Is the Bible just a bunch of myths? Has it been corrupted with false tales of miracles? This episode unveils why it isn’t mythical and why it makes sense to believe that it’s events really happened, especially Jesus’ resurrection.
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0:00 – INTRO
1:05 – WHY DO PEOPLE THINK THE BIBLE IS MYTH? 1. THE PROBLEM OF MIRACLES: (“Science has proven miracles are impossible.”) 2. THE PROBLEM OF RECORDING HISTORY (“Authors didn’t write it till way later” or “Things were added”).
3:12 – 1. THE PROBLEM OF MIRACLES: Has science disproved miracles? No! 2 SCIENTIFIC METHODS: 1. EMPIRICAL (examines natural laws; repeatable, observable events in the present), 2. FORENSIC (like crime scene investigation; singular, non-repeatable, historical events; also used in archeology, origin of universe, and miracles; also called “Origin Science”)
6:59 – 2. THE PROBLEM OF RECORDING HISTORY: Overwhelming evidence that the NT is historically accurate.
- Were written 20-40 years after Jesus’ resurrection
- Gospels proven through archeology and writings
- Nelson Glueck once wrote: “No archaeological discovery has ever controverted a Biblical reference.”
10:44 – NEW TESTAMENT LEGENDS ARE IMPOSSIBLE: 2 things needed for myths/legends to develop: 1. TIME (need 2 generations after event; but written 20-40 years after events), 2. SECLUSION (not having enough witnesses; but 1 Cor 15:6 – 500+ witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection).
12:21 – AUTHORS DID NOT BORROW MYTHS FROM OTHER CULTURES. GOSPELS SHOW NO SIGNS OF MYTHS OR LEGENDS. C.S. Lewis – “All I am in private life is a literary critic and historian; that’s my job. And I’m prepared to say on that basis, if anyone thinks the Gospels are either legends or novels, then that person is simply showing his incompetence as a literary critic. I’ve read a great many novels, and I know a fair amount about the legends that grew up among early people, and I know perfectly well the Gospels are not that kind of stuff” (Christian Reflections, 209).
14:34 – SO WHAT? The NT, especially the Gospels, shows no signs of myths or legends. References in the Gospels and Acts are historically confirmed. Manuscripts are too early, numerous & accurate to be myths.
15:40 – WHAT’S YOUR NEXT STEP? TRUST THE NEW TESTAMENT.
16:49 – THANK YOU & WRAP UP