Not merely The [sacred-66-books) Judeo/Christian [Old-and-New-Testaments] Holy Bible, but why believe anything?
It could be asked: "Why believe IN anything" - although one might wonder about the necessity, sense, or need of having to insert the word: IN within the query at hand.
Let's simply ask: "Why believe ANYTHING at all?"
WHY? Because if you and I do not believe a million and more different things from the time we awake to the time we fall asleep, we would promptly become catatonically paralyzed into complete inactivity, and both soon and quickly die (and, by the way, "soon" and "quickly" are two different words with multiple meanings, if one thinks about it).
Humans worldwide have referred to and could refer to a zillion things both ASSUMED and PRESUMED to be "historical" - with the cogent and expedient understanding that to "assume" something means to rightly believe something [rather than "in" something] that is valid as to being part of reality . . . whereas to "presume" something means to wrongly believe something [instead of "in" something] that is invalid as to NOT being part of reality.
How should one determine which events have occurred in the past . . . contrasted with alleged events which EITHER did occur (but without adequate current verification) or did NOT occur (also without adequate current verification)? In other words, which events should be assumed true -- compared to which should be presumed as probably did not happen (instead of happened but without current substantial-enough proof)?
Such discernment is required not merely about The Holy Bible, and contents therein . . . but any statement of supposed "fact."
Pictures can be photoshopped. Spoken or written "stories" can contain additions, subtractions, exaggerations, omissions, miscopying errors, fairy tales and myths and legends and heresay and rumors purported to be "true." So-called "eyewitnesses" can give dishonest and lying reports. Can and should (two different words!) anything be reliably believed?
There obviously IS actual reality of objects and phenomena within the created-by-Someone-in-the-past-and-at-least-probably-maintained-in-the-present environment which each person responds (or does not respond) and adjusts (or does not adjust) to in various ways and to various extents -- NOT merely "thinks" that actually-already-existing reality is real, in their own mind only. Reality is both inside and outside each individual, and much of it exists not inwardly but outside that individual perceiving and reacting to that outside-of-themselves reality.
Perception of reality, for humans, significantly involves the five physical senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell, and to a large extent mostly involves what their eyes see (and have seen) and what their ears hear (and have heard) in terms of claimed "historical" "records" and analyzing whether such are valid history or instead fake history. Honest testimony regarding such (instead of "concerning" such) from an eyewitness creates respect for and trust in such not-merely-knowledgeable-but-also-truthful persons, whereas dishonest testimony from a lying eyewitness (that is, one fraudulently claiming to be an eyewitness, or an eyewitness distorting and corrupting their testimony) causes disrespect against and mistrust against such persons.
Would you trust what a cop says, or what a tricky and greedy thief says? Would you trust what pictures NASA posts, or ranting from a flat-Earth nutcase? Would you want a clumsy timber lumberjack or a calm skilled surgeon to operate on you? Want to drive your motorbike on an icy lake, or instead on dry cement?
What part or parts of "history" do you, the reader, have substantial credible proof of - so much so that you would stake your very life on it? "History" has been "revised" over and over, and the narrow-minded church catholics who once dogmatically preached the errant "science" of a flat circular Earth and persecuted a Copernicus and Galileo who adamantly stated otherwise, now accept as fact the NASA photos of a spherical Earth as seen from orbiting satellites, space station, and the Moon.
It was, and remains, impossible to convince a people who survived a devastating worldwide Flood in an Ark that such did not occur, that the Red Sea did not open up for their escape while drowning their pursuing enemies, that an iron axehead did not float and a temporarily-fearless Peter did not walk on stormy water, that blazing angels prostrated burly Roman guards at the resurrected Christ's tomb, that the living body of a resurrected Jesus did not appear to and was touched by many eyewitnesses who would die rather than disclaiming what they experienced.
Do not be misled or deceived. Christians are quite ready with their Android cellphones to photographically capture and publicize any and all pics of any alien lifeforms from UFOs that might appear to them, even though they rightly believe that "there is no place like home" in terms of our one-of-a-kind privileged-planet Earth - in all the entire Universe of countless stars and galaxies containing such.
