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We live in a time when you keep hearing stuff like oh, the Bible was changed in the

Middle Ages by you know, the monks

and that we don't know what it really says and, and

you know, upon investigation I have come to the conclusion that that's not true.

The Dead Sea Scrolls -

they were in jars for like 2,000 years

in a desert someplace and then in, what was it, 1947-48

somebody discovers them, and opens them up and says, "oh,

what's this?" They are

documents of the Old Testament that have been

hidden in jars in the desert where it's dry, where they're preserved

for 2,000 years. And we can say, "oh, so what did the Bible say

2,000 years ago? Let's read it. We don't have to guess if the monks changed

it or not. Let's read it." And

you read it and it's like letter-for- letter, not word-for-word, letter-for-letter

the same as it is today, so the argument

that the Bible was changed - it, it just has to go in the garbage

instantly. We have

thousands and thousands of New Testament manuscripts

that exist that we can read and compare to other New Testament manuscripts.

We don't have that for Socrates,

we don't have that for Aristotle, we don't have that for Thucydides, we don't

have that for Herodotus, we don't, like, we don't have

those documents close to when they were written.

Like, the closest documents we have to those documents are literally a thousand

years later.

There have been just in the last like 50 years

tremendous archaeological discoveries, and this is another one of these things

like, a hundred years ago,

people could make arguments, but now we have archaeological evidence that keeps

coming up

over and over and over. I read about the New York Times. You open it up and they say oh, they found a,

a stele, talking about the house of David. You know,

they had no evidence that 3,000 years ago there actually was a

King in Israel named David. Now they have archaeological evidence.

This happens over and over and over again that oh, suddenly we realize the

Assyrians or the Hittites - they actually existed because we found something

from you know, in cuneiform writing that proves it; whereas up until now,

we thought maybe it was just made up. Archaeological evidence is pretty

compelling. It becomes an open-and-shut case. People can believe what they want

but when you start looking at that

evidence it's, it's overwhelming.

It does matter

that it's, that it's real, that it's trustworthy and you can

investigate it, and I would say it's, it's kinda fun to investigate it.

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