Can the Bible be considered "proof" for God’s existence?
by Benjamin Elioz
Do you believe in God?
what are the standards of proving truth from falsehood?
Should "rationalizing God into existence" via a "Debate" be considered proof OR Is empirical evidence a MUST for substantiating extraordinary claims?
what does the bible say about "proof" "standard empirical evidence" and "believing"??
Mind-boggling as it may seem, many of my atheist colleagues allow themselves to be suckered into endless philosophical debates, concerning the existence of the Judeo-Christian God, whereas all that is required to settle the dispute is classical empirical evidence a la mount Sinai revelation and the parting of the red sea.
YouTube is inundated with endless discussions attempting to prove the existence of God by virtue of “rational arguments” in spite of the fact that atheism holds the belief in God as completely ‘irrational”
This futile attempt at “rationalizing God into existence” is indeed mind-numbing; imagine, applying the same “philosophizing methodology” to proving/determining the reality of “fairies” “gnomes” and some other mythological creatures, when all that is required to substantiate the claim is video footage of said creatures, verified by impartial observers throughout the globe, attesting to the validity of fairies actuality.
The Biblical authors, who concocted the greatest Sci-Fi book of all times, would not dream of challenging the above principledempirical approach to proving the existence of the deity they have conjured out of their minds, as they were no strangers to common sense, nor to applying fact-finding routines in their writings.
The Bible originators were clearly fully aware of the importance of instilling “FAITH THROUGH PHYSICAL EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE” and relied on it heavily in the story plotline as they attempted to establish an ongoing “DIVINE AUTHORITY” as means to exert and institute “MORAL VALUES”
They have fabricated a mythological fairy tale, in which “evidence and proof” confirming the deity’s existence, were SUPPOSEDLY provided to the ancient Israelites, in an effort to imprint “FEAR” in the existence of an undefined, unseen, supreme being and thus inaugurate “MORALITY’ and laying the foundations for the doctrine of “RIGHT” vs “WRONG” and “GOOD” vs “EVIL” (a truly noble cause one might add!)
They did not resort to ridiculous philosophical wrangling and debates a la William Lane Craig vs Christopher Hitchens or Neil deGrasse Tyson vs Michio Kaku,in writing their made up fictitious Telenovela.
NO! Absolutely not!
Time after time they pound the would-be “believer “with numerous anecdotes that clearly demonstrate that FAITH IN GOD WAS ACHIEVED AS A RESULT OR AN OUTCOME OF AN ACTUAL SUPERNATURAL PHYSICAL ENCOUNTER and NOT some BOGUS RATIONAL ARGUMENT.
Here are some examples:
Exodus Chapter 4 : The burning bush
And Moses answered and said: ‘But, behold, they WILL NOT BELIEVE me, nor hearken unto my voice; for they will say: The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.’
And the LORD said unto him: ‘What is that in thy hand?’ And he said: ‘A rod.’
And He said: ‘Cast it on the ground.’ And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent, and Moses fled from before it.
And the LORD said unto Moses: ‘Put forth thy hand, and take it by the tail–and he put forth his hand, and laid hold of it, and it became a rod in his hand—
that they MAY BELIEVE that the LORD, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.’
And the LORD said furthermore unto him: ‘Put now thy hand into thy bosom.’ And he put his hand into his bosom; and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous, as white as snow.
And He said: ‘Put thy hand back into thy bosom.–And he put his hand back into his bosom; and when he took it out of his bosom, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.—
And it shall come to pass if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that THEY WILL BELIEVE the voice of the latter sign.
And it shall come to pass if they will not believe even these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land; and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.’
Exodus chapter 14 verse 31 The crossing of the red sea
And Israel SAW the GREAT WORK which the LORD did upon the Egyptians, and the people FEAREDthe LORD, and they B E L I E V E D in the LORD, and in His servant Moses
The ultimate empirical proof for God’s existence 1 Kings 18:17-40
Elijah And The Prophets Of Baal
After a drought of three years, Elijah presented himself to Ahab, the king of Israel, with the promise that the Lord would provide rain. Elijah then challenged 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah to a contest on Mount Carmel. “Elijah came to all the people, and said, ‘How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.’ But the people answered him not a word.'” (1 Kings 18:21).
Each side made sacrifices to their God without building a fire. The lighting of the fire was to be performed by the strongest god, and would thus reveal Jehovah as the true God.
Baal was silent. Elijah mocked the prophets of Baal and said, “Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is sleeping and must be awakened” (1 Kings 18:27). Elijah poured a large amount of water over his sacrifice and asked Jehovah to reveal Himself by consuming the sacrifice. “Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench” (1 Kings 18:38). When the people saw the clear victory of Jehovah, they fell on their faces and said, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”
In light of the above examples, one might be justified in concluding that the biblical authors were indeed fans of the scientific approach, so to speak, as a method FOR INSTILLING FAITH, AND DISTINGUISHING TRUTH FROM FALSEHOOD.
