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What evidence is there that the Bible is divinely inspired?

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2016-04-13 23:21:33

Using the Bible itself to prove anything about the Bible is an

example of what is known as circular reasoning. It relies on the

Bible to be divinely inspired and inerrant in order to be useful

evidence that it is divinely inspired and inerrant. Therefore, any

evidence as to whether the Bible is divinely inspired must come

from outside the Bible and be independent of the Bible.

There is no extra-biblical evidence that the Bible is divinely

inspired. In fact, the Bible's many errors and inconsistencies

militate against divinely inspiration. Speaking of the two gospel

genealogies of Jesus, Raymond E. Brown (An Introduction to the

New Testament) says, "Inspiration does not guarantee

historicity or reconcilability; otherwise God should have inspired

the two evangelists to give us the same record."



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2014-06-13 20:37:18

It should be noted that there is NO evidence about any religious

scripture. Scripture is based on belief. There is certainly

evidence that certain people mentioned in the scriptures were real

people who actually lived, but it is difficult to "prove" a

religious belief. That said, here are some answers from our

contributors to explain their faith:

There are many evidences. Here are just a few:

"Science_and_Natural_Laws" id="Science_and_Natural_Laws">Science

and Natural Laws

While the Bible was not written as a science textbook, it is in

harmony with true science when it deals with scientific matters.

But other ancient books regarded as sacred contain scientific

myths, inaccuracies, and outright falsehoods. Note just four of the

many examples of the Bible's scientific accuracy:

  • ''How the earth is held in space''. In ancient times when the

    Bible was being written, there was much speculation about how the

    earth was held in space. Some believed that the earth was supported

    by four elephants standing on a big sea turtle. Aristotle, a Greek

    philosopher and scientist of the fourth century BCE, taught that

    the earth could never hang in empty space. Instead, he taught that

    the heavenly bodies were fixed to the surface of solid, transparent

    spheres, with each sphere nested within another sphere. Supposedly

    the earth was on the innermost sphere, and the outermost sphere

    held the stars.

Yet, rather than reflect the fanciful, unscientific views existing

at the time of its writing, the Bible simply stated (in about the

year 1473 B.C.E.): "[God is] hanging the earth upon nothing." (Job

26:7) In the original Hebrew, the word for "nothing" used here

means "not any thing," and this is the only time it occurs in the

Bible. The picture it presents of an earth surrounded by empty

space is recognized by scholars as a remarkable vision for its

time. The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament says: "Job 26:7

strikingly pictures the then-known world as suspended in space,

thereby anticipating future scientific discovery."The Bible's

accurate statement predated Aristotle by over 1,100 years. Yet,

Aristotle's views continued to be taught as fact for some 2,000

years after his death! Finally, in 1687 C.E., Sir Isaac Newton

published his findings that the earth was held in space in relation

to other heavenly objects by mutual attraction, that is, gravity.

But that was close to 3,200 years after the Bible had stated with

elegant simplicity that the earth is hanging "upon nothing."Yes,

nearly 3,500 years ago, the Bible correctly noted that the earth

has no visible support, a fact that is in harmony with the more

recently understood laws of gravity and motion. "How Job knew the

truth," said one scholar, "is a question not easily solved by those

who deny the inspiration of Holy Scripture."

  • '''The shape of the earth'''. The ''Encyclopedia Americana''

    said: "The earliest known image that men had of the earth was that

    it was a flat, rigid platform at the center of the universe. ...

    The concept of a spherical earth was not widely accepted until the

    Renaissance." Some early navigators even feared that they might

    sail off the edge of the flat earth. But then the introduction of

    the compass and other advancements made possible longer ocean

    voyages. These "voyages of discovery," another encyclopedia

    explains, "showed that the world was round, not flat as most people

    had believed."

Yet, long before such voyages, about 2,700 years ago, the Bible

said: "There is One who is dwelling above the circle of the earth."

(Isaiah 40:22) The Hebrew word here translated "circle" can also

mean "sphere," as various reference works note. Other Bible

translations, therefore, say, "the globe of the earth" (Douay

Version) and, "the round earth." Moffatt.

