For years the name of this holiday did not make sense to me. For one thing, why celebrate the death of Jesus? This event was not some pleasant, pastel Easter play, but the real deal. Jesus was tortured, nailed to a tree and died, for heaven's sake! And yes, it was for heaven's sake, as … Continue reading Why is this day called “Good Friday”?
Have you ever heard anyone say, "Well, I think Jesus rose from the dead spiritually, but his body didn't really come back to life. The Bible is just using figurative language to describe his spirit going to God after his death." But if you read the various accounts, the testimony is very clear -- … Continue reading Jesus rose physically from the grave
The Hebrew Scriptures, or Old Testament, predicted that the promised Holy One would not remain dead, but would rise again. King David wrote this about a thousand before Jesus: “I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and … Continue reading Arguments for the Resurrection — Old Testament Predictions
Jesus pointed to the evidence of His life to testify that He was who He claimed to be: The Messiah, the Son of God. Previous posts touched on this point somewhat. When word comes from John the Baptist asking, “Who are you?”, Jesus directs the messengers to go and tell John what He is saying … Continue reading What Evidence Did Jesus Offer to Prove His Claims?
The Bible is the most complete, but not the only source of historical data. The existence of Jesus as a real person is well documented in sources outside the Bible. The biblical accounts agree with evidence from secular and Jewish historians from the first two centuries A.D. Tacitus – He was a Roman historian who … Continue reading Did Jesus Really Exist? Non-Biblical Sources
The writer of the fourth gospel is very clear about the source of his information -- himself! The Apostle John testifies that he witnessed the events and is writing from personal knowledge, with the purpose of providing sufficient evidence that his readers would believe in Jesus: And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, … Continue reading The New Testament is a Reliable Historical Document — The Gospel Writers: John
Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for … Continue reading The New Testament is a Reliable Historical Document — The Gospel Writers: Luke
Has any skeptic actually investigated the facts in order to disprove the Resurrection? What happened? Consider what crime reporter Lee Strobel wrote: For much of my life I was a skeptic. In fact, I considered myself an atheist. To me, there was far too much evidence that God was merely a product of wishful thinking, … Continue reading Skeptics Seek the Truth About the Resurrection
Definition of the Legal-Historical Method -- showing something is true (according to some legal standard, e.g. preponderance of the evidence, beyond a reasonable doubt, etc.) by offering available data as evidence. Three types of data are used in the courtroom: Oral Testimony includes eyewitness accounts of the event and other personal testimony bearing on the … Continue reading Resurrection: Miracle or Myth? Legal-historical method
What type of evidence should be presented or admitted? People often comment that one cannot prove biblical events scientifically. But that is not the only kind of evidence to be presented. Operational Scientific Method and Legal-historical Method. Geisler and Brooks discuss two methods of proof commonly used today to establish truth. Failure to understand the … Continue reading Resurrection: Miracle or Myth? Operational Science