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Irregular Jonathan Speaks: Challenge

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Prove that the Bible is the word of God.

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Response #1: May 15, 2000

Heck, this is an easy one. The bible is the word of god because it says it is. What more proof do you need than that? Let me give you an analogy:

Person A: I'm 10 feet tall.
Person B: Prove it.
Person A: I say I'm 10 feet tall, and I say that I wouldn't ever tell a lie or be wrong, even unintentionally.
Person B: Oh, I get it. *doh*

You see, it works just like that. I told you it was easy.

Pete Inconnu

Response #2: June 13, 2000

See it's got to be the word of god because... The people who wrote it down were perfect enough to not let any bias or opinions interfere. Also it was meticulesly transcribed several times by people who were perfect enough to not make any mistakes. Then there was the Cannonization of the scriptures where a group of men got together to decide which religous writings of the day were divinely inspired and which ones were not. That is how we got the 66 books of the bible. Of course it is the inerrent word of god. There is no room for error. All the people were perfect. Just like there are people who could do the same things today. Just kidding, this is what I used to believe. Boy was I stupid.


Response #3: June 22, 2000

How dare you suggest that the Bible isn't the word of God. Everyone knows that the Bible was written by prophets and scholars inspired by the Holy Spirit. I mean really....Just because it has been translated and retranslated from who knows how many languages from the original Aramiac dosen't mean man (guided by God's hand) would make a mistake. Thats like saying that a Government project won't be completed on time and under budget. It just dosent happen.

lets take the Dead Sea Scolls as an example. Do you really think the Vatician refuses to release the translation in it's entirety just because the Scrolls might have conflicting opinions with the King James version?

I could give you more examples but I must sign off now as two very nice men in little white lab coats are saying it's time for my medication again.


Response #4: August 2, 2000



---"Dr. Von Bullschitzstein"

Response #5: September 21, 2000

1) Your challenge HAS been met. Response #1 "the bible is the word of God because God says so" is in fact indisputable proof. Why you may ask, because Hebrews 6:18 says "It is impossible for God to lie" and Titus 1:2 says "God, that cannot lie...." If I am correct, your challenge was not to prove that God exists, just that the Bible is His word. So if God cannot lie and 2 Timothy 3:15-17 says "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness," there is your answer.

2) My question for you is can you prove that the Bible is NOT the Word of God?

3) If all else fails, when you are standing before Him on your judgment day, you can ask Him yourself if the Bible was His word or not.

---Sara Pasternak

[IJ's response to Sara: 1) um, ok, first of all it's a logical fallacy to assume the thing you're trying to prove in order to prove it. In particular, you can't quote the Bible to show that the Bible is the word of God, because the Bible is only a good source for truth if you believe that Bible is the inerrant word of God.

2) No, I can't prove that the Bible is NOT the Word of God. I also can't prove that the side of a Wheaties box is NOT the Word of God. Or the Satanic Bible. Or the contents of the phone book. Or Why I am Not a Christian, which we all believe was written by Bertrand Russell. And on and on and on. Just because I can't exclude the possibility that something is the Word of God isn't a good enough reason to live my life by it.

3) You're still just plain assuming that you're right and then you're threatening me. This is like someone losing an argument, getting frustrated, then saying, "Oh yeah? Well just wait 'til my big brother comes along - boy is he gonna get you!" Just as I don't choose how to live my life according to a standard that maybe sorta could be right, I don't choose my life path as a result of Christian threats.

But since you seem interested in living your life according to those standards, let me offer you a new Gospel: The Word of God According to Kenny. Don't worry, it's really short, unlike the Bible. Here goes:

Lo, this is the word of God, and it really is, and it's the truth, and it's no lie.
Lo, you can't prove it isn't.
Lo, if you don't follow the Word of God According to Kenny, God's gonna beat you up real good.
Lo, so here's God's word: live your entire life hopping on your left foot.
Lo, go to it, O followers of the True Word of Kenny!

Enjoy your new religion.]