The Bible is the most scrutinized book in the world. Many have set out to prove it isn't true. Thankfully, the Bible is reliable and has withstood the test of time. A modern day example is Lee Strobel, an atheist who set out to disprove the Bible and ended up converting to Christianity. The following is the first part of a three part series: the three reasons why the Bible is true. And no, the first reason isn't because God or the pastor said so!
I. The First Reason Is Archaeology: The more we dig, the better the Bible looks!
One of the greatest archaeological discoveries of our time is the unearthing of the Assyrian Empire in the mid-19th Century. When the Babylonians destroyed the Assyrians in 612 BCE, they literally wiped their memory off the face of the earth. The empire was destroyed so completely that one of the only texts that remained which mentioned the Assyrians was the Bible. Lucian of Samosata, a Greek author writing about the Assyrian Empire in the 2nd Century AD stated, "Nineveh [the Assyrian capital] has perished. No trace of it remains. No one can say where once it existed." Because of the lack of evidence, some archaeologists believed that the Assyrian Empire never existed. Since the Bible mentions the Assyrian Empire as the empire that conquered the Northern Kingdom of Israel and deported the Jews in 2 Kings 17, some concluded that the Bible was unreliable. It seems logical that if the Assyrian Empire was a myth then the Bible couldn't be trusted either.
However between 1845-1851, Austen Henry Layard, a British archaeologist, discovered the two major Assyrian cities of Nineveh and Calah. Also discovered was King Sennacherib's prism, which is an Assyrian clay statue that boasted of his siege of Jerusalem during the reign of King Hezekiah. It corroborates the history told in the Bible (2 Kings 19), where God saved the Southern Kingdom of Israel and Jerusalem from the Assyrians. Today, even King Hezekiah's tunnel mentioned in 2 Kings 20:20, which was built for bringing water to Jerusalem during the Assyrian siege, has been discovered. The skeptics were once again silenced by the weight of the evidence and the facts. The Bible is reliable because it's history is confirmed through archaeology, and the more we dig in the dirt of the Middle East, the more reliable the Bible becomes!
"Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him." -Proverbs 30:5