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Using the Bible as Proof of Anything

Updated on October 1, 2014

The tree is proof that there is water nearby.

It does not prove it however there could be another explanation.
It does not prove it however there could be another explanation. | Source

Throw you prejudices aside and just be open minded here.

All things are proof of something. The Bible is proof that it was written. Some of the Bible is proof that it was written by someone. Some of the Bible is proof of about when it was written. You see the Bible is proof of something. A Bible my prove that it belongs to someone. A Gutenberg Bible is proof of the existence of a printing press. My Bibles are proof that I have Bibles and very weak proof that I have read them. (although I could just have them for fun to have on a shelf) There are even some events that are recorded and helpful for secular history within the Bible.Like supporting the notion that Pilate existed or that there existed a great temple in Jerusalem. The bible written near the time in question is reasonable supportive proof to those provable facts.

So we can see that the Bible may indeed be proof.

This was written because someone asked the question:

How can the Bible be considered as proof?

Found here: http://jmcfarland.hubpages.com/question/245024/how-can-the-bible-be-considered-proof#answer761129

And here was my answer:

The bible is proof. It is a written document that exists. (now do not get that confused with "It proves God exists".) A bullet does not prove that someone was shot with a gun. Even if it is found inside the victim. It is proof that a bullet was found inside the victim. People get way too confused on that issue.

The bible can and is used in a court of law as proof. It can be proof of many things. It can be proof of what someone believes. It can be proof that many people believe in it. Shucks it could have a bullet hole in it and was carried by our victim above and is further proof he was shot.

So your question is a definite YES the Bible can be proof.

Can it be proof of the existence of God? Yes and it is very very weak proof with more holes than a sieve or screen door. But there is evidence that it was written and when it was written and it can be the basis for proving a belief. A man takes the stand and swears there is a God. He offers the Bible of proof of his belief. That is really a worthless piece of truth to most triers of fact but not all. We believe that Pluto exists. It is really lousy proof that it is a planet or exists actually today. But by seeing the object in space we believe it is there today. The sun "came up" yesterday is good proof that it will come up tomorrow --- WRONG. It is proof but it is bad proof and I do not believe it will come up tomorrow because it came up today -- but most people think that is good logic. So it is proof.

Scientific proof is better because it is more concrete. I like it better. But it is not the only proof in town. Circumstantial evidence can be proof out here in the human world. Coincidence can lead to a proof of something wrong. But the proof may be there.

Life is not all tidy. Proof to me may not be proof to you. Yet we can both be valid. Lipstick on the collar of my shirt is proof of an affair, unless you knew that my wife kissed me good bye this morning.

The Bible is proof of God but does not prove God and is not proof in a scientific sense that everyone must accept. 20 billion people could all have been or are currently wrong. But they may not be

Proof of hope.

Proof of erosion?

Obviously there is some erosion going on in this photo.
Obviously there is some erosion going on in this photo. | Source

Is the Bible proof of the existence of God?

One can believe a witness. And a witnesses statements are in fact proof of an event. Now a blind man testifying to what a person looked like is a tough one. I hope you see that point. But in fact if a blind man felt the features of a person they could well so testify and be somewhat credible. Perhaps more so than a casual observer.

Three of the Epistles are eye witness testimonies. Paul is mostly commentary but has eye witness accounts.How credible they are only goes to the weight of the evidence they present.Doubts as to authenticity only goes to the weight of the evidence also.Interestingly none of them testify directly that God exists. It would be a clear presumption on the part of a reader of that testimony. But their testimony does in fact give some proof as to the existence of God..

The fact that the accounts differ is some significance actually goes for the positive of those accounts. No two people ever see things exactly the same way, if they do it is suspect. For we each have a different perspective both physically like location and mentally from our experiences. A green maybe just green to one and lime green to another. And that might be from a position or lighting in relation to the color or because that is what is meant as green to another.

The world is not a CSI episode. We do not get DNA results in 5 minutes and bullets seldom retain parts of fingerprints after being fired. Life does not yield, for the most part, clear and "without a doubt" evidence and proof of most events. We simply muddle through the best we can.

A worn cowboy hat does not prove this guy is a cowboy

But if he testifies that he is a cowboy that and the hat are "proof" and the callouses on his hands and the scarring may be further proof.
But if he testifies that he is a cowboy that and the hat are "proof" and the callouses on his hands and the scarring may be further proof. | Source

What do you believe?

Is the Bible proof of God?

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Everyone is entitled to weigh proof for themselves.

In the American jurisprudence we have jurors that decide what the proof submitted means. No lawyers and judges but common folk. Now they are often tasked with believing a story of not. They take in evidence and proof and theories of what all that means and they decide for themselves what it ultimately proves. They pass a worldly judgment upon things.

Human testimony is critical and it can come in the form of a declaration by a person. Some of the Bible is just that, declarations of truth by individuals who witnessed events. No matter how much jurors differ on the value of those declarations they are still proof. Opposing views can tear down the credibility of such witness but they cannot just declare them not proof.

Ultimately it is up to each one of us as to how much credence to give that testimony.

In case you are wondering, yes, a newspaper account of the weather on a certain day can be proof of what the weather was. Crazy huh!!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know you love these discussions, but I tend to stay out of them. People go nutso when discussing their belief in God, and I don't deal well with nutso people. The Bible is a book...interesting reading...and I'll leave it at that. Have a great day, Eric!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Bill and having your own thoughts on the Bible is the most important thing we can do regarding these issues. I hope that entrenched people will at least take a fresh look.

