"God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty." – 1 Corinthians 1:27

Archaeologists have uncovered a "rich layer of finds" from the First Temple period near the Western Wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It is the first time that building remains from the First Temple period were exposed so close to the Temple Mount, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. Archaeologists have found various objects from the First Temple period, including a seal from a signet ring, pottery, figurines, and other artifacts. Archeologists hope the discoveries will help to fill in details about life in ancient times.

Israel Antiquities Authority also recently announced the discovery of a rare Tyrian shekel coin from the Second Temple period. Archaeologists digging near the City of David have found the silver coin, which is the type used to pay the half shekel Temple tax mandated in the book of Exodus. Only seven other similar coins have ever been found.

It seems that each week new archaeological discoveries are being made – both big and small – that help to bring the pages of Scripture to life. Matthew 17:24-27 says that when the tax collectors came to Jesus to collect the Temple tax, Jesus told Peter to cast a hook into the sea, catch a fish, and open the mouth of the fish. Miraculously, inside the fish’s mouth was a shekel coin (similar to the one uncovered by archaeologists) with which Peter was instructed to pay the tax. What a dramatic demonstration of Christ’s deity!

Without Excuse

The archaeological evidence in support of the Biblical record of history is overwhelming. Yet it seems that no matter how much tangible proof is uncovered, there are those who refuse to accept the Bible as fact. Science and the Bible can coexist – they are not mutually exclusive. Yet secular scientists continue to reject the growing body of evidence. With each new discovery it becomes more and more clear that such skeptics are not rejecting the evidence, they are rejecting the Word of God. Why do they "suppress the truth"? Because if the Bible is true, it means that mankind will be held accountable for its actions.

Many hope science will one day give us the answers to life’s most troubling questions: Who are we? Where did we come from? Why are we here? Since the time of the ancient Greek philosophers, the answers to these questions have been sought by examining the nature of the universe and its life forms. In the book of Romans, the Apostle Paul made a remarkable statement regarding the relationship between our understanding of the universe and the existence and attributes of God. According to Paul, not only is the existence of God inexcusably evident, but the invisible attributes of God can also be discerned with an examination of creation:

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse (Romans 1:18-20).".

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