Evidence to support the Bible: Archaeology

We have looked at evidence/arguments to support the existence for GOD. Let’s now take a look at the evidence to support God’s revelation to us of HIS STORY as revealed in the BIBLE (derived from the Greek meaning simply”The Books”).

The Bible is a historical document so let’s first look at the archaeological evidence, does it support the history presented in the Bible concerning its characters and places?

It can be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a single bible reference.

When compared against secular accounts of history the bible always demonstrates amazing superiority.

Biblical scholar R.D.Wilson (author of A Scientific Investigation of the Old Testament circa 1919)  meticulously analysed 29 kings from 10 different nations each of which had corroborating archaeological artefacts. Each king was mentioned in the bible as well as documented by secular historians thus offering a means of comparison.

Wilson showed that the kings names as recorded in the bible matched the artefacts perfectly, down to the last jot and tittle. The bible was also accurate in the chronological order of the kings. The secular accounts were often inaccurate and therefore unreliable.

Famous historian and archaeologist Sir William Ramsay offers one of the most amazing testimonies regarding the depth of archaeological evidence for the New Testament.

Initially Ramsay was very sceptical of the accuracy of the NT and he set out to refute its historicity. He especially took interest in Luke’s accounts in the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts which contain numerous geographical and historical references.

Dig after dig, the evidence without fail supported Luke’s accounts. Governors mentioned by Luke that many historians never believed existed were confirmed by the evidence excavated by Ramsay’s team.

Without a single error Luke was accurate in naming 32 countries, 54 cities and 9 islands.

Ramsay became so overwhelmed with the evidence he eventually converted to Christianity.

“I began with a mind unfavourable to it but more recently I found myself brought into contact with the Book of Acts as an authority for the topography, antiquities and society of Asia Minor. It was gradually borne upon me that in detail the narrative showed marvellous truth.

Luke is a historian of the first rank, not merely are his statements of fact trustworthy .. this author should be placed along with the great historians.”
Discoveries ranging from the evidence for the Tower of Babel, to Exodus, to the walls of Jericho, all the way to tombs of contemporaries of St Paul have greatly enhanced the believability of the Bible. Though this vast archaeological evidence does not prove God wrote the Bible, it surely must compel the honest skeptic to at least acknowledge its historical veracity.
For more in depth study go to http://www.BibleEvidences.com/Archaeological Evidence.

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