Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Bible May Be Older Than Originally Thought

An ancient tablet that has been discovered is dated around the 10th century, B.C. and is written in Hebrew. This is during King David's reign. It has been thought that the earliest forms of the Bible were written in an ancient form of Hebrew, and that Hebrew as we know it did not originate until the 6th century, B.C. (or 400 years later).

The text on the tablet also bears some resemblance to Biblical passages, but does not copy any one particular passage.

Interesting stuff.


Spock said...

Story telling is a huge part of human nature, especially when it is used to explain things that didn't have a scientific explanation.

They have been making up myths and fables for thousands and thousands of years.

Phil Chroniger said...

Posted that last comment before I was done.

Anyway Spock, you may be right, I'd be quick to disagree with you on whether or not there is a God or a creator of some kind...I believe there is (check the word..."believe").

I've read enough works by other religions beyond Christianity to know that there are some common threads between them all...which leads me to believe that those may be the "ties that bind" us to a creator.

Do I pretend to know all the answers, of course not, but I do have my beliefs. Believe it or not, some of it comes from applying a little practical math and science to some of the parables I have read...and I can piece together my own thoughts on the matter. I will admit that every now and then, I come across something (or someone) that causes me to make some minor revisions to what exactly I believe.

I believe faith is an ever-evolving thing (and I do believe that our creator set forth I'm not anti-science or anything like that). True, I have no scientific proof to back this up, but I don't need it to believe in the things I believe in.

Then again, faith is believing without seeing, is it not? That's why it is called that..."faith".

Wow, I've pontificated on this issue more than I intended, lol.

Spock said...

Phil- I believe you are a constantly evolving entity.

But, yes, you and I will disagree about if there or isn't some kind of spook in the sky, but that's cool.

I personally don't care what people think or believe.

I just can't stand those blinded by mythological biblical allegory, and believe the nonsense to be fact, and then wave it around as some sort of master religion superiority while trying to bring down logical, scientific and critical thought.

Phil Chroniger said...

Oh, I know I'm a constantly evolving entity...we all are. Stagnation would destroy any reason to move forward. Plus, it would be very boring.

I think there is definitely room for scientific reasoning and logic within the scope of a creator-based universe. For anyone to think otherwise would be, pardon the pun given your name, illogical.

Spock said...

The ideal of a one creator entity is far more illogical than a society based in reason.

The closer you get to scientific truth the further you will find yourself from the creator myth.

Phil Chroniger said...

The fact that answers seem to create more questions leads me to believe the truth lies somewhere between fundamentalist beliefs and strict scientific study.

However, the ability to debate and to agree to disagree is one of the greatest benefits of individual liberty. There we can agree, lol.

Ron Mexico said...

Now it is such a bizarrely impossible coincidence that anything so mind-bogglingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as a final and clinching proof of the nonexistence of God. The arguement goes something like this:

"I refuse to prove that I exist," says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing."

"But," say Man, "the Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn't it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don't. QED."

"Oh dear," says God, "I hadn't though of that" and promply vanishes in a puff of logic.