World’s largest amphibian caught in terrifying video as scientists make amazing discovery

A 74-year-old museum specimen has been identified as a new species of giant salamander and deemed to be the world’s biggest amphibian. Amphibians are vertebrate – animals with a backbone. They are cold-blooded, which means that their body temperature changes with their surroundings.

They spend part of their lives in water (breathing with gills) and part of their lives on land (breathing with lungs).

Chinese giant salamanders were previously considered to be one single species.

But researchers have identified evidence that shows more species actually exist.

The Chinese giant salamander has a mass of 25-30kg.

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The Chinese Giant Salamander

The Chinese Giant Salamander (Image: PA Media)

The giant salamander has a mass of 25-30kg.

The giant salamander has a mass of 25-30kg. (Image: PA Media)

It is up to 1.2m long.

The animal is critically endangered in the wild.

Harvesting for the luxury food trade has led to a collapse in numbers across China.

Researchers analysed 17 specimens from the Natural History Museum.

The animal is critically endangered in the wild.

The animal is critically endangered in the wild. (Image: PA Media)

One of these was a 74-year-old museum specimen that once lived at Zoological Society of London Zoo.

Professor Samuel Turvey is the study lead author and a conservation scientist at ZSL.

He said: “It’s amazing in this day and age that it took until now to work out what the world’s largest amphibian is.”

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A third distinct lineage was also discovered

A third distinct lineage was also discovered (Image: PA Media)

This has now been named as a new species and probably the world’s biggest amphibian.

A third distinct lineage was also discovered but is yet to be named.

This is because it has only been identified by tissue samples.

The idea of there being two salamander species was first proposed in the 1920s.

However it has only just been revisited with the findings supporting the century-old theory.

MH370 revelation: How disaster ‘shifted world’s attention’ away from huge event

Malaysia Airlines flight 370 went missing on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard the aircraft. Meanwhile, in February – March 2014, Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula, following a military intervention in the Ukrainian revolution. In July that year another Malaysia Airlines plane – MH17 – was actually shot down over Crimea, killing 298 people.

Science journalist Jeff Wise told Channel 5 documentary ‘Flight MH370’ that he believes it was Russian military intelligence behind the MH370 disappearance.

He claimed the Russian Government wanted to distract the world from the conflict in Crimea.

Mr Wise said: “It turns out that the people who did it were the Russians – this was an effort by Russian military intelligence.

“You have to understand this comes in the context of Russia has just annexed Crimea.

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“It’s getting a lot of heat for it and would really love for people to talk about something else, anything else.

“And so the world’s attention shifts completely away from this nasty business in Ukraine and all the way over here.”

The basis for Mr Wise’s theory is the idea that Russian intelligence officers managed to interfere with the plane’s communications to make it send out false information.

The official investigation concluded that the plane most likely ended up at the bottom of the Indian Ocean.

“It is possible to create a set of data that looks like it’s taking you to the southern Indian Ocean when it’s actually going in the opposite direction.

“So you could create what is essentially a false trail of breadcrumbs.”

No wreckage from MH370 has ever been discovered in the Indian Ocean, but debris has washed up on islands in the sea, as well as on the west coast of Africa.

Mr Wise claimed these were “planted evidence” used to further mislead the authorities.

He pointed out that just a few months later, a “sister ship” to MH370 – one of only 14 Malaysia Airlines 777-200ER planes in the world – was shot down by Russia-backed rebels in Crimea.

Suggesting these could be related, he said: “If you’ve carried out this incredibly technically sophisticated act of altering Inmarsat data in a way to provide this really subtle innuendo about where the plane went, throwing a piece of plane in the ocean is easy.”

However, other experts have dismissed Mr Wise’s theory.

What are they hiding? US Navy confirms UFO video – but it wasn’t meant for public release

The clips of the UFO are from 2004 in California and 2015 in Florida respectively and recently sparked a barrage of alien conspiracy theories. This week the Navy confirmed that the videos were authentic as viewers attempt to gauge whether this marks proof of aliens visiting Earth. Senator Mark Warner, the vice-chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee was brief on the phenomenon in addition to the staff of the Armed Service and Defence Appropriations.

