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Someone ask:

I’ve recently been struggling with how certain miracles in the Bible appear to function towards unbelievers as an appeal to brute facts in an evidential sense.
One Biblical example would be when Moses asks God what he should do if people don’t believe that Moses has a prophetic message from God (Exodus 4). In order to convince the Israelites-and later the Egyptians-that God had actually spoken to Moses, Moses is told to throw his staff on the ground, which then turns into a snake. God also tells Moses to conduct the miracle of the leperous hand, and if that doesn’t doesn’t work, to transform the Nile into blood.
Moses is told to do all these things by God “that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you” (Exo 4:5)
Neither of these examples seems to appeal to the self-authenticating word of God. They don’t appear to involve demonstrations that indirectly prove the impossibility of the contrary.
Rather they seem to appeal directly to the brute fact of the miracle itself in order to authenticate the message/claim.

I think Exodus 4 and also onwards in Exodus does not conflict with Presuppositional Apologetics; rather it does reinforce Presuppositional Apologetics is Scriptural.  Here’s my thoughts:


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