Best Fundamentalist Bible Software 2018


This is an article I’ve wanted to write for a long time. Without exception, the best Bible software is all written by – and aimed to –theological progressives. Doesn’t sound bad? Read that “Bible Deniers” and “Unsaved.”

The big problem I’ve got with this is of course that no matter how theologically sound you are, stuff like that begins to affect you.

So, today we’re talking about Bible software written by Fundamentalists. For Fundamentalists.

I’ll preface this by saying if you’re the kind of person who can’t rest if your house is untidy, then you need to get Fundamentalist Bible software. All three reviewed today have the cleanest, neatest interfaces in Bible software.

Swordsearcher

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This is the reigning King of Fundamentalist software. No, it cannot do a tenth of what Logos does, but I don’t think Brandon Staggs is losing sleep over it. He wanted a Bible software that really does what it should: Go to a Bible verse, and see all the commentaries, Bible dictionaries and books in your library that talk about that at once.

Swordsearcher is a little unusual, in that most Bible software is written around Strong’s. However, Swordsearcher is not only coded around the Strong’s at its base, but also around Webster’s 1828! This means that you have the added benefit of seeing the definitions of the English words within their Biblical context. It’s a feature I’ve striven mightily to have built into Word search and Logos, and given up. I asked for Webster’s 1828, and they answer they’ve got the Merriam-Webster’s. Well, if you like seeing your English definitions outside of their Biblical context, sure – that would be okay. But if you’re a Christian, why would you want that??? Oh, right, the theological progressive thing.

If I could think of one word for Swordsearcher, it is “functional”. I can’t think of a better word for it. One price, and you get a massive library, a clean interface (one of the cleanest and neatest in the business), you get an instant glimpse into both the lemma and the manuscript of both Greek AND Hebrew (Quickverse, it’s major competitor for years, only gave you the Greek definitions), and you also get an instant glimpse into the English words as well.

Swordsearcher is designed with your Bible study in mind. Type in the beginning of any Bible phrase, and Swordsearcher immediately begins suggesting search terms. So if you know the “Blessed are the peacemakers”, but can’t remember it’s Matthew 5, then Swordsearcher will tell you in a hurry. My commentary on Romans is going VERY quickly, because of this feature.

The instructions show how to create your own topical Bible and your own commentary, and Brandon Staggs recommends you do just that. I like the Swordsearcher way of letting you know you’ve got a comment on a verse by the little four diamonds a lot better than the Logos little yellow squares. You get enough notes and sermons on Matthew 5, and you end up with sixty-two little yellow boxes, and now you have to start changing the colors of those.

To write Sermons in Swordsearcher, you create a user book, put your sermon template on page 1, and then create additional entries. Just copy and paste your template into each new entry you create, and then write your sermon inside it.

Is it better than E-Sword? I think so. E-Sword has unintentionally copied (or perhaps intentionally) many of Swordsearcher’s features, but without copying the interface, it still misses out on where Swordsearcher excels.

Swordsearcher is $60.

Bible Analyzer

Bible Analyzer fund

If you’ve been reading this for a while, you know that Bible Analyzer is completely different. I wouldn’t use it as a stand-alone Bible program, since its note taking system is not up to snuff – but if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I always tell you every saved Christian on earth needs Bible Analyzer.

Want to know how many capital letters are in the Bible? It’ll tell you. Need to know what’s the most repeated word in Romans 10? Bible Analyzer will tell you. Want to see the first reference of every word within a verse? Bible Analyzer will tell you.

You need this program. Free.

King James Pure Bible Search

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Someone got a little upset with me because I pointed out this is a program for Ruckmanites/Gail Riplinger followers. I can’t help that – it is what it is. You get the King James Bible, and well – that’s it. No Strongs, no Hebrew, no Greek. No commentaries, no add ons, no nuthin’. And they explain it in this way…

But!

I’m going to say this. If you had ten years to really go through the Bible, and you wanted to find ALL cross references, and had nothing to go by – this program is for you. I was a HUGE fan of the fact you can make your own cross references. Alas, I have so much work to do, and so little time to do it, that.

