"Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught." Luke 1:1-4
Luke, who wrote the Gospel of Luke, was a well-respected physician in his day. He wasn't the kind who takes wooden nickels. Luke wasn't afraid to ask the hard question and was in a constant search for truth. His Gospel is written to give a historical documentation of the truth of this new faith called Christianity. Since his primary audience was the Greeks, he had to make sure his arguments were solid and proven. He did. They are!
That brings us to our second proof of the authenticity of the Bible:
Second, Historical Accuracy
Quoting Alex McFarland, "The historical accuracy of the Scriptures is in a class by itself, far superior to the written records of Egypt, Assyria, and other ancient nations. Archaeological confirmations of the biblical record have been almost innumerable in the last century."
Dr. Nelson Glueck, is regarded by many as the greatest modern authority on Israeli archaeology. He observed, "No archaeological discovery has ever controverted a biblical reference. Scores of archaeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or in exact detail historical statements in the Bible."
Here are a few of the document archaeological finds that support biblical claims:
Old Testament discoveries:
The city of Jericho (by the way, the walls DID fall in)
The city of Nineveh
Ur, which had Ziggurats (similar to what scholars had imagined the Tower of Babel would have resembled).
Babylon, a clay fragment was unearthed there with the following inscription referring to one particular ziggurate: "Offended the gods, was destroyed at night....people scattered with speech made strange." (sound familiar?)
Meggido, the failure to discover this city was cited as a criticism against the authenticity of the Old Testament. But guess what? It was recently discovered and was found to be where, indeed, Solomon kept his stables for 450 horses. (See I Kings 9 and II Chronicles 8)
This is just a partial list, but impressive historical documentation for any open-minded researcher.
Want some New Testament historical evidence?
The following places referenced in the New Testament have been verified by archaeological finds:
Cana - in 725 A.D. an inscription was found referencing "Cana, near Nazareth" and referring to the "miracle of the wine."
Again, this is only a partial list of the archaeological documentations.
Skeptics, atheists, and agnostics put their confidence in historical records and manuscripts far less documented than the Old and New Testaments. So, faith ultimately becomes and issue of the heart not the head.
For those of you who have given your hearts to Jesus, here is some good stuff to wrap your head around!