3 An Example from Geography
While the Bible does not intend to deliber-ately school its readers in scientific principlesand data, any subject which it discusses aboutGod’s creation is accurate and true. As onecase in point, we can turn to Job 26:7, wherewe read a modern description of the earth as itspins in empty space. This was written about3,000 years B.C. This description is in sharpcontrast to the fantastic imaginary notionswhich the rest of the world taught or believedat that time. In support of Job 26:7, Isaiah40:22 points out that God sits upon “the circleof the earth.” The earth would appear as a“circle” to all those who lived on it only if itwere a sphere. Isaiah 40 matches the descrip-tion in Job 26 and supports its accurate state-ment, which is what we can expect from theBible. After all, who knows better than the Cre-ator how the universe is designed and built?
An Example from Archaeology
The oldest extant copies of the most famousGreek poems and essays are from 800 to 1,000years newer than the original manuscripts.However, no scholar would accept an argu-ment that these Greek classics are unfaithfulto the original and should be thrown away. Incontrast to that, the oldest copies of many OldTestament books are only 200 years newerthan the original. And the oldest copies of some New Testament books are dated only 50to 80 years later than the original autographs.On the basis of that information, then, theBible should be trusted at least as much as theGreek literature, which is so revered today.Recent discoveries have validated the his-torical integrity of the Bible, causing many ar-chaeologists, who have had a poor regard forthe Bible, to turn from a bias against it to ascientific respect for it. For example, in Gen-esis 15:20 a people called the “Hittites” are