The existence of The Holy Bible, faithfully replicated first from spoken oral and then alphabet-lettered-written human experiences, as a large book of a collection of smaller books or essays or news reports, is irrefutable. The existence of many textually-VERY-similar translations of that Bible is irrefutable. The existence of many and remarkably-accurate-with-each-other ancient Hebrew and Greek manuscripts comprising the basis for those many very-similarly-worded Bible translations is irrefutable. The remarkable confidence of non-insane Christians who - in serious and non-laughable leap of faith - have fervently espoused and continue to fervently espouse the validity of Bible contents which all those believers assume and not presume valid in what all clearly is non-antisocial non-lunacy, is phenomenal.
As with all Operating Instructions or Operating Manuals, the validity of such is measured by how well such relate to the correct naming of parts associated with such, logical and orderly assembly of those correctly-named parts, and successful functioning of the item in completed state as predicted and facilitated by specific-enough semantics of the Instruction Manual.
The Bible is no different. No psychological nor psychiatric writings on Earth even come close to describing, relating to, and conforming to all realistic aspects of human sociological structure and interaction resulting in civilized, intelligent, and pleasurably-beneficial community coexistence. The unique and quite-practical quips and prose of Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, for example - rightly understood and applied - impeccably describe and advise about the human condition and smooth interaction.
The well-and-accurately-preserved history, even of [supernatural] "miracles" in the origin-not-of-this-world Divinely-sourced-and-inspired Holy Bible, are fascinating as to their coherence and sensibility. And as to the aforementioned miracles, which are most-unusual sometimes-only-once-in-human-history happenings different than the normal and commonplace functioning of environmental entities, only survivors live to tell their stories, while the defeated or dead are either too ashamed and humiliated, or mortally incapable, of having recorded the same strange and bizarre events in their meager, warped, and edited chronicles and commentaries.
Where are Egyptian accounts of the Red Sea opening up for Hebrew Jews, but closing in and drowning the brightest and best of their armies? Striken from their pylons, if such humiliation was written by them at all? Conquering armies from invading nations destroyed quasi-historical? records of those conquered. As the Aztecs and Incas became extinct for causes (though not "reasons") of immoralistic decay with idols and hideous self-destructive idolatrous practices, so the meager writings (if any have survived annihilation) of such and others like them explain the absence of superior forces involved with why such primitives and barbarians were and are no longer around to write anything more.
Christians are well known to be brutally honest and frank. They are indeed like innocent and highly-inquisitive non-childish-nor-naive non-silly-nor-caprecious children, unabashed and unashamed to bravely and courageously question all they see but do not completely understand, and they are not afraid to "think out of the box" -- not stifled by inhibitions of monkey-see-monkey-do legalistic mindlessness. If there is anything to be exposed as inconsistently incoherent, Christians are foremost, in the forefront, and first to vehemently attack it and cut it to pieces, symbolically or literally.
Consider the doggedness of such Christians as many of the great inventors of the past, who with "opened eyes" and intelligent minds, saw the processes and entities within their environment, and creatively manipulated them into remarkable new forms. Remember the innovative scientists who either greatly respected the tenants of the Christian Bible or professed parts of it themselves as they came up with their marvelous Spirit-inspired scientific discoveries.
From them we have our modern utilities, such as lights of all types, electrical power, plastics, lasers, transportive and other conveniences . . . the list is endless. From the not-merely-Christianity-tolerant but actually Bible-quoting Founding Fathers of America, we are thankfully living in the greatest nation on Earth, with artifically-"atheistic" Russian-Orthodox influenced Soviets coming in a close second, as well as persecuted-Christian-missionaries-influenced governments of China and India, Europe, Scandinanvia, Britain, Africa, Australia, and the Middle East.
A little goes a long way, as a little bit of yeast leavens an entire loaf of bread, and such has been the far-reaching and extensive influence of Christian missionaries who have preached and proclaimed contents of the Bible to the open-minded, admirably receptive, and obediently conformant within all cultures, beyond-Pilate-and-Caesar governments, and nations on this globular-planet Earth.
