Archaeologists have been uncovering ancient artifacts that coincide with biblical accounts of history for decades, provoking serious questions in unbelievers that the stories are more accurate than previously thought. However, a major 21st-century discovery has proven the accuracy of one of the most influential miracles of Jesus recorded in the Gospel Of John.
For centuries, skeptics have relied on the lack of physical proof to argue that the miraculous events and religious history of the Bible are completely unfounded. But as researchers continue to uncover a wealth of undeniable evidence backing the world’s most influential book, cynics are beginning to suspect that there is more truth in the ancient scriptures than they presumed possible.
In 2005, sewage workers began maintenance on pipes in the Old City of Jerusalem, never expecting they’d be the first to witness an age-old artifact which many of the most scholarly historians believed never existed.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the workers unearthed an unexpected freshwater reservoir, upon which they immediately contacted researchers for study. Archaeologists soon found that this long-lost pool was actually the ancient Pool of Siloam, a location once believed by critics to be a myth. However, the revelation doesn’t end there.
The Pool of Siloam isn’t only a sacred Christian site, but it is the very setting described in the Gospel of John in which Jesus Christ healed the blind man. According to John 9, the Son of God spat in the dirt, rubbed the mud on the man’s eyes, and told him to go wash in the Pool of Siloam. When the man obeyed, he was instantly healed of his life-long affliction.
“Scholars have said that there wasn’t a Pool of Siloam and that John was using a religious conceit” to illustrate a point, said New Testament scholar James H. Charlesworth of the Princeton Theological Seminary. “Now we have found the Pool of Siloam … exactly where John said it was.”5div>
According to Charisma News, after extensive studies, scholars believe that this reservoir is undoubtedly the same that was named in the New Testament, further verifying the authenticity of the Bible.
“The point is that it’s become increasingly clear that the default scholarly position of disbelieving the Bible because it is the Bible is untenable,” Metaxas writes. “Of course, Christians should already know that. But it’s still gratifying to see that other people are able to see it, as well. Even if they have to go to the Pool of Siloam to do it.”
This substantial discovery is only one of a great many that have provided strong evidence for the Bible’s instrumental passages. In fact, Mad World News previously reported on the recent finding of the two ossuaries, proving that James (the brother of Jesus) and Caiaphas (the ancient high priest and Sadducee enemy of Jesus) existed as described in the Bible.
Just one year after the uncovering of the Pool of Siloam, archaeologists celebrated what they believe to be the very house in which Joseph, Mary, and young Jesus resided.
Those who refuse to believe that the Bible is at least historically accurate are finding it harder and harder to logically refute its account. The truth is that they have no sound argument or proof that these writings never happened, but instead rely simply on their desire for it to be untrue.
However, we who believe understand that it’s not in the discoveries or physical evidence that authenticates our faith, but rather our personal relationship in Christ that is proof enough of His existence. Still, it certainly doesn’t hurt that these disclosures are coming to light more often, but to the faithful it surely wasn’t necessary either.