Post Author: Bill Pratt
In my frequent conversations with non-Christians, I hear the following kinds of statements: “I can’t believe what the Bible authors wrote because they were religiously motivated.”
The idea seems to be that if you are religious, you will not be able to tell the truth about historical events. You will twist history to fit your agenda.
This may surprise some of you, but I can see where this viewpoint comes from. I run into various religious groups who do monkey around with history and fail to get the facts right. In fact, the very reason I could never be a Mormon is because Joseph Smith manufactured an entire history of the Americas that has absolutely no external evidence to support it.
But, just because some religious groups manufacture history does not mean that all religious groups manufacture history. As I’ve written before on this blog, the writers of the Bible get their history right whenever archaeology can confirm it (see Did the New Testament Writers Record Fact or Fiction? Part 7).
At the very least, a skeptic should acknowledge this truth about Christianity and not lump it in with religions who do not accurately portray history. The Bible deserves the benefit of the doubt as it has proven itself many times to be historically accurate.
The well-known scholar N. T. Wright explains that the New Testament writers were clearly trying to record accurate history alongside their theological teachings. It is only modern man who struggles with the juxtaposition of the two. Watch this brief video clip below posted by The John Ankerberg Show.