Glenn asked: "If it isn't falsifiable, then do we merely believe it because
we beleive it to be true? Is faith really based on that type of thin ice?"
By the grace of God, Glenn, I have been given faith. My belief, therefore,
is in God, and it is through his son that I apprehend him.
The Bible is not a book of magic; neither (I claim) is it to be worshipped.
Generations of Christians lived and died without ever reading it -- without
ever seeing it -- without ever even knowing of its existence. You and I --
we are more fortunate. We read it -- it speaks to us -- more specifically --
the Spirit speaks to us as we study it.
To return to your question #2, I stand with my fellows in the congregation
on Sunday and recite the apostles' creed. The older version I know from
memory. I would not recite it if I did not believe it. But that belief does
not insist that any particular part of scripture be falsifiable.
About a month ago Robert Schneider challenged us (me) by asking if the
resurrection could be considered a "fact." I thought that it ought to be
considered as such; he successfully convinced me I was wrong. Yes -- some of
this is word definitions. But words are all we have.
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