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Fact or Fiction

Fact or Fiction

            FACT OR FICTION

            This chapter points out some non-Jewish and non-Christian sources that back up the Bible.  Just ignore the Bible verses listed and read past them.  They’re just there for reference.

 

            THE EVIDENCE

            Plenty of archeological evidence has been discovered verifying Old and New Testament geology, wars, and leaders.  Famous characters from the Bible like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Noah, Joseph, Saul, David, Solomon, and many more are verified in writings from other nations.

            In the Bible, the Jews attacked Jericho which then says that God made the city walls fall down.  During the excavation of Jericho in 1930-1936 the archeologists were stunned to find that the city walls fell down vertically as the Bible describes.  City walls are usually found to have fallen inwards from an outside attack.

            The great flood in which Noah built the ark has been referred to by the Sumerians who lived in the same area.  Sumerian kings treated the flood as a reference point in time like we do with BC and AD.  The Sumerians also recorded people living long lives before the flood.

            Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor in charge of Jesus’s crucifixion was never verified in any records for a long time.  Then Italian archeologists uncovered an inscription of his name in Caesarea which was once the capitol of Rome.  And the town of Nazareth was so small that no record of its existence had been found until 1962.

            The gospel of Luke refers to a Roman census though skeptics once doubted that such a census took place at that time.  But discovered Roman documents proved that there had been a census around 9-8 B.C. and that it was done every 14 years.

            When Jesus died, the Bible claims there was darkness in the sky for a while.  The Roman history book started by Thallus confirms this in writing that this period of darkness was unusual.  It also agrees that the crucifixion occurred during the full moon season of Paschal.

            In the records of Tiberius Caesar, Philopon also writes about the darkness and how he knew of no such eclipse destined for that time.  Both of these sources were Roman historians, not Christians.

            Events like war and periods of Jewish captivity have also been confirmed by non-Jewish sources.  Events regarding certain kings, countries, local diseases, local islands, local officials, and more have been verified in many ways.

            I’ve read so much of this evidence and would love to share it all but it would take up too much space.  If you choose to research more you’ll find many specific findings confirming the Bible.  Plenty of other books list more details of archaeological evidence and where it fits into the Bible.

            The best books are The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel or A Ready Defense by Josh McDowell.   Another book called New Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell is 650 pages long and lists hundreds of these details.  Never has one archeological find disproved any Biblical event.

            The entire Bible was written during the past 3,500 years by more than 40 authors.  Some were kings, army commanders, doctors, philosophers, herdsman, fisherman, tax collectors, rabbis, and so on.  All of its writings coincide with each other in their teachings, events, and descriptions of God.

            Now the New Testament was written less than 50-100 years after the crucifixion and reproduced within the first 400 years.  That may seem like a long time, but other historical documents were written much later and are still considered accurate.

            The writings of Alexander the Great were written after his death in 323 BC more than 400 years later.  There are only 2 originals of his life and victories.

            The writings of Aristotle were made around 350 BC but the earliest manuscript that we have was made around 1,000 AD, 1,350 years later.

            The writings of Plato were made around 400 BC but the earliest manuscript that we have was made around 800 AD, 1,200 years later.

            The writings of Socrates were made around 450 BC but the earliest manuscript that we have was made around 200 AD, 650 years later.

            The writings of Tacitus were made around 100 AD but the earliest manuscript that we have was made around 850 AD, 750 years later.

            Natural History by Pliny was made around 79 AD but the earliest manuscript that we have was made around 500 AD, 421 years later.

            The History of the Peloponnesian War happened in 460 BC but the earliest manuscript that we have was made around 100 AD, 360 years later.

            The Histories of Herodotus recorded events until 425 BC but the earliest manuscript that we have was made around 900 AD, 1,375 years later.

            The History of Rome recorded events until 17 AD but the earliest manuscript that we have was made around 500 AD, 483 years later.

 

            The tragic events of the Holocaust when Hitler killed millions of Jews was recorded by Jews.  Some people have tried to deny the extent of what happened because it was the Jewish witnesses who told of these events.  It was the Jews that wrote books, opened museums, and preserved artifacts describing the Holocaust.  They were very accurate in describing these horrible events.  So should anyone doubt that these reports are true just because the very Jews that wrote about are the same ones that experienced it?  Could they have altered the facts by being bias?  Yes, but that doesn’t mean that they did.  This is the same basis that skeptics use to criticize the accuracy of the Bible.

