Firstly, great emphasis is given that the contents of this series are intended to give Biblical information and insights on some of its contents. They are not intended to scare or offend anyone. It is one’s prerogative to read and never be shoved into one’s throat.
This piece is a simple sharing of bible passages. It doesn’t endorse any specific faith, religion, denomination, system of beliefs or theology aside from those in the bible.
It is in the “exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference” as provided by The Philippine Constitution that this article was made.
If you find them scary, intimidating or offensive, please feel free to take them with a grain of salt and regard them like a badly written movie script.
Logical evidences that make biblical claims truthful
While Christians and believers of God and Jesus made the bible a foundation of their faith, many others could not get themselves to appreciate it and its contents because they see perceived contradictions and errors. If the Bible indeed is full errors or blatantly contradicts itself, it’s hard to trust it or view it as reliable.
On the other hand, there are logical reasons that suggest the bible doesn’t lie and is not self-contradictory. This series attempts to show logically sound evidences that supports the bible speaking of facts.
These logical proofs will, in turn, lend more credibility on the truthfulness and veracity of the bible’s contents, God’s existence and that the bible is not outdated.
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1. The Bile is straightforward
2. The Bible is Honest
3. The Bible tells readers to test itself
4. The Bible writers were willing to die for their claims
5. Not having a complete original copy has helped the Bible stood test of time
6. The presence of an intelligent designer: The human body
7. The presence of an intelligent designer: arrangement of heavenly bodies
The bible is straightforward
We could say being clear-cut and simple is a key element of reliability and honesty is to trust.
While there are many tales narrated by the bible, one thing remains clear from start to finish: it’s main theme. It’s God’s war versus Satan and man getting on God’s side so he will have everlasting life. That’s what the bible is for
“…she [Eve] took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband [Adam] with her, and he ate… And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” So the Lord God said to the serpent…I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed….” Genesis 3: 6, 14-15, New King James Version
“And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Revelation 12: 7-9, NKJV
“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” John 5:39-40, NKJV
In a nutshell, the premise is following Satan and doing evil is a lot easier than obeying God and doing good. And most humans often falls short of the requirements laid out by the old covenant. This made man suffer gruesome punishments and miss the rewards reserved for those following them.
“To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you. Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:… In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3: 17, 19 NKJV
It says people have to believe in Jesus, among other things:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16, NKJV
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6, NKJV
“but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” John 20:31, NKJV
It is about faith, belief, loyalty to God and Jesus.
Anybody using the bible for questions it never intended to tackle might misunderstand the book and could easily get misled.
At any rate though, the bible are still full of answers for questions, queries, and problems that are related to topics beyond faith.
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The bible is honest
This is a book that practically tells all, no holds barred on many subjects. The bible narrates and lays down events, persons, rules, and situations of many kinds, whether good or bad, realistic or supernatural, soothing or offensive. This book isn’t holding back anything.
For example, the Old Testament is full of performance of intriguing values, actions, and intents may seem unfit during today’s norms and offends many in today’s society.
There are tales of slavery, slaughtering, polygamy, divorce, violence, punishment by death, being bisexual, and many more were told.
But so are tales of love, sacrifice, sacredness of life, goodness, and righteousness.
You name it, the bible has them.
The authors were telling it as they saw the events unfold under the conditions they were in, or as being revealed to them by the inspiration of God claim.
The bible authors are still humans who are devoid of perfection. They have different ways of expressing their thoughts like being literal or poetic, and their writings were done in different situations, conditions and eras which could influence how they presented their stories.
One has to study the existing conditions and situations when a verse or chapter in the bile is written and what is its context before concluding there is indeed a contradiction or error.
The bible tells readers to test itself
As a safeguard, the bible gave its readers an out by wanting and encouraging them to not just blindly believe its contents but instead investigate them.
This is the only book that encourages its readers to test its contents covering a wide range and variety of topics.
“Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 19-22, NKJV
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1, NKJV
“These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” Acts 17:11, , NKJV
The bible writers were willing to die for their claims
Further, their authors, especially in the New Testament, exhibited tons of credibility of being faithful witnesses who are simply giving accurate testimonies.
There is not a single piece of evidence that the authors of the bible had motives other than giving their testimony. In fact, they had everything to lose and nothing to gain for performing such act.
Many of them were put to death, sometimes in gruesome, painful ways because of it. Here are how some of them died, per various accounts: Peter, Andrew, Jude – crucifixion; Matthew – spearing, then beheading; Philip – impaled by iron hooks in his ankles and hung upside down to die; and Paul -beheading.
