THERE WERE I THINK

THEISTATHEISTS BACK THEN.

WHY NOW?

AFTER 9/11, THAT WAS A

WATERSHED MOMENT FOR OUR

COUNTRY.

MANY SAY THAT 9/11 WAS THE

TIME THAT RICHARD DAWKEN AND

SAM HARRIS AND OTHERS

DECIDED WRITING ABOUT

RELIGION IN GENERAL.

SO THEY KIND OF GROUPED ALL

RELIGION TOGETHER IN ONE

BIG, HORRIBLE, MONSTEROUS

PICTURE --

Gordon: ON WHAT

FANATICS DO?

YEAH.

AND THEY DON'T SEEM TO KNOW

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A

SUICIDE BOMBER AND A SUNDAY

SCHOOL TEACHER.

AND RELIGION IS ONE BIG

THING THE SKEPTICAL WORLD IS

TRYING TO ATTACK.

Gordon: AND THEY'RE

ALSO TRYING TO ATTACK

CHRISTIANITY.

BEFORE IT BECAME EVIDENT

THAT MUSLIMS WERE BEHIND THE

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS,

THEY WERE I SAYING IT WAS

SOME RIGHT-WING ZELOT THAT

WAS RESPONSIBLE.

AND THERE WAS ALMOST

ANTICIPATION THAT THEY HOPED

IT WOULD BE THAT.

AFTER 9/11, I WENT TO NEW

YORK CITY, AND I WAS SITTING

IN ONE OF MY FAVORITE

RESTAURANT, AND THE OWNER OF

THE DELI SAID COME OVER

HERE.

THEY'RE GETTING ANTHRAX

LETTERS AND THEY NEED

ANSWERS.

AND WE WERE FLYING TO NEW

YORK EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT FOR

A YEAR TO PLAN A CHURCH A

MONTH AFTER 9/11.

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 TOLD US TO GET IN

PLANES AND COME AND HELP

PEOPLE.

SO WITH PEOPLE ACTING OUT

THE LOGICAL EXTENSION OF

THEIR BELIEFS -- NOT THAT

ALL ISLAM IS THAT WAY --

LET'S JUST SAY SKEPTICISM.

WHEN YOU SEE THEOLOGY ACTED

OUT, YOU CAN SEE THE FRUIT

OF IT.

THE FRUIT OF ATHEISM, WHEN

THEY SAY RELIGION HAS BEEN

THE SOURCE OF BAD.

LET'S LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENS

WHEN YOU GET RID OF

RELIGION.

WHEN JOHN LENNON SANG

"IMAGINE THERE IS NO

HEAVEN, HEAVEN," VLADIMIR

ACTUALLY TRIED TO BUILD A

WORD LIKE THAT.

Gordon: IT IS SORT OF

THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE

OF ATHEISM.

ONCE YOU TAKE GOD OUT OF THE

PICTURE, SORT OF WHAT'S THE

POINT?

WHAT IS THE VALUE TO LIFE?

REALLY, 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, ALL THINGS

ARE PERMISSIBLE.

IF THERE IS NO ULTIMATE

AUTHORITY, IT IS BACK TO THE

SCHOOL YARD SAYS WHO.

AND PEOPLE SAY LOOK AT THIS

CONFLICT IN NORTHERN

IRELAND, AND THAT'S

RELIGIOUS CONFLICT.

LOOK AT NORTH KOREA.

HERE IS A COUNTRY THAT IS

ATHEISTIC BY DEFINITION, AND

NOW POSE POSES POTENTIALLY

OUR GREATEST THREAT.

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 -- MAYBE THAT IS

NOT THE WORD.

THE ATHEISTS HAVE KIND OF

HAD TO WORK PRETTY HARD

BECAUSE IN A CULTURE IN

AMERICA WHERE PEOPLE JUST

ASSUME GOD'S EXISTENCE, AND

I'M A CHRISTIAN BECAUSE I

WAS RAISED IN CHURCH, YOU

DON'T REALLY EVER HAVE TO

DEFEND THAT.

IF YOU'RE A EXCEP SKEPTIC,

YOU'VE HAD TO WORK HARD TO

PROVE IT.

AND PETER SAID YOU NEED TO

GIVE A REASON FOR THE HOPE

THAT IS WITHIN YOU.

WILLIAM, THE BRITISH

REFORMER SAID, CHRISTIANITY

HAS BEEN MARGINALIZED

BECAUSE THOSE WHO PROFESS

THE FAITH CAN'T ANSWER THE

QUESTIONS, EVEN THOUGH OUR

ARGUMENTS ARE BETTER THAN

THE SKEPTICS' ARGUMENTS.