            The Bible is probably the most thoroughly studied book in the world.  Over the centuries tons of research has been done that it would take too many pages to explain.  The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict explains it all in 650 pages.  But The Case for Christ explains plenty of evidence in only 350 pages.

            Skeptics say that the New Testament was written long after Jesus died so that no witnesses could speak up against the so called “lies”.  But the book of Acts from the Bible was written by Luke while he was with Paul before 62 AD.  This is confirmed simply because the Jewish temple was destroyed in 70 AD by the Romans and Luke would have definitely mentioned something about that, it was a tragic event for any Jew.

            Luke wrote the book of Acts.  But it never mentions the martyrdoms (murders) of James in 62 AD, Paul in 64 AD, and Peter in 65 AD though he mentioned some of the earlier deaths of Stephen and James (John’s brother).  And the book of Acts was written after the gospels of Jesus’ life were written.

            The New Testament confirms that Matthew was written first though other scholars say Mark.  That logically dates both of them before Luke, no later than 50 AD.  And the crucifixion happened around 33 AD.  That means that the first gospels were written 17 years after the crucifixion at the absolute latest.  But they were most likely written earlier than 50 AD.

            If fact, nowhere in the New Testament is it mentioned that the Jewish temple was destroyed as it was in 70 AD.  This was recorded by the Roman historian Josephus.  That would be like finding an American history book with no mention of the terrorist attack on 9-11-2001.  You would know for sure that it had to be written before 9-11-2001.  That means that the entire New Testament was written before 70 AD except for the last book of Revelation.

            Jesus was crucified in 33 AD.  So the entire New Testament had to be written less than 37 years after Jesus was crucified, though probably much earlier than that.  That also points out how the copies that were reproduced were unaltered even though the Jewish temple was destroyed.  So when a skeptic says that the story of Jesus was written hundreds of years afterwards, that’s just plain false.

 

            MANUSCRIPTS

            The Bible is a very controversial book, it’s loved, hated, and avoided.  But more importantly, is it really accurate?  Are its writings a true account of what God spoke to man?  Was it tampered with, and how do we know for sure?  There’s so much information unknown to most people about its reliability.  Throughout this book any capitalized words like God, He, or Him represents the God of the Bible or Jesus.

            The Bible was not found only in complete copies, but also in pieces put together to make a complete copy.  These pieces have been found all over the world by archeologists from all different countries and cultures.  The Old Testament is the oldest part (2/3rds) of the ancient writings.  The Old Testament agrees with other writings from about 26 foreign kings and nations.  The New Testament takes place later from about 3 BC to 35 AD, a total of 38 years.

            The Old Testament’s accuracy should be credited to the Jewish scribes.  Before copying the Old Testament, they would wash themselves, dress in the proper religious clothing, and much more that would be too boring to explain.  They also wrote down one letter at a time and would trash the entire page or copy if one mistake was made.  I know that’s hard to imagine but no historian debates their writing accuracy.

            Under those circumstances, anyone would make sure not to make an error and have to rewrite everything.  The reason we have so few Old Testament manuscripts is because once a new copy was completed, the old copy had to be destroyed.  Besides, sheepskin would’ve been deteriorating after 100 years or so anyways.  Sheepskin manuscripts don’t last long.

            The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947.  The scrolls weren’t found in the Dead Sea but in 11 different caves nearby.  The caves were filled with scrolls from many different cultures that were sealed in clay jars which preserved them.  The Old Testament manuscripts found among this collection of scrolls were dated 1,000 years older than the latest existing manuscript.  The similarities between the two were 95% identical with the remaining 5% being only variations in spelling and possible writing differences, none of which affected any meanings or stories.

            This verifies that the Old Testament was written accurately for over 1,000 years without any myths developing over time.  And it verifies that the Old Testament prophecies were written long before Jesus fulfilled them.

            The New Testament evidence is made of thousands of manuscripts that all agree with each other.  There are 5,700 partial and complete Greek manuscripts that were copied later.  There are more than 10,000 Latin Vulgate copies and over 9,300 other versions in different languages.  That totals about 25,000 manuscripts and portions still preserved today.  Obviously only a small percentage of these were written within the first century though many more were copied within the first 400 years after Jesus’s death.  And none of these manuscripts contradict each other at all.

            These manuscripts have been written in more than 20 different languages.  Without using the complete manuscripts, the entire New Testament could accurately be reconstructed by just assembling the smaller fragments only.

