Ken Ham Has Proof the Bible Is True

This should put an end to your heretical doubts, dear reader. Those devil-inspired doubts are about to be crushed by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He’s the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the mind-boggling Creation Museum.

Ol’ Hambo’s post is Discovery of King Hezekiah’s Seal Confirms God’s Word. Did you see that title? It says God’s word is confirmed! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

I always get excited when I read about archaeological finds in the Middle East that confirm what God’s Word says. Such discoveries have happened many times over the years. Well, a recent find in Jerusalem gives us a personal look into the greatest king of Judah — Hezekiah, the great reformer.

Oooooooooooooooooh — how exciting! Uh, who was Hezekiah? Doesn’t matter. Hambo continues:

Well, in the Old Testament we read of King Hezekiah, one of the greatest kings since David and Solomon. Living about 700 years before Christ, his greatness [loads of bible quotes]. Events from the reign of King Hezekiah have already been confirmed by archaeology. [More bible quotes and some historical events confirmed by archaeology].

Hezekiah really existed. Neat, huh? Let’s read on:

Well, archaeology now offers us a more personal touch from Hezekiah. In the rubbish heap outside a royal building in Jerusalem, a tiny seal impression, called a “bulla,” was discovered. Barely half an inch wide, this seal reads, “Belonging to Hezekiah, [son of] Ahaz, king of Judah.” Eilat Mazar, a third-generation archaeologist who directed the dig, says, “The seal of the king was so important. It could have been a matter of life or death, so it’s hard to believe that anyone else had the permission to use the seal. Therefore, it’s very reasonable to assume we are talking about an impression made by the King himself, using his own ring.”

Oooooooooooooooooh — the king’s own seal! Hambo continues, and this is where it gets good:

This incredible find confirms God’s Word yet again.

Genesis too? Apparently Hambo thinks so. However, Wikipedia has an article, Historicity of the Bible, which tells us that studies of bible history show it to be untrustworthy. For example:

The test case was the book of Joshua and its account of a rapid, destructive conquest of the Canaanite cities: but by the 1960s it had become clear that the archaeological record did not, in fact, support the account of the conquest given in Joshua: the cities which the Bible records as having been destroyed by the Israelites were either uninhabited at the time, or, if destroyed, were destroyed at widely different times, not in one brief period.

Wikipedia also says: “None of the conquests of David nor Solomon are mentioned in contemporary histories.” They have another article on The Exodus, which says:

The archaeological data does not accord with what could be expected from the Bible’s exodus story: there is no evidence that Israel ever lived in Egypt, the Sinai shows almost no sign of any occupation at all for the entire second millennium, and even Kadesh-Barnea, where the Israelites are said to have spent 38 years, was uninhabited prior to the establishment of the Israelite monarchy.

[…]

According to Exodus 12:37–38, the Israelites numbered “about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children,” plus many non-Israelites and livestock. Numbers 1:46 gives a more precise total of 603,550 men aged 20 and up. The 600,000, plus wives, children, the elderly, and the “mixed multitude” of non-Israelites would have numbered some 2 million people. Marching ten abreast, and without accounting for livestock, they would have formed a line 150 miles long.

[…]

A century of research by archaeologists and Egyptologists has found no evidence which can be directly related to the Exodus captivity and the escape and travels through the wilderness, and most archaeologists have abandoned the archaeological investigation of Moses and the Exodus as “a fruitless pursuit”.

But Hambo says that finding the seal of King Hezekiah, “confirms God’s Word yet again.” Here’s one final excerpt from his post:

Isn’t it exciting being a Christian and seeing how science is constantly supporting the truth of God’s Word? Of course, since the Bible is real recorded history, this is exactly what we should expect — and it’s exactly what we see!

Hambo’s historical technique has lots of other applications. Gone with the Wind mentions Robert E. Lee and Abe Lincoln, who were real, and a place called Atlanta really was burned by the Yankees. So that means Gone with the Wind must be true in every detail. Rhett and Scarlett were real people! Everything in the Iliad must be true too, because there really was a place called Troy.