If you just want the King James Bible and NOTHING else besides the Webster’s 1828 and rudimentary note taking, then this program is for you. If you’ve read Gail Riplinger and believe the nonsense she’s written in the “Toxic” book, this program is for you.

Free.

Conclusions

These are the three Fundamentalist Bible programs. Swordsearcher and Bible Analyzer are very good, and King James Pure Bible Search is very good for what it is. Two are free, Swordsearcher is not.

Bottom Line: I’d get at least Swordsearcher and Bible Analyzer. If you refuse to use any commentaries, Strong’s or any other tools, then the King James Pure Bible Search is the program for you.

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More Difficult To Pronounce Bible Words


Long time readers know that I listen to a lot of sermons. It’s an important thing to me. And unfortunately, many Independent Fundamental Baptists have zero for education, or get educated by uneducated men – so most have never learned Hebrew. And if you’ve been to Seminary and learned Hebrew and still say “Hag-ee-ai”, shame on you. It’s Chag-eye (clear your throat for the right Ch sound, like Chanukah).

So, to my surprise, when I wrote the first of these, I just grabbed a number of words I’d heard mispronounced, plus one or two bugaboos of mine (Ahaseurus should be pronounced Hebrew style, by the way).

So since most of us are reading through the Bible, let’s take a look at some in Genesis that I hear mangled!

Shinar – the land of Babylon. Shinar is “Shee-nar”.

Babylon. It’s pronounced “Babylon”, but if you really want to impress your Jewish friends, it’s “Bavel”.

Arpaxad – Ar-pack-shad

Salah – She-lach

Eber – Ay-bear

Peleg – there’s only one G, and he wasn’t a pirate!

Reu – like “Kanga and little”. Yes, it’s pronounced “Roo”

Serug – Seh-roog.  שְׂרֽוּג Most of you got this one right, except for the last syllable.

Nahor – Nach-or. Getting the feel for the letter Chet yet?

Haran – NO!!! It is not, “Hey, Ron!” It’s Hah-ron. See? הָרָֽן׃

Lot – it’s not pronounced Laht. It’s Loat, like Float without the F. לֽוֹט׃

Now, if all of you had been to my Hebrew and Greek blog, you’d know all this!

Canaan – Whoah! Are you ready? It’s Ke-nahn. Almost the same. Say it fast enough and nobody will know or care you’ve said it wrong all your life.

And this is probably why the Lord never called me to preach, because the entire congregation would walk out on Sunday mornings wondering what I was talking about!

Bible Inerrancy


Yesterday was something of a “Bible Inerrancy” day. I was going through my library of sermons, and decided to focus on Bible Inerrancy.

Of course, John MacArthur’s sermons came up. I sat and listened to one that really actually argued for the King James Bible, although MacArthur would be shocked to realize it.

Every argument he offered for Biblical inerrancy actually validated my stand for the King James issue – and most of my readers.

When I first got saved, and shortly thereafter was convinced of the Bible version issue, I read MacArthur’s FAQ, and there was nothing about the King James.  I knew MacArthur personally used a Schofield King James, although when quoting from the Bible he would translate the “thee’s” into “You”, kind of destroying the intended specific use of the words.

So I wrote to him, and was answered by a staff member, who included an article MacArthur had on the Textual Criticism issue. The article affirmed MacArthur’s support and trust to the scholarship of the very people he was blasting as heretics in his sermon!

I’m sure Phil Johnson and John MacArthur would be devastated if I took his sermon, and added a five second audio intro – “This is why I stand for the King James Bible and against the modern versions.” And then left the rest of it alone. Because it literally sums up the entire argument we have against the textual critics.

I took a year of Koine Greek and Hebrew. A lot of my Hebrew actually comes from synagogue experience, and reading through my prayer book three times a day. I’m not some language ignorant Baptist. I actually know what I’m talking about, like Edward Hills and D. A. Waite.

