The term “apologetic” has its roots in the Greek word “apologia,” which refers to the study dedicated to defending religion in an academic and systematic manner. Its primary goal is to establish the validity of historical events and scientific evidence through thorough research. Understanding the connection between science and historical occurrences is essential for forming a practical and well-informed opinion about religion. That’s why Godspeed incorporates factual apologetics as one of its platforms, supporting and funding academic projects that scientifically investigate and authenticate historical religious events. As Einstein once said, “Science without religion is lame, and religion without science is blind.”
The Bible's Archaeological Evidence:
There are several internet sites and research literature, which addresses the science of biblical doctrine. Listed below are sites, which will help expand your knowledge:
Solomon’s Temple & Godspeed’s Symbol
Solomon’s temple or the first temple, functioned as God’s dwelling place, where King Solomon placed the Ark of the Covenant. Within the temple, King Solomon placed the Ark of the Covenant, a chest that held the Ten Commandments. This chest was kept in a special chamber called the 'Holy of Holies'. King Solomon also had two brass pillars constructed, named Jachin and Boaz, symbolizing strength and establishment by the Lord God.
In the Holy of Holies chamber, there were two Cherubim, or angels, with their wings spread out over the Tabernacle. It was described that one Cherub's wing touched one wall, while the other Cherub's wing touched the opposite wall (1 Kings 6). The Sanctuary itself was adorned with pure gold and had intricate carvings of Cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers on its walls.
Godspeed's symbol is the Cherubim, representing our mission to be a worthy messenger of God's presence in the world. Cherubim are heavenly beings or mighty angels that symbolize God's holiness, moral perfection, and presence.
These winged angels are mentioned in various books of the Bible. For example, the two Cherubim stand on both sides of God's mercy seat. In Genesis, a Cherub with a blazing sword was sent by the Lord to guard the Garden of Eden. In 2 Samuel and Psalms 18, God flew upon the wings of Cherubim. In Solomon's Temple, they were ornamental statues depicted as standing on their feet with wings spread out.
Dr. David Goldstein, author of Jewish Mythology, describes Cherubim as sphinx-like creatures with human heads, lion bodies, and eagle wings. The book of Ezekiel provides the most detailed biblical description, stating that each Cherub had four faces: a cherub, a man, a lion, and an eagle.
Dr. David Goldstein, author of Jewish Mythology, describes Cherubim as “sphinx-like creatures with human heads, the bodies of lions, and the wings of an eagle.” However, no one knows with certainty the exact image, thus artistic and creative license must be taken in any reproduction. The book of Ezekiel gives the most graphic biblical description: “Their entire bodies, including their backs, their hands and their wings, were completely full of eyes…Each of the Cherubim had four faces: One face was that of a cherub, the second the face of a man, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.”