Arheologia moderna aduce noi dovezi despre precizia relatarilor biblice

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Archaeology Proves Bible History Accurate

Is the Bible religious myth or accurate history? Some highly educated people say the Bible’s history cannot be trusted. What do you think? Here is an important article to help you clarify your thoughts.

The Bible is the only ancient, well-organized and authentic framework in which to fit all the facts of history. The Bible does not record all history. In fact, there are huge gaps in the history contained in the Bible. Yet, without the Bible and what it reveals from prehistory, ancient history and prophecy—which is history written in advance—you cannot truly understand any history. No worldly source can help us as the Bible does!                                                       Biblia  este singura  carte  din  vechime  ca si  un  cadru bine  organizat  in care se potrivesc toate  faptele  istorice relatate . Biblia  nu  a  inregistrat  toata  istoria , de  fapt  sunt  enorme   goluri  continute  in  istoria  Bibliei . Totusi,  fara  Biblie si  ceea  ce  este  revelat  in  ea  din preistorie, istoria  veche  si  profetie   (profetia  este istorie  scrisa  in  avans ) nu  am  putea  sa  intelegem cu  adevarat  istoria  Nici  o  alta  sursa  lumeasca nu  ne-ar  putea ajuta asa  cum o  face  Biblia !

But what do modern men say about the Bible? Most agree it is a book for the religious, but think its history cannot be trusted.                 Dar  ce  spune  omul  modern despre  Biblie ?   Multi  sunt  de acord  ca  este  o carte  pentru  religiosi , dar  gandesc  ca  in  istoria  relatata  nu  se poate avea  incredere

For centuries, until the so-called Age of Enlightenment—also known as the Age of Reason—the Western world accepted without question the historical accuracy of the account of the Garden of Eden, the Flood, the Tower of Babel, the history of the patriarchs and the Exodus from Egypt. However, in the 17th and 18th centuries, European intellectuals began to claim that only through human reason could true knowledge be obtained. Rather than the Bible, scientific reasoning became the source of authority—the ultimate judge of all truth. The Bible came under direct attack.                        Timp de secole, pana  la  asa  zisa   Epoca  a iluminarii – cunoscuta  de asemenea  ca si Epoca  Ratiunii , lumea  vestica  a  acceptat fara  nici  o  intrebare  acurtetea  isorica a  relatarilor despre Gradina  Eden,desore Potop  , Turnul Babel , istoria  Patriarhilor  si  iesirea din Egipt .Totusi, in  secolele 18 si 19 intelectualii  Europeni  au  inceput  sa  pretinda  ca numai prin ratiunea  umana se poate obtine  adevarata  cunostinta . Mai  egraba  decat  Biblia,  rationalizarea (gandirea) stiintifica  a devenit sursa de  autoritate – ultimul  judecator  al  intregului adevar . Biblia  a fost  pusa SUB ATAC  DIRECT

Then in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the theory of evolution—the fable of a creation without a Creator—and higher Bible criticism spawned by anti-Semite German rationalists, came on the scene and succeeded in completely removing God and the Bible from the picture. German Bible critics argued that the Bible wasunhistorical and had no reliable basis in fact. They stated that the Bible was merelyJewish fable and folklore fabricated in the 5th and 6th centuries B.C.—in other words, that most of the Old Testament books were not contemporary records, but rather had been written centuries after the events took place. Many scholars came to deny the existence of Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David and Solomon.                                                                           Apoi, 1n sec 19  si la  inceputul  secolului 20 teoria  evolutiei ( fabula  creatiei  fara  un Creator ) si  cea  mai  mare critica a Bibliei  facuta  de  nemtii rationalisti  anti-semiti  a  venit  pe  scena si a a fost  succedata  de  o  completa  scoatere afara  din  tablou a  Bibliei . Criticii germani  ai Bibliei   au  adus  argumente  ca  Biblia  nu  este  istorica  si  de  fapt  nu  are  baze sigure . Ei  sustineau  ca Biblia  este  doar o  fabula  evreiasca  si  folclor  fabricat  in in  secolele  5-6  dupa  Cristos , cu  alte  cuvinte , cele  mai  multe carti  ale  Vechiului Testament   nu ar  fi  relatari din  epoca  respectiva   ci au  fust  scrise dupa  secole   distanta  de  timpul  in care  evenimentele   ar  fi   avut loc  Multi  invatati  au  inceput  sa  nege  existenta  lui  Adam si a Evei,  a lui Noe , Abraham, Iosif, Moise , David si  Solomon .

