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ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« on: February 02, 2014, 12:26:11 PM »
Sorry to everyone if this topic comes up again but we have had several people recently claiming ID and not Evolution is the correct idea and this is usually based on the bible. Biblestudent, for example, uses the bible to show us how things ought to be.

So, to the theists who hold to ID, how do you know the bible is factually accurate? Now, I don't mean we can say it is if there is a Jerusalem and Bethlehem in the real world. No, I mean, when it comes to say creation, how do you know the account there is actually true and not a modified Babylonian narrative and using Babylonian gods?

I appreciate the fact that the bible is thought of as at least spiritually true and to contain all that is needed for salvation but it doesn't need to be factually accurate in, say, the creation narrative in order to to help one achieve salvation. The creation story could be a myth there to show the belief that there is a god who takes an interest in people without it having to be factually true.

Well, there you go, any answer, please?
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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2014, 02:20:50 PM »
It's mainly just protestant religions who do believe in ID though the opposition against Catholicism in some sects is so strong that I wonder if it's more of just that, than anything. else. Catholics believe in Evolution (but that Biblegod did it) so they don't.

Kind of like with the Republicans vs Democrats. If Republicans were initially for it and then the Democrats decide they are for it the Republicans are no longer for it because they hate the Democrats that much.

Just an idea.

Because in public I know protestants who say they are Creationists but in private lean more toward Evolution but their hatred of certain religions and/or people prevents them from admitting it so they promote what they may not place too much stock in. How that makes them look better, I don't know.

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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2014, 02:23:45 PM »
Expect some of them to (wrongly) say that ID is not a christian theory[1].
 1. Note the "wrongly" I put between parentheses. ID is as much a theory as Russel's Teapot.
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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2014, 01:43:25 AM »
Expect some of them to (wrongly) say that ID is not a christian theory[1].
 1. Note the "wrongly" I put between parentheses. ID is as much a theory as Russel's Teapot.

Actually, Russel's Teapot is simple to refute. A teapot by definition is a material observable object. It is not immaterial. So there can be no such logical thing as an immaterial teapot. It's nonsensical, ridiculous, preposterous, and outrageous.
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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2014, 01:48:19 AM »
I.D. is simply much more logical than blind evolution. Things in nature are so meticulous that they simply could not evolved on their own: Childbirth, immune system, circulatory system, bones, organs, etc etc etc.

Not to mention the fact that we can jump into the air and technically be off the Earth for a few seconds while we are in the air. How can we evolve from materials from the Earth when we aren't even connected to the Earth? We are separate from the Earth, we are not glued down to it.
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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2014, 01:54:02 AM »
Actually, Russel's Teapot is simple to refute. A teapot by definition is a material observable object. It is not immaterial. So there can be no such logical thing as an immaterial teapot. It's nonsensical, ridiculous, preposterous, and outrageous.
I noticed that you went for the "low-hanging fruit" of Russell's Teapot.  Which, I assume, was the point of OAA mentioning it in the first place.  By the way, I agree with your use of adjectives and the fact that by extension, they apply to ID "theory".  It is indeed "nonsensical, ridiculous, preposterous, and outrageous", especially since creationists have never once shown any real evidence to support it[1].

That's the entire point.  It's not up to other people to provide evidence which contradicts the existence of an "immaterial teapot[2]", it's up to the person who proposed it to provide evidence which supports its existence.  That's as true for Russell's Teapot as it is for Intelligent Design.
 1. when the best argument in favor of it is that a person can't imagine how it could otherwise be, you know that it's not well-supported
 2. notably, Russell's actual argument was for a teapot which was too small to be observed, not one that was immaterial

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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2014, 02:02:57 AM »
I.D. is simply much more logical than blind evolution. Things in nature are so meticulous that they simply could not evolved on their own: Childbirth, immune system, circulatory system, bones, organs, etc etc etc.
So let's see some (any!) evidence to support this proposition of yours.  Note that saying that something is more logical has no bearing on whether it is accurate.  I can make an argument which is perfectly logical, which is decidedly not accurate based on the conditions which actually apply.

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Not to mention the fact that we can jump into the air and technically be off the Earth for a few seconds while we are in the air. How can we evolve from materials from the Earth when we aren't even connected to the Earth? We are separate from the Earth, we are not glued down to it.
This has nothing to do with anything and isn't even a good analogy.  None of the matter that makes up the Earth is 'attached' to it any more than we are, yet nobody attempts to make the fallacious argument that it's not part of Earth.  Maybe you should spend some time reviewing physics and biology so you can avoid embarrassing yourself with arguments such as this.

