I love the thoughts Dr. David Black has about the historicity of Jesus:
…on one of the most important points of the Jesus story — the resurrection and the empty tomb — all the Gospels agree. Yet even when confronted with this evidence many people do not find the truth of the resurrection easy to accept. Nevertheless, belief in the resurrection of Christ is essential to our faith. Apostolic preaching confirmed it and even made it a condition of salvation: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom. 10:9).
I wrote my book Why Four Gospels? not so much to argue for Matthean priority as to affirm the complete historicity and apostolicity of the Gospels. Early in my Christian experience I discovered that the Gospels were — and needed to be — central in my understanding not only of the Good News about Jesus Christ but of life itself. Only the cross of Jesus can supply meaning to life, and that is because the cross and the resurrection are an interwoven reality. Of one thing I am quite certain: Christianity is a historical faith. It is rooted and grounded in historical fact. No “leap of faith” is required to believe in Jesus. As I once heard Francis Schaeffer put it in Switzerland, you don’t have to put your brain in park or neutral to become a Christian. His cross is the center of all history. It is the crossroads of the universe. No one can avoid confrontation with it.
It is my prayer that skeptics may come to the Gospels with an open mind and heart, for there the living Christ is ready to meet Doubting Thomases in their pessimism and the travelers to Emmaus in their intellectualism.
Great quote. Jesus is as much a historical fact as Napoleon or Attila the Hun. We’ve never seen any of these men, but history proves their existence…just as with Jesus. Even earlier this week some codices were found that look quite interesting.
When I think of proof, I’m drawn to the evolution versus creation debate. Is the earth old (millions of years) or is it young (thousands). I’m a young earth, creationist but I don’t talk about it a lot because it the scheme of things (getting the Gospel to a lost world), it seldom comes up. But, with college students it comes up a lot. They struggle with the idea of dinosaurs being on the earth before mankind. Yet, death didn’t occur on this earth until after the Fall of Man in the Garden of Eden. When you say dinosaurs lived before man and they died before man, then you make the huge mental leap to believe that death occurred before sin. Death didn’t occur until after sin. Dinosaurs lived with Adam in the Garden of Eden just like the other land animals. Dinosaurs were land animals just like elephants, lions, tigers and bears. Adam was no more afraid of dinosaurs (he named them too) than he was lions, tigers and bears.
Dinosaurs went on the ark just like the other large land animals created on Day 6. Take a look at this scale model:
There are only about 50 species of dinosaurs and most of them are no bigger than the size of a sheep. Yet, we can’t imagine dinosaurs on the ark like a T-Rex. But what about an elephant or a rhino? Think of this. Those animals were more than likely juvenile and didn’t need to be fully grown. Remember, the animals were on the ark for over one year. The dinosaurs died out and became extinct just like animals do every year across the world. It takes a greater faith to believe an asteroid hit the earth 65 million years ago than it does to believe the dinosaurs became extinct just as other animals.
Take a look at this article to learn more. It’s got great pictures to help explain this to the children as well. Take a look:
When you try to mix evolution and creation, it just can’t be done. Adam was not a prehistoric creature, dragging his knuckles on the ground as an ape. He was created in God’s image. Adam had perfect DNA and was brilliant! We have fallen from Adam’s intellect and will never recover until the New Earth and New Heavens. Adam was fully 100% man created on Day 6 (a literal 24-hour day). The Hebrew word for day in Genesis is “yom.” Yom is used also in the book of Jonah to describe how many days he was in the belly of a great fish and the word “yom” is used in Joshua to describe how many days the children of Israel marched around Jericho before the walls came down.
Some try to say that the days of creation represent millions of years. They say that each day represents millions of years. Really? Did Jonah live in the belly of a great fish for millions of years? Same word “yom” is used in Jonah and Genesis. Did the children of Israel march around Jericho for an unspecified amount of millions of years? Are you kidding? Of course not. They marched around the city for seven days or seven “yom.” We don’t question the use of the word “yom” in any other Old Testament passage. Why do we in Genesis? I’ll tell you why…to attemtp to fit millions of years and evolution into the Biblical account. Well, it won’t work folks. It’s just that simple.
If God wanted to, He could have created everything in six nanoseconds. But He spoke everything into existence in six, literal, 24-hour days. Where do you think we get our seven-day week? Think about that? We get it from creation and the Biblical account of creation. No other theory or culture can explain why we have a seven-day week. Evolution can’t even explain why we all wear clothes. If we came from monkeys, and they walk around naked, why don’t we? Simple. We wear clothes because of the covering God gave Adam and Eve to cover their sin. The very reason you and I wear clothes proves God’s existence and the fact that Genesis and the Bible is true. Evolution can’t explain we man wears clothes. Ask an evolutionist. They are stumped. They have no answer.
Yet, people bring up carbon-dating and such to explain millions of years. Do you know in order for carbon-dating to work you have to know the exact amount of carbon in something that was there in the beginning before you can make an accurate determination about how much is left? (Carbon-dating seeks to determine how much carbon is left in an object to determine its age). The assumptions being used today (and that’s what they are…”man’s assumptions” to date rocks using radiometric dating and people using carbon-dating are big-time hypothetical). Take a look at this articles to learn more:
Are these issues worth arguing over? No, not at all. However, what we believe about the past will shape our future. For many today, they deny the existence of Jesus and of God, for that matter, based on “science.” However, we must be very careful when we talk about science to make sure we are not “blinded by science,” which is in the end “bad science.”
One day, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. What a day that will be. Even Satan will bow. This is a picture from our Passion Play at church depicting this scene. I can’t wait to watch this happen and to see that the Great Deceiver is thrown into the Lake of Fire forever!