I was just reviewing that article you wrote about people believing God isn?
t real. When you try to explain how God is or isn?t real, you can’t use
the Bible because the Bible is a human written book. There is absolutely
no proof that any of these actions occurred, well little if any. There is
so much proof against the existence of God, that countering would be
extremely difficult. All these extremely weird things happen a long time
ago.. mean while no one posseses extravagant supernatural powers like

Thanks for your comments. I believe that there is an inconsistency
in your line of thinking. I hope I can say this with a spirit of humility.
You make the assumption that the Bible is the product of human wisdom and
knowledge. If you assume that the Bible is a “human written book” then you
assume the answer before you ask the question. I believe that the internal
evidence for the inspiration of the Bible by God is absolutely
overwhelming. Simply stating by fiat that it is not inspired by God–that
it is a human written book–does not prove your conclusion. That is false
reasoning. The conclusion of whether or not the Bible is inspired by God
will stand or fall on the evidence, but simply declaring it to be of human
origin is not a useful line of argument.

To state that there is little or no evidence that any of this
occurred proves that you have not studied out the subject carefully. There
is extensive external evidence of the validity of many of the historical
references in the Bible. I will mention a short list below:

1. The attack of Sennacherib on Israel and the tribute paid by Jehu:
proved by an inscription on the Sennacherib Prism.

2. The fact of David being king of Israel, as well as several of his
descendants, as proved by the Tel Dan inscription.

3. The attack on and eventual defeat of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar in 605
BC, as proved by the Babylonian Chronicles.

4. The statement that Cyrus decreed that the Jews could return to
Jerusalem to rebiuld the Temple (Ezra 1) is confirmed by the Cyrus

5. The fact that Pontius Pilate was indeed procurator of Judea at the time
of the crucifixion of Jesus, as proved by the Pilate inscription found in

6. The fact that Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem and that it was claimed
that he rose from the dead at that time, as proved by the writings of
Josephus and Tacitus.

7. I could go on for literally dozens of facts which are recorded in the
Bible and which are confirmed by archaeological discovery. A more
comprehensive list is available in my book, “Reasons for Belief: A
Handbook of Christian Evidence” available at www.greatcommission.com

Of course, there are more details in the Old Testament which are
not directly confirmed by exteral sources than those which are, but the
general pattern of confirmation of the historical nature of the Old
Testament makes it reasonable to assume that in general, the OT is a
reliable historical document–at least as reliable as the histories of
Herodotus and Thucydides.

There is literally not a single shred of evidence that God does
not exist. What is the evidence that he does not exist? What physical
evidence or even any other sort of evidence can you show which provides
evidence that God does not exist? To be honest, I would say that the
burden of proof for the existence of God lies with the believer, not with
the atheist. It is not the job of the atheist to prove that God does not
exist. Having said this, it remains a fact that there is literally not a
single piece of evidence that God does not exist. I have read many books
by non-believers and their only line of argument is to attempt to
discredit the evidence for God, but they have no positive proof that there
is no God.

I would agree that the miraculous events recorded in the Bible do
not have their equivalent occurrances happening today, at least as far as
I know. At first glance, it would appear that you have a good point here.
Actually, if one looks at the history of the Jews, there are only a few
very unique brief periods of time when God was working miracles, with long
periods in between when there is no record of the miraculous occurring.
Hebrews 2:4 provides a logical explanation of the fact that God has caused
miracles at certain times. When God brought new revelation to mankind,
such as at the time of Moses and of Christ, there was a burst of
miraculous activity which God caused to confirm the message was from him.

I hope that these comments answer some of your objections. Please
do not take them in a spirit of being argumentative, but in the spirit of
clearing up what may be some misconceptions.

John Oakes

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