old stones

Today after lunch we had the opportunity to attend some seminars as a part of GYC-GL. I had originally planned on attending the one on archeology, but considered attending one of the more spiritually minded seminars. I’m glad I didn’t. After being at CAMPUS so long it was good to attend a presentation that appealed to my spirituality in a new way.

The early parts of the seminar looked at how the Bible was coming under attack during the 1800s because there was not enough archaeological evidence to corroborate what the Bible said. Men were saying that this proved the Bible false and that England (in particular) should move to a more secular way of life. Soon after these attacks were made a great many artifacts were found that countered them, finding extra Biblical evidence that corroborated the stories of the Bible. The evidence was found just at the time it was needed!

One story in particular that stood out was that of George Smith. A man who came from humble surroundings but had such a fascination with archeology and how it proved the historicity Bible that he would take any job at the British Museum that would allow him to be near the artifacts held there. The only job available was that of a janitor. So he swept the floors, but while he did he studied the artifacts and looked over the shoulders of those translating newly found pieces. By doing this he was eventually able to read Akkadian.

Having done such a good job at sweeping, the museum then allowed George to help glue together broken tablets. While doing this, he would also translate the pieces, much to the surprise of the museum translators. In doing this work, he translated the work of Gilgamesh, which was the first extra Biblical source to mention the flood. From humble beginnings George Smith went on to have world wide fame, and made another great discovery that defended the Bible.

There were a great many other stories presented by Dr. Younker, but what I find most inspiring was the way he made the presentation. Throughout the whole thing he was very joyful and positive. Even when sharing stories of how minimalist archaeologists had attacked him personally. Seeing someone who has excelled in their field while also holding their faith with such a positive attitude was an inspiration. This is what we aspire for at CAMPUS.


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