Archaeologists have discovered whale bones in the Sahara desert, showing that the entire region was once under water for quite a long time. Let’s all jump for joy (or sob uncontrollably, depending on what this means for you), because this clearly shows that every last word in the entire Bible is 100 percent correct and accurate. Or so says the Conservative Tribune.
In an article titled, “PHOTOS: What Archaeologists Just Put on Display Has Bible Believers Saying ‘I Told You So’ to Atheists,” we become educated on just how wrong those of us who question the truth of that wondrous holy book are. You see, unless the Great Flood happened, there could be no whale bones in the Sahara Desert or the Middle East. Period. It’s just not possible.
It shouldn’t surprise us that certain Bible stories are based on actual events. We’ve spent roughly 150 years, according to PBS, using archaeological discoveries to “prove” the Bible. William Dever, Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona, with more than 30 years of experience in archaeology of the Near East, said this in 2013:
The fact is that archeology can never prove any of the theological suppositions of the Bible. Archeologists can often tell you what happened and when and where and how and even why. No archeologists can tell anyone what it means, and most of us don’t try.
We want to make the Bible history. Many people think it has to be history or nothing. But there is no word for history in the Hebrew Bible. In other words, what did the biblical writers think they were doing? Writing objective history? No. That’s a modern discipline. They were telling stories. They wanted you to know what these purported events mean.
In other words, people of the time interpreted certain events, such as a massive flood, the only way they could. That’s what the Bible’s stories are. The need to make the Bible actual, scientific history, explains what the Conservative Tribune, and others, do, every single time some type of discovery “validates” a Biblical story.
Oddly enough (or perhaps, not so oddly), they conveniently ignore rather important points at the same time, such as the number of times we’ve “found” Noah’s Ark. We’ve “found” it on Mt. Ararat in Turkey, and we’ve “found” it in the Elburz Mountains in Iran. Researchers actually disagree on where it is, or whether they’ve even found it.
So it is with these whale bones and the Conservative Tribune, at least, in terms of ignoring pertinent facts. The Conservative Tribune is conveniently ignoring some of what their own source, the Daily Mail, is saying about this. For instance, they’re saying we’ve known about whale bones in the Sahara Desert for more than 100 years. The Mail is also saying that they aren’t from the time of the great flood at all, but rather, they’re from the lost Tethys Sea. That sea existed before the continents separated.
They also conveniently ignore all the discussion in the Mail article about evolution, including how these whale skeletons give clues as to how man evolved to walk on two legs. But hey, it’s the Conservative Tribune. Facts are not exactly in their wheelhouse, especially not with a massive “discovery” like this. They took the article and ran with it without even knowing what was in it. Good job, guys. Really.
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