Presentation on theme: "Building a Christian Worldview Part 7. Tacitus, Roman Historian … Christus, the founder of the name, was put to death by Pontius Pilate, procurator of."— Presentation transcript:
Professor Emeritus of history at Miami (Ohio) University Proficient linguists and archaeologists …the fact is that we have better historical documentation for Jesus than for the founder of any other ancient religion.
The Jesus Seminars The Five Gospels Gave little or no credence to canonical books of the NT Sometimes called the Legend Theory.
Claimed the right to judge the world. John 5:27 Claimed to be equal with God. Mark 2 Claimed the power to raise and judge the dead. John 5: 25,29. Said men should honor Him like they honor the Father. John 5:23 Claimed to be the Messiah. Mark 14:61-64
He accepted worship on at least nine occasions. He said His words were as authoritative as Gods. Matthew 5:21-22; John 13:34 Said men should pray in His name. John 14:13.
The evidence is clear…Jesus claimed to be God. Is there evidence to back it up?
Two significant substantiations for Jesus claims: 1. The way scripture was fulfilled in His life. 2. The resurrection.
60 Major Messianic prophecies fulfilled in the life of Jesus. Canon Henry Liddon, 19 th century Oxford professor, claimed to have found 332 predictions fulfilled in the life of Christ.
He had no control over: 1. Place of birth 2. His lineage 3. Time of His birth 4. His anointing by the Holy Spirit 5. Rejection by His own people 6. The piercing of His hands and feet at death.
7. The piercing of His side. 8. Being buried in a rich mans tomb. 9. Casting of lots for His garments. 10. Dying in the company of thieves. 11. None of His bones being broken.
What are the odds that it just happened? You have a better chance of finding… A needle in a haystack!
He is told that of all the dollars covering Texas, only one is marked. He can go as far as he wishes, in any direction he chooses, but he must pick only one coin. He has the same chance of success that Jesus had of having only 8 prophecies fulfilled in His life by accident.
Jesus had dozens of prophecies fulfilled in His life. If 48 prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus life instead of 8, the odds go from 10 17 to 10 157 !
Take 19 million Multiply by 19 million Take that sum Multiply by 19 million That is 10 157
Did Jesus Actually Die? The Koran The Passover Plot Holy Blood, Holy Grail
William D. Edwards, M.D. in JAMA Alexander Metherell, M.D.; Ph.D.
Did someone steal the body? Did the women go to the wrong tomb?