Suppose a friend was to raise the question today, what will be your answer?
In this short blog post, I’m going to share with you a few thoughts that might be of help. Some information here were acquired via research while others are my own thoughts. But they will all gonna help you answer those questions.
So, let’s begin.
How do you know that Alexander The Great once lived?
By what his friends and enemies said about him, the effect he had on history, the battles he won.
And so it is with Jesus Christ.
We can trace the historical records called the four Gospels back almost to His time. Let us also note that records of the church extend back nearly to His century. Also, the Jewish people have continued from Christ’s time, and few of them have ever doubted the existence of Christ.
“So, he assembled the Sanhedrin of the judges, and brought before him the brother of Jesus who as called Christ, whose name was James, and some of his companions. And when he had laid an accusation against them as lawbreakers, he delivered them to be stoned.”
Three Other Pagans Wrote About Jesus
In the first century, Tacitus wrote:
“Christus, the founder of the name Christians, had undergone the death penalty in the reign of Tiberius, by sentence of the procurator Pontius Pilatus.”
In the second century, the historian Suetonius also wrote about the followers of “Chrestus” being exiled from Rome.
Pliny the Younger, in a letter to Emperor Trajan about the year A.D. 112, told the emperor how he dealt with Christians.
Now that we have these traces, there’s no reason for us to doubt his existence. English translations with the full text of these historical references are available in libraries.
We got strong pieces of evidence that He indeed existed.
If we are to base our argument only in the Bible, the unbelievers will have a reason to say that it is biased. But since other pagans collaborate with what is written in the Bible, this is proof that what we’re saying here isn’t biased.
Is He Just An Ordinary Man Who Existed on Earth?
Some atheists will argue that He was just an ordinary man and nothing special in Him. But with all those miracles that have happened, including his resurrection (as recorded by the Bible), are they not enough to convince us He is of God?
Yes, the Bible is just a record book…
But unlike other books out there, you can’t find a book that’s composed of a collection of other books, where the authors jive in unison about a single theme…
The Story of Redemption.
How in this world a collection of books written by different authors that existed on different ages, when gathered together, jive about one thing?
Yes, of course, some books in the Bible are historical in theme, like the journey of the Israelites and the plight of the Jews. But did you notice that in most of the Bible they were pointing to the story of our redemption?
Right from the Old Testaments, they were already mentioned about the coming Messiah. And the New Testaments ended up with the success of the Story of Redemption.
Now, Is Jesus Christ Real?
Before we end, let me again ask you this question, “Is Jesus Christ real?”
Does He exist in my heart? Does He dwell in your heart?
These questions are aimed at us, believers and Christian entrepreneurs. These are vital questions because of Jesus’ promise…
“Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.” – Acts 16:31, NKJV.
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