Visiting these places, you are reminded of the truth of these stories. They are not just stories or myths, but rather real events that took place, and as you find out from visiting these places, despite what the naysayers and skeptics might try to tell you, there is a mountain of archeological evidence backing up the Biblical stories, proving that they really happened and that they happened exactly as the Bible tells us they did. It is too easy to be a skeptic, though, and there seems never to be an end to such skeptics. I remember years ago in graduate school studying the writings of certain skeptics that founded the deconstruction school of thought, starting with Jacques Derrida in 1967. Derrida used exalted sounding language and complex arguments that awed the unwashed masses of academics who were lured into his theories without a peep of resistance like wide-eyed neophytes. But when you look at his theories in the clear light of reason and truth they are just an application of socialist theory and class struggle to the subject of linguistics. And his followers then expanded on his theories to tear down and criticize all traditional values and especially Judeo-Christian values and ways of thinking.
I struggled through graduate school with many people who accepted his theories without question, yet they would question everything else, which made no sense. Any claim to truth should be questioned because God made us creatures of curiosity and intellectual reason. The claims of Derrida and his followers have no more claim to truth than anyone else and are subject to the very same questions that they mischievously inflicted on everyone else. I learned from studying the German philosopher Fichte that all claims to truth have a foundation somewhere, and for worldly knowledge, that foundation is usually based in assumptions that are hidden away and are unquestioned. For the Christian, though, our claims to truth are founded in the source of all truth, God. As Jesus told us in John 14:6, He is “THE TRUTH.” Since truth is founded in Him, it is unshakeable. Moreover, the validity of the truths in our God and His Scripture have been attacked for millennia without effect. The Bible, its people, its events, its continuing effect on people up to the present, and its unblemished record of prophesies that have come true and continue to come true give us an unassailable mountain of evidence as to the truth of its words and the God behind them. Josh McDowell has written a series of books which examine the truth of the Bible in exhausting detail for anyone who ever wants to examine the claims of the Bible’s truth. But truth, real truth, such as found in the Bible and in our God, can never be damaged or taken away, and it will never go away because His Truth is as eternal as He Is.
I pray that you would rejoice in the unshakeable truths of our God and His Scripture and that you would find courage and strength in your life from these truths.