A spokesperson for Mr Warner said: “If naval pilots are running into unexplained interference in the air, that’s a safety concerned Senator Warner believes we need to get to the bottom off.

Unidentified flying object briefings have been on the rise since it was revealed that the Pentagon’s secretive Aerospace Threat Identification program continues to investigate reported sightings of unknown aircraft.

Ed Booth, an aviation expert for News4Jax studied the shocking footage and insisted that Navy Pilots are instructed to report on these sightings.

He added: “What this object is that shows up in this video remains to be seen.

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The Navy have insisted the UFO footage is genuine (Image: NAVY)

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Donald Trump admitted to being briefed on the UFO’s earlier this year (Image: ABC)

“It’s very interesting, it’s certainly moving in ways atmospheric aircraft are not capable of moving.”

US president Donald Trump discussed the UFO reports with ABC News in June as he explained he had been briefed on the matter.

He said: “I want them to think whatever they think.

“They do say, and I’ve seen it, and i’ve read and I’ve heard.

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Pilots announced their surprise after encountering the UFOs (Image: NAVY)

“I did have one very brief meeting on it, but people are saying they’re seeing UFOs.

“Do I believe it? Not particularly.”

When asked about whether extraterrestrial life had been confirmed the president replied: “Well I think my great pilots would now, our great pilots would now.

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The Navy have updated their guidelines regarding reporting UFOs (Image: Getty)

“They see things a little bit different from the past, so we’re going to see, we’re watching and you’ll be the first to know.”

A Navy spokesman explained that the reporting on UFOs would fall under “privileged and classified information”.

This is so that the military aviation safety organisation can “preserve the free and honest prioritisation and discussion of safety among aircrew”.

The Navy spokesman added the new guidelines are a response to unknown, advanced aircraft flying into or near Navy strike groups of classified or sensitive military facilities.

UFO shock: Donald Trump ‘briefed’ on genuine sightings – ‘People say they’ve seen them!’

Trump was interviewed in June after footage of ‘unexplained aerial phenomena’ caused a stir when it was released in 2017. He was interviewed by ABC News, claiming he was briefed on the recent rise in US Navy pilots reporting unidentified aircraft. Interviewer George Stephanopolous pressed Trump, asking him what he made of the claims.

Trump said: “I think it’s probably – I want them to think whatever they think. They do say, and I’ve seen, and I’ve read, and I’ve heard. And I did have one very brief meeting on it.

“But people are saying they’re seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particularly.”

He was then asked if he thought he would know if extraterrestrial life had been confirmed.

Trump replied: “Well, I think my great pilots would know. Our great pilots would know.”

This comes as UFO sightings from the US Navy confirmed the spectacular footage of “unexplained aerial phenomena” revealed in 2017 was authentic.

The Navy added the footage shouldn’t have been released to the public eye.

The clips were recorded by Department of Defence officials on two separate occasions.

One clip was recorded near San Diego, California, back in 2004, while the other was filmed off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, in 2015.

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“The Navy has not publicly released characterisations or descriptions, nor released any hypothesis or conclusions, in regard to the objects contained in the referenced videos.”

The common term used for the objects seen is ‘unidentified flying object’ (UFO) but the Navy prefers to call them ‘unexplained aerial phenomena’ (UAP).

According to The Black Vault, the videos are unclassified but were never cleared for release.

US senators were reportedly briefed by the Pentagon in June about recent reports of UFO sightings by Navy pilots.

One of the senators was Mark Warner (D-Va.), who is the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Politico reported that his spokesperson said: “If naval pilots are running into unexplained interference in the air, that’s a safety concern Senator Warner believes we need to get to the bottom of.”

It was reported the briefing was delivered by the Navy and included staff from the Under Secretary of Defence for Intelligence.

Briefings such as these have been on the rise since it was revealed the Pentagon’s secretive Aerospace Threat Identification Program continues to investigate reported sightings of unknown aircraft.

Members of Congress and their staffers of the Armed Service and Defense Appropriations committees were also briefed, with more meetings expected to follow.

News4Jax aviation expert Ed Booth studied the 2015 footage and said Navy pilots are highly trained to report these sightings.

He said: “What this object is that shows up in this video remains to be seen.

“It’s very interesting. It’s certainly moving in ways atmospheric aircraft are not capable of moving.”

