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| PROVING THE BIBLE |
Proof that Torah (Bible) is of Divine Origin
3 miracles force one conclusion
RABBI MOSHE BEN-CHAIM
Founder: Mesora.org & the Jewishtimes
A HISTORY IS VALIDATED only when masses witnessed the reported event; otherwise the story remains unproven, as it is suspected of fabrication. Mass witnesses removes motive, as masses cannot share a common motive to lie; only a few people might conspire to spread a lie. This explains why we accept as true the historical accounts of Caesar, Alexander the Great, and even other events further back in time which masses witnessed, even though no one today saw them. Validation is through a single uncontested transmission—not writings—as a book cannot validate itself, that is circular and proves nothing. When the world transmits a single account with mass witnesses, the event must be true. For if the event is a lie, we should also be in receipt of an alternative historical record of that date, those people at that place. Had Caesar not been emperor, it would be impossible for a liar back then to disseminate an alternative history. For the masses would deny what their eyes saw and would not replace their known history with the lie. And later too, a liar or an ignoramus could not convince the world that the singular history of Caesar’s rule was false.
Moses would have faced the same problem, had Revelation on Mt. Sinai 3333 years ago not occurred. Had God speaking from inside flames been a lie, and Moses attempted to convince some nation that they witnessed a voice emanating from inside fire, everyone would dismiss Moses as delusional. They would not replace their known history with Moses’ fabrication. But revelation at Sinai forms part of the singular Jewish history. The world too claims that 2 million Jews witnessed this miraculous event.
Suppose I tell you and our entire town that we were all together on the George Washington Bridge today at 12:00 noon in broad daylight, where 2000 vehicles stopped, and we all saw a spaceship and received a scroll from aliens. As this didn’t occur, no one would abandon their senses and transmit this account as fact. Thus, no fabricated story is ever accepted or transmitted as fact. But it is possible that a “belief” can be transmitted on faith. But that account too will not convince people that masses attended the fabricated story. This latter possibility describes many religions which were fabricated stories, with no claim of witnesses, but were accepted over time based on appeal or the threat of execution.
In his great work, Guide for the Perplexed (book I, chap. LXVI), Maimonides writes that tablets Moses received had text that was naturally formed and not through craftsmanship, like writing or carving. Maimonides bases this on the Torah’s words, “And the writing was the writing of God" (Exod. 32:16). This means the Ten Commands were formed naturally, inside the material of those two sapphire tablets. The writing was “inside” these translucent stones. The only way the writing appeared there, is by the Creator of the stone forming that writing. It is a proof that the communication Moses shared was identical to God’s words. Moses accurately presented God’s message to mankind.
Exodus 34:29-35 describes how, when Moses descended Mt. Sinai with the tablets of stone, that his face shined miraculously. This miracle was God’s endorsement that all that Moses claimed as divine, was God’s words. But had Moses lied and fabricated his own laws calling it Torah (Bible), God would not endorse him with a miracle.
The proof that Torah was written by God is that Revelation at Sinai 3333 years ago validated God’s existence, as no biological being can exist inside fire. The tablets validated that the Torah is from God. And Moses’ face shining validated that Moses accurately presented God’s Torah subsequent to Sinai. Thus, we know that Torah is God’s words, that Torah commenced at this date, and that God gave it to the Jewish nation. The Jews are to share Torah with the world (Gen. 18:19, Deut. 4:6).