May 12, 2009
Archeological proof is not proof of the supernatural...all it does is prove that people and places mentioned in the bible existed. Much as a Joh Grisham book mentions New York City...4000 years from now, New York city will have been a factual place in history, but does not mean everything in the book actually happened. Your argument is flawed. The problem is this, no one can disprove the supernatural inspiration for the book as there is no actual history of it...so again, it takes faith to beleive (**or** want to believe) that the bible and it''''s origins are fact.
On the first part, you''re right. BUT: there is no other "history" book in existence which has not been challenged in part by archaeology. Historians haven''t gotten everything right. Small argument, but it''s still true.
But try this one: how many "history" books, *or* any books for that matter, correctly predict the future? Only the Bible has done that. There is a wealth of information concerning Biblical prophecies that have been fulfilled, I will just include a few examples of prophecies concerning nations other than Israel.
The Jews would survive Babylonian rule and return home
Babylon would rule Judah for 70 years
Babylon''s gates would open for Cyrus
Babylon''s kingdom would be overthrown, permanently
Babylon would be reduced to swampland
Tyre''s fortresses would fail
Tyre would be attacked by many nations
Tyre''s stones, timber and soil would be cast into the sea
Tyre would lose its power over the sea
Phoenician Tyre would never again be found
Phoenician Tyre would never be rebuilt
Before the end comes, the Gospel will be preached to the entire world
Nineveh''s army officers would desert
Nineveh would be destroyed, permanently
Ninevites would be drunk in their final hours
Nineveh would be destroyed by fire
Ninevites would be wiped out
Edom would be toppled and humbled
Egypt would never again rule over nations
The Jews would avenge the Edomites
I didn''t want to bore anyone with dates, but every event listed occurred after the prophecy was written, obviously, *or* it wouldn''t be prophetic.