Using the Bible as Proof of Anything
The tree is proof that there is water nearby.
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?
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
What do you believe?
Is the Bible proof of God?
Interesting reading, not proof of God?
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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