Some insist on interpreting this as a "flat circular earth," as

a disc or pie. Since that was the concept used by mankind at the

time the Bible was written, one could also accept that

interpretation. Note, though, that one's interpretation today of

such information does not mandate that this be the only

interpretation, as noted above.Thus, the Bible was not influenced

by the unscientific views prevalent at the time regarding the

earth?s support and its shape. The reason is simple: The Author of

the Bible is the Author of the universe. He created the earth, so

he should know what it hangs on and what its shape iis. Hence, when

he inspired the Bible, he saw to it that no unscientific views were

incorporated in it, however much they may have been believed by

others at the time.

  • 'The composition of living things'. "Jehovah God proceeded to

    form the man out of dust from the ground" Genesis 2:7 states. The

    ''World Book Encyclopedia'' says: "All the chemical elements that

    make up living things are also present in nonliving matter." So all

    the basic chemicals that make up living organisms, including man,

    are also found in the earth itself. This harmonizes with the

    Bible's statement that identifies the material God used in creating

    humans and all other living things.

  • 'According to their kinds. The Bible states that God created

    the first human pair and that from them all other humans descended.

    (Genesis 1:26-28; 3:20) It says that other living things, such as

    fish, birds, and mammals, did the same, coming forth "according to

    their kinds" (Genesis 1:11, 12, 21, 24, 25) This is just what

    scientists have found in the natural creation, that every living

    thing comes from a parent of like kind. There is no exception. In

    this regard physicist Raymo observes: "Life makes life; it happens

    all the time in every cell. But how did non-life make life" It is

    one of the biggest unanswered questions in biology, and so far

    biologists can offer little more than wild guesses. Somehow

    inanimate matter managed to get itself organized in an animate way.

    ... The author of Genesis may have had it right, after all."

The Bible contains the most accurate ancient history of any book

in existence. The book ''A Lawyer Examines the Bible'' highlights

its historical accuracy this way: "While romances, legends and

false testimony are careful to place the events related in some

distant place and some indefinite time, thereby violating the first

rules we lawyers learn of good pleading, that the declaration must

give time and place, the Bible narratives give us the date and

place of the things related with the utmost precision."

The Bible gives very practical commands relating to hygiene and

communicable diseases. The book ''Manual of Tropical Medicine''

comments: "No one can fail to be impressed by the careful hygienic

precautions of the Mosaic period. ... It is true that the

classification of disease was very simple [namely] into acute

disorders, called plague; and chronic disorders, with some sort of

eruption, called leprosy but the extremely stringent quarantine

rules very likely did a great deal of good."

Consider, too, the Bible's statement: "All the winter torrents

are going forth to the sea, yet the sea itself is not full. To the

place where the winter torrents are going forth, there they are

returning so as to go forth." (Ecclesiastes 1:7) This sounds like

the description of the water cycle found in textbooks today. The

rivers deliver water into the sea, where it evaporates and is

carried in the form of clouds back over the land, to fall as rain

or snow and run back into the rivers.

Similarly, the conclusions of scientists that mountains rise and

fall and that at one time today's mountains were under ancient seas

harmonize with the poetic words of the psalmist: "The waters were

standing above the very mountains. Mountains proceeded to ascend,

valley plains proceeded to descend to the place that you have

founded for them." Psalm 104:6, 8.

The ''New Bible Dictionary'' comments: [The writer of Acts] sets

his narrative in the framework of contemporary history; his pages

are full of references to city magistrates, provincial governors,

client kings, and the like, and these references time after time

prove to be just right for the place and time in question.

Writing in ''The Union Bible Companion'', S. Austin Allibone

says: "Sir Isaac Newton ... was also eminent as a critic of ancient

writings, and examined with great care the Holy Scriptures. What is

his verdict on this point?" "I find," says he, "more sure marks of

authenticity in the New Testament than in any profane [secular]

history whatever." Dr. Johnson says that we have more evidence that

Jesus Christ died on Calvary, as stated in the Gospels, than we

have that Julius Caesar died in the Capitol. We have, indeed, far

more." This source adds: "Ask anyone who professes to doubt the

truth of the Gospel history what reason he has for believing that

Caesar died in the Capitol, or that the Emperor

Charlemagne was crowned Emperor of the West by Pope Leo III. in

800...