            The New Testament was written by eye witnesses that actually walked and talked with Jesus.  The disciples were by his side all the time for three years.  Most of the New Testament was written from 40 AD to 62 AD at the absolute latest.  It was probably written earlier though but those manuscripts no longer exist.  And don’t forget that Jesus wasn’t crucified until 33 A.D.

            The things going on and written at this time were talked about all over.  Nowhere in history did any witnesses try to deny the events of Jesus’s life.  Only the Jewish leaders that had Jesus killed denied His resurrection.  But they hated Jesus and had motive to lie against their enemy.

            Paul’s writings were unusual because he was a well-known Jew that associated with the Pharisees who had Jesus killed.  After Jesus’ resurrection, Paul was persecuting Christians by having them arrested and killed by the Romans.  A few years after the crucifixion, Paul and the people with him saw a bright light and Paul heard a loud voice saying that it was Jesus.  This experience was powerful enough to completely convert Paul.  Other than that instance, Paul probably never met Jesus in person before the crucifixion.  So he wasn’t convinced by Jesus’ miracles or resurrection.  Instead he met Jesus in a vision after the resurrection.

            Some skeptics or other religions make claims that Jesus was made into the God of Christianity over time.  There’s tons of evidence proving that Jesus was believed to be the Messiah during the beginning of Christianity.  Two non-Christian Roman authors, Tacitus and Pliny both wrote saying that Christians spoke of this Jesus as if He were a God.

            The Roman historian named Josephus was born shortly after the crucifixion.  He was also a nonbeliever, but he recorded current events happening with the Christians.

            Josephus wrote about Jesus as “a wise man, if one ought to call Him a man.  For He was one who wrought surprising feats....”  “He was the Christ.”  “On the third day He appeared to them restored to life, for the prophets of God had prophesied these and countless other marvelous things about Him.”

            Many other non-believing authors wrote about Christians, their beliefs, and their persecutions.  None of these writings contradict what early Christianity taught, and it has not changed from back then until the present day.

            I’m not trying to prove now that these things are true, but that Jesus being the Messiah wasn’t a legend that developed over time as some skeptics have accused.  The names “Messiah”, “Christ”, and “Son of God” are used all throughout the New Testament.  These words were used to signify the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies of when God would come to visit Earth to free mankind and bring peace.  This Messiah was known to be a God-incarnate.  Incarnate means spirit brought into a body.  It basically means that when Christians say Jesus Christ, they are referring to God who came into a human form as Jesus through the virgin birth.  This can be otherwise known as the time of visitation or “God with us”.

            The Bible has always explained mankind as being a trinity like God is.  The Bible says that, “God is spirit” and “We are created in God’s image”.  Therefore we must also have a spirit (consciousness) according to the Bible.  We also have a soul (mind/brain) unlike any other creature.  And lastly we have a body.  So God’s body is believed to be Jesus Christ.  This is called the “Trinity” which is not written in the Bible but it’s just a name that Christians made up later to not over complicate things.  Trinity simply means Messiah, Christ, or God incarnate.

            For many people this seems strange or impossible, but really you’re still just one person that has a spirit, soul, and body.  God is believed to be in numerous places at the same time which is why Jesus would pray to God the Father, though He also did so to set an example for His disciples.  I’ll explain more later on these details but for now just understand what “Messiah” and “Christ” really means.  How else can you explain such a huge religious movement based on the death of one man?  Jesus was strongly believed by Christians to have arisen from the grave and to be the Messiah or Christ right after His death and resurrection.

            Now the disciples often spoke in public about Jesus telling of all that He did and who He claimed to be.  They spoke in front of large crowds face to face with non-believers.  They would describe what they saw and heard while talking to the non-believers saying things like, “you saw all of this too.”  And they would say, “We were witnesses of these things as you yourselves know.”  Their opponents never responded, “No we didn’t.”  Instead the disciples explained the scriptures and prophecies while leading many to believe after the people understood the purpose of what they had witnessed.  Many believed because of what they themselves had witnessed of Jesus’s miracles and fulfilled prophecies, not because the disciples were so convincing.

            Though Jesus was a celebrity at the time and thousands gathered to see Him (5,000 at one time), not everyone had actually seen these miracles and fulfilled prophecies.  Imagine your relative, neighbor, or a good friend telling you what amazing miracles they saw and what claims they heard from Jesus.  What if you heard about all of this from some of your relatives, some of your neighbors, AND some of your close friends?