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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2014, 03:08:53 AM »
That'll never happen.

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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2014, 03:25:50 AM »
I.D. is simply much more logical than blind evolution. Things in nature are so meticulous that they simply could not evolved on their own: Childbirth, immune system, circulatory system, bones, organs, etc etc etc.

Not to mention the fact that we can jump into the air and technically be off the Earth for a few seconds while we are in the air. How can we evolve from materials from the Earth when we aren't even connected to the Earth? We are separate from the Earth, we are not glued down to it.

Please answer the question at the head of the topic. This is not an ID topic but one about the bible.
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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2014, 08:40:55 AM »
Sorry to everyone if this topic comes up again but we have had several people recently claiming ID and not Evolution is the correct idea and this is usually based on the bible. Biblestudent, for example, uses the bible to show us how things ought to be.

So, to the theists who hold to ID, how do you know the bible is factually accurate? Now, I don't mean we can say it is if there is a Jerusalem and Bethlehem in the real world. No, I mean, when it comes to say creation, how do you know the account there is actually true and not a modified Babylonian narrative and using Babylonian gods?

I appreciate the fact that the bible is thought of as at least spiritually true and to contain all that is needed for salvation but it doesn't need to be factually accurate in, say, the creation narrative in order to to help one achieve salvation. The creation story could be a myth there to show the belief that there is a god who takes an interest in people without it having to be factually true.

Well, there you go, any answer, please?

I have no doubt the question is sincere but it is also impossible to answer.  Based on the various ID people I have talked with over the years, it comes down to faith.  If one accepts the Bible as the divinely inspired inerrant word of God to be interpreted literally unless the wording has similes, then the creation stories are accepted as fact.  But that fact is based on faith the Bible truly is the divinely inspired inerrant word of God. 

Any ideas or information which may run counter to that belief is rejected because the Bible is the divinely inspired inerrant word of God.

Curious to see if I am proven wrong,

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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2014, 11:18:52 AM »
Sadly, OCG, I rather think you are right. Our current band of IDers don't want to waste time on this topic if they could be spouting chunks of texts from creation websites. Shame really, but I suppose its how it is.  :)
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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2014, 02:13:14 AM »
Sorry to everyone if this topic comes up again but we have had several people recently claiming ID and not Evolution is the correct idea and this is usually based on the bible. Biblestudent, for example, uses the bible to show us how things ought to be.

So, to the theists who hold to ID, how do you know the bible is factually accurate? Now, I don't mean we can say it is if there is a Jerusalem and Bethlehem in the real world. No, I mean, when it comes to say creation, how do you know the account there is actually true and not a modified Babylonian narrative and using Babylonian gods?

I appreciate the fact that the bible is thought of as at least spiritually true and to contain all that is needed for salvation but it doesn't need to be factually accurate in, say, the creation narrative in order to to help one achieve salvation. The creation story could be a myth there to show the belief that there is a god who takes an interest in people without it having to be factually true.

Well, there you go, any answer, please?

I have no doubt the question is sincere but it is also impossible to answer.  Based on the various ID people I have talked with over the years, it comes down to faith.  If one accepts the Bible as the divinely inspired inerrant word of God to be interpreted literally unless the wording has similes, then the creation stories are accepted as fact.  But that fact is based on faith the Bible truly is the divinely inspired inerrant word of God. 

Any ideas or information which may run counter to that belief is rejected because the Bible is the divinely inspired inerrant word of God.

Curious to see if I am proven wrong,

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OCG,

I feel that reading the Bible literally is the most honest way to go about it. When God says something, he means it. If God does not say that macroevolution ever happened, then it didn't happen. It would be right in the Book of Genesis if it was true.

All of these false Christians who buy into the false corrupted idea that the Earth is "billions" of years old are trusting man's word over God's Word. Atheists may hate us literalists, but they can't deny it's the most honest and respected way of believing the Bible.
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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2014, 02:55:55 AM »
Holding to your own pre-conceived faith instead of updating your views in light of real-world facts is the antithesis of honesty.
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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2014, 03:37:17 AM »
I feel that reading the Bible literally is the most honest way to go about it. When God says something, he means it. If God does not say that macroevolution ever happened, then it didn't happen. It would be right in the Book of Genesis if it was true.

