Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 96 – Operation Gezer, Part 2
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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.)
There is no Study Guide for Volume 8. You are on your own.
There really is a Gezer Calendar that lists the different seasons for farming.
Red-slipped pottery (pottery that has been coated with a red iron oxide mixture) has been found at the base of the Solomonic Gate at Gezer which seem to suggest that the gate and the walls were built during the time of King Solomon. This also lends credibility to the Solomonic Gates at Megiddo and Hazor.
They have found a wall which seems to have been destroyed by the Amos 1:1 earthquake.
There is talk of what constitutes good archaeological work. A person needs to perform incredibly careful work and needs the benefit of other experts as well. Unfortunately, many Christians are so excited to provide some evidence they think will prove the Bible. They take shortcuts in hopes of making some major discovery. The problem is not excitement for discovery but rather the disregard for needed discipline to chronicle and establish authenticity with rigour. We must clearly understand every site and artifact through historical, cultural, and scientific considerations with the Bible as our starting point.
Jim Brenan is in a final showdown with Dr Maxwell of the Free Thinkers’ Society. He says, “I presented a strong case to show that archaeology is in harmony with God’s Word. (He then quotes Romans 1:20). …You could come up with excuses or objections for every scientific or archaeological apologetic I present. Sceptics have been doing that for thousands of years….Long after you and all your objections and criticisms have gone, the Word of God will still stand, it will still be here. It has been here from all eternity and it will be for all eternity going forward. It doesn’t need the approval of fallible man, it stands on its own authority as the Word of God. May I remind you that you also come to your own conclusions based on your own presuppositions – presuppositions which discount the Word of God as His Word and authority. I, on the other hand, accept God’s Word as just that – not the fallible words of men but the very infallible, true word of God. You may try to pick it apart with your criticism, but in the end God says that you are without excuse.”
First of all, Jim Brenan has done nothing to show that archaeology is in harmony with the Bible.
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 TalkOrgins.)
Secondly, Romans 1:20 is quoted again.
Here is Romans 1:20 for context:
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. [emphasis added]
We can understand the Creator by looking at the things that are made, ie, by studying the world around us.
What Creationism does, on the other hand, looks nothing like this, and in fact, violates this principle. Instead of looking at ‘the things that are made’ and drawing conclusions from that, they seek to support the creation model, based on a plain, literal interpretation of Genesis 1-11.
Thirdly, the Word of God has not been here from all eternity.
Dr Ian Dawson is caught and handed over to the authorities.
Myles Morgan did his job and is now a free man; he is reunited with his wife and son.
At the end of this episode, the Creation Response Team receive a note which looks like they will be on another adventure.