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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | May 6, 2019

Matthew 5:1-18

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled (5:18).

Let The Bible Speak For Itself

An infidel challenged a brilliant minister to a debate on the inspiration of the Bible. The atheist stood up to deny the Word of God: “In this debate we shall not turn for proof to the Bible itself. You cannot test a thing by the thing itself. Thus we are not to prove the Bible by the Bible itself. Rather, our debate is to concern extraneous matters and materials.”

Then said this brilliant minister, “That would be as though a man who had a ranch went to the assayer and said, ‘I have found an outcropping of quartz on my ranch and in it are some yellow particles. I think that I have gold in those mountains.’ The assayer would reply, ‘Bring me a piece of that quartz with those gold specks in it.’ And the ranchman would say, ‘Oh no, indeed not. For you cannot prove a thing by the thing itself, nor can you test a thing by the thing itself. You take one of the bricks out of the walls of your house and test them and tell me whether or not there is gold on my ranch.’”

Then the minister said, “Or it would be as though a man feared someone was poisoning him by putting potassium cyanide in his sugar. So he went to the chemist and said: ‘I am fearful that someone is seeking to poison me. I am afraid there is cyanide in my sugar bowl.’ So the chemist said, ‘We will test the bowl of sugar.’ ‘Oh no,’ said the man, ‘you cannot prove a thing by the thing itself. Take your salt shaker off the table and test it and tell me whether or not there is cyanide in my sugar bowl.’”



Then the minister went right ahead as he should have done, and looked at the Bible itself to see whether or not it is “God-breathed,” which is the actual meaning of the word “inspired.”

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