Christianity, a verifiable religion

adapted from “If I were God, I’d make myself CLEARER”, John Dickson

Great! So you believe in the gospel! That Jesus Christ came to earth, as a man, preached God’s glorious message and bore the brunt of God’s wrath for all the awful (comparably to God) sins we have committed (past, present and future) (Phillipians 2:6-8)! But, do you ever get that inkling feeling that what you are believing in is just a fictional story, made up by an ordinary man who wanted a great and grand following for himself? Or if you do really, truly believe that the “Jesus story” is true, has anyone ever challenged you of your belief? Worst still! … Did you find yourself lost for words with the confrontation?

I am sure you will be comforted to know that what you are believing is true! Christianity is a verifiable religion! What do we mean by verifiable? Can it be supported by other witness accounts or documentation to establish the truth, accuracy and reality?

The Gospels were written in a simple and understood langauge called Koine Greek or common greek. It was a language widely used during the times of Alexander the great; no doubt, many other historical documents were written in this language, forming the basis of those ancient history text books used in high school!

In addition, as it is described by John Dickson (referenced below), historians do not expect to find original manuscripts of any writer from such an early period. Instead, they try to find copies of the original which date as close as possible to the original writings. For instance, Plato’s (famous philosopher – dying in 347 BCE) oldest manuscript can be dated back to 895 BCE. On the other hand, the earliest manuscript of the Gospels were dated around 200 CE, indicating that they were copied around 120 years after they were written. As you can see, there is a whopping 500 or so years between Plato’s originals and copies, compared with only 120 years for the Gospels’.

Now that we have established the authenticity and age of the manuscripts, put yourself in the position of a non-Christian person. You would probably want other documentation to verify that the content is actually true! And aren’t we lucky we had awesome notetakers back in the day! The life and death of Jesus has been also confirmed in non-Christian writings of that period, three from Roman writers and four from Jewish writers.

But most of all, the claim of the risen Christ itself! How can this be verified? First of all, it is an outrageous thing to lie about! Who would believe you if you claimed your dog rose from the dead? Let alone Jesus?! It is said that numerous people (ie multiple witnesses) had claimed to have seen the risen Christ. And in today’s courtroom, that you have a witness to testify is pretty great evidence!! Secondly, as previously written, there were awesome notetakers in Jesus’ time (many of their accounts forming our knowledge of that era), yet there seems to be no documentation of a counter claim; to say that the numerous witnesses were lying.

This is just a really, really miniscule amount of information, to verify a very, very small portion of Christianity. There is sooooooooooooooo much more information out there in support of Christianity! I really encourage you guys to make the time to find out more information in support for the great faith, Christianity!!

Food for thought: If what Christianity has to say can be applied to other religions with a few minor details changed; doesn’t changing those “few minor details” essentially change the truth/core beliefs of Christianity or of that other belief with which you are comparing it to?

Great books:

Case for Christ and Case for Creator– Lee Strobel

If I were God, I’d make myself CLEARER – John Dickson

Please add comments, questions, books!

edited by Gracie

One Response to “Christianity, a verifiable religion”

  1. great article jo. I think it’s so important that the bible has that “external validity” (more historical evidence than any other manuscripts) and “internal validity” (the bible itself testifies to its truth). the bottom line – the word of God is true and can be trusted 🙂

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