Do you ever wonder if the Bible can be trusted?
8th Feb 2022Do you ever wonder if the Bible can be trusted? Does it seem like a collection of far-fetched stories which might be an interesting read but can’t be based in reality? One way to verify whether the Bible is true is to investigate incidental information scattered throughout its pages to see if it aligns with historical evidence. Anyone can check historical facts when writing a work of fiction, but the mundane practices which anchor the text in its context may not be so easy to find out, often requiring some poetic licence. God’s word is not fiction, and He used no poetic licence. Archaeological evidence proves the incidental information is true, and we can trust the full account. One small piece of evidence has been discovered recently in Israel, reported by the Jerusalem Post on 2 September 2021: “Archaeologists have uncovered a weight used for trading in ancient Jerusalem that scholars believe was used to defraud traders. "Found in the northern part of the City of David in Jerusalem’s Old City and dating back to 2,700 years ago during the First Temple period, the weight in question is just 14 mm in diameter and 12 mm in height and is only the second one of its kind to have been found in Israel. Made of hard limestone, it contained engravings indicating it has a weight of two gerah, which equals 0.944 grams. Despite this, however, the weight does not weigh two gerah. Rather, the researchers found that it weighed at least 3.61 grams, over three times as much. While this may seem odd, (it is thought) the likely explanation is that whoever used this weight in commerce was using it to cheat people.” How does this help prove the truth of the Bible? In the Law of Moses the people were taught: ‘Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity. Use honest scales and honest weights’ Leviticus 19v35-36 (NIV) and ‘Do not have two differing weights in your bag – one heavy, one light.’ Deuteronomy 25v13 For God to need to teach His people this honest behaviour, others must have been defrauding by using dishonest weights. Archaeology proves this really did happen and gives us confidence in the truth of the scriptures. Why not read it for yourself today? pershore.bible pershore-christadelphians.com