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Top 100 Atheist Challenges

You say the Bible was ‘inspired’ by God? I say, “Back up your assertion with proof.”

Though there are many ways in which one might attempt to argue for the divine origin of the Bible, one that I find particularly interesting proceeds from what would be the case if the Bible is not the Word of God.  Though atheists often claim that the burden of proof rests with the one making an assertion, atheism itself provides no way of sustaining the burden of proof with respect to that assertion.  W. K. Clifford asserted that it is always wrong to believe something on insufficient evidence, but he did not give sufficient evidence for this claim.  The only way, in fact, there could be sufficient evidence for a claim like that would be if (1) God exists and (2) God said that the claim was true.  As it happens, the only putative revelation from God in which that claim is made is 1 Thessalonians (5:23)—“Test all things, and hold fast to that which is good.”  If one takes 1 Thessalonians to be the Word of God, then that principle is justified (since God, if he exists, is infallible).  But if one does not take 1 Thessalonians in that way, then the principle cannot be justified.