All of these false Christians who buy into the false corrupted idea that the Earth is "billions" of years old are trusting man's word over God's Word. Atheists may hate us literalists, but they can't deny it's the most honest and respected way of believing the Bible.

Why are you simply restating the position this thread starts with? The OP is asking why you think the bible is true, so that means you have to give your reasons for believing it is true. Quit the stalling and answer.
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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2014, 04:14:52 AM »

I feel that reading the Bible literally is the most honest way to go about it. When God says something, he means it. If God does not say that macro-evolution ever happened, then it didn't happen. It would be right in the Book of Genesis if it was true.

All of these false Christians who buy into the false corrupted idea that the Earth is "billions" of years old are trusting man's word over God's Word. Atheists may hate us literalists, but they can't deny it's the most honest and respected way of believing the Bible.

You ask more questions than you answer - not odd really as you didn't answer the question. I think we have, then, tow questions as below

1. Why do you think the bible is true

2. Why do you think it is literally god's word?

Could you have a crack at answering those, Skeptic? It shouldn't take much.
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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #15 on: February 05, 2014, 05:33:17 AM »
I don't know, wheels...two questions may be too many for him. Hell, I think one is too many.

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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2014, 06:33:41 AM »
Sorry to everyone if this topic comes up again but we have had several people recently claiming ID and not Evolution is the correct idea and this is usually based on the bible. Biblestudent, for example, uses the bible to show us how things ought to be.

So, to the theists who hold to ID, how do you know the bible is factually accurate? Now, I don't mean we can say it is if there is a Jerusalem and Bethlehem in the real world. No, I mean, when it comes to say creation, how do you know the account there is actually true and not a modified Babylonian narrative and using Babylonian gods?

I appreciate the fact that the bible is thought of as at least spiritually true and to contain all that is needed for salvation but it doesn't need to be factually accurate in, say, the creation narrative in order to to help one achieve salvation. The creation story could be a myth there to show the belief that there is a god who takes an interest in people without it having to be factually true.

Well, there you go, any answer, please?

I have no doubt the question is sincere but it is also impossible to answer.  Based on the various ID people I have talked with over the years, it comes down to faith.  If one accepts the Bible as the divinely inspired inerrant word of God to be interpreted literally unless the wording has similes, then the creation stories are accepted as fact.  But that fact is based on faith the Bible truly is the divinely inspired inerrant word of God. 

Any ideas or information which may run counter to that belief is rejected because the Bible is the divinely inspired inerrant word of God.

Curious to see if I am proven wrong,

OldChurchGuy

OCG,

I feel that reading the Bible literally is the most honest way to go about it. When God says something, he means it. If God does not say that macroevolution ever happened, then it didn't happen. It would be right in the Book of Genesis if it was true.

All of these false Christians who buy into the false corrupted idea that the Earth is "billions" of years old are trusting man's word over God's Word. Atheists may hate us literalists, but they can't deny it's the most honest and respected way of believing the Bible.

I appreciate your response.  It seems to confirm my statement that such a response is a statement of faith.  I have no problem with that. 

The challenge is presenting that faith as though it is irrefutable fact.  Particularly on this website that asks / demands some kind of empirical evidence / proof to back up the statement of faith when presented as irrefutable fact.

Sincerely,

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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2014, 07:21:53 AM »

I feel that reading the Bible literally is the most honest way to go about it. When God says something, he means it. If God does not say that macroevolution ever happened, then it didn't happen. It would be right in the Book of Genesis if it was true.

All of these false Christians who buy into the false corrupted idea that the Earth is "billions" of years old are trusting man's word over God's Word. Atheists may hate us literalists, but they can't deny it's the most honest and respected way of believing the Bible.

Science does not trust any man's word. Science depends on the statement of nature itself. The bible contradicts nature not the word of man. Either the god of the bible is a demon (Yahweh was invented as a composite of Baal, El and other gods) who spreads false ideas, or he does not exist and the bible was written by Iron Age men with Iron Age ideas.
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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2014, 07:29:36 AM »
Good point, Foxy! The Creation myth has a god improve on a water cover void and make it into a flat plate with a dome over the top and the stars fixed into the dome. The sun and moon are towed across each day, whilst the rain and snow are stored and dumped from the dome through doors. This is so like the universe we know today that it must have been a god who dictated it, mustn't it?
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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2014, 08:07:49 AM »
It's mainly just protestant religions who do believe in ID though the opposition against Catholicism in some sects is so strong that I wonder if it's more of just that, than anything. else. Catholics believe in Evolution (but that Biblegod did it) so they don't.
That is the answer.

