The Evidence Continues to Show That The Bible Really Is History
By Misty Callahan
Richard Dawkins once said, “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction.” From the moment one announces their belief in Christ, one of the first derisive objections one often hears is that the Bible is unreliable: “It’s a book of myths no more real than fairy tales!” The dismissal of the Bible in its entirety as a work of “fiction” is, at best, misinformed. While we should be empathetic in a sense, to a skeptical rejection of the more supernatural aspects of the Bible, rejection in its totality based upon the premise that it’s a fictional book declines the reality that archaeology has, and continues, to unearth evidences that support the case for the historical reliability of the Bible.
You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know
As a graduate of the C.S. Lewis Institute Fellows program, I have been afforded the opportunity to meet and learn from many incredible people. Dr. Tim McGrew is one of those individuals and he has been kind enough to help me hone my knowledge by focusing on Biblical apologetics and the historicity of scripture.
Dr. McGrew sent me a study syllabus to help me out. In the recommendations was a book titled “The Historical Evidences Of The Truth Of The Scripture Records” by George Rawlinson and Albert Nicholas Arnold. As I read, I was struck by the following:
“…even at this remote distance of time from the date of the Sacred Oracles, new evidences of their credibility and accuracy are continually coming to light. How much may yet remain, buried under barren mounds, or entombed in pyramids and catacombs, or hidden in the yet unexplored pages of some ancient literature…”
That reminded me of why, before I came to faith, I still wasn’t able to completely dismiss the truth claims found in the Bible. When I was younger I was functionally agnostic in my belief about God. Even as a teen, I understood that there was a lot of information that was waiting to be discovered by archaeologists. I couldn’t confidently claim that the Bible was a “collection of fairy tales” when a little more than 120 years ago, many people dismissed the existence of Troy. While archaeologists still dispute the details, the reality that Troy is not a fictional city can no longer be denied.
More recently, it’s believed that newer discoveries are set to “rewrite history of Vikings in the New World“. Plus, according to XinHua News, while the mausoleum of Emperor Qinshihuang and his Terracotta Warriors were first discovered in 1974, only a mere 1% has been excavated.
Archaeology Supports The Bible
John Stonestreet wrote in a piece for the Christian Post, “unlike other faiths, Christianity is rooted in real human history. It tells the story of God’s actions in the same world that you and I occupy, as opposed to some mythical “once upon a time.” This is absolutely true and it’s one of many reasons that makes biblical Christianity different from every other religion on earth. It’s also one the reasons that makes Christianity such a big target for skeptics.
In spite of the ongoing effort to “debunk” the Bible, archaeological studies continue to affirm its reliability. Here are just a few of the more recent…
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