Christians often say that the bible has been “supernaturally preserved.”

     This leads to an interesting question.  What would we expect to see if a belief system were supernaturally preserved?  Well, we might expect that people who weren’t adherents and didn’t deal with others who were might still be inspired to study the beliefs.  Clearly, they wouldn’t be expected to articulate (or even be aware of) supernatural motivations.  We might expect the interest to be expressed as an academic curiosity.  The open preservation of a belief system in the presence of a political system that wanted the records destroyed would be impressive.  But christianity has none of these traits.  Christianity has been preserved (such as it has) only by the efforts of believers.  And if it were to be without followers, it would be forgotten within a generation.

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