I recently saw an article in National Geographic that read Has the Signature of Biblical Prophet “Isaiah” Been Discovered? In the article, it is revealed that a partial clay seal dating to Isaiah’s time period has been found with his name followed by a partial word that likely spells out “prophet.” The term is only missing one letter. If this is an actual seal of Isaiah, this will be the first reference to him from his era outside of the Bible itself.
These types of discoveries always make me think about why Christians should trust the Bible. We say we believe that the Bible is God’s Word and that because God is perfect he cannot be wrong. If he truly inspired the writings of the Bible the way we believe he did, then the content of the Bible must be completely accurate.
It gets interesting when we think about how little evidence there is outside the Bible to qualify these claims. However, it becomes more interesting when we find evidence that does support Biblical claims concerning historical people, places, and cultural practices, etc.
What I think is most interesting is that while numerous discoveries have shown the Bible to be accurate in what it reports, no findings have disproved any biblical claims.
Now I am not suggesting that archeological finds prove Christianity to be true or even that we should base our beliefs on hard evidence.
But what I am suggesting is that these finds provide reassurance that our trust in Scripture is warranted. The Bible was recorded with great concern for historical accuracy. Our beliefs are not that “out there” because the book we base them on is correct in all that it claims that can be tested. There is still a lot of evidence to find, but to date none of what we find through proper historical study negates any claims made in the Bible.
When it comes to trusting the Bible, the track record suggests that we should give Scripture the benefit of the doubt when it comes to things for which there is currently no evidence.
Dr. Scott Shiffer has a Ph.D. in Christian Theology from the B.H. Carroll Theological Institute and has been teaching religion classes since 2006. He leads Transformation Media Ministries, an organization to help believers think biblically about culture in America. Scott has given numerous presentations including one at Oxford. He has spoken at church retreats, youth retreats, conferences, and has taught discipleship classes for over 10 years. Scott is married and has three children. He has a heart for helping believers draw closer to God and for aiding them as they are faced with new challenges in America every day.