Archaeology and Bible
The first thing that comes to mind for me when I hear the term Archaeology and the Bible is embarrassment. How is that you ask? How does the feeling of embarrassment relate to the study of archaeology in relationship to the Bible?
I grew up in small town Wisconsin – in a small conservative town—to a family of Christians dedicated to spreading the Word of God everywhere they went. Much of my youth was spent attending a Christian school, church services, potlucks in church basements, and Awana club’s mid-week.
When we were not at church, my parents were dedicated to getting out the Good Message in any way…. anytime. Memories surface of my parents handing out a Red Book called “the Late Great Planet Earth” to people in the grocery store; my Dad leaving little pamphlets with Christian messages plastered on the front at every restaurant we ate at; and worst of all (as a junior high age girl) we were the people who had a tent at the local carnivals and state fairs where my parents accosted anyone who happened to walk by.
Now keep in mind, these are the memories of a young girl, unsure of her place in this world, and even more unsure of the importance of the message of the Bible to all those who had never heard. And even more importantly, what was in those books and pamphlets my parents were always handing out, and why in the world did it matter so much?
Let’s fast forward to a head-strong college student, now not at all sure that the Bible and God had any relevance in this world, and even more unsure that I wanted to walk with Him and by his principles for the rest of my life. Years later — following a failed attempt at becoming missionaries, a sick mother who almost died, the loss of our home and everything that I knew in my youth among other tragedies — I now introduce you to a girl who very seriously not only doubted her own faith, but God himself and even the Bible and all of its principles.
What does all of this have to do with Archeology and the Bible you ask? Well, for the first time, this young woman starting looking for intellectual, documented proof of the Bible. She started looking for solid facts that it could be trusted. With a heart that had been damaged and torn, and a spirit that was drowning in doubt, I finally picked up some of those books that started to give proof that the Bible could indeed be backed up by history; by prophetic events currently coming to pass, and YES archeological finds that gave validity to the claims written 2000 years ago.
What my parents didn’t realize (or maybe they did) was that that little 5-year-old girl who hid her head when my father shared the Good News with every waitress he met; that little 11-year-old girl who was so horribly embarrassed by their blatant passing out of books that could give proof beyond faith to their claims – had indeed been watching their acts of faith and it imprinted in my soul.
And while my soul had been damaged by the world and its sins, my intellect and my mind remembered that historical evidence and the Bible were not mutually exclusive. At the very point in my life when I was ready to walk away from the Bible, God, and all the Truths and secrets it held, a few little threads of historical proof in the Bible were all that I could hold onto when my heart no longer believed.
So in summary, this 43-year-old woman is interested to hear our sermon about Archeology and Bible, because on those dark days when I cannot seem to muster much faith, I can pick up a book– or listen to a sermon—that gives physical evidence backing up Biblical history of those things unseen.
Maybe some of what I hear in this sermon will continue to help my mind, heart, and soul rest assured that our history and our current events still point to the fact that Bible has always proven true.
And maybe, just maybe, I will have both the faith and foresight to share some of this knowledge with another who needs proof — from a philosophical standpoint, from prophetic events currently unfolding on the news every morning, and to the archaeological finds that have been and are still to be unearthed around the world today.