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Do you have doubts about Christianity?

Take a look at 11 basic beliefs of Christianity that will totally crush your doubt into 10,000 pieces

You’ll be enlighten after you read this. Always use scripture, after-all, that’s our standard of authority in all matters today! Did you know that the Bible doesn’t use the term Christianity? It does use the term Christian. Christian is used 3 times in the New Testament. So what is Christianity? It is a term that is suppose to represent the totality of the Christian faith. The Bible uses terms like: the faith, the way, the church, the body of Christ, the church of Christ, and doctrine, the gospel and others term are used. We need to use divinely given terms that are found in the Bible verses made up term given through human wisdom.

Whatever you do in word or deed do all in the name of the Lord. That is by his authority. Colossians 3:17.

You’ll love these facts.

 #1 Jesus Christ actually lived.

A man named Jesus Christ lived during the first century. Historians have documented this fact both Roman and Jewish historians. It has been said that there is more evidence for Jesus then George Washington. The early Bible writers lived in the same time as Jesus. They recorded events of his life. At the time of their writings many people were still alive who actually saw Jesus Christ. All of the writings are in sync with the time and life of individuals who lived in Palestine during that era.

 

# 2 Not only is there proof that Jesus lived but died at the hands of the Roman government. This fact can’t be denied that Jesus Christ was crucified on a cross and was put to death by evil men.

 

“From Tacitus we learn that Jesus was executed while Pontius Pilate was the Roman prefect in charge of Judaea (AD26-36) and Tiberius was emperor (AD14-37) – reports that fit with the timeframe of the gospels. Pliny contributes the information that, where he was governor in northern Turkey, Christians worshipped Christ as a god. Neither of them liked Christians – Pliny writes of their “pig-headed obstinacy” and Tacitus calls their religion a destructive superstition.” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/14/what-is-the-historical-evidence-that-jesus-christ-lived-and-died

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#3 Non-Biblical evidence of Jesus Christ.

Many are quick to foolishly discount the Bible account of the man Jesus Christ.

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus… 1 Timothy 2:5
Tacitus’s last major work, titled Annals, written c. 116–117 C.E., includes a biography of Nero. In 64 C.E., during a fire in Rome, Nero was suspected of secretly ordering the burning of a part of town where he wanted to carry out a building project, so he tried to shift the blame to Christians. This was the occasion for Tacitus to mention Christians, whom he despised. He wrote—the following excerpt is translated from Latin by Robert Van Voorst:

[N]either human effort nor the emperor’s generosity nor the placating of the gods ended the scandalous belief that the fire had been ordered [by Nero]. Therefore, to put down the rumor, Nero substituted as culprits and punished in the most unusual ways those hated for their shameful acts … whom the crowd called “Chrestians.” The founder of this name, Christ [Christus in Latin], had been executed in the reign of Tiberius by the procurator Pontius Pilate … Suppressed for a time, the deadly superstition erupted again not only in Judea, the origin of this evil, but also in the city [Rome], where all things horrible and shameful from everywhere come together and become popular.5

Tacitus’s terse

statement about “Christus” clearly corroborates the New Testament on certain historical details of Jesus’ death. Tacitus presents four pieces of accurate knowledge about Jesus: (1) Christus, used by Tacitus to refer to Jesus, was one distinctive way by which some referred to him, even though Tacitus mistakenly took it for a personal name rather than an epithet or title; (2) this Christus was associated with the beginning of the movement of Christians, whose name originated from his; (3) he was executed by the Roman governor of Judea; and (4) the time of his death was during Pontius Pilate’s governorship of Judea, during the reign of Tiberius. (Many New Testament scholars date Jesus’ death to c. 29 C.E.; Pilate governed Judea in 26–36 C.E., while Tiberius was emperor 14–37 C.E.6) https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/jesus-historical-jesus/did-jesus-exist/

#4 The Historian Josephus


The Biblical account is more than enough for me but, you may need more non-Biblical roof. Notice this excerpt from the article at Biblical Archaeology
James is otherwise a barely noticed, minor figure in Josephus’s lengthy tome. The sole reason for referring to James at all was that his death resulted in Ananus losing his position as high priest. James (Jacob) was a common Jewish name at this time. Many men named James are mentioned in Josephus’s works, so Josephus needed to specify which one he meant. The common custom of simply giving the father’s name (James, son of Joseph) would not work here, because James’s father’s name was also very common.
Therefore Josephus identified this James
by reference to his famous brother Jesus. But James’s brother Jesus (Yehoshua) also had a very common name. Josephus mentions at least 12 other men named Jesus.14 Therefore Josephus specified which Jesus he was referring to by adding the phrase “who is called Messiah,” or, since he was writing in Greek, Christos.15This phrase was necessary to identify clearly first Jesus and, via Jesus, James, the subject of the discussion. This extraneous reference to Jesus would have made no sense if Jesus had not been a real person.
Even if there were no historians to write about Jesus, the Bible is a history book within itself. This truth can not be denied! If we deny him he will deny us!
Dispute Over Who Jesus Is
21 Once more Jesus said to them, “I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come.”
22 This made the Jews ask, “Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, ‘Where I go, you cannot come’?”
23 But he continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.”
John 8:21-24

#5 The Bible is the best selling book ever..