            Imagine the town cripple or blind person that everybody knew of was suddenly walking around town healed.  That’s why so many people believed, because of the things Jesus did, the prophecies He fulfilled, and who He claimed to be.  Some skeptics have the notion that only 12 disciples spread the news of what no one else supposedly had witnessed.  And not just the miracles, but the many fulfilled prophecies also.  That is just not true, there were many witnesses.

            The local people knew what was going on and understood the meanings of the scriptures after the resurrection and they understood exactly who Jesus claimed to be.  That’s why Christianity grew so fast, because things were happening that tens of thousands of people witnessed.  No one tried to refute any of these claims in other historical writings because everyone in the area was talking about it, there were witnesses everywhere.

            All this time those that despised Jesus and had Him crucified could’ve spoken up saying, I was there and He didn’t do those things.  But they didn’t.  Jesus’s enemies were watching Him all of the time.  They wrote bad things about Him in the Talmud, but they never claimed that His miracles and fulfilling of prophecies didn’t happen.

            Those who had Jesus crucified even admitted to His miracles as they wrote of Jesus being a “sorcerer who led the people of Israel astray.”  This proves that Jesus’s enemies admitted and witnessed Him doing miracles.  However they didn’t believe His power came from God.

            No other writings have denied Jesus’s deeds or words.  Other writers at that time may not have believed in the prophecies, miracles, or resurrection.  But they sure wrote about all that was being said at the time, and no other writings contradict the events that were recorded in the New Testament.

 

            VALIDITY

            The gospels make up Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  They’re just four separate stories of Jesus’s life written by four of His close followers.  These four separate accounts do differ from each other in some ways.  Some skeptics see these four separate stories as being inaccuracies when really it shows how they didn’t collaborate their stories together.  These writings would seem more suspicious if they had been identical to each other word for word.

            If four people witness a significant event and then each of them tells their own story, won’t each of them be slightly different from each other?  This should be expected from different viewpoints and proves not to be a collaborated scheme.

            And not all of Jesus’ words are written in the gospels, His sermons were only written to be about fifteen minutes.  It’s likely that He spoke for longer periods of time.  The gospels only summarize what Jesus did and taught.  We already have enough information throughout the gospels to truly understand Jesus’s life and teachings.  Though the gospels were written by four different authors, you can read for yourself that they all give the same teachings, deeds, and personality of Jesus.

            The entire New Testament is also made up of letters from the apostles (those who were closest to Jesus).  Then they were chosen by a later committee to determine which books were authentic and worth putting together to make up the New Testament.  They only chose the books written by those who knew Jesus or were close followers.  These books all harmonize together with only minor differences and there are thousands of copies to verify the reliability of Jesus’ life.

            Many heated debates took place for which books to keep and which not to, and these decisions were not rushed together.  Everything was analyzed and compared.  Six books of the New Testament were almost rejected, Revelation being one of them.  Some books in the Catholic Bible (Apocrypha) were not accepted for reasons like inaccuracies, unknown authors, the lack of other manuscripts, different teachings, events not in any other recordings by Jesus’ followers, and so on.  These books are not very accurate in some teachings.  That’s to show you that the Bible was not just thrown together, but went through a long and difficult evaluation to ensure its accuracy.

            A book called The Case for the Real Jesus by Lee Strobel is an excellent book that clearly proves how reliable the New Testament Bible is.

 

            HOW CAN WE TRUST THE AUTHORS?

            Were the writers who knew Jesus before and after his death truthful in what they wrote?  What kind of people were they?  Did they write what really happened?

            Jesus’ disciples wrote about their own arguing among each other to be Jesus’ favorite which He scolded them for.  They wrote about misunderstanding Jesus’ words at first while Jesus corrected them.  They wrote about their lack of faith.  They wrote of how they all abandoned Jesus right before his death.  They included their early disbelief in the news of his resurrection.  They wrote about the doubts of the other disciples not believing that Jesus arose from the dead until actually seeing Him.  And Mark wrote about Peter denying Jesus three times though Peter turned out to be a great Christian leader.

            The disciples wrote honestly of their own humiliation, their denial of Jesus, their competing for favoritism, their suffering, and their persecutions.  The disciples also wrote that Jesus could only do a few miracles in Nazareth because the people there had little faith.  That seemed to limit His power, but they wrote about it anyways because it was true.  Nazareth was Jesus’ hometown and those who watched Him grow up probably had a hard time believing that He could be the Christ or the Messiah.

