What things can we prove about The Bible? I'm a Christian and I want to believe the Bible completely, but I'm finding it very difficult to do that. I understand the idea of faith, but recently someone told me that faith is just believing things without evidence. They've put a big dent in my life because I can't help agreeing with their statement; faith without proof is just an empty acceptance of other peoples' faith. But those peoples' faith came from other peoples' faith... and their's came from other people too... and so on and so on. But I want to believe the Bible is true. Is it? What can we prove about the Bible? On what does our faith rest?

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The main thing to remember is that the Bible is a TRANSLATION.  I once read somwhere that the best way to become an atheist is to read the Bible cover to cover.

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While I agree with the previous two posts, especially about the issue of faith being questioned because of lack of proof, I also have heard some make the argument that if one questions the literal truth of one aspect of the Bible, the entire edifice comes down like a house of cards. This is a core belief of many fundamentalists, and it makes no sense to me. I tend to think of religion as a highly individual thing (though I acknowledge that others don't) and that people ought not to feel pressured to believe, or not believe. So while I'm not a person of faith myself per se, I think searching for proveable facts in the Bible is missing the point. 

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I do not think that the Bible needs proving. Actually, one who believes in something must do so based upon gut feelings, belief, or personal ideologies. Therefore, one must accept the Bible without anything being provable.

Essentially, there are many things that we cannot physically see, but we know exists (love is abstract, yet if one believes in it they accept that it exists).

If you are posing this question because someone is questioning your faith, based upon lack of proof, ignore the request. One should not have to prove anything about their beliefs--they are simply that, an individual's personal beliefs.

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In my opinion, what you are supposed to believe about the Bible is the theological and ethical stuff, not the things that are bad science.  In other words, if the Bible doesn't talk about evolution, so what?  It's not a science book, it is a book about what God wants from his people.  

Ultimately, everything that is important about the Bible is not provable.  What's important is the idea that God exists and that God cares for us.  And that's just not ever going to be provable in an objective way.

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