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 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believe in Jesus: And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, … Continue reading The New Testament is a Reliable Historical Document — The Gospel Writers: John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everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for … Continue reading The New Testament is a Reliable Historical Document — The Gospel Writers: Luke
When you look to the Bible for evidence, aren't you just using circular reasoning? --The Bible is true because Jesus said so, and Jesus is God because the Bible says so. How does this make the Bible different from any other ancient religious text or mythical account? Some of the writings in the New Testament … Continue reading The New Testament is a Reliable Historical Document — Courtroom Testimony
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
What is the proper burden of proof? What should be the burden of proof when evaluating the evidence? Legal standards vary with the seriousness of the issue: preponderance of the evidence, clear and convincing evidence, beyond a reasonable doubt, or as some would like it – beyond even a shadow of a doubt. A few … Continue reading Resurrection: Miracle or Myth? The Burden of Proof
You have read the tabloid headlines . . . .Seen the books on bestseller lists . . . .Watched ‘documentary’ TV shows . . . .Enjoyed The DaVinci Code movie . . . .Listened to your pastor preach that the resurrection of Jesus is a figurative, mystical experience . . . . Issue: Did Jesus … Continue reading Resurrection– Miracle or Myth?