Professor Richard Dawkins is not the first one to attack the legitimacy of Scripture. Many many others throughout centuries of history have tried to condemn Scripture or even to destroy it. ALL have FAILED.
I would guess that the Bible is scrutinized more than any other work in history. This is GOOD! I wouldn’t buy a house without a thorough inspection, so why would I blindly anchor my life on a foundation that hasn’t been tested? That wouldn’t make any sense.
Professor Dawkins writes in chapter three of The God Delusion, (92):
The fact that something is written down is persuasive enough to people not used to asking questions like: ‘Who wrote it, and when?’ ‘How did they know what to write?’ ‘Did they, in their time really mean what we, in our time, understand them to be saying?’ Were they unbiased observers, or did they have an agenda that coloured their writing?’
I find it ironic that Dawkins writes this about the Bible—the one book that has been questioned more than probably any other written work in all of history. Not only that, but it has SURVIVED (!) the severe scrutiny through the centuries, even to this day.
Irony aside, Dawkins is right. A lot of people have lazy minds and will just blindly gobble up whatever somebody sets before them. (Not just Christians but also agnostics and atheists too. There are lazy minds everywhere.) And that’s a damn shame.
What about The God Delusion? Do the readers understand that Dawkins himself is a biased observer? Do they realize that Dawkins has an agenda in his writing? Do they seriously investigate what they read, or do they just eat up whatever appeals to them.
And what about this blog? I have a bias too, of course. I do not have perfect understanding. I am not an authority over ANYthing! I should certainly hope that you take responsibility and look into these things yourself.
If you really want to know whether or not God is real, don’t turn to Dawkins or to me. If you want to know whether God really exists, then SEEK HIM out! Read the Bible. Earnestly ask God to show himself to you. God is the God who reveals himself to us. If God exists, he WILL BE KNOWN. Pray that he will show you the Truth. What harm could come from that?
The argument from Scripture is an overwhelming task and is going to take some time. In order that my posts do not get too long, I think it best to follow this particular argument with several posts to come. I also do not desire to delay my writing regarding the rest of Dawkin’s book. (Especially since I am borrowing the book from a friend.) So I will try to maintain both interests simultaneously.
More to come…