At last, dear reader, we have what you’ve been looking for. It’s at — where else? — the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He just posted this: Get Answers: How Do We Know the Bible Is True? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
How do we know the Bible is true? Well, ultimately, we know it must be true because it claims to be the Word of God [scripture reference] and God cannot lie [scripture reference].
Well, yes, but here’s something you’ve seen here before:
So like the waif in Oliver Twist, we say to Hambo: “Please, sir, I want some more.” And he obliges! He says:
But Christians don’t have a blind faith in the Bible and its teachings (atheists have a blind faith that life arose by natural processes, which goes against observational science). [The fools!] There’s evidence that confirms the Bible’s claim that it is indeed the revealed Word of God and true in all it says.
Ah, Hambo has evidence. He tells us:
Here are just three separate lines of evidence that confirm what the Bible teaches about itself:
Wowie — three separate lines of evidence! Here’s the first:
• Science. What we observe in the world confirms what we read in Scripture: organisms reproduce according to their kinds [scripture reference]; fossils and rock layers are the watery graveyard from the flood of Noah’s day; and genetics shows we’re all once race, as the Bible teaches [scripture reference].
That’s thin gruel indeed, especially considering what the bible says about the flat Earth, the firmament, and the fixed location of the Earth, around which the Sun and the other lights in the sky revolve. (The Curmudgeon’s three f’s.) So what else do you have, Hambo? Here’s his second line of evidence:
• Archaeology. Many times archaeologists have scoffed at people, events, or places mentioned in the Bible only to find evidence of these same people, events, or places later. For example, Isaiah 20:1 mentions an Assyrian king named Sargon. No such king was found on Assyrian king lists so archaeologists and historians assumed the Bible was wrong — until they discovered his palace and an inscription endorsing the very battle mentioned by Isaiah!
Wowie! But as we said before in Ken Ham: It’s Twue, It’s Twue!:
The bible is a collection of mythology, folk-history, poetry, morality tales, rituals, and other things. But some of its historical references mention real places and people — Egypt existed, as did Babylon and other places, and some of the rulers mentioned in the bible actually existed. But that doesn’t mean the entire book is accurate. Gone with the Wind mentions Robert E. Lee and Abe Lincoln, who were real, and a place called Atlanta really was burned by the Yankees. But Gone with the Wind is far from true in every detail. Similarly, there’s no reason to think that everything in the Iliad is true, merely because there really was a place called Troy.
Here’s Hambo’s third line of evidence:
• Theology. The Bible was written over a period of 1,600 years by over 40 human authors and yet it is utterly consistent in its message. If the Bible were cobbled together over such a long time by so many people and without an ultimate Author, we’d expect inconsistencies, mistakes, and major changes of theme. But we don’t find that. Instead we have a book that doesn’t contradict itself, contains no mistakes, and has a consistent theme — the redemption of sinful man by the holy Creator God.
Wowie — no inconsistencies! But if you Google for “bible inconsistencies” you’ll find an ark-load.
The rest of Hambo’s post promotes a book and a video, so we’ll leave him here. He’s happy, his drooling followers are happy, and you, dear reader, will be spending eternity in the Lake of Fire.
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