While MacArthur intended his sermon to be against Barthians, it applied in every way against “Theological progressives”, the latest phrase to describe a theological liberal. It’s actually a good phrase, if you know anything about Communism. A “Progressive” is a communist. Communists are atheists. So a theological progressive is a communist hiding under the robes of a minster or a scholar, being paid top dollar stealing jobs that should belong to Christians.

The very people MacArthur was preaching against are the ones he claims to trust. Once he grasps the hypocrisy of this, his stance may change.

The only real issue I had with MacArthur’s sermon was that he begins it by making the claim that he believes the Bible is inspired in “The original autographs.” The original manuscripts don’t exist. They’ve crumpled into dust a long time ago. The original manuscript of Isaiah was probably dust by the time the book of Revelation was being written down.

When you say you believe in the inerrancy of the “original autographs”, you’re in essence saying you don’t believe the Bible in your hand is without error. This was the error of Dave Hunt, and he remained unaware of it’s importance for the rest of his life, alas.

Listen to me on this – the Bible in your hand has no errors. Sam Gipp has a funny saying about people who claim to find errors in the King James: “They’re so smart they can find things in the Bible God didn’t put there.”

It’s kind of like MacArthur’s supposed Calvinism. I keep hearing him say he’s a Calvinist, and then he espouses a theology that literally is almost the opposite of Calvinism!

MacArthur finally turned around on the issue of the Sonship of Christ, and is now speaking like a Baptist on the blood of Christ. If he can ever get these two issues resolved, we’ll finally have him as a Fundamentalist.

Why Buy Swordsearcher?


Why did I buy Swordsearcher? I already own Logos. I already own Accordance. I own Quickverse. I own WordSearch.

I have Bible Analyzer, King James Pure Bible Search, E-Sword, and theWord. I had Davar on my computer until I took it off. Bible by Olive Tree, and Xiphos.

So, why did I spend $60 to buy Swordsearcher?

The issue is fairly simple. I wanted a premium Bible software written by a Fundamentalist, a Bible Believer. Brandon Staggs doesn’t write a great deal on his blog about Fundamentalism – he doesn’t even speak on King James Only-ism. The only public stand he takes on the issue is a single comment on the frequently asked questions for Swordsearcher.

But the fact remains, it’s a Fundamentalist program written for Fundamentalists by a Fundamentalist.

Logos is written by Faithlife, an exceptionally Ecumenical program written by Evangelicals. Most of the tutorials and materials they have are theological liberals who deny the sufficiency, inerrancy and inspiration of the Bible. The fact the founder of Faithlife has no qualms about offering that shows that this is probably his viewpoint as well – a New Calvinist theological liberal mindset that makes Karl Barth look like a Fundamentalist. If you’d like to fix this, a letter writing campaign to get me installed as Resident Fundamentalist would go a long way!

Accordance would be my other option for premium software, but they too have a theological liberal mindset. The materials they offer reflect this, although not as bad as over at Faithlife.

Word search is… in need of a massive overhaul, and the mindset there is Southern Baptist. Not too bad, but still they use words like “Church” when they mean “Kingdom”, and obviously consider Catholics as Christians (as does Logos and Accordance). I have a lot of time invested into Word search, but I switched to Logos a few years back from Word search and I’m not looking back.

But mostly (and some of my old readers will understand this), I did it to protect myself. If you sit in the midst of scorners, you will end up scorning too. It’s possible I could end up reading the NASB and quoting John Calvin, and wondering endlessly whatever happened to “Q”. It’s far more possible I could sprout wings and lay eggs, but still, it’s a possibility.

So I wanted a Bible program that I could use 50% of the time that would protect me, and help me to stay Fundamentalist, and stay true to the Bible.

And of course, I wanted to make sure that I had software where the text of the King James Bible remained unaltered. Recently, the ESV on all my other software was updated without my permission (and since I don’t read it, I didn’t much care). If they could do that to the ESV without my say-so, then they can alter the Bible also.

