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"Regular experience, not negligible probabilities and remote possibilities, is the basis of science."
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Even if a Master Designer (God) did create the universe and life on earth, how can we possibly know who this God is? The world’s religions are sometimes worlds apart in their description of the nature of God, and they each make varying and contrasting claims regarding many other issues as well. Where one religion says that Jesus is still dead, for instance, another religion says that He has risen from the dead. Such contradictions between various religions and belief-systems mean that not all religions can be true at once.[8] Jesus cannot be both dead and alive at the same time. So how are we to ever find the truth in such a blizzard of conflicting claims?

To determine the tenability of any one particular religion or belief-system, we must test it in areas that it can be tested in. We must examine its claims concerning matters of history and science. Suppose some of these claims failed to withstand objective scrutiny; suppose they proved to be false or contradicted other known facts — this would tend to lessen the credibility of a particular belief-system. On the other hand, suppose these claims were instead corroborated by history and archaeology and other such disciplines; suppose they successfully withstood objective scrutiny — this would tend to strengthen the authority and credibility of the religion.

In this way, the Bible holds its ground. The Bible is indeed surprising in some of its scientific accuracy and detail. Some biblical statements even appear to reveal an exceptional knowledge of scientific matters. Under close examination, the Bible has not been seen to make any false scientific statements.

Often the Bible is accused of containing so many obvious discrepancies that it would be foolish to trust it. Yet, while certain passages may at first appear contradictory (as can the testimonies of any two honest witnesses in one legal trial), further investigation commonly shows otherwise.

In fact, the excessive skepticism shown toward the Bible by certain schools of thought has been progressively discredited. Concerning matters of history, for instance, discovery after discovery has established the accuracy of numerous details. Archaeologists are increasingly discovering that their finds are affirming the historical accuracy of the Bible, corroborating key portions of events.

Unlike the various accounts of many mystic religions, the Bible’s New Testament narratives describe Jesus as a man of flesh and blood who traveled to actual geographic locations and interacted with known historical persons. In itself, the historicity of Jesus has been firmly established by scholars as an indisputable fact.

Likewise, compared with other ancient documents, the New Testament is unprecedented in its historicity. Concedes the Encyclopedia Britannica, “Compared with other ancient manuscripts, the text of the New Testament is dependable and consistent.” In fact, when it comes to checking and cross checking the readings of the New Testament, it stands as the most historically attested work of the ancient world.


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