I found this website proclaiming five signs that the Bible is true.
It sounded intriguing so I thought I’d give it a look.
After all if they have, not one, not two but five separate pieces of evidence to prove the ultimate truth of the Bible then they must be pretty confident.
Anyway, here goes…
1. The evidence coming from scientific facts contained in the Bible.
Examples include such things as, Isaiah stating that the earth is round, and Job referring to the earth being suspended in space, etc. All these facts were stated hundreds of years before modern scientific research discovered these things to be so.
Isaiah 40:22 actually says:
He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
Does that sound like the Bible says the Earth is an oblate spheroid (which it is) or a circular flat Earth with a sky that is actually the inside of a tent?
Job 26:7 states:
He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.
What about the southern sky? And the Earth ain’t suspended over nothing, it merely sits in space just like every other celestial object. Also, is it me or are the skies of Earth under the empty space?
2 for 2 fails on scientific fact. If this is the best they have, I’m not gonna hold my breath for any Nobel prizes being handed out.
2. The evidence coming from archaeological discoveries.
Nelson Glueck the renowned Middle East archaeologist points out; “In all of my archaeological investigation I have never found anything from antiquity which contradicts any statement in the Bible.” See www.arkdiscovery.com This website shows a range of exciting discoveries such as the remains of Pharoah’s army which drowned after the Israelites escaped through the waters of the Red Sea.
First thing, Nelson Glueck made that assertion it is true, but failed to provide any evidence to back it up, so all he did was state an opinion.
OPINION ≠ FACT
As for the arkdiscovery website. I am leery of believing a word they claim as historical fact or evidence, as in their own words:
The majority of archaeologists today do not have enough faith in the Bible as the accurate word of God. The majority of archaeologists do not even believe in the exodus of the children of Israel from Egypt, according to Hershel Shanks, editor of the Biblical Archaeology Review magazine. They are skeptical of the biblical account, perhaps because of a lack of archaeological evidence in the Sinai Peninsula and a lack of faith. We cannot look to these men to tell us where or if the exodus took place.
So if you can’t look to the majority of archaeologists, the actual experts at this stuff, who do you ask instead?
Also, there is absolutely no evidence of any kind to state the route of the Exodus from Egypt to Israel or even which Red Sea they crossed!
Arkdiscovery even admit that there is nothing to prove the route of the Exodus:
There is a traditional route of the Exodus which has the children of Israel wading in shallow water through an area north of the Gulf of Suez while the tide was out. This area cannot be the crossing site as it does not match the biblical account. A shallow area of water could not drown all of the Egyptian army. Also, they were to leave Egypt proper before encountering the Red Sea crossing. After crossing the Red Sea, the Bible says they encountered the mountain of God or Mount Sinai which is in Midian. Midian is not in the area we call today the Sinai Peninsula. It is instead in Saudi Arabia and can be found on most maps in that location. The traditional Mt. Sinai was “found” by Constantine’s “psychic” mother who in the fourth century went around the Holy Land pointing out various sites as the “authentic” biblical sites, such as the birthplace of Christ, the church of the Holy sepulchre (which was a pagan temple during her time), etc. There is no archaeological evidence of the forty year existence of the children of Israel in the Sinai Peninsula.
So even as they tell us the ultimate truth of the words of the Bible, they also tell us it’s all bollocks!
3. The evidence coming from history.
The historical accuracy of Scripture has been verified time and again and many books have been written on this subject such as “The case for Christ Study Bible; Investigating the Evidence for Belief” General Editor Lee Strobel and the five volume series entitled “Evidence for the Truth” by Dr E.K. Victor Pearce.
I must admit that I haven’t read either of the books mentioned, but a quick survey of reviews shows that the ‘facts’ are actually nothing more than unsupported opinions.
Also, I would love to see some citations to back up the assertion that the historical accuracy of Scripture has been verified time and time again. In my own experience, the historical accuracy of Scripture has not been verified at all.
I suspect point three should just have been the more honest sentence:
Buy our shit and make us rich!
4. The evidence coming from fulfilled Bible prophecy.
Oh for fuck sake! I’m not even going to quote from this paragraph. Go to the website and read it for yourself if you must.
Put simply, it is easy to fit the historical events to the words in the bible, but only after the fact and only with lots and lots of twisting of words, also allegory and how we should remember that the writers were limited in their understanding (no shit, Sherlock!) and we must give them the benefit of the doubt… Or interpret their words.
Nostrodamus and his famous coded quatrains anyone? Limericks that could be made to fit pretty much whatever the researcher wanted!
I call bullshit!
5. The evidence coming from mathematical patterns and numeric designs in the text of Scripture.
Again I feel the words “Oh for fuck sake!” filling my mouth.
The ‘Bible codes’ otherwise known as the Lie That Won’t Die.
I can’t even be bothered to write about this, so I’ll simply let you follow this link to read for yourself how the Bible code has been thoroughly and completely debunked.
So there we have it, five signs that prove the bible is complete and utter bollocks.