So today, most theologians and ministers look askance at the Bible and its history. The real tragedy is that these men refuse to study into and teach the vital lessons taught by these histories.       astfel, astazi  multi  teologi  si  predicatori  privesc  intrebatori  la  Biblie  si istoria  ei . Tragedia  reala  este  faptul  ca  acesti  oameni  refuza  sa studieze   si  sa  predea  lectiile  vitale  care  se  invata  ptin  aceste relatari istorice

Foolish Scoffers  Nebuni Batjocoritori

The great men of the Bible prophesied accurately that highly educated men and women who scoff at God and His revealed Word would dominate our world. Although men have sneered at God in every generation beginning with Adam, ours was to be the worst. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools .… And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient” (Romans 1:21-22, 28). Although Paul is speaking specifically about the earliest men, we have not changed for the better; we have grown worse.                                                                                      Oameni  mari  ai Bibliei  au  profetit  cu  exactitate ca  barbatii  si femeile  cu  educatie  inalta  care  isi  vor  bate  joc de Dumnezeu  si  Cuvantul  Lui revelat  vor  domina lumea  noastra .Chiar  daca au  mai  fost  oameni care au  ranjit la  Dumnezeu  in fiecare  generatie  incepand cu  aceea a lui Adam,  a  noastra  va  sa fie  cea  mai  rea . apostolul Pavel a scris :” Din  aceasta  cauza,  cand  ei l-au  cunoscut  pe Dumnezeu ,nu  l-au  glorificat  ca Dumnezeu  nici   n-au  fost  multumitori , ci  au  devenit zadarnici  in  imaginatia  lor  si  inima  lor  nebunatica  s-a  intunecat . Crezandu-se  a  fi  intelepti , au  innebunit . Si  chiar  atunci  cand lor nu le-a pacut   sa pastreze  pe Dumnezeu  in  cunostintele lor , Dumnezeu  i-a  lasat   in voia  mintii lor desfranate  sa  faca  lucruri  neingaduite  ( Romani 1.21-22, 28 ). Chiar  daca Pavel  a vorbit  specific  despre  oamenii  de  mai  demult, nici  noi  nu  ne-am  schimbat  pentru  mai  bine , ci  am  crescut  spre  rau

Since the 17th and 18th centuries, men have produced an amazing fund of knowledge in the industrial and scientific areas. Yet pursuing knowledge about God has been left out. Our generation knows less about God and what God is doing than any prior generation. Modern leaders in education, science and industry have created a science-centric world. They have pushed religion into the outer fringes of our civilization. Ours is not a religious age—though some may think it to be so. Paul saw into our day and said that end-time religion has “a form of godliness,” but that men deny its power (2 Timothy 3:5). Most of the world’s educated believe that mankind has outgrown the need for God. God has been made to seem powerless. This fact should alarm us. It is time we turn back to the all-powerful God.

Incepand  din secolele  17  si  18, omenirea  a produs un  fond  uimitor  de cunostinte  in  aria  industriala si  stiintifica .Cu  toate  acestea, urmarirea  cunoasterii lui Dumnezeu  a  fost  lasata  pe  dinafara . Generatia noastra  cunoaste  mai  putine  lucruri  despre Dumnezeu decat  oricare alta de dinainte  Liderii moderni  in  educatie  stiinta si industrie  au  creat  o  lume  stiintocentrica . Ei  au  impins  religia  in  franjurile (nt- partile  de jos  ale  perdelei ) civilizatiei  noastre . Epoca noastra  nu  mai  este religioasa -chiar  daca  unii cred a fi  asa . Pavel  a privit  catre zilele  noastre si  a spus  ca  religia  timpului din urma   va avea  ” o  forma  de evlavie = divinitate  dar ii va  tagadui  puterea „( 2 Tim.3.5) multi dintre  cei  educati ai lumii  cred ca omenirea  a depasit  nevoia  de Dumnezeu  si  l-au facut sa para  neputincios . Lucrul  acesta  ar  trebui sa ne  alarmeze  si  sa ne  determine sa ne  intoarcem  catre  Dumnezeul  atotputernic

