When you call a book God's inspired word...when you tell people that they need to believe...when you tell them their fate is burning in hell...don't you think that it should be "beyond reasonable doubt"?<quoted text>
True AnnieJ, but are you talking about testimony in a criminal court case where "beyond reasonable doubt" is the standard, or in relation to history where there is a little more latitude? I do mean a little. History is not held to the same standard as a criminal court case is. Doing so would be unrealistic. Also, getting back to the subject of ethnocentrism, in today's modern media where everything is on film or audio, we are more skeptical of eye-witness accounts from antiquity. We have become cynical unless we can see it for ourselves.
How many times were these eye witness accounts repeated before being written down? Did the author remember them exactly as how they were related or did they add filler? Through all of the rewrites did these stories stay the same or were they tweaked to be make more sense or fit the authors opinion?
If you choose to place your fate in the hands of eye witness accounts...okay.
Truth of the matter is...you have no more proof that your faith is any more accurate than mine...nor do I have any proof concerning my faith.