[quote=AnAtheist]I’d really like to see, how you would prove that
B) The Scripture that is Accepted is indeed divine,
without assuming a priori that God exists, if that’s what you want to conclude from the statement.
How do you account for the fulfillment of the Messianic Prophesies?
I’ll anticipate you may reply with the notion that the prophesies were self-fulfilled by the fictional accounts of the Gospels and the fictional accounts of the rest of the New Testament. Which would mean someone (or someones) gathered all text that may be intrepreted as Messianic in nature and concocted a story to fit around them like a glove. AND collaborated with others in doing so. For what purpose?
If my anticipation is correct, to what do you account for what would appear (if the NT is fiction) the collaboration effort that must have occured? (I hope that questions was clear, I’m not much of a wordsmith).
AnAtheist, the entirety of the Bible is a story, I think you’ll agree. Christians, as you know, believe the story to be the redeemtion story layed down by God. Although I know that the Bible was written by man, and compiled by man, I am awestruck as to how the “story” was written over many hunderds of years, as though, it were composed by one (what would be a truely remarkable) story-teller.
It was either a collaborated effort of which the members of the society of authors lives didn’t even overlap. How could this collaboration have occured, how could it have been succesful and not have broken down? Especially given the nature of the times, i.e. no written press, no internet, no electronic media.
How do you account for the magnificance of the story? It’s depth, it’s profound meaning and teachings? You may responfd you don’t find it magnificent. AnAthiest, I’d claim that if it is fiction it is even more magnificent. The story from Adam and Eve, through Noah, Abraham and Issac, The Kings, David, Isahia, the birth of Christ, the three years of teachings and miracles, Christs Passion, the Acts of the Apostles, the letters of St Paul…Revelation!
How do you account for the fact that it can easily be extracted from the OT and NT that history unfolded as prophesized. One may dispute each and every alleged prophesy by altered interpretation but there are so many. All would have to wrong. Hundreds of Phropesies, Messianic and otherwise.
I’m far from a biblical scholar. Yet from my knowledge of the Bible, I simply cannot believe it was somehow composed totally by the hand of man given how it was composed by many authors over many hundreds of years, all under the umbrella of one main theme…redeemtion of man.
How do you account for mordern day Isreal, for the fact that the Jews have withstood what they have withstood for thousands of years (as prophesised)? How do you account for the Bible??