It has been said that the testimony of two or three eyewitnesses forms the foundation for judicial court decisions, and with the thousands of practically identical manuscripts and exhaustively meticulous re-copying of such down throughout not merely the decades nor even centuries but even millennia, the Bible has gotten a profound reputation of bizarre credibility, the applications of which are, quite honestly and frankly, mind-boggling.
Consider some quotes from The Bible (which this author is neither ashamed nor reluctant to quote from) for subject elaboration on the merits of visual observation and concordant testimony of such for proof:
Exodus 25:22 There I will meet with you, and from above the Mercy Seat, from between the Two Cherubim that are upon the Ark of the Testimony, I will speak with you of all that I will give you in commandment for the people of Israel.
Numbers 7:89 And when Moses went into the Tent of Meeting to speak with the LORD, he heard The Voice speaking to him from above the Mercy Seat that was upon the Ark of the Testimony, from between the Two Cherubim; and It spoke to him.
Judges 6:22 Then Gideon perceived that he was the angel of the LORD; and Gideon said, "Alas, Lord GOD! I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face."
Judges 13:22 And Manoah said to his wife, "We shall surely die, because we have seen God."
First Samuel 16:18 One of the young men answered, "Hey, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a man of good presence; and the LORD is with him."
Jeremiah 13:27 I have seen your abominations, your adulteries and neighings, your lewd harlotries, on the hills in the field. Woe to you, Jerusalem! How long will it be before you are made clean?"
Jeremiah 23:14 But in the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a horrible thing: they commit adultery and walk in lies; they strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that no one turns from his wickedness; all of them have become like Sodom to me, and its inhabitants like Gomorrah."
Lamentations 2:14 Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not exposed your iniquity to restore your fortunes, but have seen for you oracles false and misleading.
Ezekiel 13:3 Thus says the Lord GOD: "Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!"
Daniel 3:25 [Babylonian-king Nebuchadnezzar who intially ordered everyone to worship his idol image] answered: "But I see four men loose, walking in the middle of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like the Son of God."
Daniel 3:29 Therefore I make a decree: Any people, nation, or language that speaks anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins; for there is no other god who is able to deliver in this way."
The book of Daniel records King Darius giving royal order to execute using raging hungry lions in a lion pit those who plotted to murder Daniel the Hebrew prophet temporarily thrown down into and unfairly incarcerated within the lion's den, and similarly murder all those Hebrew prophets who refused to worship Darius.
The book of Esther records King Ahasuerus giving royal order to the Jews to annihilate not only antisemite Haman, but his entire family and all those who had planned and plotted extermination against the Jews.
Matthew 2:2 [Brilliantly-intelligent-and-knowledgeable astro-physical wise-men magi historians from the East queried]: "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews, because we have seen His star in the East, and have come to worship Him?"
Luke 5:26 And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, "We have seen strange things today."
Luke 7:22 And [Jesus] answered them, "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them.
John 8:58 Jesus said to them, "Truthfully I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM." (Study Exodus 3:1-22 as to how the Trinitarian LORD identified Himself to Moses from the Burning Bush on fire in the desert but which was not consumed, sort of a foreshadowing of the eternal and never-ending future fate of the solitarily-confined damned suspended airless within the invisibly-flaming Lake of Fire)
John 14:7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; from now on you know Him and have seen Him."
John 15:24 If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father.
Matthew 14:26 But when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear.
John 20:18 Mary Magdalene went and said to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord"; and she told them that He had said these things to her.
John 20:25 So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in His side, I will not believe." [Better than cartoon-character Caspar, the Friendly Ghost!]
John 20:29 Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe."
Acts 4:15 But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred with one another,
16 saying, "What shall we do with these men? For that a notable sign has been performed through them is manifest to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.
17 But so that it may spread no further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name."
18 So they called them and charged them to not speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
19 But Peter and John answered them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge;
20 because we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard."
21 And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people, because all persons praised God for what had happened.
Acts 22:6 "As I made my journey and drew near to Damascus, about noon a Great Light from Heaven suddenly shone about me.