Many believe that science will save us from our problems. Why can’t we recognize that science is about to destroy us? Soon the need for God will come crashing back upon us. Then all men will have to admit that only God can save us.                                                         Multi  cred ca  stiinta ne  va  salva  de  probleme . De ce  nu  putem  recunoaste  ca  stiinta este  pe  cale sa ne  distruga ? Curand  nevoia  de Dumnezeu  se va  abate  in  mod prabusitor   peste noi  si  atunci  toti  oamenii vor  trebui sa  admita  ca numai  Dumnezeu ne  poate  salva

The Apostle Peter wrote, “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts .… For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished” (2 Peter 3:3, 5-6). Peter states clearly that one of the hallmarks of our day is a willing ignorance of God. The truth is, men could know much more about God but choose not to. What does this mean? Peter warns that willing ignorance of God, along with a great expansion in all other fields of knowledge, is the cause of the soon-coming, final global disaster (verse 7). Mankind, assuming self-rule without God, will bring itself to the brink of annihilation. Thankfully, God promises to intervene and stop our self-destruction.                                                                                        Apostolul Petru a scris  ” cunoscand  acest lucru  in primul rand. ca in  zilele  din urma  vor  veni  batjocoritori , umbland  dupa  dorintele  lor  Acestia  sunt  ignoranti  cu  buna  stiinta  a  faptului ca  prin Cuvantul  lui Dumnezeu  cerurile si  pamantul  din  vechime   stateau  afara  din  apa  si  in  apa   prin urmare  lumea  care a fost  atunci a  pierit   inundata de apa (2 Peter 3:3, 5-6). Petru  a  afirmat clar  ca  una  dintre  semnele  zilelor noastre  este  ignorarea voita  a lui Dumnezeu . Adevarat  este ca  omul  poate cunoaste  mult  mai  mult despre Dumnezeu, insa  alege  sa  nu  cunoasca . Ce  inseamna  asta?  Petru a avertizat  ca  ignoranta  voita  fata  de cunoasterea lui  Dumnezeu  alaturata  cu o  mare expansiune  a  cunoasterii  in alte  campuri  ( domenii) este  cauza   revenirii  degraba  a  dezastrului final  global . Omenirea,  asumandu-si  guvernarea   proprie, fara  Dumnezeu se  va  aduce  pe  ea  insasi in  pragul  anihilarii  ( la  marginea prapastiei )                    Din  fericire Dumnezeu a promis  sa intervina  si  sa  ne  opreasca  de la  aceasta

Here are some perfect examples of what Paul and Peter are talking about. Bertrand Russell, the late British philosopher and avowed agnostic, wrote this in his History of Western Philosophy: “The early history of the Israelites cannot be confirmed from any source outside of the Old Testament, and it is impossible to know at what point it ceases to be purely legendary.” Mr. Russell dismisses the Bible as unreliable legend in just a few sentences. Even though first printed in 1945, his book is still widely read by university students and is considered one of the best books of its kind. Young, bright minds have been and still are being prejudiced against the Bible, the foundation of true knowledge. Historian R.G. Collingwood, in his book The Idea of History (printed posthumously in 1946), tagged the Bible as “theocratic history and myth.”                                                   Aici  sunt  cateva  exemple  perfecte   a  ceea ce  Pavel  si Petru  au  vorbit  despre  .  Berrand Russell, unul dintre   filozofii  britanici  si  agnostic declarat  a  scris  asa in cartea lui  Istoria  filozofiei  vestice  ” Istoria   incipienta   a  Israelitilor  nu poate fi confirmata  de nici o alta  sursa  in  afara de  Vechiul Testament  si  este  imposibil de stiut  in  care  punct  inceteaza de-a fi  pura  legenda” Dl Russell  a  respins  Biblia , declarand-o  ca legenda  nedemna  de incredere,  in  doar  cateva  propozitii . Chiar  daca a fost  tiparita  prima data  in 1945 cartea  lui este  citita   in  masa larga  de studentii de universitate  si este considerata  una  dintre cele  mai  bune  carti  de tipul  ei  Minti  tinere si  stralucite  au  fost  si  inca  mai sunt prejudiciate  impotriva  Bibliei,  temelia adevaratei  cunoasteri .  Itoricul  RG Collingwood , in  cartea lui  ” Ideea de istorie ” tiparita  dupa  ingroparea lui  in 1946  a etichetat Biblia  ca  ” istorie  teocratica  si  mit ”