How do you know that such a man as Charles I. [of England] ever

lived, and was beheaded, and that Oliver Cromwell became ruler in

his stead? ... Sir Isaac Newton is credited with the discovery of

the law of gravitation ... We believe all the assertions just made

respecting these men; and that because we have historical evidence

of their truth. ... If, on the production of such proof as this,

any still refuse to believe, we abandon them as stupidly perverse

or hopelessly ignorant." Then this source concludes: "What shall we

say, then, of those who, notwithstanding the abundant evidence now

produced of the authenticity of the Holy Scriptures, profess

themselves unconvinced? ... Surely we have reason to conclude that

it is the heart rather than the head which is at fault;?that they

do not wish to believe that which humbles their pride, and will

force them to lead different lives."

Imagine that a book began to be written during the time of the

Roman Empire, continued down through the Middle Ages, and was

completed in this 20th century, with many different writers

contributing. What result would you anticipate if the writers were

as diverse in their occupations as soldiers, kings, priests,

fishermen, herdsmen, and doctors? Would you expect the book to be

harmonious and coherent? "Hardly!" you may say. Well, the Bible was

written under these circumstances. Yet, it is harmonious in its

entirety, not just in overall concepts but in minute details too.

Granted, some will try to pick at "contradictions" in the Bible, as

if it must hold fast to 20th century standards of precision and

interpretation. Indeed, one can find contradictions in any

modern science text if one takes sentences out of context and

twists them into their own interpretation.

The Bible is a collection of 66 books written over a period of

1,600 years by some 40 different writers, beginning in 1513 B.C.E.

and ending in 98 C.E. The writers came from different walks of

life, and many had no contact with the others. Yet, the book that

resulted follows a central, coherent theme throughout, as though

produced by one mind. And contrary to the belief of some, the Bible

is not a product of Western civilization, but it was written by

Orientals.

While the majority of ancient writers reported only their

successes and virtues, the Bible writers openly admitted their own

mistakes, as well as the failings of their kings and leaders.

Numbers 20:1-13 and Deuteronomy 32:50-52 record the failings of

Moses, and he wrote those books. Jonah 1:1-3 and 4:1 list the

failings of Jonah, who wrote those accounts. Matthew 17:18-20;

18:1-6; 20:20-28; and 26:56 record poor qualities shown by Jesus?

disciples. Thus, the honesty and candor of the Bible writers give

support to their claim of being inspired by God.

"Fulfilled_Prophecy" id="Fulfilled_Prophecy">Fulfilled

Prophecy

In addition, the Bible bears the mark of divine inspiration in a

uniquely outstanding way: It is a book of prophecies that have had

and continue to have unerring fulfillment.

For example, the destruction of ancient Tyre, the fall of

Babylon, the rebuilding of Jerusalem, and the rise and fall of the

kings of Medo-Persia and Greece were foretold in great detail in

the Bible. The prophecies were so accurate that some critics tried,

in vain, to say they were written after the events took place.

Isaiah 13:17-19; 44:27; 45:1; Ezekiel 26:3-6; Daniel 8:1-7,

20-22.

  • "It was often attacked by Egypt, besieged by Shalmaneser V, who

    was assisted by the Phoenicians of the mainland, for five years,

    and by Nebuchadnezzar (586-573 BC) for thirteen years, without

    success...."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyre%2C_Lebanon

A Prophecy at Isa. 44:24, 27, 28; 45:1-4 says: "Jehovah ... the

One saying to the watery deep, "Be evaporated"; and all your rivers

"I shall dry up;" the One saying of Cyrus, "He is my shepherd, and

all that I delight in he will completely carry out;" even in my

saying of Jerusalem, "She will be rebuilt," and of the temple, "You

will have your foundation laid." This is what Jehovah has said to

his anointed one, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have taken hold of,

to subdue before him nations, so that I may ungird even the hips of

kings; to open before him the two-leaved doors, so that even the

gates will not be shut: "Before you I myself shall go, and the

swells of land I shall straighten out. The copper doors I shall

break in pieces, and the iron bars I shall cut down. . . . For the

sake of my servant Jacob and of Israel my chosen one, I even

proceeded to call you by your name." (Writing by Isaiah was

completed by about 732 B.C.E.)