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      Kamil 2 years ago from South Africa

      BIBLE - Basic instructions before leaving Earth.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Awesome I just love that Nocturnus thank you.

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      Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Very interesting read...thanks for sharing.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Dana for reading and commenting. Probably meant to be more interesting than enlightening.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      What the most interesting thing that I got out of this was the life is not all tidy. I tend to tell my side of things from my experience and that gets me into a lot of trouble, but I do still. The Bible was written by men and for men. It was put together by men and anything feminine was kept out except for a few stories. Women in the OT were nothing but property. How does that prove a merciful God and mind you God is also a HE still. Some stories in that Bible are only there to make it known that God was a man and he did all the bidding for the entire universe and that women are very much beneath man. God wrote the Bible....where did he physically write that Bible? Only a handful of people (MEN) wrote stories about their own people. God told the to write it all down and told them to say that it was HE that wrote it or spoke the words. If someone today did that they would be locked up in a nut house. Events in those days were taken as God did this and God did that, but that proves nothing. Today we understand what nature does and how it works and it was not MAN GOD who did it. Now in the NT Jesus's words are minimized by what Paul says. I do not know why they did that to Jesus, but the crucified him AGAIN with that. Jesus tells us who we are and why things happen and how they happen. There is no mystery about that but certain groups of christians will attest they know it all and claim that it is HE GOD that does all this. Still does not prove anything, but it does put all the blame of everything good and bad right back to the person whom is reading this. Jesus gives us a guide to ourselves.

      OK I think that I have said too much and will leave now.

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      Rhonda Lytle 2 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      It's a really interesting question. I think for believers it is proof and for non believers it is not but perhaps behind that is the point of faith. One needs not faith for that which can be proven and to have faith requires an acceptance of which by nature must overcome such requirements to exist. Thank you for a most thought provoking read.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lady thank you for putting your thoughts out there for us to consider. It adds to the hub immensely.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Rhonda and aside on this article is that I do not need the Bible to believe. I just do and just as you say, I do not need any proof but it is good to think about such things I think. Thank you for the read and comment.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      That is correct Ericdierker. Most "christians" are hard taught that you have to have the Bible to believe or be a believer when IN that Bible Jesus told us that he put all the laws in our minds. He also told us that all the answers are inside of us...not outside of us and not in a book.

      The biggest mistake that "christians" do is tell others that faith and faith are the same things when they are not. You have to have faith (in yourself) and believe (that you are capable of doing something) and that is standard for anyone, believers (those of religion) and non-believers (everyone else). Faith (as religion and division of peoples) is only a religion for those who think they have more power over others than they really do.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great question!

      Believers should know better than I.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lady it looks as though you are quite comfortable in your beliefs. That is very good for you.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      DDE as long as you know for yourself.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, discussions like this say much about you--in what and how you write, and much about us your readers--how we respond. I think that both you and I are quite levelheaded. I could stop at that, but I have to add that I like the following statement and I like you for writing it: "The fact that the accounts differ is some significance actually goes for the positive of those accounts. No two people ever see things exactly the same way, if they do it is suspect." Good job!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora, I actually got that taught to me by a Judge as he prepared to instruct a jury. It is a cornerstone of our unpredictable world of people. Aren't we lucky that we are all so diverse and beautiful at the same time.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I enjoyed reading this hub Eric. I have a whole chest full of different versions of the Bible..from King James, NIV, to the Message etc. You know what I still have never read the entire book, but I still learn something new every time I pick it up. Do I believe it proves the existence of God..no, but I do believe that it proves that men at the time all the different gospels were written and the old Testament believed that God existed an influenced their lives.

      Jesus definitely existed and he can be seen as representing God..the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost all being spoken of as a single entity.

      There is and always will be a lot of conjecture to how much of the Bible is historical fact and how much fiction, but stories like Noah, Moses, Daniel etc make one think...who was controlling the events that took place. If we believe these stories are based on fact, did Noah for instance foresee an upcoming flood so big it would cover the known world and suddenly decide off his own bat to build an Ark to protect and preserve his family and all species of Earth's creatures? Or was he given instruction...by some higher entity? Even if one is to dismiss the entire Old Testament as fiction, the Bible is still invaluable as a teaching aid for good morals through the Ten Commandments and Jesus' wonderful parables. I find there are some great action adventure stories throughout so it's a good read whether you believe it or not. Sorry for such a long convoluted comment, but I haven't read a lot of your hubs recently so I'm making up for it. I always enjoy reading your copyright warning too :)

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you very much John. Your comment is a delightful read and is very close to my own heart regarding how we regard the Bible. I have twelve Bibles including one in German and one in Latin. I just love them and it is enlightening to compare the differing versions.

      What is true? I just have a great big -- Why Not?

      Copyright - Almost all of the 200 different versions of the Bible that I checked have one. And I think that is hilarious. And I too giggle every time I place my warning.

      Thanks again

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      How can people not believe the bible when they see the stories of prophecy unfolding before our very eyes?

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      W.C. Fields was fond of saying "Who you going to believe, me or your eyes?" I am with you, I believe my eyes.

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