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12 responses to “Ken Ham Has Proof the Bible Is True

  1. Old news, nice, but it didn’t change anything historians already knew. If you can read Dutch:

    http://mainzerbeobachter.com/2015/12/02/het-zegel-van-hizkia/

  2. Hezekiah was a king pretty close to the origin of the source documents that were redacted later to become the histories of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah – second Kings. His very existence can now be regarded as confirmed, sure enough, but I don’t think anyone ever thought that there was never a Kingdom of Judah, or that it didn’t have kings, and that name’s no more unlikely than any other.

    Other finds of Biblical archaeology confirm that there was a House of David in the eighth century BCE – although the victory stela that mentions it is by one of their opponents in what is now northern Israel, who claims to have brought them low.

    There is also a phylactery on silver foil found in an eighth century burial with a scratched engraving of a close version of the Aaronic blessing on it, thus confirming a partial text of the Pentateuch that early. So it’s fair to say that some evidence bears on the Biblical account.

    But for the exile in Egypt, the exodus, the Joshuan conquest, the greatness of the Kingdom of David and Solomon, nothing, and the argument from silence is more compelling there. Some traces should have been found.

    It has been argued that similar construction of gatehouses in walls around fortifications in widely separated places in Palestine, all dating from about the tenth century BCE, argues for a single authority building to a centralised plan. This is very dubious. Military architecture always has to meet standard threats for the time and place. Those gatehouses were meant to provide resistance to a ram being used on the gate. Similarly, one finds what are called “star forts” all over Europe, dating from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. These all had the same form – a star outline, in plan – and the same purpose – to resist cannon by inclining the line of the walls off the line of fire, providing glancing angles for shot. Nobody is silly enough to argue that their similar form implies that all Europe was under one royal authority.

    Various other supposed archaeological finds have been touted as “proof”, usually by AiG or one of their cohorts. Nothing more substantial than the above exists. Generally the consensus is that the Old Testament contains some actual history, a lot of legend, folklore and tales of greater and lesser degrees of fantasy. This is the only rational conclusion, on the evidence.

    Of course, Ham and his hamsters don’ need no steenking evidence.

  3. I don’t see how finding the seal makes the bible true. The only inference we should logically make is there was a king who had a seal and is mentioned in the bible. Maybe if we found the whale that Jonah swallowed, we would be forgiven to believe the story is true

  4. And I have proof creacrap is a dangerous threat to human cognitive skills. This is comedy god:

    http://www.patheols.com/blogs/freethoughtnow/pastors-defense-of-hotel-bibles-got-it-all-wrong/#comment-2453979403

    Provoking stupidities like that one is why I like to have discussions with creationists on internet.

  5. Our Curmudgeon applies the Hambo measure of of historicity and concludes

    So that means Gone with the Wind must be true in every detail. Rhett and Scarlett were real people!

    Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn. After all…tomorrow is another day

  6. And as been said before…Archaeologists have proved that NYC is real, so we now have proof that there was a Spiderman!!!!

  7. “The whale that Jonah swallowed”? There’s an image!

    Never mind. the important point is that even if some events recorded in the Bible are historically validated, so what? How does this prove creation, or the flood for that matter? As others here have noted, the idea that if any of the Bible is historical all of it must be is absurd.

  8. The best lies have some truth mixed in there with the lie.

  9. I still find it amazing that the “faithful” feel they have to PROVE their holy book. Ken Ham doesn’t believe, he WANTS to believe. That ark is not to convnce me that Noah was real, it is to convince him. Kinda sad really.

  10. News flash — Ken Ham builds an Ark-ish structure in Kentucky, thus proving the Bible is true!

  11. There is a city called London. Therefore, Harry Potter is true!

  12. By a similar logic, finding archaeological evidence of the Tarquins (the last dynasty of kings of Rome before it became a republic) would be evidence that Romulus and Remus existed.

    Like many ancient ‘historical’ accounts, the Bible merges history and myth, with the latter accounts being mostly-historical and the earlier periods being increasingly mythical.