Faith Grounded in History

Since the Christian faith is founded on the teachings of the Bible, there is no shortage of enemies of the Christian faith who seek to degrade and denounce the accuracy and reliability of the Bible.

 

Some call the Bible a book of myth and fairy tales. But according to apologist Louis Markos, "we may call the Bible a book of faith, but it is a faith fully grounded in historical events--past, present, and yet to come. Indeed, take away historical truth of Abraham and Moses, Joshus and Samuel, David and Solomon, Ezra and Nehemiah, John the Baptist, and Jesus and you no longer have Chistiantiy."(Apologetics for the 21st Century, p. 146-147.)

 

The following are arguments for the historical reliability of the Bible as presented in Louis Markos' book, Apologetics for the 21st Century, p. 148-149.)

 

1. The Bible's reliabilty supported by archaelology.

 

Many times archaelology has become the dagger in the hearts' of the critics of the Bible. For instance, Mr. Markos points out that in "the early decades of the twentieth century, liberal scholars had, they thought "proven" Genesis to be unreliable because it had invented a"nonexistent" people group, the Hittites. To add to their triumphalism, they also claimed to have "proven" the Gospel of John to be a late-second-century text because its theology, so it was argued, was too highly "evolved" for the first century. These findings were widelytourted until, later in the century, archaelologists uncovered detailde eidenc of the existence of the Hittites adn found in the sands of Egpt a srap of papyri that decisivedly dated the Gospel of John to the late first century the traditioinal date of its composition (p. 148)