God’s existence wasn’t a DEBATE subject matter, it was a “proven fact”, readily available upon DOUBTERS’ request, and routinely demonstrated to a LARGE audience.
One must not forget however that in conjuring those so-called ‘special effects” out of their imaginary minds, the authors relied heavily on the gullibility of the masses, accepting their story on its face value, by virtue of their AUTHORITY as elders of the tribe and WITHOUT the actual demonstration of said wonders reported in their storyline.
A RECRUITING PRACTICE these “ELDERS”(be them rabbis, priests or imams) maintain to do to THIS DAY!
Indeed, as much as skepticism is an inherent human trait, so is gullibility.
In ancient times human credulity could have been excused due to unbearable living conditions that did not permit for extensive research and study, when one’s life was focused, almost entirely, on simply surviving and getting by without being killed
But nowadays public gullibility as professed by believers is indeed inexcusable as drastic improvements in living standards and the prevalence of the scientific method mandate closer scrutiny in assessing the validity of the extraordinary claim for the existence of a divine being, and the immediate restoration of SIMPLE COMMON SENSE as a BASIC STANDARD OF PROOF.
Alas, ..The prevalent BIBLICAL basic standard of proofwas tossed out the window in favor of ridiculous “arguments” and “debates” to “prove” God’s existence!
Our forefathers accepted the “ELDERS’” stories by virtue of their Authority; in this day and age, however, we MUST INSIST ON ADOPTING THE EXACT SAME METHODOLOGY as the biblical authors did in narrating their fanciful story.
Or, to use the Biblical author phraseology
Goddid not ask Moses to have a “debate” with the ancient Israelites as means of proving his existence, nor did Elijah had a “debate” with the prophets of Ba’al as means to convince them of God’s existence
In both cases, EMPIRICAL PROOF WAS ALLEGEDLY PROVIDED (so they tell us_) TO SUBSTANTIATE THE CLAIM OF GOD’S EXISTENCE
NOT a so-called “LOGICAL ARGUMENT”!!!
Why not have an ENCORE of the parting of the red sea or the “prophets of the Baal (albeit a nonviolent version of it) instead of a “debate”?
Who needs an idiotic useless rationalized discussion about God’s existencewhen the “almighty” can prove his existence and appear before us, as he ALLEGEDLY did before the ancient Israelites.
Don’t hold your breath though…
The Bible is clearly a man-made fairy tale, carefully and meticulously crafted to imbue “MORAL BEHAVIORAL TRAITS” at the EXPENSE OF THE TRUTH;
This mythological compilation of “GOOD” vs “EVIL’ was conceived in the minds of the “ancient Jewish intelligentsia “to force-feed THE MASSES into compliance and adherence to above mentioned “moral codes”
As it is today, so was it then… thousands of years ago; Verifiable “PROOF” to support the existence of the deity, was never actually presented, but in the pages of a “HOLY BOOK” only, where the “WISE” authors continuously manufactured, made up encounters of the 4th kind, relying on the masses’ propensity to accept their account on its face value due to their HIGHLY REGARDED STATURE, as “truth-tellers”
This inherent human proclivity hasn’t diminished one bit, as evidenced by the fact that most us accept as” scientific fact” numerous prevalent theories without actually corroborating said “facts” ourselves.
We TRUST our scientists to tell us the “TRUTH” as much as the ancient Hebrews “TRUSTED THEIR ELDERS” to provide them with a ‘TRUTHFUL” account about God and “his? laws”.
As mentioned earlier, though the Israelites, were at an incredible intellectual disadvantage, and lacking the tools so abundantly available to us today, they nevertheless managed to see through the Biblical authors’ ruseand succumb to routine disobedience and faithlessness, born of the utter failure of the “ELDERS” to MAINTAIN a CONSISTENT and ONGOING validation of the ridiculous notion that the “ALL SEEING DEITY” was alive and well, observing their every move.
The Bible writers provided ample testimonials for complete “ABANDONMENT OF THE FAITH” as they were obviously not able to manifest into existence the creature they have hallucinated/fabricated onto a book they deemed “HOLY”.
The God of the Hebrews was nowhere to be found!
And that hasn’t changed to this day!
This God is still MISSING IN ACTION, while the FAITHFUL INVITE US FOR A GAME OF “HIDE AND SEEK”
God will FOREVER “Hide” and we will FOREVER “seek” (and argue).
indeed, he is nowhere to be found but inside the pages of a book called “THE BIBLE”
Atheists should stop the practice of challenging believers to a “DEBATE” and rather insist that believers call upon God to manifest himself, as he allegedly did in times past, and prove his existence beyond a shadow of a doubt.
But if you think that such a “biblical style demonstration” is forthcoming anytime soon
“Wait till the coming of the Messiah” the faithful tell us,” then you’ll see” they add, as they warn us of hell and damnation.
But the truth is TRULY SIMPLE
Goddoes not exist! Neither does Mary Poppins!
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