Monday, December 07, 2015

John 8:4 (KJV) Circular Reasoning?

John 8:4 (KJV)
They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
A common criticism against Christianity is that we use circular reasoning; we prove the Bible by the Bible. This is the same criticism the Pharisees leveled against Jesus; He proved He is God by saying He is God.
The fact is that Jesus had no higher proof to appeal to. God claiming to be God makes perfect sense.
  • It is reasonable for God to appeal to Himself as God
  • It is reasonable for the Bible to appeal to itself that it is true
Furthermore every real truth appeals to itself to verify it is true:
  • If we question whether a certain measurement is an inch we verify it by measuring an inch
  • If we question whether a thing is level we verify it by comparing it to level
  • If we challenge whether a thing is plumb we verify it by comparing it to plumb
The same is the case with an historical event. We verify a witness of an event with a witness of the event.
Only truth can verify truth therefore only God can verify God and only the Word of God can verify the Word of God.
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John 8:4 (KJV) Circular Reasoning?

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