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Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true. Francis Bacon So, the bottom line regarding any "truth", even Francis Bacon's own observation, is a matter of what a reader/hearer prefers. The Law given to Moses establishes the criterion for the "truth" of any matter: 15One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or ...


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To complement what the other answers have already said, I think it is worth to cite Craig S. Keener's magisterial work Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts. The preface says: Most modern prejudice against biblical miracle reports depends on David Hume's argument that uniform human experience precluded miracles. Yet current research shows ...


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The other responses touch on several aspects. The defense is a chain of reasoning. Manuscript transmition fidelity. Many arguments speak of the large number of ancient copies of the Bible or citations and the closeness in time to the originals compared to other ancient documents, their general agreement, the fact that only 1% of all textual variants are ...


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My general way of defending miracles goes like this: God's existence and the existence of the spiritual world would raise the prior probability of miracle claims. God exists. If God exists, then things not made of material exist, and thus the supernatural world exists. Thus, miracles have a higher probability. This is a simple argument, but it works. Now ...


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A common issue seen in these 'higher criticisms' is that they place huge credibility on their own thought processes but start from a point that the Bible accounts must not be credible. Some of the suppositions in your quotation describe claims that are similar to Bible accounts but omit important details that give them credibility. I can see straight away ...


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The directly applicable scriptural evidence for this is Luke 22:35-38, Luke 22:49-50,and John 18:10-11. Let's start with Luke 22:35-38. "Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you out without purse or bag or sandals, did you lack anything?” “Nothing,” they answered. “Now, however,” He told them, “the one with a purse should take it, and likewise a bag; ...


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Pretty much nothing. Normally on this site we don't make definitive pronouncements, but in this case... The exact passage where Jesus sends out his disciples says exactly the opposite: “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and ...


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Proverbs 30:6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. The Bible is totally sufficient for all righteousness, wisdom, and truth (II Tim 3:16-17; II Pet 1:19-21). There is no need for further revelation, human rationalization, or religious tradition (I Tim 6:3-5,20-21). Adding your thoughts to His inspired words is only ...


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