Even John, the beloved apostle, who was the only apostle to die of old age and not martyred, was not spared of difficulties as he was imprisoned on the island of Patmos where he wrote the Book of Revelation.
It was clear these men had greater fear of telling a lie than dying, even after Jesus’ death.
It would have been easier for them to simply tell a lie, make up another story, and stop proclaiming what they saw as these would likely be the reason they would be persecuted.
Unless their testimonies were absolutely true.
When the motivation of an author is to simply spread the word and the prospective readers are challenged to put his or her output to test, that author is confident of his or her output. These are very good marks of the output’s true honesty.
Not having a complete original copy has helped the Bible stood test of time
The mere fact that copies of the bible, a book that doesn’t have a complete original copy, still exists today and is still the best seller is a wonder itself. It turns to astonishment when millions have trust in this book for the idea of having the capability to live again after death.
Why would many bet this much since time immemorial to date from a source that has no original copy is simply another marvel.
Many simply rely on their belief that God not only inspired the writing of this book but is also guiding it to reach billions of human eyes to see, ears to hear, and minds to digest as to the reason for this trust.
The matter of fact is the absence of a complete copy of the original manuscripts may have actually become an advantage for the bible in its purpose of spreading its message to the generations after Jesus Christ’s death.
“14Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. 15And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” , Mark 16: 14-15, NKJV
As messengers of the gospel found themselves scattered more and more all over the world, the need for translating the scriptures into different languages became a complicated matter without an original copy.
As a result, many made their own translations on different basis and conditions and claimed it as the real one.
While this scenario opens the possibility of passing an incorrect message, it also made huge numbers of religious leaders and theologians of different sects and beliefs to constantly study, scrutinize, debate, argue, and talk about the correct contents of this book, thereby, introducing it to millions of their respective followers.
This condition likely creates a self-policing scenario where each group would guard against improper translations and would likely point errors out in order to protect their own flock against “false” interpretations.
It is a simple logical analysis, it is easier to corrupt one copy than several copies. The more copies a book has, the harder to change its contents.
This condition can give a certain high-level assurance that the main messages the authors wrote more than 2,000 years ago are exactly what today’s generation have.
Technology in recent years is giving bible scholars the capability to cross reference today’s version to surviving copies and manuscripts from yesteryears to check if there are material variations and corruptions.
The pieces of manuscripts and relics from the past, some of them are claimed to be as early as the first century, allowed confirmation that the teachings in the older versions has been consistently carried over to the newer versions.
When one analyze it well, it’s a logically sound conclusion that not having an original copy of the bible is proving the existence of God.
The presence of an intelligent designer: The Human Body
This has been the argument used by many Christian pastors and debaters in proving the existence of God and Jesus. Their points are very logical.
Many living and non-living beings are consisting of or subject to very complex systems. It should be difficult to understand how these could exist simply by chance and without an intelligent designer!
The human body
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to conclude that the human body is one of the most complex life forms on earth. Human beings could be arguably considered the most complex organisms on this planet.
The human body is a single structure but it is made up of billions of smaller parts, the atoms and molecules.
These billions of microscopic parts, each with its own identity, will have to work together in an organized manner in order for the human being to live.
These parts will constitute cells, tissues, organs and systems, like the skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive systems, that will form the human.
These organ systems will have to interact with one another and work constantly to maintain the balance needed for the survival of the human being.
The different abilities and qualities of a human being, like the five senses of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching; ability to store information in the brain; and able to comprehend, discern and make decisions will highly suggest credibility of the argument that the human being will only exist with an intelligent designer and not simply by chance that will have to start with a void of nothingness.
The presence of an intelligent designer: arrangement of heavenly bodies
Astronomy showed how the planets in our solar system are moving perfectly in unison so they wouldn’t collide each other and follow a certain path around the sun even though the are “free-floating” in space.
These heavenly bodies are constantly in motion but for the hundreds of years, documented by man, no pair of planets or heavenly bodies, not even a substantially large asteroid or comet has not collided with each other.
Here’s why that’s so: The planets and heavenly bodies are in the company of huge clouds of interstellar gas and dust. Together, the materials and bodies in these clouds is in constant motion, and the clouds themselves are in motion, orbiting in the aggregate gravity of the galaxy.
https://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu explains this that as a result of this movement, the cloud will most likely have some slight rotation as seen from a point near its center. This rotation can be described as angular momentum, a conserved measure of its motion that cannot change.
Conservation of angular momentum explains why an ice skater spins more rapidly as she pulls her arms in. As her arms come closer to her axis of rotation, her speed increases and her angular momentum remains the same.
