I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught."
Sir Winston Churchill
have seen several entirely sincere people who thought they were (permanent)
Seekers after Truth...until they believed without doubt or question they
had found the Truth. That was the end of the search. The man spent the
rest of his life hunting up shingles wherewith to protect his Truth from
Why was this site created?
This site is about the
Bible and the numerous proofs for why it may be believed. Discovering the
Bible's surprisingly high degree of believability was integral to effecting
my own reversal from being a 28 year-old skeptic to an ardent believer.
The proofs herein are
not presented with the unrealistic expectation of winning over every nonbeliever,
nor to arouse any pride or arrogance within believers. The goal is merely:
9.2 Got religion?
The biblical writings
claim to have been given to humanity by God so that we might learn of God's
greatness, of God's love for us, and learn how to return that love from
a state of spiritual rebirth.
This rebirth, or regeneration,
has been known by different names to different generations. Maybe you've
heard synonyms for it like getting religion, getting saved, being born again,
confessing faith in Christ, accepting Christ, receiving Christ, trusting
Christ, walking with Jesus, or becoming Christian. Whether or not that's
you, may this site educate and encourage you in your personal search for
truth and meaning.
9.3 Okay to question the Bible?
The Bible is sometimes
accused by critics of being hateful of truth, condemning of free
inquiry, and having not a single fact or rationale on which to stand.
If these accusations were true, this site would not exist. I state with
certainty that such haughty attributes are not descriptive of the Bible.
The Bible most certainly is open to investigation. If anything, perhaps
the only thing that it is not open to is being ignored. So check it out
and only then accept it or reject it.
in a name?
One insight learned
from my ideological counterparts has been that not everyone who lacks belief
in God likes the title "atheist."
Some people feel the
term unfairly connotes a socially undesirable quality relative to modern
culture. Likewise, some believers feel the title Christian carries so many
negative associations that they prefer to simply say they follow Jesus.
What both sides desire is to avoid unfair generalizations and impersonal
stereotypes. Everyone wants and deserves to be treated as individuals.
Additionally, the term
atheist does not distinguish between strong atheism and weak atheism. Strong
atheism, for example, holds the position "I know there is no God", whereas
weak atheism would hold "I don't know if there is a God or not." (Agnosticism,
by contrast, holds "Whether there exists a God or not, it cannot be known.")
Strong atheism and agnosticism
can be self-refuting propositions, therefore weak atheism is the most defensible
position of the two. It seems to be the position most non-religious types
claim when pressed, though they seldom codify it so clearly. Weak atheism
is also the only position that professes to have not already come to any
firm decision and is still willing to weigh different arguments for the
existence and attributes of God. It is for open-minded individuals like
that sites like mine exist.
9.5 What everyone believes.
One common trait about
beliefs shared between atheists, Christians, and others, is that whatever
beliefs we hold we are all holding and defending something. Between some
of us, the differences in our beliefs are hardly discernible; between others
they are great. We also know that our beliefs are constantly challenged
by the new things we learn, by our experiences, and by the beliefs of others.
In some of us, having
our beliefs challenged creates considerable tension. One reason for that
is it's often difficult to separate the beliefs we hold from that part of
us which holds them. It's like a monkey who reaches through a small hole
to get a big banana, and then can't get his hand out of the hole because
he refuses to let go of the banana. Let's face it: any banana
in OUR hand is the right banana, and does it ever anger us when some
other monkey suggests "Let go."
In theory, we should
be willing to simply set one belief down and pick up another whenever a
better, more reasonable belief comes along. But in reality, there's a thing
called pride. Everybody wants to be right; nobody wants to be wrong.
So not only do we get uncomfortable when we fear ourselves to be wrong or
uninformed or lacking in some way, but some of us nearly shoot through the
ceiling when someone else suggests that we might be wrong or uninformed
or lacking in some way.
In truth, making
mistakes and being corrected is just part of the learning process. Sensitivity
to the learning process is also why the non-Christian point of view that
will most frequently be held up for comparison throughout this site is,
or at least was, that of my own. Enjoy.