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Lisle is a great man of God and I admire him deeply
on December 26, 2015
Dr. Lisle is a great man of God and I admire him deeply. However, regarding his book "The Ultimate Proof" he is not using good logic. Granted, the truth of God's Word (the Christian Scripture) does not depend on any external evidence (science). God's Word is true regardless of any external or scientific evidence simply because it comes from God, but external evidence (or science) can show us if we have God's Word.
It is from external evidence or science that we know the Scriptures are God's Word. The miracles of Jesus were external evidence that His words were of divine origin. Even our Lord pointed to His miracles as external evidence to believe He spoke with divine authority and infallibility.The historical and objective and external evidence of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is scientific proof that the Bible must be God's Word. Jesus Himself said that His resurrection would be the ultimate sign (external evidence) that His word is infallible.
It is from science we know that the Bible is God's Word and, therefore, it is totally scientific to judge the scientific theories of men by Scripture. We need not prove scientifically everything in the Bible to know that it's true. That's not necessary. Once you show from science (external evidence) that the Bible must be of divine origin then it stands to reason that whatever Scripture teaches on any subject must be true. No further external or scientific evidence is necessary.
THE SCIENTIFIC AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE
by Babu G. Ranganathan
Can we use the Christian Scriptures (The Holy Bible) to judge the secular scientific theories of men? Once it has been shown from science (external evidence) that the Bible is of divine origin then it stands to reason that whatever Scripture teaches on any subject must be true. No further external or scientific evidence is necessary.
The truth of God's Word does not depend on any external evidence (science). God's Word is true regardless of any external or scientific evidence simply because it comes from God, but external evidence (science) can show us if we have God's Word.
When God told Moses to speak for Him before the Jews who were enslaved in Egypt, Moses asked God how the people would know that He sent him. God said that the miracles He will perform through Moses would be evidence that Moses was sent by Him. These miracles were unique and visible to all and, therefore, scientific evidence to all that Moses, indeed, was sent from God and his message can be trusted as being true.
What God said to Moses was true irrespective of any miracles, but how were the people to know that God spoke to Moses. How were the people to know that they actually had God's Word? That's where the external (scientific) evidence has value and purpose.
Now, it is true that the Egyptians also were able to perform miracles (the Devil has supernatural power also), but, after a certain point, the Egyptian authorities could not replicate the miracles seen through Moses, thus demonstrating the superiority and uniqueness of the divine source of Moses’ miracles and authority.
The Christian Scriptures may be used as a scientific and forensic tool by which to judge all secular thought because it is from science that we know the Christian Scriptures ultimately originated from God.
In fact, the early Christian fathers used forensic science to determine which writings were truly from the apostles. It was by use of forensic science that the early Church fathers determined what manuscripts or writings constituted the Bible, Word of God. Yes, the Holy Spirit certainly guided the Church fathers, but the Spirit did so by way of forensic science.
It’s not blind faith to believe what the Bible says on a scientific issue or any issue because forensic science shows us the Christian Scriptures are the Word of God. How is this so?
The greatest fact of history is the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The resurrection of Christ was witnessed by His disciples, as well as many others. The disciples were afraid after Jesus died and went into hiding. It’s only because they witnessed Jesus having rose from the dead that they had the courage to preach the Christian Gospel at the risk of being put to death.
Christianity would not have succeeded if Christ had not risen from the dead. The disciples wouldn’t have had the courage to preach that Christ is Lord and Savior and that salvation is only through His name if they really believed Christ was still dead.
The unique message of the Christian Gospel that men cannot save themselves, as the other religions taught, and that only through Christ’s atoning work on the Cross can men be saved was an unwelcome message and could not have been invented or originated from men. The early Christians were threatened with torture and death for preaching such a message.
The Apostles performed signs and wonders as evidence of their authority. We could not have even gotten the Christian Scriptures and the spread of the Christian faith without the Apostles providing objective (scientific) evidence that they spoke for God. All of this constitutes forensic science supporting the Christian Scriptures to be the Word of God. Therefore, we can trust that the Bible we now have is of divine and supernatural origin and that the men who wrote the original Scriptures were, indeed, guided by God so that it was error free.
There are numerous scientific truths in the Bible giving evidence that the writers of Scripture were, indeed, guided by God. For example, the Bible tells us in Isaiah 40:22 that the Earth is a sphere: “He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in” (KJV). The word “circle” in the passage comes from the original Hebrew word meaning “sphere.”
In Job 26:7 we read that the Earth is suspended in space: “He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing” (NIV).
In Isaiah 55:10 we read about the evaporation and condensation cycle: “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater” (NIV).
In Psalm 8:8, the Bible states that there are ocean currents in the depths of the sea, something only discovered in modern times. There are many more examples that can be cited.
It is from science we know that the Bible is God's Word and, therefore, it is totally scientific to judge the scientific theories of men by Scripture. We need not prove scientifically everything in the Bible to know that it's true. That's not necessary because, as mentioned, once it has been shown from science that the Bible must be of divine origin then it stands to reason that whatever Scripture teaches on any subject must be true. No further external or scientific evidence is necessary.
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The author, Babu G. Ranganathan, has a B.A. degree with concentrations in Bible and Biology and has been recognized for his writings on religion and science in the 24th edition of Marquis “Who’s Who in the East.”