            The disciples wrote about Jesus’ own brother (James) who didn’t believe until after the resurrection.  They wrote about Jesus being called crazy for claiming to destroy the temple and rebuild it in 3 days.  Jesus was actually referring to Himself dying and being resurrected in 3 days, that’s why the Pharisees had Romans soldiers guard Jesus’ tomb.  The writers of these embarrassing moments chose to include everything, even Jesus’ downfall with a crowd yelling, “Crucify Him”, and they also wrote of His horrible death.

            After the crucifixion the disciples wrote of themselves losing all hope in Jesus and feeling as if their faith had failed.  But then something happened that transformed them into courageous, bold, and determined Christians.  They had only suffering, poverty, prison, and death to look forward to but that didn’t even slow them down.  At least not until after the resurrection, that’s when the disciples completely changed.

            The disciples were often rejected by Jews and gentiles (non-Jews).  They gave up all that is enjoyable for doing God’s work by preaching, then they claimed to receive more joy from that than anything else.  They wrote of being hungry, homeless, and having no money.  They were put in prison on numerous occasions without committing a crime but never became bitter.  Lastly, most of the remaining 11 disciples died gruesome deaths for what they believed in and wrote about.  Other Christians went through this also besides just the disciples.  Some were boiled in oil, stoned, crucified, burned alive, hung, decapitated, imprisoned, and so on.

            What’s amazing about this, is that they could’ve been set free if only they stopped their preaching.  They weren’t persecuted for just believing, but for spreading the news of what happened.  It’s not all that significant what they went through and every pleasure they gave up, but it’s what they got out of it that really counts.  One should be amazed at what motivated these men to spread this news.  Obviously this was something very real to them and many others.  There was no motive to continue living this way with nothing to gain if it was all a lie.  Any one of them could’ve quit at any time and gone right back to living a normal life, but none of those who knew Jesus did.

            They wrote about Jesus’ many fulfilled prophecies, then they eventually died for teaching others about them.  Who would suffer a hard life and die for a lie that they all made up?  Or who would go to such great sacrifices if Jesus was just doing some minor magic tricks?  And who would believe so much in Jesus if He only fulfilled a few prophecies?  They suffered and died for teaching about the resurrection of Jesus that they had witnessed personally.  There’s no reason to assume that lies were added to the disciple’s writings.

            No Muslim suicidal bomber can claim to have known Muhammad personally and died for him for a good purpose.  Those who commit suicidal bombings for Allah have never personally met Muhammad.  And it’s much easier to kill someone for a purpose than it is to live in hardship for a good purpose.  Besides those terrorists are already suicidal in the first place, so they figure they’ll do it for Allah and make their family rich.  Many others would die to give their families a better life.  Instead, they should try living for Allah and making sacrifices that affect other people’s lives for good.

            As the Bible was written over time, the authors didn’t plan on skeptics evaluating their every word, which they still have every right to do.  Imagine you witness a car accident and when the police ask you what happened, no one believes your story and they criticize all the details.  Even when you show evidence of skid marks and other clues, the police still ask you for more proof and there is never enough to satisfy them.  This is how many skeptics act who ignore all the legitimate facts (and there are so many I didn’t list) while providing no contrary facts of their own, just doubtful theories.  I’ve noticed that most people only believe what they really want to believe in.

            Some skeptics have made senseless claims that the Bible has been corrupted from being copied like in the game “telephone”, where one person whispers a message to another until it gets very distorted by the end of the line.  First of all, the story of Jesus was written right after it happened and talked about by many people out in the open.  For example, the Koran was passed down verbally for many years before it was completed.  This was not the case with the Bible and there were many different accounts of what happened that all agree with each other.

            And Jesus didn’t whisper in people’s ears, He spoke on mountaintops to tens of thousands of people for three years.  And Jesus didn’t just speak messages.  He healed the sick, fulfilled ancient prophecies, and arose from the dead.  All of this didn’t just take place in front of 11 people, there were many witnesses at that time who also became believers.

            Even if most of the original writings of Jesus’ life were altered, wouldn’t there remain at least one manuscript that’s accurate from the other 25,000?  But instead none of them contradict each other in any way.

            It’s also noticeable that one of the 10 Commandments says to not lie.  The Jews taught and practiced this law when writing the Bible.  The disciples were Jews who wrote the New Testament and taught people to live good lives.  They also taught people to not tell lies.  So why would they teach people not to lie if everything they preached and suffered for was a lie?

 

            PROPHECIES

            The Bible is the only book to have made specific predictions hundreds and thousands of years before they were fulfilled later.  Remember that each book in the Bible was written separately by many different authors though some books were written by the same author.  Listed below are some of the predictions made and later fulfilled.  Just read past the dates and references listed.

