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Owen Heidenreich Mister Stoever Honors English 10 24 November 2012 The Way The Truth is the Life How accurate is the Holy Bible? The Bible was written from about 40 people through over a thousand years. These authors were men of God; they heard the voice of the Lord and fulfilled it just as he commanded. There are 66 books in this amazing work of narratives, poetry, history, prophecy and law in which the teachings relate to all of us, even today. It is Wisdom, and it is Truth. It is a non-fiction, and has been verified through various archeological discoveries, and also comparisons of the prophecies of the last days. It is an unique, and important work. This is the Book that lives. With multiple evidence provide; The bible is accurate, it is revered, it is fulfilled, it is prophesied, Jesus did live, perform miracles, and he did show himself risen from the dead. I am not telling you to change your perspective, but do you wonder how all of this fell together? Thousands of years, 40 different authors! Fulfilled predictions of the future? Can a document that was copied so many times truly be accurate? Tradition of the Jewish church tells us that the Hebrew people were extremely careful and precise in copying the scripture. Scribes of the Old Testament were bound to a set of rules, to ensure they copied with absolute precision. They could only use clean animal skins, they could not write more than 60 lines and no less than 48 lines of scripture per page. The ink must be of a special recipe, and they must verbalize each word aloud while they wrote. The letters, words, and paragraphs had to be counted, and the document became invalid if two letters touched each other! John C. Trever conducted several interviews to find out how our oldest copies of the Old


Testament were found. Muhammed Edh-Dhib, his cousin Juma Muhammed, and a friend Khalil Musa were shepherding in the region of the Dead Sea (Evans, Craig. "Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls"). They noticed some possible caves. In these caves they discovered scrolls from the book of Isaiah (John C. Trever. The Dead Sea Scrolls. Gorgias Press LLC). They brought the scrolls to several people to have them examined, and were eventually purchased by an antiques dealer. Member of the Syrian Orthodox church, George ishya, heard about the scrolls (most likely news spread by the antiques dealer) and contacted St. Marks Monastery hoping to get news about who these people were and where they found the scrolls. Two years after the discovery of the first scrolls, the Bedouins who found them went with some archeologists back to the Dead Sea and found 972 Old Testament manuscripts within 11 caves. The Dead Sea of Israel receives almost no rainfall, so it is ideal that these scrolls were of original condition. Before this discovery, the Codex Aleppo was one of our oldest Hebrew Old Testament scrolls. It was believed to be written around 900 AD (Age estimate from the type of paper). The Dead Sea Scrolls were significantly older than the Codex Aleppo, and they must have been written before 0 AD because it was the Old Testament. The Codex Aleppo was compared to the Dead Sea Scrolls by several people, one of them being the School of Oriental Research, and they contained similar verses. "Of the 166 words in Isaiah 53, there are only 17 letters in question. Ten of these letters are simply a matter of spelling, which does not affect the sense. Four more letters are minor stylistic changes, such as conjunctions. The three remaining letters comprise the word LIGHT, which is added in verse 11 and which does not affect the meaning greatly. Furthermore, this word is supported by the Codex Septuagint (LXX). Thus, in one chapter of 166 words, there is only one word (three letters) in question after a thousand years of transmission -


and this word does not significantly change the meaning of the passage." (Norman Geisler & William Nix, "A General Introduction to the Bible", Moody Press, Page 263). The person who wrote this article put the above quote to the test. He compared the texts and provided pictures and verified it himself. (Isaiah scroll and the Masoretic text) (Comparing Very Old Text to the Modern Bible) (Extraordinary Evidence About Jesus in the Dead Sea Scrolls). So we know the words are copied faithfully, but truthfully? Hezekiah the king of Judah was faithful to the Lord. His followers were like his sheep, faithfully following the Lords words. The Holy city of Jerusalem lives inside of Judah. Judah neighbored another little country called Samaria, and one colossal country called Assyria. (2 Kings 18:9) Sennacharib king of Assyria marched against Samaria and laid siege to it. A siege means to sit or wait, and when a country sieges you, your water or food supply is contaminated and your army falls weak. Ten years later, Judah was conquered by Assyria (2 kings 18:13). Then in (2 Kings 18:14), So Hezekiah king of Judah sent this message to the king of Assyria I have done wrong. Withdraw from me, and I will pay whatever you demand of me. So, Hezekiah gave him all the silver that was found in the temple of the LORD and in the treasuries of the royal palace. Sennacharib took the silver and gave Judah their freedom back, but he knows that Jerusalem harbors Gold and Silver. So, he begins threatening them by doubting the Lord, and also threatening to siege them. (2 kings 18:19-23), and (2 kings 18:27) Was it only to your master and you that my master sent me to say these things, who, like you, will have to eat their own excrement and drink their own urine? Sennacharib threatens them with a siege by saying they will have to live under great measures if they dont overthrow Hezekiah. Assyria was powerful, and he made Hezekiah know his strength by naming all of the other countries that had fallen from their sieges. The people of Judah had remained silent to


