TRUE STORY, BRO. There was once this guy. He was a really nice guy, and he helped a lot of people with his amazing powers. He could even control the weather. One time, this nice guy brought someone back from the dead. In fact, if you think that’s impressive, he was killed and placed in … Continue reading Is Jesus Just a Pagan Copycat?
The New Testament (NT) documents are extremely reliable ancient records by historical standards, especially compared to other documents about other ancient people – people whose existences are never questioned: ALEXANDER THE GREAT We have 2 sources for our information about Alexander the Great. Both of these sources were written about 400 years after Alexander the … Continue reading How Does the New Testament Compare to Other Ancient Documents?
There are at least 10 ancient non-Christian sources that mention Jesus of Nazareth. All are dated after the New Testament (NT), so the NT is still our best source for learning about Jesus (which I’ll say more about later), but to have an opponent of Christianity confirm information that appears in the NT is significant. … Continue reading Is There Evidence of Jesus’ Existence Outside of the Bible?
THE PURPOSE OF MIRACLES The Bible tells the story of God's good creation falling into sin and God's acts to redeem his creation. This is often called the Redemptive History of the Bible. And just as the Bible is not an arbitrary collection of stories, true miracles are not random events either. Understanding the purpose of … Continue reading Why is God’s Presence So Obvious in the Bible But Not Today?
Though I’ve done some research on Islam, Mormonism, Buddhism, and Jehovah’s Witnesses, and I have a basic understanding of other religions, I wouldn’t want to disrespect the people of these faiths by portraying their beliefs in shallow ways with my limited knowledge. Since I’m constantly reading attacks on Christianity by people with strong opinions but … Continue reading Is the Bible Any More Accurate than Other Religious Texts?
Biblical theology is the study of the story of the Bible as a whole. The Bible is not a collection of random, disconnected episodes; it tells the story of God’s progressive revelation throughout history. I find few people (including myself until relatively recently) have an understanding of this, and I believe understanding it will help a lot of … Continue reading The Big Picture: Biblical Theology – An Overview of the Progressive Revelation of God in Human History