Thideology Research Team: Case File 002

North Sinai, EGYPT — The Thideology Research Team has reported that Egypt’s chief archaeologist, Dr. Zahi Hawass, when asked by reporters about the biblical account of the Israelites’ flight from Egypt as recorded in the book of Exodus, had nothing to report.

According to an article in The New York Times, Dr. Hawass invited a bus load of journalists into the North Sinai to see his latest discovery — some recently uncovered walls to an ancient military fort — when he was asked about the Exodus.

“Really, it’s a myth,” he said, basing his opinion on…well…nothing.

According to Hawass, since there has not yet been any archaeological evidence to support the biblical account of the Exodus, it must not have happened. The Thideology Research Team scholars have pointed out two things:

  1. This is an argument from silence (which is considered a logical fallacy), and…
  2. Archaeology has never once been contrary to Scripture.

The New York Times article also quoted Dr. Hawass as saying, “Sometimes as archaeologists we have to say that never happened because there is no historical evidence.”

No historical evidence? Really?

Ancient manuscripts are evidence. The Bible is evidence. Aha, skeptics will say, but is the Bible reliable? Yep, more so than any other ancient writing — ever.

There may not be any archaeological evidence to support the biblical account of the Exodus… yet. But, Research Team scholars point out, that doesn’t mean the evidence doesn’t exist and it’s a poor basis for an argument against the textual/historical evidence we do have which supports the Exodus.

Dr. Hawass could not be reached to respond to the Research Team scholars —apparently he doesn’t have a good answer.

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The influence of Culture

mac.jpgAs Christians we often like to play the game where we keep one foot in the world while trying to place the other in the Kingdom of God. We like to convince ourselves that we are so “mature” in our faith that the culture around us has no measurable effect on our lives. It is precisely this kind of attitude which has caused us to allow the world to infiltrate the church and its teaching. Here are just a few examples…

  1. This is a story of a pastor who thinks the idea that Christ’s death was an atonement for sin is “insane.” This is a man who claims to be a Christian and a church leader.
  2. Here is a story about another “church leader” who apparently has abandoned any biblical call to holiness in order to make himself “relevant” to popular culture.
  3. And finally, here is a story that merely shows the logical progression in attitudes toward the sanctity of life in a culture that sees no problem with abortion.

As Christians we need to constantly remind ourselves that we are not our own. We are bought with a price and our sole purpose in this world is to bring glory to our Father in heaven. We need to remind ourselves of Paul’s admonition in Romans 12:2

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

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