Sennacharibs threats because they were faithful to the Lord and they trusted Hezekiahs word. Hezekiah prayed and told the Lord about all of these threats. In order to protect the Holy city of Jerusalem, Hezekiah commanded his men to carve a tunnel which would channel flowing water to keep the army of Judah alive. The tunnel is mentioned way later in the Bible in (2 Chronicles 32:2-4). And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that he was purposed to fight against Jerusalem, He took counsel with his princes and his mighty men to stop the waters of the fountains which were without the city: and they did help him. [Without the city meaning underground.] So there was gathered much people together, who stopped all the fountains, and the brook that ran through the midst of the land, saying, why should the kings of Assyria come, and find much water? So, in this verse Hezekiah explains that when Sennacharib comes to finally attack, they will stop the water supply so that Sennacharib doesnt find their secret weapon. How do we know that this story is true, and that Hezekiah really did protect his people from the siege? In 1838 American biblical scholar Edward Robinson discovered Hezekiahs Tunnel. The
tunnel was more spectacular than anyone could have imagined. Hezekiahs tunnel was dug through solid rock at a staggering length of 1,750 feet! The tunnel travels in a snake-like shape at a perfectly steady slope. The walls are as wide as a mans shoulders through the length of the tunnel. An inscription was found near the middle of the tunnel, validating the significance. It commemorates the point when two teams, digging from each end, finally met in the middle. The inscription reads: [...when] (the tunnel) was driven through. And this was the way in which it was cut through: While [...] (were) still [...] axe(s), each man toward his fellow, and while there were still three cubits to be cut through, [there was heard] the voice of a man calling to his fellows, for there was an overlap in the rock on the right [and on the left]. [] axe against axe; and the water flowed from the spring toward the reservoir for 1200 cubits. Today, people can walk through this tunnel to observe its majesty (bibleplaces.com), but we know that water used to flow through it many years ago because near the end of your walk you will be standing in

Heidenreich|5 a freezing cold pool of water! This humungous, 1,750 foot tunnel, carved from solid rock, actually existed and it was mentioned in the Bible three times, (2 Kings 20:20, 2 Chronicles 32:2-4, 2 Chronicles 32:30). Why did he build it? The Lord ordered Hezekiah for it to be built because it was imperative for the temple of Jerusalem to be protected. Hezekiah knew the Lord, and he knew the seriousness of his Word. There is only one God, and Hezekiah knew he needed to protect the Lords Holy city. And in (2 kings 19:35-36) it states that Sennacharibs army was destroyed by the Lord, and that Sennacharib escaped to a city called Nineveh. The city Nineveh was mentioned in the first book, Genesis, and now is mentioned again. The entire city of Nineveh was discovered beneath ancient piles of sand! An entire book was written on the discovery. (1840: The Discovery of Nineveh). People knew for a fact that the Lord is with the righteous. They respected the true Lord and do whatever it takes to fulfill and protect his word, even sacrifice their life.

