Ken Ham’s ‘Five Evidences that the Bible is True’

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Yes, that’s what he says: ‘evidences.’ Good use of English there, Kenny. Actually, the article is anonymous, but as it’s on Kenny’s site, and as it features inside his Noah’s Ark vanity-project, we can safely assume he authorised and approved it. That being the case, he can take responsibility for it.

Anyway, here are those ‘evidences’. Be prepared to be underwhelmed:

1. The Bible Is God’s Word

The ‘reasoning’ here is that God inspired the writers so, ipso facto, the Bible must be God’s words.

How do we know God inspired the Bible? Because the Bible appears to say so. But how do we know we can trust what the Bible claims about this and everything else? Duh… because God inspired it. Circular reasoning that gets us nowhere.

But wait, more ‘evidence’ from Kenny: ‘the Bible is authoritative in every subject it addresses’. I guess that’s so long as you exclude all the areas where it isn’t, like those that are scientifically, historically and geographically inaccurate, including the early chapters of Genesis that Kenny loves so much. Then there are those parts that are evidently myth, legend or fantasy.

Yes, apart from all those bits, the Bible is accurate and authoritative.

Isn’t it?

2. The Bible is Unique and Unified

Two claims in one. The Bible is far from unique; there are many religious texts in the world – the Qu’ran, the Vedas, the Pali Canon, the Book of Mormon… many with evidence of several authors at work in them. Neither is the Bible unique because it is ‘unified.’ It is not unified. It is contradictory and inconsistent: the so-called ‘new covenant’ cuts across the ‘everlasting’ agreement God allegedly made with the Jews and YHWH himself evolves, even having a personality transplant somewhere between the Old and New Testaments. Most significantly, for what is supposedly its central message, the Bible offers several, frequently mutually exclusive, ways to salvation.

3. The Bible Has Been Faithfully Passed Down.

This is empirically, demonstrably false. Many books of the Bible were written decades, even centuries, after the events they purportedly describe; the oral tradition is an unreliable means of transmission; texts were altered both by accident and on purpose; some books are patent forgeries; ninety percent of surviving manuscripts were created 800 years or more after the originals, and none of these ‘autographs’ survive for anyone to determine how ‘faithful’ later copies might be.

4. The Bible Contains Fulfilled Prophecy

It does? Where? Is it in the gospels where Jesus prophesies that the Son of Man will, in the lifetime of his listeners, return through the clouds to judge the tribes of the Earth and establish God’s Kingdom? Is it in the contrived symbolic events imposed on Jesus’ life to make it look like he fulfilled prophecy, even when the earlier ‘prophecies’ were not prophecies at all? Is it in Paul’s letters where he promises the rapture will be coming while those in his churches still live? Is it in the many prophecies that were written after the events they were supposedly predicting? Is it in the innumerable prophecies that didn’t come to pass?

That’s right; not one of these bits of malarkey constitutes ‘fulfilled prophecy’.

5. The Bible Holds the Key To Eternal Life

No, it doesn’t because there’s no such thing. This is the great swindle at the heart of Christianity; a fantasy dreamed up by fanatics, fantasists and psychotics, and preserved in the Bible. Christians are singularly unable to provide any evidence that anyone has ever gone on to have a life after death, nor that they ever will. We know now, as we may always have suspected, that when the body dies ‘we’ die with it. End of.

So, every one of Ham’s ‘evidences’ is false; a sham like his beliefs and the book from which they spring. You’ll struggle to tell him so, however, because like so many Christian web-sites, there’s no posting of comments; Kenny broaches no dissent. That’s how confident he is of his case. Best not to entertain any views other than your own weak, unfounded assertions.

 

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4 thoughts on “Ken Ham’s ‘Five Evidences that the Bible is True’

  1. I do have questions about Ken Ham. I often see that he has made some pronouncement, or publicly proclaimed something , which is false and / or is misleading. He must know how wrong his statements are? He must have an idea how bad that looks for him? So why does he keep doing it? I think it is because he craves the limelight. He needs that feeling he gets from publicity. He has to have people’s attention even if it is negative. In that respect he reminds me of a needy young child, spouting off incorrectly on something he seen on TV but did not understand fully was a myth, refusing to believe the adults who try to tell him it is just a story, insisting strongly he is right even when he can’t show how he is right, and getting angry and more wild the more frustrated he gets. Hugs

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    • Hi Scottie. There are some, it’s true, who see Ken Ham as a charlatan who knows he’s selling falsehoods. I’m not sure – I tend to see him as a sincere but duped and flawed individual. He’s been taken in by Christian propaganda which he’s then taken to extremes and like many fundamentalists, feels compelled to draw others into the same delusion. To extend your idea of his being a needy young child, he has a desperate need to have others come and play silly games for which he’s made up the rules. He trots out the same discredited nonsense over and over again: the Earth was created in six days six thousand years ago; atheists have no basis for their morals; homosexuality and transgenderism are contrary to God’s plan; the Bible is without error and is infallible. It’s all very tiresome! I can’t respect a man who is so ready to supress his own critical faculties and powers of reasoning, and wants others to do the same.

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      • Hello. Well said. In Ken Ham’s case I will only say that he loses any respect for me when he was asked what would change his mind on his views of the world and the bible, and he answered “Nothing”. He repeated it and is proud of it. No evidence would persuade him to take another look and evaluate his positions. That to me is either deliberately choosing to lie or so ignorant that they shouldn’t be listened to. Hugs

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  2. As a former fundamentalist myself I think fear is the main motivation.To question or have a doubt about the infallibility of the bible is to open the door to the devil,so to stay in faith one must repress his own reasoning and critical faculties and it’s a virtue to do so.I often heard “keep it simple stupid”which is to say we are naturally stupid and our only real source of truth is God’s Word-the bible.My mother who was a dog lover once flew off the handle while watching a show that said dogs evolved from wolves,and said”God made dogs to be man’s best friend,not wolves”.Ken Ham is a prime example of the mentality that fears every wave could sink his ark of faith so it’s best to curse and ignore them all to keep the ship afloat.

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