By Tyson Thorne

August 22, 2018

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"Media" used to mean "print media" like books and newspapers, but the world has grown. Today media can also mean radio, television and movies delivered to personal computers, tablets and cell phones. As the world's best selling book of all time the Bible continues to make headlines, both good and bad, across all forms of media. This week in the Bible and Media: A new archaeological find proves Bible critics assumptions wrong — again, Satanists strive to get a statue of Baphomet raised outside the Arkansas state capitol building, and an ancient lie resurfaces in Turkey in an ornate, gold-lettered tome worth $18 million.

According to the New York Times, Bible detractors found evidence that proves one of their basic assumptions completely wrong. They had assumed that literacy in Israel was very low until the Romans took over, which necessarily meant that the Bible would have been authored much later than it claims. A new archaeological discovery of shopping lists and inventories dating to about 600 BC (the best guess at an actual date is 583 BC) proved that literacy rates were actually very high, meaning they have to push back their estimate of the Bible's original date of writing. Eventually archaeology will prove the Bible's claims to be true, and all their false assumptions will fall away. The truth always makes itself known in time. The full report may be found here.

Last year Arkansas senator Jason Rapert sponsored legislation to install a Ten Commandments monument in front of the state capitol building. It was installed with little aplomb, but now is coming under attack by the Satanic Temple who demanded that the monument either be removed or that their statue of Baphomet be erected next to it. Their claim is that the state is giving support to one religion over another, ignoring the fact that the Ten Commandments are part of America's historic heritage and Baphomet is not. The ACLU has filed a suite of their own but, oddly, asked the court to bar the Satanic Temple from joining the case. Apparently, as atheists, they don't want to have anything to do with Satanists either. We'll let you know what happens, though the court date has not yet been set. For complete information see the article in

The mainstream media is calling it "The Secret Bible", a 1500 year old book handwritten in gold on animal skin. In it are supposedly secret teachings of Jesus, who denies being the messiah and claims his followers should be looking for a prophet named Mohamed. In reality there is nothing "secret" about this text, its been known for centuries as the Gospel of Barnabas and the early church denied its authenticity long ago. Written in the fifth or sixth century, it obviously could not have been written by the apostle Barnabas who traveled with Paul on his first missionary journey. Many such "gospels" were written at this time in an attempt to give certain religions legitimacy. The fact that they couldn't be honest about the authorship reveals their trustworthiness — or lack thereof. That doesn't mean that the book isn't valuable and is, in fact, estimated to be worth $18 million. It will soon be on display at the Ankara Ethnography Museum in Turkey.

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