Most scholars lower the Bible to the level of Homer—mythology in poetic form. Unfortunately, many Bible scholars, ministers and theologians agree. Yet, there are mountains of evidence to prove otherwise.                                                                                                                       Cei  mai  multi  savanti  au coborat  Biblia  la  nivelul  lui Homer – mitologie  in forma  poetica . Din nefericire  multi  savanti  biblici , predicatori  si  teologi, au   fost  de acord  . Cu  toate  ca sunt  munti  de  evidente care  dovedesc  contrariul

The Bible is a book of accurate history. Contrary to what Mr. Russell had to say, there is evidence outside the Bible that proves the reality of its history. However, we hear very little about this evidence.                                                                                                                       Biblia  este  o carte  de istorie  de mare  precizie .Contrar  cu  ce a avut de sus  Russell, sunt  evidente  in  afara  Bibliei  care  dovedesc  realitatea  istoriei ei . Totusi noi am  auzit   foarte  putin despre  aceste  evidente

New Science: Archaeology- Noua  Stiinta  Arheologia

Most scholars have been ignoring pertinent facts. The willing (and sometimes willful) ignoring of the truth has been happening for decades. Even while Russell and Collingwood were writing their books, other scholars were unearthing spectacular discoveries that cast a bright light on the truth of the biblical record. Even prior to the mid-20th century, the new science of archaeology—the digging-up and study of the remains of man’s bygone years—caused an earthquake within the anti-God scholarship of the critics. The facts are amazing.

As a science, archaeology has expanded to include the study of all cultures. However, at its earliest stage of development, the infant science was concerned most with ancient civilizations. For centuries, robbers, religious pilgrims, even Napoleon had unearthed and carried away multiple thousands of ancient artifacts from sites throughout the Near East and Egypt. It was during Napoleon’s military expedition in Egypt in 1799 that the vitally important Rosetta stone was dug up.

Yet, it was not until the end of the 19th century that a systematic study and evaluation of the Near East began. This geographic region is known as the Fertile Crescent. Egyptologist James Henry Breasted first used the term “Fertile Crescent” to describe the lush, well-watered, crescent-shaped geographic region starting at the Persian Gulf moving up the Tigris-Euphrates valley, then westward over Syria and southward along the Mediterranean Sea through Palestine. The productive Nile valley is often included within the boundaries of the crescent. It is in this geographic region that the lands and peoples of the Old Testament history are located. For nearly two centuries, the Fertile Crescent has been the focus of intense archaeological scrutiny. Even Herbert W. Armstrong supported critically important digs in Jerusalem by sending Ambassador College students there as workers.

There should be strong public interest in the archaeological findings of this region. Although at one time archaeological findings did spark sharp interest by both secular and religious scholars, much is now forgotten or goes unnoticed.

Archaeology has confirmed without question the historical accuracy of the Bible.

Gainsaying Not Stopped

The scholars’ main attack on Bible history in the early 20th century was that no secular records existed to provide evidence of the Flood, the Exodus, or the lives of David and Solomon. Many claimed that Moses could never have written the first five books of the Bible, since writing had not been invented at that time. But when the curious, energetic men and women dug up the past, these commonly held ideas were proved to be without foundation.

Modern archaeology has challenged the world of education to admit that the Bible is factual. Solid, documented evidence outside the Bible record confirms events and persons that were at one time considered to be suspect or plain false.

Still, some people work tirelessly to discredit the Bible as a God-inspired record of critically important history. Some have stubbornly overlooked overwhelming evidence. Others have purposely misinterpreted the facts to hold on to pet theories. Are we surprised? Not really. Why?

The Bible has the answer. No man of himself can accept or submit to the authoritative Word of God. Paul wrote: “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Romans 8:7). Men have been successful in getting rid of God and His great authority (though in reality, God is very much present). They don’t want Him back! To admit that the Bible is accurate historically would mean accepting that God does exist—and that His Word holds authority over the lives of all men. The brightest minds know that if the Bible is exact in its history, then its commands are in full force. You cannot separate Bible history from Bible law! The entire Bible is true, or it is false. It cannot be both.

Let’s be plain: You can rely on the historical accuracy of the Bible.