            The book of Isaiah from 700 BC predicts that a king named Cyrus will say to Jerusalem that it shall be built and the foundation laid.  Isaiah 44:28, 54:1 says that the temple was still standing when Isaiah made this prediction.  Over 100 years later king Nebuchadnezzar destroyed it.  Then the Persians conquered the land.  And then king Cyrus ruled and gave orders to rebuild the temple 160 years after Isaiah’s prophecy.  King Cyrus wasn’t even born until about 100 years after this prophecy was made.

            The city of Sidon is prophesied of in the book of Ezekiel 28:22-23 written around 570 B.C.  It says that blood will be on its streets, a sword will be on every side, and yet it does not mention permanent destruction.  In 351 B.C. the Persians attacked, but instead of fighting back, the king of Sidon had the walls shut and set a fire inside killing all 40,000 people to avoid torture from the Persians.  Blood was surely in the streets.  The city was rebuilt again only to be attacked and everyone slaughtered.  Around 1840 it was the site of Druse and Turk conflicts in which Sidon was then the battleground of England, France, and Turkey.  However the city still exists today as the prophecy didn’t predict permanent destruction.

            The city of Samaria is prophesied of in the books of Hosea 13:16 and Micah 1:6.  Their predictions are that the city will be conquered violently, it will be a heap of ruins in a field, it will be a planting place for a vineyard, its stones will be dumped into a valley, and its foundations will be bare.  The city was later attacked by Sargon in 722 B.C., Alexander in 331 B.C., and John Hyrcanus in 120 B.C.  To this day only portions of the city’s pillars remain.

            According to Islam’s Qur’an (or Koran), Muhammad claimed that he was from the tribes leading to his ancestor Ishmael.  In Genesis 16:12 the prophecy says of Abraham’s son Ishmael (Mohammad’s ancestor), “He will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him.  And he will dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”  If Mohammad is related to Ishmael, then this prophecy fits exactly to the Middle Eastern Muslims nowadays.  They are against every man and every man is against them while they live in the presence of their brethren.

            A prophecy about Egypt was made saying, “I will turn the fortunes of Egypt…they shall be a lowly kingdom.  …for I will diminish them so that they will not rule over the nations anymore.”  (Ezekiel 29:14-15)

            Egypt was once a great and powerful civilization in the world.  Now Egypt is a poor nation, its current GDP is only $3,300.  The surrounding nations show just how bad Egypt is doing.  Israel’s GDP is $36,000.  Libya’s is $12,000.  Iran’s is $4,700.  Iraq’s is $6,800.  Lebanon’s is $10,000.  Algeria’s is $5,300.  Jordan’s is $5,200.  Turkey’s is $11,000.

            The Holocaust was prophesied of in the book of Daniel.  “…a bold and cruel king who tells lies will come.”  “This king will be very powerful…  He will cause terrible destruction…  He will destroy powerful people and even God’s holy people.  This king will succeed by using lies and force.”  (Daniel 8:23-26)

             “He (Hitler) will speak against the Most High (God) and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws.  The holy people (Jews) will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time (3½ years).  (Daniel 7:25)

            The Holocaust took place from 1933-1945.  That’s when the Jews were put into concentration camps and forced to do slave labor.  But the Jews were actually being killed in mass numbers by the Death Squads from 1941 to 1945 which is about 3½ years.

            I only listed the predictions I could find that are made in the Old Testament books and are then verified by unbiased historical findings.  These were not the only predictions to come true, but just a few examples.   Also remember how accurate Genesis 1 is and the future predictions in Revelation describing a coming meteorite extinction.

 

            CONCLUSION

            The Bible is well known to be the most historically reliable ancient book ever written.  Hardly any historians try to refute that statement.  Only skeptics that are not historians.  But the Bible has proven to be accurate in many ways.

            More historical documentation is available for Jesus’ life than for any other religious leader.  Why with so much information do we find so few mistakes if any at all?  Because much of the documents were written and copied so shortly after the events that took place.

            The Bible has been attacked by many like no other book in all of history.  Yet these skeptic never can explain all of the information just presented.  Nor can they make a factual case against it to convince the 2 billion Christians and Catholics that it’s not accurate.

The Bible has drawn more attention than any other book ever written.  Some books have sold over 1 million copies and some books are known to have sold over 10 million copies.  But the Bible has sold billions of copies.  Why do you think that is?