Keep this in mind when choosing your Bible program. If worst comes to worst, I’ve also got a defunct Bible program that will be getting ZERO updates – Quickverse. Once upon a time, it was the gold standard of Bible programs – and Findex ran it into the ground.

Conclusion

I would recommend to all of my readers who are looking into buying premium Bible software and $60 is a stretch to buy it, consider Swordsearcher. It’s actually a fantastic piece of Bible software, very usable and configurable. There’s just one package for $60. Add ons are all third party, and of course, David Cloud offers for $30 an add on package for Swordsearcher –  the “Way of Life Encyclopedia” and “Things Hard to Be Understood”, a work I’d love to see expanded into a 5 volume set!

Studying the word with Swordsearcher


Swordsearcher really is one of those programs I’ve always liked, but you know, $59 goes a long way in this world. Every time I get a new computer, I load in the Swordsearcher demo and play with it, trying to decide whether or not to buy it. Yesterday I finally took the plunge and bought it.

I really can’t describe the emotion I went through buying it. I own how many Bible programs? I’ve paid for several, including several hundred dollars for Logos (and saved quite a bit of money the way I did it!). But for some reason, I felt the most incredible satisfaction buying it.

I do know most Fundamentalists swear by Swordsearcher. If you’re a narrow is the way King James Only Fundamentalist, apparently Swordsearcher is the most commonly used Bible program.

I’ve written a few articles using Swordsearcher, and this current one is no exception. What makes Swordsearcher so special? I’ll tell you. While the Greek  Textus Receptus is available in many programs, the Hebrew Old Testament is not. Quite literally, Swordsearcher is the only one to feature the Ben Chayyim Masoretic Hebrew texts.

I need to explain that just a touch. All the Bible programs offer the Ben Asher Masoretic text. The words “Ben Asher” and “Masoretic” do not go together. It’s like the “Majority text” name – the manuscripts it is connected to is not the majority of the Greek texts used – that’s the Textus Receptus – but they changed the name of the modern texts to confuse Christians. In other words, they lied.

It’s the same with the Ben Asher. They lied to confuse Christians. Only the Ben Chayyim should be used, and only the Ben Chayyim should be called Masoretic. The Ben Asher is invalid under Jewish law.

Now that I’ve explained that, what do you do when you purchase Swordsearcher? They make that clear, just in case there’s problems later. Take the install files you downloaded, and copy it to CD Rom or to a USB to permanently safeguard it. Also, I’d put the download key, download link instructions and the registration number into Evernote immediately. I’ve done that with the registrations for every program I own. Almost losing all my e-mail earlier this year nearly cost me passwords and registration numbers to all my software, so I put all that into Evernote immediately.

The next thing you want to do is go to the User tab on the menu bar, and click “Create New User Commentary.” Call it whatever you like. “My commentary” is good, but it seems like the kind of name you’d call it and think later on, “I wonder what that is?” I’m kidding. I called it My Commentary.

Next, create a user book. Call it “My Topical Studies.” Here’s a list to get you started.

Sanctification
Salvation
Faith
Bible
Jesus Christ
Prophecies of the Messiah
Prophecies of the End Times
The Rapture
Heretics
Sin

That’s just a few of the topical studies you’ll end up with.

You’re ready to get started. You’ll see that there’s four little icons on the very left of each verse. The one with 4 diamonds is your commentary. If it’s grayed out, you have nothing written there. Well, of course – you just created it. The goal is after 3 years, you should have ZERO verses in Swordsearcher with grayed out commentary icons. Every one of them should be black. This will let you know that you’ve written something there.

So, get those two made, and go to your “My Topical Studies” user book. Under Bible, click to edit it, and then add “Luke 8:21”. Click the green arrow, and it saves it. Ta-da! You’ve got your first entry made in what is your own Topical Bible.

