Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 95 – Operation Gezer, Part 1
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The Jonathan Park CDs are produced by Vision Forum Ministries. Through these CDs, VF hope to ‘provide children and adults with scientific evidence that is in harmony with the Word of God’. [Which raises the questions, ‘What does “in harmony” mean?’ and ‘What do they do with scientific evidence that is not in harmony with the Word of God?’]
Tagline: This is our Father’s world, God created it; we can explore it, so live the adventure!
NOTE: The producers of this series neglect to reference their information in any form. No references is ever given either on the CD or in the Study Guide for ANY information presented in the series. Even the voice actors of the series are not given any credit anywhere. We only know that the series is a production of Vision Forum Ministries.
It turns out that Myles Morgan has been secretly tailing the team from the very beginning. Now he’s ready to reveal his plan! After kidnapping Jonathan and the others, Myles leads the CRT on an unexpected journey that ends in an action-packed showdown at the biblical city of Gezer. Jim “faces off” with Dr. Maxwell in an internationally televised debate in Israel. Who will win? (Taken from here.)
It turns out that Ian is the person who has been responsible for all the thefts. It also turns out that Myles Morgan has struck a deal with the FBI. Since he once worked very closely with Ian and also the Creation Response Team, the FBI feel that he is the best person to help them capture Ian in exchange for an early release. (That’s the plan!)
Myles assures Dr Park, Jonathan, and Akiva that the FBI know that they are innocent and not guilty of any crime. (Unfortunately.)
There are also borderstones that inform visitors that they are entering the city.
While paddling in the Pool of Arches, Jim tells Jessie that his favourite part of the Bible is all the prophecies of the coming Messiah. There are over sixty and Jesus fulfilled them all. The odds of that has been estimated at 1 in 100 trillion. God’s Word says it – Jesus is the Messiah that the OT prophesied. The Word of God was carefully passed down. The manuscript and the archaeological evidence are in complete harmony with the message of the scripture. However, man is rebellious towards God and his word despite the evidence.
Sorry, but archaeological evidence is not in complete harmony with the message of Scripture.
Archaeology supports at most the general background of the Bible and some relatively recent details. It does not support every biblical claim. In particular, archaeology does not support anything about creation, the Flood, or the conquest of the Holy Land. If a few instances of historical accuracy are so significant, then an equal claim for accuracy can be made for the Iliad and Gone with the Wind.
Archaeology contradicts significant parts of the Bible:
- The Bible contains anachronisms. Details attributed to one era actually apply to a much later era. For example, camels, mentioned in Genesis 24:10, were not widely used until after 1000 B.C.E. (Finkelstein and Silberman 2001).
- The Exodus, which should have been a major event, does not appear in Egyptian records. There are no traces in the Sinai that one would expect from forty years of wandering of more than half a million people. And other archaeological evidence contradicts it, showing instead that the Hebrews were a native people (Finkelstein and Silberman 2001; Lazare 2002).
- There is no evidence that the kingdoms of David and Solomon were nearly as powerful as the Bible indicates; they may not have existed at all (Finkelstein and Silberman 2001; Lazare 2002).
Many claims that archaeology supports the Bible, especially earlier ones, were based on the scientists trying to force the evidence to fit their own preconceptions.
(Taken from TalkOrigins)