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Archaeology And…Eden

15 May

Many people do not believe that the story of Eden is true. They place it firmly in the myth category because they claim there is no archaeological evidence showing that Eden actually existed. Eric Cline is one of those people and he wrote a book called From Eden To Exile and in the chapter on the Garden of Eden he states his non-acceptance for the biblical account and validity of the Garden.

He is not alone. There are far too many archaeologists, biblical scholars and others who follow his lead and rely upon archaeology to tell them what part of the past is real. This is an unrealistic approach to history and as all archaeologists will tell you, archaeology is a very limited field of research. The problem comes in, though, when archaeologists and bible scholars use the field of archaeology as an authority to support their theories. The idea of archaeology being limited doesn’t matter in this case, in their minds. Archaeology will be used as a final word on most subjects. For example– the amount of  literacy in the people of the past.

Yet when it comes to the Bible then archaeology is only used to say that the Bible is in error. When discoveries are unearthed that support the Bible and its accounts there is a loud chorus of voices declaring their dissent. For example there is a tablet in the British Museum depicting Adam and Eve in the Garden yet very few people know of this tablet or have heard of it.Another example is when Eilat Mazar uncovers 10th century Davidic and Solomonic walls. Her work is thoroughly questioned and often rejected because archaeology is not a tool to find the truth but to hide it.

When archaeologists and bible scholars go looking for the Garden of Eden they do so with a very stilted view-point and they do not always use the correct data. They toss out the flood and expect to find the garden untouched or evidence for the garden somewhere in the Middle East. I say somewhere because no one knows where Eden actually was and if it was a pre-flood state or a post-flood one.

Without knowing where to look it is impossible to search in the right locale.Unless some excavator is very lucky and they unearth evidence for Eden, archaeology cannot help find this location.  Another problem is the tossing out of vital and truthful information. Since most archaeologists and bible scholars do not accept the flood account, just like Eden, they are hurting their cause.  You cannot toss out real data and expect to have a successful search.

The Bible tells us that all living things were destroyed in the flood and since the Garden contained living things, it too was destroyed. We do not know what would have been left behind and what would have been destroyed. Given that satellite photos show long-lost rivers we can say that the rivers of Eden were long gone as well. The evidence we need to identify the Garden is lost to the flood and time.

We wouldn’t even know to which depth we would have to dig in order to get to the layer that held the remains of the Garden of Eden. Too much information is missing or tossed out by professionals.If archaeology is going to be a valuable research tool then it cannot afford to be subject to the whims and disbelief of those who use it professionally.

For believers, they cannot afford to be bullied by those who misuse the field of archaeology for their own purposes. Nor can they be swayed by the arguments based in archaeology. They must go with God for he knows the whole story. Archaeology is used too often by unbelievers to ruin the faith of those who say they follow God. Believers need to be more informed and not be so hasty to take the words f fallible humans over the Most High God. Archaeology is not an authority nor the last word n the past, nor are archaeologists

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