MARK E MOORE
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Why do I believe in the Bible? 1.  Social Transformation. No other book in the history of the world comes close to having the influence of Scripture. Because of the story of the Bible social structures have been radically transformed from the eradication of slavery, establishment of hospitals, orphanages, women’s shelters, schools, etc. Obviously, this is not irrefutable evidence of its divine origin. Nonetheless, if a loving God spoke truth into our world, this is precisely the power one would expect it to have. Rodney Stark, The Rise of Christianity explains this powerfully from a sociological perspective. He continues the discussion in the modern era with his work How the West Won. 2.   Fulfilled Prophecy. This does demand divine origin since humans are incapable of seeing the future. Since this is common apologetic material and readily available, I’ll not belabor the point with multiple examples but The Evidence of Prophecy by Robert Newman is an outstanding resource. 3.   Coherence. Even though the Bible was written by more than 40 authors over 1500 years on 3 continents and in 3 languages, the single story line is strikingly coherent. This is not to say that individual emphases (or even strikingly different presentations) don’t color its pages. But the collage of texts sings the same song as if a single conductor orchestrated it all. 4.   Personal Experience. The Bible has spoken to me dozens of time during tragedy, cross-roads, and new adventures. This is mystical and existentially powerful. 5.   Divine Wisdom. The truth imbedded in Scripture is above human excellence. The moral codes, the insight for living, the guidance for life appears to me to be divine.
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© Mark E Moore, PhD
Mark E Moore
Pastor, Teacher, Author
Why do I believe in the Bible? 1.  Social Transformation. No other book in the history of the world comes close to having the influence of Scripture. Because of the story of the Bible social structures have been radically transformed from the eradication of slavery, establishment of hospitals, orphanages, women’s shelters, schools, etc. Obviously, this is not irrefutable evidence of its divine origin. Nonetheless, if a loving God spoke truth into our world, this is precisely the power one would expect it to have. Rodney Stark, The Rise of Christianity explains this powerfully from a sociological perspective. He continues the discussion in the modern era with his work How the West Won. 2.   Fulfilled Prophecy. This does demand divine origin since humans are incapable of seeing the future. Since this is common apologetic material and readily available, I’ll not belabor the point with multiple examples but The Evidence of Prophecy by Robert Newman is an outstanding resource. 3.   Coherence. Even though the Bible was written by more than 40 authors over 1500 years on 3 continents and in 3 languages, the single story line is strikingly coherent. This is not to say that individual emphases (or even strikingly different presentations) don’t color its pages. But the collage of texts sings the same song as if a single conductor orchestrated it all. 4.   Personal Experience. The Bible has spoken to me dozens of time during tragedy, cross-roads, and new adventures. This is mystical and existentially powerful. 5.   Divine Wisdom. The truth imbedded in Scripture is above human excellence. The moral codes, the insight for living, the guidance for life appears to me to be divine.
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