7 And I fell to the ground and heard a Voice saying to me, 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?'
8 And I answered, 'Who are you, Lord?' And He said to me, 'I am Jesus of Nazareth whom you are persecuting.'
9 Those who were with me saw the Light but did not hear the Voice of the One who was speaking to me.
10 And I said, 'What shall I do, Lord?' And the Lord said to me, 'Rise, and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all that is appointed for you to do.'
11 And when I could not see because of the brightness of that Light, I was led by the hand by those who were with me, and came into Damascus.
12 And one Ananias, a devout man according to the Law, well spoken of by all the Jews who lived there,
13 came to me, and standing by me said to me, 'Brother Saul, receive your sight.' And in that very hour I received my sight and saw him.
14 And he said, 'The God of our fathers appointed you to know His will, to see the Just One and to hear a Voice from His mouth;
15 because you will be a witness for Him to all people of what you have seen and heard.
Second Peter 1:16 We did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
17 For when He received honor and glory from God the Father and the Voice was borne to Him by the Majestic Glory, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,"
18 we heard this Voice borne from Heaven, because we were with Him on the holy mountain [of Transfiguration].
19 And we have the prophetic word made more sure. You will do well to pay attention to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
20 First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own origin,
21 because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of humans, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
Deuteronomy 18:22 When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously, you need not be afraid of him.
How about intense storm predictions from the National Weather Service? They best not sound off the Tornado Warning sirens unless an actual tornado is in fact verifiably approaching! Or ICBM nuclear missiles from the Middle East or North Korea are actually on their way before they sound off!
First John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and touched with our hands, regarding the Word of Life --
First John 1:2 the Life was made manifest, and we saw it, and testify to it, and proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the Father and was made manifest to us --
First John 1:3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you may have fellowship with us; and our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
First John 4:14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son as the Savior of the world.
It is premature at this time to comment upon whether the above Scriptural quotations have veracity or not. But it is NOT out of line NOR out of place to clearly and emphatically state that there is absolutely no proof nor substantial indication whatsoever that the [apparent] history contained in such passages did not occur, did not happen, and thus is dishonest lying deception and untruth. Mere belligerently-arrogant denial expressed by naysayers who question, doubt, or contradict such forthright Biblical record does NOT make such record false or untrue.
The Bible puts it this way:
Job 34:33 Will He [God] then make requital to suit you, because you reject it? For you must choose, and not I; therefore declare what you know.
One cannot always use sensory audible perception to determine what is factual history contrasted to what is fraud and fake pseudo-"history." For instance, when is the last time you yourself audibly heard Alexander the Great, Columbus, Galileo, Bach, Rev Dr Martin Luther, or Andrew Jackson speak? There were no recording devices invented until later on - past the lifetimes of those notables. So their existence cannot be proven by you nor anyone else nowadays actually hearing them.
Some have complained that the Creator who is called "God" and "the LORD" in The Bible is invisible, and so [illogically] they presume (NOT "assume"] that He has not existed, does not exist now, and/or never will exist:
But even outside of direct reference to religion, many phenomena in our environment are invisible and cannot be seen with the unaided human eye - such as gravity, radioactivity, atmospheric gases, the dark side of Pluto perhaps - but that does not mean that such do not exist.
Job 34:23 For He [God] has not "appointed" a time for any man to go before God in judgment.
24 He shatters the mighty without investigation, and sets others in their place.
25 Thus, knowing their works, He overturns them in the night, and they are crushed. [God is Not Dead!]
26 He strikes them for their wickedness in the sight of men,
27 because they turned aside from following Him, and had no regard for any of His ways,
28 so that they caused the cry of the poor to come to Him, and He heard the cry of the afflicted.
29 When He is quiet, who can condemn? When He hides His face, who can detect Him, whether it be a nation or a man? --
30 that a godless man should not reign, that he should not ensnare the people.
31 For has any one said to God, 'I have borne chastisement; I will not offend any more;
32 teach me what I do not see; if I have done iniquity, I will do it no more'?
33 Will He then make requital to suit you, because you reject it? For you must choose, and not I; therefore declare what you know.
Job 35:5 Look at the heavens, and see; and consider the clouds, which are higher than you.
6 If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against Him? And if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to Him?
