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Dear Conflicted Kid,
I pray that you still read this blog and will get this response. Your candor and openness is refreshing. I am going to give you a challenge that very well may answer this question that you raised “Please, tell me how a book written by people (who are fallible, mind you) thousands of years ago and translated a bunch of times is the infallible manual to life?”
One of the ways we can know this about the Bible is that each time an older or more genuine written scripture is found by archeologists, it validates scripture rather than repudiating it. If old scripture is written by fallible men and thus mistranslated as you assert, then the Dead Sea Scrolls would have rendered Judaism and Christianity obsolete.
Now for the challenge:
Read Psalms 22 then read any of the four Gospels (Mathew, Mark, Luke and John). When you realize that Psalms 22 was written by Kind David over 1000 years before Christ, you will see how astoundingly accurate the Psalms 22 prophecy is fulfilled by Jesus of the New Testament. In fact there are over 130 prophecies in the Old Testament that were precisely fulfilled by Jesus. If this challenge does not open your eyes, then you are not willing to see. This goes well beyond “tumbler” theory.
Now to one of your other questions:
“Why would a perfect god give no proof to his people that he exists and yet expect them to believe in him?”
This can be explained by the difference between a rapist and loving husband. The difference is free will. God wants all to love him out of free will and not brute force. If there was nothing but iron-clad, concrete evidence of God, and then you and I would be compelled to follow him. This way, God gives you plenty of evidence to believe in him, but enough room for doubt that you have a choice.
If you really want to know the truth about God, then open your mind to him and the evidence will become overwhelming.
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