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Vol. 9 No. 11 November 2007
Historicity Proves the Bible to Be God-Revealed
By D. Gene West
The Bible is not a textbook on world history per se, rather, it is a history of the dealings of God with mankind in order to bring about our redemption through the death of Christ on the cross. However, when the Bible speaks of events that transpired in the course of the history of the world, it always speaks of those events accurately and in harmony with the best historical and archaeological research. This is one of the greatest evidences for God’s having revealed the Bible, for had that not been the case, one can only wonder how Moses would have learned of the cities and monarchs visited by Abraham, and hundreds of other details that are stated in the Bible that the writers had no way of knowing on their own.
It cannot be claimed that these were oral traditions handed down, for, oral traditions handed down do not have the unity found in the Bible. The Bible was written by thirty-nine or forty authors over a period of approximately sixteen hundred years. Yet, the unity and historical accuracy of the Sacred Volume transcends its being a mere human production. To demonstrate that oral traditions change from one society to another and one century to another, just look at the different accounts that have been found of the great flood of Noah. Different traditions say different things, and in different societies different things are emphasized, even to the changing of names and numbers. But not so with the Bible, yet these traditions all have common touchstones with the Bible, so that it is easy to see that the historical events of the Bible did occur.
the Bible speaks historically of great nations of people that once
which the world in general knew nothing until modern times. For
Bible refers some twenty-two times to a nation of people called the
For generations, because man had no historical records outside the
these people, they declared the Hittites to be a biblical myth, a
people that never existed. However, in the late 19th
and early 20th
centuries, archaeologists examining that part of the world where the
these people lived, found not only that they existed, but had a highly
society for their time. If one visits the
If it is asked why so many people contest the sanctity of the Bible, we can answer only because they do not wish to obey its sacred principles, and they think if they can prove it false in any particular, they are not in any way responsible to the God of the Bible. Such reasoning, however, proves to be foolish, for the historical accuracy of the Bible has been demonstrated so many times, one wonders about the sanity of those who continue to challenge it.
may ask, “If the Bible is so historical, why do we not read
If the Bible is historically inaccurate, we challenge the person who knows that to be true to publish, at my expense, the uncontested evidence. It does not exist, and cannot exist, because though the historicity of the Bible has been challenged again and again, no challenge has been successful!