Sunday, December 30, 2012

THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE BIBLE


Christian faith is never a blind faith but is a faith with evidence. The Bible is a written word of God. To make it more specific, it is not just God`s word, but it is God himself. It is written in the book of John1:1, that the heavens and the Earth are created by the power of this word and that it this word that became flesh as Jesus Christ of Nazareth. The historical accuracy of the Bible and its reliability as a moral guide are discussed in this article.
Archeological evidence for the Bible:
Walls of Jericho:
It was discovered in 1930, by John Garstang. The peculiar thing about it is that the walls of Jericho fell outwardly and suddenly giving way to the Israelites to enter the city. The British archeologist Kathlyn Kenyon excavated the southern Jordan valley in the 1950s and found piles of mud bricks in the site and further proved the findings of John Garsang. This city lies in the fault-line of the red sea, and scientists believe that this mighty wall must have been shaken by an earthquake.
Records about the existence of Hitites are discovered in Turkey.
Parting of the red sea and discovery of chariot wheels:
Scientists reveal the possibility of the red sea being part by a storm. Another excellent evidence of the parting of the red sea incident is the chariot wheels, the human bones and horse hoofs discovered by Ron Wyatt and his sons in the sea bed. They are still present in the Wyatt Museum, Tennessee.
 Flood in times of Noah:
Robert Ballard, the famous underwater archaeologist, who discovered the remains of Titanic in the year 1985, says that the Black sea was just a small fresh water lake till a large flood 200 times greater than the Niagara Falls swept it. The water level was not just a slow rising level, but it has been flooded and the land under has remained under. Many man- made structures such as pottery were found, and carbon dating of shells dated back to the times of Noah.
Discovery of Sodom and Gomorrah:
Ruin of the land of Sodom and Gomorrah was discovered in areas near the Dead sea. The Brimstones Sulphur and an ancient clay tablet dated to 700BC discovered stating that an asteroid has fallen on this land of Sodom and Gomorrah are all classic evidence for the historical truths mentioned in the Bible.



The birth and death of Jesus:
The writings of the famous non- Christian authors such as Josephus of AD 37 are real evidence for the birth and the crucifixion of Jesus. The empty grave, the place where Jesus lived, the writings by his disciples and a number of non-Christian and Roman historians and authors silently speak as an evidence for the life of Jesus. The division of the entire history as before and after Christ, itself is an enough evidence to prove the authenticity of the life of Christ mentioned in this holy book.
Bible is a reliable book for morality:
It is written in 2 timothy 3:16 as,All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”.  Bible is a book of life. It has the ability to speak, to correct, to instruct and to guide us in the right path. Bible places a clear cut distinction of good and evil and makes it clear the consequences of sin.
It is written in Hebrews 4:12 as, “ For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
The Bible discerns the good from the evil and gives the power for a Christian to live a holy life. The personal experience of the author of this article is that, this wonderful book had the power to change this person`s life, from a life of condemnation and guilt to a life of freedom and liberty.
This book is a book full of divine wisdom to help a person have a closer walk with God. Moreover, this book, is a book is full of promises, that can speak customized to a person`s needs, which means, it is not just a book to read, but an important tool for the almighty God to speak, to his children.
Apart from this, the Holy Bible is an emporium of prophecies once told and are fulfilled now and those that are divinely inspired and yet to be fulfilled. This book is a treasure and a guide to walk straight on the King`s highway, for every Christian in his pilgrimage.