7 If you are righteous, what do you give to Him; or what does He receive from your hand?
8 Your wickedness concerns a man like yourself, and your righteousness a son of man.
9 Because of numerous oppressions people cry out; they call for help because of the arm of the mighty.
10 But none says, 'Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,
11 who teaches us more than the beasts of the Earth, and makes us wiser than the birds of the air?'
12 There they cry out, but He does not answer, because of the pride of evil persons.
13 Surely God does not hear an empty cry, nor does the Almighty regard it.
14 How much less when you say that you do not see Him, that the case is before him, and you are waiting for Him!
15 And now, because His anger does not punish, and He does not greatly mind transgression,
16 Job opens his mouth in empty talk, he multiplies words without knowledge."
John 1:18 No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, has made Him known.
Romans 1:20 Ever since the creation of the world His [God's] invisible nature, namely, His eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. . .
Colossians 1:15 He [Christ Jesus, the Son of God] is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation;
Colossians 1:16 . . .in [Christ Jesus, the Son of God] all things were created, in Heaven and on Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities: ALL things (including UFOs) were created through Him and for Him.
Colossians 1:17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together [in Christ Jesus - NOT "the force" of Star Wars "jedi" or jews?].
First Timothy 1:17 To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory to the ages of the ages. Amen.
First Timothy 6:16 . . . who alone has immortality and resides in unapproachable light, whom no man has ever seen nor can see. To Him [God] be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
Hebrews 11:27 By faith [Moses] left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, because he endured as seeing Him (i.e. the Lord) who is invisible.
First John 4:12 No man has ever seen God; if we love one another, God resides in us and His love is perfected in us. [in us!]
Exactly WHO can be trusted as reliable honest witnesses? Do we really need a National ID card, enhanced Drivers License, birth certicate or passport, or to be marked on the forehead or right hand with an embedded-tattoo security RFID-keycoded emblem of 666 for check-processing clearance at the cashier and vending machines?
Matthew 7:16 You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles?
Matthew 7:20 Thus you will know them by their fruits.
And what is the ultimate good work that we must do to be saved?
John 8:24 "I told you that you would die in your sins, because you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he." [The Savior and Lord of Atonement]
Romans 3:20 No human being will be atoned for [justified, or saved] in [God's] sight by [them frequently, often, or occasionally doing either or both good and evil] works "of" the Law, being that through the Law [of morality not now-fulfilled ceremonial-animal-sacrifice commandments] comes knowledge of [and against] sin, and Laws of commandments cannot atone for past sins of those having disobeyed [any or all, even once] those Rules of Conduct.
21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from Law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it,
22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ [specifically, His desire to providentially provide and Him atoning for sin by His own lethal sacrifice of and by Himself on a cross] for all who believe [not for those who do not believe that].
23 being that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 they are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus,
25 whom God put forward as an expiation by His blood, to be received by faith. [We ourselves could never nor never qualify for worldwide atonement for the world's sins by our own self-sacrifice of any type] This was to show God's righteousness, because in His divine forbearance He had passed over former sins;
26 it was to prove at the present time that He Himself is righteous and that He justifies [atones for, and saves] him [and her] who has faith in Jesus [as their Provider and Atonement].
James 2:24 You see that a man [woman, or person] is justified [saved, but not atoned for] by [themselves doing good not evil morality-incongruent] works and not by faith [in Christ providing and atonement for sins] alone.
Titus 1:16 They profess to know God, but they deny Him by their deeds; they are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace [of God through Christ Jesus] you have been atoned for [part, and only part, of being saved, and already saved] through faith [that the bloody sacrificial death of Christ on a cross atoned and atones for all your duressed-by-temptation sin]; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God.
Second Corinthians 5:7 . . . we walk by faith, not by sight.
Exodus 4:11 Then the LORD said to him, "Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him dumb, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?
Leviticus 19:14 You shall not curse the deaf nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the LORD.
21:18 No one who has a blemish shall draw near, a man blind or lame, or one who has a mutilated face or a limb too long [Sorry, physically-challenged disabled crips are righteously and legally discriminated against in this case]
22:22 Animals blind or disabled or mutilated or having a discharge or an itch or scabs, you shall not offer to the LORD or make of them an offering by fire upon the altar to the LORD. [So much for satanic inclusive cultural diversity to coexist indiscriminately]
Deuteronomy 15:21 But if it has any blemish, if it is lame or blind, or has any serious blemish whatever, you shall not sacrifice it to the LORD your God.