Its fulfillment: Cyrus had not been born when the prophecy was

written about 200 years in advance. The Jews were not taken into

exile to Babylon until 617-607 B.C.E., and Jerusalem and its temple

were not destroyed until 607 B.C.E. In detail the prophecy was

fulfilled starting in 539 B.C.E. Cyrus diverted the waters of the

Euphrates River into an artificial lake, the river gates of Babylon

were carelessly left open during feasting in the city, and Babylon

fell to the Medes and Persians under Cyrus. Thereafter, Cyrus

liberated the Jewish exiles and sent them back to Jerusalem with

instructions to rebuild Jehovah's temple there. The ''Encyclopedia

Americana'' (1956), Vol. III, p. 9; ''Light From the Ancient Past''

(Princeton, 1959), Jack Finegan, pp. 227-229; "All Scripture Is

Inspired of God and Beneficial" (New York, 1983), pp. 282, 284,

295.

Another Prophecy at Jer. 49:17, 18: "'Edom must become an object

of astonishment. Everyone passing along by her will stare in

astonishment and whistle on account of all her plagues. Just as in

the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah and her neighbor towns,'

Jehovah has said, 'no man will dwell there.'" (Jeremiah?s recording

of prophecies was completed by 580 B.C.E.) It's Fulfillment: ?They

[the Edomites] were driven from Palestine in the 2nd century B.C.

by Judas Maccab?, and in 109 B.C. John Hyrcanus, Maccab? leader,

extended the kingdom of Judah to include the w. part of Edomitic

lands. In the 1st century B.C. Roman expansion swept away the last

vestige of Edomitic independence ... After the destruction of

Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 A.D. ... the name Idum?[Edom]

disappeared from history.? (''The New Funk & Wagnalls

Encyclopedia'', 1952, Vol. 1

Among the hundreds of prophecies in the Bible are those

concerning the Assyrian capital, Nineveh, ?the city of bloodshed?

that instilled terror throughout the ancient Middle East for more

than 15 centuries. (Nahum 3:1) Yet, at the height of Nineveh?s

power, the Bible foretold: ?[God] will make Nineveh a desolate

waste, a waterless region like the wilderness. And in the midst of

her, droves will certainly lie stretched out, all the wild animals

of a nation. Both pelican and porcupine will spend the night right

among her pillar capitals. A voice will keep singing in the window.

There will be devastation at the threshold; for he will certainly

lay bare the very wainscoting.? (Zephaniah 2:13, 14) Today,

visitors see that only a mound marks the desolate site of ancient

Nineveh. Furthermore, flocks of sheep graze there, as foretold.

In vision, God?s prophet Daniel beheld a two-horned ram and a

male goat with a great horn between its eyes. The goat struck down

the ram, breaking its two horns. Thereafter, the goat?s great horn

was broken, and four horns came up in its place. (Daniel 8:1-8) The

angel Gabriel explained: ?The ram that you saw possessing the two

horns stands for the kings of Media and Persia. And the hairy

he-goat stands for the king of Greece; and as for the great horn

that was between its eyes, it stands for the first king. And that

one having been broken, so that there were four that finally stood

up instead of it, there are four kingdoms from his nation that will

stand up, but not with his power.? (Daniel 8:20-22) As history has

proved, the two-horned ram?the Medo-Persian Empire?was overthrown

by ?the king of Greece.? That figurative he-goat had a ?great horn?

in the person of Alexander the Great. After his death, his four

generals replaced that ?great horn? by establishing themselves in

power in ?four kingdoms.?

Scores of prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures (?Old Testament?)

have been fulfilled in connection with Jesus Christ. Some of these

were applied to him by divinely inspired writers of the Christian

Greek Scriptures (?New Testament?). For instance, the Gospel writer

Matthew pointed out the fulfillment of Scriptural prophecies in

Jesus? birth by means of a virgin, in His having a forerunner, and

in His entry into Jerusalem on the colt of an ass. (Compare Matthew

1:18-23; 3:1-3; 21:1-9 with Isaiah 7:14; 40:3; Zechariah 9:9.) Such

fulfilled prophecies help to prove that the Bible is indeed God?s

inspired gift.

The present fulfillment of Bible prophecy proves that we are

living in ?the last days.? (2 Timothy 3:1-5) Wars, food shortages,

pestilences, and earthquakes of unparalleled proportions are part

of ?the sign? of Jesus? ?presence? in Kingdom power. That sign also

includes the worldwide activity of over four million Witnesses of

Jehovah, who are preaching the good news of the established

Kingdom. (Matthew 24:3-14; Luke 21:10, 11) Bible prophecy now

undergoing fulfillment also assures us that God?s heavenly

government under Jesus Christ will soon bring about a new world of

eternal happiness for obedient mankind.?2 Peter 3:13; Revelation

21:1-5.