When the Protestant Reformation took place, it was on the basis of God being accessible to everyone and not merely through the clergy of the Catholic Church. The Protestants rejected completely the authority of the pope, and that included everything that the Church's apologists had ever said about everything in the past. The Protestants therefore relied solely on the Bible that they thought of as inerrant, and still do.

At the time, it was fortunate for the Protestants that the level of scientific knowledge was low and so Bible inerrancy did not conflict with real knowledge. However, it was equally unfortunate that the Enlightenment was just around the corner. The scientific community started coming to the fore in the early 18th century, 200 years after the Reformation. By this time, the dogma of the Protestants was set in stone.

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The Catholic Church was a little late (1950) in accepting evolution but probably recalled the unfortunate episode with Galileo GalileiWiki. Of course, this was ammunition for the fundamentalists who hold that anything the Catholic Church says is a complete lie. These protestant sects could not possibly agree!

This left behind the non-conformists who had entrenched themselves in fundamentalist paradox and ignorance as a mark of their identity. Knowledge has now passed from conjecture to hypothesis to law and such is the pride in ignorance of the Fundamentalist, they are no longer able to admit that they are wrong and have been wrong for centuries.
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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #20 on: February 05, 2014, 08:41:25 AM »
When God says something, he means it.

Except when he doesn't.  Like when he tells Abe to murder Isaac.  Or when he tells Abe he's going to wipe out Sodom, flat out, and Abe negotiates with him.  Or when yhwh says he's going to eradicate sin by drowning the whole world.  Or when jesus H tells people he'll come back in their generation. 

But otherwise, yeah, totally,

If God does not say that macroevolution ever happened, then it didn't happen.

god doesn't say a lot of things happen, but they do, in fact, happen.  God is mum on microwaves, radio waves, gamma waves, nuclear radiation, quarks, glueons, muons, nutrinos, bosons, electrons, lightning rods, the entire field of chemistry (except for the instructions to a Potion of Truth), internal combustion engines, geosynchronous satellites, quasars, pulsars, novas, black holes, spiral galaxies, North America, South America, the poles, magnets, glory holes, aquaducts, turbines, semiconductors, and modern weapons.  Yet, all that stuff is real. 

I know you won't, but you might want to reconsider your position on that.

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I deny that.
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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #21 on: February 05, 2014, 10:03:00 AM »
I feel that reading the Bible literally is the most honest way to go about it.
I'm sure you feel that way.  However, just because you feel something is the most honest way does not actually make it the most honest way.  Indeed, if you were convinced to think that the Bible should be read literally, then it would be honesty to say that you hold such a belief.  Yet your belief wouldn't actually change whether or not it was actually the most honest way to go about things.  Indeed, it would actually get in the way of knowing whether it was or not.  You are convinced that's the best way to go about it, so why would you consider any other way?  Yet that's nothing but a mental trap.

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When God says something, he means it. If God does not say that macroevolution ever happened, then it didn't happen. It would be right in the Book of Genesis if it was true.
Why would it be?  There are lots of things that are never mentioned in Genesis (or indeed, any other book of the Bible) that can be scientifically verified today.  Even if every word of Genesis were literally and factually true, it would have no bearing whatsoever on the truth value of something that was never mentioned in Genesis.  And that assumes that Genesis is literally and factually true, never a safe assumption to make.  Just because you honestly believe it to be true does not actually make it true.  If anything, it works against the idea of it being true, because you've never seriously considered the question of whether it actually is true[1], you just assume it is because your belief requires it.

It's always dangerous to assume that something is true merely because you need (or want) it to be.  You should never assume that something is true, especially if it's the one thing you really absolutely need to be true.  Imagine if you built a house, trusting that the foundation was solid, and it wasn't.  What do you think would eventually happen to that house and anyone in it at the time?

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]All of these false Christians who buy into the false corrupted idea that the Earth is "billions" of years old
"No true Christian", skeptic? Tsk, tsk.

