Do you sometimes wonder if scientifically advanced people like us should believe the miracles of the Bible? After all, few of us have seen a fortified city collapse with a shout or a prophet’s prayers calm hungry lions. If God didn’t really do what his word says he did, how do we know he can do today what he promises? If biblical accounts of miraculous events were myths rather than history, is our faith based more on superstition than fact?
Take the story of Samson. In Judges 14 we read that “suddenly a young lion came roaring toward him. The Spirit of the Lord came upon him in power so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat” (vs. 5-6). Is it plausible that a man could tear apart a lion? Before we dismiss this as legend, consider an amazing discovery just announced by archaeologists: a penny-sized seal depicting a man fighting a lion. The seal was unearthed at Beth Shemesh, about 12 miles west of Jerusalem. Many scholars believe it to be an early reference to Samson.