No human mind, however intelligent, could so accurately predict

future events. Only the mind of the all-powerful and all-wise

Creator of the universe could, as we read at 2 Peter 1:20, 21: ?No

prophecy of Scripture springs from any private interpretation. For

prophecy was at no time brought by man?s will, but men spoke from

God as they were borne along by holy spirit.?

"An_Alternative_View:" id="An_Alternative_View:">An Alternative

View:

"History_and_Prophecy" id="History_and_Prophecy">History and

Prophecy

The bible is literally filled with rich and sophisticated prose

and poetry. It is not primitive, as some might claim. It is easy to

go back and take the subtle and rich material and 're-construct'

how it could be justified against current knowledge. The same can

be done for the 'predictions' of Nostradamus. But it is literally

impossible to take the material from the bible, or from Nostradamus

for that matter, and point to a future event, or some future

knowledge not yet uncovered. There is no convincing evidence that

prophetic materials were written prior to the events they predict.

The Greek scriptures were assembled and written by people who were

very well versed in the Torah and other Hebrew writings. Since the

gospels, for example, were written for proselytizing and not as

history or science, it is not possible to know whether those

materials may have been compiled and edited in such a way as to

harmonize with ancient writings. In fact, gospel authors go out of

their way on more than one occasion to point out that this or that

event was "to fulfill" a prophecy. Some non-believers (or believers

who are skeptical of the fundamentalist approach) consider these

things and think of them as possible attempts to force the record

to fit the ancient accounts.

"Science" id="Science">Science

Most people understand that the Judeo-Christian scriptures were

not written as science books. But unlike scripture, science never

claims to reach unalterable truth. Everything is questionable, and

many things change. The philosophy of science recognizes the deep

difficulties associated with "what we think we know", "what we

think we ought to know", and "how we think we can get there". This

has been generally understood for centuries, even if there have

been arrogant practitioners who have fought well beyond reason to

preserve their personal scientific legacies. There are no fewer

fallible human beings in science than there are in any branch of

religion or theology. The truth is that having theories proven

"wrong" is an absolutely essential part of doing science. In fact,

the disproving of theories might be seen as the engine that runs

the whole enterprise. A rigid and dogmatic paradigm for science

would be the death of knowledge. Tomas Khun, in his "Philosophy of

Scientific Revolution" shows that science progresses not in any

kind of linear fashion, as some teachers may present it, but in

fits and starts, a step forward here, a regression there, something

completely unexpected now and then, and an occasional breathtaking

change in world view. In short, science is bumpy, beautiful and

strange. The scientific method is a man-made heuristic. It might be

totally undone tomorrow (and perhaps has already been undone by

Quantum Mechanics). There is no evidence to support that this

heuristic is the only or best possible method of doing science. But

it would be impossible to argue that there has not been a

progression of knowledge and very important technology over the

last few centuries. This is most fortunate. I would not like to

have my root canal problems treated by a medieval practitioner, or

by Moses, for that matter.

Scripture aspires to no such dynamic search for truth, since it

is a static document that does not pretend to be a scientific

treatise in the first place. It seems unnecessary to attempt to

harmonize scripture with science, and in any event, examples of

harmony prove nothing. For example, the creation accounts of

Genesis indicate that our planet and "the deep" (waters) existed

before light. There were countless stars in existence before any

part of earth even came close to existing. Also, the land produced

vegetation before the sun, stars and moon existed. How can these be

ignored when attempting to harmonize science and scripture, and yet

the phrase "according to its kind" is taken from Gen 1:25 as

inspired knowledge that evolution is wrong? Who decides which

phrases are 'in', and which are 'out'? In chapter one of Genesis,

God created vegetation on day 3, before light existed, and before

the sun existed. Then on the 6th day he created man and woman. In

chapter two, he creates man before vegetation existed. There is no

need to go further; there is no need to harmonize scripture with

science.

