Question of the Day: Is Historical Evidence Important to your Faith

This past week, the world has been abuzz with the news that the Ark of Genesis 6 has been found. Suddenly, people are proclaiming that this is just what the world/atheists/backsliding Christians needed to believe (or return to the fold).

Is historical evidence important to you? Do you need an ark to prove to you the bible?

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13 Replies to “Question of the Day: Is Historical Evidence Important to your Faith”

  1. I don’t care.

    Give me evidence, or don’t give me evidence. All I need to know in terms of evidence is what Jesus has done to me in my life. I know Him, and so I don’t need to find a pile of debris, a Shroud, an old boat, or anything else.

    I also don’t need to stick my hand in Jesus’ side to believe that He died and rose again.

  2. I do think that we should expect, even demand, historical evidence if we are going to make claims about history. I think that there is more to faith than history, and that there are many aspects of our faith that do not depend on historical study. But I think it is important to not confuse trusting God with simply taking the Bible on faith, as though one can assume without further discussion, argumentation or evidence that a given detail refers to something that actually happened, and describes it exactly as it happened. For that, we need historical study, and there is no way around it.

  3. It wasn’t important to Rahab. Don’t think she worried with Noah’s ark and its decaying remains on a mountain somewhere.

    http://zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com/2010/04/28/was-rahab-really-a-harlot/

    For that matter, not sure that Noah had much “historical evidence” to rely on either. Noah and Rahab were probably more like James McGrath in living what he, rightly, thinks: “I think that there is more to faith than history,”

    Maybe some people just don’t want more. And, ironically, maybe more history and more historical evidence doesn’t necessarily add up to faith or more faith. And more than that, in my history books, both Noah and Rahab were very friendly with the archaeologists: they all realized that a trowel, a shovel, a camera, and a pen and scroll belonged to believers and nonbelievers alike.

    1. I have to agree with everyone, and I do think that the words which sums it up are “There is more to faith than history.”

      I think that evidence comes in at such major events, such as the evidence of Jesus Christ, textual evidence, but to place my entire faith upon a literal boat which sailed the seas which literally covered the entire literal planet, literally? Not sure I can do that.

  4. I guess that depends what people mean by “historical evidence”. Much of the Bible was written as an historical record (i.e. in that style) by eyewitnesses to the events therein, and the Bible is certainly vital to our faith.

    As far as extrabiblical evidence to further substantiate events recorded in the Bible, icing on the cake from my perspective, useful to God’s glory and our edification, but I wouldn’t depend on the icing. Once one is truly regenerated in Christ, they have a living relationship with the living God, know the Shepherd’s loving voice by His Spirit and Word, and it is no longer just a matter of cold evidence.

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