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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