In November of 1990, construction workers were landscaping in Israels peace forest, and they accidently uncovered a tomb of 12 ossuaries. The construction workers contacted an Israeli antiques manager, Zvi Greenhut. He and the Israel Antiquities Authority Unit (CNN Wire Staff) identified them as ancient ossuaries. Ossuaries are similar to caskets; they are small limestone boxes which only carry bones. A family member would lay the body out on a bench, and come back a year later to store the bones in the ossuary. The only ossuary in the tomb that was thoroughly observed was covered in ornate designs with patterns of intricate circles and flowers. This was the only ossuary which had any design; it would seem to point to an important person. The contents of the ossuary are studied and found to contain the remains of several people. There are multiple members of the same family in the box. The bones were identified as two babies, an adolescent child, a teenage boy, an adult woman, and a man estimated to be about 60 years of age (The Caiaphas Ossuary 1st Century CE, University of Minnesota). On the side and on the back of the ossuary are inscriptions in Aramaic dramatically increasing the


importance of this archeological find. The inscriptions appeared to be chiseled in, perhaps by a family member. It was not part of the original design. In Aramaic the inscription on the side reads, Yehosef bar Qafa and on the back another one, which says Yehosef bar Qayafa (which translates in English to Joseph Son of Caiaphas). So, who is this guy? The New Testament describes Caiaphas as one of the primary individuals involved in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ! Matthew, Mark, Luke and John each identify Caiaphas as the high priest that oversaw the arrest and trial of Jesus. He would be second in power, right next to the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate. (Matthew 26:3) Then the chief priests and the elders of the people were gathered together in the court of the high priest, named Caiaphas. (These priests were jealous of Jesus; if you have read the gospel you would understand that they were sinful priests.) The Bible does not give Caiaphas first name. That is what brings it so much attention. However, a man investigating sources outside of the Bible discovers Caiaphas name. (Jewish Antiquities 18:95). Joseph who was called Caiaphas of the high priesthood also, in (Jewish Antiquities 18:35) it states, Caiaphas was the Jewish high priest from 18 to 36 AD Greenhut determined that this find can only mean that the 60 year old man found in the ossuary the Caiaphas involved in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. An extremely promising find, which proves the existence of Jesus Christ. Is this the same Holy Jesus Christ who died for mankind? The one who claimed to be The Son of God? So we know now that the Word of God is honestly preserved. The Word of God is fulfilled (tunnel of Hezekiah) and that most important person of the Bible is proven to have existed. We can infer that the Word is, therefore, honest. But, did Jesus really do what he did? Matthew and John wrote the first and last books of the Gospel, and were documented as 2 of the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ. Mark and Luke wrote the other two books, and they were not eyewitnesses, they


interviewed Jesus disciples. A common conception of people is that you cannot trust the gospels because it was passed on through several people, similar to the game telephone. (Luke 1:1-4) 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. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided 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 only interviewed the Disciples of Jesus, and this is the work of a honest historian. The church demanded that only Jesus Disciples could be interviewed for the authorization of the Gospel. The telephone analogy is poor because the first disciples who passed on information about Jesus were deeply concerned to get this sacred information correct. This deep seriousness is proven when scholars compared the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Codex Aleppo, and the Codex Septuagint in the first paragraph. These disciples were very close followers of the Christian faith; therefore they could not lie, or even sin at all. The LORD replied to Moses, "Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book. (Exodus 32:33) These books were written because Jesus is the most important person to have ever lived. The things that the Son of God said actually mattered. Jesus even admitted that he truly was the Son of God, and that is amazing because it is a sin to call yourself God, because that is lying, only God could say he is God. Jesus was a literary artist with his teachings. He took pieces of prophecy, ideas, wisdom, literature and law. From His ideas he created moral lessons. He carefully designed each aspect to represent something! He only preached in parables, which He did not rehearse. Usually, when a Jewish Rabbi is teaching, he must teach in the name of somebody else. They must have memorized what the other Rabbi said in order to preach it truthfully. However, Jesus came with his own authority and preached in the Name of God.


