“The Bible is a bunch of fairy tales and fiction. It’s historically inaccurate.” That’s one of the many favorite mantras of Bible critics. However, if one were to really investigate the facts, you would find that those critics are either lying, or they are probably just repeating what they’ve heard from other Bible critics who have letters like Ph.D. after their names. In other words, they’ve just taken some phony scholar at their word on blind faith, choosing to ignore the facts. Basically, they’ve done the very thing that they accuse evangelicals of doing.
But praise God, we genuine Christians have a God who always backs up what he says with at least two or three witnesses. Some of those witnesses through the ages have included people who didn’t even worship the God of the Bible. Here is a small sample to show that the Bible is, in fact, historically accurate:
► 1 Kings 14:25-26 records that Shishak of Egypt invaded Judah. Egypt’s account of that invasion was found in the ancient Temple of Amun in Thebes, Egypt.
► 2 Kings 2 Kings 17:3-6, 24; 18:9-11 says that Assyrian king Sargon II defeated Samaria, Israel’s capital, and took captives to the Assyrian empire. The account of this battle was found on the walls of his palace when it was excavated in Khorsabad, Iraq from the 1920s to ’30s. Also on Sargon II’s palace walls were the account of his defeat of Ashdod, Israel as stated in Isaiah 20:1.
►2 Kings 18:13-16 says Assyrian king Sennacherib had a war against Judah. In 1830, an ancient clay prism, which was named the Taylor Prism, was found in northern Iraq and it verified what the Bible said about that war.
►2 Kings 19:37 states that Assyrian king Sennacherib’s sons killed him. This was verified when the chronicles of his son, Esarhaddon, were discovered in Iraq. They are called the Esarhaddon Chronicles or the Annals of Esarhaddon.
► Nahum 2-3 (700s BC) & Zephaniah 2:13-15 (630 BC) predicted the fall of Nineveh, Assyria’s capital (612 BC). In the 1920s the Tablet of Nabopolasar was found in Baghdad, Iraq, that gives the account of Nineveh’s fall.
► Daniel 5:30-31 (530s BC) gives the account of the Babylonian Empire falling to the Medo-Persian Empire. The Bible was verified when the Cyrus Cylinder was found in 1879 that told how Babylon fell to the Medes and Persians.
► Acts 18:2, written in the 50s or 60s AD, tells how all Jews were forced out of Rome by Claudius’ order. This was verified in the writings of Suetonius.
So the next time you hear the lie that the Bible is historically inaccurate, you can rest assured God’s word is giving true eyewitness accounts and the person who makes that claim is historically inaccurate and telling fairy tales.
Source: Is there any confirmation of Biblical events from written sources outside the Bible? ChristianAnswers.net
Harry A. Gaylord