Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Record-Courier, a three times a week newspaper located in Gardnerville, Nevada. The letter is titled Visiting the Holy Land backs up Bible, and the newspaper has no comments feature.
Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we’ve got a preacher. It’s Rich Lammay, pastor of the High Sierra Fellowship in Minden Nevada. We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
As I recently visited Israel, I was reminded of the accuracy and reliability of the Bible. As you go to the land where the Bible originates, you discover how archeology becomes one of the evidences for the trustworthiness of scripture. Visiting different historical sights, you see the remains of ancient civilizations that are in sync with the Bible and find a consistency between the historical evidence and the reliability of Scripture.
[*Groan*] We’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating:
The bible is a collection of mythology, folk-history, poetry, morality tales, rituals, and other things. But some of its historical references mention real places and people — Egypt existed, as did Babylon and other places, and some of the rulers mentioned in the bible actually existed. But that doesn’t mean the entire book is accurate. 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. But Gone with the Wind is far from true in every detail. Similarly, there’s no reason to think that everything in the Iliad is true, merely because there really was a place called Troy.
Then the rev says (all ellipses and bracketed material are in his letter):
One great archaeologist said: “No archaeological discovery has ever [overturned] a Biblical reference… And…evaluation of Biblical descriptions has often led to amazing discoveries.”
The rev doesn’t name that “great archeologist,” but you may want to look at Wikipedia’s article titled Historicity of the Bible which questions a number of biblical tales, such as the the Bible’s exodus story and the rapid conquest of Canaanite cities by Joshua.
After that the rev tells us:
But is there more evidence to the reliability of scripture? What other proof is there that we can trust the Bible? Although I can only touch on the topic in this article, my hope is to wet [sic] your appetite for more study on the subject. First there’s evidence in fulfilled prophecy. The Bible is the only book where we find something predicted (perhaps hundreds of years earlier) then find it fulfilled within the pages of the same book.
Right. But you might want to look at Wikipedia’s article on Bible prophecy. The rev continues:
There’s the evidence in the consistency of scripture. The Bible is a collection of 66 different books written by over 40 different authors over a 1500 year period. Yet we find a single message of God’s love for those who trust in him.
Uh huh — not a single contradiction. But check out Wikipedia’s article on Internal consistency of the Bible. Let’s read on:
Next there’s evidence in extra-biblical writings. Men like Josephus, (a Roman historian) who wrote about many of the events around the time of Jesus, and his writings are consistent with the biblical accounts.
Josephus was not a witness to the events in the New Testament. Another excerpt:
The Bible is also filled with scientific accuracy. From the shape of the earth to the earth circling the sun, long before science discovered these things, scripture alluded to them.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! No rebuttal is necessary. Skipping a bit, here’s more:
Finally, powerful evidence for the trustworthiness of scripture is seen in the lives that have been transformed by trusting God.
Okay, that’s enough. Great letter, rev! You’ve convinced us.
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