Friday, March 23, 2012

Archeaology and the Bible

Archeaology time and time again has shown the accuracy of the New Testament:
For example in John 5: 1- 15 we hear that Jesus healed a man by the Pool at Bethsaida. In John's account it describes the pool as having five colonaided porches (porticoes). For many years people argued that John was inaccurate in his recording because no such pool had been found in Bethsaida. More recently however archaologists have discovered this pool which has 'yes you guessed it' five porticoes!

For me one of the most interesting discoveries was that of the dead sea scrolls.

Lee Strobel in his book: 'The Case For Christ' explains:

"The gospel of Matthew describes how John the Baptist, imprisoned and wrestling with lingering doubts about Jesus' identity, sent his followers to ask Jesus this monumental question: 'Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?' (Matt. 11.3). He was seeking a straight answer about whether Jesus was the long awaited Messiah.

Through the centuries, Christians have wondered about Jesus' rather enigmatic answer. ... 'Go back and report to John what yu hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.' (Matt. 11: 4 - 5)

Jesus response was an illusion to Isaiah 35. But for some reason Jesus included the words the dead are raised which is conspicuously absent from Old Testament text.

This is where 4Q521 comes in. This non-biblical manuscript from the Dead Sea collection, written in Hebrew, dates back to thirty years before Jesus was born. It contains a version of Isaiah 61 that does include the missing phrase the dead are raised."

'[Scroll scholar Craig] Evans has pointed out that this phrase in 4Q521 is unquestionably embedded in Messianic context' 'It refers to the wonders that the Messiah will do when he comes and when heaven and earth will obey him. so when Jesus gave his response to John, he was not being ambiguous at all."

Jesus is saying 'Yes I am the one to come - I am the Messiah.'

My critics will ask the question: 'But what does this prove?' The answer is 'in itself not a great deal'. But it is another piece of the jigsaw that reveals the truth of who Jesus really is - the truth of who Jesus claims to be.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Adopting a Child

The greatest challenge that I have received on my blog was by an anonimous person who responded to one of my posts about abortion. He asked if I was on the adoption register. It certainly made me think. Statistics show that there are around 4,000 children waiting to be adopted in the UK at any one time. I do believe that (although not every Christian family is called to adopt a child) it is certainly something that more Christian families should consider.