A few weeks ago, I spent a solid 2 hours watching a feature on The History Channel. This feature was called The Exodus Decoded
. This feature spent the time looking at a story that is at the heart of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. A team of archaeologists, Egyptologists, geologists, theologians, etc, looked at this epic tale of pharaohs, plagues, miracles, Israelites and Moses. Looking at different artifacts and facts from each of these professionals and others in any number of they attempted to scientifically prove whether or not the tale told forth in Exodus happened. Throughout the feature, they were able to show evidence that was able to "prove" the Exodus.
While sitting there watching it, I didn't even know what to think. The scientists found any number of different explanations to things that I think true believers in the Bible and Exodus specifically shouldn't need proving. He found evidence of different phenomena that could explain everything from each and every plague of Egypt to Moses' parting of the Red Sea. The miracles
were shown to have scientific evidence of how they are possible.
To me, it seems like part of believing about religion is just that: believing
. We read through religious studies on these miracles – proofs of what we believe our God can do. Does showing how a volcano and plate tectonics could prove locusts, the blood red Nile, the death of the first-born, and parting seas take away from the miracle and belief aspect of religion?
I'm not the most believing person when it comes to religion. I was raised Catholic but after learning more into the history of the Catholic Church, I began to slowly lose my religion. Now I personally am agnostic, not sure what to believe. I'm curious as to what believers in the Exodus think.Do you think that trying to historically and scientifically prove the Bible takes away from the belief aspects of religion?