1.  In Scripture: If I find 2-3 witnesses, texts saying the same thing, (Genesis 41:32, Deuteronomy 19:15, II
Corinthians 13:1) then it is truth that I must admit and comply with.  

2.  In Scripture: If I find a single text that says "thus saith YHVH", (Deuteronomy 8:3b, Matthew 4:10, Luke 4:8), it is
truth; I must admit it and obey His command, whether there are 2-3 witnesses or not.  

3.  In Scripture: If I find a chain of texts where there is an unfolding of truth, one expounding upon the other, (Isaiah
), this reveals truth that I am responsible for.  

4.  If it is in the law [Torah] or the prophets, it is true, Isaiah 8:20.  If something outside of Torah and the prophets
agrees with the Torah and the prophets, neither adding nor diminishing aught (
Deuteronomy 4:2), it is the straight
truth.  The standard listed in Isaiah and Deuteronomy (above) was given to trump
Test 1 IF the 2-3 witnesses are
false witnesses (speaking not according to the Torah and the prophets).

5.  A doctrine or accepted belief that lacks any of the above 4 tests means that it is NOT true.  YHVH says that He
will do NOTHING unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets,
Amos 3:7.  If the prophets are silent,
then it did not come from YHVH.  If there is no "thus saith YHVH, no 2-3 witnesses, no chain of inter-textual evidence
and thus no support found in the Torah and the prophets, then it is my privilege to admit it and tell others that it has
no foundation in truth.  

6.  Any historical evidence that agrees with Scripture (e.g. the Torah and the prophets) is acceptable as supportive
evidence to the truth.  Any historical record that disagrees with Scripture, failing the first 4 tests above, is a lie in the
highest order of magnitude.

7.  If someone makes a statement, it does not matter if a thousand witnesses (accusers, followers, scholars, etc.)
come later saying that he did NOT say such or did not MEAN such and such; the spoken word of the person in
question (i.e. Almighty Yah, the prophets, etc.) takes precedence over that of all his defenders OR detractors.

8.  If someone claims to be Messiah, or a prophet, or to have a special message for the body of believers, but fail to
Tests 1, 2 and 3 above, then Isaiah 8:20 and Deuteronomy 18:18-22 (in essence, Tests 4 and 5) need
be applied.  If what they say does not come to pass or they speak not according to the Torah or the testimony of the
prophets, fear them not, there is no light in them.

These are the tests that the New Testament (NT) authors recognized and taught their converts.  John and Paul
instructed their converts/followers to try the spirits (I John 4:1), to prove all things and hold fast that which is good (I
Thessalonians 5:21), and also to search the Scriptures daily to see whether these things (that Paul taught them)
were so, Acts 17:10-11)  As silly as this might sound, the Carpenter from Nazareth never quoted a verse from the
NT because the ONLY Scripture in existence during the first century was the Old Testament.  In other words, the NT
must meet the standard of the OT, not the other way around.  In essence, if a NT writer does not meet the standard
of the law [Torah] the testimony of the prophets, there is no light in his writings either.

Thoughts to consider…

“All error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because no one
will see it.”  

“Even if you are in the minority of one, the truth is still the truth.”  Gandhi

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever
Winston Churchill

The truth is not something you believe, the truth is something that is.  Truth itself is not something we believe it is
something we align with or don’t align with.

If only one person is standing up and saying something, it does not mean it is not true.  Just because everybody
seems to be saying the same thing, doesn’t mean it is true.

“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it the superficial appearance of being right.”  
Thomas Paine

“The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.”  Antisthenes, written somewhere
between 444 and 371 B.C.

Truth wears not mask, bows at no human shrine, seeks neither favor nor applause; she asks only a hearing.

“All truth passes through three stages.  First it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as
Arthur Schopenhauer, Philosopher, 1788-1860

“Truth is not what I believe.  Truth is not even what I know.  Truth is Fact.  I may not believe it.  I may not know it.  
That does not change it.  It is there nevertheless, waiting to be discovered and believed.  Truth does not depend on
the unsettled and changing opinions of men.  It was truth before it was believed.  It remains truth, whether it is
believed or not.  Reason does not originate or create it.  It merely discovers it.”  
Carlyle B. Haynes

It is not the truth that hurts us; it is that we have taught so many things that are NOT true.

“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail
to keep a man in everlasting ignorance; that principle is contempt prior to investigation.”  
Herbert Spencer
1.  How can I know if what I am reading in Scripture is the truth or if I or someone else has
taken something out of context or added to or diminished something from the text?  
Scripture proves the Calendar of Creation: