Outline Motivation 21st century American mindset A statistical look at why our culture needs Jesus more than ever Meeting people where they are through apologetics (1Cor. 9:19-23) Taking on tough questions Resources
My Thesis: American society has divested itself of Judeo-Christian morality—consequently each individual defines for him or herself what is right and wrong! Mankind is in charge and is making a real mess of things!
Secular contemporary sources regarding events surrounding Christ: TacitusAnnalsFirst century Roman SeutoniusChief Secretary to Hadrian Flavius JosephusAntiquitiesJewish Revolutionary ThallusFirst Century Writer Pliny the YoungerLetter to TrajanRoman Administrator TrajanReply to PlinyRoman Emperor Babylonian TalmudSanhedrin 43AJewish Writings Non-Biblical Historical Writings About Christ
Can All Religions Be True? Major world religions contradict each other Either all are false or one is true!Either all are false or one is true! Question is: Which is supported by evidence?Question is: Which is supported by evidence?
Nag Hammadi Codices found in 1945 in Egypt Rejected by the early church because they were written in the 2 nd and 3 rd century Authors were not eyewitnesses or their associates Present a mystical Jesus and incoherent messages: Simon Peter said to him, "Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of life." Jesus said, "I myself shall lead her in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every woman who will make herself male will enter the kingdom of heaven." ~Gospel of Thomas
Church FatherDate Views Expressed Clement of Romec. 96 A.D. “Let us reverence Lord Jesus Christ, whose blood was given for us” Ignatiusc. 105 A.D. “Continue in intimate union with Jesus Christ our God.” Aristidesc. 125 A.D. “The Christians trace the beginning of their religion to Jesus the Messiah. He is called the Son of the Most High God. It is said that God came down from heaven. He assumed flesh and clothed Himself with it from a Hebrew virgin. And the Son of God lived in the daughter of man.” Justin Martyrc. 160 “The Father of the universe has a son. And He, being the First Begotten Word of God, is even God.” Athenogorasc. 175 “There is one God and the Logos proceeding from Him, the Son. We understand the Son to be inseparable from Him.” Irenaeusc. 180 A.D. “He is God, for the name Emmanuel indicates this.” Clement of Alexandria c. 195 A.D. “Our Instructor is the holy God Jesus, the Word.” Tertullianc. 197 A.D. “To all He is equal, to all King, to all Judge, to all God and Lord.” Origenc. 225 A.D. “Jesus Christ Himself is the Lord and Creator of the soul.” Seventh Council of Carthage c. 256 A.D. “Jesus Christ, our Lord and God, is the Son of God the Father and Creator.” The Divinity of Christ in the Words of the Early Church Fathers