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Originally posted by DragonsDemesne
I believe that for the most part that the Bible can be considered divine. The Bible has gone through many hands and many translations, and the individual books quite likely differ from those that the original authors wrote, so as AllSeeingEye says, there is likely some distortion in them from the originals, though, I believe, less than ASE thinks.
The history and archaeology of the Bible has been, to a large degree, verified by modern scholars. It is probably impossible to prove one way or another that the Bible is divinely inspired; I take that aspect of it strictly on faith.
I guess the answer to your question (for me) is that since we have proven the Bible correct on most of its historical references, I take the next step and assume that it is correct on theological matters as well.
Originally posted by freddieb
I respect your view, Dragon. But yours is the point I'm trying to reconcile.
To say that because the places of the bible existed and that people spoken of existed does not lead, in my way of thinking, to that next step...
It is interesting to me how a book that leaves so many unanswered questions and reveals so many paradoxes can be taken as divine.
Hopefully this thread will continue and some patterns will become apparent.
In the other threads it seems that most say basically what you say.
That just strikes me as strange because most of the same people that say this, demand a high level of evidence to be convinced of other topics that appear on this board. Many of those having far more documentation than what we have concerning the bible.
If the bible was written today, I dare say that it would recieve even less coverage on this board than reports from the Weekly World News...