We found some great Sunday reading from the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia. Their post titled Other Religious Writings — Can They Be from God, Too?, written by Bodie Hodge, Hambo’s son-in-law. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
The answer [to the question in AIG’s title] seems too simple: other alleged divine writings are not from God because they are not among the 66 books of the Bible and, in fact, they contradict the Bible.
Yes, that does seem too simple. But Bodie says:
This is a “presuppositional” approach, which means to presuppose that God exists and that His Word, the Bible, is the truth. This is the starting point or axiom.
Ah, it’s an axiom! That means it’s okay. After that he tells us:
God never tried to prove His existence or prove that His Word is superior to other writings. God simply opens the Bible with a statement of His existence and says His Word is flawless [scripture references]. The Bible bluntly claims to be the truth [scripture reference], and Christ repeated this claim [scripture reference].
That looks pretty solid! Bodie continues:
In fact, if God had tried to prove that He existed or that His Word was flawless, then any evidence or proof would be greater than God and His Word. But God knows that nothing is greater than His Word, and therefore He doesn’t stoop to our carnal desires for such proofs. The Bible also teaches us to have faith that God exists and that having faith pleases Him [scripture reference]. Accordingly, we are on the right track if we start with God’s Word.
It’s difficult to argue with that! Let’s read on:
In the Bible, we read that God cannot lie [scripture references]. This is significant because it means that God’s Word will never have contradictions. Though skeptics have alleged that there are contradictions in the Bible, every such claim has been refuted. This is what we would expect if God’s Word were perfect.
Yet the world is filled with other “religious writings” that claim divine origin or that have been treated as equal to or higher than the Bible on matters of truth or guidelines for living. In other words, these writings are treated as a final authority over the Bible. Any religious writing that claims divine inspiration or authority equal to the Bible can’t be from God if it has any contradictions: contradictions with the Bible, contradictions within itself, or contradictions with reality.
Religious books, such as Islam’s Koran, Mormonism’s Book of Mormon, and Hinduism’s Vedas, contradict the Bible; and so they cannot be Scripture. For example, the Koran in two chapters [references] says God had no son, but the Bible is clear that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God [scripture reference]. The Book of Mormon says in [reference] that children are not sinners, but the Bible teaches that children are sinful, even from birth [scripture reference]. Few would dispute that the Vedas and other writings in Hinduism are starkly different from the Bible.
Powerful stuff, huh? Here’s more
Since such alleged holy books are not from the perfect God, who are they from? They are from deceived, imperfect mankind. Mankind’s fallible reason is not the absolute authority. God and His Word are.
Verily, none can deny it. And now we come to the end:
So there are two options: place our faith in the perfect, all-knowing God who has always been there, or trust in imperfect, fallible mankind and his philosophies. The Bible, God’s Holy Word, is superior to all other alleged holy books. God will never be wrong or contradict Himself. So start with the Bible and build your faith on its teachings so that you please Him.
You are now without excuse, dear reader. You must abandon your foolish faith in mankind’s fallible reason. Bodie has clearly shown you that only the bible is The Truth™.
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