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Are These Discoveries Biblically Significant

Updated on January 27, 2019
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Dr. David Thiessen is an educator, writer, pastor, and speaker. He has authored several books on a variety of topics including Archaeology

There is a new list

Recently a Christian organization put out their list of the top 7 discoveries in 2018 that they felt were biblically significant. I went through that list and found that some of them may not be as closely linked to the bible as claimed.

Some were and they add more artifacts to the ever growing amount of evidence for the veracity of the Bible. Others seemed more of a stretch than anything else. I hope to go through all 7 and present my views on these discoveries.

If you want to read the list and that organizations views just click here

#1. 1,500-year-old- Pool Discovered in Israel

It is well known that the Byzantines built many churches and other structures over areas they thought were connected to the Bible. This is one of those cases. Archaeologists think this pool was built over or near where Phillip baptized the Ethiopian Eunuch.

That is a big stretch as after 400 to 600 years, it would be very hard to determine and verify the exact location of the baptism. You cannot put stock on ths discovery as biblically significant

#2. Discovery of Ancient Israelite City

Now this is significant as it solves another piece of the biblical history puzzle. The discovery helps point archaeologists in the direction that David and his kingdom was real.

#3. Oldest Manuscript’ of Gospel of Mark

The most important aspect that would come from this discovery is that this fragment would show that the book of Mark remains unchanged and is the same in the first century as it is in the 21st.

But since it is only a fragment, key passages cannot be seen or found to be included in the book of Mark. This discovery has limited impact on the biblical world.

#4. Archeologists Discover Biblical Gate

Another important discovery as this verifies the Bible’s use of the ancient Old Testament city of Zer. It also verifies the existence of Pete’s, Andrew’s and Philip’s home town. The city was called Bethsaida in the New Testament.

Again, this discovery helps to show that the biblical authors were not making things up as they wrote God’s word.

#5. Archaeologists Discover 1,500-Year-Old Painting of Jesus Being Baptized

This is stretching things a little far and should not be included in any archaeological list connected to the Bible. At best it could be an artist’s conception of what happened when Jesus was baptized.

Or it was simply a painting of someone in the church who was baptized. That someone could have been an influential member or a son of an influential member and the church decided to mark the occasion.

Regardless of who it depicts, it would take a lot more evidence than this to change my mind and prove it was a painting of Jesus.

#6. Have Archaeologists Uncovered Pontius Pilate’s Ring

There is some significance to this discovery. First, it would complement and add credibility to the already discovered Pilate Inscription. Second, it does show that the name Pilate existed in biblical times.

But, it cannot be proven that this ring belonged to Pontius Pilate the Roman Overseer of Jerusalem. The ring could easily be the ring of another man named Pilate. Yet, even if that is so, that fact would not undermine the to points immediately above.

#7. Explorer: Ark of the Covenant May Have Been Found

First off, Mr. Cornuke made the journey many years ago as did Graham Hancock. The alleged ark was not discovered last year in Ethiopia. The legend and this idea of the ark has been around for a long time.

How do I know this, I own Mr. Cornuke’s video on his journey to Ethiopia and have also watched and read Mr. Hancock’s books and videos on this issue. I have done both many years ago.

While it is still possible that the ark did make it all the way to that country there are some issues with the identification. First, the fact that it is kept hidden tells me that this is not the ark.

God did not hide the ark completely from his people. Many people including the Philistines viewed the ark. Then the Ethiopians’ reason for hiding the ark Is not consistent with biblical instruction or events.

Nowhere in the Bible did God say that viewing the ark would defile it. Too many people looked at it throughout history without that taking place. Yet, the touch of an unclean person did draw a reaction from God.

It was not a good reaction, so if people want to touch the ark, it is better that they didn’t. If the Ethiopian guardian is not the right man in God’s eyes, and he and his predecessors touched the ark, they would not live to keep people away.

We would also hear the news and know it was the real ark. It is best to ignore this news and know that there is no biblical significance to this supposed 2018 discovery.

Some Final Words

When Christians deal with discoveries that provide some link to the Bible, no matter if it is archaeological, or other scientific discoveries, they need to be careful Not every item uncovered or declared to be connected to biblical history actually is connected or holy.

Christians need to be honest about what they find because if they are wrong, then not only they but the bible, God and the faith get embarrassed. This result makes it harder for other Christians to spread the gospel.

Not only that, the Christian has to make sure before they announce their conclusions about their discovery to the world. Too many search parties for Noah’s Ark have made announcements that they cannot verify with supporting evidence.

With eternity on the line, Christians should think twice, maybe three times, before making their claim. Constantine’s mother showed us what happens when they don’t. We have more than enough true Jesus’ cross splinters to build more than one cross.

© 2019 David Thiessen


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