The Gospel Writers Aren’t The Only Ancient Sources For Jesus

It is a claim heard in recent decades with some regularity among critics seeking to discredit the claims of Jesus Christ in the New Testament to be God. It typically goes something like this:

“Jesus Christ did not even exist as a real person, but was instead a fictional creation of a small sect of dissident Jews whose vision of their expected Messiah was taken over by Gentiles and turned into religious/political movement.”

In fact, modern scholarship has established that the Gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke and John — were written within the living memory of witnesses to the life and teachings of Jesus, and are verified by far more ancient transcripts than such long-accepted authors as Homer, Aristotle and Julius Caesar. Continue reading “The Gospel Writers Aren’t The Only Ancient Sources For Jesus”

Tonight Is The Night! HillFaith’s 1st Webinar Debuts With ‘God’s Crime Scene’

Beginning tonight at 7 pm EST a dozen men and women from points across America gather together via Zoom for the first session of an eight-week video-based study called “God’s Crime Scene.”

The course is taught by J. Warner Wallace, the former Los Angeles Police Detective who became nationally famous a few years ago with his many appearances on NBC’s “Dateline” news program.

Wallace is the founder of Cold-Case Christianity and one of America’s most effective and challenging apologists for literal resurrection of Jesus Christ and the accuracy and reliability of the Bible as the inspired Word of God. Continue reading “Tonight Is The Night! HillFaith’s 1st Webinar Debuts With ‘God’s Crime Scene’”

THINK ABOUT THIS: Friday’s Poached Egg

Then Jesus said:

“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live. Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die, ever.” — John 11:25-26

Photo by Melanie Sosa on Unsplash.

And C.S. Lewis said:

“A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell.

You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse.” – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity.


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: Christianity Is The World’s Only Evidence-Based Faith

Is becoming a follower of Jesus Christ a blind step of faith or can it be an entirely reasonable decision that follows directly from logic and evidence? The answer depends mainly on whether He was literally resurrected from the dead.

As Paul the Apostle said in the New Testament at I Corinthians 15:19-20:If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.”

Cold-Case Christianity’s J. Warner Wallace, the retired Los Angeles Police Detective who became world-famous for solving unsolvable murder cases from years ago, addresses “evidential Christianity” and the Resurrection in this excerpt from a recent interview on “100 Huntley Street:”


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: Friday’s Poached Egg

Then Jesus said:

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” — John 14:6

Photo by Melanie Sosa on Unsplash.

And C.S. Lewis said:

“A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell.

You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse.” – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity.

Is Every Man And Woman Born With A Moral Compass?

Everybody “just knows” murder is objectively wrong, as is genocide, and nobody doubts that torturing babies is everywhere and always absolutely, fundamentally immoral.

Dr. Frank Turek, cross-examined.org

Right? Right?? Believe it or not, there are those who would not agree with the preceding statement. They deny that anything like objective truth exists, that what we accept as “truth” is actually relative to time, place, tradition, conventional wisdom, and so forth.

A young skeptic with great questions.

Cross-examined.org’s Dr. Frank Turek was engaged recently in a discussion about this issue with a sharp young man who appears to be a philosophy major. Their exchange was a good one from both sides and instructive for anybody involved in public policy issues:


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: Answers To Three Objections To The Bible

It was written by a bunch of men. It’s full of mistakes. And it’s like, really, really old. So what is “it”? It’s the Bible, the most widely read and influential book in the entire history of mankind.

The Bible gives a lot of folks heartburn with its teachings about the nature of God, man, salvation and sin, so much so that it seems to encourages more than a few of its critics to search high and low, everywhere and anywhere, for objections to discredit the book’s history, teachings and provenance.

So what are the fact-based responses to these objections? Todd Friel’s “Wretched” produced the following”Road Trip to Truth” video, which provides, it should be noted, a tiny slice of the evidence that could be introduced in response to each of the three objections.


 

If You’re Worried About The 2020 Election, Jesus In His ‘Sermon On The Mount’ Has The Solution

With the 2020 election day less than two weeks away, a lot of folks who work for Members of Congress on Capitol Hill or back home in their home states are worried, really worried, about what happens when the votes are all counted.

There will be winners and losers, so a lot of staff members will be looking for new jobs come January 2021 either because voters turned thumbs down on their bosses or their bosses opted not to seek re-election. It happens this way every two years, but that doesn’t make it any less stressful. But, as Kurt Brouwer explains below, Jesus has the answer to such worries:

By Kurt Brouwer

In the most famous sermon ever preached, the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus showed us how to live without worry and learn to trust and obey God. Let’s break this down a bit to see what Jesus said about living without worry:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” — MATTHEW 6:25-26 NIV

In the passage above from Matthew 6, Jesus made it clear that God values us. He then tells us not to worry about trivial things. In this case, He mentioned what you eat and what you wear. Continue reading “If You’re Worried About The 2020 Election, Jesus In His ‘Sermon On The Mount’ Has The Solution”

What If The Bible Doesn’t Say What You Think It Says?

It’s the most widely read book in human history, but the Bible may well also be the most frequently mis-understood or mis-represented written work ever produced.

Lots of people think the Bible says a lot of things that on closer inspection turn to out to be merely aphorisms or maxims. Perfect example is the cliche that “God helps those who help themselves.” No, that’s not in the Bible.

