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Why Believe: Part I

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Scott Bessenecker

on 10 January 2016

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Why Believe: Part I
Human Existence
1. Where did the universe come from?

2. Probability of a planet sustaining life?
(1 in 100 billion trillion)

3. Inorganic matter coming together to form a living organism?

4. That a living organism could be awed by a sunset
Historical Accuracy of Scripture
New Testament
Over 5,000 copies in Greek
Many 1000s of references by early church writers in a variety of languages
Most copyists considered the material sacred

Differences between copies
Copyists working in difficult conditions
Less scrupulous made changes
The Bias of the authors
Some non-Christian references

Josephus was biased but scholars embrace his views of people like Herod Agrippus and others

People closest to a situation have the most information
Can God be Proven by Science?

Is what we know via today's science about light, speace, the brain, etc. the final truth about those things?

Can love be proven by science?
9 or 10 ancient copies of Ceasar's Gallic War

Oldest copy written 900 years after the orginal
Luke 1:28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”[a]

a. Luke 1:28 NU-Text omits blessed are you among women.
Luke 3:22 and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form, as a dove, and a voice came from heaven, “Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased.”[b]

b. Luke 3:22 Other ancient authorities read "today I have begotten thee"
Tacitus writing of burning of Rome in AD 64

"Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judæa, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their centre and become popular. Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind".
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