Tradition has it that all of the original surviving 11 disciples of Jesus died as martyrs while defending their claims that Christ had been resurrected on the third day after being crucified.
Thomas, the skeptical disciple (i.e. the “Doubting Thomas”) who refused to believe the resurrection until Jesus appeared to him and invited him to touch his crucifixion wounds, is believed to have taken the Gospel to India where he died as a martyr.
As Biola University Professor Sean McDowell explains in the following video, there is no independent corroboration for this tradition, but there is good historical evidence to support the conclusion that there is truth in the account:
This year marked the fifth in the past six that I have joined a devoted and talented team of nearly two dozen men and women who are present and former members of Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) in Sykesville, Md., on a week-long mission to Puebla, Mexico.
At the outset, let me be clear that my saying this is not “virtue signaling” on my part. That God led me for the first time to go on this mission trip in 2015 was in itself a miracle and concrete evidence of how radically He has transformed a previously selfish, booze-addicted and politics-obsessed egotist with a new heart and desire to love and serve Him, my family, fellow believers, and my neighbors. I get zero credit here, it’s all to His credit and glory.
Even Bible critic Bart Ehrman doesn’t agree with himself
One of the most frequently heard objections to Christianity is the claim that the Bible is full of errors and contradictions because it was copied and re-copied countless times, making it inevitable that variations in text and meaning would creep into it.
The critics are both right and, profoundly more importantly, wrong, as Dr. Frank Turek — co-author with Dr. Norman Geisler of “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist” — explains in his answers to questions put to him by a student during a 2016 presentation at Southern Methodist University (SMU).
This video is especially important because Turek also provides “the rest of the story” about famous biblical critic Bart Ehrman, author of the best-seller, “Misquoting Jesus.” Turns out that Ehrman, brilliant though he is, doesn’t agree with himself!
Critics typically dismiss the Bible as a credible source of history, but the more one knows about textual analysis, philology and archeology, the more the accuracy of Scripture is demonstrated and reinforced.
Dr. Sean McDowell of Summit Ministries and Biola University professor of apologetics looks at four major modern archeological discoveries that confirm key illustrations of the credibility and accuracy.
Why is McDowell’s presentation worth a few minutes of your time? Because, if the New Testament is an accurate account, then all of us should consider closely the claims of Jesus Christ to be the Son of God, the “Way and the Truth and the Light,” and thus the only way to Heaven:
It is a commonplace belief among prominent contemporary atheist thinkers that the universe is strictly materialist, with nothing remotely non-material, or “spiritual,” as has been commonly understood for thousands of years.
But John Lennox, the British mathematician, philosopher of science, and Oxford professor emeritus, detects some interesting trends among the atheists he often debates in public forums.
“I think we’re getting to the state now where serious atheist thinkers are beginning to re-examine the kind of naturalism that reduces everything to physics and chemistry,” Lennox said during a recent discussion with Talk Radio’s Dave Rubin on The Big Conversation.
Check out this excerpt in which Lennox explains and includes examples:
“There seems to be no way to match up sets of logically interrelated mental states with sets of merely causally interrelated brain states, and thus no way to reduce the mental to the physical.” — Philosopher Edward Feser.
Take a moment and ask yourself this simple question: What if there really is no God, does it really make any difference in how you live your daily life or what you think or do in any given situation?
That may strike you as one of those irrelevant questions asked by philosophers and mad men, but what if it’s not? What if, rather than being the most meaningless question, the answer determines if you and the life you are living right now makes a difference or is merely absurd?
Here’s a challenge: Give yourself five minutes to watch and think about this video in which Philosophy Professor William Lane Craig of reasonablefaith.org considers the absurdity of life without God: