Friday, June 10, 2005

"You can't win with miracles"

Have you ever heard the argument that Gospel accounts of Jesus' resurrection are unreliable because Jesus appeared only to believers? Conrad Gempf has posted a brief, elegant answer. How, Conrad points out, could anyone not be a believer after seeing Jesus alive from the dead?
You can't win with miracles. One of the problems with them is that they are -- almost by definition -- not subject to objective independent verification. PLenty of the more mundane details in the Bible are open to ordinary investigation. And I'll tell you from my experience researching Acts and the Gospels, they check out. The Bible was never meant to be primarily a book of facts. But I think you'll find it trustworthy.
More trustworthy, in fact, than any other book of antiquity.


Blogger Matthew Self said...

I think it's also important to note His believers didn't just write some anecdotes down and retire to the south of Spain to live of the royalties of their publishings. They lived very harsh lives and died horrible deaths for the very things they believed in. Either they were all crazy or the had a very earnest motivation.

9:43 PM, June 10, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Very good points, Matt.

1:29 PM, June 11, 2005  

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