ARGUMENT FROM ALTERNATE POSSIBILITY
argument from alternate possibility, while not a technical argument,
but more of a "common sense" argument, holds considerable
merit. This line of thought originates in the writings of John Wesley
as related by Geisler and Nix p. 123.
It is presented here with some additional thoughts.
Bible as we have it today is a very real entity which has come into
existence through the agency of some outside force other than itself.
There are a number of alternate possibilities for the explanation
of it's existence which it can be said are mutually exclusive.
instance, the following list can be considered to be the only possible
source for the creation of the Bible:
good men or good angels
2. bad men or demons
the first case we can eliminate good men and angels as the primary
sole inventors of the Bible. It has already been shown that the
authors of the Bible claim that their writings are the thoughts,
words and commandments of God. Good men and angels would not lie
therefore they cannot be the authors of scripture. We assume here
of course that the authors of scripture are all men of sound mind.
From all that we know from their writings and the witness of history
there is no reason to question their integrity in this regard.
the second case we can also eliminate bad men and demons, for they
would not create a book which would command the highest standard
of love, purity and righteousness; that commends the utmost reverence,
honor and love for God; that forbids all sin, self indulgence and
lawlessness; and then condemns their own selves to eternal punishment
for failure to repent and live a life of grateful faith and obedience
only reasonable alternate possibility then for the true source of
the creation of the scriptures is God.