Prove It – “The Bible Is Credible” – 11/12/17

Prove It – “The Bible Is Credible” – 11/12/17

Preview of “Prove It” Series:

Week 1 – God exists

Week 2 – The Bible is credible

Week 3 – Jesus rose from the dead

Week 4 – Christianity is the one true religion

 

What is the Bible?

The Bible is a collection of 66 different documents

The Bible was written by approximately 40 different authors

The Bible was written over a period of approximately 1500+ years (1446 BC – AD 95)

The Bible was written in three different languages: Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.

The Bible deals with the most controversial subjects on earth

Despite all of this the Bible is perfectly harmonious

 

Are these real people and places?

 

“The Bible is bunch of fairy tales”

 

Examples of History outside the Bible

  • Babylonian siege and captivity of Jerusalem
  • Josephus verifies real life existence of Herod the Great, Caiaphas, Pontius Pilate, James “the brother of Jesus,” Felix, Festus, and even Jesus

 

“John, that was called the Baptist…was a good man, and commanded the Jews to exercise virtue, both as to righteousness towards one another, and piety towards God, and so to come to baptism…Herod, who feared the great influence John had over the people…sent [John] a prisoner, out of Herod’s suspicious temper, to Macherus, the castle I before mentioned, and was there put to death.” (Antiquities, 18:116-119)

 

“At this time there was a wise man who was called Jesus. And his conduct was good, and (he) was known to be virtuous. And many people from among the Jews and the other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned him to be crucified to die. And those who had become his disciples did not abandon his discipleship. They reported that he had appeared to them three days after his crucifixion and that he was alive…” (Antiquities of the Jews, 18:63-64, from a surviving manuscript in Arabic)

 

Examples of History outside the Bible

  • Babylonian siege and captivity of Jerusalem
  • Josephus verifies real life existence of Herod the Great, Caiaphas, Pontius Pilate, James “the brother of Jesus,” Felix, Festus, and even Jesus
  • 30 sources outside of the Bible attest to more than 100 facts regarding Jesus’ life

 

Examples of History outside the Bible

  • Babylonian siege and captivity of Jerusalem
  • Josephus verifies real life existence of Herod the Great, Caiaphas, Pontius Pilate, James “the brother of Jesus,” Felix, Festus, and even Jesus
  • 30 sources outside of the Bible attest to more than 100 facts regarding Jesus’ life
  • Archeological findings have never proven the Bible to be in error

 

Are the words we read really their words?

 

“The Bible has been translated so many times, we don’t even know what was originally written.”

 

(Progression line by line)

Author Date written Earliest copy Time Span # of copies
Pliny A.D. 61-113 A.D. 850 750 yrs 7
Plato 427-347 B.C. A.D. 900 1200 yrs 7
Aristotle 384-322 B.C. A.D. 1100 1400 yrs 49
Homer (Iliad) 900 B.C. 400 B.C. 500 yrs 643
New Testament 1st Cent. A.D. (A.D. 50-100) A.D. 130 less than 100 years 5600

 

“The Church decided which books are in the Bible”

 

The church fathers identified legitimate eyewitness testimony

 

When we read the New Testament we are reading the unaltered writings of real people who really saw Jesus.  

 

Why would they die for something they knew was a lie?

 

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