Behistun Rock Deciphered

Let’s look at several of the more important archaeological finds that confirm Bible history. Not all of these artifacts have been as publicized as some of the more spectacular ones like the Rosetta stone or the tomb of King Tut of ancient Egypt, yet they are momentous in regards to the evaluation of the Bible chronicle.

The deciphering of the Behistun inscription in the 19th century was one of the most remarkable archaeological advancements and the most vital to understanding ancient writings uncovered in the Fertile Crescent. The discovery opened the door for archaeology to further confirm the Bible’s historical accuracy.

The inscription, like a billboard about the size of half a football field, is situated on a cliff about 300 feet above the base of a mountain in the Zagros Mountains of western Iran. The site lies along the road that connected the ancient capitals of kingdoms of Babylonia and Media: Babylon and Ecbatana. The inscription dates back to 516 B.C. and is an account of Darius I’s assumption of the Persian throne (521-486B.C.). This account was written in cuneiform in three languages (Babylonian, Elamite and Old Persian). In 1835, Sir Henry C. Rawlinson copied and began to decipher the text, finishing the Persian translation in 1846. He and other scholars were soon able to translate the Babylonian and Elamite portions.

Many ancient cultures in the Middle East used cuneiform, but these works were a mystery until the trilingual Behistun inscription was deciphered—the discovery made possible the translation of other cuneiform writings.

The Behistun breakthrough led to others, including the translation of 22,000 tablets at the ruins of Nineveh, Shalmaneser’s Black Obelisk, Shennacherib’s Prism, and the epic poems of Gilgamesh and Enuma Elish. (These poems contain accounts of the Flood, creation and the tower of Babel that closely parallel the Bible.)

The Fabled Hittites

Bible critics had long sneered at references in the Bible to a people called the Hittites (Genesis 15:20; Exodus 3:8, 17; Numbers 13:29; Joshua 1:4; Judges 1:26 and elsewhere). Their opinion was that the Hittites were simply one of the many mythical peoples made up by Bible writers. Some critics said they may have been a small and unimportant tribe. But the critics were off the beam!

Toward the end of the 19th century, Hittite monuments were uncovered at Carchemish on the Euphrates River in Syria, proving the Bible right. Later, in 1906, excavations at Boghazkoy (ancient Hattusas, capital of the Hittite Empire) in Turkey uncovered thousands of Hittite documents, revealing a wealth of information about Hittite history and culture. The centuries-old Hittite rubbish showed they were a real and formidable power. They were once one of the dominant peoples of Asia Minor and the Near East. They exercised considerable control south into Syria and Palestine.

The Bible was right all along! Today, no one questions the existence of the Hittites. Volumes of books exist on the history, art, culture and society of the Hittites. Yet an anti-Bible prejudice still exists. Scholarly people usually believe that if it’s in the Bible, it’s wrong. But the Bible is right and has always been right.

In 1974, Italian archaeologists found approximately 17,000 cuneiform tablets and fragments at the site of ancient Ebla in northern Syria. The inscriptions on these artifacts date them prior to the 24th century B.C. Noachian Flood. Similar finds were uncovered in Egypt and Mesopotamia. The tablets show that writing was common centuries before Moses. The critics can no longer claim that Moses and his contemporaries were illiterate or that the Pentateuch was written by Ezra in the 5th century B.C.

No Jewish Captivity?

One of the most ridiculous claims of the critics has been that the Babylonian captivity did not take place. This is on a par with those who believe the Holocaust of World War II did not happen. The Bible gives specific details about the captivity of Judah by the armies of Babylon early in the 6th century B.C. (II Kings 24-25). Scholars have said it’s all just another Jewish myth. However, between 1935 and 1938, important discoveries were made 30 miles southwest of Jerusalem at a site thought to be ancient Lachish. Lachish was one of the cities recorded in the Bible as being besieged by the king of Babylon at the same time as the siege of Jerusalem (Jeremiah 34:7).

Twenty-one pottery fragments inscribed in the ancient Hebrew script were unearthed in the latest pre-exilic levels of the site. Called the Lachish Ostraca, they were written during the very time of the Babylonian siege. Some of them are exchanges between the city’s military commander and an outlying observation post, vividly picturing the final days of Judah’s desperate struggle against Babylon! Since the 1930s, there has been more unearthing of Babylonian historical texts describing the conquest of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar. The historical fact of the Babylonian captivity is firmly established.

