On page 151 of his book “How to know God exists”, Ray Comfort claims that:
“While skeptics may choose to reject the Bible’s moral message, they cannot deny its historical accuracy. Over 25,000 archeological finds demonstrate that the people, places and events mentioned in the Bible are real and accurately described. No archeological finding has ever refuted the Bible.”
He couldn’t be any more wrong if he tried.
Okay, first of all (despite all the archeological evidence Egyptologists have on Ancient Egypt) there is no evidence of hundreds of thousands of Jews all leaving Egypt on the same day. And there is definitely no evidence of the Egyptian Pharaoh and his entire army being killed when they attempted to cross the Red Sea.
And there really WOULD have been SOME sort of mention of this if it really happened! Egypt had enemies on their borders that would have quickly and gladly invaded if the entire Egyptian army had all been slain one day. However an easy walk-over invasion such as that never happened. The book of Exodus is not historically accurate.
Also we know from geologists that there has never been a worldwide flood on this planet. Therefore we know that the story of Noah in the book of Genesis is not historically accurate.
None of the Ancient peoples east of Bethlehem record a journey like the one in the book of Matthew, where three wise men follow a star and travel to Bethlehem to present gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to a newborn child.
And despite the fact that Ancient Jewish Historians record many injustices inflicted by King Herod, they never recorded anything about the “slaughter of innocents” from the book of Matthew where it is claimed that King Herod gave the order to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in an attempt to make certain baby Jesus was killed.
And the arrest, trial and execution of Jesus is told in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, however (despite the fact that the Romans were meticulous record keepers and we have surviving records of many arrests and trails from ancient Rome) there are no Roman records of a man named Jesus having been arrested, tried and executed.
There’s also a problem with the Roman census recorded in the Bible.
According to the Book of Luke, Jesus was born during the reign of the Roman governor Quirinius, during a census ordered by Augustus throughout the whole world. According to both Luke and Matthew it was also during the reign of King Herod "the Great." The problem is that Herod died in 4 BC, and this was fully ten years before Quirinius' census. Furthermore, during Herod's reign, no Roman census could have been held in his territory, which included both Judaea and Galilee, the locations of both Bethlehem and Nazareth. Herod would have collected his own taxes, and given tribute to the Romans. Lastly, the existence of a census throughout the whole empire is contrary to the practice of the Romans, who collected taxes province by province, often subcontracting the process to "publicans."
Furthermore all four of the Gospels claim that Pontius Pilate freed a prisoner (by the name of Barabas) because of some sort of Roman custom of releasing one Jewish prisoner on Passover. However no custom of releasing prisoners in Jerusalem is ever recorded in any Jewish or Roman historical document.
Also, the Gospels claim that Pilate as merciful when historians such as Josephus describes Pilate as wicked, cruel, corrupt and malicious.
So, the books of Genesis, Exodus, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John have all been proven as historically inaccurate.
So, Ray Comfort got it VERY wrong! We CAN deny the Bible’s historical accuracy and archeological findings DO refute the Bible!