We are now about two weeks away from celebrating an event that goes to the core of Christianity – Easter Sunday. It is the day hundreds of millions of Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth almost 2,000 years ago. As … Continue reading Christianity’s Core Belief – Part 7
We addressed the question of the importance of Jesus of Nazareth’s death and resurrection yesterday. Today, we’ll try to answer this question: If the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth are true, why don’t more Christians believe it? The Apostle Paul has made believing … Continue reading Christianity’s Core Belief – Part 6
The core belief of Christianity is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul made this bold statement: “… if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!” 1 Corinthians 15:17 The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is THE … Continue reading Christianity’s Core Belief – Part 1
It seems like everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon of Paul hijacking Christianity and turning it into something different than what Jesus Christ intended. Another way people have presented it to me is that Paul “invented” Christianity. Others say that Paul was a “dupe” … Continue reading What Paul Knew and When He Knew It – Part 1
We have recently looked at the discovered Greek manuscripts that date to the 2nd century AD, quotes from early Christian writers that date from the late 1st century to early 2nd century and at translations of New Testament texts into other languages that date to … Continue reading Convince Me There’s A God: The New Testament Part 7
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
“But He answered and said, ‘It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”
Before we continue looking at the writings of early Christian apologists, I’d like to share something important for us to remember as we read post-Scriptural Christian writings.
Christians believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. In fact, the resurrection of Jesus is a MUST for the Christian worldview to be true. If Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead, then our faith in Him is empty and we are without hope in this world.
“Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.” 1 Corinthians 15:12-19
What are some of the best arguments for the resurrection of Jesus Christ? As we approach another celebration of the Resurrection, we will look at some of the strongest arguments for the reality of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.