We could discuss literally hundreds of archaeological finds that corroborate Bible history. Noah’s Flood, the Exodus, David, Solomon and the kings of Israel and Jerusalem as described in the Bible are proven to be historical by non-biblical sources. If you desire to know more, go to your local library and do some self-study. You may be surprised to find how much information is actually available to you. Unfortunately, you will not find this information on your nightly news. Two books we can recommend are The Bible as History by Werner Keller and On the Reliability of the Old Testament by K.A. Kitchen.

There are numerous biblically related artifacts in the British Museum located in London. They are breathtaking to see. Even though you may never be able to go to London, it is possible to log on to the museum website (http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk) and see pictures of the artifacts. Here is a short list of some of the more important treasures of antiquity:

  • The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III (858-824 B.C.) shows Jehu, king of Israel, bowing before the Assyrian king. This is the only known picture of an Israelite king.
  • Tablets from the time of Tiglath-Pileser (744-727 B.C.) state that he received tribute from Jehoahaz of Judah. This is the full name of Ahaz (2 Kings 16:7).
  • A wonderfully detailed limestone relief from Sennacherib’s palace at Nineveh shows the siege of Lachish.
  • One of the most important is the cylinder of Nabonidus (555-539 B.C.). He was the last ruler of the Neo-Babylonian Empire. This stele proves that his son Belshazzar was co-regent with him (Daniel 5; 7:1; 8:1). Scholars previously scoffed at Belshazzar’s existence.

In his book A Survey of Old Testament Introduction, Gleason Archer Jr. quotes author John Elder as saying, “It is not too much to say that it was the rise of the science of archaeology that broke the deadlock between the historians and the … Christian. Little by little, one city after another, one civilization after another, one culture after another whose memories were enshrined only in the Bible, were restored to their proper places in ancient history by the studies of archaeologists .… Contemporary records of biblical events have been unearthed and the uniqueness of the biblical revelation has been emphasized by contrast and comparison to newly discovered religions of ancient peoples. Nowhere has archaeological discovery refuted the Bible as history” (emphasis mine). That last statement is the most important. Archaeology has proven that the Bible is accurate history!

A Recent Find

The contribution of archaeology to the Bible record is far from over. In August this year, an incredible find was unearthed in the Old City of Jerusalem. The event did not make national news. It should have!

Workers repairing a sewage-pipe break uncovered the Pool of Siloam in Old Jerusalem. This pool was a major gathering site for the Jews. The Pool of Siloam is central to the account of the miracle of Christ healing a man blind from birth (John 9:1-7). Christ put clay on the man’s eyes and then told him to wash at the Pool of Siloam. Obeying Christ by washing in the pool completed the miracle (verse 11). This created an incredible stir among the Jewish elite of Christ’s day (verses 14-41). Why? Jesus Christ had made the clay with His own spit on the Sabbath day. The Jews considered this act a breaking of the Sabbath command. Jealous and insecure, the Pharisees declared that Christ was not of God for healing the blind man on the Sabbath (verse 16). A study of the whole chapter makes plain that the entire incident was used by God to show the Pharisees how blind they were to God and what God was doing on this Earth. Of course, they failed to learn that lesson.

Why is all this important today? Here is what the Los Angeles Times reported about this incredible archaeological find: “‘Scholars have said that there wasn’t a Pool of Siloam and that John was using a religious conceit’ to illustrate a point, said New Testament scholar James H. Charlesworth of the Princeton Theological Seminary. ‘Now, we have found the Pool of Siloam … exactly where John said it was.’ A Gospel that was thought to be ‘pure theology is now shown to be grounded in history,’ he said” (August 9). Do we get it? The scholars are wrong—again. The Bible is accurate—always!

Unfortunately, this archaeological event received very little attention. What if it had? Think about what this find tells us. It not only establishes the historical accuracy of John’s Gospel, it reinforces the historicity of Jesus Christ. The find also establishes that it is God’s desire to heal mankind of seemingly impossible health crises. God is very real and very powerful. Our modern scholars have their part in making many men, women and children as spiritually blind as the Pharisees of Christ’s day.

It’s time for all people to seriously question Bible critics. It is time for all Bible critics to stop pointing their finger at God—to quit casting doubt on the Bible record and start learning the true knowledge that will solve all humanity’s problems.

 

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