SO IT IS NOT THAT OUR

ARGUMENTS ARE DEFICIENT.

WHEN YOU GET TO THE

SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE, THE

PHILOSOPHICAL EVIDENCE, AND

BIOLOGICAL EVIDENCE, LIKE

WHERE DID LIFE COME FROM?

IS THERE EVIDENCE POR FOR

A DESIGNER WITHIN THE

SMALLEST LIVING CELL?

ABSOLUTELY.

ULTIMATELY CHRIST MANIFEST

HIMSELF.

GOD, THE CREATOR, 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, KNOW.

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, YOU KNOW, IN THE

FIRST CENTURY, A LOT OF

CHRISTIANS DON'T EVEN KNOW

THAT.

A SIMPLE ONE-WEEK TOUR TO

ISRAEL WILL CURE YOUR

SKEPTICISM.

A FIVE-DAY TRIP TO ISRAEL --

YOU'VE BEEN THERE MANY

TIMES, YOU TALK TO ANY

SECULAR OR JEWISH PERSON,

THEY KNOW THAT MOSES AND

JESUS ARE REAL PEOPLE.

THE ISSUE IS WHAT HAPPENED

AFTER JESUS' DEATH.

PROBABLY ONE OF THE GREAT

GIFTS -- I WOULDN'T CALL IT

A GIFT, BUT BART AIRMAN, WHO

HAS WRITTEN MORE AGAINST THE

BIBLE, HE IS A U.N. C.

PROFESSOR, HE ACTUALLY

HELPED US BECAUSE HE JUST

RECENTLY PUBLISHED A BOOK

BASICALLY SAYING JESUS

LIVED.

AND 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 SERVES.

HERE IS PROBABLY THE

GREATEST CRITIC OF THE

CHRISTIAN FAITH, THE

BIBLICAL FAITH, ADMITTING IF

YOU'RE REALLY INTERESTED IN

HISTORY, JESUS LIVED.

REMEMBER C.S. LEWIS DOING HE

WAS EITHER LORD, LIAR OR

LUNATIC?

NUMBER ONE, JESUS WAS A

MAN.

NUMBER TWO, THE BILL MARHS

OF THE WORLD THAT SAY THE

STORY OF JESUS WAS A

RETELLING OF ANCIENT

MYTHS -- THAT'S REALLY THE

MYTH.

NO ORIGINAL SOURCE -- THAT'S

THE EQUIVALENT OF THE

NATIONAL ENQUIRER, BIG FOOT

STOLE MY BABY.

HE IS NOT A MYTHOLOGICAL

REMAKE.

AND HE WAS THE MESSIAH.

NOT ONLY DID HE CLAIM THAT,

AND HIS ACTIONS AND WORKS

SPEAK OF IT, BUT HES DEATH

AND RESURRECTION VERIFY IT.

Gordon: AND WE HAVE

MORE EVIDENCE OF THAT IN

TERMS OF MANUSCRIPTS, IN

TERMS OF EYE-WITNESS

ACCOUNTS THAT HAVE SURVIVED,

IN TERMS OF EVEN ROMAN

RECORDS, THAN WE COULD THAN

FOR THE EXISTENCE OF

SOCRATES.

IF YOU TAKE ALL OF THE

RECORDS OF ANCIENT

HISTORIANS, THEY WOULD BE

FOUR FEET HIGH IN TERMS OF

THEIR MANUSCRIPTS.

IF YOU TAKE THE 10,000 LATIN

MANUSCRIPTS, THE OLD CHURCH,

LEVACIAN, AND IF WE LOST ALL

OF THE MANUSCRIPTS, WE COULD

RECREATE THE NEW TESTAMENT

JUST FROM THE CHURCH

FATHERS.

BUT ELIMINATE THOSE, AND IT

WOULD BE A MILE HIGH.

SO IF WE'RE GOING TO DENY

THE HISTORICAL ACCURACY OF

THE BIBLE, WE THROW OUT

EAFERG EVERYBOD EVERYTHING

WE KNOW ABOUT ANCIENT

HISTORY.

WE JUST HAVE TO BE FAIR ON

THE EVIDENCE.

Gordon: GOD IS NOT

DEAD.

"EVIDENCE FOR GOD IN THE

SAGE OF UNCERTAINTY."

