Problem: If the
Bible is God’s word it should not only be spiritually
true but also factually true.
The Bible records the history of God’s interaction with
mankind. We therefore should be able to verify events
that occurred. The question we should ask is, “Are the
historical claims validated in facts outside the bible?
Some tend to view the Christian faith as a form of
circular reasoning. The perception of the skeptical
world can be summed up in the following way.
Christianity is based on the Bible. The Bible is a book
of faith. If you believe the Bible based on faith then
Christianity is real to you.
Sciences on the other hand is described as “Objective”
and “Real” dealing with facts.
Comes from the Greek words;
Archaio + logos
“The orderly arrangement of ancient things”
By comparing the places and events in the Bible to
actual physical evidence we can demonstrate the
truthfulness of the Bible in historical matters. By
showing the Bible is correct on historical events does
not prove the Bible is correct on spiritual matters. But
it does dismiss critics claims about the Bible not being
“True”. And brings us to the following conclusion. “if
the Bible is true on these historical events then its
claims of “Revelation” about events in the future can
also be trusted”
Cyrus the Great was both a biblical and historical
person. The Bible tells us after the defeat of Babylon
by the combined Median-Persian Empire. The Persian
empire had a different philosophy then the Babylonian on
its Jewish captives.
Cyrus made a proclamation permitting the people of Judah
to return home and to rebuild the Temple. 2 Chron
36:22-23, Ezra 1:1-4). This is event in the bible can be
validated with Persian documents, and history. The “
Cylinder of Cyrus” gives us the declaration from Cyrus
himself. We can actually go to his tomb to validate his
history. This same claim cannot be made for many books.
The Koran for example writes about Jesus 600 years after
the events with conflicting claims about historical
events. The “Book of Mormon” also claims to be a book
with a historical basis. To this day no claims from the
“Book of Mormon” have been archeologically verified. So
if a book cannot be proved “True” on a historical basis
the logical question would be, why would it be true on a
In this way the logical test of Truth can be validated
“If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord
does not take place or come true, that is a message the
LORD has not spoken” Deut 18:21
So by comparing the evidence and facts with the claims
we can build the case for the validity of the Bible to a