UFO sighting: ‘Alien disk’ spotted flying over New York – ‘Undeniable proof’

Self-proclaimed UFO expert Scott Waring took to his etdatabase.com blog to speculate about the intriguing amateur video reportedly recorded over Long Island, New York. Waring begins by supplying the eyewitness account of the alleged UFO incident. He said: “This was captured on August 12 over eastern Long Island.

“At the 49 second mark there appears to be another object far in the background.

We don’t see any wings on the object or contrails emanating from it

Scott Waring

“My wife and a child of a friend saw this as they were swimming the same time I did.”

The tiny object in the shaky footage smartphone footage appears to resemble a white disk and is seen flying through a brilliant blue sky.

Waring said: “It could be a US airforce special project.

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UFO sighting: A purported UFO has been spotted brazenly flying over the Hamptons (Image: etdatabase/Getty)

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UFO sighting: The overwhelming majority of UFO sightings are obvious fakes (Image: Getty)

“But it does not look triangular, so it probably is not a TR-3B.

“However, it is hard to tell as I have never seen a TR-3B in the day time. We only have videos of it shot at night.

“What is that object flying over the Hamptons? That is just incredible isn’t it.

“It is really out in the open, but we don’t hear any engines.

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“We don’t see any wings on the object or contrails emanating from it.”

Waring proceeds to zoom in on the UFO to get a closer look at the mysterious white object.

Waring added: “Other people must have witnessed this anomaly, as it is really out in the open.

“The object is a little tilted and is coloured like the clouds, with no metallic reflection.”

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UFO sighting: This notorious photo was taken in 1952 over Salem, Massachusetts (Image: Getty)

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UFO sighting: This UFO was reportedly spotted near Holloman Air Development Center in New Mexico (Image: Getty)

The conspiracy theorist then transforms a still from the video into negative format to obtain a clearer view of the mystery UFO.

“Waring said: “It does look sort of like a disk in negative format.

“But it has a sort of fuzziness around its edge.”

The alien UFO advocate’s bizarre claims instantly attracted scores comments on YouTube.

Dialeigh Slow: “Great video! Obviously under intelligent control. It looks like it’s pulsing or spinning quickly.”

Michael Killigrew: “It’s not a balloon because when u put it in negative format, there is like a field or something around it, amazing.”

However, B Baker is less than impressed by the blurry footage, commenting: “Sigh … drone or plane.”

China’s Loch Ness monster: Mysterious creature filmed emerging from world’s biggest dam

Mysterious footage of a Loch Ness-style creature has sparked an online frenzy in China, amid speculation that it could be a mythical creature. A snake-like creature has been filmed three times in the past week moving through the Yangtze River. In the latest footage, the shocking video shows onlookers stunned by the sight of the creature, which remains unidentified.

China’s government officials have remained silent on the matter, prompting speculation over the identity of the creature.

Thousands of online viewers have discussed whether the creature is an mysterious type of water snake – or something previously unknown.

New footage of the Loch Ness-style monster follows two eerily similar videos last week.

All three appear to show a metre-long black creature slithering through the waters of the Yangtze.

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The first video, shot from a ferry dock in Yichang, Central China’s Hubei Province, revealed the giant creature’s body breaking the surface of the water. 

Another clip was filmed at at the Three Gorges Dam Scenic Area, a popular tourist spot in Yichang City.

It is very long and dark, resembling what the Loch Ness Monster has often been described as.

The video has led some online users to both speculate that the creature has been hiding behind the world’s largest dam.

Asteroid fears: Why rock threatening to ‘render life extinct’ made scientist question God

Asteroid are the small rocky bodies that in the inner Solar System, orbiting the Sun. There are millions of them flying around space and their collisions – known as impact events – have played a significant role in shaping many planets One of the most famous impacts on Earth, the Chicxulub crater, is believed to be the remains of a huge space rock that wiped out the dinosaurs.

Scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson claims it is events like this that has led him to question the possibility of God.

During his 2015 Amazon Prime series, “Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains Everything,” the American astrophysicist spelt out his theory.

He admitted: “I have no idea whether there is a God.

“You know, I think people who are deeply religious are also not sure.

“That’s why it’s called faith.

