Christianity based on faith or evidence? First Exchange.

You said:“From my understanding Christianity requires belief and faith which is NOT “…based on sound facts and empirical evidences such as history, fulfilled prophecy, verifiable witness testimony, and first hand accounts.”

If one begins with wrong premises, one comes up with wrong conclusions. Christianity and its older brother Judaism is rooted in specific sets of facts and events. In fact God revealing himself in the OT was not just to 1 individual or a group of individuals. take Mt. Siani for instance. God spoke to Moses surely, but he also revealed himself to probably more than a million at the base of the mountain. They knew Moses went up to talk with God, not because Moses said so, but because they saw this for themselves. Christianity is rooted in the fact of resurrection and the evidence of the empty tomb. These things are consistent to what Jesus said to whom…”the multitude”…Those that followed him believed because of what he did in real time and the demonstration of resurrection in real time was the evidence of HIS power and authority over all things including life and death. To believe on the testimony that has been delivered as a result is more than a reasonable proposition especially considering that the spiritual realm has not closed, and that Jesus through resurrection lives today consistent with and according to the purpose and teaching of scripture.

So your premise fails and is not true.

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My Response:

Thank you for responding, I appreciate your time and thoughts.

1. How do you verify that Moses wrote the Torah? What empirical methods do you use to vouch for it’s veracity? What external sources can you cite?

2. I’m sure you are aware that biblical scholars claim that the Torah contains many writing styles that lead them to speculate that there were many authors. These author wrote many centuries after these events were to have taken place. How do you address this issue?

3. I understand quite clearly that the Torah is not the whole of the bible but it is the foundation, the bedrock of Judeo-Christian belief. Agreed?

You say “NT specifies that holy men of God spoke as they were “inspired” by the Holy Ghost”

This would be circular correct?

For example: The writers of book of Mormon could say the earlier writings were “inspired” because the later writers said so. Correct?

So what is your empirical, factual, first hand or extra-biblical proof that the men/man who wrote the Torah were inspired by God?

4. You said:

“God’s name was protected by scribes who believed that the wording and name itself had divine power.”

Again what’s your evidence for this statement?

5. You said:

“If it is the word of God which it is, it is without error even if the translation is faulted or being modified to come in line with modern data”

Is this a logically consistent statement “….it is without error even if the translation is faulted”? If so, so how is that logical?

6 You said:

“There are have been over 25,000 archaeological finds that affirm the validity of the biblical account’s narrative.”

What are you sources for these archaeological finds? What archaeologists were involved and what are the dates of their findings?

You said:

“So far as predictive prophecy, there are over 50 specific prophecies regarding the Messiah for instance, that by process of elimination point to Jesus and could not and can not possibly be completed by anyone else.”

Please cite examples with factual, first hand accounts of these prophecies and proof their fulfillment.

Thank you very much.

 

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