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Using modern science and technology to solve historical puzzles is becoming commonplace. It is now possible to use advanced DNA analysis to shed new light on old subjects. High-tech tests have been conducted on the bodies of such notables as King Tut, Mozart and Napoleon in an effort to determine how they died, or what diseases they may have had.
When such studies appear in peer-reviewed medical journals, they are expected to be grounded in good evidence, science, and valid research methodologies. Yet the Virology Journal recently published a paper, ''Influenza or not influenza: Analysis of a case of high fever that happened 2000 years ago in Biblical time," which examines a Biblical miracle attributed to Jesus....
Science in all its forms is a secular discipline and uses secular theories and philosophies to determine its findings. In contrast, the bible is the word of God and when it considers any issue within these secular disciplines, it is totally accurate and trustworthy. So logically, we should use the bible to confirm secular findings, not the other way around. I wonder how God views our thoughts and intentions when we use secular disciplines to confirm what He in His holy word has told us are true. Are we not putting Him and His holy word to the test? If we give these secular disciplines credibility in determining what is true and what is not true, is there not an inherent danger when these same secular disciplines disagree with the Holy Scriptures? My main thought here is not to necessarily criticize Christians who look to secular disciplines to support the word of God, but to simply ask myself and them why they do it? It makes absolutely no sense to me and I canâ€™t imagine why we do this. Lastly, if those that are in these secular disciplines are not born again believers, then why is their opinion, either pro or con, significant to me at all?
aH, DavidD1960, how many times have I pointed out the information on The Preservation of Scripture, though written by head of dept., of a seminary, it is readable and understandable. If those other articles didn't seem to show where I stand on the preservation of God's Word, this one should. I might add, he is even a little more conservative on the issue than Dr. Wallace is. He and I will support Biblical Inerrancy 100 percent.
The problem here implied appears to be in the diagnosis suggested in the original authors article.
But the (original) article begins; - "If the postulation is indeed correct, the woman with fever in the Bible is among one of the very early description of human influenza disease...."
Postulation means; "to claim or assume the existence or truth of, esp. as a basis for reasoning or arguing."
Therefore I don't see the need for any complaints here.
As for the miracles of Jesus, like everything else in Scripture you require faith and the work of the Holy Spirit to see truth therein. It would seem that these "scientists" did not have the benefit of Faith plus Spirit which means they cannot perceive truth in the Bible anyway. They do not appear to be casting doubt upon the miracles per se. Just "guessing" the diagnosis.