“If you were certain there was a God, you wouldn’t have to call it faith, it would be some other activity.”

Dr Tyson then went on to make it clear that everyone should be allowed to have their own view.

He added: “You know there’s a Wiki page of all the gods that people have ever worshipped and it just scrolls on and on through the history of our species.

“So it’s an intriguing sociological fact that we’ve lived with gods ever since the dawn of our species.

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“I can say that if God is benevolent and I look at the universe and I see asteroids that render life extinct.

“There’s an absence of benevolence in the actual universe I see, so that’s always been a point of contention between philosophers and theologians.”

The warning comes after NASA received a warning over the “most dangerous space rock” heading to Earth.

Asteroid 101955 Bennu, formally known as 1999 RQ36, is a potentially hazardous object listed on the Sentry Risk Table with the second-highest cumulative rating on the Palermo Technical Impact Hazard Scale. 

Investigators have already warned the space agency that it could be devastating if they do not act.

According to a study by scientist Maria Eugenia Sansaturio the 1999 asteroid may impact the Earth.

Dr Sansaturio warned in a report for the Solar System journal Icarus that there is a good chance of the asteroid striking.

She told Universe Today in 2010: “The total impact probability of asteroid 1999 RQ36 can be estimated as 0.00092, approximately one-in-a-thousand chance, but what is most surprising is that over half of this chance (0.00054) corresponds to 2182.”

However, like all asteroids that pose a threat to life on Earth, NASA has a plan to tackle it.

The space agency is currently running a mission with its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to find out more about the rock.

Why scientist’s shock Jesus admission after ‘miracle’ experience stunned academics

Francis Collins is an American physician-geneticist who discovered the genes associated with a number of diseases and led the Human Genome Project. By graduate school, Dr Collins considered himself an atheist, but at the age of 27, he experienced a “leap of faith” while hiking in the Cascade Mountains of North America. He explained in 2004: “I felt like ‘I cannot resist this another moment, this is something I have really longed for all my life without realising it, and now I’ve got the chance to say yes,’ so I said yes.”

In 2007, before he passed away, renowned atheist Christopher Hitchens featured in a two-hour special alongside Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Sam Harris, in the now-infamous ‘Four Horsemen’ debate, where he detailed Dr Collins’ story.

He said: “If I could make one change, and only one, mine would be to distinguish the numinous from the supernatural.

“There’s a marvellous quotation from Francis Collins who said while mountaineering one day he was so overcome by the landscape he dropped down to his knees and accepted Jesus Christ.

“He was a complete atheist before and it had never been suggested that Jesus created that landscape.

The scientist made a shock change in heart

The scientist made a shock change in heart (Image: GETTY)

Francis Collins was an atheist before the experience

Francis Collins was an atheist before the experience (Image: GETTY)

He was a complete atheist before and it had never been suggested that Jesus created that landscape

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“What we have in our emotions is the surplus-value of our personalities, the bits that aren’t particularly useful for our evolution, but do belong to us all the same.

“These don’t belong to the supernatural and are not to be conscripted or annexed by any priesthood.”

Dr Dennet then went on to try and provide his own explanation for the encounter.

He said: “It’s a sad fact that people, in a sense, won’t trust their own valuing of their experiences. 

“They think it isn’t really as good as it seems unless it’s from God, unless it is some kind of proof of logic.

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The Four Horsemen discussed his experience

The Four Horsemen discussed his experience (Image: YOUTUBE)

“No, it’s just as wonderful as it seems, it’s just as important, it really is the best moment in your life.

“It’s the moment that you forget yourself and become better than you ever thought you could be.

“But it doesn’t add anything to say ‘golly, that has to have been given to me by somebody even more wonderful.

Dr Hitchen went on to deliver a shocking blow to Christianity.

He said: “It’s a shortcoming in the human personality frankly because religion keeps stressing how humble it is and how meek it is, but it actually makes extraordinarily arrogant claims.

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Christopher Hitchens was angered

Christopher Hitchens was angered (Image: YOUTUBE)

The Bible tells of miracles performed by Jeus

The Bible tells of miracles performed by Jeus (Image: GETTY)

I suddenly realised that the universe was all about me.

