Friday, March 2, 2007

9:32 AM Posted by: M., 5 comments

Along the way somewhere I subscribed to a really conservative christian organization's email updates. I got this video sent today and I was excited to hear about "How we know Jesus is God." I was excited to learn the "hard facts" that were advertised in the email. Then I opened this... (go to it, scroll down a bit until you see the video)

the proof given here is just Biblically based--but what if you dont really have faith in the Bible? Then nothing is proved. I don't get it.

Does it say in the Bible that the Bible is the one and only true word of God? I didnt think it really did, but it might. I really want to learn more about this from both sides--because I feel like there are a lot of "this is why christianity is 100% true" stuff, but it is all biblically based. Is Biblically based all you need? I am really an amateur at bible history--at least Old Testament history


HeIsSailing said...

Hello Marie. I watched the Brannon Howse video, too bad there was no feedback on that website yet. Yes, much of the evidence for the diety of Jesus comes straight from quotes by Jesus out of the book of John. Similar evidence is all Biblically based, and many of the apologetic arguments our there only work if you are a Christian in the first place.
The video mentions over 109 prophecies in the OT fulfilled by Jesus Christ. Apparantly Tim LaHaye, besides being the author of Left Behind is also a credentialed statistician, calculated the chances of any one man fulfilling 20 of them is 1 in 125 trillion. I have heard many other wild odds like this quoted over the years. I rested my faith in Jesus Christ due to Messianic prophecy for years, until I really started looking at it and studying it. Sadly, it does not seem to be all its cracked up to be.

Ed Lynam said...

Simon Greenleaf, one of the founders of the Harvard Law School, decided to use legal analysis on the testimony of the New Testament to disprove Christianity. Here is the result, rather long and written in older style, but interesting nonetheless:

Greenleaf became a believer, and his legal analysis shows that the resurrection can be believed, not as a giant leap of faith, but using a rational, legal approach.

marie said...

thanks Ed!

I will read it after lunch


marie said...

Hey Ed

I got through most of it, but I still have more to go. Very interesting. Is this similar to what Lee Strobel has been trying to do? thanks for the reference


Ed Lynam said...

I think the most significant aspect of Greenleaf's work is that it is a respected legal scholar who supports the veracity of the Gospel accounts.

Another interesting paper from an engineering perspective is found here:
It is more modern in language, and not too technical. Since you are doing a documentary, you'd probably find it interesting, since it relates to communication theory.