Letter - A look at reality in the Bible

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A few months ago I felt, as a Christian, the need to expose the fallacies of the evolutionary theory.

I wrote, “In 1983 Douglas Futuyama who was an evolutionary biologist wrote in the book ‘Science on Trial,’ creation and evolution, between them, exhaust the possible explanations for the origin of living things. Organisms appeared on earth fully developed or they did not. If they did not, they must have developed from pre-existing species by some process of modification. If they did appear in a fully developed state, they must indeed have been created by some omnipotent intelligence.”

Neither of the two concepts can be proven using strict scientific criteria. It takes faith to believe in either.

So is there any evidence the Bible is true?

Yes. I have identified eight things supporting the Bible. Space precludes naming all of them. The following are four important ones.

Archeological evidence — The Dead Sea Scrolls — My 1979 Encyclopaedia Britannica states “these manuscript finds are without precedence in the history of modern archaeology.” These scrolls confirm the existence of Bible manuscripts centuries before Christ. The March/April Biblical Archaeology Review describes how “Archaeology Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible.” Examples of archeological items confirming these identities are the Tel Dan inscription, the Sennacherib prism, the Cyrus Cylinder, the Behistun inscription and the Mesha stele.

Prophecies in the Bible — There are many amazing prophecies, some of them made hundreds of years before they happened. Incidents involving the life of Christ are clearly spelled out. Daniel 8 and 9, written about 550 B.C., describe with great accuracy the time of Christ’s crucifixion. This prophecy has helped a number of Jews accept Christ as the Messiah.

Manuscript evidence — There are far more extant manuscripts, especially of the New Testament, than there are of any of the ancient or classical authors such as Livy, Plato, Aristotle, Homer, etc. None of the original writings of either the classical authors nor the Bible have survived. However the time span for extant copies is only 25 years for the New Testament and 500 to 1,600 years for the classical authors.

Googling would give information to those seeking truth on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the archeological finds.

Donald Casebolt

College Place

Comments

chicoli 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I have a lot of respect for those who follow Bible principles, and feel happy with their convictions. There are nevertheless others who take advantage of the Bible and use it to scare the high havens out of not so sophisticated people, and bamboozle them into unfairly donate their savings to "the cause of the church". Just watch some of the Sunday TV broadcastings from so called Bible preachers, from all religions.

Some of them chose to talk about the positive, reassuring, hopeful, forgiving and loving stories from the Bible that are a pleasure to listen to. Others are experts in imbuing guilt and fear, while at the same time self anointing themselves with special powers to grant ridiculous and unrealistic expectations of health and wealth in exchange of a monthly donation.

In the view of many of us the Bible does not have to be predictably accurate to maintain its intrinsic spiritual and inspirational value. I see it as a loving, friendly and accessible compilation of stories which are soothing to the soul and the human spirit. If by definition God is supposed to be ever forgiving and ever loving, then there is no reason to fear God, and for the same reason, the Bible. Then the power of the Bible is the power of love. It is this simple, my friend!

Therefore the given attribute of magical powers to the Bible comes, not from the Bible itself, from those who abuse its dignity with the nefarious purpose to manipulate the innocent.

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