“I mean, come on, we can laugh at people over that I believe.”

n the Bible, the miracles of Jesus are supernatural deeds that include faith healing, exorcism, resurrection, control over nature and forgiveness of sins.

In the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke, Jesus refuses to give a miraculous sign to prove his authority.

However, in the Gospel of John, Jesus is said to have performed seven miracles from changing water into wine to raising Lazarus from the dead.

Many Christians take theword of Jesus to be true

Many Christians take theword of Jesus to be true (Image: GETTY)

For many Christians these are seen as actual events, but others, including many liberal Christians, consider the stories to be figurative.

Moreover, there is scientific evidence that proves Jesus existed.

Two ancient documents, dated 48AD and 104AD discovered matched a testament given by Luke in the religious text, a documentary revealed.

Amazon Prime’s “Jesus: The Great Debate” uncovered documents showing that people like Joseph had been ordered back to the city of their birth – Bethlehem – by Emperor Augustus of Rome. 

Lee Strobel, author of “The Case for Christ” told viewers how the document urged people to return to Bethlehem for tax reasons.

He said: “The truth is that modern archaeology has illuminated this issue in such a way that we can have great confidence that Luke was essentially accurate.

“In fact, we have an ancient document that’s dated 104AD that confirms that people who were living away from their provinces needed to return home for the census. 

“We also have another document dated 48AD that confirms entire families were involved in this. 

“And so we have documents which talk about the same kind of census that Luke records in the New Testament.”

UFO sighting: NASA ‘investigation’ as ‘silver flying saucer’ seen in killer storm in Spain

Alejandro Molla, a computer scientist from Spain, was filming an electrical storm that swept across the sky over northern Alicante. On closer inspection, what looks like a silvery flying saucer appear to dart around the top right hand corner of the footage.

Since the recording Spanish news outlet Agencia 6 (A6) says it has been inundated with requests from UFO and weather enthusiasts since sharing the clip online.

In addition to public interest, A6 claims it has been contacted by NASA, who asked for the original clip in order to investigate it further.

According to A6, a similar sighting was reported by NASA in skies over Wisconsin last July.

NASA would therefore be seriously interested in learning more about the apparent sighting.

Thunder and lightening reportedly woke Mr Molla up in the early hours of Saturday morning.

He quickly started to record the storm in an attempt to catch it in its might.

In doing so, the Spaniard inadvertently captured the orb that span out of control at a fast pace.

The University of Alicante then analysed the film – and spotted “something weird“, Alejandro claims.

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Torrential rain and vicious lightening has already killed six people, after parts of south eastern Spain severely flooded.

Majorca has had warnings of tornados.

Floods swept away cars and debris in the regions of Valencia, Murcia and eastern Andalucia, while motorway tunnels in some areas were close to being totally submerged.

Flash floods have proved lethal, with the speed at which they arrive combined with unknowing passers-by making for a deadly combination.

In the latest tragedy a man was killed after his car become trapped in a tunnel which filled with water within minutes in Almeria.

Police were quick to arrive at the scene and managed to save two of the three people trapped inside the vehicle.

The third person tragically died.

Other stranded drivers also had to be pulled from flooded road tunnels in Pilar de la Horadada, in the region of Alicante.

Bible bombshell: Academic’s shock God argument revealed – ‘Scientific proof!’

Renowned atheist Christopher Hitchens was an English-American academic, who was the author and editor of more than 30 books. Before his death in 2011, he argued in favour of free expression and scientific discovery while regularly speaking out against religion. In 2007, Mr Hitchens featured in a two-hour special alongside Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Sam Harris, in the now-infamous ‘Four Horsemen’ debate.

During the discussion, the group laid out the possibility of the stories in the Bible being true.

Mr Dennet outlined his theory first, in a shocking attack on the Christian faith.

He said in 2017: “When somebody plays the faith card, they say ‘look, I am a Christian and we Christians just have to believe this and that’s it’.

“At which point, I guess the polite way of saying it is ‘well, okay, if that’s true you’ll just have to excuse yourself from the discussion’ because you’ve declared yourself incompetent. 