THE BOOK IS AVAILABLE IN

BOOKSTORES NATIONWIDE.

I ENCOURAGE YOU TO GET AA

COPY OF IT.

WE NEED NOW, MORE THAN EVER,

TO BE ABLE TO DEFEND THE

FAITH AND GIVE REASONED

ARGUMENTS FOR OUR FAITH.

THANKS FOR BEING HERE.

I APPRECIATE IT.

Gordon: COMING UP, HE

WAS A WITCH DOCTOR, AND SHE

WAS A FERVENT CHRISTIAN.

FIND OUT HOW THEY BECAME A

MATCH IN HEAVEN AFTER THIS.

Gordon: ANDREW WAS A

WITCH DOCTOR IN NIGERIA, AND

HIS WIFE WAS A CHRISTIAN.

THEIR MARRIAGE SEEMED

DESTINED FOR 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 COLT, LED BY A MAN

NAMED JOHN ALIPO.

HE WAS THE GRAND MASTER

OF THE CULT AND HE ORDAINED

ME.

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.

ALIPO HAD SEEN "THE 700

CLUB" AND HAD 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

EXPERIENCED 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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UP NEXT, HE WORE A BADGE TO

BREAK THE LAW.

YOU HAVE SEX WITH SOMEONE

ON UNWARRANTED TUESDAY.

YOU WERE TRANSPORTING DRUGS

ON WEDNESDAY.

YOU WERE PROTECTING DRUG

ADDICTS ON THURSDAY -- EVEN

INTERNAL AFFAIRS HAS TO MAKE

A MOVE.

Gordon: WATCH WHAT

HAPPENED AFTER THIS COP WAS

BUSTED.

UP NEXT.

Gordon: ROBERT DAVIS IS

ONE OF AMERICA'S

LONGEST-RUNNING 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 IN ALL THE WHILE, WE

WERE WEARING A BADGE.

BECAUSE 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 YOU

WILL REMEMBER, WHEN I'M

GONE, 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 SPELLS HONOR.

I WENT ON THE FORCE WITH THE

INTENTIONS OF BEAL

HONORABLE.

Reporter: BUT HIS IDEAS

WERE CHANGED HIS FIRST CAY

ON THE JOB.

THE SENIOR OFFICER I'M

RIDING WITH, 17 YEARS OF

EXPERIENCE, STARTED STOPPING

GUYS WITH NO REASON, STARTED

SEARCHING GUYS FOR NO

REASON.

HE WAS JUST DOING CRAZY

STUFF.

HE WAS DOING EVERYTHING THAT

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

OFFICER.

SO AT THAT VERY MOMENT, I

REALIZED WHAT I WAS GETTING

INVOLVED IN.

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 EITHER 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 ON

UNWARRANTED TUESDAY.

YOU'RE TRANSPORTING DRUGS ON

WEDNESDAY, AND PROTECTING

DRUG ADDICTS ON 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 SAME

PRISON.

AND THE WORD CAME DOWN, ONCE

I WAS FOUND GUILTY, THEY

WOULD RAPE ME AND KILL ME.

SO I KNEW I WAS GOING TO BE

DEAD.

Reporter: HE DECIDED TO

RUN AWAY BEFORE HE CAME TO

TRIAL.

WHILE OUT ON BAIL, HE

STUDIED SURVIVAL TECHNIQUES

AND LEARNED HOW TO LIVE IN

THE WILDERNESS.

HE MADE HIS WAY INTO CANADA

AND LIVED AS A FUGITIVE.

I WOULD RUN AND STAY IN

THE WOODS, AND NOBODY WOULD

EVER FIND ME.

I MADE THAT DECISION.

SOMETIMES I WOULD COME OUT,

MAYBE TO EARN SOME MONEY,

$20, $30 TO GET SOME CANNED

GOODS AND GO BACK INTO THE

WOODS.

IT WAS THE ONLY PLACE I

ABSOLUTELY FELT SAFE AT.

Reporter: FOR 22 YEARS

HE CROSSED THE U.S. AND

CANADIAN BORDERS USING

DIFFERENT NAMES LIVING IN

DIFFERENT CITIES.

HE BLAMED GOD FOR HIS

CIRCUMSTANCES.

SHOW COULD THERE BE A

GOD?

THIS GOD THING IS A

CHARADE.

IT CAN'T BE TRUE.

AND PLEASE, DON'T MENTION

JESUS CHRIST.

I REALLY HAD AN AFFINITY FOR

DISLIKING HIM.