Check out this infographic on the past 50 years.

The Bible is the most popular book that has ever been printed. It was one of the first books mass produced on Gutenberg’s printing press in 1455. To estimate a total number of Bibles and portions of it that have been produced and distributed worldwide throughout history would be virtually impossible, but the number stands well over 10 billion, since the United Bible Society alone has distributed over nine billion in the past 70 years (“God Facts,” n.d.). Without dispute, the Bible is the best selling book of all time worldwide (“Best Selling…,” 2014).

http://apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=13&article=5089

https://www.businessinsider.com/the-top-10-most-read-books-in-the-world-infographic-2012-12

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#6 The apostles witnessed Christ and his resurrection.

“Christianity” is based on the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. If Christ did not conquer the grave, the apostle Paul guided by God’s holy spirit put it like this in 1 Corinthians 15:14-19

14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.

16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:

17 if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.

19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

Our faith hinges on the fact that Jesus rose again on the third day. Jesus said that he would destroy the temple and raise it up again on the third day. If Jesus made this claim and did not or could not do it that would discount him as being the only begotten son of God. But, Jesus did come forth from the grave!! Never to die again.

#7 More than 500

people witness the Christ alive after his resurrection from the dead. Notice how this is broken down:
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received:
1. Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,
2. Jesus was buried,
3. he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures
4. and that he appeared to Cephas
5. then to the twelve
6. The savior appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.
7. He appeared to James
8. to all the apostles.
9. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.
For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.—1 Corinthians 15:3-9 (ESV)

#8 The manuscripts.

A manuscript is a fragment of a writing. There are over 5,800 Greek manuscripts of the Bible and 8,000 Latin manuscripts. Many books of antiquity only have a very few number manuscripts but not so with the Bible.

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#9 Unity of the scriptures

40 Men

Various Occupations

2 Different Continents

Over 1600 years

Several Parts of the world

Education Backgrounds Were Different

Social Status Were Different

 

Yet there are no contradictions.  Peter doesn’t contradict what Paul wrote. That’s amazing!  Imagine getting 40 people together today and have them write on any religious topic.  The results will be all over the board!

#10 Accuracy in many different areas.  Especially in the area of science. 

Here are just a few examples.

The Bible States that the Earth is  Round Isaiah 40:22.
Oceanography in the Bible Psalm 8:8
Writers Guided by the Holy Spirit  Uncovered the Water Cycle Ecclesiastes 1:7
Best Practices when it comes to Ship Dimensions can be found in the Word of God Genesis 6:13-16
The Book of Job and the Statement about Air Mass : “Job 28:25 there is ‘a weight for the wind.’ Long before it was discovered that the air had weight, the Bible said that it did.

#11 Logical Argument for the Bible.

Take time to review this article the full article can be found on the website of the Apologetics Press.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: A.P. auxiliary writer Robert Veil, Jr. formerly served as a district attorney for the Washington County State’s Attorney’s Office, and previously maintained an active private law practice. He currently preaches in Martinsburg, West Virginia.]

 

So, how would I prove to a jury that the Bible is true? I would do it the same way that I would prove any factual pattern or scenario. I would utilize the rules of evidence in presenting the case, and then emphasize the standards which the jury should apply in making a fair and correct decision based upon that evidence.

For example,

it is commonly recognized in the various criminal justice systems of our land, that the jury can properly evaluate the credibility of witnesses. It can do this by considering such things as: (1) The witness’s opportunity to observe the things about which testimony was given; (2) The accuracy of the witness’s memory; (3) Whether the witness has a motive not to tell the truth; (4) Whether the witness has an interest in the outcome of the case; (5) Whether the witness’s testimony was consistent; (6) Whether the witness’s testimony was supported or contradicted by other evidence; and (7) Whether and to what extent the witness’s testimony in court differed from the statements made by the witness on any previous occasion (“3:10–Credibility…,” 1986).

 

See the full article here:

http://apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=13&article=1163

 

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