ColorStorm has what I suspect most Atheists consider a funny way of defending the Bible. Instead of making some kind of seemingly logical, scientific defense, refers us back to the Bible. Such is the case in It needs reviewed!!
Has anybody seen the laugh button remote? I need to mute the darn thing. Why? Some knucklehead went on record asking for ‘peer reviews’ of the biblical writers, as if their words are not good enough. Am I serious? Oh yeah, but no surprise, people have been playing this act since theatre school began so many thousands of years ago. Drama abounds on the internet as infidelity and rage against scripture increases.
Right, like a man needs to hear from somebody who is more credible and reliable than the scripture writers. And who pray tell would this be? Who would have a more accurate and truthful account of David standing before that rather large idiot, a goliath of sorts, than the scripture writers who were only to be loaded with fidelity to the text, whether they liked it or not. (continued here)
Of course, ridicules the idea of peer reviewing the Bible. Which of us is God’s peer? No one, of course. Therefore, proposing to peer review the Bible presumes it is not the Word of God. ‘s disgust arises from what we can easily observe. Atheists don’t take the Bible seriously enough even to consider the possibility it might be true. What Atheists do is dumb. Millions believe the Bible, and they have good reasons.
About four years ago I wrote WHY ARE POLITICS AND RELIGION LOST SUBJECTS IN AMERICA? That post includes this section: “Is Religion Beyond Logical Proof?” In this section I suggested that we do have excellent reasons to believe the Bible.
Consider these proofs.
- Without the inspiration of God, men would not have written the Bible. No other book is like it. The Bible doesn’t flatter us; the Bible holds up a mirror and shows us as we are. The Bible also gives us hope; it explains how God redeemed us from sin. There are about 40 authors, and these tell a coherent story in a book whose writings span 1500 hundred years. Moreover, in spite of the violence and travails of human history, believers have preserved the Bible virtually unchanged for thousands of years. Again I ask, other book is like that?
- Without the God of Israel, the history of the Jews makes no sense. After all that has been done to destroy them, after all they have suffered, the Jews still exist as a nation. No other people has a story so strange and remarkable, not even close.
- Without Christ Jesus — without the man who was also the Son of God — the formation of Christianity makes no sense. After His crucifixion, hundreds saw Him — alive. Rather than deny Christ, many accepted death. That includes all but one of His apostles. Only John died of old age. Why? What for? These people had nothing material to gain. In court the testimony of a dying man holds great weight? What is the testimony of a Christian martyr? Is it not the testimony of someone who knows his death, lies just before him?
- Christianity makes a difference. As a way of life, loving God and ones neighbors cannot be beat. That’s why 2000 years after the birth of Christ men and women still speak of being born again. Each Christian knows that when they were born again, that birth was real and substantial, not a delusion.
Are these scientific proofs? No. They depend upon faith. Yet so does science, and many, not well enough grounded in philosophy, don’t appreciate that.
Is the following statement subject to the scientific method?
Any structure of knowledge rests upon certain largely untestable assumptions. We keep the assumptions, rely upon them, because we have faith in them. Experience, not scientific proof, has demonstrated their validity. Hence Christians believe the Bible because:
- We understand that men on their own could not/would not have written the Bible.
- We believe the martyrs.
- The Bible answers so many questions.
- The Bible’s wisdom is trustworthy. It works in application.
- And so forth.
Do secularists practice a similar kind of faith? Yes, and that makes it all the odder when secularists ridicule faith. Here is an example, the Theory of Evolution. Secularists insist that the Theory of Evolution is proven science, but that is not true. Because we don’t live long enough, we cannot substantially “evolve” anything; we cannot test the Theory of Evolution with the scientific method. Yet most scientists assume the Theory of Evolution is correct. Why?
- The theory fits the data, the fossil record.
- They believe other scientists who say the theory is true.
- The theory answers so many questions.
- It appears to work in application.
- And so forth.
Whether the Bible is true, of course, has much more significance than the Theory of Evolution. Christians must decide every day to pick up their cross and follow Jesus. The Theory of Evolution has largely become just a tool some use to discredit the Bible or what they call Christian fundamentalism. In fact, few spend much time worrying about the Theory of Evolution.
What is the point to take from this discussion? Truth does not depend upon science. Whether we know the truth depends primarily upon the soundness of our assumptions. That is why a wise man once said this.
If we want to live as close to the truth as we can, we must examine our lives. How have we chosen to live? What do we believe? Why?