Similarly, her rotation slows when she extends her arms at the conclusion of the spin.
https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ gives a simplistic view of how the planets’ rotation around the sun works:
A planet orbiting the Sun is like the moon or a NASA satellite orbiting Earth. The lighter object orbits the heavier one, and the Sun is, by far, the heaviest object in the solar system. In the same way, the moon and satellites we launch orbit Earth because they are so much lighter than our planet.
The Sun’s gravity pulls on the planets, just as Earth’s gravity pulls down anything that is not held up by some other force and keeps you and me on the ground. Heavier objects (really, more massive ones) produce a bigger gravitational pull than lighter ones, so as the heavyweight in our solar system, the Sun exerts the strongest gravitational pull.
Now if the Sun is pulling the planets, why don’t they just fall in and burn up? Well, in addition to falling toward the Sun, the planets are moving sideways.
This is the same as if you have a weight on the end of a string. If you swing it around, you are constantly pulling it toward your hand, just as the gravity of the Sun pulls the planet in, but the motion sideways keeps the ball swinging around.
Without that sideways motion, it would fall to the center; and without the pull toward the center, it would go flying off in a straight line, which is, of course, exactly what happens if you let go of the string.
Science has long confirmed that a slight misalignment of the earth orbit around the sun will catastrophically affect life on earth as we know it.
This claim of wandering of the earth away from its normal path would cause a substantial shift in temperatures, making it burn or freeze and ensuring impossibility of life on earth.
You would not need to imagine what effect if other planets and heavenly bodies in the solar system would travel away from their path. Here’s NASA showing an artist’s concept if that happens:
This is an artist’s concept illustrates a catastrophic collision between two rocky exoplanets in the planetary system BD +20 307, turning both into dusty debris. (Source: https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/what-happens-when-planets-collide Image Credit: NASA/SOFIA/Lynette Cook)
Logically, it makes less sense that all these constant motion did not result to any observed collision in as far as man’s registry of events is concerned.
The conditions are too perfect, details of the sizes of the heavenly bodies, their distance from each other and the right amount of heat and light afforded to the earth are too much of a coincidence.
To think of it, this heavenly bodies arrangement is a battle of two belief systems: (1) This happened because of a “big bang”, that the planets were formed from nothing and became what they are today; and (2) Somebody must have designed the beautiful ball-shaped heavenly bodies and positioned them in their right spots so they can travel their right orbit.
Betting odds will definitely favor the second alternative over the first. One could argue that choosing the first option than the second is a bigger leap of faith.
I am certain the odds of seeing a man who is blind at birth see because he believes in the supernatural are far, far better than seeing a fully functioning car being assembled by putting into orbit around the earth its different parts.
Especially if were are talking the span of a billion years.
Here’s the bible’s account on this logical reasoning:
1The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. Psalm 19:1-2, NIV
Purpose of the bible
The bible made clear what kind of book is it. It is intended for those who want eternal life. It is not a science or history book. Many tend to forget this.
You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. John 5:39-40, New King James Version
It also made its theme clear. While there are many tales narrated by the bible, one thing remains clear from start to finish: God is engages in a war versus Satan and He is encouraging man to get on His side so he will have everlasting life. That’s what the bible is for:
…she [Eve] took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband [Adam] with her, and he ate… And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” So the Lord God said to the serpent…I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed…. Genesis 3: 6, 14-15, New King James Version
The LORD’s model prayer emphasized this aspect: 9“This, then, is how you should pray:…. 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Matthew 6:9,13, New International Version
The presence of spirits/spiritual realm and multiple scientific, medical, and logical reasons that supports the bible and its authors’ credibility project a possibility that God do exists. As such, being conservative might be the best alternative here.
Accountants describe conservatism as selecting the option that would show the worst possible financial standing of a business entity when two or more unproven alternatives are available. This is to remove the user of the account’s output be exposed to a bigger risk in case the worst possible scenario happens.
As it stands, the risk of not believing in and obeying God far outweighs the benefits of doubting his existence. It might be best to act conservatively, believe what the bible says, until it is absolutely proven that there is indeed no God nor hell.
By Armando M. Bolislis
If you are convinced and want to give Christianity a try, go on a deeper search of the bible, especially the New Testament. This will show you how to become a follower of Jesus Christ. Always ask the Holy spirit for guidance in your search.
If you feel the want to belong to a Christian church or organization, find one that will help you improve your relationship with Christ and lead you to his eternal promises.
The opinions and suggestions contained in this article are solely of the author and doesn’t necessarily reflect the stance of Baguio Herald Express management and staff.