Under Luke 8:21 in My Commentary, I added these words…

ἀκούοντες, hear the word of God, λόγον τοῦ Θεοῦ

I did this as a test, because a lot of Bible programs cannot save Greek or Hebrew. I did go to the interlinear page in Swordsearcher and check, but it only shows the Lemma of the form, not the actual manuscript. That’s a fancy way for saying it only had the dictionary form of the Greek word, and not the Greek text itself. When you go to the TR tab (Textus Receptus), you’ll see the Manuscript form. Don’t fall into the trap of only looking at the Strong’s KJV tab – start learning some Greek and learn about tenses and sentence structure. The tenses are important!

Okay, let’s get into how to study the Bible using Swordsearcher.

Set up a reading plan. Understand you’re going to first read your Bible, then go back to the beginning of it and start study. Remember, reading is not study. If Swordsearcher allowed it, I’d say set up two reading plans – one is your reading plan through the year (such as a 120 day schedule for reading your Bible), and the other your study plan. But to my knowledge, Swordsearcher does not allow it.

As you study (the study part, not the reading part), try to put a comment in at least every third verse. Next year will be one of the other ones, and the year after that, the only verses you haven’t put commentary in. Guess what? If you’d started this in 2016, this would be your last year of doing it!

So, write comments in Gen. 1:1, and the next one you’ll comment in is Gen. 1:4.

BTW, if you know your shorthand, the way to quickly get to a book in the Bible is Ge 1.4 for Genesis 1:4. Type that in the reference window.

Start using the Webster’s 1828 to accumulate definitions, and cross check that against the Greek. ANYTHING you learn should go into your “My Commentary” window.

A good way to get started is to also put in every cross reference to your active verse (the () icon) inside your commentary. That’s your road map.

Remember, reading is not study. You have ALL the tools you really need inside Swordsearcher.

Now, if you REALLY want to REALLY learn your Bible, this year do 120 day reading plans. Make the third time through in the year a 125 day reading plan, so you’re finishing up on the 31st instead of on the 26th.

If you want to make HUGE inroads in your study, you can buy the Way Of Life Encyclopedia and Things Hard to Be Understood by David Cloud for Swordsearcher. The WOLE will quickly be your go-to dictionary. I strongly recommend it.

Try to find at least two words at random to look up in a dictionary. If of course, you see a word you’re not sure of, then that should be one of the words. But the act of looking things up in the Webster’s and the WOLE will greatly benefit your understanding of the Bible.

Again, the goal is not to complete your commentary in one year. It usually takes ten years to complete a commentary on the Bible. You’re going to get something in every verse after three years, and then you can leisurely refine it over several years after it.

Here’s the exercise – it’s half an hour after the Rapture. Someone finds your laptop sitting open in your house. Swordsearcher is open. And for the unbelieving person who just found your computer, something that explains EVERY VERSE in the Bible is now available.

That’s what you’re writing. And if you’re a pastor, do them a favor and make sure you put copious notes in Timothy and Titus on how to run a church!

Is a Christian required to know their Bible?


I think this falls under the category of, “What do you think?”

What was your immediate reaction when you read the blog title?

You thought, “Yes.” Right?

Right.

You may not WANT to. But you’re required.

Matthew 12:3 (KJV) But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;

Matthew 12:5 (KJV) Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?

Matthew 19:4 (KJV) And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,

Matthew 22:31 (KJV) But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,

Mark 12:10 (KJV) And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:

Mark 12:26 (KJV) And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?

Luke 6:3 (KJV) And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him;

Seven times the Scriptures ask this question. “Have ye not read?” It’s used in the sense of someone being in error.

What makes you think you’re any exception?

Luke 12:48 (KJV) But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

I’ve talked with many a Christian. I’ll say this, the average uneducated Christian knows more Old Testament than most of my people!

But there’s more to reading the Bible than mechanically moving your eyes across a page.

I hear Christians say things all the time that violate the simplest and most basic of Biblical rules of Interpretation (called Hermeneutics).

You’re supposed to be bearing the light and witness before all men. If you don’t know what you’re talking about, how are you going to witness to anyone?

Witnessing to unbelievers is not an option. Today, instead of knocking on doors, we put it on the internet. People will be led to what you write.

