The Bible has the distinct ability to accurately predict future events, often in minute details. Specific prophesies are conspicuously absent from the 26 other religious books that claim to be scripture, including: the Muslim's Koran, the Book of Mormon, the Hindu Vedas, and Buddhist writings. 1) Accuracy Of Prophecy
Overwhelming archeological support for the historical accuracy of both the Old and New Testaments. Numerous items discussed in the Bible such as nations, important people, customary practices, etc. have been verified by archeological evidence. Bible critics have often been embarrassed by discoveries that corroborated accounts they had previously deemed to be myth. 2) Archeological Evidence: The Tel Dan inscription, House of David inscription on Stella from 9 th Century B.C.
Bedrock of a Faith Is Jolted DNA tests contradict Mormon scripture. The church says the studies are being twisted to attack its beliefs. February 16, 2006February 16, 2006|William Lobdell | Times Staff Writer From the time he was a child in Peru, the Mormon Church instilled in Jose A. Loayza the conviction that he and millions of other Native Americans were descended from a lost tribe of Israel that reached the New World more than 2,000 years ago. "We were taught all the blessings of that Hebrew lineage belonged to us and that we were special people," said Loayza. A few years ago, Loayza said, his faith was shaken and his identity stripped away by DNA evidence showing that the ancestors of American natives came from Asia, not the Middle East. For Mormons, the lack of discernible Hebrew blood in Native Americans is no minor collision between faith and science. It burrows into the historical foundations of the Book of Mormon, a 175-year-old transcription that the church regards as literal and without error. SEE FULL ARTICLE AT: http://articles.latimes.com/2006/feb/16/local/me-mormon16
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Ample Archeological Evidence More Every Day Keeps On Coming
3) Advanced Medical Knowledge In numerous instances the Bible contains medical information that far predates man's actual discoveries of related principles in the field of medicine. 4) Advanced Scientific Knowledge Though the Bible is not a science book, when it touches on scientific matters it is either completely accurate or non-contradictory, and often demonstrates remarkable fore-knowledge.
WorkWhen WrittenEarliest CopyTime SpanNo. of copies New TestamentA.D. 40-100A.D. 12525 yrs24,000 Homer (Iliad)900 B.C.400 B.C500 yrs643 Sophocles496-406 B.CA.D. 10001,400 yrs193 Aristotle384-322 B.C.A.D. 11001,400 yrs49 Caesar (Gallic Wars) 58-50 B.C.A.D. 9001000 yrs10 5) Meticulous Care in the Transmission of the Bible
6) The Proof of Historians Secular history supports the Bible. For example, The Antiquities of the Jews, by Flavius Josephus Letters, By Pliny the Younger Roman historian P. Cornelius Tacitus
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