It is true that beliefs do not necessarily equate to facts, but it is also true that facts can be believed in. For example, the fact that the Earth revolves around the sun is widely accepted because of empirical evidence and scientific research. Similarly, there is historical and archaeological evidence that supports the existence of the God of the Bible.
Keep in mind, the assertion that the Bible cannot be used as proof of its own claims is not entirely accurate. While the Bible may not be the only source of evidence, it contains historical accounts, eyewitness testimonies, and prophecies that have been fulfilled. The reliability and accuracy of these accounts have been verified through multiple sources, including non-Christian historians. So using the Bible to discuss the Bible is A-OK.
Lastly, the claim that the burden of proof lies solely with me, the person making the claim is not entirely accurate either. It is true that I am making a positive claim and have the responsibility to provide evidence to support it. However, when someone makes a negative claim, such as denying the existence of God, they also have the burden of proof to demonstrate that their claim is true. Since you came to my page to make your claim, I’ll wait for you to prove God’s non-existence.
I do understand that it is true that beliefs do not necessarily equate to facts, it is also true that facts can be believed in. The Bible contains historical and archaeological evidence that supports the existence of the God of the Bible, and denying this evidence requires one to meet the burden of proof for their negative claim.
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Well said. I read this recently, “Truth is above proof”. Meaning something can be true but not proven. Proof in and of itself is an interesting term. Proof is evidence that compels acceptance. When looking at far away galaxies it was noted that the rotation speeds can be attributed to the amount of mass within the galaxy. Yet there were some galaxies that spun faster though the visible mass numbers were lower. Ergo: Dark matter. The existence of dark matter cannot be seen, yet it is evident in its existence because it has an effect on the galaxy in which it resides. I’m not scientist, so I’m sure there is more to it than this…but it is in effect “truth above proof”.