Eyewitness Accounts in the New Testament

If you accept the plain reading of the text, the New Testament certainly contains eyewitness testimony.  Notice how many times various apostles claim to be eyewitnesses (Acts 2:32; Acts 3:15; Acts 4:18-20; Acts 5:30-32; Acts 10:39-40; I Corinthians 15:3-8; I Peter 5:2; II Peter 1:16; John 19:33-35; John 20:24-30; I John 1:1-2)

– Geisler, Norm and Frank Turek, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, copyright 2004, page 252-253

The Accuracy of the New Testament

No other ancient book is so well authenticated.  The great New Testament scholar and Princeton professor Bruce Metzger estimated that the Mahabbarata of Hinduism is copied with only about 90 percent accuracy and Homer’s Illiad with about 95 percent accuracy.  By comparison, he estimated the New Testament is about 99.5 percent accurate.  Again the 05 percent in question does not affect a single doctrine of the Christian faith.

– Geisler, Norm and Frank Turek, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, copyright 2004, page 229

Is It Any Wonder that Jesus Outranks Tiberius Caesar?

Just how many non-Christian sources are there tha mention Jesus?  Including Josephus, there are ten known non-Christan writers who mention Jesus within 150 years of his life.  By contract over the same 150 years, there are nine non-Christian sources who mention Tiberius Caesar, the Roman emperor at the time of Jesus.  So discounting all the Christian sources, Jesus is actually mentioned b y one more source than the Roman emperor.  If you include Christian sources, authors mentioned Jesus outnumber those mentioning Tiberius 43 to 10.

– Geisler, Norm and Frank Turek, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, copyright 2004, page 222

Why Don’t We See Biblical Miracles Today?

So why don’t we see biblical miracles today?  Because if the Bible is true and complete, God is not confirming any new revelation and thus does not have this main purpose for performing miracles today.  There is no new word from God that needs to be confirmed by God.

Now don’t misunderstand us here.  We are not saying that God cannot do miracles today, or that whenever does.  As the sovereign Creator and sustainer of the universe, he can do a miracle anytime he wants.  Its just he may not have a reason to publicly display his power the way he did during biblical times because all of the truths he wanted to reveal have already been revealed and confirmed.  As with a house, the foundation only needs to be laid once.  Biblical miracles were special acts of God that laid the foundation for his permanent revelation to mankind.

– Geisler, Norm and Frank Turek, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, copyright 2004, page 216

Only God Performs True Miracles

In short, only God performs true miracles, Satan does counterfeit miracles.  This is precisely what the Bible calls them in II Thessalonians 2:0 when Paul writes that “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders.”  Of course, unless one is discerning, such signs can be deceptive and may be mistaken for miracles (Matthew 24:24).

– Geisler, Norm and Frank Turek, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, copyright 2004, page

What Jesus’ Resurrection Proves

So an event connected with a divine truth claim that had these characteristics would be a miracle – an act of  God to conform a word from God.  For example, a miracle has occurred if Jesus – a man who predicted he would rise from the dead- actually arose from the dead.  Such an event would display instantaneous power beyond natural capabilities, intelligent forethought and design, and a moral purpose by confirming that Jesus is from God (and we, therefore, ought to listen to what he has to say!).  There is no natural force or other source of power that could explain such an event.

– Geisler, Norm and Frank Turek, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, copyright 2004, page 212

Arguments Against the Existence of God Are Destroyed by this One Fact

The reluctance to deal directly with the flaws in Hume’s argument tells us that disbelief in miracles is probably more a matter of the will than of the mind.  It seems as though some people uncritically cling to David Hume’s argument because they simply don’t want to admit that God exists.  But since we know that God exists, miracles are possible.  Any argument against miracles that can be concocted, including that of David Hume, is destroyed by that one fact.  For if there is a God who can act, there can be acts of God (miracles).

– Geisler, Norm and Frank Turek, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, copyright 2004, page 209