The recent letter written by a piping designer about his library search for nonbiblical evidence of Jesus Christ is so full of nonsense and unsupported schemes that it makes me chuckle. It’s the classic case of the person not seeing the elephant in the room.
In just one chapter of one book, I found a reference to Jesus Christ by Josephus, a Jewish historian. And a little bit further, there was a reference to Jesus Christ by Tacitus, a Roman historian. And both of these references were done in the first century .... way before the Bible was written. And both of these writers were non-Christian and had no motive for noting the existence of Christ. So much for a failed library search. The failure lay between the chair and the index cards.
Supporting these pieces of information are professors like Edwin M. Yamauchi, Ph.D. Miami University in Ohio. Here is a short bio of Yamauchi: He has a bachelor of science degree in Hebrew languages and Hellenistics, master’s and doctorate from Brandeis University. He studied 22 languages including Aramic, Chinese, Egyptian, Russian, Syriac, Ugaritic and Comanche. He delivered more than 70 papers at places like Yale, Princeton and Cornell.
Next, the nonelephant-seer puts up his own set of standards for God to adhere to. God cannot allow pain or suffering and still be allowed to be God, according to the piping designer. Well, gee, there might be a bunch of other folks who want to tell God how to do things better. I mean, why would a caring God limit us just two legs? Ants have more. And why are we limited to just one brain when a caring God would have given us three since we have done so well with a single one?
As far as the “God Factor” goes, it is no more valid than the “Evolution Factor.” The Evolution Factor is the example of a species change that cannot be brought to proof by the scientific method because of the impossibility of creating an experiment. So, the Evolution Factor is applied — just throw a couple of hundred million years at the problem and it’s solved. Who can disprove a couple of hundred million years of change?
Being older than 69 and a much more accomplished researcher than the piping designer, I’m just glad he didn’t take up geography for I fear we would still believe in a flat earth.