But if you have no idea what the Gospel is, how can you share it?

Romans 5:6 (KJV) For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

It’s a gimme answer. Really. Christians are required to know their Bibles.

Luke 4:4 (KJV) And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

Luke 8:21 (KJV) And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.

Luke 11:28 (KJV) But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

How Well do you know your Bible?

Is the love of Jesus all we need to know?


One of the biggest inspirations I sometimes get for blog articles come from comments I get on the blog. A year or so ago, I decided to shut down comments on the blog, because I literally was spending far more time answering comments than writing articles. If I were writing about Beanie Babies, it wouldn’t be a problem. But I’m writing about serious issues facing Christianity, and about the word of God, and that often requires a lot of research.

There are some articles I’ve left open, because the effort to go back through 1500 articles and turn off comments in the WordPress.com system takes a lot of time, and I just wasn’t able to find the time to do it.

So naturally, someone protested my word faith articles, and after mistaking me for a Calvinist simply because I insisted you should at least go to Seminary for 3 years before preaching the word of God, made the comment that the Word Faith preachers said a lot of good things and that they dwelt on the most important issue, the love of Christ.

All right then, let me answer that. What subject in the Bible is far more important than the love of Christ? Here’s the answer. Ready?

There isn’t any.

But is that all we need to know? I’m not online right now, and I don’t remember if that was specifically stated or just strongly implied.

I knew that Jesus loved me before I was saved.  What I didn’t know is that God is angry with the wicked.

Psalm 7:11 (KJV) God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

So, as an unsaved man, I did not realize that my sins made me offensive in the sight of God.

Hardly your best life ever.

But if you repent and turn to Jesus Christ to be saved, a miracle happens.  You’re saved, and that guilt and punishment is gone.

But is that all we need to know?

No.

Because what if I knew all that but denied the Trinity?

Oh. So there’s more than we need to know.

What if I believe in Jesus Christ but deny His eternal Sonship? It’s tantamount to saying Jesus Christ is not God.

So, we need to know that, too.

What if I don’t know I need to repent to be saved? If you don’t like that statement, your argument is with God and not me. The Bible makes it clear.

Matthew 4:17 (KJV) From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

If I don’t know I need to repent to be saved, if all I do is rely upon raising my hand during a church service, then we believe in essentially salvation through exercise. Worshipping athletics won’t keep you from Hell.

There’s essential doctrines, since the Bible describes doctrines of men as being “damnable”. In other words, if you reject doctrine – a popular stance among Christians today – the Bible makes it clear that the doctrines you believe could be ones that do not save you.

Should you run out right now and buy Hodge’s “Great Doctrines of the Bible?” No, because comprehensive theologies and theological surveys are almost always written by Calvinists – and I am most certainly not a Calvinist. I’d recommend Ryrie’s book instead, but be warned on that – Ryrie obviously read Calvinist materials while preparing for his book, and he falls for the Calvinist trap of calling the Bible’s plan of Salvation “Semi-plagiarism”.

A dedicated STUDY of the Bible, and a habit of writing things down under headings goes a long way. To do this in Logos is actually not as easy as in other programs. For instance, you could start a user book in Quickverse (if you still own it) as a dictionary, and put every verse you see on “justification” under that heading.

That’s a powerful research tool. You can do that in E-Sword, Quickverse, Swordsearcher, and Wordsearch. To do it in Bible Analyzer and Logos requires making a long, long, long user book, and manually sorting out the definitions you want to list, and THEN putting them in there.

Is the love of Christ the only thing you need to know?

You tell me.

There’s a lot of people, such as Karl Barth, who said so – but that was because Barth was a theological liberal who disguised it, using platitudes he knew would distract Evangelicals and get an “Amen” every time. It worked while he was alive, and I certainly hope he changed his beliefs on the deity of Christ and the Virgin Birth, because otherwise right now, he’s urging you to accept that there are a few things you need to know and understand beyond the love of Jesus Christ.

Luke 16:27-31 (KJV) Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.