Genesis — True History or Jewish Fables?
All of the Bible hangs on the truthfulness of Genesis. If God doesn’t tell us the truth from the first words of the Bible, when does He start telling it to us? Jesus quoted from and referred to Genesis more than any other book in the Hebrew Bible. If Jesus was quoting from a book of invented stories, as theological liberals and compromisers maintain, then Jesus would either have been a fraud or a fool and of course He was neither.
Our belief in the truthfulness of the Bible is based on faith, but not blind faith. Our faith is based on the evidence that God has given to us in His book. The evidence of the Bible’s truthfulness comes in several areas including; prophecy, history and science.
The prophecy in the Bible is one sure sign of divine authorship. The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem was foretold in Micah 5:2 hundreds of years before it occurred. This is just one of the hundreds of fulfilled prophecies contained in the Bible.
The science in the Bible is remarkable in that the things written show the kind of knowledge that could only have been known to God when they were first written in the Bible. In Genesis 22:17 God tells Abraham that there are trillions of stars in space, as many stars in the sky as grains of sand on a seashore. At the time that God told Abraham about the stars, Abraham could only have seen about 4000 stars. The true number of stars was something that was known only to God at that time.
Thousands of years ago the Greeks taught that the earth was a solid base and the sky a crystalline sphere with stars fixed in it. The Hindus at that time taught that the earth rested on the back of an elephant that was on the back of a turtle that swam in the eternal sea. At the same time God was telling us in Job 26:7 that the earth hangs on nothing, a fact that was not discovered by humans for centuries. The ideas of the Greeks and Hindus are now seen for the silly ideas that they were, but the divine scientific knowledge given to us by God has been confirmed by true science.
The Bible is a book on many subjects with history being one of the main areas covered. Bible history is therefore an area that has been consistently attacked by the enemies of the Bible. Years ago skeptics said the Bible couldn’t be trusted because it spoke of a great Hittite Empire to the north of Israel and no evidence had been found that this empire had ever existed. Then archaeologists dug in the right spot and found that what the Bible had described about the Hittites was exactly correct.
In the 1950’s an archaeologist named Kathleen Kenyon claimed that her excavation of Jericho had shown that the Biblical story of its destruction was wrong. Her conclusions were based on bits of pottery she had found. Her claims were widely trumpeted by skeptics as “proof” that the Bible was wrong. A few years later other archaeologists found that the evidence tells a very different story. They found that the walls of Jericho had fallen down, that the city had then been burned and that huge amounts of grain had been left untouched in the destroyed city, all of which supported the Bible story as told to us in the book of Joshua.
The Bible is a book of reality that God gave to us. When we take it for what it is, God’s word, then we can better understand both God and the world He created.
“For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?”
John 5: 46-47