Monday, December 31, 2012

Were Sodom and Gomorrah Actually Destroyed?

I've been pouring through a Jehova's Witnesses booklet "Keep on the Watch!" they handed me, plucking out the hilarious bits. This particular part is addressing whether Sodom and Gomorrah were actually destroyed.

Were Sodom and Gomorrah Actually Destroyed? Archaeology testifies to this event. Secular history makes mention of it. Jesus Christ verified the event, and what occurred is referred to in 14 separate books of the Bible.
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You know, if they widened the text area a bit, maybe they could have been a little more specific on some of these claims.
Archaeology testifies to this event.
According to the bastion of infallible information, Wikipedia, "The historical existence of Sodom and Gomorrah is still in dispute by archaeologists, as little archaeological evidence has ever been found in the regions where they were supposedly situated." The article continues discussing it. Check out the references, etc.

To say that archaeology "testifies to this event" is to drastically over-sell the evidence.
Secular history makes mention of it.
What does that mean to "make mention of it?" Does "Yeah there's these people who think this happened, but archaeology and secular history doesn't support it" count as "making mention"?

Wow, setting a high bar on the standards of evidence here, aren't we?
Jesus Christ verified the event, and what occurred is referred to in 14 separate books of the Bible.
Hobbiton is a real place. How do we know? Well, I'll tell you. You see, Gandalf  in the Lord of the Ring books verified the events, and many chapters in the books refer to the shire.

Lord of the Rings - Proved.

Do I get to start pushing legislation based on Lord of the Rings mythology now?


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