How can we tell that The Bible is the perfect word of God? How can we tell that The Bible is the perfect word of God? How does it differ from other religious texts?

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Of course, there is no way of proving things about the Holy Bible; however, it is certainly the greatest work of literature ever written.  And, that it is a work inspired by powers greater than man is evident from the fact that the Bible has lasted throughout time. The Bible is, indeed, imperfect as it was recorded by man.  But, the messages of the Bible are, indeed, inspirational.

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I don't know if we really can tell. Some folks might be upset with me for saying that, but I think it's a matter of faith. Faith requires belief and action without proof. If we knew that the Bible was perfect...

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Hang on, I linked his homepage, I should have linked his video archive. here's the link...

WHY don't we have an edit function for our own posts anymore???

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Well, to be honest, we can tell that the Bible isn't the perfect word of God. It is riddled with errors, inconsistencies and evidence of tampering. Najm, in post5, is right. When we look at the Bible without any biases or sympathy, it falls to pieces. It cannot justify its claims to divine perfection.

One of my favourite Youtube posters is a very well read, religiously-trained academic who has made many excellent videos discussing Biblical accuracy. He is not a polemicist, he is very polite and calm and his videos are clear, well-presented, substantiated and balanced.

If you truly wish to study the Bible, warts and all, then I recommend ProfMTH.

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I tend to agree with post 4 by rrteacher. A book compiled like that cannot be the perfect word of God. From my point of view, the minimum requirement of a book that could be claimed to be a perfect word of God would be one that has only 'One Single Text' and'Not many Versions'. The Bible does not qualify even this criteria.

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I am not sure that you can call any book a product of a divine being. The book certainly has interesting stories, but it also has faulty grammar in places, and several parts which can be interpreted in many different ways. I am sure that any divine being would want themselves to be absolutely clear about things and not cloud their "words" with different possible interpretations. And when you refer to the "Bible," is it both the Old Testament and the New Testament? What about other books such as the Koran or the Mahabharata, considered very holy in other religions. Religious doctrine and faith are highly controversial and it is impossible to discern the existence of a supreme being without merely going "on faith."

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