Preaching in the name of our Creator is an extraordinary claim. Few other people were privileged to hear Lord, such as the authors of the Bible. Isaiah 9:4 (Old Testament) "For a child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah also mentioned in his prophecy that Jesus would be punished for our sins. He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. In fact, most of the book of Isaiah are prophecies which have been fulfilled. However, people are still skeptical because Jesus was accounted for performing miracles. Is there evidence for his miracles? Well, there were people who followed Jesus, and at the same time there were people who opposed Him. The people who opposed him actually admitted that he did in fact perform miracles, but that these miracles were from the Devil. (Luke 11:14-16.) Dont you think that someone who opposed Jesus would say that he did not perform miracles? These people opposed him and they still admitted! Claiming Jesus is the Devil is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, which is noted as being a horrible sin. Jesus was crucified; it was documented in all four books, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Jesus great uncle Joseph of Armithea secretly followed jesus, because he feared the Romans persecuting him. However, he is the one who begged the Roman governor, to give the body of Jesus, so that he may give Jesus an honorable burial. (The Narrative of Joseph of Armithaea) This fact that Jesus was placed in a tomb created by Joseph of Armithea is a remarkable statement. The fact that it was not a faithful follower who was decided to give Jesus an honorable burial, but a man who actually opposed Jesus at one time, is an awkward and embarrassing fact for the early church. Do you think that the Church would have changed the


story, so it would seem that perhaps one of the disciples gave Jesus the Honorable burial, instead of Joseph? Yet, this statement is still faithfully preserved in the Bible. Did Jesus rise again? Two pieces of evidence. (John 20:1) Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary
Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. A woman,

Mary Magdalene, the prostitute, discovered His empty tomb? You have to understand something of the status of women in the Palestinian Jewish society. In that society women were second class citizens. If you were living in that time, and you heard this story, you would think, why on earth would you include the primary witness of Jesus empty tomb to be a woman, who was a demon infested prostitute? This is another embarrassing fact preserved faithfully by the church; Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The Christian disciples stuck to their story, even if it did appear to be a hoax, it was not. So, did Jesus rise again and appear to people after He resurrected? This is part of a letter written by a missionary named Paul, written to the Church of Corinth. "He was raised on the third day. He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time. Then the rest of the apostles. Then he appeared to James. Then last of all he appeared to me. An interesting thing about Paul was that he used to be Saul of Tarsus, and he actually killed Christians. He too was a non believer, and his skepticism changed only after Jesus resurrected body came to him. This is one of the accounts of a non believer documenting a miracle of Jesus. Look at it this way. The letter was definitely written, it still exists. If the letter were to be a lie, the only possible outcome is that he did not actually see Jesus. If he had not seen Jesus resurrected body, then he would still be a nonbeliever who kills Christians. The only thing that would have changed his skepticism is if Jesus was a forever kind of person. (The Case for Christ) So, if it were to be a lie, then why would a non believer write a letter claiming to have seen Jesus? A Non believer would not write a letter,

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he would not try to promote Christianity at all! He killed Christians! This is proof because we know that Saul of Tarsus was a persecutor of Christians. He then became a Christian Missionary and changed his name to Paul, and dedicated the rest of his life to Christ after he saw Jesus Ressurected from the dead. (Acts 9) Saul was on a journey to persecute some Christians and the Lord came to him, As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?. Jesus took away Sauls sight after that encounter for three days. Then the Lord came to a disciple named Ananias, and said Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight. Ananias was confused because he knew Saul persecuted Christians, but the Lord said Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. The Lord chose the Saul for a reason, to prove that anyone can be saved by Christ, and because He knew that Saul was a witness to the resurrected Christ. Do you understand? The Bible is the word of God, and these people Heard Gods Word and documented it. These people would do anything for God; even carve a 1,750 foot tunnel out of pure rock. There were more biblical discoveries then I mentioned. If youre still skeptical, watch the movie called The Daniel Project which points out all of the specific End times prophecies about Israel. The Bibles prophecies have been fulfilled, or have yet to be fulfilled. Jesus Christ did exist, He did perform miracles, He was crucified, He did rise again, and He did show himself to the people. It is provided with hard evidence. Similar to Luke and Mark, my evidence was carefully investigated and reviewed. As for the apparent biblical contradictions all of which can be explained. In my eyes, those are the most important things that a Christian

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must study, and they are not the things that should drive you away from Christianity. The bible is a history textbook without mistakes. This evidence does not literally prove the existence of God, I do not have a Facebook picture of God, it only points in the exact direction. Im not telling you what happened before the big bang, or how to live your life. I am just suggesting you should take it seriously. It is extremely close evidence. This is my testimony; Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Amen. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.