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bible3.jpg            True is, all we have is an educated guess at when the four gospels were written. None of the manuscripts that have ever been found have “March 13, 0043” on them or any other date that can be placed as when they were written. That opens up a lot of debate as to when they were written and how reliable they could be if they were written much later than expected.

             The Gospel of Matthew, for instance, is argued to have been written as early as 40 A.D., a mere handful of years after Jesus’ death, all the way to 140 A.D.  This fact alone shows that there are some differences in opinion in the entire dating process. And your point of view on the dating process and who you talk to will greatly influence your take on when you accept the gospels were written. Many try to push the dates back simply because they want to try to discredit Christianity. This is neither correct nor even sound science.

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empty-tomb.jpgThe set up goes like this:

Jesus was beaten, crucified, stabbed in the side, and pronounced dead. They carried him to a rich man’s tomb, placed him in there, and rolled a big bolder over the opening. Now they placed armed guards outside the tomb. Well our leader is dead now what do we do? Well, he did say he would be resurrected in three days so let’s just make up a story to go along with that!

            This is what some people think that the disciples did; just made up the resurrection story to promote their own faith. These people feel that the stone was not moved and Jesus never rose from the dead on the third day. (more…)

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question.jpgToday we will explore a very basic principle of apologetics: Lunatic Liar, or Lord. I like to add Legend to the list, for it to fits within this theory. This looks at the possibilities of Jesus’ story of being God’s son here in human form.

Lunatic

Theory: In this example, Jesus is just a crazy person that actually believes that He is God in human form but actually is not; He is merely a man.

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           The 12 apostles were around Jesus for most of the day, every day. That would make them pretty reliable witnesses to how Jesus acted and the fact that he did accomplish what the gospels state that he did. They traveled with him, ate with him, stayed with him, and watched him almost 24 hours a day. They were eye witnesses to Jesus’ acts and that he was sinless. When Jesus said ‘Which of you can convict me of Sin?’, no one spoke! If the apostles believed as they did that Jesus was the son of God and the deity come to earth in human form then they would have had a hard time still believing if they saw him committing sins. If I tried to pull that off, I am sure my wife would be able to stand right up and tell a couple of good tales; and the same goes for each of us. We could easily be found out as a sinner; yet not a single mouth opened to convict Jesus of sin; even the 12 men that were with him night and day.

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