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

balance

A. we must ACCEPT the premise "our scripture is true, theirs are not" on FAITH alone. This seems like the the easier way out, but I learned the hard way that sometimes, it is best to leave this question alone. Some Christians are not prepared to examine closely their faith in scripture with integrity or honesty. "Historical" examination means looking up the nearest authority that agrees with your preconceived point of view. In bad cases, this acceptation on faith alone leads to superior arrogance in ignorance, or a destruction of faith. This latter road is extremely painful for the involved parties.

So sometimes, depending on who you are or what circumstances you face, blind faith is the better option. But don't tell people that. It makes some of them mad.

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

Some people would question this criteria for truth--"rational" truth is an interesting concept, because who said truth must be rational? Rationality. That's a bit like a man telling you all superior beings are men. The women might have something to say about that--there might be more ways than "Rational Demonstration" or "Faith Alone." (Underlying this question seems to be the the Material/Immaterial, Natural/Supernatural question).

You perhaps know by now that you cannot prove your scriptures true and others false by rationality, historical criticism, argumentation, etc. You can go a long way, but in the end, it seems to come down to a question of belief. And if we go back to "I believe it, therefore it's true," then we are at a dead end again, because belief and truth become a subjective thing, and other people have other scriptures that are just as true because they believe in them.

You might enjoy theology. "What is truth?" "What is knowledge?" That kind of thing. You might not, I don't know what kind of person you are, what you favor. But if I were you I would look around for another option, a "C" or maybe a "4"--something unexpected. I hope you find what you are looking for.

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Search the scriptures--for in them ye think ye have eternal life:
They are they which testify of me--and ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
(John 5.39-40)




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