EVIDENCE FOR CHRISTIANITY
THE BIG QUESTION?
DEAD SEA SCROLLS
SHROUD OF TURIN
"Oh that my words were written!" I got the title of this website from Job 19:23-27. Job said these words himself. He wanted to engrave on a rock with an iron pen forever about his GOD. I empathize with Job and also have this strong passion about my GOD, JESUS CHRIST.
"Oh, that my words were written!
Oh, that they were inscribed in a book!
That they were engraved on a rock
With an iron pen and lead, forever!
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth;
And after my skin is destroyed, this I know,
That in my flesh I shall see God,
Whom I shall see for myself,
And my eyes shall behold, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!"
Job 19:23-27 NKJV®
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Suppose that you were to die today and stand before God and he were to say to you, "Why should I let you into my heaven?"What would you say?
INTRODUCTION TO EVIDENCE FOR THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
I worship Jesus Christ who is real. I don’t separate my faith from my secular life. We can study further about Jesus Christ and discover He was a real man that lived at a certain time in history and lived within a known geography. The Christian religion has evidence to back it up. As Luke writes, “Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which are most surely believed among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed.” (Luke 1:1-4 NKJV®)
CELEBRATING THE REFORMATION OF 1517
Martin Luther is known as the father of the Christian reformation. The reformation opened up freedom from the deception and bondage of the evils of the Catholic Church. The leaders of the Catholic Church forced their unbiblical dogma on their naive uneducated members which hid the true gospel from them. The Catholic Church had slipped away from true biblical Christianity and established human-made traditional dogmas which are part of this church today. Anyone at that time caught reading scripture in any other language but Latin could be tortured or killed by the Catholic Church. Many early names like, John Wycliffe, William Tyndale, Martin Luther and others wanted the common person to read the Bible and learn for themselves the true gospel of Jesus Christ.
Five hundred years ago on October 31, 1517 Luther nailed his 95 theses on the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany. You can read Luther’s 95 theses HERE. Luther pointed out much of the incorrect theology of the Catholic Church in his 95 theses. Besides publishing the Bible in the German language in 1522, Luther is also known for his Five Solas: 1) Faith Alone; 2) Scripture Alone; 3) Christ Alone; 4) Grace Alone, and 5) Glory to God Alone.
The Bible verse that opened the eyes of this former Catholic monk and priest is found in Romans 1:17. “For it is the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.’” (Romans 1:17 NKJV®) In his defense Luther tells the Catholic Church, “Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason—I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other—my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise. God help me, Amen.” Many thanks to Martin Luther who simply obeyed God’s will and started a movement of reform to labor the Great Commission. (Matthew 28:18-20)
The formal theological word for evidence of the Christian faith is apologetics. The word apologetics comes from the Greek word, απολογια. My Greek New Testament dictionary defines απολογια as a verbal defense. Apologetics is a tool that can be used along with evangelism. In sharing your faith sometimes you run across skeptics. By using apologetics you can answer some of the questions from these skeptics and get back to presenting the gospel.
Jesus Christ is a reality. Besides scripture: other writings, geography, archaeology, science, and history all present evidence of the Christian faith. We Christians should be presenting that evidence right along with the gospel. I hope this website will give you some knowledge that you can share with the skeptics, atheists, and agnostics. My words cannot encourage you anymore than those words written by Jude. “Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 3 NKJV®)
The real historical Christ from the Holy Bible is a Christ that can save people of their sins and award them with eternal life in heaven. A Christ of one’s own imagination can not save anyone. If you want to be saved from your sins and enter heaven you must believe in the real historical Christ from the Bible not some artificial Jesus that you put together.
Who is the real Jesus Christ? Jesus Christ is GOD and man.“who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant, and coming in the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:6-7 NKJV®) God loved us so much that He sent His only son Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah to save us from sin. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 NKJV®)
Jesus prophesied of His own death on the cross. “Behold , we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again.” (Matthew 20:18-19 NKJV®)
In the future He will be coming back with His angels for the final judgment of sinners. “Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” (Revelation 19:15 NKJV®)
“You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” 1
Here is the evidence of Christianity. This website will include such topics as the reliability of the Bible and how we got our Bible. The Dead Sea Scrolls show the earliest manuscript copies from the Old Testament dating back as early as 250 B.C.2 They include almost every book from the Old Testament. Together we will look at how they were discovered and what the Dead Sea Scrolls are all about. I will show other writings as early as the first century which talk about Jesus and His followers. Going back to the Bible again we will look at prophesy. Much of ancient prophesy from the Old Testament testifies about the Messiah Jesus Christ. There is also future prophesy both in the Old and New Testaments that tell about the future coming of Jesus Christ.
Biblical Archaeology is a modern science that can show evidence of what went on in real history. Jesus and all the Biblical characters we read about lived in a real geography and a real history that we can verify, thanks to the archaeologist’s spade. Secular historians used to say that the Hitite people3 which were recorded in the Old Testament never existed. Archaeology proved these secular historians wrong.
Noah’s Ark is somewhere on Mt. Ararat and together we will look at testimonies taken from some of these explorers. Noah’s flood which was world-wide was real history. I will explain to you how it happened. The Bible says the water came from above and below. Jesus talked about the flood too.
Together we will look at origins. How did God create the universe? The first eleven chapters of Genesis are just as true as the rest of the Bible. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth in six literal days. We will look at the evidence.
Together we will look at the history of Jesus Christ. We will see how He was born. Even liberal Bible scholars acknowledge the fact that Jesus was born and that He lived. We will look at the resurrection in depth. There is much evidence beyond the Bible to support the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. We will also look at the Shroud of Turin which shows a photographic image as evidence of the resurrected Christ. I will go into great detail about the evidence that the shroud projects.
I agree with the apostle Peter when he wrote, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear,” (1 Peter 3:15 NKJV®) “For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” (2 Peter 1:16 NKJV®)
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1. C.S. Lewis. Mere Christianity Collier Books; Macmillian Publishing Co.; New York, NY 10022 (1943) Quote from last ¶ of Book II “What Christians Believe”; Chapter 3 “The Shocking Alternative.”
2. Biblical Archaeology Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. The Dead Sea Scrolls; Washington DC 20016 (2007) [The oldest biblical manuscripts from Qumran date about 250 BC] p34.
3. Peter & Paul Lalonde; STARTLING PROOFS: Does God Really Exist?; video; This Week in Bible Prophesy; Niagara Falls, NY 14302 n.d.