Capernaum

Capernaum - Israel

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Capernaum Israel

Capernaum - Israel

Capernaum was recently discovered and excavated in Israel. Capernaum was a fishing town on the shores of Israel's Lake of Gennesaret. The Bible says that during Jesus' 3-year ministry in Israel, Capernaum served as the base of his ministry: "Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea..." (Matthew 4:12-13). Among Capernaum's excavated ruins in Israel is Peter's house, which had served as a base for the Christians in or visiting Capernaum and other Israeli towns nearby. You can actually peer into the ruins of Peter's house in Capernaum, identified by the markings on the stone wall.

As archaeology, physics, astronomy, microbiology and other sciences advance, what I've learned is that more and more of the Bible actually has been getting confirmed, not vice versa. For example, prior to the telescope was invented, people could count the ~5000 stars visible to the naked eye and dismissed as exaggeration the statement in Jeremiah 33:22 that stars "cannot be numbered". The Hubble telescope has shown that even with today's technology, the stars in our galaxy, let alone the universe, indeed cannot be numbered. Molecular vibrations and resonance now explain how sound waves collapsed the wall of Jericho in Joshua 6:20, and while medical breakthroughs let more people to live to be 100 years old, we can't live beyond the 120 years limit prescribed in Genesis 6:3.

What about Darwin's theory of evolution, which claims that we are simply the result of random mutations over a very long time?

Imagine that you visit Israel and find amidst the ruins of Capernaum ten stones laid out in the shape of the letter "S". You may look at those stones and wonder if they'd been laid like that by someone or if something random like rain water draining from a hill may have placed the stones in that formation.

But imagine finding ten trillion stones that spell out the entire collection of Shakespeare's plays. You couldn't attribute that to some random cause, could you? You'd have to conclude that somebody laid out those stones.

What's the point? Charles Darwin didn't have the electron microscope and assumed the cell - the basic building block of life and the starting point for his theory of evolution - to be just some uniform blob. But today's electron microscope shows the cell actually to be an incredibly complex organic machine made of about ten trillion atoms organized into highly specific, interdependent parts, all of which are needed for the cell to exist in the first place.

The number of atoms in a cell exceed the number of cells in a newborn baby, so building a theory for the human body without knowing the cell is like building an air force without knowing what an airplane is.*

The courses on evolution, including one at masters level whose teachings I believed unquestioningly until hearing the other side of the argument, now stand out for the major issues skirted than the minute details focused on.

* For more scientific evidences on this, watch and listen.

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