The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict: The Bible Is True! | Josh McDowell

The Bible Is True! ~ The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict – YouTube.

Josh answers two questions in this video:

  1. Is the Bible we have now what was originally written 2,000 years ago?
  2. Is what was written down true?

oo:00 preliminary music
01:22 Josh starts speaking
04:35 – 6:50 Graphic: “Do you think that the Bible we have today is the same Bible that was first written?” followed by people on the street giving their answers.
11:08 – 12:12 Josh articulates the two questions that this video is intended to answer (see above)
12:13 – 14:26 Graphic: “Do you believe that truth is discovered or created?” followed by people on the street giving their answers.
18:49 – 19:43 First chart, showing “Time Gap from Original Writing to Earliest Survived Manuscript” (see more below)
22:46 – 23:56 Second chart, “Number of Manuscripts That Have Survived” (see more below)
24:07 – 24:43 The Illiad by Homer at 643 manuscripts is second among documents from antiquity.  [David Limbaugh in Jesus on Trial (2014; Kindle edition location 3979) says recent discoveries from the period 300-150 B.C. have brought this total to 1,800.*]
27:00 – Josh’s second question: Was what was written down true?
43:50 – 45:07 Graphic:  “Do You Believe the Bible Is the Word of God?” followed by people on the street giving their answers.

First chart: “Time Gap from Original Writing to Earliest Survived Manuscript”

Pliny the Younger – 750 years
Julius Caesar (“Gallic Wars”) – 1,000 years
Plato – 1,200 years
Aristotle – 1,400 years
Sophocles – 1,400 years
Euripedes – 1,500 years
New Testament – 50 to 75 years

Second chart:

Caesar (“Gallic Wars”) – 10
Plato – 7
Tacitus – 20
Thucydides – 7 (1,300 year gap)
Herodotus – 8 (1,400 year gap)
Pliny the Younger – 7
Sophocles – 193
Euripedes – 9
Aristotle – 49
Homer – see note above on number of copies
New Testament – 24,633 [Since Greek NT manuscripts number 5,000 to 6,000, Josh must be including translations.]

 

 

Christian Medical Comment: How do we know the NT documents were written in the first century?

(6 min read; 1,510 words)

Christian Medical Comment: How do we know the NT documents were written in the first century?

(HT: Greg West at The Poached Egg from Ratio Christi)

[Editorial Note:  After publishing this post, I learned that it duplicated a post I had previously published.  Rather than delete one of them, I’ll just link them.]

Why Is Evolution So Widely Believed? – by Tim Barnett

The answer depends on how a person defines evolution.  Its meaning is very elastic.  In one sense it may be widely held, but in no sense does it seem to be widely understood in a common way.

(2 min read; 522 words)

Why Is Evolution So Widely Believed? | ClearThinking Christianity.  [Editorial note, September 27, 2015:  Apparently, this site no longer exists.  You can at least still see the beginning of the article at the Ratio Christi link below.]

(HT: Greg West with The Poached Egg of Ratio Christi)

The irreligious assault on the historicity of Jesus is impotent

Excerpt:

It isn’t just bestselling atheists like Dawkins who make this faux pas. A measured journalist like ABC Radio National’s Michael Cathcart recently ventured unknowingly into the heavyweight ring and got caught out. In an otherwise excellent interview with Salman Rushdie, Cathcart remarked, “There’s no doubt at all that Mohammed was a real person, whereas Jesus is a person who is at least ambiguous in the question of whether he existed or not.” I say “caught out” because Cathcart promptly received a gentle correction from two of Australia’s best known Roman historians, Professors Alanna Nobbs and Edwin Judge. “In our judgment,” they wrote, “the second part of your statement is quite far from reality.” They explained, “While historical and theological debates remain about the actions and significance of this figure, his fame as a teacher, and his crucifixion under the Roman prefect Pontius Pilate, may be described as historically certain.”

(5 min read; 1,299 words)

Best of 2012: The irreligious assault on the historicity of Jesus – Opinion – ABC Religion & Ethics (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

(HT: Greg West of The Poached Egg of Ratio Christi)

Dying for Belief: An analysis of a confused objection to one of the evidences for the resurrection | J. W. Wartick

(3 min read; 644 words)

Dying for Belief: An analysis of a confused objection to one of the evidences for the resurrection by J. W. Wartick

(HT: Greg West of The Poached Egg from Ratio Christi)

The Five Common Objections to the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus | Matt Rawlings

(3 min read; 755 words)

The Five Common Objections to the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus | Pastor Matt

Matt Rawlings is a Teaching Pastor at Christ’s Community Church in Portsmouth, OH and an Attorney and a Regional Director of Leadership Development for Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal ministry.

(HT:  Greg West at The Poached Egg from Ratio Christi)

14 Evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ—and 14 References – Parchment and Pen Blog

(8 min read; 1,845 words)

14 Evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ—and 14 References – Parchment and Pen BlogParchment and Pen Blog

(HT: The Poached Egg from Greg West and Ratio Christi)

The Apostle John’s Chain of Custody (Video) | J. Warner Wallace

The Apostle John’s Chain of Custody (Video) | Cold Case Christianity.

Did Moses Really Write About Jesus? A Look at Messianic Prophecy in the Torah by Eric Chabot

(14 min read; 3,410 words)

Did Moses Really Write About Jesus? A Look at Messianic Prophecy in the Torah | THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM.

(HT: The Poached Egg of Ratio Christi)

The Biblical Case for Adam and Eve | J. Warner Wallace

(4 min read; 966 words)

The Biblical Case for Adam and Eve | Cold Case Christianity.