A question was asked: “Russell, are you implying that since something is not in the Bible, that it is false, or immoral? Just curious.”
That was an excellent question and I’m glad he asked. Below was my response to an objective-minded question that leads us to confirm the veracity of the Bible:
“I’m not sure I know exactly what you’re talking about or have in mind, but based on what said – no, you can’t go that far. I believe that the Bible is entirely true, but my belief (or non-belief) is irrelevant to it actually being true because truth is irrelevant to all opinion (it always has been). What I’m saying is that the Bible was divinelyinspired and that what is recorded is correct. The veracity of the Bible is examined in the excerpt that I posted in the TQFAT photo album and you can “google” the verses to see the correlating truth.
An example would be Job 26:7. When Job was written, there were may differing beliefs. Some believed that the earth came from a cosmic egg that cracked after it fell off the back of a turtle or that Atlas held the earth on his shoulders or that the earth rested on pillars. Job 26:6 reads: “He [God] spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.”
Until recent technology existed, mankind could not physically verify that verse to be entirely true. Only recently did we have astronauts go into space and look down on earth and send back pictures so that we can confirm the veracity of that verse from an author who could not have possibly known the scientific truth behind the verse. Not that long ago people still thought the earth was flat. Which that statement also contradicts the Bible in Isaiah 40:22: “He [God] sits enthroned above the circle of the earth…” If you take any spherical object and look down, you amazingly see a circle.
Hebrews 11:3 was written in the first century and before any microscopes existed, but the author writes: “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen [a table or a chair or even you and me] was not made out of what was visible [atoms/molecules].” It was not until much later that we discovered the atom or the molecule, but they were referenced in the first century.
My argument is that it would not have been possible to be scientifically right time after time after time, if a living God inspired those authors because they could not have possibly known the truth without the technology we have today. It’s simply not possible and if we look to the other beliefs, we kinda laugh at them because they were silly because we know the earth isn’t held up by Atlas and doesn’t rest on pillars and did not fall out of a cosmic egg.
Hope this helps…there’s a lot more in the book that extends much further than the 3 simple examples provided.”
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