An Observation About the Bible's Historicity
From Dennis Lurvey:
They dug up Jericho and there were no 'walls of Jericho'. They dug up old Jerusalem and found only a tiny village. They dug up Nazareth and found only 2 houses and a well. They've been digging trying to find evidence of a mass migration of Jewish slaves and found nothing but a trickle of villagers (and the Canaanites 'turned into Israelites' right where they were). They have dug and dug and dug and not found a first hand account of Jesus doing anything that could be verified.
They still haven't found evidence of Abraham, Moses, or most biblical characters outside the text of the bible. No mentions in outside texts, statues, coins, carvings, or historical sites in any country of either one. They have found that there were many gods during the time the bible said there was only one. They have found statues of the god that wasn't supposed to be carved, along with his wife Ashura. They have found and translated texts that contain stories of prophets identical to the story of Jesus including being born of a virgin and resurrecting, written centuries before christianity.
The catholic church scientists found our universe is expanding from a single point, disproving the creation story of the earth. The big bang has been replicated in the big collider making it repeatable and provable. Evolution has been replicated in real time with bacteria overcoming obstacles to reproduce a stronger bacteria.
What the bible does say is elohim was redefined as yahweh, a minor storm or mountain god, then re-defined over and over, other god stories rolled into it, worshiping other gods made illegal under penalty of death, and made into the ONE god by force of law and govt over a 1000 year period of time. Constantine made Jesus into a deity, and made him legal to worship in 313 AD and the law made Christianity the only religion legal to practice in the western world, which came to america's shores as early as the 1400's.
The proof is overwhelming most of the bible stories didn't happen, most of the people didn't exist, a lot of the places didn't exist or existed and were destroyed at a different time in a different way than the bible says. Even with newer discoveries none of them have been to bolster the bible stories, they make the stories less true or much much smaller than depicted.
Ben Franklin said no establishment of religion would mean the free market would determine which religions would rise and fall on their own merits. Christianity is proving that true, it is failing.