A few decades ago, it was the historian's and theologian's job to sift the historical, archaeological, and biblical data, and make the best sense of it. But now, in our lazy minded society of high tech, we have ever so slowly abandoned the difficulty of thinking to others, or to computer programmers who stamp machines with a pre-programmed subjective process on how it should "think" and "process" information, when posed with questions. Or hasn't any one else noticed?
Michael Grant, a popular historian on Greco-Roman histories wrote:
"People interested in history and people interested in religion ought to combine forces more than they do. A theologian's interpretations remain liable to contradiction unless he knows something of the historical background." Michael Grant, "Jesus An Historian's Review of the Gospels" (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1977) p. 1
In the context of the Bible, conservative scholarship has also told usthat the reverse istrue also...that historians will benefit by trusting the historical veracity of the Bible.
"The excessive skepticism shown toward the Bible has been progressively discredited. Discovery after discovery has established the accuracy of numerous details." W.F. Albright, The Archaeology of Palestine and the Bible (Revell, 1935), p. 127.
"The interval between the dates of original composition and the earliest extant evidence becomes so small as to be in fact negligible, and the last foundation for any doubt that the (New Testament has) come down to us substantially as they were written has now been removed. Both the authenticity and the general integrity of the books of the New Testament may be regarded as finally established." Sir Frederick Kenyon, The Bible and Archeology (New York: Harper, 1940), pp. 288,289
"It may be stated categorically that no archeological discovery has ever controverted a biblical passage." Nelson Glueck, Rivers in the Desert (Philadelphia: Jewish Publications Society, 1969), p. 31
"To be skeptical of the resultant text of the New Testament is to allow all of classical antiquity to slip into obscurity, for no documents of the ancient period are as well attested bibliographically as the New Testament." John Warwick Montgomery, History and Christianity (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1976), p. 29
“Careful comparison of the New Testament with inscriptions and other early independent evidence has confirmed their primary claims . . . Competent historical scholarship must regard the New Testament documents as coming from the first century and as reflecting primary-source testimony about the person and claims of Jesus.” John Warwick Montgomery, History and Christianity (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1976), pp. 31,34.
It is important for us to study history...but to me, we also need to be faithful to the Almighty who gave us the Bible, and trust HIM over the ever-changing opinions and popularities of what men (or women) might think or say.
Gleason Archer Jr. puts it better:
"...the only alternatives available to us as we confront the Scriptures: either they are inerrant, or else we are." Gleason L. Archer, Jr. "A Survey Of Old Testament Introduction" (Chicago: Moody Bible Institue, revised 1994) p. 31
And a well respected scholar once noted the acceptance of Faith and History, stating,
"It is, indeed, difficult to restrict a discussion of the New Testament writings to the purely historical plane; theology insists on breaking in. But that is as it should be; history and theology are inextricably intertwined in the gospel of our salvation, which owes its external and universal validity to certain events which happened in Palestinewhen Tiberius ruled the Roman Empire."
F.F. Bruce in April 1959, as found in The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? (Downer's Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 14th reprint 1980), pp.5-6.
The Bible is vetted historically and archaeologically as accurate, and the merging of Faith with History is an acceptable expression of intelligent and open discussion. Unlike the Koran, where Sharia Law -- to this very day -- murders at a whim wherever it is allowed to flourish unhindered, in a backward Third World mentality that the West is in denial to accept as reality, until it is too late and the "true Muslims" (to their faith) are labeled terrorists only after the fact that the damage or criminal actions have been done. To them, all non-believers in Mohammed are never innocent, and subject to annihilation. Regardless of race or nationality. Period.
The same backward Muslim mentality displayed in the movie Khartoum
has never changed. Convert to Islam or be annhilated. Convert, and we won't kill you. Stay a non-Muslim, and it will be R.I.P. for you. See...isn't Islam a religion of Peace? But like politics, their meaning upon "peace" is the de facto meaning of "death", just like the Communist-Socialists and Progressives are doing today...changing their intent upon the meaning of the words, that you might be deceived, and THEY CAN COMMUNICATE SAFELY (as Yosi Sargeant was told by Valerie Jarret to conference call Obama lovefest worshippers in the Hollywood experienced propaganda campaign last August, 2009).
The Bible manuscripts have a chain of custody unlike any religious work in the world. It is more trustworthy than any other work of antiquity, bar none. The Bible calls to grant mankind liberty and equality. What has Islam ever done? Rape babies, rape children, and kill, kill, kill. Islam hasn't changed since the Devil motivated the schizophrenic and sun-stroked prevaricator Mohammed to make up his phoney belief system to gorge in stinky bloody menstruating sex and to kill until he could smell the very blood of the stinky insides of men. Mohammed "got off" on that. To him, death was his viagra or cialis. Mohammed represents the worst in man...but G-D, who is Spirit, wants the best in man to be presented forth...and gives us spiritual answers demanding spiritual action of a good and peaceful nature, and one that tells the truth, even if it offends, that souls may be saved.
Those that truly adhere to Christ have created the most good in the world (if we are to speak in terms of charity and sciences). After that, the Jews come in second. Were it not for Christianity, the world would still be traveling by cart and horse, and there would be no hospitals or the medicines and mass conveniences we enjoy today. No other belief system can say that and be honest. And if it were not true, then every belief system controlled by the Devil wouldn't be working in some undescribale unconscious conspiracy in mystic unison to destroy Christianity, and oppose it wherever they can find it. The uniqueness of Christianity, is that only those that dwell in evil and love evil hate it, while embracing any of the everything else.
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In the Year of our LORD Jesus Christ 2019
-- As of January 20, 2017
A Sigh Of Relief With The Inauguration Of Donald John Trump as President of the United States of America, And Hope For A Prosperous Future For All United States Citizens (we who are a nation called "the melting pot of the world"). We shall be great and exceptionally great again.
It is likely that the entries to this blog will be less frequent than in years past. I do intend to keep this blog active, and to offer insightful information and/or opinion (and sometimes humor and/or entertainment on occasion) when I do post.
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