666, The way that I know that the Bible is the truth, and not a piece of fiction, is by looking honestly at my life, and at history, and at society, at my feelings, and I look for answers for what I don't understand. We all have things that we cannot reconcile alone. Some people use that as an arguement to deny the existance of God, the fact that we can't reconcile everything that happens ourselves, but I look to God for an answer, a reconciliation, and He gives me one every single solitary time. If you honestly seek the truth, you definately will find it. That's not just a trite little phrase, it's really true. You have to humble yourself first to God though, and honestly seek Him for guidance like a child would look to a parent. You have to somehow come to the conclusion first that there is a God, and that you wish to know the truth so much, that you are willing to pray to Him in Jesus name, and ask for His forgiveness through Jesus. You don't have to have an answer for anything, or understand everything, all you really have to do is come to the conclusion that you DON'T have all the answers. You can't get to the truth, if you don't even believe in the God that will give it to you. Usually people get to this state of humility when bad things happen, when they are in pain, confused. That's the effect of sin in this world and in your life. How it's touched you. If you're smart, you will use this pain to find God, and to find true peace, what everyone is looking for, sometimes throughout their entire lives. People rationalize rejecting God because of the pain, the effects of our very own sin, which we choose to perpetuate of our own free will. They say that if our God is truly all powerful and loving that He would surely shelter us all from it. But that would take away our free will. He gave us His Word to shelter us. He gave us His Son to shelter us. He gave us His forgiveness, for the mere acknowledgment of His very existence. And yet we still choose to sin. And God designed this universe so that the effects of our sin, actually work to bring us back to Him. That is grace. And that is truly a mind-blowing concept when you realize what it truly represents. The unconditional love that God has for you, that you happen to be denying exists. ------------------ "ET phone home!" "Uh, hello Satan?" "Hey, your plan worked great! They all think I'm cute!"