Stand to Reason’s Tim Barnett took up this issue recently and the result is a thought-provoking five-minute analysis of the crucial importance of actually knowing what the Bible says, as opposed to what its critics claim it says:


 

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Are All Christians Intolerant Bigots?

Yes, there are people who call themselves Christians who are intolerant of all kinds of things. But don’t confuse them with the biblical faith defined by Jesus Christ, who saves men and women of all races, nations, creeds and ideologies.

Josh, left, and Sean McDowell, co-authors of “The Beauty of Intolerance.”

The truth is that bigotry and intolerance are found among individuals of both genders, who are from all races, nations, creeds and ideologies. Some are more intolerant and bigoted than others and some are waaay more.

But does being tolerant require approving of every single thing any person ever does or says, even if what they do or say is an expression of something  that would absolutely repel the rest of us? Of course not, tolerance is not an absolute. Continue reading “WHAT DO YOU THINK? Are All Christians Intolerant Bigots?”

Consider The ‘Seven Diversities’ Of Jesus’ Appearances After Being Resurrected From the Grave

Jesus died as the Lamb of God. When He returns to Earth, He will be the Lion of Judah. (Photo by Jeff Rodgers on Unsplash)

We hear about “diversity” frequently in the public forums these days, but rarely is that quality of people and things considered in the context of historic events such as the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

But, as J. Warner Wallace of Cold-Case Christianity notes, there are seven diverse factors in the resurrection — let us refer to them as the “Seven Diversities.” For example, Wallace points to the fact that “Jesus appeared after the Resurrection to single eyewitnesses, to small groups and to huge crowds.”

Similarly, Wallace reminds us that “Jesus appeared and stayed with the eyewitnesses for different lengths of time. Some of his appearances were little more than a few minutes, others for hours. He stayed with the believers in Jerusalem for forty days.” Continue reading “Consider The ‘Seven Diversities’ Of Jesus’ Appearances After Being Resurrected From the Grave”

THINK ABOUT THIS: Why Doesn’t Everybody Agree About God?

Take two people of equal intelligence, similar life experiences and educational attainment, and in the same level of professional success, then hand them the Bible and what happens?

Don’t be surprised if one of them believes the Bible and the other doesn’t. Why does that happen? How can two similarly situated intelligent people reach diametrically opposed conclusions about the same book?

In the following video, former NBC “Dateline” cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace talks about the three reasons that typically explain why an atheist rejects God and how that happens. Wallace, who is the founder of coldcasechristianity.com, also includes some fascinating information about him and his father, who remains an atheist:


 

WHAT IF: All Bible Prophecies Are Just As Accurate As These Five?

Your friend tells you a check for $1 million made out in your name will appear in your snail-mail box next Wednesday morning. Sure enough, next Wednesday morning rolls around and there’s the check.

That ought to get your attention, right? But maybe your friend had some way of knowing in advance that for whatever reason somebody would so favor you. Besides, it’s just one correct prophecy, so not necessarily evidence of your friend having an amazing prophetic skill.

But then over the course of the next four weeks the same friend delivers four more prophecies about you and your life —some good, some not so good — that prove to be dead-on accurate. You’re going to pay close attention whenever that friend speaks!

Would you do the same with a book containing five accurate prophecies about hugely important events in world history?  What if it’s not just five, but hundreds of accurate prophecies made over more than 2,000 years? Check it out:


 

What Kind Of Syrup Should Go On Your ‘Mantle Bottom Pancakes?’

If the headline above makes no sense at all, that’s almost certainly because most folks have never heard of Mantle Bottom Pancakes since they have nothing to do with breakfast. They have everything  to do, however, with places like the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

Credit: Naeblys. National Science Foundation (NSF).

The Mantle is what’s below the surface of the Earth on which we live and, as Reasons to Believe’s Hugh Ross points out, it makes up more than 80 percent of the total volume of the Earth. And, he points out, it produces tremendous benefits for us on the surface in at least five ways.

And what does this have to do with working on Capitol Hill, or believing in God? Science is a major issue in countless ways in Congress. The more is known, the better life can be. Or to put it another way, the more we know about science, the more clear it becomes that Creation happened by design, not by chance.

As an astronomer, Ross is usually looking up and away from Earth, but in this fascinating article, he’s looking downward, and the results just may give you a new insight into the world we inhabit and why.


 

You Only Get One Shot To See ‘Against The Tide’

“Against the Tide: Finding God in an Age of Science” is a new documentary from Pensmore Films featuring Oxford Mathematics Professor Emeritus John Lennox and actor Kevin Sorbo, to be aired in more than 600 theaters across the country on November 19.

John Lennox, Professor Emeritus in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science.

Lennox has debated the world’s most well-known atheists around the world — including Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Peter Singer, and Michael Shermer — and is the author of God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?Gunning for God, and God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is it Anyway.

Kevin Sorbo is known to millions of Hollywood fans around the world as the lead character in one of the most successful syndicated TV series ever,  “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” as well as “Andromeda” and “Supergirl.”

Actor Kevin Sorbo in “Hercules”

More recently, Sorbo has become known for his faith as a follower of Jesus Christ. “I am frequently berated by Hollywood compatriots for my Christian faith,” Sorbo said. “This seemed a great opportunity to learn how to respond from a master in turning the atheist manifesto on its head. Furthermore, I get to appear as ‘myself!’” Not every successful actor gets to appear on screen as themselves.

For more information on tickets and where the film is being shown, go here.