Scientists argue against the possibility of God and Jesus

Scientists argue against the possibility of God and Jesus (Image: GETTY)

The academics unleashed a shock attack on the Bible

The academics unleashed a shock attack on the Bible (Image: GETTY)

we can scientifically disprove the existence of God

Christopher Hitchens

“Now, if you really can’t defend your view, then sorry, you can’t put it forward, we’re not going to let you play the faith card.

“Now if you want to defend what your holy book says, in terms we can appreciate, then fine, but just because it says it in the holy book, that doesn’t cut any ice.

“And if you think it does, you’re arrogant, it is a bullying move and we’re not going to accept it.”

Mr Hitchens then chipped in, citing a book he had read that apparently disproved the existence of God.

He added: “Could I just ask you something, all three of you, what do you think of Victor Stenger’s book [God: The Failed Hypothesis] that we can scientifically disprove the existence of God?

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Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens was in his element (Image: YOUTUBE)

“Either a creating one, or a supervising one, and certainly an intervening one, I think that’s fairly exhaustive.

“My view has always been that since we have to live with uncertainty, only those who are certain leave the room before the discussion can become adult.

“Victor Stenger seems to think we have now got to the stage where we can say with reasonable confidence that it’s disproved not vindicated.

“It matters a lot to me that our opinions are congruent with uncertainty.”

Mr Stenger’s book became a New York Times bestseller, where he put forward evidence of cosmology, astrophysics, nuclear physics, particle physics, statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics.

Daniel Dennet revealed his own views

Daniel Dennet revealed his own views (Image: YOUTUBE)

The Four Horsemen in 2007

The Four Horsemen in 2007 (Image: YOUTUBE)

While the book seeks to prove there is no God, it actually states the idea is not impossible, but improbable.

Mr Harris chipped in later on in the debate, where he launched a personal attack on the miracles of Jesus Christ.

He said: “I was a big fan of the book and actually blurbed it, but I think the weakest link he identified is this foundational claim on the texts is this idea that we know that the Bible is the perfect word of an omniscient deity.

“That is an especially weak claim and it really is their epistemological gold standard.

“I mean it all rests on that, but the Bible is not a magic book, Christianity, in this case, evaporates.

Sam Harris attacked the tellings of the Bible

Sam Harris attacked the tellings of the Bible (Image: GETTY)

“When you look at the book, and ask yourself ‘is there the slightest shred of evidence that this is the product omniscience?’

“Is there a single sentence in here [the Bible] that could not have been uttered by a person for whom a wheelbarrow would have been emergent technology?”

In the Bible, the miracles of Jesus are supernatural deeds that include faith healing, exorcism, resurrection, control over nature and forgiveness of sins.

In the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke, Jesus refuses to give a miraculous sign to prove his authority.

However, in the Gospel of John, Jesus is said to have performed seven miracles from changing water into wine to raising Lazarus from the dead.

The academics attacked the idea of miracles

The academics attacked the idea of miracles (Image: GETTY)

Some of the stories of the Bible can be verified

Some of the stories of the Bible can be verified (Image: GETTY)

For many Christians these are seen as actual events, but others, including many liberal Christians, consider the stories to be figurative.

Moreover, there is scientific evidence that proves Jesus existed.

Two ancient documents, dated 48AD and 104AD discovered matched a testament given by Luke in the religious text, a documentary revealed.

Amazon Prime’s “Jesus: The Great Debate” uncovered documents showing that people like Joseph had been ordered back to the city of their birth – Bethlehem – by Emperor Augustus of Rome. 

Lee Strobel, author of “The Case for Christ” told viewers how the document urged people to return to Bethlehem for tax reasons.

He said: “The truth is that modern archaeology has illuminated this issue in such a way that we can have great confidence that Luke was essentially accurate.

“In fact, we have an ancient document that’s dated 104AD that confirms that people who were living away from their provinces needed to return home for the census. 

“We also have another document dated 48AD that confirms entire families were involved in this. 

“And so we have documents which talk about the same kind of census that Luke records in the New Testament.”

Among scholars of the New Testament, there is little disagreement that Jesus actually lived.

Lawrence Mykytiuk, an associate professor of library science at Purdue University and author of a 2015 Biblical Archaeology Review article, said in 2015: “Jewish rabbis who did not like Jesus or his followers accused him of being a magician and leading people astray.

“But they never said he didn’t exist.”