- We have seen the evidence from unbiased sources that establishes Jesus of Nazareth
- As a person of history.
- Who lived and died in the first century A.D.
- We have also pointed out that such sources tell us nothing about ...
- Who he was.
- What he did to earn such a reputation that centuries later his teaching and life still have so much influence in world society.
- The only record that describes in detail the life and death of Jesus is the New Testament.
- As a historical document the New Testament is reliable.
- Can we trust the New Testament to be accurate in recording facts of history about Jesus? his life, death and resurrection?
- Can we have confidence that what we have today in the form of the New Testament is an accurate copy of what was penned by the original authors?
- These are some of the questions we shall attempt to answer as we examine the historical reliability of the New Testament.
- Reasons for believing that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.
- Likely answers:
- Because of his miracles.
- Because he fulfilled all of the Messianic prophecies.
- Because he rose from the dead.
- Where do we learn about these things?
- The New Testament tells of his miracles.
- The New Testament tells of fulfilled prophecies.
- The New Testament tells of his resurrection.
- Most of our information comes from the New Testament.
- Criticism of the New Testament by enemies of Jesus.
- Some say the New Testament was written more than 100 years after Jesus died.
- If true, the New Testament was not written by eyewitnesses, nor by the men whose names are connected with it (Paul, Peter, James, John, Jude, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Jude).
- If the New Testament was written in the second century instead of the first century, as it claims, then it IS a forgery.
- Some critics say the New Testament is filled with errors about geography, people, and events.
- If true, we cannot trust the writers of the New Testament to be accurate in describing supernatural events, when they were careless about describing natural ones.
- The New Testament would be an unreliable record.
- Some critics say manuscript evidence is scarce, and a thousand years removed from the original documents.
- If true, we have no way to test the accuracy of the copyists, who for hundreds of years preserved the New Testament by making copies by hand.
- Our faith in Jesus would be based on shallow ground, if it is based on a document that is historically questionable.
- Faith in Jesus is dependent on the New Testament being reliable as a historical document.
- "Blind faith" may be adequate for some ...
- For children who believe whatever their parents say.
- For those who have never had their faith seriously challenged.
- For those who make no effort to convince others that Jesus is the Savior of the world.
- If we have a strong faith in Jesus as the Son of God ...
- We need to understand our dependency on the New Testament.
- We need to know how to demonstrate evidence which supports the New Testament as a reliable, historical document.
- We must appreciate the need to carefully examine the evidence for the historical reliability of the New Testament.
- We must apply the same kind of tests that are applied to any ancient document to decide its reliability.
- Coming studies will give the "acid test" for deciding the truthfulness or falsity of any ancient document claiming to be a historical record.
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