I spend most of my time engaging people on other blogs mainly because I am curious how other people come to their conclusions. Many times, I see people talking past each other until one party gets tired and decides to go do something else. No matter what the subject is, I think it’s best to start out with, “What do we know” first. When it comes to matters of the Bible, I started subscribing to Biblical Archaeology Magazine about 6 years ago. I discovered an article published this year entitled, “50 People in the Bible Confirmed Archaeologically ” . I often find Christians and Non-Believers alike claiming evidence or lack of for people in the Bible. Though lack of archaeological evidence does not prove someone never existed, the discovery of archaeological evidence can support “What we do know”.
Too often people make claims ( I am guilty) without truly knowing the basis of these claims. When I was a Christian, I tended to make a claim followed by, “The Bible tells me so”. In today’s world, I don’t think this is enough anymore than to refute a claim because you don’t believe in the Bible.
I am 62 years old and through three quarters of this life, I never really knew or took serious the fact there were billions of people who had a different view of the Bible , had a different Holy Book, or shared no belief at all. Growing up in a small farming village in Midwestern America, Christianity was the only thing I knew. My religious education came from my Parents, Pastor and Sunday School Teacher. That’s it !
It wasn’t until I started traveling Internationally for business that I discovered a very big non-Christian World which caused the wheels of my mind to turn. Followed by personal trips to the Middle East, Greece and Italy, I came to the conclusion there were several “exclusive” religions and they couldn’t all be right or maybe none of them.
Knowledge is a good thing if you are willing to accept it. Discounting knowledge because it goes against what you believe is a very dangerous thing.
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