By: Trisha Sharp
The Bible – Proven By Science
12 June 2021
Do you believe that the Bible a true account of history? Or is it an altered and highly fictionalized take on real events? Is it a myth? Is it complete fantasy? These are the most common approaches to dealing with the Bible as a record of history. Many Christians believe that the Bible is a complete and perfect record of history. Everything in the Bible happened exactly as Scripture portrays it. Skeptics, on the other hand, argue that the Bible is mostly, if not completely, fictional. These are the same people who at one point claimed that Jesus Christ never existed and that He was a complete falsehood created by Christians. This has since been ground into the dust so thoroughly that scholars are in near unanimous agreement on the fact that Jesus of Nazareth was a real person.
Reaching the point where Biblical events are accepted as fact generally requires overwhelming evidence. Unfortunately for the skeptics, archaeology has unearthed an abundance of evidence that proves that the Bible is not a collection of ancient fairy tales, but an true unquestionable record of historical events. Here are six incredible finds that proved the Bible was true.
The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is one of the ultimate examples of God’s wrath in the Old Testament. The two cities are completely torn to the ground, and they were considered to be so sinful that their names become synonymous throughout the Bible for things that are irredeemable.
For years, skeptics claimed that Sodom and Gomorrah never existed. If they had, such complete destruction would have been noticed. In fact, it was noticed by an Assyrian who inscribed the entire event on a tablet. The tablet baffled translators until scientists filled in the missing pieces. The tablet described the flight of a massive meteorite that raced over the Earth’s surface before exploding near the Alps. The land beneath the meteor’s path was superheated to temperatures some scientists believe are comparable to the surface of the sun. To make matters worse, the explosion of the asteroid would have sent flaming chunks of rock crashing onto cities near the Dead Sea and forced a wave of extremely salty water out of the sea into the once-fertile soil. The archaeologists found clay pottery that had been heat-blasted to the point that it became glass which was all that would have been left of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Another case with numerous biblical cites and locations includes the Pool of Siloam. The Pool of Siloam was the site of one of Jesus’ miracles in the Gospel of John. According to John 9, Jesus “spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva and put it on the [blind] man’s eyes. ‘Go,’ Jesus told him. ‘Wash in the Pool of Siloam.’ So the man went and washed, and he came home seeing.” Since the Pool of Siloam had not been definitively identified, skeptics decided it did not exist. However, in 2004, construction work just south of the City of David stumbled across a set of ancient stone steps. Further excavation revealed that those steps were actually part of a monumental pool that was later identified as the missing Pool of Siloam.
Isaiah is one of the most commonly quoted prophets in Christianity. He is also one of the most examined and debated prophets in the Old Testament. Scholars have repeatedly picked apart Isaiah’s prophetic writings and, now have begun questioning whether a person named Isaiah ever wrote them. It was theorized that the book of Isaiah was written after the events that were “foretold” by many people who used Isaiah’s name.
However, Israel uncovered a seal that bore the name “Isaiah” only 10 feet away from another seal that belonged to King Hezekiah. In the Bible, Isaiah was listed as being Hezekiah’s advisor, so it makes sense that their seals would be found together. To give even further credence to the theory that the seal belonged to none other than the biblical Isaiah, the name “Isaiah” was followed by the Hebrew letters “nvy.” “Nvy” are the first three letters of the ancient Hebrew word, pronounced “navi,” meaning “prophet.”
For some reason, biblical skeptics loved to claim that the most famous characters in the Bible were complete fiction. They tried that argument for years about Jesus Christ, but overwhelming evidence in favor of His existence forced them reconsider their standing on the matter. They tried similar arguments with both Moses and King David. Their theory , proved false in 1993 when a stone was unearthed at Tel Dan in Israel. The stone had been carved by an Aramean king who was bragging about the defeat of his two neighbors in battle. The two kings mentioned have since been identified as Jehoram of Israel and Ahaziah of Judah.
Some skeptics still try and claim that “David” is in reference to not be a person but a place. But most scholars now have accepted that the stone is speaking of none other than the biblical King David.
The story of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, burial and resurrection forms the basis of Christian faith. Without Christ’s death, there would have been no resurrection. Without His resurrection, there would be no Christianity. As such, there is a great deal riding on proving or disproving the accuracy of the gospel. For years, skeptics thought they had found the secret to disprove the entire story of the resurrection of Christ. The Bible, adamant that Christ was entombed after His crucifixion. Romans, however, usually left the bodies to rot on the cross as a warning to others. Then, an ossuary was unearthed in Israel containing the bones of a young man, like so many other Jews, who was given a proper. Unlike most Jews, his ossuary had another artifact in it, an iron nail driven through his heel bone, meaning that he had been crucified, but he was still allowed a proper burial. As such, there is reason to believe that the same could have happened to Jesus of Nazareth.
Skeptics are also fond of claiming that some of the most important events in the Bible were entirely made up. Among questionable events was the entirety of the story of Exodus and the Babylonian captivity. The cylinder of Cyrus the Great of Persia, suggests that it was very real. The nine inch cylinder detailed not only Cyrus’ victory over Babylon but his unexpected decision to allow Babylonian captives to return to their own ancestral homes and rebuild their temples.
Christ was real, and the gospels give a faithful account of His death. David and the kingdom of Israel were a force to be reckoned with in ancient times. From Genesis to Revelation, the most important events in the Bible hold up to historical scrutiny.
Within a few decades of his lifetime, Jesus was mentioned by Jewish and Roman historians in passages that corroborate portions of the New Testament.
The first-century Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, is far and away our best source of information about first-century Palestine. Josephus mentions Jesus multiple times in his massive history of the Jewish people, written around 93 A.D. Although Josephus was not a follower of Jesus, he was around with the creation of the early church, so he knew people who had seen and heard Jesus.
In one passage recounts an unlawful execution, Josephus identifies the victim, James, as the “brother of Jesus-who-is-called-Messiah”.Top of Form
The Bible is believed by billions of Christians as an accurate account of God's chosen people, the Israelites, and the life and death of Jesus Christ. Most consider the Bible to be a spiritual document, but many experts study the Bible's chapters as a historical record of the Middle East, and believe there is ample archaeological evidence to prove this.
The Bible is clearly unlike any other document in history. Every claim it makes about science is not only true but crucial for filling in the blanks of our understanding of the origin of the universe. The more we study and learn about the world, the more we come to appreciate the Bible’s flawless, supernatural character.
The Bible claims to be “true from the beginning” (Psalm 119:160, KJV), so every specific reference about science must be accurate.Bottom of Form Over the centuries the Bible has been rigorously tested for scientific accuracy, and never failed. Not only is God’s Word always true; it has proven to be the key to understanding God’s world today. God, our Creator who has all knowledge, was present when He created the universe. He has revealed to us in an eyewitness account, the Bible, what happened in the past to produce what we see in the world today. So if the Bible wins hands down in every earthly thing we can test, why don’t people trust what it says? The issue is not the truth of Scripture, but vain reasoning and “willful ignorance” (Romans 1:21; 2 Peter 3:5).