Volume 92, Issue 86

Thursday, March 11, 1999


OPINIONS

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Re: Don't rely on the word of the Bible, March 4



To the Editor:

It is ironic that Warren Flood urges believers of the Bible to use their brains when engaged in intellectual arguments. Clearly, Warren has failed to use his. My intention is not to be insulting, but rather, I intend to be as forthright and frank as Warren's article has caused me to be.

It is highly unlikely that one student opening the first few pages and finding an apparent discrepancy could discredit the Bible, which has existed 18 centuries and has resisted a plethora of attacks and secular criticism. You would think that the Bible, being the most widely circulated book of all time (3,153,751,000 Bibles published between 1804 and 1966), someone would have noticed that the Bible contradicted itself on the first two pages!

Even if you were to argue that only 10 per cent of the Bibles circulated between 1804 and 1966 were actually read, that still leaves over 300 million people who must have read Genesis chapter one and two. Why then, do millions declare the Bible to be true?

Furthermore, why have millions of Christians died for their belief in this book, if it is so obviously flawed? Could it be that the Bible is true? The veracity of the Bible, in theological terms, does not depend on how many people believe it true, but overwhelming support certainly does add sway to an objective argument. Granted, this type of evidence is purely subjective.

Millions believed in the Aristotelian concept of an earth-centered universe. They were wrong. However, compare the authority of Aristotle and other ancient philosophers to that of the Bible. The Bible was penned by 40 different authors of varying degrees of economic, social and political status's, over a span of 1,600 years (60 generations), on three continents and in three languages. The theological doctrines, historical facts and scientific principles are consistent and coherent throughout. Only a divinely inspired work could maintain textual unity.

Jeremy Johnston
English II



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