27:18 Cursed be he who misleads a blind man on the road. And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
28:29 and you shall grope at noonday, as the blind grope in darkness, and you shall not prosper in your ways; and you shall be only oppressed and robbed continually, and there shall be no one to help you.
Isaiah 42:18 Hear, you deaf; and look, you blind, that you may see!
42:19 Who is blind but my servant, or deaf as my messenger whom I send? [Sorry, I just cannot see those immodest summerwear-clad female-twit loose-long-haired mopheads exposing themselves with naked-armed-sleeveslessness, nude-legs-in-shorts slackslessness, barefoot-in-soxless-sandals exhibitionists] Who is blind as my dedicated one, or blind as the servant of the LORD?
43:8 Bring out the people who are blind, yet have eyes, who are deaf, yet have ears!
56:10 His watchmen are blind, they are all without knowledge; they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber. [I hate noxious noise-polluting barking dogs disturbing the peace and being an irritating and annoying public nuisance!]
Luke 7:21 In that hour He cured many of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and for many who were blind He gave eyesight.
John 9:1 As He passed by, He saw a man blind from his birth.
2 And his disciples asked Him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind.
17 So they again said to the blind man, "What do you say about Him, being that He has opened your eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet."
18 The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight,
19 and asked them, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?"
20 His parents answered, "We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind
21 but how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age, he will speak for himself."
22 His parents said this because they feared the jews, for the jews had already agreed that if any one confessed [Jesus] to be Christ, they were to be put out of the synagogue.
23 Therefore his parents said, "He is of age, ask him."
24 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and said to him, "Give God the praise; we know that this Man is a sinner."
25 He answered, "Whether He is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I know, that though I was blind, now I see."
32 Never since the world began has it been heard that any one opened the eyes of a man born blind.
33 If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing."
34 They answered him, "You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?" And they cast him out.
39 Jesus said, "For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind."
40 Some of the Pharisees near Him heard this, and they said to Him, "Are we also blind?"
41 Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, 'We see,' your guilt remains.
John 10:21 Others said, "These are not the sayings of One who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"
John 11:37 But some of them said, "Could not He who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?"
Acts 13:11 And now, hey, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind and unable to see the Sun for a while." Immediately mist and darkness fell upon him and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand.
Romans 2:19 and if you are sure that you are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness
21 you then who teach others, will you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal?
22 You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?
23 You who boast in the Law, do you dishonor God by disobeying (not "breaking") the Law?
Second Peter 1:9 Whoever lacks these things is blind and shortsighted (near-sighted?) and has forgotten that he (or she) was cleansed from his (or her) old sins.
James 2:26 As the body apart from the spirit is dead, so faith apart from works is dead.
The existence of what is invisible can be detected and substantiated by the effects that such have on other phenomena in the environment. And the effect of who (not "what") the Bible calls "The Holy Spirit" or "the Spirit" can also be both seen and displayed by genuine Christians who testify (rather than the perhaps-inappropriate word: "confess" and even more inappropriate word: "claim") that they "have the Spirit within them" Who (not "which") causes them to do wonders or at least very socially-beneficial, productive, and constructive speech and actions.
One of the problems that froward anti-Christian anti-Bible [dishonest and lying] naysayers exhibit who express doubt or denial is that they do not LIKE the reality they see and/or hear, because it (of necessity) constrains them against what they not simply could do but want to do to the contrary.
But again, that does NOT change nor eradicate reality.
And there are consequences for ignoring, disregarding, dishonestly speaking against, denying, and fighting against reality - ranging from slight-at-first, to increasingly severe -- mildly injurious to perhaps painfully fatal -- in every conceivable manifestation.
Those who accommodatingly adjust to reality survive, and rather pleasantly, for the most part. Those who do not humbly and wisely adjust, destroy themselves (and often other innocents with them) -- whether slowly or rapidly, and definitively.