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Why does the Bible make sense to you?

Postby Powdered Donuts » Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:28 am

Why does the Bible make sense to you?
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Re: Why does the Bible make sense to you?

Postby jimwalton » Wed May 17, 2017 3:24 pm

Why does the Bible make sense to me? I have weighed the evidences inside it and have assessed it as authentic, reliable, and beneficial. Any lawyer will tell you there are different kinds of evidence: material evidence, circumstantial evidence, testimonial evidence, anecdotal, statistical, reasoning, documentary, historic, scientific, etc. Different kinds of evidence are valid in different situations. For instance, a lawyer may use scientists, eye-witnesses, circumstantial evidence, and testimonial evidence to bring his case to a jury, who must weigh the various evidences to arrive at a verdict. If science were the only evidence, court cases would be decided by scientists, not juries. But a whole lot more is involved. Evaluating the Bible is more like a court case than a science experiment. We have to use the proper measures in appropriate places. Miracles can't be proven by science because they're not repeatable on demand, or even able to be studied by reproducibility in controlled environments (the only appropriate arena for scientific inquiry). Here are some of the reasons the Bible makes sense to me:

1. It corroborates with history (history is always a matter of interpretation of records), and therefore tells an accurate historical story that makes sense to me. It interprets those historical facts in a particular theological context, which I have found through my own experiences to be more than plausible.

2. It corroborates with archaeological finds (becoming more scientific all the time, but still subject to a vast amount of interpretation). Again, its accuracy has been substantiated.

3. Corroboration with known cultural (in history) markers: Covenants in the ancient world, Israel's religion, known military conquests (Assyria, Babylon, Rome, etc.), ancient mindsets, the first-century world, etc.

4. Corroboration with known geographical information. The Bible is often used to guide archaeologists and historians.

5. Reliable anecdotal evidence from trustworthy sources. I have found no particular evidence that gives me reason to doubt what the biblical writers have given us.

6. Reason: The Bible gives a well-reasoned and consistent perspective and interpretation of life as we know it. The picture it presents makes sense. What it says about the human condition rings true.

7. Testimonial evidence (of people currently alive in our modern era), consistent from person to person, of life change founded in a religious experience as described in the Bible. People's lives are still being radically changed by what they say is the truth of the Bible and the Holy Spirit inside of them.

8. Current realities (like the existence of the state of Israel and the existence of the Church) that don't make as much sense outside of the environments and interpretations described by the Bible.

9. The eyewitness accounts of the Bible ring true. The stories of the Bible are accurate in the telling of what cultures (Abrahamic era, Egypt and the exodus, the judges, the monarchy, the Gospels) were like in those days. They make sense given everything historians and archaeologists have told us about those eras.

10. There is no hint of any kind of conspiracy, fraud, or collusion on the part of the authors. They come across as honest and sincere.

11. The writers of the Bible exude nobility, morality, and honor. To accuse them of deliberate deception is unreasonable. There is no hint that these men were insane. While they certainly lived in a non-literate culture, they didn't live in an illiterate one. These people were obviously not buffoons, barbarians, or blockheads, but were demonstrably fairly cogent and logical.

12. The consistency of theme, theology, and focus from over 40 authors from 3 continents over a span of 1600 years is unearthly.

13. Prophecy and fulfillment is more than unearthly.

14. The events they wrote about were public occurrences, not private experiences. Detecting fraud or error would have been easy.

15. Their writings have been pored over for millennia and have been accepted by great numbers of scholars. Only in the modern era (aside from Islam in the 600s AD and since then) has there been a great movement to discredit the Bible on the part of cynical intellectuals.

16. The Bible has an unearthly kind of power to change lives for the people who submit to its teachings.

Well, that's 16 off the top of my head, at least enough to stimulate dialogue.

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