Why is the Bible True and other Scriptures False?

dgshaw's picture

This has been a question that has plagued me for a long time, especially given my extensive study of other scriptures in addition to our own and my thorough study of historical/critical reflection on the Bible.

It seems to me either:

A. we must ACCEPT the premise "our scripture is true, theirs are not" on FAITH alone
or
B. we must DEMONSTRATE the premise "our scripture is true, theirs are not" RATIONALLY.

I would relish hearing a sound and sane discussion on this issue.

Thank you.

In Christ

Dan

De Maria's picture

What is faith, in your opinion?

>>>This has been a question that has plagued me for a long time, especially given my extensive study of other scriptures in addition to our own and my thorough study of historical/critical reflection on the Bible.

It seems to me either:

A. we must ACCEPT the premise "our scripture is true, theirs are not" on FAITH alone<<<

I would leave out the word "alone". In other words, I would say, "we accept the premise that our Scriptures are true on faith."

>>>or
B. we must DEMONSTRATE the premise "our scripture is true, theirs are not" RATIONALLY.<<<

Why not both? Scripture says:
1 Peter 3:15
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Obviously then, Scripture expects us to be able to give a rational explanation. Does Scripture want us to discard faith in so doing? Obviously not. We can do both. The two are not mutually exclusive.

The only way that the two can be mutually exclusive is if you believe that "faith" always means "blind faith". But faith and blind faith are not the same thing.

Blind faith is a beautiful attribute of some people who have been given the grace of believing in God wholeheartedly without asking for explanations. Jesus Christ Himself blessed those who are gifted with blind faith thus:

John 20:29
Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

I am not one of those. I was an atheist for too many years. And when I came back to the Church I demanded proof. And I received it.

My faith is more like the faith which children have of their loving parents. The parents give them love, nourishment and all that they need. And their children grow up expecting that love and trusting that they will receive it. The parents have proven their good will by their actions.

God's good will has been proven to me and therefore I trust Him and have faith that He will continue to love me.

Back to the topic. Blind faith requires no explanations and therefore is considered irrational by many. But it isn't. It is Super rational. It is infused by God.

Regular Faith, the type we earn by acts of good will is rational and can be explained. If I were to read the Scriptures and the teachings of the Church and regularly find errors in them, I would not have faith in the God which they claim to represent.

But the opposite is true. I find no errors in the Scriptures nor the doctrines of the Church therefore I have faith in the God who inspired them.

In addition, there are illogical doctrines taught by the other religions which I have studied and that confirms my faith in the Scriptures and in the Church which provided me with those Scriptures.

>>>I would relish hearing a sound and sane discussion on this issue.

Thank you.

In Christ

Dan<<<

I hope that helps.

Sincerely,

De Maria




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