Discovery of pool where Jesus healed blind man should wash away doubts on the Bible, Christian author says

(Wikipedia)'Christ Healing the Blind,' an oil on canvas painting by Nicolas Colombel, done in 1682, and on exhibit at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Missouri, U.S.A.

More and more pieces of archaeological evidence are being unearthed that support the historical accuracy of the Holy Bible.

One such archaeological evidence is the discovery of the ancient pool of Siloam, the exact place where Jesus Christ healed a blind man.

This story is told in the Gospel of John, where Jesus told His disciples that the man's blindness was not caused by his sins or his parents' shortcomings. Jesus then spat on the ground, made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to the eyes of the blind man, whom He ordered to "wash in the pool of Siloam."

In a commentary posted on Breakpoint, Christian author and speaker Eric Metaxas said the discovery of this ancient pool a decade ago should erase the doubts of some experts about the Gospel of John, and the Holy Bible as a whole.

"For years, some scholars have doubted the historical accuracy of the fourth Gospel. But a dip in the pool of Siloam will cure that," Metaxas said in his opinion piece.

He pointed out that the discovery of the pool of Siloam was "almost by accident" since it was uncovered during construction work to repair a water pipe near the Temple Mount.

The discovery of the ancient pool led not only to archaeological evidence to support the Gospel of John, but also to verification of an event told in the Book of Chronicles in the Old Testament.

This part of the Holy Bible tells of how King Hezekiah "blocked the upper outlet of the Gihon spring and channelled the water down to the west side of the City of David." The pool of Siloam is believed to be part of this water outlet.

Given the piling of archaeological evidence confirming how the Holy Bible is historically accurate, Metaxas said it will be hard for Christians and even non-believers not to believe in the Holy Scriptures.

"The point is that it's become increasingly clear that the default scholarly position of disbelieving the Bible because it is the Bible is untenable," Metaxas said.

"Of course, Christians should already know that. But it's still gratifying to see that other people are able to see it, as well. Even if they have to go to the pool of Siloam to do it," he added.

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