"The_Argument_from_Faith" id="The_Argument_from_Faith">The Argument

from Faith

Another problem with attempts to "prove" divine origin of

scriptural materials is that the more one tries to prove it, the

less important faith becomes. One runs the risk of becoming "Thomas

with attitude". I believe that faith is the believer's single most

powerful argument for divine inspiration of scriptures. The author

of Hebrews defines faith like this (Heb 11:1): "Now faith is being

sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." An

argument from faith is presently unassailable by science. What

makes this argument immune from any kind of scientific criticism is

that there is no possible frame of reference from which the

definition can be dis-proven. This approach is in keeping with the

static and fundamental qualities of scripture that believers are

constrained to hold. Not only is faith the one unassailable proof

of biblical inspiration, but those who try otherwise to demonstrate

the inspired nature of scripture with arguments and evidence are

missing the pearl of greatest value. 1 Cor 2:10b-16 (NIV) says "The

Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who

among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit

within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except

the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but

the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has

freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by

human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing

spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit

does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for

they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because

they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes

judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any

man's judgment: For who has known the mind of the Lord that he

may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ."

Believers Should be able to rest in their knowledge based on these

verses. (Emphasis added by commentator)

These things look different to the non-believer. It is hard to

reconcile sectarian division among Christians in light of these

same verses from Corinthians, verses which should put to rest any

disagreements around matters of faith.

The simple truth is that some people adhere to Christian (and

other) faith, and some people do not. There is room for everyone,

differences in belief notwithstanding. Logical proofs of divine

inspiration will sway few, and a believer's faith should be firm

against the onslaught of secular knowledge. Anyone who is wondering

about, or questioning the divine inspiration of scripture should

examine all the evidence that it is possible to accumulate,

including the top section of this response. He/she should also

consider the information from alternate points of view before

coming to a conclusion. Ultimately, you will see the order and

coherence that you are meant to see; you should then embrace

it.

Another Answer

In the library of the Louvre, Paris there are apparently 3.5

miles of shelves filled with obsolete science books. There is

really only one Bible and it has been man's wrong understanding of

it that has had to be modified constantly. A good example of this

is when the Roman Catholic church clung to the Ptolemaic Astronomy

and used this pseudo-science to interpret the Bible. On the basis

of their wrong interpretation they forced Galileo to retract his

scientific findings. The problem thus is not in the Bible but in

men who are fallible.

'"This fool [Copernicus] wishes to reverse the entire science of

astronomy; but sacred scripture tells us that Joshua commanded the

sun to stand still, and not the earth." by Martin Luther.. source

http://www.positiveatheism.org/hist/quotes/Luther.htm ... end

quote

This is a good further illustration of the principle mentioned

above that it is not always a good idea to marry the prevailing

scientific view of the day to the Bible. Frequently this results in

violence to the Biblical teaching as it can result in the Bible

being wrongly interpreted in the light of science. Calvin also

rejected the 'new science' based on observation in favor of the old

Ptolemaic system not based on observation.

The unfortunate end result of this is an attack on the

inspiration of scripture because when the science of the day is

modified as more is discovered the Bible is seen as being fallible

like science. In 2 Peter 1 v 16 it says 'For we have not

followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the

power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of

his majesty.'

Thus the integrity and infallibility of the Bible is based on

real people who made direct observation and reached conclusions

based on them - sometimes these were contrary to their own

preconceived notions.

It is obviously offensive to the pride of man to be so often

found wrong both in fact and in his God-avoiding philosophy. The

fact that the Bible has been demonstrated to be empirically

accurate is an important part of validating its claim to

inspiration. This does not mean that the Bible can be 'proved' by

archeology or science because much of what it proclaims is outside

of verification by either. But simply put, where it does intersect

with history it is correct and man is repeatedly wrong. Thus the

God who created time in the beginning and entered history at

various points is well able to give us an inspired record of

it.

"Answer" id="Answer">Answer

Divisions and strife among men are another sign that points to

inspiration in the sense that the God who created man in the

beginning and who witnessed their tragic departure from his will,

has provided us with ample evidence as to why the human race is in

drastic need of his remedy.

Firstly strife gives us ample evidence of the reality of what

the Bible calls sin. Human nature with all its tendencies for

people to 'not get along' is accurately described.

Secondly as specific evidence of people not being in touch with

God's Holy Spirit, the ultimate divine 'author' of scripture and

trying to add their own personal interpretation or quirk to the

Bible. Every (and I mean every) humble Bible believer acknowledges

their own fallibility and hence the possibility that they may have

'got it wrong' in some point or another or that they are unbalanced

in their emphasis. Dis-unity among believers is specifically

mentioned as a sign of people being out of touch with God. See 1

Corinthians 1 v 3 -4.


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