Thursday, August 03, 2006

Testing the Bible

This post was inspired by "Memoirs of an exchristian" blog, discussing the historical accuracy of the New Testament Gospels.

I believe the bible is the Word of God, and I believe that Jesus Christ is God who came in the form of man, died on the cross, broke the power of sin and death, and was resurrected. We are not capable of changing our own hearts, our own desires. He saved us from ourselves.

The larger issue I find, is that people require more of the Bible than they do of any other text. When was the last time you asked of your science textbook, who is the team of editors? If you asked this, did you even care to research each of their credentials to decide whether you want to believe was was written? Did you question the original source material of the each chapter they organized? Did you look into when it was published, who published it, etc?

Probably not. Why? You BELIEVE that what was written was factual gleaned UNBIASED by the scholarly people on that particular team. But each person on the board of a collegiate science book, gains the priveledge of having something published, gains the ability to join more science teams, gains and gains... should they not also be scrutinized?

This goes for countless documents that we accept so readily.

I love reason, empirical data, and science. And, as such, I believe the most biased and unreasonable testing has been performed, not in testing the bible so stringently, but in choosing to only test the bible, and little else.

Please feel free to comment on any of these points.




8 comments:

Dave said...

where in Ohio?

tichius said...

Cleveland, OH (I emailed you a while ago, but you may not have recieved it: carole_design@yahoo.com)

Thank you for visiting my blog site! Feel free to comment any time.

Tree said...

That's a huge jump, to assume that someone lacks critical thinking when it comes to their non-bible reading material. How do you know that someone reading a science book doesn't use a critical eye? You don't know, but you believe that idea because you have to make things fit into your world view. Your "logic" insults anyone who does not believe in the Jesus myth, yet you are the one who desperately needs critical thinking skills in oder to understand that there is no sin, there is no savior and there is no God as depicted in the bible nor is there heaven and hell and a rapture or any of that.
Everything you've written in this post is an argument you've created in your head in order to prove to yourself that Christianity is true. There is no way that you can truthfully claim to love reason, empirical data and science and be a Christian. Absolutely no way at all. It is unbelievable to me the cognitive disconnect Christians live with every day.

tichius said...

Tree,

Thanks for your comment. I agree that there are severe issues at hand, and you are right; we cannot make assumptions. This was a direct response to an argument posted on "Memoirs of an ex-christian" I was just bringing up a reason, based on the initial discussion, to be consistantly critical. If we judge another belief, we must judge our own as stringently. Atheists seem to be unable to rationally defend their position.

So, this said, I challenge you in your own assumptions:

What logic do you use to rationally conclude that Jesus is a myth?

What critical thinking brought you to the conclusion there is no sin, no need for a savior, etc.?

You need to have proof to disprove something, just as much as you need to prove it.

I understand what you are against... can you now tell me what you are for?

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Tree said...

was the truth too much for you?

Hermit said...

Can those who don't believe in the Bible tell me answers to these questions..Who can really tell you who your father is? And if you don't resemble your parents, who do you resemble? That's genetics..pure science..Well, Jesus also said that about His Father and guess from where He knew who His Father was..He knew it , but most importantly, His Mother knew it too..

Anonymous said...

I suppose the reason people so scrutinize the bible more than science texts books is that science text books deal with facts, but the bible deals with higher truth.

Every single human being is concerned by the ultimate questions(e.g.who he is, why he's here etc.), yet not everyone is so concerned as to how plants reproduce. (also, science is like a kind of idol here in the west. It reminds me of the greeks, who practically worshipped the wise!).

So people test the bible so much because the bible is addressing a realm of truth (a truth that is higher than facts) that is close to everyone's heart; none of us want to get it wrong, so we scrutinize the bible to make sure its right. If there appears to be any error, then we shy away because all humans naturally want the truth, whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Does this make sense?