Originally posted by SaturnFX
Originally posted by Calender
but if you want truth read the Bible.
Can you offer any evidence that shows the bible to be any more or less truthful than this short story?
You ask for any evidence that what the Bible says is true? That is fair enough. There are three things that come straightaway to my mind that prove
the veracity of the Bible.
3. It's Teachings
The Bible is full of prophecy. And all of them in the past have come to pass. Thus we can be confident that what it says about the future will also
come to pass. Let us examen briefly just one example.
In the ancient world Babylon used to be a world power. Isaiah 13:19 called it the "jewel of kingdoms." In the seventh century B. C. E. it appeared
to be impregnable. At its peak Isaiah prophesied in Isaiah 13:19; 14:22, 23 that Babylon would be swept with "the broom of annihilation." Isaiah
then went on to describe in the very manner that Babylon would fall, and even prophesied the very name of the man who would conquer Babylon three
hundred years before he was born:
(Isaiah 45:1) . . .This is what Jehovah has said to his anointed one, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have taken hold of, to subdue before him nations,
so that I may ungird even the hips of kings; . . .
Cyrus the king of the Persians did indeed rise up to conquer Babylon. Let us compare what the prophecy says regarding its fall, and what history
(Isaiah 44:27-45:2) 27 the One saying to the watery deep, ‘Be evaporated; and all your rivers I shall dry up’; 28 the One saying of Cyrus, ‘He
is my shepherd, and all that I delight in he will completely carry out’; even in [my] saying of Jerusalem, ‘She will be rebuilt,’ and of the
temple, ‘You will have your foundation laid.’” 45 This is what Jehovah has said to his anointed one, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have taken
hold of, to subdue before him nations, so that I may ungird even the hips of kings; to open before him the two-leaved doors, so that even the gates
will not be shut: 2 “Before you I myself shall go, and the swells of land I shall straighten out. The copper doors I shall break in pieces, and the
iron bars I shall cut down.
Here Isaiah shows us that the waters of the mighty Euphrates river that surrounded the lofty walls of Babylon would be dried up, and that even the
gates would be left open for Cyrus the conquerer. Did it come to pass this way? Note what historian Herodotus says:
Herodotus explains that inside the city, the people “were dancing and making merry at a festival.” Outside, however, Cyrus had diverted the
waters of the Euphrates. As the water level sank, his army sloshed along the riverbed, with water up to their thighs. They marched past the towering
walls and entered through what Herodotus called “the gates that opened on the river,” gates carelessly left open. - Herodotus History Book I,
Now critics of the Bible cannot explain this obviously accurate prophecy made in advance hundreds of years, so they try to claim that it was rewritten
after the fact, although they have no proof to back up their claims, and flys in the face of all proof to the contrary. Nevertheless they cannot
explain away another detail of the prophecy concerning Babylon. What is it? Isaiah tells us:
(Isaiah 13:20) . . .She will never be inhabited, nor will she reside for generation after generation. And there the Arab will not pitch his tent,
and no shepherds will let [their flocks] lie down there.
This statement was made at the peak of Babylon's prestige 700 years before Christ came to earth. We know that a scroll of the complete book of
Isaiah was found among the Dead Sea Scrolls and dates back to two hundreds years before Christ walked the earth, or 2 B. C. E.
Following the takeover of Cyrus Babylon continued to exist for centuries. Even when Peter was alive in the first century of our common era Peter
visited a Jewish community in Babylon.
Yet by the fourth century the Hebrew Scholar Jerome wrote that in his day Babylon was a hunting ground in which beasts of every type roamed. -
Commentary on Isaiah, by Jerome, Isaiah 13:21, 22.
Isaiah never lived to see his prophecy fulfilled. Yet it came to pass just as Jehovah said it would. To this day Babylon is a mere heap of ruins in
Iraq that perhaps is a tourist attraction but is no longer inhabited, nor ever will be again. True to prophecy.
Tome fails me to write more here. But the sound prophecy that is unshakable, the archeological records that confirms the Bible over and over again,
as well as its written word that affects lives all over the earth for the better are all proof of it being the real inspired word of God. No other
book has been so hated and persecuted, yet survived as this one, and no other book is more read or widely distributed earth-wide than the Bible. If
you are sincere and are willing to learn the truth of the Bible study this one detail of true Biblical prophecy and get back to me, when I have time,
if you are hungry, honest, and humble, I would be glad to share with you so much more, to open your eyes to the real truth of the Bible's veracity.