Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Press Misleads Public On Biblical Accuracy

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This is a tale of how fake news and fake science create fake facts.

In this case, it relates to biblical accuracy regarding the Canaanites.

After being proven wrong, the "Science" journal can only bring themselves to sort-of, barely admit they "may" be wrong, while the press moves on to the next story.


The first headline read, "New Archaeological Discovery Contradicts the Bible."

The next day the headline was modified and this was added at the bottom: "This story and its headline have been updated to reflect that in the Bible, God ordered the destruction of the Canaanites, but some cities may have survived."

"May" have survived?

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) couldn't even bring themselves to admit they were wrong. They made wrong assumptions because they don't actually know what the Bible says, nor did they bother to read it for their article which tried to slam the credibility of the Bible.

The AAAS initially took their information from The American Journal of Human Genetics ( AJHG) which has published a very interesting study of their genetic discoveries regarding the Canaanites.

They have basically published their findings, without commentary or speculation to any biblical meaning.

However, their findings actually "confirm" the biblical narrative regarding the account of the Canaanites.

But it was the "Science" journal, dedicated to advancing science, that started the chain of fake news, fake science, and fake facts.

When AAAS published their article, first titled, "New Archaeological Discovery Contradicts The Bible," various news organizations picked up the part about the Bible being inaccurate from the "Science" story, while using the facts from the archeology group.

They used the AJHG actual archaeological discoveries as fact, but used AAAS's conclusions regarding the discoveries and the inaccuracy of the Bible.

The Independent told the world: "The Bible says Canaanites were wiped out by Israelites but Scientists just found their descendants living in London."

ABC News posted this online: "Canaanites survived Biblical 'slaughter', ancient DNA Shows."

In the article ABC said,
Alan Cooper of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA said the study was hard evidence that God's biblical command, as described in the Book of Deuteronomy, to "totally destroy" the Canaanites, was not carried out.
"Clearly the Bible's wrong in the sense of the Canaanites being smitten, they were clearly not smit too well," Professor Cooper, who was not involved in the research, said.

David Klinghoffer, with Evolution News, read the story and had this to say:

“The first chapter in Judges lists all the places in Israel where the Canaanites persisted … ‘for they [the Israelites] did not drive them out.’”
And in the next chapter, God rebukes Israel for not driving the Canaanites out, saying “They shall become thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare to you.” Much of the remainder of the Old Testament is the sad fulfillment of this prophecy.
Some Canaanites, like Rahab, who hid the spies at Jericho, converted to the Hebrew religion and were incorporated into Israel. And in Joshua 9, we learn that the entire Canaanite city of Gideon tricked Israel into a peace treaty, and its people were allowed to stay.
Even in the New Testament, in Matthew 15, we read of a Canaanite woman who begged Jesus to heal her demon-possessed daughter. He famously rebuffs her twice before seeing her “great faith” and granting the request. 
And according to the genealogies of Matthew and Luke, Jesus Himself had Canaanite DNA, as he was descended from David through Jesse, Obed, and Boaz whose mother was … Rahab.
All of this goes to show how biased much of the news media are against Judeo-Christianity. But it also shows that we’re living in a time of startling biblical illiteracy.

Eric Metaxas with The Colson Center for Christian Worldview says, "The fate of the Canaanites sets the stage for much of the biblical drama. In other words, knowing it isn’t a matter of being religious, but of having a basic acquaintance with the most influential book in Western civilization."

"So," he says, "there are two takeaways here. First, archeology continues to reinforce key elements of biblical history. I say this having just read another report on ancient jug handles in Jerusalem that confirm the Babylonian destruction and exile. Our faith is based on a real God Who worked through real events in history, not some dreamtime legend. The Canaanites were as real as their descendants are today.

And, "Second," he says, "you can’t always believe what you read in the press, particularly when it comes to the Bible. Open it up, and do your own fact-check. Reporters miss things, but the story of our faith was authored by a perfect God Who, unsurprisingly, never has to retract a word."

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful.


4 comments:

  1. Science is a good thing. Using scientific information which has been refined through the scientific method as a tool is also a good thing. After all, God created science and mathamatics.

    The way one uses a tool has nothing to do with science. If one uses Science as a weapon to harm those one does not like or agree with, or if one uses Science to promote an Ideological bent one wants others to come to embrace, then that person is simply dishonest and more importantly that person or persons are not seeking truth.

    The desire to seek truth is a heart issue, as is the desire to change a culture or change the beliefs of others to suit your personal preferences. The catalyst that causes the heart to seek truth instead of seeking "me, mine, and what I want" is known in the Bible as the Holy Spirit..the Spirit of Truth.

    1 John 4:4-6
    4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.

    John 14:15-17: Christ tells us…
    16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever- 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him.

    The first and most tragic victim of the lie is the liar.

    Let us pray for the victims of hearts that lack the spirit of truth.

    Truth is a lonely warrior

    G>T>

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  2. Once credibility has been lost, it is difficult to regain. Just because a publication has "Science" in its title in no way indicates there is factual science in it. Now whatever they publish must be verified before being believed.

    In addition, I think it would be helpful for these people to gather information about a topic or source prior to pontificating about it.

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  3. An even bigger scientific error is being done with the entire story in Exodus.

    According the leading archaeologist on the period, Israel Finkelstein, he says there is zero evidence for a mass migration into Israel for the time period considered to be when the Exodus happened.

    According the evidence the British Egyptologist, David Rohl, presents in the documentary titled "Patterns of Evidence" narrated by Kevin Sorbo, it is all there, Joseph, Moses, the ten plagues and the death of a pharaoh, just 350 years earlier than is held to be the date.

    As interesting as this is the fact Rohl is an atheist and has no need to prove anything in the Bible versus a number in science who think it is their job to tell others their beliefs, primarily they don't believe it.

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  4. Acts 17:11, search scriptures daily to see if what you hear is correct. Scriptures are the benchmark, not scientific opinion. Trust Scriptures or remain confused.

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