BECAUSE I WAS, LIKE, THIS

GUY IS A FARCE.

I BECAME AN ATHEIST, A

HARD-CORE ATHEIST.

Reporter: AFTER YEARS

OF LIVING ON THE RUN, HIS

MIND WAS A 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 BELIEVE AT THAT POINT I

JUST 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

UPSIDE-DOWN CAN.

I SAID IF I WAKE UP IN THE

MORNING AND THAT ROCK IS

UNDERNEATH THAT CAN, I

BELIEVE YOU EXIST AND I WILL

TURN MYSELF IN.

AND 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 -- INSTANTLY

LOST AWE ATHEISTIC

VIEWPOINTS, INSTANTLY JUST

LOST IT.

AND REACHED BACK OUT TO

WHERE I WAS BEFORE WITH MY

GRANDMOTHER.

VISIONS OF MY GRANDMOTHER,

AND VISIONS OF BIBLE

PASSAGES BEGAN TO COME BACK

IN MY HEAD.

I, THAT VERY NEXT DAY,

SURRENDERED TO LAW

ENFORCEMENT.

BUT I FIRST SURRENDERED 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

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.

BUT SHE FELT THAT 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 IS A

FREE MAN.

HE TELLS HIS STORY TO POLICE

ACADEMY RECRUITS, AND WORKS

TO BRING ROGUE COPS TO

JUSTICE.

I FEEL THAT MY VERY

REASONS FOR COMING BACK OUT

OF THE WOODS IS TO HELP

PEOPLE.

AT LEAST ASSIST ONE COP TO

NOT DO WHAT I DID.

AND THAT IT WILL 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 THAT HE WAS NEVER

ALONE.

GOD WAS THERE FOR ME, AND

HE'S 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'VE WRITTEN OF YOU IN THE

PALM OF MY HAND.

THAT'S WHY GOD ANSWERED

ROBERT'S PRAYER, BECAUSE HE

LOVES HIM.

ROBERT SAID, OKAY, I'LL PUT

THIS ROCK ON TOP OF THIS

CAN.

IF IN THE MORNING IT IS IN

THE CAN, THEN 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

A STANDPOINT OF JUST LIKE

THE ISRAELITES, CAN YOU MAKE

A BANQUET IN THE MIDDLE OF

THE DESERT, AND IN YOUR TEST

YOU'RE 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 US A

LIFE WHERE EVERYTHING IS

WONDERFUL?

NO.

JESUS ACTUALLY PROMISES THE

OTHER.

AND HE SAYS, IN THIS 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'S MADE A WAY FOR US TO BE

WITH HIM FOR ALL ETERNITY.

THAT IS WORTH LIVING FOR.

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ANITA WRITES IN, "CAN A GOOD

PERSON WHO DOESN'T BELIEVE

IN GOD STILL GO TO HEAVEN?"

Gordon: THERE IS A

THEOLOGICAL ANSWER HERE

IS -- THE VERY PRACTICAL

ONE, THE CUTOFF FOR GETTING

TO HEAVEN OR NOT IS, DOES

JESUS KNOW YOU?

WHERE PEOPLE COME TO HIM AND

SAY, I'VE DONE GREAT

MIRACLES IN YOUR NAME, AND

HE SAYS, GET AWAY FROM ME.

I NEVER KNEW YOU.

THAT'S THE TEST.

DO YOU KNOW?

SO IT'S GOING TO BE REAL

HARD FOR A GOOD PERSON WHO

DOESN'T KNOW JESUS.

AT THE SAME TIME,

THEOLOGIANS, BASED ON SOME

OF THE WRITINGS OF PAUL, WHO

SAY WE'RE HELD ACCOUNTABLE

TO WHAT WE KNOW.

IF YOU'RE A PERSON WHO HAS

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 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 THAT 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'S A D.V.D. I PUT OUT

DEALING WITH HINDUISM, AND

BUDDHISM, AND ISLAM, AND HOW

DIFFICULT IT IS UNDER THOSE

RELIGIOUS SYSTEMS TO REALLY

FIND GOD.

AND THE BUDDHIST ONE I WOULD

SAY IS THE MOST DIFFICULT

ONE.

CAN YOU DO MEDITATIVE

TECHNIQUES THAT BUDDHA

TEACHES YOU AND HAVE PEACE

FOR A WHILE, YEAH.

BUT WILL YOU HAVE THE

ASSURANCE YOU'LL HAVE IT FOR

ETERNITY?

BUDDHISM SAYS 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 HONOR."

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