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are trusting man's word over God's Word. Atheists may hate us literalists, but they can't deny it's the most honest and respected way of believing the Bible.
The problem is, you aren't actually trusting God's word.  You're trusting something purported (by other humans) to be God's word.  How do you know it's actually God's word?  I know you believe it, but belief does not change the truth value of something.  Doesn't matter how much you believe it's true, 2 will never equal 3.

I'm quite well aware of the verse from 2 Timothy...but all that actually says is that the Bible is "God-breathed" and useful for various things.  It does not actually say anything about the truth value of the Bible.
 1. you admitted this a while back - you went straight from being a non-believer to being converted because of some 'supernatural' stuff you couldn't explain

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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #22 on: February 05, 2014, 10:45:00 AM »

I feel that reading the Bible literally is the most honest way to go about it.
No. Bible literalists have painted themselves into a corner and are too embarrassed to admit it. They took their beliefs when there was little knowledge of the real world and now spend their time defending the indefensible.

It is time, like the Catholic Church did when it admitted that the earth went round the sun, not the sun round the earth, to admit that your fundamental beliefs are simply wrong - but pride is a hard fault to overcome.
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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #23 on: February 05, 2014, 05:41:55 PM »
The same Christians who deny that scientists can be trusted (like reliably date anything ancient) will jump on any scrap of scientific evidence that seems to support something in the bible. Archaeologists uncover some ruins mentioned in the Christian bible (and coincidentally also mentioned in Persian writings, Roman texts, a Star Trek episode, the Quran and the Book of Mormon). 

"Aha! See, even science shows that Christianity is true!" &)

If the earth is not billions years old, why did god make it look that way?  :?
Extraordinary claims of the bible don't even have ordinary evidence.

Kids aren't paying attention most of the time in science classes so it seems silly to get worked up over ID being taught in schools.

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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #24 on: February 05, 2014, 06:02:24 PM »

If the earth is not billions years old, why did god make it look that way?  :?

That's an assumption, that God 'made it look that way'. It looks that way to most scientists, but that doesn't have to mean God is trying to trick us. It might simply mean science somewhere has made some fundamental errors. We're none of us perfect, after all.
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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #25 on: February 05, 2014, 06:15:10 PM »

If the earth is not billions years old, why did god make it look that way?  :?

That's an assumption, that God 'made it look that way'. It looks that way to most scientists, but that doesn't have to mean God is trying to trick us. It might simply mean science somewhere has made some fundamental errors. We're none of us perfect, after all.

So ... is this your answer to the OP? That you believe the Bible is true because scientists might have made some errors about the age of the earth?
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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #26 on: February 05, 2014, 06:15:44 PM »

If the earth is not billions years old, why did god make it look that way?  :?

That's an assumption, that God 'made it look that way'. It looks that way to most scientists, but that doesn't have to mean God is trying to trick us. It might simply mean science somewhere has made some fundamental errors. We're none of us perfect, after all.

Scientists made errors but Biblegod and/or creationists didn't? Not saying scientists don't make mistakes but to say creationists or oh say Biblegod couldn't have, that's incredibly one-sided.

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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #27 on: February 05, 2014, 06:20:55 PM »

If the earth is not billions years old, why did god make it look that way?  :?

That's an assumption, that God 'made it look that way'. It looks that way to most scientists, but that doesn't have to mean God is trying to trick us. It might simply mean science somewhere has made some fundamental errors. We're none of us perfect, after all.

So ... is this your answer to the OP? That you believe the Bible is true because scientists might have made some errors about the age of the earth?

No, I didn't even read the OP. I was just struck by that one comment and wanted to respond.

I believe the bible to be true for several reasons, chief of which is the way it tells the one unfolding story through many different human authors over hundreds of years.

Another, and I know this is cryptic but I don't have time to explain it right now, is that when I read it I love it and feel immense peace, but I often choose to do anything but read the bible when I have spare time.
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Re: ID Proponents - why do you think the bible is true?
« Reply #28 on: February 05, 2014, 06:31:01 PM »
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I believe the bible to be true for several reasons, chief of which is the way it tells the one unfolding story through many different human authors over hundreds of years.

Another, and I know this is cryptic but I don't have time to explain it right now, is that when I read it I love it and feel immense peace, but I often choose to do anything but read the bible when I have spare time.

Ah yes here we are again with your cryptic remarks that you never have time to explain. I'm still waiting for you to share your method for determining what parts of the Bible are to be taken literally and which aren't - you left that one hanging a couple months back.
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